2021 Spring Fling is


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$130 per person | Limit 300 attendees


Get ready to be a part of the BEST CONFERENCE EVER!  

We are happy to welcome members of the weight loss community (whether you are bariatric pre-op, post-op, contemplating surgery or supporting someone). Come and spend some time getting to know others who are sharing the same journey as you.


This year’s theme is “Find Joy In Your Journey”

Listen to our Spring Fling 2020 Announcements  … Watch the video!

April 30- May 2, 2021

Please note the 2020 conference has been rescheduled due to COVID-19.
There are no refunds on tickets. Tickets will be good for the new date and we look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Toronto Marriott Markham
170 Enterprise Blvd
Markham, ON L6G 0E62

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  • Professional Speakers
  • WLS Vendors
  • Raffles
  • Door Prizes
  • Swag Bags
  • Bariatric Friendly dinner
  • plus more


Special Thanks To Our Gold Partners Below

We are pleased to announce Dr Quinton Jamnes Chivers MD FRCSC(C) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon will be returning as a Speaker at this years Spring Fling

He is the Acting a Chief of the Division of the Plastic and Reconstructive surgery for Centenary Hospital in Toronto and the Medical Director of the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre.

We are very happy he will be speaking at our fourth spring fling

Obesity Canada and Central Ontario WLS would like to welcome Dr Sharma as a Speaker at this years Spring Fling

Arya M. Sharma is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He is also the Clinical Co-Chair of the Alberta Health Services Obesity Program. Dr. Sharma is founder and Scientific Director of Obesity Canada, a network of over 15,000 researchers, health professionals and other stakeholders. He is also the Past-President of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons.


His past appointments include positions as a Professor of Medicine and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) at McMaster University (2002-2007), Professor of Medicine at the Franz-Volhard Klinik-Charite, Humboldt University Berlin (2000-2002) and the Free University of Berlin (1994-2000). His research focuses on evidence-based prevention and management of obesity and it’s complications.

Dr. Sharma is the leading voice in obesity science and medicine, has authored and co-authored more than 400 scientific articles, and has lectured widely on the etiology and management of hypertension, obesity, and related cardiovascular disorders. Dr. Sharma is regularly featured as a medical expert in national and international TV and print media and maintains a widely-read blog at http://www.drsharma.ca

Obesity Canada and Central Ontario WLS would like to welcome Jennifer Brown to this years Spring Fling as a Speaker

Jennifer Brown, MSc., RD is a registered dietitian with the Ottawa Hospital Bariatric Centre of Excellence. She received her nutrition degree from St. Francis Xavier University and completed her graduate studies at the University of Ottawa under Dr. Eric Doucet. Her area of interest in research focuses on weight regain after bariatric surgery, specifically exploring appetite-related measures and peripheral hormone changes after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. She is involved with a number of obesity-related initiatives across North America, including her involvement as a steering committee member on the 2018-19 Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Obesity, an expert member of the American and Canadian Dietitian associations, chair of the Ontario Bariatric Network Dietitian Working Group and the provincial lead for the eConsult Champlain LHIN in bariatric nutrition. She has presented at national and international conferences/scientific meetings, peer reviewed obesity-specific research and is dedicated to standardizing nutrition-related education, research and program development in Bariatric care

We are pleased to welcome Dr Vera Ingrid Tarman  o speak along side Dr Connie Stapleton and on our Professional Panel

Dr. Vera Tarman, a medical addictions physician, author and speaker, is also a recovering food addict who has maintained a 100-pound weight loss for more than 12 years. She is author of Food Junkies: Recovery of Food Addiction, and with her website, AddictionsUnplugged.com, she explains how a sugar and flour addiction can be as treacherous as an addiction to alcohol and tobacco. Her message is useful for post bariatric surgery patients who are fearing of weight regain because of eating too much of the wrong foods or even drinking too much.

We are so excited to welcome Connie Stapleton to this years Spring Fling.

Connie is a psychologist who has worked almost exclusively in bariatrics for the past 15 years. Her favorite part of her job is working with groups of patients eager to make positive lasting changes in their lives!


Dawn Hurlebaus, Owner & CEO of SolacePath LLC, has over 30 years experience in Corporate America as a VP of IT Education overseeing all Marketing, Sales and Operations. She has won countless National Awards including Marketing Manager of the Year (multiple times) and Education Partner of the Year (multiple times)  by some of the largest IT companies in the Industry for her Marketing and Business Achievements.

