Luncheon: Economic Importance of the Lower Fraser River

During the Summer, thirteen Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade in the Lower Mainland released a report titled, ‘The Economic Importance of the Lower Fraser River’ highlighting the national economic significance of the Fraser River, and threats to future growth. The Lower Fraser River is a vitally important resource for not just the Lower Mainland and British Columbia but Canada as a whole. Port activity on the Lower Fraser rivals Canadian traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Port Metro Vancouver as a whole is the largest port in Canada and the largest port by export tonnage in all of North America.

The next step in the process of bringing greater awareness and attention to the major risks facing the sustainability and prosperity of the Lower Fraser River will be a luncheon that you are invited to, on October 16th at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey. This lunch event will explore in greater detail the findings of the research report and how to best act on them. Speakers will also identify opportunities for economic development opportunities for business.

Moderated by: Stephen Bruyneel, Chair, Fraser River Discovery Centre
Keynote Speaker: Colin Hansen, Chair, Fraser Basin Council
Jeff Scott, Fraser Surrey Docks
Tom Corsie, Port Metro Vancouver
Matt Pitcairn, Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Dave Park, Economist

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 11:30am to 2:00pm
Venue: Sheraton Hotel in Surrey (15269-104 Avenue)
To Register: Online at or email Jo-Ann Huber at

This event is being organized by the Surrey Board of Trade and New Westminster Chamber of Commerce on behalf of:
Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Burnaby Board of Trade, Langley Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Vancouver Board of Trade, Maple Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Mission Chamber of Commerce, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, Hope Chamber of Commerce, Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, Delta Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by: Port Metro Vancouver and Fraser Surrey Docks