The federal government will locate its Pacific regional economic development agency headquarters in Surrey, B.C.
Harjit Sajjan, the minister of emergency preparedness and minister responsible for PacifiCan, announced that the office will open in Station Tower near Surrey Centre in fall 2024. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government created the agency in 2021 when it split Western Economic Diversification Canada into two groups responsible for the Pacific and Prairies regions, respectively.
The plan for the headquarters opening comes after PacifiCan expanded beyond Vancouver last year, by opening offices in the B.C. communities of Campbell River, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Kelowna, Prince George, Prince Rupert, and Victoria. PacifiCan also has an office in Ottawa.
“Our new PacifiCan headquarters will respond to local priorities, invest in innovative ideas, and support community goals to better serve the needs of our province,” said Sajjan in a news release.
Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s.
In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star.
Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.