Our Expert Panelists join us on stage at 1:30pm


Kathy Smart

Canada's Nutrition Expert

Kathy Smart is a TV Show Host, Chef, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker and Award-Winning Nutritionist. 

With over 20 years experience in the health and wellness sectors, Kathy Smart has achieved many personal goals along with helping thousands to live their healthiest self. Some of her achievements include: North America's Gluten Free Expert, Canadian Holistic Nutritionist of the Year for Canada, Founder of the Live the Smart Way Expo TM, Health and Wellness Media Personality and much more! livethesmartway.com 


Ashley Gismondi

Ashley is a 30-something foodie who doesn’t let Celiac Disease get in her way. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and adorable Goldendoodle Frankie. In her free time, enjoys exploring the city, baking, and watching hockey, as she is a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Ashley showcases her gluten-free food finds, travels and lifestyle on Twitter, Instagram and her 

blog, www.celiacandthe6ix.com. Her motto is "life, home, travel...with a gluten-free twist"


Jessica Danford

Jessica Danford is a passionate advocate for the celiac and gluten-free community. Partnering with local food banks, rescues and various food initiatives in Ontario to start the conversation on access to safe food. Providing education and training workshops, fund-raising and GF/allergen friendly food-drives for organizations who require additional support ensuring access to safe food for all. You can learn more on her website www.gfreewifey.com where she shares her gluten-free life as a diagnosed celiac.

cooking demonstrations


Denise Thibodeau

Cooking Demonstration 11:30am:  Teriyaki Dragon Boat Lettuce Wrap

Denise Thibodeau loves helping her clients discover fast and easy meal solutions using gluten free and clean ingredients for their fast-paced lifestyles. She offers hands-on cooking classes that are a ton of fun, as her clients discover and experience how easy it is to cook a balanced meal for their families.  She de-myths the idea that cooking is difficult as she helps people answer the age-old question “what’s for dinner”.

Contact Denise denisethibodeau@gmail.com to learn how you too can cook a delicious clean balanced meal for yourself or family in 30 minutes or less. 


Planted In Hamilton

Cooking Demonstration 2:30pm: Pan-Seared Tofu with Chimichurri Sauce and a Couscous-Style Salad

Join us at the stage as Chef Sam Perry demonstrates this delicious main course meal. Planted is a plant-based gluten-free restaurant & bakery located in downtown Hamilton. Our mission is to prove that inclusive food can feel familiar and taste amazing. Whether it's nachos, pulled jackfruit sandwiches, or cashew mac and cheese, we're committed to making everything vegan, everything gluten-free, and everything awesome. 


Expert speakers


Rachel Stewart

Presentation 12:30pm Gluten Free – Will Travel!

Join celiac travel agent, Rachel Stewart to talk about her favourite subject – Gluten Free Travel! She’ll share her insider tips and tricks for planning a great trip – including navigating the online world for  inspiration, researching destinations and finding amazing food experiences, all around the world. She will also share her wealth of knowledge on finding the right gluten free all-inclusive destinations and guide to enjoying them safely. Gluten Free travel has never been easier!