Remo Panaccione, MD FRCPC
Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic
Director, Gastrointestinal Research
Dean of MD Admissions
Professor of Medicine
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB
A. Hillary Steinhart, MD MSc FRCPC
Mount Sinai Hospital Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre
Professor of Medicine
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON
Waqqas Afif, MD FRCPC
Associate Professor of Medicine,
McGill University
Division of Gastroenterology
McGill University Health Center, Montreal, QC

Lindsey Albenberg, DO
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Attending Physician
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Eric Benchimol, MD PhD FRCPC
Professor, Department of Paediatrics
University of Toronto
Pediatric Gastroenterologist, SickKids Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children
Senior Scientist, Sick Kids Research Institute
Core Scientist, ICES
Toronto, ON

Charles N. Bernstein, MD FRCPC
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director, University of Manitoba IBD Clinical and Research Centre
Bingham Chair in Gastroenterology
Winnipeg, MB

Kenneth Croitoru, MDCM FRCPC
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Zane Cohen Centre for Digestive Diseases
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) Group
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto, ON

Vipul Jairath, BSc MBChB PhD MRCP (UK)
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Division of Gastroenterology
Western University
London Health Sciences Centre
London, ON

Jennifer Jones, MD MSc FRCPC   
Associate Professor of Medicine &
Clinical Health and Epidemiology
Team Lead, Multidisciplinary IBD Clinical &Research Program
Dalhousie University
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS

Gilaad Kaplan,  MD MPH FRCPC

Associate Professor 
CIHR New Investigator &
AI-HS Population Health Investigator
Co-Director, Environmental Health Research Group
Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases &
Institute of Public Health
Departments of Medicine & Community Health Sciences
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Deborah A. Marshall, MD FRCPC
AJE Child Chair Rheumatology
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Mina Mawani, BComm MHSc ICDD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Crohn's and Colitis Canada
Toronto, ON

Kathy McCoy, PhD
Professor, Snyder Institute for Chronic Disease
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB


Paul Moayyedi, MB ChB PhD MPH FRCP (London) FRCPC FACG AGAF
Professor, Division of Gastroenterology,
Department of Medicine
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Geoffrey C. Nguyen, MD PhD FRCPC
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Clinician Scientist, Mount Sinai Hospital
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre
Toronto, ON

Maitreyi Raman, MD MSc FRCPC
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Southern Alberta Home Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Program

Associate Director Admissions
University of Calgary
Foothills Medical Centre
Calgary, AB

Michael Surette, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Science
Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Microbiome
Co-Director, Genome Facility
M Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Laura Targownik, MD
Associate Professor, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University of Toronto
Mount Sinai Hospital

Toronto, ON​

Niels Vande Casteele, PharmD PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
School of Medicine
Affiliate Faculty, Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of California
San Diego, CA

Eytan Wine, MD PhD FRCPC
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Physiology
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

Sandra Zelinsky
Patient Research Partner
Comminty Health ScienceUniversity of Calgary
Calgary, AB

CFD Scientific Steering Committee
Alain Bitton, MD FRCPC, McGill University, Montreal, QC
Kate Lee, PhD MBA, CCC, Toronto, ON
Anne M. Griffiths, MD FRCPC, University of Toronto, ON
Joan Heatherington, RN BScN, University of Calgary, AB
Remo Panaccione, MD FRCPC, University of Calgary, AB
Andrew Stadnyk, PhD, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

A. Hillary Steinhart, MD MSc FRCPC, University of Toronto, ON​

  • 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.