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October 02, 2019 - October 05, 2019 | RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg 2019 Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference

Join us in Winnipeg between October 2-5, 2019 for the 2019 Diabetes Canada/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) Professional Conference. For an exciting four days, you will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge, learn, grow and network with like-minded colleagues who share an interest in improving the lives of people living with diabetes and other endocrinology disorders.

Key dates to remember

September 20, 2019 - Advance registration rate ends

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Location Details

October 02, 2019 - October 05, 2019
1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
375 York Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3

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About the event


Trainee day

The Beginning, Middle and End of Patient-Oriented Research

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Plenary speakers

Dr. Gillian Booth

University of Toronto

Social Determinants of Health and Diabetes

Thursday, October 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Gillian Booth is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and a Scientist in the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital and at ICES in Toronto. Her research focuses on social, environmental and health-care factors influencing the risk of diabetes and its complications. Dr. Booth leads an interdisciplinary research program, known as 'Healthy Cities, Healthier Lives’, to investigate how the built environment can be better designed or modified to promote health, as a means of reducing the burden of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the population. She is also lead investigator on the T1ME trial, funded by a JDRF and CIHR SPOR grant, which is studying a digital health solution to make type 1 diabetes self-management education and support more accessible, seamless and effective. Dr. Booth has made major contributions to diabetes policy and practice in Canada. She has served on advisory committees for the Public Health Agency of Canada and she was the Methods Chair for the 2008 and 2013 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Dr. Jason Gill

University of Glasgow

Management and Remission of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle: Is it possible?

Thursday, October 3, 2019
1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Jason Gill is Professor of Cardiometabolic Health in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He leads an active multi-disciplinary research group investigating the effects of lifestyle on the prevention and management of vascular and metabolic diseases. Major research interests include: the epidemiology of lifestyle and cardiometabolic disease risk, particularly why certain population groups appear to have increased susceptibility to the adverse effects of an ‘unhealthy’ lifestyle; lifestyle interventions for the prevention and management of cardiometabolic disease; and understanding the mechanisms by which diet and exercise regulate insulin sensitivity and lipoprotein metabolism. He is a member of the NICE guidelines committee for prevention of type 2 diabetes, and was member of development groups for the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and for prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Bruce Perkins

University of Toronto

Adjunctive Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes

Friday, October 4, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

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 and is the Director of the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes at Sinai Health System. Using cohorts and clinical trials, his research work focuses on diabetes complications and treatments for improving blood glucose control. In 2015, he was awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association/CIHR Young Scientist Award. Among other projects, he co-leads an Innovations in type 1 diabetes group within Diabetes Action Canada, a national patient-oriented research strategy. 

Dr. James Gavin III

Emory University School of Medicine

Diabetes in the Next 20 Years

Friday, October 4, 2019
1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD is clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.  He serves as Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc. Dr. Gavin has published more than 250 articles and abstracts in such publications as Science, Journal of Applied Physiology, Diabetes, and the American Journal of Physiology. He has received the E.E. Just Award, the Herbert Nickens Award, the Emory University Medal for Distinguished Achievement, the Banting Medal for Distinguished Service from the ADA, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Duke University School of Medicine. He was named a “Living Legend in Diabetes” by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in 2009, and was named one of the “175 Emory History Makers” on the occasion of the celebration of the University’s 175th Anniversary.

Mr. Adam Brown


Bright Spots and landmines: Overcoming Challenges in Diabetes

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Adam Brown is a Senior Editor at and Head of Diabetes Technology at Close Concerns. Adam brings 18 years of personal experience living with diabetes to all of his work at diaTribe, especially in testing out new technology like CGMs, insulin pumps, automated insulin delivery, and mobile apps. He writes an acclaimed column for diaTribe, Adam's Corner, which has brought useful diabetes tips to over 1 million people since 2013. Adam's first book, Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me, was published in May 2017; to date, over 100,000 copies have been sold/downloaded. He graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, pursuing concentrations in marketing and health-care management & policy.


Diabetes Canada’s official housing partner is Showcare and Road Ahead Meetings & Events Inc.

Be careful providing your financial information to any other company claiming to be affiliated with Diabetes Canada and CSEM.

If you get calls or emails from solicitors trying to sell you a hotel room, they are not associated with Diabetes Canada or Winnipeg.

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Foreign attendees, if you are planning on attending the Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference please follow the instructions below. Our conference is registered with the Canadian Immigration Special Event Unit.

Submission of Applications

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that delegates visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing their visa applications. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.

Delegates are encouraged to submit their visa applications well in advance of the date of the event at a Visa Application Centre or on-line at E-applications (e-Apps).


This system allows clients to submit applications online.

Delegates that need a visa but require their passport for other travel purposes are strongly encouraged to submit their visa applications online (e-Apps). Delegates that choose to apply online will not have to submit their passport until a decision has been made on their applications. If required, the visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.

Visa Application Centres (VACs):

VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants.

VACs provide a number of services including helping applicants fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete, thereby reducing unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.

Applicants that are required to provide biometrics information as part of the visa application process can do so at a VAC. Additional information on the biometrics requirements is available at the IRCC website.

