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  • 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!

  • 25 Apr 2023 10:16 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    From SGS:

    Please share this with your group or social media.

    We would like to extend a warm invitation to you for an information-packed event that will showcase the latest advancements in food processing and industry insights. The event, organized by SQFI and SGS, will feature distinguished speakers from Whole Foods, Save on Foods, BCFB, and other industry leaders who will share their expertise and knowledge.

    The event promises to be an exciting opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technology, innovative practices, and industry trends shaping the food processing and growers' landscape for new and mature businesses.

    So, mark your calendars and join us for this exciting event.

  • 28 Feb 2023 3:29 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    The BC Food Protection Association (BCFPA) - Student Professional Development Group would like to present:

    2023 Student Networking Event - A Career Night with Industry Food Professionals


    The BC Food Protection Association - Student Professional Development Group is thrilled to host a hybrid in-person and virtual talk and an in-person networking event. Each speaker will give a 20-minute interactive talk about their career paths, which aims to support students’ career development.

    Register here:

    SPEAKERS: Representatives in the Food Industry

    Speaker #1: Lavina Gully | Regional Innovation Director (BC), Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN)

    Career Topics: Functional Foods and Research and Development

    Lavina is a food scientist and product developer with over 15 years of experience in R&D, process development, and ideation. She has worked in various industries such as bakery, soups, beverages, plant-based nutrition, and meat alternatives, and has launched numerous new products into club, retail, and food service channels.

    She loves the multi-disciplinary aspect of R&D and started her career immersed in ingredient functionality, process engineering, quality systems, packaging, and scale-up. Prior to joining CFIN, Lavina was responsible for exploring the fuzzy front end of the innovation process and developing long-range strategies for consumer-led product concepts.

    In addition to her R&D experience, she has also worked as an SR&ED consultant, servicing CPG and agri-food businesses across British Columbia, and, as a food technology instructor at BCIT.

    Lavina hopes to draw upon her hands-on industry and manufacturing experience to help businesses achieve innovation goals. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Food Science from the University of British Columbia.

    Speaker #2: Jeffrey Ma | Senior R&D Manager, Daiya Foods Inc.

    Career Topic: Plant-Based Foods (Cheese) and Research and Development

    Jeffrey Ma has spent the past 11 years in food product development and innovation. Growing up in his parent’s restaurant, he has always been fascinated by how good food can be a commonality that connects people through shared experiences. With a food science and business background, he’s interested in creating natural products that merge what is possible with what consumers want. He believes a winning product merges great branding and a technical advantage that addresses a key consumer need. He’s constantly interested in how businesses can both do well and do good through their brand and products.

    Jeffrey received his education from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Food Science and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is currently the Senior R&D Manager at Daiya Foods, a pioneering brand in the plant-based food space, leading the development of next-gen plant-based cheese. His previous experience includes Innovation roles at small and large companies including Vega (Danone), Pure Sunfarms, and Komo Comfort Foods.

    DATE: March 3rd, 2023

    TIME: 5:30 pm PT - 7:30 pm PT

    IN-PERSON LOCATION: SE06 Room 207, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2

    VIRTUAL OPTION: via Zoom - registrants will be sent a Zoom link 1-2 days before the actual event

    FEE: Free for students!!

    Note: Networking and Snack time will be held IN-PERSON.


    5:30 - 6:00 pm PT: Registration

    6:00 - 6:05 pm PT: Welcome Remark & Introduction about BCFPA

    6:05 - 7:00 pm PT: 15 min presentation + 5 min Q&A for each speaker (Hybrid)

    7:00 - 7:30 pm PT: Networking & Snack time (In-person)

    For any questions, contact our SPDG coordinator:
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