What is the Surrey Board of Trade?
The Surrey Board of Trade supports business in Surrey and attracts business to Surrey through a diversified service portfolio of government advocacy, workforce development, business & international trade, connection concierge services (including events), and cost-saving benefits.
The Surrey Board of Trade represents 6,000 member contacts, and over 60,000 employees, representing 3,000 businesses. We are Surrey’s city-building business organization with a common goal of furthering the interests of businesses in our region. We have demonstrated, through our projects and initiatives, a commitment to enhancing the local economy. Our membership is comprised of individuals in various industry sectors of the economy. The Surrey Board of Trade, also known as the Surrey Chamber of Commerce, owns both names.
The Surrey Board of Trade meets the following five mandatory Pillars of which a Board of Trade/Chamber of Commerce must adhere to, to be effective, meaningful and sustainable in Surrey, BC and in Canada:
– Membership Programs/Services
– Strategic Planning
The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace. Boards of Trades and Chambers of Commerce are mandated under this Ministry and specifically under the Board of Trade Act. The current Ministers (as of 2021) that are a part of this Ministry are:
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
The Honourable Mary Ng
Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
The Honourable Maryam Monsef
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
The Surrey Board of Trade (Chamber of Commerce), as a business organization, has been serving the community of Surrey since 1918.
In 1964, three of the five local Chambers of Commerce in Surrey amalgamated to form the Surrey Regional Chamber of Commerce. However, the Cloverdale and the White Rock/South Surrey Chambers chose not to amalgamate.
The Surrey Regional Chamber of Commerce was incorporated under the federal Board of Trade Act of Industry Canada. The Chamber Offices were housed at the Guildford Library building from 1969 until 1998.
In 1996 the name Surrey Regional Chamber of Commerce was changed to Surrey Chamber of Commerce.
The primary function of the Chamber has been networking for its business members and providing a strong local business voice at the various levels of government.
With the help of saved funds, a location was agreed upon and the Surrey Chamber of Commerce building was built in 1997. In December 1998, the offices were moved to the new location at 14439 104th Avenue.
In 2006, the membership voted to change the name of the organization to the Surrey Board of Trade to better represent the work done by the organization for their member businesses.
The Board is run under the able direction of 14 Board of Directors.
The day to day operations are managed by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and 11 staff.
There are approximately 129 Chambers of Commerce in the province. The average Chamber membership is under 500.