Wine Council of Ontario Statement

The misconduct to which Mr. Hardie has admitted is deeply troubling. Sexual misconduct is never acceptable. This behaviour is not characteristic of our wine industry. The Wine Council of Ontario supports a safe working environment for all, free from harassment, and expects the same from everyone in the industry. We encourage anyone who has experienced inappropriate treatment in the workplace to come forward and speak out.

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.

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