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Awards - Celebrating 10 Years!

2017 BC Food Processors Award Finalists Announced!

The BC Food Processors Association is very pleased to announce the Finalists for our 2017 BCFPA Awards.  The winners for each award will be announced at our annual Awards Gala & Dinner, which will be held at the beautiful Westin Bayshore on June 8, 2017.  Finalists were selected in seven award categories by an independent judging panel.  This year’s finalists are;

2017 Finalists (listed alphabetically)

BCFPA Member of the Year

  • Fine Choice Foods
  • MNP
  • TheraWise

Rising Star,

  • Jessica Duncan, Singing Bowl Granola
  • Thompson Tran, The Wooden Board Company
  • Sylvia Martinelli, Otimo


  • Farafena African Superfoods
  • Mazza Innovation
  • Left Coast Naturals


  • Mazza Innovation
  • Nutriva Group
  • Gift-A-Green


  • Dave Eto, Naturally Splendid Enterprises
  • Margaret Daskis, Fresh Ideas & Solutions
  • Debra Hellbach, Grounded Strategies

Workplace Safety

  • Gardein
  • EARA Technologies
  • Nestle Waters Canada

Our final award is the Product of the Year, sponsored by MNP.  Over 25 nominations were received this year, representing an amazing assortment of unique BC products.  The Finalists for Product of the Year will be announced at our annual BCFPA Awards Gala & Dinner on June 8th.   Also during the Gala, we will be excited to announce this year’s inductee into our Hall of Fame!

If you have not yet registered to attend the Awards Gala and Dinner, it’s an event not to be missed!  Tickets are selling quickly and space is limited, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy a great night, where the industry comes together to celebrate and connect!  You can order your Gala Tickets right here; https://www.bcfpa.ca/foodprowest/register .  Congratulations to all of our nominees. See you at the Gala!




Member of the Year Award


  • Awarded to a company
  • Must be a BCFPA Member
  • Must be engaged in BCFPA activities (Peer Groups, Committees, Board, Event Volunteers, Event attendees etc…)
  • Must contribute to the industry somehow through products and/or services

Hall of Fame Award

Induction into the “BCFPA Hall of Fame”


  • Awarded to a company 
  • 20+ years in business in BC
  • Have made significant contributions to the food, beverage, and natural health industry though any of the following:
  • Design, invention of equipment, product, process, or technical services.
  • A strong reputation in the industry that demonstrates leadership
  • Commitment to growth
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Innovative

Leadership Award


  • Awarded to a person within a company
  • 10+ years of work experience in the industry
  • Leads and inspires others to take on new initiatives to learn and grow
  • Committed to developing and mentoring future leaders
  • Committed to the growth and development of their organizations
  • Positive contribution to the community and environment
  • Sets a high standard of integrity through leading by example and presents themselves in a responsible and respectable manner

Rising Star Award


  • Awarded to a person
  • Must be a BCFPA Member
  • Less than 10 years in the industry
  • Demonstrates a desire to constantly learn and grow
  • Innovator and role model
  • Contribution to industry, community, and environment

Sustainability Award


  • Awarded to a company
  • Must be a BCFPA Member
  • Leader in sustainability processes and practices
  • Positive contribution to the environment
  • Inspirational
  • Role Model

Innovation Award


  • Awarded to a company
  • Demonstrates innovation in any aspect of the company
  • (eg. Processes, technology, ingredients, human resources, culture, engagement, sales and marketing, product development, health and safety, research and development)
  • Is seen as a leader and benchmark to industry
  • Has developed and implemented innovative practices and/or products within their company

Workplace Safety Award


    • Awarded to a company
    • Recognizes innovative programs, policies, tools or projects that assist in reducing workplace injuries
    • Registered in good standing with WorkSafeBC
    • Compliant with the British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, Workers Compensation Act and the Standards and Building Code
    • Is seen as a leader and benchmark to industry
    • Has developed and implemented innovative workplace safety practices within their company

    Product of the Year Award


    • Awarded to a company’s product
    • BC made product
    • Must be a food, beverage, or natural health product
    • Taste (if applicable)
    • Appeal of product packaging
    • Innovative and unique product
    • Positive environmental/sustainable impact
    • Product of the Year Judging Event - Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Thank you for the nominations! Click below to watch the Product of the Year recap video from 2016.

    Product of the Year 2015 Recap - FoodProWest