Governance and Leadership

The structure and mandate of the Society are defined by the By-laws under which it is incorporated, any special purposes legislation governing its mandate, the letters patent, and the governance policies and procedures enacted under the authority of the By-laws.

The 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Jeff RobertsDr. Roberts has B.Sc. and M.D. degrees from the University Jeff Robertsof British Columbia. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University, then a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. Upon completing his training, Dr. Roberts was appointed Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University, where he served as a reproductive endocrinologist and director of the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Egg Donation Program. Presently he practices clinical and academic medicine as the co-director of the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM) and Assistant Clinical Professor in the University Of British Columbia Faculty Of Medicine departments of Anesthesia, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Roberts is an active member of the reproductive medicine community in Canada and is the president-elect of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), and has served on their Board of Directors as the National Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Director since 2008. He is also an active member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Subcommittee on Reproductive Tissues.

Dr. Roberts is particularly dedicated to advancement of the field of fertility preservation for young women with cancer. Through his work as the director of the PCRM Fertility Preservation Foundation, Past Chair of the CFAS Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group, and member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Fertile Future, he has contributed widely to this important aspect of our discipline, through lecturing, research, publications, and philanthropy. Of note, he authored the first Canadian Clinical Practice Guideline for Fertility Preservation in 2014.

Jason MinFollowing completion of his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Ottawa in 2006, Dr. Min joined the Ottawa Fertility Centre and was appointed Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa. In 2010, he joined the Regional Fertility Program in Calgary and was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Min has been active in the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society since 2008, first serving as a regional representative (Ontario). He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the CFAS and the Alberta/BC region representative. Outside the CFAS, Dr. Min has served as member of the CFAS/SOGC/AHRC tripartite committee on clinical practice guideline development, the Healthy Singleton Birth Committee (AHRC), and the SOGC REI committee. He has been an invited speaker at local, national and international meetings and conferences, and has published scholarly articles and book chapters. Dr. Min remains dedicated to the service of the CFAS, its members, and the patients we treat.

Jay BaltzJay Baltz is a Senior Scientist and Associate Scientific Director of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Professor and Director of Basic Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa. He is also currently Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Training Program in Reproduction, Early Development and the Impact on Health (REDIH), which has approximately 30 faculty members and about the same number of graduate students and fellows under training, located in institutions throughout Ontario and Quebec.

Dr. Baltz currently is serving as a member of the federal Stem Cell Oversight Committee, CIHR’s Clinical Investigations “A” grant review panel, and is also Associate Editor of Biology of Reproduction. He previously served as a member and vice-chair of the Institute Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), and as Director of the Program on Oocyte Health, a CIHR Strategic Initiative program. In addition, he was Associate Scientific Director of the Ottawa Fertility Centre at the Ottawa Hospital from 1995-2005.

Dr. Baltz has also served on a number of boards and advisory committees in the community, including on the Grace Manor Long-Term Care Facility board and as Chair of the Ottawa Booth Centre Homeless Shelter board, and was appointed by Ottawa City Council to the Ottawa Department of Public Health Needle Distribution and Retrieval Consultative Group (harm reduction) and as Chair of the Ottawa Built Heritage Advisory Committee. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Heritage Ottawa and the Hintonburg Community Association.

Dr. Baltz has held continuous CIHR funding since the beginning of his independent research career, and currently holds several major grants including two CIHR operating grants and the REDIH training grant. His awards include a Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the government of Ontario, a Medical Research Council of Canada Scholarship award, and a James Shannon award from the US National Institutes of Health. In his career, he has published approximately 80 peer-reviewed papers, invited reviews, and book chapters.

Dr. Baltz received his BA (Hon) in Physics (with an English drama minor) from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD in Biophysics from The Johns Hopkins University. His postdoctoral training was at Harvard Medical School in Dr. John Biggers’s laboratory, where he investigated early embryo physiology. Dr. Baltz’s current research interests are in transport processes, cell volume regulation, epigenetics, and other homeostatic mechanisms in growing and maturing mammalian oocytes and preimplantation embryos, and their role in producing healthy oocytes and embryos.

