BC Liquor Forum on March 23rd,2015 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver

Dear all Liquor Industry members,

On behalf of the ABLE BC, BCRFA, BCWI, BCPLSA, IVSA, Rising Tide consultants, and other sponsoring industry associations, thank you to all who attended the BC Liquor Forum on March 23.

For over two hours, Blain Lawson (the General Manager and CEO of BC Liquor Distribution Branch), and Doug Scott, (the General Manager of the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch), addressed a crowd of 300 liquor industry insiders—including owners, managers, employees, and advocates for BC’s private retail stores, pubs, and restaurants, as well as liquor agents, suppliers, and distributors—on the changes happening in BC’s liquor industry.

The discussion was frank, spirited, and geared specifically toward helping those in attendance understand the wide range of changes taking place. It was also a chance to allow the heads of the LDB and LCLB to hear directly from those most affected by the changes.

On behalf of our industry partners, ABLE BC is pleased to circulate this brief synopsis of our discussion, including links to the two presentations and a summary of the Question and Answer sessions. As promised, we have also included answers to the numerous audience questions that were submitted to our moderator but not addressed due to time constraints. You can also access an audio recording of the event by clicking here.

This is a transformative for BC’s liquor industry, and now more than ever it is vital we all work together in partnership with government to advocate for a thriving and competitive liquor industry. It is our hope that this BC Liquor Forum will be the first of many, and that in the months ahead we can continue to advance our shared interests.

We sincerely appreciate the time Blaine Lawson and Doug Scott took to address our concerns.

Thank you again for your commitment to BC’s liquor industry.

Jeff Guignard

Executive Director

The Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC)