Our History

2018
Sep 2018

Today – We Have Over 1300 Members Of The DPN!

Our membership and the benefits we provide continue to grow every day.

Feb 2018

Launched A New Practice Tool On SGLT2 Inhibitors

This practical resource for health care providers, developed in response to new information about SGLT2 inhibitors, was downloaded over 3000 times the first month after launch.

2017
Dec 2017

Received Innovation Fund Grant from the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy

This grant supports research into strategies needed to encourage pharmacist routine follow-up after an initial medication review in people with diabetes.

Nov 2017

Hosted Our 5th Annual Diabetes Pharmacists Networking Event

This event took place at the 20th Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference and featured an interactive panel discussion with guest Dr. Ross Tsuyuki on “Unlocking Pharmacists’ Full Potential: Learning from Alberta”.

Mar 2017

Launched Our 6th Interactive Learning Module

We collaborated with Dr. Denice Feig from the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre to explore Preconception Care in Women with Diabetes: What Do Pharmacists Need to Know?.

Jan 2017

Launched Our 5th Interactive Learning Module

Building from the discussion at our 4th annual event, in this module we further consider Where is the Profession of Pharmacy Headed?.

2016
Dec 2016

Reached 1000 Members!

The Diabetes Pharmacists Network surpassed this milestone just two years after our launch.

Oct 2016

Hosted Our 4th Annual Diabetes Pharmacists Networking Event

Our 4th event took place at the 19th CDA/CSEM Professional Conference and featured a presentation from Dean Neil J. MacKinnon on “Where is the Profession of Pharmacy Headed? Results from a National Survey in Canada”.

Jul 2016

Launched Certificate of Participation Feature

In response to member feedback, pre-tests and post-tests were added to each Interactive Learning module, allowing users to obtain a Certificate of Participation and answer key.

Jul 2016

Guidebook Referenced By The Ontario Ministry of Health

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care referenced the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre Guidebook for Pharmacists on Diabetes Management in the Professional Pharmacy Services Guidebook 3.0.

Jul 2016

Launched Our 4th Interactive Learning Module

We sat down with our Program Director Dr. Lori MacCallum to explore SGLT2 Inhibitors: What Do Pharmacists Need To Know?.

Jan 2016

Launched Our 3rd Interactive Learning Module

Collaborated with Dr. Rene Wong from the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre to create a module on the Initiation & Titration of Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes.

2015
Nov 2015

Premiered A Video About Our Achievements

Watch our video to learn how the Diabetes Pharmacists Network is supporting and empowering pharmacists to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Nov 2015

Hosted Our 3rd Annual Diabetes Pharmacists Networking Event

Our 3rd annual event took place at the International Diabetes Federation World Diabetes Congress. Renowned panelists from Canada and abroad presented and lead a discussion on “Pharmacy Practice-Based Research in Diabetes”.

Oct 2015

Launched our 2nd Interactive Learning Module

Sep 2015

Launched Our 1st Interactive Learning Module

Our first module featured our Program Director Dr. Lori MacCallum as she spoke about Individualizing Drug Therapy in Patients with Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

Sep 2015

National Pharmacy Advisory Committee Established

A committee of pharmacists was formed to provide advice and input on Banting & Best Diabetes Centre initiatives to support the Diabetes Pharmacists Network.

Sep 2015

Launched Interactive Learning Program

After two years of ideation and development of our custom learning framework, we officially launched the Interactive Learning Program to members of the Diabetes Pharmacists Network.

Jun 2015

Launched the French Version of the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre Guidebook for Pharmacists on Diabetes Management

We launched the “Guide Pour La Prise En Charge Du Diabète À L’Intention Des Pharmaciens”.

Apr 2015

Reached 500 Members!

This milestone was achieved only 7 months after we launched the Diabetes Pharmacists Network.

Mar 2015

Met with Pharmacists from Across Canada

Pharmacists from across Canada were again invited to the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre to provide input on the next educational initiative which would become the Interactive Learning program.

Jan 2015

Received Sun Life Financial Impact Challenge Grant

Dr. Lori MacCallum and Dr. Rene Wong received funding from Sun Life Financial to develop an online learning program in diabetes for pharmacists across Canada.

2014
Oct 2014

Hosted Our 2nd Annual Diabetes Pharmacists Networking Event

Our 2nd annual event took place at the 17th CDA/CSEM Professional Conference, where members discussed “Trials and Tribulations of Implementing Patient-Centred Care in Diabetes in the Community Pharmacy Setting”.

Sep 2014

Launched The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre Guidebook For Pharmacists On Diabetes Management

We celebrated our launch of the Guidebook by distributing 4000 copies to subscribers of the Canadian Pharmacists Journal. Our campaign announcing the Guidebook had over 1.38 million media impressions.

Sep 2014

Launched The Diabetes Pharmacists Network

More than 170 people signed up to become a member within the first month after launch.

Sep 2014

Premiered Our “Call to Action” Video

We released a video to encourage pharmacists from across Canada to get involved in finding ways to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

2013
Oct 2013

Hosted Our 1st Annual Diabetes Pharmacists Networking Event

Prior to our official launch, we hosted our 1st networking event as part of the 15th CDA/CSEM Professional Conference, where an initial group of 70 interested pharmacists formed a promising foundation for a new network.

Apr 2013

Strategic Visioning Exercise

Pharmacists from diverse practices across Canada travelled to the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre to brainstorm about opportunities and gaps in diabetes care and where pharmacists could play a greater role.

2012
Sep 2012

Conception and Initial Development

Directors from the BBDC met with stakeholders to discuss potential strategies for improving diabetes care through knowledge translation. It was evident that the role of pharmacists in optimizing patient outcomes remained untapped.