September 4, 2023

Mighty Millets

Panel Discussion

Canada, India

Discover the power of mighty millets! Join us for a demonstration and educational panel discussion to explore these nutrient-rich and delicious grains.

Mighty Millets

Photo courtesy of the artist


Join an educational discussion on the mighty millets – the grain of 2023, and why it’s high time more Canadians knew about them and enjoyed their nutty-nuanced goodness. 

We aim to use this platform to introduce audiences to the world of millets through a demonstration followed by a panel discussion. Why millets? Apart from the obvious (it’s a reliable source of income for farmers in developing countries), it helps revitalize depleted soil when planted, tastes great, and is climate adaptable amongst other things. 

About Siva Swaminathan

Siva Swaminathan is the Executive Chair and one of the founding members of the Diabetes Canada South Asian Diabetes Chapter in Toronto.   

After being in the IT field for 12 years, she decided to pursue her dream of being a chef by attending the George Brown Culinary program, where she volunteered with many Canadian top chefs. She apprenticed in Germany and Switzerland for two years and now operates Chezsiva Cooking School, which offers a variety of cooking classes and services. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 17 years ago and has been using her culinary skills to develop low GI, healthy meal plans for people with diabetes. 

Siva has been a volunteer with Diabetes Canada since 2006 where she organizes and presents information sessions on diabetes prevention and management for the South Asian and type 1 community. Siva has also been the driving force behind several diabetes expos for the South Asian community and played a key role in developing culturally relevant patient literature.  She works with many non profit organizations on healthy eating for diabetes, fitness and advocacy. She has walked 1000 km across Northern Spain walking the Camino Santiago. Siva has won a number of awards for her work within the diabetes community and is now working on her next dream, which is authoring a cookbook.  

Dates & Times

September 4
4pm – 5pm


Lakeside Terrace


Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto ON M5J 2G8

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