Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant and academic nutrition instructor. Brenda is the lead dietitian in a diabetes research project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. She is a featured speaker at nutrition, medical and health conferences throughout the world.
Brenda is co-author of nine award-winning, best-selling books – Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014), Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013), Becoming Vegan (2000), The New Becoming Vegetarian (2003), Becoming Vegetarian (1994, 1995), Becoming Raw (2010), the Raw Food Revolution Diet (2008), Defeating Diabetes (2003) and Dairy-free and Delicious (2001).  She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian (2009). Her books are vegetarian/vegan nutrition classics, with over 750,000 copies in print in 8 languages. Brenda has authored and co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed medical and nutrition journals and magazines.
Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Brenda lives in Calgary Alberta with her husband, Paul Davis.  She has two grown children, Leena Markatchev and Cory Davis.
Brenda Davis is an authoritative, entertaining and passionate speaker. She has presented at nutrition and health conferences in over a dozen countries. Book her for your next medical, nutrition or health conference; for employee seminars or for lectures to the general public.  Her website is


Vesanto Melina, MS, RD is lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ latest Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets. 

She is an internationally known speaker and co-author of award winning books that are classics on plant-based nutrition, most with Brenda Davis, and now in 10 languages. Their most recent are Plant Powered Protein, The Kick Diabetes Cookbook and also Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition, written  for dietitians, MDs, and other health professionals, with 620 pages and entirely referenced. Half as long is Becoming Vegan: Express Edition.

Vesanto is a consultant for individuals who would like to fine tune their plant-based diets  

Vesanto has taught nutrition at Seattle’s Bastyr University and at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Her websites are and .


Cory Davis, MBA, MSc.IM, is a Professional Agrologist who has worked in natural resource management since 2012. Since then, he has worked on a variety of projects from natural disaster mitigation, forest stewardship, land-use planning and public safety initiatives.
He has been a life-long advocate for animal welfare and environmental stewardship having been a speaker on the 2004 Compassion for Animals Road Expedition, and founder of several environment-related clubs and public activities, among other roles.
He has formal education (degrees and diplomas) in the social sciences, applied and academic sciences, business and intercultural relations to bring an integrated perspective to natural resource management and environmental stewardship. Cory lives in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada. Cory’s website is