CBAC 2020 Sessions

Diversity from Day 1

Chloe Smith is the General Manager/Co-owner of Townsite Brewing in Powell River, BC.

In 2003 Chloe obtained a diploma from the American Brewers Guild and began brewing professionally. In 2011 she and her family moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast to open Townsite Brewing where she currently counts the beans. Chloe sits on the Board of the BC Craft Brewers Guild and is the Western Canadian representative for the Canadian Craft Brewers Association/ Association des Microbrasseries Canadiens. She is also the vice chair of the Powell River Public Library Board of Trustees, because- why do 2 things when you can do 3?

Julia Hanlon | Steamworks Brewery

Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Julia Hanlon brings 15 years of industry experience
to the Steamworks team as Head Brewer. With a chemical and biological engineering
degree from the University of British Columbia, and a diploma from the Institute of
Brewing and Distilling, she is the first female brewer to win Best in Show for Flagship
IPA at the BC Beer Awards. When she’s not creating award winning recipes at
Steamworks, she has her hands full at home cooking, baking, and raising her 3 crazy
kids. Julia’s desert island beer is Steamworks’ Pilsner: clean and crisp with a spicy/floral
hop and balanced bitterness.

Ren Navarro – Beer. Diversity.

You would be hard-pressed to find someone in the Ontario beer industry who doesn’t know and
love Ren Navarro. For over seven years she has been regarded as one of the most respected
members in the industry, spending much of those years in the field as a sales representative for
renowned and award-winning breweries. Working constantly as the face of breweries within her
respective sales regions, Ren is no stranger to public speaking and has appeared frequently at
workshops, conferences, and talks informing and entertaining people through her love of craft

Alongside her fervent love of the craft beer world is her determination to bring it to a more
diverse audience. Navarro is on the front-lines to initiate change both in and out of the industry.

With her extensive knowledge in craft beer, passionate drive, and hilarious wit, Ren Navarro is
here to educate, enlighten, and make craft beer approachable for a more diverse audience.

Kveik Yeast

Stephane Turcotte | Co-Founder / Head Brewer at île Sauvage Brewing Company

  • B.A. in Engligh (UNIC) and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (U. of Nottingham)
  • Opened Galmegi Brewing Co. in Busan, S. Korea (2013)
  • Certified Cicerone (2014)
  • Certificate in Brewing Technology from the Siebel Institute (2015)
  • Advanced Cicerone (2018)
  • Co-Founder / Head Brewer at île Sauvage Brewing Company (2018)


Avi Shayevitz is a food scientist from Oregon State University, having received his Master’s Degree in Food Science and Technology under the guidance of Professor Chris Curtin. His background includes industrial chemistry, biochemistry, fermentation microbiology, and traditional beer production technology. Previous research has focused on applying high-throughput sequencing technology to study aging progression in Lambic-style beers, and how barrel origins may affect the final outcome. During his studies, he has interned as a malt operator at Great Western Malting of Vancouver, Washington and as a product development brewer for Anheuser-Busch’s The High End division. Originally hailing from Detroit, MI, he now lives and works Montreal, QC as a Research and Development scientist for Lallemand Inc. and is heroically working on sampling every poutine Montreal has to offer.

Marketing Through A Pandemic

Brian Titus | President and General Manager of Garrison Brewing Company

Brian Titus is President and General Manager of Garrison Brewing Company in Halifax. Prior to starting Garrison, he served ten years as a Naval Clearance Diving Officer in the Canadian Forces. Garrison was founded in 1997 and has been growing ever since. He oversaw both the expansion/relocation of Garrison in 2006 to the Halifax Seaport and the subsequent multi-million dollar expansion there in 2014. Over the years he has built an award-winning line-up of brands, producing over 50 different beers annually and shipping regularly to seven provinces. He also produces a line of craft soda’s under the name “Dockyard Soda Co.” and a collaboration cider with local maker Bulwark. Brian is co-founder of the “Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest”, an annual waterfront gathering held each August. Now in its’ 14th year, this is the largest East Coast beer gathering, attracting 5000 attendees and over 300 craft beers, imports and ciders.


Originaire de Charlevoix, Frédérick quitte sa région adorée pour poursuivre ses études en Technologie Physique à La Pocatière, puis au baccalauréat en Génie Electrique à l’université de Sherbrooke. Si sa destinée ne semblait pas se diriger à priori vers le brassage de la bière en région, c’est pourtant durant ses études qu’il se découvre un intérêt pour les procédés tout en développant une passion pour les saveurs multiples et le bonheur que lui procure la dégustation de la bière.  Il tombe littéralement en amour avec l’histoire et la fabrication de la bière, mais aussi avec sa conjointe Caroline avec qui il fonde en 1998, MicroBrasserie Charlevoix.


Depuis toutes ses années, en plus de faire grandir l’entreprise, Frédérick s’est impliqué dans sa communauté, mais aussi au sein de l’Association des microbrasseries du Québec où il fut responsable du comité qualité avant de devenir président du conseil d’administration de 2012 à 2017. Il siège toujours au CA, et est maintenant co-chairman de la toute nouvelle Association des microbrasseries canadiennes qui vu le jour en 2019.



