Choosing a good cause to support can be a big challenge. The information below will help guide you through our initiatives so you can see how your support can make an impact.
For more information about the opportunities please contact Sommer Wedlock, Director of Communications.
416-596-9996 ext. 202
Our National Program is a dynamic and interactive speaker series that brings current and past Canada Gairdner Award winners to Canada to speak to faculty members about their research. The Gairdner Foundation celebrates biomedical science research from coast to coast and prides itself on giving Canadians access to scientists from around the world.
The National Program’s goal is to contribute to Canadian science culture and innovation. It is the only program of its kind in the world of major awards in all 10 provinces, while reaching 22 universities from Newfoundland to British Columbia and attracts nearly 5,000 people each year.
One of the Gairdner Foundation’s missions is to inspire young people to consider a career in science, and to increase their awareness of the value of scientific research. This is accomplished through our Student Outreach Program which, in 2014, included hundreds of high schools visiting 20 different universities to hear Canada Gairdner Award winners speak about their research.
These events include a range of 40-450 students depending on the venue and in 2015 we have more than 3,000 students attend our lectures. These lectures provide the ideal forum for the Canada Gairdner Award winners to recount their personal story as to how they became interested in research and what they hope to accomplish through their work. Following the more formal portion of the session, there is an opportunity for the students to interact with the awardee(s) and ask more pointed questions about their career and accomplishments. Many winners cite the Student Outreach Program as their favourite part of being part of the Canada Gairdner Awards.
Each year Gairdner organizes symposia based on the themes of our laureates’ research. The symposiums take place in Toronto during ‘Gairdner Week’ which will be the week of October 26, 2015. These events attract hundreds of attendees from the health care, academic and scientific communities. Sponsors receive acknowledgment within programs, digital screens and from the podium and also have the opportunity to chair sessions if interested. There is also the chance for donors to meet the symposium speakers who come from around the world and are experts within their field. The programs will be released in 2015.