Dr. Adrian Wagg MB BS FRCP FHEA qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1988. He trained in General and Geriatric medicine in and around London and was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in General Internal and Geriatric Medicine to University College London Hospitals in 1997. In 2010 he was appointed as Professor of Healthy Ageing and Divisional Director for Geriatric Medicine st the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
He has an academic and clinical interest in urinary incontinence and has published many peer reviewed publications, chapters and reviews on the subject, spoken widely and is nationally and internationally recognised. His interests are in incontinence in the elderly, the effects of medication and co-morbidity on continence status and the epidemiology and aetiology of incontinence in the elderly. He was until recently an Associate Director of the Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit of the Royal College of Physicians, where he led the continence in older people programme and the national audit of continence care. He is a Trustee of the International Continence Society. Despite all that he remains quite a nice bloke.
Dr Francis Davoine is an Associate Professor at Faculté saint-Jean, University of Alberta, where he teach human physiology and immunology. His research focuses on lung inflammation within the Pulmonary Research Group in the Department of Medicine. However, his interest in incontinence issues is related to his personal experience coping with incontinence and living an active life with a terminal ileostomy. Born in Saint-Jerôme, QC, Dr Davoine is the proud father of four children and enjoys skiing and outdoor life in Alberta where he lives since 2003.
Derick went public with his personal struggle of living with chronic fecal incontinence since birth in 2013. Since going public Derick accepted the role of ambassador and champion for the Canadian Continence Foundation in the hopes of helping others who are living with incontinence. Derick was the first non-medical professional and patient to be invited to speak at the International Continence Conference in its 45 year history.
A self- proclaimed child at heart, Derick is curious about everyone and everything, and it’s this very quality that engages viewers daily. Derick thrives on conveying what’s happening to viewers in a fun and informative manner. In January 2016 Derick accepted the role as Host of Breakfast Television Montreal on City. He’s extremely excited about his role and loves sharing his enthusiasm and energy with Montreal viewers.
Derick has been featured in a number of magazines including Capital Style, FACES Magazine, Ottawa at Home, Press the Fashion, Market Place, Pounou, Horizon Travel & Lifestyle, and Hello Canada.
In 2012, Derick was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his continuing work in the community and his contributions to a number of charitable organizations.
Kathleen Hunter is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta with a joint appointment as Nurse Practitioner, Specialized Geriatric Services, Glenrose Hospital in the Continence Clinic. She originally graduated with a hospital diploma in nursing and after many years in clinical practice, with (quite) a few education breaks along the way, completed a PhD (Nursing) in 2006. She holds a Canadian Nurses Association certification in gerontological nursing and completed the Nurse Continence Advisor Program through McMaster University in 2012.
Kathleen’s clinical focus is gerontological and continence nursing, and she has worked with older adults in community, continuing care, hospital and outpatient settings. Research interests include lower urinary tract symptoms/incontinence in older adults, incontinence and falls and hospital transitions for older adults. She has published in peer reviewed research journals and has authored several book chapters related to continence. A member of the International Continence Society Nursing Committee (Chair, Research Subcommittee) until 2017, Kathleen was recently appointed Nurse Member of the ICS Scientific Review Committee (2016-2019).
She shares her home with two cats of questionable pedigree, both of whom go running when the grandchildren appear on the scene.
Mr. Tarique Khan is Business Development Manager at Rip n Go, an Aboriginal owned startup based out of Ottawa with an incontinence pad and bed change product. Mr. Khan has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration specializing in Finance from University of Guelph. Diploma from Humber College in Finance and Diplomas in Marketing and Business Administration from Mohawk College.
Previously Mr. Khan worked several years in Insurance and when a sudden life change provided him an opportunity to work in an startup he jumped at the chance to move from the corporate work to that of entrepreneurship. It is in his work at Rip n Go that he saw the need to raise awareness in terms of incontinence.
His goals are to leverage his business background, entrepreneurial skills and tech savvy skill to help the Foundation raise awareness around incontinence. Mr. Khan has an interest in innovation in incontinence and wants to foster a network in Canada of such innovations.
