George Brown College, LCBO Partner on Inclusion Initiative


TORONTO — George Brown College and the LCBO have signed an agreement to remove systemic barriers and create more opportunities for diverse women to enter and advance in the beverage-alcohol industry.

Through the LCBO’s Spirit of Inclusion Initiative, George Brown College has received more than $18,000 in support of scholarships, bursaries and awards for diverse women in the industry. In addition, program participants will benefit from mentorship opportunities. Funds will be distributed to students who meet the eligibility criteria within the following college programs: CAPS Certified Sommelier Program; Wine Specialist Program; Beer Specialist Program; Advanced Wine & Beverage Business Management Program; and WSET Level 3 Program.

To be eligible, students must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and self-identity as a woman from a diverse background including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, women with disabilities, first-generation Canadians, 2SLGBTQ+ and non-binary gender.

“We thank the LCBO for their generous contribution, which will give eligible students the opportunity to commence or advance their careers in the fields of winemaking, brewery and distilling,” says Dr. Gervan Fearon, president of George Brown College. “This is an important and growing component of our economy. We believe the beverage-alcohol industry can be a leader by reflecting the diversity that exists in our communities. The Spirit of Inclusion Initiative demonstrates the LCBO’s commitment to increasing representation of diverse women in the industry, while supporting student success.”

“I’m pleased that George Brown College is joining us to further champion our Spirit of Inclusion Initiative and extend our collective impact,” says George Soleas, president and CEO, LCBO. “Together, we can create more opportunities for diverse women and enhance diversity within the beverage-alcohol industry.”

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