Today’s post comes from Laura Vergeer. Laura is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. She is also the current Chair of the OC-SNP National Executive.

As another summer comes to an end, it’s time to bring in another academic year – and a new OC-SNP National Executive! I am pleased to introduce the 2019-2020 National Executive and welcome our new members to the team. I look forward to working with this group of enthusiastic, creative and accomplished SNPs:

Vice Chair: Rebecca Christensen

Chapter Representatives: Joyla Furlano and Malcolm Snow

Special Events Coordinator: Kristen Reilly

Communications Director: Audrey St-Laurent

Financial Director: Filled

Recruitment Director: Khushmol Dhaliwal

Resource Coordinator: Jacqueline Brown

Public Engagement Committee Representative: Brenndon Goodman

Outgoing Chair: Taniya Nagpal

Outgoing Vice-Chair: Nadia Browne

You can find out more about the National Executive members here. I would also like to thank the outgoing National Executive members for all of their hard work in planning and hosting many successful initiatives for SNPs this past year.

The OC-SNP National Executive is already making exciting plans for 2019-2020. We are especially proud and looking forward to holding the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM) in June 2020 at York University. COSM will highlight recent advances in obesity research conducted by up-and-coming trainees and new professionals in Canada. We will also be continuing our ‘From Grad School and Beyond’ monthly video series, where we conduct short interviews with obesity professionals working in different fields to expose SNPs to some of the many opportunities that exist in the field of obesity. You can also look out for initiatives like the Pedometer Challenge, Infographic Competition and Mentorship Program again this year. Please visit the Obesity Canada website – as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages – to stay tuned for updates and announcements. You can also email us at to voice your ideas or opinions about our initiatives and events. We would love to hear from you!