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 Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos
Dr. Bruce Verchere
9:05 Artificial Pancreas Research Update Dr. Remi Rabasa-Lhoret (Montreal)
10:00 Concurrent sessions
A Kids with Diabetes: Food and Fun: Eating for More Than a Number 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 - tips and tricks 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 Insulin and Exercise in Type 1 Diabetes Dr. Dale Clayton
13:40 Diabetes Complications Dr. David Miller
14:30 Nutrition break/Networking/Exhibitors
14:55 Concurrent sessions
E Youth in Transition to Adult Care (Repeat) Ben Mammon
Dr. Dale Clayton
Hannah Breadon
Penny Breadon
F Mastering Mealtime Insulin: Dosing When Food Gets Complicated Alanna Chambers
G Parenting for Success Dr. Penny Sneddon
H Latest Technologies sponsored by OneTouch Lori Berard
15:35 Stem Cell Transplant Research Update Dr. Francis Lynn
16:30 Closing remarks Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos
Dr. Bruce Verchere


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

Hannah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999. She was cared for by the wonderful team at B.C. Children’s Hospital from the age of seven until 18. Since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she has used insulin injections, pens, insulin pumps, and continuous glucose monitoring to manage her diabetes. She is able to live an active lifestyle and balance her blood sugars while hiking, surfing, and playing soccer. Over the past seven years, she has volunteered and worked at Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps, camps for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes. As a nurse, she is 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.

Dr Dale Clayton

Dr. Dale Clayton is an endocrinologist at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. as well as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at UBC. He holds undergraduate degrees in physiology from McGill, bio-psychology from UNB, and a master’s degree in community health and epidemiology from the University of Toronto. He completed medical school, residency and fellowship training at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

The year 2016 marked Dale’s 25th year of living with type 1 diabetes. Although it can sometimes be challenging, he’s tried to never let his diabetes slow him down. His athletic life has ranged from regular gym-goer in his 20’s, to runner in his 30’s, and now in his 40’s he is a self-proclaimed CrossFit junkie.

Dale believes strongly in the benefits of exercise in managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and his clinical interest is in helping people with diabetes find strategies to incorporate physical activity into their diabetes management.

David Miller, MD, FRCPC

Dr. David Miller is an adult endocrinologist practicing in Victoria, B.C. He has teaching appointments at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. He has also been a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee for Diabetes Canada for several years.

Julie Ogle

Julie Ogle obtained her training in dietetics from the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health in 2006.

She has worked in diabetes clinics with adults and for the past five years has been working in the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic at Surrey Memorial Hospital as part of a team that is committed to supporting patients and their families.

Dr. Bruce Verchere
Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Type 1 Diabetes Researcher

Dr. Verchere is a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. In addition, he is the head of the Diabetes Research Program at B.C. Children’s Hospital, and holds the Irving K. Barber Chair in Diabetes Research. His research aims to develop therapeutic approaches for enhancing the survival and function of insulin-producing beta cells in diabetes.

Penny Breadon

Penny is a physiotherapist who has worked in private practice for 25 years. She is also the mother of two lovely daughters. Hannah, her youngest, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7. With the support of the diabetes team at BCCH and Diabetes Canada, Hannah and her family attended Diabetes Canada’s Family D-Camps program when Hannah was first diagnosed. They made life-long connections at camp with other families trying to meet the challenges of living with diabetes. Penny has been involved with the JDRF Walk for the Cure for the last 18 years and hopes one day to be celebrating the cure for type 1 diabetes with the rest of the world.

Teri Currie

Teri Currie is a registered nurse and has been a certified diabetes educator since 1994. Teri’s direction of nursing practice changed when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her last term of nursing school in 1989. She went on to become a certified diabetes educator working in pediatric diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy as well as adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She also has been an active volunteer working with JDRF, Diabetes Canada as well as CWD supporting and educating families with diabetes.

Teri’s passion for insulin pump therapy began 24 hours after she started on her first insulin pump in 1998 after the birth of her twins—that night was her first uninterrupted hypoglycemia free night in many years. She has been a certified pump trainer since 1998 and continues to work in insulin pump therapy in her role as an educator.

Teri has been a nurse at Camp Kakhamela, Diabetes Canada’s camp for children with type 1 diabetes in B.C. for the past 15 years and was honoured to receive Diabetes Canada’s Camp Nurse of the Year Award in 2007 and the B.C. Regional Camp Educator in 2017. She is always excited to be a part of diabetes education, but especially empowering people with pumps to go above and beyond the basics. She looks forward to sharing and learning from the attendees who are living and loving those with type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Remi Rabasa-Lhoret

Dr Rabasa-Lhoret completed his medical training in Paris from 1983 to 1990 and his certification in Endocrinology in Montpellier from 1990 to 1995.

Between 1995 and 2000, he conducted a Ph.D in food science (Montpellier France and Montreal Canada), a certification in medical nutrition (Paris France) as well as a clinical over-specialization in diabetes (Montpellier France, Clinical assistant) under the supervision of both Dr J-L Chiasson (Montreal) and Louis Monnier (Montpellier).

From January 2001 to June 2002, he made a post-doctoral fellowship in Lyon (INSERM 449 and Lyon research center in nutrition France) under the supervision of Martine Laville and Hubert Vidal.

He was also webmaster of the French diabetes association website from 2001 to 2005. He is also a member of the editorial board of Diabetes and Metabolism since 2004.

In July 2002, Dr Rabasa-Lhoret was recruited as an MD in the endocrine service of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM- Hotel-Dieu) as well as an assistant professor in the Nutrition department (Université de Montréal).

Since April 2004, he has been the director of the metabolic unit at Université de Montréal and now at Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal. The metabolic unit is a fully equipped lab for precise human phenotyping, physiologic and intervention studies in the field of nutrition, diabetes, obesity and physical exercise.


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