Speakers & Stage Presenters
OUR SPEAKERS & STAGE PRESENTERS IN 2017 WERE…
Colin & Justin
World-Renowned Interior Decorators
Legendary Scottish interior decorating duo Colin and Justin are heading this way for a special presentation at the 17th annual West Coast Women’s Show.
Interior designers, style commentators and celebrity interviewers, Colin & Justin came to global recognition with their UK BBC property flipping documentary ‘The Million Pound Property Experiment.’ Following this, they hosted an armory of hit shows such as ‘How Not To Decorate’, ‘The Farm’, ‘The Estate’, ‘Wedding Belles’, ‘Sixty Minute Makeover’ and ‘Colin & Justin’s Home Heist’ and, in doing so, built up a solid TV presence both sides of the pond. Out with their own shows they have also starred in other series such ‘UK Masterchef’, UK ITV’s ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.’ Read more…
Melissa Claire Egan
Chelsea Newman from “The Young and the Restless”
Melissa Claire Egan joined the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in November of 2011, in the role of reformed con artist Chelsea Lawson.
Originally from Bedford, N.Y., Egan grew up with an extensive background in musical theatre, singing and dancing. She took a multitude of classes in New York City as a child and she began booking national television commercials. She was also signed by the Ford Modeling Agency.
Egan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts. During college, she appeared in many plays, including “Marvin’s Room,” “How I Learned to Drive,” “The Birthday Party” and “Pippin.” She also studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Read more…
Chef Trevor Bird
“Top Chef Canada Season 2” & “Top Chef Canada All Stars”
Trevor Bird began his foray into the culinary world as a teenager. Cooking is all he knows and thank goodness for all the eaters amongst us, he knows it extremely well. His career led him into acclaimed kitchens such as Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, Jean George’s MARKET, and Daniel Boulud’s Lumiere.
In 2011, Trevor secured his rising star status by placing runner up against some of Canada’s greatest chefs in “Top Chef Canada Season 2.” This was certainly a defining moment in his culinary career.
In 2012, Trevor created Fable, his own restaurant in which he practices his passion for locally focused ingredients and showcases British Columbia’s regional bounty in all of the menu’s dishes. Within a short time, Fable Kitchen became the recipient of numerous accolades. Read more…
“Chopped Canada Teen Tournament” Competitor
Every parent’s dream; the kids getting along. But what parent could’ve seen an “Are we there yet?” scenario turn into a gourmet business and even a Dragon’s Den TV appearance?! Skylar and Chloe, Vancouver’s sensational siblings who are dedicated to helping other kids find their inner chef!
While on a family European trip, the two adventurers found themselves discovering and enjoying food in a way they hadn’t known possible ~ It was FUN! An idea was sparked, and their Kids Can Cook Gourmet project was created as a way to learn more about local foods and how to put together a business plan. A creative website, as well as cookbook, were in the works, with the intention of sharing hundreds of ways kids can play with food with gourmet results and even better- have parents encourage it! Read more…
Chef Angus An
Owner of “Maenam”, Vancouver’s Best Restaurant
Focus. Simple to define. A challenge to express, and for Chef Angus An, the guiding principle of a life-long journey. A journey about taste, about emotion, about how we feel when we eat.
Food meant many things to him as he grew: family, culture, warmth. It was a touchstone for his school years as an immigrant to Canada, a sense of identity that was anchored yet developing, like the young chef-to-be.
His restaurant, Maenam, was honoured with Vancouver Magazine’s Best New Restaurant and Best Thai Restaurant in 2009, as well as being featured in The New York Times and on Starchefs.com. Maenam continued to triumph, topping eight straight years as Vancouver Magazine’s Best Thai Restaruant with winning Restaurant of the Year in 2016, the first Asian restaurant in the 27-year history of the awards to win the top honour. Read more…
Actor, Songwriter, & Culinary Entrepreneur
Antonio Cupo is a Vancouver native but his career as an actor has taken him to various parts of the world including several years in Italy. There he honed his acting skills on a primetime TV shows, Elisa Di Rivombrosa, and many other film projects. During his stay, he also developed a taste for traditional Italian cuisine.
