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

The Surrey Board of Trade is expanding its operation by purchasing a second location, in Surrey’s Health and Technology district in Whalley, as part of a co-ownership deal with Western Community College.

The board’s main office is at 101-14439 104 Ave. This second space, at 207-9639 137A Street, is expected to open in early 2023 and will be named the Surrey Technology and Skills Centre.

“As Surrey’s city-building business organization, the Surrey Board of Trade is using its fiscal equity to expand economic development projects to transform the board of trade/chamber of commerce business model, elevate local and regional market conditions, and enhance 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 workforce projects together, addressing the labor challenges of our business community. We are building a bridge between private education, as well as with our continued work with public education, to deliver an unparalleled value proposition to our members.”

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

“Western Community College is committed to supporting businesses across the community in developing a highly trained and skilled workforce,” Dhaliwal said. “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 labor force in Surrey. We are proud to be the educational training partner on this initiative.”

The Surrey Board of Trade states in a press release that the new Surrey Technology and Skills Center will be “the premier center for research, business, and innovation, creating local and global opportunities for the ecosystem that continues to expand at the Surrey Health and Technology District,” bridging education and business with a focus on global partnerships through the Surrey International Trade Center “to support education and diversity.” It will feature health and technology training programs, international partnerships and Surrey International Trade Center expansion, as well as an Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, Cyber ​​Crime Center of Excellence, Blockchain Center of Excellence, Immigration Innovation Lab, and entrepreneurship hubs for women and youth .


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