When:

Saturday, September 12 & 19, 2020 12pm EST to 5:30pm EST.

Where:

Virtual! Join from anywhere in the country! Attend this event without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Tickets:

$20 Early bird tickets available until September 1st, 2020


About the No Limits with T1D 2020 Virtual Conference
Diabetes Canada’s No Limits with T1D Conference is an annual educational event, specifically geared towards people living with type 1 diabetes, and their support network. Bringing the type 1 community together, this two-day event features expert speakers on diabetes management, information on diabetes related products and services, and the latest breakthroughs in research.

In accordance with guidelines from the World Health Organization and Public Health Agency of Canada, Diabetes Canada is taking this year’s conference on-line, presenting our first virtual conference in support of the type 1 community across Canada.

Event highlights include:

  • Nationally renowned speakers
  • Interactive Exhibitor Tradeshow
  • Themed Chat Rooms where you can connect with health care providers, key diabetes stakeholders and others affected by T1D
  • Virtual games, prizes and more!

This year’s No Limits with T1D Conference offers adult and youth participants the opportunity to be inspired, learn and connect. Register TODAY!

Two Day T1D 2020 Virtual Conference Agenda

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Day 1 - Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 - 12:00PM-5:30PM EST

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Exhibitor Tradeshow & Industry Knowledge Exchange Lounge go live

12:30PM - 12:35PM

Emcee Welcome & Speaker Introduction

Kimberley Hanson is Executive Director of Federal Affairs at Diabetes Canada, responsible for advocacy with the federal government and on national issues. She also leads the Diabetes 360˚ initiative to implement a nation-wide strategy to address the diabetes epidemic.

Having lived with diabetes for nearly 25 years, Kim is passionate about helping others live well with the disease while also working towards a cure. Over the past 15 years, Kim and her family have raised more than $1 million for research into a cure for diabetes and for supports for adults living with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Diabetes Canada, Kim held various senior management positions in Communications, Business Development and Human Resources at Payments Canada and Export Development Canada.

Kimberley Hanson
Executive Director of Federal Affairs, Diabetes Canada
12:35PM - 12:55PM
One of Canada's top comedic entertainer's shares the "highs and lows" of living with type 1 diabetes. You won’t want to miss her amusing take on life with T1D.
Erica Sigurdson is an award-winning comedian and television-writer based in Vancouver BC. Erica has performed in Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand, Iceland, The UK and of course, from coast to coast in Canada. in 2006, Erica also traveled to Kandahar Afghanistan to perform for the Canadian Military - which was a career highlight. Erica has won a Leo Award for Best Comedy Screenwriting for her work on the 21st Annual Gemini Awards and is currently a writer for Corner Gas Animated. In addition to all this, Erica enjoys spending time outdoors and swimming or kayaking on the beautiful BC Coast. Erica is a type1 Diabetic and loves to talk all things T1D with anyone who stops and ask her about ‘that thing on her arm’. She’s currently chose Omnipod, Dexcom & Looping as her T1D management tools.
Erica Sigurdson
Comedian & Person with T1D
12:55PM - 1:30PM
Join Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Lorraine Anderson as she discusses the rationale, benefits and risks of low carb and ketogenic eating patterns in type 1 diabetes.

Lorraine is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has had the privilege of presenting workshops across Canada to both health care professionals and people who live with type 1 diabetes. Her primary area of interest is to support people in using diabetes technology to optimize management and minimize the daily burden of life with type 1.

When not at work, she is a busy mom and stepmom to six young adults and two golden retrievers. Lorraine celebrated her 32 year “diaversary” in March of last year and understands firsthand the ups and downs of daily life with diabetes.

Lorraine Anderson
RD CDE
1:30PM - 1:50PM

Break, Exhibitor Tradeshow, Chat Rooms & Industry Knowledge Exchange Lounge

1:50PM - 2:20PM

Three concurrent sessions:


Michelle will share tips on how to employ the “Connected Parenting” approach Jennifer Kolari, MSW. She will also teach the principles of mindful self-compassion.

Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist who lives with T1D. In 2018, she founded the Ottawa South Resiliency Clinic. She has a private practice in Ottawa, Ontario, where she lives with her husband and four children. She has a passion for helping individuals living with type 1 diabetes and their families.

