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VIDEO: Fraser River Paddlewheeler Tour of Port Metro Vancouver

Get an insiders look at Port Metro Vancouver operations and infrastructure as Sukh Johal and Daman Beatty take you aboard the Native, a Paddlewheeler river boat. They join members of Metro Vancouver’s Business community from Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce for a tour industry along the Fraser River from New Westminister Quay.

Sukh and Daman get exclusive interviews on the river with the Surrey Board of Trade’s CEO and President, Anita Huberman, BC’s Official Opposition International Trade Spokesman, MLA Bruce Ralston, Fraser Surrey Dock’s CEO Jeff Scott, Port Metro Vancouver’s Vice President of Infrastructure, Cliff Stewart and many more.

Check out their journey as you get insight into what makes Canada and British Columbia a hub for international trade and a superpower in the future of commerce connecting North America to Asia. With the right infrastructure, political will and vision, the Fraser River has played a central role in providing the movement of commodities. The historic Fraser River which stretches along many BC municipalities is what will truly help make Surrey and the Metro Vancouver area into what soon will become the heart of the Asia Pacific Gateway.

Learn about jobs, transportation, port infrastructure, the future and much more in this educational yet entertaining journey along beautiful British Columbia’s mighty Fraser River.

As Canada’s largest port, Port Metro Vancouver enables the trade of nearly 20% of Canada’s total trade of goods by value. Come and Join Metro Vancouver chamber members for a tour of the mighty Fraser River aboard an authentic paddlewheeler to learn more about the operations of Port Metro Vancouver to ensure safe and efficient trade of Canada’s import and export goods.

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Sukh Johal salutes Native paddlewheeler river boat at New Westminister Quay.

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Below the Alex Fraser Bridge.

Anna Teglasi
Anna Teglasi and guest

Daman Beatty with Anne Peterson Paddlewheeler
Daman Beatty with Surrey Board of Trade’s Anne Peterson aboard the Paddlewheeler.

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Fraser River barges.

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Native Paddlewheeler industry tour.

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Port shipping vessel.

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Sukh Johal with Surrey Board of Trade CEO, Anita Huberman

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Sukh Johal with Bruce Ralston and Anne Peterson

Sukh Johal Indra Bahn
Sukh Johal and Indra Bahn.

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Sukh Johal and others enjoying the view.

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Sukh Johal with Jeff Scott, CEO Fraser Surrey Docks

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Fraser River tugboat.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics automobile terminal
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics automobile terminal.

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Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce members.

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Throughout the tour, guests had an up-close view of Port Metro Vancouver’s major marine terminals operating in Fraser River, including the multi-purpose facility, Fraser Surrey Docks and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics automobile terminal. Narration was provided about the port’s business sectors and key infrastructure and landmarks along the way. You will hear about the port’s air, land, and water protection initiatives and how they plan to continue to work as leaders in port sustainability.

Fraser River Tour Participants:
Burnaby Board of Trade
Delta Chamber of Commerce
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce
New Westminster Chamber of Commerce
North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Surrey Board of Trade
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

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Sukh Johal
With a background in sales, security and real estate development, Sukh is a political strategist excelling in community organizing, fundraising and civic affairs. He enjoys performing and has appeared as a background performer in Hollywood productions. Sukh grew up on the tough streets of Dunoon, Scotland before moving to Canada at age 10 and brings a unique perspective to Surrey604. He speaks his mind, and believes social media can be a force for good. Sukh has been a control agent for President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration team in Washington DC and spoke on interfaith affairs at the White House. A member of the Surrey Board of Trade’s International Trade Team and Vancouver Board of Trade’s Company of Young Professionals, Sukh is also past President and current VP Public Relations of Surrey Civic Speechmeisters Toastmasters Club at City Hall and VP of the Multifaith Action Society of BC, an interfaith organization promoting grassroots diplomacy, cooperation and goodwill.
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