The Planning Committee will continue to offer an Elite Sponsorship Program where industry suppliers are invited to sponsor specific activities/events at the Conference and in return receive special recognition for their contribution. This is an excellent opportunity for industry suppliers to target a significant number of their customers in one place, at one time. The end result is a high caliber Conference that continues to draw processors, growers and industry suppliers.
In addition, for those who are interested, we are also accepting donations for the Industry Reception, the proceeds of which are used to fund bursaries awarded to students pursuing a career in any aspect of the processing vegetable industry. Unfortunately we cannot accept any company logo merchandise. Through generous sponsor donations we were successful in raising just over $8,000 last year. This allows the OPVG and the OF&VPA to offer up to four-$2,000 bursaries to students this fall. Applicants must be a resident of Ontario and registered as a full-time student at college or university entering the second, third or fourth year of study.
The opportunity also exists to have a display booth for the duration of the Conference. Please complete and return the enclosed form to our office by December 15th in order that appropriate arrangements can be made. Elite sponsors have first choice of display area. The remainder are available on a "first come first served" basis with a donation of $500 Canadian ($U.S. at par) or more.