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
University of British Columbia,
Okanagan Campus
University of Adelaide,
Adelaide, South Australia

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

Richard Sagala
Owner and founder, International Montreal Butler Academy (IMBA) and École In Vino Veritas (ÉIVV), Montreal, Quebec

This Year's Wine Leaders Forum



April 25th - 27th, 2019
Tigh-Na-Mara resort
Parksville, BC
Shaping the BC wine visitor experience. What’s new,what’s next?



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

Past Forums


BC’s wine identity:
Looking to the future.



Global recognition of the
British Columbia wine region:
How do you get collectively organized?
Including the visual exhibition
Refractions: Appreciating the British Columbia wine territory



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?