The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) is pleased to announce British Columbia-based Lesley Brown as their new National President. Ms. Brown takes over from outgoing CAPS National President Mark DeWolf. DeWolf had served a nearly 4-year term as CAPS’ National President, following a 3-year term as CAPS National Vice-President.
“I am thrilled that Lesley Brown will be taking over as our leader,” says Mark DeWolf, the outgoing president. “I can think of no one better suited to guide the organization. In the past 4 years, with the support of Lesley and the rest of the Board, our national organization has solidified itself as a bicoastal operation and changed from a competitions-focused organization to one that places equal emphasis on education, mentorship, and communication in addition to sommelier contests. Lesley’s unique ability to frame a long-term vision while managing and embracing the day to day challenges of a culturally diverse and complicated national organization will ensure CAPS’ success for years to come.”
Prior to taking on her new role, Ms. Brown held the position of President of CAPS’ British Columbia chapter and Vice-President of CAPS National. Ms. Brown, a 20-year veteran of the wine and hospitality industry, is currently the Vice-President of Sales & Marketing at HQ Wine + Spirits, a Vancouver-based wine agency.