Breakfast Series on Workplace Safety & Industry Events: Job Fairs, Webinars, Scholarships, Discounts and more!
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August 18, 2016

In This Issue

  • Breakfast Series Event: Workplace Safety
  • Human Resources Peer Group Meeting: Managing Medical Marijuana Use and Drug and Alcohol testing
  • Upcoming Industry Events & Programs

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Breakfast Series Event: Workplace Safety

Help Your Workpalce Become Injury Free - September 15, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:15am Breakfast, 8am Meeting Start
BC Hydro Building – 6911 Southpoint Drive, Burnaby

The Hard Truth: In food processing, the Injury Rate and Serious Injury Rate are both well above provincial averages, with an average duration of injury time off of 35 days. This amounts to more than $18M in claims costs and over 50,000 work days lost to injury each year. These numbers are too high. As business leaders, you protect your business and its people by investing in safety. Your business will earn a return on that investment. When you reduce injuries, you reduce claims costs, you limit staff turnover, you pay lower WorkSafeBC premiums, AND you reap increased profits and productivity. Join us to learn how.

Topics Include:
  • How to build a Relationship with WorkSafe
  • Employer Safety Planning Tool Kit 
  • Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
  • Bridging Work safety and Food Safety
Register Now

Human Resources Peer Group Meeting: Managing Medical Marijuana Use and Drug and Alcohol Testing

Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:00am 
Location:  KPMG  3rd Floor 8506 - 200th Street  Langley, BC  - Alder Room
In this peer group you will learn to successfully implement a drug and alcohol policy. Don’t be afraid of legalized medical marijuana – just have a good policy! Questions like "what are the rights and responsibilities of the employer and employees? And what is an effective Drug and Alcohol Policy?" will be answered. This meeting will also cover how to develop a policy, roll out the program, handle the test results and much more!

To reserve your spot contact Tanya Tait; 604-371-4245,

Upcoming Industry Events & Programs

How to Raise your Prices Free Webinar
Thursday August 25th, 10am PST/1pm EST

When thinking about the growth of your business, do you have a strategy to raising your prices? This is a challenge and one that is getting a lot of focus in our industry. While there are no fool proof answers, there are proven strategies that you can use to improve your bottom line right now. A lot depends on the facts you work with, the value you bring to the table and your relationship with your customers.In this FREE webinar, Gary Morton and Peter Chapman will be exploring and sharing strategies on how to get your food prices up.
Click this link to register for our FREE SKUfood Power Up Your Food Business webinar
Thursday August 25th, 10am PST/1pm EST

Hershey Brookside Job Fair

September 10, 2016

Abbotsford Works is hosting a Job Fair specifically for the displaced workers from Hershey Brookside Chocolates, which will be closing in October. The job fair will be held on Saturday September 10th from 11am-3pm at the Apollo location: 3600 Townline Rd, Abbotsford.  Refreshments will be available for all participating employers. There is no cost to participate. Employers to bring banners, brochures, swag anything they would like to share.
To Resister please contact:
Nalish Ladha
Community Engagement and Employer Relations
WorkBC Employment Service Centre
#103-33255 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2B2
Tel: 604-859-4500 | Mobile: 604-768-7774

MESH Food Exchnage Pilot Program

Deadline to Apply: August 19, 2016.

The Mesh Food Exchange is a B2B marketplace that connects food processors with charities or discount buyers. They are inviting FOUR food processors to participate in their pilot program. Selected companies will be able to collaborate and co-design the software that integrates with your system.  

To Apply:

Vancity $1000 Scholarships

Cut costs by cutting carbon! Vancity $1000 scholarships available! For more than 8 years, Vancity credit union has partnered with Climate Smart Business to help small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to measure and manage their carbon footprint. To date more than 900 businesses have completed Climate Smart training and many are reducing costs and enhancing productivity while strengthening their brand through Climate Smart certification. Vancity offers $1000 scholarships to their business members to reduce the cost of the Climate Smart training program. Info on Vancity business member scholarships here:
As part of their BCFPA sponsorship commitments, Vancity is offering two additional $1000 scholarships to any BCPFA members. To apply for a scholarship contact Tanya Tait:; 604-471-4245 
For more info on the Climate Smart program visit:

The Specialty Food Awards

Nomination Deadline September 30

The Specialty Food Awards is a new initiative launched to support food producers focused on the Specialty Food market with safe ingredients and manufacturing practices for those with special dietary needs. In addition to the honor of being awarded the status of "Emerging Specialty Food Product of the Year", selected products will be highlighted to local and national buyers, distributors, and brokers in the industry. The award program is open to Canadian food producers who meet the criteria outlined on their website.
For more details, visit the Specialty Food Awards website:

Italian Chamber of Commerce Sponsoring BC Processors to Cibutec Tradeshow

Italy; October 25-28, 2016

If you are looking for equipment – your company can be sponsored to be part of the Canadian Delegation!  Apply now

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West has recently established agreements with various trade fair organizers in Italy. They are currently looking for prospective Canadian buyers operating in the agri-food sector that would be interested in participating in CIBUSTEC, an international trade show dedicated to food processing technologies and innovation, including packaging and logistical solutions. The trade show will take place in Parma (Italy) from October 25th to 28th, 2016.
Upon selection, qualified Canadian BUYERS will be offered the following incentives:
  • Full coverage of a return flight Canada – Italy ;
  • Local transportation;
  • Hotel accommodation in Parma
  • Customized b2b agenda
For more information on CIBUSTEC you can click HERE.
For more information on the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West activities and services click HERE.
To register to Cibustec as a buyer or for more details, write to

Vancouver Fashion Week – Food Meets Fashion 

Have your products profiled at Vancouver Fashion Week September 19-25.

In this first ever culinary experience, VFW and some of Canada’s top Chefs and Food Producers will match Global Fashion Designers to a complimentary food professional/restaurant. Don’t miss your chance to showcase your country’s amazing culinary flare at this year’s Vancouver Fashion Week through an sponsorship.

Your food products will have backstage access to hundreds of models, designers, hair and makeup professionals and fashion experts. We have food stations set up for you to give sample products to the industry’s leading professionals during Vancouver Fashion Week.

Click here to see the sponsorship opportunities.
BCFPA Members will receive a 15% discount! Contact Tammy-Lynn McNabb; 604-760-9492, 
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