As the dynamic, passionate and forward-thinking President & CEO of the BC Restaurant & Food Services Association, Ian Tostenson combines energy and integrity with proven achievement in all areas of business. Ian spent most of his career leading brands such as Cascadia Brands, Calona Vineyards, Sandhill Vineyards, Burrowing Owl Vineyards, Granville Island Brewing, Grady Wine Marketing and Potter Distilling.
He was appointed to the Premier’s Permanent Small Business Roundtable and took on the challenge as a member of BC’s Climate Team to chart out BC’s carbon future. Ian was BC’s second chairman for the BC Wine Institute, a finalist in the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a recipient of the Business in Vancouver Under 40 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has served on the Board as a Director and President of the David Foster Foundation, which continues to create a lasting legacy for the benefit of families with children requiring life threatening organ transplants. He speaks to this cause regularly as well to the cause of HAVE CAFÉ, which he co-founded with partner Brad Mills, sharing a passion to change lives in the downtown eastside.
Ian joined the Small Business Roundtable in 2005