Leadership Centre

Supporting leadership capacity building within Ontario.

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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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Community Food Advisor

Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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Community Food Advisors work in their community to improve and promote safe and healthy food selection, preparation, and storage practices.

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Public Health and You

Your questions about public health answered...all in one place.

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Learn about why public health plays a vital role in ensuring the health of communities across Ontario!

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Ontario Public Health Association

Committed to improving the health of Ontarians.

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Since 1949, OPHA has served as a catalyst for development in the Public Health sector.

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Nutrition Resource Centre

Credible public health nutrition at your fingertips.

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Strengthening the capacity of health professionals across all care settings and in all communities across Ontario.

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Core Staff

The NRC Team comprises of consultants, coordinators, and assistants who, under the guidance of the Program Manager, work together to fulfil the mission and promote the vision of the NRC.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the roles and responsibilities of any of our team members, please do not hesitate to contact Karen Gough, Program Manager at kgough@opha.on.ca.

Karen Gough

Program Manager

Karen Gough is the Program Manager for the Nutrition Resource Centre.  Karen is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years of experience in several sectors within the field of dietetics.  She possesses significant experience managing people, programs and services, and has been instrumental in developing and implementing the NRC’s strategic mandate to strengthen the capacity of health promotion professionals throughout Ontario through program redesign, policy development, stakeholder engagement and support for knowledge exchange, transfer and translation.

Email: kgough@opha.on.ca

Lynn Roblin

Senior Policy Consultant

Lynn Roblin is a Registered Dietitian and Policy Consultant for the Nutrition Resource Centre. She started with OPHA in May 2014.  Lynn’s areas of expertise are in health promotion and food literacy. Her focus is on capacity building and knowledge exchange related to healthy eating and nutrition policies and programs at the local and provincial level. Lynn comes to the NRC with a distinguished career in nutrition within Ontario and Canada.  In the past, Lynn has worked in two public health units and as a consultant she has worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Education and the former Ministry of Health Promotion. She was involved in the creation of the 1992 and 2007 Canada's Food Guides with Health Canada.  Lynn has also been a consultant to Dietitians of Canada as well as food marketing boards and industries. She has co-authored several cookbooks including Dietitians of Canada’s Great Food Fast and Suppertime Survival. Lynn is past chair of the Ontario Collaborative Group on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, is co-chair of the Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy group and is on Sustain Ontario’s Board of Directors.   Lynn was a founding member of the Halton Food Council and a former board member of the Halton Fresh Food Box program. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a BASc in Applied Human Nutrition and a MSc in Human Kinetics. 


Email: lroblin@opha.on.ca

Donna Smith

Policy and Program Consultant

Donna Smith is a Registered Dietitian and Policy and Program Coordinator for the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC). Donna’s primary responsibilities include stakeholder engagement, knowledge translation, consultation and support for policy and programs across Ontario, research and resource development. Donna participates as an active member of a number of workgroups to advance the work of healthy eating and nutrition professionals involved with health promotion across Ontario.  Amongst her portfolio at NRC, some of Donna’s main projects include:  the MOHLTC’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the MOHLTC’s Diabetes Prevention Program/Primary Care Diabetes Prevention Program and policy consultation, including Bill 45, Making Healthier Choices Act, 2015. Prior to joining the NRC team at OPHA, Donna gained experience in clinical, community and public health settings, as well as in academic research. She completed nutrition and public health projects for a number of organizations/agencies - including the Government of Ontario, Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario Public Health Association, Mount Sinai hospital, and the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. Donna holds a BA Sc. in Nutrition and Food with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan.
 
Email: dsmith@opha.on.ca

Candace Aqui

NRC Consultant

Candace Aqui is a Registered Dietitian and the NRC Program Consultant. Previously, she has worked for Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, as well as for Cancer Care Ontario in research/coordinator roles. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, BASc in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University and a Master’s in Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.  Candace’s primary responsibilities include overseeing program and resource development, building and maintaining communication strategies, conducting research projects and supporting communities of practice.

Email: caqui@opha.on.ca

Daniel Cho

Program Coordinator

Daniel Cho serves as the Progam Coordinator and joined the Nutrition Resource Centre in 2012. In this capacity, Daniel is responsible for webinar and events programming. Daniel obtained an Honors Bachelor of Sciences in nutrition from the University of Toronto and is currently completing his Masters in Public Health at Loma Linda University School of Public Health.

Email: dcho@opha.on.ca

Mary Wales

Communications Coordinator

Mary Wales joined the OPHA in the capacity of the Communications Coordinator for the Nutrition Resource Centre in 2017. Prior to this, she worked as a communications and marketing consultant for various organizations involved with policy and programing in the agriculture and food sphere, including the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and Ontario’s Soil and Crop Improvement Association. As the Communications Coordinator, Mary’s main responsibilities include implementing strategic communications plans and initiatives, developing digital media content and campaigns and maintaining relationships with the media and NRC stakeholders. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, a Master of Science from the University of Goettingen, and is currently completing a communications management certificate through the University of Toronto.   

Email: mwales@opha.on.ca

Erin Colburn

Program Consultant

Erin is a Registered Dietitian and has recently reprised her role as Program Consultant for the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC). In her previous incarnation, she oversaw the provincial Eat Smart!® School and Workplace Programs, developing and dissemination program materials and providing consultative support. Currently, her responsibilities include communications support, consultations, knowledge translation, and resource and program development. 

Prior to joining the NRC, Erin worked at the Canadian Sugar Institute as Coordinator of Communications for their Nutrition Information Service. She has also worked for many years as a nutrition consultant, with a focus childcare menu evaluations. Erin holds a Master of Health Science degree in Community Nutrition from the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. She also obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario.

Email: ecolburn@opha.on.ca