Dr. Linda Gillis, Registered Dietitian, PhD in Science

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Linda Gillis,
Registered Dietitian, PhD in Science


Dr. Linda Gillis came to George Brown College in May 2016 after spending 20 years at McMaster Children’s Hospital as a clinical Registered Dietitian and Researcher in the field of Childhood Obesity.  She was an Assistant Professor at McMaster University, and her research interests included how nutrition and exercise interacted to treat obesity and its complications. She obtained her PhD in 2015. 

She is known for her expertise in research and education and acts as a consultant and educator at various universities and hospitals.  She has won awards for her speaking abilities and uses humour and creative learning techniques to interest participants and learners of all ages.

Areas of Specialization

Nutrition-all Chef Programs

including Degree Program

Areas of Expertise

Nutrition-all Chef Programs

including Degree Program

Career Highlights

Professor, George Brown College 2016-Present

Nutrition Literacy Certificate 2022 created for all culinary students to be certified in nutrition.

Publication: Gillis, L., Whibbs, R., & Li, A. (2020). Future chefs’ beliefs on the role of nutrition, diet, and healthy cooking techniques in culinary arts training for foodservice: A cross-cultural and gender perspective. Journal of Culinary Science & Technology, 20(1), 71–85.

Culinary Nutrition Tours of Spain 2018, 2019

Assistant Professor, McMaster University 2011-2016

Registered Dietitian, McMaster Children’s Hospital, Childhood Obesity, Hyperlipidemia, Diabetes, Hypertension, Nutrient Deficiencies, Eating Disorders, Exercise Medicine 1996-2016

Other Activities

Social media @gbcnutrition

Speaker at the GBC Ambition Nutrition Symposiums www.gbcnutrition.ca

Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research Grant Committee Member, Dietitians of Canada, 2009-2021

Total Career Research Funding (Principle Investigator or Co-investigator) $221,659 


The GBC President's Achievement Award for International Development, 2018

Three Minute Thesis Finalist, McMaster University, 2015

Best Oral Presentation, McMaster University Pediatric Child Health Research Day, 2012

Abstract Chosen in 'Hot Topics' Division at European Obesity Congress, France, 2012

Hamilton Health Sciences Travel Award, Hamilton Health Sciences, 2012

Thematic Poster Presentation at American College of Sports Medicine (second author), 2011

Maddak Award (U.S. National award for Innovation) Board Game-Castle of Colours, 2008

Health Professional Tuition Assistance Research Awards, Hamilton Health Sciences, 2008-2012, 2014