Proof of vaccination required at Planted Expo on Nov. 20-21, 2021
Get Tickets!
Get Tickets!

Speaker Schedule & Bios

Planted Expo Vancouver, Nov 20-21, 2021

Planted Expo Event Info > Speaker Schedule

Saturday, Nov 20 

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM  Land Acknowledgment & Product of the Year Presentation

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Carla Pelligrini - Tackling Vancouver's Food Waste and Food Insecurity Problem

11:50 AM -  12:20 PM Aki Koltenbach - Being the Change You Need 

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM Sonya Looney - Leading with Curiosity for Change

1:00 PM - 1:55 PM Rich Roll - The Plant-based Conversation

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM Matthew Nagra - Is Animal Protein Really King?

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Nicolette Richer - 22 Million Strong

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Lucy Lyons - How to Engage with your Physician on your Plant-based Journey

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM "An Evening With Rich Roll", live podcast recording plus meet and greet special event, details & tickets here.


Sunday, Nov 21

10:15-11:05 Dreena Burton - Dreena’s Kind Kitchen

11:10 AM - 11:45 AM Craig McIntosh & Joel Harrison - Getting to the Core of Food Waste

11:45 AM - 12:20 PM Muzammil Ahmad aka Dr.PlantBased - Planting The Path Forward

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM Chuck Carrol from the Exam Room Podcast - Weight Loss Champion, Over 400lbs lost

12:50 PM - 1:30 PM John Lewis, Badass Vegan - They’re Trying to Kill Us

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Zoe Peled - Reframing Activism and why there is Something for Everyone

Panelists:
Amy Soranno
Jasmine C. Leyva
Jaunting Jay

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Desiree Neilsen - This is Your Gut on Plants

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Anna Pippus - Tips on Going Vegan

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Dan & Sheane Moskaluk - Nation Rising - Jane Unchained

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Fiohann Shanahan Dover, Purica - Going Simply Beyond with Medicinal Mushrooms

Speaker Bios in Order of Appearance

carla

Carla Pellegrini 

Carla Pellegrini is the Executive Director of Food Stash Foundation and has over ten years of experience in non-profit and for-profit community development, social finance and operations management. Prior to joining Food Stash, she worked for over four years to help establish and grow New Market Funds, a B Corp certified impact investing firm in Vancouver, and before that launched the Vancouver office for Sonder, a hospitality tech start-up. Before moving to Canada, she worked abroad with One Acre Fund in Kenya and the US Peace Corps in Nicaragua. She holds an MPA from Columbia University and a BA from Boston College.

carla

Aki Kaltenbach 

Aki is the CEO and Founder of Save Da Sea, a plant-based seafood company based in Victoria, BC. Aki came up with the idea for her company while running her family's Japanese restaurants. She became vegan and was looking for seafood alternatives and couldn't find any, so started developing her own recipes. Aki’s inspiration for going vegan was seeing the toll that unsustainable fish farming practices has had on British Columbia’s wild fish stocks.

sonya looney

Sonya Looney 

Sonya Looney is a Professional Mountain Biker who became World Champion after shifting to a plant-based diet. Sonya has won the toughest endurance races on the planet, racing in 25+ countries including Nepal, Morocco, Mongolia, Haiti, Sri Lanka, and Colombia.   Sonya's experiences led her to write for major cycling and wellness publications over 12 years about motivation, mindset, cycling, and plant-based nutrition.  These topics have carried forward into her podcast, The Sonya Looney Show, and into her international keynote speaking career. She also has her Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and is a Health Coach.  Sonya is currently balancing her commitments as a full-time athlete, her business, and being a mother to a toddler.

rich w

Rich Roll

Rich is a living testament to the power of personal transformation. At age 40, having overcome an addiction to alcohol that almost completely derailed his life, he found himself out of shape and overweight, and in need of a major change in lifestyle. He switched to a 100% plant-based diet, lost 50 pounds, and soon shocked the endurance world by achieving top finishes in grueling endurance races like the Ultraman World Championships, while garnering praise as one of   the "25 Fittest Men in the World".  

 In May 2010, Rich put an exclamation point on his remarkable transformation with the EPIC5 Challenge - an odyssey that entailed completing 5 ironman distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week.  

