BC Wine Institute executive director Miles Prodan, MP Dan Albas, BCWI chair Josie Tyabji and MP Ron Cannan at the inaugural BCWI Industry Recognition Award. (Left to right)
At the BC Wine Institute’s AGM, held at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, the dynamic MP duo of Ron Cannan and Dan Albas were given the first annual BCWI Industry Recognition Award.
The award, presented by BCWI chair Josie Tyabji, was given for the effort Albas and Cannan made in passing Bill C-311 on federal deregulation of wine shipments to consumers. Bill C-311 was an amendment to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act, which prohibited the movement of wine across provincial borders.
BCWI executive director Miles Prodan told the crowd, “We felt it very fitting that MPs Cannan and Albas received the award this year for their tireless work on Bill C-311. The industry truly appreciates their efforts, and this is one way for us to show our gratitude.”