Registry of Lobbyists

Registration - In-house Organization

Diabetes Canada / Diabète Canada / Laura Syron, President and CEO

Registration Information

In-house Organization name: Diabetes Canada / Diabète Canada
Previous in-house organization names
Responsible Officer Name: Laura Syron, President and CEO 
Responsible Officer Change History
Initial registration start date: 2006-05-08
Registration status: Active
Registration Number: 946429-12774

Associated Communications

Total Number of Communication Reports: 335

Monthly communication reports in the last 6 months: 4

Version 1 of 58 (2006-05-08 to 2006-12-01)

Version 1 of 58 (2006-05-08 to 2006-12-01) was submitted prior to the Lobbying Act coming into force on July 2, 2008. Due to different information requirements at that time, the registration is presented in the following format.

A. Organization Information

Organization: Canadian Diabetes Association / ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DU DIABETE
522 University Avenue
Suite 1400
Toronto, ON  M5G 2R5
Telephone number: 416-408-7047
Fax number: 416-214-1899  
Responsible officer name and position during the period of this registration: Michael Howlett, President & CEO  
Description of the organization's activities: Canadian Diabetes Association promotes the health of Canadians through diabetes research, education, service and advocacy. Programs conducted include: 1) research grants and awards to qualified donees; 2) professional publications; 3) educational publications, magazines and newsletters; 4) nutrition guides and cookbooks; 5) support to health care professionals to further education in diabetes care; 6) support groups; 7) camping services to children in which they learn to live with diabetes more successfully; 8) Corporate Food Value Symbols programmes on consumer food products; 9) support elimination of blanket discrimination of those affected by diabetes; 10) support and administer government programmes designed to aid those in need with required supplies; 11) provide supplies required by those affected by diabetes at competitive prices and enhanced services; 12) advocate/negotiate for access to care and services; 13) development of guidelines for standard of diabetes care; 14) provide a network of community access for those affected by diabetes.
Organization's membership or classes of membership: Registered Members have right to vote, privilege of holding office, and entitlement to receipt of all services and benefits of the Association as determined by the Board of Directors.Associate Members participate in activities of the Association or donate financially to the Association - non voting members.Life Members appointed by Diabetes Educator Section and the Clinical and Scientific Section of the Association.Honourary Members are appointed by the Board of Directors for a set term and are not entitled to hold office as an Officer or a Director but are otherwise entitled to privileges of a Registered Member.
Was the organization funded in whole or in part by any domestic or foreign government institution in the last completed financial year? Yes
End date of the organization's last completed financial year: 2005-08-31
List of Government Funding
Government Institution Funding Received in Last Financial Year
Government of B.C. $47,000.00
Ontatrio Trilium $67,000.00
Government of Newfoundland $50,000.00
Government of P.E.I. $9,000.00
Government of Manitoba $10,000.00
Government of Nova Scotia $7,000.00
Government of Alberta $6,392,000.00
HRDC $49,000.00
Government of Ontario - Monitors $796,000.00
Health Canada (HC) $600,000.00

B. Lobbyists Employed by the Organization

Name: Jean Blake
Position title: Area Executive Director
Public offices held: No
Name: Janie Bringleson
Position title: Branch Coordinator - SSM
Public offices held: Yes
Name: Kerrry Bruder
Position title: Regional Director - Central South Ontario
Public offices held: No
Name: Jordana Buchan
Position title: Regional Director, SSK
Public offices held: No
Name: Christine Flammer
Position title: Associate Director - Public Policy & Government Relations
Public offices held: Yes
Name: Jennifer MacKinnon
Position title: Regional Director - North East Ontario
Public offices held: No
Name: Wes Noppers
Position title: Regional Manager, Finance
Public offices held: No
Name: Gary O'Connor
Position title: Area Executive Director-GTA Central South Ontario
Public offices held: No
Name: Karen Philip
Position title: National Director, PP&Gov't Relations
Public offices held: Yes
Name: Suzanne Sterling
Position title: Regional Director - North West Ontario
Public offices held: No
Name: Sue Taylor
Position title: Regional Director - Central West Ontario
Public offices held: No
Name: Rose-Anne Williams
Position title: Community Education
Public offices held: No

