2018 Speakers

Anwar Knight

Anwar Knight is a proud Canadian broadcaster, actor and television producer.   His career began years ago on dimly lit stages as an accomplished stand-up comic at Yuk Yuk’s. He practiced and perfected his act daily while hosting his own show at a variety of stations in the city, including EZ Rock and Z-103.5.

Nowadays, his warm and energetic personality has become a favourite with television viewers nationwide. Anwar has been a part of some of the most successful television broadcasters in the country.

Today Anwar is an integral part of Canada’s most watched news team on CTV. He anchors the weather while reporting live on location from around the GTA. His on air adventures are one of a kind.  He has reported the weather –LIVE while repelling down a 15-storey building with Peel Police, under water while scuba diving, fencing,  and making waves while Wakeboarding to name a few.  His quick wit and humour have made him one of the most popular personalities in the city. In January 2017, Anwar created and launched a first of its kind online show in North America; “Knight In The Morning” streamed LIVE weekday mornings on  CTV Toronto’s Face Book Page.  Thousands of viewers across the world – (from 6 out of 7 continents) regularly watched the interactive 30 minute program.

Anwar’s acting credits include guest appearances on numerous TV shows, commercials, and he can be seen in the Hollywood film “Man of the Year”, starring Robin Williams, as well as “Never Cry Wolf”, with Kevin Sorbo.

In 2010, Anwar was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. A fighter and always the eternal optimist, Anwar was challenged with not only getting better, but also asking himself to become a catalyst for change – especially when it comes to cancer. His blog “Anwar’s Journey -The Hodgepodge of an Optimist” chronicled his road to recovery, while helping launch a new support initiative. “Hope Happens”, is a national support network that inspires and empowers those who are newly diagnosed with cancer, and those who support them. Anwar is committed to a number of charitable organizations including The Boys and Girls Club, Camp Winston, Breakfast for Learning and Lymphoma Canada, where he has served as a director of the board.

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Ben Cullen

Ben Cullen is a fourth-generation gardener who – in pursuit of his love of food and growing – started his education in Agriculture at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. After working in agricultural research, Ben headed east where a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Dalhousie University in Halifax eventually led him into the food industry. Three years into the food business, Ben took a break to pursue a dream of travelling overland from London, UK to Shanghai, China. Since returning in January 2016, Ben has worked full time alongside his Dad, Gardening Expert Mark Cullen, sharing the joys of Canadian gardening. You can find Ben and Mark in their weekly Toronto Star column, as well as the occasional appearances on Global Television’s Morning Show and The Weather Network.

Brolaw Brothers

With over a decade in the business, brother-in-laws Joey Fletcher and David Kenney (aka the BroLaws) have worked hard both on and off screen to make people’s dream renovations a reality.

Whether you have a blank slate or something out-of-date, the BroLaws have the skills to transform your space into something truly amazing.

They specialize in both interior and exterior renovations, so whatever the project, the have you covered.

Join them at the Pro Series Stage and learn easy DIY builds that can transform your drab backyard!

Jackie Morra

When she’s not in front of an audience sharing insider tips and tricks on how to transform our spaces, she’s in her own garden being inspired.  Jackie Morra is passionate about creating outdoor areas that reflect our needs and become an extension of our homes that are functional and beautiful.  Jackie believes that bringing the comforts of inside to the outdoors while making low maintenance a reality, makes our backyards an untapped living space where we can connect with family and friends.

With families trending towards “stay-cations” the desire to create an outdoor oasis within your own backyard is an invaluable option. From the latest in outdoor kitchens, innovative materials, outdoor furniture, plants and accessories that provide you with ample inspiration to help transform your backyard. Jackie speaks to getting big impact out of small spaces that include outdoor entertaining, cooking, relaxing and gardening while surrounded by the beauty, sights and sound of being outdoors in nature.

Jackie Morra is a designer of “dream space” exhibits that tour nationally, such as the Ultimate Backyard, Urban Living Home, Hockey Fan Cave, Dream Home Backyard Outdoor Oasis, and the Ultimate Kids Spaces, Jackie is a regular speaker across Canada at various home and garden shows and events for the last 15 years. She has been featured in various media such as Breakfast Television, Global TV- The Morning Show, CTV, The Toronto Star, Reno & Décor Magazine, Toronto Sun, CTV News, City TV, The Globe and Mail, Styeathome.com, Houzz.com.

Jaclyn Coville

Jaclyn Colville is a Interior Stylist in the GTA with a focus on Modern Casual Design. Jaclyn has worked for a Burlington Design Firm for the past 2 years while owning her own business Harper Designs. Jaclyn recently flipped a 1960’s home with her husband and documented the process on several platforms. The install was showcased on The Marc and Mandy Show, House and Home and on Jaclyn’s Youtube account. She is a youtuber and blogger for Jaclyncolville.com who has been creating content since 2012. You may recognize Jaclyn as a host for shows like Morning Live, Morning Live First Addition, Tiny Talent Time and The Shopping Channel.
football and basketball seasons.

