Sharon Mortimer PhD became a Clinical Embryologist in 1985, working at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia then the Foothills IVF Programme in Calgary, Canada. She then became a consultant in IVF as Director/Secretary of Mortimer Scientific Consulting Pty Ltd, and was Managing Director of GenARTech Pty Ltd, a laboratory supply company. She was the Laboratory Director at the Genesis Fertility Centre, the commissioning Scientific Director of the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine, and is currently the Scientific Director of the Grace Fertility Centre in Vancouver. Since 2010, she has been a full-time consultant with Oozoa Biomedical Inc, in the areas of systems design and application in ART laboratories, and in research communications.
As a result of her personal experience with a complicated, high-order multiple pregnancy, she has promoted the concept of single embryo transfers since 1991 and her goal is for all IVF labs to have the competency to achieve this. She is the co-author of Quality and Risk Management in the IVF Laboratory, which has become a standard textbook in clinical embryology training, and has authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and 100 conference presentations, and been an invited speaker at clinical and scientific conferences in North America, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. She is an active member of 10 professional societies, and was the Chair or co-Chair of the ART Lab SIG of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (2002–2007), and was a member of their Professional Standards Sub-Committee which developed the certification standards for ART Lab professionals in Canada.
Sara R. Cohen, LL.B., Vice President
Sara R. Cohen, LL.B. is a fertility law lawyer based in Toronto, with clients throughout Canada and beyond. Sara is the founder of Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP where her entire practice is devoted exclusively to the practice of fertility law. She regularly acts for intended parents, surrogates, donors, cryobanks, hospitals, distributors and fertility clinics on a wide range of fertility law issues.
Sara has recently been named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. She is the co-chair of the Ethics and Law Special Interest Group of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and an adjunct professor of reproductive law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Sara co-chaired Canada’s first national symposium on fertility law in Canada, is one of two international members of the executive council of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee of the ABA’s Family Law Section, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA).
Sara has been published on issues relating to reproductive law in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, Huffington Post, and Lawyers Weekly and a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail on fertility law issues. She is an in-demand speaker, having lectured at Suffolk University Law School, University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, McMaster University, AAARTA, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, American Bar Association, and Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. She is the winner of the 2013 Precedent Setter Award and a Clawbie Award for her blog about fertility law in Canada.
Antonina’s experiences with unexplained infertility, miscarriage, and fertility treatments led her to seek support from others who were living with these realities, and to learn as much as she could about reproductive health disease. She benefited from FMC and its support groups, and has since had successful IVF treatment.
She brings her financial expertise as a Chartered Professional Accountant, and Chartered Business Valuator as well as board experience with two other non-profits to the treasurer position.
Antonina is excited for the opportunity to build on her personal and professional experience in order to advance infertility awareness, support, and access to fertility treatments for Canadians.
Dr. Dan Nayot
Dr. Dan Nayot has trained at internationally recognized intuitions; obtaining his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, and completing his Obstetrics and Gynaecology residency at the University of Toronto. Dr. Nayot is one of only a handful of physicians to complete a Royal College fellowship in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at McGill University, Canada’s largest University-based reproductive centre.
Continuing his academic pursuits at Harvard University, Dr. Nayot received his Masters of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology. He has been awarded several research grants and academic scholarships, authored numerous scientific papers, and presented at international medical conferences.
Dr. Nayot is an active reviewer for several fertility scientific journals and is a faculty member at the University of Toronto in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is actively involved in training students at various stages of their medical programs.
Dr. Nayot is currently a staff physician at TRIO Fertility, where he remains committed to clinical research and providing his patients with individualized evidence-based care. He is a strong believer in empowering patients to make educated decisions, whether by appraising the latest research studies or facilitating a holistic team approach to infertility.
Dr. Marjorie Dixon
Dr. Marjorie E. Dixon is a graduate of McGill University’s School of Medicine. Following her initial postgraduate training at the University of Toronto in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Dixon completed her postgraduate training at the University of Vermont with a three-year subspecialty at the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology accredited fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
She joined the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre more than a decade ago, and she continues to be an involved member today. In 2005, she was appointed assistant professor at the University of Toronto, where she actively participates in the education of medical students and residents.
As an advisory board member of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Dixon played an instrumental role in the approval of the 2015 IVF Ontario Funding Program. She is an invited speaker at both national and international conferences in her field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and she continuously advocates for women’s health.
Since 2010, on the last Thursday of every month, Dr. Dixon has been a regular feature on the CityLine television program, educating Canada on women’s health.
Dr. Dixon’s passion for educating women on their reproductive health encouraged her to open Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health in 2016, the first full-service IVF centre in Canada exclusively focused on reproductive medicine and women’s health.
Heather Brooks, RN
Heather Brooks is a Registered Nurse who has worked in Reproductive Medicine since 1994. She was Clinic Manager of The York Region Fertility Clinic from 1994-2006 after which she purchased the clinic, renamed it Northern Reproductive Therapies and was successful in providing basic infertility treatments to her local community until 2011 when the clinic was sold.
Heather also started Outreach Health Services in 1999. Outreach continues to be a importer/distributor of human donor semen to this day and works very closely with her clients to assist them in the selection of an appropriate donor.
She has been an active member of the Nursing Special Interest Group through the Canadian Andrology and Fertility Society for the past 10 years.
Heather brings a unique perspective to her role as she has also been a patient and has a son through the IVF process.
She believes that counselling and support services are very important components to patients embarking on their fertility journey and is happy to be a Board member of Fertility Matters where she can continue to have an impact on the services available to patients.
Lindsey Bast, patient
Lindsey experienced unexplained infertility and sought the assistance of fertility treatments. She conceived off her first IVF cycle, but it ended as an ectopic pregnancy. She successfully conceived again from a frozen embryo transfer (FET) and has a beautiful son as a result.
As a Certified Usability Analyst, Lindsey brings her expertise in the areas of Online Marketing & Communications. Prior to joining the Board, Lindsey was an active volunteer for FMC on the Advisory Council committees. She also helps to facilitate her local FMC support group.
Lindsey is active in both the infertility and pregnancy loss communities with the goal of increasing awareness and breaking the stigma associated with both experiences.
Jon Waldman, patient
Jon Waldman is a first-year member of the Board of Directors and lives in Winnipeg. Jon and his wife are infertility patients and had their daughter, Kaia, through IVF in 2015 after struggling to conceive for six years.
Jon has been an active member of Winnipeg’s infertility support network and has shared his story with local media. In June 2017, Jon gave a TEDx Talk on getting men to talk about infertility, which has led to him speaking with many individuals and couples, as well as additional speaking engagements.
Professionally, Jon works in marketing and communications and is currently with Richlu Manufacturing as the organization’s Marketing Specialist. A four-time author, Jon was shortlisted in 2016 for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award for 100 Things Winnipeg Jets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die. Jon was also a recipient of a Winnipeg Police Services Citizen Appreciation Award in 2017 for his volunteer work in community safety.
In his downtime, Jon enjoys spending time with his family, walking his dog, cycling and paddleboarding.