Law Seminars International Presents: The Seventh Annual Seminar on

Wine & Liquor Law
New regulations, licensing structures and opportunities
In conjunction with The Vancouver International Wine Festival

February 22, 2016
Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys and all professionals in the wine and liquor industry

Why You Should Order

The Seventh Annual gathering of wine and liquor industry professionals continues with topical and vital content for 2016. We will provide an update on the ongoing changes to BC's liquor laws, focused on BC's retail environment, wholesale pricing structure and distribution system, as well as interprovincial shipping, developments in the discussions around new British Columbia appellations, new water management laws and some views from south of the border on distribution in the U.S. and the use of social media for direct sales.

The program will bring together experts from a variety of perspectives and disciplines to share their experiences, challenges and stories regarding regulatory reform. 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 David Scholefield of Trialto 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 22, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

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

Opening Regulatory Address: What's Next for the Continued Evolution of Liquor Policy in British Columbia

Elaine Vale, Esq., A/Director -- Policy, Planning & Communication
Liquor Control and Licensing Branch / Victoria, BC

9:15 am

Responding to New Guidance on Winery and Distribution Licensing

Potential issues from a legal perspective with the LCLB's recent consultation and changes in its rules

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

Strategic business implications for licensees

Christine Coletta, Owner
Okanagan Crush Pad / North Vancouver, BC

10:15 am


10:30 am

Tied House and Inducement Laws

Adapting to the fresh emphasis on enforcement

Dennis P. Coates, Esq.
Mair Jensen Blair LLP / Kamloops, BC

11:00 am

BC's New Water Management Law Governing Use of Water Resources

Jana McLean, Esq.
Miller Titerle + Company LLP / Vancouver, BC

11:30 am

Update on Issues for Tasting Rooms and Liquor Host Liability for Wineries

Lorne Folick, Esq.
Dolden Wallace Folick LLP / Vancouver, BC

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Grocery Wine Sales: Update on the Issues

Implementation of the grocery store channel: VQA operators and Bill 22 licensees

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

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

2:00 pm

Marketing: Rules Relating to Appellations

BC Wine Appellation Task Group report and subsequent BC Wine Authority ("BCWA") activity

Mike Klassen, Executive Director
BC Wine Appellation Task Group / Vancouver, BC

Potential impact on the industry

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

2:45 pm

Current Issues in the Use of Social Media to Generate Direct Sales

Using social media (including Twitter and Instagram) as tools to increase tasting room attendance

Judith A. Parker, Esq.
The Winemakers' Lawyer / Portland, OR

Use of social media under Canadian law

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

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Recent Cases and New Strategies for Inter-Provincial Sales

Ian A. Blue, Esq.
Gardiner Roberts LLP / Toronto, ON

Arnold B. Schwisberg, Esq.
Law Office of Arnold B. Schwisberg PC / Markham, ON

4:30 pm

Marketing South of the Border

Setting up Canadian wineries in the U.S. as an export vehicle

Christopher R. Hermann, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Portland, OR

5:00 pm

Evaluations & Adjourn

Sponsored by Bull Housser & Tupper LLP and Vintage Law Group

David Scholefield, Director of Wine Strategy
Trialto / Vancouver, BC



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is USD $645 with a group rate of USD $485 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of USD $430. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is USD $322.50. Wine and liquor industry professionals receive a rate of USD $300. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: 6.5 BC CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other provinces/states and other types of credits.


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

Faculty Bios

Mark Hicken, Program Co-Chair, partner, Vintage Law Group, focuses on the wine and liquor industry. He advises on shipping compliance, operations risk/liability, LCLB licensing issues, LDB regulation, enforcement defense, license transfers, purchase/sale, import/export advice and export compliance/clearance for alcoholic beverage products.

Christopher S. Wilson, Program Co-Chair, partner, 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 trademark litigation. He is a recognized leading lawyer in IP by Best Lawyers in Canada.

Ian A. Blue, Q.C. senior counsel, Gardiner Roberts LLP, advises on complex energy, electricity and environmental law matters that have administrative-law, business-law and constitutional-law issues.

Dennis P. Coates, QC, Mair Jensen Blair LLP, focuses on administrative law, corporate and commercial law, and real estate development. He is a leading professional in the multitude of issues facing the hospitality industry in the Province, including liquor licensing.

Christine Coletta, owner, Okanagan Crush Pad, a 35,000 case custom crush wine facility in Summerland, is a wine marketing specialist who established the VQA program in 1990.

Lorne Folick, Dolden Wallace Folick LLP, is an insurance defense lawyer specializing in defending liquor establishments against civil law suits stemming from the over service of alcohol.

Christopher R. Hermann, Chair of the Winery and Vineyard Management Group, Stoel Rives LLP, handles the purchase and sale of wineries and vineyards, formation of LLCs to own and operate wineries and vineyards, obtaining water rights, land use permits and approvals, and vineyard development and maintenance.

Albert J. Hudec, partner, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, focuses on wine law and corporate finance. He is recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Dictionary.
Full bio and contact info for Albert J. Hudec at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

Mike Klassen, is Principal and Founder of TCG Public Affairs, a strategic communications and advocacy consultancy. He works with government, non-profit and private sector clients, focusing on local economic development. Previously he was the Executive Director of the BC Wine Appellation Task Group, an independent industry committee supported by the BC Minister of Agriculture.

Jana McLean, Miller Titerle + Company LLP, regularly advises industrial, First Nations and government clients on contaminated sites, environmental assessments, environmental permitting, fisheries and water law. She is listed in Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 and described as a "rising star" in Legal 500 Canada.

Judith A. Parker, founder, The Winemakers' Lawyer, provides employment advice, compliance at the state and federal levels, and protects her clients from risk by ensuring that they are properly trademarked and registered. Prior to opening her own firm, she was Director of International Relations for the Mayor of Portland and practiced at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

David Scholefield, Director of Wine Strategy, Trialto, is one of Canada's most prominent wine personalities. He has cultivated a career as a consultant and speaker, in addition to his distinguished tenure as Senior Portfolio Manager at the BCLDB.

Arnold B. Schwisberg, Law Office of Arnold B. Schwisberg PC, specializes in sophisticated commercial litigation, including judicial reviews of jurisdictional excesses of regulatory agencies and tribunals. He is Canada's top liquor-regulatory lawyer and specializes in insurance defense.

Jeffery S. Thomas, is Chair of the British Columbia Wine Authority and partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He is recognized as one of Canada's leading trade and competition lawyers in peer review publications such as L'expert, Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers, and Chambers Global World's Leading Lawyers.

Elaine Vale, Acting Director of Policy, Planning & Communication at the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, is responsible for changes to liquor legislation, regulation and policy. She most recently led development of the new Liquor Control and Licensing Act.