The Team

The NHPPA has evolved from an idea to an organization. We are necessarily small, since most of our budget is ringfenced for campaigning and supplying you with the materials you need to educate your networks. We have been fortunate to collect together a dedicated band of part-time workers and volunteers who contribute to everything that comes to you from us.

Our professional and passionate team comprises lawyers, educators, writers, nutritionists and industry insiders, plus a geek or two. We have come to the struggle for natural health from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences but we are united in our belief that Canadians must remain entitled to access safe and effective products.

Shawn Buckley LLB | President

shawn_buckleyShawn Buckley’s reputation has reached Canada’s Parliament, national media, influential civil liberties organizations and tens of thousands Canadian citizens. His expertise combines detailed knowledge of our Constitution and the Food and Drug Act with 15 years experience successfully defending natural health stakeholders from prosecution by Health Canada. Shawn brings to the NHPPA unrivalled legal knowledge and his acknowledged status as a constitutional expert in parliament. His work represents his passion for truth, ethics and individual rights in a regulatory climate of which he says “how free are we if we cannot choose how to feed ourselves or maintain our own health?”

Genevieve Eliany | Vice President and Legal Counsel at Eliany Advocates

genGeneviève Eliany is a lawyer focused on both criminal defense and natural health product regulation, agricultural and food law. She is experienced in assisting First Nations individuals and communities. Previously, she studied and practiced homeopathic medicine for over 10 years, entering the field after refusing conventional treatment for a serious bout of Crohn’s Disease. She is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges facing manufacturers, practitioners and patients in the natural health industry.

Julia Rickert CNP, ROHP/NNCP | National Campaign Director and Executive Co-Ordinator

juliaJulia is the engine room of the NHPPA. She devises, coordinates and manages the Association’s campaigns, events and communications. Her background is in design, communication and marketing and she has acted as publicist for professionals ranging from sculptors to writers; as well as running her own agencies. In a career switch towards the natural health community, Julia graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in 2007. In 2008 Julia read Shawn Buckley’s Discussion Paper on Bill C-51. A week later, along with two other IHN graduates, she organized Canada’s largest rally in defence of our right to choose Natural Health Products. NHPPA’s work became a passion.

Jill Taylor CNP, NNCP | Director of Outreach

Jill Taylor

Jill Taylor is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner practising in Kitchener, Ontario. She earned her diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto where she graduated with First Class Honours and as Valedictorian of her graduating class. After becoming frustrated with the lack of answers and disappointing level of care from conventional healthcare practitioners in response to both her own and her children’s health challenges, Jill sought a natural approach to healing and experienced almost immediate positive results. It did not take long before researching health and nutrition became a passion for Jill and, with the support of her family and friends, she left a longstanding legal career to return to school and pursue a new path of helping others understand the powerful connection between health and the food we eat, the thoughts we think and the environment in which we live. Jill now coaches her clients towards optimal wellness through these principles. Given Jill’s passion for natural healing and the freedom to choose how an individual wishes to manage their healthcare, joining NHPPA was a perfect match for her. She is excited to be a part of the team.

Veronica Qubrossi CNP, ROHP/RNCP | Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Campaign Coordinator 

Veronica QubrossiVeronica’s passion for natural health care practices, and Canadians’ right to continued use and access of these products and services, has been driven by her life experiences. After struggling with physical and mental health challenges for years, with no helpful solutions, treatments, or even medications offered by allopathic health care providers, Veronica attended The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in an attempt to learn to care for her own heath with a new strategy. Since graduating in 2010 as Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Veronica has successfully navigated several of her own health crises, including a traumatic brain injury, using natural health care products and practices. Veronica has seen the natural health care industry from many angles — as a consumer, as the Managing Director of a health food store and wellness clinic in Kitchener, ON, and as a practitioner educating clients. She is thrilled to be contributing to the NHPPA’s work to protect Canadians’ right to freedom of choice in health care.

Tasha Grafos | Contributions Manager

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After finishing college for graphic design and entering the workforce, Tasha realized that she enjoyed all aspects of running a business, from financial management to marketing. While exercising her entrepreneurial spirit in business ownership, she furthered her education to include accounting. She has since earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with Highest Honours to advance her skill set. Tasha developed a love and passion for natural health after watching her son heal from years of chronic pneumonia. He has been living in wellness ever since a Naturopath discovered his food sensitivities and recommended homeopathic medicine.

Advisors

Ian Stewart | Director of Regulatory Affairs and First Nations Relations, Truehope

anonymous_avatarIan Stewart has served the business community for many years, with administrative roles in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. He has extensive board and executive experience with the United Way and other NPOs, adding valuable practical experience to his original degree in Organizational Administration. Ian is one of NHPPA’s founding Directors, he also currently serves as Director of Regulatory Affairs and First Nations Relations with the Truehope organization, and with Treaty Six Health Task Force Fundraising Committee. As the father of nine children, Ian retains a passion for the rights of families to care for themselves as they choose.