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Mary Bailey
Barbara Philip MW
Iain Philip AIWS
Mark Shipway AIWS
Claude Royer

Mary Bailey

Food and wine writer Mary Bailey is the publisher of the bi-monthly magazine City Palate, the flavour of Edmonton’s Food Scene. She was born in Kingston, Ontario, attended the University of Alberta and has lived in Edmonton's Mill Creek Ravine neighbourhood for several years.

Mary's background is in hospitality and wine. She has worked in all aspects of the hospitality business: server, bartender, host, Maitre’d, manager and caterer. She spent several years in the wine business as manager of Dennis Miller Wine Merchant and managing partner in Wines International, finding, tasting, selling and teaching about wine. Mary is also a Certified Sommelier having achieved her Diploma from the International Sommelier Guild in 2007 and is in her final year of studies for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma.

Mary's volunteer commitments have included the board of Cuisine Canada and she is currently co-chair of Indulgence, a Canadian epic of food and wine. She founded Edmonton’s Slow Food convivia in 2002 and is the co-author of two best-selling books on Albertan food: The Food Lover’s Trail Guide to Alberta, Volumes I & II.

Mary has a true passion for food & wine which can be clearly felt with just a few moments conversation with her. This passion has led her into the field of wine instruction and Mary now teaches the Wine & Spirit Education Trust courses in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Barbara Philip MW

Barbara Philip is a sommelier and wine consultant based in Vancouver, Canada.   Barbara has a degree in Fine Arts (theatre) from the University of British Columbia and a long history working in the restaurant trade.  She is curriculum department head for the International Sommelier Guild (ISG) and, over the past six years, has trained sommeliers in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver and Austin.

Together with her husband, Iain, and their company BARBARIAIN WINE CONSULTING, Barbara conducts seminars and tastings for retail stores, restaurants and a number of other corporations.   She is a panelist at many wine events and a regular judge at important competitions such as the Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards and the British Columbia Wine and Oyster Festival.

Barbara completed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma in 2001 and in 2007 became the first female Master of Wine in Canada. It is a great pleasure for Barb to be an instructor of the WSET Diploma program at the Art Institute of Vancouver.

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Iain Philip

Long standing professional wine educator and one half of Vancouver’s well known husband & wife team, BARBARIAIN Wine Consulting, Iain Philip has been a prominent member of the Vancouver wine scene for many years. His journey on the path of all things vinous started way back in the 1970s, a time when finding a decent bottle of wine in Vancouver was not an easy task to say the least! Thankfully Iain’s father, an avid wine enthusiast and collector, managed to keep the Philip cellar well stocked by scouring the liquor store shelves on his travels out of province. It was these wine gems that sparked Iain’s love for the subject and that remains with him today.

Iain’s dedication to wine and his immersion in the subject really started a few years later and since the early 1990s, he and his wife have spent every annual vacation exploring the far flung wine growing regions of the world. An accomplished academic, Iain was one of the very first Vancouver graduates of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma program at a time when the qualification was extremely difficult to achieve. The knowledge he gained from that experience has been hugely influential in creating the WSET Diploma study program enjoyed by the Vancouver wine students of today.

Iain has a true enthusiasm for teaching wine and manages to effortlessly combine a high degree of technical, topical and current information with an easygoing style. It is truly a winning combination that has made him one of the top wine educators in the city and the lead WSET instructor at The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Vancouver.

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Mark Shipway

Recently arrived to these shores, Mark grew up on England’s south coast where his interest for wine arose at an early age during regular family holidays to France. A wine enthusiast for many years, it was after living and traveling in New Zealand that he finally decided to convert this passion into a serious vocation.

Mark returned to his native home and to full-time study at the UK’s only school for viticulture and oenology – the University of Brighton. During this time, he cut his teeth in the retail trade, working part-time for a local specialist wine merchant where he was introduced to the fine wine trade. He also discovered at this time that the warm dry wine store was infinitely preferable (and profitable) than the long, wet winters - and summers (!) - spent working on English vineyards. He quickly decided this was the route to follow.

Upon graduating, the opportunity to travel arose once more taking Mark to the winelands of South Africa’s Western Cape. Living in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch and working as a wine steward and cellar guide for various wine estates (including prestigious Neethlingshof) gave him a lasting love for South African wine and culture.

Mark’s wine education continued, however, and he achieved the WSET Diploma with Honours in 1999. In fact, his overall grade was of sufficient merit for him to be awarded one of the very few industry scholarships available to Diploma graduates. As part of this award, Mark served an internship in the wine buying department of Waitrose Ltd - the UK’s leading quality multiple grocer, where he worked alongside and learned from several highly respected Masters of Wine.

On completion of his internship and preferring to shun fast paced London city life for the quieter provinces, Mark made a move to the country and into the head office of Direct Wines - the UK’s 3rd largest wine retailer. Here he continued to pursue the business side of wine, working as both a wine adviser and in the sales & marketing department. His belief in the positive benefits of a formal wine education saw him entering the field of wine instruction, teaching WSET courses to work colleagues and running revision tutorials in his spare time.

Mark is also an Associate member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits and a former International Wine and Spirit Competition judge. He now works as an instructor and WSET program coordinator for The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institute of Vancouver.

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Claude Royer

Long time Kamloops "bon vivant" and wine enthusiast Claude Royer's passion for wine first developed as he and his wife Carly searched for that elusive creature: the perfect "wedding wine". This search led to formal studies through the Art Institute, culminating in the achievement of Diploma (Level 4) in 2009. Along the way, Claude has taught wine and spirit related courses for the City Of Kamloops, and held events for the MBA program at Thompson River University; while assisting the Brownstone Restaurant in developing their wine list and wine program. Claude has led a wine tasting group at the Brownstone Restaurant since 1995.

The wine world can really be a small world, Claude happened to meet with distant relatives establishing a winery in the Okanagan (Beaumont Estate Winery); he worked as a sales representative for that winery, and also for Hainle and Deep Creek Estate Wineries. Fluent in French and English, Claude likes to complement his easy going teaching style with up to date news and events.

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