President's Message

Date: Fall 2019
Message From: David Lebert, CNM

Dear fellow members and colleagues,

As our summer comes to an end, I hope you all have enjoyed the beautiful weather and found some great memories to cherish.

I am humbled, honoured and privileged to assume the role of president of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (2019-2020). I am deeply grateful to my predecessor, Chris Weber, for his outstanding leadership during his tenure as president.

I have been inspired by all our past presidents and previous board members as their commitment and achievements have propelled us to make our society what it is today. The current board of directors and I look forward to continuing this work for the benefit of all our members and associates of our profession.


I would like to thank Heather Truber, 2019 CSNM conference chair, and her team of dedicated and passionate volunteers for making the 2019 CSNM Conference in Calgary a huge success.

The education sessions at the conference were first rate, and all who attended in person or via webcast gained a wealth of knowledge for our profession.

But learning didn’t come at the expense of fun; we all enjoyed being connected with our fellow members and had a chance to make new friends during this unique experience. Thanks to all!


As autumn begins, so does the CSNM Webinar season. Lorrie Plein, our new continuing education portfolio manager, has put together a great series of webinar sessions for us. With excellent speakers and a variety of topics, we look forward to gaining new knowledge and obtaining information we can use for the benefit of our staff, our residents and our patients. We hope you enjoy these sessions and look forward to your feedback.


This past spring, CSNM’s board of directors sent a survey to ask our membership for input and suggestions as we began our planning for the next strategic plan.

We had a significant response – thank you for taking the time to reply. The precious information gathered on a variety of critical topics will be a stepping stone in devising the strategic plan for our members. In October 2019, the CSNM board of directors will be meeting in person to devise a three-year plan for our society, based on the feedback from our members.

Here is a sample of our membership response to the following question:

What aspect of CSNM Membership is most important to you?

• Education / Webinars: 61%
• Certification: 59%
• Professional Status: 59%
• Education / Conferences: 27%
• Social Media: 5%

This is one of many topics covered by the survey and we look forward to discussing your suggestions and recommendations at the strategic planning session.

Stay tuned: your CSNM board is working hard for our members and we look forward to a great year ahead!in the service of those in nutritional need!

David Lebert 
President, CSNM

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