BUSINESS NOTEBOOK: ‘MasterChef Canada’ winner goes to work on JRG menus

Also: Finalists named for SBOT Business Excellence Awards, Nov. 5

Surrey's David Jorge

Surrey's David Jorge

Surrey’s David Jorge, winner of TV’s “MasterChef Canada” show title earlier this year, is going to work with the Joseph Richard Group on some special projects, including beer- and wine-pairing dinners and menu items.

Surrey-based JRG operates several pubs and liquor stores in Metro Vancouver, including Townhall public houses, The Henry in Cloverdale, Edith + Arthur in Fleetwood and other establishments.

Click here to read the Now’s story about Jorge’s win on the televised contest last May.

SBOT Excellence Awards finalists named

Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) will recognize six Surrey-based businesses during its annual Surrey Business Excellence Awards next Thursday (Nov. 5).

The Oscars-style gala, again held at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, will feature Kirk LaPointe as emcee.

This year’s event will also feature the second annual Corporate Social Responsibility Award, recognizing a business that is operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.

The 2015 finalists for Business Person of the Year are John Volken (John Volken Academy Society) and Andrew Westlund (Westlund Group of Companies).

In the 1-10 Employees category, finalists are Complete Home Design, South Point Pet Hospital and UChoice Manufacturing Inc.

Up for the 11-40 Employees category award are Lantrax North America Logistics, Pure Life Physiotherapy and Health Centre and Viva Care Inc. (Viva Care Medical).

In the 41+ Employees award category, the finalists are Canuel Caterers, Emterra Environmental and Mansonville Plastics (BC) Ltd. & Group of Companies.

The Not-for-Profit/Association of the Year award nominees are John Volken Academy Society, Lookout Emergency Aid Society and Pacific Community Resources Society.

In the New Business of the Year category, finalists are Crown Building Supplies Ltd., Green Tech Resurfacing Ltd. and Virtus Security Ltd.

For more event details and tickets, call Surrey Board of Trade at 604-581-7130.

Westminster Savings secures space at Central City

Blackwood Partners Management Corporation has announced a deal to lease 52,000 square feet of space at Central City to Westminster Savings.

The credit union’s new corporate head office will span over three floors of Surrey’s landmark tower, designed by Bing Thom.

“Westminster Savings will be a significant employer who will contribute to the continued growth of our vibrant city centre,” stated Bill Rempel, Blackwood Partners’ VP and general manager.

The move will allow Westminster Savings to occupy one centralized space at Central City, noted Gavin Toy, the company’s president and CEO.

“After much review and analysis of potential locations,” Toy said, “the Westminster Savings board of directors and executive leadership team agreed that the Central City (tower), conveniently located in the commercial, cultural and social hub of Surrey, best met the needs of our credit union, our members and our employees.”

Westminster Savings Credit Union has more than 400 employees and 55,000 members.

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