Import News & Industry Updates

AGLC Board appointments


I am writing to advise you that the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance has announced three new appointments to the AGLC Board of Directors.

Effective June 28, Gael MacLeod, who has been a Board member since April 2016, has been appointed as Chair. Ken Knowles, who was a Board member from September 2015 to March 2017, has been re-appointed. Finally, Barbara Ritzen has been appointed as our newest Board member. If you wish to learn more about our Board members, I would invite you to visit our website at

New education program created for liquor licensees

The Province is launching an in-person education program to help licensees better understand their responsibilities and the rules for serving liquor in British Columbia.  

The optional program is the result of consultation with liquor-industry members who expressed that a government-led program would help ensure licensees are running their businesses in a safe and responsible manner. 

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AGLC CEO Announcement

AGLC President & CEO, Bill Robinson has decided to leave the AGLC to focus on his family and other professional opportunities. Effective March 15, 2017, Alain Maisonneuve assumed the role of Acting President and CEO of the AGLC, pending an open competition to permanently fill the role.


Go-ahead for EU-Canada CETA trade deal

Article from "The Drinks Business" issued February 15th, 2017

Go-ahead for EU-Canada CETA trade deal: The EU has voted to ratify a controversial trade deal with Canada which will boost the exports of drinks between the two trade blocks, and remove Canadian regional monopolies on wine retailing.

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California Wine Institute applauds US Govt challenge on BC-only wine discrimination in BC grocery

Washington DC—Wine Institute, the public policy advocacy group for California wineries, applauds today's announcement by the U.S. government requesting formal World Trade Organization (WTO) consultations with the Government of Canada to ensure that both imported and British Columbia (B.C.) wines have equal access to B.C. grocery store shelves.