Surrey International Trade Awards

Surrey's International Trade AwardsThe Surrey International Trade Awards provide recognition for the success of import and export achievement, raises awareness of the vital contribution international trade makes to B.C.’s economy and provides a catalyst for companies to reach even higher levels of excellence.

The Surrey Board of Trade is proud to have initiated this event. This event speaks to the reality that Surrey businesses are part of the global economic equation. Countries cannot live in isolation. They have to mutually share their prosperity, technical know-how and undertake trade in order to sell their surplus products. The world economy is inter-dependent. Economic progress of a nation depends upon its ties with other countries.

The Economic Advantage of International Trade:

  1. Monetary gains to the respective country indulging in trade.
  2. More variety of goods available for consumers.
  3. Better quality of goods.
  4. Competition both at the international level as well as local level.
  5. Closer ties between nations.
  6. More exchange of technical know-how.
  7. Local producers will try to improve the quality of their products.
  8. Increase in employment locally.

The 2018 event will take place on Thursday, September 13 at the Civic Hotel.

Event Details

Nominations are now closed. Thank you to those who submitted a nomination.

2018 Winners

Small Business Category (Revenue under $15 million)

Winner: Kitply Industries

Kitply Industries is a wholesale distribution company that sources over 20,000 products globally from its suppliers in Canada, US, China, Japan, and Europe. These products are warehoused in Surrey, BC and sold to manufacturers and distributors of cabinets, furniture, millwork and closets across Canada. Kitply has launched two sub-brands called GrizzlyPly and Kitlam, a line of socially and environmentally conscious plywood and engineered-wood products. These will soon be promoted internationally as sustainable and socially conscious alternative to run-of-the-mill commodity plywood and engineered plywood.

Large Business Category (Revenue over $15 million)

Winner: Indus Travels

Indus Travels specializes in small group tours and independent vacations to over 50 worldwide destinations, featuring unbeatable prices with unparalleled comfort. What sets Indus Travels apart are their professional Travel Planners who design each tour in collaboration with their extensive network of supplier partners in local destination. Indus Travels has been awarded Best Tour Operator to India, and named the Top Tour Operator at South African Tourism’s Ubuntu Awards in 2015.

Previous Winners



Small Business Category (Revenue under $15 million)
Winner: Eat Real Snack Food Canada Ltd.

Eat Real snacks, fruit and nut bars are based on three very simple concepts that are Taste, Nutrition and Real Ingredients. Their desire is to create a product that is an enjoyable healthy alternative to standard snack and confectionery items and to distinguish themelves from other brands that are ever present on our supermarket shelves. Made from real, natural ingredients with no added nasties (artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives), they have something for the whole family that can be enjoyed at any time of the day!

Large Business Category (Revenue over $15 million)
Winner: Coast Fraser Enterprises Ltd.

Coast Fraser Enterprises Ltd. is a major lumber export distributor of North American wood products in Asia. Located in Surrey, Coast Fraser has an established presence, both in the North American forest product industry, and with customers throughout Asia. At Coast Fraser, they strive to provide value, establish reliability, and achieve sustainability. These core beliefs are vital to their efforts in global distribution services and the establishment of a growth-oriented, enriching multi-platform for our clients, suppliers, business partners, and employees.



Small Business Category (Revenue under $15 million)Winner: Nana’s Kitchen
Nana’s Kitchen is strategically addressing the export market with their brand difference of “convenient comfort foods with a global taste”. With 75% of their market revenues being derived from the export market, Nana’s Kitchen produces global taste profile food products for grocery retail and food service sectors. Unlike many of their competitors that promote just samosas, Nana’s Kitchen proudly supplies handmade savory and sweet entrée items that are inspired by the culture, caring, and kitchen memories of many ‘Nanas’ all over the world.

