CIFAR Supporters

CIFAR is grateful and thankful to its partners and donors. This list recognizes annual contributions to CIFAR between July 1, 2017, and April 1, 2019, and current multi-year commitments of $10,000 or more.

CIFAR is also pleased to recognize an additional $125 million investment in CIFAR by the Government of Canada dedicated to the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy.

CIFAR Benefactors

The Benefactors Circle recognizes the extraordinary philanthropic commitments of donors whose cumulative giving exceeds $1,000,000 since 1985.


The Late Gerald G. Hatch
Jerry Heffernan
Richard M. Ivey
Richard W. and Donna Ivey
Michael and Sonja Koerner
Joseph and Wolf Lebovic
Margaret and Wallace McCain

Corporations, Foundations & Institutions

Azrieli Foundation
BMO Financial Group
Canadian Pacific Limited
Henry White Kinnear Foundation
Ivey Foundation
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
LAC Minerals Limited
Lawson Foundation
Max Bell Foundation
MD Robotics 
Molson Foundation
Power Corporation of Canada
R. Howard Webster Foundation
Vale Inco Limited

Current Supporters

This list recognizes annual contributions to CIFAR between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, and current multi-year commitments of $10,000 or more.

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


$1,000,000 and above

Jerry Heffernan*
Richard W. and Donna Ivey*
The Lawrence and Judy Tanenbaum Family Foundation*
Joseph and Wolf Lebovic

$500,000 - $999,999
Richard M. Ivey*
Michael and Sonja Koerner*
Trottier Family Foundation*

$100,000 - $499,999

Chisholm Thomson Family Foundation
David A. Dodge*
George A. Fierheller*
The Estate of Beryl M. Ivey
Céline and Jacques Lamarre*
Jon and Nancy Love Foundation at Toronto Foundation
Barbara Stymiest*


$50,000 - $99,999

Peter Bentley*
Bruce H. Mitchell Foundation*
TheYoung Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation*

$25,000 - $49,999

Arrell Family Foundation
John and Mary Barnett*
Alan Bernstein and JoAnn Breitman*
Val and Dick Bradshaw
Olivier Desmarais
Richard and Donna Ivey Fund at Toronto Foundation*
Donald K. Johnson
Stephen Lister and Dr. Molly Rundle*
Patricia Meredith and Stephen Karam*
Kara M. Spence*
The Whitmer Trudel Charitable Foundation

Knowledge Circle

$10,000 - $24,999

Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation*
Brenda Eaton*
Morten N. Friis
Lindsay Gordon
Anthony R.M. Graham*
Nancy and Richard Hamm*
Charles Hantho and Eileen Mercier*
Jon and Laura Hantho
Joe Heffernan
Sheryl and David Kerr*
Julia and Gilles Ouellette*
Lawrence Pentland and Nora Aufreiter
Alfred G. Wirth*
Janet and Bill Young*
William L. Young and Ruth T. Dowling*

$5,000 - $9,999

James C. Baillie & Elizabeth Kocmur*
Frank and Julie Barker*
Bill Blundell*
Pierre Boivin
Scott Bonham
Barnie Cowan
David Dime
Pierre Ducros*
Charles Fischer and Joanne Cuthbertson


Derek and Adrienne Fisher*
Dick and Lois Haskayne*
John F. and Judith I. Helliwell*
Jim Hinds
Rosamond Ivey*
Suzanne Ivey Cook*
Trisha Jackson in memory of E. Sydney Jackson*
Barbara L. Jackson and W. Robert Keyes
Jacqueline Koerner*
A. Anne McLellan
Midloch Foundation
C. Douglas Reekie*
Barrie D. Rose, Karen Solomon and Family*
Brian Shaw
Allan and Shirley Taylor*
Daniel Trefler*
Jane M. Wilson*

