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  • 04 Apr 2020 1:10 AM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Spring Speaker's Evening Webinar Announcement

    Given the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the precautionary measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to put on hold any upcoming public events such as our popular Spring Speaker’s Evening. Our top priority to our members and volunteer executive board has always been their health and safety. As such, we feel this is the right decision to make in these difficult times.

    However, we are still intent on planning an event. We are thrilled to unveil our plan to "host" our Spring Speaker's Evening as a webinar!

    Our upcoming webinar will be FREE for BCFPA members!

    More details will be provided once logistics have been finalized, so please stay tuned. But for now, here is a sneak peek:



    Newsletter "The Grapevine" Vol 5 Issue 5 Is Now Out!

    Click the link here to read our latest newsletter, with new announcements, event summaries, scholarship award essay, and more!



    Refer A Colleague Or Friend, Get A Promotional Discount To Your Next Event!

    Lastly, in an effort to increase our membership, we are offering the following promotion to our current members: Refer a colleague or friend to the BC Food Protection Association today! As a thank you, you will receive a promotional discount code of $25 which you can use towards your next event (valid through the end of 2021)! Details will be explained in our newsletter which is now out (click the link).



    Sustaining Membership Renewals

    Interested in becoming a sustaining member? Forget to renew your sustaining membership for 2020? Want to advertise your company in our upcoming webinar? Now is the time to renew today! Talk to us at info@bcfoodprotection.ca to discuss potential sponsorships or ask us more about how you can become a sustaining member!


    We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you online soon.


    Sincerely,

    The BC Food Protection Association Executive Board

  • 29 Mar 2020 11:51 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    A Message from the BCFPA Executive Board Regarding the COVID-19 Situation

    Given the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the precautionary measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to put on hold any upcoming public events such as our popular Spring Speaker’s Evening. Our top priority to our members and volunteer executive board has always been their health and safety. As such, we feel this is the right decision to make in these difficult times.

    Since these public events are important for our continued engagement with you, our members, we are working on new ways of drawing in members and educating them through seminars and workshops.

    During this global COVID-19 pandemic, we have noticed the increasingly popularity of video conferencing platforms being used as solutions for keeping people connected at a time where schools and businesses have been closed to encourage social distancing.

    This brings us to our most exciting announcement:

    For the very first time, we are thrilled to unveil our plan to "host" our Spring Speaker's Evening as a series of webinars!

    More details will be provided once logistics have been finalized, so please stay tuned. 

    Lastly, in an effort to increase our membership, we are offering the following promotion to our current members: Refer a colleague or friend to the BC Food Protection Association today! As a thank you, you will receive a promotional discount code of $25 which you can use towards your next event (valid through the end of 2021)! Details will be explained in our upcoming newsletter which will be sent in the coming days.

    We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you online soon.


    Sincerely,

    The BC Food Protection Association Executive Board

  • 15 Mar 2020 12:53 AM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Dear BCFPA Members & Attendees,

    We would like to thank you for attending our Annual General Meeting held on January 16, 2020 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC.

    In our continued effort for improvement and to bring seminars and events in that are interesting to our members, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete our survey. We also ask that those who did not attend also complete the survey if you wish to provide suggestions for future events. We also added a new question at the end of our survey on registration numbers and ways to improve our membership numbers.

    It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey. The survey will be available until March 22, 2020.

    Click here - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vzNreMDlPUCaGz4resG6kaIVWHrFakBzLan4Zq4rD2k

    As a head's up, we are organizing a Spring Speaker's Evening scheduled for mid-May. More details to come soon!

    Thank you,

    BC Food Protection Association Executive Board
  • 12 Nov 2019 11:56 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Join BCFT at the 2019 BCFT Movie Night on "Food Evolution", a 2016 documentary directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. The film tackles the schism that has arisen between scientists and consumers over how to feed our expanding population safely and sustainably, follows the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. The film was critically very well-received. Topics in the film range from: food safety, environmental protection, population demand, pesticide use, and general health surrounding GMOs. Through each topic, the film analyzes what data, evidence and sources are being used to argue one way or the other.

    Food and drinks will be provided, network with your peers and friends before and after the movie.

    When: Wednesday November 20th, 2019

    Where: Delta Burnaby Hotel - 2nd Floor Ball Room (4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7)

    Schedule: 6:15 pm - 9:30 pm

    This event aims to help students and new professionals to build networking, and also to promote the discussion among everyone related to the agri-food system. So everyone is welcome!

    The details are in the attached document and links.

    RSVP:

    https://bcft.wufoo.com/forms/2019-bcft-movie-night-food-evolution   
     

    Trailer

    https://youtu.be/IVuN19Id_2c 

  • 27 Oct 2019 11:01 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    The 2019 Fall Speaker's Evening event speaker presentations are now up on our website. Click below to access:

    Roy Fenoff - “Food Fraud Prevention Strategy: Shifting from Detection to Prevention”

    Yaxi Hu - “Advancement of Techniques for Food Authentication – The Last Barrier to Prevent Food Fraud”

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=13tH0iVfixvHzGTVvQY5IcJdGmigdysOq

  • 27 Oct 2019 10:11 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Hi everyone,

    Our post-event survey is now out! Please help provide feedback for our fall event and input for our future events! It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey.

    Click here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJG79WVhb15x9s5btFbDQRiJzKiM7gxCz-Dci0EJK2xXwIKg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

  • 08 Oct 2019 11:46 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    The BCFPA newsletter, The Grapevine, is now out! Volume 5, Issue 4 is now available here! Enjoy! 

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tkslsiZEw83JW7W_AYunIzOAs_d8REdR

  • 23 Sep 2019 9:09 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    BCFPA executives and members from government, industry, and academia share their experiences to help students become better prepared for their career plan. Students from UBC and BCIT will have chance to meet and share their opinions and passions.

    Location:
    Room 1501
    UBC Life Building, 6138
    Student Union Blvd,
    Vancouver, BC

    Food, drinks & snacks will be provided!

    Admission: Free for students! Limited spots!

    Please RSVP to: shenmiao.ivy.li@gmail.com before September 24, 2019!


  • 23 Sep 2019 9:09 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 2019, up to two scholarships will be available in the amounts of $1500 and $1000 and will be awarded to two BCFPA student members who meet the criteria. Students selected to receive scholarship awards must attend a future BCFPA event to receive the Scholarship Award Certificate. It is intended that the 2019 Scholarship Awards will be presented at our Annual General Meeting in January 2020.

    To be considered for the scholarship awards, please fill out the application form and email your application and essay to the BCFPA Vice President at justin.falardeau@ubc.ca. Applications must be submitted no later than November 15, 2019.

    The Scholarship Poster is available here.


  • 11 Sep 2019 8:12 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    Help UBC Students Prepare for a Career with Your Company

    Dear Food Science Industry members,

    UBC's Food Science program is undergoing a Curriculum Renewal Project to ensure the quality and alignment of our undergraduate program within a rapidly evolving industry. Given your employment in the food industry, you are ideally suited to provide feedback to help our program best prepare future graduates.  We value the insights and perspectives that your expertise can provide. The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and can be accessed via the following link:

    https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2sYXYV8dbmOf3j7

    For any questions, you can reach us at food.renewal@ubc.ca.  We thank you in advance for your time and support of this project, and we look forward to working together in increasingly collaborative ways.

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