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Diabetes Action Canada

Our Network consists of a diverse team of patient partners, researchers, diabetes specialists, primary care practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, data specialists, and health policy experts committed to improving the lives of persons living with diabetes.

Recent News

What Can They Teach Me About Anti-Indigenous Racism in Healthcare? Lots!

19 July 2024
This is part six in our series by Patient Partners about what they learned at our recent workshop. By Maryann Maloney About Maryann: Maryann Maloney As a Patient Partner with Diabetes Action Canada, I’ve been given the opportunity to have a voice that connects both my passion for helping others and the type 1 diabetes […]

Patient Partner Perspective: Understanding Privilege and its Impact on Health Equity

18 July 2024
By Terri MacDonnell This is part 5 in our series of blog posts written by Patient Partners about their experience at the Diabetes Action Canada Workshop. About Terri: Terri MacDonnell has been a T1D for going on a pump and sensor 2 years ago. Feeling going on a pump and sensor 2 years ago. Feeling […]

Thank You, André!

17 July 2024
This month, we celebrate the retirement of Patient Partner, André Gaudreau. Since the early days of Diabetes Action Canada, André has been a dedicated member of our team. He was a co-facilitator for the Training and Mentoring Program, a member of our Francophone Patient Circle, a member of several research teams, and a huge part […]


Joint Webinar with Diabetes Action Canada and Fighting Blindness Canada

Dr. David Wong, retinal specialist; Leanne Baarda, Independent Living Skills Specialist, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario; Diana Sherifali, PhD, clinical nurse specialist, Diabetes Care and Research Program, Hamilton Health Sciences; Bert Neutel, patient partner.


Patients as Research Partners

Patients as Research Partners

Episode one features an interview with Patient Partner Dana Greenberg and Dr. Holly Witteman about the role of patients as Research Partners.

Diabetes and Technology

Diabetes and Technology

Episode five features Jen Hanson, Executive Director at Connected in Motion, and Dr. Shivani Goyal, Associate Director of Product at eHealth Innovation, discussing the ways technology is changing diabetes and how Diabetes Action Canada is ensuring patient voices are at the table.

Breaking Barriers and Building Connections at the DAC Conference

17 July 2024
By Ryan Hooey This is part four in a series of blog posts written by Patient Partners about the Diabetes Action Canada Workshop. About Ryan: Ryan Hooey: A person living with Type I Diabetes for 30 years. An advocate for the affordability, availability, and accessibility of diabetes management technology for all. Located in Windsor, Ryan […]

Finding Belonging Through Art and Patient Partnership: My Journey at the DAC 2024 Workshop

12 July 2024
By Shayla Hele This is the third in our series of blog posts, written by Patient Partners, about their experience at the Diabetes Action Canada Workshop. About Shayla: My name is Shayla Hele. I am 26 years old and have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for 19 years. I have been a part of […]

Navigating Lows and Highs: My Experience at the DAC 2024 Workshop

11 July 2024
By Sasha Delorme This is part two in our series of blog posts written by Patient Partners about their experience at the Diabetes Action Canada Workshop. About Sasha: Sasha Delorme is a happily married Métis woman with two sons and two stepchildren. She grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan with her mother, who […]

Facts on Diabetes

  • A diabetes diagnosis occurs every 3 minutes in Canada

  • Over 3 Million Canadians have diabetes and millions more are at risk of developing diabetes

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Canadians

  • Diabetes and its complications cost the health care system $27 billion in 2018

  • Up to half of Canadian Indigenous Adolescents have multiple risk factors for type-2 diabetes


Older Adults with Diabetes

Older Adults with Diabetes

Providing individualized solutions that help more people live longer, healthier lives with diabetes while avoiding complications.
Training and Mentoring

Training and Mentoring

Ensuring patient-oriented research remains top-of-mind by training the next generation to see it as a critical part of their approach to research.
Digital Health Solutions for Learning Health Systems

Digital Health Solutions for Learning Health Systems

Using health data to better understand those living with diabetes and transform diabetes self-management.

Get Involved

Become a Patient Partner

Become a Patient Partner

Diabetes Action Canada aims to integrate the patient perspective into every step of the research process including developing research questions, defining research objectives, collecting data and evaluating results; however, while some patients have the readiness to contribute as full members of research teams, others may bring a range of expertise such as in ethics or as knowledge brokers.


Our partners share in our mission to transform the health outcomes of people with diabetes and its related complications. Industry stakeholders have the opportunity to partner with Diabetes Action Canada, the first and only nation-wide collaborative network focused on the prevention of diabetes complications, and play an active role in achieving our goals.

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