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Steve Beauchesne is the co-founder (along with his father, Tim) of Beau’s, a family run, employee owned, organic Canadian craft brewery. Since its start-up in 2006, Beau’s has won more than 125 national and international awards for beer-making, marketing and packaging design, sustainability and business practices, and has raised more than $2 million for charity, community, and the independent arts.
Steve certified Beau’s as Canada’s first-ever B-Corp brewery, founded February 1 as International Gruit Day, and successfully lobbied to have some of Canada’s old beer laws changed to recognize the rights of craft brewers. He’s shared a beer with three Prime Ministers, two Premiers, and one Governor General. He has also been privileged to make beer with Margaret Atwood, Tom Green, and a monastery in the Netherlands and has presented beer to two princesses (so far).
Steve was the recipient of a 2019 Clean 16 Designation honouring outstanding contribution to clean capitalism; received an Honorary Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from George Brown College; was selected for the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce “Top Forty under 40” and was recognized by the United Way with the Community Builder of the Year Award. Steve is Vice Chair of the Ontario Craft Brewers Association and a founding member of the Canadian Craft Brewers Association.
Steve holds a B. Commerce degree from Toronto’s Ryerson University, plays guitar and sings in a punk band called Audio Visceral, and his kids think he’s a bit of a goofball.
Steve is a frequent presenter at craft brewing, culinary, educational and sustainability seminars and events, including the following:
Christine O’Grady is the Program Coordinator for Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA). ACWA is a partnership between The City of Calgary and the University of Calgary that supports research and development, knowledge transfer, de-risking and piloting of leading-edge wastewater treatment technologies. ACWA’s mandate is to facilitate the transformation of today’s wastewater research into tomorrow’s innovative technologies to recover resources, improve process efficiencies and protect receiving environments to benefit local and global communities.
Her education includes a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads. Her primary responsibilities include project coordination, knowledge mobilization and ACWA infrastructure O&M oversight. She proudly supports the initiatives of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 ; ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Christine was the team lead for the ReUse Brew project.
Vlad is an associate in the Business Law and Cannabis Law Groups. He provides counsel on a wide range of corporate law matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions of businesses.
Vlad works closely with clients at each stage of a transaction, from collaborating with clients at the outset in negotiating the terms of a deal to closing the transaction. Vlad also advises clients on commercial and business law matters relating to the day-to-day activities of their businesses.
Jules Gray is the Founder and Director of Hop Hideout, one of the UK’s first drink-in beer shops, which opened in Sheffield in 2013 in addition to events organising and managing Sheffield Beer Week, a city-wide week long beer celebration across 10 days and 40 venues and Indie Beer Feast, Sheffield’s craft beer festival which welcomes over 1.5k beer lovers across two days in the city.
She launched a new initiative – Indie Beer Shop Day in 2021 with a team of 4 passionate independent beer shop owners, supporting over 100 bottle shops around the UK. Releasing three national and eleven local collaboration beers. The inaugural national event celebrated the positive roles such outlets play as centres of discovery in people’s beer journey and fused a hybrid in-person and online event model.
Jules lives in Sheffield with her cat Chuckles, partner Will and a house full of books and records.
Kirk Zembal comes to us from Blindman Brewing out of sunny Lacombe. Like their namesake river, Blindman meanders—through beer styles and brewing techniques. From kettle-sours to heavily dry-hopped brews to barrel-aged beers, they create innovative craft beer.
He blew the engine on their ’79 van, The Dream Machine, on their first delivery run so now they drive in shiny new vehicles with no souls. Kirk is also an MBA student and a Venture Analyst with the Creative Destruction Lab.
Ash Eliot is a communications and marketing professional focused on digital strategy, partnerships and creator relations for beverage brands, tech, non-profits & musicians with an emphasis on developing unique content strategies with a positive impact on our world.
She founded Women of the Bevolution, a platform to empower and support women in the beverage industry. With over 13 years of experience, she has held director and management roles in PR and digital marketing at Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, BMG and Cornerstone Agency. Up until a few years ago, she was working full-time in music, spearheading digital marketing campaigns for various frontline and catalog artists.