Currently Mr. Khan lives in Ottawa with his cat.
Frances Roderick, PT graduated from Dalhousie University, School of Physiotherapy in 1992. She has practiced in a variety of settings in both public and private health care settings, mainly in orthopedics and sports medicine. However, over the past several years, she has taken an increasing interest in the rehabilitation of abdominal and pelvic floor disorders. Frances lives in Saint John, New Brunswick and has recently opened her own physiotherapy clinic with a focus on pelvic floor rehabilitation, including incontinence, pelvic pain, and performance optimization for athletes with incontinence during sport.
Outside the clinic, Frances leads an active lifestyle with her husband and four children. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, and lots of time at the basketball gym.
Michael Weir was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, where he attended North Toronto Collegiate. Upon graduation he went to the University of Western Ontario where he was on the Dean's List both in 1988 and 1989 before receiving a B.S.c. He earned his M.D. at the University of Toronto's Medical School in 1993. This was followed by a move West to start a rotating internship at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC. In 1994 Michael was invited to join the Urology Department at University of British Columbia in Vancouver as a 2nd year Urology resident. Upon completion of this programme Michael was awarded his FRCSC in Urology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Looking to enhance his training Dr. Weir returned to his roots and accepted a fellowship position in endourology at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. At the end of the fellowship year, Michael chose to start his practice at Scarborough General Hospital, where he remained for another year before being lured away to Peterborough Regional Health Centre in 2001. Dr. Weir continues to practice at PRHC and his office in Kawartha Urology Associates, along with running clinics at Northumberland Hills Hospital and the Haliburton Family Medical Centre. Despite his big city roots and training Michael and his family enjoy the relaxed pace of a smaller city.
Today, Dr. Weir continues his education through regular attendance at both national and international meetings, like the CUA (Canadian Urological Association), the AUA (American Urological Association), the ICS (International Continence Society) and, most recently, at the World Endourology Congress held in Kyoto, Japan which was a real highlight as Michael was able to showcase his talent for conversing in Japanese!
Dr. Weir is a member not only of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada but also the OMA (Ontario Medical Association), CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario), and SUSO (Society of Urological Surgeons of Ontario). He holds staff appointments at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Northumberland Hills Hospital.
Dr. Weir and his wife are the proud parents of three daughters. During Dr. Weir's free time, he enjoys skiing be it downhill, cross country or telemarking, playing the guitar, road cycling, mountain biking, kayaking and most of all, vacationing with his family.
Jacqueline graduated from McGill University and has for most of her career worked in the non-profit sector.
She has held the position as Executive Director of The Canadian Continence Foundation (TCCF) since 2005. During this period the Foundation has not only increased in national recognition as “The Patient Voice” for those living with incontinence it has also put this taboo condition on “the map” as a chronic condition which can be treated and often cured.
To this end, Jacqueline has been successful in harnessing government’s attention through Access to Treatment and Reimbursement advocacy initiatives, as well as forming a National Incontinence Coalition, comprising of Canadian Patient Organizations representing those living with incontinence. Jacqueline has fostered close alliances and partnerships both nationally and internationally with many stakeholders who share an interest in improving incontinence care, management and treatment. Her primary areas of expertise are: Patient Advocacy, Patient and Public Education and Awareness, Public Relations and Fundraising.
Jacqueline is an Active member of the following professional and patient organizations:
Canadian Incontinence Coalition: Founding member
World Federation of Incontinent Patients (WFIP): Vice-President
International Continence Society committee member (ICS): Chair: Publication and Communications Committee, member Fistula Committee, member Continence Promotion Committee.
Associate Editor: ICS News
International Urogynaecological Association (IUGA): Member Public Relations Committee
Canadian Health Charities Coalition: Member
International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO): Member
Jacqueline was born in England, she emigrated to Canada at age 21 and has 2 children, one at university in Montreal , the other finishing high school. In her spare time she is an avid genealogist – having traced her family back many generations.