On Demand until January 22, 2023
Saturday October 22, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT
On Demand until January 22, 2023
Virtual! Join from anywhere in the country! Attend this event without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Join thousands of people living with type 2 diabetes from across the country at Diabetes Canada Type 2 Conference: Let’s End Diabetes. This is a unique one-day virtual educational conference for people living with type 2 diabetes to help you live well.
What would create the most positive impact in your journey with type 2 diabetes?
Talking to dietitians about the pros and cons of some well-known eating patterns?
Knowing more about common type 2 diabetes medications?
Practicing preventative care by learning about important screening tests?
There is a lot of information out there to digest when it comes to living with type 2 diabetes, and sometimes it can feel overwhelming. This conference is a place you can come to for easy to understand, trusted and actionable information to help you better manage your diabetes, while also connecting with other people who are living with the disease.
Event highlights include:
- 20+ Expert Speakers
- Live Exhibitor Tradeshow with diabetes products and services
- Opportunity to engage with diabetes experts
- Diversity Lounge with a variety of nutrition and exercise resources
- Virtual Games, Prizes, and More!
Roche Diabetes Care
Egg Farmers of Canada
Games & Prizes
Gift Card x1
Gift Card x3
Gift Card x1
Gift Card x1
Gift Card x4
Sponsors & Donors
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Event Advisory Committee
A special thanks to our: Let’s End Diabetes Type 2 Conference advisory committee for sharing their time and expertise to help create this educational event
Linda Akuamoah-BoatengMPhil, RDE, CDE
Linda is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator who has been providing diabetes and nutrition education/counselling for over a decade supporting clients with the management of Type 2 diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, PCOS and other chronic diseases. She has conducted numerous nutrition and diabetes prevention/management workshops for different population groups in the community. In her Private Practice, she provides nutrition consultancy services for several organizations and clinics. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
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.
Dr. Michael VallisPhD, R. Psych
Dr. Vallis is a 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 consults nationally as well as internationally and is heavily involved in academic publications, journal editing, and clinical practice guidelines. He is an author of the Psychology and Mental Health chapter of Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines (2018, 2013, 2004). He received the 2021 Charles H. Best award from Diabetes Canada and was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada on the recommendation of Diabetes Canada.
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 16 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.
Randeep BirdiRPh, CDE, APA
Randeep Birdi is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Lab Facilitator with the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta, Regional Chair of Diabetes Canada AB/NWT, and a Pharmacy Manager with Rexall Pharmacy. 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.
In his past time, Randeep has participated in Team Diabetes with Diabetes Canada, assisting with fundraising efforts to support diabetes prevention, programming and research.
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.
In his spare time, Randeep enjoys gardening, golfing, and hiking.
Bio Coming Soon
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.
The Let’s End Diabetes virtual conference contains links to external websites that are not provided or maintained by or in any way affiliated with Diabetes Canada. Please note that Diabetes Canada does not guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any information on these external websites. You agree that should you decide to use any links to any third party websites referenced or linked from the Let’s End Diabetes, you do so at your own risk. You further agree that your use of such third party website shall be subject to the terms and conditions and privacy policies of such third party websites
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. 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, 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 22, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
The event is designed for adults and youth living with type 2 diabetes. It is also a great source of information for those supporting someone with type 2 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. After registering, you should receive an email within 24 hours, confirming you’ve been registered, along with a link to the October 22nd live event platform. At that time, you will need to enter your email (same as the one entered during registration) to gain access.
Using your login credentials (this is your email), you can log in as soon as the event goes live on October 22, 2022 at 10:00 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 Diversity Lounge where you can view a variety of fantastic educational videos. Some of these will include cooking and fitness demonstrations. Check out the Diversity 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.
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 January 22, 2023 to watch presentations, visit the exhibitor tradeshow, and watch or download any information. After 3:31 p.m. EDT on October 22, 2022 you will not be able to chat with booth representatives.
No, the event is complimentary!
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 email@example.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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