In memoriam

Mtre. Ghislain K.-Laflamme (1938-2017)


Mtre. Ghislain K.-Laflamme passed away in Quebec City on July 27, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones.

Born in 1938 in a small village in the Beauce region, Mr. Laflamme completed his studies at Collège des Jésuites. In 1963, he obtained a law degree at Laval University and was admitted to the Quebec bar association in 1965. He began practicing administrative law that same year, working in various capacities, including as a director and the judge of an administrative tribunal as well as in private practice. In 2015, he was awarded a medal by the bar association to mark his 50-year membership.

Mr. Laflamme was the president of VINOFED – the World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits Competitions – until he passed away. He was also the president of the SMV Canada International Wine Championship, a prestigious event endorsed by both VINOFED and the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), a position he had held since 2006. Moreover, he was a member of the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (FIJEV), a member of the executive board of the Quebec City Book Fair (since 2002), and the founder and president of Educ’alcool from 1989 to 1991, of which he remained an active member afterwards. He also served as the Quebec Wine Ambassador (since 2004) and was a knighted member of the French Order of Agricultural Merit (since 2013).

Mr. Laflamme was a member of approximately 20 wine associations.

For many years, Mr. Laflamme also worked as a public servant in various government motor vehicle departments and agencies. From 1965 to 1970, he headed the vehicle insurance control division of the Quebec transport and communications department. Then, from 1970 to 1977, he was the general manager of the motor vehicle bureau, where he created the demerit point system. He also led the government to make wearing seat belts mandatory and introduced permanent reflective licence plates. In addition to helping draft the Automobile Insurance Act, he made driving lessons compulsory and contributed to the implementation of mandatory motor vehicle inspections.

He equally held other government positions, including that of assistant deputy minister of highway safety at the Quebec transport department from 1977 to 1980, chairman of the liquor licensing board from 1980 to 1993, chairman of the liquor, racing and gaming board from 1993 to 1998, and senior director of public relations at the Quebec liquor board from 1999 to 2004.

Moreover, for 10 years, Mr. Laflamme coordinated the Champagne & Château benefit, which was held annually at Château Frontenac to raise money for the Arthritis Society.

Mr. Laflamme’s wife, Nicole Jobin, and his son, Tristan (Marzia Martina), welcomed family, friends and acquaintances to a tribute in celebration of his life, which was followed by a reception. The event took place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake.


The board of directors of the Sélections Mondiales des Vins (SMV) Canada International Wine Championship is pleased to announce the appointment of Denys Paul-Hus as president. Denys Paul-Hus will take on the duties formerly held by Mtre. Ghislain K.-Laflamme, who passed away last July 27.

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.

Moreover, Denys Paul-Hus has held the position of Vice President of Operations on the SMV Canada board of directors since 2007.

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.

Pierre Paul-Hus will continue to serve as vice president. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 2015 and spends his time between Ottawa and the district he represents, Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles.


“SMV Canada is first and foremost a prestigious international wine championship that seeks to highlight the unique character of each entry,” affirmed the incoming president, Denys Paul-Hus. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mtre. Laflamme. The best way to perpetuate his legacy is to continue working together as we have always done.”

All SMV Canada team members have confirmed their intention to remain for the upcoming edition. “We have a practiced team in place that is capable of taking the championship to a new level, year after year,” stated Denys Paul-Hus.

Nancy Rossi, who has been involved with the championship for nine years, will continue in her position as general manager. Ms. Rossi has a master’s degree in international administration, speaks several languages and heads a team with in-depth knowledge of the event’s inner workings.

Francine Dion, who has also worked for SMV Canada for many years, will oversee the technical aspects of the championship. Ms. Dion has a master’s degree in biochemistry and is a member of the Canadian Association of Oenologists.


The next edition of SMV Canada is slated to take place May 24-28, 2018, again, at the Delta Hotel in Quebec City. “2018 will be an important year, as it marks the 25th edition of the championship,” added Denys Paul-Hus. “We are working to create an event that will pay tribute to Mtre. Laflamme’s contributions as well as introduce new elements, as we have done each year.”


Last August 12, family and friends gathered to say goodbye to the late Mtre. Laflamme. An event celebrating his life and achievements took place at Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, a place he was particularly fond of.

His son Tristan, close friends and representatives from various organizations honored his memory, and lifted their glass to this great man, a gesture he so enjoyed doing himself.

The following sentence, written by French novelist André Malraux in his work entitled The Conquerors, appears on the back of Mtre. Laflamme’s keepsake photo:

« Que sera l’esprit? Eh bien, il sera ce que vous le ferez ».

 The spirit is that which you make it.


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.

Executive team

Nancy Rossi, (LEFT), general manager, responsible for recrutement of wine producers worldwine, and all communication and marketing related to the competition.

Francine Dion (RIGHT) 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.