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  • 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.

  • 21 Jul 2019 12:44 PM | Stephanie Chiu (Administrator)

    FYI - from our friends at WAFP:

    Please join us September 18 – 20 in Chelan, Washington for the 68th annual Washington Assn for Food Protection Conference.  The planning committee has been working on an educational conference this year.

    Below you will find our Draft Agenda for the conference, as well as Registration Information if paying by check on our link.  For those that are paying by credit card instructions are below.  We will again be utilizing a computer site (Brown Paper Tickets) to assist with managing our registrations this year.
    http://waffp.com/wp1/

    Registrations through this site are now open and information to get to the site is below.

    Our Hotel Block is now open, and you can reserve your hotel rooms by contacting Campbell’s Resort directly at

    1 (800) 553-8225.  Please mention our group # 509382 to get into our conference room block.  Rooms go quick so please make your reservations soon by calling Campbells directly.   We have negotiated room rates ranging from $150 - $188. For more information about Campbell’s Resort, you can also check out their website at https://campbellsresort.com/ 

    As mentioned above, our registration process is now opened using the site “Brown Paper Tickets”  for those of you that wish to pay using a credit card.  You can get to the registration site by clicking on the link or copying into your browser:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4289525   On the site, you will be able to register and pay for the conference. $275 registration fee includes your WAFFP annual membership fee, 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and one Banquet dinner.  You may also add-on additional meals for guests, as well as for golf. You will also be able to choose your banquet meal options on this site.

    The golf tournament will be held again at Bear Mountain Golf Resort on Wednesday, September 18th – and tee time is at 10:30 am.  The fee for those that wish to golf is $90.00, which includes 18 holes, box lunch and ½ cart.

    For those of you wishing to pay using a check, I have attached a registration form that you can fill out, print and send along with your check made out to “Washington Assn for Food Protection” and send to our Treasurer Jill Wisehart.  The information is all included on the attachment.

    For those of you wishing to help the organization by being a sponsor, you can do so by utilizing the attached sponsorship attachment to pay by check, or you can register on line at the Brown Paper Ticket Site above if paying by credit card.  All of our Platinum Sponsorships are sold out, however we still have a few tables for Gold Sponsorships still available, as well as the other options.  Contact information for Virginia Ng is on the attached sponsorship document if you have questions. 

    Finally, please register soon, as early bird prices are only good through September 6th, and will increase on September 7th.

    We look forward to another great meeting in Chelan.  Keep an eye out on our website for any agenda updates, and we will also include all registration information, as well as sponsorship information on this site, which is www.WAFFP.com

    Look forward to seeing everyone in Chelan   

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