A Message to You, Our Donor

This past year has been one of triumphs, but also of global tragedy.

The emergence of COVID-19 as a pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands worldwide and impacted all our lives. Although a terrible health care crisis, COVID-19 has united the global medical community, creating unprecedented collaborations and sparking innovation that will help us beat the disease.

Since the beginning, MUHC physicians, staff and researchers have been on the front lines. This crisis reminds us that the health of our community must be prioritized, and that we must continue to invest in research.

That is why our foundation launched its cardiology campaign last September, the first priority of our larger Dream Big Campaign to change the course of lives and medicine. We were also proud to disburse a record $27.8 million in support of patient care and research.

Our big dream is to solve humanity’s deadliest puzzles and create made-in-Montreal COVID-19 treatments. End cancer as a deadly disease. Fix broken hearts through innovative cardiac care. Detect ovarian and endometrial cancers early. Create the best skilled health care teams in Canada. And much more.

We hope you will dream big with us.

Norman Steinberg, Ad. E., Chair, Board of Directors & Julie Quenneville, President, MUHC Foundation

Peter Kruyt
Dr. Pierre Gfeller

The Importance of Community

Community may be described as fellowship with others resulting from the sharing of common attitudes, interests and goals. It may also be a group of people living in one location or having a particular characteristic in common. However one defines community, we believe that it has enriched the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The COVID-19 pandemic that arrived at the end of the 2019-2020 fiscal year shows community at its best: neighbourhoods rallied together; scientists burned the midnight oil; companies pivoted to provide much-needed equipment; employees switched gears to fill urgent roles; the MUHC Foundation did not skip a beat in shining a light on ways to fuel excellence and innovation; and donors continued to make vital contributions, despite economic uncertainty. For these and many more reasons, we extend our sincerest appreciation to the MUHC Foundation’s leadership, team and volunteers, and especially to the generous donor community. Thank you for your loyalty and sustained support!

Peter Kruyt, Chairman of the Board of Directors
McGill University Health Centre

Pierre Gfeller, MD CM MBA, President and Executive Director
McGill University Health Centre

Peter KruytDr. Pierre Gfeller

MI4: Leading the Coronavirus Response

The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) was created to address one of the greatest threats to humanity: infectious diseases like tuberculosis, Ebola, and now, COVID-19. MI4 has stepped up to this global challenge, creating 40 research projects to help fight the coronavirus with the help of over $4.6 million in donations.

Made-in-Canada COVID-19 test kits

Widespread testing is the key to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, but the chemical reagents required are scarce. MI4 scientists have created a made-in-Canada COVID-19 testing kit thanks to $150,000 in start-up funds from donors. Now, they are preparing to produce millions of tests to help keep Canadians safe.

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The search for a COVID-19 treatment

Teams of MI4 scientists are conducting a dozen research studies and clinical trials to find a drug that can treat COVID-19. Thanks to millions in funding from donors, new and existing drugs are being explored.

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Plasma trial could improve COVID-19 recovery

Scientists at the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC) are participating in a Canada-wide trial to determine whether injecting COVID-19 patients with the blood plasma of those who have recovered from the virus can help them heal faster.

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A huge thank you to our community!

From the onset of the pandemic, our community quickly stepped up to offer their support to essential workers at the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Research Institute of the MUHC. Thanks to their generous donations, we were able to distribute much appreciated personal protective equipment (PPE), meals, clothing, and snacks to frontline staff.

Introducing Dream Big

The MUHC is one of Canada’s leading hospitals because Montrealers had big dreams over a century ago. The opening of the Glen site in 2015 was an important milestone in our history. It brought together numerous health care facilities and consolidated 64 research sites, creating a centre where innovation and collaboration thrive. Today, the MUHC delivers ultra-specialized, compassionate, integrated care and produces innovative research that impacts health on a national and global scale.

We have embarked on a new campaign to support the hospital, and we will once again be turning to our community to join us. Our goal: to equip the MUHC with cutting edge technology, attract world-renowned experts, train the next generation of physicians and scientists, support innovative research and transform health care as we know it.

Introducing Dream Big, our plan to change the course of lives and medicine.

We are on the cusp of solving the world’s most complex health care challenges, and with your help we can have a direct impact on our families, and families around the world. Starting in Montreal. Starting now.

Dream Big Co-chair Jean Charest
Dream Big Co-chair Marc Parent
Dream Big Co-chair Suzanne Legge Orr

When we Dream Big together, amazing things happen

Every day at the MUHC, nearly 12,000 women and men report to work with one mission. To reduce suffering and pain. To help your families live better and longer lives. And, just as importantly, to revolutionize diagnoses, prevention and cures that will transform lives, here at home and throughout the world.

