Jim Dinning, Board Chairman
Mr. Dinning has been a director of LIQ since its inception in 2004 and became Board Chair in 2011. He serves as Chair of Western Financial Group, a leading western Canadian financial services company and Russel Metals Inc. (metals and energy), Mr. Dinning was Executive Vice President of TransAlta Corporation (power generation and wholesale marketing company) from 1997 to 2004. He served as Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 1997 and held several key positions including Provincial Treasurer. Mr. Dinning is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (1997), an Honorary LLD from the University of Calgary (2002), and most recently completed a four-year term as Chancellor of the University of Calgary. Mr. Dinning is a Director of Oncolytics Biotech Inc. He is past Chair of the Board of Export Development Canada and the Canada West Foundation. Previously he served as a Director of other private and public companies and not for profits. In 2007, Mr. Dinning completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Henry Bereznicki, Director
Mr. Bereznicki founded Liquor World (one of the original companies involved in the formation of Liquor Stores Income Fund) in 1993, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer throughout its eleven year history. Mr. Bereznicki was a co-founder of Liquor Stores NA, and initiated the merger with Liquor Depot eight months before he took the company public in 2004. Mr. Bereznicki has been a partner in North American Development Group (a private real estate developer) and its predecessors since 1987 and has held the position of President, Western Region of Centrecorp and predecessors for the past fifteen years. Centrecorp is a Canadian and U.S. based real estate investment and services company, active in the development, acquisition, management and leasing of shopping centers, land development and housing across Canada and, through wholly owned United States Subsidiaries, in the United States. Mr. Bereznicki is responsible for Centrecorp's activities across the four western Canadian provinces as well as Arizona and Colorado. Mr. Bereznicki served on the board of directors of the Alberta Liquor Store Association for a period of five years from inception and is involved as a member and former executive in the Alberta Chapter of the Young President's Organization. Mr. Bereznicki holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, with distinction, from the University of Alberta as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University. Mr. Bereznicki has previously served as Board Chairman of Liquor Stores for a period of seven years.
Gary Collins, Director
Mr. Collins was most recently the President of Coastal Contacts Inc. (from August 2012 until May 2014) and currently serves as a member of the Board of Chorus Aviation Inc. (formerly Jazz Air Income Corporation). In the past, Mr. Collins was President and CEO of Harmony Airways from December 2004 to December 2006, and from December 2006 until May 2012 he was the Senior Vice President of Belkorp Industries Inc (a private investment management company). Previously Mr. Collins spent 13 years as a Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, including serving as British Columbia’s Minister of Finance from 2001 to 2005.
Robert S. Green, Director
Mr. Green is the President of North American Development Group, a company which he joined in 1985, after specializing in the practice of commercial real estate law with a major Canadian law firm. Mr. Green has over 25 years of experience in managing, leasing, developing and acquiring retail properties throughout North America. Mr. Green was formerly a member of the board of directors and investment committee of Centrefund Realty Corporation and Sterling Centrecorp Inc., both public real estate companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Green is also a founding partner and President of Centrecorp Management Services, a retail/commercial real estate service provider with operations in both Canada and the United States. Mr. Green is a graduate of, and obtained an LLB from, the University of Toronto Law School. Mr. Green was appointed as a director in August 2004. He Chairs the Audit Committee and is also a member of the Governance Committee.
David B. Margolus, Q.C., Director
Mr. Margolus is counsel to, a partner of, and former Managing Partner (for 13 years) of Witten LLP, with a legal practice focused primarily in the areas of corporate, commercial and real estate. Mr. Margolus a director on various non-profit organizations and other publicly traded entities and as legal counsel to Alberta Liquor Store Association since its inception in 1994. Mr. Margolus was appointed a director in August 2004 and is a member of the Compensation and Governance Committees.
Peter Lynch, Director
Mr. Lynch is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., a Florida-based national grocery retailer. He was appointed to this position in 2004 and held it until 2012. He also served as Chair of the Board. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Lynch held various positions of increasing responsibility, including President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President-Operations, with Albertson's, Inc., a national U.S. retail food and drug chain comprised of 2,500 stores operating under the Albertson's, Jewel/Osco, ACME, Sav-on and Osco names.
Stephen Bebis, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bebis joined Liquor Stores on May 7, 2013 and was appointed as a director on May 8, 2013. Mr. Bebis has a deep resume of experience in the retail sector, and most recently was the President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S.-based Brookstone Inc., a specialty lifestyle retail company. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Bebis served as the founder, President and CEO of Golf Town, the largest specialty golf retailer in Canada and one of the largest in the world. From 1996 to 1998, he was Chairman, President, and CEO of Sports and Recreation Stores, Tampa, Florida. Prior thereto, Mr. Bebis held various executive-level positions, including (among others) President of Home Depot Canada, and founder and CEO of Aikenhead's Home Improvement Warehouse.
Craig D. Corbett, Executive Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel
Mr. Corbett joined Liquor Stores in May 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Corbett was a corporate lawyer in private practice. From 2003 until 2006 Mr. Corbett practiced law with the national firm of Stikeman Elliott LLP (Calgary and United Kingdom offices), specializing in securities and mergers & acquisitions, and from 2006 until May 2008 he was a member of the business law group of Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP (Edmonton). Mr. Corbett holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta.
David Gordey, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Gordey joined Liquor Stores in April 2012. He is a Chartered Accountant, formerly of KPMG LLP (Edmonton) where he was a Senior Manager in their public company audit group leading multi-functional teams and supporting clients with their securities transactions.
Erika Cobb, Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Ms. Cobb joined Liquor Stores as Senior Vice President, Information Technology in March 2014. Erika was most recently with Save-A-Lot Foods, a subsidiary of SuperValu Inc., where she served as Vice President, Information Technology. In that role, she was responsible for the technology planning, implementation and support for 1300 stores, 17 distribution centres and the corporate office. She led a team of 100 solution design/developers, retail support staff, quality assurance and business intelligence analysts, in servicing more than four million customers weekly.
Jason Fremstad, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Management
Mr. Fremstad was appointed Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Management in March 2014. Jason joins Liquor Stores with a wealth of industry knowledge gained as Director, Wine and Spirits at Wal-Mart. His experience with Wal-Mart also included roles as Senior Wine Buyer and Buyer at Sam's Club. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Jason held several progressive positions within the restaurant industry where he was responsible for the development of several wine and spirits programs. Jason was honoured with the 2013 Market Watch Leaders Award in Wine and Spirits.
Lieske Renz, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Renz joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Human Resources in March 2014. She was most recently with YUM Restaurants International (YRI) where she served as Senior Director, Human Resources. YRI manages KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in 123 countries via 20 business units comprised of both franchise and corporate ownership models, representing more than 14,000 restaurants and 350,000 employees. Prior to joining YUM, Lieske held several progressive positions for Swissôtel Management Corporation, Sheraton Premiere, and the Ritz Carlton.
Steve Rop, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Logistics and Planning
Mr. Rop has been appointed Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Logistics and Planning in March 2014. Steve joins Liquor Stores from Liquidity Services Inc. (LSI), where he most recently served as Vice President, Client Services and Business Development. In that role, Steve was responsible for designing, implementing and managing transformative supply chain and operational improvement solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining LSI, Steve gained valuable industry experience as Director of Global Supply Chain for Total Wine and More.