CBAC 2020 Sessions



Chloe Smith

General Manager/Co-owner of Townsite Brewing in Powell River, BC.

In 2003 Chloe obtained a diploma from the American Brewers Guild and began brewing professionally. In 2011 she and her family moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast to open Townsite Brewing where she currently counts the beans. Chloe sits on the Board of the BC Craft Brewers Guild and is the Western Canadian representative for the Canadian Craft Brewers Association/ Association des Microbrasseries Canadiens. She is also the vice chair of the Powell River Public Library Board of Trustees, because- why do 2 things when you can do 3?


Julia Hanlon

Steamworks Brewery

Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Julia Hanlon brings 15 years of industry experience to the Steamworks team as Head Brewer. With a chemical and biological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia, and a diploma from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, she is the first female brewer to win Best in Show for Flagship IPA at the BC Beer Awards. When she’s not creating award winning recipes at Steamworks, she has her hands full at home cooking, baking, and raising her 3 crazy kids. Julia’s desert island beer is Steamworks’ Pilsner: clean and crisp with a spicy/floral hop and balanced bitterness.


Ren Navarro

Beer. Diversity.

You would be hard-pressed to find someone in the Ontario beer industry who doesn’t know and love Ren Navarro. For over seven years she has been regarded as one of the most respected members in the industry, spending much of those years in the field as a sales representative for renowned and award-winning breweries. Working constantly as the face of breweries within her respective sales regions, Ren is no stranger to public speaking and has appeared frequently at workshops, conferences, and talks informing and entertaining people through her love of craft beer.

Alongside her fervent love of the craft beer world is her determination to bring it to a more diverse audience. Navarro is on the front-lines to initiate change both in and out of the industry.

With her extensive knowledge in craft beer, passionate drive, and hilarious wit, Ren Navarro is here to educate, enlighten, and make craft beer approachable for a more diverse audience.



Brian Smith

Brian is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor and community organizer for sustainable business and impactful economic development. Brian co-founded and is the CEO of Persephone Brewing Company – “The Beer Farm”. Persephone is renowned for both award winning beer, the early adoption of ecologically positive systems and community impact, and is the only Certified B Corp brewery in Western Canada.
In his “day job,” Brian leads Rhiza Capital – an investment firm, mandated to grow the ecosystem of social finance that can support impact ventures and move our economies toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Having founded and led successful non-profits, for-profits, and co-ops, Brian is uniquely skillful in a variety of models that have a positive impact.
Brian holds a BA in Economics from Simon Fraser University, an MA in Planning from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a Professional Certificate from the UBC Sauder School of Business. Brian and his social ventures have received a number of awards including: Top 100 Impact Companies in North America (2019), Canadian Social Enterprise of the Year (2017), Widening our World Award (2016), Land Award (2016), Celebration of Excellence Award (2014), and Top 40 Under 40 Business People in Vancouver (2009).
Today, he is focused on growing Persephone’s bottom-line and community impact while supporting mission-based venture capital and the development of the social finance ecosystem. His “happy places” are with his partner and three lovely kids in the backyard or turning spent grain into compost at the Beer Farm.” MattPhillipsBrewhousepic

Matt Phillips

Matt got his start in beer in 1996 and worked his way through a number of BC breweries before starting Phillips Brewing Co in 2001. Since then, the brewery has moved 3 times, has added a malting facility, a distillery and a soda line. The brewery is known for its community involvement, concerts and support of the arts in addition to its beer. The brewery started to track its Co2 footprint in 2010, and has been able to reduce its footprint through targeting opportunities based on knowing where the most significant impacts are within the production chain.


Leigh Stratton

Leigh started her beer career drinking at The Den at the University of Calgary.  It was there she was introduced to craft beer via Big Rock Brewery.  A few jobs at pubs followed which taught her what quality craft was.  Leigh has worked in hospitality for both Westin and Fairmont Hotels which taught her the value of guest service and how to work well in teams.  While at The Fairmont Waterfront she attended a Green Film Festival and was introduced to The Clean Bin Project producers who champion a waste-free lifestyle.  When her husband Jason came home one day and proclaimed he wanted to open a brewery, after she said you are crazy, she knew it had to be waste-free.  7 years later, 2 brewery builds and one restaurant they are the leaders in the industry for waste-free beer production.



Parker Reid

Parker Reid is the Director of Brewing Operations at Field House Brewing Co. in Abbotsford, BC. Reid has been experimenting with fruited beers since its opening in January of 2016 and In the last year has helped create the BRRL ROOM: A wild fermenting space with a focus on local terroir through the ingredients and microbes found at its location on Field House’s farm.


Sean McVeigh

Sean is the founder principal blender at Small Pony Barrel Works in Ottawa. Opened in 2017, Small Pony is Canada’s first all barrel-aged sour beer brewery. Prior to launching the brewery, Sean was barrel aging beers at home, but found he was amassing far too much beer for the number of friends he had. Well, one thing led to another, and now he enjoys taking long walks through the barrel stacks ????


