University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

U of O Heart Institute

This profile originally appeared in the 2018-19 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation is the bridge between the generous donors of this community and the exceptional work being done at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. We create opportunities for fundraising and philanthropic support, engage with volunteers throughout the community and celebrate the accomplishments and advancements made by the Heart Institute’s clinicians, research teams, support staff and volunteers. The Foundation plays a vital role in ensuring that the many critical components of world-class cardiovascular care are available to patients in our community and across the country.

At a glance

Year founded: 1994

Geographic region of focus: The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is the primary cardiac referral centre for hospitals (and other health care facilities) throughout the Champlain LHIN. In addition, patients from across Canada receive specialized care at the Heart Institute and we are home to the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, the first of its kind in Canada.

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $16 million  

Top funding sources: 

  • Individual donations 54%
  • Total funding from endowments 26%
  • Total funding from corporate donations 15%
  • Total funding from government funding 0%
  • Total funding from other charities 5%

How you can help


In April 2018, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute opened the new Critical Care Tower and fundraising continues to purchase specialized life-saving equipment that is 100-per-cent donor-funded. Renovations continue to the existing Heart Institute building, adding escalators and a central registration area to significantly enhance the experience for patients and families with better access and navigation tools. Donors also have the opportunity to invest in research, innovation, and equipment such as the da Vinci® Surgical Robot. The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre offers advocacy, education, peer support and clinical care to women across the country.


Volunteer opportunities exist through a variety of fundraising and support activities, which are led by individuals whose lives have been touched by the Heart Institute. You can also volunteer with the Heart Institute Auxiliary and share your Heart Institute story in our Foundation Connection newsletter.

U of O Heart Institute

Events and fundraising

Foundation-hosted events include the Fuller Keon Golf Tournament, Jeanne Fuller Red Dress Charity Golf Classic, Capital Oktoberfest, TeamHeart and February is Heart Month; community-led initiatives (third-party events) generously hosted by volunteers and supporters.

Board members and executives

U of O Heart Institute
Board of directors chair Barbara Farber (left) and president and CEO Jim Orban.

Mark Shabinsky

Matthew Kenny

Dr. Donald Beanlands

Jean Bilodeau

Ronald Caza

Rose Gage

Steve Gallant

Joanne Livingston

Ed Lumley

Dr. Thierry Mesana

Lisa Mierins Smith

Mike Murphy

Nick Pantieras

David Rattray

Fayez Thawer

Matt Davies

Elizabeth Roscoe

Catarina Silva

Get in touch

40 Ruskin St., Room H2408
Ottawa, Ont.
K1Y 4W7

Twitter: @HeartFDN
Facebook: University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation