The 23rd Annual NB Spirits Festival
Guest Bios
Guest Bios
David Beauroy
David Beauroy
Owner - DBINO Inc, representing Hunter Laing

David Beauroy, B.A. (Bishop's University Cum Laude), is owner of DBINO Inc (aka David Beauroy Selections), an Ontario-based fine wine, spirits and sake agency. Previously he worked for 10 years at the LCBO followed by several years with an award-winning fine wine and spirits agency. While at the LCBO he was on several tasting panels and on a weekly basis assessed up to 300 products from all over the world. Through the last 4 years at LCBO, he was an assistant product manager on the Vintages Buying Team for European Wines, and later New World Wines and product manager for Sakes.

Prior to the LCBO, he worked as professional chef in some of world's top restaurants, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Eigensinn Farm in Collingwood, and at Don Alfonso, a 3-star Michelin near Sorrento. He has also worked as a winemaker and vineyard manager in Greece and in Bordeaux. He is just back from Scotland visiting with the Hunter Laing team in Glasgow and on Islay.

You can follow him on Instagram @beauwinespiritsake

Frank Biskupek
Frank Biskupek
National Brand Ambassador - The Glenlivet

Born and raised in Edinburgh Scotland, where he remains a long standing member of the Scots Malt Whisky Society, Frank moved to Canada in 1981 to further an already successful Sales career. Most recently, Frank left the LCBO to start his dream job as the Ambassador for The Glenlivet.

Frank likes nothing better than sharing whisky stories and enjoying the friendship and tradition that is the single malt. His passion for Scotland and its most famous export is clear to everyone who meets him.

Dante Raphael Concepcion Jr.
Dante Raphael Concepcion Jr.

Dante has 13 years of experience in the spirts and hospitality industry, with a large emphasis on education and training. A former bartender turned educator, Dante has written curriculum for numerous bartending schools and consults with a wide range of hotels, restaurants and bars; developing beverage and logistical operations programs across North America

Dante is also the co-founder of Graffiti Hospitality, a full-service agency that has one goal: Grow, Educate and Aid in the Creative Development of the Hospitality Industry.

Ray Daniel
Ray Daniel
Beam Suntory Bourbon Ambassador

Ray Daniel brings with him nearly two decades of experience behind the bar, from Europe to North American where he is currently the Beam Suntory Bourbon Ambassador to Canada.

Hailing from Ireland, he has a huge and broad range of knowledge of whiskey, and the bourbon category in particular. With a long background in competitive bartending, Ray's escapades have landed him in competitions and as a guest speaker and lecturer throughout Canada, Mexico and the USA and appearing in publications such as Whisky Magazine and The New York Times.

Jam packed with passion, humour and a massive respect for the history of Whiskey, Rays presentations have become a much sought-after affair.

Lukasz Dynowiak
Lukasz Dynowiak
Global Brand Ambassador - International Beverage

Lukasz Dynowiak's contagious passion for Scottish distilling and his refreshingly demystifying approach to fine spirits has over the years made him one of the most recognisable whisky experts. Having started his professional involvement with Scotland's national drink at The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre in Edinburgh, he subsequently built the most influential whisky blog in the UK, developed a successful drinks consultancy, judged international spirits competitions and wrote for a number of publications, including co-authoring the acclaimed "1001 whiskies you must try before you die".

In 2015 Lukasz was appointed Global Brand Ambassador at International Beverage, taking on a unique role with one of the most revered producers of fine spirits in the world. He describes his job as constantly oiling the joint between the conservative world of whisky-making and the modern knowledgeable drinker.

Mark Gillespie
Mark Gillespie
Founder & Host - Whiskycast

Host of WhiskyCast. Journalist, podcaster, photographer, & writer.

WhiskyCast began in 2005, and has become one of podcasting's longest-running shows, along with a global online whisky community. In addition to the weekly podcast, Mark also hosts the monthly WhiskyCast Tasting Panel podcast and WhiskyCast HD video segments.

