W. John Switzer 2010


Teaching experience:

Professor, Schulich School of Management, York University Instructor, Principled Negotiations (Harvard Negotiation Project) *Certified WSET Educator (WSET/IWEG Instructor, 2009 – present)

Wine accreditations:

WSET Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced - Passed with Distinction WSET Level 4 Diploma, Passed - Units 1 & 4 Passed with Merit *Society of Wine Educators - Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW)

Other activities:

Decanter World Wine Awards, London, England – Judge, Rhône panel (2010, 2011) Governor, University of Toronto Governing Council (2009 – present) Chair, Board of Directors, Research, Innovation and Commercialization Centre, Mississauga, ON (2010 – present) I operate a boutique wine agency, specializing in craft wines from the Rhône valley. For the past five+ years I have written a controlled circulation biweekly newsletter (Winesights Vintages Newsletter). I blog (The Winesights Reader) and I write a wine column for a Toronto-based lifestyle magazine *Former management consultant (practice focus: strategy and business transformation)

Wine Travel:

My wife and I travel extensively, with visits to wine country whenever I get permission. To date we have visited the Rhône valley, Burgundy, Italy (Tuscany, Liguria, Friuli, Umbria), Germany (Rheingau), Spain (Jerez, Catalunya), Crete, New Zealand (Martinborough, Napier, Waipara, Marlborough), Australia (Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Bendigo), California (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Santa Barbara), and of course, Niagara and the Okanagan.

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