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Watch our past webinars to hear from various experts on food allergy, including allergists, dietitians, researchers, and more!

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Our webinars give you the chance to learn more about food allergy and have your questions answered by experts. Check out the categories below for a listing of our past webinars.

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Food allergy, anaphylaxis, and stock epinephrine in foodservice settings

In May 2017, we hosted a webinar that focused on the benefits and consideration for having stock epinephrine in public settings, particularly in foodservice settings. Stock epinephrine is an epinephrine auto-injector (e.g. EpiPen®) that is not prescribed to a specific person and can be used in an emergency.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Susan Waserman, Allergist & Clinical Immunologist, McMaster University and Bethan Dinning, Lawyer, Labour & Employment and Insurance & Tort Liability, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.


Allergy management in school

For parents:

Watch our back to school webinar that provides an overview of how to manage food allergy in school settings and reviews the many resources available to you.

For students entering post-secondary school:

Watch our webinar on how to navigate post-secondary school, and live safely on campus with food allergies. The webinar is hosted by a panel of youth with food allergies who are currently attending post-secondary school. They share their experiences, insight, and provide strategies on how youth can identify food allergy risks on campus and how to prepare accordingly.


Milk webinar – learn how to manage this complex allergy

In July 2017, we hosted a webinar that provides fundamental information for managing milk allergy. Find how to read labels and learn where milk can be found in prepackaged and prepared foods. Practical advice will be shared on how to communicate with others, how to manage this allergen in the home, and how to prepare your child for school and other social situations.


The science of food allergy – Understanding the research

In November 2017, we hosted a webinar where Dr. Manel Jordana presented the basic science behind food allergy with a focus on the research for allergy prevention, allergy therapies, and what could potentially lead to a cure.


Nourishing children who have food allergy

In November 2017, we hosted a webinar where registered dietitian Linda Kirste discussed how your child can get the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. She covered topics such as alternate food sources that contain key nutrients, menu/recipe strategies, and how to support healthy eating behaviours.


Travelling with food allergies

In June 2018, we hosted a webinar where Kyle Dine, together with a panel of young adults, discussed travelling safely with food allergies. They covered topics such as planning, what to bring and shared tips from their own experiences.


What is oral immunotherapy?

In September 2018, we hosted a webinar where Dr. Julia Upton spoke about oral immunotherapy (OIT), what’s involved in the therapy, who it may be suited for, how long treatment generally takes, the possible side effects, and the goals of treatment. There was an in-depth review of the pros and cons of this emerging new therapy, and a Q&A at the end of the presentation.


Ask the allergist with Dr. Julia Upton

In December 2018, we hosted a webinar where Dr. Upton answered your questions about food allergies and anaphylaxis. The audience was invited to ask allergy-related questions from anything on allergy diagnostics (blood test, skin prick test, oral food challenges), allergy therapies, to introducing allergenic foods to infants, breastfeeding, how to treat reactions, and what’s new in research. The questions received determined the content of this informative webinar, which covers your common questions on:

  • allergy testing
  • anaphylaxis – reactions and treatment
  • oral food challenges
  • introduction of food
  • research
  • and more!

Updated guidance on the early introduction of allergens to prevent the development of food allergies

For parents:

In April 2019, we hosted a webinar where Dr. Elissa Abrams spoke about the Canadian Paediatric Society’s updated recommendations on the early introduction of allergenic foods for high-risk infants.

This webinar is presented by Canadian paediatric allergist Dr. Elissa Abrams who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Manitoba; and a co-author of the newly released Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) practice point on the introduction of allergenic foods. She is also Vice Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology; and President of the Allergy Section of the CPS.

For healthcare professionals:

In June 2019, we hosted a webinar for healthcare professionals where Dr. Edmond Chan spoke about the Canadian Paediatric Society’s updated recommendations on the early introduction of allergenic foods for high-risk infants.

