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April 22, 2015 Sheraton Guildford, Surrey

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March 11, 2015

EVOLUTION OF COMMUNITIES FORUM ANNOUNCES KEY SPONSORS

Evolution of Communities Forum | April 22, 2015 | Surrey, BC

SURREY, BC - The Evolution of Communities Forum, an event hosted by the City of Surrey, will focus on transformative service delivery in communities and is pleased to announce that SFU, IBM, FortisBC, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) are key sponsors for its inaugural event.

"Evolution of Communities is a great opportunity for influential leaders who want to drive growth in their city," said Bruce Hayne, the Surrey city councillor spearheading the project. "The calibre of sponsors joining us for Evolution of Communities is indicative of the need for thoughtful conversation around the challenges and opportunities facing today's communities."

With a mission to be Canada's leading engaged university, and with campuses in Surrey, Burnaby and Vancouver, Simon Fraser University is well known for its innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach. "SFU is thrilled to be working with the city of Surrey and the other partners to showcase innovation at the community level," said Stephen Dooley, Executive Director of the SFU Surrey campus.

Founding Partner sponsor IBM is also a leader in innovative research and development. As the world's largest IT services and consulting company, IBM helps clients in over 170 countries find solutions to their toughest business challenges. IBM regularly partners with governments, corporations and cities to tackle real-world problems.

FortisBC and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) also emphasize community engagement and practical solutions. FortisBC provides safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity and propane to 1.1 million customers in 135 B.C. communities – delivering more energy than any other utility in B.C., while KPU helps more than 17,500 students meet the needs of evolving employee markets every year.

The Evolution of Communities Forum takes place on April 22, 2015 at the Sheraton Guildford. The event will bring together thought leaders to put a spotlight on the business strategies, clean technologies, and urban sustainability innovations that are transforming our world's cities.

For more information and to register as a delegate visit: http://www.evolutionofcommunities.com/

About The City of Surrey:

As the 12th largest city in Canada and the second largest in British Columbia, Surrey offers its visitors a rich blend of diverse landscapes, abundant parks, rich cultural opportunities and superb recreational choices. With a population of over 468,000, Surrey is set to become the most populated city in Metro Vancouver by the year 2020. Strategically located with the United States border to the South and the Fraser River to the North, Surrey has numerous shopping opportunities, state-of-the-art recreational facilities, and is home to numerous local, provincial, national and international sporting events. Learn more at surrey.ca

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