Toronto, Ontario – Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB), the association representing small, independent craft brewers in Ontario, is pleased to introduce its new president, Scott Simmons of Mississauga, Ontario.
Simmons assumes leadership of the association effective Tuesday, August 8, 2017, following in the footsteps of industry leader and champion, John Hay, who founded the association in 2003.
“OCB is fortunate to have found such an excellent candidate to lead us through the next phase of our industry’s development,” says Garnet Pratt, president & CEO of Side Launch Brewing Company and chair of Ontario Craft Brewers. “With his extensive expertise in strategic planning, governance, financial planning, brand management, and business development, Simmons will be a tremendous asset to the association in helping to develop and execute our long term strategic vision and annual operating plans.”
A 33-year veteran of the packaged goods, retail, agency, and sport administration industries, Simmons is a seasoned C-suite executive who has held senior leadership positions in sales and marketing with a focus on both business development and client retention.
Most recently, Simmons was CEO of Golf Canada (2007 – 2017), the governing body of golf in Canada, consisting of over 1,400 member clubs and 300,000 individual members.
Simmons also has a deep interest and knowledge of the brewing industry, having previously worked as vice president, marketing and business development for The Beer Store (2001 – 2007), where he led the development of a long range strategic plan to guide the organizational retail renewal program.
“This is a very exciting time for the craft brewing industry,” says Simmons. “I look forward to working with an organization that contributes so much to the Ontario economy in terms of jobs, investment and premium quality, local craft beer.”
NEW OCB MEMBERS
OCB would also like to announce its five newest brewery members:
Lake Wilcox Brewing Co., Vaughan, ON
Upper Thames Brewing Co., Woodstock, ON
Full Beard Brewing Co., Timmins, ON
Haliburton Highlands Brewing Co., Haliburton, ON
FRANK Brewing Co., Tucemseh, ON
“We welcome these quality breweries to OCB and look forward to working together to promote and advance the craft brewing industry in Ontario,” says Pratt. “These are independently-owned breweries who brew beer locally using fresh, all-natural ingredients and adhere to the OCB brewing philosophy of care and craftsmanship. We are proud to have them join our Association.”