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.
Meet us here:
Shawn Buckley LLB | President
Shawn 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?”
Ian Stewart | Vice President
Ian 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.
Julia Rickert CNP, ROHP/NNCP | National Campaign Director and Executive Co-Ordinator
Julia 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.
Melody Byblow RHN | Events, Campaigns and Social Media Content
Melody Byblow is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist practising in Toronto, Ontario. After experiencing firsthand how natural health products and practices can dramatically and positively impact one’s health, it became her passion and mission to teach and help others improve their quality of life using these principles. Through her business, creating corporate wellness programs, public speaking and coaching individuals in better health, she teaches and writes about practical ways to adopt a natural nutrition lifestyle. When she learned of the work being done by NHPPA she immediately wanted to help in their efforts of sharing the importance of the Charter of Health Freedom, protecting our rights to practice and access natural health products.
Carolyn Steele BSc (Hons) MSc | Information Specialist
Carolyn Steele is a writer with a passion for natural health products. She has brought herself back from sickness to health entirely with natural supplements and has undergone a gradual conversion to their vital role in the health of the nation. With both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Applied Psychology Carolyn specializes in communicating complex ideas simply and hopes to engage and entertain along the way. When not engaged with NHPPA work she writes web copy for authors and small businesses and occasionally wanders off to do something daft and write a book about it.
Tasha Grafos | Contributions Manager
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.
Genevieve Eliany LLB | Associate Lawyer at Buckley and Company
Geneviève Eliany is an associate lawyer at Buckley & Company where her practice is focused on both criminal defense and natural health product regulation, agricultural and food law. Before joining the firm, she studied and practiced homeopathic medicine for over 10 years. She is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges facing manufacturers, practitioners and patients in the natural health industry. She currently sits as vice president on the NUPATH (National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths) board and as a general board member on the Kamloops Food Policy Council.