May 28, 2024

Fraser Valley Business News 


Steven Stark

Steven Stark, a prominent business leader from Tsawwassen First Nation, is set to make an appearance on the upcoming season of the Bears’ Lair on Aboriginal People’s Television Network to present his latest venture, Glen-TSI Projects towing.

A second artificial turf playing field, together with LED field lighting, perimeter fencing and walkway, bleachers, a below-grade drainage system, and new field equipment, will be constructed at Mackie Park in North Delta. The City of Delta marked the groundbreaking for this project on May 23.

The Bee Well Project, a collaboration between Century Group, Bria Communities and Century’s Southlands Tsawwassen community that allows seniors to get involved with small creatures, held its grand opening on May 24th.

The Delta Police Department (DPD) recently partnered with Axon Ecosystem to showcase their newest device aimed at improving community policing and streamlining administrative tasks. The event took place at Dugald Morrison Park.

On June 1, 2024, the general minimum wage increases from $16.75 to $17.40 an hour. The 3.9% increase also applies to minimum-wage rates for resident caretakers, live-in home-support workers and live-in camp leaders. The increase will help approximately 240,000 workers who currently earn less than $17.40 per hour.



The annual open house of the White Rock RCMP and White Rock Fire Rescue will take place on Saturday, June 15.

The Boates Family Foundation has contributed $1 million to the construction of a child daycare in conjunction with the new long-term care facility, which will replace the antiquated Mountain View Manor in Ladner.

The South Surrey & white Rock Chamber of Commerce have announced the finalists of the 25th Business Excellence Awards to take place on Thursday, June 27th at the White Rock Community Centre. The finalists can be found here.



James Innis

James Innis has been appointed as the new president and chief operating officer of Sutton Group Realty Services Ltd.

Jonathon Redbird has been appointed to the board of directors of Energy Plug, a Vancouver-based energy technology startup.

Neal Ranzoni has assumed the role of Contract Performance Manager at BC Hydro.

Pearce Ki-Rong Perkins has joined Macdonald Realty, South Surrey office.

Chris Gilmore has been appointed to the position of A/Assistant Deputy Minister by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation.

Phil Mach, CD, MSW, RCSW, has been named the Vice-President of BC Association of Social Workers.

A brand-new golf-themed restaurant and bar has opened in Surrey in the former Big Ridge Brewing location.

Clark Wilson is pleased to announce that Harman Kang has joined the firm as an associate in their Commercial Real Estate Law practice group. Harman’s practice covers real estate acquisitions, sales and financing residential, retail, office, industrial, and mixed-use developments and contract drafting and reviews.

Bell & Gossett’s Little Red Schoolhouse, the leader in HVAC industry education, is bringing its curriculum back to Canada with a two-day hydronics training seminar, to be offered in Toronto. Hosted by Michael Licastro, manager of training and education at Xylem – Bell & Gossett, the two-day Hydronic Training Seminar will take place June 5-6 from 8 to 4 p.m. at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel and reflects Bell & Gossett’s larger Building Better Futures mission of preparing the next generation of industry professionals to design and maintain the sustainable building systems of the future.

Justin Mitchell

Goodman Commercial announces the addition of Justin Mitchell, founder of Frontline Real Estate, and his top-performing team of brokers, which includes Adam Lawrence, Megan Johal, and Sam Taktsang.  

The Brightside Community Homes Foundation will now be in charge of the Casa Mia Apartments, which were purchased in Burnaby at 7268 Balmoral St. with $11.5 million from B.C.’s Rental Protection Fund.

The B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) has awarded the first two recipients of a new non-dilutive investment avenue for emerging B.C.-based ventures that have recently graduated from university entrepreneurship programs. Vancouver-based VulcanX Energy Corp. and Victoria-based Curat Innovations Inc. have each been awarded $75,000.

B.C. unveils online building permit centre to speed up homebuilding across province and reduce builder wait times by standardising inconsistent community regulations.

At the official sod turning ceremony on May 24, PNE President and CEO Shelley Frost was joined by BC Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Lana Popham, Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim, Councillor Wilson Williams of the Squamish First Nation, Pierre Karl Peladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor, and other local officials and business leaders to celebrate and announce the venue’s new naming rights partner for the highly anticipated new PNE amphitheatre.

Bill Tucker, Korey Roberts, Pablo Yuste, Hank Sam, and George Sawatzky, the principals of Omicron Canada, have restructured Nexii Building Materials, a firm that is under creditor protection, and have purchased the business back.

