Product Education Sessions

Friday February 23, 2018

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.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.    Break Sponsored By Bio-K+ International    

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.


 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

The Missing Link in Female Athletes' Nutrition 
Dr. Mary Nagai
Presented by: Platinum Naturals​
Room 202

Gone are the days of ‘no pain, no gain’. Today’s athletes understand that a healthy body is a fit, strong body. But there’s a hidden nutritional deficit among female athletes that’s seldom discussed and often unrecognized.  It could impact their health for years to come, and impede their everyday performance. Join Dr. Mary Nagai’s important discussion on the female athlete Triad, and learn how to educate the athletes walking into your store about the nutritional support they need.

Complimentary 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.

Afternoon Slumps to Feeling Pumped!
Susan Gianevsky
Presented by: Martin & Pleasance
Room 203

Susan will discuss the ingredients you need to re-invigorate your daily energy by supporting and strengthening your inner health matrix; cells, immunity and circulation.

Susan Gianevsky holds qualifications in both Education & Natural Medicine. She is the Health Ambassador for Martin & Pleasance having formulated a range of their natural medicines that are sold internationally. Susan has become a spokeswoman for women’s health and has spent over 25 years in the field of health and wellness. She writes articles for several women’s health magazines including alive, Canadians beloved health magazine. Susan travels nationally and internationally sharing her passion, knowledge and findings on cellular health and the importance of building stronger internal foundations to encourage good health and wellbeing for women across the world.

Powerful Natural Pain Relief​
Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Presented by: Terry Naturally​ Canada
Room 204

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 coupon to be redeemed at Booth #1544 for a signed copy of Dr. Holly Lucille’s book The Healing Power of Trauma Comfrey.  

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.

 What Magnesium Forms Are Most Absorbable? Discover What the Latest Science Reveals
Linda Bolton, Founder & Co-Owner 
Presented by: LeBeau Excel / Natural Calm Canada
Room 205

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.

Natural Skin Care
Dr Hauschka World Leader & Innovator

Vanessa Couture, National Trainer, Animator
Presented by: iLevel Management / Dr. Hauschka
Room 206

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 which promises high-quality natural ingredients, responsible sourcing, no synthetics and 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.

Chosen Foods and our Commitment to Healthy Cooking and Clean Eating
Cory Baran
Presented by: Chosen Foods
Room 207

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 colours, 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.

Join us to learn about:

  • What is shaping consumer behavior?
  • Healthy eating, cooking and clean eating
  • Company History
  • Our Products
  • Why it makes sense
  • Our promise

Cory Baran is a native of Vancouver and has been working as Chosen Foods' Canadian Sales Manager for over 4 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.

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2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fermented Herbs: Latest Research and Their Effects on Your Health
Graham Botfield, Founder & Formulator
Presented by: Living Alchemy
Room 202

Following up from last year's popular CHFA talk on Living Culture Symbiotics, Graham will be presenting the latest research on fermented herbs such as turmeric, holy basil and rhodiola. The enhanced effects upon the key active nutrients within these herbs and the results seen on various conditions, opens a new door of therapeutic possibilities. Living Alchemy will also share their own independent research and how different fermentation processes affect the herbs. This area of nutritional supplementation offers a new paradigm in natural nutrition by using only the power of nature to convert the most respected herbs and foods into their most potent living forms.

Graham Botfield is the Founder and Formulator of 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 and researcher, and has represented various international whole food supplement brands as their UK and European head of education.

Nutritional Psychiatry: Could This be a Path Forward to Address Canada’s Burgeoning Mental Health Crisis?
Dr. Thalia Charney, MA, ND
Presented by: Puresource / NOW
Room 203

With 1 in 5 Canadians reportedly suffering from mental illness, there is a growing need for effective solutions. Health Food Retailers and their vast array of good mood foods, sanity supporting supplements and euphoria enhancing essential oils stand at the forefront of this growing mental health management paradigm and are well positioned to extend their reach as purveyors of both physical and mental/emotional health. Join Dr. Thalia Charney, MA, ND as she explores the latest scientific research and clinical practise using nutrition to promote psychological well-being. 

Dr. Thalia Charney is a Naturopathic Doctor, public speaker and the author of the recently published book, The Confident Food Shopper: The Guide to Food Labels and Fables.  As the Nutrition and Health Education Manager at Puresource (NOW Health Group Canada), she illustrates how natural health products can support optimal health and wellness. 

The Human Energy Crisis
Dr. David Wang, Naturopathic Doctor
Presented by: Pranin Organic
Room 204

If you regularly experience fatigue, brain fog, frequent colds, flus, or infections, and chronic inflammation, your body may be experiencing an energy crisis. We often reach for caffeine or sugar to help us along, but what we really need is whole food nutrition. Join Dr. David Wang, ND as he explains how you can unlock your body's ability to be energized using clean, natural nutrients so you can live a full life of health and happiness.

