President’s Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
Jason_Photo.jpgI am looking forward to serving as the 67th President for the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society ! I feel especially fortunate to take on this role as we develop our Strategic Plan for the next five years. I am thrilled to work alongside our Board, Executive Director, SIG Chairs, members, stakeholders, and Champion Sponsors to establish the main priorities of the CFAS. Throughout the past five years, we have done a tremendous amount of work to further our field of assisted reproduction. With your help, we can make CFAS even better.
 
As we enter a new CFAS year, I want to reflect on some of the challenges that arose over the course of 2020 and recognize how our society overcame them. When COVID-19 forced the cancellation,or postponement, of many of our events,including our 2020 Annual Meeting, the CFAS Board and team stepped up to offer extra virtual sessions; released a multitude of guidance and support documents, with the help of our Special Interest Groups; and even created fun challenges to keep members creative and engaged during the lockdown. I would like to thank every one of you for your commitment to supporting each other and all patients, while continuing to provide top-notch fertility care, even as the global pandemic raged on around you. I am impressed by your dedication to your work and the creative solutions you implemented to modify your offices, clinics, and labs to keep patients and staff safe as society gradually reopened. It is these very characteristics that I want to see reflected in our Strategic Plan surveys, focus groups, and interviews. You all have something to contribute. This year is truly your chance to let us know, as a Society, what direction we should follow to better serve as the voice of reproductive specialists in Canada.

Through collaboration with the Scientific Program Committee, I am working diligently at building a comprehensive, diverse, and sensational Annual Meeting program. With everything 2020 has thrown at our membership, I want to put my best effort into hosting a meeting that really celebrates our members’ work and contributions to this field. The theme of the meeting is “Thriving Through Change: From Virtual Medicine and Viruses to Technology and Techniques”. If anything, our experience coping with COVID-19 during the past months has certainly shown our ability to accept change, adapt accordingly, and ultimately thrive. I am so proud of what our Society has accomplished amid a pandemic and cannot wait to see what it will achieve this year and beyond.

There are many other goals I am hoping we can accomplish over the year, including improving governance within the CFAS; increasing connectivity and communication between SIG members; and continuing to help provide guidance through the pandemic.

I am looking forward to working with all of you!

Sincerely,
Jason Hitkari, MD
CFAS President 2020-2021
Co-director at Olive Fertility Centre, Vancouver, BC

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