CFDR is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the members each year at the Annual General Meeting.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Pierrette Buklis, MHSc, RD, FDC
Chair, Board of Directors, CFDR
Director, Masters in Public Health – Nutrition & Dietetics Program
Assistant Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto
Toronto ON

Pierrette Buklis, a Registered Dietitian, completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Toronto. Since then, she has worked in the food industry, acting as a kind of nutrition guru or conscience for food product and marketing decisions. She has worked in public health, promoting nutrition to the diverse population in the Toronto area. She has experience with food industry associations, providing up-to-date nutrition information for health professional and media audiences; and she has also operated her own consulting firm with a mission to help health organizations and food companies to work through the maze of food research and regulations to present healthy eating information to their clients.  With 25 years of experience, she has recently returned to the University of Toronto as the Director of the Masters in Public Health – Nutrition & Dietetics Program, to support learners who want to explore nutrition from a clinical public health point of view.

Through her career she has been honoured to work with internationally renowned scientific researchers and leaders in the field of nutrition in Canada, to learn from these experts and offer her insights into the nutrition needs of Canadians.  She has been an active volunteer with various professional and health organizations, including as a member of the Board of Directors of Dietitians of Canada and of the former Canadian Council of Food and Nutrition. All of these experiences have helped Pierrette maintain her passion for creating positive action from scientific complexity.
Carol Clarke, MHSc, RD
Consulting Dietitian
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Carol Clarke is a Registered Dietitian with expertise in many areas of nutrition working in hospitals, primary care and private practice since 1995. She has a special interest in cardiovascular health, obesity, and healthy aging.

With a Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communication, her goal is to help people improve their nutritional health by adopting eating patterns proven to prevent and improve chronic diseases. However, knowledge does not equal behaviour change, so an important part of Carol’s practice is helping people understand why they eat the way they do and guiding them on their journey of discovery. Using lifestyle behaviour change techniques, people begin to understand that it’s ‘skillpower’ not ‘willpower’ that leads to improved nutritional health.

Carol provides nutrition consulting services for group programs, seminars, writing, program development and presentations. She has worked with various organizations such as the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association, Canadian Lipid Nurse Network, Obesity Canada and Dietitians of Canada.

She completed her BSc with Honours at Ryerson University in 1994 followed by an internship at Toronto Western Hospital. In 2013, she earned her MHSc in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson University and was the recipient of a Gold Medal. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada (DC) and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is past co-chair of the Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Network of DC.

Carla D’Andreamatteo, RD, BHEc, MSc
Consulting Dietitian
The Food Lady
Winnipeg, MB
Carla D’Andreamatteo completed her Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba followed by a dietetic internship with Saskatoon District Health. She completed her Masters of Science degree in 2013 at the University of Manitoba.

In 1999 Carla established a place in private practice within Manitoba (The Food Lady) and has extensive knowledge and experience with nutrition needs of remote, northern communities. She has worked in clinical, community, and administrative functions during her 20-year dietetics career. She works extensively with adult education at post-secondary institutions in Manitoba, instructing nutrition and research courses in addition to conducting community-based research. Carla’s research interests are focused on nutrition and mental health, homelessness, food security, incarceration, and more recently health and food literacy. She has presented her work nationally and internationally.

Carla remains active in the profession of dietetics through membership on committees for professional standards at the provincial level and as a member of continued competency at the national level. She also contributes to the dietetics profession as a peer reviewer of nutrition research for reputable academic journals.

Pauline B. Darling MSc, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition Sciences,
Faculty of Health Sciences University of Ottawa

Pauline B. Darling is an Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and is a registered dietitian with the Ontario college of Dietitians.

Dr. Darling completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry-Nutrition at the University of Ottawa, her clinical dietetic training at Kingston General Hospital, her MSc in Nutrition at the Université de Montreal, and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. She has more than 20 years experience leading and conducting dietetic practice based research in clinical nutrition. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa in 2015, she worked as Coordinator of Nutrition and Dietetic Research, and Associate Scientist Keenan Research Centre in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael’s Hospital, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto.

Pauline has served as a reviewer for agencies including Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and serves a member of the Advisory and Education Committees of the Canadian Nutrition Society.
Mark Dekker, PhD
Principal Scientist, Nutrition Sciences
PepsiCo Canada

Mark Dekker is a Nutrition Science professional with experience working in industry in several different roles, including regulatory and nutrition science.  Mark completed his BSc (Biomedical Sciences) and PhD (Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism) at the University of Guelph.  His research at Guelph, under the supervision of Dr. Lindsay Robinson, focused on the postprandial triglyceride response to dietary fat.  After completing postdoctoral studies at the Hospital for Sick Children (Dr K. Adeli supervisor), Mark began work in the food industry in Regulatory Science and has held several roles leading regulatory, medical and nutrition science work in Canada.  Joining PepsiCo in 2016, Mark currently leads the Canadian Nutrition Sciences efforts for PepsiCo Canada where he works with the Research and Development group to develop new innovation and with the broader business to educate and communicate nutrition science.  He is passionate about bringing the science of Nutrition to life as a science communicator and presenter.
Gail Hammond, PhD, RD
University of British Columbia
Vancouver BC

Gail Hammond has enjoyed a rewarding career as a nutrition educator in public health nutrition and academia. For more than 20 years she has worked with people from diverse backgrounds, encouraging them to become informed consumers and enjoy food in ways that benefit their health. She completed her Master and PhD degrees in Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia, and entered the profession of dietetics through the graduate entry option, receiving her registered dietitian credentials in 1994. Gail has been teaching nutrition at UBC since completing her MSc program.  

