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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


Jean Laurin

1988 – 1997

Gilles Jarry

1982 – 1988

John H. Sullivan