Mark was previously a contributing editor to Whisky Magazone and is also a veteran broadcast and electronic journalist, having worked directly or as a freelancer for Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network, The Gallup Organization, MSNBC, and several television and radio stations.

Greg Godfrey
Greg Godfrey
Executive Chef - The Delta Fredericton

Greg Godfrey is the Executive Chef at The Delta Fredericton. He received his Culinary Degree from The Culinary Institute of Canada.

Upon graduation Chef Godfrey was drawn out west to work at the many world class resorts that the Rockies have to offer. Chef Godfrey worked at Chateau Lake Louise, Delta lodge at Kananaskis and Predator ridge golf resort to name a few. After his 14 years managing various kitchens there, Greg decided it was time for a change of scenery and was given the opportunity to move to Fredericton, where he was offered the position of Executive Chef of the Delta Fredericton.

He currently resides in Fredericton with his wife Janice, and their two sons Noah and Luke.

Tish Harcus
Tish Harcus
Brand Ambassador - Canadian Club

Tish is responsible for managing the Canadian Club Brand Center in Walkerville, Ontario, and attends whisky shows in Canada and the US to share her love of the portfolio. With over 27 years of experience representing the brand, she is a key member of the Global CC marketing team.

In March 2014 she accepted two awards in London, England for 2013/14 Whisky Center Manager of the Year from the prestigious Icons of Whisky Association.

In 2013 Tish developed the CC Women & Whisky program for women who are interested in knowing more or discovering whisky for the first time. Since its inception, she has traveled the world sharing her knowledge with women.

Tish takes great pride in sharing Canadian Club's historical facts with key sales people, distributors and the general public.

Elizabeth Havers
Elizabeth Havers
Brand Ambassador - Glenfiddich

Over the past 14 years Elizabeth Havers has immersed herself in the world of whisky. Today, she champions trade and consumer education and advocacy for all William Grant & Sons Whisky products throughout Canada. Until recently, Elizabeth was the sole female single malt whisky ambassador in Canada, and one of very few in the world.

Beth first fell in love with Whisky while living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since then she has spent the past 14 years working in the Beverage Alcohol Industry, increasing her knowledge and passion in all things Whisky. Beth has spent time working in Dufftown, at the William Grant & Sons distilleries.

Prior to joining the William Grant & Sons team, Beth most recently held sales, marketing and brand specialist positions at Diageo. She is a graduate of The University of Guelph and has completed her Wine and Spirits Education through The International Sommelier Guild. Most recently, Elizabeth Havers was honoured with the Icon of Whisky Rest of World 2016 Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year Award in Whisky Magazine.

Allisa Henley
Allisa Henley
Distiller - Sazerac of Tennessee

Allisa is a born and raised Tennessean with a passion for all things whiskey.  She is especially passionate about Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon and serves as the Distiller for Sazerac of Tennessee. Allisa plays an integral role in the development of Sazerac's new Tennessee Whiskey, along with other fine Tennessee spirits.

She has worked in the spirits industry for more than 12 years, spending the first part of her career at Diageo. During this time, she wore many hats, including brand marketing, ambassador, educator, and distillery and warehouse operations.  She was the first Diageo operations person recognized as a Master of Whiskey.  Through her hard work and dedication, she became the Distiller of George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey.

Allisa travels the country sharing her industry experience and knowledge.  She can uniquely discuss the business from the distillery and maturing operations side as well as from the marketing and customer perspective.  She continues to share her experiences in tastings, seminars, representing women in whiskey, and by hands on education in a distillery setting.  Allisa has a B.A in Business Administration from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and M.B.A. from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

Jamie Johnson
Jamie Johnson
Brand Ambassador - The Balvenie

Jamie's love of whisky began many years ago when she made an impulsive visit to a distillery in Kentucky in the middle of a road trip. She's been enchanted ever since.