During her tenure in community nutrition, Gail worked in the food industry developing four food group-based nutrition education resources for use in schools throughout British Columbia. She has extensive experience in developing nutrition education resources and training teachers of elementary and secondary classes to teach nutrition to their students in a fun and inspiring way. 

In her academic role, Gail has taught courses in introductory nutrition, critical perspectives on consumer food practices, current topics in nutrition, nutrition assessment, and public health nutrition in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Additionally, from 2012 to 2017 she was the primary nutrition instructor in the Faculty of Dentistry, and more recently has been working with colleagues across UBC health programs to integrate evidence-based nutrition education into various health professional curricula. 

Gail has voluntarily served many organizations, including CFDR in which she was Chair of the 2017 and 2018 CFDR Morgan Awards committees and lead volunteer for the 2018 CFDR Fun Run, and sits on a number of committees at UBC. She looks forward to serving on the CFDR Board and contributing to a bright future for dietetic research in Canada.

Ryna Levy-Milne, PhD, RD
Provincial Program Lead
BC Cancer Agency

Dr. Ryna Levy-Milne is the Provincial Lead, Nutrition & Rehabilitation, at BC Cancer. She is responsible for coordinating clinical practice, community partnerships, education and research for this program. After 14 years in this position, Ryna will be retiring in January 2020. Ryna completed her BSc at the University of Toronto, her internship at the University of Alberta Hospital and her MSc and PhD from Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador. Her research focuses on cancer and nutrition contributing to policy development, practice issues and resource development. Ryna has been a dietitian for 40 years and recently was awarded a Dietitians of Canada Fellowship for her contributions to the profession.

Chris Marinangeli, PhD, RD
Nutrition, Science and Regulatory Affairs
Pulse Canada
Toronto, ON


Chris Marinangeli completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. After a brief time in the pharmaceutical industry, Chris attended McGill University where he received his MSc in clinical nutrition and qualifications to be designated a Registered Dietitian.  Subsequently, he completed his doctorate in Nutrition at the University of Manitoba’s Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.  

After his tenure as the Senior Manager Nutrition Science and Regulatory Affairs at Kellogg Canada, Chris joined Pulse Canada as Director, Nutrition Scientific and Regulatory Affairs.  

Chris also serves on the Scientific Review Committee for the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research and Canadian Advisory Council for ILSI North America   


Nathalie Savoie, MBA, RD
Chief Executive Officer 
Dietitians of Canada
Toronto, ON

Nathalie Savoie is an experienced, bilingual dietitian leader with a passion for marketing and communications, team mentoring and positive leadership. Her career highlights the many diverse roles that dietitians can play to advance the health of Canadians, notably in social marketing, communications, public affairs, clinical nutrition and education. Nathalie’s professional experience includes leadership roles at a not-for-profit association, a health professional regulatory organization, and in a private public relations firm.

Nathalie completed her undergraduate degree and dietetic training at University of Montréal. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from HEC Montréal. She is an active member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec.
Lucia Weiler, BSc, RD, PHEc
President, Weiler Nutrition Communications Inc
Toronto, ON

Lucia Weiler is a Registered Dietitian, food scientist and professional home economist. She is a food trends expert, media spokesperson, engaging speaker and food industry leader. Lucia is the President of Weiler Nutrition Communications Inc. a consulting practice which specializes in education, strategic marketing, regulatory affairs and stakeholder engagement. Lucia is also the Co-founder of Nutrition for NON-Nutritionists, an international training organization in health and wellness, and she is an instructor at Humber College, Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness.  As a leader in her profession, Lucia was elected by her peers to the Board of Directors for Dietitians of Canada. She is honoured to represent the membership and help set the strategic direction of the association.
Lucia is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science specializing in Nutrition, Food Chemistry and Microbiology.  She also studied at Ryerson University to pursue her Registered Dietitian accreditation and completed her Dietetic Internship in Toronto and Northern Ontario.  Lucia started her career as a food scientist and helped ensure that foods sold to Canadians were safe, nutritious and tasted great. She then spent several years working as a Nutrition Communications Manager focusing on food development, regulatory affairs and nutrition communication on national and international projects.  Lucia had the honour to work with scientists, health organizations and business leaders and learned to translate nutrition science to help support healthy living for all Canadians. Since forming her businesses, Lucia embraced entrepreneurship and enjoys collaborating with a wide range of clients including food manufacturers, grocery retailers, academia, government, health professionals, health care organizations and consumers.
Heather Wile, RD, MA, FDC
Director of Medical Scientific Regulatory
Nestle Health Science Canada
Halifax, NS

Heather Wile is a Registered Dietitian having completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and her dietetic internship at the VG Hospital in Halifax. She is a Fellow of Dietitians of Canada.

Heather worked as a pediatric dietitian for the first 14-years of her career and in industry for the past 20-years in Sales, Marketing, Medical Affairs, and most recently as Director of Medical Scientific Regulatory.
Heather has been a long standing member of the profession, being actively involved in many committees as well as holding Board positions in Dietitians of Canada and serving as NSDA Treasurer and NSDA President.  

Heather has significantly shaped our future dietitian leaders through her passionate approach to mentorship and implementation of a novel self-directed internship program, as well as through her long-term involvement in the DC registration exam. Throughout her career she has focused on evidence generation and practice-based research and was instrumental in bringing nutritionDay to Canada. Heather is looking forward to supporting the passion of the foundation by supporting practice-based research for dietitians in Canada.
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