Dr. Benjamin Mammon


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


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 Bradley


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


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.

Ting-Yu Wang


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.

Ryan Hooey


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


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.

Karen Maccurdy Thompson

BSPharm, RpH

Karen graduated from the College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University. She worked for several years in the community pharmacy setting and was the first pharmacist in New Brunswick to become a Certified Diabetes Educator. The pharmacy where she worked was the first to start selling and teach patients on the use of blood glucose meters.

Karen, herself, has type 1 diabetes for over 45 years.

Karen has always been involved in educational committees with the College of Pharmacy, the New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society, Diabetes Canada (editorial board for Diabetes Communicator) and DES locally.

Karen started to work at The Moncton Hospital in 1987 and soon became the first pharmacist to start teaching at the Diabetes Clinic.

She has received many awards and recognitions from the College and volunteer groups over the years. She loves helping and encouraging people in their diabetes management.

Karen now specializes in Cancer Care at her workplace and remains involved in caring for cancer patients who have diabetes or a new diagnosis because of their cancer and/or medications prescribed.

As she approaches retirement, she wanted to remain connected with diabetes patients so in February 2020 she started writing a blog for patients with diabetes. The website is: https://karenmaccurdy.wixsite.com/diabetes Karen is excited to be working with this group and looking forward to the event.

Tristan Banyay


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


Diana Provenzano, is a Chartered Professional Accountant. She provides financial and tax planning services to individuals ensuring they obtain all the tax benefits they are entitled to and prepare for their retirement.

A past Board Member of Diabetes Canada, has advocated for improvements in diabetes care provincially and federally, represented the type 1 community on the 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines, promotes and participates on various diabetes committees to help others be informed.

She has lived with type 1 for 40 years.

Diana loves to travel, explore the outdoors, hike and cycle, with family and friends.

Dr. Michael Vallis

PhD., R. Psych

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.

Stephanie Michaud


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


Bruce Verchere PhD is a Professor in the UBCUniversity of British Columbia Departments of Surgery and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, head of the Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories at BC Children’s Hospital, and Director of the UBC Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics.

He holds the Irving K Barber Chair in Diabetes Research, andResearch and leads the BC Diabetes Research Network. His research aims to develop approaches for enhancing beta cell survival and function in diabetes and following transplantation.

He was awarded the Diabetes Canada Young Scientist Award in 2006 and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for diabetes research and service in 2012.

He has served on the Diabetes Canada Board of Directors and National Research Council; the Institute Advisory Board for the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes; on editorial boards of Diabetes, Diabetologia, and Islets; and on grant review panels for Diabetes Canada, CIHR, JDRF, and NIH.

Dr. Anastasia Pimenova

PharmD, RPh

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


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 Gharai


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.

Live Saturday October 02, 2021
On Demand until November 02, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT


Saturday October 02, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

On Demand until November 2, 2021


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


$20 Early Bird/Promotional Tickets until September 15, 2021

The first 500 registrants will receive a Pump Peelz Know No Limits branded sticker* (see FAQs for more information)

About the Know No Limits with T1D 2021 Virtual Conference
Diabetes Canada’s Know 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 event features expert speakers on diabetes management, information on diabetes related products and services, and the latest breakthroughs in research.

Event highlights include:

  • Nationally renowned speakers
  • Interactive Exhibitor Tradeshow
  • Virtual games, prizes and more!

Sponsors & Donors


Thank you to our ticket donors:
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Diabetes Canada Auditorium - Agenda

All presentations are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Agenda subject to change, please check back regularly for more topics and speakers

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Event Live – Visit the Exhibitor Tradeshow, Regional Showcase and Ages & Stages Lounge

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

What Do You Mean New Normal: How Am I supposed to Cope With Everything Being Different?

Michael Vallis
PhD., R. Psych

Life is hard enough, then along came COVID-19 and we are stuck inside these 4 walls staring bleary eyed at our screens. We'd like to offer you an opportunity to revitalize by appreciating your stress and accessing your coping resources to return to our new normal with you at your best.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Advocacy: Advancing the T1D Cause

Conrad Pow
Senior Project Manager, Research & Innovation at Diabetes Action Canada I CIHR SPOR Network
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM


1:20 PM – 1:50 PM

Yes, You Can Eat That!

Reframing what it means to eat healthy, reject diets and apply realistic strategies to our everyday lives.

Ferdeela Shaw

The goal of this presentation is to help give insight into healthy eating principles, find strategies to understand and apply the principles of intuitive eating in a realistic way. In addition, we will look closer at navigating through the media’s messages and figure out how to reject the fad diet mentality.