$2,000 - $4,999

Arnaud Bellens
Peter Bowie
Tim Casgrain
Dominic D'Alessandro*
Rob Dowsett and Anne Folger*
Rebecca Finlay and Gordon Koch*
Susan Fox and Mike Schnekenburger
John Hepburn
Marietta Hurst*
Carol D. Kirsh
Vahan and Susie Kololian*
Claude Lamoureux
The Linda Judith Reed Foundation
Michael Mackenzie*
John and Maggie Mitchell*
Penny Rubinoff
Peter G. Schmidt
Dr. Ananth Seshan
Michael and Renae Tims*
John Vivash
Anonymous (2)


$1,000 - $1,999

Beverley Brennan*
Pierre Fortin*
Elizabeth Gerrits and Gordon Evans*
Heather Gordon and Ken Mains*
S. Griffiths and T. Connell
Jamie Hall
Peter A. Hall*
Janet E. Halliwell
Gil Holder
Digvir and Manju Jayas
David H. Laidley*
John and Sidney Madden*
Roger and Maureen Parkinson*
Eric and Lana Paton
Gail Regan*
Michael Rudd
Louis Taillefer and Louise Brisson*
D. Lorne Tyrrell*

$500 - $999

Gérard Bouchard
Tom Boyce
David Hartwick*
Joan Johnston*
Robert McGavin and Kerry Adams
Troy and Rosalyn Manthorpe
Dr. Ronald Pearlman
David Poulin
Robert Brooks Charitable Trust*
Elizabeth and Hugo Sonnenschein*
Elissa Strome

Up to $499

David Angell*
Robert H. Austin
Dr. Patricia Baird*
Harry Baumann*
Gwen Burrows
Kristen Carscallen in honour of Barbara Stymiest
Tracey Church
Amy Cook*
Marie Day
Mauricio Drelichman
Catherine Drennan
Paula Driedger*
Lesley Evans*
James Fearon*
Margaret Fukunaga in memory of Karen Fukunaga
David S. Goldbloom, OC, MD, FRCPC*
Hon. Stephen Goudge
Dennis Heller
Russell Hiscock
Nancy Howe*
June Hulbert
Nancy E. Iacobucci
Atsushi Iriki
Mimosa Kabir
Jessica Kamphorst and Alex Whitehead*
Pamela Kanellis
Victoria Kaspi
Bryan Kolb
Catherine Letendre-Perreault
Graeme Luke
Gail Martin*
Michele Mosca
Simon Miles*
Ireti Ojo
Bruno Olshausen
Rachel Parker
Aniruddh D. Patel in honour of Oliver Sacks
G. Sawatzky
Jenna Scott*
Eldar Shafir
Jameel Shaikh
Alison Smiley in memory of Donald V. Smiley*
T. Ann Smiley*
Jacqui Sullivan
Sam Sutherland
Thomas Szkopek
Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire*
Janet Werker
Marion York
Kelly Zorzi*
Anonymous (7)

Corporations, Foundations & Institutions

$10,000,000 and above

Azrieli Foundation
Brain Canada Foundation through the Canada Brain Research Fund

$1,000,000 - $9,999,999

BMO Financial Group
Genome Canada
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Power Corporation of Canada
RBC Foundation*

$100,000 - $999,999

Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Endowment Fund at the Calgary Foundation
Genome British Columbia
George Weston Limited*
Canada Life*
The Henry White Kinnear Foundation*
Ivey Foundation*
Magna International Inc.
Max Bell Foundation*
Metcalf Foundation*
R. Howard Webster Foundation*
SDSN Association
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation*
Western University

Up to $99,999

Bristol Gate Capital Partners
Clairvest Group Inc.*
CPA Canada in honour of John Helliwell
Crabtree Foundation
Fiera Capital Corporation*
Flair Foundation
Jacobs Foundation
The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation*
The McLean Foundation*
The Miriam Foundation and the See Things My Way Centre for Innovation in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities


CIFAR wishes to thank the following governments for investing in CIFAR’s global excellence and innovation.


Government of Canada

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

Government of Alberta

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Government of British Columbia

Ministry of Health

Gouvernement du Québec

Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture


Government of France

Centre national de la recherche scientifique

Government of the United Kingdom

UK Research and Innovation

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