Rising Tide Consultants is pleased to be involved with the 2018 BC Liquor Conference, set for Oct. 29 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver. Now in its third year, the event was created “to unite our various industry sectors as we focus on finding common solutions to shared industry challenges,” said Jeff Guignard, Executive Director of BC’s Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE), which is presenting the conference. “It’s no secret that B.C.’s private liquor industry has recently experienced some of the most significant policy changes in a generation,” Guignard added. “For many operators, this has led to big changes in the way they do business. The conference offers our industry a much-needed annual forum to share ideas and best practices about how to drive profitability and innovation in your business.” Rising Tide President Bert Hick will be among the speakers at the conference to share his insights stemming from 30 years of liquor licensing industry expertise. Hick’s extensive and respected background in the industry includes 11 years with the B.C. government, where he held various positions including Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, 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. “It’s an honour for us to continue our involvement with the ABLE conference,” said Hick. “It is one of few industry events that can be relied upon to provide updates and insights straight from leading industry experts.” Hick added: “These ABLE conferences are vital to the liquor/hospitality industry as they compete head on with government-run liquor stores and now cannabis stores on a playing field that will never be level.” SEE MORE: Odds are literally stacked against B.C.’s private retail cannabis sector In its inaugural year, the BC Liquor Conference event attracted 150 of the liquor industry’s top private retailers, on-premise operators, agents, suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and government officials. Based on feedback from 2017 delegates, this year’s event will feature various improvements including new speakers, relevant industry topics, and a later conference start time. Other conference highlights include keynote speakers on current industry issues, a networking lunch, and product tasting and reception. Rising Tide is also taking part in ABLE’s speed mentoring segment ahead of the conference on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Labatt Beer Institute (1148 Homer Street, Vancouver). During the speed mentoring program, guests can sign up for five-minute slots to speak with Hick about navigating the liquor licensing process or Rising Tide Client Executive Sara Mohsin about the cannabis retail licensing process. Click here to learn more about the BC Liquor Conference. We look forward to seeing you there! Every year, BC’s private liquor industry sells more than $1.6 billion of alcohol products and employs over 100,000 British Columbians. ABLE BC says “although recent changes have led to new challenges, it has also created new opportunities across all sectors of the industry. It is our sincere hope that, by working together, we can build a thriving and sustainable private liquor industry that takes advantage of those opportunities and build for the future.”
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