Jay is a long-time member of CFAS and has previously served on the abstract review committee for the annual meeting. He values the contributions of CFAS. “I believe the society is in a unique position to positively influence both clinical care and research in this field in Canada, and most importantly strengthen the connection between the two. This is a critical time for the field of infertility treatment in Canada, as the technology changes rapidly and governments are experimenting with how care will be provided, funded, and regulated. I am pleased to contribute to the society and help it to continue to grow in size and influence.”

Jason HDr Jason Hitkari is co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre and a clinical professor at UBC. He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC and went on to do a formal fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Upon completing his sub-specialty fellowship, he joined Genesis Fertility Centre as a co-director. In 2013, he co-founded the Olive Fertility Centre where he continues as Co-Director.

As a dedicated patient advocate, Dr.Hitkari serves as a Board Member for the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada and is a member of a small, multi-disciplinary group attempting to lobby the provincial government for funding of treatment for people struggling with infertility.

In addition to his dedication to patient care, Dr. Hitkari has a special interest in education and is currently heavily involved in reproductive and infertility education for medical students at UBC. He is an examiner in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.. Dr Hitkari was a former member of the Non-Hospital Committee at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, involved in overseeing the accreditation and regulation of non-hospital based surgical facilities.

He was thrilled to receive the UBC Medical Undergraduate Class of 2012 and Class of 2014 Outstanding Educator Awards and is most proud of being the recipient of the H. Hill Humanitarian award for exceptional patient care.

2012-07-15 12.12.09Neal Mahutte is the Medical Director of the Montreal Fertility Centre. Originally born and raised in Ontario, Neal did his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, followed by medical school and Ob/Gyn residency at McGill University. He then did a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Yale University followed by 4 years as an assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire.

In 2007 Neal returned to Montreal, and along with his wife Sophia, helped grow the Montreal Fertility Centre. The centre currently performs between 800 and 1000 IVF cycles per year and has a multiple pregnancy rate of 5%.

Neal is a fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is also board certified in both Ob/Gyn and REI by the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Neal served on the CFAS board of directors from 2013 until 2016 and was the society’s president of 2014-2015.

S HamiltonDr. Hamilton earned his MSc and PhD degrees in the Zoology and Physiology Departments of the University of Western Ontario (now Western University). He began his involvement with ART in 1990 as a technologist in the IVF program at University Hospital (now London Health Sciences Centre) in London, Ontario.

After setting up and directing the IVF laboratory at The Heartland Fertility and Gynecology Clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he returned to Ontario to direct the laboratory at ISIS Regional Fertility Centre in 1999. He has been an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at the University of Western Ontario and an ART specialist surveyor for Accreditation Canada since 2003.

Dr. Hamilton has been an active member of the CFAS Board of Directors and President (2014). He has authored various reviews, papers and abstracts and been a scientific advisor for the Canadian Standards Association and Accreditation Canada ART standards development.

Sherry LevitanSherry Levitan, B.Sc., LL.B., graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1984 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1986. Sherry practices in Toronto exclusively in the area of assisted reproductive technology, and has been in the field for over 20 years. She regularly acts on behalf of intended parents who are trying to achieve a pregnancy with the assistance of ovum donors, embryo donors or surrogates, and also represents donors and surrogates. Ms Levitan is also counsel to several pre-eminent Canadian infertility clinics and has been invited to testify before the federal Standing Committee of Health and to participate in workshops and other programs sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health in developing guidelines for the practice of third party reproduction. In 2012 she was invited to address 300 judges at the spring Judicial Conference on the topic of surrogacy.

Ms Levitan has been quoted widely by members of the Canadian print media and is often featured as an expert in the field of assisted reproduction in television news stories, talk shows, and documentaries. She has been invited to address programs sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, the University of Toronto, the Infertility Network of Toronto, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society and many private conferences. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada, is the Chair of the Governance Committee for IAAC, and sits on the Advisory Committee of the Oncofertility Referral Network.

