Dr. Mammon is a resident physician in the University of Ottawa Family Medicine program. He has lived with type 1 diabetes since the age of 12 and is passionate about helping others in the diabetes community. He co-founded Young & T1, a social networking organization for young adults living with T1type 1 diabetes. In 2018, they successfully advocated for universal insulin pump coverage in BC. He volunteered at diabetes camp as a Midnight Rambler and in many roles at JDRF fundraising events. He was a clinical research assistant at BC Children's Hospital for projects investigating cardiovascular health in children with type 1 diabetes as well as the TrialNet Pathway to Prevention study.
Dr. Mammon started using a DIY artificial pancreas system in 2016 and has helped others learn about the technology through build workshops and Zoom presentations. When he's not in the hospital you can find him outside running in forest trails or out on the water kayaking.
Janice Edwards is a Winnipeg-based Community Health Specialist with a Masters of Arts degree in Community Development from North Dakota State University. She currently works in public engagement as Manager of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Local Health Involvement Groups. Janice specializes in community capacity building and is passionate about engaging community members in learning about and understanding community issues that affect their lives.
Janice joined Diabetes Canada in 2013 as a volunteer, shortly after the passing of her younger sister Natalie to complications of tType 1 diabetes. She served two terms as Manitoba-Nunavut chair, participated on the advocacy committee, and has shared Natalie’s story at numerous public events. By sharing Natalie’s story, Janice hopes that her sisters lived experience, inclusive of triumphs and challenges, can benefit youth who live with the disease, families, health-care providers, and decision-makers across various levels of government.
Brenda is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator with interests in insulin pumps and technology. She currently works in Winnipeg at the Youville Diabetes Centre with young adults transitioning from pediatric to adult care.
AShe has lived with the unpredictability of type 1 diabetes for over 35 years. She volunteers her time with Diabetes Canada she enjoys spending time and with her husband and 2 adult children.
Jillian Creagh, CDE , is a Diabetes Nurse Educator at BC Children’s Hospital. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langara College and has worked at BC Children’s in multiple capacities since 2015 including working on the surgical and neuroscience unit prior to moving into the diabetes clinic. She was diagnosed with tType 1 diabetes in 2002, two weeks before her 11th birthday.
She attended Diabetes Canada D-Camps on the Sunshine Coast at Camp Kakhamela for five years during her teenage years and has had the pleasure of coming back full circle as a staff member with Diabetes Canada through Camp Kakhamela starting in 2009.
She has worked in various roles beginning as a midnight rambler, student nurse, and finally as a camp nurse. In Jillian’s free time she enjoys player soccer, hiking, and baking.
Dr Ting-Yu Wang have completed her medical training and specialty in Endocrinology & Metabolism at McGill University. After her training, she pursued a Masters in Science of Epidemiology at McGill University.
She is currently working at St-jean-sur-Richelieu, LMC Glen and Montreal Chinese Hospital.
Dr Wang is committed to treating patients in all areas of endocrinology and metabolism and is also doing clinical research in diabetes.
Yassamin is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator working at Lakeridge Health hospital. She received her Honours Bachelor of Science in nutrition from the University of Toronto and her Masters in nutritional biochemistry and lipid metabolism from Tufts University. She completed her dietetic internship at Sunnybrook hospital.
Yassamin has over 16 years of experience working in nephrology and diabetes. Her experience includes working in long-term care, public speaking, working with both print and digital media as well as live TV, teaching, and providing nutrition workshops to various groups. Yassamin is highly committed to helping her clients learn the role nutrition plays in disease prevention and management.
Dr. Anastasia Pimenova has had a life-long passion for improving health and standards of care for Type 1 patients. Drawn to the health sciences from an early age, Dr. Pimenova decided to pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Toronto. She became a licensed pharmacist in 2019 and continues to practice in the community where she focuses on optimizing diabetes therapy, while also working in health analytics. In her spare time, she practices heavy weightlifting, trains her Australian Shepherd and is an avid reader of sci-fi.
Ryan has had type 1 diabetes since he was 7 years old. He has lived with diabetic Retinopathy for the past 10 years
A graduate from Spring Arbor University in Jackson, Michigan as well as the University of Michigan and Mohawk College, . hHe is the Program Lead for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) for the Ontario North and West regions. He has a daughter named Abigail who is set to turn 2 in June and a guide dog named Joe. Ryan along with many organizations are advocating for there to be an accessible insulin pump produced and put on the market.
Joanne Lewis is a registered dietitian and Director of Health-care Provider Education and Engagement at Diabetes Canada where she has worked for more than seven years to help Canadians receive the best information possible.
