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The centrepiece of AIDV Canada’s activities is the annual AIDV Canada Conference. Our 2020 conference takes place February 24, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

After 10 successful years of hosting the Vancouver Wine and Liquor Law Conference, co-hosts Chris Wilson and Mark Hicken will present the inaugural AIDV Canada annual conference.  The agenda and speakers will reflect the national coverage of the Canadian Chapter, including a focus on legal and policy issues across Canada’s wine producing regions, within other provincial jurisdictions, and at the federal level.


8:30 am to 8:45 am – Welcome & Introduction

8:45 am to 9:45 am – National Liquor Policy Update, Mark Hicken (Vintage Law Group, Vancouver)

9:45 am to 10:45 am – Running a Liquor Agency (Importer/Distributor) in Canada, Brian Berry (Revelry Imports, Vancouver and President, Import Vintners & Spirits Association) & Matt Thirlwell (Vintage West, Vancouver)

10:45 am to 11:45 am – Litigation and Case Law Update, Shea Coulson (McMillan LLP, Vancouver)

11:45 am to 1:15 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm – Geographical Indication Update, Ekaterina Tsimberis (Smart & Biggar, Montreal)

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm – Selling a B.C. Winery – Lessons from Recent Transactions, Al Hudec (Farris LLP, Vancouver)

3:15 pm to 4:15 pm – International Trade Update, Chris Wilson (Norton Rose Fulbright, Vancouver) and Allison Boulton (International Trade Advisor, Aslin Canada, Vancouver)

4:15 pm to 5:00 pm – Liquor & Cannabis Licensing Issues, Bert Hick (Rising Tide Consultants, Vancouver)

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020

Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Reception to follow)

Location: Norton Rose Fulbright, 1800 – 510 W. Georgia St., Vancouver

CPD Credits: Approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 6 hours of CPD credits.

Registration Fee: New registration fee structure

$325 + GST for non-AIDV Canada members

$250 + GST for AIDV Canada members

AIDV Canada’s 2020 conference is being held in conjunction with the Vancouver International Wine Festival, taking place from February 22 to March 1, 2020 and the Trade Days Conference which takes place from February 26-28, 2020.  If you’re in the business of wine or fine food, the Festival is the place to broaden your knowledge and keep ahead of the world wine curve. It is Canada’s premier wine show and one of the biggest and best in North America.  Click here for more information about the Trade Days Conference, the Festival itself, and to register.

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