Our Team

Intervention Team

Avantika Mathur
Anisha Mahajan
Anisha Mahajan is a Registered Dietitian working full time in Toronto and has her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition and Dietetics from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Anisha completed her undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Nutrition and Food and her Dietetic Internship from ARAMARK Inc. Currently, she is involved in two research projects at her current place of employment and is the co-chair of a Dietitians of Canada network.
Marlon Teekah
Marlon Teekah is a registered Kinesiologist with a Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. He currently runs his own personal training business and is involved in various community physical education initiatives. Life experiences have inspired him to develop the “1 to 23 Ratio” concept. This idea is purpose of his company, and emphasizes how 1 hour of training can help someone thrive in the other 23 hours of their life.
Nazima Qureshi
Nazima Qureshi is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the founder of Nutrition by Nazima, which aims to provide evidenced-based nutrition information for Muslim women in the form of partnership opportunities, written communication, workshops, programs, and individual e-counseling. Nazima aims to help Muslim women achieve their health goals with the help of culturally sensitive nutrition information.
Shindujan Yogaratnam
Shin Yogaratnam is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and Level 2 Certified with the Exercise is Medicine Canada. He had graduated from York University, with an Honours Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Post-graduation, he has developed a significant interest in working with physical activity programs catering to those living with chronic diseases and physical impairment in addition to individuals keen on physical maintenance.
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Principal Investigator

Dr. Ananya Banerjee is the principal investigator for the SAADAP study and is a kinesiologist at Women’s College Hospital. She is the Program Director and Assistant Professor for the Division of Social & Behavioural Sciences (Health Promotion) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, with expertise in developing culturally sensitive lifestyle interventions for SA populations at risk for diabetes guided by health behaviour change theories.



Dr. Harpreet Bajaj is a Clinical endocrinologist and Epidemiologist at LMC Brampton and a Research Associate at Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He is heavily involved in community efforts in diabetes awareness/prevention. He is the founder of “STOP Diabetes” Foundation, a National Consultant Editor of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes and on the Diabetes Canada Professional Section as the Co-Chair of Markering and Communication.


Dr. Russell de Souza is a registered dietitian and nutrition epidemiologist at McMaster University. His research explores epigenetic determinants of maternal and child health.


Dr. Baiju Shah is an endocrinologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and epidemiologist at the Institute of Evaluative Sciences, and researches access to and quality of diabetes care in ethnic populations.


Dr. Jennifer Price is a nurse practitioner and scientist from Women’s College Hospital with expertise in the implementation of exercise interventions for clinical populations.


Steering Committee

Lalitha Bhagavatheeswaran

Mireille Landry

Erika Kouzoukaz

Kamna Mehra

Vanita Pais

Siva Swaminathan

Jovita Sundaramoorthy

Balneet Singh

Saeeda Irfan

Mokshi Virk

Priya Prabhakar


Youth Advisory Board

Ananya Kakkar

Kevin Virk

Sarojini Dharmaraj

Jhanvi Shah

Gurleen Ghotra

Kushmeet Grewal

Juhi Thakkar

Amaresh Bhaskaran

Isha Dalal



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