Brendan Brazier (born March 1, 1975 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian endurance athlete, author, advocate of a vegan (plant-based) diet, and creator of the Vega line of whole food nutritional products. Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete (1998–2004). He is the author of The Thrive Diet (2007), Thrive Fitness (2009), and Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health (2011).
Athletic career 
Plant-based food products 
When racing full-time, he developed plant-based foods for himself in his kitchen, and since his professional Ironman career, he has marketed the Vega line of plant-based food products based on his formulas, several of which have won health-food-industry awards.
Brazier presented a lecture that was recorded and included as part of the curriculum for a certificate program at Cornell University through its online division, eCornell. Entitled “The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism", his lecture is based on his books and is a component of a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition created by T. Colin Campbell. Promotional material for the program describes Brazier as "the world’s leading authority on plant-based nutrition for athletes".
Brazier is a member of National Speakers Bureau. In 2006 Brazier addressed the United States congress' regarding the significant social and economic benefits that could be obtained by improving personal health through better diet. The focus of his speech was to draw attention to the role that food plays in the prevention of most chronic diseases currently plaguing Americans.
Students for Sustainability 
A keynote speaker  on Canada’s largest environmental tour, Brazier traveled across Canada in October 2008. The Students for Sustainability tour spanned the country from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, BC. Making stops at 21 universities, it featured David Suzuki, Stephen Lewis, and Maude Barlow who spoke about general environmental issues, while Brazier spoke of the significant draw food production has on the environment. He advocated a plant-based diet as the most environmentally friendly way to feed the world.
Named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 most influential people in the health industry by Natural Food Merchandiser, Brazier has also twice been nominated for Manning Innovation Awards for the creation of Vega. He was named one of the "25 most fascinating vegetarians"  in 2007 by VegNews magazine, Brazier gave the keynote address at the annual conference of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that year.
Brazier appeared on the cover of the June, 2009 issue of LA HEALTH NEWS magazine. And in a 2009 poll conducted by VegNews magazine, he was voted by the readers as “Favorite Vegetarian Athlete.” 
Published works 
- The Thrive Diet / Thrive Fitness home page (Canadian / UK edition)
- Thrive / Thrive Fitness home page (US edition)
See also 
- "eCornell". eCornell. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Brendan Brazier » Speaker Profile » National Speakers Bureau". Nsb.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine". PCRM. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Students for Sustainability - Campus Tour > Speakers'". Studentsforsustainability.ca. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
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- November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03). "The 2009 Veggie Awards!". Vegnews.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- Naturals, Sequel. "Thrive Fitness: The Vegan-Based Training Program for Maximum Strength, Health, and Fitness (9780738213620): Brendan Brazier: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
Further reading 
- Elejalde-Ruiz, Alexia. (November 17, 2010). "Vegan diet is best for training, triathlete says". Chicago Tribune
- Kaminer, Michael. (May/June 2009). "One-on-One with Brendan Brazier". Vegetarian Times. 368, p. 32-33. ISSN 01648497