Advisory Council 2016-17

Johane Allard, MD, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Division of Clinical Investigation & Human Physiology
Toronto General Research Institute
Toronto General Hospital



Johane P. Allard is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada and is crossed-appointed at the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She trained in gastroenterology at McGill University before completing a research fellowship funded by the National Institute of Nutrition at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Allard is a clinical investigator, with a research focus in nutrition and gastrointestinal disorders. She is currently conducting several studies funded by peer-reviewed agencies in: the elderly, people with HIV infection, people with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and transplant recipients. Her interests and publications are primarily in the area of micronutrients, oxidative stress and nutrition support.

Dr. Allard is also the Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Nutritional Support Program at the University Health Network (UHN). She works with a multidisciplinary nutritional support team and is the Chair of the Nutrition Review Committee. She is the Division Head of Gastroenterology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. She also co-chair the Royal College of Physician and Surgeon Examining Board in Gastroenterology.

Marcia Cooper, PhD, RD

Research Scientist
Nutrition Research Division
Health Canada


Dr. Marcia Cooper is a Research Scientist in the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences in the Food Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch.

Dr. Cooper has a BASc in Nutrition from Ryerson University and holds a MSc and PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Toronto. She did postdoctoral research in the area of iron bioavailability at Health Canada in the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Cooper is a registered dietitian and a member of Dietitians of Canada, the College of Dietitians of Ontario, the Canadian Nutrition Society and the American Dietetic Association.

Dr. Cooper ‘s research focus is in the area of Social Science Nutrition Research. She is currently conducting research related to food iron bioavailability issues in the Canadian population, nutrition messages in the media , and developing and validating nutrition screening tools.

Pauline Darling, MSc, PhD, RD

University of Ottawa
Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nutrition Sciences
University of Ottawa


Pauline Darling completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry-Nutrition at the University of Ottawa, her MSc at the Université de Montreal and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. She completed her clinical dietetic training at Kingston General Hospital.

Prior to joining the faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, she served as Coordinator of Nutrition and Dietetic Research, and Associate Scientist Keenan Research Centre in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael’s Hospital and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. In this capacity she directed the Combined MSc-Dietetic Internship program aimed at enhancing research training of dietitians. She has supervised 10 graduate students and 65 dietetic interns.

Dr Darling is a registered dietitian and is a member of Dietitians of Canada, the American Nutrition Society, the Canadian Association of Nephrology Dietitians, the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN) and serves on the Advisory Council of the Canadian Nutrition Society. Her current research interests in clinical nutrition include dietary intake and the nutritional modulation of phosphorus, homocysteine and other uremic retention solutes in patients with chronic kidney disease.

John Drover, MD, FACS, FRCSC

Associate Professor
Department of Surgery, Queen's University, Victory 3
Kingston General Hospital
Email: droverj@KGH.KARI.NET


Dr. Drover is a general surgeon and intensivist with interests in trauma and nutrition therapy for the critically ill. He received his medical training at Dalhousie and Queen’s University and is currently Associate Professor at Queen’s University. He is the Program Medical Director for the Critical Care Program and Chair of the Specialty Committee for Critical Care Medicine for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

His clinical practice is split between general surgery and critical care. The focus of the elective surgical practice is hernia repair and complex abdominal wall reconstruction including fistula management. His interest in nutrition involves the use of enteral and parenteral nutrition therapies and he is Chair of the Nutrition Support Working Group for Kingston General Hospital. His research interest focuses on the optimal use of nutrition therapy for critically ill patients.

Donald R. Duerksen, MD, FRCP

Associate Professor of Medicine,
St. Boniface General Hospital

Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta
Provincial Medical Advisor, Nutritional Sciences
Alberta Health Services

Jim House, PhD

Professor and Head,
Department of Human Nutritional Sciences,
Faculty of Human Ecology,


Dr. House received his B.Sc. (Agr) from the University of Guelph in 1990. He then completed his Ph.D. in nutrition and metabolism from the Department of Animal & Poultry Science at the University of Guelph in 1996, under the co-supervision of Drs. Ron Ball and Paul Pencharz. For the next three years, Jim worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, with Dr. Sean Brosnan, where he was the recipient of a Medical Research Council of Canada Fellowship in 1998. In the fall of 1998, he joined the Department of Animal Science at the University of Manitoba, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences. Jim has received the young investigator awards from Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) and the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences. He has been active in the Canadian nutrition community, serving a 3-year term as awards councilor for the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences (CSNS), and chairing the joint meeting of CSNS, CSAS, and the Canadian Section of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (CAOCS), officially known as the Canadian Nutrition Congress, in Winnipeg in 2007. With respect to his research program, his current interests include understanding the interplay between vitamin status and amino acid metabolism and the investigation of factors influencing the nutritional quality of eggs. In January 2009, Jim was appointed Head of the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba.

