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Tero-Pekka AlastaloTero-Pekka Alastalo, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, President & Co-Founder, Blueprint Genetics

Tero-Pekka is the Chief Medical Officer, President, and a co-founder of Blueprint Genetics. He is based in San Francisco and in charge of North American operations. He designs diagnostic panels and mutation databases and works with clinical evaluation of genetic data. Tero-Pekka has a MD-PhD degree and is specialized in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. He has a PhD in molecular and cellular biology as well. In 2007, he continued his research at Stanford University, School of Medicine. During this three year postdoctoral training, he focused on the molecular genetic mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases. He continued his cardiovascular research at the University of Helsinki as a principal investigator and the head of an academic research group.

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Danielle AzzaritiDanielle Azzariti, MS, CGC, Senior Genetic Counselor, Broad Institute

Danielle Azzariti is a certified and licensed genetic counselor. She graduated form the Brandeis University Genetic Counseling Program in 2009 and has been working in the Boston, Massachusetts area since. She started her career as a clinical genetic counselor and research coordinator for the Massachusetts General Hospital Neurogenetics Program with a focus on lysosomal storage disorders. In 2013, she moved to the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine at Partners HealthCare Personalized Medicine as a research coordinator for two genomic data sharing initiatives, the Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) and Matchmaker Exchange (MME). In August 2018 she moved to the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a senior project manager to continue her work on ClinGen and MME.

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Jessica BakerJessica Baker, BSc (Hons), MSc, CGC, Certificed Genetic Counsellor, Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine

Jessica Baker received her Honours Degree in Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2011. During her time at UBC, she contributed to several publications focusing on gastrointestinal disorders and oxidative stress. She worked as an epidemiologist doing pharmaceutical research for three years in Vancouver, BC before she started her Masters in Genetic Counselling at the University of Toronto in 2014. Her interest in prenatal testing and counselling lead her to complete her Master’s thesis project on informed decision making with regards to prenatal microarray. Her research was accepted for a platform presentation at the 2016 Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors annual education conference in Montreal and was published in the Journal of Genetic Counselling in 2018. Following graduation, Jessica completed a one year contract as a prenatal genetic counsellor at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. She started working at the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Burnaby, BC as a genetic counsellor in the summer of 2017.

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Nathalie BolducNathalie Bolduc, MSc, CCGC, CGC, Director of Clinical Genetics, Genetic Counsellor, BiogeniQ / Biron Health Group

Nathalie Bolduc is the Director of Clinical Genetics at BiogeniQ / Biron Health Group. After receiving her master’s degree in genetic counselling from McGill University she worked several years with French Canadian BRCA families at the Quebec University Health Centre. Later, she joined the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal and worked in several clinical settings including prenatal diagnosis, reproductive technologies, pediatric and adult genetics. From 2008 to 2015, she was the point person for genetic services and predictive testing for Huntington disease in the province of Quebec. She created, with a First Nations community, a series of educational videos on Huntington disease that are available in three languages. In recent years, she joined the private healthcare sector. She was the president of the Quebec Association of Genetic Counsellors from 2007 to 2013. She currently is the Past President I of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors. She remains involved in supervision and teaching of genetic counselling students.

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Melanie CareMelanie Care, MSc, CCGC, Genetic Counsellor, University Health Network Toronto General Hospital

Melanie Care, MSc, CCGC, obtained her Honours Biology degree from McMaster University and completed her Masters in Genetic Counselling at the University of Toronto. She spent her early career in the Genetics Program at North York General Hospital in Toronto, ON, where she had primary roles with the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic and the Ontario Maternal Serum Screening program. In 2007 Melanie joined the team at the Fred A. Litwin Family Centre in Genetic Medicine, a combined adult clinical genetics program of the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital. Most recently she splits her time between the Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic and the Genome Diagnostics Laboratory at Toronto General Hospital.

