Surrey Board of Trade President Announced as Distinguished SFU Alumni for 2022

(Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade with Dr. Carman Neustaedter, Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology)

Anita Huberman was announced as a Distinguished Alumni for the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT) 2022 Excellence Awards on December 1 at the Goldcorp Centre. The FCAT Alumni Awards recognize alumni achievements in career, community service and research. FCAT explores the intersection of communication, art, science, technology, and design with interdisciplinarity and creativity at the core.

“When I graduated in 1996 from Simon Fraser University, I never thought that I would one day be recognized as a Distinguished Alumni,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “I am honoured and grateful for this recognition. Success is a journey, not a destination.”

Anita Huberman has been the President & CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade for 16 years – one of the top 10 Boards of Trade/Chambers of Commerce in Canada, serving one of the largest cities in the country. Anita and her team assist more than 6,000 member contacts. She has held a wide variety of roles at the Surrey Board of Trade during her 29-year tenure.

In 2021, she was announced as being 1 of 15 Outstanding Canadians for her work in the private sector and through the pandemic. She is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy (appointed by Canada’s Minister of National Defence, serving her third term through 2024). She previously served as a Trustee of Canada’s National Film Board for six years, appointed by Canada’s Minister of Heritage.

Anita holds the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, was a Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40 Award winner, was awarded the 2019 Surrey Community Builder of the Year Award and received a Canada 150 Community Medal.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), on the Premier’s Economic Recovery Task Force, the BC Economic Development Minister Industry Engagement Table, the SFU President’s Advisory Council, the SFU India Advisory Council, the KPU Business Program Advisory Committee, the OMNI TV Advisory Council, the Destination BC Advisory Council, and as a Director for IC-Impacts Research Centre of Excellence (for improving the lives of people in India and Canada, particularly in First Nations communities).

Anita is a highly visible advocate for Surrey businesses at all levels of government with a demonstrated history of evolving, reinvigorating and transforming civic, business & social organization industries.