Canadian Diabetes Association

Canadian Diabetes Association Canadian Diabetes Association

1400 - 522 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, CA



The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is a registered national charity, founded in 1953 by Dr. Charles Best, co-discoverer of insulin. The CDA leads the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by diabetes live healthy lives, preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes, and discovering a cure.

Across the country, the CDA is supported in our efforts to lead the fight against diabetes by a community-based network of volunteers, members, employees, health-care professionals, researchers and partners.

By providing education and services, advocating on behalf of people with diabetes, supporting research and translating research into practical applications – we are delivering on our mission.

The CDA is dedicated to advocating on behalf of people with diabetes and giving them a strong voice. Each year, we invest in the best, most innovative diabetes research in Canada. We also bring diabetes research to life by translating our Clinical Practice Guidelines into practical tools for health-care professionals.



Experts (52)

Jan Hux

Jan Hux

Chief Science Officer

Providing scientific and strategic direction to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Diabetes Public Health Epidemiology Internal Medicine Healthcare Communications End Stage Renal Disease Drug Utilization

Rick Blickstead

Rick Blickstead

President and CEO

Rick is a fluently bilingual, senior executive with experience in both the Canadian and American public and private sectors.

Strategic Planning Volunteer Management Public Speaking Policy Development Community Outreach Program Management Entrepreneurship Diabetes

Joanne Lewis

Joanne Lewis

Manager, Diabetes Education

Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator.

Diabetes Education Healthy Eating Living With Diabetes Diabetes Care Professional Education

Warren Wagner

Warren Wagner

Regional Director, Saskatchewan

Warren Wagner is Regional Director for Saskatchewan at the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Diabetes in Saskatchewan Diabetes Volunteer Management Community Development Research Public Speaking Grant Writing Event Planning Community Outreach Event Management Program Evaluation

Andrea Kwasnicki

Andrea Kwasnicki

Regional Director, Manitoba/Nunavut

Andrea Kwasinski is Regional Director for Manitoba and Nunavut at the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Volunteer Development Community Development Community Mobilization Event Planning Advocacy Diabetes in Manitoba General Diabetes

Lisa Matte

Lisa Matte

Regional Director, Maritimes Region

Lisa Matte is Regional Director for the Maritimes at the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Diabetes in the Maritimes Budgets Leadership Volunteer Management Business Planning Diabetes Fundraising

Ravi Retnakaran

Ravi Retnakaran

Associate Member

Focusing on the pathophysiology and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Cardiovascular Disease Insulin Therapy Medical Research Diabetes and Metabolism

Mapy Villaudy

Mapy Villaudy

Vice President, Fund Development & Marketing

Mapy Villaudy is Vice President, Fund Development & Marketing at the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Fundraising Trends Developing Brand Ambassadors How to Increase Brand Value Diabetes Charitable Sector Marketing & Branding Marketing & Corporate Strategy

Ericka Tovey

Ericka Tovey

Director, Donor Marketing & Relations

Ericka Tovey is the Director of Donor Marketing and Relations at The Canadian Diabetes Association.

Fundraising Trends and Training Brand Ambassadorship Donor-Centred Messaging Annual Giving Stewardship Volunteer Management Philanthropy Project Management Marketing Communications Strategic Communications Data Analysis Diabetes

Ronald Goldenberg

Ronald Goldenberg

Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr. Ronald Goldenberg is a consultant endocrinologist affiliated with North York General Hospital in Toronto, Ontario.

Diabetes Endocrinology Internal Medicine Hypertension Obesity Dyslipidemia Thyroid Disorders

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  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Care - Services
  • Research
  • Fund-Raising
  • Non-Profit/Charitable

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