Featured Presenters


Kim Raine

Food Environments for Children and Youth: How do we Measure up?

Dr. Kim Raine is Professor and Associate Dean (Research) in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on community and policy interventions to promote the health of populations. From 2008-13 Dr. Raine held an Applied Public Health Chair. She served as President of the Alberta Public Health Association from 2009-2012, and was a member of the inaugural institute advisory board for the CIHR’s Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (2001-2006). She has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, and has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences. Much of her work has involved integrated research, practice and policy advocacy for promoting health. Dr. Raine is also an avid endurance athlete, having completed dozens of marathons and many full Ironman triathlons. She has represented Canada as an age-group athlete in multiple world championship triathlons.



Raylene A Reimer

Gut Microbiota: Do they have a role to play in preventing and treating pediatric obesity?

Dr. Raylene A Reimer is a Professor with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also a full scientist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, a Fellow of the Obesity Society and a Registered Dietitian. Her research focuses on the role of diet in regulating energy intake, and gut microbiota in the context of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases such as fatty liver disease. She has done extensive research in animal models to study how maternal diet during pregnancy influences their offspring’s gut microbiota, satiety hormone production, and obesity risk. Her clinical studies in adults and children with obesity have identified prebiotic fibre as a promising dietary intervention to improve metabolic health. In 2012, Dr. Reimer was honored with the Centrum New Scientist Award for Outstanding Research by the Canadian Nutrition Society.



Dana Olstad

Does policy matter? Enhancing implementation of provincial nutrition guidelines in recreation and sport facilities

Dr. Dana Olstad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and a Registered Dietitian. Her research focusses on the impact of policy on socioeconomic inequities in dietary behaviours and health.



Amy McPherson

Fostering positive weight-related conversations: Evidence and real-life learnings from the heart of care (A Knowledge Translation Casebook)

Dr. Amy McPherson is a Scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute and Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. Dr. McPherson’s program of research focuses upon health and wellness promotion in children with long-term conditions and disabilities. She has a particular interest in the use of strengths-based interventions to promote healthy lifestyles, and weight-related communication best practices.


It Takes a Village: Using iKT to Inform, Develop and Grow the Guelph Family Health Study


Andrea Buchholz

Andrea Buchholz is a Registered Dietitian and Professor of Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. She is a co-investigator of the Guelph Family Health Study, and has expertise in measurement and lifestyle correlates of obesity.

Jess Haines

Jess Haines is a Registered Dietitian and an Associate Professor of Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. She is the Associate Director of the Guelph Family Health Study, and has expertise in family-based obesity prevention interventions.