Kelly first cut her teeth in the Ontario/Quebec food and beverage scene where she obtained a Sommelier certification from Algonquin College. In 2005, when the wave of the cocktail revolution started to really hit the Pacific Northwest, she turned her wine knowledge to spirits knowledge and quickly climbed the ranks to one of the best female bartenders in Vancouver. Kelly is an internationally recognized beverage coach, teacher, and consultant and is a regular food and beverage columnist for such publications as the Squamish Chief and Edible as well as regular television appearances on Global TV. Partners in life and business, Kelly Ann Woods and John McLellan are co-owners and sole operators of Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, an award winning artisan craft distillery in Squamish, BC where Kelly can often be found behind the stick mixing up stellar cocktails. In her spare time, Kelly is an actress in film and TV and the proud mother of a toddler, Callum.