The Royal is eastern Ontario’s largest and one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health sciences centres. Our mandate is simple: to get more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment-resistant mental illness.
At The Royal, care informs research and research informs care. We use cutting-edge research platforms – including brain imaging and translational neuroscience – all of which promise to improve both our understanding and treatment of mental illness.
Our reputation as an innovative and effective mental health leader, along with the establishment of our Brain Imaging Centre (BIC), has enabled us to attract some of the brightest research minds from around the world.
The field of mental health is the most complicated health challenge our society faces today. With every affected individual displaying symptoms that are unique to them, successful diagnosis and treatment rates are just too low. By supporting The Royal, you are a part of a revolution in mental health research and patient care. Together, we can shift the landscape of mental health in our community and in Canada. Better research means better care.
At a glance
Year founded: 1979
Geographic region of focus: Ottawa
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $5,974,121
Top funding sources:
- Individual donations: 47%
- Organizations: 43%
- Foundations: 10%
How you can help
This week, 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to a mental illness. Mental illness causes more lost work days than any other chronic condition. The estimated annual cost of mental health disorders to the Canadian economy is a staggering $51 billion.
Mental health treatment currently stands where we were with cancer or heart disease treatment decades ago. There is still so much that we don’t know about the brain and its connections to the mind. We know that mental illness develops when there are “malfunctioning” circuits in the brain, but we still need to understand why, when and how this is happening, in order to offer more personalized and effective care.
This is where research comes in.
At The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), our scientists are hard at work making innovative discoveries that are helping to close existing knowledge gaps, and are contributing to improved, evidence-based mental health care for individuals in our community and beyond.
The Royal's BIC is helping us to understand and characterize mental illness in ways that we have never been able to previously. In a ground-breaking new study, Dr. Pierre Blier and his research team were able to demonstrate that not only can ketamine be effective in rapidly treating those with severe depression or suicidal ideation – but that it can also have significant and prolonged effects. With the knowledge of ketamine’s sustained effectiveness in hand, Dr. Blier and a team of scientists and clinicians at The Royal are working to determine how ketamine treatment measures up to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) – the current “gold standard” treatment for those with difficult-to-treat depression.
Just like we can forecast heart disease through cholesterol tests, or cancer through mammograms, our scientists are working to develop the capacity to help prevent mental illness from developing in the first place. Gifts to The Royal can be directed to patient care, research, education or priority needs of the hospital.
Events and fundraising
The Inspiration Awards, March 6, 2020
The Royal’s Inspiration Awards is one of Ottawa’s premier social events, with more than 550 leaders in the corporate, political and non-profit sectors. As a corporate sponsor you will receive prominent logo visibility in advertisements, newsletters and social media, reaching thousands of businesses and individuals. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor for our 2020 Inspiration Awards, please contact us at 613-722-5261 x 6707 to learn about our sponsorship levels.
There’s Power in the Purple
As DIFD Mach-Gaensslen Chair in Suicide Prevention Research at The Royal’s IMHR, Dr. Zachary Kaminsky is making major strides towards helping to better predict risk of suicide and depression, and potentially save lives. Using artificial intelligence, he has built an algorithm that analyzes speech patterns and psychological concepts related to suicide to effectively identify Twitter users at high risk of suicide. He is now working closely with community and clinical stakeholders to identify how this innovative suicide prevention tool can be best rolled out to support individuals, and strategically allocate resources where needed.
Board members and executives
Partner, Soloway Wright LLP
President and CEO, Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health
President and CEO, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
Owner, Barres and Wheels
Area sales manager, CIBC
Gordon Cudney (Chair)
Partner, Gowling WLG
Partner, Gowling WLG
Executive director, Ottawa Community Loan Fund
Portfolio manager, CIBC Private Wealth Management
Ernie Laporte (Past chair)
Regional vice-president, Great West Life
Partner, Team Bennett & Lefebvre
Principal, G. Michael Simpson Professional Corporation
Vice-president, United Malwood Merchants
Senior vice-president, brand and business development, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
Andrew Milne (Vice-chair)
McIntyre & Associates, Professional Corporation
Founder and CEO, MondouxRollins Partners Inc.
Director, leasing and business development, Sakto Corporation
Colleen O’Connell-Campbell (Treasurer)
Wealth advisor, RBC DS
Regional president Quebec and Eastern Ontario, BMO Bank of Montreal
David Prime (Secretary)
Partner, BDO Canada LLP
Chief financial officer, Modern Niagara Group
News anchor, CTV Ottawa
President, Ron Eastern Construction Ltd.