2020 CANIBD Conference

A CSGNA Community of Practice


The Canadian IBD Nurses (CANIBD) annual conference will be held in collaboration with the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates (CSGNA) and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC). Due to the virtual nature of this year’s events, we are holding the CANIBD conference the evening before the Meeting of the Minds conference, rather than at the same time. CANIBD will convene from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2020. In honour of the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, this year’s session will explore the evolution of IBD nursing over time.

Join us on Thursday, November 5, 2020
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST


Conference Agenda

CANIBD Nursing Forum (6:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST)

The Nursing Forum will provide an opportunity to highlight CANIBD member activities and successes during the past year.

Plenary Session (6:30 pm to 9:00 pm EST)

IBD Nursing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

This session will feature international perspectives on the evolution of IBD nursing over time. Presenters will each describe the history of IBD nursing in their country, and highlight how these roles have changed. Presenters will discuss the role of virtual care, and best practices that have emerged – or been accelerated by – COVID-19.
Participants in this session will be able to:
  • Examine the evolution of IBD nursing roles in Canada and in the international community
  • Appreciate changes to IBD nursing scope of practice in four different jurisdictions
  • Observe the Allied health care provider response and contributions to the changing role of the IBD nurse
  • Discuss and implement best practices in virtual care for IBD patients
  • Explore predictions for the future of IBD nursing


Presenters/ Expert Panelists

Palle Bager, PhD, MPH, RN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Senior researcher, Associate Professor
Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology,
Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark

Kelly Phalen-Kelly, RN, MHSc
Nova Scotia Collaborative IBD Program, Division of Digestive Care and Endoscopy, QEII Health Sciences Centre
Halifax, NS

Michele Rubin, APN, CNS, CGRN
Associate Director, University of Chicago IBD Center
Co-Director of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Nurse and Advanced Practice Provider Committee, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Chicago, IL

Facilitators/ Expert Panelists

Jennifer Stretton, ACNP MN BScN
St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, ON

Melanie Watson, MN, NP Pediatric
Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre
London, ON

This year, the CANIBD conference is free to attend. We ask that instead of paying a registration fee, you consider making a generous donation to Crohn's and Colitis Canada. You will have the opportunity to make a donation at the time of registration. All donations of $15 or greater will receive a tax receipt. 


Click here to register

The CANIBD Story

Nurses are an important part of the multidisciplinary approach to managing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Approximately 80 GI nurses across Canada have a primary role in IBD care (clinical inpatient and outpatient care, telephone advice, rapid access clinics, transition and biologic support). In 2015, CANIBD was created to advance mentoring and support for IBD nursing in Canada.

Our Vision

To ensure people of all ages living with IBD in Canada receive high quality clinical nursing care within the multidisciplinary team.

Our Mission

CANIBD is committed to improve the quality of care for people living with IBD. To this end, CANIBD:

  • Provides support and mentorship for IBD nurses in Canada
  • Provides and promotes learning opportunities for nurses
  • Provides opportunities for networking and sharing best practices in nursing care
  • Develops or adopts nursing guidelines, standards or consensus statement for IBD nursing in Canada
  • Elevates the profile of IBD nursing in Canada

Our Success

With funding support from industry partners and management support from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, CANIBD has made great strides in moving its mission forward. Some key achievements include:

  • CANIBD Community of Practice established with CSGNA
  • Holding successful CANIBD Annual Conferences
  • Offering virtual learning opportunities and creating resources to support IBD nursing education
  • Strengthening nursing-led IBD research through an annual research grant program
  • Supporting IBD nurses to attend IBD conferences and learning events by awarding travel awards
  • Supporting patient education and programs

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.