They can’t do it alone.

It’s up to us to invest in this remarkable success story. Together, we built one of the most advanced health care centres in the world. Now we must take it to the next level. To invest in research excellence and stellar medical and scientific talent.

This vital mission can’t wait. As we live through a global pandemic, medical innovation is needed more than ever to solve humanity’s biggest medical puzzles, from COVID-19 to antibiotic resistance.

Unleashing this kind of innovation is a big dream. But it’s a dream we can achieve by working together and investing in the MUHC.

Please join us.

Jean Charest, Former Premier of Quebec and Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Dream Big Campaign Co-Chair

Marc Parent, President and CEO, CAE
Dream Big Campaign Co-Chair

Suzanne Legge Orr, Director
Dream Big Campaign Co-Chair

Dream Big Co-chair Marc ParentDream Big Co-chair Suzanne Legge Orr

MI4: Solving the Deadliest Puzzles

A vaccine for a deadly disease (HIA)

Haemophilius influenzae Type A is a potentially deadly virus that disproportionately affects vulnerable populations, including Indigenous peoples in Canada. Thanks to a generous $1 million donation from the Hewitt Foundation, MI4 researchers are developing a vaccine.

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A test for Lyme disease

A gift of $350,000 from the Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation is helping MUHC scientists develop a fast, accurate and widely-accessible test for Lyme disease. This innovation will change the lives of the thousands of people living with undiagnosed Lyme disease.

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Fix Broken Hearts

The MUHC Foundation is investing $50 million to stop the progression of heart disease at the MUHC. The promise? In ten years, Montreal will have the lowest rate of hospitalization and fewest deaths due to heart disease in Canada. The Fix Broken Hearts Campaign is led by three co-chairs, MUHC Foundation board members Patricia Saputo and Patrick Shea, and former board chair Sam Reda.

Cardiology patient John Klein, and wife Frankie

Courtois Foundation gives $18M to cardiology

The Courtois Foundation made an extraordinary $18 million gift to help the MUHC’s cardiologists pioneer tomorrow’s precision medicine in cardiovascular diseases by mapping out patients’ personal signatures—the genes, lifestyle factors and physical traits that make each individual unique.

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Valeria Rosenbloom & daughter

$500K to prevent cardiovascular disease

The MUHC Centre for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease is redefining how physicians approach preventative treatments for heart disease thanks to a $500,000 donation from the Mike and Valeria Rosenbloom Foundation.

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DOvEE

The DOvEEgene test is the world’s first test to reliably detect ovarian and endometrial cancer early, before it has spread. Pioneered by gynecologic oncologist Dr. Lucy Gilbert, the test will improve survival rates and save countless lives. The MUHC Foundation is raising $2 million to make this dream a reality. The DOvEE campaign is led by three co-chairs, ovarian cancer survivor Joanne Photiades, and MUHC Foundation board members Micol Haimson and Matthew Marchand.

The DOvEEgene test has received wide support, and is poised to become an important part of women’s health care in the near future. Thanks to our generous donors, we will stop the silent killer.

There has been no improvement in the cure rate of ovarian cancer in 30 years and this is unacceptable. If you look at a cell phone or computer from 30 years ago, today’s versions are tremendously different, and these types of advancements haven’t happened with respect to the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer. We are changing that.

Dr. Lucy Gilbert, Gynecologic Oncologist and inventor of the DOvEEgene test

Interprofessional Skills and Simulation Network

As a leader in education, the MUHC is committed to the continued growth of current and future health care providers. That is why the MUHC Foundation is investing $10 million to create the MUHC Interprofessional Skills and Simulation Network, a new initiative offering educational opportunities to health care staff.

The campaign has already received $1 million from the Doggone Foundation to create an online nursing program, and a donation of $500,000 from CAE, including state-of-the-art simulation training mannequins.

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Heal our Community

Research and innovation awards help our physician-scientists create medical breakthroughs that can improve the patient experience and save lives.

The inaugural Trottier Webster Innovation Award, generously created by the Trottier Family Foundation and the R. Howard Webster Foundation, was awarded to Dr. John Kildea and Dr. Tarek Hijal for their work on the OPAL patient app. This innovation empowers patients with their own medical information, allowing them to check in for appointments, and view medical records and lab results from their smartphone.

At the Research Institute Awards, the MUHC Foundation provided 13 awards to outstanding researchers totalling over $400,000 to tackle everything from cancer to infectious disease.