In 2014 she began offering casual, fun and approachable whisky tastings in her home. The tastings were so popular, she was forced to expand beyond her Toronto living room - and she began partnering with some of the city's most popular bars and restaurants to host monthly tastings. Her whisky club, Bourbon Thing continued to grow rapidly and provide a space for whisky aficionados and neophytes alike to enjoy a dram, a laugh and some whisky education together.

Jamie is also co-hosts of a pupular weekly whisky podcast, The Whisky Topic with whisky author Mark Bylok.

Jamie joined The Balvenie family as Canadian Brand Ambassador in January of 2017.

You can find her on tweeting and instagramming at @bourbonthing.

Matt Jones
Matt Jones
Whisk(e)y Ambassador - Beam Suntory

Matt has been Beam Suntory Canada's Bourbon Whiskey Ambassador since 2010, representing the Jim Beam Family, Maker's Mark, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden's, Baker's and Booker's Small Batch Collection. Matt has been working within the beverage alcohol industry for 18 years as bartender, mixologist and consultant, so it's no surprise that Matt's passions include the culinary arts, cocktails, and people. Known to many as The Whisk(e)y Chef, Matt travels across Canada preaching the gospel of whisk(e)y and spreading his love of bourbon often with a cocktail and culinary approach. This, coupled with his love of travel and wealth of knowledge in the alcohol beverage industry, has made Matt the perfect bourbon specialist to travel coast to coast educating consumers and trade professionals on whisk(e)y.

In 2016 Matt was officially highly commended by Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky as World Whisky Ambassador of the Year 2016 and won the Global American Whiskey Ambassador of the Year 2017. Matt was most recently featured on the cover of Whisky Magazine issue 138, a global publication.

Davin Kergommeaux
Davin de Kergommeaux

Davin de Kergommeaux has been writing about, talking about, and teaching about whisky for two decades. In 2016 The Globe and Mail named him one of the most influential Canadians in Food and Drink.

His new book, Canadian Whisky: The New Portable Edition, second edition, was published on October 3, 2017, on the Appetite by Random House imprint.

Davin is the founder and chairperson of the Canadian Whisky Awards, and publishes comprehensive notes about Canadian whiskies on canadianwhisky.org. He lives in Canada and writes full time.

Find him on social media @Davindek.

Guillaume Lamy
Guillaume Lamy
Whisk(e)y Ambassador - Beam Inc.

Guillaume Lamy is the Vice President The Americas for Cognac Ferrand, the father of artisanal spirits based in Ars, France. He has been with the company for over 15 year and is responsible for sales, marketing and consumer education for the Cognac Ferrand brands in North and South America including: Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Citadelle Gin, Mathilde Liqueurs, Plantation Rums, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Cerbois Armagnac and Daron Calvados. He was born and raised in France and did his higher studies in both France and the U.S. Mr. Lamy began working for Cognac Ferrand in France and then transferred to the U.S.

He travels to Cognac every year to work with the Alexandre Gabriel, proprietor of Cognac Ferrand, and the distillery's Cellar Master to develop new blends and decide when to release new products and vintages in the Americas. Mr. Lamy has extensive knowledge of spirits and has conducted seminars on Cognac and other French regional spirits as a guest lecturer at Boston University and Fairleigh Dickenson University. He has spread his spirits knowledge as a speaker on industry panel discussions around the country and has served as a spirits judge for many organizations, including the American Distilling Institute (ADI).

Johanne McInnis
Johanne McInnis

Freelance spirits writer, whisky panelist and judge with over 25 years experience as a public speaker.

Armed with an educational background in distillation she regularly travels the world and presents master classes in the UK well as North America.

Passionate, enthusiastic and entertaining; Johanne loves to share her stories, knowledge base and help others on their own spirits discovery journey.

