Leaders in their professions, dedicated to improving Canadian health

Khursheed Jeejeebhoy
Dr. Khursheed Jeejeebhoy
Board Member
Gastroenterology, Nutrition Research

Dr. Khursheed Jeejeebhoy is a Gastroenterologist, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Director of Nutrition Support for St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Khursheed N. Jeejeebhoy has achieved an international reputation for...

Dr. Khursheed Jeejeebhoy is a Gastroenterologist, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Director of Nutrition Support for St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Khursheed N. Jeejeebhoy has achieved an international reputation for his research in the fields of gastroenterology and nutrition.

Dr. Jeejeebhoy has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters. He sits on the editorial boards of nutritional journals and over the course of his career has been recognized with over 20 awards from Canada, USA and the UK. In 2001 he was elected as a senior member of the Canadian Medical Association.

His principal areas of focus are: assessment of nutritional status, particular nutritional requirements in the patient, the interaction between nutrition and disease, inflammatory bowel disease, malabsorption, and colon cancer. Dr Jeejeebhoy was chosen to receive the “Cuthbertson Lecture Award” by the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, for his ground-breaking work in Total Parenteral Nutrition.

Laurie Paleczny
Laurie Paleczny
Board Member / Chair

Laurie Paleczny's career has included diverse leadership roles in financial services, manufacturing, and technology and with companies of all sizes. Laurie brings a combination of entrepreneurial spirit and a laser-like focus on producing results to her passion for helping Canadians get healthier. 

Laurie Paleczny's career has included diverse leadership roles in financial services, manufacturing, and technology and with companies of all sizes. Laurie brings a combination of entrepreneurial spirit and a laser-like focus on producing results to her passion for helping Canadians get healthier. 

While there are many studies demonstrating exercise and diet cure so many diseases, the need for an evidence-based program to educate and support Canadians with making long-term change is essential to shift from disease care to health care. Laurie believes that a team and a community are necessary for our doctors, trainers, coaches, and friends to help us become a healthier population.

 

Ken Flood
Ken Flood
Advisor

Ken Flood has had a long career successfully building businesses in industries as diverse as aerospace, software, Internet services and medical technology. From an early age, he harnessed his entrepreneurial spirit to drive innovation and growth, and has held leadership roles in several organizations...

Ken Flood has had a long career successfully building businesses in industries as diverse as aerospace, software, Internet services and medical technology. From an early age, he harnessed his entrepreneurial spirit to drive innovation and growth, and has held leadership roles in several organizations.

For more than a decade, Ken has directed his energy to philanthropic efforts, with health care being a particular area of interest. 

Zane Cohen
Dr. Zane Cohen
Board Member
Surgery, Gastroenterology, University of Toronto

Dr. Zane Cohen is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Dr. Zane Cohen Digestive Diseases Clinical Research Centre Mount Sinai Hospital, a clinical research facility internationally acclaimed as a leader in the understanding and...

Dr. Zane Cohen is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Dr. Zane Cohen Digestive Diseases Clinical Research Centre Mount Sinai Hospital, a clinical research facility internationally acclaimed as a leader in the understanding and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. He was the Surgeon-in-Chief and the Chairman of the Division of General Surgery at Mount Sinai for many years and has served on numerous committees at the University of Toronto.  

Dr. Cohen's clinical interests have been in the area of colon and rectal surgery and he has been instrumental in helping thousands of patients afflicted with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and colorectal cancer. He has authored over 230 manuscripts and book chapters and he has held peer reviewed research grants from all of the major granting agencies for his work. Recognized internationally for his many achievements, Dr. Cohen has been an invited speaker worldwide. 

Kevin Smith
Dr. Kevin Smith
Board Member

Dr. Kevin Smith is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, and an Associate Professor at the McMaster University School of Medicine. He also serves on the boards of directors of several organizations, including...

Dr. Kevin Smith is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, and an Associate Professor at the McMaster University School of Medicine. He also serves on the boards of directors of several organizations, including the Association of Canadian Healthcare Organizations, the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Council of Teaching Hospitals.

Dr. Smith earned his Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Sussex in England and completed the Chief Executive Officer Program for Healthcare Leadership at the Wharton School of Business. In 2003, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, which recognizes Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.

Rupinder Dhaliwal
Rupinder Dhaliwal
Advisor / Director of Operations

Rupinder Dhaliwal is the Director of Operations of Metabolic Syndrome Canada, a federally incorporated non profit organization aimed at improving the health of Canadians at risk of metabolic syndrome through lifestyle interventions. She has been responsible for the coordination and overall conduct of...

Rupinder Dhaliwal is Director of Operations of Metabolic Syndrome Canada, a federally incorporated non profit organization aimed at improving the health of Canadians at risk of metabolic syndrome through lifestyle interventions. She has been responsible for the coordination and overall conduct of the CHANGE study, a diet and exercise intervention in primary care clinics.

