Janet Dorozynksi 2004
Janet Dorozynski was one the first students to successfully complete the Diploma by correspondence through IWEG in 2004 and has been a WSET-accredited Assessor since 2005.
Prior to entering the wine world, I obtained a Ph.D. from Concordia University in Montreal, where I taught politics and government/business relations for five years. I discovered my nose for wine while completing my doctoral dissertation in Brussels and quickly realized that to pursue a career in the wine industry, I would need internationally-recognized credentials which provided both a sound basis in wine, along with an understanding of how the industry operates. I completed the Certificate and Advanced Certificate with WSET in London (UK), while also taking tasting courses in Brussels and travelling extensively through the wine regions of Europe. I then went on to work for Wines of South Africa in Stellenbosch, where I continued to study at the Cape Wine Academy.
Upon returning to Canada almost a decade ago, I have worked in various capacities in the Canadian wine industry, with Winetelevision.com, the LCBO and as Director of Research and Government Relations for the Canadian Vintners Association. I currently work as Trade Commissioner for Canadian Wine, Spirits and Beer at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (Ottawa), where I established and oversee a programme that assists Canadian Embassies to order, serve and promote Canadian wine throughout the world. I also work with the wine and beverage alcohol industries on international market development. In addition to my day job, I am a contributor and reviewer for VINES Magazine and judge regularly at wine competitions throughout North America.
Since obtaining the Diploma, I have taught in the Sommelier Programme at Algonquin College, am currently an instructor in the Wine Business Management Programme at Niagara College and am a Professional Affiliate of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). In March 2008, I was recognized by CCOVI as one of five "Promoters" for my contribution to the wine and grape industry in the education and promotion of Canadian wines. In December 2008, the National Capital Sommelier Guild named me "Wine Person of the Year".
There is no doubt that the WSET Diploma requires a lot of work and dedication but the return is great and there is no better "higher education" in the world of wine to prepare you for both the business of wine and what's in the bottle. I was fortunate to have taken the Diploma through IWEG and wish them the best in the years ahead.