Board of Directors


Rob Reinhardt
President

Rob has a long history of being an Influencer in the world of Canadian BBQ and he’s worn many hats.   He is a competitor, with 20 Grand Championships to date.  He’s an organizer, having run 5 different sanctioned competitions (with a 6th for 2019).   He’s a dual-certified BBQ judge, and former board member of the Pacific Northwest BBQ Association.   In 2014, when the need for a National BBQ organization in Canada became apparent, he helped co-found the society.

Rob and his wife Jacy make their living from barbecue – with 2 crews working the Ribfest circuit in the summer and a Regina-based food truck and catering business that runs all year.   His line of championship bbq rubs and sauce, along with Canada’s largest BBQ School, help fill in the gaps over the winter.

In 2016, Rob was invited to be the featured International Chef at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cook-off – and shared his unique spin on Canadian cuisine cooked on a smoker with VIPs, and local / state government officials. 

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Jocelyn Martel
Vice-President (Chapter Lead - Quebec)
Kris Valckx
Secretary

My name is Kris "Big Daddy" Valckx, and I'm the Pitmaster for Calgary-based Rocky Mountain Smokers. We've been competing for 9 years, with multiple Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions, and in 2017 were one of three teams drawn to represent Canada at the Jack where we finished with a 12th place brisket. I run Pitmaster classes in Alberta, and I'm also a member of the BBQ on the Bow Society, which runs one of Canada's oldest BBQ competitions entering year 26 in 2018. When I'm not busy with BBQ, I get to play with airplanes all day working with the WestJet Tech Ops team. Recently, I've been elected to the role of President of CBBQS which is a great honor. I'm looking forward to working with everybody to improve the state of BBQ in Canada and provide improved value to our members. It won't be easy, but thankfully I have a great group of folks to help.

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Kent Hanson
Treasurer (Chapter Lead - Prairies)

I have been BBQing since 2007 when I bought a cheap offset from Canadian Tire and made a lot of bad bbq. I slowly leveled up my abilities and started a competition bbq team in 2012 called The Devil Made Me Q It with my teammate Evan Cole. I've cooked on just about every style of cooker and love the time spent tending a stick burner as well as the ease of a Weber Smokey Mountain.  

Patrick Weir
Standing Member

Hey, my name is Patrick Weir, I am a member of the BBQ comp team ‘Whiskey’n’Cleavers’. I live in the heart of downtown Toronto and have been around the BBQ scene since 2011. I originally was part of Team Diva Q for 4+ years, then the other members of the team and I started WnC when our dear Danielle moved south. You can also see my pretty face on episodes of her show BBQ Crawl. I have been lucky enough to travel the US and Canada, to be a part of some wins (and losses) at some pretty cool competitions including The Jack, The American Royal and the World Food Championships. Happy to be apart of the CBBQS BOD and I just like to get shit done. #GSD

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Manny Mavroudis
Standing Member

My name is Manny Mavroudis from Laval, Quebec. I got involved in the BBQ competition world after watching a TV program that sparked an interest. There wasn't much happening in Montreal back in 2015 but did find a few amateur/backyard events in Ottawa. Finishing last out of 11 teams at my first competition was a shock but I kept going back to these gatherings. 

Since then I've explored BBQ in Kansas, Texas, the Carolinas and even qualified to compete at the World Food Championships in Alabama in 2016. 

2019 will be the 4th year I will be competing in the pro circuit and I'm loving it. In May of 2018 we co-organized an amateur/backyard event in Montreal which brought together teams from all over the province. BBQ culture has a way of bringing people together. We have a great community of folks from all walks of life from coast to coast. If you have any questions, please contact me

Darrel Seskin
Chapter Lead - Pacific

Hi All, I am Darrel Seskin and my team is Braai-Q, Braai-Q is a Canadian BBQ team made up of ex-South Africans, "Braai" is a South African term for BBQ. While we have been cooking for many years both in South Africa and in Canada, we began competing in 2015 with calls in Brisket, Ribs, Butt, burgers and black box, I completed my PNWBA judges certified last year. Braai-Q also offers catering to those interested. I absolutely love smoking and sharing what I have learnt with others bringing us all closer. Give me a shout as I would love to chat with you or assist in any way I can

Christopher Zinger
Chapter Lead - Rockies

My name is Chris, though most of the time I only answer to Zinger.  I have been around BBQ my whole life, and to me, barbeque means friendship, family, and fun. Some of life’s greatest moments are shared around the barbecue. I am a very social person, especially if you want to talk anything BBQ, BBQ restaurants, backyard tips and tricks, and experience around the flame.  

Frozen Toque BBQ is the name of my competitive team. I started the team in the winter of 2016 when I chose to cook rather than be a judge, as I had in the past in the great BBQ State of Texas. At that time little did I know there was a BBQ scene in Canada and its growing! Since then I have had the pleasure of mentoring judges, assisting new and experienced competing teams, and guidance for the general public. I have used teaching BBQ as a corporate hands-on team building exercise.  

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John Thomson
Chapter Lead - Greater Ontario

I've been a competitor since 2010 and I have been a part of the Canadian BBQ Society since Day One. I am also an Organizer and a Certified BBQ Judge. I teach private BBQ Clinics in Ottawa and as part of my association with BBQclasses.ca, I teach Competition BBQ Classes in Eastern Canada. You could say that BBQ sauce runs in my blood. As a Canadian BBQer, I am incredibly passionate about our hobby and it's presence in Canada. Now in our 4th year in operation, The Canadian BBQ Society is bigger than ever and as a member of the Board of Directors, I am very proud to serve the Members any way I can.

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