Learning and Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Expo in Vancouver, BC

Living with type 1 diabetes in your family? Join us for a unique, day-long educational event in Vancouver for adults, youth and parents with a child living with type 1 diabetes. Bringing BC’s type 1 community together, the day features speakers on the management of diabetes, newest products and services, and the latest breakthroughs in research. We hope you can participate in this inspiring day of learning, make new connections and walk away empowered.


Saturday, September 30, 2017
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Nest at UBC Campus
6133 University Boulevard
Vancouver BC, V6T 1K0

Lunch and light nutrition breaks provided. Please let us know when registering if you require any special dietary needs. Please contact infobc@diabetes.ca to see if we can meet your requirements. 

Early bird registration is $25 by July 31, 2017 ($35 after)

Please call 1-800-BANTING if the cost of attending is a financial challenge.





8:00 Registration and tradeshow
9:00 Welcome remarks and housekeeping Dina and Bruce
9:05 Artificial Pancreas Dr. Remi Rabasa-Lhoret (Montreal)
9:55 Travel time to sessions
10:00 Concurrent sessions
A Kids with Diabetes: Food and Fun Julie Ogle
Sharleen Herrmann
Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos
B Youth in Transition to Adult Care Ben Mammon
Dr. Dale Clayton
Hannah Breadon & Penny Breadon
C Advance Pumping & CGMs Teri Currie
D Healthy Pregnancy for T1 Dr. Julie Lee
10:35 Nutrition break/Networking/Exhibitors
11:00 Diabetes Distress Dr. Tricia Tang
11:50 Lunch break/Networking/Exhibitors
12:50 Physical Activity & Diabetes Dr. Dale Clayton
13:40 Complications Dr. David Miller
14:30 Nutrition break/Networking/Exhibitors
14:55 Concurrent sessions
E Youth in Transition to Adult Care Ben Mammon
Dr. Dale Clayton
Hannah Breadon & Penny Breadon
F Mastering Mealtime Insulin: Dosing When Food Gets Complicated Alanna Chambers
G Parenting for Success Pascale de Kerckhove
Dr. Tricia Tang
H Technologies Lori Berard
15:30 Travel time to sessions
15:35 Stem Cell Transplant Research Update Dr. Tim Kieffer (Vancouver)
16:30 Closing remarks Dina and Bruce


Alanna Chambers, RD, CDE

Alanna Chambers is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator from Kelowna.  She enjoys blending her professional experiences with her personal experiences as someone who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 23 years.  She has a passion for working in type 1 diabetes and insulin pump therapy and has been working in this field with Animas Canada since 2007.  She has previously enjoyed working with kids of all ages during volunteer work at diabetes summer camps, and being on staff with numerous children with diabetes conferences.  

Julie Lee, MD

Julie Lee is an endocrinologist in New Westminster where she has a community-based office practice and also provides consultative services to Royal Columbian Hospital.  She is co-medical director of the Royal Columbian Hospital Diabetes and Pregnancy Clinic and has participated in clinical research projects involving diabetes and pregnancy.  She is a clinical assistant professor of the University of British Columbia Department of Medicine and is active in the clinical teaching of medical students, residents and fellows as the site director for the RCH Endocrinology training program.  

Dina Panagiotopoulos, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia
Endocrinologist, BC Children’s Hospital

Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos is a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia and an endocrinologist at B.C. Children’s Hospital where she also serves as the medical director for both the Type 2 Diabetes/Insulin Resistance Clinic and the Provincial Mental Health Metabolic Program. Her research spans both forms of childhood diabetes. She is the clinical core leader of a research team in childhood autoimmunity at B.C. Children’s Hospital, where she has developed a provincial biobank/clinical registry for childhood type 1 diabetes. She also serves as the Vancouver affiliate principal investigator for TrialNet, a multicentre international research effort to understand the natural history of type 1 diabetes.  In the area of type 2 diabetes, her research focus is on vulnerable and "at-risk" populations – including Aboriginal youth, and children with mental health challenges. 

Hannah Breadon

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999 at the age of seven. I was cared for by the wonderful team at B.C. Children’s Hospital from the age of seven until I was 18. During my time with type 1 diabetes, I have used insulin injections, pens, insulin pumps, and continuous glucose monitoring. I am able to live an active lifestyle and balance my blood sugar levels while hiking, surfing, and playing soccer. Over the past seven years, I have volunteered and worked at pediatric diabetes camps. As a nurse, I am passionate about providing excellent pediatric diabetes care. 

Sharleen Herrmann RN, BSN, CDE

Sharleen Herrmann is a diabetes nurse educator at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. She has a passion for youth and has been involved in organizing several clinic transition events. She has been head nurse at Diabetes Canada’s Camp Kakhamela on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast for the past 18 years and was the DES Camp Award recipient in 2010. Sharleen has also received the DES Practical Diabetes Award for development of online education modules for intensive insulin management. In 2013, she worked with Child Health B.C. on developing a provincial report on recommendations for diabetes management in the school setting. This report was adopted by the provincial government later that year. Since then, Sharleen has worked closely with Nursing Support Services on provincial guidelines and training materials. She is a member of the Pediatric and Camp special interest groups. Currently, she is on the Canadian Pediatric Society and Diabetes Canada Working Group to establish national school guidelines and care plans. In her off time, she enjoys the outdoors.


Want to be an exhibitor? Email expo@diabetes.ca!


To enter the prize draw, we ask that you bring a donation to Diabetes Canada’s reusable goods donation program. Bring a bag of gently used clothing, shoes, blankets, or small household items to donate to Diabetes Canada and you could win big!


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