At the annual Canadian Chamber of Commerce Convention to be held September 22-24, 2018 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Surrey Board of Trade will be seeking support for 7 federal government policies from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce member chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 Canadian businesses.
Five delegates from the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) will be attending: Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade; Anne Peterson, Policy & Research Manager; Stephen Dooley, Board Chair; Doug Tennant, Vice-Chair; and, Dr. Greg Thomas, Immediate Past Chair.
The Surrey Board of Trade will release their policy wins during the policy debates on Sunday and Monday (Sept 23 and 24). Stay tuned for more details.
Surrey Board of Trade federal government policies that will be debated are (some are written by the SBOT or are in partnership with other chambers of commerce/boards of trade in Canada):
1. Support Small and Medium Sized Businesses to Become Exporters
2. Protecting the National Economy by Managing the Lower Fraser River
3. Canada – U.S.A Border Pact: Pre-Clearance Agreement
4. Canada Revenue Agency Audit Requests Costly for Business
5. Helping More Small Businesses Improve their Energy Productivity and Efficiency
6. Increasing Immigrant Workforce Participation through Employment-focused Language Training
7. Cannabis Legalization: Patient Rights and Level Playing Field for Business
“The Surrey Board of Trade actively participates in the formation of federal government policy perspectives to instigate change to help business and the economy. This serves as one of our member and stakeholder value propositions,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
There are 450 chambers of commerce/boards of trade in Canada. There are 66 federal government policies being debated at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Convention this year, very similar to a UBCM and FCM format.