Saturday, May 18, 2019

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Apple Stage: Keynote Speakers


11:30-12 - James Yurichuk "Starting Up a Plant-Based Business"


James Yurichuk is a former linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts and the co-founder of the Wuxly Movement, whose mission is to protect wildlife. He is the brains behind the Trade-Up Program, which provides the public with the opportunity to donate their fur-trimmed and/or down-filled jackets in exchange for a credit toward a Wuxly animal-free jacket. He has also taken a strong stand on women’s issues and bullying, as an ambassador for the Argo’s White Ribbon and Huddle Up campaigns. He and his family are currently living a plant-based lifestyle.


12:15-1 - "Vegpreneur Food Business Panel"


1:15-2 - Shoshana Chaim, Karine Charbonneau & Isabelle Steichen "Panel: I'd Be Vegan But..."


Isabelle grew up in Luxembourg and transitioned from an omnivorous to a plant-based diet after she moved to NYC in 2013. Her decision was triggered by environmental, ethical and health reasons. In 2015, Isabelle launched The Plantiful, a vegan lifestyle podcast and blog that she is now running together with her husband Noah. Isabelle holds a plant-based nutrition certificate from Cornell University and has spoken at numerous events such as The Seed Food and Wine Festival in Miami, the NYC and Arizona Veg Fest as well as Meatless Monday events at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Isabelle and Noah live in Brooklyn, NY with their senior cat Adzuki.


A former vegan events planner, Karine launched Find Veg Love with her partner in 2017. They are the co-founders of Veg Speed Date which has generated more than 3,000 matches in 100 cities.


2:15-3 - Alicia Kennedy "Live Taping of Meatless"


3:15-4 - TBA


5-5:45 - Dr. Shivam Joshi "How Evidence of a Plant-Based Human Evolution Affects Health Today"


Dr. Shivam Joshi is an internal medicine and plant-based physician practicing at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He is a faculty member of NYU's School of Medicine with research interests in plant-based diets, evolutionary diets, fad diets, and nephrology. He received his BS from Duke University and his MD from the University of Miami. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami and his fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Pear Stage: Food Demos


Stage Coordinator: Elena Beresneva


12:45-1:15 - Kimberly Snyder


1:30-2 - Terry Hope Romero


2:15-2:45 - Dustin Harder


Dustin Harder is the host and creator of the web series The Vegan Roadie, the plant-based version of Food Network’s “Diner's, Drive-In's and Dives.” When not on the road filming he is a plant-based personal chef, graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute and recipe developer in NYC. Dustin has traveled the country since 2003 as an actor and eventually a chef making appearances on morning talk shows and at veg fests educating veg-curious people across the land, veganizing American standards and inspiring even the clumsiest of kitchen misfits to become kitchen warriors in their own homes!


3:45-4:15 - Amber Orlino

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