Candidates for Membership/Admissions Portfolio Manager

At the close of nominations, for the position of Membership/Admissions Portfolio Manager and Ontario Provincial Rep, multiple names were presented, and as per the revised CSNM Bylaw, there will be an election at the Annual General Meeting for this position.  Candidate info (policy statement and bio) can be found below.

Dean Cox

I graduated from the two year Food and Nutrition Management Program offered through the Saskatchewan Institute of Arts, Science and Technology in 1988. After graduation, my first job was the opening and management of a small 30-bed long term care facility in northern Saskatchewan. In 1990 I began working for the Saskatoon Health District working at three acute care sites totaling 1200 beds. During my eleven years at SHD, I was involved with all areas of the clinical and food service management including clinical care for patients, front line supervision, scheduling, staffing, recruitment and discipline of staff. Currently, I work for Providence Health Care in Vancouver for Clinical Nutrition Services. This is an administrative position and duties include scheduling and staffing of the 60 Dietitians working at fourteen acute, rehab and long term care facilities within the city.

I have been very active with CSNM since 1990 and served in several positions including 3 years as CSNM President. I look forward to serving another term as CSNM Membership Portfolio Manager.

Judy Kirby 

I’m a Regional Nutrition Manager for Nutra Services contracted to Jarlette Health Services in Penetanguishene Ontario. I  Oversee 14 managers and the departments in LTC homes.

I Started out as a Dietary aide and moved to Nutrition Management in 2006 as a CHA student/ Mat leave. Upon completion of my Nutrition Management certificate I was awarded a Full time position at a 96 bed home in Muskoka. They had 7 old MOH unmets in dietary related to textures menu documentation etc. Over the course of the next 2 years when the MOH revisited I was able to correct and sustain the unmets to become in compliance with the MOH.  I was able to learn how great it is to work as team and communicating to all different types of people. Learned to document everything from HR issues to all types of departmental procedures, as well as learning to solve HR issues and emergency procedures and issues arising in LTC. I then changed direction and procured a position within another company and saw how things run differently form one corporation to another. After about a year I received a call to go back with the company I first started with then after approx. 3 months I was asked to apply for the Regional position where I have been for the last 3 years. During this time I have been managing 13 Nutrition Managers and the dietary departments in the LTC side of the company with a new home opening in June of this year. Also ensuring that the homes follow the LTC Act and regulations, and guiding them to correct issues not in compliance with the Regulations.


Over the past 5 years I volunteered with the OSNM Membership board (my term was up).  I understand the need for membership and the involvement as well as the need to have corporate membership within the associations. I also hold a position with CSNM on the accreditation team.

Policy Statement

To provide all members within the organization full recognition for the position they hold, provide education within the field with which they hold and to build relationships amongst members as the cornerstone of tomorrow.

To see that Projects such as education are provided within the organization that reflects the needs of the membership population and corporate members. To see more corporations be active and increase corporate membership. With the relations I have throughout the communities I hope to be able to increase corporate membership and help the corporate businesses see a need to be a part of the CSNM membership.


Kristie Wiedenfeld

Professional Summary

Driven and compassionate professional with 20 years food service and hospitality experience and 14 years of hands-on experience in elder care. Active member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management since 2002. Accountable and responsible with a passion for person-centered care and well-being.

As the Membership/Admissions chairperson, I will work together with the Membership Committee and Board of Directors to retain, attract and inform CSNM members, to ensure the continued growth and success of the profession. I will do this by following the society’s direction for approving all levels of membership and by liaising with current CSNM members to understand what it is that keeps them coming back as members year after year. I will act in the best interest of the society at all times and represent them at functions where and when necessary. I will comply with all by-laws and policies as set out by the society.



Candidates for Ontario Provincial Rep Year 1

At the close of nominations, for the position of Membership/Admissions Portfolio Manager and Ontario Provincial Rep, multiple names were presented, and as per the revised CSNM Bylaw, there will be an election at the Annual General Meeting for this position.  Candidate info (policy statement and bio) can be found below.

Paulette Byrnes Carriere 

I have been a CSNM and OSNM member for over 22 years. I would like to be on the CSNM board to continue to expand my knowledge in the wonderful field of Nutrition. I would like to volunteer my time with the CSNM board at this time. I feel that I would be an asset to the board because I have done many of the duties associated with the OSNM board as President, secretary, public relations, LTC action group etc. I have support from my employer which allows me to have extra time to assist with continuing my journey in Nutrition Management.

It would be an honor to be on the CSNM board and I hope that you will choose me to sit on the board. My contact information is: paulette.byrnes-carriere@greatersudbury.ca



Amber Capotosto 

I have been working in the Food services industry for over 15 years. Currently I have been self-employed owning my own business “AJ Menu Solutions” for over 3 years, delivering food service consulting and training to the food service industry and community. AJ Menu Solutions also provides personal shopping services to individuals living within the York Region area.

Through my experience includes not only being self-employed, but also working as a Chef within the restaurant industry and as a Nutrition Manager within acute care, retirement and long term care. I have also worked for over 5 years as an Ontario Account Manager delivering food service sales within healthcare for Food Service Manufacturers.

My experiences in industry has allowed me to build my knowledge and expertise in sales and marketing, being involved in many areas of the Food Service Management including front line supervision, scheduling, dietary care for residents and patients, healthcare sales and education.

I believe in all aspects of lifelong learning to better myself both professionally and personally within my career. I have been involved with sharing and offering assistance to other peers in industry. I have been teaching the Continuing Education Food Service Worker Program for Centennial College for over 10 years and continue to build and re-develop that program with the Centennial College team. I am also a Certified Trainer for the Train Can Inc. Food Safety Certification Program. I also have been part of the Humber College Food and Nutrition Management Program Team from 2012 teaching Food Safety and is responsible for placing all Humber College Food and Nutrition Management students in Industry on placements.

I continue to be on a number of sub-committees within the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management and the Ontario Society of Nutrition Management which include the following: committees, certification, continuing education, conference, and marketing and offer any assistance to the Toronto Chapter.


The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management will be held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8:00 am. at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, Ontario. We encourage all members to attend.  If you are not able to attend in person we encourage you to complete a proxy form with your direction on any voting that will take place during the AGM.  Proxy Forms are due to the CSNM office by May 31, 2016.