Partners & Supporters

CIFAR is grateful to its partners and donors for helping to connect the best minds for a better world. This list recognizes annual contributions to CIFAR between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018, and current multi-year commitments of $10,000 or more.

CIFAR is also pleased to recognize an additional $125 million investment in CIFAR by the Government of Canada dedicated to the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy.

CIFAR’s Broader Community of Supporters

The Benefactors Circle recognizes the extraordinary philanthropic commitments of donors whose cumulative giving exceeds $1,000,000 since 1985.


The Late Gerald G. Hatch
Jerry and Geraldine Heffernan
Michael and Sonja Koerner 
Richard M. Ivey
Richard W. and Donna Ivey
Margaret and Wallace McCain
1 anonymous donor

Corporations, Foundations & Institutions

Government of Canada*
Azrieli Foundation
BMO Financial Group
Canadian Pacific Limited
G.R. Heffernan & Associates Limited
Henry White Kinnear Foundation
Ivey Foundation
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
LAC Minerals Limited
Lawson Foundation
Manulife Financial
Max Bell Foundation
MD Robotics 
Molson Foundation
Power Corporation of Canada
R. Howard Webster Foundation
Vale Inco Limited
Glencore plc
1 anonymous donor

Current Supporters

This list recognizes annual contributions to CIFAR between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, and current multi-year commitments of $10,000 or more.

* indicates donors who have given consecutively for five or more fiscal years


$1,000,000 and above

Richard W. and Donna Ivey*
The Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Foundation

$100,000 - $499,999

Chisholm Thomson Family Foundation
Chris and David Dodge*
George A. Fierheller*
The Estate of Beryl M. Ivey
Céline and Jacques Lamarre*
Jon and Nancy Love Foundation at Toronto Foundation
Michael and Sonja Koerner*
Barbara Stymiest*
Trottier Family Foundation*


$50,000 - $99,999

Peter Bentley*
Bruce H. Mitchell Foundation*
The Estate of E. Sydney Jackson and Edmond Patrick Maloney

$25,000 - $49,999

John and Mary Barnett*
Alan Bernstein and JoAnn Breitman*
Val and Dick Bradshaw
Olivier Desmarais
David Dime and Elisa Nuyten
Richard and Donna Ivey Fund at Toronto Foundation*
Donald K. Johnson
Stephen Lister and Dr. Molly Rundle*
Patricia Meredith and Stephen Karam*
Kara M. Spence*
The Young Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation*

Knowledge Circle

$10,000 - $24,999

Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation*
Arrell Family Foundation
Jim Dinning and Evelyn Main
Brenda Eaton*
Morten N. Friis
Liz and Lindsay Gordon
Anthony R.M. Graham*
Nancy and Richard Hamm*
Charles Hantho and Eileen Mercier*
Jon and Laura Hantho
Joe and Marie Heffernan*
Richard M. Ivey*
Sheryl and David Kerr*
Midloch Foundation
Julia and Gilles Ouellette*
Lawrence Pentland and Nora Aufreiter
Jane M. Wilson*
Alfred G. Wirth*
Janet and Bill Young*
William L. Young and Ruth T. Dowling*

$5,000 - $9,999

Frank and Julie Barker*
William R.C. Blundell*
Pierre Boivin
Scott Bonham
Barnie Cowan
David Dime and Elisa Nuyten
Pierre Ducros*
Charles Fischer and Joanne Cuthbertson
Derek and Adrienne Fisher*
Doug and Ruth Grant*
Dick and Lois Haskayne*
Jim Hinds
Rosamond Ivey*
Suzanne Ivey Cook*
Trisha Jackson in memory of E. Sydney Jackson*
W. Robert Keyes & Barb L. Jackson in memory of E. Sydney Jackson
Jacqueline Koerner*
Anne McLellan
R and J Stern Family Foundation*
Douglas Reekie*
Barrie D. Rose, Karen Solomon and Family*
Brian Shaw
Allan and Shirley Taylor*
Daniel Trefler*

$2,000 - $4,999

James C. Baillie & Elizabeth Kocmur*
Arnaud Bellens
Peter Bowie
Tim Casgrain
Dominic D'Alessandro*
Rob Dowsett and Anne Folger*
John T. Ferguson*
Rebecca Finlay and Gordon Koch*
Susan Fox and Mike Schnekenburger
Harold Giles
John F. and Judith I. Helliwell*
Carol D. Kirsh
Vahan and Susie Kololian*
Claude Lamoureux
J. Spencer Lanthier*
Michael Mackenzie*
Sabi Marwah*
Paul and Martha McLean*
Carol Mitchell and Richard Venn*
Serena Raab Goitanich and Frank Goitanich
Linda Reed
Margot Ritchie
Penny Rubinoff
Peter G. Schmidt
Michael and Renae Tims*
John Vivash
2 anonymous donors


