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The ART Scientists Group was formed on September 28, 2002 at the CFAS meeting in Quebec, and an interim committee (Sharon Mortimer, Rod Bycroft and Marie-Claude Léveillé) was appointed to investigate whether the Group would become a CFAS Special Interest Group. At its next meeting on November 8, 2003, the Group voted unanimously to form a SIG. The aim of the ART Lab SIG is to foster consistent improvement in assisted conception outcomes in Canada by promoting the ongoing education of all ART laboratory scientists, and by encouraging practical cooperation between ART Laboratories. Membership Benefits Joining the ART Lab SIG gives you the opportunity to:

  • influence the direction of your profession in Canada
  • network with other ART lab scientists from across Canada
  • stay up to date with issues and events that affect ART lab scientists across Canada and the world

The ART Lab hosts an exam every year in early June, to verify Andrologists and Embryologists are up to CFAS standards. For more information about this exam and the related log book, click here.

How to Join
You need to be a member of the CFAS in good standing, and be interested or involved in the delivery or direction of ART Lab services. If you would like more information, please contact:

Alexander Lagunov, BSc(H), MSc
Chair ART Lab SIG 2016 – 2019

ART Lab Special Interest Group – Executive Team

Alexander Lagunov, MSc - Chair


Having an early involvement in the ART Lab certification processes in Canada, Alexander is dedicated to furthering his support and expertise in this process towards completion.  He is also aiming to establish other key standardized laboratory directives/guidelines in the realm of Quality Management and Quality Improvement sectors of the lab, governed by the ART Lab SIG.

Currently employed as Laboratory Director of CCRM Toronto/Hannam Fertility, his professional experiences will be of considerable value to the SIG, amongst which include several start-up operations of ART laboratories, in addition to ongoing cutting edge research in the field of Clinical Andrology and Embryology.

Alexander is truly passionate about the future growth and development of our profession in Canada.


Pat Chronis-Brown, MSc - SIG Executive Member


Pat Chronis-Brown has been a clinical embryologist since 1997. Prior to that, she worked in  andrology, cord blood banking, and as a Research Technician with the Ministry of Environment  and with Drs. Armand Keating and John Trachtenberg at Toronto General Hospital conducting prostate cancer research. Pat holds a BSc degree from Ryerson Polytechnical University and a M.Sc. in Clinical Embryology with distinction from the University of Leeds. Pat joined the Reproductive Biology Unit at Toronto General Hospital in 1989, performing phlebotomy and endocrine assays. From 1990 to 1997 she worked as an Andrology Technologist and started her IVF training by freezing embryos in 1993. In 1997 she transferred to the Embryology Lab full-time and has  since remained  in the field of reproductive technology until present, becoming a Senior Embryologist in 2010 and Laboratory Manager in 2014. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies and has been instrumental in the  development and implementation of new techniques in the lab and the  training and mentoring of  new trainees. She has received numerous awards and recogntions in oocyte cryopreservation and warming techniques. She has co-authored abstracts that have been presented nationally and internationally, reviewed abstracts, and serves on the Mount Sinai Fertility Ethics and Embryo Donation Committee. Pat is a long-standing member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), and was certified as an Embryologist by the CFAS in 2014.

Anam Ovais - SIG Executive Member