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Sep 2012
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When Change Happens, It Happens Fast

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As we’ve collectively celebrated the discovery of stem cells over the last year, we’ve witnessed some incredible moments. Moments that demonstrate how quickly the leadership and support for stem cell science are growing.…

As we’ve collectively celebrated the discovery of stem cells over the last year, we’ve witnessed some incredible moments. Moments that demonstrate how quickly the leadership and support for stem cell science are growing.

A Renewed Awareness

In March, we held the Renew the World Gala in Toronto, where stem cells were first discovered. The Gala marked the 50th anniversary of the discovery of stem cells by Drs. Till & McCulloch, and introduced 500 influential Canadians to this extraordinarily important field.

Heather Hiscox of CBC News: Morning hosting the Renew the World Gala
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Canadian Leadership

Like all progress, the Gala succeeded because of the dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations with passion for a cause. 20 major companies demonstrated their support and were joined by 50 leading stem cell scientists who spent the evening sharing their experiences, their breakthroughs, and their aspirations for the future.

The Gala also marked the official launch of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation. This was supported by our Board of Directors that continues to grow. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Peter MacKinnon to the Board after his recent retirement as President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. Three more preeminent scientists also joined the distinguished stem cell pioneers on our Science Leadership Council.

Inspiring Commitment

This year, we initiated our first major gifts leadership campaign. And we have already  recruited 10 prominent Canadian business leaders and philanthropists as Founding Members of the Till & McCulloch Leadership Circle and as part of that secured our first $1,000,000 donation as a multi-year gift.

The Future is Emerging Now

We’re continuing to build on the inspiring year we have experienced so far. Awareness of the importance of stem cell science is growing. Canadian leadership is growing. Support for stem cell science is growing.

An important step we are taking is growing our team. We have begun looking for a Director of Development, and we will be adding a Program and Communications Officer later this year. These are important additions to the Foundation, particularly as we look to the future when we will be:

    • Increasing our impact with new programs and outreach initiatives
    • Expanding our Board of Directors
    • Securing the support of prominent Canadians in the Leadership Circle campaign
    • Further establishing our offices in Ottawa and Toronto
    • Building our leadership in Western Canada
    • Extending our presence in Quebec and Atlantic Canada
    • Developing our long-term strategic plan

The inspiring progress that has been achieved in the last year is the result of a shared sense of purpose. Canada’s leadership in stem cell science is globally respected, and we’re proud of that. But more importantly, we can see that continued advances hold the potential to rid the world of heartbreaking disease.

In the year ahead, we ask you to lend your support and commitment. Together we are laying the groundwork for the next 50 years.

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07
Mar 2012
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CBC’s Metro Morning Interviews Dr. Till and Dr. Bernstein

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Discovering Stem Cells

Listen to Matt Galloway of CBC’s Metro Morning” and his conversation this morning with Dr. James Till (who discovered stem cells with his close colleague Dr.…

Discovering Stem Cells

Listen to Matt Galloway of CBC’s Metro Morning” and his conversation this morning with Dr. James Till (who discovered stem cells with his close colleague Dr. Ernest McCulloch) and Dr. Alan Bernstein (Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation).

They talk about the discovery, and how stem cell transplants are saving lives today.

A great listen.

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07
Mar 2012
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If Canada’s game is hockey, its science is stem cells

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In today’s Globe and Mail, Dr. Alan Bernstein, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, helps put Canada’s capabilities in stem cell science in to perspective.…

Dr. Alan BernsteinIn today’s Globe and Mail, Dr. Alan Bernstein, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, helps put Canada’s capabilities in stem cell science in to perspective.

“Canada founded the entire field of stem-cell science. We have done much of the heavy lifting for decades: discovering neural stem cells, skin stem cells and cancer stem cells. If hockey is Canada’s game, stem-cell science is Canada’s science. Not knowing about Dr. Till and Dr. McCulloch is not knowing about Maurice Richard and Wayne Gretzky.”

Dr. Bernstein goes on to explain that, not only do we have extraordinary talent and have achieved tangible results, we have made our accomplishments as a nation despite very modest funding. Here’s how he puts it:

“What’s even more remarkable is that Canada does such groundbreaking research on a dime. The “all in” investment in stem-cell research in Canada – public, private and charitable funding – is about $75-million. This support is provided by Canadians through taxes, donations to health charities and the generosity of community leaders – individuals such as Robert and Cheryl McEwen of Toronto and the late Harley Hotchkiss of Calgary. But we still seriously lag behind California, which, with roughly the same population as Canada, has committed $3-billion over 10 years for stem-cell research.”

You can read the entire article here.

Alan Bernstein is chair of the board of directors of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation. He was founding president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and former head of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise in New York, and is incoming president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

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06
Mar 2012
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Marking a Milestone

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50 Years After Canada Discovers Stem Cells A Foundation Is Launched

Samaritan Magazine, that covers the good deeds of individuals, charities and businesses, has profiled the Foundation and the Renew the World Gala.…

50 Years After Canada Discovers Stem Cells A Foundation Is Launched

Samaritan Magazine, that covers the good deeds of individuals, charities and businesses, has profiled the Foundation and the Renew the World Gala.

Drs. Till & McCulloch“Fifty years after Dr. James Till and the late Ernest McCulloch discovered stem cells at the Ontario Cancer Institute, the research division of the Princess Margaret Hospital, comes the launch of The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation.”

The Gala brings together 50 of Canada’s top scientists, including Dr. Till, as well as 50 celebrities who are lending their voice to the support of stem cell science.

They will be joined by leading Canadian philanthropists, leaders, researchers, and business people. This special evening will celebrate Canada’s extraordinary 50 year legacy as a leader in the field of stem cell science, and begin to prepare Canada for the 50 years to come.

You can read the entire article here.

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10
Jan 2012
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The Night We Make History, Again

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In just two months, we will hold the exclusive Renew the World Gala in Toronto.

This one-time event will take place on Wednesday, March 7th and mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of stem cells by two Canadian scientists, Drs.…

In just two months, we will hold the exclusive Renew the World Gala in Toronto.

This one-time event will take place on Wednesday, March 7th and mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of stem cells by two Canadian scientists, Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch. The Gala will also officially launch the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation.

Below is the recent full page ad that ran in the Globe and Mail about the Gala. And keep your eyes open this coming Saturday when the Gala will be promoted again in the Globe on the back cover of the Focus Section.

We would like to thank the many organizations who are generously supporting the Renew the World Gala. Your commitment and leadership are building great momentum for what will be a truly extraordinary event.

To find out more about the Gala, visit www.renewtheworld.ca.

Renew the World Globe and Mail Ad

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03
Jan 2012
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A Sad Loss of a Friend and Advisor

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We have lost a great Canadian and the Foundation has lost a friend.

Mr. Milton Wong passed away on December 31st of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. …

We have lost a great Canadian and the Foundation has lost a friend.

Mr. Milton Wong passed away on December 31st of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. Milton was a dear friend and trusted advisor to me personally and to the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation as a member of our President’s Advisory Council.

He was also one of the Founding Directors of the Stem Cell Network and was one of the earliest champions and inspirations for establishing the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation.  He will be deeply missed.

As a business leader and philanthropist, Milton was creative, a big thinker, and an inspiration to so many.  More importantly he cared for people, had time for people, and touched everyone and anyone that he met.  His legacy lives on in his family, his many close friends, and the important “ideas” and “organizations” that he brought to life with his energy and compassion.

You can read more about Milton, his leadership, and his many contributions to Canada here.

James Price
President & CEO
Canadian Stem Cell Foundation

(Photo by Jon Sinal)

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