Learning and Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Conference in Toronto, ON

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on September 22, 2018 for a unique, educational event in Toronto for adults and young adults living with type 1 diabetes or LADA. The day featured speakers on the management of diabetes, newest products and services, and the latest breakthroughs in research. We hope you enjoyed participating in this inspiring day of learning, make new connections and walked away empowered.

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2018 Diabetes Canada Type 1 Conference Agenda




8:00 Registration and tradeshow
9:00 Welcome

Taming the Roller Coaster (Plenary)

Despite one’s best efforts, glucose levels can sometimes seem to have a mind of their own; up and down, and up and down, for seemingly no reason at all. There are, however, a number of different measures that can be undertaken to improve this. In this session we look at steps you can take to help achieve more consistent blood glucose levels and tame the blood glucose roller coaster! 

Dr. Ian Blumer

Type 1 Nutrition: Beyond Carb Counting (Plenary)

Review the latest literature on the roles of carbohydrate, fat and protein including low carb and ketogenic diets.

Lorraine Anderson, RD CDE
10:35 Nutrition break/ Networking/ Exhibitors
11:20 Concurrent sessions

Diabetes and Physical Activity: Keeping it Fun, Effective, and Safe

What's the best way to manage blood glucose levels during and after physical activity? Learn techniques to help you manage blood glucose fluctuations when exercising.

Dr. Michael Riddell

Let's Talk About Sex

Let's talk about sex and diabetes! What are the effects of diabetes on sexual dysfunction? What about sex hormones?  Menopause?  Pregnancy?  Find out more at this session!

Dr. Alice Cheng

Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Effectively Using The Most Important New Tool in Type 1 Diabetes Management Since The Discovery Of Insulin

This session will focus on how to use CGM to improve blood glucose control with fewer lows, fewer highs, and more “time in range.” Using case scenarios, the audience and presenters will play sleuth and learn how to maximize the benefit of CGM by solving fictional individuals’ problematic glucose levels.

Dr. Ian Blumer

Sandy Hubbard

12:00 Lunch break/ Networking/ Exhibitors
1:00 Afternoon Welcome

The Emotional Side of Coping with Diabetes (Plenary)

What is diabetes distress? What factors contribute to it's development? Michelle will reflect on the grieving process associated with chronic illness and will provide ideas for coping with the thoughts and emotions that surface throughout various stages.

Michelle Sorensen
13:55 Concurrent sessions

Diabetes and Physical Activity: Keeping it Fun, Effective, and Safe (repeat)

Dr. Michael Riddell

Supports that Can Help with the High Financial Cost of Diabetes

Kimberley will be discussing the costs associated with living with type 1 diabetes, supports available in different provinces and federally, and how gaps in supports drive Diabetes Canada’s advocacy agenda.

Kimberley Hanson

Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Effectively Using The Most Important New Tool in Type 1 Diabetes Management Since The Discovery Of Insulin (repeat)

Dr. Ian Blumer

Sandy Hubbard

14:45 Nutrition break/ Networking/ Exhibitors

Will “CURE” Stay a Four Letter Word? - Testing Islet Transplants, Stem Cells, Bionic Pancreas and an Immune Reboot in Clinics in Canada (Plenary)

Canada led the Diabetes world with the discovery of insulin nearly 100 years ago. Innovations in diabetes in Canada continue today. Beginning with results of refinements to the Edmonton Protocol transplanting donor islets, via progress in the dual hormone artificial pancreas in Montreal, through stem cell trials in Alberta and BC, before returning to Edmonton's latest, bold attempt to reboot the immune system at diagnosis, Dr Peter Senior will take you on a tantalising journey across the country providing a glimpse and insights into the latest, cutting edge clinical trials in type 1 diabetes. 

Dr. Peter Senior
15:55 Closing remarks Dr. Ian Blumer
Diana Provenzano


Dr. Ian Blumer, MD

Dr. Ian Blumer is an endocrinologist in the GTA. He is a medical advisor for the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre and a lecturer at the University of Toronto. Dr. Blumer has been awarded Diabetes Canada’s Gerald S. Wong Award, given “in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to people living with diabetes.” He has also been a recipient of a Diabetes Canada Special Dedication Award, and has been awarded the Professor M. Viswanathan Gold Medal Oration Award, given in Chennai, India, “honoring scientists and clinicians who have contributed significantly to the advancement of diabetes.” Dr. Blumer is the author/co-author of 9 books including Diabetes for Canadians for Dummies, and Diabetes Cookbook for Canadians for Dummies.  

