Fleetwood Business Improvement Association

Community Builds Business

Our Mandate:

  • Create a strong and unique brand for the Fleetwood Business District
  • Develop a beautification  and façade improvement program
  • Address safety and security concerns
  • Initiate and promote community events
  • Implement commercial tenant retention and recruitment programs

We are actively involved in community planning initiatives, and will continue to work closely with local community groups and all levels of government to ensure that community interests are well represented. This includes advocating for needed public amenities and physical improvements, and providing input on municipal policies and regulations and proposed development applications in and around the Fleetwood business district.

As the Fleetwood BIA becomes more established, we will continue to add additional funding through government grants, private sponsorships, in-kind contributions of goods or services, donations and fund-raising activities. These efforts will significantly increase our operating budget, at no additional cost to members.

The BIA is as strong as its members, and as effective as the level of participation of the membership. Board members provide time and effort with countless volunteer hours for the benefits of the members; we hope and encourage all members to participate in events, projects and ongoing programs designed to improve your businesses and properties. Board members and BIA members have donated furniture, manpower, office space, webdesign and publishing services for the mutual goals of all members of the BIA.

ABOUT BIAs

A Business Improvement Association (BIA) is a non-profit organization that represents all businesses and property owners within a specific area. Government legislation permits and guides the steps necessary for a neighborhood to become a BIA. Locally, its creation, operation, business plan and budget must be approved at the municipal level.

BIAs engage, on behalf of all businesses and property owners within the specific area, in matters such as promotion, festivals, crime prevention, security, cleanliness, transportation, parking and advocacy. BIAs succeeded where voluntary business organizations often fail because the financial contribution of all properties and businesses is obligatory.

BIAs IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

The BIA movement in B.C. began in Gastown in the 1970’s when the property owners, businesses and developers working hard to revitalize the area joined together in the effort. The result of the effort was what we now see as Gastown, a tourist and family-friendly vibrant community. It was not until 1988 when the provincial government finally passed the appropriate legislation to approve Business Improvement Associations. Since that time, over 50 BIA’s have started in BC. Provincially, the BIAs are represented by the Business Improvements Areas of British Columbia (BIABC).

BIAs are not unique to British Columbia. While predominately in North America, some have begun in Europe and elsewhere. The concept is simple, and supported by goverment; unite stakeholders within an area and provide support and authority to improve the community. Iit is quite effective when dedicated members and stakeholders of the area work together for the common goal of business improvement.

 

OUR VISION

To be a prosperous destination that is clean, safe and vibrant, where a diverse community of businesses and residents live, work and play.

OUR MISSION

To provide our members and community stakeholders the means and resources to create a prosperous destination, that is clean, safe and vibrant, where a diverse community of businesses and residents live, work and play.

Board of Directors

Sandeep Gill

Sandeep Gill

President
Sandeep S. Gill is a Personal Injury Lawyer and the founder of Keystone Law Group. He has practiced for over 12 years in the Fraser Valley. Since day one, he has only helped those injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by the carelessness of others and has never fought to protect the interests of the insurance companies. Born and raised in North Delta, Sandeep S. Gill is a loving husband and father of two beautiful children. He calls the Fleetwood Community of Surrey his home and strives to improve the safety and growth of the vibrant and diverse Fleetwood Community. Sandeep is an active member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.
Bryan McIntosh

Bryan McIntosh

Vice President
Bryan is a Certified Financial Planner and the Branch Manager for Prospera Credit Union in Fleetwood.  With over 15 years’ experience in banking and investing, he spends his days working with a group financial experts specializing in providing tailored advice on Real Estate Lending, Wealth Management, Personal Insurance and Day to Day banking.  Bryan prides himself on making a meaningful difference in people’s financial well-being while improving the community he works in.
Clifford Thai

Clifford Thai

Secretary
Dr. Clifford Thai obtained his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry at Simon Fraser University, where he was also part of the SFU Men’s Rugby Team. It was after his chiropractor helped him with a series of injuries from rugby, that he decided to become a chiropractor himself, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2004 from Palmer College of Chiropractic-West in San Jose. Since 2012, he has been proudly serving the community of Fleetwood as their family chiropractor. He has also served his profession, particularly as a Director for the BC Chiropractic Association from 2009 to 2016, where his portfolios included ICBC Liaison (2010-2015) and Secretary-Treasurer (2010-2016). Later in 2016, he was appointed as Director for the Canadian Chiropractic Association.
Amrit Bath

Amrit Bath

Member at Large
Coming Soon
Timothy Coffey

Timothy Coffey

Member at Large
Coming Soon
Andy Wu

Andy Wu

Member at Large
Coming Soon

The Team

Shirina Yan

Shirina Yan

Events and Beautification Coordinator
Shirina is a student at Simon Fraser University, currently concentrating in Human Resources, and Management Information Systems. She is open to new experiences and working in a dynamic business environment at Fleetwood BIA to enhance her skill set outside of her education program.
Robyn-Mae Deang

Robyn-Mae Deang

Business Engagement and Marketing Coordinator
Robyn-Mae is a student from Simon Fraser University, majoring in English and pursuing certificates in Education. As a resident of the area, she hopes to see Fleetwood businesses thrive through community engagement, and brings her love for writing and collaboration to the Fleetwood BIA. Robyn-Mae hopes to help create a positive impact in the Fleetwood business district through upcoming campaigns and projects.