Board of Directors
The Childhood Obesity Foundation has an exceptional Board of Directors, most of whom are experts in the field of childhood obesity. Our Board of Directors spans a broad spectrum of professions including law, scientific research, and paediatric medicine.
Tom Warshawski, MD (Chair)
Tom Warshawski practices as a consultant pediatrician in Kelowna, British Columbia and is the former head of pediatrics at the Kelowna General Hospital. Dr. Warshawski is an associate clinical professor of Pediatrics with the University of British Columbia, is a member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Compass Committee, the Medical Director for Child and Youth Health for the Interior Health Authority,
and he is the current chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation (COF). He is a past member of the Healthy Active Living committee of the Canadian Pediatric Society, a past president of the BC Pediatric Society and a past president of the Society of Specialist Physicians and Surgeons of BC.
Dr. Warshawski spearheaded the development of Sip Smart and is one of the leaders in the development of Screen Smart. He was a co-leader in the successful initiative to disseminate both programs across Canada as part of a coalition funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s CLASP fund. Dr. Warshawski is also cochairmen of the pan-Canadian Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition and a PI of the LiGHT project. As chair of the COF, he was a leader in overseeing the implementation of MEND and Shapedown programs across British Columbia.
For his efforts in promoting Healthy Active Living in children and youth, Dr. Warshawski has been the recipient of the Judith Hall Award from the BC Pediatric Society, a Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Pediatric Society and a Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
J.P. Chanoine, MD PhD
Clinical Professor, UBC Department of Pediatrics
Head, Endocrinology & Diabetes Unit, BC Children’s Hospital
Dr Chanoine’s research is focusing on the role of hormonal and nutritional factors in the development of childhood overweight. The main line of research includes laboratory-based projects aimed at understanding the physiological role of ghrelin, a potent orexigenic peptide, during the fetal and early postnatal period and clinical projects looking at the role of appetite-regulating hormones in the development and treatment of childhood and adolescent overweight. Dr Chanoine was also principal investigator of “Healthy Buddies”, a peer-led curriculum aiming at preventing the development of overweight in elementary school children and of the LiGHT project (Living Green, Healthy and Thrifty), a web-based program that emphasized the beneficial effects of weight management on health, global environment and personal finances (funded by Public Health Agency of Canada).
Heather McKay, PhD
Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Family Practice, UBC Division of Orthopaedic Engineering Research
Director, Centre for Hip Health and Musculoskeletal Research, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and UBC
Dr. Heather McKay’s research evaluates the positive role of physical activity on child, youth and older adult health (with a focus on bone health) across settings – schools, community and the built environment. She has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility, an internationally renowned research centre that addresses enhancing mobility and health across the life course. She is well known for convening highly effective teams to “move research into action” (knowledge mobilization) and for performing research that has immediate impact. This is illustrated by her lead role in the development and implementation of a whole school physical activity and healthy eating model (Action Schools! BC) that engages almost half a million children in British Columbia. She also leads an interdisciplinary team that engages local government to assess whether positive changes to the built environment enhance the mobility and health of children and older adults (Active Streets. Active People). Professor McKay’s contributions have been acknowledged through a Knowledge Translation Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a BC Woman of Distinction Award for Health & Active Living.
Patti-Jean Naylor, PhD
PJ Naylor is currently a Professor in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria. Dr. Naylor has been involved in obesity prevention research focused on physical activity and healthy eating in children for the last 10 years. She was a Co-Principal Investigator on the Action Schools! BC dissemination and implementation studies (funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada). In addition to an interest in children’s physical activity and eating behaviors, Dr. Naylor’s work has focused on knowledge exchange and the scale up, adoption and implementation of setting-based approaches to addressing physical inactivity and healthy eating. She has been a key member of the MEND Evaluation and Provincial Advisory Committees during both the pilot and scale-up phase.
Other physical activity and healthy eating related interventions she has been involved with address schools, recreation facilities and early years childcare and programming. These initiatives include evaluating: Intergenerational Physical Activity Leadership (IPAL), Action Schools! BC Outdoor Playground Leadership, 5-2-1-0 Playboxes, nature and physical literacy opportunities on playgrounds, Healthy Food and Beverages in Municipal Recreation and Sport Facilities (BCHLA funded), Health Promoting Secondary Schools (Canadian Cancer Society funded), School Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Program (BC MOH and CIHR), Screen Smart (CACO-CLASP funded), Healthy Opportunities for Preschoolers (2010 Legacies Now), Healthy Beginnings (CACO-CLASP funded), Active Streets, Active People Jr. (HSF funded) and Healthy After School (PHAC- Obesity Prevention Innovation funding).
Jillian Frank, J.D.
Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Jillian Frank is the labour and employment group lead and partner in the Vancouver office of Dentons Canada LLP. Jillian’s practice focuses on employment, human rights, privacy and occupational health and safety laws. She frequently advises clients on:
•Addressing human rights issues, including the accommodation of employees with disabilities;
•Complying with occupational health and safety legislation, including workplace bullying and harassment;
•Drafting employment agreements, restrictive covenants, severance and change of control agreements;
•Advising on employment issues arising from mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions;
•Developing workplace policies, including alcohol and drug testing and privacy policies;
•Investigating safety, human rights, privacy and other workplace matters;
•Reviewing workplace practices for compliance with privacy legislation; and
•Litigation and alternative dispute resolution on wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, overtime litigation and privacy complaints.
Lucy Zhang, CPA, MBA
Lucy Zhang joined the Childhood Obesity Foundation board as treasurer in 2018. She brings a wealth of finance experience to her role on the Foundation board. Lucy moved to Victoria from China to pursue an MBA. She continued her studies to become a professional accountant and has been actively engaged in the resource and mining sector in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer for over ten years. Lucy is very proud of her Chinese heritage and enjoys travelling back to her home city of Suzhou. Lucy is also a proud Canadian, having become a citizen in 2008. She cares greatly about social issues, in particular children’s health issues. Lucy enjoys spending her time with friends, her partner, and especially her puppy, Tofu.