Colorectal Cancer Resource & Action Network (CCRAN) was formed from a grassroots colorectal cancer information/support group back in mid 2006. It champions the health and wellbeing of Canadians touched by colorectal cancer and others at risk of developing this disease. We actively support colorectal cancer patients by providing evidence-based information, education and we advocate for patients every day to improve the quantity and quality of patients’ lives throughout Canada.
Members of our team have been touched by the disease which make us compassionate and better equipped to deal with every day challenges associated with the patient or caregiver journey.


President & CEO

Filomena Servidio

Manager, Administration & Marketing

Grace Malito

Manager, Communications & Special Initiatives

Olamide Coker

Clinical Research Updates Coordinator

Mikaela Manna

Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator

Frank Pitman

Early Age Onset CRC Patient Programs Manager

Hayley Painter


Felicia Newell

Chief Research Officer

Dr. Monika Slovinec D’Angelo

National Patient Programs Manager

Cassandra Macaulay



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CCRAN is a patient-focused organization, inspired by patients and caregivers who have navigated and continue to navigate the colorectal cancer journey with confidence and courage. CCRAN takes its lead from these patients and caregivers who can counsel CCRAN thoughtfully and judiciously on patient programs that are of great importance to other patients and caregivers across Canada. 
To that end, CCRAN has commissioned the creation of the Patient Advisory Council.  This meaningful Patient Advisory Council is a one-of-a-kind patient group council that distinguishes CCRAN from all other organizations.  Council members advise CCRAN on programs and initiatives that can positively impact the colorectal cancer patient population in Canada.  Their past experiences serve as a source of inspiration and hope for the development of future patient and caregiver programs at CCRAN.

Mr. Bill McGinley


Ms. Joy Coulson


Mr. Michael Calderone

Ms. Sandra Clementi

Ms. Sandra Elhilali

Mr. Andrew Hare

Mr. Robert Hamilton

Mr. John Kutkevicius

Ms. Armina Ligaya

Ms. Robin McGee


Since CCRAN is a patient focused organization, it behooves us to take direction and counsel from patients, whose experiences across the continuum of colorectal cancer care can serve as a source of inspiration and guidance for the development of our National Patient Programs. 
Specifically, when it comes to the development of our Patient Programs to support the Young Adult Colorectal Cancer Population, CCRAN is inspired by the journeys of both early and late stage patients who can provide meaningful and thoughtful input into the creation of CCRAN’s National Patient Programs.  Their unique set of circumstances can provide evocative and compelling experiences to help others diagnosed with Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer.
These are the courageous and persevering young adults counselling CCRAN on the development of Early Age Onset Colorectal Cancer Programs:

Mr. Andrew Hare (Chair)

Stage IV Survivor

Ms. Ana Bettencourt

Stage IV Patient

Ms. Franca Christodoulou

Caregiver, Stage IV Patient

Ms. Andrea Jamieson

Caregiver, Stage IV Patient

Ms. Armina Ligaya

Stage III Survivor

Mr. Amrit Kooner

Stage IV Patient

Ms. Marie Taurasi

Stage III Survivor

Hayley Painter

Stage IV Active

Jessica Dasler

Stage IV Active

Manna Wescott

Stage IV Survivor


CCRAN is governed by a professional Board of Directors who judiciously counsel CCRAN on legal and ethical matters of integrity as well as ensure the effective running and management of the organization. CCRAN is privileged to be governed by an esteemed group of professional men and women:

Suzanne Quinn


Toronto, Ontario

Mario Appugliesi

Vice Chair

Etobicoke, Ontario

Shaniah Leduc

Board Member

Oakville, Ontario

Ms. Stephanie Prizzi

Board Member

Vaughan, Ontario

Joy Coulson

Board Member

Oakville, Ontario
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CCRAN is privileged to be led by a multidisciplinary Medical & Scientific Advisory Board who keep CCRAN abreast of the latest developments in the management of colorectal cancer.  They work tirelessly everyday to prevent, treat and/or manage our patients, with utmost compassion and dedication

Dr. Michael Raphael

Medical Oncologist, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Sharlene Gill

Staff Medical Oncologist at the BC Cancer Agency. Vancouver, B.C

Dr. Shady Ashamalla

Colorectal Surgical Oncologist, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Ian Bookman

Head, Division of Gastroenterology, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto, Ontario Founder, BUM RUN

Dr. Ronald Burkes

GI Medical Oncologist, Sinai Health System, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Eric Chen

Medical Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre UHN Toronto, Ontario

Dr. William

Colorectal Radiation Oncologist, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Marcelo Cypel

Thoracic Surgical Oncologist Canada Research Chair in Lung Transplantation University Health Network Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Gareth Eeson

Surgical Oncology and General Surgery Kelowna General Hospital & BC Cancer Agency Kelowna, BC

Dr. Sam

Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Mary Jane Esplen

Full Professor and Vice-Chair, Equity and Mentorship in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Anand Govindarajan

Peritoneal & Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncologist Mt. Sinai Hospital Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Usmaan Hameed

GI Surgical Oncologist, North York General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Paul Karanicolas

Surgical Oncologist, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Yoo-Joung
(Yooj) Ko

Medical Director, Oncology and Endoscopy Program, Unity Health Care Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Calvin

Hepatobiliary Surgical Oncologist, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Christopher

Associate Professor, Medicine – Medical Oncology
Associate Director For Clinical Research Co-Director, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology
School of Medicine, University of Colorado Aurora, Colorado, USA

Dr. Howard

Medical Oncologist, B.C. Cancer Agency, Vancouver. Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Eric Marsden

Clinical Director & Naturopathic Cancer Care Residency Director Vaughan, Ontario

Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley

Medical Oncologist, Medical Director of the Cancer Program and Director of the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre at the Sinai Health Centre. Toronto, Ontario

Stephanie Michaud PhD

President & Chief Executive Officer BioCanRX Ottawa, Ontario

Dawn P. Richards, PhD

Founder of Five O2 Labs Inc., Director of Patient and Public Engagement, Clinical Trials Ontario. Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Gonzalo Sapisochin

Hepatobiliary Surgical Oncologist, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery, UHN Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Daniel Schiller

Colorectal Cancer Surgical Oncologist, Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Lucas

Surgical Oncologist, with a Clinical Focus on the Treatment of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Stephanie

Medical Oncologist Division of Medical Oncology QEII - Bethune Building Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Jennifer Spratlin

Medical Oncology, Cross Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Oncology and Phase I Clinical Trials/Investigational New Drugs Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Patricia Tang

Medical Oncologist, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Alberta Gastrointestinal Tumor Group Leader, Tom Baker Cancer Centre Calgary, Alberta

Mary De Vera PhD

Canada Research Chair in Medication Adherence, Utilization, and Outcomes, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Mark Vincent

Medical Oncologist, London Health Sciences Centre – London Regional Cancer Program London, Ontario

Dr. Petra Wildgoose

Primary Care Physician Lead, Young Adult Colorectal Cancer Clinic Odette Cancer Centre Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Rebecca K S Wong

Hepatobiliary Radiation Oncologist, Clinician Investigator, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Cancer Clinical Research Unit (CCRU), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Clarence Wong

Associate Professor Division of Gastroenterology, University of Alberta, Medical Director Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

Dr. George Zogopoulos

Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology McGill University and Hepato-pancreato-biliary and transplant surgeon, MUHC. Montreal, Quebec