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Cindy Yelle President and CEO, Toronto Rehab Foundation

Robert W. Blakely Chair, Toronto Rehab Foundation Board of Directors President and CEO, Likrilyn Capital Corporation

Toronto Rehab is Where Incredible Happens. From our teams of health care professionals that devote themselves and work tirelessly to ensure that individuals receive the best possible care and outcomes; to our internationally renowned research centre that is driving new technologies to transform health care not only in Ontario, but around the world, and to our donors that have embraced our potential and have enabled Toronto Rehab to make extraordinary advances. As you will read in the following pages, Toronto Rehab is a true gem in the health-care system.

It is my great honour to serve as Chair of Toronto Rehab Foundation’s Board of Directors as we continue to build lasting relationships and support for Toronto Rehab’s incredible innovation and care.

Our report to the community highlights a few of the programs that are unique in their approach to patient care, as well as the public launch of our $100-million campaign, Where Incredible Happens, and the unveiling of our status as the World’s #1 Rehabilitation Research Centre.

A diverse and dynamic organization, Toronto Rehab is home to amazing clinicians and scientists who are catapulting this great institution into the world’s spotlight. In this report, we introduce you to but a few of our stars and hope that their stories compel you to learn more about how Toronto Rehab is revolutionizing health care.

Every day I witness the determination of our patients. Rehabilitation is not easy. It requires patients and their families to be incredibly strong-minded, to stay focused and to push harder than perhaps they ever have before. Our purpose at Toronto Rehab is to help individuals maximize their potential and get back to living their lives. Thanks to your support and encouragement, together, we are making incredible happen.



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Toronto Rehab’s ranking as the World’s #1 Rehabilitation Research Centre reflects the remarkable dedication, vision and generosity of people throughout our community, including our valued donors and committed volunteers.

Our Board is poised to help Toronto Rehab meet the growing needs of our population, and to help advance and transform health care not only in Canada, but around the world. Together, we will ensure that Toronto Rehab continues to be Where Incredible Happens.


151,214 Patient Visits

557 Number of beds

145,022 Outpatient Clinic Visits

757 Volunteers

6,192 Inpatient Clinic Visits

38,442 Hours Donated

1,792 Staff

92 Physiotherapists

87 Occupational Therapists

101 Physicians

655 Nurses

239 Scientists

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Dr. Peter Pisters, President and CEO, University Health Network

As President and CEO of UHN, I am privileged to see the amazing work taking place every day at Toronto Rehab. Using rigorous and personalized treatments we are able to embrace countless opportunities to improve lives. We are fortunate to hear from many grateful patients, and thank those who have shared their stories in this report. They demonstrate how your giving is truly making a difference. As a leading health organization, UHN has an important role to play in addressing our country’s greatest health-care challenges. One topic that is coming to a critical peak is the misuse of opioid medication. An astounding 25 per cent of the population suffers from chronic pain and finds relief from opioids to devastating effects. At UHN, we are using our expertise to address this. Toronto Rehab’s pain management team has joined forces with Toronto General Hospital’s anesthesiology team to transfer their

knowledge in pain management to health-care professionals in remote locations facing this issue. Using a hub and spoke approach, these teams are able to share best practices on managing pain safely and how to address this epidemic; elevating care for those who need it most, no matter where they live. Between our aging population and the current opioid epidemic, the issues we are facing in health care are critical and complex. We need the most advanced teams to solve complicated problems, such as opioid addiction, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and brain injury. With the help of our donors we can find new ways to get patients back to their lives following a brain injury, stroke, or other illness or injury. Conquering challenges and managing crisis: with the support of our donor community, this is what Toronto Rehab does. It’s Where Incredible Happens.

As Toronto Rehab’s medical and executive leads, we are proud to represent the dedicated teams across this great organization that continually raise the bar and demonstrate their commitment to innovative, safe and quality care every day. We are grateful to our donor community for expanding the range of possibilities to help people overcome the challenges of disabling injury, illness and age-related health conditions to live active, healthier and more independent lives. Susan Jewell, Dr.Gaetan Tardif, Physiatrist-inChief and Medical Program Director, Senior Vice President and Executive Lead, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Toronto Rehabilitation Institute



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• Largest Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program in Canada • Largest Musculoskeletal Rehab Program in Canada • First Cancer Rehabilitation Program in Canada • Home of iDAPT: the world’s premier facility dedicated to Rehabilitation Research


• Complex Continuing Care Hospital • First hospital in Canada to incorporate nocturnal hemodialysis • Bickle Centre, formerly known as The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, celebrates 142 years of service to the community


• Canada’s first rehabilitation centre for people with spinal cord injuries • Largest Spinal Cord Rehab Program in Canada • 3rd largest Spinal Cord Rehab Program in the world


• Largest Cardiac Rehab Program in North America • The world’s first virtual learning institute for Cardiac Rehab, called Cardiac College • 31,587 Cardiac Rehab graduates since 1998 • Home to ACCELERATION, first-of-its-kind Canadian lifestyle program


• Canada’s only dedicated Multiple Sclerosis outpatient clinic in Ontario • Home of LIFESPAN, a program that helps youth with disabilities navigate adulthood • Program of Distinction Award for Stroke Rehabilitation

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ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURIES AND CONCUSSION FACTS: • Toronto Rehab is home to the leading Brain Injury Rehab program in Canada

• With over 50,000 Canadians sustaining a brain injury every year (often called an acquired brain injury or ABI), it is the leading killer and disabler of Canadians under the age of 40

• Toronto Rehab is at the forefront of lifechanging adaptive technology for patients across Canada living with the resounding and devastating effects of brain injury

• An ABI may be the result of a car accident, a fall, or a medical problem such as a stroke, brain aneurysm or cardiac arrest

• A brain injury may affect how a person moves, thinks, talks, feels and behaves, and can cause memory loss

• Our inpatient, outpatient and clinic programs are tailored to an individual’s needs for regaining independence and restoring the parts of life that have been affected by their brain injury


• Toronto Rehab researchers are working on systemwide guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury and concussion, including customized treatment and follow up, to standardize care and secondary prevention for concussion across Ontario

IT WASN’T JUST A FALL... Lynsey Hayton, 25, was walking home from a quiet night with friends when she slipped on ice and fell face-first on the ground. Aside from injuries sustained to her nose, she felt fine. However, while at work the next day she suddenly felt very nauseous and began to vomit. Her symptoms also included a severe headache, confusion and mild short-term memory loss.



