Wine Leaders Forum

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Since 2014, the Wine Leaders Forum has brought British Columbia winery owners and principals together with international wine experts.

Through the Wine Leaders Forum, we aim to foster an environment where relationships can progress, facilitated by shared knowledge and understanding, and enhanced by the unique atmosphere that can be created by excellent wines and great food.

In a retreat-style setting, we explore and address strategic challenges facing the wine region, translating our work together into concrete actions.


Courtesy of
Grapes and vine-leaves. Alfred Henry Forrester, 1845-70.

"A complex, inspiring blend of the best minds in the industry, artfully assembled in a flourishing wine making region. Thought provoking, collaborative, and most rewarding. 100 points."

Evelyn Campbell - Co-owner, Blasted Church Vineyards and past Wine Leaders Forum participant


Dr. Jacques-Olivier Pesme
Director,Wine & Spirits Academy
KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux

Dr. Roger Sugden
Dean, Faculty of Management
University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Richard Sagala
President, Accredited Sommelier Association of Canada
Montreal, Quebec

2018 Wine Leaders Forum

Registration now open

March 4th - 7th, 2018


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Partial view of Forum space with exhibition, 2016.
Photo: Malida Mooken

Past Forums


Global recognition of the
British Columbia wine region:
How do you get collectively organized?

April 23rd to 26th, 2017


2017 Visual Exhibition

The 2017 visual exhibition 'Refractions: Appreciating the British Columbia wine territory'' launched at the 2017 Wine Leaders Forum, and featured archival and contemporary photographs, poems, quotes, art installations and collage. 



The British Columbia wine region's strategic position on the international scene




British Columbia as an emerging wine region



The British Columbia wine region: Where do we go from here?


Past participants and presenters

Pat Bell - Northern Lights Estate Winery

Evelyn Campbell - Blasted Church Vineyards

Jacquie Carlson - Poplar Grove Winery

Christophe Chateau - Communication Manager, CIBV

Ezra Cipes - Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Christine Coletta - Okanagan Crush Pad

Bill Eggert - Fairview Cellars

Cynthia Enns - Laughing Stock Vineyards

Shaun Everest - Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Philippe Faure-Brac - 1992 World's Best Sommelier

Anthony Gismondi - Principal, Gismondi on Wine

Richard Guyon - Marketing Director, VinExpo

Mark Holford - Rocky Creek Winery

Tony Holler - Poplar Grove Winery

Rob Ingram - Terrabella Wineries

Andy Johnston - Averill Creek Vineyard

Laurel Keenan - Senior Marketing Manager, Wines of South Africa

Roberto Luka - Founder and Former President, Wines of Argentina

Florence Maffrand - Partnership Manager, La Cité du Vin

Spencer Massie - Clos du Soleil

Duncan McCowan - Hillside Winery

Sandra Oldfield - Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Kim Pullen - Church & State Wines

Danielle Robinson - Stable Door Cellars

Michel Rolland - Wine Consultant

John Skinner - Painted Rock Estate Winery

Tony Stewart - Quail's Gate Winery

Josie Tyabji - Constellation Brands

Chris Wyse - Burrowing Owl Vineyards