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This is a must attend event for executives, entrepreneurs, buyers and professionals involved in the Natural Health Product, Functional Food and Cosmetic Ingredient Industry. 


Over the 2 days attendees will be immersed in the industries brightest minds, innovation and learning. Some of the highlights include: high quality keynote speakers, expert panels, Canadian & Global Trends, and industry networking.

Exhibit & Sponsor

You can showcase your brand, company and products to our attendees, meet potential clients and new employees face to face. Use the trade booth space to demonstrate your services and products to potential partners and customers. Click on the sponsorship button below to learn more about each opportunity or purchase your sponsorship level online.

DRAFT Schedule

February 7, 2018

7 – 9 PM Networking Reception and Presentation - 

Natural Health from Ethnobotanicals: The Benefits are Nutritional and Historical presented by Dr. David LaFond

February 8, 2018

8:00 AM - Breakfast and Registration

8:45 am – Welcoming Remarks from Anita Dyrbye, President of From the Earth Naturally, representing NHP Industry

9:00 am – Plenary Session 1

North American Market Trends Within the NHP/FI Industry 

Trudi-Ann Webster, Director of Brand Strategies, Planet Foods

9:45 am – Panel Discussion on Trends

  • Landscape for Cannabis

John Simon, President of John Simon and Associates

  • Gut Health and Probiotics

Dr. Jens Walters, Associate Professor and CAIP Chair Science, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

10:30 AM – Coffee Break

10:50 AM – First Break Out- Two Concurrent Sessions

Track one: Regulatory Opportunities for NHPs, Health Foods and Functional Ingredients

  • Krista Coventry, Director of Regulator Services, Source Nutraceutical Inc.
  • Craig Price, Area Chief Inspector, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Panel Discussion, including Q&A with the audience  

Panelist representatives from Health Canada (Non-Prescription and Natural Health Products Directorate, Health Products Compliance and Self Care Regulations teams) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Track two: Realities of Finance to Scale Up Product Development  

  • Shannon Preus - Regional Manager, Corporate Relations and Partnerships, Business Development Canada

12:00 PM – Plenary Session 2

Leadership That Gets Results  

Robert Porter Lynch - Trans Alignment Leadership & Facilitation Institute/ International Collaborative Leadership Institute   

12:30 PM – Lunch

1:30 PM – Plenary Session 3

Top 10 Legal Pitfalls to be Aware in the NHP/FI Industry  

Doak Horne, Gowling WLG

2:00 PM – Second Break out -Two Concurrent Sessions

Track one: Marketing Strategies to Sell Your New Product - Move Your Business From Survive to Thrive Mode

  • Chris Lawson, Business Development Manager, Primal Tribe
  • Lina Heath, President of EC Labs/Evelyn Charles

Track two:Take the Right Path from Concept to Commercialization -

  • Pamela Ovadje, Research and Regulatory Research Associate, Advanced Orthomolecular Research Technology

3:10 PM– Coffee break

3:30 PM– Plenary Session 4 - Getting Connected to Grow the NHP/FI Industry 

Robert Porter-Lynch, Trans Alignment Leadership & Facilitation Institute/ International Collaborative Leadership Institute

4:00 PM - Conference Adjourns


The Conference Planning Committee has reserved a block of rooms for the event at the Best Western Plus Lacombe Inn and Suites, 4751-63 Street Lacombe AB. To get the conference rate, please call (403) 782-3535 and mention "Agri-Food Discovery Place" block. http://bestwesternalberta.com/hotels/best-western-plus-lacombe-inn-and-suites