WhiskyFest Chicago Speaker Don Livermore
Pernod Ricard USA
Born in Fordwich, Ontario, a small town one hour north of Waterloo, Canadian Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore showed a keen interest in microbiology at a tender age. Inspired by a Grade 10 biology teacher, Don pursued this interest and obtained his BSc in microbiology at the University of Waterloo. Don also completed a MSc and a PhD in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University.
After beginning his career as a microbiologist in quality assurance at Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd., he then worked in Research and Product Development for 11 years before taking the helm as Master Blender in early January 2012. A pioneer in analytic techniques in the brewing and distilling industry using infrared sensors, Don has also authored a chapter in The Alcohol Textbook 4th Edition, an industry reference standard for scientists and engineers.