Board and Committees
The purpose of the BC Wine Grape Council is to coordinate, facilitate, and fund research and education on viticulture and enology to broadly benefit the British Columbia wine grape industry and to represent growers on a variety of agriculture related issues.
Its Mission Statement is to promote the development of a strong and viable wine grape industry that will result in the production of world class wines and that will enhance the economic and environmental benefits to British Columbia.
The Board of Directors consists of the following people:
- Mike Watson, Constellation Brands Canada – Chair
- James Hopper, Mission Hill Estate Winery – Vice Chair
- Ed Thibault, Coyote Ridge Vineyard – Treasurer
- Lynn Bremmer, Dry Creek Vineyard
- Daryl Brooker, Cedar Creek Estate Winery
- Leo Gebert, St Hubertus Winery
- Barbara Hall, Domaine de Chaberton
- Severine Pinte, Le Vieux Pin Winery
- Roger Wong, Gray Monk Estate Winery
- Jim Campbell, BC Ministry of Agriculture – External Advisors (Ex Officio)
- Louise Corbeil, Administrative Officer – Recording Secretary
Membership - Individuals, partnerships or corporations located on Mainland BC, growing grapes used in the production of commercial wine become members by paying a $10/short ton (2,000 lbs. or 909 kg) which is collected at the first point of sale. Wineries using the metric system for crop weights should collect $11/metric tonne (1,000 kg). All levies are subject to HST. This mandatory levy was established under the Farming and Fishing Industries Development Act in 2006.
Research & Development Committee - Mandate
- To improve the efficiency of production and quality of grapes through the responsible management of water, soil, nutrients and sprays, which ensure the long term productivity and sustainability of our resources.
- To improve the efficiency of production and the quality of wines through better understanding of wine chemistry and microbiology.
- To exploit the skills of scientific community and educational institutions with an interest and ability to assist in grape and wine research through effective collaboration.
- To transfer research information and technology through a range of publications, workshops and support systems.
Other Committees Mandates
- Health & Safety To identify health & safety issues, to educate industry by developing and offering training programs and to create resources for small and medium sized wineries and vineyards.
- Plant Certification To identifying mother blocks that are deemed safe for propagation.
A complete list of the Committees is attached