Entrepreneur, philanthropist, activist, and world-record holding athlete. Her main mission in life has, and continues to be, the creation and supply of healthier, sustainable, plant based alternative food, nutrition, and cosmetics. This is coupled with tireless charity campaigning that embodies her vehement passion to support those negatively impacted by war and other forms of oppression or physical debilitation in 'overcoming adversity'. Heather has manifested these goals through the creation of market-leading plant-based businesses and numerous charities across the globe.
Having suffered the amputation of her left leg in 1993, Heather adopted veganism to aid her recovery which subsequently gave birth to the VBites Food business. VBites is now one of the world's largest manufacturers of meat-free, fish-free, and dairy-free plant-based alternatives, currently servicing 24 countries.
Expanding on her plant-based mission, Heather has also created a vegan algal oil business, V-Omega3, vegan makeup business, B@One, as well as investing in numerous plant-based start-ups as part of her 'VBites Ventures' portfolio.
Heather is most proud of her work in the charitable sector which includes the founding and patronage of 'Adopt A Minefield' which cleared 21 million square metres of landmines in war-torn areas around the world. Heather is also the originator and patron of many amputee clinics around the world and has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the face of atrocities such as the Twin Tower attacks and the Gujarat earthquake in India.
Heather has also found time to pursue her sporting passion of ski-racing and at the age of 47 became the only disabled skier ever to achieve x3 world records in downhill, skeleton and ski-jumping disciplines. Heather also holds x4 gold medals for downhill and slalom skiing at the skiing world championships.
Keynote: The Future of Food
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Over the course of two days, Plant Forward will demonstrate the strength and integrity of Canada’s integrated supply chain, highlight sustainability initiatives and the latest innovations happening in Canadian crops and ingredients, and provide insights from trailblazing companies who have chosen Canada as their preferred place to invest in plant-based innovation.
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