Dr. David Wang, ND is the founder and formulator of Pranin Organic nutritional supplements. In his clinical practice and through personal experience, Dr. David saw the negative side effects vitamin and mineral products had on him and his patients due to the toxic ingredients from which they are made. Now, Dr. David's mission is to show people how they can thrive by fueling their bodies with organic pure food.



Harnessing Happiness by Healing your Hormones
Julie Daniluk R.H.N.
Presented by: Nature's Way of Canada
Room 205

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).

Learn to Love Your Liver with Terry Willard!
Terry Willard, Cl.H.,Ph.D
Presented by: Garden of Life / Wild Rose
Room 206

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 forty years, Terry Willard, Cl.H.,Ph.D., 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.

The Power of Fermentation
Joy McCarthy
Presented by: New Chapter Canada
Room 207

Most of us know the importance of eating whole, colourful, organic plant foods as often as possible for energy, vitality, the prevention of disease and longevity. However, most don’t consider how they can really amplify their diet by adding fermented superfoods. Join Holistic Nutritionist and two-time best-selling author as she shares the power of fermentation and how it bio transforms foods and nutrients for the body’s benefit. Joy will share her favorite fermented superfoods and their incredible health benefits. 

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.

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3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Break Sponsored by: Bio-K+ International Inc.       

 Love Aging? Longevity for Retailers (…and you too!)
Allison Tannis
Presented by: LeBeau Excel / Sequence Health
Room 202

This is going to change your future. A big shift in our industry is coming – are you ready for it? Come discover why the biggest spenders in your store have changed. (Psst…they are younger than you think). Plus, why longevity is the word all the major natural health companies are talking about. Join your favourite nutrition expert (who you'll always find elbow-deep in journals), Allison Tannis. She’ll be unveiling new market data, and debunking myths about why you can at times “feel old”, forget things, have trouble recovering, and more. Don’t miss this – come discover how you too can be ‘kickin’ it’ for years to come.

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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3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Harnessing the Power of a Plant-Based Diet to Transform Gut Health
Desiree Nielsen, BSc RD
Presented by: Bio-K+ International Inc.
Room 204

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, 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 guide Un-Junk Your Diet. Desiree is also co-founder of the MyHealthyGut app, named one of the Best Gut Health Apps of 2017 by Healthline.

Burt's Bees Disrupts Cosmetics - I AM NOT SYNTHETIC
Christine Jackson
Presented by: Renew Life / Burt's Bees
Room 205

Burt’s Bees is ready to disrupt the colour cosmetic category! Burt’s Bees has always been a leader in the natural category. As we have expanded our nourishing lip colour and skincare ranges, makeup was the missing piece. Launching colour cosmetics is the next step in our evolution! Come learn about these expert-guided, premium aesthetics product made with natural, responsibly sourced ingredients and sustainable packaging. For women who believe, “I am not synthetic. So why would I use beauty products that are?” Come try for yourself! All attendees will receive a limited “I AM NOT SYNTHETIC" gift bag filled with product.

As Burt’s Bees National Training Manager for the past 8 years, Christine Jackson is fulfilling a desire to educate on the importance of choosing ‘truly natural’ personal care and cosmetic products that have a positive impact on our health and our earth. Happily creating Burt’s Bees brand ambassadors across Canada.

Beat Cholesterol! What Will be Part of Your Cholesterol-Busting Solution?
Cyril Meyre ND.A.
Presented by: Herbasante
Room 206

Why has the rise in cholesterol become epidemic? We will explore the common myths around this topic and look at the most effective ways to return to balanced health. This informative discussion will investigate the link between metabolic syndrome, homocysteine and cholesterol. We will evaluate the risk of letting it go untreated. We will review factors that contribute to those common health issues, and learn effective and practical ways of correcting them. How your liver health plays a role in relation to your cholesterol levels. An in-depth look at effective solutions.

Using a holistic approach, Cyril Meyre believes in addressing the emotions as well as the physical body. He is extremely active in the natural health field as he works in R&D for a well-established supplement company. He is an avid speaker and a professional health educator training other health practitioners across Canada. He actively participates in Natural product industry trade shows across Canada and has been doing so for many years. He looks forward to sharing his passion with you!


