CIFAR is grateful to its partners and donors for helping to connect the best minds for a better world. This list recognizes annual contributions to CIFAR between July 1, 2015, and  June 30, 2016, and current multi-year commitments of $10,000 or more.

CIFAR Visionary ($50,000 and above)

$25 million

Government of Canada*

$10 million +

Azrieli Foundation
Brain Canada Foundation through the Canada Brain Research Fund
Government of Ontario*

$2 million +

Government of British Columbia*
The Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Foundation
Richard W. and Donna Ivey*
(1 Anonymous Donor)

$1,000,000 to $1,999,999

BMO Financial Group*
Genome Canada
Government of Alberta*
Jerry and Geraldine Heffernan*
Margaret and Wallace McCain*
Power Corporation of Canada

$500,000 to $999,999

Fonds de recherche du Québec
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Maxine Granovsky and Ira Gluskin*
The Estate of Beryl M. Ivey
Richard M. Ivey*
Michael and Sonja Koerner*
R.Howard Webster Foundation*
RBC Foundation*
Trottier Family Foundation*
Western University
(1 Anonymous Donor)

$200,000 to $499,999

Chris and David Dodge*
George A. Fierheller*
Genome British Columbia
Google Inc.
Anthony R.M. Graham*
The Henry White Kinnear Foundation*
Magna International Inc.
Max Bell Foundation*
Metcalf Foundation*

$100,000 to $199,999

The Alva Foundation
Chisholm Thomson Family Foundation
Crabtree Foundation
Bruno Ducharme*
George Weston Limited*
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life*
Chaviva M. Hošek*
Céline and Jacques Lamarre
Barbara Stymiest*
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation*

$50,000 to $99,999

The Arthur J.E. Child Foundation
Peter Bentley*
Bruce H. Mitchell Foundation*
Flair Foundation
Geoffrey Hinton
The Estate of E. Sydney Jackson, and Edmond Patrick Maloney
The McLean Foundation*
Richard and Donna Ivey Fund at Toronto Foundation*

CIFAR Leader

$25,000 to $49,999

John and Mary Barnett*
Alan Bernstein and JoAnn Breitman*
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Val and Dick Bradshaw
Fiera Capital Corporation*
Jon and Nancy Love Foundation at Toronto Foundation
Stephen Lister and Dr. Molly Rundle*
Patricia Meredith and Stephen Karam*
Kara M. Spence*
The Young Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation*
(1 Anonymous Donor)

CIFAR Insider

$10,000 to $24,999

Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation
Arrell Family Foundation
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Jim Dinning and Evelyn Main
Brenda Eaton*
Morten N. Friis
Lindsay Gordon
Nancy and Richard Hamm*
Charles Hantho and Eileen Mercier*
Joe and Marie Heffernan*
The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation
Sheryl and David Kerr*
Julia and Gilles Ouellette*
Lawrence Pentland and Nora Aufreiter
Alfred Wirth*
Martha Piper*
Janet and Bill Young*
William L. Young and Ruth T. Dowling

CIFAR Partner

$5,000 to $9,999

Frank and Julie Barker*
William R.C. Blundell*
Canada Colors & Chemicals Limited
The Elizabeth and Tony Comper Foundation*
Barnie Cowan
Pierre Ducros*
Charles Fischer and Joanne Cuthbertson
Derek and Adrienne Fisher*
Doug and Ruth Grant*
Richard F. Haskayne*
Rosamond Ivey*
Suzanne Ivey Cook*
Trisha Jackson in memory of  E. Sydney Jackson*
Jacqueline Koerner
Robin Korthals*
R and J Stern Family Foundation
C. Douglas Reekie*
Penny Rubinoff through the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto
Brian Shaw
Allan and Shirley Taylor*
Michael and Renae Tims
Daniel Trefler*
Jane M. Wilson*
(1 Anonymous Donor)