This webinar is presented by Canadian pediatric allergist Dr. Edmond Chan who is a UBC Clinical Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Allergy & Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children’s Hospital; and a co-author of the newly released Canadian Paediatric Society practice point on the introduction of allergenic foods.


The emotional and social challenges experienced by families living with food allergy

In May 2019, we hosted a webinar where Dr. Joanne Gillespie spoke about the emotional and social challenges experienced by families living with food allergy.

This webinar is presented by Canadian psychologist Dr. Joanne Gillespie who is part of the Pediatric Health Psychology Service at the IWK Health Centre, an associate with Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers Counselling & Psychological Services, and a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychology at Dalhousie University. Dr. Gillespie specializes in health psychology, and has expertise working with preschoolers, school age children, adolescents, and families.


Managing food allergy in high school

In August 2019, we hosted a webinar on how to navigate food allergy in a high school environment, and how to prepare for the transition to high school.

This webinar is presented by Kyle Dine, food allergy educator, and a panel of youth with food allergy who are currently attending high school and are members of Food Allergy Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel.


Food allergy myths

In December 2019, we hosted a webinar on the facts behind some common food allergy myths about food allergens, signs and symptoms, reactions, and more.

This webinar is presented by Canadian allergist Dr. Susan Waserman who is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy/Clinical Immunology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and the Director of the Adverse Reactions Clinic at the Firestone Institute of Respiratory Health at St Joseph’s Healthcare. She is President of the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation, and past President of the Ontario and Canadian Societies of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.


Creating a better future webinar series: Future outlook of therapies

In April 2020, we hosted a webinar on the future outlook of therapies that are under study beyond immunotherapy.

This webinar is presented by Dr. Cecilia Berin who is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Deputy Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, her research is focused on understanding immune mechanisms of allergy and tolerance to foods.


Creating a better future webinar series: The science behind food allergy

In May 2020, we hosted a webinar on the science behind food allergy, how you become sensitized to allergens, what happens to your body during an allergic reaction, and how food allergy can be prevented. 

This webinar is presented by Dr. Elissa Abrams who is a Canadian paediatric allergist, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Manitoba, and a co-author of the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) practice point on the introduction of allergenic foods. She is Vice Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and President of the Allergy Section of the CPS. She is also a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board for Food Allergy Canada.


Creating a better future webinar series: The madness behind the numbers – accurate diagnosis, is it possible?

In May 2020, we hosted a webinar on how food allergy is diagnosed, how the results are interpreted, the role of an oral food challenge, and what makes a good candidate for de-labelling.

This webinar is presented by Dr. Edmond Chan who is a Canadian pediatric allergist, a UBC Clinical Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Allergy & Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children’s Hospital, and a co-author of the Canadian Paediatric Society practice point on the introduction of allergenic foods. He is on the Board of directors of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (CSACI), and on the Executive of the Allergy Section of the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS). He is also a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board for Food Allergy Canada and steering committee for the National Food Allergy Action Plan.


Creating a better future webinar series: The truth behind immunotherapy, is it right for you?

In June 2020, we hosted a webinar on the different methods of immunotherapy, how the therapies work, and what you should consider if you are thinking about these therapies.

This webinar is presented by Dr. Julia Upton who is on staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Immunology and Allergy department; and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Dr. Upton is also a member of our Healthcare Advisory Board.


Creating a better future webinar series: Understanding when to use epinephrine

In June 2020, we hosted a session on understanding when to use epinephrine, the role of epinephrine and the importance of using it during anaphylaxis.

This session is presented by Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan who is a physician in the division of Allergy/Immunology at Montreal Children’s Hospital. Among other accomplishments, he has established the largest cross-Canada registries that collect data on the diagnosis and management of food allergy, anaphylaxis, drug allergy, and primary immunodeficiencies. He is also a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board for Food Allergy Canada.


Creating a better future youth webinar series: Food allergies don’t define me – With football player Thomas Miles

In May 2020, we hosted a webinar with CFL Grey Cup champion, Thomas Miles. Learn Thomas’ food allergy story and get inspired by how he confidently manages his food allergy while being a professional football player.

