Championing Public Health 2014

The Fourth Biennial Championing Public Health Nutrition Conference

In Brief

The 4th Biennial Championing Public Health Nutrition conference will be held in The Theatre at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly, the Canadian Museum of Civilization), Gatineau, Quebec in the National Capital Region directly across the Ottawa River from the Parliament of Canada.

PowerPoints from the conference

Day 1

  1. Hypertension, Diet and Dietary Sodium in Canada. Why is sodium reduction Controversial? - Norm Campbell
  2. Canada Needs a Pan-Canadian Student Nutrition Program - Kirsty Duncan
  3. Strengthening the Forces: The Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Health Promotion Program – Guylaine Charbonneau, M. Sc., P. Dt., Canadian Forces Health Services Group
  4. Nutrition At Work: ‘Eating 9 to 5’ – Dieticians of Canada
  5. Sodium and Cardiovascular Health - Nancy R. Cook, ScD
  6. Healthy Workplace: It’s Not Rocket Science – Excellence Canada
  7. Nutrition and Public Health: A Global Perspective - Mary R. L’Abbé, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto
  8. School Food (in) Sweden – Emma Patterson, PhD, BSc Hum. Nutr., Project manager ”SkolmatSverige”/”School Food Sweden”
  9. 2013 Value For Money Audit of Ontario’s Healthy Schools Strategy – Gary Peall, Deputy Auditor General of Ontario
  10. Towards a Well-Being Framework – Kindergarten to Grade 12 – Jennifer Adams, Director of Education, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Day 2

  1. Nutrition labelling: Policy measures to promote healthy eating – David Hammond, PhD, University of Waterloo
  2. Caffeine, Genetic Variation and Risk of CVD - Ahmed El-Sohemy, Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics, Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Toronto
  3. Energy Drinks: Marketing and Availability to Youth and Children - Jim Shepherd
  4. Risky Liquid Candy – Lesley James, Heart & Stroke Foundation
  5. Expanding Health Eating Policies: Nova Scotia Context – Nova Scotia
  6. The Strategic Evolution of Procurement – Will McDonald, Ottawa
  7. Reshaping our food environments – Andrew Pipe, CM, MD, Division of Prevention & Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  8. Designing Nutrition Labels – Christina A. Roberto, PhD, Departments of Social and Behavioral Sciences and nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
  9. Program and Speaker Bios

    The 4th Biennial Championing Public Health Nutrition conference will explore measures to reduce the human and economic toll of nutrition-related illness. The event will serve as a knowledge exchange and advocacy update on efforts to:

    • reduce sodium in the food supply,
    • enhance workplace wellness and food service in public venues,
    • improve school nutrition environments and promote a national school meals program,
    • mandate nutrition information on restaurant menus and improve nutrition labelling on prepackaged foods, especially on the fronts of packages,
    • establish safeguards against conflicts of interest in the formation of public health policy- and agenda-setting,
    • and much more.

    Our provisional program already includes a first-rate line-up of speakers, including:

    • Joel Bakan, professor of law and film-maker, University of British Columbia (corporations and health)
    • Diana Bronson, Executive Director, Food Secure Canada (a national school meals program)
    • Nancy Cook, ScD, Harvard School of Public Health (sodium and health)
    • Katie Gibbs, PhD, Executive Director, Evidence for Democracy (evidence and public policy-making)
    • David Hammond, PhD, University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems (nutrition labelling)
    • Bonnie Lysyk, MBA, CPA, CA, LPA, Auditor General of Ontario (the OAG audit of school food offerings)
    • Elizabeth May, LLB, MP, Leader, Green Party of Canada (evidence and public policy-making)
    • Hon. Tom Mulcair, LLB, PC, MP, Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons and NDP Member of Parliament for Outremont, Quebec (food, nutrition, and public health)
    • Emma Patterson, PhD, School Food Sweden, Karolinska Institutet, Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine (school nutrition)
    • Kennedy Stewart, PhD, MP, NDP Science Critic (Bill C-558, Parliamentary Science Officer Act)
    • Christina Roberto, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health (nutrition labelling)
    • and many more to be announced shortly.
    • Contact

      For further information on Championing Public Health Nutrition, please contact:

      Natalee Cappello
      Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
      One Rideau St, Suite 740
      Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7 Canada
      Phone: 613-244-7337 (ext. 2)

      To discuss partnership opportunities, please contact:

      Bill Jeffery, LLB
      National Coordinator
      Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
      Phone: 613-244-7337 (ext. 1)
      Fax: 613-244-1559

      Speaker Biographies

      Learn more about the speakers here.


      Registration Fees

      Early Bird (on or before October 29, 2014), Industry $750, Non-Industry $475 (plus tax)

      Regular (starting October 30, 2014) Industry $875, Non-Industry $550 (plus tax)

      Note: A limited number of bursaries will be available to subsidize registration fees for full-time university students. Interested students should apply by sending a 200-word application to by October 25, 2014, including your name, email and telephone contact information. Application for a student subsidy does not guarantee a seat at the conference.

      GST and QST will be added to the total.

      HST Registration #887038156.

      Online Registration

      To register, please click HERE


      • All registrants will receive an e-mail confirmation of their registration.
      • Notification of cancellation and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to: Natalee Cappello, Event Planner, "Championing Public Health Nutrition", Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) One Rideau St, Suite 740, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7 Canada; Email:; Phone: 613-244-7337 (ext. 2). Fax: 613-244-1559. For requests received by October 25, 2014, reimbursement is 50%. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 25, 2014 or for conference "no-shows."
      • Substitution of registrants can be made without penalty, with advance written consent.
      • The Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) reserves the right to cancel or change any of the sessions or events published.

      Accommodation and Travel

      Air Travel to Ottawa-Gatineau

      Air Canada is providing up to a 10% discount on airline travel to Championing Public Health Nutrition 2014. For travel during the period November 18, 2014 and December 03, 2014. Book on-line at and enter promotional code in the search panel: G2BNY3P1

      Porter Airlines is offering Championing Public Health Nutrition conference attendees a 15% discount on all fare classes (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) booked until November 29, 2014 for travel to/from Ottawa between November 22 and 29, 2014. Please book online at or through your travel agent using promo code CPHN14.

      Rail Travel to Ottowa-Gatineau

      Via Rail is offering a 10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. "Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied." The discount is valid November 22 to November 28, 2014, but does not apply to any Escape Class fares.

      Log in to your profile at, or create one prior to booking. On the passenger information screen, select "convention fare" from the “discount type” drop-down menu, and enter the discount code 12967 for your convention or event in the “Discount code” field. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

      Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking. One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge. For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.

    Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Accommodations

    Discounted accommodations at the Four Points Hotel: The recently renovated Four Points is located directly across the street from the Museum of History where the conference will be held.

    35, Rue Laurier
    Gatineau, Québec
    J8X 4E9 Canada

    Discounted Accommodations are reserved for individual booking by conference registrants until October 25, 2014 at Four Points By Sheraton Hotel & Centre de Conférences.

    Book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! As the conference dates approach, affordable guest rooms in Gatineau and downtown Ottawa hotels may become scarce. To obtain discounted guest-room rate of $135/night, cite promotional code "Centre for Science in the Public Interest's Championing Public Health Nutrition" by calling:
    Toll-free: 1-888-627-8089 or
    Local: 819-778-6111

    To obtain the conference rate of $135 per night, book online here or call 1-800-567-9607 and ask for the Centre for Science in the Public Interest convention rate.

    Discounted hotel rates are protected only until October 25, 2014. Book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! As the conference dates approach, affordable guest rooms in Gatineau and downtown Ottawa hotels may become scarce.


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