About Us

Welcome to Liberty Merchant Company, established in 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We import exciting, exclusive and affordable wines and spirits, all hand-selected from the world's top wine producers.

Our wine and spirits are available through the BCLDB, MLCC, at private beer, wine and liquor stores, hotels, resorts and restaurants and at western Canada's largest private fine wine retailer, Liberty Wine Merchants.

We bring wine and spirits of great value, character and refinement to the British Columbia and Manitoba markets.

Staff Profiles

Robert Simpson

Robert is an 8th-generation Canadian and native Vancouverite. In 1975 he established The Hawthornes, a fine dining restaurant in Washington state (USA) with a world-class wine cellar, and in 1982 he founded Liberty Merchant Company, a retail store situated in a 19th century home, specializing in rare & exclusive wines.

Returning to Vancouver in 1986, he opened Liberty Merchant Company Ltd., an import agency serving the needs of BC’s wine-passionate populace. Robert’s next step was to become General Manager of Liberty Wine Merchants, Western Canada’s largest privately-owned fine wine retail store chain.

Long-known for supporting the Oak Tree Clinic (BC Children’s Hospital) and amateur sports activities at the Vancouver Rowing Club, Robert organizes several fundraisers disguised as wine tastings: Taste BC (the largest local wine and food tasting) and the Tastings-in-the-Park series of four events.



Nancy Hamm

Director of Administration / Logistics

Nancy has ten years experience with Liberty merchant company and currently handles administration & logistics.



Patti Lim

Administrative Assistant

Patti has been committed to the service industry and has balanced it with her love of working with people, the sciences, and health & fitness. With a UBC BSc degree and a WCCMT 3-year diploma in massage therapy, Patti’s diverse career began in UBC administration, then in the fitness industry with The Fitness Group as a group leader and corporate contractor for ICBC, Canadian Airlines, BC Hydro and GVRD. She has also worked in the hair industry where she was Manager of the west side Suki’s salon.

Responsible for the purchase of wine accessories and the administrative needs of Head Office and all stores, this multi-tasker enjoys working out, fine dining and wining, checking out the arts community, long walks, literature and music. Patti also serves on several committees and is actively involved with volunteer community service.



Marketing Department

For any marketing, advertising and promotion opportunites please contact our marketing deparment directly.

Email: marketing@libertywinemerchants.com


Jason Magnusson

Director of Sales/ Buyer

Sales information

Cell: 604.218.6673 Fax: 604.739.7801


Andrew Topham

Portfolio Manager

Current listing information

Email: andrew@libertymerchantcompany.com
Cell: 604.839.9463 Fax: 604.739.7801


Jonathan Mergui

Senior Sales Representative

Jonathan comes to us from Toulon, France where he was raised. A graduate from the University of Haute-Savoie with a degree in Business and Communications, Jonathan first arrived in Vancouver in 2005 for a 6-month internship at the French Consulate. After completing his internship, he went back to France where he worked as a wine representative selling Banyuls and Collioure wines.

Returning to Vancouver in the summer of 2006, Jonathan joined the retail team at the Liberty Granville Island location. Within one year, Jonathan moved to the Licensee and Retail Sales side of the business, excited to continue his work in wine sales. He has since been promoted to Senior Sales Representative.

Pour le service en français, s'il vous plaît communiquer avec Jonathan.

Cell: 778.668.2617 Fax: 604.739.7800


Shelley Preston

Licensee and Retail Sales

Shelley Preston started with Liberty in the fall of 2005, and hasn't looked back. She has always had a love of wine, and decided to follow her passion with courses first with ISG, then through WSET. Completing her advanced certificate in Wine and Spirits.

When she is not pursuing her love of wine, she is pursuing her other passion, music. Shelley is currently putting the finishing touches on her and her partners original CD, and playing with her cover band.

Cell: 604.839.9463 Fax: 604.739.7801


Mark Fiendell

Licensee and Retail Sales

Mark Fiendell comes from a diverse background of sales and marketing and discovered a love of wine and wine culture in his early twenties. Upon discovery of this new interest, Mark threw himself full-force into self wine education. After completing his level one and two of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, he knew that he was destined to channel this passion into a career, joining Liberty Merchant Company as a Sales Representative. Here, he has been able to combine a love of wine and wine education, and a talent for building long-lasting sales relationships with his numerous customers. Mark continues to expand his wine knowledge by keeping up with multiple publications and continuing with WSET education.

When not sipping wine, Mark has an equally engaging passion for music, and is always on the lookout for the next great band.

Cell: 604.839.1142 Fax: 604.739.7800.


Jason Magnusson

Shelley Preston

Jonathan Mergui

Mark Fiendell

Andrew Topham


(c) Liberty Merchant Company, 2012

tel 604.739.7804 | fax 604.739.7800
100-291 East 2nd Avenue
Vancouver BC | V5T 1B8