After 10 years of pursuing her passion for the music industry in journalism, PR and marketing, in 2018, she made a huge leap. Ash decided it was time to pursue an industry she’s always had a passion for – the craft beverage and hospitality industry. Since, she has worked with a range of clients in nearly every stage of the brewery business from homebrewer turned commercial brewer to opening a taproom to distributing product nationwide.
She’s also consulted for various breweries, bars, restaurants and alcohol brands while still working on a variety of music-related projects.
Ash is also a partner with digital creator and brewing educator Sarah Flora of Flora Brewing who is planning to open her own brewery. In July 2021, Ash teamed up with Brienne Allan to launch the Brave Noise initiative and global beer collaboration advocating for a safe and discrimination-free beer industry. Social responsibility and impact are two very important areas throughout her personal life and career. She works with a non-profit urban farm called GrowGood in Southeast LA and pre-covid helped in the kitchen at the Downtown Women’s Center. She also holds the title of membership & PR lead of the Pink Boots Society Los Angeles Chapter.
Xavier Vanneste (Bruges, Belgium 1980) represents the 6th generation of the brewers families Maes and Vanneste in Bruges. He has a Master’s degree in Commercial Sciences (Antwerp, 2004)and also went to the Brewery school in Gent. In 2005 he restarted the old family brewery “De Halve Maan” in Bruges, with the launch of the specialty beer “Brugse Zot”. He was able to bring back the old family beer brand “Straffe Hendrik” to the brewery where it was once invented. Both beers have won divers prestigious competitions and have been awarded with gold medals worldwide. Thanks to the huge popularity of the beers, De Halve Maan has likely been one of the fastest growing breweries in Belgium in the last years, with a yearly “double digit” growth. Today, 45% of the total production is exported to over 40 countries.
As an entrepreneur, Xavier Vanneste was also awarded diverse prizes: Creative Entrepreneur (Unizo, 2006), Flemish Young Entrepreneur (JCI, 2008) and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in London (BLCC, 2011). He is also active in different organizations beside De Halve Maan, he is a Consular Judge at the Commercial Court, Area president of Bruges for VOKA and a board member of the Belgian Brewery Federation. As a pastime, he enjoys running, sailing and playing golf.
In 2016 the brewery made world news with the construction of the famous underground pipeline which measures 3.2 kilometers, thus solving the logistical challenges of deliveries in the medieval city center in a creative manner. It connects the brewery in the city center to the bottling plant, which is located outside the city, and was partly funded by a major crowdfunding campaign.
The brewery doesn’t cease innovating and launched the first ever alcohol-free specialty beer in Belgium in 2018: Sportzot. In February 2019 Brugs Tarwebier/Blanche de Bruges, a white wheat beer, rejoined the family brewery in Bruges.
Jamie Floyd is the Founding Brewer of Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene Oregon. Jamie sits on the Brewer’s Association Technical Committee and is a Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Home Brew Judge. He also serves on the Oregon Brewers Guild Board as Legislative Action Committee Chair and is on the Executive Committee for the Hop Quality Group.
Jamie supports the Quality, Innovation, Production, and Marketing Teams at Ninkasi and teaches, beer and style history, cooking with beer, and recipe development to staff and the public. Outside of brewing, Jamie is the President of Theater Vertigo in Portland Oregon.
Prior to becoming an industry mogul, Kris Nelson cut his teeth as a wine sales professional working for a Vermont wine distributor starting in 2006. While selling wine, Kris honed his knowledge of the beverage industry giving him the building blocks to co-found Citizen Cider, which, after a meteoric rise became one of the most successful cider companies in the US. Always the entrepreneur,
Kris longed for the challenges and uncertainties that come with forming a start-up business, and while his love and passion for alcoholic beverages remains strong, the allure of the NA beer world was one that he couldn’t shake and an opportunity to team up with a his friend’s business, Zero Gravity Craft Brewing was just too exciting to pass up, despite his love for Citizen Cider. In late 2019, Kris formally left his day to day position with Citizen Cider and got on board the Rescue Club train to help launch the brand and take the lead on this challenging new world of NA BEER!