How to Win in the New Age of Sport Nutrition​
Matt Taylor
Presented by: Body Plus Nutritional Inc.
Room 207

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

Heart Health - Natural Support and Prevention​
Dr. Tanner Alden, ND 
Presented by: New Roots Herbal Inc.
Room 202

The number one leading cause of death for men and women in the US is heart disease and in Canada it is number two, next to cancer. With 1 in 4 deaths being due to heart disease, prevention should be your first medicine. From supporting a strong heart to making sure the blood vessels are clean and running efficiently, a few basic interventions can make a huge difference. Join Dr. Tanner Alden as he teaches you about natural ways to support a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. You will learn about heart-healthy foods, supplements, and lifestyle habits to help you live a long and active life.

Dr. Alden is a naturopathic doctor running a family practice in North Vancouver, BC. He has a keen interest in GI health, stress and burnout, and autoimmune disease.

How to Strengthen Your Immune System to Fight Off Colds, Flus and More
Dr. Patrick Callas, ND 
Presented by: Purica
Room 203

Prevent colds, flus and other infections by boosting your immune system every day with natural remedies. And when it's too late for prevention and you are sick, discover which remedies are best for kicking the infection out. Dr. Callas will also share clinical insights, such as how digestive health is key to a healthy immune system. With the rise in allergies, sensitivities, and autoimmune diseases, it is so crucial to help your customers balance and strengthen their immunity. Dr. Callas will use his knowledge as an ND to help show how the Purica Suite of Immune support products will make a difference for your stores and most importantly your customers. His discussion will educate attendees on the patented formulations of Prevent and Prevail along with the highly esteemed Purica Medicinal mushrooms and what key things set them apart for helping your customers.

Dr. Callas founded Island Natural Health Clinic on Salt Spring Island. He currently practices in south Surrey at SCIMEDICA Health Group and in Vancouver at Pure North where his special focuses are on cancer, trauma, and brain health. Dr. Callas is a passionate storyteller and he proudly speaks for Purica.   

The Truth About Magnesium: What you Need to Know About Getting the Most out of This Powerful Mineral​
Paul Hrkal ND
Presented by: Advanced Orthomolecular Research
Room 204

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals found in the human body. However, despite its popularity, people are still unsure of how to get the most out of this powerful mineral. Dr Paul Hrkal will be there to assist you with your most pressing questions, including: Which form of magnesium is best for certain health conditions, such as chronic pain, heart issues, and depression? What level of dosage is the most effective? How do I test for magnesium deficiency?

And many more!

Dr Hrkal will also explain the physiology of magnesium absorption, and how to use various forms of magnesium to your maximum benefits, He will also fully explain the magnesium controversy about magnesium glycinate products that contain magnesium oxide. Learn how to get the most out of your magnesium without compromising the benefits with inferior forms. Join Dr Hrkal for a dynamic evidence-based information and interactive Q & A. You will not want to miss out on this opportunity to fully understand the intricate truth about magnesium.

Dr. Hrkal is a board-certified Naturopathic doctor with a passion to apply innovative and evidence-based nutritional, biological and supplemental interventions to address underlying metabolic, endocrine and immunological dysfunctions. He is a member of the scientific advisory board of Complete Concussion Management, an international leader in research based concussion management education and certification. He currently is the medical director for Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR), an innovative and leading Canadian natural health product company and maintains a clinical practice in the Toronto area at two integrative clinics.


Powerful Tools to Improve Gut Health
Michael Murray, MD
Presented by: Ecotrend / Enzymedica
Room 205

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 and 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 can 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 and is being implicated in a wide range of health conditions. In this practical and dynamic presentation, Dr. Murray will share valuable insights on the healing power of enzymes and other digestive aids.

Dr. Murray is one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Refents of Bastyr University in Seattle. He is the Chief Science Officer of Enzymedica.


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4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Aortic Stiffness - A Master Metric Guiding You to Lasting Wellness and Long Life
Dr Jess Goodman 
Presented by: Strauss Naturals Ltd.
Room 206

Heart disease & 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®. Learn the benefits of using these two important tools in the battle for health. Attendee gifts: SHD® 100ml + iHeart™ test. Booth 901.

Dr. 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.

mykind Organics: What a Commitment to Clean Really Looks Like!​
Travis Lesperance
Presented by: Garden of Life
Room 207

mykind Organics vitamins are 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.  

Travis Lesperance holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University, and he is a seasoned veteran in the Natural Foods Industry. He has extensive knowledge of the science and application of nutrition and supplementation. Focusing on the philosophy of nutrition, Travis is first and foremost concerned with the incredible amount of cultural and genetic diversity that exists within human populations, and the necessity to apply nutrition and diet accordingly to achieve health. Travis has also overseen the designing and utilization of food-based nutritional supplements, while developing strategies for individuals and athletes who have been pursuing a variety of different health goals. Travis genuinely enjoys sharing his passion of nutrition and health with others so that they may lead fuller, more active lives.



