Product Education Sessions
Friday, September 15, 2017

"Discovering new products in the market really excites me!"

Rose Castro, Manager
Vita Health Fresh Market

Whether you’ve been selling natural health products for years or are new to the industry, educating yourself on new products hitting the market will give you a competitive edge. You’ll be better able to serve your customers, setting your store apart from other retail outlets in your area.

*Product Education Sessions are presented or sanctioned by CHFA Member companies. The views expressed are the responsibility of the presenting company and have not been reviewed by CHFA. CHFA is not responsible for any information or material provided by a member company. Topics and speakers subject to change.

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Break Sponsored by Zokür Health Supplements

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.    Break Sponsored by Strauss Naturals Ltd.

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. -  Break Sponsored by:

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

mykind Organics: What a Commitment to Clean Really Looks Like!
Amber Lynn Vitse, CN
Presented by: Garden of Life Canada

mykind Organics vitamins made from clean, real, nutritious foods. Developing a vitamin that is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, made from nothing but real, whole foods is incredibly difficult— which is likely why it had never been done before. Creating a vitamin that starts with organic foods, concentrates them into meaningful amounts of vitamins and minerals, then turns them into a tablet that is free of binders, fillers or coatings was always our goal. The result shows what a commitment to clean really looks like.

Amber Lynn Vitse, CN, is a certified nutritionist in Integrative Nutrition, and also brings her training in Ayurvedic Medicine to the team. Since early childhood, she has been fascinated with the power of foods, herbs and dietary supplements to optimize health and, after earning a BA in Economics and Russian, she went on to pursue this passion. For 16 years, she has both worked in product retail and maintained her own wellness practice, often working with doctors and alternative medical professionals promoting optimum health inside and out. She also has spent several years writing educational articles for a variety of natural health publications. Amber is excited to be a member of the Garden of Life Education team and to continue the mission of Empowering Extraordinary Health!  

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Are You Being Misled About Magnesium?
Dr. Alison Smith
Presented by: LeBeau Excel / Natural Calm

Magnesium absorption is a hot topic, and conflicting claims abound. But what does the peer-reviewed science say about how magnesium is absorbed? And what forms of magnesium are best absorbed? In this eye-opening talk, Dr. Alison Smith sets out the clinically proven evidence on magnesium absorption and bioavailability. Drawing on the research of Dr. Jon Paul Powers, PhD (Microbiology), Dr. Smith explains what we really know about the differences between popular forms of magnesium, and what factors determine absorbability. Participants will also discover what we don’t know due to gaps in the research and come away better able to make an informed choice.

Dr. Alison Smith is a trained neuroscientist and adjunct faculty member at the University of Waterloo, where she teaches human anatomy and physiology. She is also the creator of an award-winning health and wellness blog called a site where she shares natural strategies to support chronic illness recovery and optimal health.  

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Getting Real Effects for Combatting Cold and Fever
Dr. Jaclyn Thomson, PhD
Presented by: Purica

Cold and fever season can be a difficult time, especially for families with young children. Dr. Thomson will present on behalf of Purica two powerful additions to Purica's amazing suite of immune products. With over 2,000 clinical trials, Purica Prevail has an 83 per cent three-day effectiveness for common cold and fever. Purica Prevail Cold and Fever is also available in a Purikidz formulation, designed specifically for children aged three to nine years. Purica Prevent Daily Immunity Optimizer with *Immunidoil™ is a patented, award-winning absorption platform that allows for better, easier and more potent bioavailability. *Immunidoil™ is a combination of two proprietary herbal metabolites: panax ginseng and astragalus membranaceus.

Dr. Thomson obtained a B.Sc. honours in chemistry from the University of Victoria, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Thomson has published a ground-breaking academic manuscript in the Journal Phytomedicine, has presented at numerous conferences, including the Canadian Society of Chemistry, and has published a number of manuscripts during her university and industry tenures in peer-reviewed academic journals. Dr. Thomson remains a member of the University Chemistry Society.  

