About Us

Trina Plamondon
Photo by Rachel Claire


Trina is the Founder of Boutèy. She currently resides in Vancouver, BC with her family. She is originally from Alberta, where her family is part of the rich history of African-American settlers who travelled by wagon train over a hundred years ago and settled in Amber Valley to escape racial segregation. This fuels her to do the impossible.

Trina is a BIPOC professional who is helping diversify the wine sector. She is the Editor of Carpa Vino a magazine dedicated to diversity in the sector.

She deeply passionate about wine, with professional certifications (Levels 1, 2 & 3, Canadian Wine Scholar and Food & Wine Pairing) through WSET, a British Columbia Wine Ambassador (Level II) and recently completed her Champagne certificate through Comité & a licensed Wine Agent.  

Trina is skilled at project management & event planning creating spaces that are inclusive and welcoming for all.

Trina believes in giving back and has chaired many volunteer boards that support the delivery of community and social programs locally and abroad. Currently, she is part of the board of directors for the Vinica Education Society.

Trina loves everything local. When she isn’t being the “Bottle Lady”, you can find her “wine-ing” with private tastings, consulting and education through her wine business Carpa Vino.

One of her greatest joys is sharing her love of wine & local food with friends and family.

The Team

We have a great team!

John, is our right hand man. John spent 25+ years working in health and social services in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and with the federal public service. After a brief side trip as the CEO of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, John was an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Alberta Public Service in the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

John has a reputation as a change leader, a problem solver, a strategic planner, and a relationship builder. He believes in the power of encouraging creativity and calculated risk to build programs, services, and organizations that are accountable, flexible, and oriented towards serving society with humility and resilience.

John spent over a decade at the front lines of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He was a founding member of the NAMES Project Canada (Canada’s AIDS Memorial Quilt), is a past board member of the Canadian AIDS Society and was the founding Executive Director of Nine Circles Community Health Centre – Winnipeg’s integrated-services HIV/AIDS clinic.

John has a passion for wine, cooking, social justice, and laughter and although his job keeps him busy, he is always open to opportunities for continued learning and social policy engagement, as well as opportunities to support social and community development organizations as either a volunteer or a board member. John brings many years of experience in relation to organizational development, change management, social enterprise, and influencing political decision makers.

Isiah, is our Certified Water Wastewater Technician. He provides the know how to ensure we use the best green practices and the products we use do not harm the environment.

Isiah is passionate about the environment and ensuring sustainability for future generations. He has a love of wine and when he isn’t keeping the water safe for us, you can find him enjoying the local scene with food & a bit of trivia.

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