The Professional Section Awards and Grants represent excellence in the areas of research, medical excellence, volunteerism, manuscript development and chapter activities and celebrate the outstanding contributions of members.

Diabetes Canada believes in investing in the development of the professional membership, as evidenced by its scholarship and continuing education awards. Many of these awards would not be possible without the generous support of industry sponsors.

Thank you to all sponsors for their support over the past year, and their continued recognition and celebration of the value of all Diabetes Canada activities.

Award descriptions, applications and deadlines

The Junior Investigator Award

The Junior Investigator Award was created to support research and patient education initiatives led by early career physicians and researchers, and is open to health-care professionals working within the scope of diabetes care across Canada.

Application deadline: September 8, 2017

The Diabetes Educator Award

The Diabetes Educator Award was created to support patient education initiatives led by educators and are open to health-care professionals working within the scope of diabetes care across Canada including nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, exercise specialists, psychologists, chiropodists, podiatrists, social workers, etc.


Application deadline: September 8, 2017

Resident Award for Advocacy and Leadership

Professional section members of Diabetes Canada established this new award to acknowledge a resident from a Canadian residency training program for exemplary leadership and advocacy in the field of diabetes.

Application deadline: August 31, 2017

Lifetime Achievement Award

Professional section members of Diabetes Canada established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for the purpose of recognizing Canadian achievement for a lifetime commitment to research excellence.

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Gerald S. Wong Service Award

The Dr. Gerald S. Wong Service Award was established in 1994 to honour the memory of Dr. Gerald S. Wong, an advocate of the highest standard in diabetes care and education, and is awarded to a physician in recognition of significant contribution to the diabetes community.

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Young Scientist Award

Diabetes Canada established the Young Scientist Award in 1987 for the purpose of encouraging, by appropriate recognition, outstanding research conducted in Canada by young scientists in the field of diabetes.

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

LifeScan Diabetes Educator of the Year

In recognition of a professional section member who has made special contributions to diabetes education through dedication, sensitivity and innovation in the daily practice of patient education and care.

SPONSOR: LifeScan Canada Ltd. ~ $1,000 

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Novo Nordisk International Conference Medical Education Grant

The Novo Nordisk International Conference Medical Education grant is aimed at helping to ensure that Canadian healthcare professionals are educated and kept informed on developments in health research, health sciences and clinical and professional practices at the international level.

SPONSOR: Novo Nordisk Canada Inc. ~ $4,000

Application deadline: June 30, 2017

Practical Educational Diabetes Resource Award

In recognition of culturally sensitive educational tools that enhance the commitment to better diabetes care and education.

SPONSOR: Abbott Diabetes Care ~ $750

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Public Service Volunteer Award

To recognize the efforts of a professional member who, through volunteer work, has made an important contribution to improving the lives of people with diabetes. Such contributions may be in (but are not limited to) the following areas:

  • Development of new and innovative programs in the community for people with diabetes
  • Advocacy on diabetes-related issues to government departments, other public agencies, or industry

SPONSOR: To Be Determined

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Diabetes Camp Educator Award

In recognition of a camp educators’ commitment and dedication to diabetes camping.

SPONSOR: Abbott Diabetes Care ~ $750

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (CDECB) Award of Excellence and Dedication

In recognition of a current Certified Diabetes Educator who demonstrates excellence, commitment and dedication in the delivery of diabetes care.

SPONSOR: CDECB ~ $500

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Chapter of the Year Award

The Chapter of the Year Award emphasizes the Dissemination & Implementation of the current Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG). This Award recognizes a Chapter that demonstrates initiative and innovation in the implementation of CPG’s into practice. The chapter will receive $1,000.00 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the Diabetes Canada /Canadian Society of Endocrinology & Metabolism (CSEM) Annual Professional Conference.

Application deadline: June 30, 2017

Past award recipients