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31 July 2017 — OIV life

Passing of Ghislain K.-Laflamme

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The OIV has learnt with sadness of the death at 79 years old of the President of VINOFED, the lawyer Ghislain K.-Laflamme.

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After beginning his career in the automotive and road safety sector, he moved into the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux du Québec (Quebec Alcohol, Racing and Gaming Control Commission), where he was President-Director General. He was passionate about the wine sector and was an initiator of the creation of the Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada, over which he presided since 2006.

A recognised international taster, he was also involved in the creation of the World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits Competitions (VINOFED), for which he was Secretary General, then President.

A veritable 'travelling taster' and host at all of the prestigious competitions on the planet, he was also passionate about long-distance cruises.

A member of numerous Bacchanalian fraternities – for which he also presided at the global meeting – Ghislain K.-Laflamme was a man of great culture and a lover of history, who was proud of his Breton origins and enjoyed sharing with humour many personal anecdotes from a life dedicated to law and wine.

The OIV shares in the pain of his family and friends.

Ghislain K.-Laflamme was a man of great culture and a lover of history, who was proud of his Breton origins and enjoyed sharing with humour many personal anecdotes from a life dedicated to law and wine