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Upcoming CON Events

Obesity Management Certificate for Post-Graduates

Date: Friday December 12th, 2014
HSERC Bariatric Simulation Lab in Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (University of Alberta) Edmonton, Alberta

Registration is now full. Please contact Tracy Campbell at 780-492-8361 to be placed on a waiting list for spots that may open up. 


An intensive educational experience with a strong emphasis on the practical aspects of obesity management and the role of inter-professional bariatric care. This certification will build knowledge in the areas of:

* your role(s) as part of the interdisciplinary obesity management team;
* physiological, psychological and socio-cultural factors behind the current obesity epidemic in Canada;
* clinical assessment and medical management of obesity including prenatal care;
* safe lifting and transfer of large patients;
*hands on experiential learning in the Bariatric Specialty Care Suite and SMART Condo.

Cost: $450 CON Members / $500 Non Member


Accommodations:  We have secured a group rate with the Varscona Hotel (http://www.varscona.com/) for $150/night not including taxes.

To book your accommodations, please contact the Varscona Hotel directly by calling Toll Free: 1 866 465 8150.  Please use group code "Canadian Obesity Network" when booking to ensure you get the group rate.  Group rate is guaranteed available ONLY until March 11, 2014. Complimentary parking, deluxe continental breakfast, evening wine tasting and high speed internet included in the group rate.

The Varscona Hotel is located at 8208 106 Street, Edmonton. A 10 minute cab/drive from the Bariatric Suite.

5As Workshops for Family Physicians & Nurse Practitioners

The  5As of obesity management , incorporates the conceptual structure of the Best Practices in Weight Management document, the Canadian Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines and the 5As methodological framework to specifically address the needs of overweight and obese patients and improve practitioners’ willingness and efficacy in providing obesity management and counseling to their patients. Mainpro M1 nationally accredited.

Space is limited for these events, so please register early. 

Burlington, ON - February 17, 2015

Venue to be announced


Canadian Obesity Summit

April 28 - May 2, 2015  Toronto, Ontario


Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM)

2016 Stay tuned for more details...

Join 200 undergraduate, graduate students and new professionals from across Canada and around the world. Prizes for best oral and poster presentations, affordable housing available on campus, and low registration fee! 

COSM is the only national scientific conference dedicated to supporting obesity trainees and new health professionals(a new professional is defined as within 5 years of graduating from highest degree). 

It is a unique event that gives the stage to up and coming researchers and practitioners and has been organized by students, for students. COSM is intended to offer trainees and new professionals a forum to present to their peers, to network with senior faculty that attend the meeting as observers, and to interact with potential employers. 


10th Annual Obesity Summer Boot Camp

July 18-26, 2015 
Kananaskis, Alberta


This year, we expect another great response from the obesity community – the last nine events received more than 700 applications from obesity students, young researchers, clinical fellows, clinical researchers and young health professionals. 

The 10th Obesity Summer Boot Camp is open to 30 MSc/PhD students, young researchers, clinical fellows, clinical researchers and new professionals in their last year, or within five years of, completing their training.  The boot camp will cover all aspects of obesity, ranging from epidemiology and public health to cell biology, energy regulation, clinical management and health policy.  

Cost: $2500 (includes syllabus, full program, shared accomodation, meals, breaks and select social events). Space is limited.  2015 Application deadline: 11:59 pm, Monday, March 23, 2015 

Click here to open the application form.