This year's exciting line-up of
Speakers & Presentations

Bif Naked

Bif Naked is a celebrated and notorious performer in music, TV, film, and dance, and a tireless advocate and Humanitarian. Orphaned in India, emancipated by punk rock, and empowered by surviving breast cancer, kidney failure, heart surgery, divorce, and surviving as a Woman in The Entertainment Industry for twenty-five years, Bif has transcended any and all obstacles placed in her path to become one of the world's most unique, recognizable and beloved icons. It is because Bif is such a tremendous performer and musician, that she is able to seamlessly and successfully explore and record other mediums, like writing, painting, choreography, and of course- other genres of music.

Inspired by life and experiences, Bif's writing is at the forefront and has become a tool for her advocacy. "We must continue to raise awareness and keep going." When not touring, Bif works as an activist, is recording a new record, and is anticipating the release of her first book (her juicy memoirs) through Harper Collins Publishers.

For the entirety of her unbelievable career, Bif has documented her journey in a deeply personal way -- covering topics that allow her truths to be a source of empowerment and in alliance with her dedicated fans. Bif believes in everyone's ability to move forward, taking care of each other, and getting stronger together. "I believe in the goodness of people. I love people so much, I am grateful for each person I have ever met, from the guru in the street, to the dude in the mosh pit, to the patients I meet in the cancer wards. Everyone is my Teacher." When people ask why her work is so personal in nature, she answers it this way: "Most artists, whether visual, poets or performers, tend to put their shame, hurt, lust, hopes and wishes into their art. I'm no different; all of my feelings pour out on the page. We can all relate to each other, I'm convinced of this, so if i write a song about my shame, I'm not self conscious about it, because I know there is at least one other person in the room who has gone through the same thing."

It has been five years since the release of her last full-length studio record, "The Promise", a candid look at her journey through breast cancer, and an album Bif naked made while in chemo and radiation treatments. Bif Naked also released an acoustic record, "Bif Naked Forever: Acoustic Hits and Other Delights" in 2013. Since that time, she has remained committed to her relentless schedule, including having proudly sat on the City of Vancouver's Women's Advisory Committee, volunteering weekly with vulnerable people who ask for her and writing a blog for the Huffington Post. Bif Naked was a contributing writer to The Globe & Mail's Health columns.

Bif's work as a public speaker has taken her to conferences centred around a wide variety of topics, including women's empowerment, wellness, raw food and cancer. The latter is not only a topic personal to her own breast-cancer journey, it is clearly dear to her heart. "I most enjoy speaking directly to health care professionals regarding patient advocacy, and to patients and families who are surviving and thriving. They are all my mentors- they inspire me. If i could do that full-time, I would. Advocacy and Service- It's my calling" Many of her life experiences continue to astonish audiences around the world, as Bif's storytelling style intoxicates the listener. But also, her lyrics provide the guide map to her life's journey.

An unforgettable woman, performer, and activist, Bif Naked leaves everyone feeling like they have been kissed and hugged, and as though they, too, are wearing her Tango Shoes to dance through life!

Main Stage
Saturday, October 17th at 3:30 pm


Joshua Morrow – The Young and the Restless

Joshua Morrow joined The Young and the Restless in 1994 in the role of Nicholas Newman, son of Victor and Nikki Newman and heir to the Newman fortune. He is routinely named the favourite male star in daytime by the top two soap opera magazines and is winner of the "Outstanding Younger Lead Actor" award by Soap Opera Digest. He currently lives in LA with his wife and four children but is making his way north for the West Coast Women’s Show. This sometimes villain, sometime hero will join us on Sunday and lay the Newman secrets on the table. Joshua is a celebrity not to be missed as he shares over 20 years’ experience on the set of one of daytime’s most popular soap operas.

