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Surrey Board of Trade AND South Surrey-White Rock Chamber of Commerce release Domestic Abuse Impacts to Business Position Paper

Surrey, B.C. and White Rock, B.C. – The Surrey Board of Trade in partnership with the South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce released their Domestic Abuse Impacts to Business Position Paper today.

“Domestic abuse is typically viewed as a problem that occurs within the confines of a person’s home. However, abusers seek control and when a victim leaves their home, they are still not safe. Domestic abuse can enter the workplace when an abuser attempts to harass, stalk, threaten, or injure a victim while at work,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“We as business owners have a role to ensure the well-being and safety of our employees and our workplaces by supporting them when they need it. In the end this ensures a sustainable productive workplace,” said Cliff Annable, Executive Director, South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Highlights of the Position Paper are:

Domestic abuse plays a significant role within a workplace. Domestic abuse can:

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Winners Announced for the 2014 Surrey International Trade Awards

Patton & Cooke Co. - WinnerMartin Automated Systems Inc. - WinnerAnita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade









 Randene Neill, GlobalTVSurrey, B.C. – Flags that represented countries from allover the world, powerfully reflecting the global community Surrey has become, hung in the ballroom of another successful Surrey International Awards event. 

This 6th event held on May 8th 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 500 plus members of the business community mingled during the cocktail reception and International Trade Show. Master of Ceremonies Randene Neill of Global TV led the formal part of the program with a 500-person crowd, hearing from City of Surrey Councillor Linda Hepner, Barj Dhahan of SFU’s India Advisory Council and Ramona Soares, Assistant Deputy Minister of International Trade, before the award winners were revealed.

The Surrey Board of Trade proudly presented the awards to the following businesses:

Small Business Category (Revenue under $15 million)
Winner: Martin Automated Systems Inc.

Martin Automated Systems provides innovative solutions offering automation assessment and parts prototype design services. Martin Automated Systems exports assembly line automated machinery, services and solutions to the United States, Mexico, Turkey and Brazil, and regularly imports parts and components from the United States and China.

Large Business Category (Revenue over $15 million)
Winner: Patton & Cooke Co.

Patton and Cooke designs and manufactures medium and high voltage electrical equipment for mines, utilities and industrial customers. They export to over twenty-five countries on six continents. Over the past five years, Patton & Cooke Co. has put an emphasis on cost reduction strategies, making them competitive in virtually all international markets. This has resulted in an increase in sales by 5.8 million dollars.

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

Supporting Sponsor:  
Export Development Canada

Media Sponsor:      
The Leader Newspaper

Print Sponsor:         
Staples Copy & Print

The event wrapped up with an awareness of the vital importance international trade to business in BC and Canada.

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

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Surrey Board of Trade appoints Arvinder Singh Bubber as Honorary Director 

The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to announce the Honorary Director appointment of Mr. Arvinder Singh Bubber to its Board of Directors for 2014-2015. Mr. Bubber will assist with special projects and provide advice on the Surrey Board of Trade’s advocacy initiatives and position papers. The Surrey Board of Trade, in accordance with their bylaws, can appoint up to 2 Directors to their Board.

“I am pleased and honored that the Surrey Board of Trade has provided me an Honorary Director’s appointment. I look forward to working together with them in building an economically stronger Surrey, locally and internationally,” said Arvinder Bubber.

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Surrey Board of Trade completes Ottawa advocacy trip - Focus on the Fraser River 

Photo Cutline:  Ray Hudson, Policy Manager, Surrey Board of Trade,  Jasbir Sandhu, MP Surrey-North and Jeff Scott, CEO, Fraser Surrey Docks.

The Surrey Board of Trade’s Policy Manager, Ray Hudson, travelled to Ottawa last week with Jeff Scott, CEO, Fraser Surrey Docks who was leading a delegation of customers and supply chain partners. The purpose of the advocacy delegation was to familiarize and underscore the critical importance of the Fraser River to the Canadian economy.

Meetings were held with: The Prime Minister’s office, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Deputy Minister and Staff for Finance Minister Joe Oliver, Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel’s political staff, Agriculture Canada, International Trade, Minister of National Revenue, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt as well as numerous MP’s of all political backgrounds.

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