Major Gift News

The Peter Gilgan Foundation

Gift:

$100,000,000

Recipient:

SickKids Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To help rebuild SickKids Hospital, including a new patient care centre. The new patient care tower will be called the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower. This is the largest single gift received by SickKids to date. Gilgan has previously donated $40 Million in 2012 to help build the Sick Kids research centre.

AUG 2019

Cortellucci family

Gift:

$40,000,000

Recipient:

Mackenzie Health Foundation

City:

Vaughan

Province:

Ontario

To help build Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, Vaughan’s first hospital and the first smart hospital in Canada, which is slated to open 2020. The donation to the hospital comes less than a year after the Cortelluci family donated $3 million to Hospice Vaughan, which is naming its new 10-bed facility the Mario and Nick Cortellucci Hospice Palliative Care Centre of
Excellence.

AUG 2019

Tai Hung Fai Charitable Foundation

Gift:

$25,000,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To fund a centre for healthy children. Edwin Leong, the real estate developer who established the Tai Hung Fai Charitable Foundation, lives in Hong Kong but studied at University of British Columbia and University of Toronto. He made a $24 million gift to UBC for a healthy aging program. The foundation focuses on health programs for children and the elderly.

AUG 2019

The Slaight Foundation

Gift:

$15,000,000

Recipient:

United Way of Greater Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To connect vulnerable seniors — impeded by socio-economic, language and cultural barriers — with health and social services, offered by United Way’s network of community agencies. The gift is over six years. Allan Slaight Seniors Fund. This is the largest gift in the organization’s history. Before this investment, the largest individual gift to the region’s United Way was a bequest of $5 million.

AUG 2019

Stu Clark

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

University of Manitoba

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To enhance business education and research at the I.H. Asper School of Business. The gift will support graduate programs and graduate student research in emerging areas such as behavioural finance. Stu Clark Graduate School at the I.H. Asper School of Business. One of the U of M’s largest donors, Stu Clark’s lifetime support of the I.H. Asper School of Business totals $19.3 million.

AUG 2019

The Michael McCain Family

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto & Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To launch a new centre for urology research and education, and to expand a tissue biobank to improve patient care. McCain Centre for Urological Innovation and Education; McCain GU BioBank; McCain Professorship in Urological Innovation.

AUG 2019

Rogers Communications

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

Ryerson University

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To fund the launch of The Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, a national centre for collaboration and innovation in cybersecurity. The Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst. Owned and operated by Ryerson, the Catalyst will open a physical space in Brampton later this year.

AUG 2019

The Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

The Shriner's Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, Ste-Justine Hospital, and the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the MUSCO initiative, a partnership between the four hospitals that is the largest collaborative project in Canada focused on helping children with musculoskeletal disorders. This is the largest gift the Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation has made.

AUG 2019

David O'Brien

Gift:

$6,000,000

Recipient:

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To help provide access to clean water and sanitation for the developing world. This is a matching gift. This is half of a $12 million gift made jointly with Geoff Cumming. O’Brien has been chairman of CAWST board since 2013 but actively
involved in the organization since 2004.

AUG 2019

Geoffrey Cumming

Gift:

$6,000,000

Recipient:

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To help provide access to clean water and sanitation for the developing world. This is a matching gift. This is half of a $12 million gift made jointly with David O’Brien.

AUG 2019

Rotary Club of Vancouver

Gift:

$6,000,000

Recipient:

St. Paul's Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To fund a new state of the art hearing loss centre. B.C. Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre. The Rotary Club of Vancouver has been supporting hearing loss or deafness for three decades. In 1985, it formed the Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation to address an unmet need in the philanthropy community. Through bike-a-thons and other events, it has raised over $3.5 million.

AUG 2019

T.R Meighan Family Foundation

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Stratford Festival

City:

Stratford

Province:

Ontario

To support the development of the new Tom Patterson Theatre. A permanent forum in the $100-million development will be named after Michael and Kelly Meighan. The Meighens have been long-serving members of the organization’s board of governors, led initiatives to revitalize the Festival Theatre, and previously donated $5 million to an endowment campaign.

