Administrative Team

The Administrative team of Diabetes Action Canada ensures efficient day to day operations of the office and supports the work of research management and other functions. The team plays an important part in the administration and development of this Network.

View our wonderful staff members that make this organization so great.

Executive Director

Tracy McQuire MSc, PMP

Tracy has been with Diabetes Action Canada for over 5 years, first as the Manager, Research Operations and now as Executive Director.   Tracy brings more than 15 years of research project and program management experience as well as research operations and strategic planning expertise.  Prior to joining Diabetes Action Canada, Tracy was the Business Manager for the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute at University Health Network (UHN), leading the strategic planning process and implementation strategy to align research priorities to clinical programs.  She has also led many projects within UHN Research in her various roles, including as Project Coordinator for research safety and facilities planning.  Tracy holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Genetics from Queen’s University and obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in 2012.


Director, Strategic Partnerships

Catharine Whiteside, CM MD Ph.D. FRCP(C) FCAHS

A University of Toronto graduate, Dr. Catharine Whiteside served as Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost Relations with Health Care Institutions at the University of Toronto from 2006 -14 and was recognized with WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award in 2012.  She received the 2007 Medal for Research Excellence from the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the 2009 Canadian Medical Association May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and in 2016 received the OMA’s Advocate for Students and Residents Award. In 2016, Catharine was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her leadership in academic medicine and nephrology, and for her scientific contributions to our understanding of the cellular mechanisms underlying kidney disorders. From 2016-2021 she was the Executive Director of Diabetes Action Canada, the SPOR Network in Diabetes and Related Complications and now holds the position of Director of Strategic Partnerships; members of the Board of the Scarborough Health Network Foundation; and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Banting Research Foundation.

  • Jim a clinical research manager within the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative and Program Manager for the Health Technology Assessment and Network Analytics program within Diabetes Action Canada. His research interests include the development of methods related to the conduct of clinical trials, and other studies, designed to help inform health policy decisions related to technologies and interventions used within the health system. He is a pharmacist and holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Master of Science, specializing in pharmacology, from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.

    He is also an Assistant Professor (part-time) in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HE&I), Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University where he provides instruction within the Health Research Methodology graduate program.

  • Shannon Carkner is the Campaign Director for the diabetes campaign at UHN Foundation. Shannon is a passionate and experienced fundraiser and certified CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive), with a track record of achieving campaign results, primarily in the heath charity landscape. Her deep passion for the diabetes community is evidenced by her 5 years with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) prior to joining UHN Foundation to focus on the diabetes portfolio. Shannon is deeply committed to serving the diabetes community by raising the much needed funds to address the relentless and devastating impacts of living with diabetes.


  • Tracey, RN, MScN, is the research coordinator on the study, Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults – Canada. Tracey is a Registered Nurse and has experience in conducting multi-site RCTs related to older adults with multiple chronic conditions.

  • Allison comes to Diabetes Action Canada following a 27-year career in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto where she functioned as a senior administrator in the Clinical Sector and supported several Decanal portfolios.  Concurrent with her role at the University, Allison supported the operations of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  Allison functions well in multi-stakeholder administrative environments and will provide high level support to the Network.



  • Krista Lamb is the Communications Lead for Diabetes Action Canada. She is a writer, communications professional and podcast host. Krista specializes in helping translate complex medical, scientific and health-related topics into interesting and understandable stories for diverse mediums. In addition, Krista is the producer and host of multiple podcasts, including the Actions on Diabetes Podcast with Diabetes Action Canada. Her first book, Beyond Banting: From insulin to islet transplants, decoding Canada’s diabetes research superstars, is available now from Rock’s Mills Press.

