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

The following are the 2016-2017 Board members

Sarah Hewko, MHA, RD
Chair, CFDR Board
Senior Laboratory Instructor
University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George, BC

Sarah Hewko is a Senior Laboratory Instructor with the School of Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.

Sarah graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health from the University of British Columbia and completed her dietetic internship with Eastern Health in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 2009, she completed her Master of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia.

As a Registered Dietitian, Sarah has primarily worked in positions of clinical leadership, both with Northern Health in Prince George, British Columbia and with Alberta Health Services in Edmonton, Alberta. Sarah has also served as a Director for the Alberta and the Territories region on the Dietitians of Canada Board.

Sarah is keenly interested in both supporting and producing high quality research evidence that supports the practice of dietitians.
 
   
Pierrette Buklis, MHSc, RD, FDC
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.
 
   


Paula Dworatzek, PhD, RD, PHEc
Chair and Associate Professor
School of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Brescia University College, Western University 

Visiting Associate Professor
Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
London, ON 
 

Paula Dworatzek is the Chair and Associate Professor at Brescia University College, Western University and Visiting Associate Professor in the Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. Her research interests pertain to the school food environment, for which she has developed and validated a direct food observation methodology to assess packed lunch intake. She has also co-developed a multi-strategy peer nutrition education program called FRESH (Food Resources and Education for Student Health), which has been implemented at Western University. Notably, Dr. Dworatzek is also an author of the Nutrition Therapy chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Associations Clinical Practice Guidelines.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Brescia and her internship at the Toronto Hospital (General Division), Paula worked as a Registered Dietitian in community health centres and in home- visiting. She later completed her Master’s and PhD degrees at the University of Toronto, and then worked for the Canadian Diabetes Association as the Director of Research Programs and Partnerships where she directed the peer review process and funding partnerships. 

Paula lives in London with her husband and three daughters and enjoys yoga when she can find the time.
 
   

Jenny Gusba, PhD
Senior Director, Nutrition Sciences
Global Beverages
PepsiCo
Mississauga, ON

Jenny Gusba, PhD is the Sr. Director of Nutrition Sciences at PepsiCo, supporting the global beverage business. 

Jenny joined PepsiCo in November 2009. Her experience at PepsiCo includes leadership of the PepsiCo Beverages Canada Research and Development team. Before PepsiCo, she supported the Nutrition and Scientific Affairs agenda for a food industry trade association. This role involved regulatory affairs and nutrition communications. She also co-founded a workplace wellness company in Guelph and worked as a kinesiologist.

Jenny received her Doctor of Philosophy in Human Biology and Nutritional Science from the University of Guelph, her Master’s of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, and her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics also from the University of Guelph.  She is now a special graduate faculty at the University of Guelph in Canada.

Jenny lives in Guelph, Ontario and enjoys running, playing with her three small children and traveling with her husband.  
 
   
Colinda Hunter, RD, BScHEc
Project Manager, Nutrition-Alberta
Dairy Farmers of Canada
Edmonton, AB

Colinda is a dedicated and passionate dietitian with over twenty years of experience. She is a Director (Alberta and the Territories) on the Board of Directors for Dietitians of Canada and is proud to give back to her chosen profession by representing the membership and helping to set the strategic direction of the association.

On January 1, 2017 she started a new position as Project Manager, Nutrition - Alberta with Dairy Farmers of Canada, a not-for-profit organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and a CFDR Legacy Leader. She develops nutrition education programs, resources and communications for health professionals. This is a similar position to one she had as a Nutrition Educator with Alberta Milk for almost ten years.

Prior to working in the dairy industry, Colinda worked as a Medical Delegate for Nestle Canada, representing their nutrition products and educating healthcare professionals on nutrition related issues. 

Colinda started her career as a private-practice dietitian in Calgary after completing an undergraduate degree in nutrition (Bachelor of Science in Home Economics with a major in Foods and Nutrition) at the University of Alberta and her dietetic internship at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. She discovered her passion for nutrition while pursuing a degree in physical education (Bachelor of Physical Education) at the University of Calgary.  

Colinda has earned two prestigious awards throughout her career. In 2007 she was awarded an AAPEX (Alberta Agriculture Performance Excellence) award for Outstanding Teamwork for her work with the CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) Network, a multidisciplinary team looking at the health potential of CLA. In 2012 the team of registered dietitians at Alberta Milk won a Speaking of Food and Healthy Eating Award from Dietitians of Canada for their work on Nourish.Move.Thrive., a nutrition education website for fitness leaders.
 
