The BCFPA is constantly adding to its menu of services that it offers its membership. Currently it includes:
A strong voice for the food, beverage and natural health products processing industry through the Government and Industry Relations Committee (GIRC)
Networking and sharing of best practices through our quareterly Breakfast Series, as well as committee and Peer Group meetings which meet every other month.
BCFPA BREAKFAST SERIES EVENTS: The Breakfast Series, powerhouse meetings are held four times a year and bring the entire membership together to drive the relevant content, issues and topics that are important to you. Designed to get you back at your desk by 11am, these events are centrally located at the BC Hydro Conference centre at Burnaby Edmonds and feature expert guest speakers, as well as display tables by our related associate members. Breakout sessions with individual Peer Groups will engage you in relevant content of the broader topic. All Peer groups will contribute to components of the Breakfast Series topics.
OPERATIONS PEER GROUP: is designed to provide a forum for operations focused members through group interaction and speakers on topics of interest to the group. Quarterly meetings include production factility tours, roundtable discussions, sharing of best practices, meeting with associate service providers, and speaker presentations. Operations staff learn about a broad range of operations focused topics through presentations made by specialists in the identified areas of interest. Both members and prospective members are welcome to attend (by invitation only). There are more than 160 Operations Peer Group members. The group is Co-chaired by Jess Berlenbach, Operations Manager of Rhema Health Products and Mike Nunn, VP Operations at Ideon Packaging.
HUMAN RESOURCES PEER GROUP: The BCFPA's Human Resources mandate is to help improve HR practices with its members by facilitating and promoting best practices, information sharing. This group is open to all members. There are currently more than 120 members engaged with the HR Peer Group, which meets at various lower mainland locations at least 4 times a year. The HR Peer Group also engages in the Question of the Week, where members can ask HR-related questions and gain from a multitude of members' experience! This Peer Group is co-chaired by Ivy Leong, HR Manager of Fresh Direct Produce and Alice Lesmana.
FOOD SAFETY PEER GROUP: This group allows the BCFPA to advocate towards equal and responsive regulations, providing input and influencing government programs and policies, and developing valuable food safety related programs and services for BCFPA members. This peer group is the place for Food Safety/Quality Assurance professionals to network and share best practices at quarterly meetings and special workshops and events. The 100+ member strong group is co-chaired by Lynette Chu of JD Sweid Foods and Ken Chung of Dusos. Topics include new pathogens in fresh foods, testing, labelling, Health Canada and CFIA regulations.
SALES AND MARKETING PEER GROUP: This peer group is all about enhancing the competitive position of BC food processors, individually or as a whole. Under the leadership of Emily Teng, Marketing Manager for Fine Choice Foods, the Sales and Marketing Peer Group provides opportunities for networking and professional development with meetings on best practices and issues, including social media, brand developent, marketing, export development, advertising, sales strategies, tradeshows and more. Building business relationships and opportunities for collaboration among value chain partners and enhancing communications and coordination with industry stakeholders is a benefit of belonging to the Sales and Marketing peer group.
FRASER VALLEY OPERATIONS PEER GROUP: meets at plants in the Fraser Valley to discuss Food Safety, Operations and other topics of interest. It provides a forum for operations and food safety professionals through group interaction, guest speakers demonstrations and tours. More than 70 members are part of this group which is co-chaired by Tim de Haan, Operations Manager of Apex Food Source, and Juan Maya. The Fraser Valley Operations Peer Group meets quarterly.
VANCOUVER ISLAND PEER GROUP: provides a forum for Island based food, beverage and natural health product processors and associate members through networking, and learning opportunities across a broad range of industry focused topics. Vancouver Island Peer Group meetings are held on a quarterly basis, typically at a member’s facility and include a tour, speaker and group discussion. Both members and prospective members (by invitation only) are welcome to attend. Meetings are typically held on Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 4:30 pm.
Marketplace - Job Opportunities
Marketplace - Buy and Sell -, business opportunties, equipment for sale, co-packing services and much more
Risk management - insurance coverage designed for food processors - FoodProtect™
BC Hydro Conservation and Energy Management- tools and programs to help your business reduce energy costs
Group Benefits - maintain or improve benefits coverage and reduce costs
Support and training - we provide ongoing referrals to service providers for all types of education, training, workshops and support, including Food Safety certifications.
Giving Back Program - Our Partnership with Quest Food Exchange allows you to help reduce hunger with dignity.