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!
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.
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
Calvin Engen, Director of IT and Managing Partner at F12.Net
Saurabh Rana, Manager at PwC
David Izzard, Architecture & Cyber Security Manager at the City of Surrey
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
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.
The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Federal Conservative Party
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
Manny Dhillon, President of Dhillon Holdings
Blair Qualey, President & CEO of New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia
Lenny Freilich, Director of Strategic Accounts for Mitacs
Siraz Dalmir, Key Accounts Manager for Municipalities for FortisBC
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
Michael van Hemmen, General Manager of Cities (West), Uber
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
Dheeraj Bisla, PwC
Markita Kaulius, Families for Justice
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
Suzanne Anton, NO BC Proportional Representation Society
Watch the dialogue on our Youtube channel
Read the SBOT Press Release
Read the SBOT Summary 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:
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
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