Jeff HaebeDr. Haebe’s medical passions are ultrasound and quality-based infertility care. His other passions include golf and fishing. He is the medical director of ultrasound services at the Ottawa Fertility Centre and the past chairperson of its quality assurance committee. He has been involved in the Imaging SIG of CFAS since its inception. His research interests include the role of ultrasound in the improvement of infertility care and the optimal use of superovulation with IUI.

Currently, he is a consultant and a founding partner at the Ottawa Fertility Centre. He is on the active staff of the Ottawa Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Haebe graduated in Medicine from the University of Toronto then completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Manitoba. He was certified in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology after he completed his training at the University of Western Ontario. In combination with his clinical experience as a clinician, teacher and collaborator, Dr. Haebe brings his unique ultrasound perspective to the Board of the CFAS.

b-DSC_7785-PS1(1)Dr. Clifford Librach is the founder and Director of the CReATe Fertility Centre (Toronto, Ontario). He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto, and holds cross-appointments with the Department of Physiology and Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Librach played an integral role in the establishment of the reproductive biology clinical and research programs at Women’s College Hospital and in 1991 and later Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and since then has made significant contributions to current fertility practice in Canada. He served as Division Head of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Women’s College Hospital for 23 years. Dr. Librach also served on the committees for development of standards for the Canadian Royal College REI fellowship and for development of CPSO standards for REI practice in Ontario. Dr. Librach was the Chair of Ontario Medical Association Reproductive Biology from 2004 to 2016. He co-founded the CFAS IVF Improvement Committee in 2004 and has presented analysis of clinic specific data at the IVF directors meeting for the past 12 years.

Dr. Librach was also involved in development and reporting of the Canadian Reproductive Technologies Registry (CARTR) and more recently served on the committee for development of the CARTR plus BORN ART database. He has spoken to a government committee regarding the prioritization of funding for ART in Ontario, and presented at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health regarding the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. He has served on a committee to implement funding for IVF in Ontario and is currently on a committee to set standards for IVF in Ontario. He has been interviewed extensively on ART-related topics in the national and international media.

Dr. Librach is also a leader in the field of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive medicine research, both clinical and basic. Some of his major contributions include identifying the role of HLA-G in early pregnancy, IVF and preeclampsia, uncovering important factors indicative of embryo quality, improving andrology diagnostic testing, and the isolation of a novel multipotent stem cell from umbilical cord perivascular tissue. Ongoing research interests are targeted at increasing our understanding of male and female infertility, third party reproduction, improving ART outcomes, predicting risk of preeclampsia, and advancing umbilical cord stem cell research applications in Cardiac and Neurological diseases. He has published over 65 peer-reviewed original publications, 4 book chapters and over 240 abstracts, a significant number of which have been presented nationally at CFAS and also internationally. He recently was awarded the Chair’s Award for Sustained Excellence in Research in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto. He currently holds several peer reviewed research grants together with collaborators in Canada and internationally. Importantly, Dr. Librach has been a strong supporter of CFAS for many years, sending a large contingent of his clinical and research personnel to attend and present original research at annual meetings. He, together with the researchers in his laboratory, have won numerous awards at CFAS as well as at other meetings locally and internationally.

Dr Librach is proud to serve on the CFAS executive in order to enhance the society and help guide and improve reproductive health care across Canada.

Heather ShapiroHeather Shapiro is a member of the Centre for Fertility and Reproductive Health (CFRH) at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. She is also cross-appointed to the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation.

Dr. Shapiro received her MD from McMaster University. She completed her residency training at the University of Toronto and then completed further training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Bern, Switzerland and University of Toronto with Dr Robert Casper.

Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Shapiro studied Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics at McMaster University prior to accepting a position at the University of Toronto.

Her current research interests focus around fertility care; access of care by new Canadians, obstacles to care for HIV+ patients, and defining patient centred care in fertility services. She is also part of a team developing a leadership curriculum for residents in Toronto and nationally.

