The Surrey Board of Trade has been selected by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as one of the country's top three chambers of commerce.
The SBoT is competing against the Regina Chamber of Commerce and the Mississauga Board of Trade for the top title, to be determined at a national conference held in Kelowna from Sept. 28 to 30.
"There are 450 chambers and boards of trade across the nation, and for us to be recognized in this way for the work that we do - to drive business, to drive the economy and support business - is huge," said SBoT CEO Anita Huberman. "It really gives us great leverage to do other things to help businesses."
The Surrey board was picked for its Human Resources Solutions for Immigrant Talent initiative, a 12-month pilot project that began in February with a focus on matching skilled immigrants with appropriate jobs. Huberman said the project aims to close the immigrant skills gap by helping local businesses facing labour challenges find qualified workers.
"The whole purpose of the project is to link business with education and also those immigrants that have skills, but are not able to find a job," she said. "We have to present our project in front of the delegates at our conference at the end of September."
SBoT's initiative, funded by the provincial government, uses specialists from Douglas College and PEER's Employment & Education Resources to help place skilled workers in appropriate work environments. Together they provide resources and training to participating employers and employees for free, develop performance plans and identify business and personal needs to create accommodating schedules.
Following presentations by the finalists, delegates will decide a winner at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce conference.
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