Welcome to the 2nd BC Poultry Conference

Join us this March in beautiful Vancouver, BC!

In order to enhance your conference experience, we’ve strengthened the hands-on training, enhanced the facilitated workflow discussion program and added new sessions. This year’s conference promises to be our best yet!

DELEGATE - Registration Fees:

Producer: Full Conference: $150 Regular (Max 2 per farm)
  Full Conference: $200 Additional Producer
  One-Day Registration: $100 
  Additional Gala Tickets: $125
Non-Producer:   Full Conference: $555
  One-Day Registration: $200 
  Additional Gala Tickets: $175

Plus 5% GST

Terms and Conditions


All fees are in Canadian dollars (CAD). Our secure server will process MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. Charges on your credit card statement will appear as MCI Group. Payment is required before the Early Bird Deadline of February 6, 2017 for the BC Grower/Producer discounted registrations, after this date the Regular fee will apply.

Please note, there is an additional Offline Payment Processing Fee of $50.00 CAD plus tax, to be added to Cheque & Wire Transfer payments. 

Cheques are to be made payable to: BCPOULTRY c/o MCI Group Canada. All payments must be received no later than February 28, 2017. All fees must be paid in Canadian funds.

Please mail the cheque to:

BCPOULTRY c/o MCI Group Canada Inc.
Suite 200 - 1444 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6G 2Z4

Wire Transfer

Attendee Name & BCPC
Name of Bank: HSBC Canada
Address: 601 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Transit number: 10090-016
Swift Code: HKBCCATT
Name of account holder: MCI CANADA
Account number: 090-084233-004

Please email a copy of the bank confirmation to: 
Fax: 1 604 685 3521

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

Please note that all 2017 BC Poultry Conference Registration fees and Social Event fees are subject to the Cancellation & Refund Conditions below:


• Cancellations received up to and including 5:00 PM PT, February 8, 2017 will receive a refund minus an administration fee of $60 plus tax.

• Cancellations received after 5:00 PM PT, February 8, 2017 and no-shows are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the conference, you may transfer your registration to another person by clicking on the “Edit/Change Registration” link within your confirmation email.


• Any change requiring assistance from the Conference Secretariat is subject to a CAD $60.00 plus tax administrative fee. 

• An alternate attendee name may be substituted if you are unable to attend the Conference. Changes can be made online through your email confirmation. Substitutions are subject to a CAD $60.00 plus tax administrative fee if change requires the assistance from the Conference Secretariat. Onsite substitutions are also subject to a CAD $60.00 plus tax administrative fee.


• Credit card payments that require reprocessing for any reason will incur a $60.00 CAD plus tax administrative fee.

Please contact Ailie McKenna:

General Inquiries:

For further information on BC Poultry Conference contact the Conference Secretariat at

Phone: +1.604.661.4966
Fax: +1.604.685.3521

Mailing Address:

BCPC 2017
c/o MCI Group Canada, Vancouver
Suite 200 – 1444 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z4 Canada


Whether your visit is for business or for pleasure, you’ll never feel more at home at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Stroll leisurely through the boutiques of Robson Street and Yaletown, or make connections at the nearby business and financial districts.

Step outside the hotel doors and into the celebrated sites of the city. Take a Sea Wall Walking Tour with family and friends and create memories at Stanley Park and the Vancouver Art Gallery, just around the block.

Slow down and take in views of the skyline and the Pacific Ocean in one of the hotels 733 guest rooms and suites. After a full day of bonding and sightseeing, rest easy beneath the cozy comfort of our Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed. Jump into our heated indoor swimming pool or ease into the whirlpool to get refreshed. Re-energize at Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance®, which features treadmills and elliptical trainers.

A warm welcome awaits you at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

The BC Poultry group rate is available from February 27 to March 5, 2017. The hotel reservation deadline was Thursday, February 9th.

If you have not booked your accommodation please contact the hotel and they will provide the best available rates for your stay. Mention you are attending the BC Poultry Conference to be placed in the conference block.

Reservations: (604) 331 1000 

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard St,
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2R9

The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre hotel offers both underground self-parking and valet services - height restriction (1.93m). Attendees who book their guestrooms under the 2017 BC Poultry Conference block will receive a discounted overnight self-parking rate of $20/night over the event dates (regular self-parking rate is $38.12 per day). Valet Parking is $41.93 per day.

