DC Fellows 2014

Margaret Alfieri

A Kitchener-Waterloo internship graduate, Margaret Alfieri worked in acute care, rehabilitation, home care and private practice. Eventually, family health teams became her passion. She created the Family Health Team Dietitian Network which quickly fostered an advanced level of practice for dietitians and provided an opportunity to create a culture of primary care nutrition. Marg is nurturing a movement towards a national network of primary care dietitians and helping to create community of practices for all disciplines within Family Health Teams. Marg has participated in funded research for 28 years and is currently involved in three research projects as well the planning of primary care nutrition screening.
Region: Centre and South Ontario

Patricia Chuey MSc, RD

Leader, innovator, entrepreneur, creative communicator, dietitian extraordinaire – these are just some of the talents of Patricia Chuey. Her impressive career record spanning almost 25 years has taken her from grocery store tours to corporate boardrooms. She is a media savvy expert, having authored or contributed to numerous healthy eating books, she’s hosted or been a guest on countless TV and radio programs, and written for newspapers and magazines. She has served on the Dietitians of Canada Board, and is recognized by her colleagues as an inspiring mentor. Truly a committed professional, Patricia has aptly earned the honour of calling herself a DC Fellow.
Region: British Columbia

Matthew Durant PhD, RD

Dr. Matthew Durant exemplifies the ideals of a Fellow of Dietitians of Canada through his exemplary teaching ability, his commitment to advancement of the profession, his leadership on the DC Board of Directors and his community-minded spirit. He is noted for his ability to bring insights from his clinical practice into his teaching role with dietetic students. His numerous publications in the peer-reviewed literature have been used to set provincial policy. Matt’s talents as an educator and leader extend beyond the realm of dietetics. He is lauded for his role in transcending women’s rugby from a team to a program envied across the country.
Region: Atlantic

Tanis Fenton, PhD, RD

Dr. Tanis Fenton, Dietitian and Epidemiologist, is best known for her work as Evidence Analyst for DC’s Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition; Nutrition Research Lead for Alberta Health Services, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. Significant and highly visible achievements include developing a growth chart for preterm infants; publication of meta-analyses on the alkaline diet hypothesis; and research into nutrition support of hospitalized patients. Dr. Fenton published 36 peer-reviewed manuscripts (18 as first author), which have advanced dietitians’ collective understandings in challenging practice areas. Mentees attest to her unfailing support, patience and commitment to their professional success.
Region: Alberta & the Territories

Elizabeth Ann Forster-Coull, MSc, RD

Lisa Forster-Coull is the Provincial Nutritionist for the BC Ministry of Health. In the 30 years Lisa has been in government service she has honed her professional skills, expertise and become a significant influencer, championing the critical role of nutrition in health and wellness. She is a skilled communicator; advising senior officials on the complexities of effective health promotion and chronic disease prevention. She is a leader, demonstrated in many ways including her role in shaping provincial policy that resulted in BC leading the way in Canada in banning trans fats in restaurant foods. She is a mentor, always available to guide younger dietitians as they develop and advance their careers within government services. Lisa exemplifies what the DC Fellowship program is about.
Region: British Columbia

Janis Randall Simpson PhD, RD

Janis Randall Simpson is an internationally recognized researcher and leader in dietetics. Her major accomplishment has been the advancement of NutriSTEP®, a nutrition risk screening program for toddlers and preschoolers. She has held many leadership roles throughout her career and recently served as the Associate Chair of the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph where she is an Associate Professor. In 2012 she was recognized for her abilities with a Leadership Award for her involvement with the Canadian Nutrition Society. Janis is also a committed dietetic educator and has mentored many students during her tenure at Guelph.
Region: Centre and South Ontario