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  • 23 Oct 2023 9:17 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    The BC Food Protection Association would like to present:

    The BC Food Protection Association is thrilled to again host another hybrid in-person and virtual seminar event for our members and general public! For those who wish to participate virtually, we are broadcasting (live streaming) our seminar through Zoom.

    Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Food Safety

    Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, Food Distribution and Policy, Faculty of Management; Professor, Faculty of Agriculture , Dalhousie University, Canada, Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab
    Rickey Yada, Professor and Dean Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

    Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
    Time: 5:00 - 8:15 pm PT
    In-person Location: Langara Clubhouse (6706 Alberta St, Vancouver, BC)*
    *Parking is free for guests
    Virtual Option: via Zoom - registrants will be sent a Zoom link 1-2 days before the actual event

    Register here:
    Early bird deadline is November 14! Register today to take advantage of our early bird rate!
    Dinner will be provided for in-person attendees. If you have food allergies or preferences, please let us know under the comment section when you register online, or email us before November 14, as we will be placing an order for the catered food (dinner) that day.


    5:00-5:15 PM PT Registration and Light Networking
    5:15-5:30 PM PT Welcome Remarks
    5:30-6:30 PM PT Speaker 1 - Sylvain Charlebois / Dalhousie University (virtual)
    6:30-7:15 PM PT Dinner Intermission and Networking
    7:15-8:15 PM PT Speaker 2 - Rickey Yada / UBC (in-person)
    8:15-8:45 PM PT Closing Remarks, Door Prizes and Networking

    Virtual Rates
    $25 for Members, $20 for Students/Retired, $45 for Non-Members
    In-Person Rates
    BCFPA Members – $60 for Early Bird, $70 for Regular
    BCFPA Student/Retired – $45 for Early Bird, $55 for Regular
    Non-Member – $90 for Early Bird, $100 for Regular
    Early bird rate period lasts from now to Nov 14
    Regular rate period lasts from Nov 15 to the day of event

    For those who wish to register their colleagues, see below:
    Registering another contact through online self-service
    A contact can register another contact for an event by:
    1. Logging in then entering the other contact's email address during the registration process.
    2. If the contact doing the registration is already registered for an event, they can click the "New registration" button after clicking the "Register" button from the event details. In either case, the contact doing the registering will be invoiced for the registration fee.
    3. After a contact has registered for an event, an administrator can assign the invoice to a different contact. To change who is invoiced for an event registration, follow these steps:
    A. Find and open the invoice.
    B. Click the Edit button to enter edit mode.
    C. Click the Change link beside the contact's details.
    D. Select the contact you want the invoice to be assigned to.
    E. Click the Save button to save the change. You can then print or email the updated invoice.
    F. Reassigning the invoice will create an entry in your financial history.

  • 19 Oct 2023 2:31 AM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Hello everyone!

    Mark your calendars! We will be hosting the Hybrid Fall Speaker's Evening on November 21, 2023 at the Langara Clubhouse! Our theme will be on Artificial Intelligence in the Food Industry.

    More details to come in the next few days!

  • 21 Sep 2023 3:38 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    We recognize it takes a combination of both hard work and educational funding for most students to achieve their goal of a post-secondary education. That's why we've developed a scholarship fund to help encourage student funding and interest in food protection in BC.

    For this year, one scholarship will be available in the amount of $1000 and will be awarded to one BCFPA student member who meets the criteria. The student selected to receive the scholarship award must attend a future BCFPA event to receive the Scholarship Award Certificate. It is intended that the 2023 Scholarship Awards be presented at our Annual General Meeting in January/February 2024.

    To be considered for the scholarship award, please fill out the application form and email your application and essay to the BCFPA Vice President at

    Application form: click here

    Applications must be submitted no later than December 15, 2023. The winning recipient to be awarded the Scholarship Award will be contacted before the AGM.

    The Scholarship Poster  -

    Application form and rule details for entering can be found on our website:

    This year's essay topic is:
    Applications of AI in Food Safety 

    We wish all students who are applying the best of luck!

