About Us

Locally owned and operated, The Truffles Group has been advancing Vancouver Island’s hospitality, tourism and beverage retail industries for over 25 years.

Guided by founder Don Calveley’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to business excellence, The Truffles Group continually pushes the boundaries of innovation to create memorable and lasting experiences for their guests and team.

Built on a foundational commitment to core values, the group has grown to include six market-leading brands including Truffles Catering, Canoe Brewpub and Marina, Cascadia Liquor (seven locations), Habitat Catering, Sequoia Coastal Coffee and Victoria Butterfly Gardens.

 

At The Truffles Group,
we work as a team to challenge ourselves and others to think differently;
we graciously welcome brave new ideas that confront our status-quo;
we take chances and innovate by falling forward;
we are authentic and enviably passionate.
— Don Calveley, Founder and Chairman of the Board

 

Our Team
 

 
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Don Calveley

Founder / Executive Chairman

The Truffles Group’s success and phenomenal growth has been driven by Don Calveley’s unwavering entrepreneurial spirit. His creativity inspires others to push the boundaries of innovation and challenges his teams, community and industry to think differently about hospitality.

Under his leadership, The Truffles Group has grown to employ over 450 staff and currently operates 12 market-leading hospitality businesses across Vancouver Island.

 

 
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Brian Pope

Chief Executive Officer

Under Brian Pope’s executive leadership and expertise in team development, he empowers the group to continue evolving and growing.

Guided by over 20 years of experience in hospitality operations and strategic growth, Brian ensures The Truffles Group is always poised to actively pursue new opportunities for expansion and acquisition.

 



Regional Team

  Emily Moore  Human Resources Generalist

Emily Moore
Human Resources Generalist

  Keith Barbon  Chief Financial Officer

Keith Barbon
Chief Financial Officer

  Jeremy Pott  Regional Operations Manager, Cascadia Liquor Stores

Jeremy Pott
Regional Operations Manager,
Cascadia Liquor Stores

 
  Alistair Eason  Regional Manager, Hospitality Operations General Manager, Truffles Catering

Alistair Eason
Regional Manager, Hospitality Operations
General Manager, Truffles Catering

 Jeff Wright Regional Manager, Marketing

Jeff Wright
Regional Manager, Marketing

  Stephanie Anderson  Human Resources Generalist (Interim)

Stephanie Anderson
Human Resources Generalist (Interim)

 




management team

 

Cascadia Liquor

  Ann Brydle  GM, Quadra Village

Ann Brydle
GM, Quadra Village

  Cathy Carlson  GM, Colwood

Cathy Carlson
GM, Colwood

  Rick Fields  GM, Nanoose

Rick Fields
GM, Nanoose

  Neely Hourigan  GM, Langford

Neely Hourigan
GM, Langford

  Jeff Reid  GM, Uptown

Jeff Reid
GM, Uptown

  Jeff Lucas  GM, Courtenay

Jeff Lucas
GM, Courtenay

  Jessie Fowler  GM, Eagle Creek

Jessie Fowler
GM, Eagle Creek

 

 

Canoe Brewpub

  Soloman Tainui  Executive Chef

Soloman Tainui
Executive Chef

  Daniel Murphy  Brewmaster

Daniel Murphy
Brewmaster

  Scott Renton  GM

Scott Renton
GM

 
 

Victoria butterfly gardens

  Ronalea Rischmiller  GM

Ronalea Rischmiller
GM

  Kurtis Herperger  Gardens Manager

Kurtis Herperger
Gardens Manager

  Justin Dunning  Living Collections Manager

Justin Dunning
Living Collections Manager

 
 

truffles catering

  JP Green  Executive Chef

JP Green
Executive Chef

   Jennifer McKimmie   Assistant General Manager

Jennifer McKimmie
Assistant General Manager

  Taryn Stewart  Planner

Taryn Stewart
Planner

  Jannine Rossi  Planner

Jannine Rossi
Planner

 

Sequoia Coastal coffee

  Marke Kennedy   Unit Manager

Marke Kennedy

Unit Manager

 
 

HABITAT CAFE

  Bryan Jacobsen   Executive Chef

Bryan Jacobsen

Executive Chef

  Andy McIntosh   Assistant Operations Manager

Andy McIntosh

Assistant Operations Manager