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Welcome to the CAGC Website
Mission Statement

The mission of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors is to promote high standards of practice, encourage professional growth and increase public awareness of the genetic counselling profession in Canada.
To learn more about the CAGC, click here 

What's New?

2014 Memberships
Please note that the website is currently in the process of being re-vamped and we are excited for the launch of the new website.  The new website is expected to be up late February/early March.  During this time, the 2014 new membership application forms can be downloaded off our current website and sent in by mail along with payment by cheque.  Membership renewals will still be put on hold until late February/early March 2014 when the new website is up and running. The renewal period will be extended to April 2014.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time and value your membership.
Genetic Counselling Awareness Week 2013

Happy Genetic Counselling Awareness Week!! There are some great events planned for our 2013 GCAW. Click here  for the full list. Here are some of the highlights of the events planned for today!


Monday – November 18, 2013

SickKids will have a FREE screening of the documentary “Blood Relative” tonight from 6pm – 8pm in the Hollywood Theatre (1st floor at SickKids). A Panel discussion will follow the film, and there will be free snacks!! All are welcome to attend.


NYGH has released a new YouTube video for this week’s Genetic Counselling Awareness Week titled “how to Become a Genetic Counsellor”. Check it out and share with your friends!



CHEO has added a BRCA2 positive patient story to the GCAW press release to obtain local media attention and Saint-Justine is releasing the publication “What is a genetic counsellor” in their hospital’s monthly journal.


There are also on-going events including email contests, quizzes and trivia questions for hospital staff at MedCan Clinic, Rouge Valley Hospital and CHEO. Many hospitals will have information booths throughout the week, with fun games and prizes for those who stop by!


Please email us if you have events to add to our list. We will be updating these on Facebook regularly!

Thank you for everyone’s time and hard work in making the 2013 GC Awareness week a success!

Genetic Counselling Awareness Week will be held this year from November 17-23. The theme is 'Genetics in the Media.' Click here for more information.
2013 Newsletter & CCGC Flyer

Take a look at the 2013 CAGC Newsletter for information and updates about our organization. We have also recently released the CCGC Flyer, which provides information about the benefit of genetic counselling certification in Canada.

Jetez un coup d'oeil au bulletin 2013 de l'ACCG pour des informations et des mises à jour sur notre organisation. Nous avons également publié récemment le dépliant sur les CGAC, qui fournit des informations sur les avantages de l'accréditation des conseillers(ères) en génétique au Canada.

You can find them both under Publications.

2013 CAGC Annual Education Conference

Mark your calendars! The 2013 Annual Education Conference (AEC) will be held in Toronto, Ontario from November 6 - November 9, 2013. For details, visit our conference website, cagcconference.ca

Scientific Programme
We have an exciting line up of talks from local experts in their fields, informative and up-to-date plenary sessions, and practice specific workshops.

The Scientific Programme is available here
(CEUs = 2.4 in 2012)
To join us in November follow these three simple steps:
1.       Register for the conference
$300 (CAGC member)
$375 (non-member)
$200 (student)
Online registration for the CAGC AEC is NOW CLOSED.  If you have missed the registration deadline you can still attend and register on-site.  (Please note that we are only able to accept payment by cash or cheque if registering on-site.)
2.       Book your Hotel Stay
The conference will be held in the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Toronto.
To book your hotel room click here.
3.       Book your spot at the Friday night Banquet Dinner
On Friday night, join us at the casually upscale Brant House Supper Club, conveniently located within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The evening at Brant House offers a four-course meal plus at 10pm, VIP access to the popular Brant House Night Club. Partners and friends welcome.
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Stay connected for more exciting news and updates – see you in Toronto! 


CAGC Leadership Award

We are proud to announce Mary Connolly-Wilson as the recipient of the fifth CAGC Leadership award. The award will be presented to Mary at this year's Annual Education Conference in Toronto (Nov 6 to 9th).


Mary is a long-standing contributing member to the CAGC and the genetic counselling profession.  She began her practice as a genetic counsellor in 1983 laying the foundations for the profession in Canada.  Her clinical and research experience is far reaching with publications pertaining to retinoblastoma, gastric cancer, biochemical genetics, and fragile X, just to name a few.  She is also the recipient of 2 hospital based research grants exploring the development of a program to enhance the genetic knowledge of heath professionals and a second to research the molecular and biochemical analysis of benign familial neonatal convulsions.


Mary has been with the CAGC from the initial meetings with a few genetic counsellors between 1984 and 1987 to organize what was to become the CAGC to serving on the CAGC founding Executive as Secretary from 1987 to 1990 and then CAGC President 1990-1992 and Past President 1992-1994. Mary went on to chair the Certification Board from 1994 to 1999. In these years the Certification Board produced the first certification exam for genetic counsellors in Canada.  Since 2000 she has been a key member on the Professional Issues Committee and Task Force for Professional Development of Genetic Counsellors and the Professional Competencies Committee, which finalized the Practice Based Competencies for Canadian genetic counsellors in 2012.


Join us in Toronto to congratulate Mary for her many accomplishments.

2013 CAGC Membership Renewals and Applications
We are accepting applications for CAGC membership and renewals for 2013.   Receive the early bird discount by applying or renewing by March 1st! To join or renew now, click here.
Genetic Discrimination Press Release

CAGC publishes a press release to announce the CAGC Genetic Discrimination Position Statement. 

Click here to view

CAGC Genetic Discrimination Position Statement
The CAGC's Position Statement on Genetic Discrimination 

The CAGC has recently published its position statement on genetic discrimination. Click here to read the association's stance.
Clinical Doctorate Exploration
This year's CAGC Annual General Meeting included a presentation of CAGC's exploration of a clinical doctorate in genetic counselling. Click here to download this presentation and to learn more about the profession's work done to explore this option, and details of an upcoming membership poll.
Genetic Counsellor Spotlight 2012




Jill Beis graduated from the MSc Human Genetics Program at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1990.  Following 2 years as a genetic counsellor at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Jill has worked with Maritime Medical Genetics in Halifax, NS since 1992.  A two year hiatus (2001-2003) was spent as Research Coordinator in Ocular Genetics with the Eye Care Team at the IWK Health Centre. 

Jill has long held an interest in the development of the profession of genetic counselling and has held various committee and executive positions with the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors.  She recently completed 3 year term on the IWK Health Centre’s Research Ethics Board (REB) and current member of the REB Audit Committee. 

Jill’s areas of special interest are ocular genetics and neuromuscular diseases, including predictive testing.  She is actively involved in teaching and research.


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