Founding Partners


Sebastian co-founded P&S in 2007, fueled by a love of both coffee and entrepreneurship. Sebastian collaborates with Phil on most duties, but focuses on directing the cafes, traveling to buy green coffee in Central and South America, and managing company finances. Sebastian and his wife, Emily, have three energetic children: Annie, Leo, and Casper.


Phil co-founded P&S in 2007, and his obsession from the beginning has been improving coffee quality from seed to cup. Leveraging his engineering past, he’s written custom roasting control software and modified numerous pieces of coffee making equipment. Among his duties, he manages the roasting operation and travels to Africa to buy green coffee. His wife, Jenna, and three young children support him every step of the way.

The Team


Partner, Wholesale Leader

Rob joined P&S in 2009. He directs our wholesale business, leading an incredible and dynamic team to service our customers across Canada and the US. He’s known for his love of debate, economics, and the San Antonio Spurs. Also, he will never turn down a push-up challenge.


Wholesale Account Manager

Vanessa has been with Phil & Sebastian since 2012 and is based out of Calgary, AB. She is the connecting piece between our team and our wholesale customers and makes sure everything is running smoothly. Off the clock, she is an avid photographer and home cook.


Wholesale Account Manager

Chris is based out of Toronto, ON and works closely with our wholesale customers in Ontario and Quebec. His coffee resume is impressive – Chris placed 2nd place at the 2015 Canadian Barista Championships, and is the 2014 Canadian Latte Art Champion.


Wholesale Account Manager

Nic is based in Vancouver, BC, and loves working with our wholesale clients along the West Coast. He has an extensive coffee resume, and enjoys the simple life revolving around his two passions: coffee and cycling.


Creative Director, Community Catering & Events

Josie brings 6 years of creative event production to the table – a table she stocks with the meticulously-tabbed Moleskines and colour-coordinated highlighters she uses to keep her diverse portfolio organized. Youngest (and tallest) of four, Josie thrives in bustling rooms full of people and lives for passionate story telling.


Account Manager, Office Services

Mario works with our wholesale team, helping to grow our office service in Calgary. Hailing from Argentina, Mario loves tango and sipping Malbec.


Wholesale Operations Supervisor

Sam wears many hats, but is our Customer Service Champion for all things wholesale. He hails from a huge family of 11 children, so he is right at home in the oft-busy environment at our Roasterie. In his free time you can catch him singing and performing around Calgary or riding his bike with his wife.


Head Roaster

Jeff went from barista to Head Roaster. He spends his time roasting and cupping. He’s also good with numbers and is starting to call on his mathematics background for analyzing roast profiles. Jeff enjoys peachy Yirg’s and balanced ales.



Alison joined the P&S team in 2013. She is a passionate Drake fan, enjoys candlelight and red wine.



David joined Phil & Sebastian in March 2013, and loves coffee because it links him to people and the world. From roasting the green coffee to final extraction, he’s interested in learning how different techniques influence and develop distinct flavour profiles. David also placed 5th this year in the 2015 Canadian Barista Championships!


Head Chef

Leslie is the mastermind behind all our delicious food and pastries. Outside the kitchen, she is a musician, artist, sister, and proud auntie. Thanks to Phil & Sebastian, she now loves coffee, too.


Office Manager

Shannon’s the office manager who makes everything run smoothly. When she needs to relax she opts for a bottle of wine and time spent with her husband, Don, and their dog, Jersey.


Office Assistant

Pam speaks fluent Greek and, surprisingly, doesn’t like olives. In her spare time, she’s also a talented interior designer.


Administrative Assistant

Samantha has a background as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, she enjoys an active lifestyle in the Rockies, and loves doing yoga. She’s also a cat-mama to two cats, Marvin and Tater.


Director of Coffee Quality

Karine is one of our original P&S team members, working with us since 2008. From barista, to Head Trainer, to Barista Competition Coach, to Regional & National Barista Competition Judge, Karine uses her mad skills as Quality Director to ensure quality and consistency across our cafes. Janet (Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty) and pork dumplings make her weak in the knees.


Head Trainer

Aimee started with Phil & Sebastian in August of 2010 and now manages training for all of our staff and wholesale customers. What she digs most, is learning about different coffees and producers. Aimee also placed 3rd for both the 2014 and 2015 Canadian Barista Championships, and is the 2014 Soy Latte Art Champion!


Branding & Design

Jonathan has been with us since the beginning. He’s the reason it’s called Phil & Sebastian and not Ooze Espresso Bar or one of the many other terrible names originally thrown around. He’s the graphic designer responsible for all P&S branding including packaging, cups, and this website.


Wholesale Equipment

Joe is our equipment manager which basically means he makes sure everything is working and is great at fixing things. He likes to spend time at home with his daughter, Eslin.


Customer Service Manager

Ricardo is the friendly face that delivers coffee and supplies to our wholesale customers. He’s Colombian, and is happy to discuss soccer with you any time.


Supervisor of Wholesale Maintenance

Jon is a Calgary native but grew up in Texas. He studied Print Media at ACAD so he’s a great fan of detail and striving for perfection which makes him a great fit for P&S. He’s also a big fan of his wife and pets, antique bicycles, and Texas BBQ.


Equipment Maintenance & Barista

Albert manages the Symons Valley Market location, and plays a crucial role in maintaining our equipment in-house. He also pours some mean latte art.


Logistics Manager

Alex is the guy who makes sure your coffee order is shipped and that all of our retail equipment and supplies are organized. He is also our esteemed roast planner.


Logistics Associate

Madelyn’s our logistics associate. What-the-what is that? It’s important and includes coffee bagging, labelling, preparing orders and keeping the warehouse and front office clean.

The Managers


Manager, Simmons

Andrew is mainly here to talk soccer with Ricardo, Drake with Alison, and world relations with David Kim.


Manager, Marda Loop

Christopher shares his lively Aussie spirit with customers and staff alike. You can most frequently hear him proclaiming “BOOM SHAKALAKA!” or “how ya doin? Talk to me!”


Manager, Chinook

Kelly has been with P&S since 2015 and now manages the team at Chinook. She’s passionate about learning, teaching and connecting with customers. When not at the cafe Kelly is either teaching Irish dancing or reading a good book.


Manager, Mission

Jacquot’s been working with Phil & Sebastian for over five years. When he’s not behind the bar, you’ll find Jacquot darting between cafes. He’s an avid outdoor enthusiast, going to the mountains as much as possible for hiking and climbing.


Manager, Stephen Ave.

Eric is heading the team at our newest location, Stephen Ave., in downtown Calgary. People seem to like him because he is polite and rarely late. He likes to eat ice cream and really enjoys a nice pair of slacks.

The Baristas