As Manager of Research & Networking at the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, she played a key role in the development and implementation of several multicentre randomized trials funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, US National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Defense. In this role she also led knowledge translation activities such as the development of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Nutrition Support in the Mechanically, Ventilated, Critically ill Adult Critical care, International Nutrition Surveys and the PEP UP Collaborative.

As Executive Director for the Nutrition and Rehabilitation Investigators Consortium, she was responsible for bringing together researchers and stakeholders to improve the health and care of patients through optimal nutrition and exercise by fostering the development of multicentre clinical trials. She is a Registered Dietitian, has written numerous publications and presented at many national and international conferences.

In June 2016, Rupinder was awarded “Fellow of Dietitians of Canada” for her professional growth, excellence and achievements throughout her career.

Doug Klein
Dr. Doug Klein
Board Member
Family Medicine, Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network, University of Alberta

Dr. Doug Klein is a practicing family physician and an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. He is also Director of the Doctor Patient Relationship Program, which focuses on communication skills…

Dr. Doug Klein is a practicing family physician and an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. He is also Director of the Doctor Patient Relationship Program, which focuses on communication skills of resident physicians and physicians in practice.

A recognized expert on lifestyle intervention in primary care, especially patient behaviour change including the Theory of Planned Behaviour, Dr. Klein has significant experience in primary care research. He has held several positions on provincial and national committees related to clinical practice in primary care, including the Alberta Pediatric Obesity Working Group, Physician Performance Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and the Research and Education Foundation for the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Through his ongoing work with Primary Care Networks in Alberta, he has forged strong connections to other primary care physicians.

In addition, Dr. Klein has been invited to give presentations on diet and exercise across Canada and internationally, including a keynote address on lifestyle modification at the Alberta College of Family Physicians Annual Meeting in February 2013. He currently has several ongoing research and health promotion projects based in primary care in Alberta.

Since 2011, Dr. Klein has lead the CHANGE Alberta research team, working closely with other family doctors in Edmonton, Toronto and Quebec City to successfully implement CHANGE Program in primary care settings. He is currently leading the initiative to expand implementation of the CHANGE Program in family medicine clinics across Canada.

Paula Brauer
Dr. Paula Brauer
Advisor
Dietetics, Epidemiology, University of Guelph

Dr. Paula Brauer is on the faculty in the Applied Human Nutrition program of the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, with adjunct status in the Dept Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph. Her research focuses on development and...

Dr. Paula Brauer is on the faculty in the Applied Human Nutrition program of the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, with adjunct status in the Dept Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph. Her research focuses on development and testing of new strategies to improve effectiveness of clinical nutrition services for treatment of obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and dyslipidemia, with a current focus on primary health care.

Dr. Brauer is the Chair (2000-present) of a dietitian advocacy group focused on primary health care and serves on a provincial advisory committee for Family Health Teams, a multi-disciplinary primary care model. She has been active in the national association, serving on the Board of Dietitians of Canada, the national registration examination committee and as editor of the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. She was recognized in 2003 by Dietitians of Canada with their highest award for leadership and innovation.

Dr. Bauer is working with Dr. Lorian Taylor, a dietitian working with Alberta Health Services, to train and support the dietitians involved in the CHANGE study.

Angelo Tremblay
Dr. Angelo Tremblay
Advisor
Kinesiology, Université Laval, Quebec City

Dr Angelo Tremblay is a professor in the Division of Kinesiology, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Laval University, Quebec, from where he obtained his undergraduate (BSc in Education) and postgraduate degrees (MSc in Nutrition and PhD in...

Dr Angelo Tremblay is a professor in the Division of Kinesiology,  Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Laval University, Quebec, from where he obtained his undergraduate (BSc in Education) and postgraduate degrees (MSc in Nutrition and PhD in Physiology). His particular interests are focused primarily on exercise and energy balance in humans. Dr Tremblay has published over 475 scientific papers and he is holder of a Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Energy Balance.
 
Dr. Tremblay leads one of the world’s two most productive research groups in the study of obesity predisposition factors. He was the first researcher to show that the positive effect of physical exercise on energy balance was nutrition-dependent. The objectives of his work include: the identification and characterization of factors that can affect energy balance; the development of new tools for measuring energy balance components in the context of daily living; and the creation of new methods for evaluating the metabolic profile of individuals.
Leah Gramlich
Dr. Leah Gramlich
Board Member
Gastroenterology, University of Alberta

Dr. Leah Gramlich is a physician nutritionist specialist and Gastroenterologist. She is an Associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta with a cross appointment in Agriculture Life and Environmental Science. She is also Zone Medical Director for...

Dr. Leah Gramlich is a physician nutritionist specialist and Gastroenterologist. She is an Associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta with a cross appointment in Agriculture Life and Environmental Science. She is also Zone Medical Director for Nutrition Services, Alberta Health Services in the Edmonton Zone.

