The Health and Wellness Expo was originally designed and produced in Winnipeg in 1994. The goal of the shows was to create a venue where companies, groups and individuals who are in the business of promoting health and wellness products and services could have a targeted and specialized location to share information. Consumers would also have the opportunity to visit this venue as a safe haven for collecting information, products and services that offer choices for the enhancement or improvement of their well-being. The Health & Wellness Expo was developed over the years to become the Great Canadian Wellness Tour with shows planned for multiple cities in Western Canada, bringing the answers to health and wellness issues to as many people as possible.
As Xstream Productions, the creator of the Wellness Expo Tour, increases the number of cities in the Great Canadian Wellness Tour, so too will our “specialized” wellness production team grow. The Wellness Expo Tour goal is to build a team of wellness oriented sales and production members from across western Canada to make us the most well rounded and experienced health show team in Canada. Here is the current team in the Winnipeg office.
This year Xstream Productions was very proud to be awarded the prestigious honour of being named The Best FULL Service Event Management Company in Manitoba.
After 23 years in Manitoba, this is a great honor and it falls on the backs of our wonderful family of exhibitors and show partners as well.
Thank You Manitoba.
Richard Simmons was by far one of the best guest ever. A true professional and amazing business person and humanitarian. We spent 10 hours out and about doing media and his promotional skills were shared like a true professional. We laughed, cried and became great friends.. We danced in the fountains at Portage Place, then amazed a record crowd of over 1500 people at the wellness expo.
Come back any time Richard.
Six Years Later
Now,as we face a new millennium we sense a change in the mindset of the general public. People are starting to be concerned about their own well being. More and more people are wanting to take charge of their own well being. The Wellness Expo starts to grow!
- Venue where companies, groups and individuals who are in the business of promoting health and wellness products and services could have a targeted and specialized location to share information.
- Where consumers have the opportunity to visit this venue as a safe haven for collecting information, products and services that offer choices for the improvement of their well-being.
Birth of the Great Canadian Wellness Tour
In 2011 the Wellness Expo Management launched the cross Canada Touring version to promote Wellness to communities that would normally not receive this kind of events. The Wellness Expo is central Canada’s oldest and longest running owner operated Wellness Show.
Twenty Years Later …
Twenty years ago, Rick Thiessen was very enthusiastic to organize the first wellness expo in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The original Health & Wellness Expo developed over the twenty past years, now grew to become the Great Canadian Wellness Tour we know and love today!
On the future of Wellness Expo Rick says, “Our goal is to proactively service and respond to the needs and changes in the health and wellness sector. We look forward to a bright future and unveiling of what the next 20 years will bring.”
Thank you to Our Family, Friends and Customers who have supported this project for so long.
As we move forward to 2016, the Wellness Expo taking steps to a new era.
Our staff is increasing, our shows are growing and now we have added one new location. The Wellness Expo is moving east. First stop,Thunder Bay, On.
Here’s hoping we can bring the Wellness Expo to a city near you. Thanks for your continued support.
Enhance Your Mind, Body & Soul
Health Shows Completed
Rick Thiessen (Capt. Rick)
Rick began his consumer show career in 1985. In his first years he specialized in creating new consumer events in Winnipeg. His 13 years in retail sale, sales management and retail promotions enhanced his thirst for productions before starting the next level of his career. By the late 80’s he had created a dozen new events and was moving on to personal development programs with international greats such as Wayne Dyer, Mark Victor Hansen, Tony Robbins, Richard Simmons and more. He was invited to be involved on the original creation team for the Wellness Expo in 1994. After a few years of managing the show, he took over the reins and redesigned the show in 2000 to reflect the event we see today.
Rick’s travels and challenges over the past 3 decades have provided him with over 25 years of experience in special event management and personal development productions. The work has allowed him the privilege of working with hundreds of terrific companies and some of the world’s greatest celebrities and performers. His success credits include conferences, trade shows, consumer shows and various sports and musical events, plus dozens of consumer shows, trade shows, conferences and corporate functions.
Now, in 2015, as the owner and production manager for the Wellness Expo, Canada’s oldest and longest running owner operated wellness show, he is watching his baby grow into the touring company he envisioned 20 years ago.The Wellness Expo has begun it’s launch cross Canada to promote Wellness to communities that would normally not receive this kind of event.
In 2011 Dolores came into our life here at the HQ for family and company. After a short 3 years, she became the Administrative Director for Xstream Productions, and my life. Dolores came to us with a vast experience of office and marketing experience. For most of her adult life she was an executive administrator for the school system in Winnipeg and the Federal Government, but not without a bit of an entrepreneurial background as well. She owned her own graphic arts company with a weekly coffee news publication in South Eastern Manitoba. Her background in computer skills (as an operator and teacher), with a flare for design and desktop publishing combined with her passion for detail has been an invaluable addition to this company (and Rick).
Since joining Xstream Productions, Dolores has taken over almost all the administrative decisions for the company and still manages to handle some great design work. In addition, she is now creating and managing new shows as part of the Great Canadian Wellness Tour. Dolores is awesome with the clients and her interpersonal skills are perfect for this type of industry where we are constantly communicating with hundreds of companies on a monthly basis and from every walk of life. No matter who they are, everyone loves to talk to “Dee”.
We are pleased to welcome Dolores to the Wellness Expo family.