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Interprofessional Skills and Simulation Network

As a leader in education, the MUHC is committed to the continued growth of current and future health care providers. That is why the MUHC Foundation is investing $10 million to create the MUHC Interprofessional Skills and Simulation Network, a new initiative offering educational opportunities to health care staff.

The campaign has already received $1 million from the Doggone Foundation to create an online nursing program, and a donation of $500,000 from CAE, including state-of-the-art simulation training mannequins.

Watch CAE Day Video

Heal our Community

Research and innovation awards help our physician-scientists create medical breakthroughs that can improve the patient experience and save lives.

The inaugural Trottier Webster Innovation Award, generously created by the Trottier Family Foundation and the R. Howard Webster Foundation, was awarded to Dr. John Kildea and Dr. Tarek Hijal for their work on the OPAL patient app. This innovation empowers patients with their own medical information, allowing them to check in for appointments, and view medical records and lab results from their smartphone.

At the Research Institute Awards, the MUHC Foundation provided 13 awards to outstanding researchers totalling over $400,000 to tackle everything from cancer to infectious disease.

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Inter­professional Skills and Simulation Network

As a leader in education, the MUHC is committed to the continued growth of current and future health care providers. That is why the MUHC Foundation is investing $10 million to create the MUHC Interprofessional Skills and Simulation Network, a new initiative offering educational opportunities to health care staff.

The campaign has already received $1 million from the Doggone Foundation to create an online nursing program, and a donation of $500,000 from CAE, including state-of-the-art simulation training mannequins.

Watch CAE Day Video

Heal our Community

Research and innovation awards help our physician-scientists create medical breakthroughs that can improve the patient experience and save lives.

The inaugural Trottier Webster Innovation Award, generously created by the Trottier Family Foundation and the R. Howard Webster Foundation, was awarded to Dr. John Kildea and Dr. Tarek Hijal for their work on the OPAL patient app. This innovation empowers patients with their own medical information, allowing them to check in for appointments, and view medical records and lab results from their smartphone.

At the Research Institute Awards, the MUHC Foundation provided 13 awards to outstanding researchers totalling over $400,000 to tackle everything from cancer to infectious disease.

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Changing the course of lives and medicine

Our generous donors are helping the MUHC’s physicians and researchers make new discoveries and breakthroughs that will change health care forever.

Fondation Chamandy Foundation

$1.28M to combat food allergies

A $1.28 million gift from the Chamandy Foundation is enabling allergy expert Dr. Bruce Mazer to conduct research that will improve therapeutic options for people with severe food allergies.

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Dr. Zogopoulos

Improving outcomes in pancreatic cancer

Hepatobiliary surgeon Dr. George Zogopoulos received $350,000 from Pancreatic Cancer Canada to integrate genetic profiling of pancreatic cancer patients and their families into clinical practice. This new option will allow the MUHC to provide personalized cancer treatment.

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Breakthrough treatment for brain cancer

MUHC Researchers have developed an intelligent molecule, called ZR2002, that could significantly extend the lives of patients with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

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Gift to endocrinology honours Dr. Geoffrey Hendy

MUHC scientists are advancing understanding of diseases of the parathyroid glands thanks to a generous donation from Jennifer Reid in honour of her dear friend Dr. Geoffrey Hendy, an MUHC endocrinologist who passed away in 2018.

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Letizia Ray

The legacy of Letizia Randaccio Ray

Letizia Randaccio Ray believed in giving back. When she received unparalleled care in the MUHC’s Palliative Care ward, she was inspired to include the MUHC in her estate planning to ensure others receive compassionate and comforting end-of-life care.

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Supporting breast health

Passionate volunteers, community groups and foundations came together again this year to host events in support of the MUHC Breast Clinic’s Wellness Program. Collectively, they raised over $490,000 to help the many patients diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

The Cure Foundation and Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation support wellness

The MUHC Foundation recognizes the generosity of the CURE Foundation and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (QBCF) in their support for a personalized, comprehensive, and holistic approach to patient care at the MUHC’s Breast Clinic. The Breast Clinic cares for 15,000 women every year, and serves as a referral centre for women across Quebec. The Clinic’s new Wellness Program provides psychological and rehabilitation services for patients who have been treated for breast cancer, including nutritional support funded by the CURE Foundation and body image therapy funded by QBCF. These services were launched this year thanks to these outstanding partners and our many generous donors and event organizers.

