Our Team

At The Artery Community Roasters, we are proud to employ a diverse group of individuals who all self-identify as living with a disability. 

Owner and Head Roaster: Will Wells

The one team member who doesn't identify as living with a disability, Will (the bald guy in the pic) started The Artery Community Roasters with two goals in mind: create rewarding jobs for people living with disabilities, and roast some killer direct trade coffee. 

Will is a volunteer and Board Director of ABLE2, the not-for-profit organization that we donate a portion of our profits to, and who help us find and support many of our wonderful staff members who are all living with disabilities.

If you ever find yourself down at our shop, or see us out in the wilds of Ottawa's farmers markets, come and say hi! Will can wax poetic about pretty much any subject, because his mind is filled with more useless knowledge than pretty much anyone. And he will gladly talk about the wonder that is Larry David to anyone who will listen (you've been warned, he won't stop once started). 

Social Media Manager: Erin

Erin runs our socials and helps our Head Roaster, Will, stay organized on production (roast) days. While our roastery is in Ottawa, Erin runs the show all the way from Halifax. Thank you Internet. Check out Erin's articles on our Brew-Better Newsletter and Blog, and say hi on our social channels. 

On Air Personality: Shelly 

Shelly is very excited to get to share the stage with Will and keep him in check, during the videos we have planned on the roasting process and life at The Artery Community Roasters. Shelly and Will have been friends through ABLE2 for almost ten years, and 'Aunt Shelly' is an important part of Will and his family's lives. 





Packaging Ninja & Roaster in Training: Mireille

We are thrilled to welcome Mireille to our team! She brings a wealth of enthusiasm and ideas, and is learning the ins and outs of coffee roasting and packaging.  


CFO (Chief Fur Officer): Artie Wells

Not only is Artie our resident fur-ball extraordinaire, he's also our namesake! But The Artery Community Roasters is named after more than just THE most adorable dog in the world, it's also about heart. Because we are all about spreading that community love, not to mention, caffeine makes your arteries pump! Hence our cute little logo which is really just a cartoon heart, because arteries depicted realistically are kinda gross!

Keep an eye out for Artie wandering around at farmer's markets and lurking on our socials (but he sadly doesn't hang out at the Roastery, mostly because of public health guidelines, but also because we'd never get anything done around such a cutie). Just look at that snaggle!