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M Teresa Ortiz F

Education:

● Viticulture Certificate, Okanagan College, Penticton Campus. Winter 2021.:
WHMIS certification, Pesticide Applicator Certificate at date.
● Wine 21 Certificate, Okanagan College, Winter 2021: worldwide wine styles, packaging and
presentation, cellaring, sensory evaluation, marketing and public relations.
● Viticulture and Enology, Worldwide Farmers Exchange practical agriculture training program;
Oregon - USA. 2016

Work Experience:

I 've been working in the Wine Industry since 2015 and developed different skills in winemaking in differents parts of the world. I considered myself a trained winemaker and still on the learning path.
Today I work as an assistant winemaker in Summerland, BC and now I'm planning on my future to be involved in other areas of the Industry.

M Teresa Ortiz F

Kaustubh Dubey

Bar tender, MOD, Server, passionate about the hospitality industry, wine & food.

With a background as a Architecture Project Manager, I found my passion for working with people in the hospitality industry. I am currently working at La Palette, wearing many different hats depending on the day. Talk to me about all the delicious food & wine you had recently and how we can transform the Toronto hospitality community to be the industry leader!

Kaustubh Dubey

Seyon Rajadurai

I have been a part of the hospitality industry since 2019. I have worked at restaurants like Alo, PAi, and Clio. I have worked in many capacities, progressively in the industry first as a polisher, then a food runner and service assistant, and finally a server.

I left the hospitality industry in 2022 and worked in the Federal Government

I recently left my job (2024) and I am looking to get back into the hospitality industry in Toronto.

I received my Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) in Psychology and Biology from the University of Toronto in 2022

Seyon Rajadurai

Shanti Tickeram

Hi all,

My name is Shanti and I’m of West Indian descent.

I have 20 + years of experience in the hospitality industry in various FOH positions.

I currently hold my WSET level 2: Award in Wines certification, and I'm looking to further my wine education.

Cheers! 🥂

Shanti Tickeram

Palbi Sharma B.

I am an anthropologist and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia. My current research work explores the role and influences of BIPOC/diaspora on wine tourism using a comparative case study between the Okanagan and Napa Valley. Further, examining how a culinary/wine destination identity is created and represented for these places. I am interested in exploring different areas contributing to wine cultures by using academic insights to create practical impacts in the industry like through marketing, diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

Areas of Research Interest: food and wine, tourism, anthropology, marketing/business, education, mental health and popular culture 



Palbi Sharma B.

Awo Fahal

My background is in digital marketing. I graduated with a BComm in 2016 from the University of Guelph. I took some time in my mid 20’s to travel and work abroad. I truly enjoy immersing myself in new cultures and trying new cuisines. These days, I am starting an online publication regarding food, wine and lifestyle. I think access to these resources would help me attain the knowledge I need to equip me and my audience.

Awo Fahal

Jastina Aujla

I am an Indigenous studies scholar from the University of British Columbia working in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space. Wine is a passion of mine and I am working towards obtaining my WSET certifications.

Jastina Aujla

Khalil Daibes

After moving to Toronto to pursue a career in business consulting, I found myself drawn to the exciting hospitality and wine scene in the city. Fast forward a few years and I have had the pleasure of working as a server and bartender alongside dozens of lovely members of the Ontario wine community. I am currently focused on my education and growing my knowledge through both the classroom setting as well as on the restaurant floor. I am working towards CMS certification, which I hope to obtain this coming year.

Khalil Daibes

Willow Cioppa

Willow Cioppa is an emerging wine professional with a particular interest in strange, fun, freaky, complicated wine. They have extensive experience working in restaurants and have been gaining experience working directly in wineries. As they are also a copywriter and content designer, they have offered Marketing consulting to wineries, specializing in describing wine in engaging, unique, and personal ways.

Willow Cioppa

Beau Dwarkanathan

Hello everyone,
As an extremely enthusiastic individual with over 15 years of food & beverage industry experience working in various positions in hospitality industry in general and in restaurant environment in particular ranging from a dishwasher to a proud restaurant owner/operator in Canada
complimented with over 6 years combined education and work experience in Engineering as well from India, with confident proactive abilities , passion for customer care and an eager thirst for leaning I am very excited to be a part of Vinequity.

My qualifications include, but not limited to, Wine Specialist (Sommelier) certificate from George Brown College, Toronto WSET LEVEL 1,2 and 3 and excitedly looking forward to join the WSET level 4 Diploma in Wines and spirits in the fall of 2024. I also have an M.Eng in mechanical engineering from Concordia University, Montreal.

I currently work as a Captain / part time sommelier in a reputed restaurant in Toronto and looking forward to share/ learn more in this community.
Thanks and Cheers!!

Beau Dwarkanathan
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