Large Business Category (Revenue over $15 million)Winner: Coast Clear Wood Ltd.
Coast Clear Wood is a specialty wood products manufacturer and marketing company based in Surrey, with sales of approximate $28 million in 2015. They buy logs from the major coastal forest products companies and cut them into custom products for a very specific customer base. Their motto is “We strive for excellence” as they execute against our value proposition of matching a customers’ unique lumber requirements with the available raw material supply. They sell to domestic and international marketplaces with their products being used in the construction industry as well as in the manufacturing process for windows, doors, flooring, cabinetry, furniture and much more.



Small Business Category (Revenue under $15 million)
Winner: Tropical Link Canada

Tropical Link Canada are processors, exporters and importers of all natural and organic food and beverages. Their products are marketed under the “SNOW FARMS” and “WILD TUSKER” brands. “SNOW FARMS” brand products mainly consist of a wide range of dried cranberries, blueberries and cherries as well as juice concentrates of 100% Canadian origin and are sold in over 26 countries globally. From every WILD TUSKER branded products we sell part of the proceedings go to the uplifting of Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka. Tropical Link’s cranberries and blueberries are sourced only from Canada. Their flagship brand is WILD TUSKER, and they import the highest quality all natural, organic and conventional coconut-based products, spices and wide range of speciality rice.

Large Business Category (Revenue over $15 million)
Winner: LMS Reinforcing Steel Group

Headquartered in Surrey, BC, LMS Reinforcing Steel Group is the leading independent fabricator and installer of reinforcing steel and post-tensioning in Western Canada.   Since 1998, LMS has capitalized on their sophisticated approach to sourcing CSA approved rebar from international sources to service the residential, commercial, infrastructure, and institutional construction sectors.  Their commitment to superior performance, focus on high quality customer service and investment in the training and development of their 400-plus ironworkers, LMS has earned the reputation of being a reliable industry leader and a valuable construction partner on large scale projects.  In Surrey, LMS’ rebar and post tension cable is featured on such projects as 3 Civic Plaza, the Grandview Aquatic Centre, the RCMP E-Division Headquarters, the Khalsa Secondary School, The Hub at King George Station, the City of Surrey Main Works Yard Operations and the 152nd Street Overpass.



Small Business Category (Revenue under $15 million)
Winner: Martin Automated Systems Inc.

Martin Automated Systems provides innovative solutions offering automation assessment and parts prototype design services. Martin Automated Systems exports assembly line automated machinery, services and solutions to the United States, Mexico, Turkey and Brazil, and regularly imports parts and components from the United States and China.

Large Business Category (Revenue over $15 million)
Winner: Patton & Cooke Co.

Patton and Cooke designs and manufactures medium and high voltage electrical equipment for mines, utilities and industrial customers. They export to over twenty-five countries on six continents. Over the past five years, Patton & Cooke Co. has put an emphasis on cost reduction strategies, making them competitive in virtually all international markets. This has resulted in an increase in sales by 5.8 million dollars.



Large Business – Fruiticana

Small Business – Safe Software Inc.



Surrey Export Award Winner – Garaventa Lift (Canada) Ltd.



Surrey Export Award Winner: Singer Valve Inc.



Agriculture and Primary Products Exporter of the Year: Punjab Milk Foods

Emerging Technologies Exporter of the Year; Patton & Cooke Company

Manufacturing Exporter of the Year: Bekaert Canada Ltd. 

Service Exporter of the Year: Fraser Surrey Docks



Gateway Services Award category, sponsored by JobRox Solutions Inc.

The Gateway Services Award category includes companies who have assisted in exporting and include businesses in the classifications of e-mail systems, transportation networks, border crossing, brokerage houses, and financial services.

Year 2007 Surrey Export Award Winner in the Gateway Services Award category: Custom House Global Foreign Exchange

2. Manufacturing Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada.

The Manufacturing Exporter of the Year Award category includes nominees that engage in  (1) durable goods such as lumber and wood, furniture and fixtures, primary metal, fabricated metal, machinery, electric and electronic equipment, transportation equipment, motor vehicles and equipment, stone, clay, and glass, and instruments and (2) non durable goods such as food, textile mills, apparel, paper, chemicals, petroleum, rubber and plastics.”

The Year 2007 Surrey Export Award in the Manufacturing Award category: Analytic Systems