Main Stage
Sunday, October 18th at 1 pm


Sisters Robyn and Ryleigh Gillespie

Robyn and Ryleigh GillespieRobyn –   22, Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Songwriter
Ryleigh – 20, Lead Vocals/Guitar/Songwriter
Hometown-  Langley, B.C.
Additional Talents-  Both are experienced actors
Album -'Robyn and Ryleigh' available at i-Tunes,
HMV and London Drugs
Singles- 'Just Another Sundown', and ‘I Found You’

Sisters Robyn and Ryleigh Gillespie are an emerging country/pop duo hailing from Langley, B.C. Their sound is a reflection of their combined musical influences- the energy of modern sounds blended with traditional country elements of acoustic instruments, meaningful lyrics, and sibling harmonies. Recently signed to Royalty Records (Sony) with fresh new music on the way, the girls are primed to break out on an international level.

‘R and R’, as their friends and family lovingly tag them, are true Canadian country girls in daily life, growing up in a serene setting on the family property in B.C.’s Fraser Valley.
The girls began singing and performing together organically. Robyn began writing the first of her many songs at age 12, and Ryleigh soon began harmonizing to her sister’s songs from an adjoining room, creating what is now their signature sound.

Several years ago, the girls caught the attention of Producer/Managers David Wills (The Higgins, AJ Woodworth) and Paul Shatto (The Higgins, Chad Brownlee) who took them into the studio to record songs that became the core of the girls self titled debut album. They released the single “Just Another Sundown” which received significant airplay, and the video aired in heavy rotation on The Heartland/TNN Network in the U.S.

Since then, Robyn and Ryleigh have been honing their skills by performing with their band at numerous events of all sizes throughout the northwest, as they prepare to take the next career step. Robyn has blossomed into a prolific songwriter and guitar player, also dabbling with every instrument she can get her hands on. Ryleigh now also co-writes some of the girls songs, in addition to being a working actor.

Robyn and Ryleigh are authentic country girls- singing about fast cars, boys, and hot summer nights. Part mud, part makeup, part glamorous, part funny. The perfect recipe for a couple of girls you’d like to get to know better.

Main Stage
Saturday, October 17th at 5:30 pm

Robyn –   22, Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Songwriter
Ryleigh – 20, Lead Vocals/Guitar/Songwriter
Hometown-  Langley, B.C.
Additional Talents-  Both are experienced actors
Album -'Robyn and Ryleigh' available at i-Tunes,
HMV and London Drugs
Singles- 'Just Another Sundown', and ‘I Found You’

Mr. David Beaudoin

Mr. David BeaudoinBorn and raised in Québec City, David Beaudoin has always been a cheese lover. As a young man, he travelled the world while working as an entertainer on Cruise Ships, this enabled David to taste cheeses from around the globe. David moved to the Okanagan in 2005, where he turned his passion for cheese into an enterprise and launched his Squeaky Cheese TM.

After 5 years of successfully building his Squeaky Cheese business, David decided to take on the lead role for one of the oldest Cheese Factory in British Columbia. During the next five years, working and learning with one of the country’s cheese masters, his knowledge and passion for cheese reached a whole new level. With a thorough understanding of the industry, he now shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for making, tasting and enjoying cheeses of all kinds. Dubbed ‘The Cheese Poet’ and known locally as ‘The Squeaky Cheese Guy,’ he also works as a cheese expert and consultant with Dairy Farmers of Canada.

David is proud to be Canadian, and he will sure make you realize that Canada produces world-class cheese. Come meet David, and taste for yourself!


Cheese Counter Stage

Thompson Tran

Thompson Tran

Executive Chef/Owner
"The Wooden Boat"
(Catering & Product Line)

Thompson Tran began his cooking career age 14 at his family's Vietnamese restaurant in Langley, BC by washing dishes and helping out with routine kitchen tasks. Although he spent the majority of his time as a youth studying the musical arts he consistently found himself in kitchen jobs.