AUG 2019

Patrick Dovigi

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Sinai Health System

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To create a sports medicine clinic that will revolutionize sports medicine research and care in Canada. The Dovigi Family Sports Medicine Clinic Dovigi, CEO of GFL Environmental, played sports growing up and was drafted to play hockey by the Edmonton Oilers.

AUG 2019

RBC Financial Group

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Ryerson University

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To fund the launch of The Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, a national centre for collaboration and innovation in cybersecurity. Owned and operated by Ryerson, will open a physical space in Brampton later this year.

AUG 2019

David and Lynn Coriat

Gift:

$4,500,000

Recipient:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To fund the hospital’s Transitions Strategy, which is aimed at 16- to 26-year-olds and helps them ease into adulthood with services and support. To acknowledge and celebrate David and Lynn’s significant donations and tireless fundraising, the hospital plans on naming a section of its main floor the Coriat Atrium. The Coriats have been deeply involved with Holland Bloorview for years, as Lynn and David’s daughter Jessica has cerebral palsy and has been a patient since she was young. Now that Jessica is an adult, both she and her parents volunteer and raise money. They have an atrium in the hospital named after them, and have been involved in multiple campaigns.

AUG 2019

Anonymous

Gift:

$3,900,000

Recipient:

Calgary Health Trust

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To develop an emergency pediatric care centre at the South Health Campus. South Health Campus had been fundraising for the pediatric emergency care space for some time, and with the addition of the $3.9-million donation, the pod is expected to open sometime over
the summer.

AUG 2019

Scotiabank and MD Financial Management Inc.

Gift:

$3,580,000

Recipient:

College of Family Physicians of Canada and Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine

City:

Mississauga

Province:

Ontario

Funds will be distributed over 5 years and will go toward student and family medicine resident scholarships and awards, including funds dedicated to Indigenous students and residents; the CFPC’s Family Medicine Forum; international fellowships; and Family medicine interest groups at medical schools across Canada to inspire students to pursue rewarding careers in family medicine. This investment is the latest in a series of contributions Scotiabank is making to Canada’s medical profession as part of its 10-year, $115-million affinity agreement with the CMA.

AUG 2019

Scotiabank

Gift:

$3,100,000

Recipient:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To accelerate one-to-one mentoring relationships, and support volunteer recruitment and impact measurement initiatives.

AUG 2019

Anonymous

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

International Justice Mission Canada

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

To support the organization’s fight against slavery around the world.

AUG 2019

Save on Foods

Gift:

$2,100,000

Recipient:

BC Children's Hospital

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

This amount represents a year of various store-led fundraising initiatives that involved employees, customers, and suppliers. Save-On-Foods has supported B.C. Children’s Hospital for more than 30 years and has donated more than $30 million in that time.

AUG 2019

The North West Company

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Winnipeg Art Gallery

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To support the construction of the Inuit Art Centre. The gift will fund the construction of an outdoor plaza around the entire footprint of the centre. The North West Company operates retail and grocery stores under the banners of Northern Stores, NorthMart and Giant Tiger, among others in many remote communities in northern Canadian.

AUG 2019

Tremblant 24h

Gift:

$1,800,000

Recipient:

Fondation Charles-Bruneau

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the Foundation’s commitments to pediatric cancer research across Québec, including a commitment to finance six technology platforms. The annual Tremblant’s 24h is among Québec’s leading charitable sports events. The 24-hour relay challenge, which includes skiing, walking or running, draws thousands of participants intent on raising funds in support of children’s causes.

AUG 2019

Andrew W Mellon Foundation

Gift:

$1,250,000

Recipient:

McGill University

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support new Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative, to be based in the Faculty of Arts. Amount is in USD.

AUG 2019

Estate of Willem Pitstra

Gift:

$1,200,000

Recipient:

Olds College

City:

Olds

Province:

Alberta

This in-kind gift of 316 acres of land, valued at $1.2 million, will help Olds College expand its high-tech smart farm. The Pitstras valued education and loved the trades, horticulture and agriculture.

