President 2018 – 2019

b-DSC_7785-PS1(1)Clifford Librach, MD

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.

Past Presidents

Jason Min, MD

Following 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.

Dr. 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.

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.

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.

Dr. 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 authored various reviews, papers and abstracts and been a scientific advisor for the Canadian Standards Association and Accreditation Canada ART standards development.

2013 • Mathias Gysler, ON
2012 • Marie-Claude Léveillé, ON
2011 • Carl Laskin, Toronto, ON
2010 • David Mortimer, Vancouver, BC
2009 • François Bissonnette, Montréal, QC
2008 • Warren Foster, Hamilton, ON
2007 • Edward Hughes, Hamilton, ON
2006 • Benjamin K. Tsang, Ottawa, ON
2005 • John Grantmyre, Halifax, NS
2004 • Dean Van Vugt, Kingston, ON
2003 • Gillian Graves, Halifax, NS
2002 • Jacquetta Trasler, Montreal, QC
2001 • Victor Gomel, Vancouver, BC
2000 • Roger Pierson, Saskatoon, SK
1999 • Arthur Leader, Ottawa, ON
1998 • Robert Casper, Toronto, ON
1997 • Peter Leung, Vancouver, BC
1996 • Claude Gagnon, Montreal, QC
1995 • Togas Tulandi, Montreal, QC
1994 • Roger Rittmaster, Durham, NC
1993 • Renée Martin, Calgary, AB
1992 • John Jarrell, Calgary, AB
1991 • André Lemay, Quebec City, QC
1990 • Kenneth D. Roberts, Montreal, QC
1989 • Robert Reid, Kingston, ON
1988 • Bernard Robaire, Montreal, QC
1987 • Gilles Bleau, Montreal, QC
1986 • Basil HoYuen, Vancouver, BC
1985 • Serge Bélisle, Montreal, QC
1984 • Robert W. Hudson, Kingston, ON
1983 • Albert Yuzpe, Vancouver, BC
1982 • Patrick J. Taylor, Vancouver, BC
1981 • Patrick J. Taylor, Vancouver, BC
1980 • Norman Barwin, Ottawa, ON
1979 • B. Norman Barwin, Ottawa, ON
1978 • S. Clair MacLeod, Kentville, NS
1977 • Jacques Van Campenhout, Montreal, QC
1976 • Earl R. Plunkett, London, ON
1975 • R. Peter Beck, Edmonton, AB
1974 • Jacques-E. Rioux, Quebec City, QC
1973 • Frederick S. Hobbs, Vancouver, BC
1972 • John A. Collins, London, ON
1971 • L Cowan, Regina SK
1970 • John O’Brien, Montreal, QC
1969 • C.A.V. Barker, Guelph, ON
1968 • Donald McEwen, Calgary, AB
1967 • Michel J. Bérard, Montreal, QC
1966 • G.H. Arronet, Montreal, QC
1965 • Joseph Tanzman, St. John, NB
1964 • R.A.H. Kinch, Montreal, QC
1963 • Abraham Hurtig, Ottawa, ON
1962 • Donald R. Johnston, Niagara Falls, ON
1961 • J.C. McKellar, Toronto, ON
1960 • Myer Hendelman, Montreal, QC
1959 • Georges A. Simpson, Montreal, QC
1958 • Earl R. Plunkett, London, ON
1957 • C.J. Pattee, Montreal, QC
1956 • Edwin Robertson, Kingston, ON
1955 • Evan Shute, London, ON
1954 • L.J. Harris, Toronto, ON