These were the speaker sessions from GFG 2019.
Stay tuned for the GFG 2021 speaker lineup to be announced soon! 

Italpasta Pop-Up in The Stop: Stay on the Gluten-Free Edge of the Hottest Food Trends

Spring has sprung and we’re welcoming the new season with a gluten-free spin on the hottest food trends! Exotic flavours and ingredients from the Pacific Rim. Hand-churned ice cream in surprising flavours. And unexpected sauces for a match made in gluten-free pasta heaven. Join special guest IRENE MATYS (@irene_matys) as she prepares three recipes that are not only impressive looking but absolutely delicious. Attendees will get to taste each dish and take home a gift bag of Italpasta Gluten Free Pasta to try out their new skills at home.

This “taste and learn” session takes place inside The Stop. Space is limited so please arrive a few minutes early and form a line outside the door.

10:30 – 11:30 am  l  12:30 – 1:30 pm  l  2:30 – 3:30 pm

Irene Matys, who was born in Cyprus and immigrated to Canada in 1976 as a refugee, has a passion and love for creating, styling and photographing food that feeds the eye. She specializes in freelance food photography, food styling and recipe development for a number of prominent businesses. Irene is a freelance food stylist with CTV/Bell Media and an on-air expert with The Marilyn Denis Show. She also supports Your Morning, The Social and etalk as a food stylist. Irene is a local farm-to-table advocate and supports local farmers. She has been with Plan B Organic Farms in Hamilton for four years, volunteering, sharing her farm journey and creating beautiful cuisines using fresh local farm ingredients.

5 speaker sessions in The Community Gallery

These sessions take place in the Wychwood Barns Community Gallery. The entrance is off of
Wychwood Avenue (the northeast side of the venue). Space is limited so please arrive a
few minutes early and line up outside the gallery.

11 – 11:45 am
Panel Discussion: Raising kids well with celiac disease

Panelists: RonniLyn Pustil & Lily; Cheryl Stein & Ella & Samantha; Jaime Plain & Hilary; Miriam Lubin & Maya

Moderator: Rachael Hunt, GlutenFreedom Inc. | @freedomrachh

Who ever said raising a child with celiac disease is easy? Having to eat gluten free definitely comes with its own set of challenges for children (think summer camp, sleepovers, pizza lunch, picky eaters, and the list goes on). As advocates for celiac awareness and as parents who are doing their best, this panel of mothers has had to navigate all kinds of tricky situations, just like you. From birthday parties to bake sales, they’ve been there, done that—and they’re here to pass on some tips and tricks they’ve learned along the way. Come meet the moms, bring your kids, and share your struggles and triumphs!

12 – 12:45 pm
What’s Up, Doc? Celiac disease in children

Speaker: Dr. Peggy Marcon, SickKids

Celiac disease is something that you and your family are living with every day. Your child got diagnosed and you were told to put them on a gluten-free diet. Then what? Often there are many questions that follow and sometimes it is hard to find the answers. In this 45-minute session, pediatric gastroenterologist Peggy Marcon will answer commonly asked questions from parents during visits to the Celiac Clinic at SickKids. And she’s here at GFG answer your questions! According to Dr. Marcon, celiac disease is on the rise (in general and in children), with a two- to four-fold increase in the number of people developing this autoimmune disease. Dr. Marcon will touch on some of the recent research she and others have been doing in the field.

Dr. Peggy Marcon is a pediatric gastroenterologist at SickKids, where she helps run the Celiac Clinic. She has a clinical research interest in celiac disease and is also interested in diet quality and availability in celiac disease. She and Dr. Catharine Walsh are looking at eLearning to help facilitate gluten-free diet teaching in those with celiac disease and celiac disease and diabetes. She also has a longstanding collaboration with diabetes specialist Dr. Farid Mahmud.

