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Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)

The Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) is an intergovernmental trade agreement signed by Canadian First Ministers that came into force in 1995. Its purpose is to reduce and eliminate, to the extent possible, barriers to the free movement of persons, goods, services, and investment within Canada and to establish an open, efficient, and stable domestic market. For more information, visit:


Workplace Training for Innovation Pilot Program

January 2010 – The Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has established a new program initiative, Workplace Training for Innovation Program, through the Strategic Training and Transition Fund. The program is designed to provide eligible employers with funding for employee training in order to:

  • Improve productivity
  • Support the introduction of new technology, machinery/equipment or work processes Enhance international competitiveness
  • Introduce innovative training and workplace strategies to increase the long term competiveness of the organization and its workforce.

Both businesses and not-for-profit employers may be eligible to receive funding. Eligible employers must be: Small organizations (less than 50 employees), in good standing with the BC Corporate Registry and in existence for one year or more. In addition, organizations must certify that they would not undertake the training without financial assistance from the Province. Complete eligibility criteria is contained in the application form and program guidelines.

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Information Sessions
Innovation and Competitiveness Programming for the BC Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector

January 2010 – Representatives from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, ARDCorp, the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, the Investment Agriculture Foundation and the Small Scale Food Processor Association recently gave a series of Power Point presentations about the latest programs and services for environmental farm planning, marketing, innovation, food safety and more. These presentations are available for viewing below:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Agricultural Flexibility Fund

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Growing Forward: Science and Innovation Initiatives 2008-2013

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s Export Programs: The Agri-Food Trade Service, Branding Canada, and Agri-Marketing Programs

BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
Growing Forward: Agri-food Business Development Program Programs and Information for Producers

Investment Agriculture Foundation
Canadian Agriculture Adaptation Program (CAAP)

Small Scale Food Processor Association
Growing Forward: Food Safety Systems Implementation (Processor) Program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Publication
Funding Opportunities for BC Producers, Processors, and Associations


SSFPA-Associated Program (FSI) Awarded 2009 Premier's Award for Innovation and Excellence

Vancouver, BC: The 5th Premier's Innovation and Excellence Awards has announced the Food Safety Initiative (FSI) Program as the provincial winner of the 2008/09 Premier's Innovation and Excellence Award - Partnership Category.

With the public's rising concerns about food safety issues, FSI was able to shift attitudes and practices of food processing plants to recognize the value of adopting internationally recognized food safety systems and in turn help strengthen BC's food safety system.

The caption of the photo indicates the type of partners and the level of co-operation attained by this program. SSFPA is proud to be associated with FSI - along with these partners - and to help facilitate its success.

Front Row L to R: Maureen Drew- Co-Chair SSFPA; Rosemary Pede – Food Safety and Plant Health Branch, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands; Marg Bancroft – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Larry Copeland – Retired Director BC Centre for Disease Control; Back Row L to R: Phillip Watney – SSFPA Food Safety Program Manager; Navneet Gill – Food Safety and Plant Health Branch, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands; Premiere Gordon Campbell; Marney James – Director Food Safety and Plant Health Branch, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands; Sion Shyng - BC Centre for Disease Control.

Two More Value Chain Learning Modules

Module 4: How to Approach Retailers
Understanding the strategic challenges facing food retailers will help participants understand how to establish partnerships with the retail and food service market. Participants will:
1. Lean to identify appropriate retailers and their critical requirements.
2. Study a profile of the current retail market environment.
3. Use case studies to learn how to approach retailers.
4. Develop a customized approach to selected retailers.
November 25, 2010 | Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3 Video Conference Sites Available: Abbotsford, Kamloops and Prince George
Registration Fee: $50.00+GST
Registration available on-line:

Module 6: Product Development – Are you Ready?
This module is designed to ensure that people with new ideas and those currently developing or repositioning products or services know the steps to market readiness. Participants will evaluate their current position in the overall product development process, review product development requirements and market ready checklists, understand typical trade requirements of brokers, distributors, retailers and food service suppliers, learn success techniques and how to avoid failure in trade relationships, learn how to get products on and off the retail shelf, review case studies of merchandising strategies, principles and practices and learn survival tactics for the fast-moving world of consumer goods.
November 26, 2010 | Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3 Video Conference Sites Available: Abbotsford, Kamloops and Prince George
Registration Fee: $50.00+GST
Registration available on-line:

For more information contact Bill Henderson 250-356-1675 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

These sessions are facilitated by Terry Ackerman and Richard Broadwith.

Terry Ackerman is a graduate of the University of Victoria. He was born and raised in Western Canada and currently lives in Guelph, Ontario. Terry has held senior marketing and management positions in multinational corporations, private companies and cooperatives. Marketing and branding training was acquired at companies such as Levi Straus, Converse (Nike), Saputo and in working with brands such as Organic Meadow, Levi, Converse, Puma, Black & Decker, Champion, Buoy-o-Boy, Quaker, Pepsi, and Kellogg’s. Senior corporate responsibilities have included marketing, finance, sales, distribution, research & development, production, purchasing, customer service, sourcing, strategic and operations planning, product licensing and international corporate reorganization. His retail experience in the food industry includes developing and implementing successful broker, distributor and private label programs with national and regional retailers such as Loblaw’s, Wal-Mart, Sobeys, Metro, Safeway, IGA, Overwaitea and Whole Foods. Distributor programs were also developed for hundreds of independent food operations across Canada. Terry has helped develop and launch and market over 200 consumer and 10 industrial products and managed distributers in 22 countries. Recently he was responsible for helping to build the Organic Meadow brand of organic dairy products into the largest and most profitable organic dairy brand in Canada. Over the past few months he has worked with companies such as Nestle, Kellogg’s, Mars, Rich’s, General Mills and Pepsi-Qtg. in both Canada and the United States.

Richard Broadwith is an experienced consultant, business analyst, strategist, market research specialist, and partner with BCI Marketing Partners Inc in Guelph Ontario. He has been responsible for developing and undertaking a comprehensive range of market research, economic analysis and strategy development studies for private and public sector clients in agriculture, agribusiness, and the food industry both in Canada and abroad. Product, market and business opportunity and strategy assessments have included both local, European, and Southeast Asian and global assignments for food and agribusiness products and services. More recently Richard has used his knowledge and focused his attention on assisting local and regional clients identify, create and capture value in the food supply chain including work for the Ontario Berry Growers Association and two root vegetable suppliers in Ontario. In this regard Richard has been instrumental in initiating and developing a range of collaborative innovation projects and has partnered with Michael O’Keefe in developing and delivering a series of workshops for the Saskatchewan Value Chain Initiative.
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