Breakout - Lecture Stream 1
10:15 - 10:45 AM - Optimize your egg quality to improve your chances of success 
by: Dr. Zeynep Uraz, ND

Fertility struggles are challenging enough!  You don’t need a bunch of unnecessary dietary restrictions and stressful lifestyle changes on top of all of that.  Dr. Zeynep Uraz, ND will be discussing the most important foods you should be eating and avoiding, the most important changes to make in your life and a couple of supplements that can help, or hinder egg quality.    She will take an evidence-based approach, to help you sort through all the information out there and make sense of it all. ​ 

Sponsored by: Nature's Source

 
 
11:00 - 11:30 AM - Facilitating fertility through pelvic health 
by: Dr. Sinead Dufour, PT, PhD
 
In this talk Dr. Sinéad Dufour will review how together with her collaborative team at The World of my Baby (WOMB), she cares for women with “unexplained infertility”.  Specifically, she will focus on her role as a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.  She will discuss aspects of the pelvic health that are highly relevant when it comes to fertility promotion including but not limited to pelvic floor status, general tissue health and specific pelvic tissue restrictions including organ position, status of the autonomic nervous system and more globally the degree of resilience in the stress-response system.   At the end of this talk, registrants will have a better understanding of what constitutes the unhelpful label of “unexplained infertility” and how conservative care strategies, namely pelvic health physiotherapy can assist.
Sponsored by:  The WOMB
11:45 - 12:15 PM - Optimizing fertility with nutrition and supplementation
by: Dr. Jodie Peacock, ND

 

The long-term health of your future children can be significantly impacted by the choices you make in the 3-6 months leading up to pregnancy.

 

What can you do during this time to optimize your diet and lifestyle to prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy. Nutrition is often an overlooked therapy when it comes to fertility and is an area where you can have tremendous positive benefit.

 

Learn what foods to focus on and some nutrients you may want to consider supplementing on top of your diet to achieve optimal hormonal balance, egg and sperm quality and overall health.

Sponsored by:  Enhance Fertility
 
1:00 - 1:30 PM - IVF 101 - Everything you should know about fertility treatments 
by: Dr. Marjorie Dixon, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, REI
 
Did you know that 1 in 6 Canadian couples will need help to have a child? In this session, Dr. Marjorie Dixon will describe the entire in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process, including the medical & personal reasons why patients pursue this option. Often people are nervous about IVF, but for many experiencing fertility challenges to grow their family, IVF is can be their most direct path to bringing home a baby. Join us to learn more!
Sponsored by: Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health
 
1:45 - 2:15 PM - PCOS - Optimize your fertility naturally
by: Dr. Jodie Peacock, ND
 
In this lecture, Dr. Peacock ND will discuss practical dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to support your body’s fertility and health. You will learn optimal foods to eat and nutritional supplements that can support your body’s ability to ovulate regularly, reduce symptoms of PMS, acne, weight gain and hormonal imbalances. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS or think you may have it this is your opportunity to learn how to optimize your health.
Sponsored by:  Enhance Fertility
 
3:00 - 3:30 PM - Unexplained infertility - What does it mean, what are your potential options
by: Dr. Gwen Goodrow, MSc, MD, FRCSC (OBGYN), FACOG, REI
 

What do you do when you don’t know what’s wrong?

30% of infertile couples worldwide are diagnosed with unexplained or idiopathic infertility. This defined as the lack of an obvious cause for a couple's infertility when all the standard diagnostic tests appear to be normal.


In this session, Dr. Goodrow will provide a closer look at the different treatment approaches and the odds of pregnancy success for people with unexplained infertility.

 

Sponsored by: Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health

 
 3:45 - 4:15 PM - The resilient fertility framework - Managing fertility after pregnancy loss 
by: Dr. Laura Nicholas, ND

 

A typical fertility journey uncovers a wide range of emotions. Excitement, anticipation, and joy can be accompanied by stress, anxiety, and discouragement. For those who experience miscarriage, or recurrent pregnancy loss, emotions are often amplified and can make it even more difficult to conceive. In this seminar, Dr. Laura Nicholas will guide you in building a resilient mindset and empowering you with comprehensive testing and treatment options. A clear plan will help you achieve your family goals by taking the guessing and stressing out of your fertility journey.

