Speakers 2023

Rose Chiron-Howitt

Rose Chiron-Howitt

Investment Strategist, Bridgestone Financing Pros

Saturday March 4, 10:45-11:15am

Rose assists clients by providing knowledge that will support them in understanding the value they have as homeowners. She facilitates the process of understanding how to invest, through strategic planning, for future wealth-building possibilities. Rose is a member of REIN (Real Estate Investment Network)

Alisa Aragon-Lloyd (above), Financing Expert and Rose Chiron-Howitt, Investment Strategist from Bridgestone Financing Pros will be speaking on how you can build wealth through real estate. How to plan and get into the real estate market so you can start building equity. And, if you already own a property, how you can leverage your equity to expand your real estate portfolio.

Alisa Aragon-Lloyd

Alisa Aragon-Lloyd

Financing Expert, Bridgestone Financing Pros

Saturday March 4, 10:45-11:15am

Alisa’s passion is creating financial independence. She has been a licensed mortgage expert since 2010 who quickly gained a reputation for finding creative solutions to purchase and invest in real estate. Alisa has been an active member of the Homebuilders Association of Vancouver (HAVAN) since 2012. Also, is a Director on Board of HAVAN. She is a regular contributor to the New Home & Condo Guide and is a past monthly contributor for Real Estate Weekly (REW.ca).

Alisa Aragon-Lloyd, Financing Expert and Rose Chiron-Howitt (below), Investment Strategist from Bridgestone Financing Pros will be speaking on how you can build wealth through real estate. How to plan and get into the real estate market so you can start building equity. And, if you already own a property, how you can leverage your equity to expand your real estate portfolio.

Vesanto Melina

Vesanto Melina

MS, Registered Dietitian

Saturday March 4, 11:30am-12:00pm
Sunday March 5, 3:00-3:30pm

Talk Title: Healthy, Delicious, Easy Plant Based Eating Though Life

Is your diet moving in a plant-based direction? Would you like to fine tune your way of eating (and still have it taste good)? Are plant-based diets suitable for every stage of the life cycle– pregnancy, childhood, adulthood and the senior years. Do vegans and vegetarians get enough protein? Which vitamins, minerals, essential fats, or other nutrients need special attention? Can top athletes compete successfully when their diets include no animal products? Can seniors avoid sarcopenia (muscle wasting) while eating only or mainly plant foods?

Vesanto Melina MS, Registered Dietitian, is an award winning speaker whose presentations have inspired audiences from Barcelona to Reykjavik, from Dresden to San Paulo and across North America. She has been on the faculty of the University of British Columbia and of Seattle’s Bastyr University. She is co-author of 13 bestselling books on plant-based nutrition and foods with almost a million copies in print in English and now in 9 other languages. She is author (with Brenda Davis) of the award-winning Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, and of the Kick Diabetes Cookbook, Becoming Raw, and The Raw Food Revolution Diet. Vesanto is lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics current position paper on vegetarian diets.

Rick Fischer

Rick Fischer

HTMA Practitioner & Instructor, Integrative Health Coaching

Saturday March 4, 12:15-12:45pm
Sunday March 5, 1:00-1:30pm

Rick Fischer is an internationally recognized leader in mineral-based health and nutrition education. His research and teachings have been adopted by practitioners across the globe.  Also working with thousands of clients in clinical practice, he specializes in the testing and rebalancing of minerals for the restoration of health and energy.
Saturday Presentation: Mineral-Based Health Secrets for Better Energy, Mood, Skin, Digestion & More
From Thyroid issues, Fatigue, Brain Fog, Anxiety, to Hair Loss, Leaky Gut, Insomnia, Poor Collagen, PMS, Candida and Osteoporosis, they all have one thing in common. Mineral imbalances!  These imbalances are almost always missed in conventional blood testing, and commonly overlooked by practitioners trying to address many of these issues. This presentation will help you connect the dots between silent mineral imbalances and symptoms so you can finally take better control over your own health.
Sunday Presentation: From the Pill to the IUD… What Every Woman Deserves to Know (but isn’t told!)
The hormonal effects of the contraceptive Pill are just the beginning. The consequences on health are far reaching, and can be long lasting.  Likewise, the non-hormonal IUD is promoted as a safe alternative.  What they’re not telling you is that even a non-hormonal IUD can still affect your hormones, and the health effects in many cases have been tragic.  Before making any decision, women deserve to receive fully informed consent.  Discover, in this presentation, what every woman deserves to know, but typically is never told.


Jason Watkin

Jason Watkin

Co-Founder and Chief Formulator for PURICA

Saturday March 4, 1:00-2:00pm

Talk Title: SHROOMS EVERYDAY – Ancient Wisdom meets Modern Science for a healthier YOU!

The integration of traditional eastern medicine and modern-day western practices can be a powerful ally in the fight against daily stress, dis”ease” and aging. PURICA Founder, CEO and Chief Formulator Jason Watkin gives you a strong game plan and winning strategy based on the power of Medicinal Mushrooms to improve physical and mental health. 

We will cover

• How stress is the true culprit behind aging 

• How stress initiates the most serious of ailments & disease

• How stress affects your gut & bone health 

• How stress is at the root of inflammation 

• How to mitigate stress, inflammation & aging by incorporating positive lifestyle solutions

• How to quickly find balance and relief through the transition to Menopause with powerful medicinal mushroom formulas.