She is involved in developing resources and programs related to diabetes care and management, as well as the dissemination of the Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines. Joanne has several years’ experience practising as a registered dietitian in diabetes clinical settings where she worked closely with patients and their families in managing their diabetes.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1973 one month before heading off to university. Karen likes to say she was diagnosed and lived in the age before the technology age. It was certainly challenging. She has experienced the lows and highs of living with diabetes, yet she worked for 44 years as a pharmacist in both community and hospital settings. She was the first CDE.
Pharmacist in NB and the first pharmacist to work at the Diabetic Clinic in her hospital. She loves to teach and enjoys helping people not only with diabetes but other associated illnesses.
Karen has spoken on diabetes at provincial and national pharmacy conferences. She has been a member of Diabetes Canada since her diagnosis and continues to read the journals cover to cover. She states there is always something to learn and it gives me the opportunity to share some of my knowledge. She writes a blog to communicate with the public on diabetes: https://karenmaccurdy.wixsite.com/diabetes
Karen has always been active and her newest sport is pickleball. She monitors her sugars several times a day and has always maintained her appointments at the diabetes clinic.
Karen started to work at The Moncton Hospital in 1987 and soon became the first pharmacist to start teaching at the Diabetes Clinic.
Karen served a term on the editorial board of the now known Diabetes Communicator and has published some articles on diabetes. Karen feels the introduction of the blood glucose monitors was one of the best inventions to help people manage their diabetes.
Karen has never been shy about her diabetes and has made her friends and colleagues aware of her diabetes and what to do in case of hypoglycemia reactions. She feels very thankful for always having support from her family, friends and colleagues. Diabetes is nothing to be ashamed about and you have to share your experiences with others to help learn yourself.
She is hoping she will reach the 50-year mark in July, 2023.
Karen values the work that Diabetes Canada does and for years was a canvasser in the month of November.
My advice to all patients with diabetes is to know as much as you can as you want to be in control. Accept advice from professionals and your health-care team since everyone’s disease is a bit different.
Twenty-seven-year-old Tristan Banyay was born and & raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, comes from a family of six, and is presently a Youth Care Worker who works for Saskatchewan Health Authority on the Child & Adolescent Unit at the Irene and Leslie Dube Centre for Mental Health located at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.
Tristan has his Diploma and Certificate of Youth Care Worker from Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Saskatoon Campus) and has a Certification in Critical Incident Stress Management (CCISM).
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of nine, Tristan uses an insulin pump, and has volunteered with Diabetes Canada since the summer of 2010. He has assisted and volunteered with many different programs & services that Diabetes Canada offers, such as, Advocacy and D-Camps, as well as helping by speaking at, and organize & plan special events. Tristan remains a strong ambassador and youth leader and was the recipient of both Diabetes Canada’s 2011 Northern Saskatchewan Reginal & 2012 National Young Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Diana Provenzano, is a Chartered Professional Accountant providing financial and tax planning services to individuals and entrepreneurs. Successfully assists clients with their disability tax credit applications.
A past Board Member of Diabetes Canada, advocates for improvements in diabetes care, provincially and federally, a member of the 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines, a committee member of the Peer Connect programs for Type 1 and Type 2. Recipient of various awards for community service and a highlight, Diabetes Canada, Bold & Audacious Achievement Award for 2017.
I have lived with type 1 for 41 years, love to travel, explore the outdoors, hike, and cycle, with family and friends.
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 health-care 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 Diabetes Canada.
Dr. Stephanie Michaud received her certification in Pediatrics and subsequently Endocrinology and Metabolism from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Michaud obtained her medical degree with special distinction at Sherbrooke University. She went on to complete her training in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Saskatoon Royal University Hospital and the St-Justine University Health Center. She subsequently completed her fellowship in adult endocrinology at the McGill University Health Center.
Her area of interest is diabetes care with a particular focus on young adults. She is particularly interested in the application of technology to improve patient care and quality of life. She is currently the Head of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Service at Charles LeMoyne Hospital, and a Clinical Professor at Sherbrooke University. She is a part-time faculty lecturer at McGill University Health Center where she provides care to young adults with diabetes.
Bruce Verchere PhD is a Professor in the UBC Depts of Surgery and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, investigator in the Childhood Diabetes Laboratories at BC Children’s Hospital, and Director of the UBC Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics. His research focuses on pancreatic beta cells with the goal of developing therapeutic approaches to enhance beta cell function in diabetes. He has made significant contributions to understanding the triggers of beta cell dysfunction in diabetes and identification of disease biomarkers. He was awarded the Diabetes Canada Young Scientist Award in 2006, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for diabetes research and service in 2012, and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the UBC Faculty of Medicine in 2018. He has served on the Diabetes Canada Board of Directors and National Research Council, and the Institute Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes.
