CNS Student Executive Team


Brandon Gheller - National University Liaison

Brandon completed his BSc and MSc in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University where his research projects focused on pediatric obesity. Currently, he is a full-time term faculty member at Mount Saint Vincent University and a Research Assistant at the IWK Health Centre. He recently completed his clinical dietetic internship at the IWK Health Centre where he worked with the gastroenterology team evaluating the appropriateness of current gastroesophageal reflux disease management guidelines. To date he has received funding from CIHR, NSERC, was recognized as a Scotia Scholar by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and, most recently was awarded the Atlantic Region and National Morgan Medal by the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research.


Hubert Cormier - National Student Representative

Hubert Cormier is a Registered Dietitian and a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF, Laval University, Quebec City). His main focus in the doctoral thesis is on nutrigenomics applied to candidate genes modulating cardio-metabolic risk factors. He is the author of the book "À bas les kilos!"and has contributed to the best-seller "Encyclopédie visuelle des aliments". Hubert loves to share his passion for nutrition by having a strong presence in media. He can frequently be seen on television and writing for blogs, newspapers and magazines. Hubert is also bilingual and has worked with Shannan (Outgoing National University Liaison) and Laura C (Outgoing University of Toronto Student Representative) to create French versions of all Student Network templates (available on dropbox).


Laurence Cousineau-Sigouin - National Student Conference Representative

Laurence Cousineau-Sigouin is currently studying nutrition sciences at the University of Ottawa.  She’s starting her last year of her bachelor's degree.  She has been involved in research during her undergraduate studies.  She worked under the supervision of Dr. Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson on iron intakes during pregnancy.  In addition to being CNS-SCN National Student Conference Representative, Laurence is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Association of students in nutrition (ADÉNUT) at the University of Ottawa. 


Cassandra Gentile - National Student Communications Director

Cassandra holds a BSc in Biology from York University and is currently pursuing her BASc in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University. At Ryerson University, she is a Nutrition Intern for the food service department, Ryerson Eats. She uses marketing and communications to disseminate student focused nutrition information to promote healthy eating on campus. Previously, she has overseen communications for the Centre for Studies in Food Security. This also involved qualitative research about Canada's largest community food security organization, FoodShare. Cassandra will be assisting the National University Liaison and the National Communications director in using social media and online communication to increase awareness of CNS. Cassandra hopes to complete a dietetic internship in 2017 and looks forward to career in clinical dietetics.


Laura Chiavaroli - National Student Executive Secretary

Laura Chiavaroli is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Her PhD research focuses on the effects of low glycemic index and high fiber diets on macrovascular (carotid arterial health) and microvascular (retinal arterial health, renal function) disease in type 2 diabetes. She also previously completed a Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences which focused on cholesterol reduction using a dietary portfolio of cholesterol-lowering foods with an emphasis on the effects of monounsaturated fatty acids. For both graduate training programs, Laura has been supervised by Dr. David Jenkins who is the founder of the glycemic index. Her passion for clinical research and nutrition has led her to also work as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Glycemic Index Laboratories and to volunteer her time with the Canadian Nutrition Society to help pilot a Student Initiative in which university students across Canada are engaged to participate in promoting Canadian nutrition research. With her desire to support and encourage nutrition education she joined the Department of Nutritional Sciences Mentorship Program for the past 2 years where she is learning how to include working with clinicians and registered dietitians in her research moving forward.