Liquor and Cannabis are our bread and butter.

Licensing,  Regulations, Compliance, Policies and Business Opportunities 
since 1988.



With more than 30 years of liquor license consulting experience, we understand local and provincial regulations and policies. We address the complex issues around applying for a liquor license and give you expert guidance tailored to your individual business.


In the wake of the legalization of non-medical cannabis in 2018 and edibles in 2019, we help you with your cannabis licensing application. We also provide consulting services to guide your application through the regulatory process.


As the Licensee, it's your job to ensure you're following responsible service of alcohol or recreational cannabis guidelines. We audit your existing policies and procedures so you have the best defence of due diligence in cases of compliance or enforcement. ​We also give you a comprehensive report detailing any inefficiencies, along with suggestions for resolving issues.


Join our RTC Exclusive Network for access to real estate brokerage services for our clients wanting to buy and sell liquor or cannabis retail locations AND licenses. We are your "one-stop-shop" and will continue to be involved from a licensing perspective to make sure your transaction is successful.

Bert Hick - Founder and CEO of Rising Tide Consultants

and the Team

Helping you navigate the system since 1988.

Founded in 1988 by Bert Hick, Rising Tide Consultants (RTC) is a full-service liquor and cannabis licensing consulting firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

With licensing experience in all Canadian provinces and territories, we work broadly with a variety of clients on liquor and cannabis applications, enforcement and compliance issues, and the buying and selling of licenses and locations. 

License to Chill

with Bert Hick

Blending over 30 years of experience with a well-chilled Chardonnay, licensing expert Bert Hick sits down with industry leaders to discuss the biggest plays and takeaways of liquor and cannabis today.

Bert interviewing Hon. David Eby, Attorney General and MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey.

Our clients are talking about us!


Thank you Bert, for all that you and your company does for us. I have only had positive results from the many times I have used your services or recommended you and RisingTide Consultants to others. Thanks for always making us look good while take great care of our guests.

Mark Andrews

Senior Vice President, Seniors

We have been working with Bert Hick, Rising Tide Consultants and his fantastic team for over 25 years.  Whenever a liquor licence or more recently a cannabis licence comes up we always go to Rising Tide. Bert or his team are always available, act immediately to our request and provide a well-informed constructive direction.

David Eaton

Principal/Director, David Eaton Architect

We have worked with Rising Tide on many projects and they are the best! They are truly experts in the industry and have a clear understanding of any issue that may arise in our application. They are professional and efficient and we will continue to work with them in the future.

Salim Sayani

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Group

The team at Rising Tide has been detail-oriented, always professional, dependable, and easy to work with. Their knowledge and expertise in all areas of the Liquor and Cannabis licensing process have been very beneficial to our organization for many years.

Reid Ogden

Vice President, Operations at Donnelly Hospitality Group

Over the past two years, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler has needed to deal with some unique and somewhat difficult licensing challenges. Rising Tide has been an invaluable resource to us in this regard. They have managed to find creative solutions that have worked for all concerned, and we could not be happier with their services. They are a professional and highly responsive group of experts.

Norman Mastalir

Managing Director, Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Rising Tide Consultants has managed our Liquor Licensing work for years. Our experiences with Bert and his team have been very positive, and I would highly recommend them.

Michael Doyle

President, Top Table Group and Vice President and General Manager, Rogers Arena

Experts in Liquor and Cannabis Licensing