Associations/Accreditations

Setting the standards

As a leader within several industries, Big Erics Inc. is focused on ensuring a high standard is maintained in our services, products, staff, and overall customer experience. To aid us in ensuring this standard is met, and often surpassed, we maintain an involvement with numerous associations.

Associations

PEI Chefs Association
The goal of the CCFCC PEI branch is to unite chefs and cooks across PEI in a common dedication to professional excellence, supporting all things culinary and local on Prince Edward Island. The National 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. The Federation is a Federally Chartered, not-for-profit organization, and is managed by a member elected board of directors.

 

Canadian Association of Food Service Professionals (CAFP)
CAFP, a unique organization for foodservice professionals, focuses on professional development and networking opportunities for its members.

 

Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS)
RANS is a non-profit association that seeks to promote the food and beverage sector and impact the operating environment of the industry in a positive way. Through government advocacy, marketing, promotion, partnerships, education, and outreach, RANS has successfully represented the food and beverage sector since 1947.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Chefs and Cooks
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Chefs and Cooks was founded in 1978. The Association was formed to unite chefs and cooks across the province in a common dedication to professional excellence. The Association brings together people with common interests that can be rewarding both professionally and personally, and it also helps out community and charity organizations.

 

Equipment Supplies International (ESI)
ESI is Canada’s largest equipment and smallwares buying group. The membership represents a wide range of small and large foodservice equipment, smallwares, and tabletop dealerships across Canada.

 

Adapt
Adapt was launched in 1999 in response to the tremendous growth in foodservice disposables, industrial packaging, and sanitation supplies. With 75 distributor members and over 200 locations nationally, Adapt is Canada’s largest buying group in these market segments.

 

Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice Association (CRFA)
The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservice Association was founded in 1944 and has grown to more than 30,000 members, representing restaurants, bars, cafeterias, social and contract caterers, as well as accommodation, entertainment, institutional foodservice, educators, and foodservice suppliers.

 

Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA)
CSSA is a non-profit corporation, established in 1958 and represents member companies engaged in the manufacturing, distribution, and selling of cleaning and maintenance products.

 

Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador (HNL)
HNL, is a non-profit membership association that leads, supports, represents, and enhances the province’s tourism industry. HNL has been the voice of the provincial tourism industry since the association was founded, working on behalf of members and the industry itself to help develop the tourism industry into the flourishing economic driver. Big Erics Inc. has been a member for almost 28 years and in the past, our Vice President of Sales, Frank Murphy, has served as a Board member.

 

Hotel and Motel Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (HMANL)
HMANL is the professional association of Hotel and Motel operators in the province. The mandate of the association is to act as a catalyst for growth and professionalism through advocacy, communications, and professional development. HMANL is a sector association of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador. Big Erics Inc. has been a member for about 25 years and in the past, our Vice President of Sales, Frank Murphy, has served as a Board member

 

Restaurant Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (RANL)
RANL has been representing the interests of the food service industry in Newfoundland and Labrador for close to fifty years. RANL has been refocusing its efforts to be the leading advocacy agency for the province’s restaurant industry. Big Erics has been a member for around 38 years, and our Vice President of Sales, Frank Murphy, is a board member.

 

Canada Select
Canada Select is an industry-led, consumer sensitive rating program, developed for the purpose of providing the traveling public with a nationally consistent standard of quality within categories of accommodation. Canada Select inspects and rates all participating properties to ensure they meet consumer expectations. Big Erics’ Vice President of Sales, Frank Murphy, has been a Board Member with Canada Select for four years.

 

Building Owner & Managers Association (BOMA) of Nova Scotia
BOMA Nova Scotia is one of the eleven federated locals that together form BOMA Canada, which represents over 2000 Canadian members in the industry and over 1.9 Billion square feet of office space. Since its origins in 1907, BOMA has grown and prospered, dedicating itself to establishing best practices and researching real estate topics that would be valuable to commercial real estate managers, operators and suppliers. BOMA Nova Scotia’s mandate is to provide commercial real estate leadership and support throughout Nova Scotia, and they have established a mission statement to guide them: To actively represent our members, through education, networking and lobbying, in matters affecting the ownership, management and operation of commercial properties.

 

Building Owner & Managers Association (BOMA) of Newfoundland & Labrador
BOMA NL is one of the eleven federated locals that together form BOMA Canada, which represents over 2500 Canadian members in the industry, and over 1.9 Billion square feet of office space. On behalf of the building owners, managers, developers, facilities managers, asset managers, leasing agents, brokers, and the product and service providers to the commercial real estate in Canada, BOMA Canada addresses issues of national concern, and promotes excellence in the industry through information, education advocacy and recognition. As a part of the national organization, BOMA NL brings value to its members by providing a strong voice for the industry that is based on strength in numbers, and creating a critical mass and focus of resources to push for change on advocacy issues. Through our national committees and strong communications across the country, BOMA facilitates the sharing of information and pooling of expertise, ideas and resources to push for change on advocacy issues. Through our national committees and strong communications across the country, BOMA facilitates the sharing of information and pooling of expertise, ideas and resources for the benefit of the local associations, individual members and the industry at large.

Accreditations

Eight of our representatives are certified as Food Handlers under the ServSafe certification program, one of the five food handlers’ courses recognized by the National Restaurant Association (NRA).