Jonathan Asada

Jonathan Asada is a Trader for Miller and Smith Foods in Toronto, ON. Jonathan imports fruit ingredients from around the world, and packages them in brewer-friendly pack sizes. His love of beer led him to shift his focus in business to working with Canadian brewers. Just over a year since entering the brewing world, Jonathan now helps over 50 brewers across Ontario and Quebec with anything fruited. If he’s not in the office, he’s sharing a pint with one of the local brewers he works with.



Stephane Turcotte

Co-Founder / Head Brewer at île Sauvage Brewing Company

  • B.A. in Engligh (UNIC) and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (U. of Nottingham)
  • Opened Galmegi Brewing Co. in Busan, S. Korea (2013)
  • Certified Cicerone (2014)
  • Certificate in Brewing Technology from the Siebel Institute (2015)
  • Advanced Cicerone (2018)
  • Co-Founder / Head Brewer at île Sauvage Brewing Company (2018)

Avi Shayevitz

Avi Shayevitz is a food scientist from Oregon State University, having received his Master’s Degree in Food Science and Technology under the guidance of Professor Chris Curtin. His background includes industrial chemistry, biochemistry, fermentation microbiology, and traditional beer production technology. Previous research has focused on applying high-throughput sequencing technology to study aging progression in Lambic-style beers, and how barrel origins may affect the final outcome. During his studies, he has interned as a malt operator at Great Western Malting of Vancouver, Washington and as a product development brewer for Anheuser-Busch’s The High End division. Originally hailing from Detroit, MI, he now lives and works Montreal, QC as a Research and Development scientist for Lallemand Inc. and is heroically working on sampling every poutine Montreal has to offer.



Brian Titus

President and General Manager of Garrison Brewing Company

Brian Titus is President and General Manager of Garrison Brewing Company in Halifax. Prior to starting Garrison, he served ten years as a Naval Clearance Diving Officer in the Canadian Forces. Garrison was founded in 1997 and has been growing ever since. He oversaw both the expansion/relocation of Garrison in 2006 to the Halifax Seaport and the subsequent multi-million dollar expansion there in 2014. Over the years he has built an award-winning line-up of brands, producing over 50 different beers annually and shipping regularly to seven provinces. He also produces a line of craft soda’s under the name “Dockyard Soda Co.” and a collaboration cider with local maker Bulwark. Brian is co-founder of the “Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest”, an annual waterfront gathering held each August. Now in its’ 14th year, this is the largest East Coast beer gathering, attracting 5000 attendees and over 300 craft beers, imports and ciders.


Frédérick Tremblay

Originally from Charlevoix, Frédérick leaves his beloved region to pursue his studies in Physical Technology at La Pocatière, then a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke. If his destiny did not seem to be directed a priori towards the brewing of beer in the region, it was nevertheless during his studies that he discovered an interest in the processes while developing a passion for multiple flavors and the happiness that he provides beer tasting. He literally fell in love with the history and making of beer, but also with his partner Caroline, with whom he founded MicroBrasserie Charlevoix in 1998.

For all his years, in addition to growing the business, Frédérick has been involved in his community, but also within the Association of microbreweries of Quebec (AMBQ) where he was responsible for the quality committee before becoming chairman of the board from 2012 to 2017. He still sits on the AMBQ board, and is now co-chairman of the brand new Canadian Craft Brewers Association which was created in 2019.


Cass Enright

Cass Enright is a craft beer entrepreneur, being the founder of The Bar Towel, Ontario’s first online beer community, the Brewer’s Backyard, a craft beer festival series in Toronto and Ottawa, and a founding director of Toronto Beer Week. Most recently, Cass created the Ontario Beer Delivery Index (, the leading website tracking home beer delivery options to help Ontario’s brewing industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Cellar Diving, a virtual beer conversation series featuring leading international brewing personalities.

Outside of beer, Cass is the CEO of a creative production agency that helps companies create big idea multichannel content at small costs, and has worked with some of the world’s leading brands and Canada’s most well-known actors and actresses.


Jason Fisher

Jason is the owner operator of the Indie Alehouse brewery and brewpub in the west end of Toronto.

Jason first got into home brewing at age 16, for a Gr. 10 science project cleverly titled “the life cycle of yeast” as a cover for brewing beer as a school project.

Home brewing became a hobby for a long while, Jason collected more than 1000 magazines and books from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s on brewing but with no real prospects of opening a brewery at the time chose to pursue a diverse education first at Dalhousie University ’92 , then U of T in Geology ’94, Chemistry, Physics and Business before attending brewing school solely as a hobby.

As an executive in marketing and business analytics for 15+ years with Bell Canada and American Express, Jason spent any free time homebrewing, traveling, and building data models and business plans on how a small brewery could be built and work on a small budget within the archaic laws of Ontario. With frequent work travel to the US, Jason was heavily influenced by the new small breweries popping up all over the US, and counts many of them as strong influences for the Indie Alehouse.

