The Author of – Beyond Soap: The Real Truth About What You Are Doing to Your Skin and How to Fix It for a Beautiful, Healthy Glow
Dr. Sandy Skotnicki is the founding director of the Bay Dermatology Centre and is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine in the Divisions of Dermatology and Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Skotnicki started the Bay Dermatology Centre in 2006 in an effort to provide a full-service dermatology centre that focuses on the patient, not procedures. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Toronto, and then earned her medical degree, graduating with the highest honors.
She is a member of the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Dermatology Association, American Dermatology Association and American Contact Dermatitis Society. Previously she was a Board member of the Canadian Dermatology Association and served as an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in the specialty of Dermatology from 2011-2016.
A Tough Nut to Crack – Can We Treat Food Allergy?
Dr. Mack is a Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Specialist. Dr. Mack is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and McMaster and is an affiliate of Sick Kids. He sits on the Board of Directors or the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is coauthor of the recent Canadian Pediatric Society guidelines on the prevention of allergy, and is developing other clinical guidelines regarding epinephrine and anaphylaxis for the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Dr. Mack is co-founder of Halton Pediatric Allergy Clinic where his focus is on Oral Immunotherapy for Food.
Finding GlutenFreedom at Restaurants, Home & Travel
Rachael is the founder of GlutenFreedomInc.com, a site dedicated to cooking, dining, traveling and living gluten-free. She has become a useful resource for those looking for solutions to their gluten-free lifestyle. Rachael is also passionate about leading a balanced life through regular fitness, eating whole foods, and practicing mindfulness and self-care regularly. Follow her on Instagram for delicious mealtime inspiration, mindful tips & holistic hacks.
Nicole Osinga is a Registered Dietitian with a private practice in the Greater Toronto Area. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters degree at the University of Guelph. She brings a fresh, evidence-based perspective, while working towards practical nutrition solutions with her clients. Along with spending her time coaching clients to help them meet their weight and health goals, she also regularly appears in the media, in outlets such as The Morning Show, Global News, The Huffington Post and more. She encourages her clients and audiences to eat real, whole foods and mostly plants. She teaches the concepts of nourishment instead of restriction, mindful eating and meal planning/meal prepping.
First, Do No Harm – Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Food Allergy
Dr Hanna is a Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Specialist. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster. She is the Vice Chair in the Ontario Medical Association section for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She is co-founder of Halton Pediatric Allergy Clinic. Her interests include early childhood allergy prevention, aeroallergen immunotherapy and oral food immunotherapy. Dr Hanna has focused her clinical practice at Halton Pediatric Allergy towards accurate diagnostics and management of food allergy.
Creating Meals Full of Flavour and Free of Allergens
Noelle Martin is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition. She is also a mom of three young boys. Noelle is founder and president of Registered Dietitian Services and Motherhood and Meals, and co-founder of Nourished Beginnings. Noelle has a passion for educating and inspiring others in areas related to nutrition and overall health. Noelle specialized in areas of maternal and pediatric nutrition, sports nutrition, Celiac Disease, food allergies, and Autism. Noelle completed a comprehensive dietetic internship at London Health Sciences Center and has her Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Brescia University College in London, Ontario.
Noelle has enjoyed a variety of employment opportunities within the dietetic field in clinical and community settings, as well as research and administrative roles. Noelle is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, is an active member of Dietitians of Canada, and regularly attends at workshops and seminars relating to her practice. In addition to her work in counselling and corporate presentations and workshops, Noelle thoroughly enjoys teaching courses at Brescia University College and has an active Instagram feed and blog dedicated to educating and inspiring moms to make healthy choices for themselves and their families in addition to sharing moments of motherhood, products, and travel destinations she loves. You can find Noelle at www.nourishedbeginnings.ca, www.rdservices.ca, www.motherhoodandmeals.com and www.instagram.com/motherhoodandmeals.
For the seventh year, NASCAR/Indy Race Car driver Alex Tagliani has partnered with Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian distributor of EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto‐Injector to promote food allergy awareness and safety. Alex Tagliani, also known by his racing name TAG, developed a passion for racing at the age of 10 when he was introduced to karting on a visit to see his grandfather in Northern Italy. Currently competing in the Nascar Canadian Tire Series driving the Tagliani Autosport EpiPen® #18 car, the Montreal native has shown his fans that he can drive anything. Whether it is IndyCar, Nascar, a prototype or a sedan, Alex’s talent and experience is second to none in Canada.