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ACCELERATING CONCUSSION TREATMENT AND RESEARCH Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), or concussion, affects 150,000 people in Ontario each year. Of this number, 1 in 8 will suffer from persistent symptoms that can include dizziness, headache, imbalance, fatigue, depression, anxiety, pain and cognitive impairment. Specialized care, however, is inconsistent and problematic: often taking up to 8 – 12 months to be treated by an expert after the first presentation of concussion. Through its leadership in brain injury care and research, Toronto Rehab recently established the Hull-Ellis Concussion and Research Clinic: A Rapid Access Clinic for Concussion. Recognizing the gaps in service delivery and assessment, Dr. Mark

“When I wouldn’t stop throwing up within a few hours, one of my colleagues pointed out to me that because I had fallen the night before, I probably had a concussion,” explains Lynsey. Her colleague’s suspicions were confirmed at Toronto Western Hospital’s Emergency Room. Upon discharge, she was referred to Toronto Rehab’s Hull-Ellis Concussion and Research Clinic.

Bayley, Medical Director, Brain and Spinal Cord Rehab Program and holder of the Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury Research, and Dr. Paul Comper, a Toronto Rehab neuropsychologist and National Hockey League (NHL) Players’ Association consultant, initiated a research study to test a new model of assessment and treatment for Ontario. The Hull-Ellis Concussion and Research Clinic is evaluating the effectiveness and role of rapidassessment clinics (where patients are referred within 24-48 hours post injury) and the use of innovative assessment techniques and treatments, such as early education about self-management of postconcussion symptoms to promote recovery. The clinic is named for

Within the first week of being treated at the clinic, Lynsey’s symptoms, including the nausea and short-term memory loss, were gone. She also found relief for the insomnia and vertigo that she suffered prior to her concussion. “The doctor I saw at Hull-Ellis helped me recognize and deal with impairments that were directly caused by my concussion and

hockey legends Dennis Hull and Ron Ellis, in recognition of the $700,000 in funding support raised at the 2014 TWIINS Gala in their honour. “This is a formalized program that broadens the scope of concussion treatment from sports-related injuries to an emphasis on caring for the general population,” explains Dr. Comper. “Most of these injuries are falls, car accidents, and day-to-day injuries to the head.” Above: Dr. Paul Comper and Dr. Mark Bayley

symptoms that I lived with before it,” explains Lynsey. She now considers herself symptom-free for the most part. “Hull-Ellis has benefited me so much in understanding and combatting my symptoms, so if the research gathered on my progress also benefits others too, then that’s even better,” says Lynsey.

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STROKE FACTS: • Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and adult disability •C  onsistently named a Stroke Rehab Program of Distinction by Accreditation Canada, Toronto Rehab was the first program in the country to receive this recognition in 2010

• The Public Health Agency of Canada named stroke as one of the most impactful chronic diseases in Canada • In the next two decades, the number of Canadians living with long-term disability from stroke will increase by up to 80 per cent

• In Canada, someone has a stroke every 10 minutes

• Toronto Rehab is a leader in Stroke Rehabilitation, serving as a model for other centres in Canada

At Toronto Rehab, our researchers work side-byside with our health-care teams so that our stroke patients benefit from the latest discoveries and effective solutions: • Our Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic delivers state-of-the-art and novel clinical treatments, at the level of intensity known to produce changes and return lost movement and function in hands and arms.

• Our New Cardiopulmonary Exercise Assessment (CPA) Clinic allows early access and participation in fitness and exercise for optimal stroke recovery. • Our EPIC project (Empowering Patients in Community Reintegration) incorporates proven approaches to getting people back home after their stroke.


• In our Stroke Rehab Inpatient Service, every patient receives an assessment of their gait (walking) and balance using innovative techniques developed in our Balance, Mobility and Falls Clinic.

“Toronto Rehab gave me back my life and I’m forever grateful,” says Howard Rocket. “I know Toronto Rehab will continue to push the boundaries and discover more incredible ways to help stroke survivors.” Above: Howard Rocket and Dr. Milos Popovic



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In July of 2009, one month before her eldest son’s wedding, Connie Cardoso suffered a stroke while home with a bout of pneumonia. In the midst of her three-month inpatient stay at Toronto Rehab, Connie attended the wedding in a wheelchair and the assistance of a private nurse. Resuming her rehabilitation, Connie re-learned how to walk and build core strength. Once back at home, she wanted to continue increasing her mobility and improving her balance. She found the support she needed through Toronto Rehab’s community-based program, Together In Movement and Exercise (TIME™). TIME™ was an idea born out of Toronto Rehab’s neuro-rehabilitation program in 2007, through a unique partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Today, TIME™ classes are held in over 40 community centres across Canada, allowing participants to continually improve their fitness and quality of life. “It embodies a new concept in health care, which is that health care remains involved in a patient’s life even after they’re out in the community,” explains Jo-Anne Howe, a recently-retired clinical educator and physiotherapist at Toronto Rehab, who spearheaded the program.

This past June, almost seven years after her stroke, Connie danced at her younger son’s wedding thanks to Toronto Rehab and the TIMETM program.

“Every class we try to accomplish something different; a new physical goal. TIME™ has really helped me physically, socially and psychologically,” says Connie. “It’s given me mobility, confidence and life-long friends.”

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• Toronto Rehab’s Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program is the largest program in Canada and third largest in the world for people with spinal cord injuries and related nontraumatic neurological conditions

• Each year, an estimated 1,000 Canadians are permanently disabled as a result of spinal cord injuries or disease, and approximately 40,000 Canadians live with spinal cord injuries • Car and motorcycle accidents cause the most spinal cord injuries, followed by falls, medical conditions, diving and other sportsrelated accidents • Most people who suffer spinal cord injuries are young males aged 15 to 34 • Increasingly, diseases such as stroke are paralyzing older adults


• Twenty-five per cent of all Spinal Cord Injury patients in Canada are treated at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre • Toronto Rehab scientists are pioneering advances in spinal cord rehabilitation: Led by Dr. Milos Popovic, Toronto Rehab researchers are helping paralyzed patients regain motion with the design of devices that help to restore or replace function to damaged nervous systems

DEAN CONNOR: AN INCREDIBLE LEADER In taking centre stage for global innovation in rehabilitation, Toronto Rehab sought a leader to chair the Where Incredible Happens Campaign Cabinet and work with the Foundation Board toward the $100 million goal. The call was answered by Dean Connor, UHN Trustee, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Life Financial. Inspired by the life-changing inventions and discoveries at Toronto Rehab, Dean and his wife, Maris Uffelmann, have made a lead gift to the Campaign and are Making Incredible Happen by supporting the Rehab Engineering Lab at our Lyndhurst Centre for Spinal Cord Rehabilitation.