Mary L’Abbé, PhD

Earle W. McHenry Professor, and
Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr. L’Abbé is Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. In her previous role as Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences at Health Canada, she was responsible for the leadership of Health Canada=s nutrition laboratory research, surveillance, scientific evaluation and regulatory programs aimed at the maintenance and improvement of the nutritional quality of the Canadian food supply. She has represented Canada on international bodies such as the Codex Alimentarius, NAFTA, and has worked with the US to establish Dietary Reference Intakes for Canada/US.

Dr. L’Abbé is a member of the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group, was co-chair of the Canadian Trans Fat Task Force (2004 – 2006), led the Canadian Trans Fat Monitoring Program (2004-2009), and is a member of the PAHO Task Force on Trans Fat in the Americas and vice-chair of the WHO Scientific Update on Trans Fatty Acids. She is currently vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Sodium Working Group charged with developing a national strategy for reducing sodium intakes by Canadians and a member of the PAHO regional expert group on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention through Dietary Salt Reduction.

Dr. L'Abbé holds a PhD in nutrition from McGill University and has authored over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters. She is an expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy, and food and nutrition regulations.

Benoit Lamarche, PhD


Benoît Lamarche, PhD is Full Professor at the Department of Foods Sciences and Nutrition and Chair in Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health at Laval University. He has a degree in biochemistry (Laval University, 1991) and has completed his MSc and PhD degrees in kinesiology and physiology respectively (Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, 1996). He has conducted postdoctoral studies in physiology in Toronto (Faculty of Medicine, 1998).

He has published more than peer-reviewed 220 papers in areas related to nutrition and its impact on metabolic syndrome, obesity, inflammation and dyslipidemia. His work on the association between small dense LDL particles and the risk of CHD, on the effect of trans fat from industrial and ruminant sources on blood lipids and on Mediterranean diet is highly cited. His research has been supported by CIHR over the last 16 years. He has also received funding from the Canada Research Chair Program, the Dairy Famers of Canada, NSERC and Agri-food and Agriculture Canada. He has led many industry-funded collaborative projects. He has received awards from the Société Québécoise de lipidologie, nutrition et métabolisme (Prix des Fondateurs, 2013), the Canadian Nutrition Society (Centrum New Investigator Award, 2011), the Utrech Group and the International Dairy Federation (Wiebe Visser Bi-annual International Nutrition Award, 2004), from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (Young Investigator Award, 2001), from the Club de lipidologie du Québec (Prix des Fondateurs, 1999) and from the Canadian Lipoprotein Conference (Pfizer Young Investigator Award, 1999, Peter Dolphin Astra Zeneca Research Award, 2005, Simon-Pierre Noël Award, 2009).

Other implications
Benoît Lamarche has participated in two Olympic Games as a long track speed skater, in Sarajevo (1984) and Calgary (1988). His best finish was a 10th place in the 10000m in Calgary. He has won the World Masters Speed Skating Championship in 2007 with world record times. He is still involved with speed skating as President of the Centre National Gaétan-Boucher in Québec City. Teamed-up with Joé Juneau, Gaétan Boucher and Clara Hughes, he is contributing to the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie by allowing young Inuit from Nunavik to participate in the gruelling 1000 km bike ride through the province of Québec. These kids become role model for their piers in Nunavik. He raced his first Ironman in Mont-Tremblant in August 2013.


Lindsay Robinson, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences
University of Guelph


Mei Tom, RD

Director - Nutrition Services
Edmonton Zone
Alberta Health Services


I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta and was accepted into the Dietetic Internship Program at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.

I started my career as a Dietitian at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and then moved to the University of Alberta Hospital – I have worked in a variety of settings but mainly in the area of Medicine and had a strong interest in Pulmonary and GI. After 12 years of clinical experience, I went into a clinical leadership role and over the years, my work has broadened and the job continues to challenge me both professionally and personally.

I am a conservative “foodie” and am always on the hunt for a great cup of coffee!

It is a constant challenge to develop and provide great education opportunities to clinicians. I hope my past experience will help in contributing to the development of strong education programs in CNS!