Building a team for better diabetes care.

Thank you for your participation. You can continue to review the program or download your certificate of attendance by logging in the platform until August 14, 2022



Saturday May 14, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST


Virtual! Join from anywhere and attend this event without leaving the comfort of your own home.


$35 (Diabetes Canada Professional Member)
$50 (General Registration)

Join us for the third annual National Diabetes Frontline Forum!
Diabetes Frontline Forum (DFF), in its third year, provides allied health care professionals with an excellent opportunity to learn from diabetes experts, network with colleagues and learn from the latest industry trends.

Event highlights include:

  • One-day virtual education
  • Opportunity to network with more than 1,300 attendees from across Canada
  • Live exhibitor tradeshow

Sponsors & Donors

Exhibitor Tradeshow

Diabetes Canada Auditorium - Agenda

All presentations are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

10:00 A.M.

Exhibitor Tradeshow Opens

10:30 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

Diabetes Through the Ages

Dr. Alice Cheng MD, FRCPC
Dr. Peter LinMD, CCFP

Diabetes is truly a chronic disease. As one emerges from adolescence and ventures through the stages of life, including menarche, pregnancy, menopause, and into older age with potential frailty and dementia - diabetes can pose unique challenges that require special consideration. This presentation will outline those challenges and considerations for adolescence / menarche, transition of care, sexuality, pregnancy, menarche, and frailty / dementia.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the unique challenges to the management of diabetes from adolescence to older age.
2. Provide practical considerations to address those challenges at different stages of adulthood.

11:15 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Understanding and Screening for Diabetes Distress

Dr. Tiffany Shepherd
PhD, Registered Psychologist

Diabetes distress is a common experience among individuals with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, impacting diabetes self-management and well-being. This presentation will offer an overview of diabetes distress, including prevalence rates and associations with diabetes-related health outcomes, and will draw on lived experience patient narrative examples. Differentiating disease-based distress from mental health diagnosis will also be revealed, and communication strategies and resources for assessment and screening tools will be shared using clinical examples.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the nature of diabetes distress and how it is different from mental health diagnoses
2. Gain familiarity with diabetes distress screening and assessment tools

12:00 P.M. - 12:45 P.M.

Diabetes and Nutrition: Individualizing Low-Carb, Keto and Intermittent Fasting for Patients Living with Diabetes

Jenna Walsh

Join me to discuss how to properly identify which patients living with diabetes may benefit from a low-carbohydrate diet, ketogenic diet or intermittent fasting; how to identify red flags for those in which these diets may be contraindicated, and how to align pharmacotherapy with these lifestyle changes. Using case-studies and practical, usable strategies, this session will leave your feeling confident in your ability to guide and manage your patients with diabetes seeking lifestyle change for blood glucose control.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Assess which patients low carb diets, keto and IMF may be appropriate and contraindicated for
2. How to safely educate patients on the general principles of low-carb eating while managing their diabetes

12:45 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.


Be sure to check out the Exhibitor Tradeshow & Wellness Lounge

1:00 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.

Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE): Getting There and Impacting Practice

Dr. Fairuz Siraj PharmD,Rph
Gail MacNeillBNSc, RN, MEd, CDE
Susie JinRPh, CDE, CRE

In this lively conversation two certified diabetes educators and an exam candidate will be discussing the preparation for writing the CDE exam. Motivation to write the exam, expectations regarding content and questions, and tips will be explored.  The potential benefits of being a CDE and maintaining this status in the practice setting are addressed with the emphasis on how this may change your practice. Please join us for this insightful dialogue


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the steps to writing the certified diabetes educator examination.
2. Identify essential strategies to be used when answering the multiple-choice questions.
3. Describe how your CDE designation can impact your practice.

1:45 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Diabetes Medication Review - What Next?

Jonathan Hunchuck

A rapidly growing evidence-base has resulted in both an expansion of the pharmacotherapeutic alternatives as well as a reimagining of the positioning and prioritizing of drug classes old and new. Using a case-based approach, strategies for pharmacotherapeutic treatment optimization will be explored.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Rationalize add-on or changes in pharmacotherapy for patients requiring intensification of glycemic control, cardiovascular risk reduction, side effect avoidance, and support for treatment adherence.

2:30 P.M. - 3:15 P.M.

A Holistic Approach to Exercise and Activity

Dr. Jonathon R. FowlesPhD CSEP-CEP, CSCS, HPS

The 2018 Diabetes Clinical Practice Guidelines provided more options in the recommendations to be active for health and better diabetes management. Evidence supported smaller amounts of physical activity and reducing sedentary time, the addition of newer exercise approaches such as interval training and resistance band exercise, and reinforced behavioral strategies such as goal setting and self-monitoring to promote adoption and adherence.
In 2021, Canada released ’24 Hour Movement’ Guidelines that further broadens the scope of physical activity and benefits to health, underscoring that the ‘Whole Day Matters’ to reduce sedentary behavior, increase physical activity, get regular exercise and adequate, restful sleep.
This presentation will highlight recent evidence on the components of physical activity for health and identify common challenges to the initiation and adoption of exercise, with the goal of providing more options that can help make physical activity or exercise an easier choice for individuals with diabetes.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the different components of physical activity that makes up a 'healthy day'.
2. Identify common barriers to exercise and how to overcome those barriers.
3. Develop a physical activity and exercise plan that is appropriate.

3:15 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Be sure to check out the Exhibitor Tradeshow & Wellness Lounge

Industry Auditorium - Agenda

All presentations are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

3:30 P.M. - 4:05 P.M.

