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Consulting Dietitians Network Entrepreneurial Summit 2021

A virtual conference to equip dietitians with the tools and skills needed to start or grow a successful dietetic practice.  

What you should expect if you attend this conference:
  • Come away with new ideas and practical tools to build or grow your business
  • Be empowered with groundbreaking ideas and collaborations to solve cross-border challenges
  • Discover new possibilities and ideas to innovate your business
  • Leave the event re-energized and re-engaged in the profession
  • Have a stronger network of colleagues, contacts and leaders in the field to draw on when questions arise
This three day event will feature two sessions per day and structured networking groups all in one easy to navigate virtual environment. 


Wednesday February 17, 2021

1:00 to 2:05 pm EST - Unleash Your Strength & Personal Brand​

Focusing on your inner strengths is a great way to develop and build success, especially during these uncertain times. Are you ready to unleash your strength and personal brand? We can help!

Leading from your strengths impacts you and the people around you. This professional development workshop introduces the science of strengths and the framework of strengths based leadership, which produces better results for people and teams

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover the power of your natural strengths 
  • Build your personal and professional brand
  • Improve yourself to perform better
  • Find a happier and healthier way to work
Speaker: Lucia Weiler is a Registered Dietitian and savvy nutrition entrepreneur.  She is a pro at facilitating online workshops that empower professionals to apply their individual strengths for professional and personal success. With over 25 years of experience as a recognized leader in food and nutrition, Lucia has witnessed first-hand the power of strengths-based leadership in helping transform individuals and teams to successfully reach their goals. Lucia is faculty at Humber College Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellness and is an active member of the Board of Directors of Dietitians of Canada. Her company Weiler Nutrition Communications Inc. helps professionals and businesses thrive to achieve their goals. More information about Lucia's bio is available at

2:10 to 3:10 pm EST - Tools you need When Starting or Growing your Business

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to identify what tools are needed for your business
  • What tools are needed for all dietitians when establishing a business
  • A brief overview of useful tools for managing a dietetics business
  • A brief overview of useful tools for marketing a dietetics business

Jennifer Neale is a Registered Dietitian in Ottawa, Ontario. She has a Masters Degree from McGill University and is a member of both the College of Dietitians of Ontario and Dietitians of Canada. Jennifer became a Dietitian in 2012 and has been working in various sectors within the world of dietetics ever since. This has included working in community health and diabetes education, private practice, insurance, workplace wellness, and software development. Jennifer opened her own private practice, Nutrition IQ, in 2013 as a side-hustle and moved it to a full-time gig in 2017 after her daughter was born. She loves finding new software to improve productivity and stay relevant in her business.

Alka Chopra is a Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator with a wide variety of experiences ranging from research, clinical, educational and management settings. For the past 10 years, Alka has been actively involved in Chronic Disease Management via program planning, individual counselling and delivering professional training workshops. Alka is very passionate about healthcare communication and has recently started a podcast focusing on Healthcare Communication called Health Communication Lab.  Alka is very passionate about teaching via groups, adult education, motivational interviewing & health literacy in the context of chronic disease management. 

Thursday February 18, 2021

1:00pm to 2:05pm EST - Small Business Write-Offs

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what CRA expects of me as an entrepreneur
  • Understand what I can claim on my taxes as a business expense 
  • Understand how to prepare for tax season

Speaker: Shalini Dharna is a CPA and financial health advocate with one goal - help you make money! By combining tax and wealth strategies to balance your business and personal needs as an entrepreneur.

2:10 to 3:0pm EST  - Why Every Dietitian Needs a Virtual Assistant

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the role of a VA or SMM
  • Identify when to hire out a VA or SMM
  • Identify the benefits of hiring a VA or SMM
  • Learn how to find a VA that is right for your business needs

Speaker: Since 2013, Amanda Hamel has been a full-time community dietitian with many hats (you know how it goes!). What first started as a volunteer gig, turned into a serious side hustle; she's been a social media manager (SMM) and virtual assistant (VA) for dietitians since 2017. Amanda loves helping dietitians trim their workload and prevent the dreaded digital overwhelm, so they finally have the freedom to focus on what really matters -- clients, growing their business and, of course, family!

3:15 to 3:45 pm EST -  Networking session

Attendees will be placed into small groups of up to 10 attendees to discuss topics such as:

  • Marketing yourself as a Dietitian and building a client base
  • How to collaborate and expand your practice
  • Social media strategies
  • Staying up to date in your practice
  • Technology tools and your practice
  • Alternative revenue streams- online courses & writing a book

Friday February 19, 2021

1:00pm to 2:05pm EST - How to Build a Successful Small Business From Scratch: 5 Secrets to Turn Your Passion into a Profitable Business

Learning Outcomes:
  • The single most effective way to stand out in the market as a new business and why you must know this as a first-time entrepreneur. 
  • The mindset shift that all new business owners need to have in order to get past startup doubts.
  • How to be profitable from the day you launch and see results as a brand new business. 
  • How easy and achievable it can be to create a business while raising kids with a few real-life examples from moms who are launching their own businesses for the first time. 
Speaker: Jan Ditchfield teaches first-time entrepreneurs and professionally driven women the effective framework to build a profitable career and master business technology with confidence. Jan is an award-winning social entrepreneur and business educator. With over 20 years of experience in business development, marketing and operations, Jan built her career helping businesses to thrive. She has successfully founded two non-profit organizations, three for profits and has been responsible for over $20 million dollars of revenue in her career. ​Her leadership has been recognized with a variety of awards, including as a Rick Hansen Difference Maker medalist, finalist in the Celebration of People Awards and named one of the Amazing People in Canada's National Capital Region. Throughout her career, Jan gained a unique insight into the challenges that women face when trying to navigate their professional goals when they aren’t presented with a roadmap to follow. Jan created the roadmap and now teaches women the effective action steps to take in order to build their first business or move their career in the direction that best serves them.

2:10pm to 3:10pm EST - Virtual Practice - Now and Into the Future​

A panel of DC, College, and Prolink representatives will share their perspectives on virtual practice and answer your questions on cross-border counseling and insurance requirements for your business. Attendees will be able to submit questions prior to this session.

Lisa McKellar, MA, RD is the National Lead of Policy & Government Relations for Dietitians of Canada. After more than 20 years, Lisa’s career has spanned dietetic practice and included roles across the health system in policy and program development, quality improvement, clinical nutrition and education. Her professional experience has included leadership roles within both a health authority and a government ministry. Lisa completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan and dietetic training with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.
Lisa can be reached at

Joanie Bouchard completed a bachelor in dietetic and a master in research at the University of Montreal. Before turning her interest to professional regulation, she worked in various health care facilities as a registered dietitian. In 2012, she started working at the Ordre professionnel des Diététistes du Québec in quality assurance and practice advisory. In 2017, she moved across Canada to become the Registrar of the College of Dietitians of BC where she oversees all aspects of dietetic regulation. Joanie was a guest speaker at many health and dietetic conferences in the past. She is a strong believer in evidence-based and data informed practice and policies.

Peter McCabe, Account Executive at PROLINK – Canada’s Insurance Connection is a registered insurance broker and a specialist in providing industry leading insurance and risk management services to Canada's knowledge-based industries and healthcare professionals. Peter is committed to helping build resilient businesses and professional associations.  We work with our clients to build insurance and risk management strategies that align with our client’s strategic objectives and desire to control costs. 

Fees are plus HST.

Consulting Dietitians Network Member


DC Member


DC Student Member  $50

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The event will be recorded and those registered will have access to the recordings for 30 days.

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