Surrey Business Excellence Awards

Surrey Business Excellence Awards

This Surrey Board of Trade awards program celebrates Business in Surrey – a great place to live, learn and work! The businesses featured each year – the nominees and finalists – have reached a special point of business success. The Surrey Board of Trade for the past 20 years have celebrated Surrey businesses in this way. During the awards program that takes place in November, attendees learn what the Surrey Board of Trade represents to their business members which is; economic opportunity, workplace development and education, international trade, government advocacy and business connections. The 2019 event took place on November 13.

Surrey is the fastest growing city in Canada and a powerful economic engine in the Lower Mainland. With the largest industrial land base in the region, businesses from near and far are looking at Surrey as their choice to do business in. Surrey has the advantage of being centrally located in the fast-developing Fraser Valley between the commercial hub of Vancouver and the US Border.

Surrey has five major highways as well as deep sea docking facilities and proximity to two international airports – Abbotsford and Vancouver.

Surrey is exciting now! Surrey has an exciting future! And you are ALL a part of it!

Surrey also stands at a critical juncture where the right decisions and investments have and will create economic opportunities for a generation and beyond. The Surrey Board of Trade stands behind the decisions to create a vibrant downtown Surrey and to develop all town centres in Surrey. Why? This harnesses the ability to bring in international businesses as well as local and national investment opportunities for Surrey. The government advocacy, that the Surrey Board of Trade engages in has realized many successes and delivered great media profile locally and nationally. Please check out the work that they do behind the scenes to drive Surrey’s economy at their website –

The event focuses on the strength and innovation within every entrepreneur to take an idea and use it as the foundation for building a business. The video presentations, shown in the evening, are inspirational – from the very small business to the large business to the not for profit service organization to the very innovative student entrepreneurs.

They are all trendsetters. They have made their dreams a reality and inspire others to make their dreams come true.


Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Fill out the online application form at the links below!

The objective of the awards is to help local businesses and organizations improve their performance while providing an introduction to business assessment and business excellence models.

Anyone can nominate a business or individual for a Surrey Business Excellence Award and self-nominations are accepted. A Surrey Board of Trade membership is not required, although the business must have a Surrey business license.


  • Categories 1 – 3: Number of employees is based on equivalent full-time employees
  • Categories 1 – 5: Businesses must have been in business for more than 3 years
  • Category 6: Business must have been in operation for a minimum of 6 months and no longer than 3 years. Businesses nominated in this category must be a new business and may not be previously operating anywhere. (ie: no franchises, no re-purchased businesses, no new locations).
  • Category 7: Nominees must be 35 years or younger, and own a Surrey-based business.
  • The business premises must be located within Surrey and have a current Surrey business license.
  • Previous winners in a particular category are ineligible for 3 years following the year in which they won.
  • A business/organization may only be nominated in one category.
  • Applications must be completed to be accepted, including letter of financial health and business license.

The information provided in response to the following questions provides the basis on which finalists are determined. Please respond to the questions as clearly and completely as possible in order to give the judging panel the best information on which to base their initial decisions. The SBOT reserves the right to change categories.

For assistance in completing a nomination form, or any questions about a nomination, please contact Heather Booth, Events and Communications Manager at 604.634.0341 or

The Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey Business Excellence Awards are accessible to all businesses in Surrey. The awards help local organizations improve their performance, while providing an introduction to business assessment and business excellence models.


  1. Business Excellence Award (1-10 employees)
  2. Business Excellence Award (11-40 employees)
  3. Business Excellence Award (41+ employees)
  4. Not-For-Profit / Association Award
  5. Business Person of the Year (any leadership role)
  6. New Business of the Year (Surrey business operating less than 3 years)
  7. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (35 years or younger, own a Surrey-based business)

A Corporate Social Responsibility Award will also be presented, and selected from the Finalists from Categories 1-4 and Category 6.

Recognizing how important social responsibility is to their customers, many companies now focus on and practice a few broad categories of CSR:

1. Environmental efforts: One primary focus of corporate social responsibility is the environment. Businesses regardless of size have a large carbon footprint. Any steps they can take to reduce those footprints are considered both good for the company and society as a whole.

2. Philanthropy: Businesses can also practice social responsibility by donating money, products or services to social causes. Larger companies tend to have a lot of resources that can benefit charities and local community programs.

3. Ethical labor practices: By treating employees fairly and ethically, companies can also demonstrate their corporate social responsibility. This is especially true of businesses that operate in international locations with labor laws that differ from those in the United States.

4. Volunteering: Attending volunteer events says a lot about a company’s sincerity. By doing good deeds without expecting anything in return, companies are able to express their concern for specific issues and support for certain organizations.


Please submit your nomination to:

Heather Booth
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
T: 604.634.0341
F: 604.588.7549

Previous Winners

2019 Winners

Business Person of the Year Winner:
Charan Sethi, Tien Sher Group of Companies

1-10 Employees Winner:
Beta Collective Inc.

11-40 Employees Winner:
Zenterra Developments Ltd.

41+ Employees Winner:
Cloverdale Paint Inc.

Not-for-Profit/Association of the Year Winner:
Kids Play Youth Foundation

New Business of the Year Winner:
Arcade Party Truck Ltd.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Winner:
Hassib Sarwari, Afghan Kitchen

Corporate Social Responsibility Award Winner:
Safer Schools Together

2018 Winners

Business Person of the Year:
Philip Aguirre, Newton Business Improvement Association and Old Surrey Restaurant

1-10 Employees Award:
Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy Inc.

11-40 Employees Award:
HealthTech Connex Inc.

41+ Employees Award:
Silver Icing Inc.

New Business of the Year Award:
Maple Organics

Not-for-Profit of the Year Award:
Surrey Hospital Foundation

Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award:
Silver Icing Inc.

Winners Previous to 2019

Past FinalistS and AWARD WINNERS