Law Seminars International Presents: the Vancouver International Wine Festival The Fourth Annual Seminar on

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

February 25, 2013
Royal Centre 30th Floor in Vancouver, BC

Who Should Attend

Attorneys and all professionals in the wine and liquor industry

Why You Should Attend

For this annual gathering of wine industry professionals, we will provide an overview of the British Columbia wine industry from the perspective of key industry players; update you on interprovincial shipping law reforms; discuss important issues related to international trade; review alternative winery business models, and examine the potential for progressive reforms to our distribution system following the recent privatization initiative. We will progress to a wide-ranging discussion of operational issues including marketing, visitor liability, tasting room compliance, management and environmental regulations, and employment issues.

This program 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


Monday, February 25, 2013

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & 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

Update on the Current State of the Industry: Markets of Supplies

Key elements in the current market for BC wines, and factors affecting the general health of the industry

Miles Prodan, Executive Director
British Columbia Wine Institute / Kelowna, BC

Supply outlook for grapes as the essential main ingredient: Update on agricultural policies affecting grape production and market economics for grape production; supply forecast for the coming year

Michael F. Welsh, Esq.
Mott Welsh & Associates / Penticton, BC

9:45 am

Self-Distribution Update: Opportunities and Constraints

Progress report on implementation of the new inter-provincial shipping laws (where it is permissible to ship, and where not); taking advantage of new opportunities in BC for customers to bring their own wine into restaurants

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

10:30 am


10:45 am

International Trade: Opportunities and Important Legal Issues

Update on trade agreements, including the new one between Canada and the EU, and recent NAFTA enforcement actions involving wine and other agricultural products

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

11:30 am

Developing Trade-Based Business Models for Non-Traditional Winery Operations

The challenge of manufacturing wine for emerging brands, while complying with liquor jurisdiction and federal regulations; Okanagan Crush Pad's first year in business and plans for the future.

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

Urban wineries: Case study of the Vancouver Urban Winery

Michael MacQuisten, Co-Founder, CEO
Vancouver Urban Winery / Vancouver, BC

12:30 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:45 pm

Distribution: Potential Changes and New Opportunities

Lessons from the State of Washington's Ballot Measure 1183

Shylah R. Alfonso, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

Opportunities to improve BC's wholesale distribution and regulatory system after the cancelled privatization project; lessons from other jurisdictions for winery participation in farmers' markets and establishment of secondary tasting rooms

Frank Haddad
Modernize Wine Association of BC / Vancouver, BC Canada

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Operational Issues

Upmarket labels: Tips for guarding against counterfeiting; special considerations for marketing BC wines in Asia

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

On-Site tasting rooms: benefits, costs and regulations

Sandra Oldfield, Winemaker and Owner
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards / Oliver, BC

Interface of wineries and land management and environmental regulations

Max Collett, Esq.
Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP / Vancouver, BC Canada

Employment Issues: Regulatory compliance checklist for wineries and vineyards with employees, including immigration issues for temporary workers from other countries

Thora A. Sigurdson, Esq., Associate Counsel
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP / Vancouver, BC

5:15 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn, Followed by a Wine Tasting Reception for Faculty and Attendees with Sid Cross

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



Regular tuition for this program is $US 595 with a group rate of $US 445 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $US 395. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $US 297.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. 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 CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held on the 30th floor of the Royal Centre Building at 1055 West Georgia Street in Vancouver, BC V6E 3R3.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the course materials, is available for $605. The course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or from the date we receive payment.
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Faculty Bios

Mark Hicken, Program Co-Chair, Vintage Law Group, provides legal services to the wine and liquor industry through his law practice, Vintage Law Group, and direct and internet marketing services to wineries and wine agents. Vintage advises on shipping compliance, operations risk/liability, LCLB licensing issues, LDB regulation, enforcement defence, 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 technology litigation and includes engineering, software and website development disputes. He is a Best Lawyer in Canada.

Shylah R. Alfonso, partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice, Perkins Coie LLP, was Plaintiff's counsel in Costco v. Hoen. She is a Washington Super Lawyer and Co-Owner of Pomum Cellars.
Full bio and contact info for Shylah R. Alfonso at Perkins Coie LLP

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.

Max Collett, partner, chair of the environmental specialty group, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP, advises clients on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions particularly with respect to due diligence, regulatory compliance and remediation of contaminated sites. He is a Best Lawyer in Canada.

Frank Haddad is Executive Director of The Modernize Wine Association of BC, a non-profit organization involved in efforts to liberalize Canada's interprovincial wine shipping laws and to legalize corkage in B.C. He is a member of the French Wine Society and the Society of Wine Educators.

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.

Steve Thorp is Co-Founder and COO of FreshTAP Pour Systems Inc., Canada's first custom keg packaging operation, which helps wineries enter the emerging wine-on-tap market.

Sandra Oldfield is CEO and Winemaker at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, the first carbon neutral winery in Canada.

Miles Prodan is Executive Director of the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI). BCWI represents 130 member wineries throughout the province, and supports and markets the Wines of British Columbia (BC VQA), which gives consumers assurance that they are buying a wine that is 100% from BC and free of faults.

Thora A. Sigurdson, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, focuses on non-union employment and business immigration law. She has prepared and obtained temporary work permits under NAFTA, GATS and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and applications for Labour Market Opinions from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Michael Welsh, partner, Mott Welsh & Associates, focuses on alternative dispute resolution and legal issues affecting the grape and wine industry. Previously, he was a commercial grape grower, selling to several of BC's top wineries. He served as President, British Columbia Grapegrowers Association, was a director of the BC Grape Marketing Board, on various committees of the BC Wine Institute and is a BC VQA wine assessor. He writes the wine column for the Advocate magazine, subscribed to by all lawyers in BC.