Mike McLean
Mike McLean
Program Coordinator and Lead Trainer - Mixxit Canada by Beam Suntory

Mike McLean is the Program Coordinator and Lead Trainer for Mixxit Canada by Beam Suntory. In this role, Mike represents the full range of Beam Suntory brands at training session, trade shows, industry events, bartending competitions and mixology competitions across Canada.

Based near Toronto, Mike is a veteran of the hospitality industry with almost twenty-five years of experience to his credit. In addition to his involvement with Mixxit Canada, Mike is also the owner of Flairco Event Services and Vice President of the Flair Bartenders' Association.

Cameron Millar
Cameron Millar
Portfolio Ambassador - Edrington

After a brief discussion with Cameron, two things become evident: first, is his fiery passion for whisky, and the second is his gift for the gab, always willing to chat with anyone at length about his favourite spirit; the water of life, whisky. After beginning a career in the marketing world, Cameron attended a Raise The Macallan event in his home town of Toronto and has been enamored with the Highland sweetheart ever since. Seeking out knowledge and becoming a resource for friends and family, Cameron transitioned into a full-time whisky ambassador.

Now a certified Scotch Whisky Ambassador, Cameron is honoured to represent the Edrington Portfolio that includes such award winnings spirits as The Macallan, Highland Park, The Glenrothes, The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Brugal Rum.

Ian Millar
Ian Millar
Brand Ambassador & Master Distiller - William Grant & Sons Ltd.

Born in Pitlochry in Perthshire in the Highlands of Scotland in 1953, Ian Millar joined independent family distillers William Grant & Sons Ltd in 1998 as Distilleries Manager for the company's flagship Glenfiddich and Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky distilleries.

Ian celebrated 40 years in the whisky industry in February 2014, having worked for a number of distillers in various technical and production roles, including mashing, distillation, warehousing and production management. He was previously Distillery Manager at the Bladnoch, Mortlach, Blair Athol, Dalwhinnie, Linkwood and Glen Elgin Distilleries before joining William Grant & Sons as General Manager of Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie Distilleries.

Ian was invited to become a Keeper of the Quaich in 2008, an organisation created to promote the long term global success of Scotch Whisky.

Martine Nouet
Martine Nouet

Martine is one of the world's leading whisky writers and a specialist on the pairing of whisky and food, Martine particularly enjoys writing about (and of course enjoying) Scotch Whisky. A regular contributor to Whisky Magazine, she launched the Whisky Magazine French edition in 2004 and continues to provide her perspective and tasting notes on spirits from around the world.

She hosts whisky dinners in France and in Scotland and is a judge at the annual International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. She is also the author of "Les Routes du Malt". In France, Martine is known as La reine de l'Alambic (The Queen of the Still!), and she was "The whisky chef" on singlemalt TV, a webTV channel dedicated to whisky.

Martine Nouet travelled the whisky trails intensely in 2009 with French Canadian film maker Bruno Carrière who produced a fourteen hour program on whisky for Evasion channel, "Passion Whisky".

Martine was born in Normandy and now makes Islay her home. We're honoured to have her back as our special guest for another special year.

Ciaran O'Rourke
Ciaran O'Rourke
Jameson Brand Ambassador

Originally from the royal county of Meath, Ireland, Ciaran has spent much of his time in Dublin both studying and working. In 2013, he graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a BA in International Business and French. He has recently graduated with a MSc in Marketing Practice from the UCD Smurfit Business School.

Piror to his master's degree, he spent two years working in sales and marketing for an American craft beer and whiskey company in both Ireland and France. While pursuing his master's degree, and for some time afterwards, he worked in a very busy late bar in south county Dublin which further fuelled his passion for the drinks industry.

Some of his other passions include music (having been a musician for a number of years), song writing, marketing, sport, discovering new cultures, socialising with friends and living life to the fullest!

Rebecca Paul
Rebecca Paul
Regional Account Manager - Bacardi Canada

Rebecca's primary focus is on the tequila category including Cazadores Tequila and of course Tequila Patron. She has been working with the Patron brand for years and absolutely loves everything the brand stands for.