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Beyond the Gut: How Bacteria Impacts Mood and Health
Dr. Sara Celik, ND
Presented by: Renew Life Canada

In this presentation, Dr. Sara Celik examines the relationship between the fascinating human microbiome and your health. She will explore modern-day health issues, such as food allergies, digestive conditions and mood disorders, to help you gain an understanding of their root cause. Dr. Celik will offer real-life examples and share her evidence-based three-step treatment plan. With this knowledge, you can educate, empower and confidently lead your clients on their path to renewed health.

Dr. Sara Celik is a naturopathic doctor with over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. With her extensive clinical and educational background, she is a sought-after speaker and health expert that has contributed to various magazines and television programs. As National Spokesperson for Renew Life Canada, Dr. Celik serves as an authority on educating the public about digestive health, detoxification and an integrative approach to optimal wellness.  

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Detoxing Made Easy: We Are Not What We Eat, We Are What We Digest and Eliminate
Christian Limoges, ND
Presented by: Zokür Health Supplements

Christian Limoges talks about how we are what we eat, we are what we digest and eliminate. He addresses the coveted topic of detoxing from a physiological and natural perspective, focusing on human cell health and introducing Zokür, an integrative approach to cleansing that caters to the rising important self-serving society. Learn why and how good health starts with having a healthy colon and discover how integrative detoxing is redefining health care.

Christian Limoges is a respected ND with over 30 years of experience and service, and is committed to helping, educating and coaching people on the principles necessary in enabling their body’s natural abilities to self-heal. Inspired by the indigenous society since childhood and the close relationship they have with nature, he draws all the necessary ingredients to formulate his plant-based medicinal supplements. Christian is also Chairman and Founder of the alternative medicine clinic l’Aube and of his namesake educational institution, College Naturopathy Christian Limoges (CNCL). He studied alongside the renowned Dr. Bernard Jensen, Dr. Richard Schulze and Dr. Robert Morses. He completed studies at the Hippocrates institution in Florida and is a member of the Association of Naturopathic Therapists Quebec.  

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How to Win in the New Age of Sport Nutrition

Matt Taylor
Presented by: Body Plus Nutritional Products Inc.

The world of high performance supplementation has changed — are you ready for success or at risk of missing out? Consumer preferences, standards and expectations are higher than ever, creating a big opportunity for the natural health retailer. Those who adapt to the change and position themselves correctly will break out from the competition and capture new sales. Join Matt Taylor, Marketing Director at Body Plus, to learn more about the "who, what and how" of seizing this narrow window of opportunity. Now you can finally profit from the lucrative world of sport nutrition without compromising your values or confusing your customers. 

Matt Taylor is the Director of Marketing at Body Plus. He has over 10 years of experience in the natural health product industry, ranging from the launch of successful new brands to supporting the growth of more mature product lines. His background in both the wellness and sport nutrition categories give him a unique perspective on the future of this growing market.


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2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hot Detox Secrets to Happiness and Extreme Longevity
Julie Daniluk, RHN
Presented by: Nature's Way of Canada

Enjoy this fun and entertaining workshop packed with stress-busting remedies and hormone-balancing foods! Learn the secrets that people who live over 100 years have in common and discover the four habits that will extend your life and increase your happiness now. Julie will share the ancient wisdom of Asia with the modern Western scientific perspective of detoxification and how it consistently enhances vitality. Learn more at and

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk, RHN, is the author of Hot Detox, the revolutionary detox plan that provides an easy and delicious way to cleanse. Combining ground-breaking science with ancient Asian wisdom, Hot Detox walks you through a detox plan that really works!  

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The Adrenal, Immune and Digestive System: The Fall Cleanse You Need to Know About
Melissa Ramos
Presented by: St. Francis Herb Farm

In this eye-opening discussion, Nutritionist Melissa Ramos will bring forth her expertise with her background in Chinese Medicine to discuss the fall cleanse you need to know about. She will focus on the East-meets-West perspective on the dynamic trio: adrenals, immune and the digestive system and how to address them from a food, supplement and lifestyle perspective. Be prepared to get informed (bring your pen and paper) and be prepared to even laugh, as this will be a discussion you will not want to miss.

