Our conference program offers a mix of plenary sessions and symposia, concurrent sessions and workshops, research presentations and association celebrations as well as networking and social activities. Regardless of your practice setting or number of years in practice, you will be sure to find topics that meet your continuing education needs.
Sessions will be held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel Vancouver.

Pre-conference meetings (such as PDEP) will take place on Tuesday, June 5 prior to the start of the conference on Wednesday June 6.

Download the 2018 conference preliminary program  

NEW! Live Web Broadcast Sessions from Conference

DC is very excited to announce that for the first time we are going to be offering live web broadcasts of some popular sessions at conference. You will be able to see the speaker and presentation slides and participate in the discussions and Q&A. 

Each session = Member $25.00 / Student member $15.00 / Non-member $35
*this is for live access only, not for recordings available on Leanring on Demand at a later date

The following sessions will be offered at no charge to DC members:

Thursday June 7, 2018 – Opening Keynote, Annual General Meeting, Awards Presentation 
Friday June 8, 2018 – Ryley Jeffs Lecture, Health Canada Update
Saturday June 9, 2018 – Closing Keynote

Registration closes Monday May 28, 2018

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Live Web Broadcast Sessions Schedule:

(All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time)

8:30 am – 9:30 am
INFLUENCE: Showing Canadians who we really are, one story at a time
Well-crafted stories, well told, have always had a profound impact on others. When we tell stories, we’re able to connect people to ideas, to shape the way they think and feel, and motivate them towards a desired action. More specifically, the stories we share as dietitians can help key audiences better understand not just what we do, but also why it matters, engaging and aligning people around our profession and the positive difference we make. In this enlightening and entertaining keynote presentation, Strategic Storyteller, Bill Baker, will explain how we can utilize our recently articulated dietitian brand story to deepen understanding of our profession and help Canadians recognize our value, expertise, and impact. If you heard Bill speak in 2014, you’ll know this is a session not to be missed.
Speaker: Bill Baker 
Focus: Communication, Professional Practice
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Hot topics in everyday practice 
Dietitians are asked nutrition-related questions on a wide variety of matters every day. Clients want the straight goods on topics they are seeing in social media, in advertising or reading about online.  This session will profile knowledgeable speakers on three ‘hot topics’ in the news. They will each provide a succinct summary of the issues, the hype, and the practice applications on what is swirling in the media about leaky gut, nutritional genomics and genetically modified foods. 
Speakers: Erin Brown MSc RD, Deanna Gibson PhD, Mary Anne Smith PhD RD 
Host: Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition
Focus: Clinical Nutrition
2:15 – 3:30 pm 
Low versus high CHO diets and cardiometabolic health: What do I tell my patients?
Obesity and diabetes have reached epidemic proportions and are projected to increase over the next decade. Carbohydrates are increasingly being indicted as the main culprit. Much of the concern has focused on sugars but traditional carbohydrate staples like cereal grains, pulses, and pasta are also coming under attack in the mainstream media, popular books, social media, the medical literature, and statements of prominent advocacy groups. Available evidence suggests that not all sources of carbohydrates behave in the same way. High quality systematic reviews show that high carbohydrate diets that are low in glycemic index (GI), high in fibre, or emphasize specific foods such as whole grains, pulses, or fruit decrease cardiometabolic risk factors in randomized controlled trials and are associated with decreased weight gain, diabetes incidence, and cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality in prospective cohort studies. These data reflect the current shifts in dietary guidance that allow flexibility in the proportion of macronutrients (including carbohydrates) in the diet with a focus on quality over quantity and dietary patterns over single nutrients.  
Speaker: John Sievenpiper PhD MD 
Host: Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Network
Focus: Clinical Nutrition
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm 
Member Awards
DC Member Awards celebrate individuals who through their efforts inspire and empower us while making remarkable contributions to the profession. The awards also raise the profiles of registered dietitians/ registered nutritionists and advance our profession. Plan to attend the Member Awards and to learn about and celebrate award recipients for their extraordinary achievements and remarkable contributions in the areas of academic achievements, research, leadership, innovation and education.  
Les prix des membres des DC saluent les personnes qui, grâce à leurs efforts, nous inspirent et nous donnent les moyens d’agir, tout en apportant d’importantes contributions à la profession. Les prix accroissent également la notoriété des diététistes et nutritionnistes et font progresser la profession. Assistez à la cérémonie de
remise des prix aux membres a n de célébrer et d’honorer avec nous les lauréats pour
leurs réalisations extraordinaires et leurs contributions remarquables à la profession dans le milieu universitaire et dans les domaines de la recherche, du leadership et de l’innovation.
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 
Annual General Meeting of Members/ Assemblee generale annuelle des membres 
Engage in dialogue with your board! Join us to find out what Dietitians of Canada has done over the past year to promote the profession and support its members. Connect with the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discover more and celebrate the achievements of your Association. The 2018 AGM will also highlight important new directions for the coming year. All members are encouraged to attend this short and important meeting. Once again the AGM will be accessible to members across the country by live webinar.
Engagez le dialogue avec votre conseil d'administration! Joignez-vous à nous pour découvrir ce qu'ont fait Les diététistes du Canada au cours de la dernière année pour promouvoir la profession et soutenir leurs membres. Parlez à votre conseil d'administration lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) pour en savoir plus et célébrer les réalisations de votre association. L’AGA de 2018 mettra également en lumière les nouvelles directions pour l'année qui commence. Tous les membres sont invités à assister à cette courte, mais importante assemblée. Encore une fois, l’AGA sera accessible aux membres de partout au pays par l’entremise d’un webinaire en direct.
9:00 am – 9:45 am 
Ryley Jeffs Memorial Lecture/ Conference commemorative Ryley-Jeffs 
For over 65 years, the Ryley Jeffs Memorial Lecture has been presented annually by dietetic practice and nutrition science luminaries. The lecture provides an opportunity for the recipient to reflect on a topic of current interest that reflects their experience, and that challenges members of the profession to approach practice in new ways. After all, the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world is within each of us.  The 2018 Ryley Jeffs Lecturer will be announced in March.  
Pour plus de 65 ans, la Conférence commémorative Ryley-Jeffs est présentée chaque année par des sommités de la pratique de la diététique et de la science de la nutrition. Les personnes qui remportent ce prestigieux prix ont ainsi l’occasion de se pencher sur un sujet d’intérêt actuel qui re ète leur expérience et qui met les membres de la profession au dé d’approcher la pratique autrement. Après tout, le pouvoir de véhiculer des idées qui feront en sorte de changer les attitudes, des vies et, ultimement, le monde réside dans chacune et chacun de nous. Le nom de la personne qui prononcera la conférence Ryley-Jeffs en 2018 sera annoncé en mars. 
10:15 am – 11:30 am
Integrating intuitive eating into professional practice/ Intégrer l’alimentation intuitive à sa pratique professionnelle 
Intuitive eating is an evidence-based nutrition approach gaining in popularity and the scientific literature on this subject is exploding. This positive approach, based on hunger and satiety cues, has been inversely associated with obesity and body mass index and directly associated with positive body image and motivation to undertake physical activity for pleasure. This session aims to help dietitians better support their clients who express an unhealthy relationship with food and/or their body. 
L’alimentation intuitive est une approche de la nutrition fondée sur des données probantes qui gagne en popularité, et la littérature scientifique à ce sujet pullule. Or, cette approche positive, basée sur les signaux de faim et de satiété, a été inversement associée à l’obésité et à l’indice de masse corporelle, et directement associée à une image corporelle positive et à la motivation de faire de l’activité physique pour le plaisir. Cette séance a pour objectif d’aider les diététistes à mieux soutenir les clients qui vivent une relation malsaine avec les aliments ou avec leur corps. 
Speaker: Karine Gravel PhD RD 
Host: Regroupement des diététistes francophones du Canada  
Focus: Clinical Nutrition
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Diabetes management for older adults  
