Johanne Claveau, portfolio manager, vice-president, National Bank Financial – Wealth Management, Sylvie Cordeau, Vice President, Philanthropy and Sponsorships of Quebecor, Sandrine Bourlet, Vice-President Procurement and Merchandising, SAQ, Élaine Léger, Partner, Fasken and Lucie Drapeau, executive director, Foundation HMR.

Montréal, November 25, 2019 – Nearly 400 guests attended the 8th edition of the À Votre Santé! Champagne Evening, at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay, on Thursday, November 21st. The event enabled the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) Foundation to raise $305,460. This money will help support the Reprogram History campaign, spearheaded by Patrice L’Écuyer, and which aims to accelerate the development of stem cell treatments at the HMR.

For a 3rd consecutive year, the exclusively female Organizing Committee was chaired by Johanne Claveau, Portfolio Manager and Vice-president, National Bank Financial – Wealth Management. “The organization and success of this evening are the result of outstanding collaboration between 15 dynamic and engaged business women who were inspired by event founder and goodwill ambassador Dominique Michel’s commitment. We are deeply grateful to them,” said Lucie Drapeau, Executive Director of the HMR Foundation. 

In a festive ambiance, enlivened by DJ Miss Shelton, guests enjoyed three outstanding bottles of renowned Laurent-Perrier Champagne, paired with bite-sized delicacies by chef Marc-André Jetté. The HMR Foundation wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the evening’s presenting partner, the SAQ. Attending the event, Sandrine Bourlet, Vice-President, Procurement and Merchandising, mentioned: “It is important for the SAQ to play a role in Quebec society’s major issues, namely health care, by supporting the development of stem cell treatments at the HMR. It is a great honour to bring together Champagne lovers and philanthropists to support the HMR Foundation.”

The HMR Foundation also wishes to express its deepest gratitude to both major donor partners, Fasken and Quebecor, to event partner, National Bank Financial – Wealth Management, as well as to the honorary co-chairs of this 8th edition, Élaine Léger, Partner, Fasken, and Sylvie Cordeau, Vice President, Philanthropy and Sponsorships, Quebecor.

Reprogram history: Every day, stem cell treatments change lives.

Stems cells carry a natural strength within them. It is this power that is harnessed for cellular therapy. These “living drugs” work more effectively and have fewer side effects than traditional treatments, and they help cure serious diseases that have been incurable until now such as certain cancers and soon they will help to cure kidney or eye diseases, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Cellular therapy represents one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the 21st century.

Decades of work and investments, recruitment of specialized professionals and the ongoing financial support of the HMR Foundation, which has donated $35 million to support medical breakthroughs over the years, have enabled the HMR to develop world-renowned medical expertise, leading to its recent designations as a Hematology-Oncology and Cellular Therapy University Institute. However, this research requires significant and ongoing means to keep moving forward. The funds raised by the HMR Foundation will provide the HMR Research Centre with the much-needed space, equipment and resources to build its capacity to translate these discoveries into new treatments for even more patients.

About the HMR Foundation

As a key partner for the past 40 years, the HMR Foundation has supported the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) in its strategic development orientations in order to respond more effectively to patient needs. Deeply committed to making a difference, the Foundation supports projects focusing on the ongoing improvement of patient care, the development of teaching and the expansion of 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.

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Chloée Bernos – Senior Coordinator, Communications, Foundation HMR

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