AFPA is a non-profit organization representing all segments of the $15 billion food and beverage industry including growers, processors, retailers, foodservice buyers and suppliers since 1974.
Our mission is to build the competitive advantage of our members through quality training, effective promotion and by being the representative voice of members and the Alberta food processing industry.
The Stan Ballard Apprenticeship Fund was established in 1986 to support educational activities for Alberta apprentice chefs. Each year SAIT, NAIT and Lethbridge College award scholarships to 2nd year students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program. The Alberta's apprenticeship and industry training was added later on and is now also able to offer a scholarship to a worthly apprentice in the culinary field.
The scholarship fund was created to recognize the achievements of Stan Ballard, who retired from Burns Foods in 1986, following 41 years of service with Burns and with the food processing industry. Stan was one of the founders of the Alberta Food Processors Association; Stan has done much during his career to promote the Alberta food industry, particularly in the foodservice sector.