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Susan CreightonSusan Creighton, Genetic Counsellor, UBC Clincial Associate Professor, BC Cancer Hereditary Cancer Program

Susan Creighton is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and a Genetic Counsellor in the BC Hereditary Cancer Program. Susan has been a Genetic Counsellor in Vancouver since graduating from Sarah Lawrence College (New York) in 1983. She has previously run the Predictive Testing Program for Huntington Disease at UBC where she saw and counselled individuals in BC who wished to embark on this process. She consults to other clinics, research and support services at the UBC Centre for Huntington Disease and UBC Medical Genetics. She also provides genetic counselling services through the BC Hereditary Cancer Proagrm, and teaches and supervises graduate students at UBC, including the UBC Genetic Counselling Program. Susan is a past president of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors.

One of Susan’s proudest accomplishments is her two grown children, with whom she shares a love of the outdoors and the natural beauty we’re fortunate to have in British Columbia.

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Fiona CurtisFiona Curtis, CCGC, GCGC, BSc, MSc, MSc, Genetic Counsellor-Eastern Health, Provincial Medical Genetics Program

Fiona Curtis, MSc, MSc, CCGC,CGC is a Genetic Counsellor at the Provincial Medical Genetics Program, Eastern Health, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Fiona obtained her Masters in Science in genetic counselling from McGill University in 2005. She became interested in genetic counselling while completing an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology working on a project on hereditary colon cancer. She has worked in pediatric, adult, and prenatal genetics, but her primary role has been as a cardiac genetic counsellor working with a multidisciplinary clinic called the Cardiac Genetics Clinic. Fiona has enjoyed the interface between clinic and research that has helped guide management of the patient population.

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Shelley DouganShelley Dougan, MPA, MSC, CGC, Manager, Prenatal Screening and Complex Perinatal, BORN Ontario

Shelley Dougan is an American Board-certified Genetic Counsellor and Health Policy specialist. She has spent her career working in a variety of healthcare systems and jurisdictions, with a continued focus on population screening and policy. She joined BORN Ontario in 2011 as the Screening Specialist, working closely with screening programs and genetics units across Ontario to help facilitate care through high quality data. Now the manager of Ontario’s new Prenatal Screening Program, she is leading the implementation of this initiative to support the clinical and laboratory community in their continued delivery of a high-quality screening system for patients and families.

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Harriet DrukerHarriet Druker, MSc, MBA, Genetic Counsellor, Regional Account Manager for Eastern Canada & Michigan, PreventionGenetics

Harriet Druker, MSc, MBA is a Genetic Counsellor and Regional Account Manager for Eastern Canada and Michigan for PreventionGenetics. Harriet obtained her BSc in Biology and MSc in Genetic Counselling from McGill University in 1993 and 1996 respectively. In 2006, she received an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Harriet worked for 22 years as a clinical genetic counsellor in the fields of prenatal, pediatrics, and cancer genetics. Harriet worked from 2000 -2018 as the senior genetic counsellor in the first paediatric Cancer Genetics Program in North America which she helped to establish at The Hospital for Sick Children. Harriet supervised hundreds of genetic counselling students and genetic trainees. She was the Director of the Cancer Genetic Counselling Course for Master level students at The University of Toronto from 2000-2017. She continues to be involved as an adjunct lecturer and clinical supervisor at The University of Toronto in the Division of Molecular Genetics. Harriet was a Principal Investigator at SickKids’ Research Institute and a senior author and and co-investigator for numerous research studies. Harriet served as a resource for many hereditary cancer groups including LIFE International Research Consortium for Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, Canadian Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1, Tuberous Sclerosis Canada Sclerose Tubereuse, VHL Alliance, and was an invited member of the AACR Pediatric Cancer Working Group which established surveillance guidelines for all hereditary paediatric cancer predisposition syndromes in 2017.

