2023 Masterclasses




VIP Exclusive Experience 
Saturday, Oct 21st, 2023, at 5:00 pm, Venue: Oakville Convention Centre
Your schedule would be to arrive at the Oakville Convention Centre around 4:15. This will give you time to present your ticket and settle into a seat for the 5:00 pm VIP Masterclass start. After your Masterclass, at 6 PM, you move over to the Grand Tasting Hall to experience the wide selection of other drams for one hour prior to the entre of the GM ticket holders. The GA Ticket holder will join at 7:00 pm.

2023 Whisky Oakville will present our public Masterclasses Series Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at the Oakville Convention Centre;  These public Masterclasses Series each year are overwhelmingly successful, and they sell out each year!

These Masterclasses are open to all whisky enthusiasts who desire to expand their knowledge of whiskies worldwide. You do not require a Whisky Oakville main event ticket to be part of these intimate educational experiences. The Masterclasses Series is Saturday, Oct. 21, are on Saturday, Oct. 21,, starting TBD

There is still General Admission that includes Saturday Masterclass available this year. 



Colin MacDougall
National Brand Education Specialist at Corby Spirit and Wine Limited

While he’s a dyed-in-the-wool “Bluenoser” who originally hails from Nova Scotia, Colin MacDougall travelled the corners of the earth before settling back into Canada on its Pacific Coast. Here he continued his passion for the spirit and wine industry, becoming a specialist for an already well-respected and dedicated team at Corby’s/Pernod-Ricard.

Colin knows that everything in life tells a story, and he has been telling the story of the beverage industry since the early 2000s. He is an expert on the multitude of diverse stories and nuances world spirits have to offer, is a seasoned beverage program consultant, an award-winning cocktail menu architect, and was a familiar face behind the bar as a manager at a number of prestigious restaurants, including Melbas on the Park, West, Pourhouse, and Blue Water Café.

For Colin, spirit education is more than simply an occupation – it’s a golden opportunity to educate loyal fans and new acolytes alike, championing the very best that the world's distilleries have to offer.

Masterclass Theme: Bourbon with Rabbit Hole, and possibly Jefferson’s
Liquids: Exact whiskies are still TBD but will be a selection from Rabbit Hole and & Jefferson’s Reserve.


Davin de Kergommeaux
Author/writer and presenters

Freelance whisky writer, public speaker and spirits judge Davin de Kergommeaux is the author of three whisky books and is recognized as the world expert on Canadian whisky. Whisky travels have taken him to four continents to pour and speak about Canadian whisky and visit local producers and distilleries. In 2016 the Globe and Mail named him one of the 50 most influential Canadians in food and drink, then in 2018, the New York Times said his significance in the revival of Canadian whisky could not be overstated.  He lives in Ottawa with his wife and Lhasa apso pup. 

Crown Royal Coffey Rye direct pull barrel sample about 65%
Found North 17 year old blended corn 64.1%
Found North 17-year-old blended rye 55.1% 
Authentic Natural Cask Whisky 
(The only chance ever to taste high-proof, long-aged whiskies and one-of-a-kind barrel samples with no finishing or flavour tweaks from these normally secretive Canadian distilleries.)
More to follow,


International Whisky Brand Ambassador,
Macaloney Brewers & Distillers

Robin has more than a decade of experience in the spirits industry and has represented brands including Hart Brothers, Dun Bheagan, and Hunter Laing. Most recently, he worked as a Fine Spirits Specialist at the prestigious Waddington’s Auctioneer and Appraisal House. He has attained a plethora of industry accreditations, including a WSET Level 2 Spirit Instructor Certification and WEST Level 3 Sake Instructor Certification. He is a dual US/Canadian citizen and served as a combat paramedic stationed with the US Marine Corp. Mr. Morgan is a veteran sales representative and a true whisky enthusiast who brings with him unparalleled product knowledge.

Based in Canada, Robin is responsible for Macaloney’s Whisky portfolio in North America (except BC). If you’re interested in stocking Macaloney’s whiskies in your liquor store or are looking for a guided whisky tasting for your club, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Please contact him at: robin@macaloneydistillers.com


Karina Mair
National brand ambassador for Michter’s

Karina joined Michter’s in 2022 as Eastern Canada Regional Advisor. Today, Karina’s role has expanded to managing Michter’s business development across the entire country as Lead Advisor for Canada.

As a native of Canada, Karina’s passion for whiskey runs deep. Prior to joining Michter’s, Karina spent 20+ years in the beverage industry. Starting in 2016, Karina’s passion for Michter’s began as she was working as a top sales representative for the importer in Toronto.”

 US*1 Bourbon
US*1 Rye
US*1 Sour Mash
US*1 Unblended
#5 TBC (this will depend on what seasonal offering is available.)

Wolfhead Distiller, Michael Johnstone

Michael Johnstone Graduated with BSc (Hons) in Brewing & Distilling, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He returned to Canada and has gained extensive experience including:

Distiller in Campbell River, British Columbia, Winemaker/Cellarman in Kelowna, British Columbia, Distiller in Quebec City, Quebec 

Mike joined Wolfhead Distillery with his extensive knowledge and experience in distilling in 2022.

Wolfhead Premium Whisky
Wolfhead Apple Caramel Whisky
Wolfhead Cinnamon Whisky

Wolfhead Coffee Whisky

More to follow!



When and Where

Masterclass Series
Saturday October 21st, 2023
at 2:00pm and 5:30pm
Venue: Oakville Convention Centre, Oakville ON
Now on sale

VIP Exclusive Experience
Saturday October 21st, 2023
at 5:00pm
with Dr. Don Livermore
Venue: Oakville Convention Centre, Oakville ON
Now on sale

Grand Tasting Hall
(main event)
Saturday October 21st, 2023
at 7:00pm
Venue: Oakville Convention Centre, Oakville ON
Now on sale

Oakville Convention Centre

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