Wellness expo backlash continues amid David Stephan controversy – Saskatchewan

A long-time vendor at the Winnipeg Wellness Expo Show says he won’t participate this year, or ever again.

“I’m out. It’s too little, too late,” said Graham Todd, who owns Reliable Mobility and is speaking out because he’s angry.

He’s the latest person to back out of the expo after learning that David Stephan was invited to speak at the Health and Wellness Expos in multiple western Canada cities. Stephan was the man found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life for his 19-month-old son who died.

​”It’s my own ethics, and where I believe the ethics of my company lie, as well,​” Todd said. His company provides people with healthcare equipment such as medical grade compression, raised toilet seats and complex rehab seating structures. ​

“There’s a place for different philosophies of medicine to coexist, and do well, especially on the preventative side of things, not just on the reactionary​,” he said. “But there comes a line where western medicine has to be what we fall back to.”

Graham Todd’s departure from the Winnipeg Wellness Expo Show is a disappointment for him, as he said the event was a colourful change from his day-to-day work that includes connecting people with mobility aids, like crutches, and products like raised toilet seats. (Shutterstock)

Todd had signed up for the conference a year ago, before he knew who the speakers would be. Furthermore, he said there is a healthy place for controversy, and it can be used to start conversation, but this was too out of line with his personal ethics.

​”I’m upset at myself for not keeping a closer eye and having too much trust in the organizers to pick somebody I deem suitable.” ​

Todd said he’s been a part of the Winnipeg expo for around five years, and said he contacted the organizers for an explanation. He wasn’t satisfied with the response. 

The Winnipeg Wellness Expo 2018 is scheduled Feb. 16 to 18. Organizer Rick Thiessen did not respond to CBC’s request for…

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