Law Seminars International Presents: Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival The Third Annual Seminar on

Wine and Liquor Law in British Columbia
New regulations, licensing structures and opportunities

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

February 27, 2012
Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC Canada

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys and all professionals in the wine and liquor industry

Why You Should Order

Starting and running a vineyard, winery or liquor licensed business is difficult enough, but compliance with the constantly changing regulatory system and policies is a unique challenge. This seminar will address the ins and outs of operating wineries, vineyards and liquor licensees, including changes in legislation and regulations.

This seminar will progress from getting a handle on pricing and sales issues to legal issues related to marketing and the various distribution channels, including shipping law reform. Trade-marks, geographical indicators and the economics of the industry, as well as legislative trends and regulatory processes, will also be addressed.

We will bring together experts from a variety of perspectives and disciplines to share their experiences, challenges and success stories regarding this evolving landscape. Don't miss this annual gathering of the region's leading wine and liquor law professionals. Join us for valuable discussions about the industry, as well as the wine tasting reception moderated by Sid Cross, Co-Founder of Chefs Table Society, following the seminar.

Program Co-Chairs: Mark Hicken, Esq. of Vintage Law Group

and Christopher S. Wilson, Esq. of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Monday, February 27, 2012

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Mark Hicken, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Vintage Law Group / Vancouver, BC

Christopher S. Wilson, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP / Vancouver, BC

8:45 am

Wine Sales in British Columbia: Update on Provincial Regulation and Taxation of Alcoholic Beverages

Historical development of regulatory policy and what it suggests for the future; comparison of levels of taxation charged in British Columbia and other jurisdictions; finding hidden taxes; accountability and transparency in the decision-making processes

Albert J. Hudec, Esq.
Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP / Vancouver, BC

9:30 am

Reaching Larger Markets: Sales Outside British Columbia

New developments in inter-provincial shipping laws: Update on the federal bill to modernize the IILA (Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act); implications for wineries, retailers, liquor boards, and consumers

Mark Hicken, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Vintage Law Group / Vancouver, BC

10:15 am

Break: Coffee, Tea and Conversation

10:30 am

Licensing Framework for the Various Licenses

Overview of the licensing scheme for British Columbia: The policy debate over eliminating special orders and current issues for special occasion licenses

Bert Hick, President
Rising Tide Consultants Ltd. / Vancouver, BC

Current issues for retail licenses

Randy Wilson, Partner
Liquor Plus / Victoria, BC

Current issues for restaurant licenses

Ian Tostenson, President and CEO
BC Restaurant & FoodServices Association / Vancouver, BC

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Establishing New Appellations: How Do You Do It? What Would Make Sense?

The intersection of wine law and trademarks under the Trade-marks Act

Christopher S. Wilson, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP / Vancouver, BC

Business and regulatory perspectives on use of appellations for marketing today

Jeffrey S. Thomas, Esq., Chair
British Columbia Wine Authority / Vancouver, BC

3:00 pm

Groupon-Type Promotions and Other Third-Party Internet Marketing Services

What you can do under your license vs. what a third party can do: Lessons from development of California's new Industry Advisory on Marketing of Alcoholic Beverages by Unlicensed Third-Party Service Providers

Thomas F. Carey, Esq.
Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty / Napa, CA

3:30 pm

Break: Soda, Tea and Conversation

3:45 pm

Forum on Creating Profitable Business Models: What Fits the Regulatory Structure and Economics for Wine in British Columbia?

The economics of producing wine in British Columbia: What is the competitiveness of the British Columbia wine industry compared to other wine industries around the world?

Andy Hira, Ph.D.
Simon Fraser University / Vancouver, BC

Perspectives on freezing weather and the impact on market prices; economic recession and opportunities for new entrants from the impact on land values; regulatory barriers and work-arounds; British Columbia wine prices (too expensive? too cheap?)

William E. Knutson, Q.C.
Shapiro Hankinson & Knutson Law Corporation / Vancouver, BC

Tony Stewart, CEO and Proprietor
Quails' Gate Okanagan Valley / Kelowna, BC

Michael Raffan, Proprietor
Township 7 Vineyards and Winery / Penticton, BC

5:00 pm

Wine Tasting Reception for Faculty and Attendees with Sid Cross, Esq., Co-Founder and Advisor, Chefs Table Society.