1 – 1:45 pm

Panel Discussion: Going gluten free for various health reasons

Panelists: Rafia Kanji, nutritionist living with celiac disease & hypothyroidism | @eatwithraf
Dana Silvestri, holistic nutritionist living with Crohn’s disease | @crohnscooking
Doris Romano, registered nurse & holistic nutritionist living with Hashimoto’s | @myaipkitchen
Kayla Saint-Onge, registered bioenergetic practitioner living with ulcerative colitis | @balancedbykayla
Jordan Wagman, chef living with psoriasis  @chefjordanwagman

Moderator: Rachael Hunt, GlutenFreedom Inc. | @freedomrachh

Yes, it’s Celiac Awareness Month, but going gluten free doesn’t just pertain to people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. As autoimmune conditions are becoming more prevalent, there is evidence that a gluten-free lifestyle supports the healing process with its anti-inflammatory benefits. In this panel of people who have gone gluten free for various health reasons—colitis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, Hashimotos—we explore how and when they discovered that this may be the best diet for them, how they transitioned, and how their health has improved since making this choice.

2 – 2:45 pm

Beyond Gluten Free 101:
 Everything you need to know about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity & the gluten-free diet

Speaker: Shelley Case | @glutenfreequeen

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity or wonder if you or a family member has a gluten-related disorder, this is the session for you! In this 45-minute talk, bestselling author and registered dietitian Shelley Case will share the latest information about gluten-related disorders and the gluten-free diet. Learn about the signs and symptoms and diagnostic tests, plus get an overview of the gluten-free diet, including safe foods/ingredients and nourishing GF options to live a healthy gluten-free life. Shelley’s book, Gluten Free: The Definitive Resource Guide, will be available for purchase before and after the session.

A leading international expert on the gluten-free diet, Shelley Case is a registered dietitian, author, speaker and consultant with more than 35 years of experience. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Professional Advisory Council of the Canadian Celiac Association. Shelley is a sought-after media source, conducting hundreds of radio, TV, newspaper and magazine interviews. As a popular speaker, she delivers numerous presentations at medical, nutrition, celiac and food industry conferences throughout North America. Shelley’s bestselling book, Gluten Free: The Definitive Resource Guide, is highly recommended by health professionals, celiac organizations, consumers, the food industry and media. In addition to her food and nutrition expertise, Shelley lives with celiac disease and understands the challenges of following a strict gluten-free diet for life.

3 – 3:45 pm

Travel Advisor: How to plan an epic (& safe) gluten-free trip

Speaker: Rachel Stewart | @eatwelltravelhappy

Do you have a dream destination but can’t imagine going there because of your dietary restriction? You’re not alone. Many people who are gluten free are faced with fear and anxiety about travel and dining out safely. Gluten-free travel guru Rachel Stewart is on a mission to help you eat well and travel happy. In this 45-minute session, she will share her insider tips and tricks for planning an epic trip, including navigating the online world for inspiration, researching destinations and discovering safe and tasty food experiences all over the world. She’ll also share her wealth of knowledge on gluten-free all-inclusive destinations and her guide to enjoying them without worry. Gluten-free travel has never been easier…bon voyage!

As an avid world traveller, mother of three boys with food restrictions and someone living with celiac disease herself, Rachel Stewart has turned her passion into her business. After leaving her corporate career to found Eat Well, Travel Happy, a full-service travel agency, Rachel now spends her days helping people plan gluten-free and allergy-friendly trips all over the world. “This has been the most fulfilling career of my life. When my clients come back and say that they ate something wonderful on vacation they hadn’t had in years or were included in food experiences with their families, it’s the best feeling!”

Our Guest Speakers Deliver the Goods on Gluten-Free Living

Ricki Heller

Joy McCarthy

Maggie Savage

Gluten Free Garage: Part III (November 2013) was pleased to bring you 3 fantastic speakers and topics for our guest speaker series! Our speakers covered a variety of topics related to healthy gluten-free living. There was something for everyone!