Springboard-Research To Impact Panel


Moderated by Diane Burt

Exercising Social Innovation:


More than 8 million people live with type 2 diabetes in Canada today and it is estimated that the rising rate of diabetes will cost the health care system more than $16.9 billion annually by 2020. This is in addition to the fact that type 2 diabetes can shorten a person’s life expectancy by 5-10 years and significantly affect their overall health and quality of life. However, research has now proven that with regular aerobic exercise and resistance training, the effects of type 2 diabetes can be dramatically reduced and even reversed. Acadia University’s Drs. Jonathon Fowles and Chris Shields have put this research into action with the development of a physical activity and exercise resource manual for diabetes educators and care providers across Canada. The panelists will share the results and success factors of this program. They will also discuss how research can positively contribute to social innovation and how researchers can apply their expertise to business models with social impact.




Peggy Dunbar

Program Manager, Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia

1276 South Park Street, Bethune Bldg.,Suite 548

Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9


Website: http://diabetescare.nshealth.ca


Peggy Dunbar is the Manager of the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia, one of 9 Provincial Programs funded by the DHW. Her interests include the importance of understanding our target populations; the uptake and use of local data to improve outcomes; self-management and self-management support; and encouraging “thinking outside the box” with regards to partnerships, chronic disease management, and integrated approaches to diabetes care and education.


Cora Lee Joudrey

Team Lead, Primary Health Care

Capital District Health Authority Community Health & Wellness Centre

44 Simmonds Rd,

North Preston B2Z 1A3


Leigh Huestis

Director, Office of Industry & Community Engagement (ICE)210 Horton Hall,

Acadia University Wolfville, NS

B4P 2R6


Website: http://ice.acadiau.ca/


As Director of Acadia’s Office of Industry and Community Engagement, Leigh is responsible for the university’s commercialization and industry liaison activities, intellectual property management, and preparation and negotiation of a wide variety of research and commercialization agreements. She has also been involved in setting up a number of industry-focused institutes and centers at Acadia, including the Atlantic Wine Institute, the Acadia Institute for Data Analytics and the Rural Innovation Centre. Her ongoing role in the Innovation Centre involves counselling a wide variety of start-up companies throughout the Annapolis Valley.



Moderator: Diane Burt

Director, Applied Research and Innovation

New Brunswick Community College

950 Grandview Ave

Saint John, NB E2J 4C5


Website: www.nbcc.ca/ari


Diane Burt is the Director of Applied Research and Innovation at NBCC, a multi-campus college network, where she facilitates applied research and innovation partnerships with industry and encourages cross-college engagement in research that contributes to the richness of the learning experience. Previously, she held a number of other leadership positions within the college and she has also worked in a senior leadership role at CIBC. Diane’s areas of teaching and research interest include organizational development, training and development, change leadership, team and leadership development, communications, adult basic education, and literacy.

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