Do I Scout a New Viticulture Specialist at Perennia?

Thursday, April 25, 2024

 Hello Dear Readers!

Thank you all for the warm welcome and introduction at the GGANS Annual General Meeting. I am very excited to be here, and look forward to seeing, working with you and contributing my knowledge and skills to this vibrant industry.

To briefly introduce myself- I just relocated from BC where I worked at Cedar Creek Estate Winery and later taught at the UBC Okanagan Campus. I hold an MSc in Viticulture, Oenology and Business from the University of Bordeaux Science Agro and the WSET Diploma level 4. My employment background includes sales, marketing, import and of course vineyard and winery work in Canada and abroad. These experiences have enabled me to engage with and understand the industry from various perspectives and bring a holistic approach to help the growers achieve their viticultural goals.

What have I observed thus far?

The Nova Scotia grape and wine industry is built on the commitment and hard work of its members. Despite recent challenges, there exists a strong bond within the community driving collaborative efforts to overcome obstacles and promote growth within the sector.

What can you expect from me?

We visited several farms recently with Dr. Kevin Ker and Lisa Harkness and will be visiting more in the coming weeks and months. I am a very “hands on” person, I encourage in-person interactions and collaborations, so expect to see more visits, vineyard demonstrations, guest speakers and webinars covering topics relevant and tailored to the local industry. For your convenience, fact sheets, recorded webinars and presentation pdfs will be posted here: Grapes – Perennia.

As we look to the future, I will do my best to be your source of information for all things vine related. If I cannot answer your questions, I will try to find a solution, or guide you in the right direction. Dr. Kevin Ker and Lisa Harkness will remain on hand for support.

To begin, we will have two webinars:

Grape Pest Scouting Basics: 6 May 2024 at 12:00-13:30

Register here: Grape Pest Scouting Basics – Perennia

Frost Protection for Grapes: 13 May 2024 at 12:00-13:30

Register here: Frost Protection for Grapes – Perennia

Thank you again for your warm welcome, and I look forward to working with you, and seeing you at the upcoming events and webinars. Feel free to contact me at the contact details below.


Office: 902-678-7722
Cell: 902-599-1390