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ALTHOUGH WE ARE TOLD THAT EVERYTHING CAN CHANGE IN A FLASH, NO ONE BELIEVES IT CAN HAPPEN TO THEM. CHRIS STIGAS BELIEVES: HE’S LIVED IT. In November of 2014, Chris was going about his daily routine when he slipped and fell in the bathroom. He knew that it was bad; he couldn’t move anything; instant paralysis. Expecting a friend in 15 hours, there was nothing he could do but lie on his bathroom floor and wait. Once his friend arrived, Chris was rushed to emergency, then spent the next four months in the Intensive Care Unit. Finally, he was ready to move to Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre for Spinal Cord Rehabilitation. At Lyndhurst, Chris worked hard to regain strength in his arms and to understand what his new life would be like. He knew that the only way to stay positive was to look forward and not dwell on the past.

This summer, Chris spent a weekend in Muskoka as an eager participant in Toronto Rehab’s Spinal Cord Recreational Cottage Program. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the program allowed Chris to enjoy outdoor activities and try adaptive equipment in a safe and supportive environment, with the guidance of Lyndhurst’s recreation therapists. Chris has learned that, with planning, he is able to do everything he did before his accident in a modified way. Now a patient volunteer ambassador at Lyndhurst, Chris is providing critical input, based on his personal experiences, to help implement changes that will make a significant difference in the lives of current, and future, patients at Lyndhurst. Photos (right): Chris Stigas with Gillian Johnston, Zainil and Anita Medeiros partaking in activities at Toronto Rehab’s Cottage Program.

“This year, we celebrate our 20th anniversary. We are so grateful for the support of our donors who have provided hundreds of patients the unique opportunity to experience the outdoors, learn new recreational activities, and make life-long friends. Importantly, Toronto Rehab’s Spinal Cord Recreational Cottage Program offers hope by providing our patients with the experience to discover their unique leisure abilities and untapped potential. The Cottage Program provides our patients with a variety of opportunities to maximize independence in leisure, improve health and emotional well-being, and to attain the highest possible quality of life.” – CHARLENE ALTON, RECREATIONAL THERAPIST, TORONTO REHAB Report to Our Community 2016 |



CARDIAC FACTS: • Toronto Rehab has the largest Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in North America and is an international leader in proven best practices that encourage people to adopt heart-healthy lifestyles

• Cardiovascular Disease is the number one cause of death in Canada • Cardiovascular disease includes heart attack, heart failure, irregular heart beat and cardiomyopathy

• Toronto Rehab’s Cardiac College is the world’s first virtual learning institute for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Chronic Disease Prevention

• Heart disease often has no signs • Only 20 per cent of people who require cardiac rehab actually receive it

• Findings by Toronto Rehab scientists Dr. David Alter, Dr. Paul Oh, and others, have shown that people who participate in cardiac rehab programs after experiencing a major heart event cut the risk of dying from a subsequent heart event in half

• UHN now collaborates with 80 cardiac rehab sites through the Cardiac Rehabilitation Network of Ontario (CRNO), serving approximately 18,000 patients annually

CARDIAC RESEARCH FINDS SITTING FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME INCREASES HEALTH PROBLEMS Our own Toronto Rehab Chair in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Dr. David Alter, has garnered international attention for his team’s research indicating that standing regularly may be key to preventing chronic disease. “More than one half of an average person’s day is spent being sedentary: sitting, watching television, or working at a computer,” says Dr. Alter. Combined, these sedentary activities



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are the fourth leading risk factor for death worldwide. Dr. Alter’s research goes beyond existing studies that measure the effect of sedentary time on health to definitively ask, for the first time, whether exercise can offset the health risks associated with prolonged sitting. “While we did notice that health risks generally decreased for those who exercised the most, the harmful

health effects associated with sedentary time remained. Thus, while exercising may help for some, regular breaks from sedentary time could prove to be just as important for staying healthy,” shared Dr. Alter. Further research will explore the effectiveness of new approaches to minimize physical inactivity.



INCREDIBLE STRIDES As the proportion of Canada’s aging population increases, leading causes of death are shifting from infectious and acute to chronic and degenerative diseases. This change demands a focus on encouraging healthy lifestyles, which is exactly what we are doing at Toronto Rehab. Dana Davies lost her mother to breast cancer when she was 11. Now she is working on decreasing her lifestyle risks through ACCELERATION: a behavioural and lifestyle change intervention program. The 12-week program is led by Toronto Rehab’s Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation program, Dr. Paul Oh, and other national experts. Based on advanced scientific evidence for lifestyle and health behaviour change, the program is available to individuals who are at risk of developing chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Lauren Jenkinson (left), Dana Davies’ ACCELERATION case manager, works with Dana (right) to set goals that are important to her and keep her on track with weekly program check-ins.



Through the extraordinary generosity of Edward and Alice Kernaghan, a Fellowship Program was created to provide real hope to individuals and families suffering from heart disease, while helping others avoid these debilitating conditions altogether. The Kernaghan Fellowship Program will contribute to advances in the prevention and treatment of heart disease by fostering clinical applications, collaborative research, and knowledge-sharing. Most importantly, the Fellowship Program aims to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow.

