Camille Labchuk

1:00pm - 1:30pm | Ethics & Animal Rights

Camille Labchuk is one of Canada’s leading animal rights lawyers, and has worked to protect animals for over a decade. As a lawyer, Camille seeks out cases that enhance the legal interests of animals, expose hidden animal suffering, and result in meaningful policy changes. As an advocate, Camille’s work includes documenting the commercial seal kill on Canada’s East Coast, exposing cruelty in farming, protecting the free speech rights of animal advocates, and campaigns against trophy hunting, circuses, zoos, aquariums, shark finning, puppy mills, and more. Camille is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Mount Allison University. She is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on animal law issues. Camille shares her Ottawa home with two black cats, Sadie and Cecily.



Dr. Pamela Fergusson

1:50pm - 2:20pm | Health & Wellness

Dr. Pamela Fergusson is an RD with a PhD in nutrition. She has over 15 years of experience with changing lives through better nutrition. Dr. Fergusson has worked as a lecturer in nutrition at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK and Ryerson University, Canada. Dr. Fergusson has worked as a Dietitian in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia for organizations such as Unicef and the World Food program and has a broad and diverse experience as she’s worked in research and teaching as well as public health and clinical practice. Dr. Fergusson is fascinated by nutrition and loves to bring wellness and fitness into her own life. She eats a whole foods, plant-based diet and loves to cook and bake with her four children. Dr. Fergusson believes in the power of activity to help improve our mental and physical health. She brings all of this joy and experience to her practice.



Dominick Thompson

2:40pm - 3:10pm | Fitness & Masculinity

Dominick Thompson is a leader in the vegan and plant-based communities. He is the founder of a successful New York based start-up company that produces hip, sustainable clothing made in New York from recycled and organic materials. He is also the founder of Eat What Elephants Eat, a food and nutrition company dedicated to making plant-based eating accessible and affordable. A working athlete, Dominick’s intense training schedule includes cycling, swimming, running, calisthenics, boxing, cross-fit, cross-training, weight and power-lifting. He competes in 10-12 endurance races per year, including marathons, triathlons, and ultra-races. Dominick has been recognized for his activism across a variety of major news outlets, including NPR News, ABC News, Men’s Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Esquire, Thrive Magazine, Origin Magazine, and more.



Lauren Ornelas

3:30pm - 4:00pm | Food Justice

Lauren Ornelas founded Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P) which seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one's food choices. F.E.P encourages healthy food choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, and the unavailability of healthy foods in low-income areas. A fierce animal activist for over 20 years, Lauren was the first woman of colour inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame at the 2018 National Animal Rights Conference. Along with the rest of the F.E.P crew, she is known for illuminating such issues as child slavery in the chocolate industry, farm worker rights, and environmental racism.




4:20pm - 4:50pm | Environment

Mexie hosts a popular Youtube channel, “Mexie”, where she provides grounded critiques of capitalism and explores issues relating to social/environmental/economic justice and veganism. She is a published author and holds a P.h.D. in Human Geography (Political Ecology), for which she received a SSHRC scholarship. Her work explores the intersections between political economy and environmental governance, with research sites in Canada and Thailand. She’s been a leftist as long as she can remember, vegetarian for 10 years, and (finally) vegan for 4 years. She also co-hosts a leftist podcast, The Vegan Vanguard, with Marine from A Privileged Vegan.







8 Cakes



Dwarf Stars

Lakeview Bakery

Nourish Kitchen & Bakery

Soymilk & Vinegar

Veg Hammer


The Grinning Goat

Talk Vegan To Me Clothing

Vegan Veins

Wuxly Outerwear

FOOD & BEVERAGE (samples & take home)

Beetroot Nutrition

Black Sheep Vegan Cheese

Community Natural Foods

Evergreen Wheatgrass Juice

Flora Fromage

Fresh & Local Farm Outlet

Going Nuts

Holy Kraut

Honest Dumplings

Intelligently Nourished

Light Cellar Superfoods

Made Foods

Made Good Foods

Maxi Foods

Mountain Mystics

Prana Kitchen

Roni’s Kitchen

Rooted Inc.

SpiraVeg Foods


The Gut Lab

The Vegan Popcorn Company



Earth Rebel

Earth Warrior

Go Electric

Henna by Iram

Monat Global

Mount Royal Village Family Chiropractic

Penny Embroidery

Shakti Mat Canada

Spartan Kitchen Products

The Happy Seed

Tri-it Multisport

Wild Harvest Botanicals

Young Living Essential Oils




Calgary Mini Donuts

Capone's Strada Cucina

Family Squeezed

Heart’s Choices

Kurry Up

Madison’s 1212

Perogy Boyz

Vegan Street


Calgary Heritage Roasters

Empanada Queen

Gusta Foods (corner)

Happy Belly Kombucha

It’s All Good Organic

Marathon Ethiopian

Raw Eatery

Scratch Rare Ice Cream

The Coup

The Sly Fox Vegan Butcher

The Very Good Butchers


Animal Justice

ARTS Senior Animal Rescue

Food Empowerment Project

Calgary Animal Rights Effort

Calgary Humane Society

Isha Foundation

Iskcon Calgary

Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation

Plastic Free YYC

Robin’s Refuge

The Alice Sanctuary



Official grocer of vfc

Community Natural Foods has been at the heart of Calgary's natural and organic food movement. Having been the first grocer in Calgary to go single-use plastic grocery bag free and the first grocer to no longer sell single servings of water in plastic bottles, Community Natural Foods has paved the way for sustainable initiatives in the grocery industry.



A big thank you to this year’s sponsors for VFC 2019!



A big thank you to this year’s community partners for VFC 2019!