2018 Canada Conference Speakers
The HSCG takes pride in selecting a industry-leading speakers with a wide range of topics! Speakers are chosen based on their expertise, their relevance and your feedback. Toronto will bring a full schedule of incredible expert speakers who will help your business to thrive!
Tia Alkazaz is currently the Marketing Manager at Active Micro Technologies. Fueled by her interest in cosmetic microbiology, Tia focuses on the study of innovative peptide technology and other alternative antimicrobial materials that are effective, safe and stable to both chemists and consumers. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Mount Union and a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science with a Concentration in Cosmetic Science from the University of Cincinnati.
Tia Alkazaz will be speaking on Fighting Bac! Keys for Successful Product Preservation: Aqueous Cosmetics.
Susan Barclay Nichols is better known as SwiftCraftyMonkey, author of the blog, Point of Interest, and a number of e-books and e-zines, including Lotion Making 101, Formulating Lotions & Creams, Hair Care, Facial Products, and Back to Basics (anhydrous products). A failed batch of bath bombs during a youth group led to this life changing discovery where she fell in love with chemistry and making products at home. Not content to keep this information to herself, in 2009 Susan started her blog.
She shares her passion for researching, formulating, and instructing by writing a monthly column for Handmade Magazine and by teaching wildly popular skin and hair care workshops at Voyageur Soap & Candle and Windy Point Soap that are often full before they’re announced! Although Susan claims to love all her ingredients equally, she admits to having a soft spot for cold process emulsifiers, conditioners, and surfactants.
In her spare time, she runs a series of free youth programs with her husband, Raymond, in her hometown of Chilliwack, B.C.
Lela Barker has a unique perspective on entrepreneurship because she sits on both sides of the table. She’s a successful maker with 15 years of experience building a creative business. Since launching her bootstrapped apothecary brand in 2003, Lela has guided Bella Lucce’s growth to include 1500+ wholesale accounts in 27 countries, generating more than $12million in revenue.
Lela is also a business strategist who’s wildly passionate about helping creative entrepreneurs bring their products into the marketplace. She’s parlayed her time in the entrepreneurial trenches into a series of innovative entrepreneurial teaching programs and a robust private consulting practice. Through Lucky Break consulting, Lela has the privilege of helping hundreds of creative entrepreneurs navigate product pricing, brand development, and wholesale strategy.
Lela’s products and personal story have been featured in more than 100 publications worldwide and her flagship teaching programs-LBU for wholesale strategy and Brick House Branding for brand development 0 consistently sell out within days each time registration opens. She teaches and speaks regularly, from conference rooms in Austria to cruise ships in the Caribbean and almost everywhere in between.
When not arming makers with tactical business approaches, you’ll find her collecting passport stamps, perfecting the ultimate lemon meringue pie recipe, and clinging tightly to her sanity while raising four children.
Soaping since 2003, Ariane C Arsenault is established in the Magdalen Islands, Canada. Born on an island and raised on a sailboat, Ariane’s product lines are inspired by the seaside. Always in search of new designs and colour combinations her soaps are both stunning and stylish!
Ariane has specialized in both Cold Processed and Melt & Pour soaps as well as other cosmetics. Making soap is part of her daily job and she always seeks to gain more knowledge.
In Canada, she is known as a leader in the industry, she was an occasional writer for the Handmade Magasine as a Cold process author, she was published in the collective “Naturally Saponified, An International Gallery of Artisan Soaps”, she is a contributor with Modern Soapmaking and the Lovin Soap blogs. She is very active on social media and soaping forums.
Selected by YouTube NextUp, Class of 2017 to take part in a full week of training at the YouTube Space New-York, her YouTube channel is ranked among the top in the soapmaking community. (https://www.youtube.com/user/AudreeSoluna) Both her channel and her Facebook page are places where soapmakers go for inspiration. (https://www.facebook.com/LaFilledelaMerSavonnerieArtisanale)
Ariane Castonguay Arsenault will be speaking on Stunning Melt & Pour Designs.
Sharon Czekala founded The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company in 2004 as a primarily Michigan-focused wholesale business, and quickly grew to selling to stores and boutiques throughout the state. Her unique Michigan-themed soaps are popular in gift shops, hotels, and tourist destinations as well as a natural grocery chain and a major retail chain of stores.
In 2012, Sharon began teaching a full slate of soapmaking and cosmetics classes. She is a certified advanced level Soapmaker and Teacher, specializing in Cold Process, Melt and Pour and Hybrid Soaps.
Inspired by her own travels, in 2016 Sharon launched a new brand of soaps, Places, which appeals to customers beyond the Great Lakes region.
Sharon has taught soapmaking at HSCG conferences for three years running and serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
Sharon will be presenting A Match Made in Heaven.
Kevin Dunn is the Elliott Professor of Chemistry at Hampden-Sydney College. His first book, Caveman Chemistry, brought him to the attention of handcrafted soapmakers. His second book, Scientific Soapmaking, explores the chemistry of soap at a deep, but accessible level. Professor Dunn’s ongoing research continues to uncover fascinating details of the behavior of fats, oils, soaps, scents, and synthetic detergents.
Kevin Dunn will be speaking on Secrets of Superfatting.
Speaker Kerri Mixon is a skilled soap and cosmetic formulator and educator, who has worked professionally in the industry for 19 years. Several different commercial bath bomb producers have sought Kerri Mixon to assist them with their formulations and manufacturing techniques. She joins us in Atlanta, Georgia, to present the culmination of her work in “Scientific Bath Bombs.”
Kerri Mixon will be speaking on Scientific Bath Bombs.
Caroline Payette is a Senior Regulatory Policy and Risk Management Advisor in the Cosmetics Unit of the Consumer Product Safety Directorate at Health Canada. She has been working for the Government of Canada for 10 years. She started her career with the Natural Health Product Directorate, where she worked as an Assessment Officer for 5 years and then transitioned to the Cosmetics Unit in 2013, where she has been working for the last 5 years. Caroline holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Sherbrooke University and a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Laval University.
Dr. Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society” which is dedicated to demystifying science and separating sense from nonsense. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. He is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal radio, writes a weekly newspaper column entitled “The Right Chemistry,” has appeared hundreds of times on television and is the author of 16 best sellers. Also an amateur conjurer, Dr. Joe often spices up his presentations with a little magic.
Speakers will provide handouts that will be available digitally to attendees. If you have any questions about these topics, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.