The Ottawa Hospital Foundation

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This profile originally appeared in the 2019-20 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation raises funds to support cutting-edge research and patient care at The Ottawa Hospital. Canada’s busiest academic health-care centre is also one of the top five research hospitals in the country, and the funds we transfer to the hospital changes the lives of millions of Canadians every year. 

From world-first research breakthroughs that move quickly from lab to bedside to tackling the most complex health-care issues with compassion, our Foundation helps ensure our people are equipped with the very best to succeed so that when you or your loved ones need care, The Ottawa Hospital is ready.

At a glance

Year founded: 1999

Geographic region of focus: Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Nunavut

Total transferred to Hospital in last fiscal year 18-19: $17.4 million

Top funding sources: 

  • Individual: 49%
  • Corporate: 25%
  • Other charities: 13%
  • Endowments: 9%
  • Other sources: 4%
At The Ottawa Hospital Gala presented by First Avenue Investment Counsel held annually in the fall, we celebrate research and the achievements of three incredible researchers whose work is transforming health care.

How you can help


Throughout the coming decade, we will embark on a quest that will change Ottawa’s health-care landscape for the next century as we build a new hospital for our community. Our goal is, and will remain, providing exceptional care to every patient who walks through our doors. To do so, we must continue to fund research, equipment and care – not all of which is covered by the province. 

With community support we can continue to buy new, cutting-edge equipment to treat our patients, enable our researchers to lead world-first clinical trials, and develop better therapies and cures for the most debilitating diseases. 


Many volunteer opportunities exist throughout the year. Visit to learn more.

Events and fundraising

From running to cycling to posh gala evenings, we have something for everyone! Be a part of it!

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A sold-out crowd was brought to their feet when Dr. Natasha Kekre and Dr. Arleigh McCurdy were announced the winners of The Ottawa Hospital’s Dancing with the Docs Gala, presented by MD Financial Management, on April 6, 2019.

The Ottawa Hospital Gala – Annually October/November

Our VIP black-tie event that draws together a community of business people and influencers to celebrate our leading researchers and their accomplishments.

Dancing with the Docs Gala – May 30, 2020

Gala event where physicians and researchers at the hospital are paired with professional dancers to compete in our glitzy and highly entertaining ballroom dance competition.

Board members and executives

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President and CEO Tim Kluke (Left); Chair of the board Michael Runia

Subhas Bhargava

Susan M. W. Cartwright

Jeffrey W. Clarke

Bryce Conrad

Kevin Ford

Whitney Fox

Sandra Goldberg

James Harmon

Mitchell Kurylowicz

Michael McGahan

Dr. Pradeep Merchant

Megan Paterson

Natalie Raffoul

Ross Rowan-Legg

Tim Saunders

Julie Taggart

Fundraising priorities 

  • Our new hospital – Support the future of health care in Ottawa with the construction of our new state-of-the-art campus on Carling Avenue. 
  • Research – Advance our research and clinical trials aimed at discovering new ways to improve patient care across all diseases.
  • Equipment – Help provide the newest equipment and technological innovations that will maintain world-class health care and research for cancer and other diseases.

Get in touch

737 Parkdale Ave., 1st Floor
Box 610 Ottawa, Ont.
K1Y 1J8

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