Alexis Wagner, former BDDC member, is the Brewmaster's Assistant at Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario. She gave a guest lecture for the ENGG*2660 Biological Engineering Systems course on January 19, 2018, where she discussed her area of work. Alexis graduated from the University of Guelph in 2014 with a Bachelor of Biological Engineering degree, and a minor in Food Engineering. During her time in Guelph, her research on bio-based nanofibre materials was published in American Chemical Society's Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, she received the first Poster Award at the International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites, and Biorefining (ISBBB), and won first place in the 18th Annual Project SOY Competition with her novel biodegradable, soy-turmeric nanofibre wound dressing. After graduation, Alexis joined Labatt's Brewing Development Program and moved to Newfoundland to take on the role of Brewing Group Manager at Labatt Breweries of Newfoundland. She oversaw the day-to-day brewing operations, as well as the production and taste of all brands from malt to bottle. She went on to become the Head Brewer at Mill Street Brewpub in St. John's Newfoundland before moving to Toronto.
More recently, Alexis completed her Master's in Environmental Policy as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she earned a mark of distinction for her thesis on factors contributing to the adoption of agri-environmental practices. She also continues her work as an active diplomatic ambassador and has worked with Global Affairs Canada on a trade mission to Southwestern China and the APEC CEO Summit in Manila, Philippines. Alexis represented Canada at the youth G20 Summit in Shanghai in 2016, the 2017 Yenching Global Symposium on Chinese Innovation in Beijing, and the 2017 Global Youth Agricultural Summit in Brussels.