LET’S GET REAL: A 20-minute Practical Guide to CGM and the 2021 DC Glucose Monitoring Guidelines

Dr. Ilana Halperin

The pace of development in diabetes technology is extremely rapid. 2021 Diabetes Canada guidelines clearly outline who should use rtCGM and who may use either real-time or intermittent scan CGM. Most provinces have announced public coverage for real-time CGM and there is now widespread access through private insurance.1 Emerging evidence suggests real time CGM initiation within the first year of a T1D diagnosis, and real time CGM use by people with T2D using basal insulin, both result in A1C improvements.2,3,4 Join us for a quick, practical case based discussion illustrating how to implement the 2021 DC guidelines and how to support rtCGM initiation soon after diagnosis.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Use the 2021 Diabetes Canada glucose monitoring guidelines to guide glucose sensor conversations with people with diabetes
2. Navigate factors, including potential provider biases, that affect the timing of a real time CGM start

Session by:

4:05 P.M. - 4:20 P.M.

Managing Obesity in a Primary Care Setting

Dr. Laura Reardon
 MD, CCFP, Diplomat ABOMC

Join Dr. Laura Reardon as she discusses obesity management in clinical practice. This 15-minute session will discuss obesity as a chronic disease, explore evidence-based treatment options, and provide strategies to overcome obesity bias in practice.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize obesity as a chronic disease
2. Discuss obesity bias and how to address it in clinical practice
3. Review available pharmacotherapy options for obesity management

Session by:

4:20 P.M.- 4:35 P.M.

Capillary Blood Glucose: Where the Rubber Hits the Road for T2D

Dr. Michael Vallis
 PhD, RPsych

The presentation discusses the importance of literacy and numeracy for effective self-monitoring by patients and provides guidance on how healthcare professionals can support their patients.


By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:
1. Understand the importance of literacy and numeracy for effective self-monitoring by patients
2. Understand the continued relevance of Capillary Blood Glucose testing in the diabetes technology landscape
3. Understand how to support/guide patients

Session by:

4:35 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.


Be sure to check out the Exhibitor Tradeshow & Wellness Lounge

4:45 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

The Power is in Your Hands: A Look at how Sensor Data can Support Decision Making

Lisa deMolitor

Please join Lisa DeMolitor, a dietitian from Kentville, Nova Scotia, to learn how to empower your patients. We will look at all the tools from intermittently-scanned Continuous Glucose Monitoring technology for improved decision making in their diabetes care and for better self management.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the difference and discuss the benefits of sensor based technology over traditional monitoring methods.
2. Use sensor data to support lifestyle change and to facilitate patient self-management

Session by:

5:00 P.M. - 5:15 P.M.

Insulin Injection Technique, the Importance of Site Rotation and a Summary of the RCT

Robert Roscoe
 B.Sc.Pharm, ACPR, CDE

The presentation will provide conversation starter points about proper injection technique and address why, if it is so simple, is it not being done? We will also discuss the concept of site rotation and present the results of a RCT trial involving pharmacists using a rotation tool for patients and measuring the impact on understanding proper site rotation for both the patient and the pharmacist. The session will address implications of poor technique and the prevalence and clinical consequences of lipohypertrophy.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the basic steps in proper injection technique and how injection technique can affect glycemic outcomes
2. Understand Lipohypertrophy and its importance
3. Identify the typical errors made in injection technique, and
4. Learn results of a Canadian-based practice trial involving pharmacists and using mCPN to improve site rotation.

Session by:

5:15 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Supporting Sponsor Panel Discussion & Summary of the Day: Reviewing Clinical Tips

7:00 P.M.

Exhibitor Tradeshow Closes

Event Advisory Committee

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 speakers. Any products and/or services presented are in no way promoted or endorsed by DC or its affiliates. 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, and/or times without further notice.

The Diabetes Frontline Forum 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 Diabetes Frontline Forum, 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.

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, May 14, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
The event is designed for health-care professionals (HCP) including pharmacists, dietitians, nurses, diabetes educators and HCPs involved in diabetes care.
Yes, please register via the “REGISTRATION” tab. At this time, you will be asked to provide your personal information and payment. After registering, you should receive an email within 24 hours, confirming you’ve been registered along with a link to the May 14, 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 May 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. EST. 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.

Much like an in-person conference you will be able to watch presentations in the virtual auditorium and participate in Question and Answer (Q&A) sessions. There is also an interactive tradeshow where you can visit a variety of diabetes related exhibits and ask questions via chat box or schedule a call to speak with a representative.
During the presentation, questions can be typed into the chat box at any time.
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. You will be able to log into the event until August 14, 2022 to watch presentations, visit the exhibitor tradeshow and watch or download any information.

Note: After 6:01 p.m. EST on May 14, 2022 you will not be able to chat with booth representatives or participate in the leaderboard contest.
$35 (Diabetes Canada Professional Member)
$50 (General Registration)
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 OR visit our virtual Help Desk depicted in the internal lobby and a vFairs representative will be available to help you.
Accessibility (is this available, if yes leave as, if no please let us know what accessibility features are available with the platform.)

The vFairs platform includes the following accessibility features:
-Ability to increase or decrease font size
-Colour contrast mode

Diabetes Canada has contracted vFairs to manage registrations for this virtual conference. vFairs is committed to constantly ensuring the use of the latest state-of-the-art technology and procedures at its disposal to guarantee the security of the data hosted. vFairs will comply with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Model Code and will not use or disclose any person information or data otherwise than in strict accordance with the code.
Contact us via email at or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) and our call center staff will get back to you in 1-2 business days.