Meet our esteemed speakers, who will be joining our stage in Vancouver! 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:
Rika is a Registered Dietitian with over 16 years of experience in the dietetic profession. She is currently working as a Clinical Dietitian in Long Term Care and as a Consultant Dietitian in Abbotsford, BC.
She has always had an interest in nutrition and the effects of nutritional practices on health and well-being, and is committed to supporting, educating and motivating people to achieve their nutrition goals for improved overall health.
Rika has worked with a variety of clients over the years, providing dietary intervention for many health conditions, and offering individual/group nutrition counseling sessions to clients with food related illness, and those interested in health promotion and disease prevention.
Rika has written articles for newspapers in Canada, and has written newsletters, articles for magazines and newspapers, and has been broadcast on radio shows and satellite TV in South Africa. She is also the author of “The Empowered Mind Diet Equation”
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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.
Shallah received a Bachelor of Science with a major in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia and has completed a dietetic internship. In addition, she has her certification in the prevention and recovery of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating.
Shallah is a registered dietitian and a member of the College of Dietitians of BC as well as Dietitians of Canada. She has over 25 years of experience working in Nutrition and Dietetics and has received training in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. She has been voted top 15 dietitians in Vancouver by Crowd Wellness.
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Anna McRae, RD, CDE
Anna is a member of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and Dietitians of Canada. Anna’s professional interests include fertility nutrition, diet for PCOS, diabetes management and mindful eating.
As a dietitian Anna can tailor a meal plan to suit your specific medical and nutritional requirements which also fits your lifestyle. Anna’s personal interests include back country hiking and camping, fitness and entrepreneurship.
Cristel is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of BC, and the founder of nutriFoodie – an organization focused on nutrition education through food-literacy and multi-cultural cooking skills.
Cristel is passionate about helping people to cultivate a positive and peaceful relationship with their bodies and food through nutritious and delicious meals to enjoy and be nourished by.
Her focus is on preventative and medical nutrition therapy, and she offers practical advice and personalized support to her clients, through one-on-one nutrition coaching, grocery tours, in-home cooking demos and other private and unique cooking workshops.
Alice is a Registered Dietitian, and a UBC graduate.
She has a private practice, which specializes in intuitive eating and non-diet approaches to nutrition.
She loves cooking and eating delicious food and is passionate about helping others to do the same.
She enjoys developing recipes and sharing them on her website and Facebook page.