DENYS PAUL-HUS, PRESIDENT OF THE SMV CANADA INTERNATIONAL WINE CHAMPIONSHIP
In 2007, Denys Paul-Hus and Mtre. Ghislain K.-Laflamme took back the reins of SMV Canada and together founded the company that organizes the event, which now takes place in Quebec City. Denys Paul-Hus is a highly experienced businessman with a track record of many major accomplishments.
Among them, he founded Prestige Magazine with Pierre Paul-Hus, was president of the Quebec City Gastronomy Festival, organized and presided over the Quebec City Restaurant Gala, and was the founding president of the Quebec City Corporation of Restaurant Owners. Mr. Paul-Hus is also a knighted member of a French wine association, the Commanderie des Costes du Rhône, and a member of the Quebec Vintners Association.
In addition, he is the founding president of Coupe des Nations, which is the only Quebec-based competition that showcases and celebrates wines and other alcoholic beverages that are produced in Québec.
Further to this appointment, Carole Cliche will stay on as SMV Canada’s Vice President of Administration and board director as well as take on new responsibilities, including growing SMV Canada’s partnerships with international wine organizations such as the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) and VINOFED (Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits Competitions). SMV Canada was a founding member of VINOFED, and former president Mtre. Laflamme presided over the Switzerland-based federation until his death.
CAROLE CLICHE, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE SMV CANADA INTERNATIONAL WINE CHAMPIONSHIP
Ms. Cliche has served as the vice president of the SMV Canada wine competition since its inception. In fact, Ms. Cliche, together with Mtre. Ghislain K.-Laflamme and Denys-Paul-Hus, founded the company that now oversees the competition in Quebec City.
Ms. Cliche has actively collaborated in the various editions of the SMV Canada wine competition for the past 25 years.
Ms. Cliche oversees relations with international organizations, including the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits Competitions (VINOFED).
Ms. Cliche has been the consul of the Commanderie des Costes du Rhône, Baronnie of Québec, since 2018, and in 2012, was the first woman to be appointed commander of this wine fraternity.
Ms. Cliche is a member of several wine fraternities.
NANCY ROSSI, GENERAL MANAGER
SMV Canada International Wine Championship will hold its 26th edition in 2019.
Each year, more than 5000 bottles coming from over 30 different countries leave their cellar, to start a journey that will take them across the ocean, all the way to Quebec City. I always like to imagine the moment when people carefully pack the bottles selected for the competition in their boxes. They are moments of hope – the hope to win a prize, of course, but mostly that of being recognized for their hard work by a team who shares their passion.
It has been my great pleasure to contribute to the competition’s success since 2007. Being the General Director allows me to develop partnerships in different countries, to meet producers who share their stories with me and to work with a dedicated and competent team.
We are the only competition in America recognized by both the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits (VINOFED).
I am proud to represent a competition that celebrates the women and the men who have chosen to dedicate their life to taste.
FRANCINE DION, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Francine Dion , technical director, is responsible for overseeing the wine sampling and judging parts of the competition.
This team brings to life a pleasant and memorable experience for all.