Kimiko Uriu is the creator and founder of the Ottawa Tea Festival. She was one of the first Certified Tea Specialist from the Specialty Tea Institute of New York. Kimiko is also the owner of Ottawa-based KIMICHA Tea, which is best known for its award-winning teas, specifically the 2011 North American Tea Championship black tea category winner, Jin Jun Mei.
Kimiko has worked in a leading Japanese tea company for several years, where she has been involved in each step of the tea production process - working in the tea field, factory production, tea ceremony, sales in Europe, and brand development. She has worked with chocolate, ice cream, yoghurt producers, and tea houses in Europe. She has also introduced Matcha as a food ingredient in Europe and has integrated it into recipes and food products.
Kimiko works closely with businesses in creating tailor-made solutions and tea programs to cater to different types of markets, whether it be food service or retail. She has also taught the Tea Sommelier course at the Algonquin College and continues to organise tea workshops and tea-tastings in the Ottawa area.
Louise Roberge is the President of Tea Association of Canada and has been the guiding force for over 10 years. Louise Roberge has a Bachelor's Degree in Science from the University of Montreal and a Masters of Business (MBA) from Sherbrook University. Louise continues her efforts in the non profit realm and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.
Crystal McCollom, Special Moments Tea
She is a Certified Tea Sommelier, a tea professional, who has successfully completed the eight modules in the Tea Sommelier course with the Tea Association of Canada and passed a certification examination. She has been certified just under two years and worked on getting the certification for two years. She has enjoyed working over 30 years as both a Registered Nurse and health planner, as well as being a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Kyoko Kosaki, Certified Omotesenke Seiha Chado Japanese Tea Ceremony Teacher
Kyoko Tsunetomi, Practicing Chado for over 10 years
Kyoko Tsunetomi has been practicing chado for over ten years with Mrs. Kosaki. She has extensive experience in demonstrating chado in the Ottawa community and is the head guest in the tea ceremony.
Shigemi Ichino, Chado Practicioner
Shigemi Ichino has been practicing chado for many years with Mrs. Kosaki.
Luke Oldham, Practicing and Teaching Chado
Luke Oldham practiced Omotesenke Seiha Chadou in Japan intensively for four years. He obtained the teacher's certificate. He will talk about the history about Tea Ceremony (Chadou) and will explain the ceremony, as well as performing it himself.
Daniel Tremblay, Owner of Maison de thé Cha Yi Tea House
Daniel Tremblay travels each spring to the best tea producing regions of Asia to meet with artisan producers and imports high quality teas directly. Daniel pursued studies in herbology, organic farming and viticulture. Since 2004 he developed his passion for tea while working in different tea houses in France and Canada before opening CHA YI < www.chayi.ca/en > in 2010, his own teashop in downtown Gatineau. There, besides selling authentic terroir teas and fine teaware, he offers tea workshops and tea tastings on a weekly basis, enthusiastically sharing his knowledge with his clientele.
During this workshop, Daniel Tremblay of the CHA YI teahouse will make you travel with him, with pictures and flavors, on the road of terroir teas. He will present the exciting job of the tea importer, the basics of the art of tea tasting and an overview of the different tea producing regions and their specialties. Finally, you will savor a few teas produced by some of his favorite artisans.
Susan Peters is a Certified Tea Sommelier through the Tea Association of Canada and the International Tea Education Institute.As well, she certified as a Tea Specialist through the World Tea Academy and a Tea and Etiquette Consultant through the Washington Protocol School and Bruce Richardson's. She recently toured tea gardens in Hawaii and would like to share some of the most delightful teas from the region.
Yumiko Tsunakawa, Ikebana Artist and Certified Teacher
Yumiko Tsunakawa is an Ikebana Artist and Certified Teacher and teaches over 160 classes, where over 3,000 ikebana arrangements at her Sakura Studio are created per year. Over 300 students have studied at her studio.
East meets West. Ayurvedic medical and holistic health specialist, teacher, practitioner, clinical consultant, researcher, and lecturer. International experience in medical teaching, lecturing, and technician training. Extensive expertise in natural healing and panchakarma (purification procedures).st meets West. Ayurvedic medical and holistic health specialist, teacher, practitioner, clinical consultant, researcher, and lecturer. International experience in medical teaching, lecturing, and technician training. Extensive expertise in natural healing and panchakarma (purification procedures).
Elyse worked as a Global Tea Ambassador in Wazuka, Kyoto, Japan with the International Tea Farms Alliance. Through her time in Japan, she made many connections with tea farmers and was inspired by the passion farmers had for their tea. She is now the founder of Tealet, a marketplace that connects drinkers with tea growers around the world. She is passionate about direct trade business and empowering tea producers better understand quality.
Workshop: Learn how to build direct trade relationships with tea producers, even as a consumer. Not only is direct trade business good for sustainability of the tea industry it also yields higher quality tea. This session will cover the definitions of direct trade and provide insight into the status quo of the tea industry, including certifications such as Fair Trade and Organic.
Michelle Pierce Hamilton
Your Brain on Tea: We all know tea contains healthful antioxidants but do you know about the “unsung hero” nutrient, L-Theanine? Join Nutritionist and certified Tea Sommelier Michelle Pierce Hamilton to explore the amazing power of this little known amino acid and how in conjunction with other nutrients, it benefits and even heals your brain!
Crystal McCollom of Steeped Teas
I am a Certified Tea Sommelier, a tea professional, who has successfully completed the eight modules in the TEA SOMMELIER™ course with the Tea Association of Canada and passed a certification examination. I have been certified just under two years and worked on getting the certification for about two years as well. I have also enjoyed working over 30 years as both a Registered Nurse and health planner, as well as being a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Heather Erven, Manager of Knifewear Ottawa
Sharp knives rock. Knifewear Ottawa will show you the best way to get the most out of your kitchen knives. Dice an onion, cut green peppers like a pro and serve a pineapple. Try some of our handmade Japanese knives and be prepared to say things like "Well, I never.." It's great when knives work the way they are supposed too.