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Toronto | October 29th, 2019


Deconstructing Stigma: Navigating Mental Health, Ageism and Fertility in the Workplace

Dr. Vivien Brown, Vice President - Medical Affairs, Medisys
Dr. Marjorie Dixon, CEO and Medical Director, Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health

Whether you're an entrepreneur or working in a corporate environment, the experiences that we face as women are often completely misunderstood, and lead to stigmatization — or worse yet, penalization.

So what does it take to effectively work through mental health or reproductive struggles? How does one combat the prejudice that comes along with aging? What do organizations need to do to support their talent and change internal perceptions around women's health?

On October 29, we sit down with three groundbreaking experts who will not only share their personal stories, but also reveal key learnings for any woman navigating mental health, ageism or fertility challenges. Together they will help unpack associated stigmas in the workplace and the resulting impact on career growth, while providing tangible insights for a path forward.

Meet the Panelists:

  • Dr. Vivien Brown: As a preeminent family physician and VP of Medical Affairs at Medisys Health Group, a company focused on advancing preventative health, Dr. Brown has won countless accolades and board appointments for her extensive work in the field. Her recent best-seller 'A Woman's Guide to Healthy Aging - Seven essential ways to keep you vital, happy and strong', has become critical reading for any woman as they advance in their career.

  • Dr. Marjorie Dixon: As CEO and Medical Director of Anova Fertility, Dr. Dixon is an award-winning entrepreneur and a leading industry expert on women's reproductive health. In three years she has grown Anova Fertility from a staff of 8 to over 80 and brought world-class innovations to Canada. As a passionate advocate for women's health, Dr. Dixon regularly shares her knowledge as a monthly resident expert on CityLine.

    [Third panelist to be announced in coming days]

    Join us, along with presenting sponsor BDC, for a powerful evening of insight and inspiration and discover how to overcome professional roadblocks while prioritizing your health and wellness.

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  • Tickets

    EARLY BIRD: Deconstructing Stigma: Navigating Mental Health, Ageism and Fertility in the Workplace$55.00 $35.00Early Bird ends September 20th


    October 29, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


    Toronto Region Board of Trade
    77 Adelaide St W First Canadian Place Suite 305, Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C1 Canada
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    Additional Details

    Our Women of Influence Spotlight Series is designed to motivate and inspire the next generation of emerging leaders and provide a platform for them to meet their peers and role models who have had early success and high-profile careers. Keynote speakers share tactical advice on negotiation, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication and personal branding and a structured “Connecting Activity” enables our guests to make career-defining connections. 

    Event Agenda

    6:30 – 7:00 pm        Registration and Cocktail Reception

    7:00 – 7:50pm         Panelist Discussion

    7:50 – 8:20pm         Connecting Activity

    8:20 – 8:30pm         VIP Membership Experience

    ** Your ticket includes complimentary Wine and Hors d’Ouevres.


    A Passionate Advocate for Women’s Health

    Dr. Vivien Brown is a family physician in Toronto, Canada, a well-known national and international speaker and best – selling author of A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging – Seven essential ways to keep you vital, happy and strong (www.awomansguidetohealthyaging.com)

    She is Vice-President of Medical Affairs, Medisys Health Group, a company focused on advancing and promoting preventative health.

    Dr. Brown is a passionate advocate for women’s health and healthy aging. She is active in numerous organizations including, Vice President North America for the Medical Women International Association, past President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, Former Chair of the Consumer Education Committee for the North American Menopause Society, board member of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, and Health Choices First, as well as numerous provincial and federal advisory bodies. Her recent awards in 2018 include Catalyst Award from the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, the May Cohen Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, and the North American Menopause Society’s Media Award. In 2012, the College of Family Physicians named Dr. Brown “Physician of the Year for the Region of Toronto.”

    Dr. Brown’s speaking engagements focus on reducing cancer risks and prevention, adult immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases, stress in the workplace and stress management, health promotion and healthy aging, osteoporosis prevention, menopause and healthy hormonal alternatives, and women’s health.