In 2002 Thompson went on to obtain a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance and spent several years performing around Western Canada. Four years later, he received a Bachelor of Education and began teaching and eventually would take a two-­‐year hiatus from both cooking and teaching to pursue a musical dream that culminated in a Grammy Award nomination in 2010. After an 8-­‐month food exploration trip, Thompson decided to pursue cooking seriously and enrolled at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA), and received a diploma in culinary arts and his level 2 Wine and Spirit Education Trust designation.

From 2008 to present, Thompson has worked at several prestigious restaurants in Vancouver namely Bishop's, Il Giardino, Nu, Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club and is a teaching chef instructor in SD 36. Thompson has been a guest judge at numerous provincial high school cooking competitions, featured in EAT Fraser Valley CTV Master chefs Competition, the online spokesperson for Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA), a featured chef at the BCSPCA Unleashed Gala 2014, has worked along side internationally famed food stylist Nir Adar. Lately, Thompson can also be found at Dairy Farmers of Canada's "Canadian Cheese Counter" at both EAT Vancouver 2015 & the West Coast Women's Show 2015.

Presently, Thompson is working on his own retail product line and runs his own catering service specializing in Vietnamese and French fare. For further inquiries or general information, please email, call 604‐764‐6861, or check out the website at


Cheese Counter Stage

Speakers sponsored by
Natures Fare Markets

Lorna Vanderhaeghe, M.Sc

Lorna Vanderhaeghe, M.ScLorna Vanderhaeghe Health Solutions

Look Fabulous, Feel Great!

Are you stiff, sore, overweight or have sagging skin? Are your hormones out of balance? Do you feel tired? Do you want to look and feel fabulous and live longer? Join this seminar with Lorna Vanderhaeghe and discover simple tips to boost energy, have gorgeous skin, reduce the signs and symptoms of aging and discover the secrets to vibrant health. No matter what your age, you can start now on a program that makes you feel fit and fabulous.

You will discover

  • Nutrients to boost energy
  • How to stop muscle and joint pain
  • The keys to reducing wrinkles in 28 days
  • How to balance hormones
  • How to boost mood and enhance your sex drive naturally
  • How to lose weight effortlessly

Health & Wellness Stage
Saturday October 17th 1:15-2:15 pm

Aeryon Ashlie

National Fitness Competitor and a crowd favorite!
Body Plus

Managing Eating Disorders & Finding Balance

Bulimia to Balance: Understanding my journey through Eating Disorders and Fitness.

Aeryon Ashlie has been involved in the Canadian health and fitness industry in a variety of capacities for the past 15+ years.  Aeryon made her entrance onto the competitive fitness scene and began winning competitions while training out of Toronto, ON. While preparing for each competition and training others for competition as well, Aeryon was able to gather a vast knowledge and understanding of exercise and nutrition, especially with respect to a woman’s body.  

She has also been an Account Manager and National Sales manager for one of the Leading Canadian Supplement Companies for over 9 years.

Although Aeryon has extensive understanding of exercise and nutrition, she still had her own prolonged personal battles with body image and weight.  Aeryon has been dealing with Bulimia for over 20+ years. She now is keen to share her story and take away the shame for those who struggle with food related issues and low self esteem. 
 Join her as she shares her personal experiences in gaining control and living with freedom. 

Health & Wellness Stage
Saturday October 17th 11:00-11:30am
Sunday October 18th 2:45-3:15pm



Sam Graci

Creator of Greens+ Superfood and best selling author Genuine Health

Get More Energy

Sam Graci is the formulator of greens+ and an internationally renowned researcher, lecturer and best-selling author in the field of optimal human health and nutrition.       

Seminar topic #1: “Sustained, 100%  Energy – Optimizing Every Hour, Every Day”
Join Sam Graci for tips on how to fuel the body for genuine energy and vitality!
He’ll discuss:
• Why people suffer from low energy;
• How superfoods including fruits, vegetable, sea vegetables and herbs invigorate the body
• Natural caffeine sources that will enhance mental alertness without the crash;
• The energizing power of moments of downtime and gratitude.