 
Chris Marinangeli, PhD, RD
Director
Nutrition, Science and Regulatory Affairs
Pulse Canada
Toronto, ON

Chris 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
   








 

Lisa Mina, BASc., RD, MBA
Principal, FoodHealth
Nutrition & Health Strategy Consultancy
Toronto, ON

 

Lisa is Principal of FoodHealth, a consultancy specializing in health & wellness strategy, nutrition communication, nutrition affairs and stakeholder engagement. Lisa previously held senior positions with the Retail Council of Canada, PepsiCo and Canada Beef. She is also a Board of Director’s member of the Rainbow Food Education Foundation - that provides impactful and hands-on solutions to the long-term health of children in Canada. 

Prior to forming FoodHealth, Lisa spent several years in the food agriculture sector in senior leadership roles focusing on national and international nutrition policy, nutrition communication and issues management. She was a member of Health Canada’s Trans Fat Task Force. She then focused on business and marketing strategy as the Executive Director, Consumer Marketing, in the Canadian beef sector. She collaborated with a range of stakeholders including grocery retailers, food manufacturers, key influencers, academia, government, health professionals and health associations. She had the privilege to lead a multi-year human nutrition research program and liaised with several national and international researchers.

More recently, Lisa represented Canada's largest grocery retailers, at the Retail Council of Canada, on national food issues. She contributed to multi-stakeholder health and wellness initiatives including the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign spearheaded by Health Canada. She also managed nutrition and regulatory affairs at one of the largest global food and beverage companies. Lisa began her career as a public health dietitian in chronic disease prevention. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Ontario, with a BASc. in Applied Human Nutrition and completed a dietetic internship with the Kingston Health Unit. She then achieved a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University in British Columbia. She is a Registered Dietitian and a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario as well as the Dietitians of Canada. In her spare time Lisa loves to stay active, be a mom and travel. She has completed four marathons including Boston.   

 
   






Danielle Moore, BSc, FSc, RD 
Business Development Consultant 
DM Nutrition
Boucherville, QC
 

Danielle Moore has more than 25 years of experience in the agro-food and pharmaceutical industries.

Dietitian by training, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in food science from McGill University. She is Business Development Consultant at DM Nutrition. Major fields of interest are probiotics, the microbiota as well as the nutritional advances of the yogurt category. Developing educational tools and programs to help healthcare professionals better educate and guide consumers is a priority.

Her career began in sales at Abbott Nutrition and later at Nestlé Nutrition, where she specialized in infant and enteral nutrition. She later acquired experience in management, at the regional and national levels, leading teams of representatives and overseeing daily operations.

Danielle is a member of Dietitians of Canada and sits on the Agro-food and Pharmaceutical Board of the OPDQ (Ordre professionnelle des diététistes du Québec) as well as on the Advisory Board of the AEP (Alliance for Education on Probiotics).
 
   
Marsha Sharp, MSc, RD
Former Chief Executive Officer
Dietitians of Canada
Toronto, ON
 

Marsha Sharp is the former Chief Executive Officer of Dietitians of Canada (DC), where she provided strategic leadership and representation for the professional association nationally and internationally, in collaboration with her senior management team. Dietitians of Canada is deferred to as the voice of the dietetics profession in Canada.  It has a mission to promote ethical, evidence-based best practice in dietetics supported by the profession's unique body of knowledge that is the application of the science of nutrition to solving problems related to human health and by supporting its members to be prepared for diverse and rewarding roles as leaders in promoting health and wellness, as life-long learners, and as mentors.
 
Marsha is a Founding Director (2000) and Chair of the Board of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA). ICDA is the largest worldwide body of dietetics professionals made up of more than forty national dietetic association members representing about 200,000 dietitians.  It serves to support national dietetics associations and their members, beyond national and regional boundaries, by increasing awareness of the international standards of dietetics education and good practice, networking and professional development opportunities and by promoting the contributions of dietetics to global understanding of health and human development.
 
Marsha is a Founding Director (1991) and has continuously served as a Director of the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research and in many other roles since CFDR was first established. “I believe the purpose for which CFDR was created as a partnership among leading corporations, including Dietitians of Canada, about 25 years ago is as important today as it was in the beginning. Raising funds and providing funds for applied nutrition and dietetics practice research has enhanced the scientific basis that informs the body of knowledge that guides evidence-based practice and decision-making in all the sectors and settings where dietitians provide services, in Canada and beyond our borders. CFDR is helping Dietitians of Canada achieve its mission. CFDR's continued dedication and unique leadership role in funding applied nutrition and dietetics practice research has earned enduring financial, leadership and operations support from Dietitians of Canada.”
 
Marsha completed an Honours BHEc in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Manitoba, a dietetic internship at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Alberta, and an MSc in Nutrition at the University of Manitoba. She began her career as a Clinical Nutritionist at McMaster University Medical Centre where service provision included roles in health professional education, practice research, clinical nutrition service management and direct in-patient and ambulatory-patient care.
 
   
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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