Ms Hurlebaus is a believer in leading her team by example and has over 15 Industry Certifications and has been recognized by GoDaddy as a respected designer/developer. 

Dawn had weight loss surgery in 2016 and following her passion and calling to serve others, she opted to start her own business.  Not only is SolacePath known for their excellent Creative Services, but SolacePath is the parent company for StudioSafari Photography and Slimpressions, a womens shapewear company that was started in 2005 and purchased by Ms. Hurlebaus November 18, 2016.

She speaks across North America and her 30 years in developing education programs has led her to helping women and small business owners others grow personally and professionally.

On a personal level, Ms. Hurlebaus is a wife and mother to 3 children.  She has been a professional photographer since 1985 and loves traveling and camping when she isn’t working.  She is extremely active at her church and with the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  She gives tirelessly to the community and lives each day simply trying to make someone smile.  Her compassion and love for others is infectious.

The mission of SolacePath is simple… We Serve Everyone.  We live by this each and every day, changing the world 1 person at a time.

Melanie is founder of Nutracelle, the award-winning company was recently awarded Best Natural Protein Manufacturer by the Canadian Business Awards, She is the bestselling author of “The Ultimate Protein Cookbook” and a passionate advocate for safe, natural foods and reconnecting with the knowledge passed down through the generations from grandmother to mother. As she often says, “The food we prepare is the heart of our family – and our health.” After struggling with obesity until having weight loss surgery 10 years ago, Melanie won Mrs. Canada and first runner-up for Mrs. Universe. She has won numerous awards, including Woman of the Year, Start-Up of the Year, Best New Product and Innovator of the Year. Melanie hosts a popular YouTube cooking show Protein Treats, is a Gold winner in the International Business Awards, and a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Mompreneur Awards and the President’s Excellence

Melanie lives in beautiful Prince Edward Island with her husband Blair, their 2 children, Caitlin, Abby & Raine and their dogs Gracie & Goku

We would like to welcome Stacey Safran-Buckler and Nikki Tremblay as speakers at this years Spring Fling to speak on Fitness in their journey Hi I am Stacey Safran-Buckler I have been overweight for many years of adult life. I am married for 13yrs to a very physically active man.

For many years I suffered from several comorbidities including Barrett’s Esophagus, asthma and sleep apnoea requiring constant medication. While at an appointment I had with an endocrinologist I was classified as “Morbidly Obese”. This was a game changer for me. I knew I was obese but the word “morbid” impacted me profoundly. I had RNY in March 2018 at Toronto Western Hospital. Starting weight was 294 and have lost over 125lbs since.

Fitness interests prior to surgery: Running and other sports but couldn’t continue due to size. Activity after surgery – walking leading up to running, bootcamp, weightlifting, triathlon, foam fest, mud run and looking forward to many others. I am happy to tell all of you my story and proud of the people who go down the same path that so many have chosen looking forward to meeting you at Spring Fling

My name is Nikki and I am 41 years old. I had RNY Gastric Bypass in October 2015. My highest weight was 256 lbs and at 5’2, I was considered Obese class 4. After RNY I embraced the rules and the bible and have lost 120 lbs. I joined my local YMCA and have been committed to fitness 3-5 days a week, one of those days with a personal trainer.

I’ve participated in multiple 5K Mud Runs, last January I was in a campaign for the YMCA and I was used in posters and videos across South Western Ontario (you may have seen my billboard on the street)

I am now 4.5 years post op and I am in the best physical shape I have ever been. I am looking forward to speaking at the Spring Fling and meeting new Bariatric friends.

Dana Harrison had RNY surgery in April 2010 at Toronto Western Hospital. From her home in the beautiful BC Mountains, she continues to provide support in many Ontario Support Groups and strongly believes that Support Groups are one of the keys to long term success. She is often heard saying “Know Your Numbers”…In Relation to both Blood-work results and Macros. Dana is also a Client Consultant for a Cosmetic Travel Company that specializes in Out-of-Country cosmetic procedures in The Dominican Republic and Mexico.

We are pleased to welcome Dawn Stefani at this years Spring Fling. Dawn had RNY in 2006 in Michigan.

She is the leader of the Windsor group and very active in several other online support groups.

Dawn has lost 130 lbs from her highest weight and maintained over the years

Dawn will be doing a Session with Veterans

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