Seminar topic #2: “Natural Fuel for Our 24 Hour, 365 Day Lifestyle”
Join Sam in discussing why nourishing diets are more important than ever in today’s, non-stop world!
He’ll cover:
• How to nourish the adrenals with natural herbs, minerals and vitamins;
• Why simply “unplugging” can nourish your body, mind and spirit;
• How to optimize your nutrition with powerful green foods, fruits, vegetables, herbs and sprouts.

Health & Wellness Stage
Saturday October 17th 4:00-4:30pm
Sunday October 18th 12:30-1:00pm


Tawnya Ritco Tawnya Ritco, RHN


Managing Stress, Hormones & Immunity
The key role medicinal mushrooms play in optimizing women's health, including before and during menopause.

Tawnya Ritco is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, product specialist and health educator with Purica who was first inspired 20 years ago by her family to study the relationship between food, hormones, blood sugar and cardiovascular and overall health. Her passion is the power of natural whole foods, plant-based nutrition and educational marketing.

Topics covered:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Regulate mood
  • Enhance skin youthfulness
  • Manage stress
  • Naturally balance hormones
  • Enhance Libido

Health & Wellness Stage
Saturday October 17th 11:45-12:30pm
Sunday October 18th 3:30-4:00pm



Christina Gohl, B.Sc Christina Gohl, B.Sc

Santevia Water Systems

Why Alkaline?
* Returning speaker and crowd favourite!

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.

Learn about

  • pH and how your body regulates it
  • the affect of over-acidity on your body
  • how to "become" more alkaline

Health & Wellness Stage
Saturday October 17th 12:30-1:00pm

Speakers sponsored by
Sereno Wellness & Spa

Dr. April Syko, ND

April Syko, ND received her Bachelor of Science (Pre-Med) from Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK, USA) in 2004 and graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, AZ, USA) in 2010.

From a young age, Dr. April has been passionate about vegetables, people's health, and how to bring the body back from a state of disease. Her clinical experience has included Oncology, family practice, and women's health.

She currently practices at Sereno Wellness and Spa in South Surrey with an emphasis chronic fatigue, hormone imbalance, autoimmune disorders, GI disturbance, and difficulty with weight management.

"Bridal Bootcamp- Cleansing, Detox and Weight Loss for the BIG DAY!"- Practical tips for weight loss, and how to get that coveted glow from the inside out on your big day!

Health & Wellness Stage
Saturday October 17th 2:15pm

Sunday October 18th 11:45am


Dr Rostvig is a Board Certified Family M.D. who has specialized in Functional and Cosmetic Medicine since 2007. He is passionate about the difference he can make using Bio Identical Hormone Replacement and Sexual Medicine to create profound changes in clients' health, relationships and well-being. He is considered a leading practitioner in his field.



Margo Dalinghaus BSc RN; B. Msc

Margo is an Integrated Wellness and Cosmetic Nurse Specialist dedicated to increasing the human life span and improving quality of life physically, emotionally and spiritually. She has been trained through the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine ( A4M)  to assess and manage symptoms commonly associated with hormone imbalances in men and women, and  also addresses stress/emotional factors, nutritional influences and lifestyle habits that affect outcomes.  Her special warmth and compassion shine through her  technical training to treat the whole person with a commitment to results.

Before her career in Anti Aging, Margo received her Bachelor  of Science degree in Nursing at UBC, and post graduate training in Cognitive Therapy from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia PA. She obtained her Coaches Certification from the Coaches Training Institute, Intuitive Practitioners Certification from Karen McGregor and a degree in Metaphysics from the University of Sedona.  She is a Cosmetic Injector/Trainer and an Ordained Minister in Metaphysics through the International Ministry of Metaphysics.

She presently works under the medical supervision of Dr Rostvig at the Rostvig Hormone and Cosmetic Medicine Clinic in South Surrey BC - where together they provide integrated healthcare and beauty services that dramatically change lives.

Optimizing Hormone Health for Happiness and MORE!!

