Advisory Board Member
Bert Hick founded Rising Tide Consultants Ltd. after completing his graduate studies at the University of Victoria and serving 11 years with the British Columbia Government. Throughout his career with government, he held several key positions including the Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, Executive Director of the Cabinet Secretariat, Secretary to Cabinet under Premier William (Bill) Bennett and General Manager of the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (now BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch). Bert believes in giving back to the community and is an active member of the Board of Directors with several not-for-profit groups in the BC hospitality industry.
With over 30 years of liquor licensing experience, Bert is widely respected throughout British Columbia’s hospitality industry and at all levels of local and provincial government. Since Canada’s legalization of cannabis, Bert has expanded those relationships into the cannabis space, with contacts in Real Estate, Law and all levels of government. His team at Rising Tide Consultants (RTC) provides advice relating to all provinces and territories on liquor and cannabis applications, enforcement and compliance issues and the buying & selling of licenses and locations. RTC has worked with a wide variety of clients in both the liquor and cannabis industries.