The booze business has a longstanding history of hiring former provincial Liberal aides. For example, Premier Gordon Campbell's policy coordination and issues management deputy chief of staff Tom Syer recently became the Western Canada public affairs director for Labatt Breweries of Canada Ltd. Prior to that, former ministerial assistant Cheryl Maitland joined Canada's National Brewers as their public relations manager. And now, we have another example: Kim Haakstad. Ms. Haakstad is leaving Karyon Group, ex-legislator Karn Manhas's company, to become executive director of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees of B.C. The following is a complete copy of that announcement.
June 22, 2007
Re: New ABLE Executive Director
We are very pleased to announce that our new Executive Director with ABLE BC is, Ms. Kim Haakstad. She will officially begin her position on Monday July 9, 2007.
With her strong background in government relations and senior management positions, we are confident that she will be a positive addition to our growing association.
Her contact information will be posted on our website shortly, http://www.ablebc.ca/directors.asp