Pet Policy
The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre allows pets for additional fee; however, please note the following restrictions:

  • Dogs are prohibited from all food and drink venues and grassy areas – public parks are nearby, a 5-minute walking distance from the hotel.
  • Dogs are also prohibited from the lobbies, except during check-in or checkout and while entering an elevator.


Geraldine Auston
Animal Welfare, Animal Rights: What’s the Difference?
Geraldine Auston is a management consultant with almost 25 years of experience working with food and farming clients across Canada. Most recently, she worked with BC Pork, BC Cranberry Marketing Commission, and the Canadian Livestock Transport Program. In her role with the Ag & Food Exchange, she provides issues management expertise for businesses pressured by existing and emerging issues surrounding agriculture and food production practices.

Victoria Bowes
Vet Panel
Dr Bowes has spent the last 28 years employed at the Provincial Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Abbotsford, BC as a specialist pathologist with expertise in Avian Pathology. The diagnostic caseload involves disease investigations in all species of birds (wild, pet, zoological and poultry). Dr. Bowes has been directly involved in the detection, outbreak management and industry recovery efforts for 4 outbreaks of notifiable Avian Influenza in the last 12 years, and prefers to no longer talk about it.

Education: Dr Bowes graduated in 1987 with a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, followed by an MSc in Avian Pathology in 1988. She has been board certified with the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV) since 1992 and has recently finished her tenure as is the Western Director of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP). She is the newly appointed chair of the AAAP Small Flock Poultry Committee.

Mark Brandsma
As a Relationship Manager and Financial and Estate Planner with Covenant, Mark Brandsma is a client favourite. With Mark, what you see is what you get, and his consistent and conscientious outlook comes across in everything he does. He values establishing strong, trusting client relationships and following through on recommended solutions.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) with a minor in Political Science from Trinity Western University and is certified in The Birkman Method®. While attending university, he was also a key member of the varsity soccer team and represented TWU in Model United Nations Conferences.

Mark began his financial planning career in 1997, working for an independent firm and building his own practice. He earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2002 and, in 2004, accepted a position with Covenant.

As a Relationship Manager, Mark guides clients on their journey of holistic financial and estate planning. He coordinates his knowledge with that of the team to deliver counsel to those he serves. Mark's personal vision for working at Covenant is to make a positive, practical and long-term impact.

When not at Covenant, you can find Mark spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys playing soccer and golf and tending to the chickens on their hobby farm.

Lynn Crawford
Friday Keynote Speaker
Food Network Celebrity Chef and celebrated award-nominated cookbook author, Lynn Crawford has over 25 years of culinary experience. Lynn is the chef-owner of Ruby Watchco, in 2010, Lynn launched Ruby Watchco, a market inspired, Chef driven, restaurant in Toronto’s East End, which has garnered critical acclaim as one of the best restaurants in the country. Lynn opened in April 2015, her new restaurant “The Hearth” at the Pearson International Airport Toronto; featuring her flavourful creations. Lynn was the formerly executive chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in both Toronto and New York.

Chef Lynn has starred in the popular Food Network Show, Pitchin’ In. The show, followed Lynn as she visits farmers, growers, and fishermen across North America in search of the freshest and best ingredients. Throughout her journey, she takes on any challenge, relying on locals to show her how it’s done. Lynn’s dynamic hosting and the series was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2010, 2011 and 2013. The show spawned Chef Lynn’s first best-selling cookbook (2012) Pitchin’ In: More Than 100 Great Recipes from Simple Ingredients. Her second best-selling cookbook, At Home with Lynn Crawford, was released in September 2013. Simple, real home cooking that's full of great flavour is the secret to Crawford's favourite everyday recipes that she serves at home.

Chef Lynn has made regular television appearances on programs such as Iron Chef America, Top Chef Masters Season Five, Restaurant Makeover, Top Chef Canada and currently a resident judge on Chopped Canada. Her new TV show “The Great Canadian Cookbook”, four-part series aired in November 2015, Chef Lynn headed across Canada, into the communities and homes of Canadians, to cook and eat with the food lovers and heroes we all need to know. The Show’s website also has a great collection of curated recipes, celebrity videos and a library of helpful cooking tips to make you an even better cook. Chef Lynn Crawford has teamed up with Waterview Market to create a signature line of delicious sauces and marinades that pair perfectly with the best shrimp in the market. This new line of delicious shrimp features eight flavours that will delight any discerning palette. In addition, she is the Chef Ambassador for Egg Farmers of Canada.

