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 Inducted at the Surrey Board of Trade’s 51st Annual General Meeting and President’s Dinner on June 17th at Eaglequest Golf Course was the new Chair of the Surrey Board of Trade, Shelley Besse.

Shelley Besse is the President of Envision Financial. Mrs. Besse will be the 52nd Chair of the Surrey Board of Trade. She will serve a one-year term from July 2015-end of June 2016. This is a high profile volunteer position that helps to positively impact Surrey’s business community at levels of government and advances the success of the Surrey Board of Trade.

Dr. Greg Thomas, President and CEO, G3 Consulting (an environmental science research firm in Surrey) will be inducted as the 1st Vice-Chair.


The Surrey Board of Trade annual Board Director nomination process brought in the following new faces joining its Board of Directors by acclimation:

  1. Stephen Dooley, Executive Director, Simon Fraser University - Surrey
  2. Jag Shergill, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP
  3. Balraj Mann, President, BM Group of Companies (Polycrete Restorations, Penmat, Dallas Watt, YAAT, Manorlane Homes)
  4. Doug Tennant, Executive Director, Semiahmoo House Society
  5. Arvinder Bubber, Owner, A.S. Bubber & Associates, Treasurer

The annual nomination process also resulted in the following being re-elected to the Board of Directors:

  1. Jason Maynes, Partner, Panorama Legal LLP
  2. David O’Sullivan, President, PW Trenchless Construction
  3. Parm Sidhu, Airport General Manager, Abbotsford International Airport
  4. Steve Stew, VP Business Development, Matcon Canada


Winners Announced - Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Reception 2015

The 5th Annual Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards Reception, an event that celebrates the incredible initiatives of Surrey’s youth 25 years old or younger, will be held Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Eaglequest Golf Course (7778 152 St, Surrey). This event is free to attend.

The 25 winners were chosen based upon their business or community achievements, leadership ability, community involvement, professional achievements and uniqueness of their business or community projects.

Keynote Speaker: Marco Ianuzzi, Harvard Graduate, Grey Cup champion, Investment Advisor, philanthropist

Master of Ceremonies: Tanya Fletcher, News1130

Co-Presenting Sponsors:
Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Simon Fraser University

Supporting Sponsor: Century Group

The winners are, with their age (winner descriptions will be ready for the event):

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9th Annual Surrey Board of Trade Response to the City of Surrey 2015 Budget

The Surrey Board of Trade has continued our annual work of evaluating the City of Surrey budget for the benefit of the local economy. The Surrey Board of Trade’s Finance & Tax Team spoke with City of Surrey Councillor Tom Gill and Finance staff to continue our ongoing discussion on the Surrey budget and it’s importance to the business community and Surrey Board of Trade members.
The Surrey City Budget is important to the business community because in recent years cities have taken on more responsibilities than just the management of policing services, fire services, roads, waste, and sewer. The City has had to take on more social service and support programs. Attached to these new programs are ongoing operational costs, which are paid for through property taxes and additional fees to residents and business, both of whom are carrying other new higher tax and cost burdens.
The Surrey Board of Trade Finance and Tax Team made observations and recommendations on several topics including:

  • Congratulating Surrey on reducing it’s operating deficit,
  • Suggesting the City produce a consolidated 5 year financial plan as part of the information to the public and business each fall,
  • Use of the Revenue Rate Stabilization Fund to address abnormal rate changes,
  • Discussion of Surrey’s compensation policy in the City’s Annual Plan report, and
  • Supporting a public discussion of public pension costs.

Further comments included issues on spending growth, crime reduction, disaster planning and business continuity, alternative revenue sources and considerations for Surrey’s cultural industry. Please see below to read the full letter.

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Winners Announced for the 2015 Surrey International Trade Awards  

Surrey, B.C. – Flags that represented countries from all over the world, powerfully reflected the global community Surrey has become, hung in the ballroom of another successful Surrey International Awards event.  This 7h event held on May 7th by the Surrey Board of Trade brought together business people from Surrey and throughout the Lower Mainland to celebrate their successes as local import and export companies. The Surrey Board of Trade proudly presented the awards to the following businesses:


Small Business Category (Revenue under $15 million)
Winner: Tropical Link Canada

Tropical Link Canada are processors, exporters and importers of all natural and organic food and beverages. Their products are marketed under the "SNOW FARMS" and "WILD TUSKER" brands. "SNOW FARMS" brand products mainly consist of a wide range of dried cranberries, blueberries and cherries as well as juice concentrates of 100% Canadian origin and are sold in over 26 countries globally. From every WILD TUSKER branded products we sell part of the proceedings go to the uplifting of Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka. Tropical Link’s cranberries and blueberries are sourced only from Canada. Their flagship brand is WILD TUSKER, and they import the highest quality all natural, organic and conventional coconut-based products, spices and wide range of speciality rice.

Large Business Category (Revenue over $15 million)
Winner: LMS Reinforcing Steel Group

Headquartered in Surrey, BC, LMS Reinforcing Steel Group is the leading independent fabricator and installer of reinforcing steel and post-tensioning in Western Canada.   Since 1998, LMS has capitalized on their sophisticated approach to sourcing CSA approved rebar from international sources to service the residential, commercial, infrastructure, and institutional construction sectors.  Their commitment to superior performance, focus on high quality customer service and investment in the training and development of their 400-plus ironworkers, LMS has earned the reputation of being a reliable industry leader and a valuable construction partner on large scale projects.  In Surrey, LMS’ rebar and post tension cable is featured on such projects as 3 Civic Plaza, the Grandview Aquatic Centre, the RCMP E-Division Headquarters, the Khalsa Secondary School, The Hub at King George Station, the City of Surrey Main Works Yard Operations and the 152nd Street Overpass.

The Surrey Board of Trade sincerely thanks everyone that made this event possible – without sponsors we simply could not recognize or do the work that we do to support and attract business to Surrey.

Event Sponsor:         Kinder Morgan Canada and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
Media Sponsor:        The Leader Newspaper

For more information regarding this event, please contact Anita Huberman at or 604.634.0342.

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