In many ways, the story of A.O. Wilson mirrors the story of the alcoholic beverages industry in Canada. As a supplier for producers of alcoholic beverages, the growth of our company has gone hand-in-hand with the struggles faced by these businesses. From our initial rise in the 1940s to a recent surge with local wineries, micro-breweries, cideries,and micro-distilleries, A.O. Wilson owes its enduring success to a loyal customer base that appreciates the knowledge and experience we bring to the table.
A.O. Wilson’s legacy is 100% Canadian. Founder and namesake A.O. Wilson started the company in 1945, bringing years of experience from the copper metal business to the brewing industry. Under his leadership, the company supplied all major Canadian breweries, as well as many in the U.S. and the U.K. This was at a time when industry mainstays such as the Molson Company and Canadian Breweries Limited were actively expanding across the country.
It was an exciting time to be working in the business. Little over a decade had passed since the end of U.S. prohibition, while in Canada—where prohibition was controlled by the provinces—it had been largely over since the 1920s. Nevertheless, provincial regulations kept the distribution of alcohol tightly regulated by liquor boards and publicly-owned businesses (such as the LCBO and the Beer Store in Ontario). By the 1960s, expansion had reached its limit and the majority of Canadian beer was produced by only a couple of major breweries.
David began his journey in the beverage industry working for a medium sized winery in West Kelowna, where he resides. With his mechanical aptitude and attention to detail, he rapidly worked his way up to Cellar Master. His next stop along the way was in the mobile services aspect of the industry doing custom work and filtration for various clients throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen regions of British Columbia. He later moved on to the mobile bottling field where he honed his trouble shooting skills and became acquainted with the finer points of packaging and packaging application.
David is eager to assist you with any challenges that may arise to ensure your end product looks its finest.
In his spare time David enjoys the outdoors, particularly fishing and camping.
Kevin is our friendly delivery man and all-around warehouse associate
Having run his own company for many years, Kevin knows what it takes to deliver exemplary customer service. There isn’t a job too large or too small for Kevin to handle and he is always ready to assist. His gentle and friendly nature along with being so versatile is what really makes him an asset to our team. We are happy to have him on board.
An Erin local, graduated in 2017 from Durham College, is eager to showcase his ability to perform and his willingness to learn. He possesses a strong work ethic in anything he does and displays that in the workplace. With that being said, Stuart has ventured into a brand new setting, the alcoholic beverage industry with an open mind hoping to gain as much experience as possible. Stuart is our French correspondent.
Stuart is a passionate hockey fan as well as an avid golfer. Has a strong love for music and loves spending time with family and friends.
The AOW team is happy to announce the onboarding of John Kosziwka in the position of Operations Analyst. His primary responsibilities include supporting management with research, design & execution of operational efficiency projects in the areas of inventory control, purchasing and finance. His positive attitude and excellent people skills make him a natural to assist our team in customer service and sales.
John has extensive experience in the restructuring of costing and quoting procedures for greater efficiency at large firms.
John completed his bachelor degree in Economics at Guelph University and lives and loves local. In his spare time, he very much enjoys sports, good food and cottage weekends are the best. You can’t help but love this guy. Please contact him to set up a meet & greet to discuss your packaging and processing needs.
With a background in Supply Chain, Customer Service and Project Management, Victoria has adapted to her role at A.O. Wilson quite nicely.
You will likely find her on the phone, assisting customers, arranging freight with our awesome European suppliers, or processing online orders through our revamped website. Look out for her writing in upcoming blog posts and newsletters as well! When she is not at the office, she enjoys hiking, kayaking and spending time with her family in the town of Erin. She even brews her own Kombucha!
Her time spent in Tuscany really sparked her interest for wine and winemaking. You could say she was destined to be a part of the team at AO Wilson!
Hubert has seen the wine industry from both sides, from a winery perspective and from a supplier’s point of view.
He is therefore a valuable asset to the company and his persistence has never let anyone down.
Hubert keeps plenty busy servicing our Canadian and U.S. customers on the west coast, but drop him a line, he’d love to hear from you!
After graduating from the Accounting honours program at Humber College, Jeremy has gained accounting experience in the private sector coming from logistics and large-scale print organizations as well as the public non-profit sector. Jeremy excels in numbers and is therefore a natural in this position. He is now happy to share his skills with our excellent team at AO Wilson.
Jeremy loves spending quality time with his wonderful family and great friends. He is an avid baseball fan and is a sanctioned slo pitch umpire. When inside, he can be heard passionately playing tracks in his studio on one of 6 instruments. Lucky neighbours!!
Brandon joined our team in January of 2017. His education in Business Administration, Purchasing and Blueprint have helped him become a detail oriented and analytical team player who focuses on the team’s success through individual excellence. In his young career, Brandon has already gained lots of experience in satisfying customer needs through his excellent interpersonal and sales skills. His troubleshooting skills are especially valuable in finding appropriate and quick solutions with equipment troubles.
A call with Brandon will tell the tale of superior Customer Service.
When not at the office, you will find Brandon devoting his time to his passion for cars and bikes.
Anne-Marie came to Canada in 1989 from the Netherlands with a family business background.
Anne-Marie joined the team in 1999. Her business background made for an easy transition to become employed by A.O. Wilson Ltd. and has developed herself in many areas of the company from accounting to inside sales to marketing planning etc.
Her versatility and knowledge is an asset for our small business oriented environment and makes her invaluable. She will go the extra mile to help you with any questions you may have. Connect with Anne-Marie for more information.
Graham is the president of the company and comes with many years of experience. Sales come natural to him and was basically spoon fed as a third generation groomed to run A.O. Wilson company.
He is a graduate of Ryerson University in mechanical engineering. His education has helped him being able to analyze and solve any problems with mechanically operated devices/equipment we offer or you might have.
Graham is very knowledgeable in every aspect of the products we sell. Whether you are looking for a new package design, have problems with your equipment or simply wish to speak to him, please give him a call.