Doors Open in Surrey: International Trade in Action

2017, Summit Who Needs Canada?, Democracy, Economy

Canada’s role in international trade affects our lives on a daily basis, but many of us know very little about the movement of goods, products, and people around our cities and the world, let alone the impact this has on our nation’s economy. SFU Public Square, in partnership with SFU Surrey and Surrey Schools, will fill this knowledge gap by inviting 85 Surrey high school students from grades 10-12 on a tour of two of their city’s most innovative and essential trading hubs for a first-hand look at trade in action.

Students begin their day at SFU Surrey to join Stephen Dooley, the Executive Director of SFU Surrey, for a morning dialogue session on the many ways that international trade impacts us. Joining Stephen will be the Superintendent of the Surrey School District, Jordan Tinney; CEO of Surrey Board of Trade, Anita Huberman; Director of Technology and Innovation at the Ministry of International Trade, Nina Cagic; and Investment Manager at Export Development Canada, Tammy Huston.

Students will begin their site visits at Powertech Labs, one of the biggest testing and research laboratories in North America, where they will gain firsthand knowledge about how energy is produced, regulated, and traded in British Columbia and with our southern neighbours.

Next, they will visit the Fraser Surrey Docks, the largest modern, multi-purpose marine terminal on the West Coast of North America. Here, students will learn about the role this busy port plays in the international trade ecosystem, how the terminal supports the Canadian economy, and future job opportunities.

Mon, 06 Mar 2017

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PT)

SFU Surrey
Powertech Labs
Fraser Surrey Docks

About Who Needs Canada?

The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a critical opportunity to think and engage on Canada’s role in the world. At the same time, global trends show a growing divergence between the values Canada upholds and events taking place outside of our borders.

In light of the possible futures before us, what role does Canada need to play on the world stage?

What risks might Canada face as a result of this shifting political landscape?

What value can Canada offer to the world?

Is Canada needed? If so, why?

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