Dr. George Soleas, President & Chief Executive Officer
George Soleas is responsible for corporate leadership and providing a forum for consultation and dialogue with the trade on matters affecting the beverage alcohol industry.
He joined the LCBO in 1997 as Director of Quality Assurance, overseeing the laboratory and quality services processes that ensure LCBO products are safe to drink and of a high quality. The LCBO became the first liquor jurisdiction in the world to be doubly accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 130 countries, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
In March 2008, George’s areas of responsibility were expanded to encompass Logistics, which involves procuring and distributing LCBO products. He oversees Customs and Excise clearances, transportation, warehousing and specialty services operations. He also supports supply chain projects to improve the flow of products through the logistics system.
In February 2013, he was named Executive Vice President and his portfolio grew further to include Information Technology, Store Development & Real Estate and Resource Protection.
George received his B.Sc. from McMaster University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His areas of interest have been the biochemical aspects of beverage alcohol constituents and their effect on humans. He trained in oenology at U.C. Davis and spent 11 years with the Canadian wine industry as a Director of Research and Quality Assurance for a major winery and chaired the Technical and Scientific Committee of the Canadian Wine Institute for nine years.
George chaired the National Quality Assurance Committee of the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions for 16 years. He represented the LCBO on many prestigious committees, including the “Expert Committee” of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG), the American Society for Enology and Viticulture technical committee and the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (Brock University) where he is also a professional affiliate. He was appointed to the Special Graduate Faculty of the University of Guelph in support of the Department of Food Science. George has a masters certificate in Supply Chain & Logistics Management from the Schulich Executive Education Centre – York University where he is also a member of the Advisory Council and is an affiliate of the McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics and member of the Supply Chain and Logistics Management Institute.
In February 2009, George received the Ontario Imported Wine-Spirits-Beer Association’s Industry Partnership Award. In March 2016, he received the Greek Wine Industry Award in Athens for his more than quarter-century involvement in helping Greek wine producers improve the quality and marketing of their products.
His oenological and biochemical research has led to eight book chapters, 51 peer reviewed publications and several national and international industry and scientific presentations devoted to beverage alcohol.