Event Open until Tuesday June 1
Saturday May 1, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST
Virtual! Join from anywhere in the country! Attend this event without leaving the comfort of your own home.
General Admission $20
General Ticket Price $25
Diabetes is a successful disease. Diabetes or prediabetes affects 1 in 3 Canadians and living with this disease means being at risk for blindness, a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.
Learning to manage or reduce risk is one step closer to ending the success of diabetes.
On May 1st, 2021, Diabetes Canada is proud to present its first national virtual conference to support the close to 11.5 million Canadians affected by diabetes or prediabetes. The Take Control: Let’s End Diabetes Type 2 Conference will feature leading experts who will share the latest information to help improve care and self-management tips for those living with type 2 diabetes.
Register now! By joining us, you will have access to:
- 20+ Expert Speakers
- Live Exhibitor Tradeshow
- Ask the Experts Panel
- International Learning Lounge
- Regional Community Showcase
- Virtual Games, Prizes and More!
This year's Take Control: Let's End Diabetes Together Type 2 Conference offers Canadians impacted by type 2 diabetes a chance to be inspired, learn and connect. Register TODAY!
Sponsors & Donors
Knowledge and Innovation Sponsor
Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices and nutritionals. Our 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.
Ask The Expert Sponsor
Ascensia Diabetes Care
Ascensia Diabetes Care is a global specialist diabetes care company, dedicated to helping people living with diabetes. Our mission is to empower people living with diabetes through innovative solutions that simplify and improve their lives. We use our innovation and specialist expertise in diabetes to develop high quality solutions and tools that make a positive, daily difference for people with diabetes. Home to the world-renowned CONTOUR® portfolio of blood glucose monitoring systems, our products combine advanced technology with user-friendly functionality that help people with diabetes to manage their condition. We are committed to continued research, innovation and development of new products and solutions. As a trusted partner in the diabetes community, we collaborate closely with healthcare professionals and other partners to ensure our products meet the highest standards of accuracy, precision and reliability, and that we conduct our business compliantly and with integrity.
Ask The Expert Sponsor
Canola Eat Well
At Canola Eat Well we love healthy food! We want to encourage you and your clients to be inspired to cook and bake in your kitchens with the best and the healthiest ingredients. Everyone needs some fat in their diet for good health. Fat supplies energy, carries flavours and helps your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. Did you know that canola oil isn’t just versatile and economical, but has the least saturated fat of all common cooking oils – half that of olive oil. Canola oil is free of trans fat and a good source of plant-based omega-3 fat and vitamin E. At Canola Eat Well we also love to share stories about our farmers, their farms, and what they do to grow food for our tables. For further information, please visit www.canolaeatwell.com.
Ask The Experts Sponsor
Canola Eat Well
As a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensor technology, we believe in empowering people with diabetes to take control of their condition while living life on their own terms. Knowing where your glucose levels are at and where they are heading is key to making smart decisions moment-to-moment, and having an easy and convenient way to do that can be life-changing.
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United Way Centrade
Regional Community Showcase
Regional Community Showcase Sponsor
The Ontario Bean Growers
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.
Beans: How Can They Help People Living with Diabetes?
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 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 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.
PhD, RD, FDC
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.
Regional Community Showcase Sponsor
Pack4U is changing how we care for people at home. We provide in-home medication delivery and remote physiologic monitoring for people managing multiple medications. Patients achieve 97% adherence to their medication regimens no matter how complex. Medication management is made easy with simple to use technology, prescription pouch packaging and health care services delivered to you at home. Our digital network of community and telehealth pharmacists, trained in adherence, data-based insights and care team coordination can help people living with Type 2 Diabetes manage their medication and chronic conditions with remote monitoring and pharmacist oversight. Pack4U works with pharmacies, physicians, health plans, health systems and various care providers to connect people at home to a personalized medication delivery and adherence monitoring program. Integrated services are delivered across a network of digital pharmacy partners in Ontario offering a solution to managing multiple medications and chronic conditions. Take the guesswork out of your diabetes care.
My Blood Sugar Came Down: The importance of medication management in Type 2 diabetes care
Teresa Pitre is a registered pharmacist and general manager of Pack4U Ontario. She combines excellence in clinical pharmacy practice with progressive management, leadership skills, and industry involvement. She has served on the board of the Canadian Society of Consultant Pharmacists for six years and is a past president. Teresa has worked and developed strong relationships within the Canadian long-term-care market, and has held two senior executive positions with enterprise long-term care service organizations. Teresa has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of British Columbia, a management certificate from Seneca College, and multiple certifications from the Ontario Pharmacists Association.
