Arnica is a educator, researcher and business developer with a passion for wine.
Arnica spent eleven years teaching and researching at two Canadian colleges and a US university. Her specialty was business, with focuses in marketing, change management and sustainability. She was awarded the top post-secondary teaching award in Alberta for Innovation in Teaching, and was the recipient of the prestigious SSHRC graduate scholarship. Arnica has lectured at education and business conferences around the world, from Pittsburg to Marrakech. Arnica has been privileged to visit many of the major wine regions of the world, and now shares her passion for wine by leading tastings and teaching wine classes. She is currently conducting independent research in the human experience and scientific impacts of terroir.
Her entrepreneurial talents have launched impactful NGOs and successful businesses in a variety of sectors, and she continues to coach other entrepreneurs to chase their own dreams. As a consultant for two decades, she has worked with multi-national businesses, government, First Nations, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to strategic plan, connect stakeholders, develop organizations, create brand identities, develop integrated communication/marketing plans and convey scientific research to the public and decision makers.
Arnica completed her Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 (Advanced) with distinction, and is currently a WSET Level 4 Diploma candidate. Her goal is to become a Master of Wine.
Arnica also holds a Bachelor of Commerce with honours from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Arts from Royal Roads University.