Board of Directors 2015-2017

President / VP-Research
David Ma, PhD

Department of Human Health &
Nutritional Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1


Dr. Ma obtained his PhD in Medical Sciences in 2001 at the University of Alberta conducting research on the anticancer properties of conjugated linoleic acids in breast cancer. He then moved to Texas A&M University where he did postdoctoral research investigating the role of omega-3 fatty acids and folate in colon cancer. He returned to Canada where he joined the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 2004. Then, in 2007 joined the faculty in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph where he is currently an Associate Professor.

The long term objective of Dr. Ma's research program is to increase our fundamental knowledge of the role of dietary fatty acids in human health and disease. Currently, his research is focused on breast cancer prevention and how omega-3 fatty acids modify mammary gland development, signaling, and tumour development.

Dr. Ma is currently the Chair of the CNS Communications Committee, and member of the advisory board, resources and advocacy committees.

Robert Bertolo, PhD

Department of Biochemistry
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland A1B 3X9


Dr. Robert Bertolo has been with the Department of Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland since 2002. He trained at the Universities of Guelph and Alberta studying nutrition and metabolism during development with a focus on amino acid and protein nutrition. As an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism and Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition, his current research involves the neonatal use of amino acids for growth and non-growth requirements. Recently, he has developed the miniature pig as a model for the early origins of adult disease and was the recipient of the International Life Sciences Institute (North America) Future Leader Award for work in this area. In particular, he is interested in how neonatal nutrition and methyl metabolism affect programming of gene expression that can eventually lead to higher risk for developing obesity and hypertension. Dr. Bertolo is actively engaged in nutrition outreach and student development and is currently the President of the Canadian Nutrition Society.

Vice-President - Health Professionals
Valerie Marchand, MD, FRCPC

Hopital Ste-Justine
3175 chemin de la Cote-Ste-Catherine
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3T 1C5

Alison Duncan, PhD, RD

Professor, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada  N1G 2W1

Director at Large
Melanie Plourde, PhD

Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Sherbrooke
CSSS-IUGS Pavillon D'Youville 
1036 Belvedere Street South
Sherbrooke, Quebec  J1H 4C4

Director at Large
Guylaine Ferland, PhD

Department of Nutrition
Université de Montreal
Montreal Heart Institute 
Research Centre
5000 Rue Bélanger Est
Montréal, QC H1T 1C8

Director at Large
Vera Mazurak, PhD

University of Alberta
4-002 Li Ka Shing Centre for Research Innovation 
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2P5