Chef Lynn Crawford has some big plans for 2017, including a cookbook.

Twitter - @CHEF_LYNN
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Peter Luckett
Real Revolution - Keeping up with Change
Pete is a born entrepreneur. At age 14, he saw opportunity in the sights, sounds and flavours of England’s busy outdoor food markets. Part theatrical sideshow, part business-savvy–Pete saw a perfect niche for his gregarious personality and produce know how. He learned how to stand out in a crowd by offering excellent quality, unique products and a fun, exciting shopping experience. He knew everyone by name, treated them like good friends, and they never left his stall without knowing something new, trying something new, a full basket and a smile on their face.

Like all business adventurers, his early success encouraged him to push the boundaries and test the waters. He crossed the Atlantic in 1979, spending several years exploring culinary experiences. With a new global perspective he was ready to settle down and take Atlantic Canada by storm. He grew from a single retail outlet in New Brunswick in 1982, to one of Atlantic Canada’s best known and loved brands…Pete’s Frootique.

Pete launched in Nova Scotia in 1992. “Pete’s Fine Foods” is a multi-million dollar retail and wholesale operation with two locations: Bedford, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Whether it’s new business challenges, or displaying perfect produce, Pete keeps it fresh! The locations are open concept, with distinct destinations specializing in deli, produce, bakery, meats, fish and more.

Pete relentlessly markets his brand as a media personality, hitting multiple touch points, while always educating his public. For 14 years Pete appeared on the national television program, Midday, where he extolled the flavour and health virtues of exotic fruits and vegetables. His weekly newspaper column and books feature exciting recipes. His food adventure television series, The Food Hunter, aired internationally for 3 seasons and enticed consumers from the comfort of their armchairs.

In 2011 Pete launched Luckett Vineyards. Nestled in the hillsides of Nova Scotia’s enchanting Gaspereau Valley, the vineyard offers stunning views of the Minas Basin and Blomidon and is beautifully positioned to take advantage of a fertile terroir. Luckett Vineyards produces wines true to the maritime climate and showcase the local grape varietals that truly are worth phoning home about.

Inspired to build the Luckett Vineyard brand, Pete recently announced the sale of his grocery retail and wholesale business to Sobeys. According to Pete, “Customers can enjoy peace-of-mind knowing that Pete’s Fine Foods will continue to prosper and expand while offering that same extraordinary shopping experience. The ‘Frootique’ legacy will live on and prosper.” The move from a perishable business to a product that only grows better with age, Luckett Vineyards is Pete’s new calling. But he’ll always have a Tooodleeedooo!! for anyone that passes by!

A veteran journalist and public relations consultant takes us through the art of media relations in quiet times and crisis. Looking at the sector through the eyes of the media.

Patrick O’Brien
Dr. Patrick O’Brien is an experienced portfolio manager and financial planner with RBC Dominion Securities working mostly in agriculture. He provides a full financial advocacy for his clients by helping them to reduce taxes, effectively manage investments/insurance, and plan for their retirement, estate and business succession.

Besides the “Discretionary Portfolio Manager” status, Patrick holds designations for options, financial planning (FMA), and insurance. He writes articles for farmers on financial topics for the BC Holstein News and conducts business succession seminars in conjunction with legal and accounting professionals.

Patrick has a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan (1987) retiring from active farm practice in 2004. In 1994, while managing his dairy/equine practice, Patrick began investing on his own behalf and “learning by doing” as children do in 4H. He successfully learned to use the financial markets on his own over the next 12 years before considering changing professions and becoming a professional investor.

Patrick and his family live in Maple Ridge allocating his time to both the Maple Ridge and Abbotsford RBC Dominion Securities offices. Patrick is a Rotarian and a two time Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a recipient of the “Polio Plus” award for his work in the effort to eradicate polio worldwide.

