President of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association – a national trade organization that represents Canada's 26,000+ convenience stores
Alex obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1987 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1990. In 1996, he completed an MBA in International Business at Dalhousie University. He has worked for over 8 years as a corporate / commercial lawyer and over 13 years as a small business owner operating two convenience stores, a restaurant and plaza in Miramichi. In 2011 he was hired as President of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association – a national trade organization that represents the interests Canada's 26,000+ convenience stores. Through these experiences he has first‐hand knowledge of the challenges small businesses face especially when dealing with government.
Restrictions implemented in Australia have resulted in no meaningful decrease in already downwardly trending tobacco consumption rates -- and virtually no impact whatsoever in youth consumption rates in particular. Can Canada expect plain packaging regulation to offer any real improvements to smoking rates?