Who We Are
The Board members of AIDV Canada are based across the country, and have legal and/or policy expertise relating to the Canadian wine industry.
We congratulate our former colleague Ekaterina Tsimberis who has been appointed (in February 2023) to the Federal Court of Canada.
Current Board member of AIDV International
Chris Wilson is an intellectual property litigator with a passion for wine and trademarks. He was recognized in Chambers Global 2018 for leading the pre-eminent IP litigation practice in Western Canada, and was named the 2019 Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year for Vancouver by Best Lawyers Canada.
On the beverage side of his practice, Chris assists domestic and international producers, agents and growers in the wine, beer, spirits and RTD beverage industries with all aspects of trade-marks, labelling and geographic indications. Chris has a particular interest in the protection of shared goodwill at common law, allowing for groups of producers to protect regional and other shared appellations. Chris was a co-founder and co-host of the annual British Columbia Wine & Liquor Law seminar, now run under the auspices of AIDV Canada.
Chris is the current Chair of AIDV Canada, a Director of AIDV International, and a Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Intellectual Property Section.
Karen Graham is Principal of WineDrops.ca, offering advisory services and commentary on policy, regulatory and business matters for the Canadian wine industry.
Karen holds a Master of Arts in International Relations/Political Science (York University, Toronto) and a Master of Public Policy degree (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver). Previous non-wine roles have included: Director of Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade; Senior Policy Analyst, Business Council of British Columbia; and Economic/Political Advisor to the United States Consulate-General (Vancouver).
Mark Hicken is a consultant to the BC wine and liquor industry. He was formerly one of Canada’s best known wine lawyers (now retired from law practice). He is a frequent speaker at wine industry conferences and is often quoted in the media on issues related to wine law.
Jennifer McKenzie is a partner at Cassels, Brock & Blackwell LLP. In addition to having a robust trademark practice, she practices regulatory, advertising and marketing law.
Jennifer reviews advertising for clients in a wide-range of industry sectors from prepackaged consumer goods to regulated products such as food and drugs. Jennifer has represented clients in competitive trade disputes before Ad Standards, and provides advice to clients on privacy legislation. Jennifer also helps clients in relation to promotion and contest design.
Jennifer also has extensive experience in trademark prosecution and enforcement. She is recognized as a leader in both advertising and IP law and has been ranked in a number of directories, including the Chambers Canada Guide, Best Lawyers in Canada, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks.
Al Hudec, Partner at Farris LLP in Kelowna, focuses his legal practice on the purchase and sale of wineries and vineyards in the Okanagan Valley. He also practises on the areas of commercial law, aboriginal law and municipal law. Al assists clients with complex and non-routine wine industry regulatory matters such as the ALR rules, water rights, commercial and land based winery distinctions, navigating the tied house rules, and the like.
Al is an M&A and Corporate Governance practitioner with 40 years of experience in all legal aspects of securities and corporate finance, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance and independent committee representation, with emphasis on the North American resource (mining, forestry, oil and gas), infrastructure, and technology industries. His practice focuses on cross-border mergers & acquisitions (take-overs and arrangements), board and special/independent committee representation and venture capital financings. Al writes and speaks frequently on a variety of legal topics relating to wine law, aboriginal law, corporate finance and corporate governance.
Dan is a partner at Tereposky & DeRose LLP, a boutique international trade law firm based in Ottawa. He represents and advises private sector companies, industry associations, and governments in matters relating to international trade and investment.