Alison’s passion and enthusiasm for all things cider is, well, intoxicating. Alison’s talents are as numerous as they are diverse. Her focus is on the production of high quality cider. Her passion for craft cider led her to the Enology and Viticulture School in Walla Walla Washington. After successfully completing this seminal course in cider making in North America, Alison has gone on to study under celebrated Cider Master Andrew Byers from Finn River Cider in Chimacum, Washington.
Kathleen is a BC native and a practicing lawyer. Kathleen is the other half of the brainchild behind the Northyards concept. Her engagement with the craft brewing and cider community has equipped her with a diverse range of knowledge on both the industry and the emerging market. She is a wannabe sommelier and practices her tasting skills on Alison’s ciders.
Geoff and Daphne have called Squamish their home since 2002. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, the couple moved to Squamish to pursue Geoff’s dream of opening up a traditional over-night children’s camp, Camp Summit. Daphne left her teaching job in Toronto and took a position as an elementary school teacher in West Vancouver and later Squamish. When daughters Maya and Campbell entered the scene Daphne decided to leave teaching to stay at home with their girls. Camp Summit is now entering it’s 20th season and has been providing outdoor education and the summer camp experience to thousands of youth in the Sea to Sky and lower mainland. Geoff continued to grow Camp Summit as well as founding an independent school here in Squamish offering grades 7-12 called Coast Mountain Academy.
Meanwhile, Daphne and Geoff had met Northyards founders Kathleen and Alison and become fast friends. Over the years, dinners out and vacations together brought them to the conclusion that they shared a common hobby of experiencing good food and drink in the company of friends.
When the opportunity arose for Geoff and Daphne to become partners in Northyards Cider Co and share their love of cider, good food, and community in the town they have poured so much of themselves into, well, it was a no-brainer.
Having both grown up on Vancouver Island, Adrian and Lindsay have been living in Squamish for approximately 11 years. After meeting in Squamish 5 years ago, they are now a family of three with Kieran being born in 2018. Like many who live here, they have a deep appreciation for Squamish’s community, locale and recreational opportunities.
Adrian is currently Partner and founder of the North American business operations for Elliott Bauer Financial Ltd, a niche executive search firm with offices in Vancouver and Montreal. Prior to starting that business 11 years ago, he lived in the Sea to Sky corridor while working within the HR and marketing departments at Whistler Blackcomb. Lindsay, a member of the team at Sea to Sky Sports Physio, is a local Chiropractor and has practiced in the corridor for over a decade.
Adrian and Lindsay are big fans of Kathleen and Alison having met them some years ago while sharing similar interests in entrepreneurism and living the aloha lifestyle. When the opportunity to come on board the Northyards ownership team arose, along with good friends Geoff and Daphne, Adrian and Lindsay were immediately in. They are excited to continue to plant roots in the community, help Northyards grow while having a few ciders along the way.