Get Involved with CANIBD

Supported by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, CANIBD is a community of practice of nurses that are working in the field of IBD. CANIBD is governed by a Steering Committee and has ad hoc working groups. 

For CANIBD members interested in joinging the Steering Committee, please email

Steering Committee Members

  CANIBD Steering Committee

Members Institution
Alana Carter, RN MN Oshawa Clinic, Ontario
Usha Chauhan, RN(EC) MN BScN ACNP(D) CGN(c) McMaster University Medical Centre, Ontario
Barbara K. Currie, MN RN-NP QEII Health Sciences Centre, Nova Scotia
Colleen Johnston, RN MBA Alberta Health Services, Alberta
Marie-Louise Martin, BA BScN RN(EP) MN ACNP Alberta Health Services, Alberta
Kelly Phalen-Kelly, RN MHSc(N) QEII Health Sciences Centre, Nova Scotia
Jennifer Stretton, RN(EC) ACNP MN BScN St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Ontario
Amanda Swain,  RN BScN IBD Centre of BC, British Columbia
Melanie Watson, MN RN(EC) NP Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, Ontario
Kate Lee, PhD MBA Crohn's and Colitis Canada

Upcoming activities

Annual Conference

CANIBD's annual conference is an opportunity to learn about research evidence and best practices in IBD care and to meet other nurses from across Canada. This 1-day session is held at the annual Meeting of the Minds conference in Toronto during the first consecutive Friday and Saturday in November of each year. Attendees are also given the opportunity to attend the Meeting of the Minds conference. Please stay tuned for more information on the 2023 conference.


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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.

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