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 over 22 years have celebrated Surrey businesses in this way. 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 business person of the year.

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

Realizing that this year has been one of incredible hardships among the business community, but also one that has brought the community together in a way we haven’t seen before, a focus will be made on business resiliency and a sense of community. Additionally we will recognize excellence in innovation, environmental business practices, and international trade.

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

The 2020 event took place digitally on Thursday, November 5th. Included in the event was live entertainment, virtual networking, virtual exhibitor hall, and the lively main event featuring the presentation of all 8 awards!

Watch the Live Entertainment playback

Watch the Awards Show

Download the event E-Program

2020 Winners

Business Person of the Year: Roger Steers, RJC Engineers 

Business Resilience Winner with 1-10 Employees: Mainland Whisky

Business Resilience Winner with 11 – 40 Employees: My Greek Taverna

Business Resilience Winner with 41+ Employees: Nana’s Kitchen & Hot Sauce Ltd.

Not-for-Profit Resilience: Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society

Surrey International Trade Award: Sundher Group

Surrey Innovation Award: Firetech Manufacturing Ltd.

Surrey Environment and Business Award: OCION Water Sciences Inc.

2020 Finalists

Business Person of the Year Category:
Sarwan Dhaliwal, Standard Insulation & Siding Ltd.
Roger Steers, RJC Engineers
Ryan Moreno, Joseph Richard Group

Business Resilience 1-10 Employees Category:
Boosh Food Inc.
KB Honey Family
Mainland Whisky

Business Resilience 11-40 Employees Category:
Miracon Development Inc.
My Greek Taverna
Russell Brewing Co.

Business Resilience 41+ Employees Category:
Morgan Creek Golf Course
McDonald’s (SOSTIS Inc.)
Nana’s Kitchen & Hot Sauce Ltd.

Not-for-Profit Resilience Category:
Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of Canada
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society
Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society

Environment and Business Category:
Heritage Gardens Cemetery
Ivanhoe Cambridge (Guildford Town Centre)
Ocion Water Sciences Inc.

Innovation Category:
Firetech Manufacturing Ltd.
We Do Laundry Services Inc.
Wellin5 Inc.

International Trade Category:
LMS Reinforcing Steel Group
Micromatter Technologies Inc.
Sundher Group


Nominations are now closed for 2020.

Fill out the online application form at the links below!

  • Business Resilience Award (1-10 employees, 11-40 employees or 41+ employees).
  • Not-For-Profit / Association Resilience Award
  • Business Person of the Year (any leadership role)
  • Environment and Business Award
  • Innovation Award
  • International Trade Award

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
  • 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.

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 Resilience Award (1-10 employees)
  2. Business Resilience Award (11-40 employees)
  3. Business Resilience Award (41+ employees)
  4. Not-For-Profit / Association Resilience Award
  5. Business Person of the Year (any leadership role)
  6. Environment and Business Award
  7. Innovation Award
  8. International Trade Award


Please submit your nomination online or 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