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BC Care Providers Association is pleased to have Dr David Sheard, CEO / Founder of Dementia Care Matters, as their Care to Chat keynote speaker on November 15th, 2017.

The Butterfly Model of Dementia Care which began in the United Kingdom 22 years ago is now spreading across 5 countries and winning multiple awards from regulators.

The Butterfly Model is based on the core belief that designing for dementia is not about buildings first; but instead is about developing a transformational culture of care.  David will outline that this requires organisations to adopt a model of emotional intelligence, attached leadership, and 'matched households' where 'being' this permeates the organisation before they 'do' it.

Come and hear what the first 7 Butterfly Home Projects in Canada have found embarking on this looks, sounds, and feels like. You will not want to miss this emotional, challenging, and visionary presentation.  Hot breakfast is included. You can hear more on the new Butterfly Community website here.

Date: Wed, Nov 15 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Venue: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver | Vancouver Island Room
900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC

Care to Chat only price: BCCPA members – $75  |  Non-members – $125



NATIONAL INFECTION CONTROL WEEK! PICNet's new 2017 Game of Germs posters are available for downloading, each on 8 1/2" x 11" page so you can easily print the ones you want to use. There are 14 different pathogens. See our Blog posts for more.


The Provincial Infection Control Network's webinars and teleclasses schedules, as well as many archived sessions are available!

Information follows on both the upcoming sessions and archived webinars. Check PICNet here for education opportunities. 

PICNet Presentations at IPAC-Canada Conference

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Registration Now Open

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for PICNet's 2018 Educational Conference takes place March 8-9, 2018. Mark it in your calendars! Early Registration Discounts available:

  • $110 per day ($220 for both days) until EOD Friday Dec 15, 2017  BEST DISCOUNTED RATE
  • $125 per day ($250 for both days) until EOD Friday January 20, 2018
  • $140 per day ($280 for both days) until EOD Friday February 16, 2018

The full conference program is now live, and the following presentations are confirmed:

  • Courageously you: The leadership power of small acts
    Sabina Nawaz, global CEO coach
  • The art of execution: Examining the noose of implementation science
    Jason Tetro, Visiting Scientist, University of Guelph
  • Taking the snag out of your catch-22: Ethical decision making Duncan Steele, Ethicist, System-Level Ethics, Fraser Health Authority
  • Waste woes: Do's and don'ts 
    Teri Guimond, Hazardous Waste Coordinator, Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services
  • For those who seek to study: ICPs and research 
    Jocelyn Srigley, Director of Infection Control, Children's and Women's Hospitals of BC
  • The disinfectant duke-out 
    Dr. Titus Wong, Medical Microbiologist and Infection Control Physician, Vancouver Coastal Health;  and Jim Gauthier, Senior Clinical Advisor, Infection Prevention Sealed Air Diversey Care
The conference will be in the same location as last year, the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond BC. The hotel is 2.5 blocks from a Skytrain station.  Guest rooms can be booked directly with the hotel; let them know you're with the PICNet conference to receive the room booking discount. (If you're booking online, use the group code PICNET). 
All the information, including room rates and how to get to the hotel, can be found on our Hotel Information page.
The Short n Snappy presentations are now a regular fixture at our conference, so we will again be inviting anyone attending the conference to submit an abstract if they have a topic they would like to present. The presentations, which must be no more than 15 minutes including Q&A time, allow members of our Community of Practice (that's you!) to showcase a project you've recently completed or are currently working on, or share research results.
*The application process will open in November (along with registration)


Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC

The BCCPA issued an open RFP allowing any commercial organization to submit a bid, and after thoroughly reviewing all submissions, Angel Accessibility was selected as the title sponsor.  The BC Care Providers Association is pleased to welcome back Angel Accessibility, a division of Handicare, as the title sponsor for the 2018 Annual Conference.

The 2017 Annual Conference, which also celebrated BCCPA’s 40th anniversary, was a roaring success with over 500 attendees, including service providers, commercial delegates, exhibitors, and government officials from Canada and beyond. The 2018 conference is expected to raise that bar even higher.

For a complete list of sponsorship opportunities for BCCPA's 2018 Conference, see the Sponsorship Prospectus document.

Food & Drink Publications

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food." - George Bernard Shaw

2018 Annual CSNM Conference in Moncton NB

Thinking about attending the 2018 CSNM Conference? Next year's three day event is set to take place in Moncton, New Brunswick. Stay tuned for updates. 

Details to Come!

Culinary Arts Program at University of the Fraser Valley

Starting in August! 

The UFV's Culinary Arts Program trains aspiring cooks to work in all styles of kitchens from small family-style restaurants to large multinational hotels and health care institutions. The program is 39 weeks from August until May.  When graduated, you'll be a second year apprentice having completed your PC 1 and be front loaded with the written and practical exams for PC 2.

Granville Island Market Tours

A Foodie Highlight Featuring the Best of Granville Island!

Weave expertly through the busy Public Market, skipping the line at the best food shops and artisans to taste over 20 signature Canadian food cultures.