A Nutritionist in Chinese Medicine and owner of Sexy Food Therapy Inc., Melissa Ramos helps people feel sexy from the inside out with a focus on digestion and hormone imbalances. Appearing on CTV's The Social, CBS's The Doctors, a TED speaker and has been named Canada's up-and-coming health and wellness stars by FLARE magazine. Melissa's dedication is to inspire, empower and motivate as many women throughout the globe.  

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Natural Personal Care Consumer Insights
Michael Internicola
Presented by: Purity Life

Today's consumers look at the shopping experience through a different lens as they select products and services that fit their lifestyle. The Millennials will soon be largest consumer buying group with the most dollars to spend. Today's retailers need to become more educated about the Millennials' shopping habits in order to satisfy their personal care needs and shopping experience.

Michael Internicola is a 40-year veteran of the consumer packaged goods industry with experience in both conventional and natural personal care. Michael has held key roles in both sales and marketing with Aura Cacia, Avalon, The Hain Celestial Group and Andalou Naturals. Michael has spent much of his career working on understanding the ever-changing consumer to better prepare sales and marketing strategies in our evolving landscape.  

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Fermented Activated Herbals: The Creation of Bio-Active Nutrient Powerhouses
Graham Botfield
Presented by: Living Alchemy

The ancient art of fermentation is a powerful and natural method to enhance the bio-availability and activities of herbs and foods. Different types of fermentation offer varying levels of therapeutic value. Living Alchemy has developed a highly effective fermentation process utilizing 35 species of bacteria and yeasts from kefir and kombucha fermentations to convert herbs and other foods into their most potent potential. Graham will be sharing the therapeutic value of fermenting herbs and foods and his research on fermented turmeric, rhodiola, maca and holy basil.

Graham Botfield is the founder and formulator of Living Alchemy, a Canadian company producing innovative kefir-kombucha fermented supplements. He has 12 years of experience as a nutritional therapist, lecturer and researcher, and has represented various international whole food supplement brands as their U.K. and European head of education.  

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Free Yourself With Flora's Line of Shelf-Stable Probiotics
Dino Halikas, Naturopath and Medical Biologist
Presented by: Flora Manufacturing & Distributing Ltd.

Probiotics are well-known for digestive health and now Flora offers a line of shelf-stable probiotics for your convenience. These probiotics don't need to be refrigerated as they are carefully packaged in-house in nitrogen-flush aluminum blister packs for guaranteed potency. Come and learn more about Flora's Care line of shelf-stable probiotics: Complete Care, Women's Care, Travel Care and Pregnancy Care.

Mr. Dino Halikas has more than 20 years' experience in the field of alternative medicine. He is a practising naturopathic doctor in Drummondville, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Vitalité Québec magazine.  

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Natural Skin Care:  Dr. Hauschka - World Leader and Innovator
Vanessa Couture
Presented by: iLevel Management / Dr. Hauschka

Dr. Hauschka is a 100 per cent natural skin care line that focuses on the interaction and respect of people and the three kingdoms of nature: plants, animals and minerals. To follow this interaction, the preferred method of agriculture for Dr. Hauschka is biodynamic farming. This concept of holistic and organic agriculture cares about every single detail to make the garden a self-sustaining ecosystem. This method was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution of treating a farm like a factory, which caused the decline of health in plants, animals and soil. Dr. Hauschka is proud to be certified by Natrue that promises high-quality natural ingredients, responsible sourcing, no synthetics and, of course, no animal testing.

Having practised for almost 10 years, Vanessa Couture has always had a passion for education and healthy living which brought her to become the national trainer for Dr. Hauschka Canada.  

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3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How Well Are You Aging?
Allison Tannis M.Sc., RHN
Presented by: LeBeau Excel / Sequence Health

She's back! Canada's most enthusiastic health educator may be a little older, but Allison refuses to "feel old!" Wrinkles, a lack of energy, stubborn belly fat... aging bites! Being a scientist and Natural Health Practitioner, Allison naturally read every study on aging she could get her hands on. In her latest book, Aging Bites: How the Food You're Eating May Be Making You Age Faster, Allison shares the secrets about aging only scientists know. This is one session you don't want to miss! Be the first to discover a revolutionary new category in the Canadian health food industry: "ageless". This session will change your future. #AgingBites #LoveHowYouAge #SequenceHealth

Nutritionist Allison Tannis M.Sc., RHN, is the author of many books, including Probiotic Rescue. She's back combining meticulous research on food with a dash of humour in her latest book, Aging Bites. Dubbed Canada's most enthusiastic health educator, Allison is able to transform science into something that's fun and easy for all of us to swallow. Allison has been featured in magazines from Best Health to Women's World, on radio and television - more at  

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Dysbiosis: Causes, Consequences and Solutions
Dr. Alan Logan
Presented by: Genuine Health

In an environment filled with ultra-processed foods, antibiotics, food additives, pesticide residues and environmental contaminants, the healthy gut microbial ecosystem is under assault. In addition, physical and mental stress, improper sleep, sedentary lifestyle, lack of dietary nutrients and many lifestyle factors can put pressure on the gut ecosystem. The pressure manifests as dysbiosis. The educational component will discuss dysbiosis, how it impacts health and explore the ways in which natural health products can support gut health.

Dr. Alan C. Logan, ND, graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Purchase, and was valedictorian at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. He taught a Mind-Body Medicine course at Harvard’s School of Continuing Medical Education, and his research and commentaries have appeared in over two dozen medical journals. Dr. Logan is the co-author of several books, including Your Brain on Nature, and is a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health.  

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The Most Boring (But Profitable) Education Session
Josh Wintoniak
Presented by: Auto-Star Compusystems Inc

Improved cash flow, increased sales and margins, tighter loss prevention and satisfied customers! These are just a few of the benefits that you will enjoy by joining us for this in depth discussion on inventory management best practices. Using the latest technology, we will show you how to manage your inventory more effectively to get the most out of your investment. We will demystify terms like GPROI, Cycle Counting, Turns, ABC Analysis, EDI, FIFO and more.

Josh Wintoniak is the Sales Manager for Auto-Star Compusystems Inc., a company focused on developing advanced retail management solutions for health and natural product retailers. He provides training and consulting services for retailers of all sizes on the use of technology solutions to more effectively manage their businesses.  

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Choosing the Right Protein Powder
Melissa Blair
Presented by: Purica

Are you struggling to decide which protein powder is best for you and your customers? How can fermentation, sprouting and adaptogens make a difference? Not only do you have to choose between whey, pea, and soy protein, but each protein also comes in multiple flavours! Protein supplements are so varied that it can feel overwhelming!  Protein shakes and protein powders can be a great way to supplement your diet, especially for athletes. But when is the best time to have your daily protein shake, and when are protein shakes most helpful?

In this educational session, Holistic Body Builder Melissa Blair will break down the differences between whey, pea and soy proteins and discuss when, why and how to incorporate protein powders into your nutrition plan. If you’re not sure which protein is right for you, be sure to join Melissa to discover how vegan protein powders and adaptogens are easy and delicious ways to get more protein into your diet to optimize muscle gain, increase fat loss and decrease inflammation. Whether you’re looking for a pre-workout energy boost, post-workout muscle recovery or simply supplementing whole food sources and meals, there are a few rules to follow. Melissa will guide you through how to select the best choice for you!

Melissa’s extensive background in professional bodybuilding, sport nutrition and holistic wellness, neuro-linguistics and the culinary arts paired with her endowment to teach, delivers a wealth of knowledge that makes the connection between the mind and body apparent and easy to apply. Melissa’s natural ability to inspire, motivate and educate others how to build their body from the inside out and make health a habit is what makes her an industry leader.  

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Going Back to School is a Family Affair: Are You Prepared?
Dr. Nadine Cyr, ND
Presented by: Pascoe Canada

The month of September can get overwhelming for many families. New school, new jobs, new friends, etc, can cause sudden influx of bugs, viruses and general health mayhem, including stress, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalances, digestion issues, etc. We must safeguard our clients’ health and ensure that their sleep routine is optimum, which will help them feel relaxed, and gear them up to enjoy all the changes fall brings.

Come listen to Dr. Nadine Cyr as she unfolds the requisites of your clients’ back-to-school tool box and give yourself a chance to win one!

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Nadine is a guest lecturer at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she taught for several years. She worked as a Practice Management Consultant at CCNM from 2011 to 2016 and is currently the medical and clinical advisor for PASCOE Canada.  

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Learn to Love Your Liver With the Happy Hippie!
Terry Willard ClH PhD
Presented by: Garden of Life Canada & Wild Rose

Do you want to know more about Phase 1 and Phase 2 Liver D-tox? Should you start with the Wild Rose D-tox for your whole body or the New Liver D-tox from Wild Rose? Terry Willard is your Happy Hippie Herbalist with over 40 years of directing conscious consumers about how to D-tox to achieve optimal results. Come join us for a lesson on the pathway to detox with Wild Rose Herbals...

For over 40 years, Terry Willard, ClH, PhD, has studied the medicinal properties of plants. He is recognized as one of North America's leading Clinical Herbalists. He appears regularly in the print and electronic media as an exponent of responsible herbal use. He is the past-president of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and in the Canadian Health Food Association's Hall of Fame.  

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4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.    Break Sponsored by:

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Advanced Prevention Strategies for Today's Top Killers
Dr. Jess Goodman
Presented by: Strauss Naturals

Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death, often occurring without warning. What if you could measure your internal age and adjust your lifestyle to avoid these deadly conditions? Wouldn't that be invaluable for disease prevention?

Aortic stiffness is a new, effective way to assess Cardio/Cerebro vascular health. Hear Dr. Goodman discuss the iHeart™ Internal Age device (as seen on Dragon's Den®). Learn how he dramatically lowered his score using Strauss Heartdrops®. Joined by Aylin Metty, DNM, they will discuss the benefits of using these two important tools in the battle for health. Attendee gifts: SHD® 100ml + iHeart™ test. Booth 834.

Dr. Jess Goodman is a Physician in General Practice with experience in worn personal health monitoring electronics development and deployment. He is passionate about giving individuals better ways to visualize, monitor, and manage their health. After many years, he and the iHeart™ team developed the iHeart™ Internal Age pulse analysis system.  

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Ancient Remedies for a New You
Dr. Marc Bubbs
Presented by: Organika Health Products

As the push to eat cleaner, natural foods grows, our resident expert Dr. Marc Bubbs looks at ancient traditions and practices and how we can implement them in our modern diet. Join us as we discuss how these ancient remedies have shaped diet and lifestyles across the world and how there is a place for them in our current culture.

Dr. Marc Bubbs is a board certified naturopathic doctor, speaker, author, Director of Nutrition for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team and former strength coach. With over a decade of experience he regularly represents at health, fitness and medical conferences and consults sports teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB.  

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Anti-Aging and the Endocrine System
Eldon Dahl, Founder/CEO
Presented by: Life Choice Ltd.

This education session will cover:

  • The importance of the endocrine system and its function in balancing hormones.
  • The connection between the aging process and the decline of the endocrine system.
  • Specific health tips to offset premature aging for a healthier lifestyle.


Eldon Dahl, doctorate of Natural Medicine, founder and CEO of Life Choice Ltd. Eldon has three decades of experience in the field of naturopathic medicine and the natural health industry. Eldon specializes in anti-aging research and chronic disease treatments. As the company formulator, he personally sources all the raw materials used, thus ensuring therapeutic results.  

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Plant Based for the Planet
Andrew Raines, RHN
Presented by: Vega

Join Andrew Raines, Vega's Sales Education Manager, for a discussion on how the evolving consumer demand for sustainable food choices is changing how your consumers select which products they purchase. In this session we will discuss the importance of selecting companies that are aware of their carbon footprint, and how plant based nutrition will continue to drive change for this emerging consumer and allow you to adapt to these shifting trends.

Andrew Raines works at Vega as the Sales Education Manager. He is an advocate for clean, plant based sports nutrition, and is a former competitive kickboxer and soccer player turned ultra-marathon runner. As a coach and trainer, Andrew thrives on seeing people boost their performance with plant-based power. He’s a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Plant-Based Culinary Professional and has a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation.  

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Thrive Beyond 45: The Science of Healthy Aging
Dr. Mary Nagai
Presented by: Platinum Naturals

We all want to feel good. Science has shown that, as we get older, we can influence how we feel along the way. Learn what you can do to help you and your customers support their energy, muscle strength, heart health, memory, vision, bones and joints, hormonal health and more. We'll also discuss how supplements need to be adjusted for people's needs, concerns and digestive health over time. It's your time to thrive and take control of your health. Your future self will thank you!
Gift for all attendees.

Dr. Mary Nagai is the Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Platinum Naturals and holds an MD and PhD from the University of Toronto. A scientist at both the University Health Network's Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and University of Toronto faculty of medicine with over 16 years of experience as a clinical scientist and advocate for natural integrative medicine.  

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Fuel Your Adventure With Omega Sport+™

Dino Halikas
Presented by: Flora Manufacturing & Distributing Ltd. 

Flora continues to push the boundaries on oil with its new Omega Sport+™ 3.6.9 oil blend. Formulated with both athletic performance and recovery in mind, Omega Sport+™ provides the healthy fats your body needs, with MCTs to support energy production, turmeric to assist with inflammation, and vitamin D to support bone health. Anyone who is committed to regular physical activity can benefit from the energy-boosting, metabolism-enhancing and restorative properties of Omega Sport+™. Come and learn more about the benefits of Omega Sport+™ and get ready for your next adventure.   

Gluten-free + Soy free  + Non GMO + vegetarian + made in Canada.

Mr. Dino Halikas has more than 20 years' experience in the field of alternative medicine. He is a practising naturopathic doctor in Drummondville, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Vitalité Québec magazine.  

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5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Beneficial Bacteria and Other Factors for Gut Health and Immunity
Neil Levin, CCN
Presented by: Puresource Natural Products

Probiotic micro-organisms in our bodies are essential for digestion and immunity, representing an important product category. Probiotics include beneficial bacteria and yeasts, and some even colonize areas of the body beyond the digestive (GI) tract. Specific substrains can have proven clinical benefits not shared by related strains, making genus-and-species-only claims obsolete. The types of organisms present vary based on environment and nourishment sources. Probiotics produce metabolites - organic acids, cell walls, and peptides – with important biological roles. Join Neil as he reviews the science of modern clinically verified microbial strains confirmed by genetic testing and their potential for condition specific therapies.

Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA, a board-certified clinical nutritionist, is the nutrition education manager and a product formulator for NOW® Foods. A 40-year health food industry veteran and former retailer, Neil is a director and past president of the American Nutrition Association, works with the American Herbal Products Association and the Council for Responsible Nutrition, and, as a technical advisor, helped The Non-GMO Project develop its verification standards.  

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Evolution of the Canadian Hemp Industry. What Retailers need to know.
Chales Holmes, CEO / CVO
Presented by: Planet Hemp

Times are changing for the Hemp Industry and Canada is the global leader. Join industry pioneer Charles Holmes as we discuss the 3 pillars of hemp :, food fiber and nutraceuticals. We will discuss the single greatest plant resource for humans and it's impact on our health, our environment and our economy. The natural health industry needs to be prepared as the regulatory environment changes and farmers/processors get access to the whole plant. Hemp is poised to explode and Planet Hemp is committed to making sure our industry is prepared and providing world class products.

Motivated by failing health and the desire to regain it, Charles became involved in marketing health products and set out to discover the ultimate vegan protein source for humans – and he found it in the mighty hemp seed. 15 years pioneering the hemp seed food industry finally resulted vertically integrated Hempco and several innovative processing and product firsts such as: hemp protein powder, hemp protein concentrate, hempmilk and other non-dairy products.



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Pain and Inflammation: Effective Integrative Management
Philip Rouchotas, M.Sc., ND
Presented by: New Roots Herbal

A large number of common health concerns fall under the umbrella term autoimmune disease, and their prevalence is on the rise among all age of the population. Some common ailments share autoimmunity as their cause include arthritis, asthma, allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, skin ailments such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and even chronic headache. An anti-inflammatory diet is key in managing these common concerns, and often delivers large and important magnitudes of benefit. A selection of natural health products are also key in quelling inflammation and re-establishing immunological tolerance to common substances in our environment that drive autoimmunity.

Philip Rouchotas and his wife, Dr. Heidi Fritz, MA, ND, practise at the Bolton Naturopathic Clinic in Bolton, ON. Philip's areas of clinical focus include mental health, autoimmune disease, and metabolic syndrome. He also serves as an Associate Professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, responsible for delivery of the second year curriculum in Clinical Nutrition.  

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Superfoods for Super Beauty!
Joy McCarthy
Presented by: New Chapter Inc.

Join the two-time best-selling author as she discusses the best superfoods for hair, skin and nails. Every day, we see ads for creams, makeup and other beauty potions that talk about how they've added the latest, trendiest superfood to their list of ingredients. The natural beauty trend is big right now; however, there's a more beneficial way to jump on the beauty superfood bandwagon: eat your superfoods and make sure your supplements are full of them to create beauty from the inside out. In this 45-minute talk, Joy will discuss key superfoods for hair, skin and nails!

Joy McCarthy is a certified holistic nutritionist, creator of the popular healthy living blog Joyous Health and teacher at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is the bestselling author of JOYOUS HEALTH and JOYOUS DETOX. Joy is an international speaker, and her expertise has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including CBC, CTV News, The Morning Show, CNN, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, FASHION magazine and more.  

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Chosen Foods and our Commitment to Healthy Cooking and Clean Eating
Cory Baran
Presented by: Chosen Foods

We will be giving an overview of food trends 1950s to today and talking about:

  1. What is shaping consumer behaviour
  2. Healthy eating, cooking and clean eating
  3. Chosen Foods
  4. Company history
  5. Our products
  6. Why it makes sense
  7. Our promise

Chosen Foods is committed to promoting optimal nutrition by providing healthy, nutrient-dense and low-sugar products. We will never use genetically modified ingredients, artificial colors, flavours or preservatives, and we certify organic whenever possible. We are passionate about introducing people to the life-changing benefits of healthy cooking and clean eating. We are committed to making our products available in places where healthy food is less accessible.


Cory Baran is a native of Vancouver and has been working as Chosen Foods' Canadian Sales Manager for over four years. Cory has worked with Chosen-trusted business partners, such as Brewin & Associates, Corwin Distribution, Canadian Choice Wholesale, Directa Distribution and UNFI Canada, to build the Canadian business outside Costco. He has a strong passion for the food business and building brands. His experience includes building brands, such as Snapple, Evian, Naya and Volvic, and Lottery brands such as Lotto 649, Keno, Scratch & Win and Lotto Max while in the gaming industry.  
Robin Burgin is the Marketing Operations Manager for Chosen Foods. She has built her career in a variety of industries, over the last 7 years, that span from franchising, printing, production and design. She has a passion for marketing and design, strong commitment to brand consistency and awareness, as well as a love for health and wellness.  

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Herbal Tonics, Inspired Nourishment for the Modern Age
Yarrow Willard, Clinical Herbalist
Presented by: Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary

Come learn from the Herbal Jedi about an emerging realm of functional nutrition that is taking the West Coast health food market by storm. Hot Tonic Elixir Drinks: the combination of herbs, mushrooms, superfoods, and quality oils, blended together as a delicious, fortified, nourishing beverage.

These blends infuse the ideas behind smoothies with a hot latte-style beverage, offering a format that can deliver nutrition beyond what is found in most supplements. These highly enjoyable drinks are gaining much momentum as a pro active approach to the modern lifestyle. Samples are available all weekend long at the Harmonic Arts pavilion, #935.

Yarrow Willard (Herbal Jedi) is the co-creator of the herb and superfood company Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, as well as the Director of the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing. He is a highly engaging and entertaining educator who shares much insight on the health benefits of plant medicine, advanced nutrition and more.  

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