City of Surrey Hosts Community Development Forum


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The City of Surrey is hosting its inaugural Evolution of Communities Forum at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on April 22, 2015. For the first time ever, urban leaders, business executives and strategists from across Western Canada and the US will gather to share innovative approaches and tactics that transform and develop their communities. Topics to be discussed include trending issues facing communities such as the utilization of big data and public safety, information management smart infrastructure, and emergency management.

This is the premiere platform where community leaders and developers will discuss real-word situations that have been proven to drive economic growth, maximize city system automation, produce effective planning processes and enhance transportation technologies.

It is poised to inform leaders who are tasked to develop and improve sustainable cities, while keeping a keen eye on efficiency, as city leaders are constantly challenged with limited human and financial resources.

“This event will truly be the first of it’s kind in the region,” says City Councillor of Surrey and co-chair of the forum, Bruce Hayne. “It is so important to explore innovative development strategies that change the communities where we live, work, and visit – having these discussions aid in smart city development.”

Speakers range from City Councillors and Technology Leaders to Emergency Communications Experts and who are visionaries in their respective fields along with Dr. Paul Terry – the keynote speaker.  Other speakers include:

Bill Tam, President & CEO, BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA)
John Longbottom, Smarter Solutions Executive, IBM Canada Ltd.
Mr. Perry England, Board Member, Seattle 2030, VP Building Performance, MacDonald Miller (Seattle, WA)
Chief Len Garis, Fire Chief, Surrey Fire Department

Participants will have a chance to learn from these speakers, moderators, and panellists and will be able to network with like-minded community innovators.

Founding partners of this inaugural forum include Simon Fraser University and IBM. Other key sponsors that have contributed to the success of this event include KPU and FortisBC.

For more information and how to register for this visionary dialogue, visit

Dates: April 22, 2015
Time: 7:30AM – Registration; 5:00PM – Reception
Admission: $129 (Promo Code: VIPPROMO)
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 1N5

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