From left to right: Dr. Greg Thomas, Chair Surrey Board of Trade International Trade Team-Neil Young, President, Northwest Mettech Corp-Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade

On May 9, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted the 11th Surrey International Trade Awards Reception, with the Hon. Minister James Gordon Carr, International Trade Diversification Minister, as the keynote speaker. The event, which focused on the strength and innovation as the foundation for building a successful international business, drew close to 200 attendees from Surrey and the Lower Mainland to celebrate Surrey’s import and export companies.

This year’s award was presented to Northwest Mettech Corporation, a privately-owned company incorporated in 1990. They manufacture advanced plasma thermal spray coating equipment, and provide expert coating service, support and development to customers to a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, energy, printing, pulp & paper, mining, and metal processing. Mettech’s industrial clients are in global markets including China, Korea, India and the United Kingdom.

“The Surrey Board of Trade is always amazed by the hidden jewels that we discover each and every year when we discover the international business successes that are in Surrey,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

The Surrey International Trade Award Reception each year provides recognition for the success of import and export achievement, raises awareness of the vital contribution international trade makes to B.C.’s economy and provides a catalyst for companies to reach even higher levels of excellence. The Surrey Board of Trade International Trade Team accepted applications and were evaluated on the criteria of:

  • Innovation in their marketing strategy
  • Trade growth
  • Sustainable competitive advantage

Silver Sponsor: Port of Vancouver

Bronze Sponsor: Trans Mountain Corporation

Media sponsors: 107.7 Pulse FM and The Surrey Now-Leader

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

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