  • Carlos joins Diabetes Action Canada after working as an Administrative Assistant with the Toronto General Research Hospital Institute at UHN.  He brings years of experience from his role as a client success specialist and project manager in the start-up community where he managed client portfolios, developed business relationships, and created operational processes. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Chemistry and Biology with a minor in French Studies from the University of Toronto. While at university, he joined many student organizations in senior leadership positions including LSAS, MoveU, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and NAMUN. Coupled with his experience in the start-up sector, Carlos brings years of experience in time management, team work, organization, and interpersonal skills to the team.


  • Mildred graduated in Economics from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.  Mildred’s current role as the Business Officer at Diabetes Action Canada is to administer the financial matters and inter-institutional agreements for the Network, as well as provide administrative support to the Steering Council and its Standing Committees.  Prior to joining the team at Diabetes Action Canada, Mildred provided administrative support to the Division of Endocrinology at the University of Toronto and the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative. Mildred had considerable experience in coordinating the secretariat functions of the board of governors and senate, as well, the graduation ceremony of a tertiary institution in Singapore before her move to Canada.

  • Michelle is the coordinator for the Training and Mentoring Program at Diabetes Action Canada. Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the Université de Moncton. Since her appointment in January 2017, Michelle has contributed to the development of the Training and Mentoring Program Performance Strategy and its Mentorship, Internship and Fellowship Programs. She has also collaborated with partners at Diabetes Canada in the organization of the Diabetes Canada Trainee Days offered in conjunction with the Diabetes Canada Professional Conference in the fall. Michelle also organizes and coordinates Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Training Sessions in both English and French. Michelle looks forward to working more closely with patient partners, trainees and researchers in developing future training sessions that will better address their needs.


  • Linxi started with Diabetes Action Canada as a Patient Partner for over a year, she is now excited to join the team in her new capacity as the Lead of Patient Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization. Prior to joining DAC, she was a Senior Program Manager supporting a national suicide prevention and life promotion program with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. In this work, she focused on centering the wisdom of those with lived and living experience, while also translating findings from academic partners into tangible tools for the participating communities. In addition to her leadership in the mental health space, Linxi has more than six years of experience leading national programs in urban research, youth wellbeing, and sustainability in healthcare. Linxi holds  a Bachelor of Science in Biopharmaceutical Sciences (uOttawa) and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto. Outside of work, she dedicates her time to volunteering on the JDRF Mental Health Advisory Board and the People for Education National Advisory Committee.


  • Conrad is a Senior Project Manager at Diabetes Action Canada, managing the National Diabetes Repository, a virtual platform that enables secure analytics of primary care data.  His focus is on data governance and acquisition, privacy-preserving record linkage and fostering relationships with data partners, stakeholders and industry leaders. Conrad studied Business Management at Sheridan College with a focus on Human Resources Management.  He also served as the College’s Senator for Community and Liberal Studies.  In 2014 he went on to receive a certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

    Specialties: Project Management, Data Governance, Relationship Management, Government Liaison, Process Management

  • Olivera joined the Diabetes Action Canada Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS) program as a manager in 2017. The nation-wide DRS network focuses on establishing a teleophthalmology screening program across Canada as a more efficient and cost-effective way for diagnosis and prevention of diabetes-related eyesight complications. Olivera is responsible for daily operational activities and the coordination of all DRS projects, related to building and improving access to eye examination using teleophthalmology.

    Over the past 7.5 years, she has been a research coordinator/manager of the Department of Ophthalmology Clinical Trials program at Toronto Western Hospital – UHN. She has also trained as a medical doctor in Serbia.

  • Abdelrahman is a biostatistician by training, holding a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Leeds, UK.  Abdelrahman has experience as a biostatistics lecturer and clinical research assistant at several locations in England.  He has provided epidemiological and bio-statistical expertise in research methodology and design, study protocol development, database structure, and analysis plan for diagnostic trials.  His interests are in designing clinical trial protocols, observation data analysis, interpreting trends in complex data sets, monitoring performance and predictive modelling using different statistical software. Currently, Abdelrahman is a research assistant at St. Michael’s hospital cardiology research and a project coordinator for the Foot Care to Prevent Amputations research program.


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