Professional Experience

RJ SPAGNOLS
(VINCOR INTERNATIONAL INC.)
2001 to 2005

Director of Research, Development and Quality Assurance
www.rjspagnols.com

GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWING
1992 to July 2001

Plant Manager/Brewmaster
www.gib.ca

R.C. PURDY CHOCOLATES LTD.
1990 to 1992

Assistant Production Manager
www.purdys.com

TCC SOFT DRINK PRODUCTS INC.
(COCA-COLA)
1988 to 1990

Quality Assurance Supervisor
www.cocacola.com

MOLSON BREWERIES OF CANADA LTD.
1982 to 1988

Quality Control Analyst
www.molson.com

Who We Are > Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson

Brewmaster and Winemaker Mark Simpson has twenty-three years experience in food and beverage manufacturing. He has extensive experience in product development, supply chain management and purchasing, quality assurance, public relations and marketing.

Mark has had a keen interest in fermentation since graduating from the UBC Microbiology program in 1982. He started his career with Molson Breweries, working with their core brands, as well as brewing international brands under license such as: Lowenbrau, Coors and Kirin.

This first assignment led to a nine year stay as Brewmaster at Vancouver's Granville Island Brewing, where he developed award winning brands such as Cypress Honey Lager, the Belgian influenced Christmas Ale and oak cask aged Scottish Ale. In 2001, Mark joined RJ Spagnols Wine and Beer Making Products, a division of Vincor International, in a winemaking role, as Director of Research, Development and Quality Assurance.

Mark has a network of contacts and resources that is both extensive and worldwide. He brings a balanced and thorough approach to problem solving that brings the best out of people. Mark is skilled at recipe and process design for foods and beverages and possesses a keen insight into the successful branding and marketing of new products.

Mark's key values are: balance, integrity, enterprise, creativity and quality.

Personal

Education

  • Member BC Wine Institute and Brewer's Association of America
  • Judge, 2006 World Beer Cup
  • Faculty Member, BC Institute of Technology Food Technology Dept.
  • Past Chairman and Founder Craft Brewers Association of BC
  • Columnist for Orchard and Vine Magazine
  • Passionate Skier, Climber and Cyclist
  • UBC Sauder School of Business, Seminars in Project Management and Finance, 2004
  • Blessing White Institute, Seminar in Managing Technical Professionals, 2003
  • Currently enrolled in BCIT Administrative Management Diploma program
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, University of B.C. (1982)
  • Molson Brewing Operations course, March 1988
  • Molson Brewing Microbiology course, University of Saskatchewan, April 1985