Hormones are powerful chemical messengers in our bodies that work together to regulate everything from reproduction and emotions to sexual desire and energy. Maintaining the proper balance of hormones in the body is essential to good health and overall well-being. Many factors affect hormone levels, including your stage of life, stress, diet, medications, the environment and even your thoughts.

With hormone deficiencies, women can experience numerous symptoms including decreased energy, depression, anxiety, irritability, low sex drive, hot flashes, joint pain and disrupted sleep to name just a few.

Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy ( BHRT ) uses supplemental doses of compounded hormones that are molecularly identical to the hormones our bodies produce naturally to help restore hormone balance within the body. Once restored, symptoms resolve and patients report feeling happy, healthy and alive again.

Come and learn more. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms - it could be your hormones!!

Health & Wellness Stage
Saturday October 17th 5:15pm

Sunday October 18th 2:00pm

Speakers sponsored by
Thank You Silver

Dr. Gordon Pedersen
Board Certified Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine,
Silver Health Institute Medical Director

Dr. Pedersen is one of the world's most welleducated doctors. He is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He is a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) with a Ph.D. from the Toxicology program at Utah State University, where he also has Ph.D. degrees in Immunology and Biology.

Dr. Pedersen also holds a Masters degree in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness. He performed a cardiology internship at LDS Hospital under Jonas Salk, the American medical researcher noted for the discovery and development of the polio vaccine.

Dr. Pedersen has formulated hundreds of health products, was a Bronze medalist in the 2003 Utah Winter Games, and is a Best Selling Author. Gordon is author to books "A New Fighting Chance", "The Most Precious Metal", and "The Silver Solution to Women's Wellness" to name a few.

Gordon has spent countless hours reviewing silver information and is frequently called upon as the world's leading authority on silver as a health tool.

He is a Distinguished Speaker for Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA) as a wound care specialist and has worked with several National and International governmental organizations on the topic of silver. He has personally funded efforts to bring silver's benefits into Africa's poorest communities with dramatic results, including his published cure for malaria.

He has completed extensive research to help as many people as possible enjoy improved personal health. He hopes to be helpful for people around the world, raising awareness of how silver provides new answers to ageold health questions.

Health & Wellness Stage
Saturday October 17th 7pm and
Sunday, October 18th at 1:15 pm

Speakers sponsored by

Maureen McGrath
YWCA Women Of Distinction Finalist 2013

Maureen is Host of the CKNW SUNDAY NIGHT SEX SHOW a lively educational listener call-in radio show on 980 am Sundays at 8pm. She is also a regular health contributor to a number of other radio stations in the field of women's health since 2009.

Maureen has educated the public through a creative media program called "Sex in Sixty Seconds" a very successful informational initiative with a reach of 500,000.

Maureen is a women's health expert, RN and a Nurse Continence Advisor. A leading sexual health educator, researcher and blogger, she is a trusted health care professional. She has been in private practice for fourteen years.

A passionate presenter, Maureen is a sought after guest speaker and routinely presents to associations, health care professionals and the public. She "talks the taboo" educating about sexual health, how it relates to overall health, making relationships the best they can be.

Maureen's background includes Clinical Resource Nurse for Maternal/Child Program at Vancouver Coastal Health. She is on the board of the College of Midwives of British Columbia and is Chair of the BC Chapter of Canadian Nurse Continence Advisors. Maureen is Executive Director of Bladder Health BC.

Maureen's blog centers on vaginal health, sexuality and intimacy. Maureen has a social media following of approximately 10,000 and building
LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook

Health & Wellness Stage
Saturday October 17th 4:30pm

Show Hours:

Friday Oct 16, 2015  1pm – 10pm
Saturday Oct 17, 2015 10am – 9pm
Sunday Oct 18, 2015 
11am – 5:30pm

Main Stage

Health & Wellness Stage

Kitchen Theatre

Beauty & Cosmetics Stage

The Cheese Counter Stage

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