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Surrey Board of Trade and PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs’ Pitch Event

PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs unveiled the PowerPlay Ambassador Program at a Surrey Board of Trade Business Pitch evening on November 28th featuring Grade 5-7 students. PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs is a Canadian charity that has a mandate to help young Canadians prepare for the future of work. They often collaborate with entrepreneurs, business professionals and other community leaders that share their passion for supporting education and empowering youth. This year they have officially developed the PowerPlay Ambassador Program to foster this community connection at the grassroots level, by having business volunteers directly interact with students that participate in their elementary school program and at subsequent extracurricular events. This feature adds educational value and excitement to the program as students can further connect their learning to the real world.


4th Annual Agriculture Industry Awards

November 21st, the Surrey Board of Trade, as part of their agricultural advocacy, presented the 4th Surrey Agriculture Leadership Award. The award is presented to Surrey-based business/organization that has made a positive impact to Surrey’s agricultural industry. The winner was A. Rocha Canada!

About the 2019 Surrey Agriculture Leadership Award Winner:

A. Rocha Canada is a registered charity where they transform people and places into healthy communities through three core programs: sustainable community agriculture, conservation science (research and restoration of watersheds), and environmental education for all ages. A. Rocha continuously supports Surrey farmers and communities through their sustainable agriculture projects such as Farm to Families, Community Shared Agriculture and Community Garden Network. Over the course of their 16 years in Surrey, A. Rocha’s centre has proven its capacity to continually update their services to better serve Surrey’s environmental needs, while also being a warm place of welcome and experiential education. The farm is integral to this work and will continue to be a leader in Surrey and to Metro Vancouver.


2019 Development Industry Forum

The Surrey Board of Trade hosts an annual Development Industry Forum in partnership with the City of Surrey and others. The purpose is to explore how best to meet the growing needs of Surrey’s community while committing to achieve excellence in developing a walkable, liveable, and economically thriving city.


All Candidates Dialogue

The Surrey Board of Trade hosted invited all candidates in the Surrey area (Newton, Centre, Fleetwood-Port Kells, Cloverdale-Langley, and South Surrey) to tell their prospective constituents how they would represent them on the federal level.


Lunch with TransLink CEO, Kevin Desmond, and Mayors’ Council Chair, Jonathan Cote

On Thursday, September 26, the Surrey Board of Trade will host TransLink CEO, Kevin Desmond. The presentation focused on:

  • TransLink’s next steps for transit and transportation investments in the Surrey and South Fraser region, including the new RapidBus program and the proposed SkyTrain extension
  • How over 500,000 people use transit every day in Metro Vancouver. In fact, TransLink is leading transit agencies in Canada and the United States, experiencing 18% transit ridership growth between 2016 and 2018
  • TransLink’s $9 billion transit expansion plan, including unprecedented increases in bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain service, and new project plans Ride hailing and new technologies that will disrupt transportation
  • TransLink’s plans for the future of regional transportation with Transport 2050, its largest public engagement ever

Kevin was joined by Mayor Jonathon Cote, Chair, Mayors’ Council as well.


Town Hall Meeting with People’s Party of Canada Leader, Maxime Bernier

The Surrey Board of Trade hosted its fourth Business Town Hall with the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier. Previous leaders hosted by the Surrey Board of Trade include: Andrew Scheer; Elizabeth May, and; Jagmeet Singh.


Energy Lunch with Special Guest Speaker Rob Broen, CEO of Athabasca Oil

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 as part of energy Week, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted an energy luncheon sponsored by CAPP


Town Hall Meeting with NDP Leader, The Honourable Jagmeet Singh

On August 26, 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade held a the Business Town Hall Meeting with NDP Leader, The Honourable Jagmeet Singh.

Remarks by the Honourable Jagmeet Singh


The State of the Oil & Gas Industry and Pipeline Update

Terry Abel, Executive Vice President, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) provided an update and overview of the state of the oil and gas industry at Surrey Board of Trades 55th Annual General Meeting.