AUG 2019

TD Bank Group

Gift:

$1,200,000

Recipient:

Mount Saint Vincent, Acadia and Memorial universities

City:

Various

Province:

Various

To improve indigenous student support services at Atlantic universities, in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for corporate Canada to lead change through employment, education and the support of economic development. MSVU will receive the largest portion of the funding; $500,000 over the next 10 years.

AUG 2019

Lowe's Canada

Gift:

$1,125,000

Recipient:

Children's Miracle Network and Opération Enfant Soleil

City:

Various

Province:

Various

Lowe’s raised $1.25 million for the organizations through a fundraising campaign at Lowe’s, RONA, Reno-Depot, and Ace Canada stores across the country. The funds will support 14 children’s hospitals across the country.

AUG 2019

TD Bank Group

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

York University

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the previously-named TD Community Engagement Centre at Yorkgate Mall, fostering community building, experiential learning, and postsecondary attainment for the Black Creek Community. TD initially supported the creation of the York University TD Community Engagement Centre in 2007. The donation has been made through TD’s corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

AUG 2019

Pathy Family Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Indspire

City:

Oshweken

Province:

Ontario

To support the expansion of the “Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee” program nationwide. Currently the program is in Winnipeg only. The program helps identify young First Nations, Inuit, and Metis students in high school and building on their interest in becoming educators.

AUG 2019

Michael Eric Fournelle

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

University of Guelph

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

To help establish a food laboratory which will enable hospitality and nutrition students to learn innovative practices in food preparation, production, safety and food science. Anita Stewart Alumni Food Laboratory, named in honour of Anita Stewart, who has done much to advance Canada’s cuisine and food culture on the world stage. Michael Fournelle graduated from the university’s former hotel and food administration program in 1992. He now works in real estate development.

AUG 2019

Robert Steane

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

St. Paul's Hospital Foundation

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

To build a hospice in southeast Saskatoon. Once built, the 15-bed facility will be the first stand-alone hospice in the province.

AUG 2019

Toys R Us

Gift:

$910,000

Recipient:

Autism Speaks Canada

City:

North York

Province:

Ontario

To support Autism Speaks’ Programming geared toward enhancing resources and services and increasing understanding,
acceptance and inclusion for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Since its first fundraiser in 2010, Toys “R” Us Canada has raised more than $8 million for the charity. Money was raised through Toys R Us Annual Golf Classic Tournament, from March 1 to June 18, 2019. The total gift amount includes contributions from employees, customers, and partners across the country.

AUG 2019

Aginco Eagle Mines

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Ilitaqsiniq Nunavut Literacy Council

City:

Rankin Inlet

Province:

Nunavut

$250,000 will be used to purchase a new building in Rankin Inlet, that can serve as the council’s permanent headquarters in the Kivalliq. The other $500,000 will go toward offering programming throughout the region. This gift was one of two gifts given to organizations in this community to celebrate the opening of a new mine.

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Lochhead Family

Gift:

$716,000

Recipient:

University of Regina

City:

Regina

Province:

Saskatchewan

Gift of 70 paintings and sketches by the legendary Canadian artist Kenneth Lochhead to the President’s Art Collection and Library Archives. The gift is valued at $716,000. U of Regina now has one of the largest collections of art work from Kenneth Lochhead, with about 100 pieces after this gift.

AUG 2019

Rankin Construction

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Wellspring Niagara

City:

St. Catharines

Province:

Ontario

To support the development of the new cancer care facility in Fonthill. One of the building’s two wards will be named after Rankin Construction.

AUG 2019

Walker Industries

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Wellspring Niagara

City:

St. Catharines

Province:

Ontario

To support the development of the new cancer care facility in Fonthill. One of the building’s two ward will be named after Walker Industries.

AUG 2019

CIBC

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Yukon University Foundation

City:

Whitehorse

Province:

Yukon Territory

To support the transition of Yukon College to Yukon University. CIBC has had a presence in Yukon since 1898.

