2016 Presentations

Ottawa Veg Fest is well known for its excellent speaker series. Veg Fest 2017 will be no different. The 2016 presentation schedule is shown below along with details about the presentations and speakers. The 2017 line up will be added to the website when it is finalized in the spring of 2017.

Special thanks to volunteers from the National Capital Vegetarian Association for their coordination of the speaker series and cooking demos.


Saturday, June 4th, 2016

10:30 am         Speaker: Lucas Solowey:  5 Reasons Sanctuaries Change The World

12 noon           Documentary Film:  Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered followed by a talk with film maker Gary Charbonneau

2:00 pm          Speaker: Susan Macfarlane:  Optimizing Your Micronutrients

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 

10:30 am         Speaker: Pamela Tourigny:  Marketing Veganism: Effective advocacy to win allies for a more vegan world

12 noon           Speaker: Victoria Moran:  The Good Karma Diet: Look Great, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion

2:00 pm           Speaker: Elise Desaulniers:  Cash Cow: 10 Myths about the Dairy Industry

Saturday June  4th, 2016
– 10:30 am

5 Reasons Sanctuaries
Change The World

Lucas Solowey

Executive Director,
Wishing Well Sanctuary



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Sanctuaries are a hot topic these days! Whether it’s John Stewart opening a Sanctuary, a well-known wonder pig, or tales of escaping animals finding a safe haven – Sanctuaries are capturing the public’s attention. This talk will discuss five reasons why Sanctuaries can do so much good for animals, the planet, and our health!

About the Speaker:

Lucas has organized and participated in events in over twenty cities worldwide and has been named by local, national, and international media outlets. He has worked professionally with celebrities, film directors, members of the media, politicians, businesses, and international NGO’s, garnering the attention and respect of the global community. Over the last few years, Lucas has professionally represented several leading non-profit organizations and charities in Canada. Lucas is proud to represent Wishing Well Sanctuary at Ottawa Veg Fest.

About Wishing Well Sanctuary:  www.wishingwellsanctuary.org

An oasis of discovery and development, repose, and renewal, our Wishing Well Sanctuary is a centre for personal growth, inner peace, healing and joy. We are also a farmed animal sanctuary and therefore we can say that we truly are a sanctuary of all! This delightful retreat is just north of “Ontario’s food basket” (the Holland Marsh) near Bradford, Ontario. Just a mere 45 minutes from central Toronto.


Saturday June 4th, 2016
– 12 noon

Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered


A Documentary Film followed by
a Talk with the Film Maker
Gary Charbonneau






Together we’ll watch the one-hour documentary which exposes the truth behind whale and dolphin captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. Afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to talk to the filmmaker, Gary Charbonneau, himself.

Come prepared … Watch the trailer  and read the news report in advance of the film’s screening and post-film talk.

The Vancouver Aquarium breeding program is no longer defensible by science.” – Dr Jane Goodall

For more information:

VAUFacebook Page

Instagram Page

Twitter – @VAUncovered

Saturday June 4th, 2016
– 2:00 pm

Optimizing Your Micronutrients


Susan Macfarlane
Registerered Dietician

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In her talk, Susan will explore the vitamin and mineral intake and status of vegans and provide guidance on which supplements may be needed on a vegan diet. She will also demonstrate how omnivorous diets are not as nutritionally complete as once believed.

About the Speaker:

Susan Macfarlane is an Ottawa-based Registered Dietician and Holistic Nutritionist.  She is currently in the process of launching a private nutrition practice devoted to helping people transition to, and maintain, a sustainable, healthy plant-based diet.

Sunday June 5th, 2016
– 10:30 am

“Marketing” Veganism:
Effective advocacy to win allies
for a more vegan world

Pamela Tourigny

Founder, Vegan Eats Ottawa
and Eat Your Veggies Institute

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Pamela’s presentation draws from her extensive volunteer and professional experience, as well as studies, surveys, and psychological and marketing principals to provide a road map and tool kit for those who seek to thrive and advocate as vegans and vegetarians in a world that can be unfriendly to this lifestyle.

About the Speaker:

Pamela Tourigny is the co-founder of Ottawa Veg Fest, an 8-year NCVA board member, and a marketing and communications consultant with more than a decade of experience in the health, sustainability, and ethical lifestyle sphere.  She is the founder of Vegan Eats Ottawa and the Eat Your Veggies Institute, and has been vegan for nearly 12 years.

Sunday June 5th, 2016
– 12 noon

The Good Karma Diet:
Look Great, Feel Amazing,
Age in Slow Motion

Victoria Moran
Author and Speaker,
Founder and Director of
Main Street Vegan Academy

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Did you know that physical exercise is the closest thing we have to a panacea for staying youthful? Or that there are foods in your kitchen right now that can give you the enviable “glow”? In this presentation, you’ll learn to look and feel vital and vibrant all your life long with Victoria’s M-E-N-D program – a memorable way to “mend” your ways and change your life. You’ll learn to:

  • Enliven your food choices
  • Eat a “rainbow diet”
  • Keep the fountain of youth on your kitchen counter
  • Discover the color of youth and vitality
  • Get younger by doing nothing
  • Unearth the metaphorical underpinnings of exercise
  • Decrease your toxic load
  • Make an ageless attitude yours forever…while at the same time saving the lives of innocent animals and making yourself a force for peace on earth.

About the Speaker:

Victoria Moran, CHHC, AADP, is the Oprah-featured author of twelve books including Main Street Vegan and The Good Karma Diet. A vegan of more than three decades and an obesity survivor, Moran hosts the weekly Main Street Vegan podcast and is the founder and director of Main Street Vegan Academy, a training program for Vegan Lifestyle Coaches and Educators in New York City.

Sunday June 5th, 2016
– 2:00 pm

Cash Cow:
10 Myths About the Dairy Industry

Elise Desaulniers

Author, Blogger,
Food Ethics and
Animal Rights Advocate



The author of Cash Cow takes a hard look at the dairy industry, and how it has persuaded the general public of the “naturalness” and value of cows’ milk in the human diet.  Her presentation will examine the politics and ideologies behind our dependence on dairy and how to learn to live without milk. Her book is available here.

Desaulniers questions who really benefits from the promotion of dairy, and just how effectively animal welfare and small farming operations can be protected in an age of consolidation and confinement. She addresses 10 myths about cow’s milk that most of us believe:

  1. Milk Is Natural
  2. A Glass of Milk for Healthy Bones
  3. One Glass of Milk Is Good, but Two Is Better
  4. We Can Trust the Experts
  5. Schoolchildren Need Milk
  6. If Cows Were Unhappy, They Wouldn’t Produce Milk
  7. Animal Abuse Is Illegal
  8. Cheese Is Green
  9. It’s an Industry Just Like Any Other
  10. I Could Never Live Without Cheese

About the Speaker:

A popular and respected blogger in Québec, Élise Desaulniers is a food ethics and animal rights advocate who is also interested in public policy, philosophy, and feminism. In Cash Cow, she takes a hard look at the dairy industry, and how it has persuaded the general public of the naturalness and value of cows’ milk in the human diet.