Tours are 2 hours, 10:30am - 12:30pm, running daily in the summer, and Thursdays-Sundays between September 19 and May 20. All food and drink tastings are included!

Canada Food & Beverage Tradeshows

Stay up to date with food and beverage trade shows in Canada!

From Retailers to Manufacturers and Suppliers, there is always a conference or trade show happening somewhere!



Our annual education day will be held on Friday, October 27th at the Power to Change in Langley. This is an excellent event and an opportunity to earn your extra CE points. The day will start at 0730 for breakfast and continue until 3:30pm.

Featured Speakers:  Terri Dowton from the Employers' Advisers Office and Daniel Fontane from the BC Care Providers Association

Certificates will be handed out to go towards your OH & S Learning, the Fraser Health Licensing Dietician discussing menu planning and the Residential Care Regulations of BC.

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OCTOBER PICNet Webber Teleclasses

Conference Line: 1-877-385-4099    Pass Code: 7188720#   Slides posted 1-2 days before tele class.

October 5th, 2017, 10:30am PST: Infection Control Guidelines that did not work against Ebola.

October 12th, 2017, 10:30am PST: Strengthening IPAC Structures through education in Low-income or Middle-income Countries (Speaking: Prof. Shaheen Mehtar, Infection Control Africa Network, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town.)

October 16th, 2017, 3:30pm PST: Hand Hygiene Program Success in Member Countries of INICC (Speaking: Dr. Victor Rosenthal, Founder & Chair International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Broadcast live from the 2017 Infection Prevention and Control Nurses College of New Zealand conference)

October 26th, 2017, 10:30am PST: Infection Control in Paramedic Services (Speaking: Jennifer Amyotte, City of Greater Sudbury Paramedic Services, Canada)

NOVEMBER: Cleaning the Grey Zones of Hospitals: Lessons from a community-based teaching hospital. November 9th, 10:30am PST, Prof. Makeda Semret, McGill University.

Slides posted 1-2 days in advance




The  HFS FoodCare Healthcare Foodservice Innovation will take place at Menno Place, 32945 MARSHALL ROAD, Abbotsford on October 18th, 2017.  This Fall event is "Healthcare Foodservice as a Catalyst for Comfort, Healing and Recovery."  Learn and discuss how food can go beyond nutrition and address specific health issues.


10:30am  Welcome, Foodcare Intro - Brad McKay

10:40am  Healing Foods Presentation - Clodie Gravel

11:20 am  Break

11:35 am  Functional Foods Presentation - Rob Kowal

12:15pm  Lunch

1:00pm  Ideation Session 1

1:45pm  Break

2:00pm  Ideation Session 2

2:45pm  Wrap Up - Brad McKay

Laura Milliard at 613.834.3360 or toll free 1.800.571.8824 or email her at


JUNE 14-16, 2017
Courtyard Marriott, Ottawa, Ontario
Follow your peers from across Canada for networking opportunities and professional growth, while we celebrate Canada's 150th.

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Annual CSNM Conference 2017!

The Annual CSNM Conference was held in Ottawa, June 14-16 and members of the Pacific Society of Nutrition Management is there to celebrate with Peers and mark Canada's 150th!


Concord National 7th Annual Ideation

JUNE 13-14, 2017

12:00pm - 4:00pm both days
Pacific Coliseum, Main entrance off of 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver, Pacific Room
To attend, RSVP to Penny Eastham at before June 3.

PSNM Annual General Meeting - April 28, 2017

Join your colleagues and industry leaders at the upcoming PSNM AGM on April 28th in Langley.  Earn CE points to attend! Featured Guest Speakers, Lunch Vendors' Showcase, news and updates.

The AGM Day Outline:

07:30 – 0825:  Breakfast Hosted by Willie Woo from Nestles
Menu: Eggs Benny Bar for Breakfast with choice of Back Bacon, Smoked Salmon, Veggies and Fresh Fruit Salad, New Sunsational Express line of juices, Coffee/Tea and Specialty Hot Drinks

08:30 – 10:00  PSNM AGM
10:00 – 11:00 Fraser Health Licensing Dietician Suvarna Rao
11:00 – 12:15 BC Care Providers Association CEO Daniel Fontaine
12:15 – 1:15   Lunch Vendor Showcase Hosted by Willie Woo from Nestles

MENU: Lobster Ravioli, Braised Beef Ravioli, Portobello & Spinach Ravioli & a variety of sauces

Firehouse Chili with Minors Ancho & Chipotle Flavor Concentrates, Lasagna, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Baked French Fry & Flavored Gravy Bar, San Pelligrino/Perrier, Nestle and Hagen Daz Ice Cream & Chocolate

1:15 – 1:30:     Coffee Break
1:30 – 3:30:     The Employers Advisors Office Terry Dowton

CE Points Earned from our AGM

  • Competency #6 Human Resources
  • Competency #4 Clinical Nutrition
  • Competency #7 Finance
  • Competency #1 Professionalism
  • Competency #3 Nutrition & Healthy Living