VegFest London
Saturday, November 12th 2016

Festival Hours: 10 am - 6 pm
Progress Building, Western Fair District
London, Ontario Canada
Admission is Free

Speakers 2016

Jo-Anne McArthur & Keri Cronin

Jo-Anne McArthur

Jo-Anne McArthur

Keri Cronin Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur

Keri Cronin
Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur

PRESENTATION

Unbound: Women on the Front Lines of Animal Advocacy: Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur and Professor Keri Cronin have teamed up to document, interview and share stories about women on the front lines of animal advocacy, in both a contemporary and historical context. In this presentation, McArthur and Cronin will share exciting and visually rich stories about the women who shape, and have shaped, the animal rights movement.

BIO

Jo-Anne McArthur is an award winning photojournalist, author and humane educator who has been documenting our relationship with animals around the globe for over 15 years. Her body of work is called We Animals and Jo-Anne is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Ghosts in Our Machine. She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Unbound: Women on the Front Lines of Animal Advocacy.

Dr. Keri Cronin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada). She is also a Faculty Affiliate in Brock’s Social Justice & Equity Studies graduate program and a founding member of the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock. She is the author of Manufacturing National Park Nature: Photography, Ecology, and the Wilderness Industry of Jasper (UBC Press) and the co-editor (with Kirsty Robertson) of Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture and Activism in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). Her current research explores the ways in which late 19th- and early 20th-century animal advocacy groups used art and visual culture in their campaigns. She is the curator of an exhibition called “Be Kind: The Visual History of Humane Education” which she developed for The Animal Museum, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Advisory Council for The Animal Museum. In addition to publishing in academic venues, she has also written several columns on the role of art in animal advocacy for Our Hen House. She has just launched a new multimedia project with Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals called Unbound: Women on the Front Lines of Animal Advocacy (http://www.unboundproject.org/).

 


Doug mcnish

Presentation

Preparing a Holiday Meal Cooking demo: Come see chef and author Doug McNish create a full spread of his favourite holiday meal items. From proper creamy mash potatoes to the perfect gravy, Doug will teach it all!  

BIO

Doug is a vegan chef with a fierce commitment to health and organics. He is driven to create beautiful and delicious food that is healthy, organic, and vegan, in his attempt to challenge mainstream thought on diet and ethics. Everything he crafts is inspired by the highest quality plant-based ingredients, grown by conscious farmers. In his hometown of Toronto, he serves fresh food and inspiration out of his Public Kitchen, as well as being a proud vendor at the thriving Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market. Doug has regular appearances on television, online, and in print, as well as consultation and collaboration with emerging and successful brands. After writing three cookbooks in three years, he has over one thousand cooked and raw vegan recipes in circulation. His first book “Eat Raw, Eat Well, 400 Raw, Vegan, and Gluten Free Recipes” received the award for “Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World, 2012” by the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards held in Paris, France. His third book “Vegan Everyday” was honored with the same award for 2015.


Dr. Linda Plowright

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PRESENTATION

“Food For Thought: The Importance of Nutrition for Mental Health”: Most of us are aware that what we eat is important for the health of our bodies and the prevention of disease; but we may not be aware that nutrition is also an important factor in the health of our minds and the prevention/treatment of mental illness. In this talk, Dr. Plowright will explore the connection between our food choices and our mental wellness and teach us why a plant-based diet of whole, unprocessed foods will provide us with the building blocks we need for a healthy brain.

BIO

Dr. Linda Plowright is a psychiatrist working in London. She has a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona College of Medicine and she runs a private practice in Integrative Psychiatry. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario and is also on staff at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) in the Dual Diagnosis Program. Her professional interests include Integrative Medicine (including nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management), mindfulness, Dual Diagnosis and cross-cultural health.


rob laidlaw

PRESENTATION

Children’s Presentation: Amazing Elephants and Other Animals: This illustrated presentation provides a glimpse into the biology, behaviour and lifestyles of elephants, the astonishing stories of several famous elephants from both the past and present, and how we can move forward to ensure elephants remain in the wild and are better treated in captivity.

