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.
Janet Fraser, Past-President
Janet is the Chief Operating Officer of Atlantic Assisted Reproductive Therapies (better known as the AART Clinic) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has worked in Health Care most of her career, starting from the time she was in University, working part-time at a busy Family Medicine Clinic. In 1986, she joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dalhousie University . As its Chief Operating Officer, she played an integral role of the development of Atlantic Assisted Reproductive Therapies (AART), serving as the Project Manager while the Clinic was being built. Once AART opened its doors in January 2005, she assumed the role as Chief Financial Officer for the Clinic as part of her portfolio in the Department. In 2010, Janet resigned from the Department to become the COO of AART full-time.
Janet holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University, and an MBA from Dalhousie University.
She has served as the President of the Association of Managers in Gynecology and Obstetrics (AMGO) and as the Treasurer of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS). She is currently the President of Fertility Matters Canada (FMC).
Antonina Wasowska, Treasurer
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.
Paula Chorney, Secretary
Paula Chorney grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She attended Lakehead University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree (English), and the University of Winnipeg, where she received her Certificate in Communications (Public Relations). She owns two businesses and also works full-time at a post-secondary educational institution.
Paula was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. She sought out the help of the Winnipeg infertility support group, and the group was a lifesaver for her. After achieving success via IVF in 2006, she continued to be involved in the committee that oversaw the Winnipeg support group. She has been the facilitator of the Winnipeg support group since January, 2010, and has participated in many media interviews in Winnipeg on infertility. She is an avid volunteer, and also sits on the Parent Council of her daughter’s school.
Paula lives in Winnipeg with her daughter.
Glenna’s involvement with IAAC began when she formed a peer-led support group in 2008 after she had her first daughter. Still feeling the effects of 5 years of infertility treatments she worked through her ‘post traumatic infertility stress’ by leading and facilitating a support group in her area. Listening and empathizing with others has been a rewarding life experience for her. She has gone on to organize local events for Canadian Infertility Awareness Week, and shared her story for newspapers and on CBC Radio. Glenna’s hope is that she is able to influence a change of attitude to the general public about the realities of infertility.
After studying fashion and costume design in Vancouver, Ontario and New York, Glenna works as an Assistant Costume Designer for TV and film, which has earned her a prime time Emmy nomination for her work on Battlestar Galactica.
She lives in the Lower Mainland of BC with her husband and 2 young daughters (IVF births, one fresh and one frozen).
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. Jason Hitkari
Dr Hitkari is co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre in Vancouver.
He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia and during this time received awards in the areas of clinical teaching and research. He then completed a formal fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto before returning to Vancouver.
Dr. Hitkari has a special interest in education. He currently is heavily involved in medical student education in reproduction and infertility at UBC. He also coordinates the Reproduction Seminars for the Obstetrics and Gynecology resident physicians. Dr. Hitkari lectures extensively throughout the year to family practitioners, family practice residents, allied health professionals and gynecologists.
He was thrilled to receive the Medical Undergraduate Class of 2012 Outstanding Educator Award. He is most proud of being the recipient of the H. Hill Humanitarian award for exceptional patient care.
He is proud to be a member of the FMC Board.
Sara R. Cohen, LL.B.
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.