Sponsored by:  Evoke Integrative Medicine
 
4:30 - 5:00 PM - Endometrial receptivity - How do fertility doctors assess the endometrium?
by: Dr. Dan Nayot, B.Sc, M.Sc, MD, FRCSC, GREI
 
The term “endometrial receptivity” is used to describe an endometrium that would allow implantation of a healthy embryo. A successful pregnancy requires both a high quality seed (embryo) and a receptive soil (endometrium). In this lecture, we will review how fertility doctors assess the other half of the equation. We will discuss the current standard testing that is being offered, and what innovations and new approaches are arising in the field.
Sponsored by: The Reproductive Care Centre (RCC)
 
Breakout - Lecture Steam 2
10:15 - 10:45 AM - Help! My sperm donor is a carrier of a genetic disease
by: Jamie K. Dokson, ScM, LCGC
 
Most people are Carriers of one or more autosomal recessive genetic diseases. Gamete banks are now routinely testing donors for a large panels of recessive diseases, such that it is very common for sperm donors to have been identified as a carrier of one (or more) recessive disease. This lecture will review the genetic screening process that Xytex donors undergo and how this may differ between specific donors. We will discuss how to gather the important genetics information on a particular donor. We will review the basic concept of what it means to be a carrier of an autosomal recessive disease and any associated risks to offspring. Finally, this lecture will also discuss the recommended action(s) to take if you are interested in a sperm donor who is a known carrier of a genetic disorder.

 

Sponsored by:  Xytex Canada

 
 
11:00 - 11:30 AM - Mastering health basics to optimize fertility
by: Michelle Kapler, R.Ac FABORM
Join Michelle Kapler for a discussion on mastering the health basics and getting your body as healthy as possible can have a significant impact on optimizing your fertility. You will learn:
 
1. The basics of how food, movement, sleep and mental health all play a role in how your reproductive system functions.
2. How to make small, impactful, everyday changes add up to big results over time
3. That this process does not have to feel overwhelming and that just a few small, consistent changes can yield big results.
 
In her 10+ years of clinical experience as a fertility focused acupuncturist, Michelle has helped hundreds of her patients apply these changes to optimize fertility potential across the whole spectrum of the fertility journey. From the preconception phase, to utilizing medical treatments such as IVF, these foundational health practices can set you up for the best possible outcome
Sponsored by:  Fertility Academy
11:45 - 12:15 PM - Surrogacy options in North America
by: Petra Dach, RPN
In this lecture, Petra Dach from Extraordinary Conceptions will provide an overview of the various Surrogacy options across North America including Canada, USA and Mexico. Learn the differences in each country with regards to the Process, Legal frameworks, Costs, and Timelines. 
Sponsored by:  Extraordinary Conceptions
 
1:00 - 1:30 PM - Guaranteed baby?  Frozen donor eggs from the USA
by: Heidi Hayes, MA
Fertility treatment is expensive enough.  Learning your only option to be successful is donor eggs can seemingly put the dream of a baby out of reach.  You can reduce expenses and risk by receiving treatment locally with imported donor eggs from the USA, and by choosing a financial plan that guarantees you a baby or a 100% refund.  This session will provide an overview of coming to terms with donor eggs as a treatment, how to select a donor and mapping out the financial game plan. You will also learn how financial plans with safety nets work so you can have the promise of a baby or your money back.

Sponsored By:  Donor Egg Bank USA

 
 
1:45 - 2:15 PM - Legal aspects of surrogacy and egg donation in Canada 
by: Sara R. Cohen, LL.B.  Owner, Fertility Law Canada, Adjunct Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School
 
Surrogacy and egg donation are used by more and more Canadians to build their families.  Over the past couple of years, Ontario law has recognized this to be true, and has revised parentage legislation to reflect the number of children being born through third party reproduction in Canada.  Federal laws are also relevant and determine what is legal and illegal in Canada.  For intended parents, it is important that you are aware of some key points of both provincial and federal laws, even at the very beginning stages when contemplating using egg donation and/or surrogacy to build your family.  In this presentation, Sara will go briefly go through the relevant legal framework necessary to get you started on your journey and share some important tips learned by working with more than a thousand families.
Sponsored by:  Fertility Law Canada
3:00 - 3:30 PM - The what, why and how acupuncture helps your fertility
by: Mary Wong, B.Sc, R.TCMP, R.Ac
 
No matter where you are and what you are facing in your fertility journey, you won’t want to miss this talk. Best selling author, speaker, acupuncturist, and founder of one of North America’s leading Wellness clinics, Mary Wong will demystify the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine. She will explain how and why acupuncture works through scientific evidence and share stories of hope. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate acupuncture to optimize your fertility. 
 
Having overcome her own fertility struggles, Mary will guide you as she has helped thousands of women and couples conceive drawing from nearly three decades of professional experience. May you walk away with a renewed sense of hope and doable practical advice to help you on your Pathway To Pregnancy. 
Sponsored by:  Alive Holistic Health Clinic
 
3:45 - 4:15 PM - Tall, handsome, talented...and genetically compatible? Advice for selecting a sperm donor in the modern era
by: Dr. Jaime Shamonki, MD
Choosing a sperm donor can be a daunting task.  Deciding to use a donor from a sperm bank catalog opens a world of exciting possibilities, but the sheer number of filters to select from, acronyms to decode and clinical facts to learn can be overwhelming.  Dr. Shamonki, the Chief Medical Officer of California Cryobank, one of the world's most well-respected sperm banks, will demystify the process and provide valuable advice on everything you need to know from ancestry reports to genetic screening, helping you confidently select your sperm donor.

