September 12, 2019

Speakers (Vancouver 2020)

Meet our esteemed speakers, who will be joining our stage at Gluten Free Expo Vancouver 2020! Please note that speakers and presentations are subject to change, so check back frequently!

The Gluten Free Expo would not be possible without the kind support of our sponsors. A special thank you goes to these kind community supporters:


Jess Pirnak

Jess is a Registered Dietitian & Certified Wellness Coach based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She graduated from UBC’s Food Nutrition and Health program, and completed her dietetic internship with Provincial Health Services Authority after finishing a Psychology degree from SFU.

Jess is passionate about education, prevention and creating a healthy community. She is an advocate for the power of food and its connection to health. With an extensive background in retail dietetics Jess understands the natural food sector and the importance of a sustainable food system. She is also the in-house dietitian advisor for the Canadian Celiac Association – Vancouver Chapter. Her focus is in plant-based eating, celiac disease and gut health.

Visit Jess’s Website / Twitter / Instagram


Mandy King

Mandy King, CNP, is a Holistic Nutritionist and the founder of HEAL – Healthy Eating And Living. HEAL provides Corporate Wellness programs for major organizations including Google, Facebook, Mobify, Unilever and PwC, along with 1:1 nutrition coaching and gluten free meal planning.

She is a regular on CTV Morning Live and has contributed to The Globe & Mail, CBC, and The Huffington Post

Visit Mandy’s Website


David Harper

Dr. David G. (Dave) Harper is a health science communicator, educator, researcher, consultant, and advocate for evidence-based public health policy and is passionate about the importance of critical reasoning and skepticism.

Dave is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he teaches courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Contemporary Health issues. He holds a BSc. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in mathematical biofluiddynamics and he completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and the University of Cambridge in comparative physiology.

As a Visiting Scientist at the BC Cancer Research Centre, Terry Fox Lab, his current research focusses on the therapeutic benefits of ketogenic diets for women with metastatic breast cancer. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition and a member of the Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition. His recent book BioDiet: The Scientifically Proven Ketogenic Way to Lose Weight and Improve Your Health, is now a best seller, recently reaching #18 overall for books on Amazon.com. The first print run sold out in one day.

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