Jim Dinning, Board Chairman
Since 2004, Mr. Dinning has been Chair of Western Financial Group, a leading western Canadian financial services company. 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 Legislative Assembly of the Province of Alberta 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 in 2010 was appointed as Chancellor of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary. Mr. Dinning is a director of Russel Metals Inc., Oncolytics Biotech Inc., and Parkland Fuel Corporation. Mr. Dinning is also Chair of the Canada West Foundation, and in previous years has served as a director of numerous other private and public companies. In 2007, Mr. Dinning completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Irving Kipnes, Director
Mr. Kipnes founded Liquor Depot (one of the original companies involved in the formation of Liquor Stores Fund) in 1993, and served as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer throughout its eleven year history. Mr. Kipnes is also the President and Managing Director of Delcon Development Group, a group of private companies actively involved in the development of shopping centres and real estate subdivisions, which he founded in 1962. From 1982 to 1987, Mr. Kipnes was the largest shareholder, Co Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of North West Trust Company. Mr. Kipnes has also served on the board of directors of Alberta Liquor Store Association, since its inception and was its first elected President. Mr. Kipnes is active in many charitable endeavors and has served on the boards of directors of several charitable and community organizations including the University Hospital Foundation, co-Chair of the University Hospital Foundation Campaign for Prostate Health, the Campaign Cabinet of the Alberta Heart Institute, the Campaign Cabinet of the Capital Care Foundation (for relocation of the Mewburn Veteran's Centre which established the Dianne and Irving Kipnes Centre for Veterans) and Development Chair to develop a Jewish seniors residence in Edmonton. Mr. Kipnes graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (honours) in 1959 and he worked as an Engineer for Imperial Oil until May 1963. In 2009, Mr. Kipnes was the recipient of an Honorary LLD from the University of Alberta. Mr. Kipnes has previously served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Liquor Stores.
Henry Bereznicki, Director
Mr. Bereznicki founded Liquor World (one of the original companies involved in the formation of Liquor Stores Fund) in 1993, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer throughout its eleven year history. 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 eleven 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 centres 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 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.
R. John Butler, Q.C., Director
Mr. Butler is counsel to Bryan & Company, a law firm and is a member of the board of directors of TELUS Corporation. Mr. Butler holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. Mr. Butler was appointed as a director in August 2004. He Chairs the Governance Committee and is also a member of the Compensation and Audit Committees.
Gary Collins, Director
Mr. Collins is the President of Coastal Contacts Inc. and 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. 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. Mr. Collins was appointed as a director in September 2006. He Chairs the Compensation Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee.
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.
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.
Patrick J. de Grace, C.A., Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. de Grace joined Liquor Stores on January 1, 2006. Prior to that, Mr. de Grace was an independent consultant. From 1991 to August 2001, Mr. de Grace held finance roles of increasing responsibility in the national retail grocery industry. Mr. de Grace received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in 1973 and his Chartered Accountant designation in 1980.
Craig D. Corbett, Senior 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.