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Men Having Babies' Canada Surrogacy Parenting Seminar Series

Men Having Babies is now offering a four-part Surrogacy & Gay Parenting program in Toronto!

MHB invites prospective parents interested in learning about surrogacy in Canada to a Surrogacy Parenting Seminar Series in Toronto. It includes 4 seminars, 3-4 hours each, from March through October of 2020. Each seminar will include the following components:
  • An hour long peer-advice ”Planning Your Surrogacy Journey in Canada” workshop led by the MHB team.
  • A speciality expert panel focusing on different topic each time, as well as other unique sessions (financial assistance, advice for prospective single fathers, etc.)
  • Opportunities to hear directly from parents, surrogates and egg donors.
  • Opportunities to meet a select group of service providers.
  • An opportunity to socialize with similar minded couples and singles.
Prospective parents that already attended one of the "Planning Your Surrogacy Journey in Canada” workshop will have the option of skipping the first session in subsequent seminars while still benefiting from the unique expert panels and the opportunity to meet new providers.

Event schedule and specialty panels:
  • March 7, 2020: Understanding the Surrogacy Process - the role of surrogacy and egg donation agencies, matching, budgeting and insurance.
  • VIRTUAL May 2, 2020: Legal Aspects - understanding the legal framework for surrogacy in Canada + COVID-19 Updates
  • VIRTUAL July 11, 2020: Medical Aspects - the medical screening of future fathers, egg donors and surrogates, the creation of optimal embryos, and the IVF process.
  • October 3, 2020: Psychological and Ethical Considerations - A mindful look at surrogacy.
For gay men who want to become parents through surrogacy, the Men Having Babies educational programs are a rare opportunity to get under one roof a wealth of information, advice and access a wide range of relevant service providers — and from an unbiased non-profit organization. As always, proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program

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The seminars are co-sponsored by The 519, Toronto’s LGBTQ community center.

March 7
May 2
July 11
October 3

Saturday, May 2

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May 2, 2020: 12:00-3:30 PM.
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This event will take place via Zoom Webinar technology
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Attendance is FREE (due to the webinar format), but advanced registration is needed for login credentials.
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You may request a personal consultation with any of our featured sponsors using this form. Consultations can be scheduled for any time.

  • 12:00 - 12:30pm: Planning your parenting journey (refresher - optional) - major legal, medical and financial considerations
  • 12:20 - 1:00pm: How COVID-19 is Impacting Surrogacy in Canada
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm: Legal Aspects: understanding the legal framework for surrogacy in Canada
  • 1:30 - 1:45pm: Legal Q&A
  • 1:45 - 2:30pm:
    • General Q&A
    • Social breakout rooms (for special interests, French speakers, local groupings)



  • Sara R. Cohen, LLB / Fertility Law Canada
  • Ellen K. Embury, LLB / Carbert Waite, LLP
  • Clifford Librach, MD, CReATe Fertility Centre
  • Julia Ross, Canadian Surrogacy Options
Additional Speakers:
  • Petra Hollosi, Extraordinary Conceptions
  • Nir Keren, CReATe Fertility Centre
See below for speaker biographies.


Please register directly on the Zoom event page to receive login credentials.

Registered attendees will later receive a recording of the event.


Featured Providers

CReATe Fertility Centre, Canada

CReATe Fertility Centre is the leading facility in Canada and has the largest surrogacy program in the country. Dr Librach, the Medical Director and founder of CReATe is the head of the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society. With over 10,000 Babies CReATed since establishment and Intended Parents from around the globe, we know that it is critical to find a solution that is best for each unique patient. With staff fluent in many languages including English, Spanish, French, Hebrew and Italian along with Babies Come True Case Coordinators around the world, we will make sure you have someone to support you so all your requirements are met. CReATe offers a Guarantee program for both one and two live births or your money back. No matter if you are single, married or your sexual orientation, we strongly believe everyone has the right to experience the joys of parenthood. If you dream of being a parent, we'll help you CReATe it.

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Canadian Surrogacy Options

Canadian Surrogacy Options, now known as CSO Family, is Canada’s first surrogacy agency. For the past 25 years, CSO has helped over 2,000 families fulfill their dream of having a biological baby. In addition, to leading the industry in Canada, the founding managers have strived for ethical and fair practices in the field by actively challenging federal regulations to ensure that every person wanting to grow their family has an equal opportunity to do so. CSO Family’s knowledge, commitment and hands-on service are what makes Intended parents around the world choose them to pursue sibling journeys. Reliable Surrogates choose CSO Family to partner with for the sisterhood that they are welcomed into which makes for a memorable journey. Learn about infertility planning, gestational surrogacy, egg donation and community awareness initiatives by visiting CSO Family online at

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Carbert Waite

Ellen Embury and Rachel West of Carbert Waite LLP are Western Canada’s leading team in the area of surrogacy and fertility law, providing services in English and French. Ellen and Rachel have helped thousands of couples and individuals of all kinds to become parents. They work with intended parents, surrogates (gestational carriers), egg and sperm donors, and with physicians and clinics across Canada and the United States. Ellen regularly lectures on surrogacy and fertility law across Canada and around the world. Ellen and Rachel pride themselves on delivering caring, cost effective services to all of their clients both domestically and internationally. FR: Ellen Embury et Rachel West de Carbert Waite LLP fournissent des services en anglais et en français. Ellen et Rachel ont aidé des milliers de couples et d'individus à devenir parents.

