CHNC 2024 Speakers

We are thrilled to be featuring a variety of experts at the 16th annual Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference! Please scroll down to read more about our powerful speaker lineup for the Toronto and Calgary conference locations.

Anyone who purchases CHNC2024 recordings will receive the audio recordings of ALL the Toronto AND Calgary speakers!

Want information about our fabulous 2024 MCs? Click here.


May 11, 2024

Dr. Uma Naidoo, MD

Calm Your Mind with Food

In this groundbreaking presentation, Dr. Uma Naidoo will present cutting-edge research about the ways anxiety is rooted in the brain, gut, immune system, and metabolism. Drawing on the latest science on the connection between diet and anxiety, Dr. Naidoo will show how to effectively use food and nutrition as essential tools for calming the mind.

What you’ll learn:
• How inflammation affects everything from anxiety and depression to Alzheimer’s disease
• How the trillions of bacteria living in your gut are key to controlling anxiety
• The six pillars for calming the mind
• What to eat to balance leptin, a key link between the central nervous system and metabolic processes
• How to incorporate anxiety-busting foods into your diet, from the obscure (ashwagandha) to the ubiquitous (vitamin C)
• The best diets for managing symptoms of anxiety and depression

Uma Naidoo, MD, is a board-certified Harvard Nutritional Psychiatrist, professional chef, and nutritional biologist. She is the Founder and Director of the first and only hospital-based Nutritional and Metabolic Psychiatry Service in the United States which is housed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Naidoo also serves as the Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at MGH Academy, the world-renowned educational organization, for which she designed and released the only CME-based Nutritional Psychiatry educational program for clinicians at an academic teaching hospital. Additionally, Dr. Naidoo serves on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Department of Nutrition, and is an instructor at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Dr. Naidoo frequently speaks at conferences around the world and is a regular contributor at CNBC, Harvard Health, mindbodygreen, and Psychology Today, among others. She has appeared as a Nutritional Psychiatry expert on ABC, Live with Kelly & Ryan, Today, and has been featured in AARP, New York Times, Thrive Global, Wall Street Journal, and more. Dr. Naidoo’s first book, the international bestseller This Is Your Brain on Food has been published in 22 countries and 18 languages.

Dr. Felice Gersh, MD

The Health Effects of Menopause and What to do About Them

Menopause is not just the end of menstrual cycles and loss of fertility; it is a great deal more. With its loss of ovarian function, menopause results in a major metabolic shift with widespread and significant health effects. In this presentation Dr. Felice Gersh, MD will provide an overview of the wide array of health impacts of menopause, some well-known and others rarely recognized as menopausal effects. She will also explore practical, integrative and therapeutic approaches to supporting women who are going through menopause.
Key Highlights

• Identify the many ways that ovarian hormones support female health
• Understand how menopause, with the loss of ovarian hormones, impacts health and function of menopausal women
• Review integrative lifestyle approaches to optimize health in menopausal women

Felice L. Gersh, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN and medical director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, CA, is one of a small number of fellowship-trained, integrative gynecologists. Dr. Gersh is an award-winning physician and renowned national speaker on ovarian health, menopause, cardiometabolic health, environmental toxins and other important issues affecting women of all ages. Felice Gersh, M.D. is the bestselling author of PCOS SOS, PCOS SOS Fertility Fast Track, and Menopause: 50 Things You Need to Know. She has authored numerous scientific articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals, lectures nationally and internationally, and has been featured in several films and documentary series, including The Real Skinny on Fat with Montel Williams, Fasting with Valter Longo, Ph.D., and The Business of Birth Control.

Watch Dr. Gersh’s CHNC Coffee Chat about her presentation here:

Julie Daniluk, R.H.N.

Discover the Power of Food to Combat Chronic Pain and Inflammatory Disorders

Join Julie Daniluk R.H.N., a seasoned nutrition expert, to learn about a groundbreaking year-long case study. Witness 10 subjects achieve remarkable results with a 50% reduction in inflammation markers. In this presentation you will uncover the exciting potential of personalized medicine as Julie takes you on a captivating journey into the future, where menus are tailored to individual goals. Don't miss this eye-opening exploration of ways to reduce the four causes of inflammation using the power of food.

Julie is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and host of Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show aired in over 70 countries. A highly-sought-after anti-inflammatory expert and speaker, Julie is an award-winning author of 4 bestselling books, including the #1 National bestsellers, Meals That Heal Inflammation, Hot Detox and her latest Becoming Sugar-free. After graduating from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, she studied culinary arts at George Brown College, herbalism at Emerson Herbal College, and life coaching with Tony Robbins. Julie's passion is to speak in venues around North America where she blends her skills and experience in fun and positive ways to provide breakthrough results with her audiences. Julie has appeared on hundreds of TV programs including The Dr. Oz Show, Evolve with John Edward, CTV News, Global TV, The Social, Canada AM, and CBC Radio. You may know her best as the resident nutrition expert for the #1 Canadian Daytime TV show, The Marilyn Denis Show for the past 12 years. Be sure to check out her Thrive Hive Community at

Watch Julie’s CHNC Coffee Chat about her presentation here:

Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)

Will Genetic Engineering Nourish Us?

