A multi-disciplinary panel of beauty and health experts will judge the performance of the beauty and personal care products. The judges will evaluate entries based on performance, functionality and effectiveness.
This year's judges:
This year's judges:
Environmental Journalist & Author
Adria Vasil is the bestselling author of Ecoholic, Ecoholic Home and Ecoholic Body. She’s been writing the practical and feisty weekly Ecoholic column for Toronto’s NOW Magazine since the spring of 2004, answering reader questions about everything from greening your food choices, finances and footwear to detoxifing your home, school, office, you name it. She has also covered broader environmental news issues for over a decade.
Canadian Author, Environmentalist and Former Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost authors and thinkers on change, leadership and strategic & sustainable business.
Before “going green” became part of our everyday lexicon, Harris forecast the shift in thinking. He was one of the first 250 people personally trained by Al Gore and renowned climate change scientists to present the slideshow from
An Inconvenient Truth.
He is author of a number of popular business and personal development books, including Blindsided – How to Spot the Next Breakthrough that will Change our Business Forever and The Learning Paradox, and more.
His new work, How Going Green is Profitable, reviews case studies of how environmental leadership drives bottom line profitability. Jim also co-authored the national bestseller The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada.
Canadian TV Personality & Founder of hot for food
Lauren Toyota is one of the most recognizable voices in Canada’s media landscape. For 10 years, she wowed young Canadians with her off the cuff interviews, bursting laughter, and quick wit. Lauren also manages hot for food, a vegan food channel and blog, with her partner John Diemer. They're breaking all the misconceptions of what it means to be vegan and bringing the increasingly popular lifestyle to food fans across the globe.
Founder & CEO of SheEO
Vicki is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. Vicki is Founder of SheEO; a two-decade long initiative to dramatically transform how we support, celebrate and finance female entrepreneurs building new models, new mindsets and new solutions for a better world. Vicki also serves as an advisor to the MaRS Innovation Centre, the Office of Social Enterprise in the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment with the Ontario Government and Ryerson University. She speaks regularly at events around the world, including: The World Economic Forum in Davos; Women of Influence Series in Canada; Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs events; and, the Tallberg Forum
The Radiant Woman’s Handbook
Joanna is a newspaper columnist, writing a ‘non-toxic living’ column in a BC newspaper called The Question. Her first book was published in 2013, “The Radiant Woman’s Handbook” is a guide for women wanting to look radiant, avoid toxins and love their body.
Joanna writes about simplifying food, skin care, and lifestyles whilst enjoying a less toxic more balanced life. Her unique perspective stems from being a trained chef, life coach and author; she inspires her readers to simplify their lives. Currently, she is focusing on writing her second book all about simplifying, de-cluttering and being kind to ourselves and the environment which in turn brings more happiness.
Editor of Elevate Magazine
Amanpreet Dhami is a Toronto-based writer, editor and producer with a
passion for all things beauty, wellness and style. She is currently the editor of Elevate Magazine, Canada's anti-aging, beauty, wellness and cosmetic enhancement authority. Her work has also appeared on TheKit.ca, 29secrets.com,
CanadianBeauty.com, Rouge and Anokhi Media. When she's not writing you can find her with her nose buried in a novel, drinking coffee or singing really loudly to the music playing on her headphones.
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram as @PreetsD for musings on life, food and her beauty obsessions of course!
Founder of FoodiePages.ca
A graduate of the Queen’s School of Business, Erin spent many years leading national initiatives in strategy and marketing for Canada’s largest restaurant group prior to founding FoodiePages.ca in 2013. She is a champion for Real Food and passionate online marketer, quickly establishing FoodiePages.ca as one of the most innovative online marketplaces in Canada.
Gillian is a self-care teacher, helping to empower people to take responsibility for their experience and create a better life. She shares her message of holistic health, yoga and self-love through coaching, workshops, international retreats and her online courses. With an intent to inspire positive change in as many people as possible, Gillian's work been featured on RogersTV, CHCH, CityLine, MindBodyGreen, BodyRock, DavidWolfe.com and Elephant Journal.
Blogger, Life in Blush
Toronto-based blogger, Sonja is the voice and vision behind life in blush, where green beauty reviews are served with a side of humor, and lifestyle trends are always within your budget.