Michelle Sorensen
M.Ed., Clinical Psychologist
Diabetes leaves a large psychological footprint; diabetes distress, managing hypoglycemia and dealing with others are common sources of distress. This session is intended to help you navigate these common issues and promote well-being as well as diabetes control.

Dr. Vallis is a registered health psychologist based in Halifax, Canada. He is a Health Behaviour Change Consultant and Associate Professor in Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. His main area of expertise is adult health psychology, with an emphasis on obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular risk and gastroenterology. He spends most of his time training healthcare providers in behaviour change for chronic disease management. He regularly supervises clinical and academic students at Dalhousie and is active in research on motivation, behavioural change and adaptation to chronic disease. He consults nationally as well as internationally and is heavily involved in academic publications, journal editing, and clinical practice guidelines (2020 and 2006 Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Obesity and 2018, 2013, 2004 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines). He was recently awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada on the recommendation of the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Dr. Michael Vallis
PhD R Psych
OHL Defenseman, Mark Woolley and D-Camps Champion, Lara Abramson, invite T1D youth to join them as they reveal their diabetes journeys, sharing how they were able to overcome challenges and live life to the fullest.

Mark Woolley was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 12. Mark's older brother, Matt, has had diabetes since birth, giving the Woolley parents the foundation to notice the same symptoms in Mark. Hockey had already become a huge part of Mark's life, but it didn't take long to learn that if he could manage diabetes properly, and take care of his health, it wouldn't be a factor and he could still play the game he loves. Now, a defenceman for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack, Mark founded Woolley's Warriors in 2019 to raise funds for Diabetes Canada with the ultimate goal of connecting those living with diabetes through sharing his story, while building a platform for others to share theirs.

Mark Woolley
OHL Player, Person with T1D

Lara Abramson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1985 at the age of 6. She attended Camp Lion Maxwell two years later at the urging of her physician at the time, Dr. Bruce Moton, and has been hooked ever since. She has spent the last 30+ years serving the needs of those living and affected by type 1 diabetes through her work with various diabetes charities, including JDRF, the Diabetes Education & Camping Association, and the Barton Center for Diabetes Education. She has been the General Manager for Diabetes Canada's, D-Camps for the past 7 years.

Lara Abramson
D-Camps’ General Manager & Person with T1D
2:20PM – 2:50PM
Dr. Elliott will give a quick history of pancreatic & islet cell transplants including the latest on encapsulated islets and medications that preserve beta cells in early type 1.

Dr. Tom Elliott obtained his medical degree (MBBS) in 1982 from the University of Queensland, Australia. In 1985, he moved to Canada, where he completed his core specialist internal medicine training at the University of British Columbia (UBC). From 1989 to 1991, Dr. Elliott took advanced training in diabetes at the University of London, UK. In 1991, he obtained sub specialist certification in Endocrinology & Metabolism (including diabetes) from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC).

Since 1992, Dr. Elliott has been a faculty member at UBC, where his current rank is Clinical Associate Professor. He was Co-Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the UBC Division of Endocrinology from 1992 to 2012, and chaired the Endocrinology & Metabolism Society of BC, the professional body representing all BC endocrinologists and diabetes specialists, from 2008 to 2012.

Since 1992, Dr. Elliott has been on the active medical staff at Vancouver General Hospital, as well as conducting a busy private office practice in Endocrinology & Diabetology. Dr. Elliott is Director of Clinical Trials at BC Diabetes. He has authored more than 60 scientific papers and is actively engaged in 15 ongoing research projects.

Dr. Elliott's primary diabetes interests are in technology (CGM, closed-loop pumps), clinical trials/research, and advocacy.

Dr. Tom Elliott
MBBS, FRCPC
2:50PM – 3:10PM

Break, Exhibitor Tradeshow, Chat Rooms & Industry Knowledge Exchange Lounge

3:10PM – 3:40PM
Living with diabetes can be very expensive. Come learn what government programs may be available to you to help defray the costs, and find out how Diabetes Canada is working to ensure that all Canadians with T1D have access to the care, medications and devices they need to live without limits!

Kimberley Hanson is Executive Director of Federal Affairs at Diabetes Canada, responsible for advocacy with the federal government and on national issues. She also leads the Diabetes 360˚ initiative to implement a nation-wide strategy to address the diabetes epidemic.