BSc, BSc Pharm, RPh GM, Pack4U Ontario
Find out how digital health technology company Pack4U is changing how people living with Type 2 Diabetes manage medications and live their lives. We enable patients to achieve 97% adherence to medication regimens with spencer home medication hub reminders and personalized pharmacist care. By removing the guesswork around medication adherence with remote monitoring and two-way communication, we can help patients achieve optimal blood sugar levels. There’s more too, Pack4U connects people at home to a personalized medication delivery program, real-time reports, and adherence monitoring oversight. Our digital network of community and telehealth pharmacists, trained in adherence, data-based insights and care team coordination can help people living with Type 2 Diabetes take control of their lives with the help of their care team. Take the guesswork out of your Diabetes care, watch how spencer and team can help.
Regional Community Showcase Sponsor
Canadian Diabetes Prevention Program
The Canadian Diabetes Prevention Program is a personalized, wellness program that empowers you to lead a healthier life and reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. The 12-month program consists of regular telephonic interactions with a personal Health Coach, online education modules and health tracking to help you make small, incremental changes that improve your health and reduce your risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.
You will be provided with a personal Health Coach who will guide and motivate you throughout the program. For the first 3 months, you will have weekly telephonic sessions with your health coach to discuss what you’re learning and start making positive lifestyle changes. From months 4 to 12, you will have monthly telephonic sessions to ensure you stay on track. We will also be offering monthly workshops to help you reach your goals! The program is provided at no cost to participants.
Our program will help you live better and feel better with our one-on-one health coaching, tools and resources. We are enrolling participants across the country.
Canadian Diabetes Prevention Program (CDPP) Overview for Providers
Harpreet Singh Bajaj is an Endocrinologist and Director of Late-phase research at LMC Healthcare. Dr Bajaj started his Endocrinology practice with LMC Brampton in 2009, after completing his clinical fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio, USA). Dr Bajaj’s medical education was at Maulana Azad Medical College (New Delhi, India), following which he attained a Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) at State University of New York in Albany (New York, USA).
Dr Bajaj is a Research Associate at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and an adjunct lecturer at McMaster University. He is the principal investigator for the Canadian Diabetes Prevention Program (CDPP), a virtual 1-year health and wellness coaching program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
He volunteers with numerous community public health organizations as well as media programs with the intent of raising public awareness on diabetes prevention and treatment, with a specific focus on the South Asian origin population in Canada. He is the founder of STOP Diabetes Foundation, a registered charitable organization working to reduce the burden of diabetes in Peel region of Ontario.
Dr Bajaj serves Diabetes Canada on the executive board of the professional section executive and as the Vice-Chair of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG).
MD, MPH, FACE
Old recipes, renewed health
Mikahelia Wellington (she/her/hers), is a first-generation Canadian having parents who are both immigrant settlers from Jamaican. She is a registered dietitian working in community nutrition diabetes education in the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog First Nation and the territory that is covered by the Johnson-Butler Purchase of 1788 and the Williams Treaty of 1923.
With her educational background in Public Health Nutrition & Dietetics, she is passionate about the potential that food, nutrition, and social justice have to offer to people’s health and well-being. She is particularly passionate about the histories and sociology of Black people, our foods and how it impacts our health.
Black ways of eating have always been delicious, adaptable, and meaningful. This food demonstration explores traditional Caribbean and African ingredients and ways of eating that not only bring back cherished memories but also promote overall health. Rediscover easy, quick, and flavourful meals and snacks that can support your journey in preventing and managing diabetes.
Socacize Founder, Ayanna Lee-Rivears is a dancer, fitness instructor, teacher and choreographer. As a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Ayanna was passionate in learning the dance styles practiced in that particular country. After completing the Fitness Instructor Certified Program at Canadian Fitness Profession (Can-Fit-Pro) Ayanna started Socacize Fitness Inc. to promote a fun way to exercise with a combination of dance moves, weight and strength training.
Through living and sharing her F.L.A.U.N.T. philosophy, she empowers Revelers everywhere to live inspired, motivated, and healthy lives.
