The State of Diabetes in Canada11:45am-1:30pm | The Westin Ottawa - 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa
Today, more than one in four Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes. If nothing is done, by 2020, it will be one in three. This burden affects not only on those with diabetes, but all Canadians: in 2015, diabetes will cost Canada's healthcare system and economy almost $16 billion, and climbing.
Better prevention of type 2 diabetes, as well as preventing diabetes complications such as heart attack, stroke and kidney failure in both type 1 and type 2 patients, is essential to curb the burden of diabetes overall.
While diabetes is a serious disease, one can live a healthy life with optimal self-management, including a care team, medications and education. However, we must also consider impacts of the larger environment, including food security and emotional support for those with diabetes.
The vision of the Canadian Diabetes Association for the Diabetes Charter for Canada is a country where people with diabetes can live and contribute to their full potential. The Charter has been signed by more than 20,000 Canadians, and the forthcoming Charter Indicators Report will provide a benchmark for the state of diabetes in Canada, as well as providing a road map for changing the course of diabetes.
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President and CEO
Canadian Diabetes Association
Rick specializes in strategic organization revitalization, governance, stakeholder management, complex systems thinking, and executional excellence within healthcare, population health, and consumer-centric organizations.
He is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association, a national health charity and the past CEO of the Wellesley Institute, a national applied research and policy think tank focused on advancing population health. Rick is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, a Fellow of MaRS-Social Innovation Generation, and was latterly a President of RONA Retail, Wal-Mart FJ USA, Dylex- BW Stores, and Peoples Jewellers amongst others.
Rick is a Director and Past Chair of Imperial Manufacturing Group, Board Treasurer of Regis College at the University of Toronto, a Director of World Presidents Organization: Ontario Chapter, Director and Treasurer of the Harvard Club of Toronto. He is a Past-Director of the Toronto Central LHIN, Past Chair of Centennial College’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation, Past Governor of the Canadian Centre for Diversity, and a past-Director of the Toronto Board of Trade where he now contributes to city building as a member of its Policy and Advocacy Committee.
Rick is a graduate of the joint Non-Profit Management Certificate program at the Harvard Business and Kennedy Schools, and has an MBA from the University of Toronto, a B. Comm. from Carleton University, and is an alumnus of Bishop’s College School.