Join Dairy Farmers of Canada at our annual symposium!

It's time to register for our Symposium on nutrition and health

This year's theme will focus on Sustainable Diets.

Environmental sustainability of food production is a growing area of interest for consumers around the globe. Dietitians are eager to understand the complexity and facts around sustainability and development of nutritious and healthy diets.

You will have the opportunity to listen to internationally recognized speakers on this topic including from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, McGill University, the University of California, Davis and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

To view the program, select the city that best accommodates you: - Montreal on October 29 - also offered via webcast in French - Edmonton on October 30 - also offered via webcast in English For more information visit our website.

2019 Gerontology Network Spring Workshop

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019
The Dietitians of Canada Gerontology Network is a national network representing 565+ Registered Dietitians working with the elderly in long term care and health care settings across Canada. The Gerontology Network acts as a resource through the provision of education opportunities and evidenced based nutrition information to support Registered Dietitians as they strive for excellence in the delivery of nutritional care of residents in long term care.


Gerontology Network Members
Early Bird: $125.00 (HST Included)
After May 5: $145.00 (HST Included)

Early Bird: $155.00 (HST Included)
After May 5: $175.00 (HST Included)

Cost: $75.00 (HST Included)

For more information and to register:

Click here to view the flyer.

Keeping Workers Well 2019 - 48th Annual Conference and Exhibition

Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association

When: Thursday, June 6 and Friday June 7, 2019

The Conference Centre, The Centre for Health & Safety Innovation
5110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Two-day conference for occupational health nurses and allied health and safety professionals.  One-day exhibition on Thursday, June 6th followed by an evening Mix n’ Mingle with the presentation “Canadian Cannabis Craze”.  Keynote speakers:  Nina Spencer, Dr Jamie Gruman and Dr Melissa Snider-Adler. Conference sessions focus on infection control, legal and legislative issues, mindfulness in the workplace, developing resiliency.  June 7th workshops on The Working Mind, Motivational Interviewing, New MSD Guidelines, and Cognitive Job Coaching.

Program and to register:  2019 Conference Brochure

Questions?  Email or call 416-239-6462.

Save the Date for the OSNM 2019 Education and Leadership Summit

2019 Education & Leadership Summit
Cobourg Inn and Convention Centre

930 Burnham St., Cobourg, ON K9A 2X9

OSNM 2019 Registration Form 

(OSNM members will be entered into a draw for a prize if you register before the Early Bird deadline)

Registration Costs

Hotel Accommodations
You can also call Best Western directly to make your reservations at 905-372-2105 or toll free at 1-866-262-6874.  Please mention that you are with the  Ontario Society of Nutrition Management. 

Room Rate:
$118/night plus taxes and fees


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

9:45 – 10:15 Registration
10:15 – 10:45 Vendor Demos
10:45 – 12:00 Vendor Tradeshow
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch & Learn with Katie Leclaire
1:00 – 2:00 Katie Leclaire – Social Media and Communications
2:00 – 3:00 Chris Weber and Neil MacDonald
3:00 – 3:15 Nutrition Break
3:15 – 4:30 AGM
6:00 – 6:30 Cocktail Hour
6:30 – 7:30 Gala Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 Sneak Peak – Zaheen Nanji
8:30 Dance the Night away

Thursday, September 12, 2019

8:00 – 8:45 Breakfast Buffet
8:45 – 9:00 Welcome & Introductions with the Mayor of Cobourg
9:00 – 12:00 Zaheen Nanji
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Awards
1:00 – 2:00 Group 1:  Is Happiness a Journey or a Destination
Group 2:  Rumours in the Workplace
2:00 – 2:15 Nutrition Break
2:15 – 3:00 Closing Ceremony and Final Remarks
Book Signing with Zaheen

Speakers and Outlines

Zaheen Nanji - Personal Message from Zaheen

Zaheen Nanji

In this new economy and digital world, change is inevitable. With change comes challenges, obstacles, stress and overwhelm. Moreover, organizations are having to deal with delivering more with less and professionals are feeling pressured. Instead of feeling stuck, unable to cope and having our backs against the wall, it’s time to release those old patterns, reprogram new skill sets and embrace change.