Sponsored By:  California Cryobank

 
4:30 - 5:00 PM - How to choose a donor 
by: Lisa Schuman, LCSW

 

Choosing an egg or sperm donor is extremely difficult and most people do not have the right information about how to thoughtfully choose the genetics for their future child.  Everyone wants  a healthy child and a happy family, but because the donor process can be so emotionally charged, most people think through their choices with their hearts and not their heads. In this workshop you will learn how to separate the issues over which you have some control from the issues over which you have no control. Important information about genetics, epigenetics and how to ensure your donor is well suited for your family and psychotically healthy will be covered.

Breakout - Lecture Stream 3
 
11:00 - 11:30 AM - The stress-fertility connection and a roadmap to overcome
by: Dr. Jessica Liu, ND

Recent studies have showed that 50 percent of women undergoing fertility treatments meet the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The stress induced by infertility itself and the process of fertility treatment can have a significant negative impact on hormonal health, egg and sperm quality, and pregnancy outcomes.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the spark of conception cannot occur unless there is a healthy mind-heart-womb connection.

This interactive session will provide an understanding of the stress-infertility relationship and how to identify the signs of fertility trauma.  You will learn nutritional and herbal approaches to reduce the impact of stress during pregnancy preparation and fertility treatment, and you will be guided through effective mindfulness-based techniques to help you open your heart-womb connection in order to transform your fertility potential.

 
 
11:45 - 12:15 PM - What you need to know about hormone disruptors and conception
by: Emma Rohmann

Hormone disrupting chemicals are ubiquitous in our homes and daily lives and research is linking this exposure to negative pregnancy outcomes. Despite this, there is a lot of misunderstanding about how they impact our health, and what we can do to lower our exposure. I want to change that.

 

By the end of this engaging and practical session, participants will be able to confidently make informed decisions around hormone disrupting chemicals in their lives, without fear, judgment, or shame.

The presentation will include:

• What hormone disruptors are and how they act in the body.

• Common misconceptions around environmental health and hormone disruptors specifically.

• Key hormone disruptors to avoid when trying to conceive or already pregnant.

• Simple strategies to implement right away.

• How to create a plan to reduce hormone disruptors long-term.

 

Sponsored by:  Green at Home

 
1:00 - 1:30 PM - Optimizing sperm health – It takes 2 to tango
by: Dr. Irena Bergmann, ND

Let’s not forget – it takes two tango. In order to get pregnant, sperm health is equally as important as egg health. This lecture will look at how to best achieve, not just good, but optimal sperm quality. It is important to understand that overall quality of sperm is greatly affected by the lifestyle choices made 3 months prior to conception. Dr. Irena Bergmann will highlight easy dietary and lifestyle choices men should focus on in order to optimize upcoming maturing sperm.

 

In addition, we will be looking at what nutritional supplements should be incorporated to support sperm health. The nutrients that will be discussed have been well researched at making a significant impact on sperm quality.

 

Dr. Bergmann will guide you through an easy to follow, step-by-step approach to achieving optimal sperm.

1:45 - 2:15 PM - Everything you need to know about fresh egg donation in Canada
by: Liz Ellwood, Heather Brooks, R.N. and Dr. Erica Berman, PhD
 
Using a fresh egg donor in Canada is a viable option with many advantages for Canadians in building their families. Dr. Erica Berman PhD. will address some of the psychosocial issues and the emotional journey people take to come to the decision to use donor eggs. In this informative session we will also discuss some of the differences between using a fresh egg donor instead of frozen donor eggs.

 

Sponsored by: Fertility Match Canada

 
 
 3:00 - 3:30 PM - The egg donation process in America
by: Dr. Joseph Doyle, MD
 
Couples needing to move forward with Egg Donation are bewildered and find the process daunting. And then being told to utilize a clinic in the USA is quite overwhelming. In this session, Dr Joseph Doyle will highlight the pros (and some cons) of Canadian couples choosing to work with an American based clinic and explain the benefits of traveling for treatment.
Sponsored by:  Shady Grove Fertility
3:45 - 4:15 PM - Looking to adopt?  Here's what you need to know 
by: Adoption Council of Ontario

 

If you are considering adoption, you will want to join this lecture.  We will explore options pertaining to local and foreign adoption. 

 
4:30 - 5:00 PM - The Secret Society - a film about egg donation - trailer premiere & a discussion with donors from the film 
by: Catapult Pictures

 

Join us as we premiere our trailer for our feature film about egg donation: 

The Secret Society shines light on the secretive, complex and criminalized world of assisted reproduction in Canada: the women desperately searching for human eggs to fertilize with sperm; the women willing to donate their eggs, and professionals who support both. 

Followed by: a film outtake with a celebrity who used an egg donor; a discussion with the director and donors from the film; and a live question and answer period.