Laura Sly, PhD CAGF
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
BC Children's Hospital
University of British Columbia
Vancouver BC

Bruce Vallance, PhD CAGF
CH.I.L.D. Foundation Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Director, Gut4Health Microbiome Core
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
BC Children's Hospital
University of British Columbia
Vancouver BC



Heather Armstrong, MSc PhD
Assistant Professor and Tier 2 CRC
Max Rady College of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

Premysl Bercik, MD PhD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Simon Hirota, PhD CAGF 
Canada Research Chair in Host-Microbe Interactions and Chronic Disease
Director of the Intestinal Inflammation Tissue Bank
Assistant Dean of Research Infrastructure
Cumming School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Dept. of Physiology & Pharmacology
Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases
Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases
Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB


Klaus H. Kaestner, PhD MS
Thomas and Evelyn Suor Butterworth Professor in Genetics
Associate Director, Penn Diabetes Research Center
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 

Kevin Maloy, PhD
Professor Mucosal Immunology
School of Infection & Immunity
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, UK

Nicholas C. Zachos, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Post-Doctoral GI/Hepatology Research Fellowship
Director, Integrated Physiology Core
Hopkins Conte Digestive Disease Basic & Translational Research Core Center
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD, USA


  • 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.