Digital Town Hall – Preparing for CUSMA – the New NAFTA
Digital Town Hall – Back to Business with New Technology
Digital Town Hall – A Conversation with the Hon. Selina Robinson
Digital Town Hall – A Conversation with the Hon. Catherine McKenna
Digital Town Hall – Changing How You Serve Customers
Digital Town Hall – A Conversation with the Hon. David Eby
Digital Town Hall – COVID-19 and Health and Safety in the Workplace – WorkSafeBC
Digital Town Hall – Personal Estate Planning and Planning Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19
Digital Town Hall – Considerations for Reopening Your Business Post-Pandemic
Digital Town Hall – A Conversation with the Hon. Bruce Ralston
Digital Town Hall – A Conversation with the Hon. Judy Darcy
Digital Town Hall – Your Top 10 Questions Answered: Managing Cash Flow
Digital Town Hall – COVID-19 Immigration and Travel Bans in Canada and USA
Digital Town Hall – A Conversation with the Hon. Harry Bains
Digital Town Hall – Economic Update with Jock Finlayson, Business Council of BC
Digital Town Hall – Your Top 10 Questions Answered: Managing an Unexpected Remote Workforce
Digital Town Hall – Your Top 10 Questions Answered: Construction Industry and COVID-19
Digital Town Hall – Your Top 10 Questions Answered: Insurance Claims, Coverage and Considerations
Digital Town Hall – A Conversation with the Hon. Melanie Joly
Digital Town Hall – Your Top 10 Questions Answered: Accessing Government Support
Digital Town Hall – A Conversation with the Hon. Mona Fortier
Digital Town Hall – Your Top 10 Questions Answered: New Tax Measures and COVID-19
Digital Town Hall – Your Top 10 Questions Answered: Human Resources and COVID-19
LNG, MINING & FORESTRY OPPORTUNITIES BC’s Natural Resource Industries
BC is home to unparalleled natural beauty and resources and a thriving economy. Natural resources are the foundation of our province. They support hundreds of thousands of jobs and generate revenues that help build infrastructure for residents.
The Honourable Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, provided an update on his goals and priorities for the Ministry under his leadership. We heard from leaders in the LNG, mining and forestry industries for a discussion on the current state of their sector, the future of their industry, how these three industries interconnect and the business opportunities that are present.
Bryan Cox, President and CEO, BC LNG Alliance
Michael Goehring, President and CEO, Mining Association of BC
Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries
Moderated by Ken Peacock, Chief Economist and Vice President, Business Council of BC
PLUS, hear an overview of the BC Chamber of Commerce’s BC Natural Resources Survey from President and CEO Val Litwin.
Surrey Hot Topic Dialogue Update on Surrey’s Police Transition with Wally Oppal
Last year, the Surrey Board of Trade held one of their most popular Hot Topic Dialogues on Surrey’s public safety infrastructure. Now, with a Provincial Task Force in charge of the proposed Surrey police transition, Surrey’s business community heard a progress update.
City Leadership Series: Lunch with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
On Wednesday, February 12, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted the first City Leadership Series, featuring Calgary Mayor, Naheed Neshi. His presentation focused on the following:
- Economic development initiatives
- Transportation infrastructure
- Arts and culture infrastructure
- Emergency infrastructure
- and other leadership initiatives
2020 Economic Forecast Lunch
On Thursday, February 6, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted the 2020 Economic Forecast Lunch, featuring Pierre Cléroux Vice President, Research and Chief Economist at BDC. Hear what’s expected of our local, provincial, federal, and international economies and what that means to your business or not-for-profit association.
2020 Surrey Entrepreneur Showcase Series
The Entrepreneurial Journey – January 31
On January 31, 2020, 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:
1. Sara Forte – Founder and Owner, Forte Law
Industry: Employment and Labour Law
2. Dr. Ryan D’Arcy – Co-Founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer, HealthTech Connex
Industry: Health and Technology
3. Charan Sethi – President and Chief Visionary Officer, Tien Sher Group of Companies, and 2020 Surrey Business Person of the Year
Industry: Development and Construction
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 on 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.
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.
- 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.
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