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.
Deborah Myers, Vice President
Deborah is the Founder and CEO of Deborah Myers & Associates (DMA). DMA is a leading fractional management firm in Canada providing real-time corporate strategic course correction and feedback.
Deborah has a visionary leadership style as a transition specialist fulfilling the leadership gap during start-ups, restructuring, mergers, uncertainty, and new location expansion. Additionally, guiding those special implementation projects for quality control, quality assurance, governance, brand awareness, and ensuring customer excellence.
For the past 13 years Deborah has dedicated herself to enhancing the fertility world with a strong dedication alongside TRIO Fertility by helping patients overcome their fertility challenges bringing innovative practice, transforming the way health is measured and care is delivered.
Deborah brings a strong dedication and passion for patient excellence and guiding that unique health journey. Holding senior management roles in executive healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and international new business development, her career portfolio is enhanced with 30 + years of national and international experience working alongside strong brands such as TRIO Fertility, Regen Scientific, Medcan Health Management, Medisys, Jamieson Vitamins, GSK and Allergan .
With in-depth knowledge of improving healthcare projects, her experiences include change management, new market identification and strategic positioning. With strong core competencies such as coaching and mentoring, her leadership affects rapid change and transition.
With invitational speaker requests Deborah has shared her experiences during International medical conferences, as a returning speaker at Desautles Faculty of Management at McGill University and at 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 held 3 terms as the Chairperson for the CFAS’s Leadership and Management Special Interest Group. She currently sits on the Board of Directors as acting Vice President for Fertility Matters Canada.
Deborah has an innovative mindset along with a flair that takes healthcare out-of-the-box. 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.
Sara R. Cohen, LL.B., Past 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.
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.
Alexandra Muton, Treasurer
Alexandra Muton advocates for equal access to fertility treatment across Canada. Through her own struggle with infertility, she has seen first-hand how access to fertility clinics and government funding varies between provinces and has experienced the intense financial burden of self-funded treatments.
Alexandra is passionate about removing the stigma associated with infertility and advocates for mental health support for those suffering in private. She and her husband are continuing their fertility treatments using third party reproduction and remain hopeful.
Alexandra is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and currently resides with her husband in Toronto. Her passion for the cause and prior not-for-profit accounting experience led her to become an elected member of the Board of Directors at Fertility Matters Canada.
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.
You can say that I am literally a product of IVF. While not an IVF baby, I grew up watching my father become a globally-recognized pioneer in the field. I was able to witness from an early age how IVF was positively changing lives and creating families.
Before joining TFP, I spent more than 25 years as a senior executive with public and private corporations, developing considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions, financings, restructurings, financial and internal reporting, strategic development and business planning, corporate governance, investor relations, regulatory compliance, and treasury management.
For over 20 years, I have served on the board of youth-at-risk focused charities, and am still serving with Save the Children Canada. I also sit on one public company board of directors.
Along the way, I have completed a Bachelor of Science, Engineering (Mechanical) degree from Queen’s University along with the Professional Engineering designation (P.Eng.) and a Masters in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. I am also a CFA® charterholder and hold the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Helen McEvoy, patient
Helen struggled with infertility for almost 10 years before she and her husband were lucky enough to have their two sons. She is now very passionate about advocating for equal access to fertility support for all Canadians. She understands first-hand how critical it is to have the right support when struggling to build a family. She is thrilled to be part of the FMC board with an opportunity to ensure support is available to all Canadians in need.
In her professional life, Helen is a seasoned, customer-focused leader with a proven track record of driving results. She has been at TD Bank for almost 20 years, where she has held executive roles across several functions, including Organizational Transformation, P&L, Strategy, Data & Analytics, Business Architecture, and Marketing, supporting almost every business at TD, including Personal Banking, Wealth, Insurance, Auto Finance and central Corporate teams. She has repeatedly led transformational efforts in these roles that have had a significant impact on the businesses they serve. Prior to TD, Helen worked as a management consultant, which provided her with a strong foundation in strategy, analytics, and finance.
She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and has been part of several leadership development programs in and outside TD to build her skills and expertise. Helen has lived and worked in several cities across Canada, the US, and Europe and is fully bilingual in French.
Dr. Jacob Ruiter
Dr. Jacob Ruiter is a fertility doctor at the MUHC Reproductive Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Ruiter has published original peer-reviewed research and has presented at scientific meetings across North America and Europe. As a fertility specialist, he is aware of the challenges that many Canadians face when starting or building their families. Dr. Ruiter believes that the mission of Fertility Matters to empower Canadians to reach their reproductive health goals is extremely important. His personal focus has been on LGBTQ2 family building and fertility preservation for transgender patients. Dr. Ruiter continues to share his knowledge and expertise to promote understanding and raise awareness.