WINE GROWERS BRITISH COLUMBIA BC INDUSTRY AWARDS ANNOUNCED!
Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC) is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2022 BC Industry Awards,
presented at the Canadian Wine Growers Symposium on July 11, 2022.
Industry Recognition Award
In 1980, Marjorie was employed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Center located in Summerland. She has been principle author or co-author of over 20 peer reviewed research papers. The subject for most of these papers was research on methods for the sensory evaluation of wine with an emphasis on the evaluation of wine judge performance. From 1989 to 2008, Marjorie worked closely with the wine industry to adapt the VQA sensory process to changing industry needs, to train judges, to facilitate the evaluation sessions and to present educational workshops. She received a national Agriculture Canada achievement award for this work as well as the VQA Founders award.
Marjorie has worked with the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society to implement spring and fall wine competitions. She has also worked with the National Wine Awards and has been part of the development and implementation of the Lieutenant Governor’s award for the top wines in British Columbia.
Marjorie is now retired from Agriculture Canada. She still volunteers for the National Wine Awards and spends time as a director on the Penticton and Area Access Society: a nonprofit society that works to reduce the effects of poverty on both women and men in Penticton and the surrounding area.
Award of Distinction
Josie Tyabji has built a career, family and strong legacy having worked for 35+ years in the BC wine industry. Over the last ten years, she was elected by peers to be the first woman chairman of the BC Wine Institute (now Wine Growers BC) board, leading through years of changing government policy and a growing diverse base of more than 300 wineries across BC.
Josie has served on the Canadian Vintners Association board (now Winegrowers of Canada) and executive throughout national and international trade challenges, including inter-provincial trade barriers. Her work has included advising the Ministry of Agriculture on the strategic plan for Agri-Tourism for the Province of BC and serving on the board of Destination BC.
Finally, one of Josie’s proudest achievements is working with the Osoyoos Indian band on community projects and the establishment of the Nk’Mip Cellars Winery and Resort. Josie is currently an acting partner for Gneiss Wines at District Wine Village.
INDUSRTY RECOGNITION AWARD
Awarded to a non-winery industry individual, business or organization for support of the BC wine industry and BC VQA Wine.
AWARD OF DISTINCTION
Awarded to a winery representative for leadership, commitment, and passion for the advancement of the British Columbia wine industry.
Wine Growers British Columbia Industry Recognition Awards (non-winery)
Kurtis Kolt, Vancouver-based Sommelier
Tim Pawsey, Media
Jeffrey Thomas, BC Wine Authority
Darrell Jones, Save-On-Foods Ltd.
CJ Basaraba, Westwood Wines
John Yap, MLA, Parliamentary Secretary of Liquor
John Schreiner, Author
Jurgen Gothe, Media
Senator Ross Fitzpatrick
Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament
Wine Growers British Columbia Award of Distinction (winery)
Glenn Fawcett, Chief Wine Evangelist, Black Hills Estate Winery
Robert Smith, Hester Creek Winery
Dick Cleave, R & R Management
Robert Goltz, R & R Management
Vera Klokocka (founder, Hillside Winery)
Howard Soon, Sandhill (Andrew Peller)
Harry McWatters, Encore Vineyards
Tony Stewart, Quails’ Gate Winery