BCFPA Newsletter: Breakfast Series, Product of the Year Judging, Government Grant Highlights and more!
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Process This! April 2016

In This Issue

  • Breakfast Series Success Valuing our People
  • Product of the Year Judging Event
  • Upcoming Events: FoodProWest
  • BCFPA Member News
  • Industry News
  • Member Spotlight

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Breakfast Series Success: Valuing our People

BCFPA HR Staff and Leadership Management teams joined up at our Breakfast Series Event: Human Resources - Valuing our People on April 12, 2016 to hear how to foster the best workplaces possible for their employees. Sponsored by Distrib-u-tec, the event brought more than 70 food processor and associate members together for collaboration and education on Employee Engagement as well as Supervisor Leadership Competency Training. 

"This is great!  I must say it’s worth the drive from Richmond!.  The content and the quality of the speakers were superb!  Good job!  Looking forward to more breakfast series with BCFPA." Sheilah, Emperor Specialty Foods "I was very impressed with the Breakfast series.  Enjoyable and informative. Thanks for mentioning the Abbotsford crowd!" - Tim, Apex Food Source.

Save the date for the next Breakfast Series Event on Operational Best Practices and LEAN practices on June 12, 2016.
Working through the material hands-on during the HR Breakfast Series!

Product of the Year Judging Event

It was a very full and exciting day at BCIT on Thursday, May 14th for the BCFPA’s Product of the Year judging event.  MNP is once again our Product of the Year sponsor this year, as they are heavily involved in the food industry.   Without their support, this would not have been possible.
Every year, nominated companies have an opportunity to present their products to a panel of judges in a ‘Dragon’s Den style format. This year saw over 30 amazing, unique products showcased to 6 guest judges!  A special thanks to Randy Shore, Ishkander Ahmed, Gillian Buergin, Elizabeth Lewis, Robert Cunningham, and Mijune Pak for taking time out of their busy schedules to take part.
With only 4 minutes to present, it can be a real challenge to fit everything in, but the event went smoothly and kept on schedule.  BCIT graciously provided their facilities and dozens of volunteer student to help with registration, parking passes, carrying display materials, and a million other details!
In addition to presenting to the judges, the Product of the Year event is a great opportunity to network and connect with other companies.  Was great to meet so many passionate people and great products at the same time.  We’ll be announcing our winners at our FoodProWest Awards Gala dinner on May 19th at the Westin Bayshore, where the industry will get together to celebrate all their accomplishments over the past year.
Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck!
Silvia Martinelli (S&B Gluten Free Inc - Otimo Brazilian Style Cheese Puffs) handing out cheese puffs while patiently waiting for her tun to present to our judges!

Upcoming Events


FoodProWest 2016

Buyer's Day and Trade Show

Don't miss out on the chance to exhibit at our International Buyers Day and Trade Show to take your products to the next level!
Associate Booths are SOLD OUT; Processors Booths are selling out quickly!

FoodProWest is the BC Food Processors Association’s annual Expo encompassing a Buyer’s Day, Trade Show, and a Gala Awards dinner. It is a key industry event for all BC food, beverage, and natural health products processors which gives these local processors and the associates that cater to the food processing industry, a place to congregate and network and connect with international and domestic buyers, customers, and fellow colleagues. Click here to REGISTER NOW

BCFPA Member News

Marketplace: Business Opportunities Now Open

The BCFPA introduces another element of the Marketplace page on the BCFPA website. The Business Opportunities page will be utilized as a resource for our members to list items such as equipment, business for sale, service listings etc... Currently featured on Marketplace is equipment from AWA and totes from Sipco Biotech. Click here to visit the page. 

Welcome Ivy and Maria

Please welcome Ivy Leong of Fresh Direct Produce, joining Alice Lesmana as the co-chair of the HR Peer Group, and Maria Gonzalez as the Chair of the Membership Committee.  We would also like to thank former co-chairs Kelly Hamer and Sherrin Weston for their leadership in strengthening these committees.  Thank you all for your commitment to the BCFPA and for your work toward strengthening the food processing industry in BC and the 31,000 people who work in it!

Cascadia Energy To Host Seminar on Natural Gas

From time to time commodity markets change. Over the past few years, natural gas markets have SEEN REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE!   Please join us  at our upcoming   Natural Gas Seminar  to discuss the natural gas market,  where prices may be headed, why , and what you can do about it.
● Where:  Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Road, Coquitlam  
● When:  Wednesday ,  April 27th 1 1:15  AM ­ 2:00 PM
● Who:  Ben Go, BP Energy , Director , Financial Products
We invite all commercial and industrial natural gas users to join us for an informative and enlightening discussion of natural gas markets. 
RSVP by  April 25th at

Industry News

Agri-Food Forum

Below is a link to a recent CAPI document, that shares the output/results of the November, 2015 Forum on Canada's Agri-Food Future – held in Ottawa.  Some interesting insights and information that we encourage you to read.

