Sunday, April 9, 2017

Main Stage EMCEE

Rachel Bies

CP, Whole Foods Chef & Holistic Nutritionist

Rachel’s love of food happened early on, as soon as she stepped into the kitchen as a small child. Learning at the hands of her mother (French Canadian) and her father (Dutch), food was always a big deal in their home.

With a degree in Applied Nutrition (Hons) and years of cooking, Rachel has fused this into a successful business that highlights the importance of eating well-executed and real food.

Highlights include: Global Morning, CBC: The Fifth Estate, Wellness and Health Expert for National Publications and working with great people of Toronto. Her passion projects include working with Toronto, Montreal & West Coast chefs to highlight the importance of local LOVE, Nutrition within Travel, Wellness in the Hospitality Industry and Supporting your Community.



José Arato


Gimmy Chu


Jonathan Frank


Dr. Carolina Landolt

Summertree Medical Clinic

Lisa Odjig

World Champion Solo Hoop Dancer

Ljubica Kostovic

GrowWise Health

Guy Kramer

The Green Chef

Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette



10:45am - 11:15am

Make your home Net-Zero in Five Years: A Road Map

Speaker: Sheena Sharp, Coolearth Architecture

Homes in the GTA use a substantial amount of energy to heat in winter and cool in summer. They are also often chilly or overheat. The carbon emissions from running a home can amount to a lot of emissions per capita. Retrofitting existing homes can make them more comfortable, lower heating/cooling demands, and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, while renewable energy can provide electricity to batteries or back into the grid for an already-built home to achieve Net-zero performance.

Because of the complex nature and fixed capital costs, we believe a multi-year road map for households to become Net-zero is important. This road map allows homeowners to set themselves on a path to Net-zero and sustainability. In this talk we will share how attendees can start on the path to net-zero.

11:30am - 12:00pm

From Hollywood to Holistic: Reclaiming Health Through Better Alignment With Holistic and Green Living

Speaker: Kim D'eon, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

Holistic Nutritionist, real food media advocate and TV personality Kim D’Eon, talks about how she transitioned from her glamorous life as an entertainment reporter on national TV to her grounded mission to educate and inspire others to eat and live better. In this entertaining and enlightening talk, Kim draws on her personal story to share concrete examples of how various stressors impact the body including: chronic digestive disorders, painful inflammation and debilitating fatigue as well as constant worry and negativity. She offers plenty of realistic holistic advice on everyday choices that can help improve health and wellbeing

12:15pm - 1:00pm

MaRS: Giving 'Power' Back To The Consumer

Moderator: David Bowden P. Eng, MBA, Senior Business Advisor, MaRS Discovery District Clean Tech
Panelists: Bob Atkinson - President of MPOWER Energy Solutions | Gimmy Chu - CEO, Nanoleaf | Jonathan Frank - Director of Projects, CoPower

MaRS Energy & Environment companies are drawing on the power of consumer choice to hasten our transition to a low-carbon economy and a greener planet. The featured panelists offer innovative ways for consumers to take back control of their power consumption and the future of our energy industry.

MPower is Canada’s first authorized reseller and installer of the Tesla Powerwall – which powers today’s electric cars – and also offers a platform for energy consumption management, allowing users to lower their carbon footprints and electricity bills.

Nanoleaf, for its part, has created the world’s most efficient LED lightbulb and developed the Nanoleaf Aurora – a customizable light source that marries functionality and design principles.

CoPower has pioneered a solution for investors looking to make a difference, helping Canadians pool money to invest in pre-vetted clean energy projects.

1:30pm - 1:50pm

Hoop Dance Performance

Performers: Lisa Odjig, World Champion Solo Hoop Dancer | Thunder Jack, All Nations Singers & Dancers

Enjoy an incredible performance by two time world champion hoop dancer, Lisa Odjig, to the songs of Thunder Jack of the All Nations Singers & Dancers.

Lisa Odjig is a two time world champion hoop dancer who has won an additional six Hoop Dance Championship titles throughout Canada and the United States. She has performed professionally for Queen Elizabeth II, the Prime Minister of Canada at the Winer Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, UT, Pan American Games 2015 and much more. Semi finalist on Canada’s Got Talen and featured hoop dancer in ELLE Magazine video called The Movement.

Thunder Jack is part of the "All Nations Singers”, cultural educators from different Nations across North America sitting together as one around the Drum. They sing to Honor their Elders, Ancestors and Warriors who have handed down these Teachings for them to continue today.

1:50pm – 2:10pm

Traditional Anishinaabe Food is Medicine

Chef: Johl Whiteduck Ringuette, NishDish

Chef Johl Ringuette or NishDish Marketeria will share his journey, the reclamation of Indigenous Food, the Four Sacred Medicines (Sage, Sweet Grass, Cedar, and Tobacco), a synopsis of the moon cycles and how they relate to harvest time and more PLUS taste samples of indigenous cuisine including a Wild Blueberry Rice dessert, elk meatballs, mini salmon corn cakes and cedar and sweetgrass tea! About NishDish: NishDish is a business built on traditional Anishnawbe (Nish) food. A First Nations Owned and operated food emporium specializing in Native cuisine and culture, NishDish has grown as a catering business over the last eleven years and is launching a new storefront marketeria in Toronto.

"For the Anishnawbe, food is ceremony, and conscious celebration brings us more than nourishment of the body. When the community comes together wiisnid (to eat), no matter how humble the food is, it is our feast, and we give thanks for what is provided. This is the most basic way to share, support each other, and inspire learning. We understand the importance of our traditions. We understand how to return to our ways in a world so different than it once was. Revitalized traditional knowledge illuminates a way to heal the health disorders now dominant in our communities."

2:20pm - 2:45pm

Paella: The Heart Of Your Party

Chef: José Arato, Pimentón

This cooking demo features all you need to know about the Spanish dish of paella, it's history, and how to make your own Paella. Chef José will go over everything from the ingredients needed, to the various ways you can change up the original recipe and create a unique version of your own.

Weedmaps Speaker Series EMCEE

Emma Baron

Outreach and administration at Summertree Medical Clinic

Emma Baron is a leader of strategic operations in uncharted waters. A background in arts administration, hospitality, pastry, and power tools, she loves to talk policy as much as she loves to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty. With a penchant for learning and sharing skills, Emma is excited to be involved in the new Canadian cannabis industry, both for the challenge and also for the cookies.

Highlights include: Outreach and administration at Summertree Medical Clinic, founding member of the Leslieville Farmers' Market, Recipe development for Jet Fuel Coffee Shop, Canoeing the Pipestone River.

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Weedmaps Speaker Series
The Green Chef Cooking Demo

Chef: Guy Kramer

The Green Chef is a cannabis cooking service that will convert your medical marijuana into delicious edibles. This cooking demo will take you beyond brownies, walking you through the myriad possibilities of cooking with cannabis. As savoury options can be a better choice for many patients, Chef Kramer will demonstrate how to balance the flavours of cannabis in a salad dressing and offer suggestions on how to integrate medical cannabis into your diet.


3:45pm - 4:05pm

Weedmaps Speaker Series
Sleep, Success, and Cannabis

Speaker: Dr. Carolina Landolt, Summertree Medical Clinic

Sacrificing sleep is the price we pay for participating in our modern world. Shortchanging ourselves in sleep has wide-ranging impacts on health and wellness. Cannabis, in addition to other lifestyle modifications, may not only improve the quality of sleep but set the stage for greater success in both our personal and professional lives. A considered approach to sleep is essential to our overall well-being.