About CHA

The Canadian Homebrewers Association was established in 2018 as a non-profit organization to further the hobby of homebrewing in Canada through education and legislation. Feel free to reach out to us via email. If you have a more general question, send us an email here.

Our current Board of Directors

Kathy Yan Li
Belleville, ON

Term ends 2022

Kathy Yan Li (Director)

Kathy first started homebrewing in 2010 when she co-founded the UBC Brewing Club with some friends and had to figure out how to make beer to teach others! She is a National rank BJCP beer with mead and cider endorsements, and has judged 40 competitions in six provinces and seven US states so far. She co-founded the CHA in 2018, and enjoys sharing Canadian homebrewing news and stories.

Aaron Brown
Saskatoon, SK

Term ends 2023

Aaron’s been homebrewing since 2014 making beer, wine, cider, and mead with a focus on local and home-grown ingredients. He’s an active member of the Saskatchewan homebrewing scene, with a passion for experimentation and education. When he’s not brewing, he’s a full-time geologist who loves concert photography, BBQ, and hunting.

Steve Martens
British Columbia Regional Representative
Chilliwack, BC

Term ends 2024

Steve has been an all-grain brewer since 2016 and has experimented with a wide variety of beers in that time (some much more successful than others). He lives in Chilliwack BC with his wife and four children and is extremely honoured and excited to represent British Columbia on behalf of the Canadian Homebrewers Association!

Malcolm MacKenzie
Alberta Regional Representative
Calgary, AB

Term end 2022

Malcolm has been homebrewing for about 7 years. He is a National Certified Beer Judge, and a Master KCBS BBQ judge, and enjoys travelling the world to discover new places, foods, and drink; and to meet the people who are passionate about making (and consuming!) them. He considers being the Alberta rep for the CHA to be a righteous and excellent way to continue these pursuits, and looks forward to meeting homebrewers from across the country.

Mike Chowns
Saskatchewan and Manitoba Regional Representative
Moose Jaw, SK

Term ends 2022

Mike started home brewing when his wife bought him a copy of John Palmer’s “How to Brew” for Christmas in 2012. He picked up a Brooklyn Brew Shop Every Day IPA kit and he has become obsessed since. Originally from Ontario, Mike lives in Moose Jaw where he is a full-time cook. When he’s not working or spending time with his wife and two sons, he’s brewing. Mike currently brews on a Robobrew v3 but also has a ginormous propane burner and keggle to do larger batches when it isn’t -40 degrees outside. Mike is excited to be a part of the CHA and share his passion for homebrewing and to give back to the rad community that has helped him become a better brewer. If you have any questions about brewing or the homebrew scene in Saskatchewan or Manitoba, shoot Mike an email and if he doesn’t have the answer, he’ll help you find it!

Eric Cousineau
Ontario Regional Representative
Toronto, ON

Term ends 2022

Eric is an avid homebrewer, BJCP judge, and computer engineer from Toronto, ON. He is also the Founder and President of Toronto’s local homebrew club, GTA Brews. He believes in the CHA because he wants to see more cooperation between Canadian homebrew clubs.

Cedric Malitte
Quebec Regional Representative
St-Jean-De-Brebeuf, QC

Term ends 2023

Cedric is born and raised in France. He became interested in beer while studying at mechanical engineering school, and sharing a flat with a pub owner in the late 90’s. He learned beer styles and history and visited many breweries by this time, but he only started homebrewing in 2003 with concentrates he bought on a trip to Canada. That sparked the passion. He rapidly moved to all grain, building his first pico-brewery from kegs and cooler. He moved to Canada in 2007 and still brews his favourites old European styles: cask ale, saison and lambic, but also new styles like hazy hopped ones! He’s also fond of lost historical beers and from tries to reproduce some from time to time with varying success!

Michael Orr
Atlantic Regional Representative
Halifax, NS

Term ends 2022

Originally from PEI and now living in Nova Scotia, Michael has lived in all four Atlantic provinces. A member of the local Brewnosers club, he’s been homebrewing (beer, cider, gluten-reduced) since 2014 and looking forward to helping Atlantic Canada’s homebrewing community grow.

Shawn Paul Brennan
Territories Regional Representative
Yellowknife, NWT

Term ends 2022

Shawn is a born and raised Northerner from Yellowknife, NWT. He started homebrewing in 2014 with very basic extract kits, then moving to brew in a bag, and on to a 3 vessel electric brewery setup. He also brew ciders, meads, and a variety of different kinds of wines. He is very proud to be representing the Territories and look forward to hearing any questions, comments, or concerns that you might have.