Keynote Speaker - Ricardo
Who is Ricardo? A cook. An author. A television personality. An entrepreneur. Ricardo is all of the above, representing a brand that stands for a contemporary family lifestyle.
His eponymous magazine, RICARDO, is a phenomenal success in Quebec. The English edition launched last September in the rest of Canada and is gaining momentum by the day. Hundreds of thousands of fans follow his every move on social media. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
His cookbooks, published in English and French, are best-sellers. His latest, Ricardo Slow Cooker Favourites, has made its way into more than 150,000 kitchens across Canada.
He has appeared on Radio-Canada for over 13 years and has taped over 1,600 episodes of his show, RICARDO.
On a personal level, Ricardo has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his efforts at making cooking accessible for all and for his commitment to social causes. Perhaps most important of all, he is a happily married father of three beautiful daughters.
Five years ago Ayngelina took what she thought would be a short-term career break to travel the world. She never went back and now she publishes the culinary travel site BaconisMagic.ca, which has been named a Top 10 Food Travel Site on USA Today. She has been featured in Grazia magazine and coined "the Foodista" by Glamour Paris. She continues to explore the world through food, now with her partner Dave, a chef. Together they show how a professional chef and professional eater balance their passions of food and travel.
Davida is a healthy food blogger from Toronto, Canada. The focus of The Healthy Maven is on easy and delicious recipes made from whole foods. In under a year Davida was able to transition her blog from a hobby into her full-time job thanks to strong partnerships she established with brands within the health food industry. Before blogging full-time she worked with a healthy snack company on their marketing through social media and blogger outreach.
Her expertise is in navigating the brand-blogger relationship and how to successfully transition your blog from a hobby to a business. You can check out The Blogger Project for more information.
Lesley is a Canadian and international copyright lawyer, author, educator and foodie. She has been working in copyright law since 1984 when she was still a law student and is the author of several copyright law books including Canadian Copyright Law, 4th Edition. She also runs the useful copyright resource site, copyrightlaws.com where she works to explain copyright laws for digital property in plain English.
Jennifer Hayes - Dairy & Beef Farmer
Jennifer Hayes is a dairy and beef farmer on Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula. She is the third generation to live and farm at Pinecrest Farms, which she co-owns with her father and uncle. Her farm is the eastern most dairy farm on the mainland in Quebec, and is comprised of about 600 acres of land which is used to grow crops to feed and bed their herd of 150 cattle.
She holds an MBA from Concordia University and is actively engaged in rural development projects in her region, with a particular interest in policies that strengthen the symbiotic relationship between dynamic rural communities and sustainable agriculture. Jennifer is an active member of the UPA (L’Union des Producteurs Agricoles) and sits on a number of other agricultural committees in her province. She has 2 young daughters, aged 6 and 4 who she hopes will one day take their place beside her on the family farm.
Jennifer is active on social media and takes every opportunity available to her to talk to consumers about where their food comes from. She can be found on twitter @farmShigawake and through her blog at http://farmshigawake.tumblr.com/
Sarah Huggins - Corporate & Entertainment Laywer
Sarah Huggins is a corporate and entertainment lawyer with over 10 years of experience advising companies, non-profit organizations and individuals. She began her career at law firms in New York and Toronto, before moving in-house as the Director of Legal and Business Affairs at TIFF, the non-profit organization behind the annual Toronto International Film Festival.
When she isn't lawyering, Sarah writes and photographs a food blog (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean, which documents her mis-adventures in feeding a hungry family. In 2014, the blog was awarded first place in the Food & Drink category and second place in the Family & Parenting category of the Canadian Weblog Awards.
Sarah lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.
Casey Markee is the Founder of the San Diego-based digital consultancy Media Wyse and the Lead SEO Consultant & Head of FastAnswer Support for the industry-leading SEO education site SearchEngineNews.com. Casey has over 15 yrs experience in the fields of SEO & Digital Marketing and has trained internet marketing teams on five different continents.
Casey’s specialty is site auditing and he’s conducted over 400+ site audits worldwide including dozens within the food blogging niche. Elise Bauer with SimplyRecipes.com, Jaden and Scott Hair with SteamyKitchen.com and Bjork Ostrom with FoodBloggerPro.com are just a few of the many well-known bloggers and blogs to which he has consulted.
