Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers formed
Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers
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
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