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, responsible for recrutement of wine producers worldwine, and all communication and marketing related to the competition.
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.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Mr. Michel Deblois has over 30 years of experience in interpreting the laws and regulations that are applied by the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ), in particular, with the Loi sur la fabrication de boissons alcooliques.
From 1986 to 1997, Mr. Deblois served as an administrative judge at the
RACJ. In November 1997, he founded M. Deblois, consultant inc. and began working as a specialized consultant for lawyers across Québec. From 2006 to 2017, he worked exclusively for the law firm of Mtre. Ghislain K.-Laflamme, who frequently argued before the RACJ and the Tribunal administrative du Québec (TAQ) in legal matters pertaining to alcoholic beverages, producers and retailers.
In September 2017, he began working for law firm ROY AVOCAT-CONSEILS as a specialized consultant in the production of alcoholic beverages.