Lisa McKellar, MA, RD (Moderator)
Lisa McKellar is the Regional Executive Director for Dietitians of Canada (DC) in BC and has held the position since May 2018. Lisa’s wide-ranging experience with almost 20 years as a dietitian has spanned areas of dietetic practice and the health system from delivery of front-line care in a health authority to the development of policies and programs at the provincial level. As DC’s representative in BC, Lisa creates and supports opportunities to act collectively with dietitians to influence the health system and shape the food environment within the province. Lisa is keen to promote a strong, vibrant dietitian community in BC.
Susan Barr, PhD, FDC
Dr. Susan Barr is a Professor Emeritus of Nutrition in the Food, Nutrition and Health group at UBC, where she has had a long, varied, and always interesting career. Her research interests include the physiological correlates of women’s cognitions about food and body shape, nutrition policy issues, and nutrition surveys. She has an extensive publication record, and serves on a number of journal editorial boards and advisory committees. Some of the highlights have included chairing the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Interpretation and Uses of Dietary Reference Intakes, and serving on Health Canada committees related to sodium and to Canada’s Food Guide. She has received awards for teaching, research and service.
Melanie Kurrein, MA, RD
Melanie Kurrein is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in socio-cultural studies of food. She has worked in population and public health nutrition for almost 20 years - her career spans from on the ground work with the early years and school-age population at Vancouver Coastal Health to working on provincial policy and practice at the BC Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Service Authority (PHSA). In her current position as the Provincial Manager of Food Security with the Population and Public Health Team at PHSA, Melanie works closely with the regional health authorities, the First Nations Health Authority and the Ministry of Health to facilitate provincial collaboration and coordination of activities to inform food security policy and initiatives across the province. In her spare time Melanie loves to be outdoors, to spend time with her family and she loves most things to do with food including cooking, gardening and eating!
Nolan Deng, RD
Nolan is a Registered Dietitian, with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and Dietetics from McGill University. During his community rotations, he discovered his love for leading nutrition classes and workshops. He has pursued that passion throughout his career, first joining Loblaw’s In-Store Dietitian program in Ontario where he covered stores in neighbourhoods around the Greater Toronto Area. Ranging from modest towns to major cities, the experiences with these varying communities and demographics were influential in shaping his perspective on the different wants and needs of consumers. Nolan has since returned to his hometown to continue his in-store role in Vancouver’s Loblaws City Market and Your Independent Grocer stores, where the customers are always quick to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of nutrition.
Jessica Wang, RD
Jessica is a Registered Dietitian who received her Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health (Dietetics Major) from the University of British Columbia in 2012. Since graduating, her career has focused on nutrition education in a community setting, which includes individual consultations, group tours for children and adults, nutrition workshops, and cooking classes. In 2013, Jessica pioneered Loblaw’s In-Store Dietitian Program for their first Loblaws City Market flagship store in North Vancouver. Since then, she has helped launch the program in four additional stores, and has continued to be the resident In-Store Dietitian for Loblaws City Market North Vancouver and Loblaws City Market West Vancouver. Being in her current role for six years, she has gained perspective on how the in-store role has transformed over the years, established a strong grasp of ongoing nutrition trends, and honed her versatility adapting to a wide range of clientele.
Helen Yeung, MHSc, RD
For the past 25 years, Helen Yeung has worked in community health centres and public health in Vancouver and the North Shore, with children, youth, and families. She collaborates with educators, parents, and other service providers to promote food literacy, healthy eating behaviours, and supportive environments. As a dietitian on a multi-disciplinary team, she counselled youth in an early intervention eating disorder program and incorporates disordered eating prevention into her current practice.
Helen has a master’s degree from the University of Toronto in community nutrition and continues self-directed learning to search for effective strategies to promote healthy eating at the individual and population levels. As a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Helen enjoys preceptoring 5thyear UBC Dietetic students during their Population and Public Health module.
Andrea Godfreyson, RD
Andrea Godfreyson is a Manager at the Office of the Provincial Dietitian, BC Ministry of Health. She is a registered dietitian, with broad experience in clinical and community settings and has worked on all three coasts of Canada. Working on provincial policy at the Ministry of Health since 2011, Andrea’s portfolio focuses on healthier food environments and food literacy and she is the lead for implementation of the federal healthy eating strategy initiatives in B.C., including Canada’s Food Guide. Andrea is co-chair of the Canada’s Food Guide Provincial Implementation Task Group, seeking to support coordination and consistent implementation of the new food guide within provincial and regional policies and practices.