1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

Managing the Highs & Lows


2:20 PM – 3:20 PM


3:20 PM – 3:50 PM

Research for a Cure

Dr Akshay Jain
3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

Top 10 Tips for Diabetes Success


4:20 PM – 5:25 PM


5:25 PM – 5:55 PM

Revolution Ahead for T1D Management

Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret
5:55 PM – 6:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Industry Knowledge Exchange Auditorium- Agenda

12:35 PM – 1:05 PM

Understanding Alerts and Time in Range in Real Life

When you go from using a blood glucose meter to a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system like the Dexcom G6, you now have a tool that can change how you live with diabetes. Learn about the various alerts that you can customize, and considerations for when you may wish to be alerted. Every person’s body is different, and with an ever-changing condition like T1D, anything that can help you stay ahead of highs and lows and spend more time in range is going to impact how you feel both mentally and physically.

Gabrielle Schmid
RD, CDE, CPT LMC Diabetes & Endocrinology
2:25 PM – 2:55 PM

Omnipod Sponsored Presentation

4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

Medtronic Sponsored Presentation

4:55 PM – 5:20 PM

Tips for Reducing Glucose Variability & Improving Time in Range

Dr. Ilana Halperin
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Ask the Expert Panel – Healthcare Professional Representatives from Dexcom, Omnipod, Medtronic and Abbott


Ages & Stages Lounge- Agenda

Diabetes Management Adherence with Children & Youth

Alcohol, Drugs & T1D: know the risks & stay safe

Parent to Child Transition of Care – how to allow your child to do their own self-management

Diabetes & Pregnancy – from preparation to breastfeeding

Diabetes as You Age – what you should know

Community Showcase

Coming Soon

Exhibitor Tradeshow

Abbott Diabetes

Ontario Bean Growers

Dignity Memorial

Ellerca Health

Pump Peelz



Becton Dickinson (BD)

Diabetes Action Canada

JT Insurance Group

Tandem Diabetes


CRM Blue Group

Diabetes Canada

LMC - Research




Diabetes Depot

Naz’s Wellness Pharmacy


Games & Prizes


Gift Card


Value: $50 each

3 x $50 Rexall Gift Cards


EssentiA+BP Blood Pressure Monitor


Value: $65

Blood pressure monitor and universal size arm cuff


Therm-O-Clay Pack


Value: $35

Hot or cold natural clay compress


Withings Go Activity & Sleep Trackers

Diabetes Canada

Value: $75

10 x Withings Go Activity Sleep trackers


Move More Your Life Depends on It Book

Amanda Sterczyk, MA, CPT

Value: $25

Move More Your Life Depends on It by Amanda Sterczyk, MA, CPT


Sweat-Free Exercise for the Office

Amanda Sterczyk, MA, CPT

Value: $25

Sweat-Free Exercise for the Office by Amanda Sterczyk, MA, CPT

Have questions?

Check out our faq page!

Event Advisory Committee

Disclaimer: “As a participant in this virtual conference, you hereby acknowledge and agree to the following terms: Diabetes Canada (DC) in no way sponsors or endorses the information shared or presented amongst presenters. Any products and or services presented are in no way promoted or endorsed by DC or its affiliates. Diabetes care and dietary recommendations are strictly for discussion purposes and a physician should be consulted to determine appropriate care tailored to your needs. Any information presented during this event should not be recorded or published, including shared on any social media platforms or any forum outside the virtual conference whatsoever. Sharing this information is prohibited and remains the intellectual property of Diabetes Canada and its affiliates”. DC reserves the right to vary any of the speakers, topics or times without further notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 2nd, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 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, as well as payment through PayPal. After registering, you should receive an email within 24 hours, confirming you’ve been registered along with a link to the October 2nd live event platform. At that time, you will need to enter your email (same as the one entered during registration) to gain access.
If you have been given a group promo code for a discounted rate, please use the drop down at registration and choose “Group Promo Code”. You will then enter the group promo code in the box. Please note the group promo codes are case sensitive.
Using your login credentials (this is your email), you can log in as soon as the event goes live on October 2nd; 11:00 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 Ages & Stages 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 November 2, 2021 to watch presentations, visit the exhibitor tradeshow and watch or download any information. After 7:01 p.m. EDT on October 2, 2021 you will not be able to chat with booth representatives.
Yes, for early bird registrants the cost is $20 before midnight September 15th, 2021; as of September 16th the cost is $25.
The first 500 registrants will receive a branded Know No Limits sticker for the device of their choice; please choose the device from the drop down at registration. If you do not wish to receive a pump sticker please choose the “laptop sticker” option. This is a first come first serve promotion, stickers will be sent by mail within 4-weeks of registration.
No, you do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. Nor do you need a webcam to take part. You only need to have access to the internet.
For any technical assistance, please contact attech@vfairs.com OR visit our virtual Help Desk depicted in the internal lobby and a vFairs representative will be available to help you.


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Contact us via email at nolimitswitht1d@diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) and our call centre staff will get back to you in 1-2 business days.