Board of Directors

Janice Smella
President - Standing Member
Christopher Zinger
Vice President - Chapter Lead - Alberta

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.  

Rob Reinhardt
Treasurer - Chapter Lead - Saskatchewan

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. 

Kris Valckx
Secretary - Standing Member

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.

Darrel Seskin
Standing Member

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

Jocelyn Martel
Standing Member
Stephen Perrin
Chapter Lead - Ontario
Christian Côté
Chapter Lead - Quebec
Chapter Lead - Manitoba
Sharleen Sabiston
Chapter Lead - British Columbia