BCWI Structure & Governance

BCWI is governed by a Board of Directors that is reflective of best practices in modern corporate governance. The Board consists of nine elected voting winery members and two non-voting ex officio members who oversee work of the President & CEO (who manages the BCWI), and who provide strategic guidance and effective oversight for the organization and industry. The Board ensures that appropriate systems of governance, leadership and stewardship are in place to enable BCWI’s President & CEO to manage and lead the organization effectively. See link BOD Features.

BCWI Board of Directors

A volunteer Board of Directors made up of nine voting winery members governs the BCWI. Winery Directors are elected by BCWI winery members 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.

BC WINE INSTITUTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(2020 – 2021)

GREG BERTI, Andrew Peller
JOSH STEWART, Arterra Wines Canada
VICE-CHAIR DARRYL BROOKER, Mark Anthony Group
CHRISTA-LEE MCWATTERS, TIME Winery
CHARLIE BAESSLER, Corcelettes Estate Winery
SANTIAGO CILLEY, Phantom Creek Estates
CHAIR ERIK FISHER, Monte Creek Ranch Winery
LEO GEBERT, St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Winery
DAPINDER GILL, Kismet Estate
DAVID KOZUKI, Matsu Vineyards & Viticulture Services, Golden Retreat Vineyard, BC Grapegrowers’ Association (ex officio non-voting)
MILES PRODAN, President & CEO, BC Wine Institute (ex officio non-voting)

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Greg Berti

Josh Stewart

Darryl Brooker
Vice-Chair

Christa-Lee McWatters

Charlie Baessler

Santiago Cilley

Erik Fisher
Chair

Leo Gebert

Dapinder Gill

 David Kozuki
(ex officio non-voting)

Miles Prodan
(ex officio non-voting)

Committees & Task Groups of the Board of Directors

Are created to assist the Board in getting its work done and include gathering information on issues of concern to the Board, developing recommendations for consideration, and carrying out a project of importance to the Board.

Committees of the Board

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
DAPINDER GILL, Kismet Estate Winery
KATHY REICH, Blue Grouse Estate Winery

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
ERIK FISHER, Monte Creek Ranch Winery
CHRISTA-LEE MCWATTERS, FIVE VINES CELLARS

Task Groups of the Board

Are created to assist the Board in getting its work done. Reporting to the Board, 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.

BTAP INPUT & REVIEW TASK GROUP

To provide BC Wine Institute and industry overview and input into BTAP priorities, recommendations to government and provide the BC Wine Institute board ongoing updates.

BC Wine Institute BC Liquor Stores Retail Practices Task Group – ONGOING

To identify specific BC Liquor Stores (BCLS) retail practice priority issues impacting the BC wine industry with recommendation to the BCWI Board of Directors regarding advocacy priorities and strategies.

BC Wine Institute Funding Structure Review Task Group – COMPLETE Finance & Risk Management Committee Review

To review current BC Wine Institute revenue and fee structure and policies.

BC Appellation Task Group – COMPLETE 

Bring forward industry recommendations to propose amendment(s) to the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation.

Management & Operations Committees & Task Groups

Are created to help accomplish the work that would normally be done by staff if there were sufficient numbers available to do all of the work.

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:

TONY HOLLER Poplar Grove Winery
TRISH MORELLI, Kamloops Winery Association
JAK MEYER, MEYER FAMILY VINEYARDS

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:

MORNA CASSIDY, Andrew Peller Ltd.
CHRISTINE COLETTA, Okanagan Crush Pad
LESLIE D’ANDREA, NOBLE RIDGE WINERY
JODY LEVESQUE, Arterra Wines Canada
STEPHANIE MOSLEY, Tantalus Vineyards
GRAHAM NORDIN, CedarCreek Estate Winery
MAGGIE PEEK, Quails’ Gate Winery
SEVERINE PINTE, Le Vieux Pin Winery / La Stella Winery

Management 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.

BCWI EXPORT STRATEGY (2021-2023) TASK GROUP

Update the BCWI Export Strategy  (2021-2023) to increase promotion, awareness and distribution opportunities of BC wine in international markets


ANGELA LYONS,
QUAIL’S GATE ESTATE WINERY
ASHA HINGORANI, CANADIAN VINTNERS ASSOCIATION
CHRISTINE COLETTA, OKANAGAN CRUSH PAD
DARRYL BROOKER, MISSION HILL
JANET DOROZYNSKI, TRADE COMMISSIONER WINE, BEER, SPIRITS AND TOURISM
KATIE ELDER, ANDREW PELLER
LAURA KITTMER, BRITISH COLUMBIA WINE INSTITUTE
RANDY DUFOR, ARTERRA
RICHARD DA SILVA, DA SILVA VINEYARDS
SEVERINE PINTE, LE VIEUX PIN


BC VQA Wine-in-Grocery Annual Marketing & Merchandising Task Group – Ongoing

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