Three prominent conferences with a focus on the global wine industry are to be held in Ottawa this Fall. Taking place from September 29 through to October 7, 2016, all three will look at opportunities and address challenges for the wine industry globally.

The first of these three conferences is being organized by FIVS and will take place from September 29 to October 1, 2016. FIVS is a worldwide non-governmental organization which represents the global alcohol beverage industry. FIVS meetings attract key government and industry stakeholders engaged in alcohol beverage international law and policy matters. FIVS’ focus this year will be Brexit and what impact it could have on the UK’s trade partnerships, both in terms of the EU and “third-party” countries like Canada. Sessions will also address moderate consumption, sustainability and the changing Canadian marketplace. CVA is an active member in FIVS, and is assisting with the coordination of the meeting in Canada.

The World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) will hold its Annual Meeting in Ottawa from October 3-5, 2016. This year is Canada’s opportunity to lead the organization, welcoming delegates from the United States, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Georgia to Ottawa. CVA President & CEO, Dan Paszkowski and Shendra Melia, Director at Global Affairs Canada, will co-chair the three-day meeting focused on reducing barriers to the wine trade between WWTG countries.

The final conference is the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum. This year’s event will look at wine trade within the region and export certification, as well as host roundtables on importation, with the objective to reduce export barriers. It will take place from October 6-7, 2016, bringing together government officials from North America, South America and Asia.

CVA looks forward to representing its membership at each of the three meetings and will report back to members through our WineLine newsletter.