Audiences have walked away with simple tools that they can start implementing right away.

Learning Objectives:

• Release – tapping into your emotional intelligence is the first step to getting unstuck from a setback or problem and creating emotional resilience. Release old patterns by learning a simple technique to bring control to a situation.

Participants will learn a simple language tool that shifts them from being stuck in chaos to regaining control of a situation. This is by far the most remembered tool by audience members.

• Reprogram – feeling helpless and worried isn’t going to help you move forward, but you can create a victor mindset.

In order to find solutions, one has to learn how to reframe situations in real-time. Participants will learn 2 simple ways to reframe, and this takeaway alone allows participants to shift perspective and move towards growth.

• Resolve – the secret to building resiliency is all about embracing change and flexing one’s attitude! Participants will learn the Universal Cycles of Change Model where they understand that in order to create new things, they have to let go the old. This takeaway will completely shift the way they view change.

One of most in-demand speakers on resilience in North America today, Zaheen Nanji has shared her content-rich, entertaining, hard-hitting and memorable presentations to enthusiastic audiences such as HR, health professionals, educators and leaders.

Her compelling stories of suffering from a speech impediment to moving half way across the world as a teenager, without her parents, and just recently surviving breast cancer; has her audience laughing and tearing up at the same time.

Zaheen is a TEDx speaker and has been featured on the front cover of Positive Health Magazine and on various broadcast media outlets in UK, USA and Canada. She’s also a two-time best-selling and award-winning author.

Zaheen and her husband own Shanti Wellness & Laser Centre in Alberta, Canada.

She calls herself a resilience champion because she shows you how to make resilience your first reflex!


Doing More with Less and the Culture Change in Dietary

This presentation will motivate and inspire attendees with practical ways to change the culture in their dietary departments. Addressing negative stigmas and common barriers for dietary departments and sharing realistic solutions that will help lead to change.

Chris Weber, NM, RSE

Chris Weber is the Corporate Chef and Operations Manager – Nutrition and Food Services at OMNI Health Care.  He oversees the foodservice and nutrition programs for 18 long term care homes across Ontario.  His background includes over 15 years of food service experience as well as other customer service and business operations/administrative roles. Chris holds a 3 year Advanced Business Administration Diploma and a Culinary Management Diploma as well as a Nutrition & Diet Therapy Certificate.  Chris is an Advanced food safety trainer and possess a Red Seal Cook certification.  He is currently the president of The Canadian Society of Nutrition Management, a 3500 member association of nutrition managers nationwide, as well as the 2015 OSNM Conference Chair.  Chris is a part time professor at an Ontario College in the Food & Nutrition post-graduate program. Chris was the Bronze medalist in the 2007 Skills Ontario Culinary Competition and has a strong passion for food and travel while pursuing a nutritious and active lifestyle.


Neil MacDonald, NM, RSE

Neil Macdonald is the Nutritional Care Manager and Chef at Riverview Manor of OMNI Health Care. He has had a passion for food and life in the kitchen for the past decade and loves the beautiful culinary world. Neil earned a diploma in Culinary Management and an advanced diploma in Business Administration at Fleming College, where he received academic awards and a spot on Fleming’s Ontario Skills competition team. Neil has completed the apprenticeship program in Ontario and has earned an internationally recognized Red Seal Certificate of Qualification in the Cook Trade. Neil graduated the Food Service and Nutrition Management program from HealthCareCAN. Neil is an active member of the CSNM and sits on the board of Directors of the OSNM as the Kawartha Chapter Representative. Before his experience in LTC, Neil worked in various fine dining establishments in his home town of Peterborough, ON.


Katie LeClair

Katie LeClair is a young professional who knows what it means to lead. After graduating with a degree in business from Bishop’s University, she kickstarted her career as a recruiter, travelling across Canada promoting post-secondary education. In 2016 she joined the non-profit organization Global Vision as an ambassador during the Junior Trade Mission to China. She then went on to complete a Master of Communications degree at the University of Ottawa and began her work with the non-profit organization Young Leaders.World. She continues to help youth around the globe discover life leadership through personal growth and collective good.


