Meet The Canadians at ICO 2010

Her Excellency Alexandra Volkoff, Canada's Ambassador to Sweden and Arya Sharma, Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity Network

Since its inception in 2006, the Canadian Obesity Network has grown into an organisation that brings together over 4000 Canadian obesity researchers, health professionals, decision makers and other stakeholders interested in reducing the mental, medical and economic burden of obesity on Canadians.

As many of the problems faced by Canada are not unlike those faced by other countries and much of the Canadian research and experience in obesity prevention and management may well be applicable to tackling obesity in other countries, the Canadian Obesity Network has always sought to promote Canadian research beyond our borders.

This why, at the ongoing XI International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, the Obesity Network partnered with the Canadian Embassy to Sweden to host a “Meet the Canadians” reception. This networking event, attended by well over 150 participants, provided a perfect opportunities for Canadians attending the conference to meet each other but also to interact with friends and collaborators from other countries.

In her welcome address, her Excellency Alexandra Volkoff, Canada’s Ambassador to Sweden (picture), highlighted the importance of the work that the Canadian Obesity Network is doing to address the obesity epidemic and emphasized the commitment of the Canadian Government to help build international partnerships and collaborations to reduce the global burden of obesity through excellence in obesity research and practice.

Judging by the many Obesity Network members attending and presenting at this World Conference, there is no doubt that Canadian obesity research is highly competitive, well respected and certainly relevant to the many issues related to the prevention, management and control of obesity.

Stockholm, Sweden