The Surrey Board of Trade held its 59th Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. The program begins with a special Surrey Economic Announcement. In The Surrey Board of Trade Annual General Meeting They induct Rory Morgan of KSW Lawyers as its new Board Chair,

Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation, Brenda Bailey, and Minister of State for Trade, Jagrup Brar, special joint keynote to discuss the Stronger BC Economic Plan and work to diversify trade markets
VISAFF (Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival) has been rebranded to iSAFF Canada (International South Asian Film Festival Canada) to reflect the festival’s growth and expansion in recent years.
“I think that the VISAFF’s rebranding to iSAFF reflects how far we have come since the beginning and where we are headed. The community at large has been at the heart of this festival and we are very excited to share this exciting news with them,” says Festival Producer, Mannu Sandhu.
“I hope with the new brand we are able to take the festival to a new level internationally by showcasing more talent and creating opportunities to connect, learn and grow,” says Mannu.
“The Surrey Board of Trade, as a promotional partner, hopes to ensure that iSAFF puts Surrey on the map for the global film industry as a go-to international film festival,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “iSAFF will instigate economic opportunities and business partnerships.”
On June 22nd, the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) and Yoruba Social and Cultural Association of British Columbia (Yoruba Social and Cultural Association or The Association) formally announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a collaborative working relationship and partnership. The work will include a co-working office space at the Surrey Board of Trade, access to business support resources and support to grow the Black Business Expo in Surrey.
“Surrey is an inclusive economy and this partnership with the Yoruba Social and Cultural Association of BC will help Black Canadian business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs make important contributions to Surrey’s economy, reducing systemic barriers in starting and growing their businesses,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “The success of Surrey’s economy requires the full and equal participation of all Canadians.
“We are deeply committed to the empowerment of our community members and minority groups. In today’s world, advocating diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging can only further strengthen the economy of Surrey and Canada at large. We are excited about our partnership with SBOT, as this demonstrates their commitment to inclusiveness and diversity in Surrey. With this partnership, we are better positioned to promote entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, youth empowerment and educational opportunities in our communities” said Adebola Ige, President, Yoruba Social and Cultural Association of BC.
The Surrey Board of Trade is a city-building business organization with a diversified service portfolio to support and attract businesses to Surrey.