Dennis O’Rourke, Owner
Dennis O’Rourke is known among his peers as a pioneer, innovator, and risk-taker who thrives on overcoming challenges. After founding one of Western Canada’s leading construction companies, Dennis is now bringing his passion for building only the best to create a visionary winery and world-class tourism destination that showcases the very best of BC winemaking.
Dennis founded Sureway Construction Group Ltd. in 1973. Over the next 46 years, Dennis worked relentlessly to foster a competitive edge for Sureway by incorporating the latest, largest, and most productive construction equipment in the industry. From these modest beginnings in water and sewer construction, Sureway now employs more than 900 people and has the largest fleet of earthmoving, water, and sewer equipment of its type in Western Canada.
Dennis and his wife Elizabeth are pleased to make a home in Edmonton, AB where they give back to the community by donating to numerous organizations including Kids with Cancer, Notre Dame College, the Alberta Heart Institute, the University Hospital Foundation, STARS, Edmonton Opera, NAIT, and many more. Dennis has also been a long-time supporter of Junior Achievement and was deeply honoured to be named a JA Laureate in 2008 in recognition of his ongoing contributions to youth business education.
Nikki Callaway, O’Rourke Family Estates Winemaker
Nikki joined our team in June 2019 and brought with her a serious winemaking pedigree. She completed a Masters in Enology from the prestigious Université de Bordeaux and gained viticulture and winemaking experience in various regions of France including Beaujolais, the Loire, and multiple appellations in Bordeaux (Margaux, Pessac-Leognan, Blaye and Cotes de Bourg).
Nikki returned to Canada 10 years ago to work in the Okanagan Valley, a region that was brand new to her at the time. Since then she has specialized in northern valley fruit including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and aromatic whites.
Nikki has proven her talents through significant roles at major British Columbia wineries such as Mission Hill and Quails’ Gate. In 2011, a pinot noir she produced was awarded the ‘World’s Best Pinot Noir’ at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Nikki possesses a keen interest in both viticulture and winemaking. Her passion for small-lot premium production combined with her attention to detail make her the perfect match for our state-of-the-art project and estate grown fruit.
We welcome her passion and commitment as the best winemakers are those who truly live and breathe this industry, and Nikki achieves this everyday.
Stephanie Stanley, Peak Cellars Winemaker
A true Okanagan native, Stephanie Stanley was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley and is well-versed in all aspects of viticulture in the region. She received a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture program where she was also awarded the President’s Medal.
From 2003 to 2015 Stephanie was mentored by esteemed winemaker, Howard Soon, at Sandhill wines. She then worked as the lead winemaker for Wayne Gretzky Okanagan when it launched in British Columbia, as well as lead winemaker for Peller Estates Okanagan.
Stephanie left Peller Estates in 2016 to propel her career by working two vintages each year for six months at a time in both New Zealand and Canada. After four years at Wither Hills in Marlborough she was commissioned by Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards winery to bring her expertise back to the Okanagan full-time.
Stephanie has been part of the O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars for the past three years as lead winemaker. Her expertise and professionalism are integral to the winemaking team.
Heather Courtney, General Manager
Heather joined the team in June 2019 and brought with her nearly two decades of experience from the hospitality industry. Originally from Powell River, Heather lived in the Lower Mainland for 15 years before relocating to the Okanagan Valley with her husband Don and children in 2012. Her experience in the Lower Mainland includes six years with the Sylvia Hotel, three years with the Sequoia Company of Restaurants, and five years with Monk McQueen’s Fresh Seafood and Oyster Bar.
Most recently, Heather is known for her six-year leadership role at Cedar Creek Estate Winery in Kelowna where she developed innovative and unique guest experiences and the winery’s celebrated tasting, touring, and event programs.
Heather holds her WSET level 2 Diploma and is pursuing her education and passion for wine.
Frederic Czapek, Bistro Chef
Frederic, born in Germany, was European trained and certified as a Chef in Austria. He spent 8 years working there, and learning from a variety of first class venues. Frederic moved to British Columbia in 2012, starting as a Sous Chef for Sparking Hill Resort, in Vernon. His culinary journey has given him the opportunity to work on both Canadian coasts; from Araxi Restaurant & Bar and Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, to the prestigious Fogo Island Inn, in Newfoundland. He returned to the Okanagan in 2018 as the Chef for Peachland’s Gasthaus on the Lake.
Frederic joined O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars’ culinary team in 2019 and is pleased to share his diverse experience in launching the 2020 season as the Garden Bistro’s Chef de Cuisine.
Tom O’Rourke, Project and Winery Site Manager
Tim Parsons, Vineyard Manager