Our Commitment

To create the most favourable environment for our members to succeed.


Memberships range from 275 to 350 per year.

Why Join Us

Our research shows that members experience higher revenue growth, better knowledge and lower operating costs compared to non-members.


Prize Winner at Restaurant Talks
Jul 18, 2016

BC Restaurant Talks is pleased to connect restaurant and foodservice professionals with informed and interesting discussions on topics that matter. Our goal is to gather industry professionals and experts together around a table so that between presentations and questions and answers, real solutions are explored and developed.

Attendees are entered to win a door prize provided by our sponsors. We congratulate inaugural winner Joanne Forrester from BCRFA member Boston Pizza - pictured with her new Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Thank you to our prize sponsor:


BCRFA Kick Starts Discussion on Labour Shortage
Jul 12, 2016

BC Restaurant Talks discussion on Hiring, Recruiting & Labour Shortage accesses real solutions.




VANCOUVER, BC – Monday’s BC Restaurant Talks discussion took on the challenge of Hiring, Recruiting & BC’s Labour Shortage. Industry insiders gathered to hear an up to date assessment of the true shortage by go2HR’s Debbie Yule followed by strategies for recruiting by InspiredHR’s Debby Carreau, retention by BCRFA’s HR advisor Gillian MacGregor and available government programs from BC’s Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training’s Shannon Renault. The presentations will be available to members on BCRFA’s website later this week.


“With increasing shortages in key positions including chefs and cooks, we know operators urgently need access to real solutions,” said BCRFA president and CEO Ian Tostenson. Through the session, we identified places to start:

– Canada Job Grant Program offers funding up to $15,000 to train unemployed candidates, or shared funding for training existing staff ($5,000 for employer, $10,000 from CJGP). For more details:  https://www.workbc.ca/Employer-Resources/Canada-BC-Job-Grant.aspx

– National Job Fairs: Businesses looking to target candidates across the country can join go2HR on

strategic missions to job fairs across the country. www.go2hr.ca

– Call for help: Gillian MacGregor and Debby Carreau offer access to their invaluable HR expertise

as a BCRFA member benefit.


BC Restaurant Talks offers a series of power sessions that tackle difficult issues. The next sessions will be held in Vancouver in August and in Kelowna on Monday September 19th. Stay tuned to bcrestauranttalks.ca. Interested attendees can register by calling 604-669-2239. BCRFA members price is $49 + GST, non-member price is $79 + GST.


Presented with the support of American Express, Gordon Food Service, Sysco, Morneau Shepell, Mills Basics, Telus and Rising Tide Consultants.


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BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association is one of the most respected business organizations in the province for 40 years. BCRFA is the voice of restaurant and foodservice to government, a source for real time information about key issues facing business and a resource for excellent values and cost savings on services.


For further information:


Ian Tostenson, President and CEO

BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association

#600 – 890 West Pender Street    Vancouver BC V6C 1J9    Phone:  604-669-2239

Is the next BC Restaurant Talks session for you?
Jun 15, 2016

Hiring, Recruiting and the BC Labour Shortage
Monday June 20 at Granville Island Brewing
Doors open at 8:00 am
Session starts at 8:15 am

If you are looking for answers to any of these questions, please call 604.669.2239 to get your tickets. Only a limited number left.

- Where should I look for new talent?

– What government programs are available to assist with both national and international recruiting efforts?

– What are people looking for when they join a new company?

– How can I keep valuable employees from leaving our organization?

– What positions are currently the hardest to fill?

– What are the big recruiting and staffing mistakes to avoid?

Setting the right employment climate will help us set the tone for solving your staffing problems. After their presentations, our panelists will help you through a direct question and answer period.

This is a unique opportunity as we will have government representatives and industry together under one roof. It’s all about working towards creating innovative solutions to this challenging problem. This is an opportune time to to both gain valuable insights and to put your thoughts to government.

Single tickets:
– BCRFA Members – $49 + GST
– Non-Members – $79 + GST
Call 604.669.2239 to order.