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Extraordinary Conceptions

Since 2005, Extraordinary Conceptions has helped thousands of Intended Parents around the world achieve their dreams of parenthood. We have established a huge presence internationally, and most of our team speaks multiple languages allowing us to serve parents from many countries. In addition, we’ll help you find your match, as we have over 3,600 egg donors and surrogates available in every state where surrogacy is legal, as well as, Canada. We believe that no one should be denied the love of a child. Let us help you achieve success.

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Fertility Law Canada

Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP is exclusively dedicated to the practice of fertility law. Sara and her team work with intended parents through surrogacy and gamete donation, as well as with surrogates and donors, to help people build families.

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Speaker biographies

Sara R. Cohen, LLB

Sara Cohen is a fertility law lawyer at Fertility Law Canada in Toronto, with clients throughout Canada and beyond.  She regularly acts for intended parents, surrogates, donors, cryobanks, hospitals, distributors and fertility clinics on a wide range of fertility law issues. Sara was recently named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.  She is on the board of directors of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, sits on the ethics committee of one of Canada’s pre-eminent clinics, and is the president of Fertility Matters Canada. She is also an adjunct professor of reproductive law at Osgoode Hall Law School, a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA), and on the executive of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Sara is a frequent guest speaker in Canada and abroad. She loves what she does, cares about her clients, and it shows.

Ellen K. Embury

Ellen K. Embury is the founder of Western Canada’s largest law practice specializing in the area of surrogacy and fertility law.  She has been practicing as a surrogacy and fertility specialist in Canada for 20 years.  Together with her law partner Rachel West and their wonderful team, Ellen has helped thousands of couples and individuals of all backgrounds and sexual orientations to achieve their dream of become parents. Ellen works with intended parents, surrogates (gestational carriers), egg and sperm donors and also with physicians and clinics across Canada and the United States.  
Ms. Embury is regularly asked to lecture on surrogacy and fertility law across Canada and around the world.  She prides herself on delivering caring, cost effective services to her clients both domestically and internationally.

Petra Hollosi

Petra has nearly a decade of increasingly senior expertise in the health industry of which half has been spent in the infertility sector. With years of experience as an IVF nurse and EMR specialist,  Petra joined Extraordinary Conceptions as the Senior Client Relations where she is focusing on developing the Canadian and International Egg Donation and Surrogacy Programs and their growth, nationally and globally. As part of her role, Petra builds and maintains relationships with clinics assisting intended parents, egg donors, and surrogates throughout their journey. Inherent to her responsibilities, is reinforcing and ensuring best results through the sourcing of top tier clinics to patients. Petra also ensures smooth process towards successful pregnancies for Intended Parents. Petra is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community and her favourite part of her role is providing accessibility to fertility services for patients all over the world.

Nir Keren

Nir Keren, originally from Israel now lives in Toronto, Canada with his partner Bob. Nir has assisted several of his friends throughout their surrogacy journeys, in different countries which has opened his eyes to the many challenges intended parents are facing to create their families. Nir's background is in business improvment and marketing however after seeing first hand the obstacles international IP's endure, he felt that his mission and passion is to bring the awareness of the Canadian surrogacy option to IP's seeking alternative options. He has now dedicated his life to support IP's around the world to have a smooth and straight-forward journey in Canada. Alongside Dr. Librach and The CReATe Fertility Centre, he has now established 'Babies Come True', a concierge service in Canada that will help and support international IP's throughout their surrogacy journey. Nir and his husband are currently going through the process of surrogacy in Canada themselves and love to share their story.

Clifford Librach, MD

Dr. Clifford Librach is the founder and Director of the CReATe Fertility Centre The largest Fertility Clinic Canada. He is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto, and holds cross-appointments with the Department of Physiology and Institute of Medical Sciences. Dr. Librach played an integral role in the establishment of the reproductive biology clinical and research programs at Women’s College Hospital in 1991, and since then has shown unparalleled leadership and commitment, and made significant contributions to current fertility practice in Canada. Dr. Librach was the head of the CFAS in 2019. He is a huge supporter of the LGBTQ2 community and helped building thousands of gay families with the largest egg donation and surrogacy program in Canada. CReATe had their 10,000 Baby this year.

Julia Ross

Julia is a Military spouse, adoptive parent, infertility survivor and proud 3x Gestational Surrogate. As Director of client care for Canadian Surrogacy Options, Julia works to support intended parents and surrogates as they embark on their journey to parenthood.