Clean Eating Magazine
After spending four years as the fitness editor at Oxygen magazine, Alicia moved on to become the Editor-in-Chief of Clean Eating magazine after the huge success of Oxygen’s Clean Eating special issue. A health and fitness buff herself, Alicia is also a certified personal trainer and enjoys every aspect of eating and living a clean life.
It’s no wonder she jumped at the chance to head up a magazine on the very topic.
With a background in Journalism, Rosemina has spent the last several years honing her editorial skills with various online publications. She's a lover of art, from music to film, literature, fashion, and everything in between. Rosemina looks at the beauty industry as it's own art form, as a means for people to express themselves while indulging in a bit of pampering and experimenting with the latest trends. When she's not writing, she's likely looking for new ways to unclog her pores, tame her frizzy mane, or searching for the next great mascara.
Co-Founder of Franq Girl Magazine
Kristin has worked as a Graphic Designer in Advertising for the past 8 years. She has moved to Freelance 6 years ago when she had her first daughter, Talum, and wanted to spend time with her as well as explore her creativity through Design. she now has 2 incredible daughters and is starting her exciting new venture, FRANQ Girl Magazine.
President and CEO
Green Living Enterprises
Laurie Simmonds is a leading cause-marketing expert focused on social and environmental program development. As the founder and CEO of Green Living Enterprises, Laurie leads an award-winning team in the fields of brand and program development, custom content, marketing and communications and event management. She has developed strategies and campaigns for issues such as education, health care and the environment. Green Living Enterprises also produces the Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards, GreenLivingOnLine.com and The Green Living Show, North America’s largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Make-Up & Hair Artist/Expert
With an early fascination of the transformative power of make-up and a strong creative drive, Rhia specializes in editorial, commercial, television and bridal make-up. Her vast experience also includes sharing her tips as a Beauty Expert for W Network and for Diet Coke through TV appearances and interviews for radio, print and digital media. Her established skill has also led to a regular spot at Toronto Fashion Week, representing international beauty brand Maybelline for VIP guests and doing runway make-up for the seasonal shows. Rhia’s list of celebrity clientele includes working with the likes of Jason Priestley, George R. R. Martin, Rose Leslie, Kit Harington and the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. She works regularly with HBO Canada, W Network and Shaftesbury Films and their talent from shows including Game of Thrones, Property Brothers and Murdoch Mysteries. She is a highly sought-after artist for her editorial attention to detail, her professionalism on-set and her knowledge as an industry expert.
Journalist and Publisher & Editor of SEE Change Magazine
A journalist, producer and communications consultant, Elisa's portfolio includes articles published in the Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, CBC.ca, Profit, Zoomer and Lifestyles Magazine. She’s a regular contributor to the National Post’s FP Entrepreneur section on matters of social entrepreneurship.
As a producer, Elisa worked on documentaries and current affairs programs at History Television, Discovery Health, TVO and the CBC. Elisa holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Concordia University and an LL.B degree from Université de Montréal and Osgoode Hall. Elisa is also a speaker on social entrepreneurship and was recently awarded an Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship at Cambridge University, UK, for her work with SEE Change Magazine - a magazine dedicated to stories of social entrepreneurship and social change.
Lora is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She currently writes the monthly beauty column Elemental Aesthetics for Tonic Magazine, a health and wellness lifestyle magazine. With a focus on natural beauty products, she spends much of her time testing and colour swatching some of the best natural brands on the market. Aside from all things beauty-related, her other healthy obsessions include film, fashion, music, Pilates and adorable puppies.
Editor-in-Chief, EcoParent Magazine, Naturopathic Doctor
Jennifer Keller is the new Editor-in-Chief of EcoParent, a national magazine dedicated to helping families make greener choices. She lives just outside of Ottawa with her family on their produce farm and is a practicing Naturopathic Doctor in the province of Ontario.
Editor-in-Chief, Yoga Journal
Carin Gorrell is Editor in Chief of Yoga Journal and a longtime dedicated health and wellness editor and writer. Prior to Yoga Journal, she was features director of Self
magazine, and health editor for Redbook, Psychology Today, and others. She currently lives and works in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, son, and new baby girl, where she also practices yoga, runs, hikes, and plays guitar.