I’ve brewed for years. In shared houses, flats & railway arches. From ‘just add water kits’, to pro setups. Along the way I’ve realised one thing – homebrewing in a city is hard! Tiny flats, expensive kit & there’s no help when things go wrong! So I went back to school and discovered the ‘Brew on Premises’ concept – open-access breweries where anyone can join, share kit, advice, and space. Over the last year I’ve been developing this into a business in London – Mash Paddle Brewery was born.
Tom’s career background has spanned decades in both marketing and new business development, the latter of which led to him being the visionary behind what is now Glacier Hops Ranch.
In 2015, Tom was elected the first-ever National At-Large Director of the Hop Growers of America (HGA). He was subsequently appointed as National Chairman of the HGA’s Small Grower Council, which oversaw the development of Enterprise Cost Studies and Best Practices for small hop growers during his tenure.
An accomplished horseman, Tom and his wife Annie competed from Canada to Texas and were nationally ranked in the cow horse sports of Team Penning and Ranch Sorting. They qualified and competed for the National Championships in Texas three times, and once for the World Championships, but today most of Tom’s equine activity is an occasional trail ride in the forest surrounding his Whitefish property…the original Glacier Hops Ranch.
Shea is the founder and CEO of Brew Ninja, the software that simply helps you run your brewery like a business. Brew Ninja was the perfect marriage of his passion for software, user experience, and beer!
Before Brew Ninja, Shea was responsible for building the technical team at a Seattle-based startup, Barn2Door, a software platform that facilitates getting local food from producers to consumers. He joined Barn2Door from FieldCap, where he helped convert them from a software consulting firm to a product-based software company.
Prior to that, Shea built and led engineering teams at SaskPower, Lockheed Martin, and HB Studios working on a range of products from naval battle simulations, inventory systems, and video games. Along the way, Shea has also aided logistics companies, construction companies, and ed-tech companies through technical consulting. He earned a B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002.
I was born in Salem, Oregon-USA and raised in central British Columbia, Canada. I still reside in the Pacific Northwest in the small community of Parkdale, OR on the northern slopes of Mt Hood.
I joined Lallemand Brewing in May 2017 after entering the brewing industry back in 1992. I spent 19 years in several brew-houses and cideries(Bridgeport, Full Sail, Gordon-Bierch, Thunder Island, Crispin) with the rest of my time with an English malt company(Muntons) and a liquid yeast manufacturer(Wyeast). My current position is Regional Sales Manager-N. America and am responsible for the US, Mexican and Canadian Commercial Brewing and HomeBrew/Wine markets.
I’m a single dad with 2 kids (16 & 19 y/o son & daughter). I am an avid fisherman and snowboarder, and also an amateur sailor with a 26’ sailboat on the Columbia River.
Steve Grundy is the founder and CEO of Top 5 Solutions, your single source for process and packaging equipment in the craft beer and beverage industry.
He has been a technology leader in manufacturing for more than 25 years spending most of his career at Rockwell Automation in a variety technical and commercial leadership roles across a broad set of industries including consumer packaged goods (CPG).
For the past 5 years, with a dedicated focus on beer and beverage and an unwavering commitment to quality, Steve has completed dozens of successful projects with global multi-nationals, regional craft breweries, and neighbourhood brewpubs.
Randal, married the love of his life,Jan, 32 years ago. Starting a family came quickly; 3 daughters that are their pride and joy. They have also been blessed with a great son-in-law and 3 wonderful grandchildren.
Most of Randal’s working career has been in lumber manufacturing, starting as a general labourer and finishing as a general manager. He started homebrewing about 20 years ago mostly because Jan thought he worked too much and needed a hobby.
Randal still works full time as a general manager and in May of 2020, he and his wife started RavenWolf Brewing Co. Ltd. partly so he would have something to do in retirement. We, opened to the public April 8, 2021 and from the get-go, RavenWolf Brewing presented itself as “In, from, and for the community.”
Co-Owner of People’s Pint Brewing Company, a brewery he co-founded with Peter Caira, in Toronto’s west end Junction neighbourhood. The Brewery began with its roots firmly in the homebrewing community and continues to welcome both amateurs and professionals alike to brew collaborative beers.
