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Latest news from Food Allergy Canada – March 2020

March 5, 2020

Register now for our 2020 National Conference: Creating a better future. Discover our #FoodAllergyFuture Challenge innovation contest for youth ages 12-25 and how they can win a prize valued at $3,250. Find out more about our community awards and apply or nominate someone. Plus, check out our tips for a fun and allergy-safe spring break!

Creating a better future: Register for our 2020 National Conference

Creating a better future - 2020 National Conference

Join us on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, ON or live-stream the sessions if you’re not able to come in person. This full-day conference is centered around a variety of topics on how to create a better #FoodAllergyFuture.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from interesting and dynamic speakers who are thought leaders in food allergy, and you’ll be able to ask questions. Plus, in between the sessions, you’ll have time to visit the exhibitors and connect with other conference attendees.

Don’t miss out on our exciting NEW features this year, including:

  • Live-streaming option available for those unable to attend in person. You’ll get exclusive access to watch the presentations as they happen and can ask your questions in real time!
  • #FoodAllergyFuture Challenge for youth with a grand prize value of $3,250. Do you know someone 12-25 years old who has a great idea on how to make food allergy easier to manage? Have them share their idea for a chance to win!
  • Two interactive and empowering youth sessions – one for ages 7-11 and one for ages 12-17. Get a sneak peek on what to expect from these sessions. We interviewed Kyle Dine, food allergy musician and educator, who is organizing the youth sessions.

Register today to reserve your spot!

Visit foodallergycanada.ca/2020conference for everything you need to know about the conference including information on the speakers, agendas, venue and accommodations.

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#FoodAllergyFuture Challenge: Contest for youth ages 12-25

Calling all youth! Participate in this innovation contest for a chance to win a grand prize (value of $3,250) AND be our first #FoodAllergyFuture Challenge winner.


The pitch

Inspire us with your innovative idea on how you can make life better for those with food allergy. Whether it’s an app, a song, a book, or a creative way to communicate you have a food allergy, the ideas are endless! Think about what would make life easier for you and others, and then share that idea with us.

To enter, just send us a short two-minute video explaining your idea. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2020.

The prize

The winner will be awarded $500 to help bring their big idea to life PLUS 10 hours of business coaching with entrepreneurship and innovation coach, Andrew Moss. The coaching includes a 1-hour intro call, and three 1-hour sessions/month for 3 months (available in-person or video call). The total prize value is $3,250.

2020 community awards: Apply today or nominate someone!

The deadlines to enter to win our awards/grants are fast approaching. Learn more about them below and please share with anyone who may qualify.

Pryde Family Travel Grant – Deadline soon: March 23rd

For graduate students, medical students, and healthcare professionals with an interest in food allergy/anaphylaxis. The Pryde Family Travel Grant offers two grants valued at $500 each to help cover the costs of attending an academic program or event related to food allergy. Read about last year’s winners: Dr. Pauline Azzano and Dr. Lianne Soller.

Robyn Allen Leadership Award – Deadline soon: March 23rd

For a healthcare professional, industry representative, government representative, or an individual who has exemplified extraordinary leadership and dedication in the advancement of food allergy awareness and education. Read about last year’s winner, Dr. Edmond Chan.

Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award

For students entering their first year or continuing their studies at a post-secondary institution. Students can apply for a chance to receive one of two awards valued at $1,000 each. Applicants do not need to have food allergies to be eligible for the award. Read about last year’s winners, Anita Shah and Victoria Jackman.

Spring break: Tips on having fun while staying safe

The words Spring Break in cut out magazine letters pinned to a background of blue graph paper

March has arrived and many kids will be on spring break in the coming weeks. Take the time to plan ahead and review our tips for staying safe with food allergy.

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