IMG_1352Eileen graduated from the University of Toronto with a baccalaureate degree in Nursing Science, a Masters in Nursing, and a post-Master’s Nurse Practitioner degree. She has also successfully obtained her Extended Class qualification and holds specialty certification in Perinatal Nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association. She is a Nurse Practitioner at Mount Sinai Fertility and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Eileen was awarded a Mount Sinai Hospital Research Award in 2011 and is actively involved in all aspects of fertility nursing, but focuses primarily on fertility preservation and counselling and preparing couples for PGD.

She is an active member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group and is Chair of the Standards Subcommittee of the Nursing Special Interest Group. Eileen has been part of CFAS; Board of Directors since January 2016 and is leading a Nurse Education Project Team in developing national fertility nurse competencies (even while on maternity leave!).

Photo on 2015-12-03 at 3.46 PM #2Dr. Bruce D. Murphy received his BSc (Biology) and MSc (Physiology) from Colorado State University. He was awarded a PhD in reproductive biology (University of Saskatchewan), where he continued on the Biology faculty. In 1985 he founded the Reproductive Biology Research Unit in the Department Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine and served as Director until 1991.

From 1991 to 2013 he was Director of the Centre de recherche en reproduction animale, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal and he currently holds a joint appointment Département de obstetrique-gynecologie, Faculté de médecine, at the same institution.He has held visiting appointments at Cornell University, and at the Institute of Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France.

In 2008, he founded the Réseau Québécois en Reproduction (Quebec Reproduction Network, RQR) that is currently fundedby federal and provincial grants. This network coordinates collaborations, sponsors symposia and provides training funds to 80 researchers in the province of Quebec. He was founder of the Canadian Consortium in Reproductive Biology, and chaired of the Institute of Human Development Advisory Board and Standing Committee in Reproductive Biology. He was Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) 2000-2009, and served as President of that Society in 2015- 2016. He is on the editorial board of five journals and served as Editor-In-Chief of Biology of Reproduction, 2009-2013.

Dr. Murphy’s laboratory has been continuously funded since 1974 by NSERC for studies of embryo implantation, and since 1978 by MRC and CIHR for investigation of ovarian function. He is author of more than 250 scientific publications and has been a plenary and symposium lecturer at several international conferences. Among the awards he has received are the SSR Distinguished Service Award, the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence and the CFAS Award for Excellence in Reproductive Medicine. He received the SSR Trainee-mentoring award and the CRCQ Mentor of the Year award in 2014. He was elected to the Argentine Academy of Agricultural Science in 1988, as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2006, and is Laureate of the Fonds du Québec (2009). He has trained more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, most of whom continue working in the field of reproductive biology.

Advisory Council

The Board is in turn supported by an Advisory Council consisting of:

Chair of the IVF Medical Directors Group

Albert Yuzpe, MD

CFAS Special Interest Groups

CFAS-SIGs: organized groups that are authorized by the CFAS Board to represent people with similar interests in an area of reproductive medicine and/or science.

Danielle Dubois, RN • Nurses
Alexander Lagunov, MSc • ART Lab
Jan Silverman, MA • Counsellors
Armand Zini, MD • Andrology
Alex Hartman, MD • Imaging
Deborah Myers, M.Mgt, CCPE • Administrative
Karen Buzaglo, MD • Fertility Preservation
Bruce Murphy, PhD • Scientist in Reproductive Endocrinology
Sara Cohen, LLB • Ethics and Law
Angel Petropanagos, PhD • Ethics and Law

Chair of the Communications Committee

Mark Evans, MBA

Five Regional Representatives

Atlantic Region • Linda Hamilton, MD
Quebec • François Bissonnette, MD
Ontario • Sony Sierra, MSc, MD
Manitoba and Saskatchewan • Adrian Gamelin, MD
Western Region • Jason Min, MD

Mission and Vission

Vision

Promoting excellence in Assisted Reproduction.

Mission

To advance reproductive science and medicine in Canada through leadership, reserach and guidance to patients , caregivers, government and society.

Values

The Society and its members adhere to the principles of safety, effectiveness, ethical practice, innovation, accountability and continous quality improvement.

The Strategic Objectives are: Education-Research and Knowledge Transfer-Clinical Practice Guidelines and Standards for Certification for Non-Medical Professionals-Relationships.