The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation logo.

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

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 many of the most critical components of world-class care are available. 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.

At a glance:

Year founded: 1994

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $39.2M

Twitter: @HeartFDN

Facebook: /HeartInstituteFoundation

Top funding sources:

  • Total percentage of total funding from donations and events: 27% 
  • Percentage of total funding from bequests: 6%
  • Percentage of total funding from investment & other: 67% 

Geographic region of focus: The Heart Institute is the primary cardiac referral centre for Eastern Ontario and several other areas across Canada. The Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre, the first of its kind in Canada is also located at the Heart Institute.

How you can help


It has never been more urgent to accelerate research breakthroughs in cardiac treatment and prevention. Over the next five years, and with the continued support of our donor community, we will implement and execute an ambitious strategic research plan named ORACLE (Ottawa Region for Advanced Cardiovascular Research Excellence.)

ORACLE is all about cutting-edge research. We will be at the forefront of assessing trends and preparing to provide the best in patient care and tailored treatment. Valve disease, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure will all increase exponentially within the next 30 years. Together we will find solutions. 


The Foundation has a variety of volunteer opportunities: 

Foundation-hosted events such as the Fuller Keon Golf Tournament, JUMP IN™, Capital Oktoberfest and Team Heart

Community volunteer led activities such as curling bonspiels, talent shows, service club fundraisers and walks/runs in memory.

Sharing your Heart Institute story in our Foundation Connection newsletter 

February is Heart Month activities including peer-to-peer fundraising, special events, sale and purchase of paper hearts.

Events and fundraising

Jump In for Women's Heart Health logo.

September: JUMP IN™ for Women’s Heart Health is a virtual, nation-wide 30-day challenge to encourage you to get moving in your own space and at your own pace, in support of women’s heart health across Canada.  JUMP IN™ to your choice of 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days.  Track your success with the Daily Activity Tracker and access your JUMP IN™ exclusive workout schedule.  Double your impact - donations are matched by our generous corporate partners and there are amazing prizes to be won.

February is Heart Month logo, with the hashtag #GiveWithHeart.

February is Heart Month 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:

Host or participate in a community event

Join the paper heart program through the sale or purchase of paper hearts at participating businesses

Pulse charity stream – host an online stream OR tune into an existing one

Knitted heart cards – sell or purchase knitted hearts greeting cards

Light up red – light your building up red and shine a light on heart health

Make a donation & double your impact – Corporate Community Match Champions will match all donations received, significantly increasing the impact of each Heart Month donation.

Board members and executives

Two women in two headshots.
Lianne Laing is executive director of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation; Elizabeth Roscoe is chair

Lianne Laing

Executive Director

Elizabeth Roscoe

Chair, Board of Directors

Grant Jameson

Vice Chair

James Annis


Ken Jennings


Dr. Thierry Mesana

Member UOHI President & CEO

Paul LaBarge

Member, UOHI Board of Directors

Dr. Robert Cushman

Member, OHIRC Board of Directors

Lianne Laing

UOHIF Executive Director

Paul Bodnoff

Member UOHI Patient Alumni

Matt Davies

Gail Kaneb

Krista Kealey

Leslie Mise

Tuan Nguyen

Muneeba Omar

Deneen Perrin

Aruna Rajulu

Catarina Silva

Natalie Tommy

Michael Vladescu

Erin Zipes

Funding priorities

Specialized equipment purchases and exciting new research projects are 100% donor funded. Research is focused on the following areas.

Arrythmias, Atherosclerosis, Valvular disease, Heart Failure and Brain-Heart Connection.

Donation highlight

The Heart Institute Foundation is extremely grateful to the Taggart Parkes Foundation for their support of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Biobank, a leading-edge facility that is an essential building block for countless scientific studies leading to advancements in molecular biology and genetics. Their generous $70,000 donation will bring our research closer to the finish line. Thank you, Taggart Parkes Foundation.

Get in touch

40 Ruskin St.

Ottawa, Ont.

K1Y 4W7