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Board Members

National Board Members are :

Mark DeWolf

President and Chair of the Board, CAPS National

Mark DeWolf is the founder and owner of By the Glass. In 2002, Mark passed the International Sommelier Guild's final exam with the second highest mark in Canada. After graduation Mark took a position as an editor of one North America's largest on-line wine publications, Appellation America. Since leaving Appellation America, Mark started his own beverage consultancy company, and became the Publications Editor of Occasions Magazine, which is produced for all four of Atlantic Canada’s liquor monopolies and Alberta's Real Canadian Liquor Store chain. Mark has been a Sommelier instructor with CAPS since 2004. Mark occasionally writes for other publications, when time allows.

902-488-9959

Aline Migneault

Vice-President, CAPS National and Vice-President, CAPS Quebec

Coming soon

Dan Tanner

Treasurer, CAPS National and Past President, CAPS Atlantic

Dan began his passion for food and wine in 1999 while attaining his Hospitality Diploma, and in the years since, he has become a certified Sommelier from the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and returned to college in 2009 to enroll to enroll in the Culinary Arts program to refine his culinary skills. Graduating from this program in 2011, he is now working on attaining his Red Seal certification. As a volunteer, he remains actively involved at the Board of Directors level with the CAPS-Atlantic and the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia. Dan’s affinity for food and wine spills over into his personal life as well.  When not at work Dan has a small organic farm complete with several hundred grape vines, so he can fully understand wine from the ground to the glass.

902-298-0032

Michelle McCarthy

Past president, CAPS National

Michelle is a certified Sommelier, is proud to be the President of the National Board for the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers/ Association Canadienne des Sommeliers Professionnels (CAPS/ACSP) and Vice-President of the Alliance of Pan-American Sommeliers (APAS). Formerly the President of the Ontario Chapter of CAPS and their Director of Education for the sommelier program, she holds the Diploma of Wine from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and is a WSET Certified Educator & Assessor. In addition to her passion for wine, the profession of sommelier, and the wine industry, she also holds a Masters in Leadership Studies; is a wine educator, with national and international teaching experience at the college and university level; holds diplomas in Culinary, Hotel and Food & Beverage Management; and, she conducts private and corporate seminars. Michelle is a member of CAPS, an Associate Member of the Institute of Wine, and the Women's Culinary Network.

519-766-2955

Romain Gruson

Director, CAPS National and President Quebec CAPS

After obtaining an MBA in the United States and traveling to the 4 corners of the wine world, Romain Gruson arrived in Montreal in 1997 where he founded Le Petit Cercle du Vin, which offers training and evening entertainment. Sommelier for several gourmet restaurants including Bistro à Champlain and Club privé le 357c. Romain was elected Head Sommelier of the Year at the chefs’ gala in 2005. Graduated Sommelier-conseil from the Université du Vin de Suze-la-Rousse and holder of the London WSET diploma, he has taught sommelier profession to the members of the Amicale des Sommeliers du Québec and future wine professionals at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec for the past 15 years. He is currently professor at the Institut de Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and Certified Educator for the WSET.

514-270-9815

Elsa Macdonald

Director of Operations and Secretary, CAPS National and President, CAPS Ontario

President of the Ontario Chapter and Marketing Manager with Vincor Canada, A Constellation Company, Elsa develops and promotes Canadian wines and wine brands.  Elsa entered wine after a career as a Management Consultant in Telecom and Financial Services.  Elsa was certified by CAPS as a Sommelier in 2006 and became an Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits in 2009 (diploma graduate).  She received the Inniskillin Award for Top Academic Achievement in the CAPS program and the OIWSBA (Drinks Ontario) Brian Kirkwood Memorial Scholarship Award for top-achieving student in the IWEG/WSET Diploma Program.

