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Surrey Welcomes Sir Richard Branson to 2012 Economic Summit

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May 07, 2012

Surrey - Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts today announced that international entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson will be the featured speaker at the fifth annual Surrey Regional Economic Summit on October 4, 2012. This year’s Summit will highlight changes in the world’s economies, and the importance of innovation and leadership in attracting business and investment.

Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, and one of the world’s best known entrepreneurs, adventurers and philanthropists. He is the only person ever to create eight separate billion-dollar companies, each in a different sector. There are more than 400 Virgin companies in more than 30 countries.

“The Surrey Summit is about hearing different voices and learning from the unique experiences of our speakers and panelists,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “Sir Richard Branson has been a transformational leader in the international business community and someone who has turned incredible challenges into opportunities that have changed people’s lives and the way we live. He has an important perspective on how to build businesses that make a real difference in the communities in which they operate. I look forward to learning more about how Richard Branson turns ideas into opportunities.”

Branson, whose Virgin Atlantic Airways begins scheduled service between Vancouver and London later this month, said the Surrey Summit will be a chance for him to share his perspective on the importance of innovation and creativity as the world’s economy comes out from under the international downturn.

Watts added that in addition to the keynote presentation by Richard Branson, the one-day Surrey Summit will include two additional sessions on economics and politics. The first is titled “America, Europe and Asia: Choices and Challenges on the Road to Recovery”. The Summit will also feature a special political panel called “Voting on the Future: The Domestic and International Impact of the American Presidential Election”, with participating commentators to be named later this month.

“The Surrey Summit has grown to become the most significant business and economic conference of its kind in Canada,” noted Councillor and Summit Chair Linda Hepner. “It’s a forum for leaders in both government and the private sector to come together to hear fresh thinking and new ideas about the challenges and choices facing our region and the world.”

Over the past four years, the Surrey Summit has attracted a variety of prominent international speakers and presenters, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Rudy Giuliani, and Steve Forbes, as well as business and economic commentators from Canada, the USA, Asia and Britain.

Registration for the 2012 Surrey Regional Economic Summit will begin once the conference program has been finalized.


Media Contacts:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor

Greg Descantes
Pace Group