BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Jeffrey Roberts, MD, FRCSC
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.
Dr. Karen Buzaglo
Dr. Buzaglo’s main areas of interest include fertility preservation for cancer patients and elective egg freezing. She is the current chair of the Fertility Preservation SIG (Special Interest Group) of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. In this capacity, she organized the first hands-on workshop on ovarian tissue freezing in Canada. She is the Canadian co-author of the work “Creating a global community of practice for Oncofertility”, published in the Journal of Global Oncology, and co-authored the Canadian medical guideline entitled “Egg freezing for Age-related fertility decline”.
Dr. Buzaglo is actively involved in medical research, and has presented her work at the Society for Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC), the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), as well as the International Society for Fertility Preservation (ISFP). She was the winner of the Eric and Jane Molson Prize for Excellence in research from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at McGill University in 2010.
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 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.
Vilja is also a dedicated mom of two young boys who keep her life busy and fun. She is excited to be a member of the Board of Directors for Fertile Future, and support the organisation’s mission to provide hope and opportunity for all patients to experience the joy of being a mom one day.
Director, Vancouver, BC
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.
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.
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
Ellen Greenblatt, BSc, MDCM, FRCSC(REI), ABOG(REI)
Caitlin Dunne, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Dunne’s goal is to provide compassionate and patient-centered care based on a foundation of scientific evidence. She has participated in numerous clinical studies and published research on in vitro fertilization, gynecologic surgery and ovarian disease. She is also active as a reviewer for the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology Canada. Her ongoing involvement in education includes lecturing to medical students and residents at the University of British Columbia medical school.
As a mom and a professional, Dr. Dunne appreciates the importance of fertility and the challenges that women and men can face in creating their families. She is committed to understanding each patient’s unique circumstances and developing a treatment plan that best suits a couple’s, or individual’s, vision for growing a family.