Dr. George Soleas
President & Chief Executive Officer, LCBO
George Soleas is the President & Chief Executive Officer of LCBO, the largest liquor jurisdiction in Canada with 667 stores and annual sales of over $6 billion. He is responsible for corporate strategy, executive leadership and providing a forum for consultation and dialogue on matters affecting the beverage alcohol industry.
George was born in Cyprus and trained as a chef until the island was invaded by Turkey and he was forced to flee to Canada. Once settled in his new home, George went on to receive his B.Sc. from McMaster University, a diploma in Oenology from U.C. Davis, and later his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.
After serving more than 11 years with the Canadian Wine Industry, George joined LCBO in 1997 in Quality Assurance where he held progressively senior leadership positions until he was named President & Chief Executive Officer in early 2016.
George serves as a professional affiliate of both the McMaster Institute of Transportation & Logistics and the Brock University Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute. He was appointed to the Special Graduate Faculty of the University of Guelph in support of the Department of Food Science. George’s executive training includes the New CEO Workshop at Harvard Business School and the Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.
His oenological and biochemical research has led to eight book chapters, 51 peer reviewed publications and several national and international industry and scientific presentations devoted to beverage alcohol.
George is a recipient of the Ontario Imported Wine-Spirits-Beer Association’s Industry Partnership Award, the Greek Wine Industry Award, and was recently inducted into the Jurade de Saint Emilion. In 2017, George was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Retail Council of Canada.
George lives in Burlington with his wife Christine. When not working, travelling and enjoying food, wine and soccer, he loves spending time with his two children Ireena and John.