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Media Release – June 19, 2014

CONNECT Show Announces the Return of Top Event Sponsors – Sysco Vancouver, Western Financial Group and GFS Canada

June 19, 2014

Vancouver, BC – CONNECT – BC’s Food + Drink + Lodging Expo is pleased to welcome back Sysco, Western Financial Group and GFS as top supporters of Western Canada’s largest hospitality industry event.

Announcing these sponsorship arrangements, Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President Western Canada for Restaurants Canada, said he was delighted that these three important suppliers are actively supporting the industry through their ongoing commitments to the CONNECT Show. “These are very significant relationships for CONNECT and they reflect the growth and the reputation of this event within the hospitality community.”

“Building on the success of our inaugural year, the return of our top sponsors will strengthen Western Canada’s largest hospitality tradeshow” added Ingrid Jarrett, President of the BC Hotel Association. “CONNECT offers delegates a one-stop-shop to acquire new skills and strategies, and make connections that will give their individual businesses a competitive edge”.

Michael Audet, Marketing and Customer Relations Manager for Sysco Vancouver says, “Sysco, Trimpac and FreshPoint are pleased to have developed a significant partnership with CONNECT. As an industry leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products, Sysco has a very strong alignment with the hospitality industry and is proud to show our support as a Presenting Industry sponsor of this event.”

Booth sales and event programming are well underway for the November 3rd and 4th event and the show managers promise that exhibitors and attendees alike will be pleased with the educational and networking opportunities that are in the works. From insightful education to palate-pleasing food and drink trends; new product options and idea generating special events – you will not want to miss this opportunity to fine tune your business!

CONNECT – BC’s Everything Hospitality Show!!!


About the CONNECT Food+Drink+Lodging Show:

CONNECT – BC’s Food, Drink and Lodging Expo, the premiere event for British Columbia’s vibrant hospitality industry, returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre West, November 3 & 4, 2014 hosted by hospitality industry association partners, Restaurants Canada (formerly, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association), the British Columbia Hotel Association, and the Alliance of Beverage Licensees of British Columbia.

CONNECT offers hospitality industry professionals the opportunity to see the newest products and services and to stay ahead of trends. It is the largest hospitality trade show in Western Canada and will bring together thousands of restaurant, bar, nightclub, hotel and motel operators from across BC. In addition to the hundreds of exhibitors, CONNECT will host educational seminars and networking events for delegates.

For more information:

Mark von Schellwitz
Vice President, Western Canada
Restaurants Canada
Tel: 604.809.5719

Colleen Lamothe
Manager, Communications & Government Relations
British Columbia Hotel Association
Tel: 604.443.4751