The Indie Alehouse now has 3 operating locations including a production facility and a small on-site brewpub inside Eataly Toronto.


Ken Beattie

Ken’s passion for the beer industry began in British Columbia in 1987 when he was hired as a summer student for a brewery. Ken has now spent nearly 30 years in the beer community in British Columbia in various sales management roles with 2 breweries.

Since July 2013, Ken’s role as the Executive Director of BC Craft Brewers Guild, combines his passion and experience in representing over 180 independently owned and operated craft breweries and brewpubs who are currently shaping BC’s beer culture. Ken also works with as the project lead for the BC Ale Trail, is a faculty member of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Brewing and Brewing Operations program and sits on the board of the Canadian Craft Brewers Association.



Emily Tipton

Emily Tipton is co-founder and beer engineer at Boxing Rock Brewing Company. Since Boxing Rock opened in 2013 her job has involved everything it takes to brew craft beer and run a small business, from milling grain to brewing, bottling beer, pouring beer samples and running the payroll. She is a chemical engineer, who graduated from the University of Alberta in 1999 and has experience in project management, sustainable development and facilitation. She worked as an engineer in Canada, Europe and Asia before moving to rural Nova Scotia in 2007 years ago where she became a municipal planner, engineer and sustainable development coordinator. Building a craft brewery in Shelburne was what she figured would be the most fun she could have applying her engineering skills to creating a sustainable rural business, and a new career path for herself in the community she loves. Emily is a very active community member and advocate for entrepreneurship and import replacement as key pieces of rural economic development.  She’s also a proud hockey mom, and President of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Region Representative on the Board of the Canadian Craft Brewers Association.


Marcus Cote

Director, Business Development and Food Beverage Specialist

Marcus Cote is a director within RBC’s commercial banking division, with a specific focus on the food and beverage industry. With over 10 years of experience supporting the agri-food sector, Marcus advices business owners and executives on financing organic growth, acquisitions, transformational capital projects and succession events including dividend recaps, shareholder buyouts and management buyouts. Beyond providing capital, his team also offers strategic advice and access to a breadth of RBC experts on topics such as hedging solutions and strategies, wealth management, bespoke tax and estate planning, employee engagement solutions and practical approaches to increasing the value of your business. Prior to joining RBC in 2017, Marcus held roles at Roynat Capital, GE Capital and the BDC providing financial solutions to the food and beverage sector. Marcus has a Bachelor of Management from Dalhousie University and earned a CPA, CMA as well as a CFA designation.


Peter Chiodo

Founder, Artisan Brewer, & President – Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

Peter Chiodo is the Founder, Artisan Brewer and President of the independently-owned, family-operated Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Leading the Craft Beer Revolution in Ontario, the Flying Monkeys have some of the highest rated, most respected beers flowing out of Canada today exporting a taste of Ontario Craft Beer to eight other provinces, the US, and 17 different countries across Europe and Asia. The brewery’s mantra, “Normal is Weird” comes from Peter’s mandate to Brew Fearlessly, take risks, and, above all, love what you do and make. Peter completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management at the University of Alabama (1990), his Master’s of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi (1993), and the Intensive Brewing Science program at University of California, Davis (2014).


Vince Charbonneau

Vice President – Vancouver Island Brewing & Muskoka Brewery

Vince Charbonneau is a Vice President at Krismark Holdings, a family-owned and operated holding company, which has been involved in craft beer since 2008 when it invested in Muskoka Brewery.  Krismark has been a strong and ardent supporter of craft beer communities across the country and welcomed another storied and authentic brand to the family when it became the new owner of Vancouver Island Brewing in 2016.  Whether you are about to “Venture off the Beaten Path” or “Get a Taste of the Island” with these fiercely passionate and award-winning breweries, you’ll be sure to enjoy their finest and freshest creations.  Vince supports and advises the breweries across many functions, including market and product strategy, long-term planning, corporate finance, major expansionary and capital initiatives, trademarks and legal.  Vince completed his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Manitoba (1997) and holds his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designations.



Joe Wiebe

Joe Wiebe, the “Thirsty Writer,” is the author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries, the definitive guidebook to British Columbia’s burgeoning craft beer industry, currently in its second edition, which was a B.C. bestseller in 2013 and won the Gourmand Award for Best Beer Book in Canada. A second edition was released in 2015.

Joe has been a freelance writer for 20 years, writing hundreds of articles on a wide range of subjects including arts and culture, sports, business and travel, but since 2008 he has mainly written about craft beer in a wide variety of publications.

Joe is a co-founder and Beer Director of Victoria Beer Week, which takes place annually in early March, and the BC Ale Trail project, for which he is the Content Manager. He is also the beer columnist for CBC Radio’s All Points West program and often appears on other radio and TV shows as a craft beer expert. He emceed the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2016, and regularly hosts panel discussions and beer seminars in venues throughout British Columbia.

Education: MFA Creative Writing – University of British Columbia (2006)


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