Allow me to introduce myself  –  my name is Lisa Schaffer and I am the newly elected chair of Obesity Canada’s Public Engagement Committee (PEC). I’ve had the opportunity to work with Obesity Canada’s amazing staff, volunteers and funding partners as a member of the PEC team for the last two years and I am excited to help influence further change in my new role.

A bit about me: I live in Vancouver, BC and have built a successful 25-year career developing genuine human relationships while growing some of the most recognized brands in North America. I have a personal passion for creative problem solving, storytelling and creating community. I thrive on being out in nature and being active.

Obesity has always been a part of my life. It is a disease that has impacted generations of my family and is something I now understand I will live always live with. Two years ago I attended an Obesity Canada information session and heard Dr. Arya Sharma (that’s us in the photo) speak about obesity in a way I had never heard before. It was an empowering and informational session. I immediately knew that I wanted to know more about Obesity Canada and to support the mission to improve the lives of Canadians affected by obesity.

I look forward to sharing more about the amazing members of the PEC and what we are working on over the coming months. We have some big plans and a roster of change agents ready to make some waves.

If you are interested in making Canada a leader in the understanding and treatment of obesity we invite you to join us! Donate, help spread the word about Obesity Canada and the work being done, look for a local Obesity Canada chapter in your city and use our website as a resource for your own journey.

If you would like to connect or have ideas for the PEC drop me a line at I would love to hear from you!

There are millions of us living with obesity in Canada and we deserve better.