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SBOT Survey on Skills Gap and Finding Human Capital

I know that many of you have difficulty finding professional-level talent for hard-to-fill job openings. The skills gap remains a top priority for Canadian Businesses for the 4th year in a row according to a new report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The Surrey Board of Trade is an active member of the Canadian Chamber.

A couple of weeks ago, I met with the leaders of Skills International, a global firm founded in London, Ontario. The Surrey Board of Trade will be working with their unique and highly effective combination of talent management technology, processes and expertise. They may be able to help us with our talent gap issues here in Surrey at no cost to you. This is a great benefit to you as a member of the Surrey Board of Trade.

To help us understand what your needs are and the needs of Surrey’s businesses, I ask you to take a brief on-line survey (see link below) no later than Monday, May 11.  

Thank you in advance for completing this survey. We will schedule an on-line meeting during the week of May 18 to share the results and present some ideas that could make a huge difference in how you find and source professional talent.  Watch for an invitation email in the next day or two.

- Anita Huberman
CEO, Surrey Board of Trade


Nominations are now OPEN for the 4th Annual Surrey Child and Family Friendly Workplace Awards

These awards will showcase and celebrate businesses and organizations that have created workplaces that support their employees in both their work and child/family responsibilities. As part of the Surrey Board of Trade’s Leadership Surrey Program, which began three years ago, we are pleased to showcase businesses that have created workplaces that support their employees in both their work and child/family responsibilities. Why is this important?

Workplaces are changing. Employees from all sectors are quick to list the changes they are experiencing in their workplaces: Globalization, technological advances, rise of non-standard employment/work hours, increased workload, greater learning pressures. The Five points that the award recipients are evaluated on are:

1. Flexibility
2. Supportive supervisors/managers
3. A culture that is family –friendly
4. Alternative work arrangements 
5. Recognition of child and elder care issues

Nomination Deadline is Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Click here for the Nomination Form.  Awards will be presented at the Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Annual General Meeting and 51st Chair’s Dinner.

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The Surrey Board of Trade congratulates Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver and the federal government for delivering a balanced budget in uncertain economic times. These are the high-level observations by the Surrey Board of Trade.

“The Transportation Infrastructure investments will provide needed federal support for Surrey’s proposed construction of the Light Rail project,” says Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade.

The $5.35B New Building Canada Plan (for infrastructure), and the new Public Transit Fund, which begins with $750M in 2017 increasing to $1 billion per year in 2019, could be a source of federal funds for Surrey’s Light Rail and the Pattullo Bridge replacement. While each of these projects will still need federal approval, the clarity this new funding opportunity provides will help regional and provincial planning for major transit and transportation infrastructure. However, like the Big City Mayors, the Surrey Board of Trade would like to see assurances in the legislation that a new transit fund from Ottawa will be permanent.

“The Surrey Board of Trade observes that we exist in a fragile economy with some real risks still at play. It will be important to monitor revenue projections with the nation finishing 2015 with a projected surplus. In respect to the $1.95B Labour Market Development agreement, some details will be required on how it will be fairly administered. The Surrey Board of Trade also has questions about investments important to Surrey such as support for crime reduction, environment and climate change impacts, emergency planning and tourism promotion,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to see the following initiatives:

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Surrey Mayor Hepner's 1st State of the City Lunch - May 20

On Wednesday, May 20th, join Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner for her first Annual State of the City Address. The presentation will feature a discussion on Surrey’s Economic Outlook and plans for the coming year.
Hosted by: the Surrey Board of Trade, the Cloverdale BIA, the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Surrey BIA, the Newton BIA, the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Surrey.

Co-Presenting Sponsor: McQuarrie Hunter LLP

Supporting Sponsors:

Media Sponsor: The Leader Newspaper

Date:  Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Location:  Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104 Ave, Surrey)
Time:  Registration at 11:15 a.m.; Program 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Admission:  $80 +GST each or $800 +GST for a table of 10.

Please register at the Surrey Board of Trade at or at Phone: 604-581-7130 or at


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