Rebecca has completed her Patron Masterclass Certificate and has been to the Hacienda, where Patron is made, to witness the creation of the amazing handcrafted Tequila Patron. Starting from the fresh agave fields and finishing in a beautiful handcrafted bottle we all know as Patron, it is a very unique process that she has been fortunate to witness first hand. She has also completed the CRT Certificate which is a course run by the Tequila Regulatory Council in Mexico. Rebecca has the privilege to travel across Canada educating so many amazing people about Patron Tequila and all the hard work that goes into each and every bottle. Rebecca is extremely passionate about Patron and is very excited to visit Fredericton to educate the community.

Charlie Roberts
Charlie Roberts
Education & Training Director - Fever Tree USA

Charlie Roberts was born in a small village in Cambridgeshire, England. Good food and drink was always around him and sometimes in touching distance, at a young age. Growing up with lots of amazing ingredients growing in the garden or locally grown. Art & Design was then the focus through his school life, alongside rugby before moving to Nottingham Trent University and completing a degree in Graphic Design. Internships followed at Howies Jeans co in SW Wales and Liberty of London.

An opportunity with Fever-Tree didn't come as a surprise to many, with his love for making drinks and gin especially! He has worked with the World top 50 bars, such as Dandelyan, American Bar at The Savoy, Nightjar, Oriole and Swift. Michelin star sites, Sketch, Clove Club, City Social, Hakkasan, The Neptune, Morston Hall and Galvin La Chapelle.

After 4 plus years in Fever-Tree UK, Charlie is the Education & Training Director in the New York office. As a new New Yorker, Charlie also intends to visit as many distilleries as he can, across the US & Canada sampling the food and drink, that represent that area.

Frank Scott
Frank Scott
Founder & Chairman, New Brunswick Spirits Festival

Whenever Frank Scott pours a single malt into a glass, a look of satisfaction and contentment crosses his face. No wonder. As one of Canada's most respected Scotch connoisseurs, he's passionate about whisky.

Frank co-owns and manages the Lunar Rogue, an award-winning pub in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. With more than 500 whiskies on the gantry - one of the best selections in North America - the "Rogue" is a favourite destination for whisky lovers. Whisky Magazine calls it one of the "great whisky bars of the world".

Born in Fredericton, Frank's 39-year career as a publican began in 1976 when he opened his first pub. Ten years later, he developed an interest in Scotch whisky, and, ever since, has devoted himself to expanding and sharing his knowledge about how it's produced. Since 1992, he's hosted many whisky seminars and tastings for corporate groups and charitable events.

Frank is a member and past president of the Whisky Tasting Society of New Brunswick. He has toured more than 70 distilleries and each year attends the Spirit of Speyside Festival, which named him International Ambassador during the 2014. In 2016, he was inducted as a Keeper of the Quaich.

Bryan Simpson
Bryan Simpson
National Brand Ambassador for Ardbeg & Glenmorangie

Bryan Simpson has been a part of the Scotch Whisky community for over a decade, both in his native Scotland and his new home of Canada. Born in Glasgow, but now living in Toronto, he has ignited thousands of Canadians' passion for Single Malt before being appointed Canadian Brand Ambassador for Ardbeg and Glenmorangie

Back in Scotland, Bryan combined his love for the Highlands with his whisky tasting zeal and formed a whisky club that experienced Scotch in the heart of Scotland's wilds. His well-honed palate was developed pairing whisky drinkers with their perfect dram where he gained a reputation of hosting engaging presentations to both those new to Scotch and experienced malt enthusiasts.

Bryan's obsession with Ardbeg and Glenmorangie is not just what's in the glass, but the history of both brands and how it ties to Scotch Whisky as a whole. His interest in the scientific aspects of Scotch making is clear, but just as important to him is the social world that exists around his favourite drink and how it brings people together.

