Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

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Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2020-21 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 our goal is to make sure they can receive the very best cancer care and treatment close to home. The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is the only organization in Eastern Ontario exclusively dedicated to improving and saving the lives of people touched by cancer in our community. Our fundraising supports local cancer research projects, cancer clinical trials, and social care services like Cancer coaching to help change the lives of families who are facing cancer here in Ottawa.

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: $4,324,346

Top funding sources:

  • Leadership Giving: 36% ($1,575,629)
  • Events: 34% ($1,453,466)
  • Gifts and Bequests: 30% ($1,295,251)
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How you can help

100 per cent of the funds we raise stay right here in Ottawa to support the most promising new projects in local cancer care. We are committed to confronting 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. This year we are working hard to support cancer patients and their families through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, as many are facing new health risks, increased stress and anxiety, postponed surgeries, and other impacts on their treatment.

Giving to clinical trials saves lives
Clinical trials not only help researchers better understand cancer and the many approaches to treating it: clinical trials save lives. Over the past decade the Cancer Foundation has provided consistent funding to Ottawa’s local clinical trials office, 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 treatments they need sooner. Thanks to a strong community of scientists and the funding of local fellowship programs, some of the world’s best researchers are working right here in Ottawa to better understand and treat cancer.

Giving to Cancer Coaching improves lives
Since 2011, more than 4,000 local families have benefitted from the help of a cancer coach. Through coaching, patients and their families receive the guidance, tools, resources and support they need to manage the stress and challenges of cancer, especially during difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancer coaching is currently available virtually via secure video chat. 

Board members and executives

Carl and Michael
President and CEO Michael Maidment (left); Chair of the board Carl Marcotte

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

Candace Enman (Vice-chair)
President, Welch Capital Partners

Julia Knox (Vice-chair)
Senior vice-president and chief purchasing officer, soft goods and hard goods, Giant Tiger

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

Robert Doucet (Director)
Retired, information management and technology

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

Keelan Green (Director)
Partner, Prospectus Public Affairs

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

Ways to give

Cancer champions breakfast: Over 500 business leaders gather (this past year in a virtual format) at one of Ottawa’s most anticipated networking and social events. Join Ottawa's most generous business leaders and become a table captain. Contact: Paula Muldoon at 

Monthly giving: For the cost of a daily cup of coffee, you can help make sure more families have access to cancer coaching and the most promising new cancer treatments. Contact Tracy Holmes: 

Gifts of securities: When you transfer listed securities like stocks, bonds, or mutual funds to a charity like the Cancer Foundation, you will be exempt from paying capital gains and will receive a charitable tax receipt for the fair market value of the securities. Contact: Josee Quenneville at

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. Contact: 

Leadership givings: You can become a leader in your community by making an extraordinary personal or corporate gift. Contact:

Get in touch

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

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