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Our People

Built on innovation, we are a leading Canadian producer and marketer of award-winning, globally-recognized craft beer and refreshment beverages.

Executive Team

Bruce Dean Founder & President

Bruce Dean

Founder & President

Bio

Bruce founded Northam Beverages in 2005 and as President oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of Western Canada’s most innovative craft beverage company.


Originally from Australia, Bruce spent nearly 20 years working for a global consumer products giant in a variety of roles – including as Director of International Business Strategy and CEO for Austral-Asia. 


In 2001, Bruce immigrated to BC to fill the role of President for Mark Anthony, then BC’s largest beverage alcohol distributor. In 2005 he formed Northam Beverages and, with support of a group of local investors, he acquired the BC brewing and brand assets from the Big Rock Brewery of Alberta.

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Don Gordon VP Sales and Trade Marketing

Don Gordon

Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing

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With over two decades of experience in the Canadian beverage alcohol industry, Don is responsible for achieving Northam’s volume & revenue targets as well as developing sales strategies and marketing executions in all markets. Don is the senior relationship manager with provincial liquor boards in Canada and has been with Northam since 2006 in various escalating sales & marketing roles.


Don has been instrumental in the construction and the promotion of the Canadian craft beer movement and has held positions in the BC Craft Brewers Guild, assisting with its reformation in 2016, and has chaired numerous committees during his tenure with the Guild including Government Relations and Retail Development. Don continues to be an active industry member, currently serving as board member on the BC Brewers' Recycled Container Collection Council.

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Jayson Columbus, VP Finance and Administration

Jayson Columbus 

Vice President, Finance & Administration 

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Jayson joined Northam in 2010 and oversees the Finance, Supply Chain and IT departments. He is an operationally focused finance executive with 25 years experience of accounting and financing experience with industry leading companies.


Jayson is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with previous experience, primarily in manufacturing and R&D, including progressive roles at Kal Tire, Xenon Pharmaceuticals, Conair Aviation and Thompson Rivers University.

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George Cziglan

Vice President, Technical Operations

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George has been with Northam since 2005, covering various positions.  George has over 20 years experience in Beverage Alcohol and over 30 years experience in product and packaging development, production, supply chain, procurement and production line design and installation. Today, he oversees Technical Operations, including product development, co-packer and supplier relationships, nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining Northam, George worked on numerous beverage brand programs, including packaging development for Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Mission Hill Family Estate wines.
 

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JP Auger

Vice President, Manufacturing Operations

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JP joined Northam in 2019, taking over executive responsibility for the Company’s three manufacturing locations. 


JP brings a 30-year career of beverage manufacturing and quality experience to Northam, having been the executive head of brewing and quality processes for Labatt breweries at various locations as well as Moosehead’s brewery in Saint John, NB and most recently with Big Rock in Alberta.

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Janet Vouzas

Vice President, Marketing

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Janet joined Northam in 2012 bringing with her national Beverage Alcohol experience, with a focus on Western Canada. Her prior experience was with Mark Anthony Brands, gaining experience in all liquor categories and finishing her tenure as the BC Trade Marketing Manager for Wine. Her strength is in data analysis and identifying market trends, while her passion is for branding & new product innovation.


Janet holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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Vadim Bajgoric

Director, Supply Chain

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Vadim is responsible for Northam’s supply chain and logistics strategy. Vadim is the senior relationship lead with distribution and supplier partners across Canada and has a focus on process and efficiency improvements.


With a background in finance & administration, Vadim has held numerous positions with Northam, including Controller and General Manager of our Kamloops brewery.  Prior to his career at Northam, Vadim has held various cost consultative positions with small to medium sized companies, including breweries.


Vadim holds a Bachelor of Arts  with a Major in Economics from Simon Fraser University and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA).

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Georgina Boyne

Director, Human Resources

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Georgina joined Northam in 2018, bringing with her more than a decade of experience in the hospitality sector, including 5 years as Human Resources Manager for JOEY Restaurant Group. 


Georgina holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Capilano University.     

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Taylor Armstrong

Director of Business Development, Eastern Canada

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As Director of Business Development, Taylor is responsible Northam’s highest level trade partnerships and for leading and executing the Company’s growth strategies to expand across Eastern Canada.

 

Taylor joins Northam after a career holding numerous Sales & Trade roles at Mark Anthony Brands and Labatt Breweries, where developed and executed programs for some of the most successful Ready to Drink brands in Canada. He brings with him extensive experience in the Beverage Alcohol Industry; having led cross functional teams in markets across Eastern Canada. 

