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Business Mission to India

To promote economic development and job creation, Mayor Dianne Watts led top companies from Surrey and across the region on an unprecedented Business Mission to India in February 2011. 

Thirty-three delegates representing 24 companies participated in the Business Mission, which focused on 7 sectors:

  • Clean energy
  • Education
  • Wood and manufacturing
  • Film and entertainment
  • Life sciences
  • Communications technology
  • Business and finance

Mayor Watts signing documents

The innovative model of the Mission included significant exploratory work and advanced business matching between the 24 companies and targeted Indian businesses. More than 110 meetings took place over the week, primarily in Mumbai, but also in Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Ludiana and Amritsar.

Though full results of will be realized 12 to 18 months after the Mission, early successes include:

  • Mahindra and Mahindra will be visiting Ballard offices (Website. New window) in June to advance discussions regarding potential collaboration.
  • Jhajj Lumber Corporation (Website. New window), a litte more than 60 days after participating in the Mission, shipped their first 5 containers of Canadian lumber to India. Millions of dollars in secondary orders could be executed in the coming months.
  • Life Sciences company bioLytical Laboratories (Website. New window), signed a deal to supply a network of 8 hospitals in India with bioLytical’s ‘InstiTest, 60 second blood-test kits for diagnosing HIV.
  • Oxus Nexus (Website. New window), a Surrey based corporate services company, secured the first of what it believes will be a multi-deal agreement with Datamatics, one of the most powerful Asian organizations in their field.
  • Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchens (Website. New window), which has both its headquarters and a manufacturing facility in Surrey, is currently weighing multiple offers from major Indian conglomerates to establish a Wok Box retail presence across the country. 
  • Simon Fraser University (Website. New window) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with an Indian university to develop a joint PhD program and an MOU with an Indian technology company that could lead to the company establishing a presence in the City of Surrey. 
  • The City of Surrey signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Jalandhar while in the Punjab to, among other things, develop sustainability initiatives and emissions reduction strategies and identify possible academic and other research partnerships.
  • While in Delhi, Mayor Watts, Councillor Gill and Councillor Hepner met with the Joint Secretariat of the Indian Federal Ministry of Agriculture to represent the interests of local lumber companies and advocate for the acceptance of Canadian Cedar species into the Indian market. Just over one month later, on March 29, 2011, all three Canadian species (Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar and Eastern White Cedar) were approved for entry into India. 
  • Coast Clear Wood,(Website. New window) a Surrey-based lumber export company, signed a deal to export Douglas Fir for use as door framing material, to Chandigarh, India. Forty containers, with a total value of $250,000, will be shipped via Surrey Fraser Docks to India over the next month.
  • Software development company Yotta Global (Website. New window)has signed an MOU with Indian conglomerate Datamatics to work towards finalizing a service or licensing agreement to use Yotta Global’s addressing solution software.


Participating Companies (Websites open in new windows)

Clean Energy


Wood & Manufacturing 

Film & Entertainment  Life Sciences Finance & Business Services Communications Technology


Simon Fraser University 

Coast Clear Wood 

BC Film bioLytical 


Yotta Global


Kwantlen Polytechnic University 

Mill & Timber

Wok Box



Jhajj Lumber Corporation

Colliers International

Powertech Labs

Sunrise/Chateau Designs

Oxus Nexus

Mantra Ventures

Pallan Group


Endurance Wind Power

Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Financial Cad (FINCAD)