The Cure Foundation and Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation support wellness

The MUHC Foundation recognizes the generosity of the CURE Foundation and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (QBCF) in their support for a personalized, comprehensive, and holistic approach to patient care at the MUHC’s Breast Clinic. The Breast Clinic cares for 15,000 women every year, and serves as a referral centre for women across Quebec. The Clinic’s new Wellness Program provides psychological and rehabilitation services for patients who have been treated for breast cancer, including nutritional support funded by the CURE Foundation and body image therapy funded by QBCF. These services were launched this year thanks to these outstanding partners and our many generous donors and event organizers.

Le Bal Rouge Co-Chair Nadine Renaud-Tinker
Le Bal Rouge Co-Chair Paul Genest

Le Bal Rouge

Although cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bal Rouge 2020 was one of the most successful ever. Recognizing the importance of cardiovascular care at the MUHC, sponsors and guests donated the cost of their tickets to the Fix Broken Hearts Campaign, raising over $730,000.

Tens of thousands of Canadians succumb to heart disease each year, making cardiology a critical area of support for the MUHC Foundation. This year’s gala was to be held in recognition of Chief of Cardiology Dr. Nadia Giannetti, whose distinguished career includes founding the MUHC’s Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Centre. We are pleased to honour her contributions to the field and to our city, and her passion for helping others.

The gala was co-chaired by Nadine Renaud-Tinker, President, Quebec, RBC and Paul Genest, Senior Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada. Although the event did not occur, both co-chairs worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the months leading up to the gala to make sure it would have been a night to remember. The foundation thanks them for their dedication.

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Le Bal Rouge

Although cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bal Rouge 2020 was one of the most successful ever. Recognizing the importance of cardiovascular care at the MUHC, sponsors and guests donated the cost of their tickets to the Fix Broken Hearts Campaign, raising over $730,000.

Tens of thousands of Canadians succumb to heart disease each year, making cardiology a critical area of support for the MUHC Foundation. This year’s gala was to be held in recognition of Chief of Cardiology Dr. Nadia Giannetti, whose distinguished career includes founding the MUHC’s Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Centre. We are pleased to honour her contributions to the field and to our city, and her passion for helping others.

The gala was co-chaired by Nadine Renaud-Tinker, President, Quebec, RBC and Paul Genest, Senior Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada. Although the event did not occur, both co-chairs worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the months leading up to the gala to make sure it would have been a night to remember. The foundation thanks them for their dedication.

Le Bal Rouge Co-Chair Nadine Renaud-TinkerLe Bal Rouge Co-Chair Paul Genest

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In the News

A few highlights of our 2019–2020 media coverage.

50Articles

18News outlets

36Web stories posted

MUHC acquires ‘cutting-edge’ heart MRI machine for research

Montreal Gazette, September 2019

CAE supports state-of-the-art healthcare training at the MUHC

Yahoo News, February 2020

Montreal’s MI4 and the fight to control infections

Global News, June 2019

Grant will help MUHC researchers move cancer test to clinical trial stage

Montreal Gazette, March 2020

Financial Highlights

2019-2020 was a record year for our Foundation: we provided $27M to meet the hospital’s needs and change the course of lives and medicine.

These funds supported urgent needs such as the pandemic response, long-term projects including research and updates to hospital infrastructure and equipment, and patient care and education.

MUHCF Sources of Revenue_2019
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MUHC Foundation’s Board of Directors

Norman M. Steinberg, Ad. E., Chair
Vice Chair, BFL Canada

Eddie Leschiutta, ICD.D, FCPA, FCA, Co-Vice Chair
Retired Senior Partner, Deloitte

Marc P. Tellier, Co-Vice Chair
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Claire Trottier, Ph.D., Co-Vice Chair
Academic Associate, McGill University

Patrick M. Shea, Secretary
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Stéfanie Pelletier, CPA, CA, Treasurer
Vice President Finance, Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ

Mark Beaudet
Corporate Director

Daniel Buron, CA, CPA
Senior Vice President & CFO, Domtar Corporation

Dev A. Coossa
Partner, Deal Advisory, KPMG

Jane Craighead, PhD, CPA, CA
Corporate Director

Dr. Richard L. Cruess, C.C., O.Q., FRSC
Professor, McGill University

Michael Denham
President & CEO, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Lili Fortin
President, Tristan

Dr. Gerald Fried, FRCS(C), FACS
Former Surgeon-in-Chief, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Lucie Guillemette
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Air Canada

Micol Haimson
Senior Vice President and Branch Manager, Raymond James

Sacha Haque
General Counsel & Secretary, Portag3 Ventures and Sagard Holdings

David Hewitt
President, Hewitt Group Inc.