  • 21 Sep 2023 3:34 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    The BCFPA welcomes their members to submit their nominations for any BCFPA member who has made a significant contribution and has demonstrated exceptional service to the BC food industry or the Association. The BCFPA Awards are presented during their Annual General Meeting in January/February 2024. See below for our 3 awards.

    We are accepting nominations until November 30, 2023.

    BCFPA Food Safety Award
    This award may be presented to a regular, honorary, special, student or retired member of the Association deemed to have contributed outstanding service to the BC food industry with respect to food safety.

    BCFPA President’s Award
    This award may be presented to a regular, honorary, special, student, sustaining or retired member of the Association deemed to have contributed outstanding service to the BC Food Protection Association.

    BCFPA Lifetime Achievement Award
    This award may be presented to a regular or retired member of the Association and recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the objectives of the BCFPA through many years of active service in the association.

    How are the award selected?
    Selections for awards will be made by the Awards Committee &/or Executive Board. Awards need not be given annually. Please refer to Article VII.G. of the By-Laws (pages 11 and 12) for a full description of award requirements.

    What is the award?
    Awards will consist of honorariums or gifts as deemed appropriate by the Executive. The Lifetime Achievement award also grants the recipient honorary lifetime membership in the BC Food Protection Association.

    How do I submit an award nomination? There are 2 options to submit!
    1. Fill out the awards nomination form (pdf) and email it back to the BCFPA President
    2. Fill out the electronic version of the award nominations form (via Google form) to submit.

    If you wish to submit the nominations form please visit our website for more information:

    You may provide documents in support of your nomination after the submission deadline, up to December 15, 2023.

  • 02 Aug 2023 2:39 AM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Dear BCFPA Members,

    In our continued effort to improve and shape the way we bring future seminars and events to you, we kindly ask that you take a few minutes to complete our fall event survey. The survey should take no more than 5 min to complete. This survey will be available for members to complete until August 21, 2023.

    Click here to start the survey:

    We thank you for your time!
    BCFPA Executive Board

  • 22 Jul 2023 12:06 AM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)
    A big thank you to Que Pasa Foods for allowing the students an opportunity to visit their food production plant on July 20, 2023! The students had a great time and learned lots!

    If you are interested in joining or becoming more involved with the Student Professional Development Group, please feel free to email our SPDG Coordinator or through our general email.

  • 10 Jul 2023 10:51 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Hello students!

    The SPDG is organizing a student tour to Que Pasa Foods on July 20th and would like you to join them!

    Registration is free but spots are limited!

    Date: July 20, 2023
    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
    Where: 7453 Progress Way, Delta, BC
    What to wear: wear closed toe footwear, pants and shirts with sleeves are allowed, no tank tops or shorts are allowed, no jewelry or loose objects allowed on food processing floor

    RSVP here:

    Poster: click here

  • 07 Jun 2023 1:03 AM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    In recognition of this day to increase awareness about food safety, the IAFP will provide open access from June 1–30, 2023, to all recorded webinars in the IAFP archives for non-Members.

    Click here -

  • 01 Jun 2023 2:08 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Our Grapevine Newsletter Vol 5 Issue 9 is now out! Click here to read it!
    BCFPA Newsletter Vol 5 Issue 9 - May/June Spring Edition

  • 25 May 2023 9:09 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Hi everyone,

    Below is a recruitment message from Patricia Hingston from the UBC Food Science Department, looking for food industry partners interested in being a part of an undergraduate research project as part of the students' capstone course.

    Dear BCFPA Member,

    The UBC Food Science Department is looking to recruit industry partners that would be interested in having a research project conducted by fourth year undergraduate students as part of a capstone course. The objectives of the course are to provide students with an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge using an integrated approach to address a problem of relevance to the food industry.

    The scope of the projects may involve product formulation, process development or improvement, quality assurance, analysis of chemical, physical, nutritional or sensory properties, microbiological assessment, etc. Students work in groups of 3 - 4 on a project in one of our labs here at UBC and can also perform some tasks at the company if needed. More information on the course can be found here.

    If you or your team have a project(s) that you would like to submit for consideration, please do so using the form found here. The deadline for submissions is July 21, 2023.

    If you have any additional questions please contact the course instructor Patricia Hingston (

    Thank you!

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