The CANN –NET Pediatrics Committee assists the CANN-NET Executive Committee in defining, developing, monitoring and evaluating knowledge creation and translation activities relevant for in Canada.                    


  • To facilitate the dissemination and uptake of best practices for the care of children with or at risk of kidney disease across Canada.
  • To be responsible for identifying knowledge gaps and synthesizing evidence as necessary
  • To develop a framework for the utilization of databases and registries in pediatric relevant kidney research
  • To assist and guide in the design of  clinical trials including those trials which address the knowledge user group priorities, ensuring a focus on patient centred outcomes
  • To develop and implement clinical trial review criteria and mechanism
  • To recommend to CANN-NET Clinical Trials Scientific Committee which trials should receive support or endorsement from relevant user groups (ex: Canadian Association of Pediatric Nephrologists [CAPN])
  • To develop a framework for the evaluation of knowledge translation activities
  • To develop knowledge translation tools relevant for pediatric nephrology


  • Chair: appointed by the CANN-NET Executive Committee
  • Co-Chair: appointed by the CANN-NET Executive Committee
  • Members for Pediatric sub-committee - between 10-12 leading pediatric nephrology clinicians and scientists with expertise in knowledge generation and  translation, representing centres from all regions and Provinces in Canada; members must be in good standing with CAPN
  • Members for Aboriginal sub-committee – at least 6 clinicians and researchers with expertise in Aboriginal health
  • Chair of CANN-NET (ex officio)
  • CANN-NET Project Manager (ex officio)
  • CAPN President  (ex officio)
  • Ad hoc project-specific members or invited guests as per Chair/Vice Chair                


  • The CANN-NET Pediatrics Committee is accountable to CANN-NET Executive Committee 


  • The sub-committees will meet via online meetings, teleconference, email and other available technology.
  • The pediatric sub-committee will update and interact with  the larger Canadian Association of Pediatric Nepthrologist (CAPN) membership at the Canadian Society of Nehprology (CSN) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) meetings annually (2 updates per year)
  • Minutes shall be kept for all meetings as a record of discussion and action steps 

Current membership of the Pediatrics Committee: 


Institutional Affiliation

Chair Michael Zappitelli

Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, QC

Vice-Allison Dart

Children's Hospital of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB

Susan Samuel

University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Catherine Morgan

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Rulan Parekh

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

Tom Blydt-Hansen

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Cherry Mammen

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Todd Alexander 

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Steve Arora

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON 

Janusz Feber

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Christoph Licht

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 

Maury Pinsk

CAPN President, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB 

Martin Bitzan

McGill University, Montreal, QC 

Lorraine Bell

Mcgill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC

Veronique Phan

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte Justine, Montreal, QC