Skip to main content

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

Catalyst for Change Award Winners!

20 June 2024
In May, Diabetes Action Canada (DAC) awarded the first ever Catalyst for Change Awards to three Patient Partners. The Catalyst for Change Award celebrates Patient Partners who have made outstanding contributions to advancing patient-oriented diabetes research and care, embodying transformative achievements in our community. The 2024 winners are: Kate Farnsworth – Mom of a daughter […]

Celebrating the Life of Clarence Nepinak

17 June 2024
At our recent Diabetes Action Canada Workshop, Dr. Jon McGavock introduced a video honouring the life of Patient Partner Clarence Nepinak, who passed away on November 2, 2022. Nepinak was a respected Indigenous elder and community leader from the Pine Creek First Nation (Minegoziibe Anishinabe) in Manitoba. He was deeply committed to his community, and […]

Research to Action Fellowship Award Winners Announced

7 June 2024
At the Diabetes Action Canada Workshop on May, the Network announced the awardees of the inaugural Research to Action Fellowship Award. This unique fellowship runs from May to December 2024, and is designed for individuals with a personal connection to diabetes, offering an opportunity to turn their experiences into powerful advocacy and knowledge mobilization. The […]


Patient Engagement the Next Generation

Patient Engagement the Next Generation

This webinar features some of our most successful approaches of patient engagement in shaping our research projects.


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.

Amputation Prevention

Amputation Prevention

On episode four, Patient Partner Tom Weisz and Dr. Charles de Mestral discuss the work being done by the Diabetes Action Canada foot care and amputation prevention team, which is looking at community-based approaches to improving treatments and avoiding lower limb amputations.

Diabetes Action Canada Joins Research Canada

6 May 2024
Diabetes Action Canada is pleased to now be a member of Research Canada. Research Canada is a national, broad-based alliance dedicated to advancing health research through collaborative advocacy. Their mission, which aligns well with DAC’s is, “to improve the health and prosperity of all Canadians by championing Canada’s global leadership in health research and innovation.” […]

Diabetes Action Canada on AsPERUsual Podcast

25 April 2024
On this latest episode of asPERusual – a podcast for practical patient engagement, host Anna Maria Chudyk interviewed our very own Tracy McQuire and Linxi Mytkolli to learn about the different ways in which our Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research network is committed to improving the lives of persons living with diabetes. Regardless of whether diabetes is […]

Diabetes Action Canada Celebrates the Work of Michelle Murray

3 April 2024
At the end of March, Michelle Murray retired from her role as Training and Mentoring Coordinator for Diabetes Action Canada. Michelle has been an integral part of the DAC team since the organization’s inception in 2016. “Michelle has played a pivotal role in developing our Training and Mentoring program, ensuring all members were well-equipped to […]

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


Innovations in Type 1 Diabetes

Innovations in Type 1 Diabetes

Creating collaborative patient-oriented research programs that enables innovative research in T1D.
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.
Older Adults with Diabetes

Older Adults with Diabetes

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

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.

Subscribe to our Newsletter