The Surrey Board of Trade will induct its 55th Board Chair on June 19 at the Civic Hotel (13475 Central Avenue, Surrey – beside Surrey City Hall) at a members-only Annual General Meeting and Chair’s Dinner from 5:30-8:30pm. Doug Tennant, CEO of UNITI and Semiahmoo House Society, will be inducted following a one-year term by Stephen Dooley, Executive Director, SFU-Surrey.
“I am humbled and honoured to be the 55th Chair of the Surrey Board of Trade during the 101st year of Surrey’s business organization. I follow in the footsteps of many amazing leaders. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to roll up my sleeves with my fellow board directors to support and further the needs and interests of Surrey’s business community,” said Doug Tennant, incoming Surrey Board of Trade Chair.
“I’ve known Doug for more than 10 years. I welcome him to the role of Board Chair as we continue our leadership-oriented city-building advocacy and projects as we prepare to be the largest city in British Columbia. The Surrey Board of Trade has a responsibility and accountability to ensure that Surrey receives the infrastructure investments that the city needs to ensure a sustainable, thriving and livable city for our businesses and their employees,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
The role of Board Chair serves as Chief Governance Officer for the Surrey Board of Trade to ensure that the Board of Directors have a visionary future of not only the organization but also for city building initiatives in Surrey.
About Doug Tennant B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.
Doug Tennant is the Chief Executive Director of UNITI, a partnership of three organizations that build inclusive and healthy communities in Surrey: Semiahmoo House Society (SHS), Peninsula Estates Housing Society (PEHS), and The Semiahmoo Foundation (TSF). UNITI built the first purpose-built rental apartment in three decades with the completion of their Chorus Apartments in August of 2016 and continues to develop affordable housing for the work force of Surrey. Doug is a strong believer that businesses and communities thrive when they support each other. He has a Master of Education from SFU with a focus on innovation in the arts and spent 17 years as an educator before taking over the helm of UNITI in 2012. He has many years of governance experience with non-profit and charitable organizations and is currently the President of the BC CEO Network Board.