Ontario Appoints Expert Panel On Infertility And Adoption

    McGuinty Government Helping Prospective Parents

    TORONTO, July 11 /CNW/ -


    Ontario has appointed an expert panel on fertility treatment and adoption
to help find solutions for people who are trying to start or expand a family.
    The panel will recommend ways to help make both fertility treatment and
adoption more accessible and affordable.

    The 12-member panel will provide advice to the government on:
    -   Improving access to infertility treatment and making fertility
        monitoring available to women so they know if they are likely to have
        problems conceiving a child.
    -   Improving Ontario's adoption system so that more children can become
        part of families more quickly.

    Panel members include adoptive parents, people who have had personal
experience with infertility, and representatives from the medical and adoption
communities. The panel is expected to report back to the Minister of Children
and Youth Services with its recommendations within a year.


    "As a parent and a grandparent, I know that having a family is one of
life's greatest gifts," said Children and Youth Services
(http://www.gov.on.ca/children) Minister Deb Matthews
(http://www.gov.on.ca/children/english/ministry/minister/index.html). "Our
goal is to provide supports for people in this province who want to become
    "I look forward to working with my panel colleagues on this truly
inspiring initiative," said panel chair, David Johnston, President of the
University of Waterloo. "I believe that together, we can make a difference in
the lives of Ontarians wishing to create families."
    "Infertility and adoption can be an emotional challenge for many people,"
said David Caplan
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/index.html). "This panel will ultimately help
prospective parents overcome the obstacles they face during this process."


    -   Infertility affects 1 in 10 Ontarians
        and approximately 1 in 6 women over the age of 30.
    -   There were about 850 adoptions completed through Ontario children's
        aid societies in 2006.


    Get infertility facts and figures (http://www.iaac.ca/en/home).
    Find out about adoption in Ontario

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                         ON INFERTILITY AND ADOPTION

    The government has appointed 12 members, including a chair, to the new
Expert Panel on Infertility and Adoption. The appointees, who bring a broad
range of expertise from the medical, legal, research and media communities
    David Johnston, Chair, is President, University of Waterloo and has
degrees from the United States (Harvard, A.B. 1963), England (Cambridge, LL.B
1965) and Canada (Queen's, LL.B. 1966). He has held many academic positions,
including Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario and
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University. David has served on many
boards and provincial and federal task forces and committees. He has chaired
several bodies, including the National Round Table on Environment and the
Economy (1988-91), and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. David and
his wife have five daughters.
    Cheryl Appell is a lawyer with the firm Dickson MacGregor Appell LLP in
Toronto and has extensive experience in the area of adoption law. Over the
past 28 years, she has acted as an advisor in adoption proceedings. She is
also licensed to place children for adoption. Cheryl is a member of the
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Ontario Association of
Practitioners in Private Adoption.
    Robin Cardozo has been Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Trillium
Foundation, since 1999. Previously, he held progressively senior positions in
finance and human resources at the United Way of Greater Toronto, culminating
in his appointment as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1999,
Robin won the United Way's highest national honour, the André Mailhot Award.
Robin currently serves on the boards of Bridgepoint Health, Active Healthy
Kids Canada and the Youth Challenge Fund.
    Gill Deacon is an award-winning broadcaster. Since 1992, she has hosted
and produced for CBC Television, CTV and Discovery Channel in Canada and the
U.S. She is also the author of Green for Life, a guide to making sustainable
living "the new normal," and author and editor of Green Tips: How to Save
Money and Save the Planet. Gill is environmental columnist for Chatelaine
magazine and has served as a director of World Wildlife Fund Canada since
2002. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons.
    Dr. Marjorie Dixon is an assistant professor in the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto (U of T) and co-founder
of First Steps Fertility in Toronto. She is a graduate of McGill University's
School of Medicine with postgraduate training from U of T in obstetrics and
gynecology, and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility from the
University of Vermont. Dr. Dixon is now on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences
Center and her current practice deals with infertility and family planning.
She has several professional affiliations including the Canadian Fertility and
Andrology Society and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologist of Canada.
She lives in Toronto with her partner and two children.
    William Falk is the Managing Partner of Accenture's Health and Life
Science Practice in Canada and leads a team of more than 100 professionals
serving health care clients across the country. Will has been a strategic
consultant for more than 15 years based in New York and Toronto and has served
many of North America's top academic medical centers, as well as health
ministries and regional authorities across Canada. He and his wife are foster
parents licensed through the Children's Aid Society of Toronto.
    Dr. Carol Herbert is Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
at The University of Western Ontario and a Professor in the Departments of
Family Medicine and Pathology. Dr. Herbert graduated in medicine from the
University of British Columbia. She was founding head of the Division of
Behavioural Medicine in the UBC Department of Family Practice (1984) and a
founder of the UBC Institute of Health Promotion Research. She was President
of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada from 2004 to 2006.
    Dr. Art Leader is a Physician and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and
Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and a co-founder of the Ottawa Fertility
Centre. He is also a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
(Canada), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and a past president
of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS). Art has received the
CFAS Award of Excellence. He has also chaired expert working groups for Health
Canada and is currently chair of the Canadian Standards Association
subcommittee on assisted human reproduction. He is the father of an in vitro
fertilization (IVF) daughter.
    Danny Roth is founder and President of Brandon Communications, a
Toronto-based public relations firm. He is an officer and executive board
member of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario region. A committed advocate
for Canadians struggling with infertility problems, he is a director on the
board of the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada. Mr. Roth and his
wife are adoptive parents.
    Sharon Sell is a Private Adoption Practitioner in the Halton region and a
social worker. She completed her undergraduate degrees in psychology and
social work at York University and her masters in social work at the
University of Toronto. Sharon has a private practice working with adoptive
parents who are adopting internationally, privately in Ontario, or through a
children's aid society. She has more than 23 years' experience in child
welfare, including seven years serving as a supervisor of an adoption
    Jan Silverman co-founded the first Canadian infertility support network,
Infertility Facts and Feelings. In 1992, after earning a second masters degree
at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, she established the
Infertility Support and Education Program at Women's College Hospital. In her
work there, she continues to counsel on infertility and related reproductive
issues, lectures and supervises nursing and medical students. She is a past
chair of the Ontario Women's Health Network and created her family by adopting
two children.
    Mary Wong is a co-founder of Toronto's ALIVE Holistic Health Clinic,
specializing in women's health, gynecology and fertility. She graduated from
McMaster University in biological sciences and in 1993 received a doctorate in
traditional Chinese medicine from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and
Oriental Medicine in Victoria. She is a member of the Ontario Association of
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is the sole Canadian member
of the Fertile Soul Clinical Excellence group.

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For further information:

For further information: Laura Dougan, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416)

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