C. Lobbying Activity Information

Federal departments or organizations which have been or will be communicated with during the course of the undertaking: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Health Canada (HC), Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
Communication techniques that have been used or are expected to be used in the course of the undertaking:
Grass-roots communication, Informal communications, Meetings, Presentations, Telephone calls, Written communications, whether in hard copy or electronic format
Subject Matter: Areas of Concern: Diabetes research, Health
Subject Matter: Retrospective: January 9, 2006 met with Tony Martin, Member of Parliament (MP) Sault Ste.Marie regarding election debate information. January 20, 2006 met withBonnie Brown, MP regarding Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) advocacy andCatastrophic Drug Plan. Met with Christina Stanford and Trish Volbaum,Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) employees regarding Chronic DiseasePrevention Alliance of Saskatchewan to discuss strategic planning. Metwith Denise Weber, PHAC regarding Funding for Cooking for your Lifeprogram. January 26, 2006 informal conversation at Ontario Summit onDiabetes Complications with Tim Hutchinson and Barbara Foster of PHAC.January 27, 2006 Telephone meeting re International Diabetes Federation(IDF) Congress in Cape Town with Claus Spoerel of Foreign Affairs Canada.February 24, 2006 met with Nick Previsich of Ministry of Health re IDFCongress in Cape Town. January 30, 2006 Congratulatory letters to all MPs,request for their awareness of Disability Tax Credit issue. January 30,2006 repeat of Federal ask to MP#133 Prescott-Russell; 159 Nepean-Carleton;169 Ottawa Centre; 170 Ottawa-Orleans; 17 Ottawa South; 172 Ottawa-Vanier;173 Ottawa West Nepean; 18 Renfrew-Nipissing; 194 Stormont-Dundas-SouthGlengarry. February 28, 2006 and other dates invited numerous MPs via mailto lunch at the Live Smart-Diabetes Expo in Ottawa on May 6, 2006.Invitation to various MPs to attend Diabetes Expo in British Columbia.February 22, 2006 e-mail to MP Nickel Belt regarding animal insulin inresponse to query from Ray Bonin. January 27-29, 2006 worked with theCanadian Forces Base (CFB) North Bay's Mark DiLello (volunteer RegionalChair) regarding CDA Leadership Forum. February 20, 2006 worked with MarkDiLello of CFB North Bay on Letters to the Editor for Bill 15. January 31and February 28, 2006 sent e-mails to Oliver Comisso of Human Resources andSkills Development Canada (HRSDC)-Sudbury regarding monthly update for JobCreation Program (JCP) position. January 26, 2006 meeting regardingdiabetes issues with Tim Hutchinson and Barbara Foster of Public HealthAgency of Canada (Chronic Disease). January 16, 2006 meeting with 2members of staff, directors, of Industry Canada regarding indirect costs ofresearch for universities. January 27, 2006 called Claus Spoerel and LouisHelbig of South Africa Desk of Department of Foreign Affairs to discuss andsecure advice on Canada's participation at IDF Congress in December 2006 inCape Town, South Africa. February 9, 2006 spoke with Barb Wells, VicePresident of Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment(CCOHTA) and Common Drug Review of Industry Canada at conference "Toward aNational Pharmaceuticals Strategy". February 27, 2006 spoke with AndreaRosen, Brenda Price, Christian Boulianne and Sarah Bertrans of CompetitionBureau regarding International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network(ICPEN) sweep of diabetes advertisements. March 1, 2006 met with StevenFletcher, Parliamentary Secretary of Health and Rick Casson to discussCanadian Diabetes Strategy, Disability Tax Credit and National CatastrophicDrug Plan. March 20, 2006 met with Rick Dobson, Randa Elkadi, SergioPagliarello of Canada Revenue Agency to discuss Disability Tax Credit.March 21, 2006 met with Steven Fletcher, Parliamentary Secretary of Health,Joe Kennelly, Chief Policy Advisor to Minister of Health regarding chronicdisease and disease specific strategies. January 6, 2006 met with/calledKaren Redman, Lynn Myers and Brenda Chamberlain, and lobbied Rick Casson -all MPs, regarding CDA's request for national catastrophic drug plan.Discussed Federal election with Peter Milliken, MP.
Subject Matter: Prospective: CDA staff to liaise with MPs, Minister's offices and with departmentalstaff on the following: (a) the implementation of the commitment in the last two federal budgets to funding community projects under the federal government's Canadian Diabetes Strategy. This work will entail contact primarily with various individuals in the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Minister of Health. (b) the implementation of the changes to the Disability Tax Credit to include eligibility for those Canadians with type 1 diabetes who meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the Finance Canada and Canada Revenue Agency policies. Meetings will be primarily with staff in the two respective Minister's offices as well as with civil servants in both departments. (c) the creation of a national catastrophic drug plan that includes Canadians living with diabetes, as well as the creation of the National Pharmaceutical Strategy. This work will entail contact with all MPs and Cabinet Ministers, but particularly the Minister of Health and the Minister of Industry. Federal staff of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial (F/P/T) working group on the National Pharmaceutical Strategy (housed in Health Canada) will be primary contacts, however staff in Health Canada, the Common Drug Review and the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board may also be contacted.

Details Regarding the Identified Subject Matter

Categories Description
Bill or Resolution Fiscal 2007 Budget Resolution

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