Niagara, ON – (October 20th, 2014) – The Wine Council of Ontario is pleased to announce that Richard Linley will be taking over the helm as President of the non-profit trade association, which represents VQA wineries from Ontario across the province.
Richard previously served as Senior Director, Government Affairs at the Canadian Beverage Association (CBA) where he had national responsibility for the development and execution of government relations strategies in the areas of legislative and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining the CBA, Richard spent over seven years working in politics with the Ontario government. He was directly responsible for advising Members of Parliament and Cabinet Ministers on policy developments at the Ministries of Agriculture and Food, Natural Resources and Environment. Richard holds a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Ottawa.
Richard will be officially in his position as of November 24, 2014.
The OCW leads the growth and profitability of Ontario’s respected VQA wine sector – through strategic partnership and authoritative trusted advocacy. As a non-profit trade association, the OCW represents over 100 wineries from across the three designated viticultural areas of the province (Niagara, Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore – including Pelee Island) as well as emerging wine producing regions such as Ontario’s South Coast and Georgian Bay/Grey County. OCW members are independently owned small and medium sized businesses – grape growers, manufacturers and leaders in tourism in their communities. Our members are the future of Ontario’s wine industry which is a source of new investment, jobs and award-winning wines.