Our 2024 Judges

Beer entered into the Canada Beer Cup is judged by top international and cross-Canada judges, helping bring global attention to Canadian craft brewing excellence.


Canada Beer Cup Judge Pete Brown

Lauren Richard

Toronto, ON

Leading the charge as Canada Beer Cup’s first female Head Judge is Lauren Richard. Lauren is an Advanced Cicerone, sensory expert, and experienced beer judge.

“I am proud to be recognized at this caliber by Canada’s most prestigious national beer competition and look forward to applying the knowledge I’ve amassed in this setting,” says Lauren.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Ren Navarro

Dave Cole

Winnipeg, MB

Dave Cole has been a BJCP beer judge since 2016 and currently serves as the BJCP North Region Assistant Rep. Dave brings judging experience from over thirty international and Canadian competitions, in addition to his Head Judge and organizational experience with Prairie Beer Awards. 

“The Canada Beer Cup is all about furthering the industry,” says Dave. “After judging in 2023 and seeing the competition’s dedication to excellence and industry advancement, I was keen to get more involved”.

Canada Beer Cup Judge Joe Wiebe

Joe Wiebe

Victoria, BC

Joe Wiebe is the “Thirsty Writer,” the author of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries. Joe writes regular columns for a number of industry publications and is a co-founder and co-producer of Victoria Beer Week and the BC Ale Trail project.  As an award-winning  beer writer and member of the North American Guild of Beer Writers, Joe will help carry on the Canada Beer Cup’s legacy as a springboard for brewers to gain exposure for noteworthy brews.

Packaging Awards Head Judge

Amber Olson

Winnipeg, MB


Always judging a book by its cover, or a beer for its label – Amber Olson brings over 20 years of design, brand, and marketing experience with her to the Canada Beer Cup judging panel, developing our brand new packaging category.

Currently running the show at Oh hi Amber!, her own boutique marketing & creative agency – Amber has spent her career working with both large national brands, and independently-owned local businesses. As a self-described retail and brand nerd, she’s all about the extra details and special touches that help a brand and design really come to life.

As her work often takes her around Canada, she can always be found doing valuable category research at local craft breweries wherever she goes – forever on the hunt for a great beer that’s paired with a beautiful label to match.


The cross-Canada advisory panel supports the Head Judges with overall judge recruitment, striving to compile an inclusive and geographically representative roster.

Lundy Dale (BC)
Shane Groendahl (AB)
Kathy Yan Li (ON)
Kristina Santone (ON)
Jan-Philippe Barbeau (QC)
Craig Pinhey (NB)

Competition Manager

Hilary Hoogsteen

Logistics Lead

Paul Savage

Interested in being a Canada Beer Cup Judge or Steward?

2024 Canada Beer Cup Judge Applications are now CLOSED. 

We thank all that applied. All applicants will be contacted in the weeks to follow, confirming whether we are able to grant them a spot on our 2024 judging panel.


Stewarding applications remain OPEN.

The Canada Beer Cup is a BJCP sanctioned competition and stewards will be granted BJCP points, as well as provided lunch each day that they are on-site stewarding.

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