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Karen McAthy

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Lumi Foods

Karen McAthy, co-founder and CEO of Lumi Foods (and it’s predecessor and now legacy brand Blue Heron), is an innovator in the vegan dairy and cultured vegan cheese space. Having begun her journey in this sector nearly 10 years ago, while still working as an executive chef, Karen has gone on to write an award-winning book on cultured vegan cheesemaking, “The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking” and its second edition, as well as found Lumi Foods legacy vegan cheese brand, Blue Heron. Karen has centred her career around food, and food innovation, particularly within the plant-based food space.

With Blue Heron expanding across Canada, and soon the US and other markets, Lumi focuses on innovation within the plant-dairy, alternative dairy spaces, with respect to core ingredients, starter cultures, and utilization of technological developments as deemed relevant, and adding value, toward the goal of creating a vegan cheese sector that matches the diversity and richness of the traditional sector.

Day 2 - Nov 02, 2022
9:45 AM

Panel: Whitespace Opportunities for the Plant-Based Sector's Future

Karen Mc Athy Headshot

Don’t Miss Out.

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.

Registration is now closed.


Access to all Plant Forward in-person sessions including networking opportunities.

Regular: $1050


Virtual access to event sessions, includes virtual access to all Plant Forward speaker sessions. Q&A and networking opportunities are unavailable for virtual pass.

Online only: $850

Important Registration Information:

  • Registration closes October 28
  • Early bird registration rates are available April 1 – July 31
  • Plant Forward will follow the government-mandated COVID-19 regulations in place at the time of the event
  • There will be no on-site registrations for Plant Forward. Attendees must be registered prior to coming on-site
  • View the cancellation policy here
  • See who’s attending Plant Forward!