KJ’s Wine specialist, CEO & “Handyman”
“I have worked in the wine industry for over 25 years. I was a professional winemaker that studied winemaking and oenology in five European countries and have been a guest speaker for over a dozen winemaking events and conferences. Kamil Juices which was started by my parents in 1979 from the basement of their home, and then became a retail / wholesale bricks and mortar operation in 1981. It has now become a world recognized distributor of 100% pure grape juices from Europe for the home and commercial wine industry. My Goal is to continue with the traditions of wine and also to bring KJ to everyone that is passionate for winemaking and wine drinking. With the reintroduction of craft brewing supplies into our portfolio, I feel that we now have an even stronger appeal to any fan of fermentation.”.
Director of Operations & Customer Experience AKA the guy who really runs the show
“Originally from Vancouver, I have settled in Ontario and have come to immerse myself in the craft brewing and winery scene. While completing an International Business degree from the University of Guelph, I also worked at many high end hotels and Country Clubs. My varied experiences in the hospitality industry honed my customer service philosophy that guides me today as KJ’s Director of Operations and Customer Experience. I believe strongly in creating an environment at KJ that is both welcoming and professional. I am an avid winemaker and a budding craft brewer. I truly enjoy sharing my expertise and stories with the clients and staff of KJ. I am thrilled and thankful to work hand in hand with everyone in their journey to create the perfect beverage.”
The Great Organizer
“Devon is the bleach queen of KJ. Once spotted, any dirty spots on the floor will be annihilated in seconds. Dev is the engine that keeps KJ running. She consistently keeps orders, inventory and projects updated. Adrian and Connor tend to forget things – Devon remembers for them.
Devon has always loved wine – particularly red wine (Valpolicella, Cabernet are some of her favourites). Since working here she has become quite the brewer as well. She makes a killer cider with a secret ingredient. She might even tell you what it is. “
Customer Service Expert
“Katie loves to science. She recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Microbiology. Naturally, she wants to use her degree to the greatest effect possible – for fermentation! Katie is in charge of most of the wine production on-site, as well as keeping all of the spread-sheets up to date. Katie loves projects. Have a crazy idea for a fermented beverage? Talk to Katie, she’ll give you a bunch of cool ideas and get that idea rolling.
Her favourite wine is Chianti (Sangiovese), and she is all about the brown ales when it comes to beer.