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2020 STATE­MENT FROM THE SUR­REY BOARD OF TRADE CEO

A call to ac­tion…for Sur­rey

- Business · International Trade Centre · Surrey

The Sur­rey Board of Trade can ac­com­plish many things, but at the heart of a suc­cess­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion is the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of its mem­bers. We are only as strong as our mem­bers. I call upon you to be ac­tive by join­ing our teams, by re­new­ing your mem­ber­ships, by get­ting other busi­nesses to join, by at­tend­ing our many in­ter­est­ing events, by pro­vid­ing feed­back on the many is­sues that I email you about, but most of all, by be­ing an am­bas­sador for Sur­rey busi­ness. To­gether, our po­ten­tial is bound­less to make Sur­rey an Op­por­tu­nity City! Thank you to our mem­bers and spon­sors for your on­go­ing sup­port of the Sur­rey Board of Trade,

Sur­rey’s non-par­ti­san, city-build­ing busi­ness or­ga­ni­za­tion. For the Sur­rey Board of Trade, as a not for profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, fi­nan­cial sup­port is de­rived solely from mem­ber­ship fees and spon­sor­ship.

In 2019, our national cham­ber of com­merce rec­og­nized the Sur­rey Board of Trade as be­ing in the top 3 in Canada for our gov­ern­ment ad­vo­cacy. I won the Com­mu­nity Builder of the Year Award, from the Sur­rey Now-leader Me­dia Group. And in 2020, in the next is­sue, you will hear of more awards that we’ve won.

We re­leased the first Sur­rey Labour Mar­ket Study and Work­force Strat­egy, hosted high pro­file key­note speak­ers, el­e­vated the Sur­rey In­ter­na­tional Trade Cen­tre port­fo­lio and con­tin­ued be­ing the des­ti­na­tion for busi­ness sup­port and busi­ness at­trac­tion. The Sur­rey Board of Trade speaks for the busi­ness com­mu­nity at pub­lic hear­ings and to the me­dia. It is a rec­og­nized voice of busi­ness. We con­tin­ued to re­ceive ex­ten­sive me­dia cov­er­age from lo­cal and national me­dia.

Last year, the Sur­rey Board of Trade con­tin­ued to be a vi­brant, grow­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing a fo­rum for de­bate on crit­i­cal is­sues. We con­tin­ued to be an in­no­va­tive pub­lic pol­icy so­lu­tion provider and a des­ti­na­tion for net­work­ing for Sur­rey’s busi­ness com­mu­nity. In fact, 15% of our 6,000 mem­ber con­tacts are out­side of Sur­rey. They join the Sur­rey Board of Trade be­cause they want to know what is hap­pen­ing in Sur­rey, they want con­nec­tions, they want gov­ern­ment ad­vo­cacy, and they want busi­ness sup­port – lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Our as­so­ci­a­tion with a net­work of Cham­bers of Com­merce and Boards of Trade around the world – in this 500-year old global in­dus­try – gives us a uniquely cred­i­ble voice.

Our goal, al­ways, is to en­sure that the Sur­rey Board of Trade is at the cen­tre of busi­ness sup­port. The events that we host align with th­ese ini­tia­tives and that of the ad­vo­cacy teams. We don’t just have a speaker event for the sake of hav­ing a speaker – ev­ery pro­gram that you see come through your emails aligns with the growth of this or­ga­ni­za­tion, through a cer­tain theme that is pro­moted – such as En­vi­ron­ment, In­ter­na­tional Trade, Tourism/arts/ Cul­ture, Work­force, So­cial Pol­icy, In­no­va­tion, Trans­porta­tion, In­dus­try, Fi­nance and more. It is all to do with driv­ing the econ­omy of your busi­ness and your city.

In our on­go­ing com­pre­hen­sive plan we will con­tinue to fo­cus on ad­dress­ing the fol­low­ing:

• Can Sur­rey and the South Fraser Eco­nomic Region achieve new stan­dards of eco­nomic vi­tal­ity and liv­abil­ity that are equal to or be­yond that en­joyed by other suc­cess­ful ar­eas?

• Can we de­velop the range of qual­ity eco­nomic, cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties needed to move Sur­rey for­ward and be­come one of the na­tion’s most liv­able cities?

• Can we en­gage the busi­ness com­mu­nity in main­tain­ing a laser-like fo­cus on strate­gies that will in­deed cre­ate a higher stan­dard of liv­abil­ity for Sur­rey and the South Fraser Eco­nomic Region?

• And re­lated to th­ese ob­jec­tives, can the Sur­rey Board of Trade achieve new lev­els of pro­duc­tiv­ity, com­mit­ment, lead­er­ship and im­pact?

The Sur­rey Board of Trade, with your help, will en­sure that:

• Busi­nesses have the op­por­tu­ni­ties and sup­ports to suc­ceed (tools, con­nec­tions, re­sources for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness sup­port; in­no­va­tion; op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­nec­tions; thriv­ing lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness cli­mate);

• Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion-mak­ers have in­for­ma­tion on cur­rent and emerg­ing is­sues and re­search from a busi­ness and eco­nomic lens; and,

• Sur­rey is at­trac­tive to busi­ness (to make Sur­rey safe, in­clu­sive and af­ford­able and for busi­ness to ac­cess a di­verse work­force with rel­e­vant skills).

Our mar­ket­place is con­stantly chang­ing – par­a­digms are shift­ing – and eco­nomic con­di­tions are dy­namic with new de­mands – which cre­ate new ex­pec­ta­tions for proac­tive and re­spon­sive lead­er­ship by the Sur­rey Board of Trade. Let’s con­tinue to power up en­tre­pre­neur­ial suc­cess in Sur­rey. Let’s con­tinue to risk, care, dream, ex­pect and ex­pand our net­works, lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The Sur­rey Board of Trade Team is here for you!

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Anita Hu­ber­man

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