University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

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

Supporting life-saving care is at the heart of everything we do. With an enormous amount of compassion and hard work, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute has become an international leader in cardiovascular care, treatment and innovative research. 

The Heart Institute Foundation is the bridge that connects the programs, facilities and people who save lives every day with the individual and corporate philanthropists in our community. 

With their generous support, the Foundation plays a vital role ensuring that the most critical components of world-class care are available. Funds raised are used for the purchase of specialized equipment, patient programs and research – all of which help an exceptional team of health care professionals advance cardiovascular care.

At a glance

Year founded: 1994

Geographic region of focus: Eastern Ontario

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $16.3 million

Top funding sources:

  • Individual: 58%
  • Endowments: 24%
  • Corporate: 13%
  • Other charities: 5%

How you can help


The Foundation is accountable to donors to ensure every donation is used as directed to meet the funding priorities of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. In April 2018, the new Critical Care Tower opened and fundraising continues to purchase 100-per-cent donor- funded equipment. The Heart Institute continues to be a busy construction site as renovations to the original building near completion. These renovations will enhance the experience and outcomes for patients with the new Cardiac Imaging Centre.

Donations to the Foundation are also invested in research and innovation that will improve cardiac care for this and future generations.  The Heart Institute is also home to the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, ensuring that women and their care providers have access to the tools needed to better understand the gender differences in cardiovascular disease and treat appropriately.

Feb is Heart Month


The Foundation has a variety of volunteer opportunities: 

  • Foundation-hosted events such as the Fuller Keon Golf Tournament and Team Heart. 
  • Community volunteer-led activities such as curling bonspiels, talent shows and walks/runs. 
  • Sharing your Heart Institute story in our Foundation Connection newsletter. 
  • The Heart Institute Auxiliary.

Events and fundraising

The Fuller Keon Golf Tournament (May) and Capital Oktoberfest (September) offer opportunities for business networking while supporting the purchase of highly specialized cardiac equipment. 

The Jeanne Fuller Red Dress Charity Golf Classic (September) is an all-women’s golf tournament in support of the Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre. 

The February is Heart Month campaign (February) is an opportunity for individuals, groups and businesses to take the lead in raising funds for the Ottawa Heart Institute. Throughout the month, you can support the Heart Institute in a number of ways: 

  • Participate in an event. A full list of Heart Month events is available at and 
  • Organize an event. Contact Lindsay Firestone ( for more information 
  • Join the paper heart program through the sale or purchase of paper hearts at participating businesses. 

Throughout Heart Month, Corporate Community Match Champions will match all donations received, significantly increasing the impact of each Heart Month donation! 

Nuclear Cardiology Room
Nuclear Cardiology Room

Major Donation Highlight

In the fall of 2018, Tom Kaneb, Dr. Paul DeYoung and Ed Lumley (Heart Institute Foundation board member) led a three-month fundraising campaign in Cornwall and Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, successfully raising $1.26 million for the purchase of specialized, life-saving equipment. In recognition of this outstanding contribution, a nuclear cardiology room in the all new Cardiac Imaging Centre will be named to honour the community of Cornwall.

This donation helped equip one of the most comprehensive imaging facilities for cardiac care in Canada, providing the Heart Institute with advanced tools to guide cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to select the right test for the right patient at the right time.

Board members and executives

Farber and Orban
President and CEO Jim Orban; Chair of the board of directors Barbara Farber

Barbara Farber (Chair)

Elizabeth Roscoe (Vice-chair)

Mark Shabinsky (Secretary)

James Annis (Treasurer)

Jim Orban

Dr. Thierry Mesana

Dr. Donald Beanlands

Jean Bilodeau

Rose Gage

Steve Gallant

Krista Kealey

Ed Lumley

Michael Vladescu

Mike Murphy

Nick Pantieras

David Rattray

Fayez Thawer

Matt Davies

Catarina Silva

Ken Jennings

Get in touch

40 Ruskin St.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1Y 4W7

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