A speaker series designed specifically for restaurant and foodservice operators. Looking for new ways to do business better? At the BC Restaurant and Foodservice Association, we created this series to harness the benefits that come from making new connections and sharing ideas with peers. BC Restaurant Talks presents operators with an opportunity to be part of the discussion around key issues, government policies, trends and regulations.


Through BC Restaurant Talks, BCRFA presents a series of high profile speakers dedicated to increasing business profitability and delving into issues that BC restaurant owners and operators are facing today!


Our next Restaurant Talks will be taking the discussion around the province. We are dedicated to taking on the challenges facing the restaurant industry. These sessions will tackle two questions: What is the state of the industry and how does it impact you and your business? What is changing in Liquor Policy?


Victoria BC – Spinnakers GastroPub – Doors open at 8:45 am. Doug Scott, General Manager Liquor Licensing & Control, will be joining us to discuss reform in British Columbia Liquor Policy and address your questions specific to the Capital Regional District. go2HR’s Director of Industry Training, Dennis Green, will present findings of their new labour market report combined with an industry update.

What’s Next? Natural Gas Ban

BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association is currently tackling the pending Vancouver city ban on Natural Gas use and how it pertains to restaurant and foodservice operators. Send us your thoughts and questions on this topic so that we can prepare an information session for operators trying to understand this challenging issue.


BC Restaurant and Food Services Association is proud to present BC Restaurant Talks. A new series created with you in mind. As restaurant and food service professionals, we know that you are constantly searching for ways to improve your business and build your bottom line. We can help by introducing you to new people, new ideas, news trends and new products that will help you strengthen your business, develop new strategies for dealing with old problems and understand government programs and policies that impact your operation.
Committed to creating the most favourable business climate for operators in BC.

BC Restaurant and Food Services Association is one of the most respected business organizations in the province. We are your voice to government, your source for real time information about key issues facing your business and your resource for excellent values and cost savings on services that your business needs. By introducing the BC Restaurant Talks program, we are creating another opportunity to present you, our members and potential members, real insights in to what it takes to be a successful operator in British Columbia. President and CEO Ian Tostenson together with key partners in industry American Express, Gordon Food Service, Sysco and Telus will provide unequalled access to information directed to operators and focusing on promoting industry growth. As the province’s go-to resource for information on BC’s restaurant industry for more than 40 years, we are in a unique position to present you information and access not available anywhere else! Please consider joining us for an upcoming session of BC Restaurant Talks. Sessions will be held in Vancouver and in other locations around the province.

  • Innovation

    New people, new ideas, new technologies, new products. We stay ahead of the trends so that we can help you do the same.

  • Excellence

    We strive to be on top of issues facing BC and providing you access to that business intelligence!

  • Access to Government

    Through advocacy on behalf restaurant and food service operators, we have unparalleled access to government speakers and program info.

  • Relevant and Realistic

    Our goal is to ensure that session content is relevant and realistic! If you have a topic you are interested in and we haven't addressed it - let us know!


We couldn't put this series together without these amazing industry partners.
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American Express

Financial Services Partner
American Express is pleased to present BC Restaurant Talks attendees with up to date financial industry trends and reporting that targets restaurant and food service operators in BC. Through BCRFA membership, American Express also offers customized solutions for members.
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Presenting Industry Sponsor
Since 1897, we have delivered uncompromising quality and heartfelt service for our customers. We began as a simple butter-and-egg delivery service, and have grown to become the largest family business in the foodservice industry. We are passionately committed to the people we serve.
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Presenting Industry Sponsor
At Sysco, delivering the best ingredients to great restaurants is what we do. Our mission is to become our customers most trusted and valued business partner. We achieve this by delivering the right product at the right price while doing it efficiently and safely. Proud to be a BCRFA partner.
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Digital Media Partner
Telus provides top of the line internet, office phone, business Optik TV, mobility and digital services. We are pleased that Telus helps BCRFA members realize their full potential through program savings and will be providing videography for all BC Restaurant Talks sessions.
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Rising Tide Consultants

Liquor Licensing Advisors
Rising Tide provides licensees and business owners within Vancouver, the lower mainland and throughout British Columbia with expert advice and guidance on liquor licensing issues. We assist businesses applying for a liquor license or making changes to existing liquor licenses throughout BC.
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Payment Processing Partner
Chase Paymentech is a processing platform that support businesses of all sizes to process payments, including credit, debit, and digital, alternative, mobile payment options. The company also provides business analytics, payment fraud detection, and data security solutions.

Is BC Restaurant Talks for me?

BC Restaurant Talks is for all restaurant and food service professionals across the province. Are you looking for new ideas on how to deal with business issues, respond to policy changes and make new connections in industry? Then you should join us! Each power session will provide insightful and impacting information to help industry navigate the challenges it faces and to seize on trends and opportunities to promote growth.


BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association launches successful BC Restaurant Talks series!