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Amie Watson is a Montreal-based freelance writer, television contributor, and founder of the Fork That app. Her work has appeared in the Montreal Gazette, enRoute magazine, and The Globe and Mail.
Allison Day, RHN

Allison Day, RHN, is a nutritionist, blogger, and cookbook author. Check out her cookbooks, Whole Bowls and Purely Pumpkin (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016).
Deena Kara Shaffer, PhD

Deena Kara Shaffer, PhD, is a learning specialist and lecturer at Ryerson University, co-creator of the Thriving in Action initiative, and owner of Awakened Learning, resilience-based educational coaching and consulting. 

Christina Chandra

Christina Chandra, BSC FNH, is a freelance food, nutrition, and health writer. Based in Vancouver, she enjoys exploring local eateries and advocating for wellness.  

Tiffany Mayer

Tiffany Mayer is a journalist based in St. Catharines, Ontario. She finds no shortage of inspiration in the Niagara Region where she lives.

Nancy Coulter-Parker

Nancy Coulter-Parker writes about all things organic and the natural products industry. She and her family live in Boulder, Colorado where her vegetable gardening skills are challenged by the dry weather.

Lisa Truesdale

Lisa Truesdale is a full-time freelance writer who lives in Colorado with her family (including three cats). She writes about healthy living, food and drink, and travel and tourism for dozens of publications. Her passions are cooking, traveling, and reading.

Melissa Curman

Melissa Curman is a writer and editor from Vancouver, Canada. She enjoys spending time with her family, being in nature, and has a true passion for natural health and wellness.

Karina Inkster, MA, PTS

Vegan since 2003, Karina Inkster, MA, PTS, is a fitness and nutrition coach, author of five books, and podcast host. She and her coaching team help vegans worldwide live their healthiest, most plant-strong lives.

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen is a full-time Vancouver-based freelance writer, alive contributor, and the author of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back (Baker House Publishing, January 2019).

Amy Green

Amy Green is a writer, counsellor, and registered psychologist based in Salmon Arm, BC

Katie Swanson

Katie Swanson is a world traveler and a health and wellness writer. She writes to help others live healthier, wealthier, happier lives.

Margaret Littman

Margaret Littman is a journalist, stand-up paddler, author and lover of all things Nashville. 

Kristy Aleksich

 Kristy is a media and communications specialist based in beautiful British Columbia

Colleen Bryon

The managing editor, digital, at alive, Colleen likes baking healthy(ish) desserts and cooking up a good pun.

Erin Jackson

Erin Jackson is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, BC.

Desiree Nielsen, BSc, RD

 Desiree Nielsen, BSc, RD, a registered dietitian, host of The Allsorts Podcast and author of the bestselling plant-based cookbook, Eat More Plants.

Gail Johnson

Gail Johnson is an award-winning digital, print, and broadcast journalist based in Vancouver. @gailjohnsonvancouver

Julia Murray

Julia Murray, RHN, is an Olympian, certified plant-based chef, and co-founder of 80/20 Plants, the plant-based health app.

Heather Burt

Heather Burt bicycles to Langara College, where she teaches literature and writing. Her novel Adam's Peak (Dundurn Press, 2007) was shortlisted for the 2008 BC Book Prizes.

Kate Rhéaume, B.Sc

Kate Rhéaume, B.Sc, ND (Inactive), is the author of the best-selling book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox (HarperCollins, 2013).

Thalia Charney

Thalia is the Nutrition and Health Education Manager at NOW Foods. She has spent over 30 years in the health industry, including an eclectic background in herbal medicine, nutrition, essential oils, and working as a wellness coach, fitness instructor, and personal trainer. Thalia is also the author of “The Confident Shopper: The Guide to Food Labels and Fables” and “The Expert Patient: Health is Not a Spectator Sport.”

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