Law Seminars International Presents: The Fifth Annual Seminar on

Wine and Liquor Law in British Columbia
New regulations, licensing structures and opportunities
In conjunction with The Vancouver Wine Festival

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

February 24, 2014
Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys and all professionals in the wine and liquor industry

Why You Should Order

This annual gathering of wine and liquor industry professionals is more important than ever in 2014 as the conference focuses on the recommendations issued by the Provincial Government's Liquor Policy Review. We will provide a sector-by-sector analysis of the proposed changes including regulatory reform, effects on current stakeholders and emerging business opportunities. Our review will be comprehensive and will cover: Detailed discussion of the effect and extent of the proposed changes, implementation plans at the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB), effects and opportunities for the wine industry, perspectives from craft breweries and distilleries, the consumer's viewpoint, and complete coverage of the consequences for retail level licensees including retailers, restaurants, bars and wine clubs.

The program will bring together experts from a variety of perspectives and disciplines to share their experiences, challenges and stories regarding regulatory reform. Don't miss this annual gathering of the region's leading wine and liquor law professionals. Join us for valuable discussions about the industry, as well as the wine tasting reception moderated by Sid Cross, Co-Founder of Chefs' Table Society, and Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris, Co-Owners of House Wine following the seminar.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Mark Hicken, Esq. of Vintage Law Group

and Christopher S. Wilson, Esq. of Bull Housser & Tupper LLP

What You Will Learn


Monday, February 24, 2014

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Mark Hicken, Program Co-Chair
Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers / Vancouver, BC

Christopher S. Wilson, Program Co-Chair
Bull Housser & Tupper LLP / Vancouver, BC

8:45 am

Update on Legal Reforms Resulting from the Provincial Government's Liquor Policy Review

Mark Hicken, Program Co-Chair
Vintage Law Group / Vancouver, BC

9:15 am

Analysis of Reforms Recommended by the Liquor Policy Review

Review of recommended reforms; discussion of areas not covered by the review; potential future reforms; social implications of reforms

Mark Hicken, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Vintage Law Group / Vancouver, BC

Bert Hick, President
Rising Tide Consultants Ltd. / Vancouver, BC

10:15 am


10:30 am

Industry Issues from Production through Consumption: Vineyards and Wineries

Overview of the issues: Liquor Distribution Branch support for the BC Vinters Quarterly Alliance (VQA) wine category; Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) Liquor Licensing

Mark Hicken, Moderator, Program Co-Chair
Vintage Law Group / Vancouver, BC

Winery perspectives

Sandra Oldfield, Winemaker, President and CEO
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards / Oliver, BC

Miles Prodan, Executive Director
British Columbia Wine Institute / Kelowna, BC

John Skinner, Proprietor
Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. / W. Vancouver, BC

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Industry Issues (con't): Regulations Pertaining to Craft Breweries and Distilleries

Craft breweries

Ken Beattie, Executive Director
British Columbia Craft Brewers Guild / North Vancouver, BC

Craft distilleries

Mark Hicken, Esq., Moderator, Program Co-Chair
Vintage Law Group / Vancouver, BC

Charles Tremewen, Founder and Master Distiller
Long Table Distillery Ltd. / Vancouver, BC

Peter Hunt, General Manager and Master Distiller
Victoria Spirits / Victoria, BC

Rick Pipes, Co-Owner, Cidermaker and Distiller
Merridale Ciderworks and Artisan Distillery / Cobble Hill, BC

2:30 pm

How Production Industry Issues Impact Consumers

Frank Haddad, CSW,CSS, Executive Director
Modernize Wine Association of BC / Vancouver, BC

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Retail Sector Issues

Overview of the issues: Allowing minors accompanied by a parent or guardian; happy hours to promote consumption at establishments

Bert Hick, President
Rising Tide Consultants Ltd. / Vancouver, BC

Andrew D. Gay
Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP / Vancouver, BC

Wine club perspective

Matthew Protti, Co-founder and CEO
BlackSquare Inc. / Calgary, AB

Private liquor store perspective

Stephen Harris, Executive Director
British Columbia Private Liquor Store Association / Victoria, BC

Wine store perspective

Robert Simpson, General Manager
Liberty Wine Merchants / Vancouver, BC

On premises (hotels, restaurants, bars) perspective

Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President Western Canada
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Assoc. / Vancouver, BC

James Chase, Chief Executive Officer
British Columbia Hotel Association / Vancouver, BC