Doug is active in the craft beer community as a Prud’homme Instructor and Master Beer Sommelier and continues to have a passion for beer education. He is also personally dedicated to issues that matter like climate change, social justice and supporting local businesses, Doug is a proud member of his community.
His personal conviction extends to the brewery itself and has been dedicated to promoting inclusiveness and equality. As a vocal supporter of Black Lives Matter, Women’s Organizations and the LGBTQ2 Community, we believe all are welcome in the craft beer community. We also believe in supporting our local community by raising money for a number of causes including, area schools, the OSPCA, Sunnybrook Hospital and our local food bank, The Stop.
With nearly a decade of experience in the alcohol industry, a passion for encouraging personal and professional growth, and her trademark wit, Ren Navarro is here to educate, enlighten, and engage. Since launching Beer. Diversity. in 2018, Ren has become a known name at breweries, wineries, distilleries, and beyond. She has given talks on diversity and inclusion at several colleges and countless festivals, panels, radio shows, and podcasts throughout North America. In addition to being a diversity educator, she is a craft beer consultant for bars and restaurants in Ontario and an educator for countless businesses throughout the country.
Beer. Diversity. is more than just a company that educates, it’s a resource built from the passion and love of the industry to do better and be better. Navarro’s experience in public speaking and history in the drinks world alongside her perspective as a queer Black woman makes her an essential voice in the work and outreach involved in creating a welcoming and diverse environment for beverage producers and imbibers of all backgrounds.
Taking steps. Wanting change. Having the desire and the tools to put in the work to be an agent of change. That’s what Beer. Diversity. is about.
Together we can do better. Together we can be better.
John is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Athletic Brewing Company. Athletic Brewing Company is a pioneer in the craft beer space that is dedicated to producing the finest tasting brews that just happen to be non-alcoholic.
In 2017 he joined co-founder Bill Shufelt in Stratford, CT to develop a process that would elevate a segment of the brewing industry that had not been innovated in for decades. Athletic launched commercially in 2018 and has grown tremendously over the past four years and now has brewing facilities in Stratford, CT in San Diego, CA and has just broken ground on a state of the art facility in Milford, CT slated to open in Q2 of 2022. Before Athletic, John was the Head Brewer at Second Street Brewery in Santa Fe, NM and has a long history in many aspects of food, beverage and hospitality.
Dougal Gunn Sharp routinely worked holidays as a teenager at his father’s brewery in Edinburgh. This ‘hard labour’ initially earned him pocket money but it went on to do something more. It instilled a passion in him for the fine art of crafting outstanding beers.
It was a moment of adversity that really changed things for Dougal though. In 1994 the brewery was ravaged by fire. The severe damage to the brewery meant he was thrown into the rebuild of the site. This drew him deep into the workings of the business and the brewing process. He immersed himself in re-developing the brewery’s old recipes. His passion was rewarded in 2001, becoming the first Scottish brewer to win Champion Beer of Britain.
That same year, the whisky company William Grant & Sons approached Dougal. They wanted to brew a beer that could be used to season their oak-casks ahead of filling with single malt whisky. A beer-finished whisky sounded delicious – different, innovative, exciting.
But it was the flipside of this process that really got Dougal thinking. A beer, matured in the best possible whisky casks could be incredible. This set him on the journey that would define him and Innis & Gunn. The beer was a breakthrough; intriguing and flavour packed. It was everything that Dougal believed beer could be. It was unlike any other beer. Complex, deep, smooth and rich. Flavours of toffee, vanilla, honey and spice. The finish? Subtly warming and definitely moreish. This sumptuous bold new beer was definitely an original.
Dougal believed strongly in this new beer and in the possibilities of beer maturation. So much so that in 2003, he founded Innis & Gunn to bring his Original beer and original ideas to the world. The Original continues to be Innis & Gunn’s flagship beer, alongside Innis & Gunn Lager which is the No.1 craft lager in Scotland.
The Innis & Gunn Brewery in Perth is our home for innovation and barrel-ageing. With plans to build a new large scale brewery in our hometown of Edinburgh, it will be the first new large brewery to be built in the capital in 150 years.