Back in North America, he is known for starring in television shows such Bomb Girls along side Meg Tilly, the L Word, and Dark Angel. Cupo has since worked opposite Oscar® winner F. Murray Abraham in three films, “September 11 1683,” “Sword Of War,” and “Carnera: The Walking Mountain,” interpreting 1934 world boxing champion, Max Baer. Other works include “Elegy” (Penelope Cruz, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Dennis Hopper) and a Rolex worldwide commercial directed by film director Joe Carnahan. Read more…
Women Empowering Women
A World-Class Panel on Female Empowerment, Leadership, and Inspiration!
Published Author, Award-Winning Public Speaker, & Songwriter
Parmida strives to empower others to become the leaders, movers and shakers of their own lives. She specializes in personal empowerment, mental health, life purpose and leadership. Both the breadth and depth of her experiences have equipped her with many life-changing tools, techniques and perspectives that she has dedicated her life to sharing with others on her journey.
In her 28 years of life, Parmida has grown into a woman who dedicates her life to inspiring and empowering herself, her community, and the world at large. Parmida is an Iranian-Canadian whose educational background is vast, ranging from Degrees in Political Science, Business Administration, & Education. Over the last 10 years Parmida has worked extensively with many charitable organizations in the fields of youth empowerment, education, poverty prevention, and newcomer assimilation. Read more…
Published Author, Public Speaker, & Fitness Model
Aeryon Ashlie, presented by Nature’s Fare Markets, is an Author, Speaker, Holistic Nutritionist, Certified ED Recovery Coach, Former Fitness Competitor, Trainer and Account Manager for one of the leading supplement companies in Canada.
After experiencing severe weight fluctuations for most of her life, a 20+ year battle with Bulimia and a negative relationship with food Aeryon is eager to share her strategies in how she created Health and Wellness Sustainability.
Join as she shares how to get a head start with behavioral plans for a healthy lifestyle with practical fitness in her seminar “Food and You”. Looking for encouragement, motivation and pointers? You do not want to miss this seminar. Aeryon has authored 2 E-Books and she has been featured on Radio, TV, and Newsprint. Read more…
Entrepreneur, Competitive Bodybuilder, & Owner of “Skinny Roti”
West Coast entrepreneur and competitive bodybuilder, Harj Hadani knows all-too well the difficulties that successful women face in the twenty-first century. According to Harj, “balancing the often-conflicting demands of marriage, motherhood, family, friends, and career – and always looking fantastic while you’re doing it – sometimes seems impossible. “It is as if you can not just be a woman you are expected to be Superwoman.”
Harj is not the first woman to note that juggling a career, a family, and a social life, while staying healthy at the same time, seems to require an almost superhuman amount of energy, ambition, and patience. Indeed, many women feel that demonstrating such superpowers is expected of them. This of course isn’t fair and Harj has made it her life’s mission to prove it isn’t true either. Read more…
Canada’s Leading Women’s Health Expert
Canada’s leading women’s health expert with degrees in nutrition and biochemistry. She has been researching nutritional medicine for over thirty years is the author of twelve books including her latest, Beautiful Skin Begins Within, A Smart Woman’s Guide to Hormones and A Smart Woman’s Guide to Weight Loss.
Published Author, Public Speaker, & Fitness Model
Reduce dieting struggles, and achieve balance, joy & health easily. Each presentation attendee will receive a FREE gift and 7-day meal planner! Aeryon is an Author, Speaker, Holistic Nutritionist, Certified ED Recovery Coach, Former Fitness Competitor, Trainer and Account Manager for one of the leading supplement companies in Canada.
Director of Sales, “Santevia Water Systems“
Christina Gohl (BSc.Kin) is Santevia’s National Sales Manager. A kinesiologist by training, she now uses her physiology background to educate others on the benefits of alkaline water and travels all across Canada spreading Santevia’s alkaline message.
Dr. Sara Celik, ND
“Renew Life Canada“
Dr. Sara Celik is a board certified naturopathic doctor carrying over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry with a focus on gut health. With her extensive educational background, she is a sought-after speaker and natural health expert that has contributed to various magazine publications and television programs. As National Spokesperson for Renew Life, Dr. Sara is dedicated to educating Canadians on digestive health, detoxification, and an integrative approach to optimal health.