Fitness Instructor, Dancer
Myth Busting Type 2 Diabetes: 3 Lies You've Been Told About Managing Your Diabetes and What You Can Do Instead
Samantha Thoms is a registered dietitian who currently lives and works on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She offers virtual HAES-focused nutritional counseling services to BC residents who identify as women.
Her approach centres on helping women improve their wellbeing holistically through better relationships with food and body. Samantha completed her training in the US at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been practicing as a dietitian for 6 years, both in the US and Canada. When she is not working, she loves to hang with friends and family (virtually for now), spend time outdoors, and get lost in a good book. Connect with Samantha on Instagram @samanthathomsrd or visit her website: samanthathomsrd.com.
MPH, RD (she/her)
In this presentation, we will explore how racism and white supremacy have influenced the way we are often led to think about health and wellness. You will learn some of the ways these beliefs have led to harmful recommendations when it comes to managing Type II DM. You will leave this presentation feeling more confident, informed, and empowered when it comes to managing your diabetes, without having to sacrifice your mental health or obsess about your weight.
Cooking Healthy Meals at Home
Amy is a media and community dietitian, nutrition counsellor, author, professional speaker and also the founder of Libra Nutrition since 2008. For 8 years, she has been the spokesperson for the Dietitians of Canada National Nutrition Month campaigns. She co-authored Dietitians at Home, a cookbook for the whole family with Asian-inspired recipes.
Amy loves teaching and has a heart full of compassion and empathy for helping others. She is a supportive nutrition coach with a calm confidence to help her clients tackle complex medical issues and practical everyday meal planning. She is a regular Chinese TV and radio talk show guest expert on nutritional segments. She has conducted over 100 community workshops with over 10,000 people attending in total. Since July 2020, she has hosted 15 virtual nutrition workshops with over 1000 people joining in an online format.
For bilingual nutrition information, visit her website at https://libranutrition.com
Chef Jason He is a famous herbal cuisine and Chinese Cuisine Chef with extensive culinary experiences in China and Vancouver. A native of Guangdong Province, China, Chef Jason began his career in 1982. He has 40 years of experience working in a diverse settings of food services including hotels, restaurants, bakery, and hospitals. He co-authored two cookbooks in China and Hong Kong.
In 2006, he migrated to Canada. He has worked at famous, authentic Chinese seafood and dim sum restaurants in metro Vancouver. He has been sharing his culinary skills and knowledge to inspire a great number of chefs. He is a firm believer of using local seasonal ingredients in Chinese inspired healthy recipe.
Dr. Jennifer Gao is a registered doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She has practiced in China and Vancouver for over 22 years. She is an influential TCM educator for 14 years, teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Tzu Chi International College in Vancouver. Dr. Gao obtained her bachelor’s degree from China’s Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Her areas of focus include digestive, respiratory, gynaecological and skin issues, emotional conditions, and pain management. She takes a multi-dimensional approach to diagnosis, believing in the connection between emotional and physical health, and is passionate about the value of patient education.
Her broad professional knowledge in both clinical practice and in teaching has given her a deservedly solid reputation. Dr. Gao is committed to providing a high standard of TCM practice in the interest of British Columbians.
Join Amy, Chef Jason and Jennifer in this presentation and cooking demo to learn:
- Simple ideas on how you can add lean protein, fibre, and good fats to a meal
- The benefits of including protein, fibre and low glycemic carbohydrates in regulating blood sugar
- 5 basic steps to creating a healthy stir-fry
Remember to Look Down, So Things Will Always Look Up
Dr.Ian Yu has a private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a Diplomat of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has a Masters Degree in Medical Education. His area of specialization is in diabetic limb salvage and management of complex diabetic foot problems. His passion is in teaching and prevention of diabetic foot complications. This lecture will offer practical tips to the diabetic and give a unique perspective of what can happen when things go wrong in the diabetic foot.
Learn about type 2 diabetes and Your Feet. Receive important tips from a diabetic foot care expert.
SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY
Staying Fit with Diabetes
Kawal Deep Kaur is a Registered Physiotherapist in Canada and founder of Diligent Physio and Sports Clinic. She graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2004 and post graduated in Sports Physiotherapy in 2007 from Guru Nanak Dev University. She is also a member of the Diabetes Canada South Asian Diabetes Chapter.