Check out "An Evening With Rich Roll" live podcast recording plus meet and greet on Nov, 20 @ 7:00 PM, get tickets here.

matt

Dr. Matthew Nagra

Matthew Nagra is a Naturopathic Doctor and is a passionate advocate for the power of evidence-based nutrition as medicine. After struggling with various health issues throughout his childhood, he turned to a plant-based diet, which improved several of his health concerns. Since then he's been spending the majority of his free time researching the topic and seeking further education through the likes of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Now through social media, public speaking, his volunteer work with Nutritionfacts.org, and his clinical practice, he aims to educate others on how they too can improve their health like he did years ago.

nicolette

Nicolette Richer

Nicolette Richer is a Regenerative Medicine Educator, entrepreneur, author, Doctoral student and speaker. She is a savvy wellness facilitator and a renowned environmental and sustainability expert, with an insatiable desire to learn and educate. Nicolette transforms people with chronic disease or cancer into conquerors of their condition through nutrition. Nicolette speaks regularly to captivated audiences about healing cancer + chronic disease through nutrition and detoxification. 

lucy lyons

Lucy Lyons

Dr. Lucy will share how a diagnosis of melanoma in 2003, led her to pursue a plant-based diet. She will share how colleagues' attitudes to plant-based living, on both sides of the Atlantic, have changed for the better in these 18 years, but are not there yet. She will help you understand the training most MD's have received in nutrition and how the new paradigm shift of Plant based eating, can work in this antiquated model. Seeing physicians as individuals who have worked many gruelling years as junior doctors, not unlike elite athletes in their ability to continue, despite the stresses they face, will give you a new light on how to engage your physician to your advantage on your plant based adventure.

She will give tips for how to best use your family doctor, what tests are really necessary if you are vegetarian or vegan and other useful advice, empowering you to see food as medicine.

lucy lyons

Dreena Burton

Dreena Burton is the OG vegan cookbook author. Vegan for over 25 years, Dreena is also a mom to three daughters, all raised on a plant-based diet. Author of six vegan cookbooks, her most recent title "Dreena's Kind Kitchen" was released last August. Dreena has also collaborated with renowned plant-based physician Dr. Barnard on The Cheese Trap and coauthored their most recent Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes. Dreena’s recipes have been featured with groups including PCRM, Forks Over Knives, Blue Zones, and The Food Network. Connect with Dreena’s online kitchen and community at dreenaburton.com.

craig

Craig McIntosh

Craig McIntosh is the CEO of Trendi, a professional chef, and a social entrepreneur with a heart for how food brings us together. 

joel

Joel Harrison

Joel Harrison is the Head of Marketing at Trendi, an impact podcaster, and is passionate about how we can make a difference in our lives and work. Together they will discuss the fundamental issues with food waste, how it’s our biggest societal problem, why it happens, and how robotics will help dig us out of this crisis.

dr plant-based
 

Muzammil Ahmad

Since young age, I struggled with multiple health issues like migraines, cystic acne, fatigue, and weight management. After years of doctors' visits, many medications and yet not feeling better, I eventually realized it was time to take a deep dive into literature myself and determine if there was something I could do myself to help with my health problems. I always had an intuitive feeling that what we eat has a direct impact on our health, but until then I had never looked into it in depth. Although I was eating an overall quite a healthy diet devoid of any processed foods, I wanted to see if there was something more I could do. 

As I took a deep dive into the literature, I discovered all the peer reviewed scientific literature showcasing the health benefits of plant-based diets and also how people in long living societies eat like the Blue Zones. I decided to switch my own diet to start incorporating more fiber rich plant-based foods. As I went predominantly plant-based, I started feeling much better. This inspired me to consider going fully plant-based and since then I have loved eating a whole food plant-based diet. My migraines have disappeared, my cystic acne has vanished, I feel more energized and I am able to eat nourishing large meals while at the same time maintain a healthy weight. Furthermore, I have been able to maintain my muscle mass and gain more strength and muscle eating just plants. 

I am a medical student and a nutrition coach passionate about raising awareness about the health benefits of plant-based diets and the importance of the role of diet in disease prevention, disease risk and disease progression. I believe in 'food as medicine' and utilizing lifestyle changes to optimize one’s health. As a medical student, I am passionate about transforming a reactionary approach to medicine to a more proactive approach. I want to bring this information to the forefront to help others as learning about plant-based nutrition has helped me with my health problems. I want to utilize my platforms like this website, my Instagram account, @dr.plantbased, and the Plant Prescription Podcast I co-host to make nutritional information simple and accessible so people are able to make informed decisions about the food they eat and the impact that has on their health.

