Food Hub Network

Industry Survey

INTRODUCTION

The BC Ministry of Agriculture (“The Ministry”) in collaboration with the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) and industry partners, are in the process of developing a Food Hub Network, consisting of a Core Food Innovation Centre at UBC (“Core Innovation Centre”), as well as multiple regional centres (“Food Hub Nodes”) across British Columbia. The Core Innovation Centre will have a strong research and development focus, while the Food Hub Nodes will consist of regionally-tailored innovation or processing resources, equipment and services. The goal is for the Core Innovation Centre and Food Hub Nodes to facilitate access to processing facilities, equipment, technology, research and development, knowledge-sharing and innovation-related services for those involved or wanting to be involved in food and beverage processing or value-added activities across the province.

To guide the development of the Food Hub Network, the Ministry, UBC and industry partners are conducting a province-wide survey to identify the current needs, challenges and opportunities of BC food and beverage processors and those looking to enter the industry. The Ministry has commissioned MNP LLP (“MNP”), a major accounting, consulting and advisory firm, to conduct the survey.

The survey will gather information from your organization regarding its usage and/or needs of processing facilities and equipment, research and development services, product commercialization services and government support/programs. The survey will also gather information relating to your organization’s innovation related activities, goals, and obstacles.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Chelsea Sutherland, Business Program Analyst, Ministry of Agriculture, at Chelsea.Sutherland@gov.bc.ca.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important survey!

What is involved with this survey?
The survey is comprehensive and will ask for detailed information. As a result, it will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. This level of detail is important to enable the successful development of the Food Hub Network.

If you need to stop the survey partway through and complete it later, please follow the instructions at the bottom of each page. If you have questions or difficulties regarding the survey tool, please contact Andre Gailits of MNP, at Andre.Gailits@mnp.ca or by phone at 778.374.2129.

To ensure your response is included, please complete the survey by December 7th, 2018.

Who should complete this survey?
An Owner, Chief Executive Officer, General Manager, or someone familiar with your organization’s current use and needs of innovation or processing-related resources and services should complete this survey.

What about confidentiality?
MNP will maintain the confidentiality of all collected information. Individual responses will not be shared with any other party, and will not be made available to other organizations such as the BC Ministry of Agriculture. The results will be reported in a summary format, with any identifying information of the respondent removed.

MNP is committed to maintaining the security, confidentiality, and accuracy of the personal information we collect to provide the highest level of service to our clients. Our privacy policy adheres to both the guidelines and principles underlying the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, as well as our own commitment to ensuring that clients are comfortable providing us with personal information. The MNP Privacy Policy can be viewed at www.mnp.ca/en/privacy-policy.

About MNP
MNP is one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in Canada. National in scope and local in focus, MNP has proudly served individuals and public and private companies for more than 65 years. For more information, visit www.mnp.ca.