Bruce French
Malt Master, BJF Malt Consulting, Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
Guild Member Since 2018



What is your personal vision for the craft malt community?  

I believe that the basis of success in craft malting is malt processing skills, malt quality, and malt food safety which support excellence in operations and marketing. Malt quality, malt processing, and malt food safety start at the farm and continue throughout the supply chain. The craft malting community requires programs and support in place to acquire expertise in these critical areas. My many years of experience in malt processing, malting operations, and malting technical,  provide me with the expertise and knowledge to support the board in meeting its objective and support in these critical areas.

Why are you interested in serving on the Guild’s Board of Directors (BOD)?

I have a passion for malting and brewing and enjoy utilizing my skill set and experience to support the craft malting industry. I also enjoy interacting with other members of the craft malt and malting community.  Much of my current focus is on passing my knowledge on to a younger generation of maltsters and future maltsters. Serving on the Guild’s Board of Directors enables me to support the board in its support of the craft malting industry and fits in nicely with my interest in craft malting.

What working groups would you be interested in joining? 

  • Conference & Events
  • Craft Malt Seal
  • Technical

What skills, resources, and connections do you feel you will be able to contribute to the Guild’s Board?

I have many years of experience in the commercial malting industry in North America and Europe focused on technical support, malt processing, and operations. I enjoy public speaking and have given numerous malting technical presentations over the years as well as teaching at the Canada Malting (former employer) malting course. Currently, I work part-time as a technical consultant in the malting industry. My many years of management experience in the industry has given me a broad knowledge of malting complemented by management expertise which will allow me to be an effective board member.  I have extensive contacts within the industry, have provided technical support to brewers ranging from craft to major international brewers, and member of both the AMBA and BMBRI technical committees. 

What other long-term volunteer opportunities have you been involved in, including service on other Boards? Please list and describe: 

In the past, I served on the Board of Directors of a housing Co-op in Mississauga Ontario, Canada. This was for about 1 year before I was transferred to another province. 

In the 1990’s I was a Scout leader for many years. 

I served on the board of MBAA district Ontario for many years in the 1990s, including a technical chair. More recently, in a quasi – volunteer role I served on the technical committees of both AMBA and BMBRI.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I served on the board of directors of the Alberta Underwater Council in a volunteer capacity. 

What do you hope to get out of service on the Guild’s BOD? 

To utilize my skills to support the board and transfer some of my knowledge to the next generation of maltsters. I always enjoy interacting with members of the malting and brewing community and utilizing my malting skill set. 

What is one thing that your fellow Guild members should know about you?

My wife and I have a Golden Retriever named Pilsner. Given the opportunity, he seems to like beer!

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