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.
After 40 years at the same job, Thomas Alloway retired as a Professor of Psychology and Zoology at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Tom received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Northwestern University in 1968 and came to the University of Toronto the same year. His principal research area was the behaviour of ants. He is also the creator of Sniffy, the Virtual Rat, a computer program that provides a virtual laboratory experience for university students enrolled in courses on the psychology of learning. Winner of a Financial Post Design Effectiveness Award, Sniffy is currently used at over 200 universities and colleges around the world.
Tom has a long history of volunteer work for health-related charities. As President of the AIDS Committee of Toronto from 1984-86, he led the team that negotiated Ontario’s system of government funding for AIDS service organizations. He was also President of Hemophilia Ontario from 1993-96 at the time when it negotiated compensation from the provincial government for people who were infected with HIV as a result of receiving contaminated blood or blood products. While President of the Canadian Hemophilia Society from 2001-04, he led a successful campaign to broaden that organization’s scope of service to include all Canadians with inherited bleeding disorders. Currently, he is Chair of the Canadian Hemophilia Society’s National Fundraising Council.
Tom lives in Mississauga, Ontario with his partner, two Jack Russell Terrier dogs, and two Siamese cats. His hobbies include model railroading, photography and hiking.
Frankie Bates is a nurse continence advisor who co-manages a Urology Wellness Clinic in Saint John, New Brunswick. Her specialties include treating patients with urinary incontinence, nocturnal enuresis and interstitial cystitis as well as pre and post op education of radical prostatectomy patients. She is also involved in clinical trials both for urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
Frankie has presented on multiple urological topics in Canada and United states and has authored several articles in peer reviewed journals.
Claudia has served on the board of directors of The Canadian Continence Foundation (TCCF) since 1998 . She has been practicing pelvic floor physiotherapy for more than 15 years, treating patients affected with urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and ano- rectal disorders. A graduate of McGill University, she has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of pelvic floor physiotherapy and incontinence, and is responsible for the first pelvic floor physiotherapy course at McGill.
Claudia has been involved in several research projects in this field, and teaches post graduate courses on the subject for physiotherapists. She is the owner and manager of two physiotherapy clinics in the Montreal area that specialize in pelvic floor disorders.
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.
Dr. Harold Drutz completed his undergraduate degree in Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1969. His postgraduate training included residency in Urology, General Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology and he obtained his fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1974. He did postgraduate training in 1974 for six months under Dr. Ted Morgan in the Bladder Function Unit at the Toronto General Hospital.
In 1975 and 1976 Dr. Drutz was awarded a McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship. Postgraduate training was carried on in Sweden (Axel Ingelman-Sundberg),The Netherlands (Peter Donker), England (Richard Turner-Warwick), Scotland (Eric Glen and David Rowan), Ethiopia (Reginald and Catherine Hamlin), United States (Jack Robertson, Emil Tanagho, Paul Hodgkinson, Alain Rossier).
Currently Dr. Drutz is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Head of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery (URPS) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.
He is Chief of the Urogynecology and Urodynamic Investigative Units at Mount Sinai Hospital and Baycrest Geriatric Centre, and is the Director of the University of Toronto Postgraduate Fellowship Training Program in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery (URPS). He has served as a Board of Director for the American Urogynecological Society (AUGS). He was President (1994-96) of the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) and is the first Canadian ever elected to this position. He was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Urogynecology for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) (1992-2001). l. He is Chairperson for the Advisory Board on "Urogenital - Aging - Mature Women's Health" for Pharmacia Corporation. Dr. Drutz has been appointed to the Duloxetine Urinary Incontinence Global Advisory Board and also the Canadian Advisory Board for Eli Lilly and Company. He has been appointed to the Board of Governors of The Canadian Continence Foundation (TCCF). He has been elected to the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) and was appointed as Chairman of the Education Committee of IUGA(1995-2000). In June of 1999, Dr. Drutz was elected for a two year term(2000-2002) as first president of the Canadian Society of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery (CSURPS) which is a special group within the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC).. Dr. Drutz is also on the Global and Canadian Advisory Boards for, Gynecare, Janssen-Ortho Inc., and Watson Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Drutz's main areas of clinical research are in reconstructive pelvic surgery, pharmacology of the lower urinary tract, periurethral injections, urogenital aging, educational standards in URPS, and the role of thyroid function in lower urinary tract disorders. He is the Senior Editor of a new textbook on "Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery" published by Springer-Verlag (2003).
Fran Rosenberg, RN, BN has specialized in the area of continence care for over 14 years. In her position at Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, she manages the only nursing focus, conservative treatment clinic in Manitoba. Since 2000, she has seen approx 1000 people with bladder control problems. Her clients range in age from 14 to 104.
Fran was the first Western Canadian graduate of the Nurse Continence Advisor Program from McMaster University. She also has her Advanced Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Manitoba. Presently she is enrolled in the Masters of Advanced Practice Nursing at the University of Manitoba.
Fran has a well-established reputation as a person with knowledge in continence care. She has been invited to speak at forums across Canada and in the US. At present Fran is on the Governing Board of the Canadian Continence Foundation and also a Board Member on The Canadian Nurse Continence Association.
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.