2020-2021 Annual Report

Vital Support for Vital Care

We are pleased to present the fruits of a year marked by humanity, resilience and innovation.
Thank you to our partners, donors and Governors. Without your incredible generosity, none of this would have been possible.

Reaching and exceeding

Dear friends,

The COVID-19 pandemic will go down in history as one of the monumental crises in recent decades, but it is not the first time that the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) has faced such a challenge. In the 200 years since it opened, this institution that we have the honour to support has overcome more than its fair share of obstacles by relying on the innovation, cooperation and passion of its medical teams.

We are fortunate to be able to rely on the commitment of a strong community that is more motivated than ever to support vital care. This year you once again answered the call. Thanks to you, we were able to quickly finance essential and innovative research projects, including an initiative to adapt snorkel masks as an alternative to N95 masks, and the creation of a COVID-19 Biobank which allows scientists to collect biological samples and better understand the virus in order to develop treatments.

You have given our teams the means to adapt to this crisis, and these learnings will serve our patients for years to come.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Montreal General Hospital, a pioneering establishment of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) that has always faithfully served the public in spite of the significant changes that have occurred in Quebec’s health system. To mark this important anniversary several activities will be organized throughout the year, starting with a virtual exhibition which features photographs, artwork, text and videos and tells the story of our hospital: www.mgh200.com. Although gatherings are still limited under the current circumstances, we hope that you will take a moment to celebrate this important milestone with us.

As one of the first public healthcare institutions in the history of Montreal, the MGH has always been able to count on the support of the community to push forward the limits of medicine, making your generosity the cornerstone of its success to this day.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for being there to provide vital support for vital care. 

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COVID-19: Vector for Change and Call to Action

This past year was marked not only by COVID-19 but also by the incredible generosity of our community.

Many companies, organizations and individuals alike chose to support our teams on the front lines by providing them with meals, hygiene and care products and other supplies that enabled them to take a moment for themselves and keep their energy up in these difficult times.

Why Are We Not All Equal When It Comes to Infections?

A Dedicated Biobank to Better Understand COVID-19.

In 2020, the MUHC Infectious Diseases and Immunology team, led by Dr. Donald C. Vinh, set up a COVID-19 Biobank within the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC). Their project is part of the Quebec Biobank, mandated by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé and Génome Québec. Beyond this government mandate, the RI-MUHC COVID-19 Biobank aims to serve the entire Quebec scientific community. The MGH Foundation is proud to support this great province-wide collaborative project, thanks to your generosity.

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Research and Innovation

The Research Awards epitomize the spirit of collaboration and innovation between the MGH Foundation and you, our generous donors. In collaboration with the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC), we are committed to funding extraordinary research that will benefit our patients well into the future.

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50% Of Our Population Affected by Cancer

Led by Dr. Lorenzo Ferri, the MGH-MUHC Thoracic Surgery team works closely with hospitals and patients across Quebec, including the Jewish General, St. Mary’s, the Lakeshore General, Verdun and Gatineau hospitals, as well as the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Sherbrooke (CHUS) and the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ). Cutting-edge equipment such as specialized gastroscopes and bronchoscopes enable immediate assessment of tumours for centralized, personalized cancer care for patients.

At the national and international levels, our team of clinician-researchers has distinguished itself both by the quality of its patient care and by the innovation it has demonstrated in its various research endeavours. Thoracic researchers are working to identify new personalized treatment approaches to beat cancer, particularly by developing one of Canada’s first living biobanks which enables the identification of cancer genetics and appropriate treatment choices. These combined efforts are aimed at limiting the impact of surgery and treatment on patients’ quality of life while increasing their chances of survival.

To date, over $17M has been raised through our CODE LiFE campaign in support of thoracic cancers.


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Modernization of the MGH

Improving Our Facilities to Benefit Our Patients and Medical Teams

Over the last year, the MGH emergency department was equipped with a new annex to increase its capacity. The new modular unit includes seven single negative‑pressure rooms and a nursing station, an addition that proved critical during COVID-19 and will remain so afterward.

The next step in the modernization plan is the redesign of the trauma bay by splitting the current space into two separate rooms, and adding a third. In addition to offering more privacy for patients and limiting the risk of contamination, these renovations will also facilitate the work of the medical teams.

Ophthalmology: New Equipment for an Even Closer Look

The MGH Foundation partnered with Lions International, the Retina Foundation of Canada and Gail Jarislowsky to donate a high-tech surgical microscope to the Ophthalmology Department of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). This instrument combines the latest optical advances in surgical microscopy with high-quality digital imaging and a 3D display system.

The Montreal General Hospital is the first hospital in Canada to adopt this new technology.

Welcome to the New Satoko Shibata Family Heart Centre

The MGH has a new cardiology centre, where teams will conduct genetic testing to understand why some people develop heart conditions at a young age or without showing symptoms. The goal is to test entire families to detect specific genetic conditions and prevent other family members from suffering a potentially fatal cardiovascular accident.

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Mission: Saving Lives

The multidisciplinary teams at the Dr. David S. Mulder Trauma Centre treat the most complex cases resulting from traffic collisions, falls, sports injuries and violent crimes. It serves the area south of Highway 40, including Montreal, the South Shore, Montérégie and northern Quebec, including Cree and Inuit communities — all told, a territory with a population of over two million. Patients arriving at the emergency centre generally have multiple fractures, hemorrhaging, internal or external injuries and, in many cases, severe head trauma.

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Signature Event: Hockey 911

The second edition of our Hockey 911 event — and the first to be held virtually — raised $270,000 in support of vital care at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH).

This is a great result for the annual event, which celebrates more than 100 years of collaboration between the Montréal Canadiens and the MGH’s emergency and trauma teams.

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Priority: Mental Health

Now more than ever, we know the importance of having quick access to mental health care in the public health network. Fortunately, thanks to the support of a generous donor, the Montreal General Hospital has been equipped with a special unit for urgent assessments for several years: the Jacqueline G. Angus Mental Health Emergency Unit. But there is still much work to be done to improve accessibility to mental health care.

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Financial Report

Another Great Financial Year

The pandemic has brought its share of challenges, and we are very grateful to our community and partners for their incredible generosity this year.

In the fiscal year from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, we raised $18.6 million in donations.


Major gifts accounted for a large portion of revenue, as did annual giving and estates.

Our strong financial management also enabled us to add an additional $8 million in investment income, as well as $0.4 million from other sources, for a total revenue of $27 million for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

The past year has once again demonstrated the importance of investing in medical research. This is why we provided $7.2 million to support research and $1.8 million to support teaching. We put patient care at the centre of our priorities, which is why $4.6 million has also been invested to improve their experience.

Our administration expense ratio of 12.7% is well below the Canadian average for large hospital foundations. This means that your donations are really used to meet the priority needs of the hospital and its teams.

None of this would have been possible without the incredible generosity of our community, as well as the hard work of the Foundation team and its Board of Directors.


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Thank You to our Volunteers!

We would like to thank all the volunteers who are involved with the Foundation. A special thank you to our Board of Directors and to our CODE LiFE Leaders, a circle of volunteers who act as ambassadors in their communities to support the MGH Foundation’s fundraising activities.

Our Board of Directors