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EMILY PEARCE

Founder & President

Emily established FdV in 2016 and is an important voice for women in the wine industry. An MS and MW candidate, contributing writer for numerous major wine publications, respected international judge, award-winning Sommelier, and mentor to many women in the wine community

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ANGELA AIELLO

Director of Global Development

A multi- award-winning entrepreneur, educator, international wine journalist and executive. Her extensive experience in many areas of the wine industry perfectly positions her to advise on organizational strategy and development, international growth and awareness as well as creative brand strategy on global collaborative partnerships.

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RENÉE SFERRAZZA

Director of Communications

Renée has worked in many facets of the wine industry from importing to consulting and virtually. wearing many hats, she is a CMS Sommelier she has a knack for translating the world of wine

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JENNIFER HEUTHER MS

Director of Education

The first female Master Sommelier in Canada Jennifer has had a full and well-round career in the wine industry, heading large beverage programs, overseeing Sommelier and Wine competitions, and working in wine sales with wineries. Jen is also an educator with WSET and CMS

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PRIYA RAO

Director of Inclusion

With a career in television, events, food and wine Priya is dialed into many aspects of the industry, she has worked with both Canadian and international talents bringing the world together and encourages people to flirt with veganism.

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SUZANNE BARTLETT

Director of  Events

Suzanne is a Certified Sommelier and has worked in the beverage alcohol industry for over a decade. From ambient marketing and trade shows, to wine, beer and spirits writing, she’s seen many areas of the industry. Combined with an educational background in PR and events, Suzanne is well versed in the world of wine and the creation of great wine events.

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