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• Due to an aging population, more people are living longer with complex conditions that require specialized care not often found in long-term care facilities or in acute care hospitals

• Toronto Rehab’s Bickle Centre is a 208-bed Complex Continuing Care hospital

• Toronto Rehab is the leading expert in caring for people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

• Our patient population has an average of 5.5 medical conditions that make their care complex and challenging

• Toronto Rehab is one of the only complex and continuing care programs to offer inpatient kidney dialysis

• The E.W. Bickle Centre is the top-rated freestanding complex and continuing care centre in Ontario

BMO IS ENABLING PATIENTS TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL Toronto Rehab’s E.W. Bickle Centre is Ontario’s leader in Complex Continuing Care (CCC) and one of the most specialized hospitals of its kind in Canada. Providing compassionate and expert care, it serves individuals impacted by serious and potentially disabling disorders, such as traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and end-stage renal failure.



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The Bickle Centre, built in the 1970’s, is currently undergoing renovations and retrofits to improve patient safety, comfort and care. The redevelopment is also offering the exciting opportunity to establish a nocturnal dialysis program that will help ensure our continued leadership in dialysis treatment. As a lead supporter, BMO Financial Group has committed $1 million to helping enhance care for society’s most vulnerable individuals.

“We are very privileged and proud to support the campaign for Toronto Rehab. Our investment in the Bickle Centre, which has always had an outstanding reputation for its breakthrough work in rehabilitation and patient care, will allow it to continue helping patients reach their full potential,”says Nada Ristich, Director, Corporate Donations, BMO Financial Group. Thank you, BMO Financial Group for your visionary support!



LLOYD RIGG BENEFITS FROM TORONTO REHAB’S LEADERSHIP IN DIALYSIS This fall, the Bickle Centre will open Ontario’s first nocturnal dialysis program for patients with end-stage renal disease. Patients such as Lloyd Rigg will have more time for their favourite activities. Lloyd currently travels downtown to Toronto Rehab’s University Centre three times each week to receive dialysis; a process that can take up to four or five hours to complete. Lloyd, who enjoys singing, dancing and tai-chi at the Bickle Centre, suffers from kidney disease, diabetes, vasculitis and had his leg amputated due to an infection. Hemodialysis acts as a vital filtering system for the blood: removing waste, restoring balance of electrolytes and eliminating extra fluid from the body. A more gentle method, nocturnal dialysis offers a longer and slower treatment process that leaves patients less fatigued. Since it takes place at night while sleeping, patients like Lloyd are able to regain their leisure time and undergo physiotherapy during the day. This incredible new program is sure to significantly enrich our patients’ comfort and quality of life.


BILLIE WILDER: INCREDIBLE LEGACY The Bickle/Wilder family is deeply cherished for their integral and compassionate involvement in Toronto Rehab’s E.W. Bickle Centre for Complex Continuing Care. Judith ‘Billie’ Wilder continues to support the Bickle Centre through this next phase of its evolution, having previously honoured the legacy of her father’s long-time involvement with a transformational gift to our last campaign. Mrs. Wilder and her father, the late Edward W. Bickle, both served in leading governance positions and we thank them for providing a lifetime of commitment to advancing rehabilitation and enhancing the quality of life for the most fragile individuals in our community.

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MUSCULOSKELETAL FACTS: The MSK program is a dynamic and innovative program that has been adapting to the growing needs of a complex patient population for the past decade:

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Rehabilitation addresses the physical challenges of trauma, arthritis and other diseases that limit mobility and function. Toronto Rehab offers the tools and expertise to help individuals who have undergone joint replacement surgery, who have sustained a hip fracture or multiple injuries from a fall or motor-vehicle accident, or who live with chronic illnesses and chronic pain from osteoarthritis or cancer to regain their strength, physical abilities and independence.

• 1,000 inpatient admissions per year • 20,000 outpatient visits per year • Collaboration with Toronto Western’s Arthritis Program • Recent expansion to include the Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program • Part of the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute’s project to grow and integrate chronic pain clinical care, education and research

ANOTHER FIRST Did you know? One in five Ontarians suffer daily from moderate to severe chronic pain. Through Project ECHO, Toronto Rehab is proud to lead and serve Ontario doctors who are seeking expert knowledge and support to manage chronic pain safely and effectively. The first program of its kind in Canada, ECHO uses videoconferencing to offer primary care providers, especially those in rural and underserved areas, training and advice from Toronto Rehab experts on pain management for patients. As a pain specialist and leader of the research team that developed the Canadian Opioid Guideline, Toronto 16


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Rehab Scientist Dr. Andrea Furlan has treated and researched chronic pain patients extensively over the years. “Patients with chronic pain often wait months to be assessed by an inter-professional pain team,” says Dr. Furlan. “In most cases, specialists and family physicians do not communicate directly about what course of action is best for the patient. ECHO will enable a community of practice between primary care and specialists to empower clinicians in underserved areas to provide the best solutions for their patients with chronic pain— the same care they would receive by an inter-professional team at an academic centre, such as Toronto Rehab.”

“In the past, most cases would come back with the diagnosis of chronic pain syndrome but no clear guidelines to help us to properly manage the patient’s situation. Project ECHO has helped us get a full assessment of each individual case and guide us on the management and further treatment plan for each individual,” says Auri Bruno-Petrina, Iroquois Falls Family Health Team. “Our team is thrilled to have the ECHO experts at Toronto Rehab coaching us all the way and the patients are also relieved by finally understanding their condition and knowing that so many people care about their well-being.”



A GRATEFUL PATIENT After five years of debilitating chronic pain, Kathy Burkhart found relief and the answers she’d been searching for at Toronto Rehab.

Dr. Flannery and his team diagnosed Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS): a rare and often misdiagnosed disorder of the sympathetic nervous system that is characterized by chronic, severe pain and often extreme sensitivity.

In July 2010, Kathy fell running up the stairs with a laundry basket. She broke her ankle and had to wear a cast for 12 weeks. Once out of the cast, she started a standard course of physiotherapy, but her leg was not healing; in fact, it was getting worse.

Given her diagnosis her team recommended amputation and a course of pain management as the best way to relieve Kathy’s unbearable symptoms so that she could get back to her life.

The pain was constant and excruciating. She was prescribed pain blockers and received a ninemonth course of intravenous antibiotics before undergoing an operation to remove a benign tumor that had grown on her leg. Still, her leg would not heal.

“I have gained independence; I can walk and cook on my own,” says Kathy. “I am not reliant on others for my care and mostly…I have my pain under control! Thank you Toronto Rehab for being incredible.”