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Christèle du SouichChristèle du Souich, Genetic Counsellor, Women’s Health Centre of BC

Christèle is a Montreal native who received her undergraduate degree in Biology/Human genetics from McGill University in 1993. She then went on to complete a Master’s degree in genetic counselling from McGill University in 1995 and subsequently was certified through both the Canadian and American Boards of Genetic Counselling. She moved to Vancouver in 1995 where she worked as a clinical genetic counsellor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the BC Women’s Hospital, mainly in a prenatal, paediatric and adult genetics setting. In 2015 she joined the CAUSES team, a 3 year translational research initiative aiming to do genome wide sequencing in 500 pediatric patients with suspected genetic conditions. As the primary genetic counsellor, she was involved in the selection of patients, provides the pre and post genetic counselling, and is involved in variant discussion and in the delivery of the results to the families. In 2016, she also became the principal genetic counsellor for the RAPIDOMICS project which aims at doing rapid WES in NICU patients based at BC Women’s Hospital. She was responsible for the pre and post genetic counselling, and results discussion and delivery.

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Gerard FarrellGerard Farrell, MD, Director, eHealth Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Gerard Farrell graduated Memorial University’s Medical School in 1984. In 1986, he bought his first computer and found something useful to do with it shortly thereafter. He has been trying to replicate the experiment ever since, with mixed success. He was a founding member of the Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information. He lectures on Medical Informatics in the Faculty of Medicine and has co-supervised graduate students in Computer Science, Psychology and Pharmacy. He was the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies with the Faculty of Medicine at MUN, responsible for the four year MD Education Programme. He is the Director of the eHealth Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, investigating what works and what doesn’t when computers are used in health education and care delivery. He is also a General Practitioner in Oncology, developing a cancer aftercare programme.

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Sara FernandezSara Fernandez, MSc, CCGC, Genetic Counsellor, Newborn Screening Ontario

I am originally from Montreal and completed a bachelor of Science with a specialization in cell and molecular biology at Concordia University followed by a Masters in genetic counselling at Universit é de Montr éal. Upon graduation I began working for Eastern Health in St. John’s Newfoundland and was there for eight years. When I began I was doing prenatal and hereditary cancer. Later on I did general adult and pediatric genetics. Three years ago I became the newborn screening coordinator and genetic counsellor for the metabolics clinic. In May I moved to Ontario and am now working for Newborn Screening Ontario. I’ve been the CACG representative on the CCMG clinical practice committee for almost 6 years and have been involved with the French language committee as well as the Spanish lexigene project. I am also currently a member of the CAGC annual education conference committee.

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Nicole GojskaNicole Gojska, MSc, MSc, CGC, CCGC, Genetic Counsellor, Women’s College Hospital

Nicole Gojska obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and Masters of Science degree in Physiology at the University of Toronto. She subsequently pursued her Masters of Science degree in Genetic Counselling from the University of Toronto. She is certified by both the Canadian and American boards of genetic counselling. In 2016, she joined the team at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) as a genetic counsellor. Nicole has both research and clinical roles in the Genetic/Hereditary Breast Cancer Clinic, Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at WCH. Nicole is a lecturer and clinical supervisor for the MSc Program in Genetic Counselling at the University of Toronto. Her research interests focus on alternate service delivery models and population-based testing related to hereditary cancers. Nicole is also the lead genetic counsellor on the Screen Project, a research initiative launched by the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit at Women’s College Hospital.

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Jane GreenJane Green, OC, ONL, BSc, MSc, PhD, Honorary Research Professor, Discipline pf Genetics, Surgery (Ophthalmology), Oncology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Medical Genetics, Craig L. Dobbin Genetics Research Centre

Dr. Jane Green retired as a Professor in the Discipline of Genetics with cross-appointments to Medicine, Oncology, and Surgery (Ophthalmology), Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University in April 2016. She is currently an Honorary Research Professor in Genetics continuing the clinical and molecular characterization of Hereditary Eye Diseases in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). Although originally from Vancouver, BC, she has worked in medical genetics research and clinical care in Newfoundland and Labrador for 40 years with a particular interest in hereditary eye diseases and hereditary cancers. She received her PhD from Memorial University in 1996 for the development, implementation and evaluation of screening programs for several hereditary cancer syndromes. She has travelled extensively throughout NL visiting families to obtain family history and medical information, and giving presentations at rural hospitals for health care professionals, families and members of the public. Jane Green is an Honorary Member of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She received a Knowledge Translation Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2008 for her work with families and health care professionals throughout the province. In February 2014 she became a member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, and in June 2018 became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Allison HazellAllison Hazell, Clinical Director Genetics, Medcan

