Who We Are

Anthony Van Hecke

General Manager

With over 15 years of experience Anthony has worked for some of the most prominent names in international brewing. He excelled in increasing international export volumes while with major brands such as Du Bocq and Brasserie Lefebvre. In February of 2011 Anthony was knighted by the Belgian government for his contribution to the brewing industry, the youngest person in Belgian history to receive the honour.

Andreas Althof

Brew Master

Andreas received his brewing education at the Technical University Munich / Weihenstephan and has 20 years of experience as a head brew master. Before coming to Last Spike, Andreas spent 12 years as Head Brew Master at Boon Rawd Khon Kaen Brewery (Singha) in Thailand. A renaissance man of sort Andreas is a brew master who can brew and package top quality beers who can also manage and modernize breweries of any size, making him the perfect brew master for Last Spike.

Emma Maddison

Manager Operations Accounting

Born and bred in Yorkshire, England, Emma has over 20 years exposure to the wonderful world of accounting. As a lover of beer, Emma naturally navigated towards the craft beer industry where she found her calling – making beer through numbers! She is a hands-on, no-nonsense accountant who loves a challenge, balancing the books, and, of course, a pint of the good stuff.

Matthew Hala

Quality Manager

Brewing is as much a science as it is an art. Matthew’s expertise in brewery quality control lends him the ability to ensure consistent and high-quality beer. A home-grown Calgarian and lover of all things beer, Matthew spent eight years working in the quality control laboratory in the Alberta Craft Beer Industry. Together with the Last Spike brewing crew he strives to provide and promote quality beer for all.

Pascal Robitaille

Client Relationship Manager

With over 20 years of experience in the craft brewery industry, Pascal has started his beer career with the Canadian pioneer micro-brewery, Unibroue. Over the course of the years, he has been involved in different sales and marketing positions which gave him the opportunity to forge a high reputation with breweries in Canada, United States and Europe. Pascal excel in customer services, he always makes sure that his clients are his main priority.

Miles Stephens Zengeya

Maintenance Supervisor

Miles has a vast maintenance and reliability experience in industry. He spent seven years in the food industry maintenance in Alberta where he implemented proactive reliability centred maintenance methods. He has worked on TPM in Lean manufacturing to improve overall equipment efficiencies as well.

Richard Tanguay, CET

Packaging Supervisor

Richard graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) with a Diploma in Industrial Electronics and holds the designation of Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). Richard brings over 25 years of manufacturing experience from a variety of Fortune 500 companies such as Carling O’Keefe / Molson Breweries, Nortel, Jim Beam (Suntory Distillers) and Scott’s Miracle Gro. His experience in various departments and roles enabled him in starting up and developing an extremely successful contract manufacturing company of his own that was sold to a large international firm, Richard wasn’t ready to retire just yet. He prefers to stay up to date with the latest in “Best Manufacturing Practices” contributing to an effective and efficient packaging department within Last Spike Brewery.

Eric Pritchard

Brewer & Power Engineer

Born and raised in Alberta has always had a passion for beer. He spent over 4 years as a power engineer in the oil and gas industry before resigning to travel the world. After touring Thailand, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand he returned to Canada to pursue his true passion by brewing beer at an Alberta based brewery. He decided to join Last Spike brewery to further broaden his horizons.

Paul Tompkins

Founder

Paul is the owner of Last Spike and a beer fanatic who was smart enough to bring the brightest people in the brewing industry together to help him bring Last Spike to life. Paul is the founder and president of Tompkins Insurance Ltd., the preeminent insurance and estate planning firm in Canada, working closely with many of Canada's most successful business families and entrepreneurs.

Inspiration for the name Last Spike Brewery

We took our name from the ceremonial final spike driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in Craigellache, BC, not more than 300 kilometres west of Calgary. On November 7, 1885, Canada celebrated the completion of this illustrious railway; a four-year, grueling endeavor that united our country from sea to sea.

Alexander J. Ross’s famous photograph of CPR financier Donald Smith driving in the final silver spike adorns the wall of our brewery as a reminder to celebrate our past while continuing to innovate for our future.