White Spot gives back to the Community
Jul 11, 2017 bcrfauser01

White Spot and Triple O’s Fundraiser Supports BC Wildfire relief efforts

Two dollars from the sale of Burger Platters and Combos on Thursday, July 13 will be donated to the

Canadian Red Cross



For immediate release


Vancouver, BC– July 11, 2017 – On Thursday, July 13 White Spot Restaurants, along with their premium QSA brand Triple O’s, will be holding a fundraising day to support the BC Wildfire relief efforts.  Both brands will be donating $2 from the sale of every burger platter or combo to the Canadian Red Cross. All 65 White Spot restaurants throughout B.C. and Alberta and participating Triple O’s will be donating to the cause.  BC Ferries vessels who offer White Spot on board have also generously offered their support.


“Although the fires to date haven’t directly impacted regions where we have restaurants, we know that a tragedy of this magnitude will affect many of our employees, their families as well as our guests, and we want them to know that our thoughts are with them, along with the firefighters and other first responders working to protect and care for them” notes Warren Erhart, President, White Spot Restaurants. “We have reached out to our family of franchisees and partners, and they have been unanimous in their agreement to provide support.”


“We are so grateful for White Spot’s desire to support our relief efforts in British Columbia,” said Kimberley Nemrava, Vice-President, Canadian Red Cross B.C. & Yukon. “Donations will help provide relief for those affected by the wildfires in the form of cots, blankets, family reunification, as well as financial assistance so individuals and families can get the food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities now, and in the weeks and months ahead.”


“In partnership with White Spot, BC Ferries supports this great initiative to assist our fellow British Columbians during this difficult time,” said Corrine Storey, Vice President of Customer Services with BC Ferries.


“Canadians are known for pulling together,” added Erhart. “Our goal for this one day initiative is to raise as much money as possible to support the B.C. wildfire relief efforts.


White Spot is getting the word out about the July 13 fundraiser using the social media hashtags #BCfires

#BCWildfire. A directory of White Spot & participating Triple O’s locations is available at whitespot.ca/locations and www.tripleos.com/bc-wildfire-relief.




About White Spot Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, White Spot is Canada’s longest- running restaurant chain, celebrating their 89th year. Founded in 1928, when Nat Bailey launched Canada’s first drive-in restaurant at Granville and 67th, the 89-year-young chain now sees more than 17 million guests annually at 133 White Spot and Triple O’s locations throughout B.C., Alberta and Asia. Bailey’s original vision was to build a restaurant that served the highest quality, unique tasting food and White Spot remains committed to continuing this tradition in each and every meal. White Spot Limited

is proud to be recognized with the platinum status designation as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed

Companies.    www.whitespot.ca  www.tripleos.com




Media contact:

Cathy Tostenson

Vice-President, Marketing & Menu Development, White Spot Restaurants


Inspired Restaurants
Jul 06, 2017 bcrfauser01



In June 2016, GO2, the HR Resource for the hospitality industry, published the Cooks’ Labour Market Analysis Report. This report uncovered the serious concerns that BC restaurants were experiencing in recruiting and retaining workers. The Inspired Restaurants program addresses these issues by providing resources and information for restaurants to become more efficient in their operations achieve higher profitability and create a better working environment for their employees. The pilot program for Inspired Restaurants is a unique opportunity for restaurants across British Columbia to participate in a Government funded program and no cost to them. The BCRFA will be working with 100 restaurants that are largely independent operators with various cuisines and ethnicities that are challenged by today’s economy and do not have the resources or capital of the larger, multi unit venues. Participants will be given access to key information that will enhance their business and save them valuable funds that can be redirected into HR practices vital to the proper hiring, training and retaining of their employees. Through the success of this program, we plan to contribute to a more sustainable workplace within the hospitality sector of British Columbia.

To secure your participation in this free program, please contact: sbarkoff@bcrfa.com or call 604.669.2239.

Labour Shortage Study
Jul 05, 2017 bcrfauser01

Vancouver’s recent rise in the labour market shortage within the restaurant industry has brought on serious challenges to local businesses. The difficulties recruiting for all restaurant positions – skilled and unskilled, part- and full-time labour – is becoming a significant issue for operations of all sizes – from small single unit operators to large chains with units in cities across the province. With industry studies by go2HR predicting the lack of qualified labour for the foreseeable future coupled with a low unemployment rate, we are faced with a crisis of significant barriers to hiring qualified candidates and fulfilling employment requirements in BC restaurants. At the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, we are determined to be a leader in providing real solutions.

Our Labour Shortage Study plans to tackle these prominent concerns by integrating studies on the labour market and strategies to resolve the impending rise of imbalance between demand and supply for our employers in the Vancouver area. BCRFA will conduct industry research in collaboration with WorkSafe BC service providers and our Advisory Committee—comprised of industry operations leaders and operators. We will work together to resolve these issues by strategic analysis of recruiting strategies, job vacancies and target employment groups for individual businesses.

The B.C Restaurant and Foodservices Association is determined to provide a reform for the imminent challenges ahead and to provide the best industry environment for our employers and workers combined.  Our HR Advisor Gillian McGregor is handling issues in recruitment and retention for operators every day – if you need her advice, please let us know. She is an invaluable resource for members facing labour challenges. If you want to be part of our study or get more information on how we can help, please reach out by email at chelsea@bcrfa.com  or by phone at 604.669.2239.