Allison is a Genetic Counsellor with a keen interest in preventive genomics. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC). Allie joined Medcan in 2010. As Clinical Director, she oversees the daily clinical operations of the genetics program. She works alongside the Genetics team (including a Medical Geneticist) to provide education and counselling regarding pharmacogenomics, proactive hereditary cancer and cardiovascular screening, universal carrier screening, infertility as well as other indications. She has held past positions in adult genetics and familial GI cancer clinics.
Allie earned her Master’s degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and holds a certificate in Public Health Genetics and Genomics. She was among the first genetic counsellors to champion a role for social media within the profession, having co-founded The DNA Exchange – the Genetic Counselling community’s leading weblog – where she remains a contributor. She is a board-member and past president of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC).

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Stacy HewsonStacy Hewson, MSc, Msc< CCGC CGC, Genetic Counsellor, The Hospital for Sick Children

Stacy Hewson is a Genetic Counsellor at the Hospital for Sick Children, working in Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics for the last 18 years. She received her Master of Science degree in Genetic counselling from the McGill University in 1998 and a Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology from McGill in 1996. She obtained certification by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors in 1998 and by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1999. She is actively involved in the University of Toronto M.Sc Program in Genetic Counselling in both a clinical supervisory and lecturer capacity. She has a special interest in patient advocacy for rare disease and has been facilitating a parent peer support group for the last 5 years. She developed a transition framework and leads the transitioning process of youth using resources developed by the Good2Go program within the metabolic program at SickKids. She has been invited to speak to many organizations including, Canadian Association of Genetic counsellors (CAGC), National Gaucher Foundation of Canada, The Canadian MPS Society and Canadian Fabry Association.

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Kathleen HodgkinsonKathleen Hodgkinson, Associate Professor, Memorial University, Craig Dobbin Centre for Genetic Research, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Kathleen Hodgkinson is an associate professor, and program coordinator of clinical epidemiology, cross appointed to genetics and Eastern Health within the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (distinction) in Medicine from Memorial University, a M.Sc. in genetic counselling from McGill University; and a first class B.Sc. in Genetics and Cell biology from Manchester University, England, where she achieved the highest degree mark in the School of Zoology.

Her interest is in determining natural history, clinical course, and underlying causes of rare genetic disease (particularly in causes of sudden cardiac death (SCD)) in the Newfoundland and Labrador founder population, including a rare, lethal form of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). Her work with large ARVC families was central to the identification of the responsible gene (TMEM43) and mutation (p.S358L) in 2008. Prior to the determination of the mutation, the first symptom in many families was SCD. Recently published data using an innovative research design (which utilises data from multiplex families across several generations) has shown that prophylactic pre-symptomatic treatment with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator has increased survival by at least 30 years in males.

Dr. Hodgkinson is currently also involved in genetic research on hearing loss and psychiatric brain illness, the burden of all cardiac disease causing early death in Newfoundland and Labrador and the ethics surrounding genetic knowledge and moral responsibility, particularly the overlap between genetic research and genetic clinical care of patients and families. Dr. Hodgkinson was the recipient in 2017 of the Marilyn Harvey Memorial University award for excellence in human research ethics, and alongside her colleagues, Dr’s. Terry Young, Daryl Pullman and Sean Connors was a recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Award.

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Christina HoneywellChristina Honeywell, MSc, CCGC, Professional Practice Leader and Coordinator, CHEO

Christina Honeywell has been a Genetic Counsellor with CHEO since 2002. Ms. Honeywell received her Master of Science in Genetic Counselling from the University of Toronto and is certified by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC). She was the President of the CAGC from 2007-2008 and a past member of the CAGC Board of Directors for seven years. Ms Honeywell has been involved in many research collaborations in Genetics health services, particularly cardiogenetics. Currently she is a co-investigator for a CIHR SPOR (Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research) Collaboration Grant on engaging patients with rare diseases in research to improve their care.

