Speakers

We have a fabulous line up of celebrities and experts presenting throughout the day on stage.
Please check back regularly for updates.

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.

Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell entered into the skilled trades in 2005. After graduating high school and realizing that the university path just wasn’t for her, Kate applied to a “Women In Skilled Trades” (WIST) course based out of Burlington, Ontario.

Kate has been working in the television and renovation industry for over ten years and has been taught by some of Canada’s top renovators. She can be seen as part of the crew for HGTV’s “Holmes On Homes”, “Holmes in New Orleans”, “Holmes Inspection” and assisting the final contestants as a part of “Handyman Superstar Challenge”.

Kate has also been featured as one of the crew in HGTV’s hit shows “Decked Out” and “Disaster Decks” where she helps build some of the most interesting and unique decks out there.  To top it all off, most recently Kate was asked to participate in HGTV Canada’s hit show “Home to Win” as one of the hosts and celebrity contractors.

Kate is extremely passionate about speaking to young women who are considering entering the trades. She is focused on “changing the face” of the skilled trades and ESPECIALLY passionate about being an advocate for women and supporting causes that are important to her.

Kate is currently finishing restoring a 150 year old Century home with her husband Dave. Kate will be releasing videos of this fun, crazy, and amazing adventure in February 2017.

Carson Arthur

Carson Arthur is an international landscape designer with a focus on environmentally-friendly design. Throughout his 15-year television career, Carson teaches homeowners how to raise the value of their homes through outdoor renovations. He is part of the Cityline team; writes a column for the Halifax Chronicle Herald and the Sun media group including the Toronto Sun about outdoor design and appears regularly in a variety of magazines with guest articles. He is the North America outdoor design editor for Outdoor Lifestyle magazine; the outdoor expert for Terra Greenhouses; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate; and the author of the sold out book Garden Designs for Outdoor Living with a new book scheduled to hit the shelves Spring 2018.

His credits include: the host of HGTV’s Green Force and Critical Listing; the Gemini nominated Room to Grow on Global, ION and the Discovery network; Better Home’s and Garden’s Home, First Home on the Hallmark Channel in the U.S.; and the gardening expert on HGTV’s blockbuster; Home to Win and Home to Win 2. Currently, Carson’s programs can be seen on every continent in the world.

Carson now represents Canada as the international ambassador for Save the Children. His expertise in growing food will help end the cycle of poverty for children all over the world by spearheading a Canadian initiative of adding agriculture to education called Fresh For All.