Save the date: the 2020 MHB Toronto Conference on May 2, 2020!

The first annual Canadian Men Having Babies conference took place on October 27, 2018, at The 519 Toronto’s LGBTQ community center, also a co-sponsor. Over 170 prospective parents from across Canada enjoyed a day of workshops, and special in-depth panels about insurance, budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Proceeds from the conference benefited the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).
  • Advance registration for the 2020 event open!
  • Stay tuned for the full 2020 event information!
  • See below for the 2018 original event program
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Men Having Babies Canada - 2018
Surrogacy & Gay Parenting Conference

Toronto, October 27, 2018

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Expanded two-day "how-to" parenting program
Parent, surrogate and egg donor testimonies
25 Gay Parenting Services Exhibitors
Twenty-four "meet the sponsor" breakout sessions
Panel on insurance and budgeting
On-site consultations available with clinics and agencies
Medical, psychological, and legal experts
Unbiased information & resources focused on surrogacy solutions

Men Having Babies, in partnership with the Toronto’s "The 519" LGBTQ Community Center, are offering the first conference dedicated to Canadian Surrogacy!

For the first time MHB is featuring a conference dedicated to those interested in learning about surrogacy in Canada. Canadian, American and other nationals will also have the opportunity to get to know a select group of Canadian surrogacy providers at the Gay Parenting Expo, the various expert panels, and even in private consultations.

For gay men who want to become parents through surrogacy, the Men Having Babies educational conferences 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.

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The conference is hosted and co-sponsored by The 519, Toronto’s LGBTQ community center. As always, proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.
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October 27, 2018: 11:30 AM-7:00 PM. See below for more information.
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The conference will take place at the The 519, 519 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C.
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Admission is $15 per person in advance ($20 at the door - space permitting) and will include lunch, a coffee break, and a light supper. If you are also signed up to attend our New York Conference, the price of admission is $5.

We strongly encourage advance registration - our events often sell out. Registration and payment in advance will also speed up your sign-in on the day of the event and allow us to send you updates on logistics and the event's agenda.

Online registration will end when we reach capacity, and no later than Friday, October 26, at noon EST.

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Hotel accommodations
Attendees can benefit from a special group rate for hotel accommodations at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown, a short walking distance from the conference venue (rate is only guaranteed until 10/12/18)


(Download PDF of the full conference book)

Saturday, October 27:

• 11:30am - 12:00pm: Registration

• 12:00 - 1:00pm: Planning Your Surrogacy Journey - major legal, medical and financial considerations

• 1:00 - 2:00pm: Legal Panel - understanding the legal framework for surrogacy in Canada
…..- Attorney Cindy Wasser / Hope Springs Fertility Law
…..- Attorney Sara Cohen / Fertility Law Canada
…..- Attorney Josh Santimaw / Boyneclarke Lawyers

• 2:00 -2:45pm: Lunch (courtesy of Canadian Fertility Consultants) and Gay Parenting Expo (tables of surrogacy agencies, clinics, lawyers and community organizations).

• 2:45 - 4:00pm: Expert panel: Matching, Budgeting and Insurance
…..- Brianne Willoughby-Brown / Canadian Fertility Consulting
…..- Cathy Ruberto / Our Fairy Godmother & Stork Surrogacy International
…..- Julia Ross / Canadian Surrogacy Options

• 4:00 - 4:15pm: Coffee Break (courtesy of Hope Springs)

• 4:15 - 5:45pm: Medical Expert Panel
…..- Dr. Marjorie Dixon / Anova Fertility
…..- Dr. Prati Sharma / CReATe Fertility Centre
…..- Dr Samuel Soliman / New Life Fertility Centre

• 5:45 - 6:15pm: Gay Parenting Expo / light supper / reception (courtesy of Anova Fertility)

• 6:15 - 7:00pm: Personal Stories Panel - hear from Canadian surrogates and the parents they helped

Special evening activities (open to the community at large):
• 7:15 - 9:00pm: Parents / Intended Parents’ Happy Hour at Woody’s
…..Registered attendees receive a coupon for one free drink

Supportive Community & Media Organizations

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