Timothy began his career at the T. Eaton Co., (Toronto). He held a variety of positions in the store management group, the company merchandise buying offices and the company facilities planning offices. It was while working in the company merchandise buying office that he began his relationship with tea. Travelling to China in 1979 as a buyer of women’s lingerie, he visited the No 1 silk factory in Hangzhou. While working in Hangzhou, and as a guest of China National Tea Corporation, Timothy had his first exposure to some of the best tea gardens in China.
After more than 15 years with the T. Eaton Company, Timothy accepted the position of Director of Imports for Nygard International, stationed in Hong Kong. Timothy was responsible for operations in the Far East and overseeing the production and distribution of fabric and garments produced in the Eastern sector.
In 1989 Timothy moved to Le Chateau Stores Ltd (Montreal) as Vice-President Imports, responsible for all foreign currency transactions, international sourcing, effective negotiations and the development of strong, mutually rewarding relationships around the world. Timothy innovated in both the design and logistics of product development and distribution.
In 1991 Timothy founded Timothy Knowles International Trading Ltd. - Montreal, Vancouver and Timothy Knowles International Trading (HK) Ltd. - Hong Kong. As President & Owner, Timothy operated his companies, specializing in the Far & Middle Eastern markets, which developed, manufactured and distributed men’s, women’s & children’s clothing for the Canadian Market.
Timothy is a graduate of Mc Master University, with a BSc degree in Chemistry, Post Graduate Credits in the MBA Program and a graduate of The Chef School at George Brown College, earning a Diploma in the Culinary Management Program, a Post Diploma Culinary Arts - Italian Program Certificate (with Honours) and the Award for Academic Excellence - Accademia Italiana Della Cucina in Italy. In 1997 Timothy worked in Italy at Ristorante La Braja in the Asti region, and in the following years at the Hotel Ristorante Villa Palma near Bassano del Grappa in the Veneto region, Ristorante L'800 in Bologna and the Royal Sporting Hotel in Portovenere. In Toronto, he has worked at Ristorante Biagio, one of Toronto's best Italian restaurants and the famous 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower. Timothy is a Member of the Association of Italian Chefs of Canada and Federazione Italiana Cuochi in Italy. Timothy completed his apprenticeship program and was the recipient of a Red Seal.
Timothy enrolled in The Chef School of George Brown College in 1996, earning Certificates in Thai and Cantonese Cuisines, a Diploma in the Culinary Management Program, a Post Diploma Culinary Arts - Italian Program Certificate (with Honours) and the Award for Academic Excellence - Accademia Italiana Della Cucina in Italy
In 2000 Timothy was recommended to teach at the Centre for Continuous Learning, George Brown College, School of Hospitality. Timothy taught as the chef instructor for the Italian, Mediterranean, Spa Cuisine, Greek and French Farmhouse Cooking programs. At the request of many of his students and in conjunction with George Brown College, Timothy developed and executed a culinary tour of Northern Italy, including visits to local wine and food producers and hands on cooking classes at several local cooking colleges. Students dined in some of the finest restaurants in Genoa, The Cinque Terre region of Liguria, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Bologna, Modena, Parma and Turin.
In 2001 Timothy accepted the position of Chair, Business and Creative Arts, Centre for Continuous Learning, George Brown College. During his tenure as Chair, Timothy focused his attention on rejuvenating the photography, computer application and web design courses at the College.
Dealing with a serious health issue, Timothy redirected his attention to his web development, design and maintenance operation. Timothy created sites for “thecitykitchen.ca”, “thebeaches.ca”, “thetealeaf.ca” and did maintenance work for “averyant.com”.
Having created a web site for Catherine Lashko, owner of the “The Tea Leaf” in Toronto, Timothy agreed to consult with Catherine to help her design, build and operate her 2nd store in Bayview Village Shopping Centre in Toronto.
Timothy created TeaLogics International Inc. to serve as the product acquisition and distribution facility for The Tea Leaf and other wholesale clients of the firm, and SereniTea Tours to fulfill future travel adventures of the two.