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Board Members

National Board Members are :

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Domer Rafael

CAPS Canada President

Domer Rafael has dedicated his career to the service industry with a focus on guest experience, fine wine and management. He is currently the Food and Beverage Manager at the Manitoba Club and oversees a wine cellar and private wine program of over 500 wines, an ever-evolving beverage program, a stellar cigar selection and the finest cuisine in Winnipeg. Domer is a graduate of the International Sommelier Guild, the reigning Best Sommelier of Manitoba (2017) and hopes to further evolve Manitoba's food and wine industry.

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Caroline Leblanc

CAPS Canada, Vice President and CAPS Quebec President

Born into a family of wine lovers, Caroline grew up with a deep desire to understand the (many) reasons why it has the power to connect and bring people together. Her interest in travel sparked her curiosity to discover South America and Europe, places where she fell deeply in love with viticulture. Her master's degree in Marketing Management at ESADE (Barcelona), his training as a sommelier and his WSET level 3 certificate, eventually led her to manage the export management of Familia Torres wines and spirits in Canada for five years. Caroline is currently responsible for social media for ASI, president of the Quebec Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) and Brand Manager for a wine distribution company: Vins Fins L'Agence.

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Lynn Abernethy

CAPS Canada Secretary, CAPS Ontario President

Following a varied career in office administration, events and public relations for performing arts organizations and architectural firms, Lynn finally put her geography degree to good use by following her "appreciation" of wine and spirits to more formal learning. After successfully completing her Wine Specialist Certificate from George Brown College, Lynn earned her sommelier certificates from the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) and the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) as well as her WSET Level 3. She and her business partner are about to launch Corkscrew Imports - a boutique wine agency focusing on family based wineries. She also works behind the bottle as pourer and teacher assistant with Fine Vintage Ltd. and was a co-producer for the 2019 Best Ontario Sommelier Competition (BOSC).  Lynn's active in the community and with her husband split time between their homes in Toronto and Picton, Prince Edward County.

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Sean Dolenuck

President, CAPS Manitoba

Sean Dolenuck is a professional Sommelier and restaurant specialist with La Boutique del Vino. He holds the Professional Sommelier Diploma from CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers) as well as a Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant management from SAIT (Calgary), and has been involved in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, specializing in fine dining. Sean has worked at some of the best restaurants in both Calgary and Winnipeg. His passion for wine and the hospitality industry moved him to Winnipeg for his Sommelier studies, and that opened the door to his current position as a both Manager of Licensee Sales and Purchaser with La Boutique del Vino. He offers Sommelier service including developing wine lists, marketing, training staff and management, cost controls and implementing sales strategies. Sean has joined the Manitoba Restaurant and Food Association as an Associate Board Member where he is able to provide his experience and education to assist with current and future developments. Sean was the first person awarded the best Sommelier in Manitoba in 2015 and competed in the Canadian nationals in Toronto in March 2015. Sean is happy to speak about wine whenever he can; he feels that passion and personality are his best qualities when it comes to the wine world, offering a fun and refreshing approach. Over-delivering Malbec; ever-elegant Pinot Noir; and reality-bending high quality Priorat are some of Sean’s particular wine loves.  He is also a keen teacher and competitor: he teaches martial arts as a 4th Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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Paul Doucette

CAPS Atlantic, President

Graduate of CAPS-AC Sommelier Program (2009). For more than a decade, Paul has used his wine tasting powers for the forces of good, leading wine events to raise funds for many charities. Now he has volunteered some time to be vice-president of CAPS-AC. By day, Paul is a mild-mannered emergency medicine and chronic pain physician. By night, he especially enjoys French wine.

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Mark Taylor

CAPS British Columber President

Mark is a highly regarded industry professional working in Vancouver and a graduate of the International Sommelier Guild. Most recently he was the Director Of Food And Beverage at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts where he worked to Recruit, hire and train the front-of-house food service operations including the restaurant and bakery. Prior to this he was the Hospitality Supervisor - Premium Level with Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CSE) where he was responsible for leading teams and providing ongoing coaching to ensure exceptional hospitality is provided and the fan experience is exceptional. Mark is also the former owner / operator of Siena Restaurant Vancouver where he flexed his entrepreneurial skills by organizing the business plan, financing, conceptualization, design, start up, training and day to day operations.