Late last week Minister of Defence Jason Kenney welcomed Anita Huberman as the newest Honorary Captain (Navy), the appointment is affiliated with the office of the Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, in Esquimalt, B.C.
“It is a privilege to appoint Anita Huberman as an Honorary Captain (Navy) and welcome her to our military family. As a prominent member of the Vancouver business community, I am certain she will be an excellent ambassador for the Navy, our sailors, and continue to strengthen the vital relationship between the Royal Canadian Navy, industry, and communities for years to come,” said Kenney.
Anita Huberman has been the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade for eight years. She guides a 21 member board of directors, representing diverse interest groups, to support a growing list of businesses, initiatives and government policies from an economic perspective.
Huberman is a recipient of the 2011 Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 award and was recognized with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2014.
Since becoming the Surrey Board of Trade’s CEO, Huberman has worked to make the Board an important influence in making the community a better place in which to live, work and do business. Her leadership and experience in business and trade helped her forge strong, successful relationships in her community, focusing on volunteerism, family, and health.
Huberman is a second-generation Indo-Canadian and is also the first South Asian woman to head a Canadian municipality’s board of trade.
“As an avid supporter of the Canadian Armed Forces, I am very humbled to be appointed as an Honorary Captain (Navy) and I look forward to working closely with the Royal Canadian Navy to help elevate the good work they do on behalf of all Canadians. This is an exciting opportunity to see first-hand the significant role the Navy plays on the international and domestic stage, and promote the virtues that make it such a great institution,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
Honorary naval captains act as a bridge between military and civilian communities and help link diverse areas of Canadian society, from politics and business to journalism and the arts. They bring with them unique skills and connections that help strengthen the Navy’s ties to Canadian communities to promote a better understanding of maritime defence issues.
Honorary naval captains attend significant naval, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and public events and ceremonies in uniform across the country. The National Defence Minister, on the recommendations of the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, is the approving authority for all appointments.
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