Remo Panaccione, MD FRCPC
Professor of Medicine
University of Calgary CCC Chair in IBD Research
Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Unit
Director, Gastrointestinal Research
Assistant Dean of MD Admissions
Undergraduate Medical Education
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

Eric Benchimol, MD PhD FRCPC
Northbridge Financial Corporation Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, SickKids IBD Centre
The Hospital for Sick Children
Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
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

Deanna Gibson, BSc PhD
Department of Biology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Lesley Graff, PhD CPsych
Provincial Medical Specialty Lead-Clinical Health Psychology, Shared Health 
Professor and Head
Department of Clinical Health Psychology
Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MA

Smita Halder, MD PhD
Associate Professor and GI Specialist
McMaster University, Department of Medicine
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

Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB


James C. Lee
Clinician Scientist Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute 
Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
University College London, Division of Medicine
Genetic Mechanisms of Disease Laboratory
London, UK

Kate Lee, PhD MBA
Vice-President, Research & Patient Programs
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
Toronto, ON


Yasmin Nasser, MD PhD FRCPC
Assistant Professor
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Lori Radke
President and CEO
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
Toronto, ON

Maitreyi Raman, MD MSc FRCPC
Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine

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

Florian Rieder, MD PhD
Vice-Chair, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition 
Co-Section Head Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Director Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Research and Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Fellowship
Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Digestive Diseases and Surgery Institute
Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH, USA

Keith A. Sharkey, PhD CAGF FCAHS
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

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

Andrew Stadnyk, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology
Dalhousie University and IWK Health
Halifax, NS

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

Stephen Vanner, MSc MD FRCPC
Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, and Director, Translational Institute of Medicine, Queen’s University
Director, Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit (GIDRU), Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Kingston, ON

Elena Verdú, MD PhD
Principal Investigator, Professor 
Division of Gastroenterology
Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute
Director, Axenic Gnotobiotic Unit
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Bram Verstockt, MD PhD
Assistant Professor and Gastroenterologist
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

University Hospitals Leuven
KU Leuven, Belgium

CFD Scientific Steering Committee
Alain Bitton, MD FRCPC
McGill University, Montreal, QC

Eric Benchimol, MD PhD FRCPC
University of Toronto, ON​

Usha Chauhan, MN ACNP BScN
McMaster University, Hamilton ON

Kate Lee, PhD MBA
Crohn's and Colitis Canada, 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.