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About the BC Liquor Conference

Who We Are

The BC Liquor Conference is British Columbia’s premier liquor industry conference hosted by BC’s Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) and created for liquor retailer and hospitality owners and managers. All industry members are welcome!

ABLE BC is the leading voice of BC’s private liquor and cannabis retail industries. Our membership includes pubs, bars, nightclubs, private liquor stores, hotel liquor licenses, and various agents, industry suppliers, and benefit providers. Following the federal legalization of recreational cannabis in October 2018, our membership also includes licensed non-medical cannabis private retail stores in British Columbia.

On behalf of our over 1,000 members we advocate for thriving and sustainable private liquor and cannabis industries.

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What To Expect

The 2019 BC Liquor Conference features: hands-on workshops for managers and staff, educational seminars on relevant topics, keynote talks by industry leading speakers, opening reception, networking opportunities, and more!

The inaugural BC Liquor Conference was held on October 31, 2016 in Vancouver. This one-day conference was created by ABLE BC to unite our various industry sectors as we focus on finding common solutions to shared industry challenges.

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Why Attend

Over 220 liquor industry professionals attend the BC Liquor Conference every year. Read some of their testimonials here.

At the conference, you can connect with BC’s top liquor retailers and publicans, speak directly with industry suppliers and government representatives, get updated on current industry issues and future policy changes, and leave with tangible tips to improve and grow your business.

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Message from Jeff Guignard, ABLE BC's Executive Director

Working for the future of our industry

The inaugural BC Liquor Conference was held on October 31, 2016. This one-day conference was created by ABLE BC to unite our various industry sectors as we focus on finding common solutions to shared industry challenges.

200 of the liquor industry’s top private retailers, on-premise operators, agents, suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and government officials attended the inaugural event. Now it’s in fourth year, the BC Liquor Conference has sold out every year and grown to 250 delegates in size.

Since 2015, it’s no secret that BC’s private liquor industry has experienced some of the most significant policy changes in a generation. For many operators, this has led to big changes in the way they do business.

The BC Liquor Conference offers our industry a much-needed annual forum to share ideas and learn best practices to drive profitability, growth, and innovation in your business.

Join us this October

We would be honoured if you would join us for the fourth annual BC Liquor Conference: Sunday, October 20 and Monday, October 21, 2019 in Vancouver. If you haven’t already, be sure to reserve your spot now. The event sells out every year!

New in 2019

This year, we’re excited to bring conference delegates new experiences, including: three hands-on half-day workshops on Sunday, October 20, opening reception and ‘Lightning Round Panels’ on October 20, plus timely seminar and keynote topics. You can learn more on the Program tab of the website.

A commitment to the future

Every year, BC’s private liquor industry sells more than $1.6 billion of alcohol products and employs over 100,000 British Columbians. Although recent changes have led to new challenges, it has also created new opportunities across all sectors of the industry. It is our sincere hope that, by working together, we can build a thriving and sustainable private liquor industry that takes advantage of those opportunities and builds for the future.

If you are interested in supporting and sponsoring this year’s conference, please contact me directly at jeff@ablebc.ca or 604-688-5560.

We look forward to seeing you there this October!