Dr. Anastasia Pimenova has a life-long passion for improving health and standards of care for tType 1 patients. She was diagnosed at the age of one in Moscow, Russia, where access to even expired insulin and test strips was limited at the time.
Drawn to the health sciences from an early age, Dr. Pimenova decided to pursue the Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Toronto. She became a licensed pharmacist in 2019 and continues to practice in the community where she focuses on optimizing diabetes therapy, while also working in health analytics. In her spare time, she practices heavy weightlifting, trains her Australian Shepherd and is an avid reader of sci-fi.
Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia, and Endocrinologist at BC Children’s Hospital. Her research spans both the prediction, prevention and optimal treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in childhood.
Yassamin Gharaj is a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator working at Lakeridge Health Hospital. She has over 15 years of experience working in nephrology and diabetes, and is an instructor at the Food and Nutrition Management program at Humber College.
Her experience includes working in long-term care, public speaking, working with both print and digital media, and providing nutrition workshops to various groups. She has been featured on Rogers TV, Daytime Durham, DurhamRegion.com, and more recently in the autumn 2015 issue of the Diabetes Dialogue magazine. She highly committed to helping her clients learn the role nutrition plays in disease prevention and management.
Saturday October 15th, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
On Demand until January 15th, 2023
Virtual! Join from anywhere in the country! Attend this event without leaving the comfort of your own home.
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The Ontario Bean Growers (OBG) is a not-for-profit organization representing the approximately 1000 farmers who grow dry beans, including navy beans, black beans, and kidney beans, in the province. OBG has four main areas of focus: research, market promotions & communications, grower & agronomist relations, and advocacy & government relations. Under the market promotions & communications pillar, OBG focuses on promoting the nutritional value and culinary versatility of beans to consumers.
Alison Duncan is a professor and associate director of research at the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. Alison’s academic training is in nutrition, with an undergraduate degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph, training to become a registered dietitian in Toronto, a MSc in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Minnesota.
Her teaching and research relate to the biological effects of functional foods on chronic disease-related endpoints evaluated in human intervention studies, with a particular focus on the agri-food-health continuum. Alison currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Nutrition and as Vice President-Research and president-elect for the Canadian Nutrition Society and was recently named a Fellow of the Dietitians of Canada.
Most of us know that beans are good for you, but did you know there is actual science to back up that they can play a role in the prevention and management of diabetes? Professor Alison Duncan from the University of Guelph will discuss the health attributes of beans and explain why people living with diabetes should consider including them in their diet, not only for nutrition but also to help their diabetes. She will talk about the types of beans that are grown right here in Canada, and how you can easily incorporate them into your daily diet. She will also share some tips and tricks for easily incorporating beans into your meals and snacks.
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This is an online virtual event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate from the comfort of your own home or anywhere that you have internet access. The event is accessible via your desktop or laptop computer, mobile and tablet device. Wherever possible, we recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for the best user experience.
This is a one-day event which will go LIVE on Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
The event is aimed at adults and youth living with type 1 diabetes. It is also a great source of information for those supporting someone with type 1 diabetes (i.e. spouse, child, caregiver, etc.).
Yes, please register via the “REGISTRATION” tab. At this time, you will be asked to provide your personal information. After registering, you should receive an email within 24 hours, confirming you’ve been registered, along with a link to the October 15th live event platform. At that time, you will need to enter your email (same as the one entered during registration) to gain access.
Using your login credentials (this is your email), you can log in as soon as the event goes live on October 15th 10:00 a.m. EDT. Once you log in, you will be taken to the virtual lobby and will be able to view welcome and instructional videos on how to navigate our virtual conference. You will receive a virtual conference bag, which will include a detailed program, as well as additional diabetes related information from our sponsors.
Much like an in-person conference, you will be able to watch presentations in the virtual auditorium and participate in Q&A sessions. There is also an interactive tradeshow where you can visit a variety of diabetes related exhibits and ask questions of company representatives via chat box or schedule a call to speak with a representative.
We will also have an area called the Resource Lounge where you can view a variety of fantastic educational videos that will help you in your journey with T1D.
To add a little more fun to your day, we are also including gamification (i.e. a virtual scavenger hunt, leaderboard) where you can earn points for a chance to win prizes. For more information, visit the Games & Prizes tab.
During the presentation, questions can be typed into the chat box at anytime, however the speaker will wait until the allotted Q&A period at the end of the presentation to answer questions from the audience.
Virtual events bring the experience of an in-person conference to your personal computer, so just like an in-person conference, you have the freedom to pick the sessions you attend. But many say that attending the event in its entirety will help you get the most out of the experience. You will be able to log into the event until January 15, 2023 to watch presentations, visit the exhibitor tradeshow, and watch or download any information. After 5:01 p.m. EDT on October 15, 2022 you will not be able to chat with booth representatives.
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