Diversity In Brewing began in May 2020, when our coordinator Heather got the ball rolling on an annual scholarship with Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Within a few weeks Meghan, Bruce, and Dan joined DIB and formed the initiative as a team. We welcomed Kevin in the summer of 2021 to help further our mission to promote and celebrate diversity in the craft beer industry across Western Canada and beyond.
We are a grassroots initiative that provides free, accessible resources for employers and employees in craft beer, facilitates dialogue about inclusivity from an intersectional perspective, and raises funds for scholarships for BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ brewing students.
Once it is safe to gather, we plan to host educational and community events across B.C. and Alberta.
MEET THE TEAM:
Bruce is a queer beer drinkin' shark from the East Coast who now resides in Vancouver. A love of craft beer was fostered during a brief time being landlocked in Alberta, grew upon returning back to his home shores in Halifax and flourished once settling in Vancouver. A fan of beer, an industry worker, an LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Consultant, a podcaster and degree-holder in Sociology and Gender Studies, Bruce is here to chat about queer inclusivity and to help foster a welcoming environment for all.
Dan (he/him) was born and raised in East Vancouver with Chinese heritage, and continues to call East Van home today. With an educational background in social sciences and the humanities, he is an administrator in the post-secondary institution field. Dan is also a familiar face in tasting rooms and breweries in the metro Vancouver area and a true supporter of craft beer. This passion was fostered during the initial craft brewery/tasting room boom of 2013-14 and continues to fuel his mission to try as many local beers as possible, one single can at a time.
Hi I’m Meghan! My pronouns are she/her. I am a fermentation enthusiast driven by all things sour. I’ve been in the industry for close to 5 years and am currently working as an Assistant Manager, Beer Educator and Master of None. My educational background is in the social history of the 20th century. I earned a BA in History at
SFU studying the way people interacted with their rapidly changing world. Most recently I’ve worked as an artist educator teaching produce fermentation to youth. My interests in intersectionality, community, justice and our histories are the guiding forces in my life.
Hi! I'm Heather (she/her) - a lambic loving, mash tun shovelling, self proclaimed "cool mom", who has worked in the brewing industry for nearly a decade. My background includes non-profit work on the Board of Directors for a leading Canadian arts festival, where my love for community building deepened. I'm constantly inspired by connections and conversations sparked over a pint and am committed to using my experience, skills and resources to help make craft beer more accessible and to ensure our industry culture is one which welcomes and supports everyone.
Kevin Learning (he/they) is a sloth enthusiast, cat daddy, and non-binary queer brewer in Calgary, Alberta. Kevin has a BSc in Biology and has been working in the brewing industry since 2013 filling every role imaginable including tasting room management, distilling, quality control, and now brewing and production management. When they aren't busy yeast wrangling, Kevin is a professional drag queen and standup comedian with a passion for building community and making people laugh.