Andrés fondness for the good things in life that besides food includes wine, music, art and a good cigar, started early when he left his native Colombia to go to Paris. This “Citizen of the World” has lived, studied, worked in or visited a total of 52. And through his travels he has acquired an impressive set of skills and experiences that he is now applying to Andina, which embodies his ultimate dream “to own my own business before the age of 50”.
Andrés’ professional background in the Hospitality Industry includes managerial posts in some of the best hotels in Colombia, United States and Canada, and later as a Quality Assurance Manager around the world. He knows exactly the high quality standards that Andina Brewing Company needs to implement so it can become “the Greatest Micro-Brewery in BC”.
Motto: “Justice for everyone – Everything happens for a reason – later I will find out why”.
First Craft Beer: Driftwood’s Pale Ale
Favorite style of Beer: Porter, Stout
Indigenous brewer born and raised in Ottawa, spent some years in Tokyo. Worked in the food industry while going to Carleton University for history, eventually made my way to the Niagara College Brewmaster program. I strongly believe in diversity and inclusion in the industry, and strive to be welcoming to anyone I meet.
I started my career in brewing shortly after realising that my Economics degree was leading me to a life of spreadsheets, statistics and charts – oh the irony. So I applied for an array of jobs at over 300 breweries, and got two replies (thank you Timothy Taylors and Daleside Brewery). Luckily, Daleside were hiring, and after a few unsuccessful months in sales, I got myself the job of washing casks at the start of a freezing cold January – and I loved it. From there, I was given the opportunity to move over and join the reputable Thornbridge Brewery as a Shift Brewer , which eventually lead me to joining a young Beavertown Brewery team, who had only been together for a mere 4 years.
Since joining Beavertown just under 5 years ago, I have been lucky enough to see the company grow rapidly, which has meant us going from 32,000hl a year to 250,000hl in just 4 and a half years. Due to the rapid expansion of the company, it was after only 1.5 years here I ventured into contract brewing, where we contract brewed our flagship Session IPA – Neck Oil at 7 different locations, in 3 different countries, in the space of 1 year, which was pretty wild. In 2020 I also led the commissioning of Beaverworld, our brand new 220,000hl a year, state of the art automated brewery.
During my time I have been exposed to a wide array of brewing, quality and managerial challenges, all which lead me to where I am today, heading up brewing operations at Beaverworld.
Jen Blair is the Beer Quality and Education manager for Orpheus Brewing and co-host of the beer and brewing podcast False Bottomed Girls. She is an Advanced Cicerone and a National BJCP Beer Judge. She is a member of the AHA Governing Committee and the chair of the AHA Industry subcommittee.
Biography will be updated soon.
Split Rail Brewing Co, based on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, is Manitoulin’s first craft brewery, opening in 2015 after a successful Kickstarter campaign and outstanding community support. Split Rail offers genuine small-batch lagers, ales and seasonal brews, with attention to local relevance and to social and environmental impact.
Susan Snelling is a co-owner of this 100% women-owned brewery, together with Andrea Smith and Eleanor Charlton (co-founders) and Barb Erskine.
Blake brings almost a decade of experience to The Brewers Lectures, with deep understanding of beverage formulation. His knowledge of product development, sensory evaluation, market and consumer trends helps him identify and create flavors that connect with consumers.
Brienne Allan, Brewer and Production Manager, formerly of Notch Brewing in Salem, MA, has been a professional brewer for over 9 years. She led the Boston Pink Boots Chapter for 5 years as the largest chapter in the world providing scholarships for female brewing industry professionals to further their careers through education. In late May 2021, she asked her Instagram followers “Have you ever experienced sexism in the beer industry?” She received hundreds of stories from women who have faced gender discrimination, sexual assault and harassment, and racism. Since then, thousands of stories have been shared online, which has created a #MeToo movement in the beer industry. With the Brave Noise collaborative brew initiative, she hopes breweries will join her in advocating for change and develop resources to best support beer industry professionals and customers.
