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.

Keynote speaker: The Honourable James Gordon Carr, Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification.

Minister Carr has been a dedicated business and community leader in Winnipeg for more than 30 years. He entered public life in 1988, when he was elected to represent Fort Rouge in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoiba. Minister Carr’s community leadership has earned him numerous awards including the Canada 125 Medal, The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Manitoba.

The 2019 event will take place on Thursday, May 9 at the Civic Hotel.

Event Details


2019 Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline: Monday, April 8, 2019


Please submit your nomination to:

Melissa Peel
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
T: 604.634.0347
F: 604.588.7549

Rhona Doria
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
T: 604.634.0344
F: 604.588.7549

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.

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



Small Business Category (Revenue under $15 million)Winner: Nana’s Kitchen

Large Business Category (Revenue over $15 million)Winner: Coast Clear Wood Ltd.



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

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



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

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



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: Custom House Global Foreign Exchange

Manufacturing Award category: Analytic Systems