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A16 • Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Burnaby NOW

“A collaborative community model involving businesses, not-for-profits, academia, citizens and all levels of government.”

Burnaby School Trustees Meiling Chia, Larry Hayes, Harman Pandher and Baljinder Narang at the City Council Reception


The Burnaby Board of Trade’s 2012 City Council Reception last month provided BBOT members with a unique opportunity to meet and connect with Burnaby City Council, Burnaby School Trustees, and even Mayor Derek Corrigan himself. The event, held at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre, also provided an opportunity for the BBOT to honour their extensive list of committee volunteers by presenting them with Certificates of Appreciation and a photo opportunity with the mayor. In his 2012 outlook, Corrigan heaped praise on the Burnaby business community that has flourished despite tough economic conditions. He specifically acknowledged companies such as Telus, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, and Simon Fraser University for being anchors in the community that have encouraged sector growth and allowed the city to become the business hub it is

recognized as today. The mayor also commented on the unique relationship the City of Burnaby enjoys with the Burnaby Board of Trade. “In Burnaby we have a Board of Trade that stretches itself to ask not only what’s good for business, but what’s good for the community as a whole,” said Corrigan. “Helping to grow a strong and vibrant community is a major part of our triple bottom line commitment, and an absolute necessity in fostering a thriving business environment,” added BBOT President and CEO, Paul Holden after the event. “What’s good for the community as a whole is equally beneficial for business owners and employees who are proud to call Burnaby home.” Also speaking at the reception was Burnaby Board of Education Chair, Larry Hayes, whose outlook included comments on community growth, new and expanding programs, and recent recognition for a program serving children of imprisoned Tamil women awaiting immigration hearings.

Celebrating 100 Ye a r s 1 9 1 2 - 2 0 1 2

City of Burnaby maintains strong ties with the Asia-Pacific region Lunar New, 1 Corrigan also indicated that City Council will continue to foster its strong ties in the Asia-Pacific with plans to visit China later this year. The BBOT thanks the Pacific Gateway Committee for their involvement in the planning of the Lunar New Year celebration. The Pacific Gateway Committee facilitates connections between the Burnaby business community and industries in the Asia-Pacific region, and pursues opportunities to create a more ethnically integrated business community. The Committee further identifies priority issues relating to trade, investment, education, and cultural exchanges between the Burnaby Board of Trade, the business community and the Asia-Pacific region.

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Businesses and volunteers recognized at 2012 City Council Reception

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan addresses guests at the BBOT Lunar New Year banquet

PACIFIC GATEWAY COMMITTEE MEMBERS: ! Jonathan Luk (Chair) HSBC Bank Canada ! Carmelita Tapia Southeast Asia Canada Business Council ! Clinton Lee BC Wine School ! Cyrilla Conforti Consulate General of Indonesia ! Garth Evans Barbeau, Evans & Goldstein ! James Soo The Enterprise Centre ! Lotus Chung Sharons Insurance Services ! May Ma Grandview Pacific Investment Group ! Mike Prodanovic Manulife Securities ! Peter Yung DTKH Developments Ltd. ! Richard T. Lee MLA Burnaby North ! Simon Chen KPMG LLP Burnaby ! Soon-Jae Lee Consulate General of the Republic of Korea ! William Tsai WT Consultation Agency ! Yama Yamazaki Window to Japan Consulting

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Canada Summer Jobs Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2012 is from February 1 to February 29, 2012. For more information on Canada Summer Jobs 2012 or to apply online visit 3rd Annual ‘The Art of Being Together’ L’Arche Greater Vancouver holds its annual art exhibit fundraiser on Saturday March 10th from 1pm to 5pm at the Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC). This event will feature works of art by some of Lower Mainland’s emerging and leading artists along with inspiring pieces created by teams of people with and without developmental disabilities. Admission is by donation. For more information, visit facebook. com/taobt or follow L’Arche on Twitter: @larchev FortisBC opens B.C.-based customer service centres The phone lines are open, marking the completion of a two-year project by FortisBC to move to in-house customer service for natural gas customers. In addition to creating new jobs,

the establishment of the two new B.C. based centres in Prince George and Burnaby will lead to benefits for all British Columbians, including growing the provincial Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and increasing tax revenues. BC Artist Showcased in Survey Exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery Renée Van Halm: Cross-Cutting/Inside Out (February 10 – April 8, 2012) An exceptional survey exhibition of artworks by B.C. artist Renée Van Halm opens at the Burnaby Art Gallery on Friday, February 10th. Focusing primarily on Van Halm’s works on paper, Renée Van Halm: Cross-Cutting/Inside Out explores in detail the artist’s interest in the role architecture plays in shaping our physical and social interactions. With this as an underlying theme, Cross-Cutting/ Inside Out surveys over thirty years of work by this recognized Canadian painter. Diamond Cabaret Purchase your tickets now for the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House annual fundraiser, “Diamond Cabaret”, on February 25th at the Burnaby Firefighter’s Banquet Room. Enjoy an evening of musical comedy and elegant burlesque, martini bar, dinner, auction, live band and the chance to win a diamond! For more information visit or call 604-431-0100. For the latest member news, visit

GET YOUR BUSINESS STARTED! Have a great business idea, but not sure how to get started? Visit the Business Services Desk at the Burnaby Board of Trade for help starting your business. The Business Services Desk offers useful resources on starting a small business and our staff can assist you in applying for the required business name approvals and necessary business registrations from the BC Corporate Registry to help get you open for business. The Business Services Desk is sponsored by Scotiabank.



Simon Fraser University is engaged with its communities to encourage the growth of a culture of sustainability.






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“I try to help students move beyond establishing the business case for sustainability. We focus on how to embed sustainability into organizational culture to support what organizations are already doing in innovation and operational excellence.”

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Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Representatives from the BC Seniors Games joining in the celebration. The Burnaby Board of Trade celebrated the Lunar New Year with a nine-course banquet at Burnaby’s Fortune House Seafood Restaurant on February 2. The soldout crowd enjoyed Chinese delicacies and live, multicultural entertainment while celebrating the Year of the Dragon. PHOTOS: Tiffany Cooper

Gloria Tom Wing Staudt (centre) with fellow guests at the BBOT’S Lunar New Year Banquet.

Bernice Holden and Chris Blignaut celebrating Lunar New Year.

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The official news letter of the Burnaby Board of Trade

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