Having lived with diabetes for nearly 25 years, Kim is passionate about helping others live well with the disease while also working towards a cure. Over the past 15 years, Kim and her family have raised more than $1 million for research into a cure for diabetes and for supports for adults living with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Diabetes Canada, Kim held various senior management positions in Communications, Business Development and Human Resources at Payments Canada and Export Development Canada.

Kimberley Hanson
Executive Director of Federal Affairs, Diabetes Canada
3:40PM – 4:20PM
Learn more about the relationship between diabetes and sex as Dr. Alice Cheng discusses various ways diabetes can affect your sexual health

Dr. Cheng is a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga and St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school, internal medicine and Endocrinology training at the University of Toronto and has completed the Master Teacher Program offered through the Department of Medicine.

She has served on the Expert Committee for the 2003 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines, the Steering and Expert Committees for the 2008 revision and served as Chair of the 2013 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines. She is currently the Chair of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada and an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. She is Past-Chair of the Guidelines Committee for the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

She has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Ontario College of Family Physicians, the national Charles H. Best Award and the Gerald S. Wong Service Award from Diabetes Canada in recognition of her contributions.

Dr. Alice Cheng
MD, FRCPC
4:20PM – 4:30PM

Kimberley Hanson is Executive Director of Federal Affairs at Diabetes Canada, responsible for advocacy with the federal government and on national issues. She also leads the Diabetes 360˚ initiative to implement a nation-wide strategy to address the diabetes epidemic.

Having lived with diabetes for nearly 25 years, Kim is passionate about helping others live well with the disease while also working towards a cure. Over the past 15 years, Kim and her family have raised more than $1 million for research into a cure for diabetes and for supports for adults living with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Diabetes Canada, Kim held various senior management positions in Communications, Business Development and Human Resources at Payments Canada and Export Development Canada.

Kimberley Hanson
Executive Director of Federal Affairs, Diabetes Canada
4:30PM – 5:30PM

Exhibitor Tradeshow remains open until 5:30PM; Chat Rooms until 5:00PM

Day 2 - Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020; 12PM-5:30PM EST

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Exhibitor Tradeshow goes live

12:30PM - 12:40PM

Welcome & Speaker Introduction

Kimberley Hanson is Executive Director of Federal Affairs at Diabetes Canada, responsible for advocacy with the federal government and on national issues. She also leads the Diabetes 360˚ initiative to implement a nation-wide strategy to address the diabetes epidemic.

Having lived with diabetes for nearly 25 years, Kim is passionate about helping others live well with the disease while also working towards a cure. Over the past 15 years, Kim and her family have raised more than $1 million for research into a cure for diabetes and for supports for adults living with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Diabetes Canada, Kim held various senior management positions in Communications, Business Development and Human Resources at Payments Canada and Export Development Canada.

Kimberley Hanson
Executive Director of Federal Affairs, Diabetes Canada
12:40PM - 1:15PM
Kate will share the history of DIY closed-loop solutions, how they integrate into her family’s life and some of the unique solutions that they provide.

Kate Farnsworth is the patient partner co-lead for the Innovations in Type-1 Diabetes Program. Kate has been heavily involved in the Do-It-Yourself #wearenotwaiting movement since her daughter Sydney was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 8. With a background in information technology and graphic design, Kate has lent her skillset to developing diabetes watch faces for remote monitoring used by patients worldwide.

Kate has created an online patient-driven support community for people who are exploring DIY closed-loop solutions and continues to advocate for all people with diabetes to have access to the best tools to manage their diabetes.

Kate Farnsworth
Diabetes Action Canada
1:15PM – 1:40PM

Break, Exhibitor Tradeshow, Chat Rooms & Industry Knowledge Exchange Lounge

1:40PM - 2:15PM

Weight Management in People with Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Wharton has his doctorate in Pharmacy and Medicine. He is the medical director of the Wharton Medical Clinic, a community based internal medicine weight management and diabetes clinic. He is an adjunct professor at McMaster University in Hamilton and York University in Toronto. He also works as an internist at Women’s College Hospital, and the Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. Wharton is a researcher and is qualified as a diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Dr. Wharton’s research focuses on bariatric medicine and type 2 diabetes. He is the lead author of the weight management section of the 2013 and 2018 Canadian Diabetes Guidelines, and co-chair of the 2018 Canadian Obesity Guidelines.

