Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Since being founded by parents in 1960, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has dramatically changed the cystic fibrosis (CF) story.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a national not-for-profit corporation and one of the world’s top three charitable organizations committed to improving and lengthening the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis.

In their 60 year history, they have invested more than $260M in cystic fibrosis research and care that has more than doubled life expectancy for Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis Canada has contributed to the global body of CF knowledge, funding research achievements such as mapping the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, in 1989. And they have advanced access to life-changing CF medicines in Canada through relentless advocacy and government relations work.

Today, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a leading organization with a central role engaging people living with cystic fibrosis, parents and caregivers, volunteers, researchers and healthcare professionals, government and donors. They work together to change lives through treatments, research, information and support.

Victoria Hospitals Foundation

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation (VHF) raises funds for priority medical equipment, research, education and special projects at Royal Jubilee, Victoria General and Gorge Road hospitals.

The generosity of its donors helps the Foundation to contribute to better patient care, faster diagnosis and more efficient treatment for the more than 850,000 residents these hospitals serve. Every year, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation purchases hundreds of important pieces of diagnostic and treatment equipment that make a real difference in every patient’s daily life and quality of care.

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation is the leading health-care charity on Vancouver Island. Together with the community, it has raised more than $150 million for hospitals since 1989. For more information about how giving makes everyone better, visit  

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

The Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI) was established as the Pulmonary Research Laboratory in 1977 by Drs. James Hogg and Peter Pare. Since then, it has grown dramatically in scope, size and worldwide impact.

Basic and clinician scientists work together in an exciting multidisciplinary environment to address vital issues in heart, lung and critical care disease. Situated within Providence Health Care’s St. Paul’s Hospital, a University of British Columbia teaching hospital, the HLI is a translational research centre using basic molecular and cellular research discoveries to develop innovative approaches to prevent and treat human disease through complementary and connected clinical research.

The HLI focuses on developing solutions to diseases that are major causes of morbidity, mortality, and societal costs in Canada and worldwide. These include atherosclerosis and heart failure, emphysema and other chronic pulmonary diseases, severe infections, and multiple organ failure. The centre seeks out the underlying causes in order to develop strategies for prevention and treatment. Basic discoveries are linked to improved health care through clinical research and teaching, and by translating new knowledge into clinical practice at St. Paul’s Hospital and around the world. 

HLI is one of three renowned research centres based at Providence Health Care Research Institute.

Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute

Founded in 1991, Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute (PPRI) was formed with an eye firmly on a future without Parkinson’s.

PPRI is a “no frills” volunteer organization focused on funding research into the causes, complications, treatments and cure of Parkinson’s disease.

PPRI funds research exclusively at Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre (PPRC), a leading clinical research facility located at the University of British Columbia. This enables it to have the greatest impact in making promising projects happen. PPRI support funds the full-time employment and research projects of top Parkinson’s research scientists and has provided the opportunity to support scientists in further pursuing key areas of study.

Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation

The Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation has two major objectives: investigation and support of complementary and alternative medicine, particularly in the treatment of cancer, and economic education that promotes the principles of a free market.

The Foundation also supplies support to organizations that help people who fall through the social safety net of government programs for the needy. Most of these groups operate around the area of Main and Hastings in Vancouver to provide care for a vulnerable population. Some support is also given to existing charitable organizations that come to the Board’s attention.

KGH Foundation

Since 1978, the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation has worked with a generous community to raise funds to support world-class health care, research and innovation close to home for a rapidly expanding and diverse population in the Interior of BC. Today, the KGH Foundation is the lead fundraising organization for Kelowna General Hospital, JoeAnna’s House, Hospice House, Brookhaven and Cottonwoods. For more information, visit

The Interior Health Authority (IH) was created in 2001 to deliver health-care services to the population of the southern interior of British Columbia, now numbering over 725,000. The geographic area for which IH has responsibility covers almost 215-thousand square kilometres and includes several larger cities such as Kelowna, Kamloops, Cranbrook and Vernon and, most notably, a host of rural and remote communities. IH employs 18,500 people, including 6,500 professional clinicians and 1,500 physicians.

For more information, please refer to this website. IH has had roles in education, training and research since its inception in 2001. IH has over 240 active studies currently including a broad range of topics. For specific information about research in IH, click here.