About Us …

In the beginning …

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 Wellness Expo was developed over the years to become the Health and Wellness Expos of Canada with shows planned for multiple cities in Western Canada, bringing the answers to health and wellness issues to as many people as possible.

As Health and Wellness Expos of Canada, the creator of the Health and Wellness Expo Tour, increases the number of cities in the Tour, so too will our “specialized” wellness production team grow. The Health and Wellness Expo Tour goal is to build a team of wellness oriented sales and production partners from across Western Canada to make us the most well rounded and experienced Wellness Event Team in Canada. Here is the current team in the Winnipeg office.

Health and Wellness Expos of Canada was very proud to be awarded the prestigious honour of being named The Best FULL Service Event Management Company in Manitoba.

After 29 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.

Our Team

Rick Thiessen (Capt. Rick)

Owner / Production Manager

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 sales, 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 many others. He was invited to join 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 30 years of experience in special event management and personal development productions. The work and experience 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 corporate functions.

Now, as the owner and production manager for the Health & Wellness Expos of Canada, Canada’s oldest and longest running owner operated wellness show, Rick is watching his baby grow into the touring company he envisioned 20 years ago. 

Dolores Thiessen

Co-Owner / Administrative Director

In 2011 Dolores came joined our family.  After a short 3 years, she became my wife and subsequently Vice President for Health and Wellness Expos of Canada . Dolores comes to us with a vast experience of book keeping, office management and marketing experience. For most of her adult life she was an executive administrator for the school system in Winnipeg, 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 the company, 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 assisting in the creation 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”.

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