Five years after the fall, in July 2015, Kathy was referred to Dr. John Flannery, Medical Director of Toronto Rehab’s MSK Rehab Program.



David Kerr, a dedicated Where Incredible Happens $100-milllion Campaign Cabinet member, has long served Toronto Rehab and its legacy Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). David first gained an appreciation for how vital and valuable rehabilitation is to the recovery process when his father was a patient at QEH. Since that time, he has been an active fundraiser, a pace-setting donor and a much-valued volunteer; including having served as Chair of Toronto Rehab Foundation’s Board from 2004 until 2007. We are incredibly grateful to David and his wife, Sheryl Kerr, for their unwavering support and dedication to the future of Toronto Rehab.

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On October 26, 2015 Toronto Rehab Foundation celebrated the launch of its historic $100-million Campaign in support of Toronto Rehab: the place Where Incredible Happens. There is no denying the important role that rehabilitation plays in expediting recovery, enabling successful returns to home and to work, and in supporting individuals to recapture their potential.

physical challenges, Toronto Rehab’s broad scope and world-leading expertise in rehabilitative care and research has positioned us to lead the charge in the health innovation that is urgently required for our society.

Rehabilitation is also emerging as a key component of disease management, leading to shorter hospital stays, lower readmission rates, decreased visits to physician offices and emergency rooms, and more independent and active living.

Through the Where Incredible Happens Campaign, donors will help ensure that the best proven rehabilitation research, technology and care are available to our patients and the community now, and in the future.

Over the next 25 years, 1,000 Canadians will turn 65 each and every day. Recognizing the growing demand to support our aging population and those living with

Our Where Incredible Happens Campaign Cabinet, led by Chair Dean Connor, President and CEO, Sun Life Financial, is driving the success of our efforts to help Toronto Rehab



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undertake its world-leading research and patient care. Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach over $57 million of our $100-million goal in support of: • s tate-of-the-art technologies and equipment; • facility upgrades and renovations; • f ellowships to attract and retain the world’s leading clinicians and scientists; • a cademic chairs to attract and retain internationally renowned scientists to push the boundaries of knowledge; and, •e  ndowments to sustain annual funding for Toronto Rehab’s most urgent needs.

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A MESSAGE FROM DR. GEOFF FERNIE, VICE PRESIDENT OF RESEARCH For the past 13 years, it has been my great honour and privilege to serve as the Vice President of Toronto Rehab’s Research Institute - the #1 rehabilitation research centre in the world! However, my dream of creating a more accessible city, a safer country and more aging-friendly world started well before that. It has taken years of hard, determined work by all my colleagues to reach the world stage, and I could not be prouder. But what does the #1 rehabilitation research centre mean? It means we publish more scientific journal articles than our peer institutions, and those articles are cited more often as well. Yes, by traditional metrics, we lead the academic world of rehabilitation science.

However, we are driven to have an impact beyond the world of academia. This #1 ranking means we are collaborators, partners and leaders. We partner with our clinician colleagues, industry partners and government officials to introduce improved treatments and innovative products, and to solve problems that will raise the quality of life for the majority of the population fortunate enough to live into old age. Our researchers are focused on both prevention and recovery, with an emphasis on independence. We produce solutions to common problems that cause enormous and devastating damage: falls, strokes, cognitive dysfunction, hospitalacquired infection and more.

The Foundation is our key partner. Donors support our scientists, and in turn, those scientists continue to successfully raise operating funds from grants and contracts. Increasingly, we will further leverage donations by commercializing our inventions and launching start-up companies. Revenue from donors, grants, contracts and commercialization will help fuel amazing innovation and growth, solidifying Toronto Rehab as the place Where Incredible Happens.

Above: Dr. Geoff Fernie, Vice President Research, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

7,000+ Total research citations for Toronto Rehab

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TWO TIMES A CHARM For the second consecutive year, Toronto Rehab scientists were recipients of the UHN Inventor of the Year Award. Drs. Hisham Alshaer, T. Douglas Bradley and Geoff Fernie were presented with the 2015 UHN Inventor of the Year Award for leading the way in developing innovative new technologies and treatments to respond to the growing number of people living with sleep apnea and its related health conditions. The team founded BrescoTec Inc. and a device called BresoDx, which uses proprietary acoustic and movement recording technology as an aid in the diagnosis of sleep apnea. It is a portable, self-contained and battery-operated device that patients can use at home. Sleep apnea affects about 10 per cent of adults globally but is not widely diagnosed. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications, including increased risk of hypertension, stroke and heart failure, and causes daytime drowsiness leading to higher incidence of accidents and injury, particularly motor vehicle collisions.

UHN Inventors of the Year, Drs. Hisham Alshaer, T. Douglas Bradley and Geoff Fernie

Research Chairs Chairholder: Dr. David Alter Toronto Rehab Chair in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Chairholder: Dr. Susan Jaglal Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Chair at the University of Toronto

Chairholder: Dr. Mark Bayley The Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury Research

Chairholder: Dr. Alex Mihailidis The Barbara G. Stymiest Chair in Rehabilitation Technology Research

Chairholder: Dr. T. Douglas Bradley The Clifford Nordal Chair in Sleep Apnea and Rehabilitation Research

Chairholder: Dr.Paul Oh Inaugural GoodLife Fitness Chair in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention

Chairholder: Dr. Robin Green Canada Research Chair (II) in Traumatic Brain Injury

Chairholder: Dr. Milos Popovic Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research

DELOITTE IS ADVANCING INCREDIBLE INNOVATION Deloitte has been a longstanding supporter of Toronto Rehab. As partners in designing and delivering solutions that contribute to a prosperous future, together we are making the communities we serve healthier. Deloitte’s most recent $250,000 commitment will support health technology innovation at Toronto Rehab. The Deloitte Innovation Fund will support the development of promising rehabilitation and prevention research studies that have potential for commercialization; products such as patientlifting devices and an array of rehabilitation and home-care tools. Deloitte’s investment in Toronto Rehab’s Where Incredible Happens Campaign will accelerate the pipeline of “made in Canada” health technology innovations that will improve the quality of life for those affected by injury, illness and disability.

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We wish to thank all of our generous donors. Those who have cumulatively donated $10,000 or more to Toronto Rehab Foundation prior to June 30, 2016 are listed here.



