WSET Instructors & Admin
Melissa began her wine career in restaurants while completing her undergrad at The University of Guelph. Shortly after, she joined Charles Baker and Stratus Vineyards in fine wine sales and marketing.
She now works as Senior Portfolio Manager for Cru Wine Merchants, a global portfolio of wines, and is responsible for managing a small team and a dynamic portfolio of 60+ like-minded, international wine producers.
Melissa has judged for Ontario Wine Awards, The Judgement of Kingston and InterVin, International Wine Awards. Melissa also works as a Sessional Instructor at The University of Guelph, teaching Wine and Oenology and Beverage Management in addition to the WSET wine and spirit courses. Credentials include WSET Diploma Graduate, WSET Educator Certified (Wine & Spirits), 2018 Casey Cosgrove Teaching Award of Excellence, the University of Guelph, Wine Judge (Ontario Wine Awards, InterVin, Judgement of Kingston) and is an Ontario Hostelry Institute's Top 30 Under 30 recipient.
Aimee began her hospitality career working in Bed & Breakfasts’ in Stratford. Her interest in wine started in University during her co-op placement at a Private Golf Club, and continued to grow during completion of the Hotel & Food Administration Degree. Aimee discovered a strong passion for wine, and continued to pursue a career in wine after graduation. Acting as a floor Somm and wine buyer in two establishments, Aimee expanded her knowledge in wine.
Aimee then pursued a career in wine sales, starting in the Sommlier and Fine Wine Sales Development Program at Mission Hill. Aimee Fowler is currently a Territory Manager at Dandurand selling wine to some of the top restaurants downtown Toronto.
- Instructor, Wine & Spirits Education Trust, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
- Diploma WSET Candidate
Program Contact - Administration
Contact Lisa regarding any appeals, reasonable adjustments, special consideration, disability/accessibility services, etc. prior to enrollment.