Today marked a special moment in the history of the 223 year old brewing heritage of the Molson Family in Canada. Chairman of the Board, Eric Molson has retired, and formally passes the family brewing torch to the 7th generation of this great Canadian brewing family. Andrew Molson takes on the role of vice Chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Company and Geoff Molson joins the board as well.
It was a particularly proud moment for employees at Molson Coors with Eric’s address webcast to employees around the globe. It was webcast live from the John Molson Room in Montreal, at the site where John Molson founded the brewery in 1786 on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Eric and his wife Jane were joined by many Molson executives and distinguished guests to celebrate the occasion with a special brew produced to commemorate Eric’s 50 years in the Molson beer business.
Chairman of Molson Coors Board Peter Coors and retiring Chairman of the Board Eric Molson
Peter Coors, now Chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Company led off the celebration with opening remarks and referred to the terrific heritage that both Molson and Coors have brought to beer drinkers…great brands, great beer and great people.
Kevin Boyce – President and CEO Molson in Canada, Geoff Molson-VP Marketing Quebec, Peter Coors-Chairman Molson Coors Brewing Company, Eric Molson-Past Chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Company, Peter Swinburn-President and CEO Molson Coors Brewing Company
President and CEO of Molson Coors, Peter Swinburn spoke of the vision that Eric Molson has for the brewery and its people in competing globally in the beer business.
Kevin Boyce, President and CEO of Molson in Canada spoke of the heritage and impact that Eric and his family have had in the broader community in Canada. Kevin presented Eric with a special painting created by a brewery worker at the Toronto Brewery – Stewart Jones a renowned Toronto artist.
Kevin Boyce and Eric Molson
Geoff Molson, Eric’s son and a VP of Marketing in Quebec delivered what people in the room and at sites around the globe referred to as am emotional tribute to his father. Frank Doseger presented Eric with the Molson’s Classic Ale, a special commemorative brew for the occasion, another quality brew by Molson’s reveered quality brewers.
Andrew, Justin, Eric and Geoff Molson
Eric addressed the assembled guests and employees at Molson Coors worldwide with an acknowledgement of family, the thousands of people that have taught him about brewing, his country and life. He saluted his sons who now take on the the family brewing legacy to protect and build for the future. Eric concluded his remarks by saying that he looks forward to spending time with his wife Jane and his family including his grandchildren (eighth generation !).
To Eric Molson a toast from employees here in Canada and from around the globe at Molson Coors. Thank you for your 50 years in the beer business and for continuing the Canadian brewing legacy that Molson has continued for 223 years. Cheers @MolsonFerg