In 2017, Ms Honeywell completed a fellowship in the CHEO Department of Quality and Strategy, earning Lean Green Belt certification and experience in quality improvement and problem-solving methodology across many areas of healthcare. She is now working with Genetic Counsellors to apply these concepts to improving Clinical Genetics services.

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Marie InjeyanMarie Injeyan, BAH, MSc, CGC, CCGC, Genetic Counsellor, Mount Sinai Hospital

Marie Injeyan, BAH, MSc., CGC, CCGC, graduated from Queen’s University in 2007 after completing a dual degree in Philosophy and Biology with an emphasis in clinical bioethics. She received a Masters of Science degree in Genetic Counselling from the University of Toronto in 2009. Marie participated in research and teaching activities at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health prior to joining the Prenatal Diagnosis Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2011. As of January 2018, she works within a multidisciplinary team setting at Mount Sinai Fertility to provide genetic counselling to individuals/couples considering pre-implantation genetic testing in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization. Marie is an instructor in the Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a clinical supervisor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Mount Sinai Hospital. She has a special interest in the area of genetic counsellor stress reactions including compassion fatigue. Marie was certified by both the American Board of Genetic Counselors and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors in 2011.

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Brittney JohnstoneBrittney Johnstone, MSc, CGC, CCGC, Genetic Counsellor, The Hospital for Sick Children

Brittney is a researcher, clinical genetic counsellor, and instructor at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She graduated from UofT and spent some time working as a genetic counsellor in her home town of Calgary prior to moving back to Ontario. Clinically, Brittney sees families in the SickKids Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Clinic as part of a multidisciplinary team. In her role with the Centre for Computational Medicine at the SickKids Research Institute, Brittney works with a diverse group of software developers, bioinformaticians, and computer scientists.

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Jane JuusolaJane Juusola, PhD, FACMG, Clinical Molecular Geneticists, Director of Clinical Genomics Program. GeneDx

Jane Juusola is an ABMGG-certified Clinical Molecular Geneticist and Director of the Clinical Genomics Program at GeneDx. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology and her Ph.D. in Biomolecular Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Jane worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the FBI research lab in Quantico for 2 years, after which she joined the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory at the VCU Medical Center in a training capacity. While at VCU, Jane completed her clinical training in the Department of Pathology and Department of Human Genetics. Jane joined GeneDx in 2012 and her interests include disorders of the immune system, gene discovery, and developmental disorders.

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Christopher KaposyChristopher Kaposy, PhD, Associate Professor of Bioethics, Memorial University, Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre

Chris Kaposy is an Associate Professor of Bioethics at Memorial University Faculty of Medicine in St. John’s NL. He is the author of Choosing Down Syndrome: Ethics and New Prenatal Testing Technologies (2018) published by MIT Press. Dr. Kaposy teaches in the MD program, and in the Master of Health Ethics graduate program in Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also a practicing clinical ethicist with the Provincial Health Ethics Network of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Kimberley LeBlancKimberley LeBlanc, MS, Associate Director of Research Operations, Undiagnosed Diseases Network Coordinating Center, Harvard Medical School

Kimberly LeBlanc is a genetic counselor and the Associate Director of Research Operations at the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) Coordinating Center in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. The UDN Coordinating Center oversees the activities of the UDN, a network of clinical sites and research cores that evaluate patients with difficult-to diagnose conditions. As part of the UDN Coordinating Center, Kimberly supervises the direct interactions with participants, including helping participants navigate the UDN application, evaluation, sequencing, and research process. Kimberly also works with investigators from the sites and cores to develop network-wide clinical and participant engagement protocols. Kimberly received her Master’s degree in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Khalida LiaquatKhalida Liaquat, MS, LCGC, Genomic Service Specialist, Quest Diagnostics

