Our major donors


Our major donors are individuals, families, businesses and foundations who together represent the many faces of generosity. By giving $1,000 or more every year to the Foundation, they are true ambassadors who help us believe that the impossible is within our grasp.

$12.5 Million to Beat Cancer

Thank you to our “Dynamic Dozen”!

The emotion in the room was palpable when an outstanding group gift of $12.5 million was presented to pediatric oncology in April 2015, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of 12 major donors, namely:

Leucan, the Fondation des Gouverneurs de l’espoir and the Fondation Néz pour vivre, the Rossy Family Foundation, CIBC, the Cole Foundation, Industrial Alliance, the Fondation Guy Laliberté, the Terry Fox Foundation, CSL Behring, Bayer and the Côté-Dion family.

This has enabled Sainte-Justine to announce a series of large-scale initiatives to support young cancer patients and their families based on 3 key priorities: personalized targeted therapy research, psychosocial oncology and a clinic to ease the transition to life as an adult cancer survivor.

It was also a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to Pierre Bruneau, whose unfaltering commitment to fighting childhood cancer has helped cement Sainte-Justine’s status as a leader in pediatric oncology, both here in Quebec and around the world.

We owe a profound debt of gratitude to each and every one of these amazing donors. Thank you!


Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation

Early intervention to develop each child’s potential to the fullest

Since its creation, the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation has endorsed a number of initiatives to help children reach their potential. It supports a number of innovative projects that encourage new practices to benefit families of children with special needs living in economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

The Chagnon Foundation joined forces with Sainte-Justine to donate $5 million to support the creation of the Children’s Neurodevelopmental Institute. The facility will be dedicated to the screening and early diagnosis of children with a neurodevelopmental disorder or brain condition and ensure a personalized, comprehensive approach to patient care and family services through the Quebec healthcare network.

Thank you to the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation for their extraordinary efforts. These contributions will help align the Institute with the CISSS/CIUSSS network to ensure access to early diagnosis and support services for children and their families.


$2 million to Improve Mental Health in Schools

Thank you to RBC Royal Bank!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of RBC Royal Bank, Sainte-Justine has begun laying the groundwork for a mental illness detection program in schools.

Based on a model that has yielded compelling results in a number of countries, this innovative program will be rolled out in some 30 high schools in Greater Montreal. Its aim will be the early detection and treatment of mental illness in 12- to-18-year olds.

We now know that 70% of mental illnesses develop in adolescence. RBC Royal Bank’s gift will therefore allow Sainte-Justine’s teams to intervene in a timelier manner to assist teenagers in need and, in so doing, have a considerable impact on the course of their life.

This is a project with long-term vision that promises to improve health and wellness in our communities. Thank you, RBC Royal Bank, for this life-changing gift.


Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation

Making the world a better place for our children

Taking care of the next generation and creating a safer world for “our children and grandchildren” was what motivated the Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation to make a generous contribution to the creation of Canada’s first centre for pediatric formulations.

Named in their honour in recognition of their exceptional commitment, The Rosalind and Morris Goodman Family Pediatric Formulations Centre of the CHU Sainte-Justine will ensure children have access to safe, effective drugs in pharmaceutical forms and formulations adapted specifically to their needs.

The outstanding gift from the Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation will be instrumental in changing the lives of thousands of sick children and their families. On their behalf, we extend our heartfelt thanks to them for helping to meet this important need and thereby improve future health outcomes.


A Commitment of $8.5 million since 1987

Thank you to the J.A. DeSève Foundation!

Cultivating knowledge. Protecting the future of generations to come. Leaving a legacy through the gift of philanthropy. These are some of the core values advocated by Joseph Alexandre DeSève throughout his life.

His vision and his determination were ahead of his time, and he understood that giving back to the community at large was vital to the development of our society.

Since his passing in 1968, the J.A. DeSève Foundation has upheld his mission and become a key figure in the Quebec philanthropic landscape.

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation is proud to have enjoyed the unflagging support of the J.A. DeSève Foundation since 1987. Driven by its steadfast belief in up-and-coming pediatric healthcare professionals, the J.A. DeSève Foundation has demonstrated its profound commitment to giving future generations the opportunity to flourish.

Thank you for working closely with us over the years.


Brain Canada Foundation

Big hopes for little brains

Preventing brain damage at birth can change an entire life. Cerebral palsy, autism, severe hyperactivity and developmental delay are often caused by a brain injury that occurs within the first weeks of life.

Sainte-Justine and the Unversité de Montréal have set up the Canadian Newborn Brain Imaging Platform to improve long-term outcomes for these children. The initiative has been made possible through the generous financial support of the Brain Canada Foundation. The platform will bring together, for the first time in Canada, clinicians, pediatric neurologists, neuroradiologists and scientists active in neonatology from across the country. They will share their knowledge and pool their expertise to investigate the origins of these defects, adopt best practices for early detection and develop more effective drugs.

On behalf of the children and families who will benefit from this hope-giving research, thank you to the Brain Canada Foundation!