This award recognizes champions who are passionate about Ontario wine and industry prosperity, beyond those employed directly in the industry. Each year, Wine Growers Ontario and Ontario Craft Wineries bestow the honour to an individual who does not work in a winery, who has provided exemplary support for the Ontario wine industry through media, research, policy and regulation, education or advocacy, significantly contributing to the overall strength and long-term viability of the industry. This year, we congratulate Rafik Louli from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).


Rafik Louli

Vice President, Retail Operations, LCBO

Rafik was chosen in recognition of all the hard work and support he and the LCBO retail team have shown the Ontario wine industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for the support.

“I want to thank the OCW and WGO for the inaugural Ontario Wine Industry Champion Award,” said Rafik. “I wish to accept this recognition on behalf of our retail employees who demonstrate dedication and professionalism every day, and have been integral to LCBO doors staying open for Ontarians throughout the pandemic. The LCBO is committed to providing a best-in-class retail experience for our customers and we are proud to support the local wines made in Ontario.”