The Alberta Liquor Store Association, in partnership with Alberta Gaming Liquor Commission, and Connect Logistics will be hosting Alberta’s sixth annual Liquor Industry Conference in Calgary on October 16 and 17.


Monday October 16 and Tuesday October 17

Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

2008 Airport Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3B9

About the Conference

The Alberta Liquor Industry Conference is an excellent opportunity for all sectors of the Alberta Liquor Industry to come together to participate in a one day conference to discuss topics of interest, network and learn about the new trends and products in Alberta. Through seminars, a tradeshow and a keynote luncheon the conference provides opportunities to interact with industry representatives from the Alberta liquor industry, including; Hospitality, Brewers, Restaurants, Bars, Retail and more. The Luncheon will feature Mr. Bill Robinson, CEO of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission as Key Note Speaker.

Door Prizes

Into the Vineyard – Okanagan Industry Immersion Trip

Recognizing the importance of education and hands-on learning opportunities, Connect Logistics Suppliers has generously donated two spots on the ALSA organized Into the Vineyard trip to the Okanagan Valley in Spring of 2018.

Tickets to the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival

Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival has been kind enough to donate two pairs of Entrance tickets as well as sampling coupons for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival in your respective city!



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2017 Keynote Speaker – Bruce Linton, Canopy Growth Corporation and Tweed Marijuana Incorporated.


Mr. Linton is the founder of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) and co-founder of Tweed Marijuana Incorporated. Canopy Growth was the first cannabis producing company in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange (TSX, July 2016) and, included on a major stock index (S&P/TSX Composite Index, March 2017).  Bruce’s primary focus has been to position cannabis brands in a competitive market and to raise the capital necessary to fund such operations. Bruce’s experience as a founder, CEO, and Board member across a wide variety of enterprises has influenced the positive start of Canopy Growth, which to date has enjoyed market support for capital raises of over $200 million. Bruce has led six M&A transactions valued over $500 million total since founding CGC.

ALIC Luncheon

Additional 2017 Speakers to be confirmed


2016 Speakers below:


Keynote Speaker – Honourable Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance

Joe Ceci was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on May 5, 2015 to represent the constituency of Calgary-Fort. On May 24, 2015 Premier Rachel Notley appointed him President of the Treasury Board, and Minister of Finance. Prior to his role in provincial politics, Joe was a highly regarded civic leader in Calgary. He was a successful alderman with the City of Calgary for 15 years, and served as Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee. He and his wife, Christine, call Calgary home.

ALIC Luncheon


Bill Robinson

Bill Robinson, President and CEO, AGLC

Prior to joining the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission as President and CEO in August of 2012, Bill enjoyed a rewarding 34-year career as a highly-decorated member of the RCMP, which included 18 years in communities spanning nearly every region of the province of Alberta. This experience has given Bill a true appreciation of the province’s dynamics and the invaluable insights into community influence of liquor and gaming fairness. Echoing the entrepreneurial spirit of Albertans, Bill is always looking for ways for the AGLC to improve.

AGLC Liquor Industry Update and Q&A


Alain Maisonneuve

Alain Maisonneuve – VP Regulatory Services, AGLC

Throughout his nearly 30-year career with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, it’s safe to say Alain Maisonneuve has seen quite a bit. Starting in the Finance department in the late ‘80s, he’s moved his way around the organization through a number of different roles and areas of responsibility, from finance to licensing to charitable gaming to liquor, where as Vice President of Regulatory Services he oversees the liquor supply chain, mark-up, planning, reporting and relationships with the liquor industry.

Alain’s comprehensive experience gives him the knowledge and expertise required to truly understand the current state of the liquor industry in Alberta and how best to move forward. He is most looking forward to building on those relationships today and for years to come.