Katie’s current title is Corporate Communications Team Lead at Ottawa’s lead economic development agency and innovation hub, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, organizations that help businesses grow. Her specialties are strategy and content creation. With a strong foundation in social media management and marketing, brand development and corporate messaging, Katie sees her job as a message deliverer and positive action provoker. She speaks because she is determined to use her passion for effective communication to help others identify their message and to share it in a way that works.


Shannon Fisher

Shannon Fisher RMT, Certified John Mawell Speaker, Trainer, Coach 
Areas of Expertise:

  • Coaching
  • Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Executive
  • Health Issues
  • Leadership
  • Mediating in a Workplace
  • Parenting
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Stress Management
    Shannon is an entrepreneur, and business owner since 1999.  
    Shannon began her career as a Reflexologist in 1999 while attending college to become a Registered Massage Therapist. In 2000 she began her career as a Registered Massage Therapist. She worked in many different establishments from a multi-disciplinary center to one of Ontario's Top Spas, to back into private practice where she then retired from professional practice. Throughout those years, she took many courses in Craniosacral Therapy, Nutrition, and Personal Training. Shannon was also a professor Sir Sanford Fleming College between 20012006, she taught courses on: Massage Theory, Practical Lab, Understanding Canadian Health Systems, and was an examiner for last year students. She was also a Massage Therapy OutReach Instructor from 2000-2005  
    In late 2005 Shannon started a career in Network Marketing in the health and wellness industry to assist people in reaching their wellness goals. Throughout the years she has created a very large organization that expands throughout Canada, US, Australia, she has become one of the top income earners in her industry and has also become a sought after speaker and facilitator. 
    She works with business leaders, and customers on a daily basis and has had to learn to be highly effective in communication and understand what drives human behavior to obtain results. In 2012 Shannon became a Certified John C. Maxwell Leadership, Coach, Trainer and Speaker and has continued her training in professional speaking, coaching and training through the years and now speaks to audiences ranging from small intimate groups 5-10 people to large keynote of over 5000+ people.  
    Shannon's proudest accomplishments is that she is a mother to her 3 amazing kids Griffin, Grace and Gabe, and that she is married to her best friend Chris.  
    Shannon is now the founder/CEO 5 Fish Leadership Inc. Her passion is in wellness and leadership by educating and mentoring men, women and children to become the best version of themselves both physically and financially.  She believes that if she can be just a "spoke" in someone's wheel of life that allows it roll a bit easier with some new skills or better awareness - she's accomplished what she is here to do on earth!


    Gudrun "Gundi" Hodge

Areas of Expertise:

  • Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Parenting
  • Stress Management
  • Work-Related Conflict

Gudrun Hodge is a Registered Professional Counsellor with a background in counselling psychology.  She holds postgraduate certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Advanced Mediation from the Mediation Centre of Southeastern Ontario.  Gudrun continues to complete many hours of continuing education to maintain her professional designation and remain current in the field of mental health.     In 2005 Gudrun began a career in Organizational Health as a facilitator and trainer. Working for different Employee Assistance Program Providers in Canada, she has had the experience of travelling to many organizations, successfully delivering key note speeches, presentations and workshops on health and wellness.    
 In 2011 Gudrun established Gudrun Hodge Counselling and Consulting services, which provides affordable counseling for those in need, and facilitation and training in the area of mental health and wellness. In her first year of business Gudrun contracted with a global company presenting her Stress Puzzle series of workshops across the country, quickly gaining a reputation for her thorough content, effective delivery and a humourous yet genuine approach.  As her role as Counsellor, primarily working in the area of loss and grief, she provided individual and family counselling, facilitated group sessions, provided community education and founded a walk and talk therapy group in Kingston which still runs successfully today.    
She is as passionate about her work, as she is about people, and is committed and fully engaged in every relationship in her life.    
Her primary goal is to be helpful in a way that is most meaningful to the individual or organization, and her strength is to get to the heart of the issue, create solutions and effectively communicate to her audience with warmth and compassion.   


