Melissa Kazan, RD, MSc.

Job Title: 
Sport Nutritionist
Disciplines: 
Sport Nutrition
Education: 

MSc Applied Nutrition, McGill University

ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist

IOC Sport Nutrition Diploma

Biography: 

Melissa is a Registered Dietitian who holds both a Bachelor Degree and Masters in Applied Nutrition from McGill University. Being an avid runner and swimmer, Melissa became interested in sport nutrition and has completed her Sport Nutrition Diploma with the IOC (International Olympic Committee). Her Masters focused on reviewing the nutrient considerations for female endurance athletes, where she explored the evidence for sex-differences in exercise physiology and substrate metabolism in response to endurance exercise, and identified research gaps in the current sport nutrition guidelines for women involved in endurance sports.

Before joining the CSIO, Melissa was the clinical dietitian at Axio sport medicine clinic based in Montreal. Throughout her practice Melissa has used her sport nutrition knowledge to help athletes improve their performance and achieve a balanced nutrition. In addition, Melissa has assisted individuals in managing their weight and improving their eating habits. Melissa has also been involved in counselling junior curling and speed skating teams competing at the regional level, where she focused on meal planning and eating around trainings and competition. In her free time Melissa enjoys distance running and swimming as well as experimenting in the kitchen, cooking healthy recipes.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • Dietitians of Canada: Sport Nutrition Network
  • Hockey Nutrition Network
Research Interests: 
  • Investigating nutrient requirements of women involved in endurance sports in order to enhance their training adaptation and sport performance.
  • Examining and using the evidence for female specific exercise metabolism and sex-differences in exercise physiology and substrate metabolism during endurance exercise, to fine tune sport nutrition recommendations for female endurance athletes