Associations & organizations



Working in partnership with industry and WorkSafeBC, go2HR's goal is to assist the tourism and hospitality industry in becoming a leader in best occupational health and safety practices. Through its programs, go2HR provides customized health and safety resources as well as administration of our certificate of recognition (COR) program.


UNITE HERE Local 40 represents workers throughout BC who work in hotels, food service and airports. Local 40 is part of the UNITE HERE International Union, representing 270,000 workers in the hotel, food service, airport and gaming industries throughout Canada and the U.S.


LinkBC is a value-added service organization working with post-secondary tourism and hospitality programs across B.C. It promotes best practices and professionalism in tourism education, and shares research findings, tourism knowledge, and resources.


British Columbia Hotel Association

The advocate and spokesperson for the interests of the hotel industry throughout B.C.

British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds Association

A non-profit trade organization representing more than 500 motels, motor inns, hotels, resorts, lodges, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and RV Parks throughout B.C.

American Hotel and Lodging Association

The largest national trade association for the U.S. hotel and lodging industry, it provides member lodging properties with resources to operate more efficiently and profitably.

Adventure & cultural tourism, attractions, recreation

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

A professional association of trained and certified guides and instructors, its objectives include representing guides in their dealings with public and private official bodies, and establishing and maintaining a high standard of professional competence and ethics for guides within Canada.

BC Snowmobile Federation

The British Columbia Snowmobile Federation is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to member clubs to establish, maintain, and protect quality opportunities for organized snowmobiling in B.C. and promoting safe and environmentally responsible use of these opportunities.

Boating BC Association

The voice for the recreational boating industry in B.C.

Canada West Ski Areas Association

The representative body for the ski areas and heli and snowcat operations of British Columbia and Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Canadian Avalanche Association

A national avalanche agency that provides education and information. It publishes public bulletins that provide the ski industry and public with safety services.

Canadian Recreational Yachting Association

A leading non-profit organization dedicated to the training of both sail and power techniques.

CanoeKayak BC

The provincial sport organization which actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate, and excel in paddle sports. Its members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators, and supporters of the sport.

Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC

The federation fosters and promotes hiking and mountaineering activities with an interest in protecting and preserving the mountain environment.

HeliCat Canada

The trade association of the Canadian helicopter and snowcat skiing industry. Its primary mandate is to promote continual improvement of the industry through research, education, representation, and overseeing operational guidelines.

Wilderness Alert

Wilderness Alert (previously International Wilderness First Aid Associations Inc.) offers comprehensive training and certification in wilderness first aid.

Food & beverage

Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE) of B.C.

ABLE provides an important and necessary communications link for the province's independent liquor primary members with government, suppliers, and the public.

BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association

RFABC/Y represents the concerns of the restaurant and foodservices industry at all levels of government. It also enhances the image and integrity of the industry through education, communication, industry development, and professionalism.

British Columbia Chefs' Association

The association is dedicated to educating junior members and upgrading the skills of regular members. It gives out annual scholarships to deserving students who distinguish themselves in the culinary field in schools and institutions throughout the Lower Mainland.

Food Service Professionals Network

FSPronet provides directories of trade associations, culinary schools, contract management companies, and consultants, as well as other useful information for food service professionals.

International Association of Culinary Professionals

A not-for-profit professional association that provides continuing education and development for its membership engaged in the areas of culinary education, communication, or the preparation of food and drink.

International Food Service Executives Association

The food service industry's first trade association, with worldwide membership. Its membership includes management-level professionals in all aspects of the food service and hospitality industry, including operators, chefs, food and beverage managers, procurement specialists, dietitians, consultants, and educators working in catering, restaurants, clubs, schools, health care, military, bars, and B&I.

National Restaurant Association

The leading business association for the restaurant industry in the U.S., with 43,000 member companies representing more than 220,000 restaurant establishments.

Restaurants Canada

A national, not-for-profit association representing Canada's diverse and dynamic restaurant and foodservice industry.