This webinar is hosted by Kyle Dine, musician, food allergy educator, and leader of our youth programs.


Creating a better future youth webinar series: Rock your food allergy with Kyle Dine

In May 2020, we hosted a webinar with Kyle Dine, musician, food allergy educator, and leader of our youth programs. 

Kyle goes over confidence-boosting strategies that will help youth take control and ownership over the finer details of their food allergy management. With a strong focus on the things youth care most about, Kyle promotes the balance between living a normal pre-teenage and teenage life, and being safe. The presentation contains some out-of-box thinking and tips on how to follow key safety guidelines in creative ways that reflect a youth’s own unique self.


Creating a better future youth webinar series: Managing anxiety and bullying with Samara Carroll

In June 2020, we hosted a webinar on effective and healthy strategies for managing food allergy anxiety and bullying.

This webinar is presented by Samara Carroll, registered social worker and food allergy counsellor. Samantha has worked with children and families in clinical and community settings for more than 10 years. She has been living with food allergy since she was two years old.


The physical and emotional sides of severe allergic reactions: youth session

In August 2020, we hosted a webinar for youth on the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, when to use epinephrine, and how to navigate both the physical and emotional sides of allergic reactions.

This webinar is presented by Kyle Dine, food allergy educator and leader of our youth programs, Canadian allergist Dr. Julia Upton, and a panel of youth/young adults with food allergy who share their reaction stories and lessons learned.


Understanding EoE

In October 2020, we hosted a webinar on understanding Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), a type of food allergy that affects the gastrointestinal/digestive tract.

This webinar is presented by pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Vishal Avinashi and registered dietitian Kirstin Wingate

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Dr. Vishal Avinashi is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at BC Children’s Hospital, involved with the Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service, and is a Co-Director of the Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia.

Kirstin Wingate is a dietitian at BC Children’s Hospital with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She has previously worked as a research dietitian with the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy & Immunology at the University of British Columbia.


In November 2020, we hosted a webinar on plant-based food trends, like meatless burgers and non-dairy milk, the use of pea protein as a substitute, and more. Find out how these trends may impact you and how to navigate them safely. 

This webinar is presented by research scientist Dr. Jennifer Protudjer and food safety expert Beatrice Povolo.

Dr. Jennifer Protudjer is the Endowed Research Chair in Allergy, Asthma and the Environment, and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba, an epidemiologist with the Clinical Trials Platform at the George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation, and a research scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.

Beatrice Povolo is Food Allergy Canada’s Director of Advocacy & Media Relations, and the program lead for our food safety initiatives.


Understanding oral allergy syndrome / pollen food syndrome

In April 2021, we hosted a webinar on oral allergy syndrome (OAS), also known as pollen food syndrome (PFS). Learn the basics of OAS, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, reactions and their severity, and how to manage it.

This webinar is presented Dr. Anne Ellis, a Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Division of Allergy & Immunology at Queen’s University, and holds the James H. Day Chair in Allergic Diseases and Allergy Research. She is the Director of the Environmental Exposure Unit and the Allergy Research Unit at Kingston General Hospital, the Vice President of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and also serves on the Joint Task for Practice Parameters which represents the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology as well as the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.


Preventing anaphylaxis in those with food allergy: is it possible?

In May 2021, we hosted a webinar with lead investigator Dr. Manel Jordana about new research on preventing anaphylaxis and what this can mean for food allergy therapies of the future. Learn about the science behind the allergic response, research developments on preventing anaphylaxis, and implications for the treatment of food allergy.

Dr. Manel Jordana, MD, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Jordana is the lead investigator for the new research being shared, which is also featured as an “Editors’ Choice” in the April issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.


COVID-19 vaccines and food allergy: Get the facts

In February 2021, we hosted a webinar on the COVID-19 vaccines and the impacts to those with food allergy.

