CCOVI Lecture Series

The CCOVI Lecture Series will return in the winter of 2018. Please watch the website for updates.

The CCOVI Lecture Series was established in 2008. Featuring talks by CCOVI Fellows and Professional Affiliates, the lectures present current topics of importance to grape growers and winemakers, ranging from viticulture and winemaking to wine business and culture. You may attend the lectures in person at Brock University or tune in live via webcast on the Brock University website. Lectures will also be recorded and made available for online viewing.

Wednesday Feb. 15
Belinda Kemp
CCOVI Oenologist
Topic: A comparison of clones from Champagne and Burgundy grown in Ontario for sparkling wine production
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Friday Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. 
Kevin Usher
Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Topic: The effects of pre-bloom, fruit set and veraison leaf removal on yield, composition and wine quality in the Okanagan Valley
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March 15
Tony Shaw
Professor of Geography, Brock University
Topic: Climate change and the evolution of Canada’s wine appellations and emerging areas: Challenges and benefits
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Special Lecture Presentation
March 16
Sudarsana Poojari
Post-doctoral Fellow at the Summerland Research and Development Centre
Topic: Improvements in Grapevine Virus Diagnostics
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March 22
Jim Willwerth
CCOVI Viticulturist
Topic: The potential impact of climate change on grapevine dormancy and cold hardiness
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March 29
Don Cyr and Lester Kwong
Professor of Finance, Operations and Information Systems and Associate Professor of Economics
Topic: The application of copula function modelling to Bordeaux en primeur wine ratings
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April 5
Gary Pickering
Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: Proselytizing pyrazines: How to avoid and remediate greenness in wine
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April 12
Andrew Reynolds
Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: Opportunities for remote sensing by unmanned aerial vehicles to map variability in Ontario vineyards
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April 26
Tom Lowery
Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Topic: Epidemiology and management of grapevine virus diseased
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Wednesday Feb. 3
Belinda Kemp
CCOVI Oenologist
Topic: CCOVI sparkling wine research trials and their impact on Ontario sparkling wine quality
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Wednesday Feb. 10
Maxim Voronov and Wesley Helms
CCOVI Fellow
Professor, Strategic Management and Assistant Professor Marketing, Brock University
Topic: Evangelizing for Ontario wine: When and how passion matters
Watch the video here

Wednesday April 13
Ronald Jackson
CCOVI Fellow
Wine writer and author
Topic: Oak characteristics relative to barrel production
Watch the video here

March 2
Dan O’Gorman
CCOVI Professional Affiliate
Research Biologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC)
Topic: Out of Thin Air: Spore Trapping and Other Techniques for Studying Grapevine Trunk Disease.
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AND
José Ramòn Urbez Torres
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC)
Topic: Demystifying the status of grapevine viruses in British Columbia
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Watch the video of both presentations here.

March 9
Lester Kwong
CCOVI Fellow
Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Brock University
Topic: Strategic eco-labelling and consumer informativeness
Watch the video here

March 16
Debbie Inglis
CCOVI Researchers and CCOVI director
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Math and Science, Brock University
Topic: Developing Ontario appassimento wines: The impact of drying method, yeast strain and botrytis on wine quality and consumer choice
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March 23
Jim Willwerth
CCOVI Viticulturist
Topic: For the birds: Bird deterrent strategies and understanding bird activity in Ontario vineyards
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March 30
Annette Nassuth
CCOVI Fellow
Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph
Topic: Update on the identification of molecular and morphological markers for cold-hardy grapes
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April 6 
Tek Thongpapanl
CCOVI Fellow
Professor, Marketing and New Product Development, Brock University
Topic: Supporting Local Wine in the Presence of Institutional Adversity: The Critical Roles of Network Embeddedness, Innovation Orientation, and Market Turbulence
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Monday Feb. 23
Vincenzo De Luca
CCOVI Fellow
Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: A review of marker development to monitor the appassimento process in grapes
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Monday March 9
Tony Shaw
CCOVI Fellow
Professor of Geography, Brock University
Topic: Volatility in the evolving cool climate wine regions of Ontario
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Monday March 16
Andy Reynolds
CCOVI Researcher
Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: Experience with growth regulators on table grapes in Ontario
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Monday March 23
Belinda Kemp
CCOVI Scientist
Senior Scientist in Oenology, CCOVI, Brock University
Topic: Press fractions and timing of bentonite addition on Ontario Sparkling wine quality
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Monday March 30
Jim Willwerth
CCOVI Scientist
Senior scientist in Viticulture, CCOVI, Brock University
Topic: Optimizing cold hardiness and winter survival in grapevines based on trials and experiences in Ontario
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Monday April 13
Wendy McFadden Smith
CCOVI Professional Affiliate
Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University and Tender Fruit and Grape IPM Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs
Topic: Viruses, vines and vectors, oh my!
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View 2014 CCOVI Lecture Series poster