Science World has announced that it has earned an award in the $1M+ category of the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) CASCADE awards this year. The Creative Technology Gallery is co-presented by Beedie and RBC.

The new student spots will be added to existing tech-focused programs like computing science, software systems, agritech, social data analytics, data science, statistics and business analytics and decision making at SFU’s Burnaby and Surrey campuses. The new funded spaces will be rolled out over four years within the faculties of science (269 new seats), applied sciences (209), arts and social sciences (11) and the Beedie School of Business (11). The provincial investment also includes $2 million for start-up costs, renovation of existing classrooms and labs at SFU’s Burnaby campus, and equipment upgrades.

Surrey will have 250 more student spaces in their community as part of the government’s plan to expand schools quicker. A new six-classroom addition will be coming to École Martha Currie Elementary and four additional classrooms will be coming to Walnut Road Elementary. The use of prefabricated materials means students will be getting modern learning environments, including multiple classrooms and corridors that are built quickly. The new classrooms are expected to be ready in fall 2025.



Evan Blasko

Evan Blasko has joined the team at Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. in Langley.

Industra has been chosen by the Township of Langley to construct a cutting-edge pump station in downtown Langley.

Bradley Warren has assumed a new role as a member of the Board of Directors at the New Car Dealers Association of BC.

Jose Rangel has joined Macdonald Realty, West Vancouver office.

Canadian Crane Rental Association welcomes its new member, Langley-based Royal Rigging, owned by journeyman crane operator Colton Roy.

The Hall Group of Langley, is the general contractor on the Hartland Landfill Enhancement project in Saanich. Hall is managing all HDPE piping and earthworks, including constructing a new landfill cell liner system with various aggregate drainage layers, a water pressure relief piping system, and a leachate collection piping system, spanning a 30,000m² cell footprint.



Chana Riley and Sara Albert of Albert & Co. Law LLP will be hosting the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce‘s Business for Business event at Homelife Advantage Realty (Central Valley) Ltd on May 28th.

Cristen L. Gleeson has been named new Board Chair of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation.

The British Columbia government has made amendments to a law that previously restricted First Nations from acquiring land. This change now enables them to directly purchase and own land in the province.

Understanding Indigenous History: A Path Forward, hosted by award-winning Canadian broadcast journalist Lisa LaFlamme and featuring interviews with First Nations leader Phil Fontaine and human rights expert Kathleen Mahoney, will assist viewers in understanding the complex tapestries of Indigenous history and Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

An application to allow an extension of over 1,900 square meters (20,000 square feet) to Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) was granted by the Abbotsford council.

An open house was held on Saturday, May 25, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of W. J. Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford.



Residents are encouraged to join the Chilliwack Prostate Cancer Canada Network’s upcoming virtual meeting on prostate health awareness on June 6.

A total of over $650,000 was distributed to three First Nations—the Seabird Island Band, Moytelexw (Sts’ailes Development Corporation), and Squiala First Nation—to cover their expenses for renewable energy projects by the federal and provincial governments.

Magnolia & Oak has moved to its new location in the Courtyard in District 1881.

Pedal Sport has moved to its new location at 45960 Alexander Avenue.



The City of Pitt Meadows has received $20,000 to support road safety improvements at Menzies Crossing (formerly known as Silver Bridge) from the Vision Zero BC’s Road Safety Grant Program.

Tim Hortons restaurants in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge recently launched their annual Smile Cookie campaign, which raised approximately $39,000 to benefit the hospital foundation.

Starting June 4, the Pitt Meadows Farmers Market will resume operations at Spirit Square.



Avison Young announced the sale of North Star Apartments, located at 22422 North Avenue, Maple Ridge.

The Celebrating Women in Business event in Maple Ridge on June 13th will once again have Darci Lang as the featured speaker.

Golden Eagle Golf Club will host the Maple Ridge Firefighters Charity tournament on June 14 for the fourth year in a row.

 The FVRL – Maple Ridge Public Library is hosting a free High Tea Party for Seniors’ Week, on June 5, at  22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge.



Tricanna Industries Inc. has recently introduced Fort 20 Farms to the BC LDB, featuring the new flavours of Purple Jelly and BC Kemo.

The grand opening of the new RE/MAX Magnolia in Mission, located at 33090 1st Ave, is scheduled for June 7, 2024.

Gally’s Skate Sharpenings, a skate sharpening & accessories business, will be opening in Mission in August.


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