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Rising Tide Consultants

About Us

We’ve seen many changes in liquor licensing policy across Canada since Bert founded Rising Tide Consultants (RTC) in 1988. With the legalization of non-medical cannabis, we have risen to the challenges facing applicants in that sector as well. Based in British Columbia, we are a full-service licensing consulting company providing licensing advice to liquor and cannabis industries operating in all Canadian provinces and territories. We work with a broad range of clients on both liquor and cannabis applications, enforcement and compliance issues and the buying and selling of licenses and retail locations. We understand the regulatory licensing process and can help you navigate the system with our expert consulting services.

Bert Hick
Founder and President

Meet Bert.

Bert Hick founded Rising Tide Consultants Ltd. in 1988. After finishing university in Ontario, he served for 11 years with the BC Government, holding several key positions including Executive Director of the Cabinet Secretariat, Secretary to Cabinet under Premier William (Bill) Bennett and General Manager of the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (now the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch). During his undergraduate year at Carleton University in Ottawa, he served as an assistant to a member of parliament.

Bert is widely respected throughout British Columbia’s hospitality industry and since Canada’s legalization of cannabis, has expanded those relationships into the cannabis space. In addition, Bert is a sought-after guest for speaking engagements on a wide range of topics.

Bert believes in giving back to the community and is an active board member of the BC Hospitality Foundation.

Meet the Team


Edna Lizotte
Manager of Licensing

Susan Mander
Liquor Licensing Specialist


Christina Beehler
Liquor & Cannabis Licensing Specialist


Danniella Devine
Accounting Manager

Kelly Oswald
Executive Administrative Assistant

Heather Kohler
Communications | Brand | Special Projects

Rising Tide Consultants

Interested in working with us?

We are always looking for motivated and enthusiastic people to join our team.  Send us your resumé and we will be in touch with you!

Free consultation, anyone?