Lorraine Anderson, RD, CDE

Lorraine is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has had the privilege of presenting lectures and workshops across Canada to both health care professionals and families who live with type 1 diabetes. When not at work, she is a busy mom and stepmom to six teenagers/“young adults”and two golden retrievers. Lorraine celebrated her 30 year “diaversary” in March of this year and understands firsthand the ups and downs of daily life with diabetes.

Dr. Michael Riddell, PhD

Dr. Michael Riddell is a Full Professor at York University and Senior Scientist at LMC & Manna Research in Toronto who is considered an expert, internationally, in exercise and type 1 diabetes. He's also the author of Getting Pumped! A diabetes and exercise guide for active individuals with type 1 diabetes. His global interests center on the effects of exercise and stress on diabetes and metabolism. He is the lead researcher and senior scientist for numerous initiatives in clinical studies and advancing novel technologies. 

Dr. Riddell has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, 21 book chapters, and one globally referenced patient guidebook on the metabolic and hormonal responses to exercise and stress in diabetes. He has authored several international guidelines on exercise and diabetes and he engages with several community-based diabetes sports and exercise programs that enhance diabetes self-care behaviours in people living with diabetes. 

Dr. Alice Cheng, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Cheng is an endocrinologist at Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital) in Mississauga and St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school, internal medicine and Endocrinology training at the University of Toronto and has completed the Master Teacher Program offered through the Department of Medicine. She has served on the Expert Committee for the 2003 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines and the Steering and Expert Committees for the 2008 revision. She has also served as Chair for the 2013 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines. She is currently the Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Chair of the Guidelines Committee. She is actively involved in continuing education and has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Ontario College of Family Physicians for her contributions to diabetes care and family medicine education. In addition, she has been awarded the national Charles H. Best Award by Diabetes Canada.

Sandy Hubbard R.N. CDE

Sandy is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has been working at the Charles H Best Diabetes Centre since 2001. She specializes in Type 1 diabetes and loves working with children of all ages especially teenagers and young adults.  She has shared her diabetes knowledge at several patient focused  diabetes events across Ontario.  In her spare time she loves to spend time camping with her husband and 3 daughters.

Michelle Sorensen, M.Ed, C.Psych

Michelle Sorensen is a clinical psychologist who combines her knowledge of how to change thoughts and regulate moods with the knowledge that comes from living with Type 1 diabetes for 19 years herself. She has a private practice in Ottawa and enjoys speaking across Canada to both people living with diabetes, as well as to health care professionals. She beleives psychology is often the missing piece in diabetes care and is dedicated to helping diabetes teams incorporate more psychological techniques into their practices.

Kimberley Hanson

Kimberley Hanson is Director of Federal Affairs at Diabetes Canada, responsible for advocacy with the federal government and on national issues. Having lived with diabetes for more than 20 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.

Peter Senior, PhD, FRCP

Dr. Peter Senior is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Alberta. He is the Medical Director of the Clinical Islet Transplant Program and co-director of the Northern Alberta Diabetic Nephropathy Prevention Program. His clinical and research interests focus on type 1 diabetes, islet transplantation, hypoglycemia and diabetic nephropathy. He has been an investigator in a number of clinical trials in both diabetes and islet transplantation ranging from large multicentre studies (eg ACCORD) to smaller investigator-initiated trials. Dr Senior is a world reknown speaker and has authored more than 100 peer reviewed publications. He has served as an associate editor for the journals Diabetic Medicine, Cell Transplantation and the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. He is Chair-elect of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada. 


AMG Medical

BD Medical

Canadian Diabetes Network


CRM Blue Group

Diabetes Depot


FCNY Financial Service






Nova Biomedical Canada Ltd.

Novo Nordisk


Sweet and Friendly

Trialnet (Sickkids)

Visionary Health Educational Medical Clinic

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