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November 16, 2019 | Highland Hall Building, University of Toronto Scarborough No Limits with T1D Toronto

Join us for a unique educational event in Toronto for adults, youth and parents with a child living with type 1 diabetes. Bringing ON's type 1 community together, the day features speakers on the management of diabetes, newest products and services, and the latest breakthroughs in research.

No limits T1D Toronto

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Location Details

November 16, 2019
8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Highland Hall Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON

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About the event

November 16, 2019

Time Topic Speaker
8:15 a.m. Registration and Exhibitors
9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Advocacy: 360

Co-Chairs & Kimberley Hanson
9:15 a.m. No Limits with T1D Dr. Amish Parikh & Anna Brundage
10:00 a.m. Nutrition break/ Networking/ Exhibitors
10:30-11:10 a.m. Making Sense of Continuous Glucose Monitoring for Users and Non-Users Dr. Andrew Advani
Digital Privacy Lynda Covello
11:15 a.m. Diabetes and Technology Forum Moderator: Kate Habza 
12:00 p.m. Lunch break/ Networking/ Exhibitors
1:00-1:50 p.m. What Can You Do when You Feel Stuck in a Rut Dr. Michael Vallis
2:00 p.m. Bodily Real Estate Riona Petticrew
Alcohol and Cannabis Jill Pancer
2:40 p.m. Nutrition break/ Networking/ Exhibitors
3:00 p.m.

Priority setting with Patient Partners

Jon McGavock                    

The Road to a Regenerative Cure for Type 1 Diabetes Dr. Philip Toleikis
3:55 p.m. Closing Remarks

Co-Chairs and Speakers

Dr. Andrew Advani

Endocrinologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto

Originally having trained in the UK, Dr. Andrew Advani moved his then young family to Toronto in 2006 to conduct diabetes research. Dr. Advani’s clinical practice is centred on the management of Type 1 diabetes, especially the management of Type 1 diabetes in young adults. He has a particular interest in the use of new technologies to improve the lives of people living with Type 1 diabetes. His research lab is focused on discovering new treatments for diabetes complications and his clinical research interests lie in understanding the experiences of young people living with Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Advani has written over 80 research papers and three book chapters and he has received a number of awards for his research including the 2015 Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism and a 2017 Diabetes Investigator Award from Diabetes Canada. Dr. Advani is also an Associate Editor of Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Dr. Amish Parikh

Endocrinologist at Trillium Health Partners (Mississauga) since 2005

Dr. Amish Parikh is a co-founder of the Type 1 Diabetes Think Tank Network He has a large endocrinology practice including a focus on Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy. His other interests include insulin pump technology, exercise and diabetes, and new technology as it relates to the care of patients with diabetes. He completed a Master's in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education during his Endocrine Fellowship Training. Amish enjoys spending time in nature, hiking and running. He avidly travels with his wife, Gail, and their three sons as it provides him new perspectives and memorable experiences. He especially likes working with patients to help them achieve their goals.

Diana Provenzano

Diana Provenzano provides financial and tax planning services to individuals and owner-managers. She has lived with type 1 for more than 35 years and is an active volunteer for Diabetes Canada. She is passionate about her involvement with D-Camps, being a patient representative on the 2013 and 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines, co-chairing the first Type 1 Expo of Learning and Empowerment in Toronto, and is a Diabetes Canada Board Member. She received the 2016 National Bold and Audacious Achievement Award for her passion to initiate the type 1 forum for adults. She loves to travel, explore the outdoors, hike, and cycle with her husband and son.

Riona Petticrew

Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator with Medtronic Canada

Riona was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 and she knew she wanted to give back to the diabetes community almost immediately at the time of her diagnosis. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Medical Science and Psychology at The University of Western Ontario and then a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Trent University. She began her career in diabetes as the Clinical Manager for Animas Canada where she provided training, education and support to patients, nurses, dieticians and physicians. Upon the shut-down of Animas, Riona was incredibly fortunate to be offered the Diabetes Clinical Specialist role with Medtronic providing the same services. She takes her nursing knowledge and lived experience to help make a difference in the lives of others living with diabetes.

Dr. Philip M. Toleikis

President and Chief Executive Officer of Sernova Corp since April 2009

From 2006 until 2009, Dr. Toleikis consulted for various devices, combination products, and pharmaceutical companies. From 1996 to 2006 he held multiple roles at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. including Vice President, Research and Development - Pharmacology and Drug Screening, where he built a product development team of over 50 scientists and was responsible for multiple corporate and academic product development collaborations.