Bill Somerville
Bill Somerville
Canadian Brand Ambassador for Benromach and Gordon & MacPhail

Born in Scotland, Bill Somerville is the Canadian Brand Ambassador for Benromach and Gordon & MacPhail. Bill has an extremely varied background which has taken him all around the world and armed him many stories to tell. He is, for all intents and purposes the penultimate "international man of mystery"". Bill recently retired from SNC-Lavalin and now represents G&M and Benromach throughout Canada, this is all on top of many other professional and leisurely duties.

Gordon & Macphail is located in the North East of Scotland and are known for their unique process of purchasing spirit from distilleries throughout Scotland and maturing in their own casks. Today Gordon & MacPhail boast an impressive portfolio which include the world's oldest bottled single malts.

Benromach is a small distillery in Speyside focussed on tradition and quality above everything else. The distillery operates manually and relies heavily on the skill of their stillman. Producing a classic style of Speyside single malt and ensuring only the best quality 1st fill casks are used for maturation are of utmost importance.

Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
Brand Ambassador - Forty Creek Whisky

Falling in love with whisky at first sip, Chris Thompson aspires to share the Forty Creek story with whisky fans everywhere. With an extensive background in relationship building and creating brand experiences, his current role allows him to develop partnerships with key influencers and consumers, all the while sharing his love for the Grimsby, Ontario-based brand known for its range of complex, yet approachable whiskies.

Thompson has been an active member of the Forty Creek team, and played a key role in creating the distillery's on-site experience. Starting as a retail manager, he gained a rich understanding of the brand's offerings and was eager to share his passion for the Forty Creek portfolio with colleagues and customers.

Prior to joining Forty Creek, Thompson began his career in the entertainment industry, working on the road with Canadian and international artists, producing award shows, music festivals and corporate events. Living in Niagara, the heart of Ontario's wine country, he landed in the tourism and wine industry, helping build award-winning attractions and wineries from the ground up. When he's not working, an ideal day for Thompson entails putting on a record (yes, vinyl one!), spending time with family and enjoying a glass of Forty Creek.

Samuel Trudeau
Samuel Trudeau
Bacardi Portfolio Ambassador for Montréal

Samuel Trudeau, the Bacardi Portfolio Ambassador for Montréal, began his hospitality career in tourism in 2008 with International Hostel Organizations in Bahamas and Mexico. From there he soon transitioned into the Mixology world as the Cocktail Specialist for corporate events and media in Montreal area.

In 2012, after obtaining his Diploma in Sales, he developed and successfully managed, as Co-owner and Barchef, several bars and restaurants, combining his passion for mixology and entrepreneurial vision. In addition, Samuel acted as consultant for various projects including, Harris Sadat Group Bar opening in Dubai and for the Birch Collective in New York. As a very well known and respected figure in the Montreal Mixology and Bartender Community, Samuel participated as Mixologist Collaborator on Web Series, Provincial Radio and National Television shows. Samuel's desire and determination to constantly learn and develop new and more efficient techniques, combined with a great sense of humor made him a natural leader and tremendous competitor in the Canadian spirits community. A recipient of more than 15 National and Provincial prestigious Bartender Awards, Samuel is always working hard to develop his talents and do his best.

Alan Winchester
Alan Winchester
Master Distiller - The Glenlivet

Alan Winchester was appointed as Master Distiller of The Glenlivet in 2009. He mastered a dazzling succession of skills as mashman, brewer and stillman in 20 distilleries until he reached his present position, applying his wisdom and passion at every level.

Alan's determination extends outside the world of single malt; he is a keen walker and has conquered all of Scotland's famous 283 Munros, a classification of Scottish mountain over 3000 feet.

As Master Distiller, Alan is the ultimate custodian of The Glenlivet. It is his job to ensure the legacy that George Smith began all those years ago continues: that the whisky is always of supreme quality and that all new products reflect the spirit's character and depth. A tremendous responsibility, and one that he takes great pride in.