Until now, genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) foods have mostly appeared as processed food ingredients. Soon, new techniques of gene editing will mean many new GM fruits and vegetables in our grocery stores and restaurants. Health Canada will not assess many of these gene-edited foods for safety and they could be released onto the market without any government approval process or notification to the government or public. In this presentation Lucy Sharratt will discuss what it could mean if GM foods begin increasing in our food system, and how this could effect our health and the health of our planet?

Lucy Sharratt works in Halifax as the Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, also known as CBAN. CBAN brings together 15 groups to research, monitor and raise awareness about issues relating to genetic engineering in food and farming. CBAN members include farmer associations, environmental and social justice organizations, and regional coalitions of grassroots groups. Lucy previously worked as a campaigner and researcher on this issue at the Sierra Club of Canada and the Polaris Institute in Ottawa. Lucy also coordinated the International Ban Terminator Campaign which secured a strengthened global moratorium on genetically engineered sterile seed technology.

Watch Lucy’s CHNC Coffee Chat about her presentation here:

Daniel Lander, ND

Nutritional Aspects of Cancer

Cancer is now the leading cause of death in Canada but 40% of cancers are considered preventable. Diet and nutrition play an important role in cancer prevention and support both during and after cancer treatments, yet there is still a lot of confusion as to what is the best nutritional approach.

During this presentation, we will review the available evidence and discuss how to use diet and nutrition to help support people to:
* Reduce the risk of developing a cancer
* Help manage common adverse effects of cancer treatments
* Optimize treatment outcomes and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence after treatment

As a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO), Daniel Lander is a Naturopathic Doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and also holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours degree in Nutritional and Neutraceutical Sciences from the University of Guelph. His clinical training included a hospital-based integrative oncology residency at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in the USA. He is currently an associate professor teaching oncology at the CCNM and the Director of the CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre in Toronto. He currently serves as co-Chair of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology and in 2021 was the recipient of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians President's Award. He presents regularly on integrative oncology at national and international conferences as well as at grand rounds for several hospitals in the greater Toronto area.

Watch Dr. Lander’s CHNC Coffee Chat about his presentation here:


April 13, 2024

Eve Izewski & Mike Dorion

Roots of Well-Being: Nurturing the Vital Link Between Soil Health and Human Health

Embark on a journey into the heart of sustainable living with the CHNC2024 presentation, Roots of Well-Being. In this enlightening presentation, Eve Izewski and Mike Dorion will delve into three key pillars that are shaping the future of our food system. Discover the transformative impact of regenerative agriculture and sustainable farming. Explore how these practices not only yield nutritious crops but also regenerate the health of our planet. In this talk Eve and Mike will also tackle the pervasive issue of food waste and delve into the power of composting as a practical solution. You will learn how small changes in our daily lives can contribute to a significant reduction in food waste, fostering a more sustainable and environmentally conscious approach to consumption.

Finally, Eve and Mike will unravel the mysteries of the microbiome and its crucial role in personal and environmental well-being. They will explore how the intricate balance of microorganisms in our bodies and the soil influences not only individual health but also the resilience of our ecosystems. Gain insights into the symbiotic relationship between humans and the environment and learn how this understanding can shape a healthier, more interconnected world. Join Eve and Mike as they navigate through these essential topics, empowering you with knowledge and inspiration to contribute to a greener, more sustainable tomorrow.

Eve is fueled by an unwavering passion for cultivating a thriving food system, recognizing that it all begins with the vitality of the soil. Eve firmly believes in our inherent connection to nature—we are not merely observers but an integral part of the natural world. With her uncommon thinking, Eve brings a distinctive approach to holistic nutrition, weaving together the intricate tapestry of soil health and personal well-being.

Mike loves food and grocery stores just cannot match the tastiness from his grandma’s garden. He believes that many people from his generation have missed out on precious skills that were not passed down. His passion is around soil and soil health. Mike believes we need to get our hands in the soil and reconnect with nature.

Dr. Nigel Plummer, PhD

The Integrative Effect of Probiotics on Whole Body Health

Sponsored by Atrium Innovations

In recent years, there has been an explosion of probiotic options on the market. Shelf-stable formulations, unique ingredient combinations, and condition-oriented claims – how is a practitioner to choose?
In his CHNC2024 talk Dr. Nigel Plummer, PhD., will review new and cutting-edge research and address common misconceptions that clinicians make when prescribing probiotics. Dr. Plummer will argue that selecting products containing the exact probiotic strains highlighted in research studies will provide the best clinical results.

Key Highlights – Dr. Plummer will:
• Differentiate between probiotic species vs strains and illustrate the clinical relevance
• Highlight the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains with the broadest range of clinical outcomes
• Discuss evidence for the use of specific probiotics in aspects of health traditionally considered beyond the scope of probiotic intervention

Nigel Plummer, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in microbial physiology from the University of Surrey in the U.K., and began his career at Pfizer working on the development and manufacture of antibiotics. This commitment to R&D has continued in the academic sphere, as his research group has published more than 100 original scientific papers in the areas of the human microbiome, probiotics, and omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, they have published 22 full human RCTs on the impact of probiotics on many aspects of human physiology and pathology, and this investment in R&D continues to break new ground.