chuck

Chuck Carroll

Hos of the Exam Room Podcast, a fun and inspiring plant-based podcast from nutrition experts at The Physicians Committee. "The Weight Loss Champion" Chuck Carroll, who lost 280 pounds, motivates and educates both new vegans and those who have been plant-powered for life. Learn the secrets to improving your health from doctors and nutritionists and become inspired by others who have already reclaimed their health! Dive into the science of a plant-based diet like the effects of eating a single beef hamburger or slice of cheese can do to the body!

john
 

John Lewis, Badass Vegan

As a well renowned fitness expert, John Lewis has spent over 2 decades in the health and fitness industry and played Division I College basketball. John is highly passionate about not only his own health and fitness but that of others as well… Which are evident through his motivational messages either through his international public speaking engagements or simply through his social media outlets.

Today, John has taken his passion for health and is now directing his first feature-length documentary focused on food and social justice, "They are Trying to Kill Us". 

zoe

Zoe Peled

Zoe Peled is a Marketing and Community Engagement Professional, and PT, based in Vancouver, B.C. She received her BFA in Photography from Emily Carr University, with additional studies in Critical Theory, examining the positioning and terminology around animals. Her personal studies continue to examine animal/human relationships; which has led her to both speaking engagements and internationally published work (Antennae Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, UK.) 

Zoe is the co-founder of Ban Fur Farms BC, is a Vancouver March To Close All Slaughterhouses co-organizer, facilitates events and community relations for numerous local vegan businesses, and founded the Vancouver Vegan Resource Centre (VVRC) in Fall 2018. Zoe has been vegan for almost 12 years, and an animal rights activist for {almost} the same duration of time. 

des

Desiree Neilsen

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian, host of The Allsorts Podcast  and author of the bestselling plant-based cookbook, Eat More Plants and the upcoming Good for Your Gut (2022). Her practice focus is chronic digestive and inflammatory disease as well as plant-based approaches to optimal health.

anna

Anna Pippus

Anna Pippus is the bestselling author of The Vegan Family Cookbook, a collection of simple recipes and game-changing strategies to make vegan cooking practical, fun, and delicious. A lifelong food lover and the self-appointed Kitchen Manager in her family, Anna is known for her casual, creative, and realistic approach to healthy and flavourful vegan cooking. Anna holds degrees in law and psychology, having worked as a farmed animal advocacy lawyer in Toronto and Vancouver, and has been named one of Canada’s most influential vegans. She now calls East Van home with her husband and two children.

Dan & Sheane

Sheanne (Shawn) and Dan Moskaluk

Sheanne (Shawn) and Dan Moskaluk are known on social media as Indian Rock Vegans. They have been Vegan Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle Health Advocates since 2013 and Animal Rights Activists since 2017. 

 Sheanne holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from ECornell University Centre for Nutrition Studies and is a co-facilitator with the Penticton Complete Health Improvement Program. Both are Directors with the Okanagan Health Forum. Sheanne attended two consecutive Plantrician Health Conferences in California.   

 Dan and Sheanne are affectionately known as "The Canadian Content", in the critically acclaimed health doc film "Eating You Alive". As keynote speakers at  health conferences, VegFests and on podcasts, Dan and Sheanne share their life changing and lifesaving health recovery story from obesity and terminal kidney cancer via a Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle. They also speak on the cruel and exploitative nature and negative environmental impact of animal agriculture. Dan and Sheanne are news contributors for Jane Valez Mitchell’s Jane Unchained News Network. Dan has been associated with the International Vegan Film Festival since it’s inception and currently participates as a judge on the Photo Essay panel of judges. Dan and Sheanne volunteer and assist the Canadian Plant Based advocacy group Nation Rising Canada.  

As a veteran police officer for 33 years and media spokesperson with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and former United Nations Peacekeeping Mission Spokesperson to Haiti and now recently retired, Dan not only advocates for the animals, but for the rights and freedoms of Animal Rights Activists by sharing a unique perspective about the current relationship between law enforcement, mainstream media and the Animal Rights Movement. 

They live at Indian Rock, Naramata, BC, and are also passionate Animal Rights Activists,  and are well known in the Animal Rights Movement in Canada and the US, participating in activism across Canada and in the United States. 

You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @indianrockvegans & Dan Sheanne Moskaluk

anna

Fiohann Shanahan Dover

Join Fiohann Shanahan Dover from Purica as he dives into "Going Simply Beyond with Medicinal Mushrooms".

QUESTIONS?

Send a message to our team below.