August 30, 2016

Meet the Speakers

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:

Desiree Nielsen

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian, author and host of the vegetarian cooking show, The Urban Vegetarian on Gusto TV. Desiree takes an evidence-based, integrative approach to her dietetics work, with a focus on anti-inflammatory, plant-centred nutrition and digestive health.

Desiree is passionate about making evidence-based nutrition accessible to others; her new app, MyHealthyGut, helps introduce people to better digestive wellbeing and her book, Un-Junk Your Diet, is a primer to help anyone cut the nutrition clutter and reconnect to real food.

Desiree is a trusted expert for all things nutrition and digestion; she is a regular contributor to Breakfast Television and Global News in BC in addition to being featured in national media such as Chatelaine and Best Health Magazine, The Social and E-Talk.


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Anne-Marie Stelluti

Anne-Marie Stelluti is a Clinical Dietitian with a passion for nutrition and gut health. She graduated from McGill University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences, and is a member of both the College of Dietitians of B.C. and Dietitians of Canada.

She is currently working at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital in Vancouver on the acute medical and surgical wards. She has volunteered and given talks with the GI Society in Vancouver as well as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. She loves to promote real food, real ingredients, and cooking as a lifestyle for good health. Future plans include opening up a private practice to help and counsel people with IBS using the low FODMAP diet approach.



Danielle Van Schaick 

Danielle is the founder of Dani Health & Nutrition and has over 12 years experience as a Dietitian. She recently expanded her practice to Vancouver and provides nutrition resources for Dietitians across Canada, the US, and various other countries.

In Victoria, she has worked one-on-one with thousands of people, helping you lose weight, improve your health and eating habits.  She is an expert in the areas of Weight Loss, IBS/FODMAP, Diabetes, and many other health conditions.

Danielle believes food should be celebrated and enjoyed.  She will teach you about healthy eating and weight loss using practical resources and real-life advice.  Clients love her meal plans and recipes because they are easy to follow, the food tastes really good, and they help you lose weight.

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Selena De Vries 

Selena Devries is a dietitian living with celiac disease who helps her clients achieve food freedom. She is from Kelowna, BC and maintains a private practice specializing in celiac disease and digestive health conditions. Her approach to managing celiac disease is integrative and promotes a balanced lifestyle with a strong focus on therapeutic nutrition interventions and emotional well-being.  She believes that eating a healthy, gluten free diet should be simple, delicious and enjoyable.  Selena is very passionate about addressing the emotional side of celiac disease.  And, to truly help her clients thrive on the gluten free diet, she helps them develop strong support systems by offering a free support group in the Okanagan area.

Selena has presented at the Western Conference for the Canadian Celiac Association and has contributed to many social media outlets including Global TV, Alive Magazine, Fitness, Huffington Post and many others.

Visit Selena’s Website / Facebook / Instagram

Shallah Panjwani

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.

              Visit Shallah’s Website



Dr. David Wang, ND

Dr. David Wang is the founder and formulator of Pranin Organic products, and a Naturopathic Doctor with over 25 years’ clinical experience here in Vancouver, Canada. Dr Wang is also the founder of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, and a past President of the BC Naturopathic Association.

Dr Wang has been a featured speaker at trade shows and events across Canada, including the CHFA (Canadian Health Food Association) Conference, and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition’s Holistic Nutrition Conference.


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Cooking Stage

Ken Schneider

Ken is a veteran entrepreneur, lover of story, sales and marketing pro, incurable connector, good-conversation junkie, food and farm enthusiast, amateur scientist, wordsmith and three-beer philosopher. He believes business is best done with people you enjoy, a sense of fun, trust, respect, honour and enthusiasm. Ken believes we humans are a compilation of all the good and bad gifts we give each other so he strives daily to give only good gifts…and freely admits when he falls short of the mark.

Ken was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., has two sons, a dog, five guitars, hundreds of vinyl records, thousands of books and one woman he can’t live without.

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Mandy King

Mandy King is a Holistic Nutritionist, and the founder of HEAL (Healthy Eating And Living). A diagnosed Celiac herself and self proclaimed gluten free guru, she works with health conscious people who want to increase their energy, fix their digestion and lose weight, through Meal Planning, 1:1 Coaching & Online Group Programs. She is a regular on CTV Morning Live, contributes to The Globe & Mail, CBC and The Huffington Post, and leads corporate wellness programs for major companies including Google, Facebook, Unilever & PwC.


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Jen Laurie

Jen Laurie is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and successful Social Entrepreneur with Epicure. She’s a mom of 4 young children, 2 of whom have required a gluten free diet for several years now. She’s an advocate for clean eating and passionately shares how to implement simple changes to make a big difference in people’s health.


Visit Jen’s Website / Facebook