Surrey Board of Trade Announces 2019 Surrey Women in Business Award Finalists 

On Wednesday, March 13th, the Surrey Board of Trade will host the 10th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon, with Presenting Sponsor BDC with support from BLG and EDC.  The winners will be announced at this event at the Sheraton Hotel. This event recognizes the hard work of Surrey’s business women and their contributions to Surrey.

The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to announce the 2019 Surrey Women in Business Award Finalists:


Santoshi Desai, Orange Oranges Technologies Ltd
Kelita Haverland, Heart & Soul Music
Cathrine Ann Joncas, Service Evaluations Mystery Shopping Inc.


Sonia Andhi Bilkhu, Shakti Society
Rupinder Khunkhun, Grandview Law Group LLP
Karen Sawatsky, PwC

Not-for-Profit Leader

Ninu Kang, MOSAIC
Heather Lynch, Options Community Services Society
Hanne Madsen, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Corporate Leadership

Laurie Cavan, City of Surrey
Alison Fuller, Venturis Capital Corporation
Linda McCrossin, Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel

Social Trailblazer

Sonia Andhi Bilkhu, Shakti Society
Jennifer Benjamin, Benjamin Residential and Vocational Options Inc. (BRAVO Inc.)
Shilpa Narayan, How a Struggle Became a Journey

The Surrey Board of Trade will welcome, as keynote speaker, the former Senior Adviser to USA Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Betsy Myers. 

Betsy Myers served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Adviser to Barack Obama’s 2007–2008 presidential campaign and chaired the Women for Obama organization. As Chief Operating Officer, Myers used her customer service expertise and business savvy to establish Obama’s national campaign operations in January 2007. Though Obama was initially considered a long-shot candidate, Myers built up a $100,000,000 organization that stayed focused and turned Obama into a serious competitor after a historic win in the 2008 Iowa Caucus. Ultimately, her team helped secure him the White House in a general election in which he received 69.5 million votes, the highest number of votes ever won by a presidential candidate.

A leading advocate in the advancement of women in both business and politics, Betsy Myers was one of the masterminds behind President Barack Obama’s 2007-2008 campaign. Since then she has become one of the most sought-out speakers and consultants on the changing nature of leadership.

Coleen Christie will join as Master of Ceremonies!

Presenting Sponsor: BDC with support from BLG and EDC

Video Sponsor: Vulcan Metal Works
Award Sponsors: CPHR BC & Yukon, KPU, Lark Group, Manning Elliot, and Value Property Group

Community Sponsor: Langara School of Management and Port of Vancouver

Entertainment Sponsor: New York Institute of Technology
Media Sponsors: 107.7 Pulse FM Radio, BCBusiness, Surrey NOW-Leader

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104 Avenue, Surrey)

Time:  Networking and Registration 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Program 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Admission: $95 +GST each, $1,045 + GST for a table of 11

For further information, please contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, at or at 604.634.0342.

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