Christian Riemerschmid von der Heide has worked in the brewery and drinks industry for over three decades. He grew up on a farm, evolved into a business leader with passion, presence, and a strong track record of delivery across multiple disciplines. Christian is a graduate of the Technical University of Munich at Weihenstephan and has completed executive studies at INSEAD and The Wharton School. Past President of the European Brewing Convention (EBC), past President and CEO of the oldest brewing school in the Americas, the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. His brand pedigree ranges from Augustiner Brewery in Munich to Guinness in Dublin, Tusker in East Africa, Labatt in the Americas.
He has worked for entrepreneurial brewers, distillers, drinks companies and global players in a variety of senior roles. He continues to lecture at international industry events. Christian is recognized beer judge and Diploma Biersommelier , Diploma in Distilling [IBD, module 1] recognized Wine expert by the German Wine institute. Christian is farmer at Tagwerk farm at Cape Chin, Co-founder and managing partner at The Paris Beer Co. and COO at Brunswick Bierworks in Toronto.
“Tyson” worked in sports events and stadiums, before transitioning to Hospitality Management. Running some of the biggest bars & venues in Toronto, Tyson has been working in operations and consulting capacities for much of the last decade. With a passion for sustainability and making an impact, he founded Karbon Brewing.
Sasha is an International Project Officer with Global Education & Partnerships. She pursues and captures opportunities in Canada and abroad by providing tactical support to win new business. Sasha develops business strategies and contributes to new deals across all of our practice areas.
She manages contract development and diligence as well as stakeholder monitoring. Sasha has extensive management-level experience in global education, managing budgets and partner relations with business, education, government and not-for-profits.
Peter Gray is a successful entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in leadership, business development and energy conservation. With a plethora of knowledge in purification and, compressed air technology. Peter leads a team of professionals who understand the importance of a right first-time approach to improving KPI’s, inventory management, energy, maintenance costs and systems in general.
Born and raised 30 minutes outside of London England, Peter honed his expertise in clean air treatment and high-level filtration solutions in the food, pharmaceutical and beverage marketplaces for the Ultra Filter/ Donaldson group of companies. Peter later became a key account manager for prestigious UK based companies, which included Carlsberg, Nestle, Glaxo Smith Kline and Guinness to name a few. Attending process filtration school and compressed air purification design and production training in Haan Germany, he was relocated to develop the ultrafilter Donaldson operation in Toronto in 1997.
Realizing a passion for an entrepreneurial spirit, Air Solutions Hamilton was formed, in 1997, to promote compressed air best practices in the GTA.
“It was a very humble beginning” says Peter. “It was literally me, a car and a box of compressed air measurement devices, filters and housings”. “I have to pinch myself nowadays, employing over 50 people and operating the largest Kaeser compressed air distributorship, and more recently taking the reigns to run ultrafilter Canada”.
“Our business today is all about best practices and educating end users to conserve energy, increase efficiency and increase up time. We are much more than just a supplier to our clients and customers, we are their partner”.
To date, our Group of Companies have become one of the most powerful saveONenergy compressed air partners in Southern Ontario, working alongside all of the major LDC’s to administer over 150 saveONenergy applications. Our current success rate is 100% with a reduction in kW/hrs of 11,972351.7 and conservation of 5,438.37 (5.4 megawatts) peak kW and obtaining over $3 million dollars in incentive rebates on behalf of our customers.
As for ultrafilter, we stock all manner of liquid, steam and compressed air filter housings and elements, in Dundas Ontario. We have a very strong online presence and perform absolutely everything turnkey.
McColl’s Brewery is a County Durham-based craft brewery founded in 2017 by Danny and Gemma McColl. We specialise in easy-going beers, inspired by British, Belgian, and new wave styles. With our limited releases, we sometimes stray from that path to showcase our more experimental side.
The styles, ingredients and methods we use reflect our urban past, rural present, our travels, and our North-Eastern roots. All of the experiences, cultures, and flavours we encounter come together to influence our beers. With a love of both the arts and sciences and an appreciation of all beer styles, we create beers that are as easy going and approachable as we are!
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and over 14 years of experience in water and wastewater, Kevin Flis has been integral in building outcome driven solutions for water and wastewater utilities. The focus areas for these solutions have included advanced treatment, alternate delivery, emerging contaminants, potable reuse, and most recently digitally-enabled solutions.