Monday, Feb. 3
Narongsak Thongpapanl
CCOVI Fellow
Chair, Marketing International Business and Strategy, Brock University
Topic: Unveiling the influence of consumer wine appreciation dimension on purchasing behaviour
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Monday, Feb. 10
Alexandra Mayeski
CCOVI Professional Affiliate
Partner, Mayeski Mathers LLP
Topic: Current legal issues facing the Ontario wine industry
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Monday, Feb. 24
Linda Bramble
CCOVI Professional Affiliate
Wine writer, educator and author
Topic: The influence of wine writers on consumer behaviour
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Monday, March 3
Michael Ripmeester
CCOVI Fellow
Professor of Geography, Brock University
Topic: Wine as heritage across Niagara
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Monday, March 10
Jim Willwerth
CCOVI viticulturist, Brock University
Topic: Cold hardiness: Current issues and research developments
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Monday, March 17
Belinda Kemp
CCOVI Oenologist, Brock University
Topic: Tannin Alert: A wine tannin management system for Niagara wineries
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Monday, March 24
Andy Reynolds
CCOVI Fellow
Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: Mediterranean horticulture: Travels in Tunisia and Portugal
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Monday, March 31
Antonia Mantonakis
CCOVI Fellow
Associate Professor of Marketing, Brock University
Topic: Consumer perceptions: The influence of subtle label changes on consumer behaviour
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Monday, April 7

Gary Pickering
CCOVI Fellow
Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: SNPs, snobs and snouts: The influence of biology, expertise and taste in wine preference segmentation of North American consumers
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View 2013 CCOVI Lecture Series poster

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
Kevin Ker
Industry Consultant in vineyard management, KCMS Applied Research and Consulting
Topic: Vine Nutrition 101: Healthy Vines Make Hardy Vines!
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Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
George van der Merwe
Associate Professor of Molecular and Celluar Biology, University of Guelph
Topic: Getting Started in Wine Fermentations: Challenges the Yeast has to Overcome
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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Dan O’Gorman
Research Biologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC)
Topic: Development of a DNA Macro-array for Detection of Young Vine Decline Pathogens 
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Tony Shaw
Professor of Geography, Brock University
Topic: Climate Change: Opportunities and Risks for Ontario’s Established and Emerging Wine Regions
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April 2, 2013
Ronald Jackson
Wine writer, author
Topic: Wine Language: Insight into the Mind of the Taster
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Presentation slides will be posted after the lecture 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Maxim Voronov
Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Brock University
Topic: Legitimizing Ontario Fine Wine: Encountering Globalization, Managing History 
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Debbie Inglis
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: Appassimento Wines: Developing a Signature Style for Ontario 
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Jeffrey Stuart
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: Bioactive Polyphenols from Wine Grapes
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Jim Willwerth
Viticulturist, Brock University
Topic: Getting Through the Winter: Updates on Freeze Protection and Cold Hardiness Research 
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View 2012 CCOVI Lecture Series poster

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
Karl Kaiser- CCOVI Professional Affiliate
Co-founder, Iniskillin wines, Winemaker and Consultant
Topic: Chemical deacidifications in winemaking
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Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Antonia Mantonakis- CCOVI Fellow
Associate Professor of Marketing, Brock University
Topic: Does a wine’s name influence consumer taste perception?
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Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

George Kotseridis- CCOVI Staff Scientist
Oenologist, Brock University
Topic: Targeting wine balance using biological deacidification methods and by monitoring polyphenolic maturity
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Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012

Kevin Ker- CCOVI Professional Affiliate
Industry Consultant in vineyard management, KCMS Applied Research and Consulting
Topic: How growing season weather patterns affect vine hardiness
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Vincenzo DeLuca- CCOVI Fellow
Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: Icewine grapes are biochemically active between September and Harvest
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wendy McFadden-Smith- CCOVI Professional Affiliate
Tender fruit and grape Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Topic: What we’ve learned about sour rot: An update on research
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Ralph Brown- CCOVI Fellow
Professor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph
Topic: New tools to fine-tune quality harvests
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jim Willwerth- CCOVI Staff Scientist
Viticulturist, Brock University
Topic: Beating the cold: Best viticulture practices to maximize hardiness
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Andy Reynolds- CCOVI Researcher
Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: New adventures in vineyard geomatics
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Jeffrey Stuart- CCOVI Fellow
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Topic: Investigating resveratrol’s anti-cancer and neuroprotective effects
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Dr. Don Cyr- CCOVI Fellow
Associate Professor of Finance, Brock University
Topic: A cost-benefit analysis of entering and exiting vineyard operations in Niagara: 1997- 2010 
(Co-authored by Chris Simes as part of OEVI undergraduate thesis)

