Since its inception, the Van Houtte® brand has built its reputation on the passion of its founder, Albert-Louis Van Houtte, that led him to become a Master of coffee artistry and roasting. With the Masters’ Fund, we want to salute Canadian Masters for their unique talents and commitment to their art. This ambitious program highlights the talent and dedication of exceptional Canadians who are redefining our culture.

Van Houtte® awards five talented Canadians

Handpicked for their unique talents, each of these Masters was awarded $20,000 from the Van Houtte® Masters’ Fund to pursue their passion and continue perfecting their craft.

Matthieu
Goyer

Animation filmmaker and illustrator – Quebec
“I think I managed to find my place as an animation filmmaker and illustrator through my versatility and distinctive style. Sharing your passion is key to developing. For me, a Master is someone who shares his or her knowledge and skills with others, so that someone else can push them further.”
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Annie
Brace-Lavoie

Chef and co-owner of Bar Kismet – Nova Scotia
“As a chef, I’m constantly learning from everybody in the kitchen. We are so honoured by the fact that our restaurant was ranked 15th among Canada’s top 100 in 2019, but it has not changed our approach. Just because you’re the owner, it doesn’t mean that you know more than anybody else. It allows me to keep on learning, which is very humbling.”
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Monica
Adair

Architect and co-owner of Acre Architects – New Brunswick
“I believe architecture can inspire us to experience life-changing moments. I strive to convey this in everything I do and it’s what drives my passion. I believe that mastery is a constant search to improve and to create something that connects you to what you put out into the world.”
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Jordan
Bennett

Multidisciplinary artist – Nova Scotia
“For an artist, constantly pushing your creativity always results in getting better, and I think you get to a point when you might become a Master. I try to push my boundaries on a daily basis, working to make Mi’kmaq culture an integral part of contemporary art.”
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Sheila
Jaffé

Violinist - Ontario
“I started playing the violin at the age of 3. I think determination got me to the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. To be able to play my instrument as I do today, I had to put in hours and hours of technical exercises. It wasn’t natural for me, so I had to be truly dedicated.”
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