A noted speaker with credits including Camp Blogaway, SMX Advanced, Pubcon, State of Search, and more, Casey has over 400+ published bylines and is one of the authors of the Unfair Advantage Book to Winning the Search Engine Wars currently on its 228th edition and the OLDEST continuously updated SEO how-to guide in the world. Download it for free at Search Engine Book.
Casey will be visiting Montreal for the first time and speaks absolutely NO FRENCH. Please be gentle with him. He's also a huge fan of bacon and considers it Meat Candy.
Tiffany Mayer - Food Writer
Tiffany Mayer is an award-winning journalist and the author of Niagara Food: A Flavourful History of the Peninisula's Bounty (History Press 2014). She has been writing about food and farming since 2002 after discovering her love of agriculture while studying journalism at the University of Regina, and her love of local food while standing in a Norfolk County cucumber field. Her work has been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including Edible Toronto, The Toronto Star, and the St. Catharines Standard. She currently writes a column about food and farming for the Postmedia dailies in Niagara and blogs at eatingniagara.com.
When she's not eating or writing, she can be found satisfying her inner boat nerd watching ships on the Welland Canal or serving as peacemaker between her toddler and three cats.
Jay Nutt - Chef
Jay Nutt is the chef/owner of Nuttshell Next Door Café in Lakefield, Ontario. He is a proponent of using local food in season and when available, having forged partnerships with several farms and growers in the region. The café will celebrate its 10th anniversary in December.
A graduate of NAIT’s Culinary Arts program, he apprenticed at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and has worked and traveled across the country with stops at The King Edward Hotel in Toronto, and the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown.
Jay and his wife Jennifer MacKenzie live on a little bit of waterfront with their dogs in the Kawarthas where he can paddle in the summer and snowshoe in the winter.
Andrew Scrivani - Food Photographer & Filmmaker
Born and raised in New York, Andrew Scrivani has been photographing and filming for The New York Times Food Section since 2002, the NYT premier Recipe column “Good Appetite” by Melissa Clark since 2005 and is now a featured contributor for the NYT Cooking Site and App. Having found fame and notoriety during his tenure at NYT, Andrew has also taken his skills to the small screen after having been approached by various advertisers and has recently signed with the prestigious Artists Company to represent him in directorial pursuits.
Andrew’s work has been seen in magazines and newspapers worldwide including, Eating Well Magazine, La Cucina Italiana, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Food Arts, Edible Manhattan and others. His work is also featured in international advertising campaigns by The New York Times, Red Lobster and Sargento Cheese, Boodles Gin and Reyka Vodka.
Andrew has been the principal photographer on over a dozen cookbooks, most notably for ABC TV’s The Chew book series as well as books for healthy eating experts Kris Carr and Tara Stiles.
You can read his columns in the New York Times Food Section, Diner’s Journal blog and his own personal blog makingSundaySauce…
Mairlyn Smith is the only professional home economist ~ aka a P.H.Ec ~ in Canada who’s also an alumnus of The Second City comedy troupe, making her the funniest P.H.Ec. in the entire world. A popular media personality and speaker, Mairlyn is also a Regular Guest Expert on the award-winning national daytime television show Cityline as well as a regular on Toronto’s Breakfast TV. Mairlyn’s forte is her ability to mix learning with laughter. She’s the author of six award-winning cookbooks and is currently working on lucky number seven.
Check out her website www.mairlynsmith.com.
Meghan Telpner is a Toronto-based author, speaker, nutritionist, and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Her humorous, engaging and real approach to living a healthy and awesome life has garnered her a world-wide following and extensive media attention. Meghan’s Academy of Culinary Nutrition is growing a global tribe of vibrant living advocates and her bestselling and award-winning book UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health is creating a revolution in how people think about their health. With an equal passion for both vibrant living and good karma business, Meghan works with health-focused independent practitioners and small businesses to find their unique voice in a crowded marketplace, stay ahead of the curve, cultivate community and convert passion into profitable conscious business. For more visit MeghanTelpner.com.