    Dr. Weidong Yu

    Dr. Weidong Yu

    TCMD, R.Ac, BM (China), MPH (Belgium)

    Saturday March 4, 2:15-2:45pm

    Dr. Yu is one of Canada’s leading Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), world-renowned for his successful treatment of retinal eye disorders.
    He also co-founded the Wellspring Clinic, where he has improved the vision of over 1,000 patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare eye disease previously deemed untreatable, and hundreds of patients with other eye disorders such as Macular Degeneration, Myopia, Presbyopia, and Dry Eye Disease.

    His 20+ years of research and clinical practice allowed him to discover key factors in both vision health and healing, which he used to treat age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye disease, myopia, astigmatism, amblyopia, and viral optic neuritis.
    Dr. Yu has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine in Belgium, Canada, US and China and he is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California, US. He’s also the author of 30+ publications in both Chinese and English medical literature.
    His purpose: Sight for Humanity.

    Kimberley Thompson

    Kimberley Thompson

    Certified L.E.A.N. Health Coach

    Saturday March 4, 3:00-3:30pm
    Sunday March 5, 2:00-2:30pm

    Talk Title: Take Control of Your Food Supply: How Growing Your Own Chemical Free Produce Can Help Cut Food Costs. 

    Given the changes in the past couple of years to how we behave and feel about work/life balance, health and wellness, and the quality (and quantity) of food found in grocery stores, more people than ever have taken up gardening in an effort to take control of their food supply.  Kimberley wants to share a little insight about how indoor gardening can help ensure that you have access to healthy, high-quality food without the grocery store price tag.

      Lindsey Shields

      Lindsey Shields

      Registered Holistic Nutritionist B.A., B.ED.

      Saturday March 4, 3:45-4:15pm

      Lindsey Shields, The Holistic Mama, is also the creator of The Holistic Mama Method, Owner of Holihappy, retreat host and most importantly a mama of two sweet babes. She will be talking about the missing link in your fertility and perinatal journey. Come learn about how it is crucial to take a true WHOLE-istic approach to enhance and boost fertility and support your growing baby to create their healthiest first home- your womb.

      Robbie G.

      Robbie G.

      Leadership Expert, Speaker, and Author

      Saturday March 4, 4:30-5:00pm

      Talk Title: Love & Other Needs: Identify Your Needs & Fulfill Your Dreams

      Robbie G. is a leadership expert, speaker, and author. His upcoming book: “Love & Other Needs:
      Understand your needs & fulfill your dreams”. Robbie will explore the various ways our
      unfulfilled needs impact us physically and mentally in the areas of our core values, mental state,
      behaviours, and progress. He will use various case studies as a tool for us to examine our lives and be
      mindful of what we focus on. Finally, he will guide us on how to identify and fulfill our needs, setting and
      achieving goals, and ultimately, finding fulfillment and happiness. Join him in his high-energy, mind
      boggling, and thought provoking presentation on Love & Other Needs.

      Fatima Zaidi

      Fatima Zaidi

      Motivational Speaker | Leadership Strategist, Project Instigate

      Sunday March 5, 10:45-11:15am


      Live Your Best Life TODAY!
      When we have big ideas and struggle to break your ideas down into digestible actionable steps, the dream starts to feel far-fetched and unattainable. Fatima Zaidi, Leadership Strategist, Biotope Leadership Expert, and two times TEDx Speaker, will talk about how you can make your dream more attainable and within reach. This talk will inspire you to get clarity on your identity, and reimagine your relationships as an ecosystem. One that requires delicate balance and maintenance to transform a toxic environment into a healthy one and allows us to thrive and live our best life TODAY, instead of ONE DAY.

      Fatima is a leadership strategist and expert, motivational and two times TEDx Speaker, and the Founder of Project Instigate. Most comfortable and “in her element” on stage, as a storyteller Fatima discovered her passion for public speaking at age 7. From magic shows to inspirational talks, she discovered the power of influence through her stage presence. Having lived in three continents and four countries, Fatima experienced both barriers and opportunities in each culture and lifestyle and used public speaking as an avenue to shatter glass ceilings and to push the envelope on what is considered “possible” quickly gaining the reputation of being “unstoppable”.

      Most recently, Fatima has developed a ground-breaking program called Biotope Leadership that she facilitates at schools, organizations and businesses teaching how to create a thriving environment for us and those around us and lead a purposeful and fulfilling life.

      Susan Horning

      Susan Horning


      Sunday March 5, 11:30am-12:00pm

      Talk Title: Journey To Gut Health with Herbal Medicine

      Some believe that gut health is the best indication of our overall health.  With a baffling number of gut health supplements on the market such as probiotics, digestive enzymes, reflux medications, antacids, as well as multiple and conflicting diet recommendations, a changing food system ripe with pesticides and genetic modification, not to mention the stress of everyday living, it’s not surprising that our guts are challenged!

      Join Susan Horning, botanical expert and naturalist for a review of this important bodily system and the herbs and botanicals that can help to heal and repair your gut.
      Rebecca Stonecypher

      Rebecca Stonecypher

      BSC, RN & Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition

      Sunday March 5, 12:15-12:45pm

      Rebecca Stonecypher is a Registered Nurse who gets excited about health in every way. She is passionate about making healthy food taste GREAT and enjoys teaching plant-based cooking classes to demonstrate how cooking healthfully doesn’t have to be hard. She is also a fitness enthusiast with past experience in personal fitness training.

       Breakfast Cooking Class:

      Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and yet many are quick to skip it due to time restraints, work, or even because they are trying to lose weight. Join Rebecca to learn why breakfast is such an important part of the day! She will discuss the influence that breakfast has on what you’re tempted to eat throughout the rest of the day, its effect on overall calorie intake, and its impact on overall daily cognitive function. She will also demonstrate how to make quick-and-easy, on-the-go breakfast foods that are both filling and nutritious!