WHO ARE WE?
The Pink Boots Society® are the movers and shakers in the fermented and alcoholic beverage industry. We make fermented beverages with the highest possible quality. We are the women and non-binary individuals that own the companies, package the product, design the labels, serve the drinks, write about our industry – and just about everything in between. Most importantly, we teach each other what we know through our own seminar programs, and we help each other advance both front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house careers by raising money for educational scholarships.
WHY A CANADA CHAPTER? 🇨🇦
- Q: When did we start this chapter?
- A: Back in January 2020, several passionate women from the Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto Pink Boot Society Chapters came together over several Google meetups to discuss the need for a Canadian voice. And, in November 2020 Pink Boots Society Canada was officially incorporated!
- Q: Do we cover all of Canada?
- A: Yes, we cover all ten provinces and the three territories. Wherever Canada makes fermented beverages, we can have members. Plus, it makes for a fantastic possible road trip to visit ALL our member establishments, right?
- Q: What makes Pink Boots Society Canada unique?
- A: We amalgamated the existing chapters (including Toronto and BC) to bring our members more collective opportunities to network, learn and advance their careers
- We secured lower annual membership fees
- We have scholarships and opportunities specific to our Canadian members
- We have board members that know and work in Canada
- Even in a country of over 38 million people, we can still create a small, close-knit community
- Q: What do we want to do with the Canada Chapter?
- A: We continue to create new and exciting scholarship opportunities for our members
- We advocate for an equitable and safe industry
- We promote our member’s achievements and their establishments through monthly spotlights and our social channels
- We foster new and important industry partnerships
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We work towards diversity, inclusion, and acceptance of all women and non-binary individuals in the fermented beverage industry. We welcome all and their ideas and foster a respectful and empowering organization that values what each of our members brings to the organization.
OUR CORE VALUES
INCLUSION: There is a place for everyone here. We work towards diversity and acceptance of all women and non-binary folks in the fermented beverage industry. We value respectful dialogue and opinions and offer a safe place to be yourself.
LEARNING: We are here to provide educational opportunities for our members. We commit to ongoing learning and education to evolve our organization to contribute positive leadership and adapt to the needs of our community.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We offer and receive constructive feedback to improve our organization continuously. This ensures others feel their contributions are valued, even when there are disagreements. We learn from our mistakes and are transparent to our membership.
OPENNESS: We value creativity and curiosity. We strive to be approachable, actively listen and encourage others to contribute and speak up. We are adaptable to the needs of our members.
COMMUNITY: We choose to be part of a community where we share our knowledge, resources, and skills. We strive to create a network for members to connect with and support each other.
MEET YOUR BOARD
PRESIDENT: NATASHA PEISKAR (SHE/HER)
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER, Alberta
Production Supervisor, Canada Malting Co, Alberta
Natasha is one of the founders of Pink Boots Society Canada, an Advanced Certified Cicerone ®, and co-creator of the 2019 Yakima Chief Hops Pink Boots hop blend. Being a co-founder of the Canada chapter has been a transformative journey since its inception. Working alongside other passionate women has motivated and inspired me to see a bright future for our chapter. As an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion for women and non-binary folks in the fermented beverage sector I am excited to develop programming and opportunities specific to our Canadian members.”
VICE PRESIDENT: MARIANNE MAGEE
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER, Ontario
Marianne joined Pink Boots Society in 2019 and quickly fell in love with the community and the acceptance of Society members. Volunteering with the Pink Boots Society Toronto Chapter as the Chapter Financial Liaison brought her many new experiences, but her proudest moment was putting her boots to the ground and forming Pink Boots Society Canada. With her strong background in non-profit work, specializing in Board Governance, she looks forward to continuing the important work of building Pink Boots Society Canada.
