November 27, 2017

The Board of the National Diabetes Trust Corporation is pleased to announce that Rick Blickstead, currently CEO and President of Diabetes Canada, will be taking on a newly-created role as CEO and President of the National Diabetes Trust (NDT). The NDTC Board is confident that Rick will make a positive contribution to the growth and momentum already established by the NDT team. This change is effective January 1, 2018. 

Arising from Rick Blickstead’s move, the Diabetes Canada Board is pleased to make the following two announcements, both effective January 1, 2018.   

John Reidy, currently Chief Administrative Officer, will be stepping into the role of Acting CEO, Diabetes Canada. John’s broad experience and insight will serve him well in this expanded role. 

Jan Hux, currently Chief Science Officer, will add to her current responsibilities in a newly-created role as President, Diabetes Canada. Russell Williams, Vice President Government Relations and Public Policy will report to Jan. Together, Jan and Russell will spearhead our renewed focus on Population Impact. We are confident that Jan, working in partnership with John and the rest of the Diabetes Canada organization, will accelerate our capability to deliver on our mission to End Diabetes for the 11 million impacted Canadians.   


Jim Newton                                 Ram Krishna
Board Chair                                  Board Chair
Diabetes Canada                         National Diabetes Trustee Corp.

About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Educational programs and support services;
  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

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For more information, please contact:

Krista Lamb
Communication Manager
Diabetes Canada
Office: 416-408-7088

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