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Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers formed 

Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers formed

Toronto, Ontario - November 12, 2003 - Mr. Gilberto Bojaca is announcing the creation of the Ontario chapter of Paris-based Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI). The new Toronto-based chapter has been established in association with the Association Canadienne des Sommeliers Professionels (ACSP) in Quebec.

Gilberto Bojaca, a certified sommelier with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and wine service industry, past President of the Sommelier Guild of Canada, as well as a member of the Society of Wine Educators, has been appointed current President of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers in Ontario (CAPS Ontario). "We hope to develop and mentor new sommeliers through professional educational certification programs and then continue their professional growth by facilitating networking, job searches, technical support, tastings and seminars." says Mr. Bojaca. "As a local chapter, the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers will connect professionals in Ontario with colleagues from around the world".

Donald Ziraldo, President and Co-Founder of Inniskillin Wines Inc., recently joined the association as national partner. "This Association creates an excellent opportunity for those interested in wine, to train and compete at an international level," comments Mr. Ziraldo.

The Toronto chapter of CAPS is committed to building a strong organization of members dedicated to developing the sommelier profession. Primarily open to the hospitality and wine service Industry, the association also welcomes people eager to study towards the profession of sommelier as well as the trade. Its goal is to encourage the developing of working relationships between members, wine professionals, consumers and with the hospitality industry at large.

In addition, CAPS Ontario intends to be recognized in both domestic and international markets as a significant contributor to the continuing development of wine service standards of excellence. Its purpose is to provide the industry with well-trained professionals of the highest caliber. One of its core objectives is to groom sommeliers to compete in prestigious competitions held annually at venues world wide, including Best Ontario, Best Canadian, Best Pan-American and World's Best Sommelier.

CAPS Ontario leadership team believes there is a pool of talent and energy in Canada that can be showcased and moved forward. "Our mission," says President Bojaca, "is to think globally and give Ontario and Canada the international recognition it can achieve in the wine service industry."

Founded in 1969 the head committee "Association de Sommellerie Internationale" (ASI) has membership in 41 countries around the world, now including two in Canada. ASI current international Chapter is in Italy, and is chaired by President Giuseppe Vaccarini.

For more information, visit www.sommellerie-internationale.com and www.acsp.info.

 

 

 

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