Wine Talks

Wine Talks

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June 26th  |  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Okanagan College Penticton Campus
Room: PC 113
583 Duncan Avenue West

Join us for an informative talk with five international experts as they come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the wine industry, from marketing to the legalities of direct-to-consumer sales. Leading the discussion will be Mark Davidson of Wine Australia, along with Karen Graham of WineDrops, Rob McMillan of Silicon Valley Bank, and Vancouver-based lawyers Mark Hicken and Shea Coulson.

Hosted by Liquidity Winery and Okanagan College, this event is the second Wine Talk examining an international perspective on wine marketing, with speakers on a host of relevant topics facing the industry.

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Mark Davidson
WINE AUSTRALIA GLOBAL EDUCATION MANAGER 

Born in London, raised in Sydney, Mark has over 35 years of experience in the hotel, restaurant and wine business, fifteen of those as a Sommelier. In 2001 he was name Sommelier of the Year at the Vancouver Wine Festival and also won the Spirited Industry Professional in 2014. As a Department Head and instructor with the International Sommelier Guild he was instrumental in the ongoing development of the curriculum and has taught classes in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas. In addition he developed a wine education and restaurant etiquette course for Simon Fraser University Global Asset and Wealth Management MBA program and is currently studying for the theory section of the Master of Wine having passed the rigorous tasting examination.

Karen Graham
KMG STRATEGY CONSULTING & FOUNDER OF WINEDROPS

Karen has been involved in the B.C. wine industry since 1998. She launched WineDrops in 2015 to offer commentary on policy and business issues in the Canadian wine and liquor industry, complemented by analytical and strategic advisory work on behalf of industry clients. Karen holds a Master of Arts in International Relations/Political Science, and a Master of Public Policy degree. Previous non-wine roles have included Senior Policy Analyst for the Business Council of B.C., and Economic/Political Advisor to the United States Consulate (Vancouver). Today, alongside WineDrops, she operates KMG Strategy consulting in Vancouver, B.C.

Mark Hicken
LAWYER, VINTAGE LAW GROUP

Mark Hicken is a Vancouver lawyer providing a full range of legal services to the wine industry through his own law practice, Vintage Law Group, located in Vancouver, B.C. Mark is a member of the Law Society of B.C., the Canadian Bar Association, the International Association of Wine Lawyers and the American Society for Enology & Viticulture. He has also completed the Wine Executive Program at the University of California, Davis. He is the founder and co-chair of the annual Wine & Liquor Law Conference held in Vancouver. Mark has been interviewed and quoted on wine law issues in various publications, radio & television including the Globe and Mail, the Economist, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun, Wine Spectator, CBC Radio, CBC TV and Global TV. Mark has also appeared as a witness before the House of Commons Finance Committee and the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.


Rob McMillan
EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT & FOUNDER OF SILICON VALLEY BANK WINE DIVISION

Rob McMillan is the founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division based in Saint Helena, California. Starting in 1992, he developed the division from the idea and start-up phase to the point where it’s now regarded by many as the leading provider of financial services to the fine wine business on the West Coast.

Rob’s banking career has spanned over 30 years; more than 20 with Silicon Valley Bank. In that time, he has moved though roles of increasing responsibility including a term on Silicon Valley Bank’s Managing Committee. Today Rob supports Silicon Valley Bank’s continuing growth and success in the Wine Business by managing a portfolio of client relationships and assisting the rest of the Division’s clients and bankers: sharing views on the macro factors impacting the Fine Wine business, offering customized management presentations for clients, writing, and speaking.

Rob has published reports of varied and emerging trends to the wine industry over the past decade and is author of the Bank’s well regarded Annual State of the Wine Industry Report. Rob’s perspectives regarding the direction, opportunities and threats in the Fine Wine business continue to be cited in regional, National and the wine trade press.

Shea Coulson
LAWYER, LIQUOR REGULATION AND POLICY

Shea Coulson is a lawyer practicing commercial, regulatory, and constitutional litigation in Vancouver, B.C. He regularly serves clients in the hospitality sector and is a recognized expert in liquor regulation and policy. Shea has assisted many clients dealing with regulatory investigation and enforcement by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. Shea also regularly assists hospitality clients with commercial, corporate, and partnership disputes. Shea was lead counsel at the B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada on the successful constitutional challenge to British Columbia’s administrative impaired driving regime that replaced the Criminal Code process for impaired driving enforcement.

Wine Talks


Mark Davidson
WINE AUSTRALIA GLOBAL EDUCATION MANAGER
Mark Davidson
WINE AUSTRALIA GLOBAL EDUCATION MANAGER
Mark Davidson
WINE AUSTRALIA GLOBAL EDUCATION MANAGER
Mark Davidson
WINE AUSTRALIA GLOBAL EDUCATION MANAGER
Mark Davidson
WINE AUSTRALIA GLOBAL EDUCATION MANAGER