Thank you for joining us at the best CONNECT Show yet! The show continues to garner strong feedback from attendees and exhibitors after the industry showcase wrapped on October 19.
From equipment to textiles, from technology to human resources, from food to beverage, the CONNECT Show profiles all aspects of British Columbia’s $14 billion dollar foodservice and hospitality industry. “The mix of products, attendee satisfaction and the willingness to recommend the show to a colleague continues to exceed our expectations,” says Mark von Schellwitz, vice-president Western Canada for Restaurants Canada.
Since CONNECT combined the BC Restaurant and Foodservice Expo and the BC Hospitality Tradeshow in 2013, the show has focused on building a strong professional development component to the show. The resulting interest in the seminar and educational programming is a testament to the quality of speakers and panels that were put forward at the show this year. Headlining speakers Janice Martin of Magnum Consulting and Christine Couvelier of Culinary Concierge presented programs developed specifically for BC restaurateurs and the CONNECT Show. Check In Canada, a new tool for Canadian Hotel operators, was launched at the show to standing room only crowds at two sessions.
The annual Trends Breakfast returned this year with key note addresses from Robert Carter, NPD Group and David Larone, PFK Group. Introduced this year was the Follow That Trend Industry lunch. Industry leaders Vikram Vij (Vij’s Restaurant), Susan Senecal (A&W Canada), Jamie Henderson (The Keg Restaurant + Bar) and Mark Pacinda (Boston Pizza) presented their thoughts and responses to key issues facing the industry this year. Both ticketed events were sold out.