In her 17-year professional career, she is an expert in Musculoskeletal conditions, Sports Physiotherapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Concussion Rehabilitation, Pelvic Health Rehabilitation, pregnancy and post pregnancy related ailments including low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, urinary incontinence, and diastasis rectus Abdominis and K Taping. She is also a member of Canadian Society for Pelvic Medicine.
Kawal carried out research on “Injuries Pattern Among Field Hockey Players”. She has presented three scientific research papers in conferences held in India. She has two national, and one international, publications to her credit. She has been an athlete and played field hockey for 12 years for State, National and All India Inter- University level. She has won fourteen gold, four silver and two bronze medals in various tournaments held at State, National and All India Inter-University level.
Regd. PT, BPT, MSPT(I), CKTP, CCVT, CAPP-OB, CAPP-Pelvic
By the end of this session, you will understand why fitness is important in managing your diabetes. You will learn different types of exercises which will help to keep you fit and healthy.
Bollywood-Inspired Cardio Dance-fitness Demo
BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired cardio dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. It is a 50-minute cardio class that has choreography which cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences that can help you burn around 500-800 calories per session. Because it is a cardio dance class, you can expect to see high impact dance moves throughout the class. However, feel free to modify any of the dance moves as you like. Our goal is for you to have a lot of fun as you dance to the beats of amazing Bollywood songs and unleash your inner rockstar! Check out BollyX On Demand to dance with us! Bod.bollyx.com
Have fun as you dance to the beats of amazing Bollywood songs and unleash your inner Rockstar.
Managing our Health while Fasting
Fatima Punjani is a registered Dietitian from Pakistan.
She attained her Masters of Nutrition in Pakistan and completed her Masters of Public Health in Australia. She has worked in Canada as a dietitian for the past 15 years.
Her interest in diabetes comes from seeing the large number of people within the South Asian community living with this disease. She feels that the association of our culture to food is so strong and that a Dietitian can make such a huge difference in helping the South Asian community understand food and its impact on their health.
RD, CDE, CPT, MPH
This presentation will focus on the challenges faced by people living with diabetes while fasting. Included is information and healthy eating tips on how to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
Make it Sacred - Remembering Ancestral Knowledge for Health & Wellness
Kathleen LaForme is of both Mohawk of Six Nations and Mississaugas of New Credit First Nations. She is the mother of 2 daughters, a son, and is a Grandmother. She is the Diabetes Wellness Coordinator for the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (formerly SOADI), South Region for 20 years. Kathleen has many family members and friends who are living with diabetes, and upon learning that diabetes was becoming an epidemic among Indigenous Peoples, knew that she had to do something to help stop this. She strives to do her best in promoting diabetes awareness and prevention among Indigenous Peoples not only through IDHC, but also among family, friends, and community.
After working with private clients, Laura became the caterer for the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (formerly SOADI). She has been cooking diabetes-friendly meals for meetings and training sessions and providing healthy lunches with budget friendly recipes for IDHC’s Healthy Lifestyle Fridays and Wellness Wednesdays. She also teaches cooking classes the second Thursday of each month at IDHC – now offered on Zoom. The “Let’s Cook with Laura” series is open to anyone who wants to learn how to make the most of their food dollar and gain confidence in the kitchen.
She has catered for many organizations in the Niagara Region such as the Niagara Regional Native Centre, Niagara Peninsula Area Aboriginal Management Board (NPAAMB) programming at Niagara College, catered the VIP Reception for Celebration of Nations and the opening night reception for “Opening the Doors to Dialogue” exhibit at the Niagara Falls Museum. She also facilitated a lunch and cooking skills program for Bethlehem Housing in Niagara Falls and Soaring Eagles School Secondary School.
Laura Lenson has lived in the Niagara Region for her entire life. She is very proud of her Indigenous heritage from Six Nations. She graduated from Brock University in 1987 with a BA, Music Major but her passion was always cooking. She made the decision to follow that passion and in 2006 enrolled in a personal chef course through United States/Canadian Personal Chef Association at the Culinary Business Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When her training was completed, she opened her personal chef service, Laura’s Custom Cuisine
We are told to eat healthy all our lives, but what is eating healthy? We will share traditional ways of what that is and how to reconnect with our food and Mother Earth. Laura will provide a cooking demo using traditional foods - Fish & Wild Rice Bundles.
Becton Dixon (BD)
Egg Farmers of Canada
Manitoba Association Healthcare Professionals
Ontario Bean Growers
Chartwell Retirement Residence
Sunstar Americas, Inc.
