• SERVING THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

  • OUR TEAM

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund’s mandate is to offer support to the hospitality industry, by the hospitality industry.

     

    Although we have some operational costs, we are mostly powered by volunteers from across the country, who help us to provide support and resources to hospitality professionals throughout Canada

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    ALEXIS GREEN

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    Director


    Alexis is the Senior Marketing Manager at Fever-Tree Canada, a Certified Specialist of Spirits, holds a WSET II in Spirits, and has worked in the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years. She has held numerous positions, from head bartender to general manager, marketing manager, event planner, brand ambassador and sales manager. She holds an honours bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from York University and has been living in Montreal since 2010.

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    DR. ANDREW TOPLACK

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    Director

     

    Andrew is one of the most encouraging and nurturing bar flies you’d ever have the good fortune to have visit your bar. A medical doctor and psychotherapist by day, Andrew can be found hosting Toplack Tuesdays by night; a series professional talks that give bartenders a platform to teach each other. He is also able to boast to being the first to import the then niche — now global — brands El Tesoro Tequila and Del Maguey Mezcal into Canada. His passion for sharing incredible new spirits with bartenders, and his impulse to engage with and develop the hospitality community is what led him here: as the co-founder of the Bartenders Benevolent Fund alongside Jonathan Humphrey back in 2013.

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    BETH CASSIAN-BLACK

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    Director

     

    Beth is currently the Senior Plant Accountant for Sasco Strut, a manufacturing facility in North York. Sasco is a division of Atkore International, a global manufacturer with facilities located around the world.

     

    Prior to joining Atkore, Beth worked as a Payroll Accountant for DGC Ontario, on several tv and film productions. She has had several positions of increasing responsibility, most recently overseeing the accounting department as the Director of Finance for The Butler Did It, Inc.

     

    Beth hold an Honors Diploma in Business Accounting from George Brown College and received her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in August 2022.

     

    Outside of work, she enjoy living in downtown Toronto, exploring the vibrant hospitality scene, and experiencing the amazing arts and culture in our city. She was a hospitality worker for many years, and she is passionate about giving back to this community.

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    DONNIE WHEELER

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    Director

     

    For more than two decades, Donnie has worked in some great and fun cocktail bars and restaurants across Canada and been an boozy educator and national brand ambassador in previous roles. You’ll find that he is a continual student with certifications in Wine and Spirits anxious from WSET & Bar 5 Day. For over a decade now, Donnie has been hosting an industry holiday celebration for restaurant industry workers that can’t get a holiday meal or be home for the holidays. These days you’ll find him working as a spirits specialist for Dandurand Wine & Spirits.

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    HUGO SILVA

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    Chair, Director

     

    With close to three decades of hospitality industry under his belt, Hugo has run everything from 5 star hotels to nightclubs and large international events. Hugo believes that hospitality is about empathy, compassion and inclusion, as there is no one that doesn’t like to be heard and understood. Hugo likes being able to listen to others, be it guests or industry colleagues. His belief is that everything in life is about perspective and solutions, and there definitely is strength in numbers.

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    MARCELA HERNANDEZ GONZALEZ

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    Volunteer

     

    Born and raised in Mexico, Marcela joined the Hospitality Industry as soon as she moved to Canada. Marcela has worked both in BOH and FOH, currently working as a manager at a downtown cocktail bar. Marcela has always been passionate about different social causes and believes hospitality is all about connecting with people and curating experiences.

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    MAT SAVULESCU

    (HE / HIM)


    Executive Director

     

    Mat joined us after having worked with several notable not-for-profits focusing on workforce development programs, such as Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services, The Career Foundation, and most recently at Rise, a national organization that empowers Canadians with mental health and addiction challenges to achieve greater economic and social inclusion. Mat’s experience in the not-for-profit world and managing programs supporting racialized youth, newcomers to Canada, Aboriginal, homeless, LGBTTIQQ2SA+; as well as his compassion and enthusiasm has made him an excellent addition to our team at the BBF.

  • VOLUNTEERS

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund operates thanks to our volunteers who donate their time, experience and insight to keep the BBF moving.

    • Chris Cho, Saskatchewan
    • Kolbi Morely, Nova Scotia
  • VOLUNTEER WITH US

    Have any questions about your application or guidance on how to apply? Send us a message and we would be happy to answer your questions.

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund values diversity in our make up. We provide equal volunteer and employment opportunities for all applicants and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, disability or any other characteristic protected by local and federal law.

    CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

    There are not currently any openings, but new opportunities will be posted here.

     

     

  • POLICIES

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund actively works to maintain inclusive and empowering organizational policies, funding criteria and code of conduct. In addition, we treat applicant privacy with the highest regard, through responsible management, use and protection of personal data.

    CODE OF CONDUCT

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund, its directors, staff members, volunteers, and associates pledge to:

    • Understand, support, and promote the Core Values of the Bartenders Benevolent Fund
    • Conduct ourselves with honesty, integrity and fairness
    • Ensure a diverse, inclusive and intersectional staff at all levels of our organization
    • Respect the dignity and rights of clients, partners, vendors, associates, and peers regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, physical disability, or sexual orientation
    • Not engage in sexual harassment, disrespectful or abusive behaviour in connection with professional duties
    • Conduct business and professional activities in a reputable manner so as to reflect honourably upon the Fund
    • Engage with working bartenders, servers and FOH support staff to learn new and innovative ways to improve how we may best serve the industry

    PRIVACY POLICY

    Additionally, we take privacy extremely seriously. As such, the Bartenders Benevolent Fund pledges to:

    • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations concerning our non-profit and partners
    • Conduct business and make funding decisions in a fair and ethical manner
    • Strive to provide confidential and objective evaluations of all funding applications
    • Be alert to situations that might cause, or have the appearance of, a conflict of interest and provide full disclosure when a real or potential conflict of interest arises
    • Not knowingly misappropriate, divert or use monies, personnel, property, or equipment belonging to others for personal gain or advantage
  • FOR THE COMMUNITY. BY THE COMMUNITY.

    Stay up to date on the Bartenders Benevolent Fund news and follow us on our social channels. For any and all questions please feel free to reach out to our team by email.

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