Shelly Besse Sur­rey Board of Trade Chair for 2015

Asian Journal - - Editorial -

Ray Hud­son

With the cus­tom­ary pass­ing of the gavel by out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Ger­ard Bre­mault, Shel­ley Besse, be­came the fifty-sec­ond chair of the Sur­rey Board of Trade. Ms. Besse, the pres­i­dent of En­vi­sion Fi­nan­cial, a di­vi­sion of First West Credit Union, said her pro­fes­sional life is re­ally about mak­ing the hu­man equa­tion in the work­place work. As the Baby Boomers be­gin re­tir­ing in more se­ri­ous num­bers, the next gen­er­a­tion is pre­par­ing to step up. This will re­quire a great deal of com­mu­ni­ca­tion as each gen­er­a­tion has dif­fer­ent learn­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion paradigms. The ob­ject is for the younger and older mem­bers to men­tor each other as they learn to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate, ex­change skills, find even bet­ter ways to get the work done and pass along the mem­ory of the work­place. “If we’re go­ing to at­tract the younger gen­er­a­tions, then we need to un­der­stand how all gen­er­a­tions do busi­ness,” Besse said. She asked the au­di­ence to in­di­cate who was a men­tor or mentee, and then is­sued a chal­lenge. “Imag­ine if you will,” she said, “how much we could in­vig­o­rate the pos­si­bil­i­ties for fu­ture lead­ers in busi­ness right here in Sur­rey, if by this time next year, ev­ery sin­gle per­son in this room was ei­ther a mentee or a men­tor. Let’s make this pos­si­ble.” Ian An­der­son the Pres­i­dent of Kin­der

Photos: Ray Hud­son Mor­gan Canada ex­plained the process with which the com­pany plans to go for­ward, as they seek to bring their Tran­sMoun­tain pipeline ex­pan­sion to fruition. The pro­ject rep­re­sents a $5.5 bil­lion in­vest­ment in BC. The au­di­ence of 160 heard about this year’s group of Youth En­trepreneurs who, un­der men­tor­ship, cre­ated and ran a cor­po­ra­tion which iden­ti­fied a prod­uct to sell, cre­ated the fi­nan­cial con­trols, mar­ket­ing, HR, Sales de­part­ments and other as­pects of the real thing. The ob­ject over the months of the ex­er­cise is to gen­er­ate rev­enue but ac­tu­ally selling their cho­sen prod­uct, then wind­ing down the cor­po­ra­tion and dis­pens­ing the funds to a char­ity. This year, Covenant House re­ceived $887.50. Gover­nor James Stewart com­mented that it pro­vides a level of con­fi­dence to see these young peo­ple from grade 10 through 12 par­tic­i­pat­ing in this real life ex­pe­ri­ence. Along with Shel­ley Besse, in the Chair, Dr. Greg Thomas, (G3 Con­sult­ing) be­came 1st Vice Chair and in­com­ing Chair for 2016, Arvinder Bub­ber is Trea­surer for a three year term, and Ger­ard Bre­mault be­comes Past-Chair. New com­ers to the board in­clude Stephen Doo­ley, Bal­raj Mann, Jag Shergill and Doug Ten­nant.

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