Recent Speakers

Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue – Cyber Crime and Protecting Businesses in the Digital Age

On March 12, 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade held a Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue with members to discuss how businesses are prone to cyber attacks, where cybersecurity and cybercrime is headed, and how businesses can adapt to changing technology to better defend against potential cyber threats. The presentations made by panelists are included here for your information.

Gary Perkins, Executive Director, Chief Information Security Officer for the BC government

Victor Badeji, Senior Cybersecurity Analyst at Best Buy Canada

Cyber Security in the Future – Victor Badejo

Calvin Engen, Director of IT and Managing Partner at F12.Net

What Businesses Should Look Out For – Calvin Engen

Saurabh Rana, Manager at PwC

Cybercrime and Businesses – Saurabh Rana

PwC Global State of Information Report

David Izzard, Architecture & Cyber Security Manager at the City of Surrey

Cloud Security for Small-Medium-Businesses – David Izzard

The Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Building a Nation of Innovators

The Hon. Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

An Economic Lens on Housing Affordability and Poverty Reduction Strategies

Mayor Jonathan Cote, Chair of TransLink’s Mayors’ Council and Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, Chair of Metro Vancouver

Transportation and Land Use Planning

Surrey Board of Trade – Director Coté from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Surrey Board of Trade – Chair Dhaliwal from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Surrey Board of Trade – Q&A with Chair Dhaliwal and Dir. Coté from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

BDC Economic Forecast Lunch

SURREY BC – BDC’s Vice President and Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux gave a presentation on the economic forecast for 2019 and beyond. In his presentation, he explored whether there would be a recession, any international relation issues impeding development, and the course projected for our economic growth.

View the presentation

The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Federal Conservative Party

Business Townhall

Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue on RCMP or Municipal Police in Surrey – Learn the Facts

SURREY BC – On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted their first hot topic dialogue of 2019 at Civic Hotel Autograph Collections. The panelists featured: Bob Rolls, retired Deputy Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department; Kash Heed, former Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General; Mike Larsen, an instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and; Fraser MacRae, retired Assistant Commissioner of the Surrey RCMP.

Gas Prices & Energy – The Future of Energy in BC

On November 27, 2018, the Surrey Board of Trade held a Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue with members to discuss how gas prices are determined, where the economy is headed in terms of energy usage, and how businesses can adopt clean technology. The presentations made by panelists are included here for your information.

Morgan Maryk, Director of Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association

EVs, Charging Stations, and Business Opportunities

Manny Dhillon, President of Dhillon Holdings

Gas Price Information

Blair Qualey, President & CEO of New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia

Clean Energy Vehicles for BC

Lenny Freilich, Director of Strategic Accounts for Mitacs

Mitacs: Helping Businesses Enter the Green Economy

Siraz Dalmir, Key Accounts Manager for Municipalities for FortisBC

The Future of Energy in BC

Uber, Transit, Ridesharing & Labour Impacts

The Surrey Bard of Trade held a Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue on October 25, 2018 to discuss the labour impacts of ridesharing services like Uber and Mobi Bikes. The presentations made by the panelists are included here for your information.

Meghan Winters, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Cities, Health & Active Transportation Research Lab

Michael van Hemmen, General Manager of Cities (West), Uber

Uber Presentation

Pegah Abdolhosseini, Marketing Manager, Mobi


Cannabis and the Workplace Dialogue

Surrey Board of Trade held a Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue on September 26, 2018 to inform our members on what their businesses can expect when cannabis is legalized. Two of our panelists had presentations, and another a handout, which are included here for your information.

Cindy Zheng, McQuarrie Hunter LLP

Cannabis & Workplace Impairment Handout (CZ)

Dheeraj Bisla, PwC

PWC Surrey Cannabis Panel

Markita Kaulius, Families for Justice

Families for Justice

Worksafe BC Cannabis in the Workplace

Electoral Reform Referendum in the Fall

Surrey Board of Trade held a Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue on September 12 to further provide information to our members. Two of the panelists had presentations, which we are including here for your information.

Seth Klein, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Seth pro-rep.Surrey_BOT

Suzanne Anton, NO BC Proportional Representation Society

No BC PR powerpoint-SA-11sep2018

Watch the dialogue on our Youtube channel

Proportional Representation Dialogue September 12, 2018

Read the SBOT Press Release

Read the SBOT Summary Report

2018 PRvFPTP Survey Report

For more information on the referendum, go to Elections BC.

The report, How We Vote 2018, recommends two questions to be on the referendum. The first asks British Columbians to choose between the current First Past the Post voting system and a Proportional Representation system. The second, asks to choose between Dual Member Proportional, Mixed Member Proportional, or Rural-Urban Proportional systems. Read the full report here, and look for further information to come from the Surrey Board of Trade.


2018 Economic Forecast

On February 7, 2018, Helmut Pastrick, the Chief Economist of Central 1 Credit Union, presented his economic outlook for 2018 to members of Surrey Board of Trade, business and industry leaders. They heard what’s expected of our local, provincial, federal and international economies and what that means to their business or not-for-profit association. You can review his presentation here:

2018 Economic Forecast Presentation

2017 Surrey Board of Trade Economic Forecast

What should the business community expect during the first 100 days under President Trump’s administration? Several key issues were up for debate in Congress and it was crucial for the business community to hear from a panel of experts on February 9, 2017. The Surrey Board of Trade’s annual Economic Forecast heard from a panel of expert speakers on what’s expected for our local, provincial, federal and international economies – and what that means to business or not-for-profit association. Kirk LaPointe of Business in Vancouver moderated the session.


Chris Jacobs, Managing Partner, Opportunity Northwest

Mike Holden, Chief Economist, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

Robert Levy, Managing Director, Border Gold Corp. and Financial Commentator, CKNW

Stephen Murphy, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Western Bank