Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman

Huberman named Top 40 under 40 winner

The Business in Vancouver newspaper award cites the changes she's made since SBOT CEO

Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman has been named a one of the top 40 influential people under 40 years old.

The 2011 Top 40 under 40 winners were announced by Business in Vancouver newspaper on Dec. 13, honouring top achievers under 40 years old.

Huberman was recognized for her role in the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) of the province’s second most populous city.

As CEO of the lobby group, Huberman oversees 400 volunteers and a budget of nearly $1 million.

She has been an SBOT employee since she graduated from SFU with a bachelor of arts and communications in 1996.

After becoming CEO in 2007, Huberman has created new awards programs such as the Surrey Women in Business Awards.

She also spearheaded the SBOT’s first trade mission to a foreign country when she joined 80 business people on a trip to China in 2007.

She undertook a similar mission to India this year.

That trip facilitated seven memorandums of understanding to be signed so far. She is planning a trade mission next year to Brazil.

“The solid international trade portfolio has been one of my greatest accomplishments,” she said in a release. “I also helped build an international trade centre. I went to consulate offices and created relationships that no one has had in the board of trade and chamber industry in B.C. Those relationships resulted in a formal letter of understanding to partner together in different trade opportunities.”

While Huberman has been at the SBOT helm, the board of trade has grown from 1,200 members to 1,500. She has also embarked on programs to make those members more active.

For example, she transformed government advocacy from being a single team covering all issues to having seven separate teams that include 400 volunteers.

Outside of work she is a director of the Surrey Foundation, which raises money to give to not-for-profit organizations.

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