Meet the KJ Urban Winery Team

Devon playing with the puppies


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 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

Robyn joined us in the summer of 2019. She studied psychology at the University of Guelph, and she just finished a graduate certificate in Brain Disorders Management at Mohawk College. She's loves to do yoga, and spends all of her free time looking at adoptable dogs. Now she joins us to learn all about fermentation and to show us how customer service is done!

Robyn's beginning to develop a love for beer, and she loves the smell of fresh hops. However, Robyn's true love is cider, in particular the cider from Angry Orchard! When it comes to wine she enjoys Riesling the most - though her palate continues to evolve. 


"The Brewer"

Jere spent 8 years working at Wellington Brewery before joining us in December 2019. He worked every part of Welly and learned a tonne about brewing beer both at an industrial level, and about all of the ingredients and flavours that go into it. At KJ, Jeremy has now transitioned into being the rock of our brewing. He loves to make beer, chat about beer, and he's starting to get into wine too. 

His favourite beers are IPAs, and his favourite wine is Cabernet Sauvignon.