Khalida Liaquat is a Genomic Service Specialist for Quest Diagnostics. Prior to joining Quest, Khalida developed and implemented genetic counseling services in two NYC hospitals focusing on preconception, prenatal and pediatric clinics over 5 years. Since joining Quest Diagnostics in 2011, Khalida supports the development, delivery and customer needs related to genetic testing for neurology, otolaryngology, endocrinology, nephrology, and cardiology. She has delivered over 30 lectures on various topics to University of Massachusetts Medical School, Harvard University Molecular Fellowship program, Long Island University, and University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Khalida is a fervent volunteer for her profession. She is a member of the ClinGen epilepsy working group and serves on the medical advisory committee for CureSMA. She is also an active volunteer on several committees of the National Society of Genetic Counseling. Lastly, she also serves as an item writer for the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Khalida earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and her master’s degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.

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Justin LorentzJustin Lorentz, MSc, CGC, Genetic Counsellor, Male Oncology Research and Education (MORE) Lead, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre

Justin Lorentz is a Certified Cancer Genetic Counsellor at the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre. He is the Lead of the Male Oncology Research and Education (MORE) Program which focuses on men that have developed, or are at a high risk of developing, prostate cancer. His research interests include prostate cancer genetics and optimizing prostate cancer screening in men with hereditary prostate cancer.

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Jeanna McCuaigJeanna McCuaig, MSc, CGC, CCGC, Genetic Counsellor, University Health Network, Familial Cancer Clinic, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Jeanna McCuaig is a genetic counsellor working in both clinical and research settings at UHN. She received her MSc degree in genetic counselling from the University of Toronto and is currently a PhD student in the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr Kelly Metcalfe. Her clinical and research interests are improving access to genetic testing and streamlining genetic counselling processes for hereditary cancer. Jeanna is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors as Practice Lead for a Cancer Community of Practice and liaison to a National BRCA Collaborative aimed at improving genetic testing in ovarian cancer patients.

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Trudy McKannaTrudy McKanna, MS, CGC, Genetic Counsellor, Associate Director of Medical Genetics, Natera

Trudy McKanna is an ABGC-board certified genetic counselor with over 18 years of experience in prenatal, pediatric, and laboratory genetic counseling. A graduate of the University of Michigan genetic counseling training program, she is also a past president of the Michigan Association of Genetic Counselors and a former instructor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Trudy is the Associate Director of Medical Genetics at Natera, where she leads their team of Medical Science Liaison (MSL) genetic counselors.

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Oana MorarOana Morar, Msc, HBSc, CGC, CCGC, Genetic Counsellor, Sanofi Genzyme

Oana Morar, MSc, (C)CGC has over 8 years of experience as a genetic counsellor in numerous clinics such as the Mount Sinai Hospital Familial Breast Cancer Clinic and the UHN Fred A. Litwin Family Centre in Genetic Medicine. She received her MSc degree in genetic counselling from the University of Toronto. She has always had a strong clinical interest in the challenges associated with counselling for hereditary cancer syndromes. She recently started a new role with Sanofi Genzyme in their rare disease unit with a focus on Fabry Disease.

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Diane Myles ReidDiane Myles Reid, MSc, CGC, enetic Counsellor, Prenatal Diagnosis & Medical Genetics Program, Frances Bloomberg Centre for Women’s and Infant’s Health, Mount Sinai Hospital

Diane Myles Reid graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and has been employed for many years at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Prenatal Diagnosis and Medical Genetics Department and more recently at Mount Sinai Fertility. In addition to prenatal diagnosis, Diane’s interests include reproductive genetics and education. Diane enjoys the collaboration between prenatal diagnosis and Mount Sinai Fertility and specifically, providing counselling to patients/couples interested in PGT for chromosomal aneuploidy and single gene conditions. Diane is actively involved in teaching, as a clinical supervisor, lecturer and course coordinator for the University of Toronto’s Genetic Counselling Program.

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Matt Osmond, BSc, MSc, Research Coordinator at CARE for RA Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Matthew Osmond is the Research Coordinator for CARE for RARE Canada at the Children’s Hospital for Eastern Ontario. He first graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Science Biology, later graduated from McGill University in 2016 with a Master of Science in Human Genetics, and most recently completed a Masters in Genetic Counselling at the University of Toronto. His current interests include multi-omic approaches to analyzing rare diseases, advances in DNA sequencing technologies, and the impact of raw genomic data on clinical practice.

