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Upcoming CON Events

Obesity Management Certificate for 


Saturday, April 12, 2014
HSERC Bariatric Simulation Lab in Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (University of Alberta) Edmonton, Alberta

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 ( for $150/night not including taxes.

To book your accomodations, 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 of Obesity Management Workshop and Cooking Demonstration

Thursday April 24, 2014
Atco Blue Flame Kitchen Calgary Learning Centre, Main floor
909 - 11 Avenue SW, Calgary AB
Cost: FREE but you MUST RSVP - very limited space available

Co-hosts: Canadian Obesity Network and the Calgary Weight Management Centre

Join Dr. Arya Sharma and the Calgary Weight Management Centre's own Red Seal Chef, Jessica Willott, for an evening to remember!

Dr. Arya Sharma will provide you with a new wealth of knowledge around Obesity Management in Primary Care, while Jessica Willott will guide you through how to create delicious and healthful recipes at home. 

Attendees will leave with invaluable and practical 5As of Obesity Management Toolkit by the Canadian Obesity Network, along with recipes of your meals, nutrition information and an appreciation for how easily a healthy, tasty meal can be prepared at home. 

For more information contact Leslie Stearns at 403-272-2962 or
Email or fax completed registration forms to: or 403-457-2960 

Mental Health & Obesity Conference

Wednesday May 14, 2014
Hyatt Regency Toronto
Toronto, ON
Cost: $195 (registration without hotel) Click link for information re: for registration packages with 1 or 2 nights hotel accommodation)

The Mental Health & Obesity Conference will provide participants with a sound understanding of the issues in obesity and mental health research.

4th Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM)

June 18-21, 2014
Hosted by CON-SNP University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
Cost: $150

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. 

9th Annual Obesity Summer Boot Camp

July 19-27, 2014 
Kananaskis, Alberta

This year, we expect another great response from the obesity community – the last eight events received more than 500 applications from obesity students, young researchers, clinical fellows, clinical researchers and young health professionals. 

The 9th 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, meals, breaks and select social events).

Space is limited.  2014 Application deadline: March 24, 2014. 

Click here to open the application form. Applications for 2014 Boot Camp now CLOSED. Stay tuned for information on next year's camp.

Canadian Obesity Summit

April 28 - May 2, 2015 
Toronto, Ontario

Other CON events

COSM 2012 

Summit 2011