Event Activities

Here’s a peek at what we have lined up. Scroll down for detailed information and bios!

Here is where you get a VIP ticket for Meagan Duhamel (sponsored by the NCVA)

Here is where you get a VIP ticket for Georges Laraque

You do not need a VIP ticket to attend their keynotes – anyone who comes to Veg Fest can attend, space permitting. However, the VIP tickets guarantee you front of house seating and exclusive access to a VIP reception with both Georges and Meagan, and refreshments from Juicehead, Fauxmagerie Zengarry, and Baccanalle.

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OPEN Q&A: Help, I’m Going Vegan! aka “The Sam & Amy Show”
Saturday 10:30 – 11:15
Sunday 1:15 – 2:00
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Two of Ottawa’s most gregarious and entertaining vegan lifestyle influencers will share their stories, and field any and all questions that you may have about moving towards a vegan lifestyle. Prizes and fun to be had!

Amy Longard – Plant-based Nutritionist and Chef, Founder of Plant-Based Breakthrough
Samantha Shorkey – Jacked on the Beanstalk – Vegan Bodybuilder and Fitness Coach


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Meagan Duhamel is a Canadian 2018 Olympic gold and bronze medalist, in the figure skating team and pairs events respectively. Meaghan is also a long time vegan, who demonstrates that it’s possible to not only survive – but also thrive – as a high performance elite athlete eating only plant based vegan foods.

Meaghan rescued her dog Moo-tae – a miniature dachshund mix – from the Korean dog meat trade. He now lives with her in Montreal, and she works with Humane Society International to end the dog meat trade. She adopted a second dog, Theo, from an Ottawa area SPCA.

With her partner Eric Radford, she’s also a two-time world champion, two time Four Continents champion, and seven-time Canadian National Champion. During the individual pairs free skate at the 2018 Olympics, Duhamel and Radford became the first team to execute a clean quadruple throw jump at the Olympics.

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Georges Laraque is a Canadian sports commentator, politician, and former hockey player.  He is a commentator for TVA Sports. During his 14-year NHL career, he played for the Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens.  From 2010 to 2013, he was one of two deputy leaders of the Green Party of Canada. At Ottawa Veg Fest he’ll talk about being a vegan athlete in the NHL, and his touching motivations behind being vegan.


Join Olympic figure skating medalist Meagan Duhamel and former NHL player Georges Laraques) for an exclusive, limited attendance meet and greet at Ottawa Veg Fest on June 2, 2018. Meet and greet runs from 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm.

ALL proceeds from these ticket sales will support ANIMAL JUSTICE.  Animal Justice leads the legal fight for animals in Canada. Its lawyers work to pass strong new animal protection legislation, push for the prosecution of animal abusers, and fight for animals in court.

CLICK HERE to get your exclusive tickets – Meagan + Georges.

PANEL:  Raising Veg Families – Sunday 10:30 – 11:15
Moderated by Dee Campbell
Sponsored by:
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Susan Macfarlane, Registered Dietitian
Sarah Wise, Parent of Vegan Children with Allergies
Colleen Canon, Mother of Vegan Children Under 6
Sébastien Lacoste, Vegan Father

PANEL: Fit on Plants Vegan Athletes – Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30
Moderated by Jesse Reynolds, Jump 106.9
Sponsored by:
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Samantha Shorkey – Jacked on the Beanstalk – Vegan Bodybuilder
Georges Laraque – Former Montreal Canadien
Meagan Duhamel – Canadian Multiple Olympic Figure Skating Medalist
Paul Landini – Vegan Personal Trainer, Globe & Mail Fitness Columnist

PANEL: The Move Towards Ditching Dairy – Sunday 12:15 – 1:00
Moderated by David Loan
Sponsored by:
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Élise Desaulniers – Author of Cash Cow: Ten Myths about the Dairy Industry
Dr. Jennifer Purdy – GP
Jean-Phillipe Cyr– The Buddhist Chef
Susan Macfarlane, Registered Dietitian

PANEL: Animal Rights Activism – Sunday, 3:45 – 4:30
Moderated by Camille Labchuk
Sponsored by:
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Tom Tkach – DXE Toronto
Scott James – Former Slaughterhouse Employee Turned Animal Activist
Shannon Riley Milling – Animal Justice Employee and Owner, Faunapparel
Riana Topan – Humane Society International

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Jean-Phillipe Cyr – The Buddhist Chef – Sunday 11:30 – 12:00
Matt Smith – Chef, Pure Kitchen (Elgin) – Sunday 2:15 – 2:45
Omer Abdallah – Chickpea Master, Chickpeas –  Saturday 11:30 – 12:00
Reza Shadman – The Table Vegetarian Restaurant – Sunday 3:00 – 3:30