BIO

Rob Laidlaw is a Chartered Biologist, award-winning author of 8 children’s books and the founder and Executive Director of the international wildlife protection charity Zoocheck. His work over the years has taken him from Canada’s north to tropical Asia and involved almost every kind of advocacy initiative from lobbying governments to rescuing animals. He has spoken to tens of thousands of people across Canada and overseas. In 2014, Laidlaw received the Frederic A. McGrand Award for substantial contribution to animal welfare in Canada. 


Emily von Euw

Presentation

Food Talk/Demo - Living and eating the rawsome vegan way! A quick and easy raw vegan dessert recipe demo plus some words of how to get more super-powered foods in your diet in a delicious and enjoyable way.

BIO

Emily von Euw is a best-selling, internationally-published author of three vegan cookbooks (Rawsome Vegan Baking; 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks; The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook) and an award-winning recipe blogger (www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com). She lives in Vancouver, BC with her family and loves chocolate, adventures, and sporadic dancing.

 

 


Dreena Burton

PRESENTATION

Raising plant-powered children: During this talk, parents learn tips on raising children on a vegan/ plant-based diet. In addition to discussion about scope of diet, I will share parenting tips specific to the vegan diet: packing school lunches, birthday parties, picky eaters.

BIO

Dreena Burton has been vegan for almost 20 years, in that time writing five bestselling cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Dreena is one of the pioneering vegan cookbook authors, with a loyal following and reputation for reliable, delicious recipes using whole plant foods. Dreena’s most recent cookbook, “Plant-Powered Families”, released last Spring. Dreena contributes to sites including KrisCarr.com, Forks Over Knives, and PCRM and blogs at plantpoweredkitchen.com.

 


JENNA GOODHAND,
Saving lives with forks and knives

PRESENTATION

Transitioning To A Plant Based Diet: Where To Start No Matter Where You Are Beginning: In this presentation we will look at transition strategies and tips for transitioning to a plant based diet. The most common concerns will be addressed with easy solutions and creative ideas, so that no matter where people are on the veg-continuum they leave feeling empowered to add more plants and less animal products to their plates.

BIO

Jenna Goodhand is Executive Director and Kitchenista for Saving Lives with Forks and Knives, a program and membership community committed to helping educate people on the personal and global benefits of a plant based diet. Through online self-guided modules, live webinars, cooking videos and supportive coaching members realize that eating healthy, sustainably and consciously can be quick, easy and most importantly fun!


EDIBLE ART WITH GROWING CHEFS! ONTARIO

FOOD DEMO - CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY AREA
 

Edible Art with Growing Chefs! Ontario: Come explore how chefs use different art influences when plating a dish. Use your imagination and guidance from Growing Chefs! Ontario staff, participants will transform their chosen ingredients into a delicious and beautifully plated dessert. 


ROSE CORA PERRY - FESTIVAL EMCEE

Rose Cora Perry is an award-winning Musician, Model and Media Personality with over 15 years of experience working within the entertainment business.

She's toured across North America, performed in front of crowds of over 500,000, graced the covers of magazines, hosted two local TV programs, achieved “Top 100” radio singles, written for several magazines, conducted numerous guest lectures and in 2011 received a special invitation to attend the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards as a Honourary Guest Artist based on her self-made success story.

As a lifelong advocate of healthful living and an anti-drug spokeswoman, in 2008, she was designated as a positive Mental Health Rolemodel for young teens in a series of guidance and advice videos produced in conjunction with MindYourMind.ca and the Thames Valley District Schoolboard.

A proud vegan of eight years and going strong, Perry is excited to lend her talents as Emcee to London’s Vegfest for the third year in a row. To learn more about Rose Cora Perry, please visit her official website: www.rosecoraperry.com