Surrey Board of Trade expanding into city’s health and technology district

The Surrey Board of Trade is expanding its reach with the purchase of a second site in Surrey’s Health and Technology District in Whalley as part of a co-ownership deal with Western Community College.

The principal office of the Board of Directors is at 101-14439 104 Ave. This second space at 207-9639 137A Street is expected to open in early 2023 and will be called the Surrey Technology and Skills Centre.

“As the business organization for urban development in Surrey, the Surrey Board of Trade uses its tax equity to scale up economic development projects to transform the Board of Trade/Chamber of Commerce business model, improve local and regional market conditions and raise our profile.” Anita Huberman, CEO of the board, said Thursday. “We are extremely grateful to Western Community College for their partnership as we continue our human resources projects together and address the labor law challenges of our business community. We are bridging private education and our ongoing work with public education to offer our members an unparalleled value proposition.”

Huberman said that no other Chamber of Commerce or Chamber of Commerce is “expanding in this way to meet the economic needs of our society and business community.

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“This acquisition enhances the Surrey Board of Trade’s ability to achieve our goals of supporting businesses and attracting new customers,” she said.

Gurpal Dhaliwal is CEO of Western Community College, a private post-secondary institute established in Surrey in 2012 with three campuses.

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“Western Community College is committed to helping businesses across the community develop a highly skilled and skilled workforce,” said Dhaliwal. “We have worked successfully with the Surrey Board of Trade on several federal and provincial labor market training programs to build a vibrant and digitally skilled workforce in Surrey. We are proud to be the education partner of this initiative.”

The Surrey Board of Trade said in a press release that the new Surrey Technology and Skills Center “will be the leading center for research, business and innovation, creating local and global opportunities for the ecosystem that continues to expand in Surrey Health and Technology District” that connects education and business with a focus on global partnerships through the Surrey International Trade Center “to support education and diversity”. It will include health and technology training programmes, international partnerships and the expansion of the Surrey International Trade Centre, as well as an Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, a Cybercrime Center of Excellence, a Blockchain Center of Excellence, an Immigrant Innovation Lab and entrepreneurship centers for women and youth.

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