VACs send applications to Visa Offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner. VACs do not process visa applications and play no role in the decision-making process 

Visa Applications Processing Times:

Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the office and the time of year. Participants are encouraged to apply early for their visas and to submit complete applications, including all supporting documents.

Please visit the IRCC website for information on the time it takes to process visa applications at the various visa offices.

NEW - Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.

Travel & Hotel

Travel Discount and Hotel Accommodaton

As a member of the National and Local Planning Committee, you are eligible to receive a 25% discount off the conference registration fee. You will automatically receive the discount when you enter the code WINNIPEG2019 during the registration process. Please note, Early Bird registration ends AUGUST 10.

Air Canada is offering attendees a discount off applicable fares to Winnipeg from September 25 to October 12, 2019. Your discount code is RPFV9Q61. To book a flight, access and enter the discount code in the search panel.

WestJet is offering 5% off Econo and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada. They are also offering 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Winnipeg.

Please visit and use web coupon O5YM82V (Travel Agents use WDD55). The discount is only valid for travel from September 25 to October 12, 2019.


Please book hotel accommodations through the Diabetes Canada/CSEM Annual Conference 2019 registration site.

Alt Hotel Winnipeg - 310 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2H3 - $149.00 plus taxes

BW Plus Downtown Winnipeg - 330 York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0N9 - $174.00 plus taxes

Delta Winnipeg - 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J2 -  $174.00 plus taxes

Fairmont Winnipeg- 2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0Y3 - $219.00 plus taxes

Holiday Inn & Suites Winnipeg Downtown - 360 Colony Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2P3 - $149.00 plus taxes

Inn at the Forks - 75 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0A2 - $209.00 plus taxes

Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown - 288 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0B8 - $159.00 plus taxes


Susie Jin, CDE, CPT

Pharmacist & Certified Diabetes Educator 

Q. How do you help people who are living with diabetes?

A. I support people all along the continuum—from prevention, to early diagnosis, to self-management. I educate patients about medications and work collaboratively with their health-care team.

Q. What are some of the biggest challenges you face regarding diabetes care?

A. The fast pace of information, combined with the fact that the health status of each person is always changing. Making a plan of care can be challenging.

Q. Why are you attending the 2019 Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference?

A. To learn the latest best practices from the experts—I always come away with tips for my practice and ways to improve patient care. Learning and sharing in the interprofessional space is very inspiring.

Q. What are you looking forward to the most? 

A. The education sessions and catching up with my peers from across the nation. Our workdays are so busy that we rarely have time to talk. The conference gives us the opportunity to stay connected and share experiences.

Q. The theme of this year’s conference is United in Care. What does that mean to you?

A. If we come together and work in collaboration, we can improve health care for people with diabetes in our communities.

Gail MacNeill, BNSc, RN MEd, CDE  

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Manager at Sinai Health System for Diabetes 

Q. How do you help people who are living with diabetes?

A. My goal is to help them manage their diabetes through education and support so they can make the changes to improve their health and well-being.

Q. What is the biggest challenge you face regarding diabetes management?

A. Individualizing care. Every patient has unique challenges that need to be recognized and treated in unique ways.

Q. How many years have you attended the Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference? 

A. Over 20 years!

Q. Why are you attending this year?

A. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the latest information and gather practical ideas on subjects directly affecting my practice.

Q. What are you looking forward to the most? 

A. The interaction with colleagues, sharing our efforts, frustrations and successes. I also look forward to the exhibits.

Q. The theme of this year’s conference is United in Care. What does that mean to you? 

A. It’s all about collaboration, with the patient at the centre.

Gregory Steinberg, PhD

Co-Director, Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research, McMaster University

Q. What is the focus of your research and how will it help people affected by diabetes? 

A. We’re focusing on identifying key metabolic pathways that will hopefully someday be used to increase fat burning and lower blood sugar. If we can speed up a person’s metabolism, we can help them maintain a healthy weight over the long term.

Q Why are you attending the 2019 Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference this year?

A. To meet other Canadian diabetes researchers, hear about their new research and discuss new findings.

Q. What are you looking forward to the most? 

A. Sharing my team’s findings that link liver fat with glucose control.

Q. The theme of this year’s conference is United in Care. What does that mean to you?

A. No matter what area of research you work in the goal is the same: to help people with diabetes live a better life.

Alice Y.Y. Cheng, MD, FRCPC

Endocrinologist, Credit Valley Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital
Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto

Q. How many years have you attended the Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference? 

A. 19 years!

Q. Why are you attending this year?

A. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues, hear from experts in the country and beyond, and learn from their best practices.

Q. What are you looking forward to the most? 

A. Plenary lectures from Drs. Gillian Booth, Bruce Perkins, Jason Gill, and James Gavin III.  Also some juicy debates on glucose control and the keto diet!

Q. What are you hoping to bring back to your practice?

A. Some practical tips I can share with my patients.

Q. The theme of this year’s conference is United in Care. What does that mean to you? 

A. We are all in this together: people living with diabetes, their families and loved ones, and health-care providers.

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