While at Sernova, Dr. Toleikis has secured over $25 million in different forms of financings, including equity raises and multiple non-dilutive grants. He has also been responsible for negotiating a worldwide exclusive license with UHN for its stem cell-derived technologies as well as developing business relationships and or collaborations with multiple pharmaceutical and academic institutions involving its Cell Pouch™ device and cell technologies.

Dr. Toleikis is the author of multiple issued patents, over 110 patent applications, and numerous scientific publications involving transplantation, metabolic, cardiovascular, oncology, and autoimmune disease. He obtained his Ph.D. in Medicine, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics from the University of British Columbia, his M.Sc. at the University of Michigan and B.A. at the University of Vermont.

Dr. T. Michael Vallis

Ph.D., R. Psych

Dr. T. Michael Vallis is a registered health psychologist practicing in Halifax. He is a Health Behaviour Change Consultant and Associate Professor in Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.A from the University of Western Ontario, London, and his B. Sc. From Dalhousie University. His main area of expertise is adult health psychology, with an emphasis on diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular risk and gastroenterology. He has worked in the public health system for 35 years and is now working as a consultant and doing private practice. 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 journal editing, clinical practice guidelines and academic publications. He was recently awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada on the recommendation of the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Anna Brundage


Anna Brundage has gained recognition as a leading expert in diabetes education across Canada, with a focus on effective communication between healthcare professionals and persons living with type 1 diabetes. To this end, she has developed many innovative programs and teaching tools specific to this condition. She has managed several Diabetes Education Centres in Toronto hospitals, and has helped thousands of clients initiate insulin pump therapy. Anna has delivered hundreds of workshops to both healthcare professionals and clients across Canada. Having lived with type 1 diabetes for nearly 60 years, she is an ideal position to support persons with diabetes in the self-management of their condition in order to improve their quality of life.

Jonathan McGavock

CIHR Applied Health Chair in Resilience and Obesity in Children, and a co-investigator for the Diabetes Action Canada, SPOR Network

Jonathan established the Centre for Physical Activity and Cardiometabolic Health at the Children’s Hospital Institute of Manitoba in 2006 to study the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes in youth. Dr. McGavock has been involved in patient involvement in research since starting his lab, particularly in the area of Indigenous community involvement in research. Over the past 3 years within the Diabetes Action Canada SPOR Network, he has completed a series of studies with patient partners, including a priority setting study for research questions in the area of exercise and health outcomes in persons living with type 1 diabetes. Dr. McGavock will focus on this work and the future of patient engagement in the area of exercise and health for persons living with type 1 diabetes. His lab is currently funded by CIHR, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Research Manitoba and the Lawson Foundation.

Kate Habza

Registered Nurse

Kate Habza is a Registered Nurse with fourteen years nursing experience providing diabetes education and management to both critically and chronically ill patients. She graduated from the University of Ottawa and started her nursing career working in critical care as an ICU nurse. Three years ago she transitioned into the area of diabetes and has been working as a Certified Diabetes Educator at Trillium Health Partners in the Diabetes Management Center.

Kate has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 25 years. She is committed to living a long and healthy life and does not let her diabetes dictate what she can and cannot do. She is excited and honoured to be participating in the No Limits with T1D event.

Lynda Covello

B.A. (Hons), LL.B., LL.M.

Lynda Covello is a technology lawyer, international business consultant and patient experience evangelist who currently uses a pump and CGM to help her manage her T1D. (46 years and counting…) In her blog, Not Dead Yet Me, she shares her thoughts about life in general and T1D. She currently serves as a volunteer Board Chair for the T1 Diabetes Think Tank Network, a Not-for-Profit devoted to improving communication between PWT1D and their HCP’s to improve outcomes. Lynda was named in 2014’s Canadian Women Changing Healthcare list.

Kimberley Hanson

Executive Director of Federal Affairs at Diabetes Canada

Kimberley is 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.

Registration Fee

Early bird available $30
Registration $40 

Parking rates

Rate (flat) Payment Distance
Parking Lot A $6.00 Pay and display 1 minute walk
Parking Lot C $6.00 Pay and display 3 minute walk
Parking Lot D $6.00 Pay and display 5 minute walk
Parking Lot F $5.00 Pay and display 10 minute walk
Parking Lot G $5.00 Pay on exist 10-15 minute walk


The main intersection is Ellesmere and Military Trail.

Parking lots A, C, and D are south of Ellesmere on the west site of Military Trail.
Parking lots F and G are east of Military Trail on the north side of Ellesmere.

Travelling by TTC

95B & 995 York Mills - Bus from York Mills Station to UTSC Bus Loop
38B Highland Creek - Bus from Scarborough Town Centre to UTSC Bus Loop

There is a University of Toronto Scarborough GO stop for those travelling by GO Transit.

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