Mission and Vision

Gut Inspired is a group of Canadians living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who have joined forces to increase the awareness of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Canada, offer support for individuals living with IBD and provide personal experiences to assist others living with IBD learn how to better manage their disease.

The Gut Inspired Executive Committee


Ashley Anderson

Ashley Anderson is from Mississauga, Ontario and works as a consumer support specialist at an ostomy company. She is a long-time volunteer for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada and the Gutsy Generation. She helped form the book: Tales from the Throne. Ashley was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of 16, but has had symptoms since the age of 9.



Carly Lindsay

Carly Lindsay, originally from Waterford Ontario, is a nursing student at Queen's University. Upon Graduation she plans on pursuing further studies in gastrointestinal and enterostomal nursing. Carly has trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest to raise awareness for IBD and those living with ostomies. At the age of 10, Carly was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, 6 weeks after her diagnosis she received a permanent ileostomy.


Clinton Shard

Clinton Shard is a business student and adventurer from Squamish, British Columbia. Clinton has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for IBD and has become a voice for youth living with inflammatory bowel disease. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 12.



Elliott Gordon

Elliott Gordon, originally from Thornhill, Ontario, is studying overseas to become a pediatric gastroenterologist. He enjoys running with his dog and working out, as well as climbing and traveling. Having lived well with Crohn's Disease since age 9, he has become an outspoken advocate for living above and beyond the confines of the disease.



Géneviève Leveille

Géneviève Leveille is a nursing student, fluent in both French and English from St-Bruno, Québec. She was a competitive synchronized swimmer and now a coach. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 13 and has lived with an ostomy since this time.



Iain Chisholm

Iain Chisholm is a 20-something rock climber and design enthusiast, originally from Truro, Nova Scotia but currently living in Calgary, Alberta. Iain was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of 11 and as of recently lives with a permanent ileostomy.



James Najman

James Najman is a kinesiology student studying at University of the Fraser Valley, Currently he is living in Abbotsford, BC. James plays as a forward on the Cascades varsity soccer team at the university. He was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of 11. James loves to share his story to help others realize that they can achieve whatever they put their mind to.



Jennie David

Jennie David is a student at Boston University majoring in Psychology. She was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at 12 years old, and chose to have permanent ileostomy surgery at 19. Jennie wants to be a pediatric psychologist for chronically ill children and do research in medical decision-making. Jennie tries to live her gutsiest every day by having an active lifestyle and being an advocate for people living with IBD. She has hiked Machu Picchu and completed a half-marathon for IBD and ostomy awareness.


Jodi Sampson

Jodi Sampson is a new parent who is enjoying everything motherhood has to offer. She is also an empowered high school science teacher who openly shares her diagnosis and has used it to teach her students about the digestive system. Jodi is originally from Louisdale, Nova Scotia and currently lives in Georgetown, Ontario. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 19 but has been in remission for the last 5 years.



Jonathan Caron

Jonathan Caron is a man with a dream. He is a professional triathlete with a fierce determination. He has competed at many international championships as a member of a Canadian national team. Jonathan is an inspiring man with a true understanding of the devastating impacts of living with digestive disease. Jonathan Caron has lived with ulcerative colitis for over 20 years.


Kevin Bourque

Kevin Bourque is a 30-something fitness and wellness fanatic from Fredericton, New Brunswick who enjoys Zumba, weight lifting, Yoga, martial arts, hiking, and climbing. He was diagnosed with infantile Crohn’s disease at 3 months old and lives with a permanent ileostomy.


Marc Lelacheur

Marc Lelacheur is a 20-something information technology professional from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who enjoys comics, photography, and travelling. Marc was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of 16, and has since become an avid volunteer for the CCFC year-round.



Michele Hepburn

Michele Hepburn from Stittsville, Ontario is President and one of the founding members of the 3C Foundation of Canada. Michele is a former nurse and holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. She has lived with Crohn’s disease since 2001, and has become a strong voice for individuals living with Crohn’s, colitis, and colorectal cancer.




Nancy is a police officer whose greatest passion is traveling. She was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 27. Experiencing multiple surgeries including two temporary ileostomies, Nancy was later diagnosed with Crohn's disease. What has helped Nancy through her journey the most is her sense of humour and positive attitude. Nancy is fluent in both French and English. 


Rob Hill

Rob Hill is a climbing buff from Nanaimo, British Columbia and the only ostomate and individual living with Crohn's to climb Mount Everest and complete the seven summits. Rob is also a founder of IDEAS, the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society. He has lived with Crohn’s disease since 1993.