The Surrey Board of Trade and Resource Works Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at today’s Surrey Environment and Business Awards, featuring keynote speaker the Honourable Josie Osbourne, BC Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship.
“The two organizations are committed to building awareness of the importance of partnerships toward Indigenous economic development and advancing the economic benefits of responsible natural resource development in rural and urban areas, including Surrey,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
Margareta Dovgal, Managing Director, Resource Works Society was on stage at today’s event to sign the Memorandum of Understanding. “From championing responsible natural resource development, such as forest products and energy, to partnering with Indigenous communities to advance economic reconciliation, Surrey businesses are a strong example of Canadian leadership on the world’s stage,” she said. “We’re looking forward to continuing to build a broad community behind the delivery of our annual event, the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase.”
The Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase (indigenoussuccess.ca) will return in mid-2023.
The signing parties commit to jointly:
1. Advance public awareness in British Columbia of the positive economic benefits of responsible natural resource development, in both rural and urban areas, including Surrey.
2. Build awareness of the importance of partnerships towards economic reconciliation and Indigenous economic development.
3. Engage in and collaborate on special projects, including events, action plans, and reports, to ensure that balanced information about critically important economic issues is made available to members of the public, the news media and legislators.
4. Cross‐promote and amplify each other’s work, where relevant, on social media and via newsletters.
“Championing responsible natural resource development in BC and across Canada are common values that the Surrey Board of Trade and Resource Works share,” says Stewart Muir, Executive Director, Resource Works Society.