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.
Dr. Ari Baratz has been dedicated to women’s health and reproductive medicine for over 20 years. He is one of a select few physicians in Canada with the accreditation and the advanced level of training required for the care of people dealing with infertility and recurrent miscarriages.
Dr. Baratz attended McGill University for his Bachelor of Science in Anatomy & Cell Biology (BSc) and the University of Western Ontario for his Medical Degree (MD) where he was recognized with distinction and for outstanding performance in obstetrics & gynecology. After completing his Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at the University of Toronto (FRCSC), Dr. Baratz was designated by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada with a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) at the University of Toronto.
Upon joining CReATe, Dr. Baratz assumed a faculty position in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Toronto. Dr. Baratz has played an integral role in the Department of Gynecology at the New Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto. He is a leader in Ambulatory Gynecology and Surgical education and has mentored many students, residents, and fellows in reproductive medicine.
Through CReATe, Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto, Dr. Baratz continues his research in medical education and several aspects of clinical infertility and reproductive endocrinology. Focused on providing ‘patient-centred’ fertility care, Dr. Baratz’s clinical interests include providing all forms of assisted reproductive technologies, reproductive endoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, and Reproductive Telemedicine (Ontario Telemedicine Network). A compassionate practitioner and dedicated researcher, Dr. Baratz has presented his research at several national and international forums. Dr. Baratz has a special interest in all forms of third party reproduction including anonymous and known egg / sperm donation and surrogacy. He has provided consultations on matters of reproductive medicine for intended parents throughout Ontario, across Canada and internationally.
Dr. Baratz is an active member of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario, the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society, and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Baratz has been an Executive Board member for Women’s College Hospital, Medical Staff Association, the Women’s College Hospital Alternate Funding Plan, and Chair for the Ontario Medical Association Reproductive Biology Section.
Dr. Nicole Paterson
Dr. Paterson is a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) physician at the Regional Fertility Program in Calgary. She has travelled Internationally and across Canada for her education and training. Her REI Royal College fellowship training was at the University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Paterson’s clinical and research interests have included embryo donation, weight and fertility and advanced reproductive technology. She has been a guest speaker at national meetings and published her research in several peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.
Dr. Paterson herself was 1 in 6 (#1in6stories), but successfully completed her family with the assistance of her REI colleagues and coworkers.
Dr. Paterson has always felt privileged working with patients in an area of health care that is of such significance to them. She strives to help support patients in her clinical practice and through Fertility Matters, in any way that allows them to continue to be engaged, motivated and empowered.
Andia Porretta, Patient
Andia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design and a diverse background in management, marketing, sponsorship, corporate & retail events and most recently in project management in HR. Andia truly enjoys learning and challenging herself in the work that she does and thrives on learning from her teams while sharing her experiences.
Andia & her husband Matt are parents to their little miracle son Marcus who has only changed their lives beyond their wildest imagination. Andia & Matt struggled with infertility for over 5 years and Marcus was their only ever positive pregnancy, having gone through numerous tests and treatments for fertility related immunity issues and more. They are forever grateful for the gift they have been given.
Andia is passionate about helping remove the stigma associated with infertility as she struggled with depression and pain from keeping their journey private due to shame associated with infertility.
Valerie Kerr, Patient
Valerie has worked in clinical research since 2004 holding a diverse set of roles. Currently, she leads clinical trials as an Associate Director, Global Trial Leader for Janssen R&D, Johnson & Johnson, in oncology pharmaceutical research.
Val founded and is now directing the Toronto Chapter of the ‘BioPharmaceutical Networking Group’ (‘TOBPNG’), the first of its kind to expand beyond US borders.
Val and her husband continue their efforts utilizing ART via IVF and surrogacy to grow their family. Her years of research, knowledge and involvement in this space has risen her to become an elected member of the Board of Directors at Fertility Matters Canada. Valerie currently lives with her husband in Toronto, Canada.
Deborah is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for TRIO Fertility in Toronto, Ontario Canada. For the past 8 years Deborah has dedicated herself to enhancing the fertility world with a strong dedication to corporate fertility and patient-centered-care. At TRIO Fertility she oversees Human Resources, Risk Management, Communications, Administration Operations including Payroll Management and Patient Services. Prior to joining TRIO, Deborah held senior management roles in executive healthcare, pharmaceuticals and international new business development. Her dossier outlines 30 + years of national and international experience with medical facilities, new business development and operations.
With in-depth knowledge of improving healthcare portfolio projects, her experiences includes change management, new market identification and strategic positioning. With strong core competencies such as coaching and mentoring, her leadership affects rapid change and transition.
Deborah has been invited as a guest speaker to share her experiences during International medical conferences and as a returning speaker at Desautles Faculty of Management, McGill University and the Schulich School of Business on the subjects of patient relationship management, change management and clinical operations leadership.
Deborah’s credentials are enhanced with a Master of Management from McGill University. She holds a 3rd term as the Chairperson for the CFAS’s Leadership and Management Special Interest Group. Deborah has an innovative mindset along with a flair that takes healthcare out-of-the-box with service excellence. With a strong appreciation for advance education and ensuring a step ahead, Deborah’s next focus is her Doctorate in Management. She has a strong influence on facilitating change, collaboration, transformation and people engagement. She is results-oriented with a commitment to corporate development, social responsibility and patient excellence.
Amanda Spakowski, patient
Amanda Spakowski is a Talent Acquisition and Human Resources professional who specializes in equity, diversity and inclusion. She currently supports businesses in Toronto to develop their inclusion protocol and sits on the Mount Sinai Fertility LGBTQ Care Advisory Committee. Amanda has worked with start-ups, private practices and corporations in a variety of industries including health care, post-secondary education, retail, finance and sales. She works specifically with each client to develop recommendations, training and strategies that are specific to their workplace and industry.
From 2008-2016, Amanda founded and managed one of Toronto’s most established doula companies. With a specialty in trauma aware care and an educational background in molecular biology, Amanda quickly established herself as an expert in non-clinical support and was invited to speak as an expert for CBC, CTV, Global News, Today’s Parent Magazine, Metro Toronto and other media sources.
Amanda began her work in inclusion through her doula practice, where she collaborated with clients, midwives, doctors and other members of the health care system to increase accessibility of services for families during childbirth and postpartum. She developed an LGBTQ2IA+ inclusion training for her own team of doulas in response to a significant need for accessible prenatal support for clients who weren’t typically represented in the very heteronormative and feminized culture of childbirth. She was then invited to speak on inclusive practices for the Ryerson Midwifery Education Program and Humber College Nursing Program.
She has since developed her scope of inclusion by completing a certificate in Human Resources Management, Reconciliation through Indigenous Education and is currently completing a certificate in Inclusive Management.