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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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.”
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!