This webinar is moderated by Jennifer Gerdts, Executive Director, Food Allergy Canada and features the following experts:

Dr. Megan Bettle: Dr. Bettle has conducted research in molecular biology and the genetics of rare diseases. She joined Health Canada in 2005 as a drug safety reviewer. Since then, she has taken on a number of roles in drug review and safety, cannabis policy, and tobacco and illicit drugs surveillance. Recent positions in the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada have focused on developing strategies to improve access to medicines. She is currently the Director General of the COVID-19 Regulatory Response Team for the Health Products and Food Branch.

Dr. Zain Chagla: Dr. Chagla specializes in infectious diseases, internal medicine, and tropical medicine. He is a Consultant Physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario, Associate Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, and adjunct faculty at the University of Namibia in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Elissa Abrams: Dr. Abrams is a Canadian allergist, Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology; and President of the Allergy Section of the Canadian Paediatric Society. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Manitoba and is a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board for Food Allergy Canada.


COVID-19 vaccines and food allergy: Is any approved vaccine the best vaccine?

In May 2021, we hosted the second webinar in our COVID-19 vaccines and food allergy series.

This webinar is moderated by Jennifer Gerdts, Executive Director, Food Allergy Canada and features the following experts:

Dr. Megan Bettle: Dr. Bettle has conducted research in molecular biology and the genetics of rare diseases. She joined Health Canada in 2005 as a drug safety reviewer. Since then, she has taken on a number of roles in drug review and safety, cannabis policy, and tobacco and illicit drugs surveillance. Recent positions in the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada have focused on developing strategies to improve access to medicines. She is currently the Director General of the COVID-19 Regulatory Response Team for the Health Products and Food Branch, Director, Centre for Regulatory Excellence, Health Canada.

Dr. Zain Chagla: Dr. Chagla specializes in infectious diseases, internal medicine, and tropical medicine. He is a Consultant Physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario, Associate Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, and adjunct faculty at the University of Namibia in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Harold Kim: Dr. Kim is an allergist, Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario and Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. He is the Past President of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) and current co-lead of the National Food Allergy Action Plan. He is an expert involved in a peer-reviewed article on the topics of COVID-19 and allergy. He also contributed to the CSACI statement on COVID-19 vaccination.


Your questions answered on introducing allergens to babies during COVID-19

In May 2020, we hosted a Q/A webinar on introducing allergens to babies during COVID-19, and beyond. Learn what to watch for in terms of allergic reactions, and how to treat reactions if they happen.

This webinar is presented by Canadian paediatric allergists Dr. Elissa Abrams and Dr. Edmond Chan, the co-authors of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s practice point on the introduction of allergenic foods.

Dr. Elissa Abrams is a Canadian paediatric allergist, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Manitoba, and a co-author of the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) practice point on the introduction of allergenic foods. She is Vice Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and President of the Allergy Section of the CPS. She is also a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board for Food Allergy Canada.

Dr. Edmond Chan is a Canadian pediatric allergist, a UBC Clinical Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Allergy & Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children’s Hospital, and a co-author of the Canadian Paediatric Society practice point on the introduction of allergenic foods. He is on the Board of directors of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (CSACI), and on the Executive of the Allergy Section of the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS). He is also a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board for Food Allergy Canada and steering committee for the National Food Allergy Action Plan.


Facebook Live: How to use epinephrine auto-injectors for treating anaphylaxis with Dr. Julia Upton

In March 2021, we hosted a Facebook Live session on how to use the different auto-injectors in Canada, including EpiPen®, ALLERJECT® and Emerade™, and how these devices are used to treat anaphylaxis. You’ll gain a better understanding of the device options, their administration techniques, and get your questions addressed on anaphylaxis.

Our guest speaker is Dr. Julia Upton, who is on staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Immunology and Allergy department; and an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is the past Section Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Dr. Upton is also a member of our Healthcare Advisory Board.