Sponsored by Bull, Housser & Tupper LLC and Vintage Law Group

Sid Cross, Esq., Moderator, Co-Founder and Advisor
Chefs Table Society / Vancouver, BC



Regular tuition for this seminar is US595 with a group rate of $US445 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $US395. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $US297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 6.5 BC CPD and 6.5 WA CLE Type credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

Faculty Bios

Mark Hicken, Program Co-Chair, provides legal services to the wine and liquor industry through his own law practice, Vintage Law Group, and direct and Internet marketing services to wineries and wine agents. Vintage advises on shipping compliance, operations risk/liability, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch licensing issues, Liquor Distribution Branch regulation, enforcement defence, license transfers, purchase/sale, import/export advice and export compliance/clearance for alcoholic beverage products.
Full bio and contact info for Mark Hicken at Vintage Law Group

Christopher S. Wilson, Program Co-Chair, partner at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, practices intellectual property law, including advising domestic and foreign wineries on branding, labeling and geographical indications of origin. His practice encompasses technology litigation and, as well as the intellectual property aspects of technology, includes engineering, software and website development disputes.

Thomas F. Carey, director at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, obtains government approvals, permits, erosion control plans, timberland conversion permits and other land use entitlements, including zoning and general plan amendments. He represents clients on alcohol beverage licensing, compliance and trade practice matters before the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, obtaining state and federal alcohol beverage licenses and permits for manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and retailers.

Sid Cross, Co-Founder and Advisor to Chefs Table Society of B.C., is a retired lawyer and now an active wine and food media person. He is Wines Committee Chair for the International Wine and Food Society and past director of and wine advisor to ICCBC (Italian Chamber of Commerce in BC).

Bert Hick is Founder and President of Rising Tide Consultants Ltd. Previously, he served in the British Columbia Provincial government in several positions including Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, Executive Director of the Cabinet Secretariat, Secretary to Cabinet and General Manager of the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.

Andy Hira, Ph.D., is Professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, specializing in economic development and innovation policy. He is an investigator in a three-year project funded by Genome Canada, Genome British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia, to develop new technologies and knowledge that will improve the Canadian wine industry's competitiveness.

Albert J. Hudec, partner at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy in Vancouver and Kelowna, focuses on wine law and corporate finance. He has earned recognition in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Dictionary. He resides part-time in the Okanagan Valley, and publishes frequently on various wine law issues.

William E. Knutson, principal at Shapiro Hankinson & Knutson Law Corporation, has conducted trials and appeals, acted as counsel at administrative hearings, and participated in mediations and arbitrations. He has written articles for university law journals, continuing legal education publications and trade journals.

Michael Raffan is Proprietor of Township 7 Vineyards and Winery. He is an elected member and former Vice Chair of the Board of the British Columbia Wine Institute. Previously, he was a member of the British Columbia Wine Grape Council.

Tony Stewart is CEO and Proprietor of Quails' Gate Okanagan Valley. He has developed Quails' Gate into a top destination for complete on-site winery experience. He is the incoming Chair for the Canadian Vintners Association and past Chair of the British Columbia Wine Institute.

Jeffery S. Thomas is Chair of the British Columbia Wine Authority and partner of Borden, Ladner, and Gervais. He has been recognized in the 2011 Canadian Legal Lexpert Dictionary as well as The Legal Media Group's "Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers" and the 2009 "Chambers Global World's Leading Lawyers (International Trade/WTO)."

Ian Tostenson is President and CEO of the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association. Previously, he was President and CEO of Cascadia Brands, and Chair of the BC Wine Institute. He also does charity work with the David Foster Foundation and HAVE Studios.

Randy Wilson is Co-Founder and Partner of Liquor Plus. He is also Founder of BC Private Liquor Stores, and has spoken to various media outlets on the issue of liquor retail. He is the former host of CFAX 1070 Radio "Wine Talk."