Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

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

Almost every hour, someone in our community is diagnosed with cancer. These are our friends, neighbours and family members, and we want to make sure they receive the best cancer care and treatment right here at home. The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is exclusively dedicated to improving and saving the lives of people touched by cancer in our community. We are constantly supporting advances in local cancer care, research and clinical trials to change the lives of families facing cancer in the Ottawa region.

At a glance

Year founded: 1995

Geographic region of focus: Eastern Ontario, with every dollar raised staying in our community.

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,850,977

Top funding sources: 

  • Leadership Giving: 35%
  • Corporate Donors & Events: 34%
  • Gifts and Bequests: 29%
  • Other: 2%

How you can help


100 per cent of money raised in this community stays in this community. When you donate to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, you are putting your trust in us, and we take that responsibility seriously. We are committed to the most important issues in the field of cancer care and will always direct funds to the areas where they will have the greatest impact for families facing cancer in our region.

Giving to Cancer Coaching improves lives: More than 7,000 visits to the Cancer Foundation's Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre for Cancer Survivorship occur each year. Cancer patients and their families are able to receive the guidance, tools, resources and support they need to better manage the stress and challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Giving to clinical trials saves lives: Clinical trials not only help researchers better understand cancer and the many approaches to treating it, they help to save lives. The Cancer Foundation has supported every single clinical trial opened in Ottawa for the past eight years, ensuring our community has access to the newest and best treatment options right here at home. 

Giving to local research gives hope: Helping local scientists bring their discoveries from bench to bedside helps patients get the treatment they need sooner. Thanks to a strong community of scientists and the funding of local fellowship programs we are bringing some of the world’s best researchers here to our community.

Ways to give

Cancer Champions Breakfast: Not many people can say they changed a life on the way to work. But, for the past 10 years, guests of the annual Cancer Champions Breakfast have done just that by raising nearly $4 million in support of local clinical trials, research and the Cancer Coaching services developed by the Cancer Foundation. 

The Cancer Champions Breakfast is an incredible networking event where you can connect with other community-minded business leaders and local experts in the cancer field. Join us for the 2020 breakfast and help lead the way in giving back to support the 30,000 people in our community currently undergoing cancer treatment and the additional 8,000 people who will learn that cancer has made its way into their lives this year.
Contact: Paula Muldoon at   

Champions Breakfast

Monthly giving: For just $83.33/month, you can give the gift of Cancer Coaching to a family throughout their entire experience with cancer.

Crush it for Cancer: On March 28, 2020 join us for a high-energy fitness and wellness event where you can crush it for cancer. Contact Kelly MacNaull: 

Leaving a gift in your will: What do you want your legacy to be? We will work with you to create a plan that is meaningful to you.

Corporate giving: Set up a payroll deduction campaign at your business. Sponsor an event or direct existing fundraising efforts to support local families facing cancer.

Leadership Giving: Stand out. You can become a leader in your community and make an extraordinary gift through our Cancer Champions Campaign.
Contact Josée Quenneville: 

Board members and executives

Eagan and Marcotte
President and CEO Linda Eagen; Chair of the board Carl Marcotte

Carl Marcotte (Chair)
President and CEO, Canadian Commercial Corp.

Cory P. Ready (Past chair)
Portfolio manager, TTR & Associates – BMO Nesbitt Burns

Canadace Enman (Vice chair)
President, Welch Group Consulting

Julia Knox (Vice chair)
Senior Vice President and CPO, Hardgoods and Softgoods, Giant Tiger

Nav Aggarwal (Director)
Owner, A&A Pharmachem Inc.

Dee Davidson (Director)
President, Complete Care Coordination, RN

Robert Doucet (Director)
Retired, information management and technology

Kevin Fitzgerald (Director)
Retired, past-president and CEO of MDS Aero Support Corp.

Keelan Green (Director)
Partner, Prospectus Associates

Heidi Hauver (Director)
Vice-president, Human Resources, Invest Ottawa

Elaine Larsen (Director)
Senior consultant (Regulated Health Industries), Global Public Affairs

Suzanne Pellerin (Director)
Associate, LaBarge Weinstein LLP

Get in touch

1500 Alta Vista Dr.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1G 3Y9

Twitter: @ottawacancer
Facebook: Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation