Product Education Sessions
"Discovering new products in the market really excites me!"
Rose Castro, Manager
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.
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Break Sponsored by: Strauss Naturals
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Release Yourself From Chronic Pain
David Wang, ND
Presented by: Natural/Specialty Sales / Pranin Organics
Most of us think that chronic pain is inescapable and an inevitable, normal part of life and aging. But does it have to be?
Taking medications like topical or oral anti-inflammatories may provide temporary relief and keep symptoms under control, but the cause of the pain and inflammation is still there in your body. Ignoring the root causes of inflammation is like ignoring the check engine light on your car’s dashboard and hoping everything will keep running as it should. It’s not a wise long-term solution.
Join Dr. David Wang, ND as he discusses the underlying causes of chronic pain, and natural, non-invasive strategies to help address the root cause that can help provide you with relief. Dr. Wang will address questions like how and why gut health could be contributing to chronic pain; why your body’s pH balance could make your pain and inflammation worse; how stress and the health of the adrenal glands can lead to pain, inflammation and lack of energy and how a sedentary lifestyle contributes as well.
Dr. David has been practicing Naturopathic Medicine for the past 25 years. He is a past president of the BC Naturopathic Association, and the founder of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster BC, where he continues to lecture. Dr. David has dedicated his life to educating his patients and the public about the power of food as medicine. He regularly tours across Canada teaching people about his successful Naturopathic approach to stress management.
Fad or Fiction? Dissecting Today’s Health Trends
Andrew Raines, RHN
Presented by: Vega – Sequel Naturals ULC
Join Andrew Raines, Vega’s Sales Education Manager as he explores today’s top health trends and investigates if they stand up to the claims they make. Collagen, Bone Broth, Ketosis… do they deliver what they promise, or are they simply another fad? In this session, Andrew will discuss the importance of fact-based health claims and ingredient transparency for today’s educated customer.
|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 martial artist 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.|
Change Your Genetic Destiny with Real-Food-Fuel
Brad King, MS, MFS
Presented by: Hedley Enterprises Ltd. – Samuraw Organic Complete
Research over the past decade has shown us that genetics can be changed through our environment. That environment is constructed around proven nutrition and lifestyle changes. Join award-winning nutritional researcher Brad King to find out how to use real-food as fuel for your customer’s genetic destiny.
|Brad King is a highly sought-after authority on nutrition, obesity, longevity, and men’s health who holds a masters in nutritional science, and is certified by the International Sports Sciences Association as a master of fitness science. Brad was inducted into the prestigious Canadian Sports Nutrition Hall of Fame in 2003. He is the author of 12 books including the international best-seller Fat Wars: 45 Days to Transform Your Body, and has been featured as a leading health expert on thousands of television and radio programs throughout North America.|
Powerful Natural Pain Relief
Dr. Holly Lucille, N.D., R.N.
Presented by: Terry Naturally Canada
Can pain control be safe, effective, and non-addictive? The growing body of research on natural medicines for pain relief says yes. Whether the problem is joint pain, back pain, or sprains and strains, herbal medicines from nature can help ease pain, ease inflammation, and speed healing – without adverse effects or addiction issues. Please join Dr. Holly Lucille as she explores powerful natural options for effective pain relief. All those in attendance will be given a swag bag including a coupon to be redeemed at Booth #2011 for additional fun swag and two FREE products!
|Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant, and television and radio host. She is also the author of several books including “Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health” and “The Healing Power of Trauma Comfrey”.|
Powerful Tools to Improve Gut Health
Dr. Michael Murray, N.D.
Presented by: Ecotrend - Enzymedica
Modern enzyme therapy utilizes microbial and plant sources of enzymes to improve digestion and provide relief for common GI symptoms including occasional gas, bloating, indigestion, irregularity. Properly blended and formulated, these enzymes exert activity and benefits far greater than even the body’s own digestive enzymes and can assist in preventing some of the underlying factors that lead to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, IBS, GERD, and functional disorders of digestion. Poor digestion also leads to an altered microbiome and sets the stage for inflammation and disruption of the brain-gut axis. Dr. Murray will share valuable insights on the healing power of enzymes and other digestive aids.
|Dr. Michael Murray has dedicated his life to educating physicians, patients and the public on the healing properties of nature. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. He is a graduate, former faculty member and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle. He is the Chief Science Officer of Enzymedica.|
Join us for this interactive fireside chat as Josh sits down with retail technology experts, business owners and operators to discuss important technology questions that every health food retailer should consider. This free-flowing conversation may cover topics like; selecting a point of sale solution, loyalty, marketing, ecommerce, security and liability. Come and join the conversation!
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 business.
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Stress Less with Bach Flower Essences
Presented by: Natural/Specialty Sales / Bach
In this enlightening presentation, Denise Eaton will introduce Bach’s line of products for acute stress: Rescue Remedy, Rescue Kids and Rescue Pet. She will talk about how to identify the causes of stress and which flower can help neutralize its effects. Who can take flower essences? How do you take flower essences? Get answers to these and other frequently asked questions. Each attendee will receive a gift bag of products and will make their personal Bach Flower blend.
|Denise Eaton is a registered practitioner through the Bach Foundation International Registry for human and animal. She has been employed with Nelson Bach USA, Ltd. for the past eighteen years holding the positions of Education and Regulatory Manager.|
Session details coming soon!
Presented by: Jamieson Wellness
Mushrooms for the Body, Mind and Heart
Jerry Angelini, MS
Presented by: TallGrass Natural Health
Beginning with a review of how mushrooms support immune functioning, Host Defense Educator Jerry Angelini will discuss the various body systems that respond well to mushroom supplementation. We’ll focus on cordyceps and its impact on lung functioning and athletic performance, how lion’s mane supports the brain and nervous system, the impact of chaga as an antioxidant and support for epithelial tissue, and reishi’s tonifying effects on the cardiovascular system and whole body.
|Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC, LMT is an integrative practitioner and Education Director for Host Defense® Organic Mushrooms™. Jerry draws from over 30 years of experience and training in various modalities including Western Psychotherapy, Planetary Herbalism, Clinical Aromatherapy, NeuroMuscular therapy, Lymphatic Drainage therapy, CranioSacral therapy, Reiki, Qi Gong and Tui Na. Jerry has taught classes and given scholastic and informational lectures for over twenty years.|
Cyril Meyre, N.D.
Presented by: Herbasante
High cholesterol has risen to epidemic proportions and the conventional solutions aren’t promising. Join Cyril Meyre as he presents an effective ground breaking alternative. In this informative session he will investigate the issues surrounding high cholesterol, discuss what has contributed to the epidemic rise in cholesterol and break down some of the popular myths around this health issue. What are the most effective ways to return to a balanced lipid level and a balanced health? What is the link between metabolic syndrome, homocysteine and high cholesterol? Let Cyril share his effective cholesterol busting natural health solutions with you.
|Cyril Meyre is a naturopath with 15 years practice. He uses various holistic tests in his consultations. Hypnosis allows him to complete holistic treatments to target causes other than physical. He also works as a consultant for Herbasante as research and development, in addition to being a speaker and trainer with a clientele of various health practitioners across Canada.|
Secrets to Happiness and Hormonal Harmony
Julie Daniluk, R.H.N., author, speaker and TV host
Presented by: Nature’s Way of Canada
Using the principles established in her award-winning books, Hot Detox and Slimming Meals That Heal, Julie leads you on a fun adventure through your body to discover the hormones that generate balance, contentment and energy. Learn how to reach you greatest level of health and vitality by using anti-inflammatory foods and powerful healing remedies.
|Nutritionist Julie Daniluk, R.H.N., is the author of the bestselling books, Hot Detox, Meals that Heal Inflammation, and Slimming Meals That Heal. She is the nutritionist and co-host of reality cooking show Healthy Gourmet (Oprah Winfrey Network), and in-house nutrition expert on the Marilyn Denis Show (CTV).|
The Power of a Plant-based Diet to Transform Gut Health
Presented by: Bio-K Plus International Inc.
Plant-based diets are more popular than ever… but how do they impact your gut? Join Desiree as she examines how a plant-based diet affects overall digestive health, including a look at the research on how plants affect gut bacteria. Do vegans have the advantage over omnivores when it comes to a healthy gut? Or can anyone benefit from plant foods for digestive health? Desiree will show you how to navigate digestive disease like irritable bowel syndrome plant-based, finding a plant-based probiotic that works, and how to ease the digestive symptoms associated with high fibre diets.
|Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian with a focus on plant-based diets, digestive health and inflammation. She is the host of The Urban Vegetarian on Gusto TV and author of the anti-inflammatory nutrition guides Un-Junk Your Diet and Eat More Plants (2019). Desiree is also co-founder of the MyHealthyGut app, named one of the Best Gut Health Apps of 2017 by Healthline.|
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Iron is the most common health deficiency in developed nations including Canada. It’s no surprise sales are soaring at stores who see the benefit of VITALITY’s Power Iron + Organic Spirulina. Learn about iron deficiency, why 15 mg or less is a maintenance level of iron and how spirulina boosts bioavailability of iron. It’s time to offer your customers an iron solution to change their health. Join Amanda Santalucia (RHN) for an interactive and in-depth discussion on iron – a sales category that will bring customers back to your store.
*Free Power Iron + Organic Spirulina for everyone that attends and exclusive discount for store orders. Award Winning VITALITY Power Iron + Organic Spirulina received a Clean Choice Award (Top Energy Supplement – North America), and an alive Consumer Choice Award.
Dr. Hauschka Natural/Oragnic Cosmetics, since 1967
Presented by: iLevel Management – Dr. Hauschka
Dr. Hauschka is a Natural certified Cosmetics company. We consider ourselves pioneers in the organic skincare world. Our line is comprised of 130 products, all free from any chemical or synthetic fragrances, dyes or preservatives. Our actions were focused on the idea of sustainability long before this was coined as a modern day term and our garden really does form the heart of our company – and is located behind our head office in Eckwälden/Germany. Using medicinal plants, Dr. Hauschka products also contain high-quality oils and waxes, as well as other naturally sourced ingredients such as ground almonds, silk and mineral pigments. In this seminar, you will learn how important it is to take care of yourself. Dr. Hauschka offers you precious body care to feel harmonized head to toe.
|Vanessa Couture is a trained bio-esthetician and national trainer for Dr. Hauschka Canada. She's been in the beauty industry for over 10 years and her mission is to make people understand why it is so important to use natural and organic cosmetics. Working with Dr. Hauschka is making this a dream come true.|
Health Benefits of Bone Broth: Why Your Grandma Was a Genius
Dr. Christian Brix, DC & Dr. Jennifer Dyck, BSc, N.D.
Presented by: Boned, A Broth Company, Ltd.
IJust like you can’t build a house without a strong foundation, you can’t expect a health body and mind without the correct building blocks and a rock-solid gut. Bone broth is one of the most nutrient dense and important superfood that humans have been consuming for centuries, that supports this foundation from the inside out. With the combined experience of chiropractor Christian Brix and naturopathic physician Jennifer Dyck, learn how this delicious collagen-rich food – and we mean actual, real food – can support digestion, reduce inflammation, improve skin, and promote more resilient joints.
|Dr. Christian Brix is a licensed chiropractor who is passionate about helping his patients by using a whole person approach to wellness. This led him to co-found Boned, A Broth Company, a whole food nutritious “sip it or soup it” elixir that can support the body’s ability to manage and improve digestive issues, ortheorarthritis, skin conditions and autoimmune disorders.|
|Dr. Jennifer Dyck is a naturopathic physician, health educator, writer, and public speaker with a passion for empowering her patients to achieve optimal health. In her clinical practice, Dr. Jen has a special expertise in treating digestive complaints, hormone imbalances, and brain-related health conditions.|
Choosing Essential Oils: Understanding Label Claims, Grades & Purity Standards
Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA
Presented by: Puresource
Essential Oils are an important part of today’s natural marketplace. Facing contradictory claims from competing brands, how do we properly understand the relevant factors in determining Essential Oils’ quality? Are grades and certifications important? What do the terms food grade or therapeutic grade mean in relation to essential oils and which oils are never safe to consume or apply directly to the skin? How do organic oils differ from non-organics? What are the current regulatory restrictions on labelling EOs? Learn how to better determine Essential Oil quality and navigate competing claims at this unique and detailed presentation!
|Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA, a board-certified clinical nutritionist, is the senior nutrition education manager and a product formulator for NOW®. A 45-year health food industry veteran with retail management expertise, Neil is a director and past president of the American Nutrition Association, and as a technical advisor helped The Non-GMO Project develop its verification standards.|
Get the Skinny on Exogenous Ketones
Presented by: SunForce Health & Organics Inc.
Exogenous ketones are the latest trend in the industry. Learn what modern research is revealing about the benefits of exogenous ketones and how they relate to cognitive health and mental clarity. SunForce Health & Organics is excited to introduce Franco Cavaleri, the scientist who developed our newest product — KetoActiv, the only activated, exogenous ketone supplement in Canada with an NPN. During this session, you’ll gain a better understanding of metabolic syndrome, serum sugar management, weight management and optimization of energy and stamina. You’ll also discover more about the different beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB/Exogenous Ketone Body) supplements, their origin and how they perform metabolically.
|Franco Cavaleri completed his BSc with a major in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. He is currently in the last phase of postgraduate doctoral study (current status PhD candidate) focused on nutritional biochemistry and nutraceutical pharmacology, along with the pathology of inflammation and inflammatory disease in the Faculty of Medicine’s Experimental Medicine Program. Franco is the founder and lead investigator at Biologic Pharmamedical Research, a biomedical laboratory involved in the research and development of nutrient- and nutraceutical-based technologies using pharmaceutical or medical research models to help define how they interact and modulate cell signaling and behavior. Franco is a best-selling author of health, wellness and fitness books and has published countless scientific articles accessible through Pubmed and other online medical and scientific journals. Franco is a former (1992) IFBB Mr. North America bodybuilding champion having put into practice his research; and has built three successful businesses in the NHP industry from concept to successful merger and acquisition. His formulation and research work has led to Alive natural products awards and patent-status technologies that are now licensed and distributed globally.|
Beyond the Beauty: Why Collagen Is Essential to Your Health
Chelan Wilkins, R.H.N.
Presented by: Organika Health Products
Join Chelan Wilkins, RHN as she discusses how Collagen has become such a hot topic beyond the world of beauty and how influential it is to your overall health. Chelan will talk about the digestive benefits Collagen has, the role it plays in optimal moods and anxiety levels as well as the increase in energy and concentration our latest collagen product Vitality includes.
With over five different members in the Organika Collagen family, Chelan will discuss the role of each type and how Collagen, the most talked about beauty supplement plays such a huge role in disease prevention, digestive health, skin and joint health, immunity, muscle recovery, stress relief and healthy moods and sleep patterns.
With over five years in the Health and Wellness Industry and current owner of her nutritional practice specialising in Sports Nutrition and Women’s health, Chelan has gained extensive and valuable knowledge on the healing benefits of whole foods, proper nutrition and supplementation through her education and own personal practice. Chelan has a massive passion for digestive health, hormonal imbalances, and the powerful effects it can play on our overall health. She is a huge advocate in educating those around her the benefits of establishing a positive and healthy relationship with food as well as the importance of taking charge of your health through whole foods, lifestyle and positivity.
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Session details coming soon!
Presented by: New Roots Herbal Inc.
Fermented Symbiotics: 5 Critical Steps to Complete Harmony of Your Gut Flora
Presented by: Living Alchemy
It is well known that our gut flora plays a significant role in our overall health. This concept makes sense since we live in a symbiotic relationship with our gut flora as one large ecosystem. With more recent research, we are shifting our attention to the environmental influences upon this important ecosystem and how a symbiotic approach has the greatest effect upon gut flora health and in managing imbalances (e.g. dysbiosis and Candida).
Graham will share his five critical steps in achieving optimal harmony of our gut flora and the importance of key environmental nutrients such as colonizing factors and signaling compounds produced uniquely through fermented Symbiotics.
|Graham Botfield is the Founder & Formulator at Living Alchemy, a new Canadian company producing innovative kefir-kombucha fermented, whole food supplements. He has 12 years of experience as a nutritional therapist, lecturer, researcher, and has represented various international food supplement brands as their UK and European head of education.|
The Power of Absorbable Magnesium
Presented by: LeBeau Excel / Natural Calm
Only magnesium that is absorbable can be bio-available, which is why so many brands claim higher absorption. In this eye-opening talk, Linda Bolton will demystify what we really know about magnesium absorption from the peer-reviewed literature. Participants will also discover the latest clinical research from a ground-breaking double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled in vivo study. The first of its kind, this study compared Natural Calm magnesium with three leading Canadian brands. Take this opportunity to better understand the science behind common magnesium absorption claims.
|Linda Bolton is the founder and co-owner of Natural Calm Canada and co-founder of Organics 4 Orphans, a non-profit organization that teaches sustainability to the extreme poor through organic gardening and natural medicine. Linda worked as a Registered Nurse and CEO in Long Term Care and taught nursing for twenty years. She is one of the TOP 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada.|
Join Rex Jones for an educational seminar on our new Garden of Life SPORT proteins. Our SPORT performance product line is certified ”clean” by being Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, certified by NSF for Sport and Informed-Choice for Sport. That’s quadruple assurance that these products are clean and free of any banned and unwanted substances. Here are some of the key benefits you can expect from SPORT Organic Plant-Based Protein and SPORT certified Grass Fed Whey: refuel and repair muscles; promote faster recovery; support immune system; have no added sugars.
|Rex Jones brings with him a lifelong passion for the Natural Foods Industry and a strong knowledge of herbals. Previously, he worked as a nutrition manager and herbalist. Rex also led classes, co-hosted a radio show, managed web content and gave a variety of in-store and off-site health lectures.|
Even though Black Seed is becoming one of the most popular superfoods of the modern era, it has been revered for centuries as an incredibly healing food. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine from Roman times, in Ayurveda medicine and it was even found in Egyptian pharaoh King “Tut”’s tomb. This magical seed has numerous benefits as found in over 650 peer-reviewed studies. In this 45-minute presentation, Joy will share everything you need to know about this incredibly healing food, including why it’s even more powerful when it’s fermented and how to use it in your daily routine.
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, Globe & Mail, FASHION magazine and more.
Chelation Therapy: Are You Concerned with Heavy Metals Toxicity and Arterial Plague?
Eldon Dahl, Doctorate of Natural Medicine
Presented by: Life Choice Ltd.
Session details coming soon!
5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Break Sponsored by:
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ateronon, the Tomato Pill. Featuring a new and bioavailable form of lycopene
Nahida Jamal - BHSc, N.D., and Kate Maguire
Presented by: CLM Health Group Inc.
Join Dr. Nahida Jamal as she presents exciting and ground breaking research from Cambridge and Harvard University on lactolycopene. Lycopene, the red carotenoid pigment found in the skin of tomatoes, is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Kate Maguire, President of CLM Health Group will continue the presentation and introduce to retailers Ateronon’s key selling features. No other lycopene product can compare to Ateronon’s research and bioavailability! One Ateronon capsule per day provides the equivalent amount of lycopene absorption as one kilogram of cooked tomatoes!
|Nahida Jamal BHSc, N.D. graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 2010. Upon graduation, she became CLM's Medical Advisor and Professional Education Representative. After Dr. Jamal completed her clinical externship she was brought on as the Manager of Clinic Operations at Trinity Health Clinic. Since September of 2010, Dr. Jamal has been in clinical practice in Toronto, as part of the team of doctors at T.H.C.|
|Kate Maguire began her career as an independent rep in the natural products industry and enjoyed early success as she built her first product to be a market leader. From there, Kate launched CLM Health Group, a nation-wide natural health products distributor/broker. CLM supplies high quality and effective health products to natural health retailers, pharmacies and health care practitioners.|
Session details coming soon!
Presented by: Strauss Naturals
Presented by: Genuine Health
Come and see Max Lugavere, the most-returned guest on the hit show Dr. Oz, and author of New York Times Bestseller Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life. In this session, Max will talk about the critical link between your brain, your gut and the food you eat, and how he came to be interested in the interconnection of the gut and the brain. Expect to learn actionable tips to support your gut health and how to support your memory and cognition to change the way that your brain (and body) ages. Attendees will receive a signed copy of Genius Foods.
|Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, TV personality, and health and science journalist and brain food expert. He is also the director of the upcoming film Bread Head, the first-ever documentary about dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle and author of the recently released, Genius Foods (Harper Collins, March 2018). Lugavere has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, and the Daily Beast and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, the Dr. Oz Show, and in The Wall Street Journal. He is a sought-after speaker, invited to lecture at esteemed academic institutions such as the New York Academy of Sciences and Weill Cornell Medicine, has given keynotes at such events as the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2005-2011, Lugavere was a journalist for Al Gore’s Current TV. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.|
Session details coming soon!
Presented by: Garden of Life
The Next Frontier of Health Retailing: Modern Science Meets Old Fashioned Values
Presented by: Ecoideas
Join Brian Gangel, Director of Premier Research Labs™ Canada, as he takes you on a journey to explore the new frontier of health retailing opportunities in the 21st century. Learn how to win back customers you have lost to the Internet Migration. Learn how the new wave of “company buy-outs and consolidation” is changing the playing field for retailers… and how you can profit from it. Learn how to protect market share and insulate your store from big-box retailers and the micro-niche retail encroachment. Brian will share the Secrets to Success he has discovered in his over 40 years of experience in retail, health, product development, infomercial, marketing and clinical practice. Don’t miss his vision for the future of the health industry in Canada.
|Brian Gangel is the founder and owner of New Millennium Living Ltd., the Diplomat for Premier Search Labs™ Canada, Canada’s leading expert in QRA™ (Quantum Reflex Analysis). He is an accomplished practitioner, owner of multiple retail chains, product developer and marketing director. His studies and research include quantum physics, biochemistry, biology, and food sciences.|