5:30 pm

Wine Tasting Reception

Following the seminar for Faculty and Attendees with Sid Cross & House Wine

Sid Cross
Chefs' Table Society / Vancouver, BC

Michelle Bouffard, Co-Owner
House Wine / Vancouver, BC

Michaela Morris, Co-Owner
House Wine / Vancouver, BC



Regular tuition for this program is $645 (USD) with a group rate of $485 (USD) each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $430 (USD). For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $322.50 (USD). Wine and liquor industry professionals receive a rate of $300 (USD). All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 7 BC CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Faculty Bios

Mark Hicken, Program Co-Chair, provides legal services to the wine and liquor industry through his law practice, Vintage Law Group. He advises on shipping compliance, operations risk/liability, LCLB licensing issues, LDB regulation, enforcement defence, license transfers, purchase/sale, import/export advice and export compliance/clearance for alcoholic beverage products. He also provides direct and internet marketing services to wineries and wine agents.

Christopher S. Wilson, Program Co-Chair, partner at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, practices intellectual property law, including advising domestic and foreign wineries on branding, labeling and geographical indications of origin. His practice encompasses trade-mark litigation and he is recognized as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by Best Lawyers in Canada.

Ken Beattie is the Executive Director of the British Columbia Craft Brewers Guild, which represents over 50 BC owned and operated craft breweries and brewpubs. He also owns Eureka Beer Guide which facilitates the Prud'homme Beer Certification, Canada's leading beer training program.

Michelle Bouffard is Co-Owner of House Wine, a wine consulting company based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

James Chase is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Columbia Hotel Association.

Sid Cross, Co-Founder and Advisor to Chefs' Table Society of BC, is a retired lawyer and now an active wine and food media person. He is Wines Committee Chair for the International Wine and Food Society and past Director of and Wine Advisor to ICCBC (Italian Chamber of Commerce in BC). He is the only Canadian to be inducted as a Membre d'Honeur of L'Academie du Vin de Bourdeaux.

Andrew D. Gay is a partner at Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP and specializes in civil litigation and administrative law, with expertise in liquor cases involving enforcement, compliance and licensing law. He has successfully argued judicial review applications challenging decisions of the General Manager of the LCLB. He also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Law School.

Frank Haddad is Executive Director of The Modernize Wine Association of BC, a non-profit organization involved in efforts to liberalize Canada's interprovincial wine shipping laws and to legalize corkage in BC. He is a member of the French Wine Society and the Society of Wine Educators.

Stephen Harris is Executive Director of the British Columbia Private Liquor Store Association. Previous experience includes more than a decade of issues management and communications for the BC government, serving as Speechwriter to Premier Gordon Campbell, and as Director of Government Caucus Communications.

Bert Hick is President and founder of Rising Tide Consultants Ltd. He served with the BC Government in key positions including: Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, Executive Director of the Cabinet Secretariat, Secretary to Cabinet under Premier William Bennett and General Manager of the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.

Peter Hunt is General Manager and Master Distiller of Victoria Spirits. He produces Victoria Gin, Oaken Gin, Left Coast Hemp Vodka and a line of bitters called Twisted & Bitter. The Gin he produces has won several international awards.

Michaela Morris is Co-Owner of House Wine, a wine consulting company based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sandra Oldfield is CEO and Winemaker at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, the first carbon neutral winery in Canada.

Co-Owner, Cidermaker and Distiller of Merridale Ciderworks and Artisan Distillery and is instrumental in the production of their artisan distilled spirits and fortified ciders. He is Vice President of the Craft Distillers Guild of BC and previously practiced law in Victoria.

Miles Prodan is Executive Director of the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI). BCWI represents 130 member wineries throughout the province, and supports and markets the Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA), which gives consumers assurance that they are buying a wine that is 100% from BC and free of faults.

Matthew Protti is co-founder and CEO of BlackSquare Inc., a global leader in ecommerce software designed for the wine and spirits industry. He drives global strategy and business development. He is also CEO of, which operates Canada's largest national monthly wine club.

Robert Simpson is General Manager for Liberty Wine Merchants, the largest chain of private wine stores in Western Canada.

John Skinner, Proprietor of Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd., planted in 2005 and 2006 and now has roughly 25 acres under vine. Previously, he was a stockbroker in Vancouver for more than 25 years, during which time he became an avid wine enthusiast.

Charles Tremewen is the founder of Long Table Distillery Ltd., the first distillery in the City since the 1940's and the 8th to be licensed in the British Columbia. He is a master distiller experienced in product development and marketing local, sustainable businesses.

Mark von Schellwitz is Vice President for Western Canada of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association and Chairman of the Coalition of BC Businesses.