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Fertility Events    Past events are archived below.


Vancouver BC -- Vancouver Infertility Peer Support Group.
Fourth Wednesday of the month (except July/Aug./Dec.), 7:30 pm. Focus on education about impaired fertility, medical procedures, emotional support and issues facing infertile couples. Confidential peer telephone service. Library. Jennifer Hillman, 604-320-7330

Vancouver BC -- Support Group for Fertility.
Second Friday of the month, 6:15-7:15 pm. Take control of your fertility journey, discuss fertility topics with other women. Facilitated by Sue Dumais, 5737 Collingwood St., 604-266-6470, Family Passages to Wellness

Kelowna BC -- Kelowna Infertility Support Group.
Third Tuesday, 6-8 pm, South Okanagan Health Unit, CCD Boardroom, 1340 Ellis St. Support and education; discussing infertility, its impact on relationships, and negotiating the treatment process. Kristina Towill, 250-860-8873

Calgary -- IAAC Calgary
Second Wednesday. Chapter of IAAC. Informal meetings to share the experience of infertility. Michelle, 403-266-2867

Edmonton -- Infertility Connection of Edmonton.
Support group meets monthly, except July/August. 7-9 pm, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Women's Centre, Room 1823-2 (1st floor, behind the nursing station on Unit 18). Irene Ryll, 780-481-6618,

Innisfail AB -- IAAC Central Alberta
Meetings start May 29, 2010, 11 am-1 pm, Innisfail EconoLodge. Support for those dealing with infertility challenges. Chapter of the Infertility Awareness Assn. of Canada. Michelle Orgar, 403-506-6959

Winnipeg -- Winnipeg Infertility Support Group.
One Tuesday a month, 7:30 pm, Winnipeg Infertility Resource Centre. For schedule: 204-488-2673,

Toronto -- Infertility Network Drop-In Support Group.
Final meeting, Dec. 13, 2011. Was meeting second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 pm, basement level, 1397 Danforth Ave. Facilitated by Jane Graham, R.N. M.Ed., nurse therapist working with people challenged by fertility issues. Small group setting, to discuss fertility issues and share knowledge and insights with others with similar experiences. Infertility Network, 416-691-3611,,

Toronto -- Infertility Support and Education Program. Led by Jan Silverman, Fertility Program Specialist at Women's College Hospital, 416-351-3721. Join by dropping in, or email Jan.
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transsexual/Queer Support Group ... first Thursday, 6-8 pm. Sherbourne Health Centre, 33 Sherbourne St. For couples and individuals currently parents or who would like to be parents. Discuss medical diagnoses and treatments, miscarriages, challenges to pregnancy and difficulties raising children.
Endometriosis Support Group ... second Thursday, 7-9 pm. 8th floor, Women's Health Centre, 790 Bay St. (at College). Women share their experience living with endometriosis. The Endometriosis Network of Toronto (TENT), 416-591-3963.
Infertility Support Group ... third Thursday, 7-9 pm. 8th floor, Women's Health Centre, 790 Bay St. (at College). Support for women and couples with difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term.
Parenting After Infertility ... third Wednesday, 6-8 pm. 8th floor, Women's Health Centre, 790 Bay St. (at College). For women who are mothers after infertility, through birth or adoption.
"On Our Own" Single Parenting Group ... fourth Thursday, 6-8 pm. For women and men who choose to be single parents through adoption or the use of donor gametes. Infertility treatments; adoption process; life of a child with one parent.

Barrie ON -- Barrie Infertility Support Group.
Last Wednesday (some exceptions), 7-9 pm. For location, date: Jennifer McDermott, M.A. Clinical Therapist, 705-728-7636.

Guelph ON -- Infertility Guelph.
Third Wednesday, 7-9 pm, at Unitarian Congregation, 122 Harris St. Share stories and make new friends. Men and women welcome. Patty,

London ON -- Conceiving Wellness Support Group.
For London and Southwestern Ontario, meeting every second Sunday, 6-9 pm. Lois Ostolosky, Conceiving Wellness, 519-200-9592.

London ON -- Infertility London.
For London and surrounding areas. For date and time, see Meeting Dates. Charmaine, 519-657-7743.

Ottawa ON -- Infertility Support Group.
Sundays, 2-3:30 pm, Feb. 22, Mar. 8, Apr. 5, May 3, 2009. Opportunity for Ottawa Fertility Centre patients to gain support from others; how to live positively under painful circumstances. Heather Loeffelholz, 613-686-3378, OFC, 955 Green Valley Cr., Ottawa ON K2C 3V4,

Fredericton NB -- Fredericton Infertility Support Group.
Third Saturday of the month (except June/July/Aug). 1-3 pm, Rm. 212, MacLaggan Hall, 33 Dineen Dr., Univ. of New Brunswick. Pamela Burton, 506-451-6846

ONLINE -- RESOLVE Teleseminars. First and third Thursday of the month. 9 p.m. ET. Embryo transfer; acupuncture; managing grief and other topics. Past teleseminars downloadable.

