Our Leadership Team

Culture leaders

Cowbell Brewing is led by an experienced, disciplined and conscientious team. These are men and women with a broad scope of complementary skills, abilities and enthusiasm.

Steven Sparling

Founder, CEO & Culture Warrior

Steven is the former CEO of Sparling’s Propane, which grew to be one of Canada's largest propane retailers. Steven served as Founding Chair, Ontario Propane Association, the Propane Industry Advisory Council and the Canadian Propane Association (Ottawa). Steven is an engaged advocate in support of rural economic development. He is past Vice Chair of the Huron County Economic Development Board and is current Chair of Campaign 14/19 in Blyth. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

Dave Clarke

Chief Commercial Officer

Dave is a sales and leadership expert with a track record of success leading high-achieving teams. A bold visionary, Dave has over 20 years of sales and senior marketing management experience with beer and spirits companies including Bass, Diageo and Creemore Springs. Dave is a skilled team builder who is obsessed with quality and service. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Nottingham Business School, Nottingham, UK.

Allen Page

Chief Financial Officer

Allen is a financial leader and an entrepreneur at heart, with over 30 years experience in senior financial and operational roles. He is a builder, a visionary and a strategist, and has focused his career on emerging and high-growth Canadian companies. He has hands-on experience building businesses, and values community and teamwork, attributing past successes to his business partners and to the individual team members he has had to privilege to lead and develop. A graduate of Wilfred Laurier University, Allen is a CPA, CA.

Grant Sparling

Chief Development Officer

Grant has come home to Blyth for this remarkable opportunity. He is a 2015 graduate of Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, and is a graduate Brewer from BrewLab, Sunderland, UK. At Dartmouth, Grant was Owner-Manager of ThirstD, an on-campus water delivery business and he was a two-team athlete. At 18 years of age, he was named one of Canada’s “Top Twenty Under 20" for co-invention of a non-invasive influenza vaccine (worldwide patents pending). Grant led the design and construction at Cowbell - Canada's First Design Build Destination Brewery.

Natasha Fritzley

vice president, operations

Natasha is the former Director of Sales & Marketing at Global Spectrum with extensive Canadian experience, including Mattamy Athletic Centre, Toronto, ON, and Budweiser Gardens, London, ON. Natasha moved to Huron County in 2013 to accept the newly-created position of County Economic Development Manager, where she distinguished herself as an effective leader who understands that economic development demands disruption, courageous ideas and unprecedented collaboration and cooperation. Natasha is a graduate of Western University, London, ON.

Alecia Anderson

Director, events

Alecia is a charismatic team member who obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Drama in Education and Community at the University of Windsor, Windsor, ON. Her vibrant personality warms the hearts of everyone she meets. Before joining Cowbell, Alecia, or Ally as her fans call her, was the Morning Show Host and Promotions Director at 104.9 The Beach in Goderich, ON. Alecia has been a long-standing volunteer in the Huron County community since she was 12 years old.

Alexandre Lussier

Executive Chef, Cowbell Kitchen

Chef Alex brings over 20 years leadership experience to the Cowbell Kitchen, including at remarkable Canadian restaurants and three Michelin Star properties in Europe. He is an award-winning Chef with degrees in Restaurant Management, Computer Science and Project Management. Alex is a hands-on, practical leader who believes in building partnerships with local producers, suppliers and his Team to create fresh, memorable, local farm-to-table Guest experiences.

Joel Mallard

Director, Sales

Joel has over 20 years experience across all aspects of sales, marketing and innovation, including over 13 years in leadership in the beverage alcohol industry. He was most recently Director for Beer, Ready-to-Drink and Wine at Diageo Canada. During his tenure, Joel earned multiple industry awards, including twice the prestigious LCBO Partner of the Year Award. He has been responsible for the successful launch and growth of several global brand extensions.

Stephen Rich

Brewmaster, Director, Brewing Operations

Stephen is a passionate, outspoken and innovative brewmaster, with a home brewing background. He has extensive experience, including Creemore Springs and The Beer Academy. Stephen is a Certified Cicerone, Prud’homme Beer Sommelier, Certified BJCP Beer Judge and he leads Cowbell’s fearless brewing team. He is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate of Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, appreciates muscle cars – and is a Star Wars junkie.

Jessica Sparling

Director, people + culture

Jessica is a wellness advocate with an extensive background in nutrition, data analytics and health communication. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she was a Global Health Fellow, and a Masters degree of Health Informatics from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Jessica has significant domestic and international experience in research, collaboration and project leadership with CENTIR Group, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wolverine Wellness, JOOL Health and most recently, she was part of the Customer Experience Team at THINX in New York, NY.

Laurie Sparling

Director, Brand Compliance

Laurie is responsible for ensuring all uses of the Cowbell brand - from digital to print, fleet to merchandise, internally and through third-parties - are in accordance with established brand guidelines. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Laurie has a background in finance and accounting, is co-manager of Maple & Moose, an all-Canadian artist's cooperative in Blyth, and she is actively involved in the community.

John Spencer

Director, facilities

John is a former police officer who spent 30 years in law enforcement in various capacities, a majority of his career working in criminal investigations and several years as a member of an emergency response team. John’s appreciation for great craft beer and live music, combined with his experience and knowledge of harm-reduction strategies, enables him to create and instill a balanced, sustainable, risk-conscious and security-aware culture throughout Cowbell.

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