Judith R. Wilder

Aecon Group Inc.

Anonymous (1)

ARAMARK Canada Ltd. Estate of Hazel May Arnold The Harold E. Ballard Foundation


The Ralph M. Barford Foundation

BMO Financial Group

Bergmanis, Preyra LLP

Timothy & Sheila Casgrain

Estate of Richard C. & Ora J. Berkinshaw

Dean Connor & Maris Uffelmann

J. P. Bickell Foundation

David & Lynn Coriat

E. W. Bickle Foundation

Sheryl & David Kerr

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The Fred A. Litwin Family Foundation

David & Patti Bragg

George & Anne Ploder

Gerald & Susan Brockelsby

RBC Foundation

Estate of Thomas William Butler

William & Meredith Saunderson

Canadian National Railway Company

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Canadian Trucking Alliance

Sun Life Financial

Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada (CHFC)

Bayshore Home Health

The Caring Foundation



Toronto Rehab Foundation

EXTRAORDINARY VOLUNTEERISM Congratulations to Toronto Rehab Foundation’s volunteer extraordinaire, Jessica Coriat, who was recognized for her tremendous contributions as the recipient of the Community Leader Award for Ontario, signed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As part of the 2016 Canada’s Volunteer Awards program, Jessica was invited to Ottawa to receive this prestigious honour. To highlight the significance of this award and exemplify why Toronto Rehab is Where Incredible Happens, Jessica was featured on the side of TTC streetcars this summer.



Estate of David Walter Page Pretty

Rob Cudney

City of Toronto City Council, Toronto Health Care Fund

Andrew & Valerie Pringle

David Denison & Maureen Flanagan

Clarke Law


Devry Smith Frank LLP Lawyers & Mediators

Jamie S. Coatsworth & Christine Gillespie

Estate of William Ramsay

The Drummond Foundation

Estate of Joan Elizabeth Crocker

Rick Hansen Institute

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc.

James H. Cummings Foundation Inc.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

The Harry E. Foster Charitable Foundation

William A. Cunningham

Howard Rocket

General Mills Canada Inc.


Gretchen & Donald M. Ross

L.E. Glazer Family

The Dominion

Rotary Club of Scarborough Bluffs

Diana & Larry Goad

Enbridge Inc.

The Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Provincial

Estate of Margaret Mary Harris

Extendicare (Canada) Inc.

Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries

The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation


Charitable Foundation

H.J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd.

Falconbridge Limited

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Henderson Structured Settlements LP

Roger & Kevin Garland


Hillcrest Auxiliary

Gary & Sandra German

Michael Shannon, Morse Shannon LLP

Jackman Foundation

Gluckstein Lawyers

Singer Kwinter Lawyers

John Labatt Limited

James Rutley Grand Memorial Fund

The Slaight Family Foundation

Kellogg’s Canada Inc.

Pamela R. Hallisey

The St. George Society of Toronto

Dr. Vaikuntam Lakshmanan

Mary & Graham Hallward

Barbara Stymiest

George Linton

Estate of Robert A. Heaney

Estate of Ilonka Seder Szabolcsi

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

Himelfarb Proszanski

TD Bank Group

Rebecca McKinnon

Nelson Arthur Hyland Foundation

Thomson, Rogers Barristers and Solicitors

The McLean Foundation

iA Financial Group

TMX Group Inc.

Estate of Neil Archibald MacVicar

Imperial Oil Limited

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Volunteer

Medavie Blue Cross

Intact Foundation


Mercer (Canada) Ltd.

Janssen Inc.

Estate of Helen Mary Watson

Ronald H. Meredith-Jones

Edward & Alice Kernaghan

Paul & Carolyn Weiss

Estate of Roy Gerald Mimms

The Henry White Kinnear Foundation

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

The Mulvihill Family Foundation

Estate of Arthur William Kirkpatrick

Stephen Wetmore

National Bank Financial

Estate of Bernice Korman

Will Davidson LLP

Gordon Nixon

KPMG Canada

David Williams

Estate of Helen Doris Gardiner Phelan

Arthur & Sonia Labatt

Milton Winberg

Estate of Mary Elizabeth Pitt

Owen Lawson

The Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation

Ram & Usha Ramkumar

Estate of Jeffrey Laycock

Estate of Jennings David Young

RBC Investments

Loblaw Companies Limited

Anonymous (5)

John & Pamela Richardson

Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation

Mark & Sarah Rochon

Robert & Patricia Lord

The W.P. Scott Charitable Foundation


Sears Canada

Marquest Asset Management Inc.

Richard A. Abboud & Forum Equity Partners

Arnold Shniffer

Mazin & Associates PC, Lawyers

AGF Management Ltd.

Shoppers Drug Mart

The R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation

Alcan Inc.

Estate of Allan Thomas Squier

McLeish Orlando Lawyers

James Archer-Shee & Mary Matthews

StuCor Construction Ltd.

McLean Budden Limited

The Atkinson Charitable Foundation

Willard & Ann Sutherland

Linda F. Mezon

Barrick Gold Corporation

David & Ann Taylor

Kristin Morch & Albert Pace

Bell Canada

Estate of William J. Thompson

The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Estate of Jean R. Thomson

Neinstein Lawyers

Bogoroch & Associates, Barristers & Solicitors

TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Nexans Canada Inc.

Richard J.G. Boxer

Unilever Canada

Noranda Foundation

Brascan Corporation


Northbridge Financial Corporation

Edward Bronfman Family Foundation

Luc Vanneste

Oatley Vigmond Lawyers

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

Estate of John William Walker

Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada

Canadian Pacific Limited

E. Philip Weiss

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company

Weston Bakeries

Pfizer Canada Inc.

Cliffstar Corporation

Florence & Mickey Winberg

Philips Respironics Inc.

Gordon H. Cowperthwaite

Albert & Petra Wu

The MacMillan Family Manulife Financial

Shell Canada Limited

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Yorkville Asset Management Inc.

H.C.S.O. Foundation Inc.