905-564-300357

Michelle Bouffard

Director, CAPS National and President, CAPS British Columbia

Michelle co-owns house wine, a consulting company offering private and corporate tastings, team building seminars, wine education, restaurant consultation and cellar management. Established in 2003, house wine advocates wine pleasure without pretence, where wine is demystified and laughs are guaranteed. Michelle grew up in Québec where she studied classical trumpet. In 1996, she moved to Vancouver to finish her bachelor’s degree in classical music and started working in fine dining restaurants. An introductory wine course proved to be a revelation. She went on to complete her International Sommelier Diploma which she finished with top marks as well as the internationally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma Programme. From 2003-2006 she was the resident sommelier at Marquis Wine Cellars. Michelle was an instructor and a department head for the International Sommelier Guild from 2003 till 2013 and she teaches the WSET for the Liquor Distribution Branch. Michelle sits on expert panels for Cornucopia, the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival and the Vancouver Magazine wine awards. She’s also been a judge for the International Competition of Wines for Fish in the Marche in Italy. Michelle has been a regular wine columnist for CBC French radio since 2006, she writes for a variety of local and national magazines and makes regular television appearances. Michelle has traveled to many of the world’s major wine regions which add to her wealth of knowledge and experience. In 2013 she started the BC chapter for the Canadian Association of Professional Sommelier and he is now the president. Her defining wine moment was having her soother dipped in Champagne at Baptism but she also fully admits to cheating on wine with a delicious beer.

Sara D’Amato

Director, CAPS National and Vice-President, CAPS Ontario

Sara d’Amato is a Toronto-based wine consultant, sommelier and contributor to Vines Magazine. She has worked in cellars both in Niagara and in France and formerly as Sommelier of Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. A graduate of the University of Toronto and of Niagara College’s winery and viticulture technician program, she was the youngest and only woman to win the grand prize at Canadian Renaissance Wine Tasting Challenge in 2006 as featured in CBC’s Wine Confidential Documentary. Sara has been awarded The Ontario Hosteliery’s “Top 30 Under 30” Award and is a staunch promoter of local wine and gastroculture. . In addition to serving on the CAPS Board, Sara is a member of the Wine Writer’s Circle of Canada and participates in judging wine competitions across the country.

Sylvia Jansen

Director, CAPS National and President, CAPS Manitoba

A wine educator, speaker and writer, Sylvia is a sommelier instructor and wine consultant at Banville & Jones Wine Co. in Winnipeg. She holds certification as a sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Masters; her wine credentials also include certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and the Society of Wine Educators. Sylvia has co-developed Banville & Jones’ wine appreciation courses for the public, wine training courses for restaurant personnel and management, and is a guest wine instructor at Red River College. Her wine study and travel have taken her through Canada’s wine regions; California and Oregon in the USA; and in Europe (many parts of France [including numerous trips to Champagne], Italy, Spain, and Portugal), and to South Africa.

204-948-9463

DJ Kearney

Director, CAPS National and Vice-President, CAPS British Columbia

DJ Kearney is a Vancouver-based wine educator, wine writer, judge, presenter and classically trained chef.  She has trained hundreds of sommelier candidates for the International Sommelier Guild during a decade as a non-stop travelling instructor in California, Colorado, Texas, Nevada, Washington State, Oregon as well as her home province of British Columbia. A diverse background in wine, food and geology makes DJ uniquely qualified to guide the discovery of the world’s wine regions, the sharpening of palates, the understanding of terroir and the chemistry of food and wine harmony. DJ is a critic with WineAlign and previously wrote for Wine Access Magazine until it folded.  She appears on radio and television regularly; moderates and presents at wine festivals throughout North America and judges several major wine competitions annually.  She is the Head Judge of the Vancouver Magazine International Wine Competition, now in its 10th year.  She consults for a small client list assisting with wine programs, lists, training and wine selections. After University, DJ completed her classical chef training, the WSET Diploma, the International Sommelier Guild’s Diploma and is currently working on her Master of Wine. Firmly believing in the benefits of wine and health, DJ is a distance runner, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as a mother of twin black belts.  DJ takes to heart the dictum of the late great Julia Child:  moderation, and plenty of it.