    Her vast experience and many professional accreditations memberships and research activities, awards and appointments

    • 2012 Physician of the Year (Toronto Region) Ontario College of Family Physicians.
    • 2011, Physician of the Year by KMH, an international diagnostic facility.
    • 2009, Recipient of the prestigious Enid Johnson MacLeod Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada for teaching in women’s health.
    • Recipient University of Toronto, Excellence in Professional Community Development
    • Past President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, linking female physicians, students, and residents throughout the country and promoting a national conversation about health-related issues.
    • Vice President of Medical Affairs for Medisys Health Group promoting preventative healthcare.
    • Board Member, Women’s Brain Health Initiative
    • Board Member, Immunize Canada
    • Board Member, Health Choices First
    • Organizing committee of the Canadian Immunization Conference, w/Public Health Canada, to represent family doctors in Canada
    • Assistant Clinical Professor-Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University Department of Family Medicine.
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine. The University of Toronto.
    • Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
    • Past Chair – Consumer Education Committee, North American Menopause Society

    Recent Awards

    • May 2018: The Catalyst Award from WBHI
    • Sept 2018: The May Cohen Award from the FMWC, mentorship and leadership in Women’s Health
    • October 2018: The NAMS Media Award for Women’s Health


    CEO and Medical Director of Anova Fertility and Reproductive Health

    Marjorie Dixon, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, REI, founded Anova Fertility and Reproductive Health (and co-founded First Steps Fertility in 2008-2016) after many years in practice in order to execute her vision of reproductive medicine where evidence-based medical care could be balanced with compassion for all patients who require assistance to create their families. 

    Dr. Dixon is a graduate of the McGill University’s School of Medicine. Her initial postgraduate training was at the University of Toronto, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her passion for reproductive medicine continued during her postgraduate training with a 3-year subspecialty, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology accredited fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Vermont. Dr. Dixon is an active member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and holds the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, where she actively participates in
    medical student and resident education. She continues to be an invited speaker at both national and international conferences in her field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

    Of note, she was appointed to the province’s expert panel on Infertility and Adoption which submitted its report entitled “Raising Expectations” in 2009. The goal of the panel was to advise the Ontario government on how to improve access to fertility treatments and monitoring, as well as how to improve Ontario’s adoption system. Dr. Dixon has also been intimately involved in providing more recent advice on IVF funding for the Government of Ontario’s New Fertility Program in 2015. All in all, she feels that it is primordial to ensure the safe and effective delivery of Ontario’s constituents’ fertility healthcare.

    As a recognized expert in her field, Dr. Dixon is often asked to comment on newsworthy topics related to women’s health in the media. She appears monthly on Cityline as a part of their trusted group of experts often speaking to her responsibility and champion of women’s health and reproductive well-being. Click on this link to watch Dr. Marjorie Dixon’s segments on important women’s health topics: Cityline’s Health & Family segment (runs the second or third Wednesday of every month).

    In April 2015, Dr. Dixon and staff were happy to announce the arrival of a healthy baby boynamed Zain. He has the distinction of being the first baby born in the world using Augment treatment. The Augment treatment is administered as a part of an IVF cycle, in which the energy-producing mitochondria (taken from egg precursor cells) is combined with sperm and added to a woman’s ova in order to improve the health of a woman’s existing eggs. To read more about the family’s fertility journey, please follow the link to: the original TIME Magazine article.

    This past October, Dr. Dixon attended the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, where she was invited to join the executive committee of the first, LGBTQ “Special Interest Group”. Its goal will be to focus on advocacy and accessibility to fertility care for all members of every community. Dr. Dixon has also endeavoured to provide educational programs geared toward the LGBTQ Community. In early 2015, she sponsored a training video produced by the “LGBTQ Parenting Network” entitled “Scenes from a Fertility Clinic – LGBTQ People & Assisted Human Reproduction”. She also is a regular sponsor of Pride week family activities, both locally and internationally.

    Dr. Dixon views her role as a fertility specialist as a privilege, and prides herself on offering individualized patient care. It is her passion for her field that drives her determination to continually improve the quality and accessibility of fertility services available to Canadians-right here in our own community!






    Toronto Region Board of Trade
    77 Adelaide St W First Canadian Place Suite 305, Toronto, Ontario M5X 1C1 Canada
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    EARLY BIRD: Deconstructing Stigma: Navigating Mental Health, Ageism and Fertility in the Workplace$55.00 $35.00Early Bird ends September 20th