The Connection Circle

Members of the Connection Circle are dedicated volunteers that help the Montreal General Hospital Foundation have a significant impact on patient lives. Serving as ambassadors of the MGHF in the community, the Connection Circle commits to supporting the MGHF’s priority programs and key initiatives.

Capital Markets Associate, Jones Lang LaSalle
Florence Chaussé

“The global pandemic has stressed the need to dispel the stigma surrounding mental illness. As quality public services are widely seen as the great equalizer, there is a growing consciousness that there is no health without mental health. I am inspired by the Montreal General Hospital’s innovative work in uniting industry partners and leaders to find solutions to the many challenges faced by our healthcare system. This is why I share the MGH’s deep commitment to democratizing access to specialized care to a greater number of patients.”

Associate at TD Wealth, Chui Au Family Wealth Office
Si Chen

‟Awareness is the first step of change. I would like to become one of the ambassadors in our local community to let people know what the MGH does, then gradually to make changes together in order to help our medical teams push the boundaries of medicine and provide exceptional patient care to all.”

Jeremy Cuttler

“In 2018, I was involved in a severe water-skiing accident. My condition was stabilized at the MGH Trauma Unit. Following successful surgery by the incredible MGH team and hours of rehabilitation, physical therapy, and exercise, I can experience the joys of life again. Thanks to the incredible team of caring, talented, and specialized doctors, nurses and other professionals at the MGH, I can teach my son to snow ski, walk along a beach with my wife and most notably, go waterskiing again.

The quality of care I experienced at the MGH must remain available to all those in need. It is for this reason that I joined the MGH Foundation’s Connection Circle.”

Lawyer, BCA Lawyers
Claudia Di Iorio

‟After being involved in a serious car crash at the age of 16, we didn’t know whether I’d survive or how I would return to my life. Once I arrived at the hospital, I received my diagnosis: severe head trauma, fractures of the hips and pelvis and paralysis of the left side. I spent more than a month in a deep coma. Several operations and many hours of therapies later, I am now in my third year of law school at McGill and am convinced that this would not have been possible without the team of the Montreal General Hospital. Now, I am proud to be part of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, knowing that it helps to save lives.”

Portfolio Assistant, BMO Private Banking
Giulia Filato

‟The Montreal General Hospital Foundation to me is a beacon of hope in the most desolate times. I support the MGHF because they provided a sense of optimism and community when my family needed it most. When my grandfather was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, the MGHF became part of the family, so it was only fitting that I join the Connection Circle.”

Operations and Project Manager, Stingray Business
Colin Fitzpatrick

‟My grandparents on both sides have benefited from the medical services at the MGH from orthopaedics to cardiology. I believe it’s very important that our generation supports this great hospital so that it’s there for us when we need it. Being part of the Connection Circle will allow me to ensure that the legacy of the MGH continues.”

Artist/Angel Investor
Leighton James

‟It is both a privilege and an honour to be a part of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation’s Connection Circle, which in one capacity or another has been committed to serving the community of Montreal for decades. As an incredibly proud Montrealer, I look forward to giving back and lending my support to this fine forward thinking institution.”

Lawyer and Assistant Vice-President, Compliance, BNP Paribas
Ellie Makaridze

‟The Montreal General Hospital plays an essential role in keeping Montreal on its feet every day. It is up to us to give back in return by raising awareness and getting involved to ensure it continues to shine and gets stronger for us, for our families and for the generations to come. It is not only a pleasure but an honor to support such a vital mission for our community.”

Senior Advisor, Business Initiatives Private Banking, National Bank
Ben McAusland

‟Coming from a family of athletes, we have had our fair share of injuries. Throughout the years, the doctors, nurses and staff at the Montreal General Hospital have been there to get us back on our feet and doing what we love as quickly as possible. As a member of the Connection Circle, I hope to help the MGH continue to get its patients back on their feet with the level of care and dedication my family and I were so lucky to have received.”

Equity Research Analyst, Jarislowsky Fraser
Anton Schlemm

‟I am honoured to be a part of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, an organization that impacts so many Montrealers in a positive way. As a member of the Connection Circle, I look forward to raising awareness of the hospital’s broad range of initiatives. I am especially excited to support the MGH’s Mental Health Mission, as I care a lot about destigmatizing mental illness and providing support to those in need.”

President & CEO, Greentone Enterprises
Charles-Alexandre Vennat

‟Having always received excellent service and care at the Montreal General Hospital, I have decided to get involved with the Connection Circle project as part of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation. As a young professional, I feel that it is my duty to lend assistance to their mission of vital support for vital care in order to ensure that the MGH continues to provide top-quality access to essential health services and to continue pioneering research, training and technology.”