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 three 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.

BCWI Board of Directors (July 2019; L to R):

Back: David Kozuki; David Wilson; Charlie Baessler; Christa-Lee McWatters Chair; Miles Prodan; Leo Gebert; Ezra Cipes
Front: Erik Fisher; Dapinder Gill; Josie Tyabji; Greg Berti.

BC WINE INSTITUTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

(2019 – 2020)

CHRISTA-LEE McWATTERS, Chair, Encore Vineyards

EZRA CIPES, Vice Chair, Summerhill Pyramid Winery

CHARLIE BAESSLER, Corcelettes Estate Winery

GREG BERTI, Andrew Peller

DARRYL BROOKER, Mark Anthony Group

ERIK FISHER, Monte Creek Ranch Winery

LEO GEBERT, St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery

DAPINDER GILL, Kismet Estate Winery

JOSIE TYABJI, Arterra Wines Canada

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

MILES PRODAN, President & CEO, BC Wine Institute (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
CHRISTA-LEE McWATTERS, Evolve Cellars
EZRA CIPES, Summerhill Pyramid Winery

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.

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

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

BC Appellation Task Group – COMPLETE Pending Implementation

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:

CHRISTA-LEE McWATTERS, Chair, Evolve Cellars
GEORGE HANSON, Seven Stones Winery
TONY HOLLER Poplar Grove Winery
TRISH MORELLI, Kamloops Winery Association
LUKE SMITH, Howling Bluff Estate Winery

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
CHARLIE BAESSLER, Corcelettes Estate Winery
ERIK FISHER, Monte Creek Ranch Winery
LINDSAY KELM, Quails’ Gate Winery
JAN NELSON, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
SEVERINE PINTE, Enotecca Winery & Resorts
SALLY SHARPE, Arterra Wines

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.

Export Task Group – Complete

Mandate to develop a three to five year export (outside Canada) strategy for BC VQA Wine

BC VQA Wine-in-Grocery Annual Marketing & Merchandizing 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