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Food, Wine and Tourism

Okanagan College Research

Cartier, L. (2014). The British Columbia Wine Industry: can it compete with the big guys? American Association of Wine Economists. AAWE Working Paper No. 147- Business.
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Cartier, L. (2013). Value Chain Analysis and Business Strategy in the Okanagan Wine Industry: Innovation in the Okanagan Agricultural Products Cluster.
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Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF)
The goal of the Canadian Culinary Federation is to unite chefs and cooks across Canada in a common dedication to professional excellence. The Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF) was founded in 1963 and incorporated in Ottawa as a non-profit association in 1972.  Since its inception, the federation has enjoyed a deep and long-standing tradition as Canada’s true representation of the professional chef and cook.

Industry Training Authority (ITA)
Information about Culinary apprenticeships.

Okanagan Chefs Association (OCA)
Membership provides the opportunity to network and socialize with Chefs and other culinary professionals locally, provincially and on the national level.  When job opportunities are made available, our members are the first to hear about them.  Belonging to a group of Chefs that reach across Canada will give you an enormous pool of resources and the chance to form valuable connections.


Okanagan Wine Festivals Society 
Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is committed to providing authentic wine experiences to Valley locals and visitors alike. We strive to connect consumers through uniquely designed wine festivals and tasting events with over 100 member wineries across the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. 

BC Wine Grape Council (BCWGC)
The BC Wine Grape Council coordinates, facilitates, and funds research and education on viticulture and enology to broadly benefit the British Columbia wine grape industry and to represent growers on a variety of agriculture related issues. Its Mission Statement is to promote the development of a strong and viable wine grape industry that will result in the production of world class wines and that will enhance the economic and environmental benefits to British Columbia.

BC Grapegrowers Association (BCGA)
The BC GrapegrowersAssociation
 is a non-profit organization that represents all commercial grape producers in British Columbia.

BC Wine Institute - Industry Site (BCWI)  or BCWI Consumer Site
The BCWI plays a key role in the growth of BC’s wine industry. Our 134 winery members and 13 grapegrower partners represent 95% of BC VQA sales, 95% of the province’s total wine production and produce 88% of 100% BC grape wine production.

BC Wine Authority (BCWA)
The British Columbia Wine Authority is an independent regulatory authority to which the Province of British Columbia has delegated responsibility for enforcing the Province’s Wines of Marked Quality Regulation (the “Regulation”).


Destination BC
An industry-led Crown corporation that works collaboratively with tourism stakeholders across the province to coordinate marketing at the international, provincial, regional and local levels.

LinkBC is a value-added service organization working with post-secondary programs across British Columbia, Canada.whose mission is to enhance professionalism in BC's tourism industry by creating and strengthening connections between post-secondary adventure, tourism, hospitality, and culinary students, graduates, and faculty, and the industry.

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA)
An industry-led organization that represents and supports all business and community tourism interests throughout the Thompson Okanagan, while also assisting with the implementation of Provincial tourism policies.

Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC)
The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) advocates for the interests of British Columbia's $13 billion+ tourism economy. As a not-for-profit trade association, TIABC works collaboratively with its members - private sector tourism businesses, industry associations and destination marketing organizations - to ensure the best working environment for a competitive tourism industry.

Since 1979, go2hr has served BC's tourism and hospitality industry with programs and services that support its growth and success. Formerly known as the Hospitality Industry Education Advisory Committee (HIEAC), the organization was re-branded as go2 in 2003, in conjunction with an expanded mandate to coordinate the BC Tourism HR Action Plan. This Action Plan was updated in 2012 and is now known as the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy. In 2013, the organization has refreshed its brand to become go2hr.

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