AUG 2019

George and Kathy Dembroski

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Canadian Canoe Museum

City:

Peterborough

Province:

Ontario

To support the construction of a new 85,000-square-foot facility for the CCM. The new facility’s 9,700-square-foot outdoor terrace will be named in recognition of the Dembroskis. The couple is well known in Peterborough, having donated $1 million in 2008 for the new Peterborough Regional Health Centre. The hospital’s Dembroski Emergency Department is named in their honour.

AUG 2019

Canada Life

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Teach For Canada and Connected North

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To help help close the education gap between First Nations and non-First Nations communities. The gift was announced in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Great-West Life — now operating under the new Canada Life brand— was one of the first signatories of the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord.

AUG 2019

Udo Erasmus

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Adler University

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

Erasmus is a 1988 graduate of the university. The gift was announced at a dinner held by the University.

AUG 2019

Loblaw

Gift:

$415,000

Recipient:

Second Harvest

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To expand FoodRescue.ca into British Columbia. This is a free, innovative platform that tackles food waste, food insecurity, and climate change.

AUG 2019

Telus

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

Fondation du Centre hospitalier régional de Rimouski

City:

Rimouski

Province:

Quebec

A portion will support the Fonds Anne Lévesque, an innovative project that supports low-cost lodging for parents from outside Rimouski who have a newborn in the hospital. The rest will be devoted to children’s health projects.

AUG 2019

The Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation

Gift:

$355,000

Recipient:

Canadian Rockies Public Schools

City:

Banff & Canmore

Province:

Alberta

$113,000 will be allocated to extracurricular and athletics including fee supplementation for extracurricular sports; $135,000 will be allocated to Outdoor education; and $107,000 will be allocated to academics and wellness. This is the largest historical donation to schools in the Bow Valley.

AUG 2019

The Krahn Family (Irene Krahn, Farrell Krahn, and Corissa Wiebe)

Gift:

$350,000

Recipient:

Boundary Trails Health Centre

City:

Winkler

Province:

Manitoba

This gift will single-handedly fund a heliport for Boundary Trails Health Centre. The gift is in memory of Ed Krahn, husband of Irene Krahn and father of Farrell Krahn and Corissa Wiebe.

AUG 2019

National Bank

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Right to Play

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the Promoting Life Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program, benefitting Indigenous children nationwide.

AUG 2019

Aginco Eagle Mines

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Rankin Inlet Fire Department

City:

Rankin Inlet

Province:

Nunavut

To build a new facility to train firefighters from across the territory as well as Meliadine’s own emergency response team. This gift was one of two gifts given to organizations in this community to celebrate the opening of a new mine.

AUG 2019

Scotiabank

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

NEO Kids Foundation

City:

Sudbury

Province:

Ontario

To expand the NEO Kids Care Centre at Health Sciences North.

AUG 2019

Danny and Kevin Murphy

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Holland College

City:

Charlottetown

Province:

Prince Edward Island

To revitalize and expand the Culinary Institute of Canada facilities. A high-traffic café was named the Danny and Kevin Murphy Café and Commons at the college’s Tourism and Culinary Centre. Danny and Kevin, brothers, are business owners who own multiple restaurants, franchises, and hotels.

AUG 2019

Manulife

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation

City:

Waterloo

Province:

Ontario

This is a matching gift to help raise awareness and funds for heart disease on RedDAY, June 7th. The funds will help purchase equipment for a third cardiac catheterization suite at St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre.

AUG 2019

Cominar

Gift:

$185,000

Recipient:

Opération Enfant Soleil

City:

Quebec City

Province:

Quebec

Cominar made the gift during the 32nd annual Opération Enfant Soleil.

AUG 2019

Sean McCoshen

Gift:

$170,000

Recipient:

St. Laurent Royal Canadian Legion

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To upgrade the St. Laurent Royal Canadian Legion Métis Branch No.
250’s washrooms, furnishings, ventilation system, carpets and lighting and to build an outdoor patio.

