Cleantech Sector Thriving in Surrey
October 9, 2014
Surrey, BC – Two significant projects launched today in Surrey is further evidence of the City’s transformation into Canada’s innovation gateway. Surrey has had a long standing policy to develop the clean energy industry in the City as demonstrated in its Economic Investment Action Plan which was adopted in 2009. Today, the cleantech sector in Surrey is firmly established and a major contributor to the City’s economy.
“Surrey is emerging as a key destination for cleantech companies in this province as the City is home to roughly 10% of BC’s clean technology sector,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “The announcements today will create valuable high-skilled jobs here in Surrey by driving the growth of cleantech manufacturing for export around the world.”
Global wind energy leader, Endurance Wind Power opened a new factory in South Surrey’s Campbell Heights today. The 45,000 square foot state of the art facility will house 80 employees, two thirds of which are locals – highly educated and skilled individuals who call Surrey home. Endurance, a homegrown wind turbine engineering firm, has come a long way from its one room office and six employees when the company first started up in 2007 in the City of Surrey. Today, Endurance’s Wind Turbine fleet can be found at more than 750 locations worldwide including the US, UK, Italy and the Maritimes.
“The opening of our new manufacturing facility in Campbell Heights is a testament of cleantech growth in Surrey and we are proud to be here with many of our staff living and working in the community,” Glenn Johnson, CEO, Endurance Wind Power.
Also announced today is the establishment of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre in Newton. The Centre, in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), will be a hub for cleantech innovation in Surrey. Foresight currently supports 18 cleantech start-ups from across the province and is the only business accelerator for the cleantech industry in Western Canada.
“The cleantech sector was the fastest growing sector in Canada last year achieving 9% growth. The demand for business accelerator services in this sector is clear,” said Neil Huff, Managing Director, Foresight CAC. “We look forward to having our first physical development lab and office space in Surrey, opening over the next few weeks. Our partnership with the City of Surrey and KPU will help to forge the links in the innovation chain from university to industry and will help create highly skilled cleantech jobs in Surrey and BC.”
“KPU is excited to work closely with Foresight and the City to establish Surrey’s cleantech sector,” said KPU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Davis. “This is a collaboration which will combine our research and development capabilities with the innovation of industry and resources of the city to build something big in Surrey. It’s a collaboration that will give our next generation of students the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and grow an industry that supports healthy, sustainable communities.”
The community of Newton has been the recipient of the tremendous growth of the cleantech sector in Surrey. Several companies that are active in Surrey’s Newton Town Centre’s cleantech cluster include:
· Powertech Labs
· SP Power Farms Ltd.
· Singer Valves
· EaglePicher Energy Products Corp.
· Queensboro Marine Equipment Ltd
· Patton & Cooke Co.
· Quad-Lock Building Systems Ltd.
City of Surrey
Office of the Mayor
Endurance Wind Power
Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre:
Managing Director, Foresight CAC
Kwantlen Polytechnic University