With his current attention on digital solutions, Kevin is working with utilities to optimize their existing infrastructure and leverage data collection to reduce capex and opex through a data-driven decision intelligence approach.
A Jeopardy! silver medalist, Evan Singer has been in the beer and beverage industry for the past 10 years. Evan started in beer with Molson/Coors in their production management training program. At Molson, Evan worked in both Toronto and Vancouver breweries, gaining experience on all aspects of the industrial brewing process from grain to glass.
He moved into Craft Beer with Parallel 49 Brewing, one of BC’s largest craft breweries as their Production Manager, overseeing packaging operations and end to end brewery scheduling as P49 grew from 25,000 to over 40,000 hectoliters of production annually.
Evan managed P49’s transition from a heavy bottling operation to almost 100% of small pack into cans, with the assistance of Vessel Packaging on the can supply side. He joined Vessel in 2019 as a Technical Sales Specialist and now Business Development Specialist, helping breweries and other craft beverage producers transition into canning and expand & optimize their canning operations.
Evan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University and a Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in the UK.
Jeremy is our fun loving, always in a good mood, never upset and definitely never a sarcastic Brewing Operations Manager. He deals with the boys and girls in the back, usually repping some Canucks gear, and oversees everything that comes out of our production facility.
He loves writing music and was in a now-defunct band called Lifejacket with some other folks from the brewing industry. While brewing great brews takes a lot of time and leaves little room for band practice – however, Jeremy still writes and plays on his own time, in addition to PC gaming, and cooking.
He has two cats (Mancat and Barb Lahey) and a pug (Lucy) with his Fiancé Sarah. Sarah also works for a local brewery which goes to show – those who drink beer together stay together.
Keijo Pyörälä has been working at Vaisala (K-Patents) Liquid Measurements over 25 years in different positions from Product Management to Regional Sales Management and Global Business Development.
Keijo has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology and Executive Management from Aalto University. He has been involved in number of global product and business development projects in different industry segments from food & beverages, pulp & paper, sugar & sweeteners, pharmaceutical and semiconductor to chemical & polymer, metal & mining and oil & gas all over the world. His specialty is process optimization with in-line process measurements, process efficiency and energy savings as well as quality improvement projects. Outside of work he enjoys playing golf and different outdoor activities with family.
Craig McFarlane has been part of the craft beer industry in Calgary for almost 4 years. Originally starting off as a taproom server, he started hosting trivia nights where he became known in the city as “Trivia Daddy ”. Craig has been hosting weekly trivia nights at Calgary’s High Line Brewing since 2019.
Craig joined the staff of Born Colorado Brewing at the beginning of 2021 and is now a shift supervisor and in charge of “Fun Stuff”. He continues to host and plan various events at breweries in Calgary, as he’s been a big believer in supporting locals and keeping people entertained.
At Born Colorado Brewing, he’s been working with his bosses, Erin and Wade, to ensure that BCB is always an inclusive place, planning lots of events especially for the 2SLGBTQIA community. Recently, Craig planned, executed and participated in a “Diversity in Beer” panel at BCB with various members of marginalized communities in the craft beer scene giving their experiences and views on what it’s like in Calgary for women, Queer folxs and BIPOC.
Bernardo has brewed on three different continents, originally from Venezuela, and eventually moving to Toronto. He is a chemical engineer with a Master in brewing and beverage technology from Germany, and has over 14 years of experience in the brewing industry. Formerly Head Brewer at Mill Street, his passion for sustainability and tech has brought him to the Karbon team.
Pema has a BA from Smith College, MA in Economics and Psychology. After graduating from the all-women’s institution, she completed an advertising residency at Wieden + Kennedy, Portland, and also spent some time at their New Delhi Office in India. At the W+K offices, she worked as an Art Director and Designer for brands like IndiGo airlines, Bumble, AirBnb, Old Spice, & Fetch Eyewear.
She is now back home in Bhutan where she is working with her family at Ser Bhum Brewery by overseeing sales, PR, and exports. She is currently taking a break from her duties as a De-Suup (Guardian of Peace).
Some of Pema’s interests: Illustration, photography, languages, hiking, & managing multiple Instagram accounts to document her hobbies.