AUG 2019

Green Shield Canada

Gift:

$165,000

Recipient:

The United Church Downtown Mission Windsor

City:

Windsor

Province:

Ontario

To expand the Oral Health for All project across the county, offering mobile dental services to people who don’t have easy or affordable access. The gift was administered by the WindsorEssex Community Foundation. It was part of Green Shield’s Six 4 Six Community Granting Initiative, which granted a total of $580,587 to 15 recipients through the WindsorEssex Community Foundation.

AUG 2019

Green Shield Canada

Gift:

$165,000

Recipient:

The Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex

City:

Windsor

Province:

Ontario

To support the group’s three year Oral Health Navigator Project that hopes to provide education and health promotion opportunities to
600 newcomers and immigrants. The gift was administered by the WindsorEssex Community Foundation. It was part of Green Shield’s Six 4 Six Community Granting Initiative, which granted a total of $580,587 to 15 recipients through the WindsorEssex Community Foundation.

AUG 2019

Bruce Power

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

To support The Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada’s programming to boost awareness, develop innovative technologies, and support those on a journey with a brain tumour. This gift was part of the company’s commitment to playing a leading role in the fight against brain tumours. They’re a leading supplier of medical-grade and sterilization Cobalt-60 isotopes, which help treat cancer and ensure the safety of medical tools.

AUG 2019

CN

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Milton District Hospital Foundation

City:

Milton

Province:

Ontario

To support annual equipment priorities. CN also made a $300,000 gift to the Milton District Hospital in January 2015 through the CN ‘Miracle Match’ program, and the Family Lounge in the in the newly expanded Maternal Newborn Department was named in honour of the company.

AUG 2019

Sun Life

Gift:

$140,000

Recipient:

Government of Prince Edward Island

City:

Summerside, Charlottetown, Montague

Province:

Prince Edward Island

To help fund the Sun Life Musical Instrument lending Library program through Prince Edward Island Public Libraries, allowing library card holders to sign out instruments for free. Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library Program. The gift is part of Sun Life’s Making the Arts More Accessible Program.

AUG 2019

Peacock Family

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation

City:

Port Moody

Province:

British Columbia

In memory of Jean Peacock, a longtime volunteer and patient of the hospital. Two cardiology monitoring rooms now under development at the hospital will bear Jean Peacock’s name. Jean Peacock was treated at Eagle Ridge Hospital and was in and out of medical institutions after her heart was damaged by chemotherapy and radiation treatments for breast cancer; macular degeneration also affected her eyes later on.

AUG 2019

Telus

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

This gift was made to The 100th Anniversary Endowment Campaign, which is raising funds to attract and retain musicians in Vancouver, support the future of the VSO School of Music, and extend the reach of symphonic music across the province. Telus has given the VSO more than $3,000,000 over the past 68 years.

AUG 2019

The Victoria Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Mustard Seed Street Church

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

To further develop the church’s Food Security Distribution Centre. The gift was announced during a Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council awards event. The event’s audience collectively contributed an additional $200,000 on the spot.

AUG 2019

UNIFOR Social Justice Fund

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Save the Children Canada

City:

Cat Lake First Nation

Province:

Ontario

To launch the ‘Journey of Hope’ program in Cat Lake First Nation, to provide mental health support to children coping with an ongoing housing and health emergency.

AUG 2019

Kelly & Dan Murray and Murray Auto Group

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To support an ongoing $3.5 million project aimed at building a permanent wildlife hospital and education centre. The Murray Education Centre. As well as the cheque, Murray Chevrolet donated a 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT to the centre for a three-year period.

AUG 2019

Rob MacDonald

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To support an ongoing $3.5 million project aimed at building a permanent wildlife hospital and education centre. The Murray Education Centre. As well as the cheque, Murray Chevrolet donated a 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT to the centre for a three-year period.

AUG 2019

Fran and Al Olsen

Gift:

Unknown

Recipient:

Norquest College

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

To support Norquest’s health related education programs and training. Olson Centre for Health Simulation. Fran Olson is a former nurse.

AUG 2019

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