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Webinar 1 – Food Insecurity & Relationship to Health: a panel discussion on the impact of food insecurity on health in Canada.

Date: September 22, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM ET | 9:00 AM PT

This is the first webinar in our series of 2022 pre-summit webinars. COVID-19’s Echo Pandemics – The Way Forward, the 7th Annual Patients Redefining the Future of Health Care in Canada Summit, will be held virtually during the week of November 14-18, 2022.  This annual patient education and awareness Summit is a joint project between Save Your Skin Foundation, CanAge, and the Canadian Psoriasis Network, in collaboration with partners in Indigenous health. (Click to view previous year Summit information: 2021, 2020 2019,  2016-2018

This session will provide a brief overview of the connection between food insecurity, health outcomes and chronic disease in Canada. A live Q&A session will follow.

The webinar will cover the basics of food insecurity, to the specifics of at risk populations, geographic implications and the relationship to specific disease groups. It will explore the pandemic’s impact on the economy and global food inflation and provide a thought-provoking conversation on the direction of policy change.  Moderated by CanAge Founder & CEO Laura Tamblyn Watts. With panel experts, Dr. Mustafa Koc – Professor of Sociology, Toronto Metropolitan University, Dr. Hassan Vatanparast – Professor, joint appointment to the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan, and Dr. Lynn McIntyre – Emerita of Community Health Sciences, member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health in the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Our moderator

Laura Tamblyn Watts

Laura Tamblyn Watts is the President and CEO of CanAge, Canada’s national seniors’ advocacy organization. Laura is a passionate advocate for a variety of urgent issues affecting older Canadians, including long-term care and home care, financial security, elder abuse, health care, ageism, and inclusion of marginalized communities.

Laura previously served as Chief Public Policy Officer at the Canadian Association of Retired Persons before establishing CanAge at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She currently teaches the Law and Aging course at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, where she is also a Fellow of the Institute for Life Course and Aging. Having served as past chair, Laura is currently an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Elder Law section and a board member of the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE network), PACE Independent Living, and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario.

She is a member of the CSA National Long-Term Care Standards Advisory and Technical committees, and an expert in long-term care and residents’ rights.

Laura is also an authority on financial matters affecting older adults . As a member of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada’s (IFIC) committee on Seniors and Vulnerable Investors, she serves as a Canadian representative on the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Committee on Vulnerable Investors, and is a member of the Investment Industry Regulators Organizations of Canada (IIROC). She also served on the board of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI). Prior to joining OBSI’s board, she chaired its Consumer and Investor Advisory Committee.

Laura is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Task Force on Seniors and co-founded Canada’s second low-income seniors’ legal services center, SeniorsFirst BC, located in Vancouver. Her upcoming book, The 3 am Guide to Your Aging Parents, will be released in 2022.

Our panelists

Dr. Mustafa Koç

Dr. Koç’s current research focuses on food security among refugees, food policy and civil society and immigration and diasporic foodways in Toronto. His current research on doner, shawarma and gyro outlets in Toronto examines the relationship between ethnic restaurants, immigrant entrepreneurs and social connections. He has also been involved in various national and global debates on globalization, food security, and peace. Professor Koç is also a frequent commentator on social change and politics in Turkey.

Dr. Hassan Vatanparast

Dr. Vatanparast is a Professor with a Joint Appointment to the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan. Vataparast is actively involved in research and health promotion initiatives, mainly targeting food security and nutritional health status and access to care for the marginalized population. Vataparast is serving as chair/member in various scientific advisory panels and editorial boards at national and international levels.

Vataparast is leading several research and health promotion initiatives at the local, national, and global levels aimed to improve the health of marginalized populations. Vatanparast and his co-researchers benefit from multi-sectoral collaboration in these initiatives. Vataparast and his colleagues continue their collaborative work with the goal of improving the nutritional health of at-risk populations.

Dr. Lynn McIntyre

Dr. Lynn McIntyre is Professor Emerita of Community Health Sciences in the Department of Community Health Sciences and a member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She retired from her active faculty position in November 2015.  She continues to be involved in research and policy advocacy related to household food insecurity.

Dr. McIntyre holds both a medical degree and master’s degree in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2020 “for her influential research on health equity and food insecurity, and for her contributions to public health policies in Canada.”

Other upcoming pre-summit webinars

More news is upcoming regarding the following pre-summit webinars:

Haudenosaunee Foods as Medicine: Ogwayadadohgehsdoh | October 4, 2022 | 12:00PM ET, 9:00AM PT

Value Based Healthcare | October 12, 2022 | 12:00PM ET, 9:00AM PT

Health systems 101 | November 2, 2022 | 12:00PM ET, 9:00AM PT

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Série de webinaires pré-sommet

Webinaire 1 – Relation entre l’insécurité alimentaire et la santé: une discussion sur l’impact de l’insécurité alimentaire sur la santé au Canada.


Date : 22 septembre 2022
Heure : 12:00 HE | 9:00 HP

Modératrice : Laura Tamblyn Watts, présidente et directrice générale, CanAge
Panélistes :
  • Dr Mustafa Koç, professeur au département de sociologie de l’Université Ryerson.
  • Dr Hassan Vatanparast, professeur nommé conjointement au Collège de pharmacie et de nutrition et à l’École de santé publique de l’Université de la Saskatchewan.
  • Dr Lynn McIntyre, professeure émérite au Département des sciences de la santé communautaire, membre de l’Institut O’Brien pour la santé publique de l’École de médecine Cumming de l’Université de Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Ce webinaire fournira un bref aperçu de la connection entre l’insécurité alimentaire et la santé. Une session de questions-réponses en direct suivra.

Modéré par Laura Tamblyn Watts, Fondatrice et directrice générale de CanAge. Avec les experts du panel, le Dr Mustafa Koç – Professeur de sociologie, Université métropolitaine de Toronto, le Dr Hassan Vatanparast – Professeur nommé conjointement au Collège de pharmacie et de nutrition et à l’École de santé publique, la Dr Lynn McIntyre – Émérite des sciences de la santé communautaire au Département des sciences de la santé communautaire et membre de l’institut O’Brien pour la santé publique à l’École de médecine Cumming de l’Université de Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Ce webinaire est le premier de notre série de webinaires pré-sommet 2022. Le 7e sommet annuel « L’avenir des soins de santé au canada redéfini par les patients », qui se tiendra cette année de manière virtuelle, aura lieu pendant la semaine du 14 au 18 novembre 2022. Ce sommet annuel d’éducation et de sensibilisation des patients est un projet conjoint de la Fondation Sauve ta peau, CanAge, et du Réseau canadien du psoriasis, en collaboration avec des partenaires de la Santé des autochtone. (Cliquez pour en savoir plus sur les Sommets des années précédentes :  2021, 2020,  2019,  2016-2018)

D’autres informations sont à venir concernant les webinaires pré-sommet suivants :

Souveraineté alimentaire autochtone | 4 octobre, 2022 | 12H00 HE

Soins de santé basées sur la valeur (VBHC) | 12 octobre, 2022 | 12H00 HE

Systéme de santé 101 | 2 novembre, 2022 | 12H00 HE