 

Based in Toronto Ontario he continues to play an active role with Drinks Ontario serving as a member of the Refreshment Committee; lobbying and advocating on behalf of the Ontario Beverage Alcohol Industry. s 

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Angie Poirier

Sales Director, Western Canada

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Angie joined Northam in 2019 and manages the Company’s Western Canadian sales teams, developing and executing the sales strategies for Northam’s growing and successful portfolio.  Angie also personally manages the important retail & on-premise key account chains for Northam.  is responsible for Northam’s supply chain and logistics strategy.

 

As a senior Beverage Alcohol sales executive with over two decades sales and trade experience in Western Canada, Angie has built her career on developing top producing sales teams and, with proven results, has been awarded top producer accolades with notable companies such as Beam Suntory and Christopher Stewart Wine & Spirits.

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General Managers

Jennie Kwasnecha

General Manager, Whistler Brewing Company

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Jennie is the General Manager for the Whistler Brewing Company and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all brewery functions including production & distribution, and the Whistler Taphouse hospitality operations. 
Jennie plays a part in the Key Account sales role in the Whistler area. Jennie joined Northam in 2015 with many years of experience in Hospitality Management. She originally worked as a Territory Manager for the Sea to Sky, West Vancouver & Sunshine Coast and she took over as General Manager of the Whistler Brewing Company in 2017.

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Dan Sulz

General Manager, Kamloops Facility

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Dan joined Northam in 2018 and is General Manager for the company’s largest production brewery, located in Kamloops BC, where he oversees all plant manufacturing operations. 


The role of General Manager allows Dan to make practical and effective use of 25 years of experience in commercial banking, economic development and operations management in a variety of industries prior to Northam Beverages. Dan Holds a Bachelor of Economics and Political Science degree from the University of Victoria and is very active in the local community. 

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Andy Cash

General Manager, Legend 7 Brewing Company

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Andy is General Manager for the Alberta Business Unit, including all production out of the Calgary production facility and operating the Calgary based Legend 7 Taphouse. 


Andy joined Northam in 2019 with over 15 years’ operational experience in Canada and the UK. He is the former Director of Operations for The Rocky Mountain Soap Company and holds a Degree in Engineering and Manufacturing from the UK.

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Board of Directors

Eric Carlson

CEO, Anthem Properties

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Eric Carlson is the core founder and CEO of Anthem Properties Group, a real estate investment, development and management company founded in 1991, comprised of over 400 individuals, pursuing a diversified portfolio of residential and retail income property, suburban and urban residential projects and mixed-use communities in B.C., Alberta and Northern California.   In addition to real estate, Eric is an investor, founder and/or director in various mining exploration and development, technology and manufacturing businesses.  Eric is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. 

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Martin Carsky

President, Bissett Fasteners

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Martin Carsky is an accomplished executive and director with a broad base of experience spanning the manufacturing, distribution, and service businesses. He has an extensive background in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business restructuring, capital markets, and corporate governance. He is the President and co-owner of Bissett Fasteners Limited, of the Mycroft Holdings Ltd. group, where he is also Executive Vice President.  

Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and holds the designation of Chartered Accountant. He is a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and has an ICD.D designation. He is a Fellow of the Quantum Shift Program for Entrepreneurs at the Ivey School of Business.

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Bruce Dean

Chairman & Director, Northam Beverages

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Bruce is a self-described serial strategist. He has developed brand and business development strategies which, over 15 years, have led Northam Beverages to become one of the foremost beverage alcohol companies in Western Canada while also deftly avoiding competitive challenges of some of the worlds largest companies in that space. Bruce has led or participated as a Director strategist for consumer products, technology and bio technology companies in Canada and the United States and has spearheaded corporate strategies for both private financings and corporate IPO's in both Canada and Europe. In a 20-year career with the Gillette company, Bruce was formerly a Director of International Business Strategy and Area Managing Director for Austral-Asia.

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Stuart McLaughlin

President, Higher Ground Holdings

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Mr. McLaughlin’s diverse business interests include Enchant Christmas, Warranty Life, Northam Beverages, Yervana and real estate developments in Edmonton and Vernon. Previous investments include Whistler and Polaris Water, World Choice Bottling and Grouse Mountain and Kicking Horse Resorts.

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Brent Wolverton

CEO, Pacific Investment Corp.

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Brent is a third-generation Vancouverite who is carrying on his family’s long-standing tradition of entrepreneurship in western Canada. Brent, along with his two siblings, manages the family's interests in restaurants, breweries, residential, commercial, and industrial real estate. 

Brent studied at both UBC and BCIT, majoring in economics, finance, and computer science, before graduating from BCIT. 

He enjoys fishing, boating, and skiing. Brent and his wife live in West Vancouver with their four children.

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