604-669-2928info@risingtideconsultants.caPhysically in Vancouver, BC - Virtually Anywhere
Rising Tide Consultants

Navigating Canada’s Liquor and Cannabis businesses through licensing, regulations and efficiency improvements for more than 30 years. 

since 1988.

With over 33 years’ experience in liquor and now cannabis licensing in Canada, Rising Tide Consultants is a team of compliance experts providing straightforward, comprehensive hospitality consulting.

The team is involved in licensing, advising and participating in policy discussions with various levels of government and providing strategic operational guidance to clients in the sector. 

Rising Tide Consultants was founded by Bert Hick, previous to consulting in the liquor and hospitality industry, Bert served several years as the General Manager of the Liquor Control and Licencing Branch in Victoria. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Cabinet Secretariat for Premier Bill Bennett in the 80s. We have a deep passion for the hospitality industry and the very significant contribution it makes to the province every day. 

Whatever you need Rising Tide can help you as it is now a one stop shop for all your consulting needs. 

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

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