5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

Disease Crisis and Natural Immune Defense
Eldon Dahl
Presented by: Life Choice Ltd.
Room 202

Disease is on the rise globally, and there is a 40-year connection between when the increase began and why it will not slow down. The health risks facing society are much greater today than in past generations; most of today's risks were not in existence then. The disease process cannot be attributed to any single cause. It is the result of the bioaccumulation of toxins weakening our immune defenses. Nature is a good example--in the wild, if you see one wolf, others are hiding from sight. The disease process works the same way, traveling in packs while systematically destroying its prey.   

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.

Plant-Based for the Planet
Andrew Raines, RHN
Presented by: Vega
Room 203

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.

The Psychobiotic Discovery: How To Re-Train Your Brain By Modifying Microbes
Dr. Sara Celik, ND
Presented by: Renew Life
Room 204

Could an imbalanced microbiome be to blame for mood changes, bad decisions, and poor lifestyle choices? 
In this presentation, Dr. Sara Celik examines the fascinating relationship between microbes, stress, and the brain. She will share the latest research in the field of psychobiotics and help you gain a deeper understanding of how the microbiome impacts mental health and personality traits. Join Dr. Sara as she takes you through the captivating organs of the mind and teaches you how to engineer a better life by engineering a healthier gut. Dr. Sara will share real-life examples from her 10-year clinical practice along with her 3-step treatment protocol to help guide your customers on their path to renewed health and psychological well-being.

Dr. Sara Celik is a board certified naturopathic doctor carrying over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry with a focus on gut health. With her extensive educational background, she is a sought-after speaker and natural health expert that has contributed to various magazine publications and television programs. As National Spokesperson for Renew Life, Dr. Sara is dedicated to educating Canadians on digestive health, detoxification, and an integrative approach to optimal health.

Listen to Your Gut: It Holds The Answers To Reducing Your Stress and Increasing Your Joy
Dr. Jacqueline Cooper N.D.
Presented by: Genestra Brands
Room 205

This talk is for those who at time feel exhausted and overwhelmed with the daily grind of life's demands. The focus is on the gut-brain connection and how it affects all facets of our health - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. We will discuss how you can respond to the needs of your gut so that you get the increased energy, health and joy you're looking for. This talk will also address questions like, "Why do certain foods affect mood?"; "Can stress make you want to eat?"; "Are my sugar cravings coming from my brain or my gut?"; "Can probiotics help alleviate depression?"

Dr. Jacs Cooper is a naturopathic doctor who believes education is the key to empowering individuals. Her primary goal is to help those she works with live healthier and more joyful lives. She does this by teaching people how they can transform their perceptions around stress and pain, and in doing so, convert difficult circumstances from a source of suffering to an opportunity for growth and power.


Take a Moment: Understanding our Bodies' Relaxation Needs
Chelan Wilkins, RHN
Presented by: Organika Health Products
Room 206

An overview on Organika’s newest product “ Collagen Relax” and the many benefits of “de-stressing” , relaxation and the effects it can have on your mind and body. Join Chelan as she goes into detail about the amazing benefits of Magnesium , our “ anti-stress” mineral and Glycine the powerhouse amino acid and their roles in providing what our body needs to optimally relax and rejuvenate for overall mental, emotional and physical health.

Chelan Wilkins graduated with honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition with a designation of a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and is currently a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the National Education Trainer for Organika .

With over 5 years in the Health and Wellness Industry as an athlete and current owner of her own nutritional practice specializing in sports nutrition and women’s health, Chelan has gained extensive and valuable knowledge on the power of the healing benefits of whole foods, proper nutrition and supplementation through her education and own personal practice. Chelan believes in empowering others to achieve their optimal health and wellness through fueling their body with nourishing and whole foods and incorporating proper supplementation to prevent setbacks and deficiencies in the body. She is a huge advocate in educating those around her the benefits of establishing a positive and healthy relationship with food and understanding the beneficial effects of good nutrition and health.

Elixir Crafting​
Yarrow Willard
Presented by: Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary
Room 207

We all know that herbs, superfoods and mushrooms have healing powers that can greatly enhance our lives and restore harmony when our health is out of balance. 

In this mini-intensive the Herbal Jedi will share with you insight in to some of the world's top medicinally active health ingredients and how the Harmonic Arts hot tonic elixir drinks are the perfect way to make the most of them. This revolutionary drinkable format goes beyond a smoothie and butter coffee, combining the best of what both of these formats have to offer in a delicious and easy to prepare way.

Yarrow Willard is a Clinical Herbalist, co-creator of Harmonic Arts and the director of the Wild Rose College. As a second generation herbalist, he has spent his lifetime immersed in the world of plant medicine, continually delivering powerful content and products that blend the best of science, and old world knowledge.  


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