CIFAR Member

$2,000 to $4,999

James C. Baillie*
P. Bowie
Clairvest Group Inc.*
Dominic D’Alessandro
Sue and Fred Dalley
David Dime
Rob Dowsett and Anne Folger*
Oliver Ernst
John T. Ferguson
Rebecca Finlay and Gordon Koch*
Ralph and Roz Halbert*
Harold Giles
JC Clark Ltd. in honour of Tim Casgrain
Janet E. Halliwell
John F. and Judith I. Helliwell*
Jim Hinds
The Jon and Laura Hantho Family Foundation
Vahan and Susie Kololian*
Michèle Lamont*
J. Spencer Lanthier*
Michael Mackenzie*
Sabi Marwah*
Paul and Martha McLean*
Serena Raab Goitanich and Frank Goitanich
Pekka and Pat Sinervo*
Carol Mitchell and Richard Venn*
John A.Vivash
(3 Anonymous Donors)

CIFAR’s Broader Community of Supporters


$1,000 to $1,999

Beverley Brennan*
David Cory
Pierre Fortin*
Elizabeth Gerrits and Gordon Evans*
Heather Gordon*
Peter A. Hall*
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Jessica Kamphorst and Alex Whitehead*
Helen Kearns
John and Maggie Mitchell*
Roger and Maureen Parkinson
Pirie Foundation*
Heather Rae Johnson
Gail Regan*
Barrie D. Rose, Karen Solomon and Family*
Stephen Scherer
Louis Taillefer and Louise Brisson*
Stephen Toope
D.Lorne Tyrrell
(2 Anonymous Donors)


$500 to $999

AMSSA in recognition of John Helliwell
Kathryn Angus
Yoshua Bengio
Gérard Bouchard
Aqueduct Foundation – Brooks Family Charitable Fund*
Peter Farwell in memory of Sydney Jackson
David Hartwick*
Frank and Nancy Iacobucci
David H. Laidley*
Scott and Sara Lamb
Robert McGavin and Kerry Adams
Aimee C. Park*
Dr. Ronald Pearlman*
RBC Employee Volunteer Grant Program
Research Money in recognition of John Helliwell
Eldar Shafir
Elizabeth and Hugo Sonnenschein*
Stovel Family Foundation in honour of E. Sydney Jackson
Hugh Wright*  
(2 Anonymous Donors)


$100 to $499

Jonathon Alsop
David J.R. Angell*
Éric Archambault and Johanna Kratz
Dr. Patricia Baird*
Karen Baker-MacGrotty
Ronald and Marilyn Barr*
Brent Barron
Alexandre Blais
Irene Bloemraad
Nyla Branscombe
Gwen Burrows
Wendy M. Cecil*
Amy Cook*
Marie Day
Mauricio Drelichman
Paula Driedger
Lesley Evans*
James Fearon
Brian and Pat Flood in memory of Sydney Jackson
Marc Frigault
Dr. Joseph Glaister*
David Goldbloom, OC, MD, FRCPC*
Steve Goudge*
Michael W. Gray
David and Annette Grier*
Carole Hall in memory of Sydney Jackson
Dennis Heller
Peter A. Herrndorf*
Russell Hiscock
Nancy Howe*
June Hulbert
Joan Johnston
Stephen Julian
Victoria Kaspi
Nikolay Kazantsev
Bryan Kolb
Eva Kushner, OC, FRSC*
Mariko and Suneel Manhas
Gail Martin
Thom McDade
D. McQ Shaver*
Michael Meaney
Simon Miles*
Jonathon Millard*
Paul and Carolyn Milne in memory of Sydney Jackson
Fiona Nelson*
Lara and Paul O’Donnell
Lana Paton
Michel Pioro-Ladrière
Gilbert Reid in memory of E. Sydney Jackson
Donald S. Rickerd*
David Sankoff*
Jenna Scott and Ted Heagle
T. Ann Smiley*
Laurie Stovel in memory of Sydney Jackson
Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire*
Joseph Thywissen
Jane Vining
Allan A. Warrack*
(14 Anonymous Donors)

* indicates donors who have given consecutively for five or more years

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CIFAR wishes to thank the following Federal and Provincial Government representatives for investing in CIFAR’s global excellence and innovation.


Government of Canada

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Global Affairs Canada
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Government of Alberta

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Government of British Columbia

Ministry of Health

Government of Ontario

Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

Gouvernement du Québec

Fonds de recherche du Québec


Government of France