Our Staff

John Clerides

Email: john@marquis-wines.com - John's Staff Pick


John was raised listening to stories about his father’s childhood in a Cypriot mountainside village. He heard about how his grandfather looked after his family of nine by raising an assortment of animals, and by growing their own fruits and vegetables. His grandfather also tended their vines and made wine, along with their local moonshine which was nothing less than racing fuel. The seeds were planted for his curiosity about food and wine.

In 1977 his career began like any other good Greek Canadian, in the family restaurant. Ten years in the restaurant business gave John a strong foundation for working with people and listening to his customers. Painfully aware of the frustrations locals had by the limited selection of wines and indifferent service, John jumped at the opportunity to open Marquis Wine Cellars in 1986. Inspired by speaking with many of his seasoned wine friends and his readings John’s quest for knowledge began.

John has travelled extensively though Australia, Washington, Oregon, California, Italy, Spain, France and Austria, sourcing unique, flavourful, undiscovered wines. Even after 25 years his quest for discovery remains unabated. You will most likely find John in either one of three places, at Marquis Wine Cellars assisting his clients, in a vineyard or cellar somewhere in the wine world, or his most preferred location: at the local ice rink playing hockey.

Kevin McKinnon

kevin.jpgEmail: kevin@marquis-wines.com - Kevin's Staff Pick

Kevin’s passion for wine began innocuously answering an advertisement for a start up wine store. Kevin’s qualities were soon recognized and he was quickly made store manager. He has traveled to many of the world’s major wine producing regions - Germany, Washington, France, Italy, British Columbia, Oregon and California. One would think that after twenty plus years one would get burnt out, on the contrary. Kevin is always looking for better ways to enhance our client’s experience, expand his wine and food knowledge and to help make Marquis Wine Cellars one of the best wine shops around. Kevin is from all accounts in the minority of the general populous , he actually likes coming to work.

Chrystala Georgiou


Email: chrystala@marquis-wines.com - Chrystala's Staff Pick

Chrystala’s (aka Chrys) passion is simple, she loves helping people, it does not get much better than that. Her constant desire to learn more about wine was enhanced further by passing Level two of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust program. Chrys is responsible for all of our packaging, bags, cards and gifting supplies. Her efforts are geared towards locally sourced products which are well made and functional.

Jon Ellison

Email: jonellison@marquis-wines.com - Jon's Staff Pick

Jon Ellison joined us in the fall of 2004 as an official Ontario Refugee where he worked as a farm manager for 13 years. Seeing the light he moved to Vancouver and applied for a job at Marquis Wine Cellars. He first began with us learning the ropes on the floor and when the opportunity arose to move into the office and take over the Loire and Chablis portfolio plus all of our ordering logistics, he jumped at the chance and has never looked back. Jon passed the International Sommelier Guild course level one and two and he continues to enhance his wine knowledge with yearly trips to France. In a short period of time Jon has garnered a loyal following, and his quest and enthusiasm for knowledge continues.Email: jonellison@marquis-wines.com

Leah Bickford


Email: Leah@marquis-wines.com - Leah's Staff Pick

Hailing from Vancouver Island, Leah’s interest in food and wine was ignited while working at Butchart Gardens. She held various positions in the Dining Room Restaurant followed by handling the Gardens’ Special Event Coordination.

In 2001, she took the big boat over to embark on BCIT’s Marketing Management program; graduating in 2003 with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the Marquis team, Leah worked in numerous sales and marketing positions within a diverse range of industries including: Film Production and Special Effects, Construction and Fashion.

Becoming Marquis’s new Corporate Client Experience Manager in 2010 has provided her the unique opportunity to combine her sales, marketing and event planning experience with her love for wine. Leah is also the newly appointed co-buyer for Italy and is excited to hi-light the country’s diversity and contribute to increasing the reputation and excitement for Italian wines here in B.C. Leah’s passion and energy for wine fuel her desire to continually learn and share. Recently, she has gained entry to the prestigious Master of Wine program!

James Martens


Email: james@marquis-wines.com - James' Staff Pick

James is one of the newest and most enthusiastic member of the team. James has just completed his level 1 WSET certification and plans to continue on to level 2 in the Fall. Originally from Vancouver Island, James' background in wine and wine making started at an Apple Cidery just north of Victoria B.C. before joining us at Marquis. In addition to wine, James enjoys good food, friends and anything that involves being outside. In a short time, James has become a significant part of the team and enjoys helping you with your wine questions or enquiries. Recently, he has been fighting fire.

Jesse Richmond


Email: jesse@marquis-wines.com - Jesse's Staff Pick

While acknowledging that love stands as the only true defence against the abyss of our meaningless existence, Jesse Richmond would like to emphasize that wine serves as a more-than-passable proxy. For his own part, Jesse turned to the bottle (selling it, that is) in February of 2013 after a dozen years spent staring over the precipice in academia, during which he earned his PhD in History. Happily, his research took him to several of the globe’s premier wine producing regions, including California, France and South Africa. Jesse is pleased to have the opportunity to play a part in bringing the world’s fermented glory to his home town of Vancouver as a member of the Marquis team. Recently, he has been taking moonwalking classes at the Y.