Jo Alcorn

You might recognize Jo from HGTV Home to Win Seasons or Critical Listing as well daytime shows such as Marilyn Denis, Steven and Chris, BT and more.

Jo’s most proud adventure has been designing her own furniture line, dog bed, pillows, bedding and wallpaper collection, as well as a lighting collection for Artcraft Lighting that is in major lighting stores across Canada, and the U.S. She also has her own paint colour with Para Paints, and is in the midst of adding more products to her collections line up.

To add to her credentials, she is the Style Editor for Canadian Home Trends Magazine, has a monthly blog on HGTV online, and writes for Toronto Sun, Next Home as well as appearances in Style at Home, Chatelaine, Canadian Living and more . Further, she has been teaching for eight years at Humber College North Campus developing young minds of the industry.

Jo graduated with a B.A from a Liberal Arts School in New York City, Manhattanville, after which she had the opportunity to explore Europe studying colour and architecture while attending London’s City University.

Chef Jonathan Collins

Chef Jonathan Collins loves to share his life as a Chef, by stripping away complexity and teaching you how to cook amazing food with confidence. His enthusiastic, approachable cooking style resonates with viewers on Breakfast Television Toronto, Cityline, CTV Ottawa Morning Live, Today’s Shopping Choice and CBC’s The Goods and Steven and Chris. He has produced several of his own series including Hungry for Family, Cuisinart Culinary School, The Kitchen Life and The Outdoors Chef. Since graduating Le Cordon Bleu, Jonathan has developed a signature style by blending North American, European and Asian influences with a French foundation and distinct Canadian identity, emphasizing fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. For Jonathan, it’s about fewer ingredients, delicious recipes, sure-fire techniques, and a return to passionate, healthy and simple cooking.

Chef Michael P. Clive

Michael Clive started his career in London, Ontario after graduating from Culinary Management and Tourism & Hospitality from Fanshawe College. He has worked in the kitchens of some of Ontario’s finest restaurants and corporations. In addition to his countless appearances on local and national television shows and food events, he produced and hosted his own cooking shows “Sizzle with Michael P. Clive” and “Toronto Eats with MPC”.

As Weber Canada’s Grill Master, Michael is responsible for internal and external training and education initiatives. In this role, he also represents Weber as brand ambassador and media spokesperson, maintaining the integrity of the Weber brand experience at the first Weber Grill Academy in Canada, located in Vaughan, ON.

Chef Clive’s enthusiastic approach to food is only surpassed by his passion for grilling. His first experience using a Weber grill was with the portable Weber Q and there was no looking back. An avid griller, he now enjoys grilling year-round on a wide assortment of Weber gas and charcoal grills and smokers.

Michael is also known for picking up the bass guitar and throwing some extreme tailgating parties during
football and basketball seasons.

Chef Ted Reader

chef-ted-reader-image-3Known as the ‘Godfather of the Grill’, his charm and fearless culinary spirit has led Ted to become an award-winning chef, author, food and product innovation entertainer and a professor of Modern Culinary Applications Innovations at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College.

Ted’s culinary adventure began at George Brown College Chef School in Toronto, which to date has paved the way for his dynamic career. He cooks for all walks of life from swanky corporate affairs; to backyard BBQ parties and summer festivals.

Ted’s passion for all things smoked and grilled is extremely contagious. You’ll often find him spreading his gospel of BBQ at live cooking demonstrations and TV and radio appearances that keep fans salivating for more!

Ted has written over twenty-one cookbooks and has won such awards as Cookbook of the Year for the 2014 Single-Subject Cookbook at The Taste of Canada Food Writing Awards for Gastro Grilling. Other books he has written include: Beerlicious: The Art of Grillin’ and Chillin’, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Smoking, and Napoleon’s Everyday Plank Grilling just to name a few.

Ted owns over 75 grills and smokers, but most recently added a 1972 Ford Seagrave pumper truck to his collection called Hoptimus Prime.

Today you can find Ted in the backyard of his Toronto home tinkering with toys and developing creative and delicious recipes.

THE OIL GIRLS

The Oil Girls were founded by friends, moms and oil lovers Laura & Lisa. They are on a mission to show families that a toxic free lifestyle, fueled by pure plant power goodness, is possible and affordable if you take it one drop at a time. The Oil Girls offer Oil 101 seminars and larger group gatherings to help educate people about the pure plant power of essential oils and how easy they are to incorporate into your lives. 
Join The Oil Girls for a half hour seminar where you’ll learn how essential oils can support you summer must-haves.
Come and enjoy this interactive talk and learn which essential oils can be used to create all natural effective sunscreen, DIY bug repellant, after bite, after sun and more.
Make this summer the summer you go green and learn the top tips for removing common toxins from your summer routine with simple alternatives that are plant based and essential oil infused.
Everyone will leave with a sample of all natural sunscreen and other goodies.