Andy Brandt, the chair and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has retired.
Mr. Brandt was appointed chair and CEO in February 1991, and was re-appointed in February 2003, for a fifth three-year term.
He has had a long and distinguished career in the private and public sectors. He began his public-service career in Sarnia, Ontario, where he served on city council for almost a decade, including three terms as mayor. In 1981, he was elected to the Ontario Legislature as MPP for Sarnia and became parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Labour and in the mid-1980s was the Ontario Minister of the Environment. In 1987, he was named leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, a post he held until 1990.
At the LCBO, among many other accomplishments, Mr. Brandt was instrumental in avoiding deposit-refunds for wine and spirits containers. Instead, he, along with the soft-drink, food and consumer products industry and grocers, helped to steer the government toward establishing Waste Diversion Ontario. For the last six years, the LCBO has been making voluntarily payments of $5 million a year to Ontario municipalities to cover 50 per cent of Blue Box costs.
Effective February 7, Philip Olsson, vice-chair of the LCBO Board, will become acting chair and CEO.