Since the beginning of his career in open wheel racing NASCAR, IMSA, Alex finished in second place in the Nascar Canada Championship in a tight battle until the last race and has accumulated 19 wins, 36 pole positions, 60 podiums and over 100 top‐10 finishes. In June 2015, Alex Tagliani made history at the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Leland Industries 300 at Sunset International Speedway by lapping the entire field and winning the race. In October 2015, Tagliani was also inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF) which recognizes Canadians for their accomplishments and contributions to Canadian motorsports. Alex knows from personal experience that an anaphylactic reaction is far scarier than driving at 400 KPH.
Allergic to both peanuts and tree nuts, Alex has lived with severe allergies since he was a young child and has learned what it takes to stay safe. Alex always takes precautions when managing his life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, which includes carrying his EpiPen® and states that living with food allergies is not something that holds him back in life, he’s always ready for a challenge! A fierce competitor on-track, Alex has many passions including his training and nutrition and his charitable foundation, the Tagliani Foundation.
In April 2015, Alex became a new father as he and his wife, Bronte Tagliani welcomed their daughter Eva Rose. For more information visit www.tagliani.com.
“When Every Bite Counts” – Understanding food allergen labelling
Beatrice is responsible for the overall development and management of key strategic programs offered by Food Allergy Canada. These programs include the corporate sponsor program, consumer advocacy initiatives, and media relations. She has been the project lead on many allergy-related issues within the community such as food labelling, airline travel, foodservice training and post-secondary allergen management. Beatrice joined Food Allergy Canada in 2007.
Is Gluten Free For Me?
Adrianna Smallwood is a registered dietitian who has an expansive background in food chemistry and Dietetics. She graduated Acadia University with an undergrad in Nutrition, after completing a Biochemistry degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Following the conclusion of these programs she completed her one year Dietetic Internship with Eastern Health in Newfoundland.
Currently Adrianna sits on the Executive Board for the local, St. John’s Chapter of the Celiac Association, as well as the National Professional Advisory Council. She is also part of The Baby Led Weaning Network which has expanded to 100 Dietitians this year (2018) and a Regional Media Spokesperson for Dietitians Of Canada. As a new mom and someone with Celiac herself, her passion is creating meal options that are healthy and delicious.
Master of Ceremonies
The Fate Initiative – Food Allergy Education and Training
Free From Expo’s Master of Ceremonies this year is Joey Salmingo, Founder and Program Director of “The F.A.T.E Initiative”. Prior to F.A.T.E and after nearly two decades as a chef and restauranteur, Joey was an active Television Presenter and Host, splitting his schedule between Toronto, Vancouver & Los Angeles.
F.A.T.E was founded following the sudden and tragic death of his sister Joanna from anaphylaxis this past summer. Together with his mother, a working nurse of 40 years, they host no-cost educational forums on food-borne allergies causing anaphylaxis which includes hands-on training on epinephrine injection procedures and other life-saving practices.
Dr. Abby Herzig, CEO and Cofounder of Belay.
Dr. Abby Herzig developed her career around the drive to help children in need. After receiving her doctorate degree in clinical psychology, she continued to study child development and parent-child mental health at NYU Medical Center and Columbia University in New York City. Abby has been actively involved with UNICEF, traveling to South East Asia and Africa visiting hospitals, schools, and orphanages, and advising UNICEF in child development and proper interventions for children and families at risk. A native Torontonian, Abby moved her family back to Toronto from New York a few years ago and became a proud supporter of the Innovators Program at SickKids Hospital.
Inspired by her son, who lives with life-threatening food allergies, Abby closed her psychology practice to build Belay, a digital health care platform devoted to the protection of children living with life-threatening food allergies. Bringing together the best in technology and design the Belay team has developed an ecosystem of products to help families manage life-threatening food allergies. Belay’s mission is to change the way the world lives with this growing global health epidemic.