2021-2022 Annual Report

Vital Support for Vital Care

Our fundraising campaign, CODE LiFE: Vital Support for Vital Care, was an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation. Thanks to you, we are able to support dedicated medical teams and innovative projects in five important areas of expertise. Thank you to all donors, partners and the incredible Campaign Cabinet!

A Word From Our President and Chairman

Launched in 2018, the CODE LiFE Campaign was the most ambitious in our Foundation’s history. We called upon our community to help us raise $100 million in order to provide vital support for vital care, and you answered that call. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to exceed that goal. Together, we raised $110 million. The impact of this campaign will resonate far beyond the walls of the Montreal General Hospital (MGH-MUHC) as patients from 40 front-line hospitals across the Province are frequently referred to our experts. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for allowing us to support the medicine of the future and cutting-edge research in Québec.

Jean-Christophe Bédos and Jean-Guy Gourdeau


A Generous and Committed Community

Our donors and Governors play a vital role in our ability to provide vital care to our community. Divided into four distinct categories, our Governors represent donors of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation who gave $250 or more over the past year.

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Since the 1990s, Dr. David S. Mulder has worked to build the trauma system in the province of Québec. With your support, he has trained a whole new generation of trauma specialists who are in turn helping to build teams here and around the world.

The Trauma Centre of the MGH-MUHC, which now bears his name, is one of only three centres in Québec with the level of specialization required to treat the most complex cases. Thanks to the generosity of donors to the CODE LiFE Campaign, the MGH Foundation was able to contribute to the refurbishment and renovation of the trauma bays.

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Personalized Cancer Care

For over 15 years, the generosity of our visionary donors has supported the recruitment, training and retention of top surgeons and researchers. As a result, the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Oncology at the MGH-MUHC has risen to the level of a Provincial Centre of Excellence for the treatment of lung, esophageal and gastric cancers.

With their living biobank and “organ-on-a-chip” technology, researchers are able to replicate their patient’s cancer and the environment in which it is growing. The team can then use laboratory tests to choose the best treatment. This increases the chances of survival while limiting the suffering of patients.

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Research and Innovation

In September 2021, we inaugurated the Clinical Innovation Platform (CLIP) powered by National Bank, a new and unique incubator for biotechnologies, within the Montreal General Hospital. CLIP aims to support the development of innovative solutions to meet clinical needs and to accelerate the adoption of technologies on the market and in the healthcare system.

CODE LiFE Awards

In 2021, we had the pleasure of disbursing over 300 awards, totaling $2.5 million. Thanks to a generous gift from the estate of Herta Vodstrcil, we were able to launch a program totaling $2.7 million to support continuous training, innovation and access to university education in the field of nursing.

In 2022, we were pleased to announce a $1.25 million gift to support mental health care. This significant investment was made possible through a matching gift campaign sponsored by The Rossy Foundation, Hewitt Foundation and Senator W. David Angus.

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Healthy Aging

Thanks to you, our geriatric teams are developing tools and undertaking research to help their patients get back in shape, preserve their independence and slow the effects of aging on the brain.

A good example of this is the Senior Adult Fitness Exercises (SAFE) program, which began in 2021 and will be rolled out to the public in 2022. SAFE offers a series of exercise videos to help frail seniors regain fitness in an effort to prevent falls and overcome their fear of falling.

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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.