John Sleeman is Founder and Chair of Sleeman Breweries Ltd. At 23 he launched his first business, a British-style pub and after three years sold this profitable establishment and founded The Imported Beer Company, which successfully grew into a national company. In 1985, he restarted his family’s heritage in the Canadian beer industry with original patent, bottles, labels and recipes. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Outstanding Business Achievement in 1991, Top 100 Entrepreneurs in 1995 and 1996, in 1995 the “50 Best” Managed Private Companies, and in 2001 One of the Top 200 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada. In 1997, Mr. Sleeman was awarded the “Mayors Award” for his recognition of community contributions and in 1999 he received the American Marketing Association award. He received an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Guelph in 2008.
Mr. Sleeman is either a current or past member of the following Boards and Organizations: Brewers Association of Canada, The Beer Store, British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Young Presidents Organization, ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Chairman of Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Program in Canada. Also, he is currently Chairman of Beer Canada.
Charles Bierbrier is Founder & President of Bierbrier Brewing Inc., which began operations in 2005 in Montreal. The brands include Bierbrier Premium Ale and Bierbrier Pilsner Lager.
Bierbrier holds a BA in Economics from McGill University and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Prior to launching his brewery, Bierbrier worked in the banking and investment management industry. He has lectured on the topic of entrepreneurship at business conferences as well as guest speaking appearances at both McGill and Concordia University.
Bierbrier is also involved in several professional, volunteer and community organizations including his involvement as Past-President of the McGill Young Alumni, Past-President of the Westmount Rotary Club, and current President of the Selwyn House Old Boys Association. Charles represents the interests of small brewers in Québec has a Board of Director with Beer Canada in Ottawa.
Jim Button is co-founder of Village Brewery. For over 25 years Jim has been a leader in experiential marketing with an emphasis on building engaged communities. He presently splits his time between Evans Hunt Group, a digital marketing firm and Village Brewery.
As a founder of Calgary based Village Brewery, Jim is working hard to gather people around community. Using beer as a social lubricant he is leveraging his many experiences in marketing, social enterprise and building communities to create a more connected Calgary. Previously Jim was Vice President, Corporate and Community Affairs at Big Rock Brewery, he co-founded The Event Group and also worked at agencies such as Venture Communications, MacLaren:Lintas, Cossette Communications and JWR Advertising.
As a graduate of the University of Guelph his passion for community investment has been a common thread through his career and has earned him a philanthropy award from the Canadian Association of Fundraising Professionals, two “40 Under 40” awards with Avenue Magazine, and an e-Award for Community Service from Alberta Venture Magazine.
George H. Croft has more than 30 years of experience in the Canadian beer industry. Becoming President and CEO of Brick Brewing Company Limited in May 2008, George has restructured the business and taken the company from a financial loss to sustainable profitability. George joined Brick Brewing from Lakeport Brewing Income Fund, where he was responsible for all of the Fund's operational and commercial matters as President and Chief Operating Officer. He began his career with Labatt Breweries of Canada, where he held various senior management assignments, including President of Oland Specialty Beer Company and President at Labatt Breweries of Ontario.
George is a graduate of the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Director and a Certified Management Accountant. George has served on the Executive Committee of Labatt USA Board, The Beer Store Board of Directors and Executive Member of Lakeport LLP Board. He is currently on the faculty of McMaster Not for Profit Board Governance and is a member of the Brick Brewing Board of Directors and a Board member of Beer Canada.
George was also an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 finalist as well as Canada’s Passion Capitalists 2012 finalist.
Stewart Glendinning is the CEO Molson Coors Canada, he leads the Canadian business unit for Molson Coors in Canada. His team includes 3,500 employees and 4500 retirees and pensioners at one of Canada’s largest brewers, with seven brewery facilities located across the country, including the Molson Coors breweries, Granville and Creemore breweries.
From June 2012 to December 2012 Stewart Glendinning was the CEO of Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Limited. From 2008 to 2012 Stewart was the global CFO of Molson Coors Brewing Company, based in Denver, USA and prior to this was the Chief Financial Officer for Coors Brewers Ltd, the UK-based subsidiary of Molson Coors Brewing Company, where he was responsible for overseeing all of the Finance and IT activities within the business. Before joining Molson Coors in 2005, Stewart was Managing Director and a Principal at The Hackett Group, a professional services company where he led the CFO practice. In serving a broad array of clients, he has lived and worked across Europe, Africa, North and South America. Prior to the Hackett Group, Stewart worked at KPMG in the USA.
Stewart grew up in Africa and attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia where he obtained a BBA in Accounting. He also holds a JD from the University of Miami. Stewart is a current member of the Board of Directors of Beer Canada.
Jan Craps was appointed President of Labatt Breweries of Canada in November 2014. Prior to this appointment he was Labatt’s Vice President, Sales Canada, a position he held since 2011.
Jan joined Labatt’s parent, Anheuser-Busch InBev, in his home country of Belgium in 2002 following two years as an associate consultant with McKinsey & Company. He subsequently acquired a range of international experience in a number of senior marketing and sales executive positions with AB InBev France from 2004 to 2007 and with AB InBev Belgium from 2007 to 2011. Jan moved t0 Canada in 2011, when he was promoted to Regional VP, Quebec for Labatt. Later that year, he was appointed Vice President, Sales Canada.
Jan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Engineering from Belgium’s Universiteit Brussel and Leuven, respectively, and graduated as gold medalist in both. He has also completed the AB InBev INSEAD/Wharton Executive MBA program. He attended the University of Edinburgh in 1998 as part of Europe’s Erasmus student exchange program.
Born in Asse, Belgium, Jan and his wife, Heidi Van Bael, and their two children reside in Toronto. He is fluent in Dutch, English and French and has a working knowledge of German.
Gary McMullen graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a B. Eng, and then went on to specialize in Aerospace Engineering. After serving 9 years in the Armed Services, he left to pursue his real passion – making delicious beer in Muskoka!
Gary had been home brewing for a few years and also watching with great interest what was happening with the small brewing industry in the United States. In 1994, he decided it was time that Muskoka had its own brewery so he founded Muskoka Brewery Inc., with long-time friend, Kirk Evans. They opened the doors of Muskoka Brewery in 1996. The brewery has grown nicely over the years and now employs 75 people. Gary’s passion has been the people at Muskoka Brewery as much as the beer itself. In addition to his role at the brewery, Gary has been actively involved with the Ontario Craft Brewers since its inception. He is pleased to represent the interests of small brewers of Ontario and Atlantic Canada as a Board member of Beer Canada.
Andrew Oland is President of Moosehead Breweries Limited. He is the sixth generation member of his family to lead the Oland brewing business started by his great-great-great grandmother Susannah Oland in 1867.
Mr. Oland received his business degree in 1989 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia, and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997. He joined Moosehead in 1992 as a foreman in the Company’s bottleshop and has held a number of increasingly senior positions with the company including Sales Manager for Nova Scotia, Sales Director for New Brunswick, Alpine Lager Marketing Director, and President of Moosehead Quebec. He was appointed President on April 1, 2008.
As President of Moosehead, Mr. Oland has direct responsibility for the performance of the company and its subsidiary operations. Mr. Oland currently serves as a board member with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), the Conference Board of Canada, Beer Canada, and is a panel member with the Canadian Government’s Economic Advisory Council. He has a wide-range of concerns and interests outside of the brewing industry.
Mr. Oland and his wife Leslie reside in Rothesay, New Brunswick. They have three children.