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.”
“Lauren is the rock of our operation. She oversees all fermentation and production of wines at the shop! Lauren graduated from the University of Guelph in 2016 with a degree in human nutrition. She started here shortly after and has made an immediate impact. While working here Lauren has come to understand and love the art of craft brewing. Her favourite type of beer is a blonde ale, and her favourite wine is Pinot Grigio.”
Customer Service Expert
“Diana first became passionate about wine after going to Niagara to do wine tours with her family. Diana loves to discuss wine, and to understand the process behind its creation. Diana is also known as our ‘hop whisperer’. She keeps our stocks up for all of our hops and makes sure our customers only get the freshest hops available. This is especially fitting, since her favourite kind of beer are IPAs. Diana also loves Chilean wine, she will be first in line to get the 2017 Malbec, that is for sure!”