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Andrea PatersonAndrea Paterson, BSc (Gen), BSc (Pharm), RPh, Clinical Pharmacist, Team Lead in Pharmacogenetic, Algorithm Development, GenXys Health Care

Andrea is a practicing clinical pharmacist and Team Lead of the pharmacogenetic algorithm development team at GenXys Health Care Systems. She graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and continued to expand her clinical pharmacy skills by completing a post-graduate Community Pharmacy Residency. Since then, she has worked in various clinical settings including a chronic pain management clinic. Currently Andrea works at an interdisciplinary primary care clinic in Vancouver where she works with patients to optimize their medication therapy and to manage their chronic diseases. At GenXys, she leads a team of health care practitioners in developing precision prescribing software that integrates pharmacogenetics and other clinical information to select the safest and most effective medications for patients. Andrea also lectures in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine – Midwifery Program at UBC.

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Christopher TrevorsChristopher Trevors, BScH, MS, CGC, National Director, Genetic Health Solutions, Dynacare

Christopher Trevors, MS, CGC graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Biology from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in Human Genetics (Genetic Counseling) from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. He worked at the Westchester Medical Center in Hawthorne, New York before starting at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto as a genetic counsellor. During his nine years at SickKids he was involved in clinical care before taking on a role as a clinical educator and evaluator in the areas of genetics, ethics and molecular/genomic technologies. Christopher worked as Canadian General Manager of Centogene AG, a German molecular diagnostics company for 3 years before transitioning to help build a genetic diagnostics division at LifeLabs in Toronto as Director of Genetics and Genomics. Christopher is currently the National Director of Genetic Health Solutions at Dynacare where he is part of the business development team working to promote the utilization of genetic technologies across all business segments. He is a Lecturer in the University of Toronto Genetic Counselling MSc program, the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at The Michener Institute and the George Brown Nursing Program.

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Lesley Turner, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG, Eastern Health and Memorial University

Lesley Turner is a Clinical Geneticist. She completed medical school and pediatric residency at Memorial University and completed her CCMG Medical Genetics Fellowship at UBC. Lesley works as a “general” geneticist seeing prenatal, pediatric and adult patients. In addition, she is the clinical director of the Newborn screening program in Newfoundland and Labrador and she runs the metabolic clinic. Lesley is involved in teaching in the Medical School both at the undergraduate and post- graduate level. Her research interests including newborn screening and indigenous health care have been shaped by her clinical work. Lesley has four children and tries to keep semi- fit and somewhat sane by running/hiking at 5:30 in the morning.

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Alice ViraniAlice Virani, MA (Oxon, MS, MPH, Director, Ethics Service, Provincial Health Service Authority of BC. University of British Columbia

Alice Virani is the Director of the Clinical Ethics Service for the Provincial Health Service Authority of BC. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at UBC. She enjoys teaches ethics in a number of graduate, clinical and public settings. Alice has also spent 9 years serving as the ethicist on a number of different research ethics boards. Her research interests relate to the many ethical issues inherent within clinical practice and research in genetic and genomic medicine and she has published in a broad range of peer reviewed journals and lay media in this area. Before moving into ethics, Alice was a genetic counselor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She has a masters in Human Sciences from Oxford University, a masters in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College, a masters in Public Health from Columbia University, and a PhD in Genetics and Ethics from UBC. Alice also does consulting work for clients such as the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada.

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Sari ZelenietzSari Zelenietz, MSc, MA, CCGC, Newborn Screening Ontario

Sari completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and Statistics at Dalhousie University in 2002 and went on to the University of Toronto Genetic Counselling program, graduating in 2006. She completed a Master’s of Arts in Public Ethics at St. Paul’s University in 2017, where her major research paper examined Ontario’s Fertility Program through the lens of an Ethic of Care. Sari is certified by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) and works as a genetic counsellor at Newborn Screening Ontario.

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