Premier in Surrey for provincial budget lunch Wednesday

Surrey Board of Trade will host Premier Christy Clark for its latest "provincial budget lunch" event, on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

It’s a chance to "hear the Premier outline the 2015 budget, and learn how the B.C. budget will work for your business/organization."

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. The presenting sponsor is Hamilton Duncan Armstrong + Stewart Law Corporation. For more info, including admission fees, call 604-581-7130 or visit Businessinsurrey.com.

Later this month, on Feb. 26, SBOT will host an Agricultural Industry Reception at its office on 104th Avenue. The board will be announcing a new partnership and the implementation of the SBOT Agriculture Industry Team.

DAL DHATT AN ADVISOR FOR ITA The Industry Training Authority (or ITA, online at Itabc.ca) has introduced the apprenticeship advisor who will act as an onthe-ground resource for apprentices and employers in the South Fraser region.

Several dozen local apprentices, employers and industry representatives gathered at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel on Feb. 10 to meet Dal Dhatt, ITA’s Apprenticeship Advisor for

the South Fraser region, along with Gary Herman, ITA CEO.

"ITA is necessary to

ensure that our children are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow," said Peter Fassbender, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood and Minister of Education for B.C. "Dal Dhatt will be instrumental in building the knowledge base and awareness of the BC apprenticeship system and will be a key liaison to apprentices and employer sponsors."

HOUSE OF Q GETS COOKING Cloverdale’s "BBQ" Brian Misko is a featured speaker at the Earlybird RV show, at Abbotsford’s TRADEX facility from Wednesday to Sunday (Feb. 19-22, info at Rvshowsbc.com).

Misko and wife Corinne operate House of Q (Houseofq.com), which makes award-winning sauces and rubs; they also cook at barbecue competitions across North America.

The Miskos recently hired fellow barbecuer Greg Ewart as the company’s manager of sales and operations.

Brian has also written a cook book, Grilling with House of Q, which includes grilling tips, travel stories and recipes. Also look for a new logo and packaging for House of Q as part of a rebranding effort launched this week.