Connected Conversations

Obesity Canada is proud to announce the launch of Connected Conversations, a new webinar series hosted by patient advocates Lisa Schaffer and Ian Patton. These webinars will aim to serve our three pillars of research, education and advocacy by digging into important topics surrounding obesity. Connected Conversations will bring together academics, health professionals and individuals living with obesity for meaningful discussions that will bridge the gap between the science and real world application.  This year the focus of Connected Conversations will cover these important issues: 

  • Diet culture and its impact on understanding obesity
  • Fighting for care: obesity treatment in Canada
  • Innovating obesity care in Canada

This series is free and open to the public.

When: September 28, 2021 at 1:00pm ET – (This is the reschedule date from the June 2021 date)

Topic: Connected Conversations: Fighting for Care

Speaker: Dr. Sharadh Sampath

Dr. Sampath is the Director of the Richmond Hospital Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program and Founder of the B.C. Obesity Society. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons (CABPS).

When: July 27 at 11:00am ET

Topic: Connected Conversations: Innovating Obesity Care in Canada

Speaker: Dr. Ali Zentner

Dr. Ali Zentner received her undergraduate medical degree from McMaster University and completed her Internal Medicine Residency with an extra year of Cardiology training at the University of Calgary. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

When: May 27, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

Topic: Connected Conversations: Diet Culture and Its Impact on Understanding Obesity

Speaker: Dr. Michael Vallis

Dr. Vallis is a registered health psychologist based in Halifax, Canada. He is a Health Behaviour Change Consultant and Associate Professor in Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. His main area of expertise is adult health psychology, with an emphasis on obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular risk and gastroenterology. He spends most of his time training healthcare providers in behaviour change for chronic disease management. He regularly supervises clinical and academic students at Dalhousie and is active in research on motivation, behavioural change and adaptation to chronic disease. He consults nationally as well as internationally and is heavily involved in academic publications, journal editing, and clinical practice guidelines (2020 and 2006 Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Obesity and 2018, 2013, 2004 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines). He was recently awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada on the recommendation of the Canadian Diabetes Association.