BCWI Board of Directors

A volunteer Board of Directors made up of nine voting winery members governs the BCWI. Winery Directors are elected at annual general meetings for three-year terms. Three ex officio non-voting members also sit on the Board – an independent grapegrower, a non-industry representative (optional) and the BCWI President.

BCWI Board of Directors (July 2018; L to R):

Back: Charlie Baessler; Greg Berti; Ezra Cipes; Erik Fisher; Leo Gebert; Douglas Friend;
Front: Josie Tyabji; Miles Prodan; Christa-Lee McWatters Bond, Chair; David Wilson; David Kozuki.
Absent: Tony Holler

CHRISTA-LEE McWATTERS BOND, Chair, Encore Vineyards

EZRA CIPES, Vice Chair, Summerhill Pyramid Winery

CHARLIE BAESSLER, Corcelettes Estate Winery

GREG BERTI, Andrew Peller

ERIK FISHER, Monte Creek Ranch Winery

LEO GEBERT, St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery

TONY HOLLER, Poplar Grove Winery

JOSIE TYABJI, Arterra Wines Canada

DAVID WILSON, Mark Anthony Group

DAVID KOZUKI, Golden Retreat Vineyard, BC Grapegrowers’ Association (ex officio non-voting)

DOUGLAS FRIEND, Independent (ex officio non-voting)

MILES PRODAN, President & CEO, BC Wine Institute (ex officio non-voting)

Committess of the Board of Directors

Finance & Risk Management Committee

Per the BC Wine Institute Bylaws, the Finance & Risk Management Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Directors and the mandate is:

  • to facilitate the timely and accurate reporting of financial information to the BCWI Society Board of Directors and to its members
  • to review financial statements and the Society’s budget
  • to ensure that proper accounting procedures are being followed within the Society
  • to monitor the key risks that may arise from or impact the Society’s strategy

Membership:

GERI DAVIS, Chair, Intrigue Wines
LEO GEBERT, St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
DAVID WILSON, Mark Anthony Group

Board Governance Committee

Per the BC Wine Institute Bylaws, the Governance Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Directors and the mandate is:

  • to nominate a slate of proposed Directors to be considered for election at each annual general meeting
  • to attend to succession planning and conduct Board evaluation
  • to ensure that the Society maintains appropriate governance standards

Membership:

GREG BERTI, Chair, Andrew Peller
CHRISTA-LEE McWATTERS BOND, Evolve Cellars
EZRA CIPES, Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Management Committees

Government Relations Committee

Per the BC Wine Institute Bylaws, the Government Relations Committee is a standing management committee and the mandate is:

  • to identify policy priorities, develop strategies for advocating policy changes that benefit the British Columbia grape and wine industry and BCWI Society members
  • to position the BCWI Society as the industry leader in advocacy to all levels of government

Membership:

CHRISTA-LEE McWATTERS BOND, Chair, Evolve Cellars
EZRA CIPES, Summerhill Pyramid Winery
GEORGE HANSON, Seven Stones Winery
TONY HOLLER Poplar Grove Winery
TRISH MORELLI, Kamloops Winery Association
LUKE SMITH, Howling Bluff Estate Winery
JOSIE TYABJI, Arterra Wines

Marketing Committee

Per the BC Wine Institute Bylaws, the Marketing Committee is a standing management committee and the mandate is:

  • to provide direction to BCWI staff on marketing strategies
  • to facilitate the development of the annual Advocacy, Communications and Marketing Operational Plan
  • to develop and recommend a budget that will allow the Society to meet objectives contained in the annual plan

Membership:

LESLIE D’ANDREA, Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
ERIK FISHER, Monte Creek Ranch Winery
IAN MacDONALD, Liquidity Wines
LINDSAY KELM, Quails’ Gate Winery
SCOTT LOCKE, CedarCreek Estate Winery
JAN NELSON, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
SEVERINE PINTE, Enotecca Winery & Resorts
SALLY SHARPE, Arterra Wines

Task Groups

Ad hoc task groups are created from time to time to help augment work done by staff, and include invited member wineries to assist and provide input. Differing from committees, task groups are created to address short-term issues. They are given specific tasks to accomplish and usually a short time frame within which their work is to be completed. When the task is complete, the group is disbanded.

Export Task Group

Mandate to develop a 3 to 5 year export (outside Canada) strategy for BC VQA Wine – Complete pending implementation

BC VQA Wine Store (Non-Grocery) Task Group

The mandate is to recommend the role, long-term strategy and vision for the non-grocery BC VQA Wine Stores, including input from the membership-at-large – Complete pending implementation

 VQA Wine-in-Grocery Annual Marketing & Merchandizing Task Group

As required by the BCWI grocery operating agreement, the mandate is to develop an annual plan specific to the BC VQA Wine-in-Grocery channel – Ongoing