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

2018-2019 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.
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.

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

Jenny Gusba 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.  
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.
Colinda Hunter, RD, BSc HEc, BPE
Consulting Dietitian
Edmonton, AB

Colinda Hunter is a dedicated and passionate dietitian with over twenty years of experience. She is a Director (Alberta and the Territories) on the Board of 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.

Currently as a consulting dietitian she is pursuing her interests in health promotion and post-secondary education. Formerly she worked with Dairy Farmers of Canada, a not-for-profit organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and a CFDR Legacy Leader. As a Project Manager, she developed nutrition education programs, resources and communications for health professionals and coordinated projects/placements for dietetic interns. This was a similar position to one she had as a Nutrition Educator with Alberta Milk for 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 out 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. And in 2012 she was part of a team of dietitians at Alberta Milk to win 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
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

Lisa Mina, BASc., RD, MBA

Principal, FoodHealth
Nutrition & Health Strategy Consultancy
Toronto, ON


Lisa Mina 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).
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.
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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