Anonymous (2)

Margaret M. Harris Eric and Marlene Hartley Estate of Tatsuo (Ted) Hayashi

DR. MARK BAYLEY: INCREDIBLE MENTOR Dr. Mark Bayley, Medical Director of Toronto Rehab’s Brain & Spinal Cord Rehab Program, received the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine 2016 Award in Quality and Innovation. The award recognizes outstanding leadership or academic contributions to health-care quality, patient safety and innovation. Dr. Bayley is the current holder of The Saunderson Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury Research and is coPrincipal investigator for Toronto Rehab’s unique Hull-Ellis Concussion and Research Clinic, which is addressing concussion assessment and treatment.


Honda of Canada Manufacturing

A. Lassonde Sales Group

Estate of Emily Annie Hopewell

A.S. May Powell Corporation

HSBC Securities (Canada)

Acosta Canada

Humpty Dumpty Snack Foods Inc.

Estate of George Jackson Addison

Instinet Canada Ltd.

Allergan Inc.

International Semi-Tech Microelectronics

Angus Consulting Management Ltd.

Invacare Canada Inc.

Argus & Hollinger Inc.

Italpasta Limited

The Bitove Corporation

Janes Family Foods Ltd.

Blue Rodeo Productions

Jones Apparel Group Canada

BMO Employee Charitable Foundation

Harvey & Marsha Joseph

BMO Nesbitt Burns

Maury Kalen

Richard J. Boxer

McKenley Kidd

Bracco Imaging Canada

Kimberly-Clark Inc.

The Braund Management Group Incorporated

Jane Kinney

Estate of Alice Dolorese Cameron

Sheila Kirshenblatt

Campbell Company of Canada

Dr. Dinesh Kumbhare

The Canada Life Assurance Company

Labatt Breweries Ontario

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Estate of Archie Lamont

Cangap Lending Corp.

Lang Michener LLP

Capuchins of Central Canada

Clifford Lax

Carwell Construction Ltd.

Daniel Lee

Chinook Group

Philip Lind

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd.

London Life Insurance Company

Colgate-Palmolive Canada Inc.

Macquarie Group Foundation

Coloplast Canada Corporation

Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Inc.

ConAgra Foods

Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Cott Beverages Canada

Andrea & Malcolm Marcus

Randolph W. Cousins

Donald & Avril Martin

S. David Craig & Donna Piccinin-Craig

McCain Foods (Canada) Ltd.

Crombie Kennedy Nasmark Inc.

Catherine & Gordon McCauley

Nora Cullen, M.D.

The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation

Arthur Dalfen

Sidney Mendelson

Danone Inc.

Merck Frosst Canada Ltd.

DuPont Canada Inc.

The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable

The Eaton Foundation

Minto Foundation Inc.

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

Moore Corporation Limited

Howard J. Fergusson & Family

Nancy Ralph & Associates

Geoff Fernie, PhD & Bonnie Fernie

Nestle Canada Inc.

Estate of Thomas Palmer Ferriss

The Odan/Detech Group Inc.

Estate of Ina Mae Gall

Ogilvy Renault

Gay Lea Foods

Paul Oh, M.D.

Laurie Ann Goad

Onex Corporation

Sidney H. Goldhart

The Pepsi Bottling Group

Goldman Sachs Canada Inc.

Piller Sausages & Delicatessens Ltd.

Goodman Halioua LLP

Robert Pitfield

The Honourable Jerry & Carole Grafstein

Reckitt Benckiser (Canada Inc.)

The Miriam and Harold Green Family

Felicia Ross

Estate of Ida Zella Groat


Toronto Rehab Foundation


Edwards Charitable Foundation



The Hope Charitable Foundation

Victoria Ross S.C. Johnson Wax


Santa Maria Foods Corporation

Aon Consulting Inc.

Colors Fruit (Canada) Inc.

Saputo Cheese G.P.

Aqua Star

Compaq Canada Inc.

Saputo Dairy Products

Arjo Canada

Paul Comper, PhD

Sam Sarick

Susan M. Armstrong

Confederation Life Insurance Company

Rana Sarkar & Reva Seth

Bert Arnold

Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive

Scott Paper Limited

Aviva Canada Inc.

Serono Canada Inc.

Estate of Walter J. Barr

Dermot G. Coughlan

Simon Zucker & Associates

Peter Bartes

Natalie Cournoyea

Estate of Phyllis Olive Beatrice Sivell

Bayer Inc.

Philip Cowperthwaite & Susan Hunter

The Philip Smith Foundation

Mark Bayley, M.D. & Suzanne Smith-Bayley

The Harold Crabtree Foundation

Speight Van Nostrand & Gibson Limited

Robert S. Bell, M.D.

Robert R. Cranston

Catriona Steele, PhD

Bell Canada, Employee Giving Program

Catharine Craven, M.D.

Audrey L Stefanovich

Anna & Pietro Belvedere

Purdy & Beatrice Crawford


Benchmark Benefit Solutions Inc.

Creative Wealth Management Group Inc.

Gaetan S. Tardif, M.D. & Monica Branigan, M.D.

Best Foods Canada Inc.

Robert Cronin


Better Beef Limited

Crown Life Insurance Company

Thomas, Large & Singer Inc.

The Birks Family Foundation

Crown Taxi

David & Joanne Thring

The Black Family Foundation

CS Capital Limited

Towers Watson

Blaney McMurtry LLP

CTV Television Network Ltd.

Estate of Fred Underhill

The Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company of Canada

CTVglobemedia Inc.

Unico Foods Ltd.

The Bradstreet Family Foundation

Cuddy Food Products

Sheila Waengler

Dennis M. & Naomi Brans

Dare Foods Limited

Joie P. Watts

Catherine Bratty

Bill & Julie Deeks

Waugh Family Foundation

British Columbia Packers Limited

Estate of Maureen Sheila Dempsey

Michael Wekerle

Rob & Teresa Brouwer

Estate of Louise Helen DeSpirt

Scott & Marjorie Wetmore

Tania R. Bruno, M.D.

Dimpflmeier Bakery Limited

Gregory Whittaker

Anthony S. Burns, M.D.

Dominion Coal-Building Supplies Ltd.

William M. Dunne & Associates Ltd.

Buttcon Limited Contractors & Engineers

W. Bruce Drake

Women’s Association of the Mining Industry of

Barbara Butterwick

Dundee Wealth Inc.

Calstone Inc.

E*Trade Canada

Joan & Bob Wright

Charlotte M. Cameron

E.D. Smith & Sons Ltd.

