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  • Christine Comeau
    Christine Comeau
    Executive Director - Canadian Craft Brewers Association
  • Ken Beattie
    Ken Beattie
    Executive Director, BC Craft Brewers Guild

    Building on decades of experience in the beer industry, Ken currently sits as the Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild and Lead Administrator for the BC Ale Trail, working tirelessly to support craft breweries of all sizes across BC. Ken is a founding board member of the Canadian Craft Brewers Association and a faculty member in the Brewing and Brewing Operations Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

  • Mark Hicken
    Mark Hicken
    Executive Director-Canadian Alliance for Responsible Drinking
  • Mark von Schellwitz
    Mark von Schellwitz
    Vice President Western Canada, Restaurants Canada

    As Vice President-Western Canada of Restaurants Canada, Mark von Schellwitz combined two of his
    passions – the hospitality industry and public affairs.
    His involvement in the hospitality industry came at a young age as his family built, owned and
    operated, a small resort hotel on Vancouver Island after moving to BC from Alberta where Mark
    was born and raised.
    While obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of British Columbia,
    Mark helped support his education by working part time at various Vancouver restaurants.
    In 1985, Mark completed his degree and his interest in Canadian politics took him to Ottawa, where
    he became an Assistant to the Honourable Pat Carney in two portfolios, Minister of Energy Mines
    and Resources and International Trade. In 1988, he returned to Vancouver and worked as the BC
    Regional Assistant to the Minister of Western Economic Diversification.
    In 1991, Mark moved to Vancouver Island to manage the family’s resort hotel for the next five
    years. During that time, he successfully expanded the business to include a new neighbourhood
    In 1997, Mark returned to Vancouver and accepted a government affairs manager position with
    Canada’s largest hospitality industry association, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
    Association. In 2001, Mark was appointed the association’s Vice President for Western Canada. In
    2014 the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association rebranded and is now known as
    Restaurants Canada.
    Mark’s work on numerous public policy issues in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan over the years has
    helped association members in the challenging foodservices industry grow and prosper. Mark
    continues to be a strong advocate for the hospitality industry and represents the industry on
    numerous small business and tourism related organization boards and committees. Mark is past
    Chairman of the Coalition of BC Businesses and of Go2 (BC’s resource for people in tourism).


Main Theatre


Oct 20 2023


9:30 am - 10:30 am


Event 2

Advocacy – Why it is Essential Now More than Ever

Discussion on why we advocate. What are we all working on? How the sector can more effectively advocate to all levels of government on key issues.


  • Leila Farmer – Global Public Affairs


  • Christine Comeau, CCBA (Federal),
  • Ken Beattie, BCCBG (Provincial + Municipal),
  • Mark von Shellwitz (CEBA, Hospitality Industry),
  • Mark Hicken (Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines)


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