Mission and history

A source of healing since 1978

As a key partner, the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) Foundation has supported the HMR in its strategic development planning in order to respond more effectively to patient needs since 1978.

Strongly determined to make a difference, the Foundation supports projects for the ongoing improvement of patient care, to enhance teaching and to expand research. The Foundation solicits the financial support of individual donors, private foundations, partners and corporations. Collectively, they recognize the excellence of care provided to patients at the HMR, an outstanding hospital centre affiliated with the Université de Montréal.

Providing better care over time

2016

Creation of the Centre for Commercialization of Cancer Immunotherapy (C3i). The HMR Foundation receives a major donation of $15 million from the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program, and close to $35 million from academic and industrial partners.

2014

Launch of the CellCAN Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Network. An initial donation of $400,000 from Ronald and Herbert Black leads to a total of $3 million being raised, including $2 million from the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada.

2013

Inauguration of the Centre of Excellence for Cellular Therapy (CETC). The HMR Foundation provides $8 million in financial support for this innovative project, or 40% of the total construction budget, making it the second largest contributor to the CETC.

2012

Creation of the Université de Montréal Myeloma Canada Chair on multiple myeloma at HMR. This $3-M research chair aims to improve patient care by advancing clinical and basic research.

2010

Construction of a new floor in the Polyclinique building to house the ophthalmology research laboratories, which will be home to the holder of the Léopoldine A. Wolfe Chair. State-of-the-art research laboratories were also made possible by an exceptional donation from the Antoine-Turmel Foundation.

2008

Creation of the Université de Montréal Léopoldine A. Wolfe Chair on age-related macular degeneration at HMR.

2006

End of the “Grandissons de toutes nos forces” major campaign, which exceeded its goal of $15 M.

2001

François Duffar, president of Groupe Cossette Communication, becomes the spokesperson for a third major campaign: “Grandissons de toutes nos forces.”

1989

Creation of Polyservices Maisonneuve-Rosemont inc., a non-profit organization set up to generate revenue for the HMR Foundation through the rental of offices and parking lots.

1986

Launch of a second major campaign, with Guy Bernier, president of the Fédération des caisses populaires de Montréal et de l’Ouest du Québec, at the helm.

1982

Ronald Corey, president of the Montréal Canadiens hockey club, organizes the first major fundraising campaign.

1978

Creation of then “Fondation hospitalière Maisonneuve-Rosemont.” John H. Sullivan is appointed Chair of the first Board of Directors, comprised mostly of business people. A major event, “Gala Maxim’s de Paris,” held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Montréal, is a tremendous success.

Chairs of the Foundation

2017 –

Pierre Nelis

2013 – 2017

Jean Laurin

2007 – 2013

Jean Claude Baudinet

1997-2007

Jean Laurin

1988 – 1997

Gilles Jarry

1982 – 1988

John H. Sullivan