BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Jeffrey Roberts, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Jeffrey Roberts, MD, FRCSC

President

Dr. Roberts has B.Sc. and M.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University, then a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.

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Upon completing his training, Dr. Roberts was appointed Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University, where he served as a Reproductive Endocrinologist and director of the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island Egg Donation Program. Presently he practices clinical and academic medicine as the co-director of the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM) and Assistant Clinical Professor in the University Of British Columbia Faculty Of Medicine departments of Anesthesia, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He is an active member of the Reproductive Medicine community in Canada and has served on the board of executives for the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) since 2008 as the National Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Director, and presently sits on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Subcommittee on Reproductive Tissues.

Dr. Roberts is particularly dedicated to advancement of the field of fertility preservation for young women with cancer. Through his work as the director of the PCRM Fertility Preservation Foundation and the chair of the CFAS Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group, he has contributed widely to this important topic within our discipline, through lecturing, research and publication.

Mark Evans

Mark Evans

Past-President

Mark Evans obtained undergraduate degrees in Literature and Education from McGill University and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa.

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In 2006, Mr. Evans joined the Ottawa Fertility Centre as its Managing Director. Since 2006, he has passionately managed the centre through a period of rapid growth and change. Mr. Evans is on the Board of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society as the Chair for the Administrative Special Interest Group. In his role as Chair, Mr. Evans has built strong collaborative relationships with fertility clinic managers across Canada.

“Every few years the Ottawa Fertility Centre holds a picnic for patients who have had successful fertility treatments. Seeing a park full of children that might not have been is the driving image and motivation for joining Fertile Future in its quest to help preserve the hope of having a family.” Mr. Evans is keen to use his management experience to help further the goals of Fertile Future and realize its vision.

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Danielle Dubois

Danielle Dubois

Director

Dubois joined the Ottawa Fertility Centre in 2011. Danielle completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Queen’s University, receiving the AJ Baumgart Outstanding Achievement Award. She is now completing her Masters of Health Studies through Athabasca University and maintains professional affiliations with CFAS, CNO, RNAO with special interest groups in Nursing Research and the Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario.

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Danielle began her nursing career in Edmonton, working at the University Hospital, the Birth Control Centre and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). While with SART, she received the Alberta Health Regional Reach Award in Teamwork. Danielle has worked within the world of fertility and endocrinology since 2005. She was an integral part of developing the IVF Program at the Edmonton Fertility and Women’s Endocrine Clinic, receiving the advanced practice SMART ART X Community Outreach Award for her achievements in the success of Edmonton’s IVF program.

As the Clinical Manager at the Ottawa Fertility Centre, Danielle oversees the nursing, phlebotomy and ultrasound department team members, as well as participates in quality control and clinical improvement measures. She is active in the centre’s research program, currently working with the research team on a Phase 3 Clinical trial. Danielle has developed poster presentations at the 2012 & 2013 CFAS conferences, participates in the OFC Community Outreach events, and has contributed her extracurricular time towards two independent fertility related projects.

Brooke Eagle, MSW, RSW

Brooke Eagle, MSW, RSW

Director

Brooke Eagle is a registered social worker with 14 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Carleton University.

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Brooke is passionate about reducing barriers to support and services and helping others to live their lives to their fullest potential. For over 10 years, Brooke developed and managed comprehensive, evidence-based mental health and addiction services for adults in the Ottawa area. During her career, she has developed specialized services for family members, for adult survivors of childhood trauma, for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and for individuals living with acquired brain injuries and/or concurrent disorders. In 2013, Brooke joined the faculty of the School of Social Work at Carleton University, where she coordinates the field education program and teaches in the Bachelor of Social Work program.

In addition to her professional experience, Brooke is a mom who faced her own reproductive health issues on her journey to motherhood. She is thrilled to be a member of the Board of Directors of Fertile Future, and to support their mission to inform, educate and support cancer patients who are facing fertility-risking medical treatment.

Amanda Hancock

Amanda Hancock

Director

Amanda is a graduate of Queen’s School of Business and a Fellow of Memorial University’s Applied Health Services Research Master’s Degree program. Amanda is a Human Resources professional in St. John’s, Newfoundland and coaches swimming in her spare time.

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Having gone through breast cancer and oocyte cryropreservation herself in 2014, Amanda is now passionate about raising awareness and funds for fertility preservation so that cancer patients from all over Canada can access this service with ease. She is a proud founder of The Ultimate Egg Hunt fun walk/run at Quidi Vidi Lake and values physical activity as a critical part of her recovery and wellness. An athlete for life, Amanda is now healthy and still enjoys participating in rowing and triathlon

Tessa Bendyshe-Walton

Tessa Bendyshe-Walton

Director, Vancouver, BC

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of British Columbia, Tessa began working as part of a research team at BC Children’s Hospital in the Oncology Department. Their research focuses on finding drug safety solutions for cancer patients by seeking explanations for why one child experiences a side effect to their chemotherapy medication and another child who takes the same medication does not.

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Tessa became largely interested in Fertile Future because fertility is a major problem associated with the drugs she studies, and drug safety and improving patient’s quality of life are two things she is very passionate about.

Tessa has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations in the past and was awarded both the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and Violet Richardson Award in 2009 for her efforts and contributions. She is very excited to be working with Fertile Future, which combines both her interest in non-profit causes and in improving the healthcare and quality of life for all patients.