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BCFPA 2023 Hybrid Fall Speaker's Evening

  • 21 Nov 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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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

Funding for this event is provided through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership.


Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, Food Distribution and Policy, Faculty of Management; Professor, Faculty of Agriculture , Dalhousie University, Canada, Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab

Bio: Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is a Professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculties of Management and Agriculture at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is also the Senior Director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab, also located at Dalhousie University. Known as “The Food Professor”, his current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. He is one of the world's most cited scholars in food supply chain management, food value chains and traceability. He co-hosts The Food Professor podcast, discussing issues in the food, foodservice, grocery and restaurant industries. Every year since 2012, he has published the now highly anticipated Canadian Food Price Report, which provides an overview of food price trends for the coming year. Furthermore, his research has been featured in several newspapers and media groups, nationally as well as internationally. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food and agricultural policies in many Canadian provinces and other countries.

Food Safety, food traceability, and the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Talk Summary: Join us for a dynamic webinar featuring Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, a renowned expert from the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, as he delves into the captivating intersection of food safety, food traceability, and the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this engaging session, you'll explore the cutting-edge advancements that are reshaping the food industry and safeguarding our global food supply chain. Discover the fundamentals of food safety, the critical importance of traceability, and the pivotal role AI plays in ensuring our food reaches our plates with the highest levels of security and quality. Dr. Charlebois will unpack the intricacies of AI applications, demystify their real-world implementations, and unveil the profound impact of these innovations on our daily lives. Through captivating insights and case studies, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how AI technologies are elevating food safety standards and revolutionizing traceability protocols. Dr. Charlebois will share practical strategies for tackling challenges, achieving regulatory compliance, and harnessing the potential of AI, all while keeping you engaged with his dynamic presentation style.

Read up on Sylvain’s interview with the Toronto Sun on what ChatGPT will do to the food industry:

Rickey Yada, Professor and Dean Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia

Bio: In 2014, Professor Rickey Yada was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UBC, Dr. Yada was at the University of Guelph where he held numerous leadership roles, including Chair, Department of Food Science, Assistant Vice President Research, Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure, and Scientific Director of the Advanced Foods and Materials Network (Networks of Centres of Excellence). He is currently one of the co-editors of Trends in Food Science and Technology, and serves on the editorial board of several journals. Dr. Yada is an advisor to many research and industry organizations, serving on the Board of the Canadian Food Innovation Network; and the Board of Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network to name a few. Other positions include External Advisory Committee Member – Arrell Food Institute; Member of the Scientific Advisory Panels – Riddet Institute (New Zealand) and AgResearch (New Zealand). Dr. Yada is the Past President of the Deans Council of the Faculties of Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Medicine in Canada; Past President and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, and the International Academy of the International Union of Food Science and Technology; as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, and Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Yada has an honorary DSc from the University of Guelph. 

Anticipating and overcoming food system vulnerabilities in a world beset by climate change, pandemics and geopolitical strife

Talk Summary:
To say that the last 10 years of human history have been tumultuous would be a complete understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic, and a concerning tendency toward multiple, prolonged and even simultaneous manifestations of extreme weather events around the globe have combined to exacerbate the effects from regional wars. Challenges to food supply and distribution have brought about undesirable effects, but there are also opportunities to create lasting transformative change. Critical advances in food security/food literacy are needed that are inextricably linked to accelerated research and development around such topics as: plant-protein-based foods, precision fermentation/biomanufacturing, novel processing technologies, rediscovery of food (food literacy), among others. Big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence represent cross-cutting platforms capable of sparking innovative solutions to many of these challenges.  This talk will outline the above challenges and consider emergent research and technology that holds potential as solutions to our current climate and food system vulnerabilities.

Read up on Rickey’s interview with UBC Media Relations on how AI can make our food safer: 

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