Mentorship Program

The Summer/Fall Mentorship term is now open to accept applications!


If successful as a mentorship applicant, you will get a chance to receive rare one-on-one career advice and coaching in the fields of wine service and restaurant management; wine writing and judging; wine education and more!


Who is eligible?

  • Anyone who identifies as BIPOC and is pursuing a career or advanced education in wine / winemaking is encouraged to apply

  • Candidates will be selected by Vinequity and the Mentorship team

  • Spaces are limited per term, so candidates are encouraged to reapply in subsequent terms

Where and when does mentorship take place?

  • There are 13 mentorship placements available this July to December term.

  • Successful mentorship candidates will receive the opportunity for up to 13 one-on-one Zoom sessions with their Mentor placement (that’s one call every other week for 6 months).

How do I apply?

  • The application will be posted here, once the program application process commences (May 17, 2021)

  • We are accepting applications online from May 17 through to and including June  11, 2021 for the Summer/Fall 2021 term!

Have additional questions about the mentorship program? Contact us here and one of the Vinequity mentorship facilitators will get back to you.

Meet the Mentors

Steven Campbell

Campbell Kind Wines

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Jennifer Huether

Master Sommelier

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Elyse Lambert

Master Sommelier


Elsa Macdonald

Master of Wine

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Vincent Morrow

Master Sommelier


Geoffrey Moss

Master of Wine

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Shiraz Mottiar

Malivoire Wine

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Nick Oliveiro

GM Peter Pan Bistro


Christopher Sealy

Alo Food Group

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Justyn Szymczyk

Usual Wines / VINEBOX


John Szabo

Master Sommelier


Mariko Tajiri

That's Life, National Brand Manager


Bruce Wallner

Master Sommelier


Donald Ziraldo

Ziraldo Estate Winery