Local Talks No 6 | Vancouver . BC
Taking the leap + trusting your gut.
We all have those moments where we need to decide, do we continue on our current path, or do we jump ship to try something new? We'll discuss the feelings associated with change and dealing with fear and judgement during transition. We'll share stories that will empower and inspire you to take a leap in your own life.
Amy Elderkin, Co-Founder of Popcorn (moderator)
Chloe Elgar, Chloes Counter Top, Holistic Nutritionist
Kristina Matisic, Former TV show host, turned PR solopreneur
Jason Apple, co-founders of Gourmet Syndicate
(Roaming Dragon & Vij's Railway Express food trucks)
Rosemary Conder, Chief Development Officer for the BCSPCA
Chandler Rose, Transgender Personal Trainer at Steve Nash Fitness World
6:30PM - 7:00PM Doors Open/Social
7:00PM - 8:00PM Session + Q&A
8:00PM - 8:30PM Social
Get to know the line up:
Chloe Elgar is a Holistic Nutritionist, speaker, author, self-taught food photographer and natural food chef living in Vancouver. Chloe is the author of the book, Living in Light, creator of the podcast show, Conscious Conversations and founder of the personal brand and business, Chloe's Countertop.
Chloe works with clients through her Living True Mentorship, as well as with groups to bring awareness and inspire conversation around body image, intuitive eating and the psychology of eating. Motivated through her own body image story and journey through eating disorders, anxiety and depression- Chloe is driven to change the way we approach pain and darkness and how we face fear in our lives.
Through unapologetic honesty Chloe moves through her life story of family conflict, emotional trauma and crippling self-love issues- in the form of sharing stories, motivational speaking and creative non-fiction writing. Through her own story of vulnerability and bravery, Chloe's mission is to empower others to discover/rediscover their inner joy and light by embracing the contrast of darkness and light.
Kristina Matisic is the president of Kristina Matisic Creative, a public relations and content creation agency based in Vancouver. She works with wide variety of clients including those in hospitality, retail, health and wellness and the non-profit sectors.
In her previous incarnations, Matisic was an award-winning journalist and news anchor and later, an executive producer and host of a number of long-standing TV series, including "The Shopping Bags" and "Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag," the latter which can be seen in over 65 countries.
As a well-known consumer advocate, product tester and TV personality, Matisic made regular appearances on countless TV programs and radio shows, including Good Morning America, the Rachael Ray Show, ET Canada and Canada AM.
In addition to being a long-time blogger for the popular lifestyle site, www.annaandkristina.com, she is now a regular contributor to www.mybackyard.press. She’s also a magazine writer, a published author, and a spokesperson for the SPCA’s National Cupcake Day fundraiser, four years running.
In her downtime, Matisic loves to read, write, travel and pet dogs.
Jason Apple is one for the co-founders of Gourmet Syndicate, the company that owns and operates two of Vancouver's most recognized mobile restaurant brands: Roaming Dragon and Vij's Railway Express. Since launching in 2010, Jason has been instrumental in shaping Vancouver's street food culture as well as actively involved in policy changes through his advocacy with the City of Vancouver, as a member of the Food Policy Council, and as a Board Member (currently President) of Street Food Vancouver Society. Jason has been recognized as a "40 Foodies Under 40" by Western Living Magazine, his food trucks have earned three Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, as well as enRoute Magazine's "Best New Restaurant in Canada" People's Choice Award. Jason is currently focused on transitioning Roaming Dragon & Vij's Railway Express from street food-focused food trucks into full-service catering companies, an undertaking that has been driven by explosive growth and catering demand.
Prior to his role as founder of Roaming Dragon & Vij's Railway Express, Jason spent a decade in the software/SaaS industry, as well as founded a fly-fishing and eco-Adventure travel company throughout South America. Jason earned at BA in Political Science & Certificate in Management and Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Rosemary Conder has held leadership positions in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Hospital for Sick Children. In Vancouver, she was the Director of Development at the Vancouver Art Gallery and for the last seven years, she has been the Chief Development Officer at the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA). Known for her passion and ability to inspire, she has helped raise more than $100 million for charities and developed programs that continue to raise millions more.
Rosemary has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. There was an acceleration point when she went to Asia in 2011 as a volunteer to help rescued elephants who endured lifetimes of abuse. The experience taught her about the plights these gentle giants face and the impact tourism is having on them.
The journey also changed her understanding of herself, and made her life’s purpose clear. The trip in 2011 to one elephant project became the first of five. Elephants, like many other animals in her life, are her friends and teachers
Chandler Rose went from being a "female" dancer in Los Angeles to a trans-male personal trainer in Vancouver. In Los Angeles, he was signed to Go To Talent Agency, worked for The Movement Lifestyle and frequently performed as a member of Black Light Society, directed by industry heavy hitter, Tony Tzar. In 2013 he became a Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine and started working as a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in North Hollywood. Since moving back to Canada in 2015, he has really started focusing on his career as a personal trainer and is currently working at Steve Nash Fitness World. Along with helping others improve their health, Chandler truly believes in promoting change when it comes to gender education. He has decided to be very open with his transition in hope that it opens more hearts and minds on the subject.
#LocalTalks is presented by Fall For Local. Venue sponsored by The Aviary .