Epinephrine first and the role of Benadryl® in anaphylaxis

In May 2021, we hosted a webinar with Dr. Wade Watson on why epinephrine is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, and what role, if any, antihistamines have during a reaction. With this session, build your confidence in learning how to recognize anaphylaxis and what to do in case you or someone you know experiences it.

Dr. Wade Watson is a Professor of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, Head of the Division of Allergy, IWK Health Centre, and Chair of the Specialty Committee, Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Watson is also a member of our Healthcare Advisory Board.


Food Allergy Storyteller series with Kyle Dine

In April 2020, we hosted Facebook Live sessions with food allergy educator and musician Kyle Dine. Kyle is joined by his 4 year-old daughter Zora as he tells the stories and life lessons behind a few of his food allergy songs.

Episode 1: Allergy Attitude

Episode 2: Allergy Safety

Episode 3: Allergy Empowerment


Back-to-school encore presentation series

Introducing our “encore presentation series” where we feature past online events and webinars. Below you can watch our back-to-school series to help you and your kids prepare for the new school year. Although this school year will be different due to the pandemic, many of the tips and recommendations from our previous sessions still apply.

You’ll learn tips for managing food allergy confidently, navigating in different school environments, communicating your allergies with others, the role and importance of using epinephrine as the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, and more.

Check out the videos for youth and adults below and share with others who may benefit!

For youth

For elementary/middle school students:

Topic: Back-to-school with food allergies
Learn how to speak up about your food allergy, how to deal with unwanted teasing or bullying, how to stay safe at lunch/snack time, spreading allergy awareness at school, and the importance of carrying your auto-injector with you at all times.

Topic: Food allergies and epinephrine
Learn how epinephrine treats anaphylaxis, not to be afraid of using it, and stories on reactions and using epinephrine. Plus, learn how to practice by using an auto-injector training device, tips on remembering to carry your auto-injector, and ways to carry and take care of it.

For high school students:

Topic: Managing food allergy in high school
Learn what to expect, tips and strategies for managing in a high school environment, and how to prepare for the transition. Hear from a panel of youth with food allergy on first-hand experiences, learn how to educate others and build a support system, and discover relevant resources to prepare.

For college/university students:

Topic: Managing food allergies in college/university
Learn tips and best practices on how to navigate post-secondary school, and live safely on campus with food allergy. Hear from a panel that shares their experiences, insight, and strategies on how youth can identify food allergy risks on campus and how to prepare accordingly.

For parents

Topic: Back-to-school top tips for managing food allergy at school
Learn the top tips for managing food allergy at school and discover the many school resources we have available to support you and your child.

For anyone interested in food allergy

Topic: Managing anxiety and bullying with Samara Carroll
Learn effective and healthy strategies on how to manage food allergy and learn how to deal with bullying if it happens.

Topic: The emotional and social challenges experienced by families living with food allergy
Learn about the potential impact living with food allergy has on children, siblings, and caregivers and ways to address the range of emotions experienced by families.


Allergy Pals Monthly

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Beginning in July 2017, we launched monthly webinars just for kids as a part of our Allergy Pals program. Every other month, kids with food allergies that are between the ages of 7-11 participate in webinars that will cover key educational information on managing food allergies.

Each webinar is led by a trained peer mentor with food allergies where they will highlight a different topic each month, such as birthday parties, friends, school, and bullying. There are also be plenty of interactive games and activities that will have your child glued to the presentation!

Watch the past webinars below or register today for an upcoming session!

Daily management

Cross-contamination

Food allergy and epinephrine

Allergies and anxiety

Reading ingredient lists


Activities and special events

Birthday parties

Allergies and travelling

Winter activities & food allergy

Eating out with food allergies

Summertime with food allergy

Sports and activities

Camping with food allergy


Holidays

Allergies and Valentine’s Day

Holidays and food allergy

Halloween


Raising food allergy awareness


Back to school and new friends

Back to school

New friends


View all of our videos on our YouTube channel.