Jessica Pecush, C.H.N.C.

The Relationship Between Nutrition and the Autoimmune Cascade

The development and continuance of modern-day, conventional agriculture marked a volatile shift from traditional to westernized dietary patterns that bombarded society with no shortage of inflammatory exposures to the gut! Consequently, the types and prevalence of autoimmune disorders, due to disrupted gut microbiomes, environmental exposures and other key players, have been steadily ON THE RISE. The relationship that exists between the nature/sourcing of our daily nutritional fuel and the functioning of the Immune System (largely housed in the gut), is intricate and intertwined. Given the gut processes a HUGE volume of food intake throughout our lifetime and the gut cells represent the first line of defense against pathogens that have entered the body, it’s time to explore the big picture of autoimmunity:
• The pre-cursors
• Where human influence/empowerment lies in shaping the nutritional/symptom trajectory
• The types/sourcing of food-based nutrients that either continue to disrupt gut function, or soothe and repair it back to a thriving state of health.

A CSNN grad, Culinary Nutrition Expert & AIP Certified Coach®, Jessica is the founder of Jessica Pecush Nutrition – private culinary/holistic nutritional consulting based in Calgary. Jessica supports high-achieving women to REPAIR their gut, REGAIN energy and RELEASE life-hindering autoimmune gut disorder symptoms, so they can flourish in their personal/professional lives. This occurs inside The DI-JESS-TION Method – her nutrition/lifestyle coaching experience incorporating DNA stool testing. Jessica’s passion for this niche stems from her 2-decade journey with IBD (Ulcerative Colitis).

Malcolm Saunders

Ancestral Food Guide: The 4 Essential Kingdoms of Human Nutrition for Health & Sustainability

This CHNC2024 talk is not about telling you what to eat, when to eat or how to eat. What you WILL pick up is a very powerful guide that you can use to be sure you are consuming the foods you need, not only for your own personal health, but for planetary health as well. The ancestral food guide encompasses four foundational food groups that have been the pillars of human nutrition throughout time. Consider them the original four food groups, ones that are in line with human’s evolutionary biology and design. They transcend all diets, fads and trends and are a broad base from which you can make your own personalized dietary decisions. These are the basics that your ancestors and grandparents knew about but you were never taught. Foods you are actually designed to eat.

Malcolm Saunders mission is to help you find, and learn how to craft your own food and medicine. He is the Owner & Creative Visionary of the Light Cellar, on the faculty at Wild Rose College of Natural Healing and the author of two books about Elixir Crafting and Chocolate Alchemy.

Greg German

A Magic Wand for Behaviour Change

As professionals in nutrition, we can all attest to the truth that good nutritional information (or even a scary prognosis) does not always equal behaviour change. In this short talk, Greg will bring a light and fun energy to the science of behaviour change. You’ll come away feeling compassion for non-compliant clients, and empowered with some tangible tools to leverage the powerful unconscious mind in service of the outcomes your clients want and deserve.

Greg founded LifeCraft from a belief that the meaning, fulfillment and abundance of a life in purposeful service is our birthright, and available to us all. And so in everything LifeCraft does, we are either supporting people to clarity on soul purpose, freedom from self-limitations to express it fully, or both.

CHNC 2024 Master of Ceremonies

If you’ve attended a conference before you know how important the Master of Ceremonies (MC) is. Here we want to introduce you to our fantastic MCs for #CHNC2024 Calgary and Toronto!

Luka Symons, C.H.N.C. - Calgary

Luka Symons is a C.H.N.C.™ Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™ for people who are looking to reclaim their food and body groove. Luka guides you towards optimal health; her specialty is in creating a personalized plan that allows good food to be accessible, fun, and easy to attain. Her emphasis is on reducing your body's burden of stress, and improving your body's ability to access the nutrients from a deeply nourishing way of eating. This work is done through the lens of real food steeped in Ancestral Wisdom. She is a big believer in playing with your food!
She works with clients in one-on-one consults, via classes and group workshops. You'll also find her as one of the mavens at Histamine Haven. Luka is on a mission to help people be their very best selves by audaciously taking control of their own health and putting those building blocks in place for both quantity and quality of life. It is all about optimal health and vitality so you can Feel Real Good!

Meredith Deasley, R.H.N., RNCP, Certified Life Coach - Toronto

Meredith Deasley has been helping individuals and groups transform their lives with her company The Resourceful Mother since 2002 ( Meredith has a BA and is a RHN, RNCP and Certified Life Coach (ACC). She taught at CSNN for ten years, and won the CSNNAA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Meredith has been a speaker for thirty years, beginning in her ten-year corporate career, where she held managerial positions. Meredith is the published author of a trilogy, which teaches individuals how to heal themselves and/or their children physically, emotionally and spiritually. Meredith coaches individuals, couples, family members and entrepreneurs. She focuses on helping people solve their health challenges, remove their emotional blocks, process their past correctly and truly see their greatness.

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