May 02, 2018

Hospitality-industry leaders from across the province were honoured last week at the annual BC Hospitality Industry Awards Gala in Whistler. Ron Slinger, owner-operator of North Vancouver’s Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub was named BC’s 2017 Publican of the Year.

Presented by the Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) and the BC Hotel Association (BCHA), the BC Hospitality Industry Awards recognize the province’s most exceptional hoteliers, liquor retailers, and publicans. Each of the winners were nominated for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their leadership in business, and the inspiring impact they’ve had on the hospitality industry.

“Pubs are a tough business. In today’s changing marketplace, getting butts in seats seems to be getting harder every day. But the 2017 Publican of the Year has found his niche: Ron’s pub is thriving and has been for over 20 years,” said Al McCreary, President of ABLE BC.

Serving up great food and 26 beers on tap, the Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub is a local meeting place for over a dozen sports teams, weekly trivia teams, a Celtic group jam session, and young families. Whether you’re 19 or 99, customers can expect great food and drink, a friendly face, and a warm, safe, and inviting place to gather.

Between his pub and liquor store, Ron employs over 50 staff, many of whom have been with them since they first opened their doors over 20 years ago. Together, Ron and his team have raised over $15,000 and growing for the North Shore Disability Resource Centre and sponsor or assist in fundraising for over 50 different organizations.

“Bottom line, this pub is profitable, a fixture in the community, and best of all it’s a hell of a good time! On behalf of the Alliance, we offer our sincere congratulations to Publican of the Year Ron Slinger, a long-time leader in our industry and member of ABLE BC,” said Jeff Guignard, Executive Director of ABLE BC.

Please join us in congratulating Ron Slinger! Learn more about the Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub: http://www.blackbearpub.com/


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