Effective July 1, 2019, UBC Okanagan will transition to an in-house food service delivery model, named UBCO Food Services.
UBC Okanagan has reached a size that makes a self-operated food service business model viable and better-suited to the campus. UBCO Food Services will be operated by UBC Student Housing & Hospitality Services (SHHS). SHHS provides housing at UBCâ€™s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, and operates one of the largest and most complex food service programs in Canada at UBC Vancouver. UBC Okanagan is in a unique position to replicate the UBCV model and leverage UBCVâ€™s strengths and resources to deliver a unique, world-class UBC Okanagan food service program.
UBCO Food Services’ portfolio consists of 11 campus locations â€“ a mix of franchises and in-house brands. Franchises will remain the same. All in-house brands will offer new and enhanced menu items, new or refreshed brands, and improved customer service.
A self-operated UBCO Food Services will require 140 to 160 staff. Current unionized Aramark employees at UBC Okanagan will not continue with Aramark in their positions as of July 1, 2019. Nearly all current positions will be available as new unionized (BCGEU) positions. Positions will be posted as open competitions. Applicants hired will be employees of UBC and will receive a compensation package with higher pay and benefits, subject to eligibility requirements. Current Aramark employees will be strongly encouraged to apply for upcoming posted positions. UBCO Food Services anticipates hiring a large number of former Aramark staff.
UBCO Food Services aims to continuously improve the campus experience and support UBC’s academic mission by nourishing thousands of students, faculty, and staff with delicious, high-quality foods every day. We know that a well-balanced diet is integral to an individualâ€™s state of mind, productivity, and long-term happiness.
Key benefits of this initiative include high variety and diversity of nutritional food options; alignment with UBC sustainability and wellness goals; sizeable catering enhancements and an uptick in culinary-focused campus animation events.
Our mission is to nourish and support the UBC Okanagan community with a diverse selection of fresh, delicious, and memorable food experiences in a socially and ecologically conscious manner. We believe access to wholesome, nutritious foods leads to improved health, happiness and academic success. We prioritize locally sourced and minimally processed ingredients to support local economies, land stewardship and food transparency. We enable and inspire lifelong health and wellbeing through conscious decisions about food.
â€”David Speight, Executive Chef & Culinary Director, SHHS
We know this transition will result in an enhanced student experience. Students will have access to more food variety as well as improved nutrition support. A self-operated food service model is more nimble, responsive, and reflective of community goals with respect to things like special events, sustainability and overall dining experience.
â€”Andrew Parr, Interim Vice-President, Students, UBC
We anticipate gains in many areas for UBCO from this carefully considered decision, from greater value alignment and community engagement to more profit over the long term and additional employment opportunities.
â€”Shannon Dunn, Director, Business Operations, UBC Okanagan
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