Is happiness a journey or destination?

1 hour instructor-led seminar or webinar

For people leaders and employees


An employee that is engaged and flourishing in the workplace is one that is engaged and flourishing in their personal life. Using reflections and observations on behaviour, this seminar will present ten tips for building the foundation for happiness. Participants will gain an understanding of the concept of happiness and discover attitudes that are more favourable to promoting a sense of happiness. They will also explore how negative aspects in life can contribute to their happiness.

Learning objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Define the concept of happiness.
  • Identify their beliefs related to happiness.
  • Begin to develop their foundation for happiness.


Rumours in the workplace

1 hour instructor-led seminar or webinar

For people leaders and employees


Do you know how fast rumours can spread? Is it the same in all environments? Why are rumours so interesting for some people? What is a counter-rumour or an anti-rumour? This seminar will propose a humourous way of reflecting on each participant’s role when it comes to spreading and/or managing rumours in the workplace.

Learning objectives

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Define the term rumour and identify its characteristics.
  • Understand the effects of a rumour on others and the work environment.
  • Access tools for stopping a rumour.



Nutrition Expo at Fanshawe College

Join us for an afternoon of professional development.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
12-3pm— Product Tasting
1-2 Keynote Speaker in Amphitheatre
2-2:25 Speaker room 227
2:35—3pm Speaker room 227

Fanshawe College—London Downtown Campus
130 Dundas St. London


This event has 3 approved CSNM CE points.

Click here to view the poster.

Cannabis and the Older Adult - Webinar

Thurs. Feb. 21st from 12-1PM EST

Dr. Joanne Ho is an internist, geriatrician and clinical pharmacologist, and the founder of GeriMedRisk, a geriatric pharmacology consultation and knowledge translation service for clinicians in the Waterloo-Wellington Region.

The objectives of this webinar include:
-Pharmacology of cannabinoids
-Unique considerations for older adults
-Cannabis Drug-drug interactions to consider with cannabinoids

Click here to register.

Food Service Awareness Week


February 4th – 8th 2019

Theme: Pride in Food Service – Past, Present and Future

Focus: Recognizing Nutrition and Food Service Professionals – Celebrating our Past, Present and Future


*Monday : Spotlight Food Service Employees
-take each staff member’s photo and post it for family/visitors/residents/patients to view
-treat your staff with coffee break/cake or years of service acknowledgement in their honour
-Create a fact sheet / trivia contest with facts and figures of your department (sample fact sheet attached)
-start a collection of food for the food bank/shelters and publish a picture of this event

*Tuesday : highlight on past prices of food items compared to the present (sheet attached)

*Wednesday: Highlighting the new Canada’s Food Guide compared to the Old version
- have copies of Canada’s New Food Guide available for handouts if able
Information sheet provided by Government of Canada, Canada’s food guide. Follow the link:

*Thursday : Word find puzzle : Canada’s food guide – Now and Then.

*Friday : Highlights of plant based proteins alternatives. Information sheet provided by Pulse Canada.  Follow the link:

Follow the links below for some great recipe ideas:

***Don’t forget to send your highlights to the Trillium for publication



Health Canada launches new Canada’s Food Guide

It is with great pleasure that we announce that on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, unveiled the new and completely refreshed Canada’s Food Guide that outlines the foundation for healthy eating in Canada.

The Food Guide is no longer a one-size-fits-all print document, but is now a mobile-responsive web application with new resources that provide Canadians, policy-makers and health professionals with information and up-to-date advice on eating well. 

The Food Guide continues to encourage Canadians to choose a variety of nutritious foods and beverages while highlighting that healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. Health Canada encourages Canadians to be mindful of their eating habits, to cook more often, to enjoy their food, and to eat meals with others. The new Food Guide recommends the regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein foods, and among protein foods, to consume plant-based more often. Protein foods include legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu, fortified soy beverages, fish, shellfish, eggs, poultry, lean red meat including wild game, lower fat milk, lower fat yogurts, lower fat kefir, and cheeses lower in fat and sodium.  The intention is not to reduce total fat in the diet; rather it is to help reduce intakes of saturated fat while encouraging foods that contain mostly unsaturated fat.

