Partners & Supporters

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, 2016 and December 31, 2017, 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 Visionary ($50,000 and above)

$35 million

Government of Canada*

$10 million +

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

$3 million to $5 million

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture
Government of British Columbia*
The Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Foundation

$2 million+

Richard W. and Donna Ivey*
(1 Anonymous Donor)

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

BMO Financial Group*
Genome Canada
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Government of Alberta*
Jerry and Geraldine Heffernan*
Margaret and Wallace McCain*
Power Corporation of Canada
(1 Anonymous Donor)

$500,000 to $999,999

The Estate of Beryl M. Ivey
Richard M. Ivey*
Michael and Sonja Koerner*
RBC Foundation*
Trottier Family Foundation*
Western University

$200,000 to $499,999

Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Endowment Fund at the Calgary Foundation
Chris and David Dodge*
George A. Fierheller*
Genome British Columbia
Google Inc.
The Henry White Kinnear Foundation*
Ivey Foundation*
Jon and Nancy Love Foundation at Toronto Foundation
Magna International Inc.
Max Bell Foundation*
Metcalf Foundation*
SDSN Association

$100,000 to $199,999

The Alva Foundation
Chisholm Thomson Family Foundation
George Weston Limited*
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life*
Céline and Jacques Lamarre*
R. Howard Webster Foundation*
Barbara Stymiest*
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation* 

$50,000 to $99,999

John and Mary Barnett*
Peter Bentley*
Bruce H. Mitchell Foundation*
Crabtree Foundation
The Estate of E. Sydney Jackson, and Edmond Patrick Maloney
Flair Foundation
Richard and Donna Ivey Fund at Toronto Foundation*

CIFAR Leader ($25,000 to $49,999)

Alan Bernstein and JoAnn Breitman*
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Val and Dick Bradshaw
Olivier Desmarais
Fiera Capital Corporation*
Jarislowsky Fraser Partners Foundation

Donald K. Johnson
Stephen Lister and Dr. Molly Rundle*
Patricia Meredith and Stephen Karam*
The Miriam Foundation and the See Things My Way Centre for Innovation in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
The Young Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation*


CIFAR Insider ($10,000 to $24,999)

Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation*
Arrell Family Foundation
Guy Burry
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Jim Dinning and Evelyn Main
Brenda Eaton*
Morten N. Friis
Liz and Lindsay Gordon
Anthony R.M. Graham*
Nancy and Richard Hamm*
Charles Hantho and Eileen Mercier*
Jon and Laura Hantho

Joe and Marie Heffernan*
Trisha Jackson in memory of E. Sydney Jackson*
The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation*
Sheryl and David Kerr*
The McLean Foundation*
Julia and Gilles Ouellette*
Lawrence Pentland and Nora Aufreiter
Jane M. Wilson*
Alfred G. Wirth*
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*
Pierre Boivin
Barnie Cowan
David Dime and Elisa Nuyten
Pierre Ducros*
Charles Fischer and Joanne Cuthbertson
Derek and Adrienne Fisher*
Doug and Ruth Grant*
Dick and Lois Haskayne*
Jim Hinds
Rosamond Ivey*
Suzanne Ivey Cook*
W. Robert Keyes & Barb L. Jackson in memory of E. Sydney Jackson
Jacqueline Koerner*
A. Anne McLellan
R and J Stern Family Foundation*
C. Douglas Reekie*
Barrie D. Rose, Karen Solomon and Family*
Brian Shaw
Kara M. Spence*
Allan and Shirley Taylor*
Michael and Renae Tims*
Daniel Trefler*


CIFAR Member ($2,000 to $4,999)

James C. Baillie & Elizabeth Kocmur*
Arnaud Bellens
Peter Bowie
Bristol Gate Capital Partners
Clairvest Group Inc.*
Dominic D'Alessandro*
Rob Dowsett and Anne Folger*
John T. Ferguson*
Rebecca Finlay and Gordon Koch*
Susan Fox and Mike Schnekenburger
Harold Giles
John F. and Judith I. Helliwell*
JC Clark Ltd. in honour of Tim Casgrain
Carol D. Kirsh

Vahan and Susie Kololian*
Claude Lamoureux
J. Spencer Lanthier*
Michael Mackenzie*
Sabi Marwah*
Paul and Martha McLean*
Carol Mitchell and Richard Venn*
Serena Raab Goitanich and Frank Goitanich
Linda Reed
Margot Ritchie
Penny Rubinoff
Peter G. Schmidt
John Vivash
(2 Anonymous Donors)


CIFAR’s Broader Community of Supporters

Patrons ($1,000 to $1,999)

Beverley Brennan*
David Cory
Pierre Fortin*
Elizabeth Gerrits and Gordon Evans*
Heather Gordon*
S. Griffiths and T. Connell
Jamie Hall
Peter A. Hall*
Janet E. Halliwell
John Hepburn and Sandy Ingham
Gil Holder
Digvir and Manju Jayas
Jessica Kamphorst and Alex Whitehead*
Helen Kearns
David H. Laidley*
Michèle Lamont*
John and Sidney Madden*
John and Maggie Mitchell*
Roger and Maureen Parkinson*
Eric and Lana Paton
Gail Regan*
Michael Rudd
Stephen Scherer*
Pekka and Pat Sinervo*
Louis Taillefer and Louise Brisson*
Stephen Toope
D. Lorne Tyrrell*
(1 Anonymous Donor)

Supporters ($500 to $999)

Kathryn Angus
Aqueduct Foundation - Brooks Family Charitable Trust*
Yoshua Bengio
Gérard Bouchard
Joseph and Katherine Emerson
David Hartwick*
Catherine Kallin
Scott and Sara Lamb*
Robert McGavin and Kerry Adams
Aimee C. Park*
Dr. Ronald Pearlman*
David Poulin
Elizabeth and Hugo Sonnenschein*
(1 Anonymous Donor)

Friends (Up to $499)

David Angell*
Éric Archambault and Johanna Kratz
Alán Aspuru-Guzik
Robert H. Austin
Dr. Patricia Baird*
Karen Baker-MacGrotty*
Brent Barron
Harry Baumann*
Curtis P. Berlinguette
Alexandre Blais
Michel Bouvier
Tom Boyce
Gwen Burrows
Kristen Carscallen in honour of Barbara Stymiest
Tracey Church
Naomi Cohen
William Coish
Hillary Connolly
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
Graham Consulting ULC*
Michael W. Gray
Dennis Heller
Peter A. Herrndorf*
Russell Hiscock
Nancy Howe*
Karen M. Hughes and Bruce D. Gaulin
June Hulbert
Frank and Nancy Iacobucci
Atsushi Iriki
Joan Johnston*
Stephen Julian*
Ingrid Kern
Bryan Kolb
Mariko Kojima Manhas
Graeme Luke
Michael Manthorpe
Gail Martin
D. McQ Shaver*
Michele Mosca
Simon Miles*
Ireti Ojo
Bruno Olshausen
Rachel Parker
Aniruddh D. Patel in honour of Gerald M. Edelman
Donald Rickerd
David Sankoff*
Barry C. Sanders*
G. Sawatzky
Jenna Scott*
Eldar Shafir
Josef Sivic
Alison Smiley in memory of Donald V. Smiley*
T. Ann Smiley*
Sam Sutherland
Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire*
Joseph Thywissen*
Allan A. Warrack*
Janet Werker
Marion York
Kelly Zorzi
(9 Anonymous Donors)


CIFAR wishes to thank the following governments 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 – Nature et technologies
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture



Government of France


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

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