Dr. Gramlich is dedicated to patient care but her evolving interest is in food and health and in empowering health practitioners with the tools to meet patient needs relative to food and activity for health. Her other research interests include nutrition and cancer, nutrition in critical illness, nutrition therapy in the home and nutrition education.

She is the past president and founding president of the Canadian Nutrition Society. She sits on several committees in the Canadian Nutrition Society, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the European Society for Nutrition and Metabolism.

David Mutch
Dr. David Mutch
Advisor
Genomics, University of Guelph

Dr. David Mutch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, where he stablished a nutrigenomics research program focused on studying the interactions between genes, dietary fats, and...

Dr. David Mutch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, where he stablished a nutrigenomics research program focused on studying the interactions between genes, dietary fats, and inflammation, and how this contributes to the development of obesity-related complications.

Dr. Mutch’s research program is focused on understanding how dietary lipids can affect adipose tissue function using several modern approaches, such as: Genetics, to determine whether polymorphisms in genes involved in lipid metabolism are associated with obesity-related phenotypes); Transcriptomics, to elucidate how different dietary lipids affect gene expression and function; and Metabolomics, to identify novel biomarkers that can be used to assess the efficacy of dietary interventions in order to better personalize health management. Integrating these approaches will provide additional information to help understand why individuals respond differentially to dietary interventions.

Daren Heyland
Dr. Daren Heyland
Advisor
Critical Care, Epidemiology, Queens University

Dr. Daren Heyland is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario Canada. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Epidemiology. He works as a staff physician in the ICU at the Kingston General Hospital...

Dr. Daren Heyland is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario Canada. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Epidemiology. He works as a staff physician in the ICU at the Kingston General Hospital and is the Director of Research for the Critical Care Programme.

Dr. Heyland has a variety of research interests which include 3 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded programs of research and has conducted multicenter trials in the areas of nutrition, infection, and end of life care.  He is currently the Principal Investigator of the REDOXS© Study, a multicenter trial of 1200 critically ill patients randomized to receive glutamine and/or antioxidant (or placebo) supplementation funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Overall, Dr. Heyland has published approximately 200 peer-reviewed papers, raised more than $72 million in external grant support including more than $32 million from CIHR, and given more than 200 international presentations. 

Caroline Rhéaume
Dr. Caroline Rhéaume
Advisor
Family Medicine, Physiology-Endocrinology, Kinesiology Université Laval

Dr. Caroline Rhéaume is a primary care physician, assistant professor and clinical researcher at Laval University. She also holds a bachelor in Kinesiology (1996), a master degree (1998) and a Ph.D. (2003) in Physiology...

Dr. Caroline Rhéaume is a primary care physician, assistant professor and clinical researcher at Laval University. She also holds a bachelor in Kinesiology (1996), a master degree (1998) and a Ph.D. (2003) in Physiology-Endocrinology. During her Ph.D. studies, she received financial support from Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Medical Council of Research Canada (HSFC-MRC), as well as from “FCAR-FRSQ Santé”. Alongside her research and medical training, she has conducted international workshops, including a post-doc in hypertension in Lausanne, Switzerland (2005).

She practices as a family physician at Family Medicine Unit Laval and she is responsible of the research project of family medicine residents. Her role as a clinical teacher allows her to apply new knowledge from her research projects to the clinical practice of future family physicians regarding hypertension and cardiovascular prevention. In 2008, as a clinical researcher, she joined the cardiology axis of the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (CRIUCPQ).  Her main research interests focus on the prevention of cardiovascular disease in primary care.

Lew Pliamm
Dr. Lew Pliamm
Advisor
Family Medicine, Polyclinic Family and Specialty Medicine Facility, Toronto

Dr. Lew Pliamm is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School and has practiced Family Medicine in Toronto, Canada for over 20 years. He is the founder and Medical Director of the Polyclinic Family and Specialty...

Dr. Lew Pliamm is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School and has practiced Family Medicine in Toronto, Canada for over 20 years. He is the founder and Medical Director of the Polyclinic Family and Specialty Medicine Facility, where he currently practices family medicine, and Principal Investigator at Canadian Phase Onward Inc.

Dr. Pliamm has worked in the clinical research field, conducting Phase 2-4 clinical research trials for over 15 years. Dr. Pliamm is also a Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and is actively involved in teaching medical residents. Dr. Pliamm also enjoys public speaking and has acted as a speaker for several companies and organizations at an international level.

Dawna Royall
Dawna Royall
Advisor
Dietetics, University of Guelph

Dawna Royall, MSc, RD, is a registered dietitian, who completed her Master of Science in Nutrition at the University of Toronto. Dawna works as a research consultant and her current work activities include: serving as an evidence analyst for Dietitians of Canada’s Practice...

Dawna Royall, MSc, RD, is a registered dietitian, who completed her Master of Science in Nutrition at the University of Toronto. Dawna works as a research consultant and her current work activities include: serving as an evidence analyst for Dietitians of Canada's Practice‐based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) service, the Journal Editor for the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, and teaching and conducting research at the University of Guelph.