Originally from Charlevoix, Frédérick leaves his beloved region to pursue his studies in Physical Technology at La Pocatière, then a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke. If his destiny did not seem to be directed a priori towards the brewing of beer in the region, it was nevertheless during his studies that he discovered an interest in the processes while developing a passion for multiple flavors and the happiness that he provides beer tasting. He literally fell in love with the history and making of beer, but also with his partner Caroline, with whom he founded MicroBrasserie Charlevoix in 1998.


For all his years, in addition to growing the business, Frédérick has been involved in his community, but also within the Association of microbreweries of Quebec (AMBQ) where he was responsible for the quality committee before becoming chairman of the board from 2012 to 2017. He still sits on the AMBQ board, and is now co-chairman of the brand new Canadian Craft Brewers Association which was created in 2019.



Brian is an accomplished entrepreneur, investor and community organizer for sustainable business and impactful economic development. Brian co-founded and is the CEO of Persephone Brewing Company – “The Beer Farm”. Persephone is renowned for both award winning beer, the early adoption of ecologically positive systems and community impact, and is the only Certified B Corp brewery in Western Canada.
In his “day job,” Brian leads Rhiza Capital – an investment firm, mandated to grow the ecosystem of social finance that can support impact ventures and move our economies toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Having founded and led successful non-profits, for-profits, and co-ops, Brian is uniquely skillful in a variety of models that have a positive impact.
Brian holds a BA in Economics from Simon Fraser University, an MA in Planning from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and a Professional Certificate from the UBC Sauder School of Business. Brian and his social ventures have received a number of awards including: Top 100 Impact Companies in North America (2019), Canadian Social Enterprise of the Year (2017), Widening our World Award (2016), Land Award (2016), Celebration of Excellence Award (2014), and Top 40 Under 40 Business People in Vancouver (2009).
Today, he is focused on growing Persephone’s bottom-line and community impact while supporting mission-based venture capital and the development of the social finance ecosystem. His “happy places” are with his partner and three lovely kids in the backyard or turning spent grain into compost at the Beer Farm.”

Matt got his start in beer in 2996 and worked his way through a number of BC breweries before starting Phillips Brewing Co in 2001. Since then, the brewery has moved 3 times, has added a malting facility, a distillery and a soda line. The brewery is known for its community involvement, concerts and support of the arts in addition to its beer. The brewery started to track its Co2 footprint in 2010, and has been able to reduce its footprint through targeting opportunities based on knowing where the most significant impacts are within the production chain. 

Utilizing Fruit in Beer

Parker Reid is the Director of Brewing Operations at Field House Brewing Co. in Abbotsford, BC. Reid has been experimenting with fruited beers since its opening in January of 2016 and In the last year has helped create the BRRL ROOM: A wild fermenting space with a focus on local terroir through the ingredients and microbes found at its location on Field House’s farm.

Sean is the founder principal blender at Small Pony Barrel Works in Ottawa. Opened in 2017, Small Pony is Canada’s first all barrel-aged sour beer brewery. Prior to launching the brewery, Sean was barrel aging beers at home, but found he was amassing far too much beer for the number of friends he had. Well, one thing led to another, and now he enjoys taking long walks through the barrel stacks 🙂

Cash Flow Management

Emily Tipton is co-founder and beer engineer at Boxing Rock Brewing Company. Since Boxing Rock opened in 2013 her job has involved everything it takes to brew craft beer and run a small business, from milling grain to brewing, bottling beer, pouring beer samples and running the payroll. She is a chemical engineer, who graduated from the University of Alberta in 1999 and has experience in project management, sustainable development and facilitation. She worked as an engineer in Canada, Europe and Asia before moving to rural Nova Scotia in 2007 years ago where she became a municipal planner, engineer and sustainable development coordinator. Building a craft brewery in Shelburne was what she figured would be the most fun she could have applying her engineering skills to creating a sustainable rural business, and a new career path for herself in the community she loves. Emily is a very active community member and advocate for entrepreneurship and import replacement as key pieces of rural economic development.  She’s also a proud hockey mom, and President of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Region Representative on the Board of the Canadian Craft Brewers Association.

Marcus Cote, Director, Business Development and Food Beverage Specialist


Marcus Cote is a director within RBC’s commercial banking division, with a specific focus on the food and beverage industry. With over 10 years of experience supporting the agri-food sector, Marcus advices business owners and executives on financing organic growth, acquisitions, transformational capital projects and succession events including dividend recaps, shareholder buyouts and management buyouts. Beyond providing capital, his team also offers strategic advice and access to a breadth of RBC experts on topics such as hedging solutions and strategies, wealth management, bespoke tax and estate planning, employee engagement solutions and practical approaches to increasing the value of your business. Prior to joining RBC in 2017, Marcus held roles at Roynat Capital, GE Capital and the BDC providing financial solutions to the food and beverage sector. Marcus has a Bachelor of Management from Dalhousie University and earned a CPA, CMA as well as a CFA designation.