Speakers’ full biography

Lori Berard, RD, CDN

Nurse Consultant

Lori Berard has over 30 years of experience in diabetes education, management and clinical research working as the Nurse Manager for the Health Sciences Centre Diabetes Research Program and a Faculty Member at the University of Manitoba Department of Medicine Section of Endocrinology.

Currently, she is working as a consultant in diabetes management and clinical research operations. Lori has dedicated many years volunteering with Diabetes Canada and has extensive experience with the Clinical Practice Guidelines. She has received many honors and awards related to her work in diabetes.

Anne-Sophie Brazeau, BSc, PhD, PDF

Assistant Professor and Director, Dietetic Education and Practice program, McGill University

Anne-Sophie Brazeau is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the dietetics education and practice program at McGill University’s School of Human Nutrition. She is a Fond recherche Québec en Santé’s research scholar.

Alanna Chambers

Alanna Chambers, RD, CDE, CPT

Independent Insulin Pump Trainer & Diabetes Educator

Alanna Chambers is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator from Kelowna, BC. Since completing her training at McGill University, she has focussed her career on type 1 diabetes and technology. She spent nearly 10 years in the insulin pump industry, has worked with her local diabetes program, and is now focussed on insulin pump and CGM education. She is a dynamic speaker known for blending current evidence with practical pearls. Having lived with type 1 diabetes since childhood, she understands that daily management takes just as much art & creativity as science.  Her goal is to help life with type 1 diabetes feel even just a bit better. When she’s not in the diabetes space, she loves to spend time in the outdoors with her husband and 3 girls.

Lisa Marie deMolitor, MPH, PDt, CDE

Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Lisa is a Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. She loves talking about food, thinking about food, eating food, and is also excited about diabetes technology. Lisa had 3 kids in 2 years – hectic but fun! She and her partner Nick enjoy getting the whole family out for adventures in hiking, paddling and biking.

Jeremy Gilbert, MD, FRCPC

Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Endocrinology and Metabolism, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON

Dr. Jeremy Gilbert completed his medical degree, internal medicine training and endocrinology residency at the University of Toronto. He was a clinical associate at the University Health Network for 18 months before becoming an active staff member of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He attends on the clinical teaching unit for internal medicine 3 months per year. He also attends on the endocrinology consulting service and has a growing outpatient practice. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

Ilana J Halperin, MD, FRCPC

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
University of Toronto Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Ilana Halperin MD, MSc, FRCPC is a staff physician at Sunnybrook hospital and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Halperin completed her MD at the University of Western Ontario, and her internal medicine and endocrinology training as well as an MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto.

As the Quality and Innovation lead for the division of endocrinology she leads a group of physicians committed to improving quality and safety for inpatients and outpatients with diabetes and other endocrine diseases. Dr. Halperin has a large T1D practice and believes strongly in the potential for continuous glucose monitoring to improve diabetes-related outcomes and the experience of living with diabetes.

Karen McAssey, MD, FRCPC

Pediatric Endocrinologist, McMaster Children’s Hospital, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University

Dr. McAssey is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at McMaster University. She is the Medical Director for the Pediatric Diabetes Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Her research interests include patient education and the use of technology in type 1 diabetes.

Laurel Messer, PhD, RN, CDCES

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Laurel Messer (PhD, RN, CDCES) is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

She is a clinical scientist who has specialized in the care of children, adolescents, and young adults with Type 1 Diabetes for 17 years. She is founder of the PANTHER Program (Practical AdvaNced THERapies for Diabetes), dedicated to creating resources for persons with diabetes and healthcare professionals related to diabetes technology (http://BDCPantherDiabetes.org ). She is also a research investigator, conducting numerous clinical research studies related to insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors (CGM), and automated insulin delivery/closed-loop systems. Dr. Messer’s research interests include clinical faciliators to enhance use of diabetes devices in clinical practice, as well as individual-level factors related to uptake and ongoing use of diabetes technology including CGM, insulin pump, and artificial pancreas systems for individuals with diabetes.

She lectures and teaches about Type 1 diabetes and diabetes technology at universities, hospitals, and national and international conferences, and has published over 50 peer- reviewed manuscripts related to implementation of diabetes technology.

Gabrielle Schmid, RD, CDE, CPT

LMC Diabetes & Endocrinology in Ottawa

Gabrielle is a diabetes educator, registered dietitian and certified pump trainer with LMC Diabetes & Endocrinology in Ottawa. She connects with families and children living with type 1 diabetes through the JDRF and volunteers with CHEO to help bridge the gap between diabetes care and youth living with type 1 diabetes. Gabrielle has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 2 decades and is ultimately passionate about driving change in the health care provider approach to help empower all people living with diabetes.

Rayzel Shulmand, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Staff physician, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Paediatrics and Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (status only), University of Toronto, Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences program, SickKids Research Institute, Adjunct Scientist, ICES

Rayzel Shulman is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is a Scientist in the Child Health and Evaluative Sciences Program at the Sickkids Research Institute and an Adjunct Scientist at ICES. Her research program is focused on developing and evaluating health services interventions to improve health outcomes and the quality of care for youth living with diabetes. Areas of focus include transition to adult care and understanding and reducing disparities in diabetes care and outcomes.

Rick Siemens, B.Sc. Pharm., B.Sc. Biol.

CDE pharmacist with Additional Prescribing Authority (APA)

Rick Siemens is a CDE pharmacist with Additional Prescribing Authority (APA) who works as a clinical pharmacist and pharmacy manager for a community pharmacy in Lethbridge, Alberta. Rick is involved in all aspects of advanced pharmacy practice including initial access prescribing, administering medications by injection, Comprehensive Annual Care Plan (CACP) and Standard Medication Management Assessment (SMMA) care plans, diabetes education, insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor training.