The Nutrition Connections team includes registered dietitians, consultants and coordinators who work together to meet the needs of health promotion professionals striving to accelerate knowledge and advance practice in nutrition.
Karen Gough, Program Manager
Karen is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years of experience in several sectors within the field of dietetics. She has significant experience managing people, programs and services, and has been instrumental in developing and implementing Nutrition Connections’ strategic mandate to strengthen the capacity of health promotion professionals throughout Ontario. Her expertise is in program redesign, policy development, stakeholder engagement and support for knowledge exchange, transfer and translation.
Lynn Roblin, Senior Policy Consultant
Lynn Roblin is a Registered Dietitian and Senior Policy Consultant at Nutrition Connections, a centre within the Ontario Public Health Association. Lynn’s areas of expertise include health promotion, healthy eating and food literacy. Her focus is on knowledge exchange and supporting actions to facilitate healthy eating and nutrition policies and programs at the local, provincial and national level. She has worked with Dietitians of Canada, provincial and federal governments, and the food industry as a consultant. Lynn was involved in the creation of the 1992 and 2007 Canada’s Food Guides with Health Canada. She has created resources for consumers and professionals and produced cookbooks, including Suppertime Survival and Dietitians of Canada’s Great Food Fast. She co-chaired the collaborative group of food system players developing the Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy. She was a founding member of the Halton Food Council and a former board member of the Halton Fresh Food Box program. Lynn is currently involved in applied research to understand the state of healthy eating and food literacy in Ontario and Canada.
Candace Aqui, Program and Policy Consultant
Candace Aqui is a Registered Dietitian and Program and Policy Consultant for Nutrition Connections. Candace’s main responsibilities include knowledge mobilization strategies, program and resource development and implementation, nutrition communications and technical applications. In addition, she serves as the subject matter expert in childhood and school nutrition, mental health and Indigenous health. Candace 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.
Erin Colburn, Program and Policy Consultant
Erin is a Registered Dietitian who oversaw the provincial Eat Smart!® School and Workplace Programs, developing and disseminating program materials and providing consultative support. Currently, her responsibilities include communications support, consultations, knowledge translation, and resource and program development.
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 on 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.
Marissa Lustri, Program Assistant
Marissa Lustri is a Registered Dietitian and Program Assistant at Nutrition Connections. Marissa holds a 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. Marissa’s main responsibilities include forum planning, printing and fulfillment, and communications support.
Nutrition Connections has two standing committees – the Advisory Committee and the Provincial Roundtable Committee – comprised of stakeholder representatives from among our clients and partner organizations.
The Advisory Committee provides subject matter advice and guidance on our strategic and operational goals. The committee is a network of individuals from across Ontario who work in a variety of disciplines (i.e., public health, community health centres, family health teams and academia).
Advisory Committee Members
- Chair: Karen Gough, Program Manager, Nutrition Connections
- Colleen Hill, Ontario Collaborative Group on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (OCGHEPA)
- Lyndsay Davidson, Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH)
- Marinella Arduini, Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Management in Public Health, (OCDPMPH)
- Jennifer Buccino, Dietitians of Canada (DC)
- Krystyna Lewicki, Four Villages Community Health Centre
- Jessica Wegener, Ryerson University
- Rachel Prowse, Public Health Ontario (PHO)
- Anneke Hobson, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health
- Jennelle Arnew, Chatham-Kent Public Health
Laura Belsito, Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario (AFHTO)
- Xavier Debane, Manulife
Provincial Roundtable Committee
The Provincial Roundtable Committee includes representatives from Ontario’s public health units, community health centres, and family health teams. The Provincial Roundtable Committee discusses current public health priorities in the area of healthy eating and nutrition, provides updates on NC initiatives and activities, and identifies provincial needs required for supporting healthy eating and nutrition in Ontario.