Matthew Marchand
Corporate Director

François L. Morin, LL.B
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

Marc Parent
President and Chief Executive Officer, CAE

Rick Petersen
Principal, BLU Communications

Lucy Riddell
Designer, Five Faces

Patricia Saputo, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, TEP, DTax, FPl
Chief Financial Officer, Placements Italcan Inc.

Alexandre Viau, MBA, CIM, FCSI
General Manager, Deragon

Pierrette Wong (Khang Yong)
President / Founder, ItalWong Fashion Inc.

Norman M. Steinberg, Ad. E., Chair
Vice Chair, BFL Canada

Eddie Leschiutta, ICD.D, FCPA, FCA, Co-Vice Chair
Retired Senior Partner, Deloitte

Marc P. Tellier, Co-Vice Chair
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Claire Trottier, Ph.D., Co-Vice Chair
Academic Associate, McGill University

Patrick M. Shea, Secretary
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Stéfanie Pelletier, CPA, CA, Treasurer
Vice President Finance, Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ

Mark Beaudet
Corporate Director

Daniel Buron, CA, CPA
Senior Vice President & CFO, Domtar Corporation

Dev A. Coossa
Partner, Deal Advisory, KPMG

Jane Craighead, PhD, CPA, CA
Corporate Director

Dr. Richard L. Cruess, C.C., O.Q., FRSC
Professor, McGill University

Michael Denham
President & CEO, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Lili Fortin
President, Tristan

Dr. Gerald Fried, FRCS(C), FACS
Former Surgeon-in-Chief, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Lucie Guillemette
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Air Canada

Micol Haimson
Senior Vice President and Branch Manager, Raymond James

Sacha Haque
General Counsel & Secretary, Portag3 Ventures and Sagard Holdings

David Hewitt
President, Hewitt Group Inc.

Matthew Marchand
Corporate Director

François L. Morin, LL.B
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

Marc Parent
President and Chief Executive Officer, CAE

Rick Petersen
Principal, BLU Communications

Lucy Riddell
Designer, Five Faces

Patricia Saputo, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, TEP, DTax, FPl
Chief Financial Officer, Placements Italcan Inc.

Alexandre Viau, MBA, CIM, FCSI
General Manager, Deragon

Pierrette Wong (Khang Yong)
President / Founder, ItalWong Fashion Inc.

Norman M. Steinberg, Ad. E., Chair
Vice Chair, BFL Canada

Eddie Leschiutta, ICD.D, FCPA, FCA, Co-Vice Chair
Retired Senior Partner, Deloitte

Marc P. Tellier, Co-Vice Chair
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Claire Trottier, Ph.D., Co-Vice Chair
Academic Associate, McGill University

Patrick M. Shea, Secretary
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Stéfanie Pelletier, CPA, CA, Treasurer
Vice President Finance, Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ

Mark Beaudet
Corporate Director

Daniel Buron, CA, CPA
Senior Vice President & CFO, Domtar Corporation

Dev A. Coossa
Partner, Deal Advisory, KPMG

Jane Craighead, PhD, CPA, CA
Corporate Director

Dr. Richard L. Cruess, C.C., O.Q., FRSC
Professor, McGill University

Michael Denham
President & CEO, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Lili Fortin
President, Tristan

Dr. Gerald Fried, FRCS(C), FACS
Former Surgeon-in-Chief, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Lucie Guillemette
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Air Canada

Micol Haimson
Senior Vice President and Branch Manager, Raymond James

Sacha Haque
General Counsel & Secretary, Portag3 Ventures and Sagard Holdings

David Hewitt
President, Hewitt Group Inc.

Matthew Marchand
Corporate Director

François L. Morin, LL.B
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

Marc Parent
President and Chief Executive Officer, CAE

Rick Petersen
Principal, BLU Communications

Lucy Riddell
Designer, Five Faces

Patricia Saputo, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, TEP, DTax, FPl
Chief Financial Officer, Placements Italcan Inc.

Alexandre Viau, MBA, CIM, FCSI
General Manager, Deragon

Pierrette Wong (Khang Yong)
President / Founder, ItalWong Fashion Inc.

While this year may have been difficult, our community stepped up and demonstrated the power of philanthropy. Thanks to our dedicated community of supporters, we fostered innovation, cheered on our tireless frontline workers and changed the lives of countless patients. And we are far from done: as we embark on our Dream Big Campaign, together we can solve the world’s most complex health care challenges.

Thank you for dreaming big with us.

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