Aida Fernandes is Chief Science & Education Officer at the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC), http://ow.ly/DKLCBv. She leads CCC’s research, patient services and advocacy programs. She’s responsible for developing and implementing CCC’s scientific and education strategy and building partnerships that will advance basic, translational, clinical, epidemiological, and health services research in inflammatory bowel disease. She’s an Advisory Board member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Infection and Immunity. She’s served on governing bodies in the voluntary health sector including the Public Health Agency of Canada's Surveillance Advisory Committee, HealthPartners, Health Charities' Coalition of Canada Research Committee, and Canadian Genetics Coalition. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Biology from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration in Non-Profit Management & Leadership from York University's Schulich School of Business.