Our Advisory Committee is comprised of patients, clinicians from acute care and community settings, patient advocates, and experts in information technology. The Advisory Committee assists in the design and implementation of the research program, helps to interpret the results, reviews proposed content for the app, and will take an active role in disseminating the results. Knowledge users, including men undergoing fertility treatment and male cancer patients, are involved at every stage of app development, and help to ensure that the app will meet their needs.
Advisory Committee Members:
Dr. Sylvie Aubin is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of young adult cancer patients at the Jewish General Hospital. Dr. Aubin has designed and is evaluating a brief intervention to improve quality of life for this patient population, often using Skype to reach her patients.
Dr. François Benard is an Associate Professor of Urology at the Université de Montréal, and a urologist at Hôpital St-Luc of the Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CHUM), with a subspecialty in infertility. He is affiliated with the Procrea fertility clinic in Montreal. He has a strong interest in men’s health, and is a leader in the field of continuing medical education.
Dr. Joan Bottorff is Professor and Director, Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, University of British Columbia. She brings expertise in men’s health promotion and the development of innovative men-friendly interventions.
Jean-Michel Brisson is the vice-president of the board of directors of Testicular Cancer Canada. He is a self-taught entrepreneur born in Montreal in 1983. From the age of 14, he trained as a Chef and worked in some of the city’s most reputable restaurants, as well as abroad. In 2006, returning to Montreal, he co-founded Brisson & Sedgwick Inc., a translation and linguistic services company. In 2013, he joined Testicular Cancer Canada as a volunteer for their annual fundraiser, Le Printemps Masculin; he has since been involved in all facets of the organization.
Dr. Abha Gupta is the Medical Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where she is working with a team of people to create the infrastructure to ensure consistent and high quality delivery of information and services to young people with cancer. She is also Co-Medical Director of the Fertility Preservation Program at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital.
Mr. Daniel Opoku is a neuroendocrine cancer patient and advocate. His works in marketing strategy and entrepreneurship will contribute to efforts to bring Infotility to the public.
Ms. Shannon Pearson Is a fertility patient who is passionate about raising awareness and educating anyone who is willing to learn about perinatal loss and infertility. She is devoted to bringing to light the mental health implications of recurrent pregnancy loss and infertility, and working on breaking the stigma often associated with it. Shannon’s goals include incorporating the patient perspective into research as much as possible in order to positively influence outcomes in practice and, as a result, the experiences of those on the infertility journey.
Mr. Scott Scrosati
Dr. Marc Steben is a family physician who specializes in multidisciplinary approaches to sexual health and health promotion. He is a sexual health specialist at the Groupe de medicine familiale clinique réseau, a clinic specializing in sexual health. He is also a medical advisor at the Quebec Institute of Public Health.
Dr. John Storring is a hematologist at the McGill University Health Centre, caring for young adult cancer patients.
Mr. Robert Takefman is specialist in digital media with over 12 years experience working for world renowned agencies in mobile application development, marketing strategy and other technical innovations like augmented and virtual Reality. He will provide important technical expertise to the committee.
Mr. Tristan Williams is a young adult who believes that with self-empowerment, team work and focus anything can be accomplished. As a two-time cancer survivor who also suffers from multiple sclerosis, he uses his life experiences to “build him up rather than break him down”.