$1,000 - $1,999

Beverley Brennan*
David Cory
Pierre Fortin*
Elizabeth Gerrits and Gordon Evans*
Heather Gordon and Ken Mains*
S. Griffiths and T. Connell
Jamie Hall
Peter A. Hall*
Janet E. Halliwell
John Hepburn and Sandy Ingham
Gil Holder
Digvir and Manju Jayas
Jessica Kamphorst and Alex Whitehead*
Helen Kearns
David H. Laidley*
Michèle Lamont*
John and Sidney Madden*
John and Maggie Mitchell*
Roger and Maureen Parkinson*
Eric and Lana Paton
Gail Regan*
Michael Rudd
Stephen Scherer*
Pekka and Pat Sinervo*
Louis Taillefer and Louise Brisson*
Stephen Toope
D. Lorne Tyrrell*
1 anonymous donor

$500 - $999

Kathryn Angus
Aqueduct Foundation - Brooks Family Charitable Trust*
Yoshua Bengio
Gérard Bouchard
Tom Boyce
Joseph and Katherine Emerson
David Hartwick*
Catherine Kallin
Scott and Sara Lamb*
Robert McGavin and Kerry Adams
Aimee C. Park*
Dr. Ronald Pearlman*
David Poulin
Elizabeth and Hugo Sonnenschein*
Elissa Strome
1 anonymous donor

$1 - $499

David Angell*
Éric Archambault and Johanna Kratz
Alan Aspuru-Guzik
Robert H. Austin
Dr. Patricia Baird*
Karen Baker-MacGrotty*
Brent Barron
Harry Baumann*
Curtis P. Berlinguette
Alexandre Blais
Michel Bouvier
Gwen Burrows
Kristen Carscallen in honour of Barbara Stymiest
Tracey Church
Naomi Cohen
William Coish
Hillary Connolly
Amy Cook*
Marie Day
Mauricio Drelichman
Catherine Drennan
Paula Driedger*
Lesley Evans*
James Fearon*
Margaret Fukunaga in memory of Karen Fukunaga
David S. Goldbloom, OC, MD, FRCPC*
Hon. Stephen Goudge
Graham Consulting ULC*
Michael W. Gray
Dennis Heller
Peter A. Herrndorf*
Russell Hiscock
Nancy Howe*
Karen M. Hughes and Bruce D. Gaulin
June Hulbert
Frank and Nancy Iacobucci
Atsushi Iriki
Joan Johnston*
Stephen Julian*
Mimosa Kabir
Pamela Kanellis
Victoria Kaspi
Bryan Kolb
Mariko Kojima Manhas
Graeme Luke
Michael Manthorpe
Gail Martin*
D. McQ Shaver*
Michele Mosca
Simon Miles*
Ireti Ojo
Bruno Olshausen
Rachel Parker
Aniruddh D. Patel in honour of Gerald M. Edelman
Donald Rickerd
David Sankoff*
Barry C. Sanders*
G. Sawatzky
Jenna Scott*
Eldar Shafir
Jameel Shaikh
Josef Sivic
Alison Smiley in memory of Donald V. Smiley*
T. Ann Smiley*
Jacqui Sullivan
Sam Sutherland
Thomas Szkopek
Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire*
Joseph Thywissen*
Allan A. Warrack*
Janet Werker
Marion York
Kelly Zorzi
9 anonymous donors

Corporations, Foundations & Institutions

$10,000,000 and above

Azrieli Foundation
Brain Canada Foundation through the Canada Brain Research Fund

$1,000,000 - $9,999,999

BMO Financial Group
Genome Canada
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Power Corporation of Canada
RBC Foundation*
1 anonymous donor

$100,000 - $999,999

The Alva Foundation
Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Endowment Fund at the Calgary Foundation
Genome British Columbia
George Weston Limited*
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life*
Google Inc.
The Henry White Kinnear Foundation*
Ivey Foundation*
Magna International Inc.
Max Bell Foundation*
Metcalf Foundation*
R. Howard Webster Foundation*
SDSN Association
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation*
Western University

Up to $99,999

Bristol Gate Capital Partners
Clairvest Group Inc.*
Crabtree Foundation
Fiera Capital Corporation*
Flair Foundation
Institute of Corporate Directors in honour of Barbara Stymiest
Jacobs Foundation
Jarislowsky Fraser Partners Foundation
The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation*
The McLean Foundation*
The Miriam Foundation and the See Things My Way Centre for Innovation in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
Strikeman Elliott LLP on behalf of Dr. Alan Bernstein


CIFAR wishes to thank the following governments for investing in CIFAR’s global excellence and innovation.


Government of Canada ($25,000,000 and above)

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Government of Ontario ($10,000,000 - $24,999,999)

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Government of British Columbia ($2,000,000 - $9,999,999)

Ministry of Health

Gouvernement du Québec ($1,000,000 - $1,999,999)

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture

Government of Alberta ($500,000 - $999,999)

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade




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