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Afshan Tafler

Afshan Tafler

Whole Life Coach
Afshan Tafler is a Whole Life Coach who helps clients transform their health and their lives through a holistic approach to healing. Using a combination of Mind-Body Coaching and, scientifically-proven, energy psychology techniques to help her clients achieve optimal health, she’s become a sought-after wellness and parenting expert. Afshan’s been featured on leading Parenting summits such as Mindful World Parenting, Beyond Parenthood, Thriving Children and Parenting Like A Pro. Afshan is also a mom to a special needs child and is a proponent of Conscious Parenting and is passionate about coaching parents with sensitive and spirited children to thrive in their relationships.
Dr. Alwyn Wong
Dr. Wong has been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years. As a chiropractor and functional anatomy specialist, he brings a wealth of experience to his clients and patients. Using an integrated approach, he has treated and consulted with professional athletes from the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and PGA, as well as Olympic athletes. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Wong founded Zona Health and Performance Inc. in 2004, which trains and certifies personal trainers with a concentration on functional anatomy. As an advocate for a holistic approach to health and wellness, he’s also the author of a nutrition book called, The Kick Acid Diet. Alwyn lives in Toronto, Ontario and finds fulfillment in empowering his patients, clients, and readers to be healthy, pain-free, and fit…on their own.
Alysha Newman

Alysha Newman

Olympic Athlete, Pole Vault
Alysha Newman is an Olympian, a World Championships finalist and a Commonwealth Games Gold medalist in the women’s pole vault. She’s the Canadian record holder for the event and is targeting a podium performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Alysha was born and raised in London, Ontario where she was a competitive gymnast before a back injury forced her out of that sport and into track & field. This pivot has helped her learn to overcome adversity in the most positive way. Good nutrition and attention to overall health and wellness are key to helping Alysha perform at her best while remaining a well balanced young woman. Outside of sport, Alysha enjoys music and fashion and sharing her passion for life on social media. She makes time to visit with school children to talk about the importance of living a balanced lifestyle and learning through failure and adversity. Alysha is a graduate from the University of Miami and now lives and trains in Toronto.
Amanda LeBlanc

Amanda LeBlanc

Founder, BuyWell
Pivoting from past successes in leading marketing initiatives for some of the world’s largest brands, Amanda has turned her passion for promoting a healthy and sustainable life into a purpose-driven e-commerce company. She founded BuyWell.com to provide better access to natural health and wellness products that are clean, compliant and cruelty-free. A mother of 2 hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, Amanda believes you shouldn’t need to be wealthy to be well. That’s why she and her team have ensured that BuyWell members enjoy wholesale prices on wholesome essentials every day. When she’s not researching and curating products for her community and friends, she’s staying up-to-date on natural nutrition and alternative therapies, making healthy treats for her two children and cuddling with their, fluffy family dog.
Candice Batista

Candice Batista

Eco Journalist
Candice Batista is an award-winning, Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including: Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the station's #1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
Dr. Lynne Racette
Dr. Lynne is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor currently practicing in Ontario. She has a clinical focus and strong background in hormonal balance, pelvic floor, and holistic skin care. She is passionate about evidence-based medicine and helping her patients simplify their health and get the results that they want and need. When she is not seeing patients, you can find her with power tools working on renovating her house and walking her giant Newfoundland dog.
Jaclyn Irwin

Jaclyn Irwin

Holistic Nutritionist
Toronto based Holistic Nutritionist, Jaclyn Irwin, aims to help women end years of yo-yo dieting and develop a healthier relationship with food. As founder of Holistic Foodie, a food and lifestyle blog filled with delicious recipes, wellness tips and green beauty, she is blending her love of food and showing you how to enjoy both kale and cocktails. It's wellness without obsession and you can learn to love food again by following her on Instagram and be sure to check out all the goods at holisticfoodie.com.
Natalie Matias

Natalie Matias

Certified Mindfulness Facilitator
Natalie is a Certified Mindfulness Without Borders Facilitator in the Greater Toronto Area. You can find Natalie busy leading mindfulness-based workshops to women entrepreneurs, and coaching one-on-one sessions on meditation to people from all walks of life. An advocate for wellness and positive workplace cultures, Natalie uses her skill-sets to lead conversations that embrace wellness, inside and outside of the office, including at We Work, RBC and KOBO. Her dedication to community-building and connection has led her to leading meditation and mindfulness classes, workshops and camps all around the Toronto area.
Naughty Nutrition

Naughty Nutrition

Holistic Nutritionists
Naughty Nutrition founders, Mirna Sharafeddine and Jenni Bourque connect their community with the most accurate, science-based health resources. Looking for simple, delicious & healthy recipes? Meal planning ideas? Look no further. They dish it all up and point you towards their favourite brands too — always in a BS-free fashion. As they say, Naughty Nutrition is 90% nutrition + 10% chocolate + 0% BS.
Nikki Bergen

Nikki Bergen

Master Trainer
Nikki Bergen is the Creator of The Belle Method™ and The Bump Method ™. She is a master trainer with a passion for helping women feel confident and strong throughout pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. Nikki is one of Canada’s most sought after health and fitness experts. A former dancer, Nikki has dedicated her life to creating ground breaking fitness programs designed specifically for women that combine Pilates and Pelvic Health, creating choreography from science. When she’s not teaching classes or hosting women’s wellness getaways with Elevate Retreats, Nikki can be found at home in Toronto, probably drinking green smoothies and throwing living room dance parties with her husband and baby daughter Gabrielle.
Parastoo Badie

Parastoo Badie

Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer
Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Parastoo integrates her expertise as a certified personal trainer, registered holistic nutritionist, and exercise nutrition coach to teach people how to become stronger in body and mind. A multi-passionate wellness leader, she remains active as a rugby player, belly dancer, speaker, and coach. Parastoo also pulls from her personal experiences to advocate for mental health, strength, and self-empowerment. Through education, she encourages unapologetic and authentic confidence in her clients to support healthier and happier people in her community. When she’s not coaching clients or planning on how to take over the fitness world, Parastoo can be found playing with puppies, drinking coffee, and giggling (mostly at herself).