Silence Speaks Louder Than Words

James shares his inspirational and entertaining story going from being diagnosed with cancer and given 6 weeks to live to taking a year long vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence.

Australian animal rights activist James Aspey has risen to celebrity status in the vegan community over the past couple of years. In 2014, he embarked on an unprecedented and life changing challenge by taking a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence. He traveled around Australia and cycled 5000km’s as part of his campaign. He broke his vow of silence on Australian TV in an iconic interview seen by millions. In 2016 he was tattooed for 24hrs straight which raised $20,000 for charity and has given over 150 free speeches all around the world. One of his speeches has over 11 million views and the list of people inspired by James is long and growing every day.

Demonstrations and Talks

Heather Pace

Heather Pace’s love of food led her to the completion of a classical culinary program at Fanshawe College at the age of 21. She used her valuable skills and experience to create healthy vegan, and later raw vegan versions of traditional foods. Heather has worked in various restaurants, bakeries, juice bars, as a personal chef, and in recipe development. She is the published author of Sweetly Raw Desserts book HERE (Quarry Books) and writes a popular blog called Sweetly Raw that is filled with hundreds of healthy vegan recipes, beautiful photos, and her e-books.

With a passion for educating people on how to incorporate more plant based options into their diet in a fun and tasty way, Heather teaches raw food classes in her city of Victoria BC and in cities across Canada. 
Heather is also a certified yoga instructor.

Anna Pippus

Anna Pippus is an animal rights lawyer and strategist, serving as director of farmed animal advocacy for Animal Justice and strategic advisor for We Animals. She frequently speaks and writes about animal rights issues in mainstream media, universities, bar associations, governmental committees and meetings, and community events. Anna is a mother of two, enthusiastic plant-based cook, and practicing optimist.


The hidden lives and deaths of the animals on our plates: The truth about Canadian animal agriculture. This talk will be geared towards an audience unfamiliar with animal agriculture practices, canvassing the treatment of farmed animals across sectors.

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