EVENTS in 2011 and 2012


Jan. 26, 2011, Toronto -- Nutrition and Infertility Seminar: From Infertility to Pregnancy. 6:45 pm. North York Public Library, Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room A, 5120 Yonge St. $20 (cash/cheque at door).
Gilda Rovan, 905-737-0078. Sponsored by Nutritional Preceptorship Program.

Apr 15-16, 2011, London, UK -- Fertility World. Olympia, London. Seminars on many fertility topics. Discuss fertility issues with hospitals and clinics.

Apr. 20, 2011, Guelph ON -- Infertility Guelph, meeting. 7-9 pm. Unitarian Congregation Building, 122 Harris St. Speaker: Joanne Wright of Canadian Surrogacy Options, a gestational surrogate four times and an egg donor three times. Patty,

Canadian Infertility Awareness Week, May 15-22, 2011


McGill Reproductive Centre, offers free information sessions on Stress and Infertility. At 6 p.m., 687 Pine Ave. W. Reserve at 514-934-1934 ext. 34919,
May 18 -- YOGA FOR FERTILITY, Tasha Lackman. Free class in Equilibrium Yoga
May 19 -- STRESS & INFERTILITY, Jacky Boivin, PhD


May 10 - Optimizing Your Fertility: Acupuncture and IVF, Dr. Paul Magarelli. 7pm, Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave. Contact: Dr. Tanya Smith, 647-618-5430

May 11 - ReproMed presents Dr. Paul Magarelli - Optimizing Your Fertility: Acupuncture and IVF. 6-7 pm, #300, 56 Aberfoyle Cr. RSVP: 416-233-8111 ext. 1,

First Steps Fertility hosts these events at 4025 Yonge St., #215, 416-221-7545:
May 20 -- YOGA DEMONSTRATION, 8:15-9 am

May 17 - CReATe Fertility Centre. Fertility Information Seminar moderated by Jan Silverman, Infertility Support and Education, Women's Health Centre. 5:30-7:30 pm, Baggio Ristorante, 155 King St. E.
- Andrea Braverman, Psychologist, on Stress & Fertility
- Dr. Cliff Librach, Medical Director, CReATe Fertility Centre
- Beverly Hanck, Executive Director of IAAC
RSVP:, 416-432-0451

May 18 -- Total Wellness Centre presents Collaborative Fertility Seminar. 7 pm, 4588 Bathurst St. (at Sheppard). With doctors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and hypnotherapists. 416-532-9094,

May 18 - CReATe Fertility Centre invites clients and staff to a luncheon. 12:30pm, 790 Bay St., #1100 with Tammy Troute-Wood RN MN, Sexual and Reproductive Health Specialist in Calgary, speaking about her new book designed for children 3-5 conceived through assisted reproductive technology. RSVP:


May 13-15. ONE Fertility,, 905-634-4440, at the Ultimate Women's Show, Careport Centre, 270 Longwood Rd. S.


May 17, Family Passages Fertility Yoga, presents "Trying to Conceive?" An integrated approach, with Dr. Jason Hitkari, Reproductive Endocrinologist at Genesis Fertility Centre; Lorne Brown, Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine and clinical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre, and Sue Dumais, Fertility Yoga specialist and founder of Family Passages. Free. 7-8:30pm, Jewish Community Center, 950 West 41st Ave. To reserve: Sue Dumais, 604-678-8600.

For details and more events, see IAAC's CIAW 2011 - Events Calendar.

Sept. 21-24, 2011, Toronto -- 57th CFAS Annual Meeting, "ART: New Frontiers". Royal York Hotel. Latest advances in assisted reproductive technology. Rejuvenating old eggs; pre-implantation genetic diagnosis; legal aspects of surrogacy; human egg trade. Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, 1255 University, #1107, Montreal QC H3B 3W7, 514-524-9009,

Oct. 22, 2011, London ON -- Southwestern Ontario Donor Conception Support Network Fall Support Meeting. Share experiences and questions with a diverse range of participants: parents rearing donor-conceived children, those considering or currently attempting donor-conception, gamete donors and adult donor-conceived offspring. Guest Speaker: Kerry Vandergrift, Executive Director, Beginnings Family Services: "Lessons on Openness from Adoption". 2-4 pm. E-mail to confirm attendance and for location information.

Nov. 4-5, 2011, Toronto -- Reference re Assisted Human Reproduction Act: Implications of the Supreme Court's Decision. Presented by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights. Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 78 Queen's Park Cr. $200; reduced rates available. To register: David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights.
In spring 2011 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down some sections of the AHRA and left others intact. What does this mean for future practice and regulation in this area? For reproductive and privacy rights in Canada?
• Panel discussion with Preston Manning, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MP and Alison Motluk, moderated by Steve Paikin.
• Viewing of CBC documentary, "Offspring" with producer Barry Stevens.
• Speakers include Joseph Arvay (lawyer for Olivia Pratten), Dr. Clifford Librach, Peter Hogg, Bernard Dickens, Colleen Flood, Marilyn Pilkington, Carol Rogerson, Trudo Lemmens, Ian Lee, Marie-Claude Premont, Glenn Rivard, Francoise Baylis, Karen Busby.
• Topics include: Quebec's arguments for the challenge; use of the criminal law power; moral dimensions of AHRA; reproductive rights; rights of children; practical implications for lawyers, doctors and families.
See Lawsuit by Olivia Pratten / Canadian Donor Conception Coalition.
See also No more anonymous sperm donors in British Columbia.

Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2011, Melbourne, Australia -- 14th World Congress on Human Reproduction, hosted by the Fertility Society of Australia. From around the globe, specialists in fertility, obstetrics, gynaecology and human reproduction meet at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Dec. 13, 2011, Toronto -- Infertility Network Drop-In Support Group. Final meeting, Dec. 13, 2011, after nearly 20 years in existence. 7-9 pm, basement level, 1397 Danforth Ave. Infertility Network, 416-691-3611,,


Jan. 28, 2012, Burlington ON -- Infertility Survival Workshop. 2:15-5:15 pm, Chrysalis Yoga Studio. Ways to cope with the emotional, mental and physical impacts of infertility. Learn how you can increase the chances of pregnancy and thrive while you survive infertility. Light snack; reference manual. $30; $45/couple. Rebecca Hodson, Halton Infertility and Pregnancy Support Services.

Jan. 29, 2012, Oakville ON -- Increase Your Fertility Workshop. Some Like it Hot Yoga Studio. 3-hour workshop for any couple or individual at any stage of their fertility cycle or conception journey. Increase your fertility naturally: acupuncture, diet, supplements. Take charge of your fertility by balancing hormones through yoga and meditation. Light snack; reference manual. $30; $45/couple. Rebecca Hodson, Halton Infertility and Pregnancy Support Services.

Feb. 27, 2012, Ottawa -- Who Will be the Steward of my Bio-Identity? Café Scientifique with panel on donor anonymity. 7-9 pm. Johnny Farina, 216 Elgin St. The children of anonymous donors can feel a sense of profound loss at not knowing their genetic parents. Should the donor-conceived have the right to know the identity of their biological parents? How many children arising from an individual donor is too many? What are the obligations and rights of the donor? Should Canadian law regulate this?
Moderator: Dr. Françoise Baylis, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia; Founder, Novel Tech Ethics. Panelists: Dr. Arthur Leader, Dr. Vida Panitch, Barry Stevens. Funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research. Sponsored by Ottawa Fertility Centre, NovelTechEthics, and Centre on Values & Ethics at Carleton University. RSVP:

May 4-5, 2012, Toronto -- "Global Health Challenges & the Role of Law", 2012 National Health Law Conference. Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut St. Includes panels on New Reproductive Technologies (Cross-Border Trade in Human Eggs, Global Trade & Assisted Reproductive Technologies - Regulatory Challenges) and Medical Tourism (Circumvention Tourism, Stem Cell Tourism, Implications of Medical Tourism for Health Care Access & Global Equity). Organized by the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics & Policy and the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.

Aug. 19, 2012, Edmonton -- Edmonton Fertility Workshop. Noorish Yoga Studio, Edmonton Fertility and Acupuncture Clinic, #1, 2nd Floor, 10548 - 82 Ave., Edmonton. 2-5 p.m. First of a series of monthly workshops offered by Fertile Way on techniques and lifestyle changes impacting your fertility and relationships. Guest speakers will include Chinese Medicine Doctors/Acupuncturists, Doulas, Nutritionists, Psychologists, Emotional Freedom Experts and Yogis. Dr. Sabrina Silins, TCMD.

Sept. 4-7, 2012, Tunis, Tunisia -- 17th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization. International Society of In Vitro Fertilization.

Sept. 6-9, 2012, Ottawa -- CFAS annual meeting, "From Healthy Gametes to Healthy Babies." Registration: Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society. E-mail:

Oct. 18-20, 2012, Toronto -- Conference "Mothering and Reproduction". Conference on the ethical, political, social/cultural, psychological and economic dimensions of reproduction and mothering. Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI), 140 Holland St. W., Box 13022, Bradford ON L3Z 2Y5, 905-775-9089,,

Oct. 20-24, 2012, San Diego CA -- ASRM 68th annual meeting. American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Jan. 23, 2013, Toronto -- "In/Fertility and Challenges" infertility workshop. $20 or three sessions, $50. Next sessions: Feb. 20, In/Fertility and Supports; March 20, In/Fertility and Choices. Facilitated by Melissa (The Couple Wellness Expert) and Joy (Supervised Gestalt Psychotherapist). Joy Vertes, Leaside Therapy Centre, 1395 Bayview Ave., 416-481-2600 ext. 26.,

Fertility Adoption Adoption Resource Central Post-adoption Family Tree

Contact: Robin Hilborn,
Box 1203, Southampton, Ont. N0H 2L0 Canada
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