Canola Eat Well
Pack 4 U
Indigenous Diabetes Health Care Circle
LMC – Research
UBC- Research Network
Games & Prizes
EssentiA+BP Blood Pressure Monitor
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Blood pressure monitor and universal size arm cuff
Donated by: Dex4
Hot or cold natural clay compress (pack of 5)
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Keurig K-Mini Single Serve coffee maker with a selection of 4 boxes
Withings Go Activity & Sleep Trackers
Donated by: Diabetes Canada
10 x Withings Go Activity Sleep trackers
Move More Your Life Depends on It Book
Donated by: Amanda Sterczyk, MA, CPT
Move More Your Life Depends on It by Amanda Sterczyk, MA, CPT
Sweat-Free Exercise for the Office
Donated by: Amanda Sterczyk, MA, CPT
Sweat-Free Exercise for the Office by Amanda Sterczyk, MA, CPT
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Metro gift card
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3 x Rexall Gift Card
Donated by: Krista Lamb
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A special thanks to our Take Control: Let’s End Diabetes Together Type 2 Conference advisory committee for sharing their time and expertise to help create this educational event
Randeep BirdiRPh, CDE, APA
Randeep Birdi is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Lab Facilitator with the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Alberta, Regional Chair of Diabetes Canada, AB/NWT, and a Pharmacy Manager with Rexall Pharmacy. <br> As a Certified Diabetes Educator, Randeep has had the opportunity to work with patients to establish goals to promote their health and well-being in prevention and treatment of this condition. <br> In his past time, Randeep has participated in Team Diabetes with Diabetes Canada, assisting with fundraising efforts to support diabetes prevention, programming and research. <br> Randeep received an award from Diabetes Canada for outstanding health professional of the year for Alberta, and also received an award for Certified Diabetes Educator of the year from Rexall Pharmacy. <br> In his spare time, Randeep enjoys gardening, golfing and hiking.
Donna M Smith DarrellRN NP
Donna Smith Darrell is an African Nova Scotian of Black Loyalist descent, born and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She is a retired Registered Nurse / Nurse Practitioner with experience in Developmental Pediatrics and Cancer Care at the community level. As the past Co-President of the Health Association of African Canadians, a non-profit health association based in Nova Scotia, she was able to pursue her interests in health issues that impact folks of African descent. She has volunteered for a variety of other community organizations, such as the Children’s Aid Society, Epilepsy Nova Scotia, Y.M.C.A., Junior League of Halifax, and her church, to name a few. She has received a number community awards, including: the WP Oliver Community Leadership Award, Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, East Preston Congress of Black Women Recognition award, The Black Professional Women’s award and the Y.M.C.A. Award for Volunteerism. In her free time Donna enjoys gardening, sewing, cooking, reading and travelling.
Rosalie LungRPh, CDE, APA
Rosalie Lung is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator in Vancouver, BC. Rosalie is also a member of the Diabetes Canada Chinese Advisory Committee in BC. She has experience working with adults in the area of chronic disease prevention, including diabetes prevention and management, and healthy eating. She has worked in various capacities including acute care, long-term care, private practice, community nutrition, and accredited diabetes management programs. Rosalie’s goal is to inspire culturally specific, and sustainable, lifestyle changes in people with diabetes. Rosalie understands that diabetes affects every aspect of a person’s life. She focuses on working with individuals and their family to identify barriers, set goals and create action plans for staying well with diabetes.
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 worked 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 15 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. 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.
Dr. Michael VallisPhD 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 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 Diabetes Canada.
Joanne LewisRD Director, Healthcare Provider Education & Engagement
Joanne Lewis is a registered dietitian and Director of Healthcare 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.
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Much like an in-person conference you will be able to watch presentations in the virtual auditorium and participate in Question and Answer (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 International Learning Lounge where you can view a variety of fantastic educational videos. Some of these will include cooking and fitness demonstrations. Check out the INTERNATIONAL LEARNING LOUNGE tab for more details on topics and hosts.
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.
Much like an in-person conference, you will be able to watch presentations in the virtual auditorium and participate in Question & Answer (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 International Learning Lounge where you can view a variety of fantastic educational videos. Some of these will include cooking and fitness demonstrations. Check out the International Learning Lounge tab for more details on topics and hosts.
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.
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