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Conference and Expo
October 23-25, 2015
Marriott Gateway on the Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada



Friends for Life Canada 2015 conference is sold out. You may add your name to the waiting list should space open up. You may also contact Laura Billetdeaux at for more information.

FFL is home for kids with type 1 and their parents

You'll learn the latest science from world renowned experts

FFL kids and grown ups use the latest in diabetes care technology

FFL Teens have their own programming, including an off site

Brenda, Maryam and Kara want you to come to FFL

CWD dad Oliver Double shared his amusing version of "Think Like a Pancreas"

Food is healthy and carb counted for you and includes a separate gluten free buffet

The green bracelet of belonging

Our youngest FFLers get extra special attention from our great Youth Faculty


Conference Information

Children with Diabetes (CWD) presents our 6th Annual Friends for Life Canada conference! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge ideas for your or your child's diabetes management. Participate in discussion groups and share what’s on your mind. Connect in-person with those you've met through the diabetes online community. Watch toddlers and teens, young parents and grandparents, college students and professionals make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget!

Who Should Attend the 2015 Event?

  • Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
  • Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
  • Grandparents
  • Children with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best friends
  • Their parents
  • Adults with type 1 diabetes and their spouses or partners

The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell

  • Friday, October 23, 2015: Registration Opens, Grand Opening Reception in the Exhibit Area, Opening Keynote
  • Saturday, October 24, 2015: Sessions for adults and children all day, Exhibit Area open all day
  • Sunday, October 25, 2015: Sessions for adults and children all day; Teens offsite on a Teen Adventure! Exhibit Area open until lunch

The Conference Venue and Reservations

The Marriott Gateway on the Falls is the largest Marriott convention facility in Canada. It is located in the heart of the Fallsview Boulevard District, overlooking the majestic Niagara Falls. The venue is within walking distance to the best dining, entertainment, and attractions the city has to offer. It is a Green Certified hotel.

This property offers some wonderful space to CWD participants including plenty of meeting room accommodations for all age groups, an indoor swimming pool and sauna, several restaurants, a state of the art fitness center, and the Fallsview Terrace and Observation Deck. There is complimentary wireless internet access in all of the meeting space. Single and double room rates are CDN$135 per night plus tax for City View rooms and CDN$155 per night plus tax for Fallsview rooms. Each sleeping room offers either one king or two queen beds, high speed internet (wired and wireless; for a fee), cable TV, and a coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea. Conference participants receive 50% discount off the self-parking rate (tbd in 2015).

The room block is now open. To make your room reservation within the Children with Diabetes room block, you can register online or you call the hotel directly at 1-877-353-2557. If you call, you must identify yourself as being with the CWD Friends for Life conference to be included in the CWD room block and to get the preferential group rate.

Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The room block will be held for CWD until October 1, 2015. Note that there is a conference registration fee per family and that reserving a room does not register you for the conference. Rates vary according to the date of registration. Conference registration will open in January.

Note: You must register separately for the conference and hotel. Registering for the hotel does not register your family for the conference itself.

Registration Information

Registration is priced on a per person basis for everyone ages 5 and older. Early registration rates will be $50/person. Please note that we expect the conference to sell out and do not plan on having on-site registration. This Conference is Sold Out

The Program

The adult program is designed to run keynotes as well as 2-3 sessions simultaneously during Saturday and Sunday. There will also be two-day programming for school-age children (ages 5-8), tweens (ages 9-12), and teens (ages 13+). Full-day childcare is available for children ages 4 and under, by pre-registration only. Please note that all conference participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian with them in the building during the entire conference (i.e., teens and children should not be dropped off to participate while parents go elsewhere). This is for health and liability reasons, and there will be no exceptions.

Conference registration includes:

  • All sessions for adults and children
  • Meals, including Friday evening reception, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch
  • Beverage breaks on Saturday and Sunday, mid-morning and mid-afternoon
  • One conference t-shirt per person

CWD provides a separate gluten free buffet at all meals. Please indicate on your registration form (online) if you require gluten free options.

Youth Program Note

Please note that all children must be with their appropriate age group during sessions. The elementary program is for children ages 5-8; the tween program is for children ages 9-12, and the teen program is for ages 13-17. There is no 'skipping up' or 'skipping down.' This is per our insurance guidelines. No exceptions are allowed.

For More Information

For more conference information, contact Laura Billetdeaux at .

Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

For information about sponsoring or obtaining exhibitor space for this event, please contact Jim Vail at .

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Special Guest
Sebastien Sasseville

Diagnosed with type 1 in 2002, Sebastien Sasseville became the first Canadian with diabetes to summit Mount Everest in 2008. He then went on to complete multiple Ironman triathlon races, and competed in the Sahara Race, a 250 km ultra-marathon. In 2014, Sebastien embarked on his biggest challenge yet -- Outrun Diabetes -- a solo, coast to coast, 7500 km run across Canada to raise awareness for diabetes. Sebastien completed the Outrun Diabetes journey on World Diabetes Day, November 14th, and continues to share his story and inspiration around the world. Sebastien will present the Closing Keynote for FFL Canada 2015, sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Natalie Irish

Known as the most famous lips in the world, Natalie Irish has pioneered a painting technique of applying lipstick and kissing the canvas to create art. Diagnosed in 2000 at the age of 18, she has been living a life without limits and inspiring others through her creative spirit. Natalie has been featured at art shows around the world, including an appearance on the Conan O'Brien show showcasing her work and discussing her diabetes management.

Special Guest
Chase Pelletier

Diagnosed in 2007 at age 10, Chase Pelletier has never let diabetes slow him down. Chase competes in the F2000 open wheel racing series in Canada, and the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car-A racing series in the U.S. Chase is the 2014 Canadian F1600 Super Series Champion, fastest lap record holder at Mid-Ohio in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car-B, and represented his country at the Formula Ford Festival in the UK in 2014.

Special Guest
Ian MacNairn

Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 10, Ian MacNairn is an explorer, mountain man, and extreme athlete. Living with diabetes sparked Ian’s interest in exploration and adventure. He now travels and explores the world as an ultrarunning mountaineer, sharing his journey through writing and research. Ian races across Canada and internationally and has won numerous events ranging in distance from 5km-193km. In 2013, Ian founded Kids Run Canada -- an organization with over 35 events across Canada working to promote play and well-being by bringing youth outdoors to explore through trail-running.
Image credit: George Kourounis

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