Building a family in 2022: Canadian Fertility Consulting hosts virtual info session for hopeful parents in Quebec

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Canadian Fertility Consulting (CFC) is hosting a free online information session to help Quebec residents learn about the steps of using egg donation and surrogacy. The broadcast will take place Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET and registration is via Eventbrite. Every year, many people from Quebec struggling with infertility or who are part of the LGTBQ+ community turn to egg donation and or surrogacy as they seek to start a family. Canada-wide, one in six struggles with some form of infertility.

2022 could be the year that some wish to make their dreams of a family come true, and CFC is here to guide the way.

“People from all backgrounds and walks-of-life come to us wanting help to start families,” says Leia Swanberg, Founder and CEO of CFC. “We guide them through the entire process, set them up with lawyers to create a contract, they go to a medical doctor to get cleared, a fertility clinic to start the necessary medications depending on how they’re proceeding, and when it’s all said and done they have a beautiful baby that will then go home to loving parents. It’s a true gift, and a life changing experience for everyone involved.”

Leia Swanberg, Founder and CEO of Canadian Fertility Consulting

With presentations from top industry professionals across Canada, this event will provide an overview of the process and information on what to expect from the various steps. Hopeful parents will learn:

  • How to select and get started with an egg donation or surrogacy agency
  • Fertility clinic and legal considerations for your family building journey
  • How the alternative family building process differs in Quebec from other provinces
  • First-hand advice from Intended Parents who have gone through an egg donation and surrogacy journey

Presenters will answer any questions in real time during the two hour event which includes a Q&A opportunity with presenters at the end.

How to Register

Those who wish to register for this free event and attend live, or watch the recording after, can do so on Eventbrite at:

Surrogacy & Egg Donation in Quebec: Virtual Info Session
Sunday, January 16, 2022 | 2:00 PM ET


This free virtual info session for hopeful parents will feature presentations by:

Leia Swanberg, CEO of Canadian Fertility Consulting, Founder of Egg Helpers

Leia is a mother to five, a two-time gestational surrogate, and a six-time egg donor. She began Canadian Fertility Consulting and Egg Helpers in 2007 after her second surrogacy, with the intention of creating a more rewarding experience for surrogate mothes, egg donors and Intended Parents. With a background in business development and management, Leia turned her personal passion for alternative family building into a full-time business. Leia believes that surrogacy and egg donation is more than a medical transaction—bringing one’s child into the world through surrogacy and egg donation is a milestone that deserves to be honoured and celebrated.

Rachel West from Carbert Wait LLP

Rachel West, along with Ellen Embury  are Western Canada’s leading team in the area of surrogacy and fertility law. They are from Carbet Wait LLP in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Ellen and Rachel have helped thousands of couples and individuals of all backgrounds and sexual orientations to become parents.  They work with intended parents, surrogates (gestational carriers), egg and sperm donors and also with physicians and clinics across Canada and the United States.  Rachel travels regularly to meet with international clients in their home countries, with particular focus on France, as she is fluent in French.  Ellen and Rachel pride themselves on delivering caring, cost effective services to all of their clients both domestically and internationally.

Doreen Brown Ad. E. Ph.D. (Hon), Green Glazer Avocats Attorneys

Doreen Brown is an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. Skilled in Law, Litigation, Adoption, Civil Litigation, and French, Doreen is a strong legal professional with a LL.L focused in Law from the University of Montreal.

Dr. Clifford L. Librach MD, FRCS(C), FACOG(REI), Create Fertility Centre

Dr. Clifford Librach is the founder and Director of the CReATe Fertility Centre and CReATe Cord Blood Bank (Toronto, Ontario). 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. He served as Division Head of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Women’s College Hospital for 25 years. Dr. Librach also served on the committees for development of standards for the Canadian Royal College REI fellowship and for development of CPSO standards for REI practice in Ontario. Dr. Librach was the Chair of Ontario Medical Association Reproductive Biology from 2004 to 2016. He co-founded the Canadian Fertility and Andrology (CFAS) IVF Improvement Committee in 2004 and has presented analysis of clinic specific data at the IVF directors meeting for the past 12 years.

Anyone who is interested in surrogacy, egg donation, becoming intended parents, or just looking for more information, visit or email .

Media Contact:

Jordan Fawcett
Marketing Manager
T (613) 439.8701  EXT 103
C 416-209-5736

Leia Swanberg
Founder & CEO
T (613) 439.8701 EXT 108
C (905) 269.7436