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

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

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

Michael Byrne, MD (Cantab) MRCP FRCPC

Clnical Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, BC

Brian G. Feagan, MD FRCPC
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University
Senior Scientific Officer, Alimentiv Inc
London ON

Sharyle Fowler, MD FRCPC
Assistant Professor
University of Saskatchewan
Royal University Hospital
Saskatoon, SK

Simon Hirota, MD FRCPC
Associate Professor,
Deptartment of Physiology & Pharmacology
Deptartment of Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases
Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases
Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Vipul Jairath, MBChB (hons) DPhil MRCP FRCPC
Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Western University
London Health Sciences Centre
London, ON

Gilaad Kaplan,  MD MPH FRCPC
Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Chair, Scientific and Medical Advisory Council, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
Calgary, AB

Reena Khanna, MD FRCPC
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Western Ontario
Department of Gastroenterology
University Hospital-London Health Sciences Centre
London, ON

Sun-Ho Lee, MD
Advanced IBD Fellow
Department of Gastroenterology
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto, ON

Sanjay Murthy, MD MSc (Epid) FRCPC

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa
Tier 2 Clinical Research Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Associate Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Adjunct Scientist, ICES uOttawa
The Ottawa Hospital IBD Centre, Division of Gastroenterology
Ottawa, ON

Neeraj Narula, MD FRCPC
Assistant Professor of Medicine, McMaster University
Staff Gastroenterologist, Hamilton Health Sciences
Hamilton, ON

Maitreyi Raman, MD MSc FRCPC
Director Clinician Investigator Program
Director AsCEND (Alberta's Collaboration of Excellence for Nutrition in Digestive Diseases)
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

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

CFD Scientific Steering Committee
Alain Bitton, MD FRCPC, McGill University, Montreal, QC
Usha Chauhan, MN ACNP BScN, McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Anne M. Griffiths, MD FRCPC, University of Toronto, ON
Kate Lee, PhD MBA, CCC, Toronto, ON
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.