Leadership

President and CEO

Dr. Maggie Morris, President

Dr. Maggie Morris Dr. Maggie Morris is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 1979. She received her Fellowship in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Manitoba in 1984 following which she remained in practice in Manitoba. Areas of special interest were in pediatric and adolescent obstetrics and gynecology and medical education.

In 1986 she became Section Head of the newly created Pediatric/Adolescent Obstetrics and Gynecology section at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg; she served as Associate Dean, Student Affairs for the faculty from 1999 to 2006; she was awarded “Teacher of the year” in 1999 and 2003; she received her Master of Education in 2010; and she served as APOG president from 2010-2012.

Dr. Morris is currently Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Women’s Health Program. She completed her term as Department Head of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences from 2006 to 2017. She was the first woman to hold the Department Head position since 1964. She leads the Women’s health curriculum for undergraduate medical education and the Women’s Health Curriculum for the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Manitoba and is interested in developing the role for physician assistants in Women’s health in Canada. Current practice interests include the integration of midwifery care with obstetric care.

 

 


Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO



Dr. Jennifer Blake has been an active member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada since 1982.

Dr. Blake earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Waterloo in 1974. She then studied at McMaster University where she acquired her medical degree in 1977, completed a mixed internship in 1978, completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1982, served as the MRC Fellow in reproductive endocrinology from 1982 to 1984, and earned her Master of Science degree in Health Research Methodology in 2004.

Dr. Blake is an educational leader with a multifaceted understanding of the profession, including the academic, clinical and regulatory perspectives. During her career, she returned to the academic setting assuming a number of appointments. After serving as Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at McMaster University from 1984 to 1988, she assumed the same position within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto from 1988 to 1991 where she was head of the Division of Pediatric Gynecology. Until she returned to Toronto in 1999 to become Professor and Associate Chair from 2003 to 2012, she assumed a number of leadership and management positions.

Between her academic appointments, Dr. Blake served as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Head of Women's Health at the Sunnybrook and Health Sciences Centre, Chief of Pediatric Gynaecology at the Hospital for Sick Children and Undergraduate Dean of McMaster University's Medical School. She has assumed a variety of other leadership roles within departments and committees since 1988.

Acknowledged as an outstanding obstetrician-gynaecologist both in Canada and abroad, McMaster University formally acknowledged Dr. Blake as the recipient of the Dr. Carr Teaching Award in 1996 and the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership in 1995. The same year, she received the SOGC award for Best Reproductive Endocrinology Research Paper, which followed the SOGC's first place award for Best Gynaecology Research Paper in 1992. In 1983, she was granted the MOH Scientist Award and the R. T. Weaver Award for Best Resident Paper Presentation in 1980. Accolades for Dr. Blake are not restricted to those within the academic and women's health sectors. In 2011, Dr. Blake was identified as one of the top 25 women of influence in Canada.

Dr. Blake not only has an impressive research background and an active publication record, she is an experienced leader who has led major organizational change in both the hospital and academic sectors. She brings a national perspective from her work with the SOGC, the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), the Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada (APOG), and the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health (CFWH).

In addition to her membership with the SOGC, Dr. Blake is also an active member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Toronto, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, the Society of Canadian Colposcopists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, as well as the International and North American Menopause Societies.

As a passionate advocate, respected leader, published author, dynamic lecturer, and trusted spokeswoman on issues relating to women's health, Dr. Blake has assumed a number of consultancy roles on projects pertaining to general obstetrics and gynaecology, continuing medical education, strategic planning, ethics, public affairs, menopause, human sexuality, oncology, as well as pediatric and adolescent gynaecology. She has also been an active member of advisory committees, board of directors, task forces as well as administrative, medical, and perinatal committees.

Dr. Blake's philanthropic and community service initiatives have included being a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the Junior League of Toronto (2011 to present), serving as Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health (2007 to present), as Vice Chair of the Genesis Research Foundation (2003 to present), and as Chair of the National Health Advisory Committee for the Look Good Feel Better/Lives Affected by Cancer Programme.

Dr. Blake enjoys an active home life. Together with her husband, Dr. Denny DePetrillo, they have three children, four grandchildren and a dog. She is an avid reader and writer, enjoys gardening as well as the great outdoors.

Board of Directors

The SOGC Board of Directors provides oversight for the governance and strategic planning of the Society. Dynamic, skill-based board members are nominated and elected by the membership at large.

The SOGC has a vibrant, multi-disciplinary Board of Directors for 2021/2022 from across Canada:

Board of Directors photos
Dr. Margaret Morris - President
Dr. Elio Dario Garcia - Past President
Dr. Doug Wilson - President-Elect
Dr. Hussam Azzam - Treasurer
Dr. Amanda Black - Vice President
Dr. Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck - Vice President
Dr. Graeme Smith - Chair Academic Council
Dr. Haim Abenhaim - Director of the Board
Ms. Melanie Basso - Director of the Board
Dr. Roxana Geoffrion - Director of the Board
Dr. Édith Guilbert - Director of the Board
Dr. Isabelle Hardy - Director of the Board
Dr. Brent Jim - Director of the Board
Ms. Carole Miceli - Director of the Board
Dr. Amanda Morris - Director of the Board
Dr. Annie Ouellet - Director of the Board
Dr. Dante Pascali - Director of the Board
Dr. Charlotte Roy - Director of the Board
Dr. Jennifer Blake - Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Melissa Mech - Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Dr. Jocelynn Cook - Chief Scientific Officer