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Meet our Tea Sommelier® instructors who teach online, in Canadian colleges and internationally.

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Gabriella Lombardi is the President and instructor at Protea (Italian Tea Association). The Protea Academy is partnered with the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada to offer the TEA SOMMELIER® Certification Program in Italian. She is also currently the national coordinator for Tea Masters Cup competition

Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER®, Margot Bureaux is Nova Scotia Community College’s instructor and dedicated tea enthusiast. College Courses, Community College, How To Become, Tea, Nova Scotia, Teas, University

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Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER®, Margot Bureaux is Nova Scotia Community College’s instructor and dedicated tea enthusiast.

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Victoria Everett is a Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER® Professional, and an instructor at Mohawk College in Hamilton. She has cultivated an interest in understanding the complexities of tea for almost two decades, and is an active participant in the tea community. Through time spent living in China, Taiwan and Sri Lanka, and travels to other tea-producing countries, she offers a unique perspective on the cultural influence of tea around the world.

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Marie-Claude Vallée is a Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER® Professional, and an instructor at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She has had a long interest in all things tea and travel, combining both as often as possible. Apart from her interest in tea, Marie-Claude is a serving member of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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What happens when you take a woman, fully immersed in the world of wine and hospitality from studying and working in New York City followed by Northern California, and introduce her to tea? Sheena Brady did just that. She took her knowledge of terroir, and her trained palate and dove head first into the world of tea. After all, both tea and wine are heavily influenced by the changes in weather, the ground they’re grown in and the hours of sunshine they receive.

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Susan Peters is a Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER® Professional, graduating from Algonquin College. She is now an instructor for the TEA SOMMELIER® Program at Algonquin College as well as teaching tea appreciation classes throughout the Ottawa Valley area. Susan also speaks to groups and conferences on a number of tea related topics. These have included history focused topics at Upper Canada Village, the Jane Austen Society and a number of historical societies.

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Kristina Inman is a CAPS Sommelier and a TAC TEA SOMMELIER™/℠. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in History and Celtic Studies and a minor in Cinema Studies. In addition to being a tea lover, Kristina teaches wine, beer and spirit sensory classes at Niagara College and is the Business Development Coordinator for the Canadian Food & Wine Institute.

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After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems, Reza joined The Urban Tea Merchant on the ground floor as a Founding Member in 2004. Reza found alignment with the company’s core values and has been an integral part of their growth. He is their resident TAC TEA SOMMELIER™/℠ and genuinely excited about learning and offering great experiences with his students.

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Ms. Shabnam Weber has been the owner of the successful Canadian tea retail chain, The Tea Emporium Inc., for 11 years and has served on the Board of Directors for Tea Association of Canada for the past 6 years. As the Chair of the Education Committee, Shabnam is dedicated to the advancement of the TAC TEA SOMMELIER™/℠ Course.

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Jeff’s passion for tea began while he was living and working in Sichuan, China. While abroad, Jeff devoted his free time to the practice and study of language, culture and Tea. Jeff’s travels throughout China, India and Japan have expanded his knowledge and first-hand practice of many distinct and varied tea cultures. With a background in adult education and training, Jeff is passionate about sharing his knowledge with students as they progress on their journey into tea.

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James Cadeau is a Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER™/℠, and is an instructors at Mohawk College in Hamilton. He is a cafe owner in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the Specialty Tea Wholesale Manager at Spire Tea in Toronto. James moved fully into the Tea Industry in 2012 after 20 years of experience in Beverage, Food, & Hospitality Management. Having retail & wholesale experience with tea, he brings his students practical insight and real life scenarios.

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Del holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University, in addition to several other diplomas and certifications, but tea has always been one of his overriding passions. One of the first Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER™/℠ in Vancouver, Del is thrilled to have the opportunity to share his knowledge and help guide future sommeliers on their journey toward certification.