Surrey Board of Trade Launches Cybersecurity Awareness, Manufacturing and Small Business Month with BC Minister Ravi Kahlon

On October 11th the Surrey Board of Trade, with BC Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Minister Ravi Kahlon, featured an event to highlight Cybersecurity Awareness, Manufacturing, and Small Business Month.


Surrey has the greatest number of manufacturers in BC, spanning from robotics and technology companies to computer, electrical, machinery, food production and furniture producers. The industry, locally and nationally is grappling with some of the hardest challenges it has ever faced. The Federal Government, in collaboration with other government levels, need to focus on:

A national industrial strategy for Canada
Labour shortages
Supply chain disruptions
Business investment and exports
Helping manufacturers transition to a net-zero future

The panel at the October 11th event featured:

James Donaldson, CEO, BC Food & Beverage
David Munro, Manufacturing Consortium Manager – BC, AB, SK & MB, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium
Morris Benetton, Manager of Field Prevention Services – Surrey, WorkSafeBC
Paul Dadwal, Vice President of Business Development, CyberCatch; and former RCMP Superintendent


Cyber criminals spend their days trying to trick us into giving up our personal information, tamper with our devices and even steal our identities. In this Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Surrey Board of Trade wants businesses and workplaces to learn more about spotting phishing messages, and take simple steps to protect themselves. The Surrey Board of Trade is encouraging businesses to be cyber-secure and cyber-certified by utilizing their partner CyberCatch to implement an ongoing risk assessment to avoid costly errors to businesses.



Small businesses are key drivers of our local and provincial economies. Small businesses employ more than a million people in BC, which is over half of the total private sector employment in the province.

The Surrey Board of Trade supports their business members through economic opportunity, workplace development and education, international trade, government advocacy and business connections. We focus on the strength and innovation within every entrepreneur to take an idea and use it as the foundation for building a business. They have made their dreams a reality and inspire others to make their dreams come true.