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University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

What we do

With an enormous amount of compassion and hard work, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) has become a recognized, international leader in cardiovascular treatment, ground-breaking research, and exceptional patient care.

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

Donors to the Foundation play a vital role in ensuring that world-class care is available today and for generations to come. Funds raised are used to support the funding priorities of the Heart Institute, including innovative research, patient programs and, helping an exceptional team of health care professionals advance cardiovascular care and save lives every day.



Funding Priorities

It has never been more urgent to accelerate research breakthroughs in prevention and treatment of heart disease. In addition to investing in specialized equipment and innovative research projects, the Heart Institute continues to invest in people with the creation of new endowed research chairs.

An endowed chair is one of the most prestigious accomplishments a clinician or scientist can attain.It helps to attract and support top calibre talent by providing permanent financial support 

Along with the new $4M Dr. T.G. Mesana Team Chair in Valve Disease, the institute has launched two more endowed chairs. The Dr. J. Earl Wynands Associate Chair in Cardiac Anesthesiology Research recognizes the talent and commitment to research in cardiac anesthesiology by retired UOHI anesthesiologist Dr. J. Earl Wynands. Funding for this chair was led by his colleagues at the Heart Institute and a generous donor to honour his dedication and leadership, and to provide financial support in perpetuity for research in the complex areas of cardiac anesthesiology.

The all-new $2.1 million endowed Chair in Cardiac Nursing Excellence will invest in advancement of our nursing professionals enabling them to stay at the top of their profession in a constantly changing environment. Nurses are uniquely positioned to see where the patient experience can be enhanced in the spaces and places where care happens. This first-of-its-kind chair will be used to elevate nursing skills to meet the demands of cardiac medicine, create advancement opportunities and retain nurses in a highly competitive market. 

Donation Highlight

The Heart Institute Foundation is extremely grateful to heart valve surgery patient John Bassi and his wife Maria, community leaders, lovers of Ottawa, and long-time supporters of the Heart Institute. John and Maria led an incredible campaign and raised $2.1M to fund the $4M Dr.T.G. Mesana Team Chair in Valve Disease. Named in honour of world-renowned heart valve surgeon and UOHI President and CEO Dr. Thierry Mesana, this endowed chair will be held jointly by a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon to bring a collaborative approach in treating heart valves, the next epidemic of heart disease.


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February is Heart Month is an opportunity for the entire community to come together and raise funds for the Heart Institute.

Throughout the month, individuals and groups can participate in a number of ways:

Host or participate in a community event.

Join the paper heart program with the sale or purchase of paper hearts. 

Sell or purchase our popular crochet hearts greeting cards.

Make a donation & double your impact – Corporate Community Match Champions will match all donations received.


Light up red! Join businesses and buildings across Ottawa and help our city glow with support and raise awareness for heart health.



September – JUMP IN™ for Women’s Heart Health is a nation-wide 30-day challenge to encourage Canadians to get moving in their own space, and at their own pace, in support of women’s heart health. Participants are encouraged to create fundraising teams and share activities through social media. Donations to Jump In™ are matched by generous corporate partners each week.


40 Ruskin Street  Ottawa, ON   K1Y 4W7

Year founded: 1994

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $23.3M

Twitter: @HeartFDN

Facebook: /HeartInstituteFoundation

Lianne Laing – Executive Director

Elizabeth Roscoe – Chair, Board of Directors


Grant Jameson – Vice Chair

James Annis – Treasurer

Ken Jennings – Secretary

Dr. Thierry Mesana – UOHI President & CEO

Paul LaBarge – UOHI Board of Directors

Dr. Robert Cushman – OHIRC Board of Directors

Paul Bodnoff – UOHI Patient Alumni

Matt Davies

Gail Kaneb

Krista Kealey

Leslie Mise

Muneeba Omar

Nick Pantieras 

Deneen Perrin

Aruna Rajulu

Catarina Silva

Natalie Tommy

Colin Zappia

Erin Zipes

The Heart Institute is the primary cardiac referral centre for Eastern Ontario a


nd several other areas across Canada including Newfoundland. The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, the first of its kind in Canada is also located at the Heart Institute.