3rd Annual Surrey Arts & Business Award

The Surrey Board of Trade announced the winners of the 3rd Surrey Arts & Business Awards on June 14, 2019. The event drew Surrey’s business community, artists and BC’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lisa Beare, to celebrate Surrey’s creative industry.

Awards:

Arts and Innovation Award Category Winner: Brotherhood Dance Crew

Cultural Ambassador Award Category Winner: Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Philanthropy Award Category Winner: Charan Sethi

Legacy Award Category Winner: Chris Thornley

Music Award Category Winner: Richard Tichelman


Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue: The Fraser River and Opportunities – June 4

The Fraser River is an untapped market to grow Surrey’s economy. On June 4th, 2019, the Surrey Board of hosted the Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue about the The Fraser River. The Fraser River is an untapped market to grow Surrey’s economy.

Panelists:

  • Stephen Bruyneel, Director of External Relations & Development at the Fraser River Discovery Centre
  • Jeff Scott, CEO of Fraser Surrey Docks
  • Lisa Leblanc, Manager of Transportation at the City of New Westminster


Surrey Entrepreneur Showcase Series – The Entrepreneurial Journey – May 31

On May 31, 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted an insightful conversation with Surrey entrepreneurs and industry experts at the Surrey Entrepreneur Morning Showcase, a series of events featuring Surrey business leaders in different industries and business sizes. The panelists included:

Sandra Christian – Founder and President, Creative Kids Learning Centers – Early Childhood Care
Graeme Huguet – General Manager and Owner, My House Design/Build/Team – Renovation, Custom Homes and Home Improvement
Raveena Oberoi- Owner and Head Decorator/Pastry Chef, Just Cake Bakeshop – Food and Beverage


Impact of Cannabis Legalization – A Conversation with Dr. Terry Lake

On May 22, 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted Dr. Terry Lake, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility at HEXO and the former BC Minister of Health, as he talked about the impact of cannabis legalization on existing trade and industries, job creation and the opportunities for businesses at both a local level and on a global scale


International Trade Awards with the Honourable James Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted the annual International Trade Awards at the Civic Hotel. Watch the event and speeches from Minister Carr, and the winner of this year’s award!


Surrey Entrepreneur Showcase Series – The Entrepreneurial Journey – April 26

On April 26 , 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted an insightful conversation with Surrey entrepreneurs and industry experts at the Surrey Entrepreneur Morning Showcase, a series of events featuring Surrey business leaders in different industries and business sizes. The panelists included:

Larry Fisher – Founder and President, Lark Group – Development & Construction

Shelina Mawani – Co-Founder, Nana’s Kitchen and Hot Sauces Ltd. – Manufacturing, Food Products, & International Trade

Kathie-Lee Olson – Owner and Creative Director, Focused Interiors – Entrepreneur & Design

This event was moderated by Likky Lavji of the Dante Group.


Business in the City New Members Breakfast with a presentation from Likky Lavji, Founder of Dante Group

On April 10, 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade held its bi-monthly Business in the City new member breakfast. Founder and keynote speaker, Likky Lavji of Dante Group conducted a spotlight presentation on the importance of connections.

Make Every Connection Matter by Dante Group


Town Hall Meeting with Green Party Leader, The Honourable Elizabeth May

On April 2, 2019, the Surrey Board of Trade held a the Business Town Hall Meeting with Green Party Leader, The Honourable Elizabeth May.

Remarks by the Honourable Elizabeth May

Question and Answers with the Honourable Elizabeth May


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

Bikesharing


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

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Suzanne Anton, NO BC Proportional Representation Society

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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.

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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.

PANEL & POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Chris Jacobs, Managing Partner, Opportunity Northwest
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Mike Holden, Chief Economist, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
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Robert Levy, Managing Director, Border Gold Corp. and Financial Commentator, CKNW
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Stephen Murphy, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Western Bank
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