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Friends for Life Canada

International Conference and Expo
July 29 - 31, 2011
Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre
Toronto, ON, Canada


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CWD teens make ...

... deep and lasting friendships ...

... and really enjoy themselves

Even parents have fun

Grandparents come too!


Conference Information

Children with Diabetes (CWD) presents our Second 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 family's diabetes management. Participate in parent discussion groups and find new, creative ways to help and motivate your children. Connect in-person with families you've met through the CWD online community. Watch toddlers and teens, young parents and grandparents, new diabetes professionals and practiced clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget!

Who Should Attend the 2011 Event?

  • Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
  • Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
  • Children with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best friends
  • Their parents and grandparents
  • Adults with type 1 diabetes and their families
  • Health care professionals who work with type 1 diabetes

The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell

  • Friday, July 29, 2011:
    Registration Opens, Grand Opening Reception in the Exhibit Area, Keynote Welcome
  • Saturday, July 30, 2011:
    Sessions for adults and children all day; Family and Friends Banquet with DJ and Dancing
  • Sunday, July 31, 2011:
    Sessions for adults and children all day; teens offsite on a Teen Adventure!

The Conference Venue and Reservations

The Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre is located at 525 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario. This property is newly renovated and offers some wonderful space to CWD participants including plenty of meeting room accommodations for all age groups, an indoor swimming pool, several restaurants, a sports bar with big screen tvs, and a state of the art fitness center. Single and double room rates are CDN$169 per night plus tax. Each room offers high speed Internet, a 2-line phone with voice mail, cable TV, and a coffee maker with complimentary coffee. The Eaton Centre - a four-level mall with many fun shops and restaurants (and two food courts) - is connected via an enclosed walkway to the hotel.

To make your room reservation, you can register online or you must call the Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre directly at 800-905-0667. 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 July 14, 2011. 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. Please refer to the registration link below for details.

Registration Information

Family Registration is priced at US$300 through February 28, 2011 (Early Registration) and US$325 from March 1 through July 15, 2011. (Regular Registration). Each Family Registration includes up to two (2) adults and up to three (3) children under the age of 18. Additional related adults and children may be added to a family registration for an additional charge. Single adult professional pricing is US$200. Please note that we expect the conference to sell out and do not plan on having on-site registration.

The Program

The adult program is designed to run keynotes as well as 3-4 sessions simultaneously during Saturday and Sunday. The specific program (sessions, times, and speakers) will be available in Winter 2011. There will also be two-day programming for school-age children (ages 6-9), tweens (ages 10-12), and teens (ages 13+). Full-day childcare is available for potty-trained children under age 6, 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.

Youth Program Note

Please note that all children must be with their appropriate age group during sessions. The elementary program is for children ages 6-9; the tween program is for children ages 10-12, and the teen program is for ages 13-18. 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:

  • Mike Schurig at 407-859-9630 or or
  • Laura Billetdeaux at 734-428-8265 or
Please phone during regular business hours (eastern time), as these are home offices.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

For information about sponsoring or obtaining exhibitor space for this event, please contact Laura Billetdeaux via email at or call 734-428-8265 during regular business hours (eastern time).

Special Guest
Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher is a 23-year-old amputee and competitive snowboarder on the Canadian National Para-Snowboarding Team. His dream is to compete in the next Paralympic Games. Sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Jordan DePape

Jordan DePape is a 19-year-old centre for the WHL's Kamloops Blazers. This season, he racked up 48 points in goals and assists, and was the MJHL rookie of the year in 2008-09. Sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Lindsey Carswell

At 18 years old, Lindsey Carswell is living away from home for the first time as a ski instructor in Banff, before heading to university in the fall. She is also in the process of getting her private pilot's license. Lindsey is sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Chase Pelletier

Chase Pelletier is a 15 year old competitive kart racer hitting speeds of to 140 km/hr while racing in three of the highest level championships in North America. His dream is to secure a spot to represent Canada in the World Rotax Max Challenge. Sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Claire Cashman

Claire Cashman is a 12-year-old gymnast that competes for the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre and recently placed 5th all-around in Level 7 at the Ontario Women's Artistic Gymnastics Provincial Championships. Sponsored by Animas Canada.

Friends for Life Canada: Toronto 2011
Introduction - Registration - Sponsors - Faculty
Program - Youth Program - Program Details
Report from FFL Canada 2010

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