NATIONAL FINANCIAL LIAISON: NAOMI KENNEDY
BOARD MEMBER, Alberta
Accountant, The Establishment Brewing Co
I am a CGA, CPA with an accounting and tax background (over 15 years of experience). I’ve worked at the great heights of the downtown Calgary office towers in oil and gas and have since found myself in a cozy little local brewery. One of the things I love about Pink Boots is the ability to form those fundamental connections and see how things are tangibly getting better.I bring empathy, a desire to create change, and a breadth of finance experience to the Board.
COMMUNICATIONS & MEMBERSHIP: LUNDY DALE
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER, B.C.
Membership Coordinator, BC Craft Brewers Guild.BC
When she’s not spending quality time with a good IPA, (or brewing one) she’s the Membership Coordinator and Community Manager for the BC Craft Brewers Guild, and beer reviewer/coordinator for What’s Brewing/Beer Me BC. A Pink Boots Society member since 2010. Lundy’s been a part of the BC craft brewing industry for over 20 years. Not only was she the first female Certified Cicerone® in Western Canada, but in 2018, she received the inaugural BC Beer Awards Legend Award for her dedication to the BC beer industry and passion for supporting and encouraging women to get into the industry.
EDUCATION & SCHOLARSHIPS: LIZ MCDONNELL
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER, Ontario
Communications Consultant, Ontario
While her background is in journalism and newspapers, she shifted her sights to the beer world. “The idea of being part of a professional group specifically for women in a male-dominated industry was very important to me. A safe place where we could find paths for women across the industry, a place to bounce ideas off of one another, and a place where we could collectively work to educate both members and allies.The opportunities are limitless, and I wanted to be one of many to help craft this experience.” A lifelong learner, Liz nerds her way through life happily always looking to learn more.
EVENTS LEAD: SERENA SEEGER
BOARD MEMBER, Alberta
General Manager, Best Of Kin Brewing
I am currently the General Manager at a Best of Kin Social in Calgary Alberta . I have been in the beer industry in Calgary since 2019 officially but have been interested in beer and breweries for many years. I ended up becoming full time in this industry because of my passion and interest in learning more about fermented beverages. I joined PBS Canada because I wanted to be a part of an organization that works so hard and diligently to support women and non-binary individuals in the fermented beverage industry. I absolutely love hosting and planning events to bring people together.
SOCIAL MEDIA LEAD: ELLIE GURDEBEKE
BOARD MEMBER, Ontario
Brewer, The Beerded Dog Brewing Co
I joined Pink Boots in 2022 after reading about the Brew Day Collaboration on local news. While I’m fairly new to brewing, I’m committed to giving back to the community that has welcomed me so openly and helped me to succeed in a career I’m so passionate about. As the brewer at the Beerded Dog Brewing Co. in Harrow, ON, I love being able to experiment and learn on the job to provide new and interesting brews to my community. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with others in fermented beverages as we all learn and contribute to something so exciting!
BREW DAY LIAISON (WEST): JEN ROGERS
BOARD MEMBER, Alberta
Owner / Brewer, Wild Winds Brewery
I am the co-owner of Wild Winds Brewery wearing multiple hats as a brewer, website designer, social media, content creator, sales rep and can label designer. I graduated with distinction from the Olds College Brewmaster Program in 2019 and have worked in the brewing industry since 2018 as a Quality Control, Packaging Operator, Brewer, Production Manager, and Olds College Brewmaster Instructor. I have participated in eight Pink Boots Collaboration Brew days since entering the brewing industry in late 2017 and was excited to host my first in the Spring of 2023.
BREW DAY LIAISON (EAST): TAMMY JOHO
BOARD MEMBER, Ontario
Brewer & Winemaker
I have been brewer in southwestern Ontario but am now currently working at a winery. I was born and raised in Southern California, and my winding life journey brought me to Montreal 10 years ago. I started home brewing while living in Quebec, and then attended Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke where I received a graduate certificate in Brewing Science. I love teaching and talking about fermentation,and want to recruit more women into this industry. Pink Boots has allowed me to make so many connections in the alcoholic beverage industry and I want to help others make those connections as well.