Managing diabetes in the older frail adult requires great empathy and skill regardless of the care setting - acute care, long-term care, home care, or community. Understanding and interpreting blood work indices is important but must be balanced with considerations such as social setting, your patient's values and treatment needs with an emphasis on quality of life and goals of care.  New information on appropriate medications along with best practice in planning and implementing nutrition care plans will ensure you are equipped with practical approaches that are client-centred and based on reasonable expectations and goals for treatment.
Speakers: Jodi Crawford RD and Anar Dossa RPh CDE
Host: Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Network
Focus: Clinical Nutrition
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Update on Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy
Representatives from Health Canada will share updates on the Healthy Eating Strategy, which was launched in October 2016.  Delegates can expect to hear about work underway on the revision to Canada’s Food Guide, restricting the commercial marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children, nutrition labelling, including front of pack labelling and sodium reduction.  This session is always a popular and informative one for dietitians interested in national food and nutrition policy. Please note: This session will run until 5:15 pm.
Speakers: Alfred Aziz PhD, Ann Ellis MSc RD and Hasan Hutchinson PhD ND 
Focus: Population and Public Health, Professional Practice
8:15 am – 9:30 am
Virtual environments: Applications for dietetics practice and education
Online interactive technologies have the potential to reach people in many contexts including their home, work, and on weekends. Practitioners and educators are using virtual environments for interaction, teaching, counselling, and as intervention tools to modify health behaviours. 
Our speakers, who use these technologies in practice, health education and teaching of post-secondary students, will describe how existing and potential applications of virtual environments can improve nutrition and health education across the life span and how behaviour change theories can be implemented in these environments. They will illustrate how instructional design, media, and virtual environments are designed to change health behaviours and reduce health disparities through health communication and behaviour change strategies. Join us and learn how these emerging technologies can change your approach to teaching and interventions. 
Speakers: Joan Cowdery PhD and Karen Davidson PhD RD
Focus: Dietetic Education, Communication
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Can healthy diets be sustainable diets? An emerging role for dietitians
How can we eat to enhance our own health while also promoting a healthy ecosystem? In order to meet the demands of future food needs, a shift toward more sustainable diets is urgently needed. While sustainable diets need to be approached across all dimensions of the food system, this session will focus on the unique role of dietitians in the development of dietary guidelines and in understanding the principles behind promoting the consumption of healthy and sustainable diets. Our speakers will explore reasons why this shift is needed, how the environmental sustainability of individual foods and diets are measured, how current recommendations are evolving and where and how these concepts have been applied to dietary guidelines. The session will conclude with a discussion about specific actions that can be taken for integrating ecologically sustainable diet principles into your workplace policy and practice. 
Speakers: Barbara Seed PhD RD and Fiona Yeudall PhD RD
Host: Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Team
Focus: Population Health
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
INSPIRE – The Exponential Power of Recognition: Love Your Career & Reject Burnout
What would you do if you had a tool that cost virtually nothing, takes almost no time, and is guaranteed to boost your career satisfaction, reduce burnout and create huge customer loyalty? And what if you were told you you've used it, know about it, and even like it?  Get purposeful about leveraging one of the most effective approaches to boosting satisfaction, healthy team relationships, and career success: recognition! Learn how FROGing (Forever Recognizing Others' Greatness™) is your secret weapon to ensuring career success and a booming practice. Join the engagement revolution and stay in love with your important work!
Speaker: Sarah McVanel MSc CHRL
Focus: Professional Communications, Professional Practice

Meet our speakers!

Listen to their videos welcoming delegates to DC Conference 2018 (click the heading above).

  • Bill Baker will be presenting the opening keynote on  INFLUENCE: Showing Canadians who we really are, one story at a time  

  • Llisten to keynote speaker Sarah McVanel extend a welcome to delegates and offer a preview of her session INSPIRE – The Exponential Power of Recognition: Love Your Career & Reject Burnout  

  • Sarah is also doing a special workshop with students and new professionls. Have a listen to what Sarah has in store for you.

Updated February 20, 2018.