Downtown Surrey BIA Welcomes New Board President

Bill Rempel , Vice President and General Manager of Blackwood Partners Management Corp, Central City, now heads up one of the most dynamic business communities in the Lower Mainland. Following the Business Improvement Association’s recent Annual General Meeting, Rempel moves from his VP position on the Board of Directors to take over from outgoing President, local developer and community builder, Robert Dominick.

After 25 years with an award-winning BC real estate portfolio of downtown offices, major shopping centres and industrial properties, Rempel joined Central City and the DSBIA in early 2010. A local resident for over 30 years, he brings his pivotal involvement in the Metrotown development and his CGA, BOMI Canada RPA, and Queens University Leadership education to his commitment to a thriving downtown core.

“Business Improvement Associations and Boards of Trade provide a very effective method to facilitate continual positive improvement in our communities and ensure the business voice is heard and is part of the overall decision making process,” says Rempel. “Central City is a vital component of the DSBIA and as the VP and General Manager, it is important we contribute to it, and be part of the many valuable contributions the BIA makes to our community and the City of Surrey.”

The DSBIA encompasses 60 blocks within Surrey’s core and includes 1100 businesses and property owners which contribute over $12 million in property taxes to the City of Surrey. Its mission is to facilitate business improvement. Its goal is to assist businesses and commercial property owners in Metro Surrey to build a vibrant, safe and liveable downtown.

“Bob Dominick, our outgoing President, along with our Executive Director, Elizabeth Model, have done a stellar job in developing a very close working relationship with Mayor Watts and the entire City of Surrey Team. Downtown Surrey is growing and evolving and we are proud to be part of this exciting change. The DSBIA will be an integral part of these changes as we work to ensure our area is positioned to benefit from these improvements and plan for future growth.”

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