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 2017-2018 Board of Directors

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.

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.

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.

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.

AbrolDr. Kaajal Abrol graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. In 2010, she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Obstetrics and Gynecology; and in 2012, she completed a Fellowship in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at the University of Toronto.

Throughout her training, Dr. Abrol received many distinctions, honours, scholarships and awards of excellence. She has authored and co-authored a range of scientific posters, research papers, and presentations on a range of topics related to the treatment of infertility. Her current clinical and research interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fertility preservation for oncology patients, and improving clinical outcomes through assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization and frozen embryo transfer.

Dr. Abrol is currently a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) among others

Eileen 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. She also has an interest in gender inclusive care.

Eileen is an active member of the CFAS Nurses Special Interest Group, the Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group, and is a member of the Board of Directors. Eileen is helping to lead a Nurse Education Project Team in developing national fertility nurse competencies and this is a joint venture between CFAS and ASRM.

SimonSimon Phillips is a CFAS certified Embryology Laboratoary Director. He has been a clinical embryologist for over twenty years. He is currently the Embryology Laboratory Director for OVO Fertility and the Scientific and Operations Director of Ovo Cryo.

Simon has previously been the chair of the ART Lab SIG and a member of the subcommittee that wrote the CFAS ART Lab SIG standards for Canadian ART professionals as well as developing the certification program. He has been part of various advisory boards and currently advises the Quebec College des Médecins in the development of a professional status for embryologists in that province.

Simon also holds a position in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal as a clinical lecturer and sits on the board of directors of the Centre de recherche en reproduction et fertilité (CRRF) at the University of Montreal in Ste-Hyacinthe.

Dr. Roberts has B.Sc. and M.D. degrees from the University of 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.

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
Tamer Said, PhD • Andrology
Mike Hartman, MD • Imaging
Deborah Myers, M.Mgt, CCPE • Administrative
Karen Buzaglo, MD • Fertility Preservation
Greg FitzHarris, PhD • Scientist in Reproductive Endocrinology
Marc-André Sirard, PhD • Scientist in Reproductive Endocrinology
Shirley Levitan, 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