Jim Dinning, Chairman, Director
Mr. Dinning is Chair of Western Financial Group, a leading western Canadian financial services company, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Russel Metals Inc., and director of Oncolytics Biotech Inc. He is a past director of Parkland Fuel Corporation, Finning International Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. Previously, Mr. Dinning was Executive Vice President of TransAlta Corporation (power generation and wholesale marketing company) from 1997 to 2004. Mr. Dinning served as Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly from 1986 to 1997 and held several key positions including Provincial Treasurer. In 2007, Mr. Dinning completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (1997) and was awarded an Honorary LLD from the University of Calgary in 2002. Mr. Dinning completed his four year term as Chancellor of the University of Calgary in June of 2014. He was recently named a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Henry Bereznicki, Director
Mr. Bereznicki was a co-founder of one of the predecessor companies of Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd., and he initiated and completed the merger with Liquor Depot eight months before he took the company public in 2004. He has also previously served as Board Chairman of one of the predecessor companies of Liquor Stores for a period of seven years. 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 the Alberta Liquor Store Association, and served as first Vice President of the organization for a period of five years from inception. Mr. Bereznicki is involved as a member and former executive in the Alberta Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO and WPO). Mr. Bereznicki has been a partner in North American Development Group (a private real estate developer) ("NADG") and its predecessors since 1987 and, as his principal occupation, has held the position of Managing Partner, Western Region for the past fifteen years. He is responsible for NADG's activities across the four western Canadian provinces as well as Arizona and Colorado. Mr. Bereznicki holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University.
Gary Collins, Director
Mr. Collins was most recently the President of Coastal Contacts Inc. (an on-line optical retailer) from August 2012 until it was sold in February 2014 to Paris-based Essilor. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Chorus Aviation Inc. (formerly Jazz Air Income Corporation). Mr. Collins was President and CEO of Harmony Airways from December 2004 to December 2006, and from April 2007 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.
Susan Doniz, Director
Ms. Doniz was most recently the Global Chief Information Officer for Aimia Inc., a world leader in loyalty rewards management (and the owner/operator of Aeroplan) from 2011 to 2014. Previously, Ms. Doniz held a variety of senior leadership roles with Proctor & Gamble Canada including Director, Chief Information Officer and Global Business Services Officer (2000 to 2011), and prior to that spent time with Proctor & Gamble in Latin America and Europe. Ms. Doniz currently serves on several non profit boards, including the Women's College Hospital Foundation and a Trustee of the Ontario Science Centre. Ms. Doniz holds a Bachelor of Applied Science & Engineering from the University of Toronto, executive learning at Harvard Business School and her ICD.D designation.
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 30 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 Limited, 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.
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. Mr. Lynch holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance from Nichols College in Dudley Mass. Mr. Lynch currently serves on the Board of Directors of Real Estate Properties of America, where he is a member of the Compensation, Nominating and Governance committees. Mr. Lynch is also currently on the Board of Advisors of Sid Wainer & Son, a produce and specialty foods company based out of New Bedford, Mass. and is a Trustee for Nichols College in Dudley Mass.
David B. Margolus, Q.C., Director
Mr. Margolus was one of the founding shareholders of The Liquor Depot Corporation (a predecessor to the Company). He 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. In addition to serving on the boards of various public and private companies, Mr. Margolus acted as legal counsel to Alberta Liquor Store Association from its inception and for many years thereafter. In 2009, he completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Harry Taylor, Director
Mr. Taylor has served in the United States and Canada in executive level positions with three of North America's pre-eminent retailers, including Canadian Tire (2010 to present), Holt Renfrew (Chief Financial Officer, 2008 – 2010), and The Home Depot (2002 to 2007 in various positions including Senior Vice President, Operations and Senior Vice President, Finance). In addition to his current role as Senior Vice President, Finance at Canadian Tire, Mr. Taylor has also served as Chief Operating Officer with Mark’s (formerly Mark’s Work Warehouse, a subsidiary of Canadian Tire).
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.
David Gordey, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Gordey joined Liquor Stores in March 2012 as Vice President Finance and assumed his current role in April 2014. 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.
Jim Yaworski, Senior Vice President, Construction and Design
Mr. Yaworski joined Liquor Stores in 2008, and is responsible for overseeing the construction and renovation of the Company’s new and existing stores. Prior to joining Liquor Stores, Mr. Yaworski was a Project Manager at Sobeys specializing in store construction and design.