New Leadership at the Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB)
The Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB), an association that represents small, independent craft brewers in Ontario, has appointed a new president, Scott Simmons of Mississauga, Ontario. Mr. Simmons is following in the footsteps of industry leader and champion, John Hay, who founded the association in 2003.
A 33-year veteran of the packaged goods, retail, agency, and sport administration industries, Simmons was most recently CEO of Golf Canada (2007 – 2017) and 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.
“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.”