Marsha Sharp, RD, MSc was re-elected as ICDA Director 2016 – 2020, and the new ICDA Board has appointed her as its Chair. Marsha has been the official Representative of Dietitians of Canada since 1988. During this time, she has promoted ICDA by establishing the ICDA Secretariat, providing leadership for the Mission 2000 Task Force which ended in agreement of national dietetic associations to establish ICDA; continuously serving on the Board and as Secretary; proposing Articles for Incorporation of ICDA in Canada providing legal status and protection for the ICDA volunteers (2006); and when the Government of Canada enacted a new law, proposing Articles and General Operating By-law to meet the requirements of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and continuance of ICDA under Canadian law (2012). She has represented ICDA at meetings of dietitian-nutritionists in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and South and North America.
Marsha Sharp is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dietitians of Canada. She is a founding Director of the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research (CFDR 1991), and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. In addition to serving on national Boards, government policy committees, in alliances of organizations, she has created opportunities for international collaboration, such as, the International Congress of Nutrition (IUNS 1997 Montreal), International Congress of Dietetics (2004 Chicago), Government of China hosted workshops and conference (2013 and 2014) and Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition® offered with national dietetic associations in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe since 2010 and a travel grants that supported more than 100 presentations from Association members at ICD2012 in Australia and ICD2016 in Spain.
Marsha began her career as a clinical dietitian-nutritionist in patient care, practice research, inter-professional education, and clinical nutrition management and as a volunteer with her professional associations.