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View 2011 CCOVI Lecture Series poster

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Michael Ripmeester
Topic: Memory in a bottle? Heritage, identity and wine in Niagara
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Gerry Neilsen and Daniel O’Gorman
Topic: Using nitrogen fertilizers to increase grape quality; Grapevine trunk diseases
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Ronald Jackson
Topic: Botrytis – the Jekyll-and-Hyde fungus
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Lester Kwong
Topic: The pricing of organic wines
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Carl Bogdanoff,Tom Lowery, Pat Bowen and Kevin Usher
Topic: Science: a key ingredient in BC wine production
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Alexandra Mayeski
Topic: Legal barriers to market access for Canadian wine
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Gary Pickering
Super-tasters, winemakers and other freaks: the taste genetics of alcoholic beverage behaviour
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Linda Bramble
Topic: Why entrepreneurs decided to regulate themselves: the paradoxical story of VQA
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Jim Willwerth
Topic: Coming out of the cold: the state of the vine
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Janet Dorozynski
Topic: The future of Canadian wine exports: lessons learned and learning from the best
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl
Topic: What does it take for local restaurants to promote local wines?
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tony Shaw and Don Cyr
Topic: Climate change in Ontario’s wine regions: the good and bad news
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Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Annette Nassuth
Topic: Empowering growers: using molecular tools to select for freeze-tolerant grapes
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Debbie Inglis
Topic: Lady bugs and green bell peppers: methoxypyrazine (MP) removal from grape juice using MP-binding proteins
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View 2010 CCOVI Lecture Series poster

Monday, May 31, 2010
Kevin Ker
Topic: Penglai China – the rapidly developing wine region in China
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May 17, 2010
George van der Merwe
Topic: Understanding the impact of fermentation stresses on yeast during wine production
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Monday, May 10, 2010
Ralph Brown
Topic: Precision viticulture – unlocking unseen mysteries of the vineyard
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Monday, May 3, 2010
Dirk De Clercq and Maxim Voronov
Creating an identity for the Ontario wine industry
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Monday, April 26, 2010
Dr. Don Cyr and Dr. Tony Shaw
Topic: Weathering the storm vs. your financial bottom line – hedging weather-related risks in the viticulture industry with weather contracts
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Monday, April 19, 2010
Vincenzo De Luca
Topic: Sustainability in grape production and commerce
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Date: Monday, April 12, 2010
Wendy McFadden-Smith
Topic: New initiatives in the management of grape sour rot
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Monday, March 22, 2010
Antonia Mantonakis
Topic: Little things that make a difference, but shouldn’t: Insights into consumer behaviour
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Monday, March 15, 2010
Andrew Reynolds
Topic: Applied geomatics: connecting the dots between grapevine, physiology, terroir and remote sensing
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Monday, March 8, 2010
Daryl Somers
Topic: Accelerated grape breeding
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Monday, March 1, 2010
Jeffrey Stuart
Topic: Activities of the red wine polyphenol resveratrol
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Monday, February 22, 2010
Janet Dorozynski
Topic: You make wine in Canada? Canadian wine in the global marketplace: success and challenges to date.
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Link: National Export Strategy for Canadian Wines

Monday, February 1, 2010
Karl Kaiser
Topic: Controlling Reductive Wine Aromas
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View 2009 CCOVI Lecture Series poster

Monday, March 23, 2009
Kevin Ker
Research Associate, CCOVI, Brock University; KCMS Applied Research & Consulting Inc.
Topic: Chilling Out – Making Better Winter Protection Decisions

View 2008 CCOVI Lecture Series poster

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tony Shaw
Topic: Climatic Trends in Ontario’s Wine Industry
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Linda Bramble
Topic: How We Got Here from There
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Carman Cullen
Topic: Sparkling Wine and Generation “Y”
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Ralph Brown
Topic: Remote Sensing and Precision Viticulture
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PARKING

If you are looking to attend in person, please click on the link below which will take you to Brock’s Interactive Campus Map. You will see on the right side column – Parking and click on Lot E as your parking preference(this is the closest available parking for the lecture series). Rate is $3 per hour or $7 per day.