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The BC Liquor Conference is back for a fifth year and we are going virtual! Hosted by ABLE BC, the #1 advocate for BC’s pubs and liquor stores, this year’s conference will take place online on Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20, 2020. No matter where you are in the province - tune in and get the liquor industry data, trends, and policy updates you can’t get anywhere else. 
 
We don’t need to tell you that BC’s hospitality industry was hit first – and hit hardest – by the COVID-19 pandemic. The liquor industry has been forced to adapt and drastically change in this new normal, while complying with stringent new regulations that have limited your ability to operate profitably. Unfortunately, this crisis is far from over. But together, we will weather this storm. Join us at the 2020 Virtual BC Liquor Conference and get the actionable steps and knowledge you need to adapt and survive COVID-19.

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Schedule

· Stage
Welcome by Jeff Guignard & Address from Hon. David Eby
Guignard & Eby sit down for a discussion on COVID-19 liquor policy changes and the NDP’s vision for economic recovery. Plus: update on ABLE BC’s advocacy work.
David Eby Jeff Guignard
· Stage
Conflict Resolution – How to respond to challenging situations and difficult customers
Learn how to respond to challenging situations, deal with difficult customers, and deliver a positive customer experience – while keeping staff morale high.
Sabrine Dhaliwal Andrea Hinck
· Stage
How to access government pandemic funding to support your business
Learn about key government and other COVID-19 support programs you should be aware of and how you can get 1:1 support with the Tourism Resiliency Program.
Kaitie  Worobec Ginger Brunner
· Stage
COVID and Legal Liability – What are the Risks?
COVID-19 has created new and unforeseen risks and realities that the hospitality industry needs to be aware of. Folick will offer guidance on this topic.
Lorne Folick
· Stage
Why is my insurance so expensive?
Learn how insurers rate risk and make money, what impacts their ability to underrate risk, and how the Hospitality Insurance Program can help save you money.
Grant  Ostir
· Stage
Special guest comedian John Cullen
Join us for 30 minutes of live entertainment with Cullen the Comedian.
John Cullen
· Stage
Virtual Happy Hour Sponsored by Labatt Breweries
Join ABLE BC and members of BTAP for happy hour. Hear about major policy changes BTAP pushed through during COVID-19, ask questions, and find out what’s next.
Ken  Beattie Ian Tostensen Jeff Guignard
· Sessions
Victoria Caledonian Distillery Tutored Whisky Tasting
Tutored Whisky Tasting with Graeme Macaloney
Graeme Macaloney
· Stage
Liquor Retail Trends and Customer Insights
Get the liquor retail trends and customer insights you need to know. Learn how COVID-19 has impacted liquor sales and how consumers are shopping.
Jan  Wescott Luke Chapman Caroline Bourke Oscar Nyemb
· Stage
Post-COVID Profitability for Bars and Pubs
What’s your post-COVID profit model? Learn how you can work within the ‘new normal’ regulations, mandates, or procedures to achieve a positive bottom line.
David  Hopkins
· Stage
Closing Panel: BC's election and what the future holds
Get informed before the election. Discussion of how BC’s political parties plan to support economic recovery in the province and party platform highlights.
Ingrid  Jarrett Dan  Baxter Jeff Guignard Kim Haakstad

Speakers

Ingrid Jarrett

Executive Director, BC Hotel Association

Ken Beattie

Executive Director at BC Craft Brewers Guild

Lorne Folick

Insurance Defence Litigation

Ian Tostensen

President and CEO, BC Restaurant and Food Association

Graeme Macaloney

President, Founder, and Whiskymaker

Dan Baxter

Director of Policy Development, Government & Stakeholder Relations, BC Chamber of Commerce

Kim Haakstad

Vice President Government Relations and General Manager, Global Public Affairs

John Cullen

Comedian

David Hopkins

President, The Fifteen Group

Jan Wescott

President & CEO at Spirits Canada

Luke Chapman

Interim President, Beer Canada

Caroline Bourke

Sales Strategy Manager, Western Canada at Arterra Wines Canada

Grant Ostir

President, Western Financial Group Insurance Solutions 

Kaitie Worobec

Advisor within the Tourism Resiliency Program, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Assoc. (TOTA).

Sabrine Dhaliwal

Bar Manager Chickadeeroom and Juke Fried Chicken, Canadian Ambassador Belvedere Vodka & Hennessy Cognac

Andrea Hinck

Director, Industry Training, go2HR

Ginger Brunner

Regional HR Specialist Thompson Okanagan, go2HR

David Eby

Hon. David Eby, Attorney General

Oscar Nyemb

Senior Manager, National Category Growth. Labatt Breweries of Canada, a proud member of ABInbev

Jeff Guignard

Executive Director, ABLE BC

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