DR. GREG ZESCHUK
Originally trained as a medical doctor (University of Alberta, Class of 1992), upon graduation Greg teamed up with some classmates (Ray Muzyka and Augustine Yip) and started the video game developer BioWare while working as a family physician in the mid 1990’s. BioWare went on to become one of the most celebrated video game developers in the world and sold to video game behemoth Electronic Arts in 2007. Greg and Ray retired from video games in 2012. They received the Game Developer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and joined the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in recognition of their impact on the video game industry.
While searching for his next venture Greg discovered beer, and started a web show called The Beer Diaries. The Beer Diaries filmed more than 30 detailed interviews with brewers in Texas and Colorado, and now appears on KLRU public television in Austin. During the course of filming The Beer Diaries Greg got the brewing bug and decided to build a brewery in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. As with many of his projects, Greg’s original vision expanded to more than originally planned, and he started a land development business focused on urban renewal. He and his team created the Ritchie Market, a new shared space in the Edmonton neighborhood of Ritchie, that includes Transcend Coffee’s roastery and cafe, local butcher Acme Meat Market, Creekside Cyclery, his brewery, the Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company, and his restaurant, Biera. He has two more properties currently under development.
In addition to a role in operating his current businesses Greg sits on a variety of boards, advises entrepreneurs, pursues philanthropic projects via the Blind Enthusiasm Group.