MD, MEd, FRCPC
(President and Founder)
Dr. Amish Parikh has been a Staff Internist and Endocrinologist at Trillium Health Partners (Mississauga, Ontario) since 2005. He has a large endocrinology practice including a focus on Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy. His other interests include insulin pump technology, exercise and diabetes, and new technology as it relates to the care of patients with diabetes.
He completed a Master's in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education during his Endocrine Fellowship Training and has a strong interest in continuing medical education. For the past two years, he is also the Chronic Disease Prevention Physician Lead for the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Here, his role involves improving the experience for people with multiple chronic conditions by championing an integrated approach to the prevention and management of chronic disease and promoting optimal health and wellness in the community.
RN, BHScN, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Consultant
Anna Brundage has managed several Diabetes Education Centres and has developed many innovative programs and teaching tools specific to Type 1 diabetes. She is currently a nurse consultant with expertise in insulin pump therapy, having started over 2000 persons on insulin pump therapy. She has presented hundreds of workshops for healthcare professionals and persons with diabetes across Canada.
Awards Anna has received include: the Diabetes Educator of the year by the Banting and Best Centre, the University of Toronto (2006); Canadian Diabetes Association, Diabetes Educator Section awards for Honourary Lifetime Achievement and Fifty Years with Type 1 diabetes (2009).
Having lived with Type 1 diabetes for 55 years herself, she is keenly interested in improving communication and interactions between healthcare professionals and persons living with this condition in order to help each one live up to their highest potential.
Dr. Cheng is a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, Ontario) and St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school, internal medicine and endocrinology training at the University of Toronto and has completed the Master Teacher Program offered through the Department of Medicine.
Alice has served on the Expert Committee for the 2003 Canadian Diabetes Association clinical practise guidelines and the Steering and Expert Committees for the 208 revision, along with the Dissemination and Implementation Committee. She served as Chair for the 2013 CDA clinical practise guidelines and is currently the Chair of the Guidelines Committee of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism.
In addition to guidelines development, she is actively involved in continuing education and has receive a Certificate of Recognition from the Ontario College of Family Physicians for her contributions to diabetes care and family medicine education.
Lynda Covello is an impatient patient, but she is also many other things: an international business lawyer and consultant, a speaker and teacher, a professional vocalist, an author, a patient activist and thought leader.
Lynda was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1973, and has lived successfully with the condition for more than 40 years through many career and life challenges. After almost 40 years of keeping her medical condition “invisible” save from a close circle of family and friends, Lynda “came out” as a PWD in 2013, and began to speak, write and sing publicly about her experiences. Since then, Lynda has become passionately involved in the T1D community, primarily through her work with the T1 Diabetes Think Tank Network. Her objective is to empower others to discover their own narratives so they can survive and thrive on the T1D journey.
Lynda believes that personal engagement is the only way to make meaningful change happen. Her personal motto is: “Changing the world, one mind at a time.” Lynda was included in 2014’s Canadian Women Changing Healthcare.
RN, Type 1 Diabetes Educator
Marlene Grass is a Registered Nurse specializing in Type 1 Diabetes.
In 1989 she founded The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre serving Durham Region based in north Whitby. The Centre is a one of a kind, community-based Registered Charity. Ten years later Marlene expanded the program to adults with Type 1 diabetes and the Centre currently serves 1300 adults and 350 children and youth. The Centre is now in its 27th year of “keeping children, youth and adults with Type 1 diabetes healthy until a cure is found”.
In 1990 Marlene was the first Diabetes Nurse Educator to receive the CDA Frederick G. Banting Award. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Regional Outstanding Health Professional Award by the Greater Toronto Area CDA and was also presented with the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Marlene is an advocate in support of centres specializing in Type 1 adults throughout Canada.
Bruce A Perkins, MD MPH is Associate Professor, Endocrinologist and Diabetes Complications Clinician-Scientist at the University of Toronto appointed to the Faculty of Medicine and to the Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation. He obtained his MD and Internal Medicine training at the University of Toronto, his endocrinology subspecialty training at Harvard University, his Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a research fellowship in epidemiology at the Joslin Diabetes Center.
His clinical practice focuses on type 1 diabetes. He serves as a member of the Steering Committee and Chair, Microvascular Complications on the Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, and served as the Chair of the insulin pump advisory committee to the Ontario Ministry of Health. Centered on type 1 diabetes and using longitudinal cohort methods as well as clinical trials, his research work has focused on 1) Early biomarkers of diabetes complications and biomarkers of progression to advanced disease, and 2) Interventions for glycemic control, including artificial pancreas technologies and disease-modifying adjunctive-to-insulin pharmaco- therapies. He is the recipient of the Canadian Diabetes Association’s 2015 Young Scientist Award.
Executive Director, Connected in Motion
Jen has grown up with Type 1 diabetes.
Diagnosed in 1987, she has never let diabetes stop her from pursuing her passion. Jen’s early beginnings as a campfire-loving, bug-catching, mud-puddle-jumping, tree-climbing tot sparked in her a love for the natural world that has been fostered and frown into a full-blown passion for everything outdoors.
Jen has degrees in Kinesiology and Education and specializes in Outdoor and Experiential Health education.
MD, FRCPC, MPH
Dr. Yeung is a clinical endocrinologist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, University of Alberta, Canada. She completed medical school at the University of Alberta, followed by her Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia. She spent two years at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Clinical Investigator Fellow examining the epidemiology of Asian diabetes with Professor Juliana Chan, while also completing her Master's in Public Health at Harvard with a focus on quality improvement and clinical effectiveness.
Dr. Yeung has joined the Alliance for Canadian Health Outcomes Research in Diabetes, and is also co-investigator for a number of phase II/III clinical trials carried out at the Alberta Diabetes Institute including the NIH-sponsored Preventing Early Renal Loss (PERL) study. She is interested in registry development and the meaningful use of health information technology for quality improvement. She is passionate about patient education and empowerment, co-founding the Edmonton Zone Diabetes Resources Review Committee. She values broad community engagement, and is an executive liaison for the Edmonton Area Professional Section of Diabetes Canada, and chair of the Type 1 Diabetes Think Tank Network Conversation Guide Working Group. She strives for collaboration amongst health care professionals, administrators, and community members to improve the lives of people living with and affected by diabetes.
An accomplished innovative leader in Stakeholder Relations, Marketing and General Operations Management in the pharmaceutical and Health Care industry. Michael has grown a network of Patient and Industry communities to build sustainable business partnerships. He brings transformational leadership through his experience in Enabling strategic partnerships; Stakeholder Mapping; Advocacy strategy for disease awareness, access to treatment and equity; Patient insights and ROI Metrics/Social Impact Scorecards.
Mike is also a hockey coach, hack amateur trumpet player and a survivor of the Patient Commando Improv class.