August 26, 2020

Jennifer Noveck
Port of Bellingham

Port of Bellingham announces John Michener, Joins Surrey Board of Trade Board of Directors

The Port of Bellingham has been a member of the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) since 2014 with the intention of building cross border relationships. In July 2019 our Economic Development Project Manager, John Michener, was nominated and confirmed as an Honourary Director. In July 2020, John was recommended by the Surrey Board of Trade Nomination Committee to serve a two-year term as a full voting Director. On August 18, 2020, at the Annual General Meeting, John was confirmed in this capacity. He is the first American to serve in this position.

The Port of Bellingham sees Lower British Columbia as an instrumental part of the economic growth in Whatcom County. SBOT provides businesses and organizations with economic opportunity, workplace development and education, international trade, government advocacy, and business connections. SBOT currently represents 6000 members, over 60,000 employees, and 2700 businesses.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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