More information about Patrick along with his BCHN articles appears on his website,

Michael Murphy
Strategies to Protect your Farm During Transition
Michael Murphy, CPA, CA, is a Business Advisor with MNP’s Tax Services team working out of both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack offices. Michael presents solutions and advice to agricultural clients, owner-managed businesses, charities and First Nations groups, helping them minimize taxes and maximize profits.

Michael assists with all aspects of Canadian tax, including cross-border transactions, commodity taxes, estate planning and agricultural research and development tax planning. He strives to understand his clients so he can help them achieve their personal and business goals.

After graduating from McGill University in 1992, Michael became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 1994. He received the Certified Public Accountant (CPA (USA)) designation in 1997. The following year he earned a Graduate Diploma in taxation from McGill University and he later completed CPA Canada’s In-Depth Tax Course. Michael is a former volunteer teacher in McGill’s Graduate Diploma program.

Rob Radloff
A Chartered Accountant, Rob Radloff brings many years of broad international experience to his role as Financial and Estate Specialist with Covenant. With a gift for relationship building, Rob is also a talented presenter and writer. He's been published in Business in Vancouver, the Vancouver Sun and gives frequent presentations on tax and succession planning.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Rhodes University, and is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Life Underwriter. He is also a Member of the Vancouver Estate Planning Council and a Member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Rob heads up the financial and estate planning division at Covenant, working with other members of the Covenant team to develop integrated financial plans for clients.

Rob lives in North Vancouver with his wife, Nancy, and their two sons. Rob enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and playing tennis.

Tony Redford
Vet Panel
Tony is originally from Kamloops, BC, where he was born, grew up, and completed his BSc in Animal Biology at Thompson Rivers University. He then headed out to Saskatchewan to complete the DVM program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and followed that up with graduate studies in anatomic pathology at the WCVM. During his time at the WCVM, he spent five summers studying and working at the Animal Health Centre, until he became an avian pathologist at the AHC this past September. Tony is excited to be at the AHC and he hopes to be a valuable part of the poultry health team and help to contribute to poultry health and the poultry industry in BC. He is also excited to be back in Abbotsford permanently, where he and his wife, Melissa, live and enjoy the outdoors through hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing.

Stew Ritchie
Success Stories in Poultry Stewardship
Dr. Stewart Ritchie is the President of Canadian Poultry Consultants and S.J. Ritchie Research Farms. He has been participating in the Platinum Brooding® program since its inception and has instructed over 70 classes so far. Stew received his B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of British Columbia and earned his M.S. from the University of Arkansas and D.V.M. from the University of Saskatchewan. Stew is also a Diplomate in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. He has now completed his term as president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP).

Paul Sullivan
Health and Humane: Poultry in Mainstream and Social Media in 2017
Paul Sullivan is an award winning journalist and communications strategist. His 30 years of media experience gives him keen insights into how effectively position clients to stand out in the marketplace and manage delicate issues with diplomacy and tact. Paul was formerly Western Editor of Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. He has also served as Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun, the host of CBC Radio’s morning show in Vancouver and a senior news editor at the highly rated CBC-TV news program The Journal, based in Toronto. Still a working journalist, Paul continues to be published in media such as the Toronto Star and writes a column for the North Shore News .Paul has developed communications strategies, media trained senior executives and implemented communications programs for the B.C. Broiler Hatching Egg Commission, as well as some of Canada’s leading companies including Whole Foods, Telus, SAP, Kinross Gold Corp., RBC, and the Canadian Mental Health Association, among others.

Chris Tilbury
Strategies to Protect your Farm During Transition
Chris Tilbury, CPA, CA is the Regional Tax Leader for MNP in the Fraser Valley. Working with clients one-on-one, Chris helps identify opportunities for reducing tax while helping farmers and business owners achieve their objectives. Chris assists with regular tax planning and compliance, corporate reorganization, specialized tax advice and solutions when buying or selling a business and estate and succession planning.


For a detailed list of exhibitor services as well as information about the 2017 BC Poultry Exhibition, please view the exhibitor manual here.

For shipping your items to the Sheraton Wall Centre, please use the following label found here. Please note that you are responsible for clearing all packages through customs; the hotel will not receive packages that have not been cleared. Any shipments sent to the hotel will be subjected to a receiving fee which is at the responsibility of the shipper and must be paid before receiving all packages.

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