Liquor Services Seminar – Retail

Eric Baich

Mr. Eric Baich – Manager, Social Responsibility – Liquor Compliance and Social Responsibility, AGLC

Eric has been with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission since 2008. His background as a social worker and counsellor provides insight into his role at the AGLC and his work within Social Responsibility. At the AGLC, being responsible means being accountable and providing policies, regulations, programs and tools for Albertans as we strive for the responsible consumption of alcohol throughout the province.

A new LENS on Social Responsibility – Liquor



Margaux Burgess – Lingua Vina Sommelier Services

Margaux Burgess is founder and director of Edmonton-based Lingua Vina Sommelier Services. Formed with the desire to diversify and elevate the wine and spirits business through consultation, education and events. Margaux works closely with restaurants, producers and hospitality professionals to better facilitate communication and growth within the industry.

Margaux is well positioned to assist with all aspects of the wine and spirits industry through her extensive experience with Fairmont and Starwood hotels as well as various beverage consultancy roles and her completion of the Diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, the Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Certificate.

Margaux is also actively involved in the Edmonton wine and drinks community as a board member for the Edmonton chapter of Women in Wine, a non-profit that works to promote education and mentorship for those in the restaurant and beverage industries.

British Columbia Wine Ambassador Program


Mark von Schellwitz

Mark von Schellwitz – Vice President, Western Canada Restaurants Canada

As Vice President-Western Canada of Restaurants Canada, Mark von Schellwitz combined two of his passions – the hospitality industry and public affairs.

His involvement in the hospitality industry came at a young age as his family built, owned and operated, a small resort hotel on Vancouver Island.

Mark’s work on numerous public policy issues over the years has helped association members in the challenging foodservices industry grow and prosper. Mark continues to be a strong advocate for the hospitality industry and represents the industry on numerous small business and tourism related organization boards and committees. Mark is past Chairman of the Coalition of BC Businesses and of Go2 (BC’s resource for people in tourism). Mark was also President of Western Canada’s largest annual hospitality trade show the Connect Food+Drink+Lodging Show.

Alberta Hospitality Industry Update and Forecast


Craig Smitten

Craig Smitten, Inspector, Inspections North

Biography coming soon.

Recent Policy Changes & Common Violations Found by Inspectors


Dave Berry

Dave Berry, Director Compliance

Biography coming soon.

Recent Policy Changes & Common Violations Found by Inspectors



October 16
October 16
October 16
3:00 – 4:30pm
AGLC Industry Update
October 16
ALSA Award Reception Featuring Wines of Rioja
October 17
October 17
Seminar 1A Connect Logistics – Retailers

Seminar 1B AGLC Compliance – Update on Tasting Regulations and event Protocol for Agents
October 17
Seminar 2A Connect Logistics – Agents

Seminar 2B AGLC Compliance – Update on Tasting Regulations and event Protocol for Retailers
October 17
Marijuana – State of the Industry Panel
Discussion with government and industry experts on issues such as taxing, responsible retailing and coordination between provinces.
October 17
Lunch Keynote Speaker
Bruce Linton – Canopy Growth

seminar information

2017 seminar information to be confirmed

2016 seminar information below:

AGLC Liquor Industry Update and Q&A

Come and hear Bill Robinson discuss developments in the liquor industry and his vision for AGLC in the coming years. This interactive session will allow for questions and answers from the audience. A must-attend session!

 Recent Policy changes & common violations found by Inspectors – Compliance

Craig Smitten, Inspector, Inspections North and Dave Berry, Director Compliance discuss the latest policy and violations found by inspectors.


Restaurants Canada

Alberta Hospitality Industry Economic Update and Forecast

This seminar will provide an overview of the Alberta Industry in the current economic situation. Discussion will include strategies for weathering the economic downturn. A must-attend session!


Wines of BC

British Columbia Wine Ambassador Program

Get to know the Wines of BC a little better & become a leading expert in our local wine industry. Explore the history, geography, important varieties & wineries, along with an in-depth look at our appellations, various sub-regions, elements & issues that affect the current state of B.C. Wine followed with an interactive tutored BC VQA Wine tasting.




2016 sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors 2016

Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsors 2016

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors 2016

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