The new web application will allow Canadians to access the Food Guide from their tablets, smartphones, or computers to get the right information in the right format wherever they are. The new Food Guide includes recipes, videos, and actionable advice that will help Canadians apply dietary guidance in their daily lives.

Later in 2019, Health Canada will be releasing Canada’s Healthy Eating Pattern for health professionals and policy makers. Canada’s Healthy Eating Pattern will provide more specific guidance on amounts and types of foods, as well as life stage guidance.

Please explore the new Canada’s Food Guide and share this news.

The Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion / Le Bureau de la politique et de la promotion de la nutrition Health Canada /Santé Canada

Hacking Safety: How a Participatory Approach Can Make a Difference - Webinar


December 5, 2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and slips, trips, and falls (STFs) are a major source of workplace injuries. In Ontario, MSDs and STFs account for nearly 65% of all lost-time claims in the health care sector. The Institute for Work and Health has conducted program evaluations of an organizational participatory safety program designed to reduce MSDs and STFs in long term care facilities. The Employees Participating in Change (EPIC) program utilizes frontline staff knowledge and engagement during all stages of program implementation. Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd will present the results of the program evaluations with a focus on implementation and benefits of participatory approaches to safety. This webinar will provide information on how participatory initiatives can be implemented and sustained to help raise awareness and reduce hazards among health care workers.

Presenter: Dr Dwayne Van Eerd Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, where he has been a researcher since 1997. He has an MSc and BSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in health research methodology from McMaster University, and a PhD in work and health from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo.

As a scientist with the Institute for Work & Health, he focuses primarily on the prevention of work-related injuries and disability. His research projects have included evaluations of participatory ergonomics and training interventions, as well as systematic reviews of the prevention literature. Van Eerd also practices and researches integrated knowledge transfer and exchange.

Visit the PSHSA website to learn more.

Guest Presenter:

Dr Dwayne Van Eerd


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A Practical Understanding of the IDDSI Framework For Canadian Healthcare Facilities and Organizations

Registration now open!
Humber North Campus

Session Start Dates and Pricing:

Thurs, Nov 22nd,
8 am - 5 pm in D145
$250 inclusive

Lunch and light refreshments included.

This course will provide an opportunity for anyone involved in the Canadian Healthcare industry to be exposed to the new IDDSI program framework. The course will involve theoretical and hand-on, practical learning in a kitchen setting. This course is open to anyone working in any position in foodservice operations, clinical dietitians/supervisors, sales and marketing professionals in healthcare food services. Attendees will learn and apply the IDDSI testing procedures of foods and liquids, at the identified levels
of the program.


4 CSNM Education Points Approved!

Click here to download the flyer.



    Thursday, March 26, 2020 -The LTC Public Inquiry has underscored the critical importance of ensuring that your home has the proper processes in place for workplace investigations. This timely session provides the training recommended in the report and is a must attend for any staff who conduct investigations as well as those who need to be aware of proper process and due diligence investigation principles. Find out more: 


    Annual General Meeting and Convention

    Ontario's largest gathering of senior staff from not-for-profit long term care homes, seniors’ housing and community service organizations.

    Find out more:

  • Published Qindex study highlights quality in LTC homes

    The Association is pleased to announce that last year’s Qindex research conducted in partnership with the University of Toronto has now been published in Longwoods’ Healthcare Quarterly.

    The Qindex is a composite metric of the nine publicly reported CIHI quality indicators (falls, antipsychotic use, pain, worsened pain, restraint use, worsened physical functioning, improved physical functioning, depression, and pressure ulcers).

    Read more

  • Active and Health Senior (Retirement Homes) Living Operations Certificate

    Click here to learn more about this new certificate program from Humber!