HANS Board of Directors
The HANS Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse mix of people who are passionate about integrative and complementary health, health freedom and informed consent.
HANS Directors are elected at the organization’s annual general meeting in October of each year and serve a one-year term. If re-nominated, directors may serve consecutive terms.
Katharine is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Naturalist Publishing, which publishes Maple—an organic lifestyle magazine distributed across Canada; and The Whole Report—a briefing on the world of organics, distributed at select organic trade events worldwide. She’s also co-founder of The Naturalist’s sister company Multibird Branding, a branding and packaging agency specialized in organic and natural products for Canada, the EU and the US.
Katharine is essentially a child of the natural products and organics industry, having attended her first Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) trade show at the age of three. Katharine’s career has touched on every facet of the industry: demo girl, nutritional consultant, inside and outside sales, marketing, new product development, product education and advertising sales.
With an interest in international organic markets and opportunities, fluent in 4 languages, Katharine travels extensively to trade events and conferences.
Alison is a Registered Holistic nutritionist, cyclist and triathlete. Her passion for the natural heath began when she worked at a North Vancouver health food store in her early 20’s. She enhanced her on the job training by earning a diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2009.
Alison served as a treasured HANS volunteer for many years before joining the board. She is passionate about helping the public navigate the natural health world with balance and understanding.
Mitch has been the International Trainer for Hyland’s Homeopathic Medicine for over 10 years and has been their Canadian Sales Manager for 16 years. Prior to Hyland’s Mitch ran one of Canada’s largest Natural Health Distributors for over 10 years. Mitch trains retailers for Hyland’s across Canada, The United States and international destinations including Singapore and Australia.
Mitch has taught Professional Sales at Simon Fraser University and BCIT part time, he has many inspiring stories and lessons on how to sell well. His extensive sales experience helped him teach the course: “Skills for Sales Success”. Mitch is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist Advisor and has his Diploma in Biochemic Medicine, he loves to use his knowledge of cell salts to educate others on their health benefits. Mitch is truly passionate about helping people of all ages to understand how cell salts, homeopathy, nutrition, and fitness work together.
Mitch draws on 30 plus years of experience in competitive sports; Judo, Basketball, Soccer, Ju
Mitch’s sports background and love of fitness has inspired him to be a personal trainer for private clients as a part time hobby. Mitch speaks Dutch as a second language and loves traveling all over the world with his wife, Julia, and their two young adult children. Mitch and Julia have been married for over 27 years and they have been Pre-Marriage Counsellors for over 15 years. Their passion for seeing young couples start off with a good foundation of understanding how to have a healthy relationship has enabled them to pre-marriage counsel countless young couples over those 15 years.
Mitch is a well-recognized Trainer in the Natural Health Industry and he uses his many diverse professional and personal experiences in all his trainings and lectures. His teaching style is engaging, entertaining and interactive and he enjoys talking to customers and consumers personally after his lectures. Mitch has a positive and healthy outlook on life, nutrition, fitness, relationships and business. He is on a personal quest to help as many people as possible understand the most important principles and how to live their best life.