JAK’S is a fourth-generation family operated liquor retail company founded by John Andrew Kettlewell in 1981. John immigrated to Canada in 1972 from Australia after working with his father in a family plumbing business. John studied business at BCIT and finance and real estate at UBC in the 70’s. John worked in real estate development for five years and purchased his first pub in 1981 joining a number of his in laws in the liquor sector as an entrepreneur. Over the last ten years John has enabled JAK’s to build its values, vision and mission and worked with experienced facilitators to develop a strategic plan for JAK’s to be a retail focused family business that shares our passion for people and spirits. John has extensive experience coaching local basketball teams, has been a director on various community and school boards and enjoys travelling with his wife and friends.
Damian Kettlewell joined JAK’S as a partner and director in 2006. He currently serves as a Director and previously served as Director of Branding and External Affairs. Damian is currently Chair and CEO of BlissCo Cannabis Corp., a Canadian medical cannabis licensed producer which he founded in 2013. His background includes management roles in multinational retail, industrial and advertising firms. Damian has been a community organizer for 20 years advocating for environmental, medical cannabis and hemp policy reform. He holds an MBA from Royal Roads University and an undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University. Damian is a past chair and director of the Rivershed of B.C. Away from work Damian spends as much time as possible in the wilderness with family and friends.
Director of Retail Operations
Geoff joined JAK’S in 2010 after spending the previous 10 years in commercial aviation as an aircraft maintenance engineer; specializing in helicopters. Geoff studied wine in his first two years with JAK’S, obtaining WSET III. Geoff role with JAK’S is forever changing, but primarily includes construction, renovations, branding, retailing, marketing, and operations. Away from JAK’S, Geoff can be found coaching minor hockey for the Vancouver Thunderbirds or on the baseball field with Jericho Little League.
Director of Buying
Matt is a fourth-generation liquor retailer. He joined JAK’S in 1992, beginning as a bartender and bar manager, then progressing to store and area manager. These early years provided him with a solid appreciation of the backbone of the business that he carries with him today. Matt studied business leadership at BCIT and has been a partner with JAK’S for the past ten years. His current role as Director of Buying allows him to do what he loves – building relationships, competing and negotiating. Away from JAK’S, Matt can be found coaching minor baseball in South Delta and spending time outdoors and at the beach with his family. Matt is an avid runner and has competed in over 25 marathons, half marathons and triathlons.
Director of Finance, Marketing & Business Development
Mike joined JAK’S in 2009 after spending the previous fifteen years in the recycling business. Mike received his Bachelors of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business. Mike’s responsibilities within JAK’S include: finance, marketing and acquisitions. Away from JAK’S, Mike can be found on a tennis court, coaching field hockey, or enthusiastically cheering on his kids from the sidelines of a sports field.
Director of Sales
Tim joined JAK’S in 2015 after spending the previous 11 years in sales and hospitality management. Tim studied accounting and marketing at Simon Fraser University, where he completed internships with Frito Lay and Ernst & Young. Tim is also a certified coach, speaker and trainer with the John Maxwell Team. Tim’s role with JAK’S allows him to do what he loves: coach, mentor and train JAK’S Service Champions to create raving fans utilizing the JAK’S leadership principles of: candor, generosity, vulnerability, edge and energy. Away from JAK’S, Tim can be found coaching minor sports with the South Delta United Soccer Association and the South Delta Rams Football Association.