NEDIC Biennial Conference

NEDIC’s biennial body image and self-esteem conference brings together educators, eating disorder clinicians, dietitians, mental health clinicians, fitness professionals, social workers, individuals with lived experience, nurses, health policy and promotion experts for an interdisciplinary two day event. 

Join us at the Chestnut Conference Centre, Toronto 
on May 9 and 10, 2019. 

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The biennial conference will take place at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto. 

Breakfast and lunch are provided on both days.


Regular Full Conference: $355

Regular Full Conference (Student*): $250

One Day Registration: $215

One Day Registration (Student*): $135

Early Bird Full Conference: $325

Early Bird Full Conference (Student*): $210

Early Bird One Day Registration: $195

Early Bird One Day Registration (Student*): $115

* Student identification will be required at the conference. 
+ All prices in Canadian dollars. 


  • Welcome & Opening Remarks

    8:30 am to 8:50 am
    Ballroom Centre

    Opening Keynote: The Body Is Not an Apology

    Sonya Renee Taylor
    9:00 am to 10:00 am
    Ballroom Centre


    10:00 am to 10:15 am

    Morning Breakout Sessions

    10:15 am to 11:45 am

    • Full Day Workshop: Chub Love - Sookie Bardwell and Jennifer Love
    • Workshop 1: Radical Trust: Unlearning Dominant Beliefs to Create Space for Healing - Andrea LaMarre and Carmen Cool
    • Workshop 2: Unsafe as a Way of Life: Complex Trauma in the Development of Binge Eating Disorder - Amy Pershing and Chevese Turner
    • Workshop 3: Unpacking School Nutrition Education - Andrea Kirkham, Courtney McAskile, and Leigh Underhill
    • Workshop 4: Reconceptualising Sexuality to Better Understand Eating Disorders - Melissa Fabello


    11:45 am to 1:00 pm 

    Ballroom Centre

    Afternoon Plenary: Re-designing Fashion: Towards Body Justice

    Ben Barry

    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm 

    Ballroom Centre


    2:00 pm to 2:15 pm

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions

    2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

    • Full Day Workshop: Chub Love - Sookie Bardwell and Jennifer Love
    • Workshop 5: Yes, You Can Eat Dessert! Treatment Recommendations and Considerations in Co-Occurring BED + Type 2 Diabetes - Meg Salvia
    • Workshop 6: Walk the Talk: Self-Compassion for Frontline Professionals - Sachiko Nagasawa
    • Workshop 7: Queering EDucation - Lee Thomas
    • Workshop 8: Healing in the Margins: Using Arts-Based Interventions to Address Barriers to Treatment - Marbella Carlos

    Poster Sessions and Networking

    3:30 pm to 4:30 pm 

    Free Community Event: The Body Is Not an Apology

    Sonya Renee Taylor

    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Ballroom Centre

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks

    8:45 am to 9:00 am
    Ballroom Centre

    Opening Keynote: Weight Bias, Its Intersections with Homophobia, Racism, and Misogyny, and Their Impacts on Health

    Gerry Kasten
    8:45 am to 9:30 am
    Ballroom Centre

    Movement Break

    9:30 am to 9:40 am

    Ballroom Centre

    Panel Discussion: Weight Bias, Its Intersections with Homophobia, Racism, and Misogyny, and Their Impacts on Health

    9:50 am to 10:30 am

    Ballroom Centre


    10:30 am to 10:45 am

    Morning Breakout Sessions

    10:45 am to 12:15 pm 

    • Workshop 9: It Takes a Community: Developing Partnerships for Treatment Access for Marginalized Populations - Marcella Raimondo, Norman Kim, and Tiffany Rush
    • Workshop 10: Providing Culturally and Clinically Competent Care for LGBT2SQGnC Persons - Devan Nambiar
    • Workshop 11: The "When" and "How" to Transition to Intuitive Eating in Eating Disorder Recovery - Shawna Melbourn, Dina Skaff, and Josee Sovinsky
    • Workshop 12: Who Controls the Message? Promoting Critical Media Literacy - Lorayne Robertson and Joli Scheidler-Benns
    • Workshop 13: Promoting Body Trust® in Your Work - Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant


    12:15 pm to 1:30 pm

    Ballroom Centre

    Afternoon Plenary: radical un/learning looking at shame, nutrition narratives, trauma, oppression, privilege

    Lucy Aphramor

    1:30 pm to 2:45 pm 

    Ballroom Centre


    2:45 pm to 3:00 pm 

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions

    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    • Workshop 14: Body Image in Female Youth Sports: Identifying Strategies to Quell Weight Communication and Body Talk - Catherine Sabiston and Eva Pila
    • Workshop 15: Supporting Eating Disorder Recovery in the Technological Age - Michelle Pitman, Kori Kostka, Andrea Miller, Lori Short-Zamudio, and Julie Sweeney
    • Workshop 16: Solution-Focused Approaches To Answering The Weight-Loss Question: A Guide For Professionals - Annina Schmid
    • Workshop 17: Innovative Initiatives: Positive Prevention through Partnership - Sara Santarossa and Luciana Rosu-Sieza
    • Parallel Session 18: Relearning Communication - Emotion Focused Approach ​​​​​​​- Sue Huff (via videoconference) with Karin Jasper and Sarah Farrell

Additional Information

  • There are many hotels nearby in downtown Toronto. The conference is at the Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, near the intersection of Bay and Dundas Streets in Toronto. 

    The DoubleTree Toronto Downtown Hotel is located across the street from the conference centre. The Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel is also close by. 

    Chestnut Residence Accommodation

    The University of Toronto Chestnut Residence has budget priced accommodation available over the conference dates.  The residence is located in the same building as the Nedic Conference and is close to downtown Toronto shopping and entertainment. Please note that this is a university residence, and accommodation and services do not compare with a hotel.

    Information about the residence is available at Each room is private, spacious, and has 1 or 2 beds.  All rooms have an ensuite bathroom with amenities.  Rooms do not have TV.  Housekeeping services are provided once in a seven day period. Basic toiletries will be refreshed at that time. Breakfast is served in the main floor dining room.  The Residence does not offer room service and no food services are available at other times of the day.  Restaurants and food markets are located nearby.

    The Front Desk operates throughout the day in conjunction with a 24 hour security team.  Guests are asked to arrive before 10:45pm.  If this is not possible, advance arrangements can be made to have the security desk in the main lobby assist with check in. 

    Reservations: Reservations can be made by calling 416-977-0707, Extension 0 or by emailing  Please advise you are attending the Nedic Conference when making the booking.  A valid credit card number will be required to hold the room.  Reservations may be cancelled up to 48 hours in advance without penalty.  After this time one night room and tax will be charged to your credit card.

  • Subway Route

    The closest subway stations are Dundas Station and St. Patrick Station.

    Walking Directions from Dundas Station:  
    Walking west on Dundas Street, Chestnut Street is the second set of lights west of Yonge Street.
    Time: 5-7 minute walk.

    Walking Directions from St. Patrick Station: 
    Walking east on Dundas Street, Chestnut Street is the 1st set of lights east of University Avenue.
    Time: 2-5 minute walk.

  • Driving Directions

    89 Chestnut Street is located at Armoury and Chestnut Streets, just behind City Hall.  Chestnut Street is located 2 blocks east of University Avenue and 3 blocks west of Yonge Street.  Armoury Street is located one block south of Dundas Street.


    89 Chestnut – Underground parking is available at 89 Chestnut. The entrance is located at the north-west corner of the building on the east side of Chestnut Street.

    Rates are currently as follows:
    Early bird: $12.00 per day for arrivals prior to 9:00am & departure by 7:00pm
    Hourly: $3.50 per half hour up to a daily maximum of $19.00 before 7:00pm
    Evening parking: $7.50 flat rate for arrival after 6:00pm & departure before 2:00am
    Overnight parking: $24.00 for a full 24 hour period.

    City Hall - Parking is also available at the GreenP Municipal Parking lot, Nathan Phillips Square Garage (Carpark 36), with entrances off Armoury Street or Queen Street West.

    Rates are currently as follows:
    Monday to Friday
    Hourly: $2.50 per half hour to a daily maximum of $15.00

    For full information and additional parking lots, please go to

    DoubleTree by Hilton - If you are staying at the hotel, please inquire about their parking rates.

    All rates quoted are subject to change.