We are so excited to formally announce Obesity Canada’s newest Board members:

  • Cheryl Denomy
  • Damian Stathonikos
  • Dr. Valerie Taylor

Each of our new Board members brings years of experience and expertise to their new roles. We’re thrilled to welcome these community leaders to support Obesity Canada as we grow internally and continue to collaborate with healthcare professionals, researchers and the public to provide programs, grants, and opportunities for people living with obesity 

Meet our new Board members! (click here)

We are also excited to announce that Dr. Jacob Shelley is the vice chair and the incoming board chair.  Dr. Shelley brings extensive experience with health ethics and law and is an associate professor at the Western University.  We will work closely together as I complete my final year as Board Chair.

Obesity Canada is committed to building organizational well-being and sustainability as part of our Strategic Plan. A central component of this work is to ensure that Obesity Canada’s governance includes an array of voices, a diversity of perspectives, and strong engaged leaders.  Supporting the excellent work Obesity Canada is already doing to provide guidelines for healthcare professionals, offer educational programs, promote public awareness, and advocate for evidence-based policies. By combining research, education, and advocacy, Obesity Canada strives to improve the understanding and management of obesity while supporting individuals affected by this disease.

We look forward to the work ahead, and are grateful to have the support of these passionate and engaged individuals as we move forward!


Dawn Hatanaka, Executive Director

Bemal Mehta, Chair, Board of Directors