Co-Author of Slow Death By Rubber Duck and Toxin Toxout
President of Ivey Foundation
Bruce is one of Canada’s leading environmental thinkers and co-author of the international best-selling book Slow Death by Rubber Duck. He is President of Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Canada. Bruce may be best known for his work in connecting environmental issues to human health through his research on mercury pollution and for initiating the campaign to shut down coal-fired power plants in Ontario. Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, the Sustainability Network, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network.
Author of national best sellers There's Lead in Your Lipstick and
Award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Gillian Deacon is host of Here and Now on CBC Radio One, Toronto’s drive show for all the arts, music and news of the day in Canada’s largest market.
Gill is the author of two national bestsellers. There’s Lead In Your Lipstick: Toxins in Everyday Bodycare and How to Avoid Them was called “essential reading” by Dr. David Suzuki and a “genius of a book” by Dr. Rick Smith of Environmental Defense. It has been translated into several languages and sold around the world.
Her memoir, Naked Imperfection—an exploration of how a cancer diagnosis affects our desire for control—was released by Penguin in Spring 2014.
Director of Projects,
Fatima Crerar has been working on campaigns that inspire Canadian social and environmental change for over a decade. At PUBLIC Inc., she works with clients to uncover ideas and initiate campaigns that deliver action and social impact.
Previously she served as Executive Director of Summerhill Impact, an innovative environmental organization leading programs to reduce waste, increase recycling
and prevent air pollution across Canada. Fatima is passionate about the environment and biodiversity and has a big sense of optimism about the future.
Co-Founder of Franq Girl Magazine
Jessica has worked for 15+ years in the fashion industry as a designer, seamstress and stylist. She has worked on fashion shows, music videos, TV shows and on magazines. For the last 3 years, Jessica has worked as a writer, and the Editor-in-Chief of a successful digital mens magazine that she helped build from an idea, which became the number 2 most downloaded magazine in the Apple App Store in it's first year.
is driven by a core belief that direct engagement in the natural world and strong connections to community inspire people to address environmental challenges through positive environmental action.
She has spent over twenty years creating, managing and growing organizations that foster positive action that unifies and inspires citizens in support of environmental causes. Her work spans the areas of human rights, animal welfare, environmental conservation, planning and stewardship, community power and green energy.
Deb recently began as the President of Earth Day Canada in January 2014.
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Family Enterprise Advisor
For over 20 years, Deena has worked as a consultant, coach and counsellor with people and organizations seeking meaningful change. Trained by world-renowned leaders in the fields of psychology and organizational development—including Virginia Satir and William Bridges—she draws from a broad repertoire of skills to produce sustainable outcomes for each client.
In addition to family enterprises, Deena’s consulting clients include socially responsible businesses as well as nonprofit and public sector organizations. Within her practice, she coaches executives and their leadership teams with a focus on emotional intelligence, organization strategy, human resources and change and transition management. She then works with leaders to design and facilitate strategic, organization-wide initiatives that enable them to achieve their goals.
Some of her clients have included:
Mountain Equipment Co-op, Renewal Funds, Offsetters, and Environmental Defence.
Terri is a consultant with over a decade of experience in the environmental sector. She has worked as the Director of environmental sustainability for the YMCA of Greater Toronto spearheading their sustainability portfolio and earning them a spot on the Globe & Mails top 50 greenest employers award list for 5 consecutive years. She has also worked as the Executive Director for the Women's Healthy Environments Network and has sat on numerous nonprofit, corporate and government boards where she can share her knowledge and expertise.
Model, former Miss Earth Canada,
Clean Beauty Enthusiast
As a model, Sofiya has had a variety of experiences with all sorts of makeup and haircare brands and looks. After learning about CertClean about 2 years ago, her perspective on topical products changed completely and she started introducing clean products to makeup artists at photoshoots, and chooses jobs where she can do her own makeup, using clean products as well.
A soon-to-be graduate of the B.P.H.E (Physical and Health Education) program and CTEP program at the University of Toronto, Sofiya has a passion for teaching others the benefits and joys of a healthy active lifestyle, including having been the keynote speaker at a tech conference at Microsoft headquarters in Mississauga - educating tech developers about the importance of movement mindfulness and proper nutrition. Sofiya is also a local environmentalist, and has helped collect over 250kg of garbage from local waterways through leading and participating in community initiatives.