Government Grant Highlights

Federal Budget – Impact on Grants & Incentives
Major investments are being made this year and committed for the next 2 years within the Federal Budget.  This year the Federal Budget plans to spend $317.1 billion in total.  That is $868 million daily, or $108 million every working hour.  Nonetheless, the budget has a significant impact.  The anticipated $29.4 billion deficit will be added to our total national debt of $619 billion.

Over the next 5 years, we will add $113 billion, or 18% to our national debt.  In 1867, we had $75.7 million debt, today we have $619 billion. Until 1975, federal debt grew between 5% and 10% per year.  After 1975 it grew for the next 12 years by more than 20%.  Within a historical context, this would be considered a major spending budget, however, with debt growth within historical averages, it does not represent a significant risk to the future fiscal situation of Canada.

As a Canadian organization or community, it is important to follow the budget and understand the current and near future priorities of spending and investment.  With an understanding of the investment strategy of the budget, an organization or community can start planning and advancing projects that align with the spending priority areas of the Federal government.  When spending priorities of an organization or community align with those of the Federal Government, the opportunities to take advantage of Grants & Incentives increase.     

Here are the budget highlights from a Grants & Incentives perspective:

Federal Budget – Impact on Government Funding

Employment & Training Initiatives
  • Youth Employment Strategy – $165.4 million in additional funding.
  • Canada Summer Jobs Program - $339 million over 2 years, creating 35,000 additional student jobs.
    • The program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people who are full-time students.
  • Union Based Apprenticeship Training - $85.4 million over 5 years to support union based training program initiatives.
  • Training Funding – Major Funding Program Canada Job Grant will continue, with an additional $175 million this year through Canada Job Fund Agreements.
  • Public Transit - $3.4 billion over 3 years to upgrade and improve public transit systems across Canada.
  • Post-Secondary Strategic Investment Fund - $2 billion over 3 years, starting in 2016–17. This initiative will support up to 50 per cent of the eligible costs of infrastructure projects at post-secondary institutions and affiliated research and commercialization organizations, in collaboration with provinces and territories.
  • Water & Green Infrastructure - $5.0 billion over 5 years for investments in water, wastewater and green infrastructure projects across Canada.
  • Social Infrastructure - $3.4 billion over 5 years, including affordable housing, early learning and child care, cultural and recreational infrastructure, and community health care facilities on reserve.
  • New Building Canada Fund – Accelerate the spending of the $9 billion available for infrastructure program.
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities - $75 million in new funding for local governments to address climate change. This investment will support municipality-led projects to identify and implement greenhouse gas reduction opportunities. It will also support the assessment of local climate risks, and the integration of these impacts into asset management plans.
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities - $50 million in new funding for Asset Management Plan Development.
  • Clean Water and Wastewater Fund - $2 billion over 4 years for water distribution and treatment centres.
  • Canada Cultural Spaces Fund – $168.2 million over 2 years will be allocated to enhancing cultural and recreational infrastructure, places like community centres, museums, parks and arenas.
  • Canada 150th Anniversary - $150 million will be distributed through Regional Development Agencies over 2 years, starting in 2016–17. This funding, which is cost-shared with municipalities, community organizations and non-profit entities, will support projects to renovate, expand and improve existing community and cultural infrastructure in all regions of the country, including projects that advance a clean growth economy.
  • Broad Band – $500 million will be invested over 5 years to enhance Rural Communities Internet Connectivity to the digital world. 
  • Enabling Accessibility Fund - $4 million in renewed funding for municipalities to retrofit facilities to improve accessibility. 
  • Small Craft Harbours - $149 million in investments that will revitalize small craft harbours across the country.
Innovation & Research Highlights:
  • National Research Council’s - Industrial Research Assistance Program – An additional $50 million is being allocated to assist more businesses.
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - $30 million allocated for 2016/17.
  • National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - $30 million allocated for 2016/17.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - $16 million allocated for 2016/17.
  • Innovation Networks & Clusters - $800 million over four years to support innovation networks and clusters.
Industry Funding:
  • Growing Forward 2 - Existing $3 billion 5 year framework will continue.  Government is committed to supporting this sector going forward.
  • Agri-Innovation Fund – A new $160 million was proposed in the Liberal Party’s Platform, but was not mentioned in the budget.
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Membership Spotlight


Welcome New Members!

Processor Members
  1. Java Mark, JMR Creatives
  2. Coast Protein
  3. Emkao Foods
  4. Thirsty Whale Elixirs
  5. Cheena Canada
  6. Mazur Farms
Associate Members
  1. Capital West  Partners
  2. Douglas Hart, Hart consultants
  3. In Suits Marketing
  4. ETHOS Career Management
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