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.
Founder and CEO
" I have always believed that we have an obligation as citizens to give back to our community and society as much as we can - through charities, non-profits, random acts of kindness or helping people who are struggling in one form or another. The name of my company, ‘Rising Tide’, comes from President Kennedy who often quoted: “A rising tide lifts all boats”. I believe we all benefit as a society when we put forward positive thoughts and energy."
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 believes in giving back to the community and is an active board member of the BC Hospitality Foundation.
Meet the Team
Manager of Licensing
I was born in Burnaby and am currently enjoying the good life in North Vancouver. I am an avid reader, I love to drive anything (4x4, quads, bikes, etc.) and try to spend as much time as possible with family and friends
I was born and raised in Queensland, Australia. I enjoy hiking, nature walks, a good movie, reading and cooking.
Liquor and Cannabis Licensing Specialist
Born in raised in London Ontario. I enjoy socializing, movies, audio books, playing, volleyball and I'm getting back into golf again.
I was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. When I am not busy making sure the books are balanced, you can find me spending time with my family and friends, out for a walk, or enjoying a fine glass of red.
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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!