Student Executive

Student Executive 2020-09-21T12:59:28-04:00

We are a team of students and new professional members of Obesity Canada (OC-SNP) committed to growing its vision and supporting local chapter initiatives. Click here to learn more about the OC-SNPs.

Audrey St-Laurent
Audrey St-LaurentChair
I completed my undergrad in kinesiology (2014-2017) and my master’s in physical activity sciences (2017-2019) at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. In May 2020, I started my PhD in nutrition at Laval University under the supervision of Drs. Anne-Sophie Morisset and Stephanie-May Ruchat. My PhD training focuses on energy balance (i.e. energy expenditure and energy intake) and its determinants in association with excessive maternal weight gain over the course of pregnancy. Last year, I was involved with the Obesity Canada – Students & New Professional (OC-SNP) National Executive Team as the Communications Coordinator. I am very excited to be part of the amazing OC family again for the upcoming year and to continue collaborating with motivated and engaged people across Canada in my role as Chair for the OC-SNP National Executive 2020-2021 year.
Khushmol Dhaliwal
Khushmol DhaliwalVice-chair
I am excited to be part of the OC-SNP Executive Team as the Vice-Chair for 2020-2021! I recently completed my MSc at the University of Alberta, where I studied risk factors for obesity and weight gain among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We considered possible factors, such as decreased recreational play opportunities, mealtime challenges, and physiological and genetic risk factors. I have been involved with OC for over three years now, both at a local level and this past year as a part of the National Executive. It has been an amazing opportunity and I am looking forward to continuing to work with and learn from such a diverse and passionate network of peers from across the country!
Sarah Rae
Sarah RaeChapter Representative
I am currently entering my second year of a Master’s of Science degree at the University of Toronto, supervised by Dr. Catherine Birken, a clinician scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children. My research surrounds early childhood obesity, more specifically the importance of anthropometric measurement accuracy for child BMI. I am also involved in research regarding the feasibility and effectiveness of obesity prevention interventions in early childhood. Before starting my Master’s degree, I had completed a Bachelor of Health Science with a major in Kinesiology and a double minor in Biological Sciences and Forensic Psychology. I am extremely excited to take on my new role as a National Chapter Representative for OC-SNP and look forward to working with the team to deliver virtual events and many engaging experiences!
Victoria Tokarz
Victoria TokarzChapter Representative
Hi! I am excited to be part of the OC-SNP Executive Team as a Chapter Representative. I am currently in the fourth year of my PhD at the University of Toronto where I study insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes using a cell biology lens/focus. While I spend most of my time researching, I am an avid reader and I recently became very passionate about exercise: if you can’t find me in the lab, you can definitely find me in the gym! Obesity Canada is an organization I am proud to be a part of and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!
Kerri Delaney
Kerri DelaneySpecial Events Coordinator
I am a fourth year PhD candidate studying under the supervision of Dr. Sylvia Santosa at Concordia University. The main objective of my research is to provide novel insights into why some individuals with obesity develop type 2 diabetes and why others do not. My current work examines immune cell presence, markers of inflammation and fat cell characteristics in fat tissue from different regions of the body, in bariatric surgery patients. Prior to my PhD I completed my BSc. at the University of Waterloo in Kinesiology with a minor in Human Nutrition. This is my second year serving on Obesity Canada’s National Student Executive, having served as the Resource Coordinator in 2018-2019.
Claudia Holody
Claudia HolodyCommunications Director
I am excited to say I will soon be transferring to the PhD program in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta after completing two years in the MSc program. My research focuses on how early development impacts lifelong health and susceptibility to disease in later life, also known as the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD). More specifically, under the supervision of Dr. Stephane Bourque and Dr. Hélène Lemieux, I am studying how maternal iron deficiency during pregnancy affects the newborn’s heart development. This will be my first year with the OC-SNP National Executive Team and I can’t wait to get started as the Communications Coordinator!
Malcolm Snow
Malcolm SnowFinancial Coordinator
I am a preclinical and clinical research associate at Bold Therapeutics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutics to overcome resistance in a variety of cancer indications. I recently graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s BSc Psychology (Co-op) program. I have worked on a variety of obesity-focused research projects under the supervision of Dr. Laurie Twells. These projects have explored medication use after sleeve gastrectomy, a cost-benefit analysis of medications after bariatric surgery, and post-surgery quality of life. I served as a National Chapter Representative on the OC-SNP during the 2019-2020 term and I look forward to serving as Finance Coordinator for the 2020-2021 term.
Sylvian Iceta
Sylvian IcetaRecruitment Coordinator
Coming from Lyon, France, I joined Laval University, Quebec, in September 2019 for a postdoctoral fellowship. After completing my MD in Psychiatry and my PhD in Neurosciences, I wished to extend my studies in the field of nutrition and obesity. I joined the team of Prof. Andréanne Michaud and we are currently exploring the behavioral and cerebral changes associated with bariatric surgery. We are trying to highlight the links between such modifications and the hormonal and inflammatory changes observed after obesity surgery. This is the first year serving on Obesity Canada’s National Student Executive and I’m very enthusiastic to help as Recruitment Coordinator.
Brenndon Goodman
Brenndon GoodmanPublic Engagement Committee Representative
Brenndon attends Osgoode law school working towards his JD in law. He is also looking forward to a career in politics or law. He has faced the challenges and difficulties of being overweight his entire life. He attended many unsuccessful weight loss programs until he found the Sick Kids Team Obesity Management Program. It was here that he discovered the support and helpful approach to weight loss. In 2012, he underwent bariatric surgery and has lost 120 pounds thus far. Brenndon was featured on a W5 program about his weight loss journey. Brenndon is very committed to helping young people understand and cope with the stigma and difficulties they face being overweight. He Is a member of Obesity Canada’s public engagement committee and also sits on the students and new professionals committee in order to help enrich the committee with a more public and patient focused perspective.
Marcus Moore
Marcus MooreResource Coordinator
I am a second-year law student at Western University. This past summer I worked as a research assistant for Professor Jacob Shelley in the Faculty of Law. My research was focused on obesity discrimination in Canada and through this position I was connected with many great people at Obesity Canada. Prior to starting law school, I received my BA (Hons) from Queen’s University. This year I will be serving as the Resource Coordinator for the OC-SNP National Executive and I am very excited to be a part of the team!
Laura Vergeer
Laura VergeerOutgoing Chair
I am a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, supervised by Dr. Mary L’Abbé. My primary research focus is on evaluating food company policies, commitments and actions shaping the food environment. Specifically, my doctoral thesis aims to assess and compare the nutritional quality and price of products offered by major packaged food and beverage companies in Canada. Prior to starting graduate school, I completed my BSc (Hons) at the University of Toronto. I joined the OC-SNP National Executive in 2018 as Special Events Coordinator and served as Chair for 2019/20. I look forward to continuing to be part of the Executive in my new role as Outgoing Chair!
Rebecca Christensen
Rebecca ChristensenOutgoing Vice Chair
I am currently a third year PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. My dissertation research focuses on the independent and joint associations of fitness and weight on breast cancer incidence. In addition, I am involved in several weight management projects with the Wharton Medical Clinic in Ontario, Canada.

I first got involved with OC-SNP in 2014 during my MSc at York University. Since then, I have remained actively involved with OC in both my local school and city chapters, as well as serving as one of the Chapter Representatives on the OC-SNP National Executive for the 2018-2019 year and Vice Chair for the 2019-2020 year. I am looking forward to continuing working with chapters across Canada in my role as Outgoing Vice Chair for the OC-SNP National Executive 2020-2021 year.

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