Jane Southgate, controller and co-owner at Grand River Brewing - Baron Mag

Jane Southgate, controller and co-owner at Grand River Brewing

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Presented x Mondial de la Bière [June 14-18, 2017 - Montréal]

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Who are you: 

 Jane Southgate CPA CGA

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Your current job: 

 Controller and co-owner with Bob Hanenberg

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In which city are you located? 

 Cambridge, Ontario

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A word to define what kind of worker you are: 

dedicated and accurate

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What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..) 

 Sage accounting and Excel

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What does your office space look like? 

 I’m an accountant so tidy and organized

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How large is the brewery? 

4500 HL

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The reason you started brewing? 

 My husband’s dream

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What was the inspiration behind your brewery? 

Building we purchased was a foundry - early industrial about 1900. The beers brewed are what you would have drank in early 1900  

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What are the biggest challenges for you as a brewer in Ontario? 

Sales venues and marketing

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What kind of music do you listen to when you are working? 

Anything from our tap room – prefer classical

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Do you have a way to organize your days to optimize your work? 

I try to stay focuses and follow a daily plan On Sunday evenings I plan out my week

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What tips would you give to improve productivity? 

Stay organized and focus on most important/ urgent tasks If it’s not completed today carry it forward for tomorrow – I use a daily organized/ to do program

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What is the best advice anyone has given you? 

There is always a reason why something happened even if it’s not evident today

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What is your routine start and end of the day? 

About 5 am and end about 9 pm

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Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?

 Nothing else – I try to escape to our farm where I raise welsh and German sport ponies

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3 Ontario craft beers that we must try? 

Plowman’s Ale, Beam Me Up scotch ale, Mill Race Dark

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What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a brewery?

 Have lots of money

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