Dr. Sean Wharton
MD, FRCPC, PharmD
2:15PM – 2:50PM
Knowledge is power. Scientific research provides doctors with the knowledge they need to give accurate advice to you about your health. Why can't you have the same knowledge and power? This talk will provide you with the tools you need to find, digest and apply the latest research in physical activity and health for persons living with type 1 diabetes.

Dr. McGavock’s research program is focused the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes in youth, with a particular focus on physical activity. My research program is has three distinct pillars designed to span the spectrum of mechanistic human physiology studies to community-based participatory action research.

Dr. McGavock is an associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He is currently the co-leader of the DREAM Theme at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Dr. McGavock held a CIHR New Investigator Salary Award from 2010-2014 and currently holds a CIHR Applied Health Chair in Obesity and Resilience in Indigenous Youth.

Dr. Jonathan McGavock
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba
2:50PM – 3:15PM

Break, Exhibitor Tradeshow, Chat Rooms & Industry Knowledge Exchange Lounge

3:15PM – 3:45PM
I look forward to sharing my journey with T1D with you! As a competitive runner, medical oncologist, and professor, I have proven that there are no limits to T1D. However, my journey was not without its challenges! I hope to provide some inspiration and tips on how to thrive and succeed despite living with a challenging disease.

Dr Delilah Topic Bio: I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 14, in 1993. I have pursued high level athletics and academics since my diagnosis. I received a Hon.Bsc. in Human Biology at the University of Toronto in 2002 and went on to receive my medical degree from U of T in 2006, graduating top 6% in my class. I then completed both a residency in Internal Medicine (2009) and a fellowship in Medical Oncology (2011). Finally, I completed an additional fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital (2012) to gain more expertise in Breast and GI cancers.

Currently, I practice as a Medical Oncologist in Kelowna, and am the provincial lead of multiple-choice exams for the undergraduate medical program. My other passion is competitive running, and I have represented Canada numerous times, highlighted by three medals at the World Masters Games (2013, 2017), and a top six finish at the World Masters Track and Field Championships (2016). Currently, I am looking forward to competing in the World Masters Games in Japan in 2021.

Despite its challenges, living with Type 1 Diabetes does not have to limit your dreams, goals, and accomplishments!

Dr. Delilah Topic
Hons Bsc, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor UBC
3:55PM – 4:25PM
This talk will focus on the current efforts to use technology in type 1 diabetes practice - key knowledge around glucose sensors, insulin pumps, automated insulin delivery algorithms - and how we can better make use of them individually and advocate for better access

Bruce A Perkins, MD MPH is Professor, Endocrinologist and Diabetes Complications Clinician-Scientist at the University of Toronto appointed to the Faculty of Medicine and to the Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation. He holds the Sam and Judy Pencer Family Chair in Diabetes Clinical Research. He obtained his MD and Internal Medicine training at the University of Toronto, his endocrinology subspecialty training at Harvard University, his Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a research fellowship in epidemiology at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Using longitudinal cohort methods as well as clinical trials, his research work has focused on 1) Early biomarkers of diabetes complications, and 2) Interventions for prevention of complications, including artificial pancreas technologies and adjunct drug therapies added to insulin.

In 2015 he was awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association/CIHR Young Scientist Award for his research. Among other projects, he co-leads an Innovations in type 1 Diabetes group within Diabetes Action Canada, a national patient-oriented research strategy.

Dr. Bruce A. Perkins
MD MPH
4:25PM – 4:30PM

Speaker Thanks & Closing Remarks

Kimberley Hanson is Executive Director of Federal Affairs at Diabetes Canada, responsible for advocacy with the federal government and on national issues. She also leads the Diabetes 360˚ initiative to implement a nation-wide strategy to address the diabetes epidemic.

Having lived with diabetes for nearly 25 years, Kim is passionate about helping others live well with the disease while also working towards a cure. Over the past 15 years, Kim and her family have raised more than $1 million for research into a cure for diabetes and for supports for adults living with type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Diabetes Canada, Kim held various senior management positions in Communications, Business Development and Human Resources at Payments Canada and Export Development Canada.

Kimberley Hanson
Executive Director of Federal Affairs, Diabetes Canada
4:30PM – 5:30PM

Exhibitor Tradeshow remains open until 5:30PM; Chat Rooms until 5:00PM

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