CO-FOUNDER & managing PARTNER
Known for always being dialled into Toronto culture, Kristina Chau is a dynamic and creative events and operations specialist. After graduating from Humber College, Kristina began her career working in hospitality and special event venues. During this time, she discovered her niche in producing events and festivals that combined her passion for art, music, design, and food. This led her to launch her own entrepreneurial venture, Not Your Average Party.
Over the course of the past few years, Kristina has worked on largescale productions including EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology, Unzipped: Bjarke Ingels’s Serpentine Pavilion on tour, Toronto Biennial of Art, and Toronto Cocktail Week to name a few. In between these projects, Kristina has been fortunate to travel extensively around the globe. It was during her trips to Panama, Barbados, Nicaragua and Jamaica where her passion for rum was ignited and the concept of Rum Royale was born. It’s with great enthusiasm that she and her business partner, Robin Wynne, will showcase the nuances of this fast-growing spirit category and spread rum love to the world.
CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER
Robin Wynne is a veteran in the hospitality industry with a career spanning over 25 years. Having been a chef, general manager and bar manager at various points, he brings wisdom and varied expertise to the business.
Robin's adventures abroad have led him to visit many distilleries and wineries where he works with distillers, blenders, and brands to help educate the hospitality industry and consumers alike. Having been in the Caribbean on numerous occasions, his love of rum, rum culture, and rum education are unmatched. When it comes to knowing what’s in your rum, how it’s made, and what you’re drinking, this spirit sleuth will open your eyes to all sides of the rum world.
Robin calls Miss Thing’s Hawaiian restaurant and cocktail bar his rum home in Toronto. As General Manager and Bar Manager, he regularly hosts rum masterclasses, tastings, and the popular Rum Lovers dinner series. His future goals are to have a rum brand of his own and to promote the rum industry to new heights.