Cindy & Paul Yelle

Canada Bread Company Limited

The John David & Signy Eaton Foundation

Frances Zahra


Effem Inc.

Zurich Canada

Canadian Italian Golf Association


Anonymous (3)

Canadian Spinal Research Organization

Michael Eizenga

Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited

Electro Source Inc.

Caneast Foods Ltd.

J. & S. Elliott


Anthony & G. Elizabeth Capon


Estate of Paul Anthony Capon

Evangelista Barristers & Solicitors LLP

20 Vic Management

Capp Shupak Lawyers

John & Gay Evans

2008120 Ontario Inc.

Cardiac Care Network


A&M Cookie Company Canada (Colonial

Carranza LLP

Exchange Solutions

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

A C Nielsen Company of Canada

Cavendish Farms

Anthony & Shari Fell


Centa Construction Limited

Jennifer A. Ferguson

Michael Abbott

Central Park Lodges Ltd.

Joan Ferrie

Adams Brands Inc.

The Centre for Education and Training

Fidelity Investments Canada Ltd.

Agropur Fine Cheese

Centrecorp Management Services Limited

Fireman Steinmetz LLP

Algoma Orchards Limited


First Professional Management

David Alter, M.D. & Family

Michael E. Charlton

John Flannery, M.D. & Marion Flannery

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Connie Chen

Nora Flannigan

Hossein Amani, M.D.

Estate of John Chiasson

Estate of Thomas F. Foster

Amico Patient Care Corporation


Four Seasons Hotels Limited

Donald & Noreen Angus

Clover Leaf Seafoods Inc.

FPI Ltd.

Anne S. Angus

Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc.

Estate of Paul Russell Frasca

Apotex Inc.

Collins Barrow Toronto LLP

FUJIFILM Canada Inc.




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Andrea, Paulo, Giovanni & Isabella Furlan

Richard & Nancy Hamm

Andrea Iaboni, M.D.

GE Canada Inc.

Estate of Ewart Max Harbour

IBM Canada Ltd.

General Motors of Canada

Harlequin Enterprises Limited

IBM Employees’ Charitable Fund

Genuine Health Inc.

Harts Upholstered Products Co. Ltd

ICE River Springs Water Co. Inc.

Georgia Gerring

Bill & Jan Hatanaka

Interpaving Limited

Giddy Yoyo Inc.

Mary Hatch

Investors Group Inc.

Alastair Gillespie

Gabriel J. Hayos

Irving Tissue / Les Papiers Irving

Gillette Canada Inc.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Richard Isaac, M.D. & Brian Sambourne

John P. Ginou

Foster Hewitt Foundation

Rosamond Ivey

Give & Go Prepared Foods Ltd.

Sheila & Howard Hicks

The Richard Ivey Foundation

Bernard Gluckstein

Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart & Storie

Hal Jackman Foundation

GMP Securities L.P.

Jean E. Hill

Henry N. R. Jackman

Gold & Associates

Hobart Food Equipment Group Canada

Arthur & Judy James

Barry J. Goldlist, M.D.

Richard L. Holbrook

Colin James

Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream

R. Brian Holmes, M.D.

Donald James

Goodmans LLP

Hostess Frito-Lay

Bill Jardine

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Douglas & Karen Houston

JC Clark Ltd.

Estate of Colette Elizabeth Graham

Howie, Sacks & Henry Lawyers

The Jeff Healey Band

Estate of Jean Grant

HTX.CA-The Health Technology Exchange

Susan Jewell

Louis Green

Hudson’s Bay Company

Edith & Kenneth Jewett

John R. Gregory

Reg Hunter

Johnson & Johnson Inc.

H. H. Angus & Associates Limited

Estate of Doris Hutton

Estate of Mildred Cecile Johnston

RICH VANDERWAL: JUST INCREDIBLE Therapeutic recreationist and entrepreneur, Rich VanderWal, has turned his own paralysis into a fierce drive and dedication to helping individuals with spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions get active again.



Toronto Rehab Foundation

In 1992, Rich sustained a traumatic spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident. It became the catalyst for his career as a recreation therapist and specialist in adaptive sport equipment. In addition to founding his own business, he continues to volunteer at Toronto Rehab’s

Lyndhurst Centre for Spinal Cord Rehabilitation as an ambassador, advocate and mentor. We thank Rich for his inspiration and all of his volunteer efforts in contributing to the success of many of our fundraising events.


The Julie-Jiggs Foundation

MED2020 Health Care Software Inc.

K-Bro Linen Systems Inc.

Medisystem Pharmacy Ltd.

Ronald Keren, M.D.

Mellon Bank Canada

James W. & Ruth Kerr

Menkes Developments Inc.

KIK Corporation Holdings Inc.

Menu Foods Limited

Estate of Jacob M. Kirshenblatt

Merrill Lynch Canada Incorporated

Estate of Kenneth Lawrence Kleinsteiber

Janet & Roland Michener

David L. Knight

Microcomputer Science Centre Inc.

Knights of Columbus

Alex Mihailidis, PhD

Kodak Canada Inc.

MintoUrban Communities Inc.

Kodak Canada Inc. Employees Chest

The Minute Maid Company Canada Inc.

Kretschmar Inc.

Dr. Woon Jan Au Moe

Murray Krock

Molson Indy Festival Foundation

Lafarge Canada Inc.

Susan Monteith

Robert Lam, M.D.

John Moore

Lantic Sugar Limited

F. K. Morrow Foundation

The Art Latcham Charitable Foundation

MTS Allstream Inc.

The Lawson Foundation

Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada

Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP


LEA Consulting Ltd.

Murphy Hilgers Architects Inc.

John Lederer

National Trust

Louise Lemieux-Charles

The Nesbitt Family

Dayle Ann Levine

Newcourt Credit Group Inc.

Levinter & Levinter

Newell Rubbermaid

Marianne Levitsky

NHL Foundation

Estate of Susan B. Lind

Clifford Nordal

Lindt & Sprungli Canada Inc.


Winston & Stephanie Ling

Northstar Research Partner Inc.

Marilyn & Douglas Linton

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.

Natalie & Sidney Liswood

O&Y Enterprises

Alexander Lo, M.D.

Olymel/Flamingo S.E.C / L.P.

Charles Lombard

Ontario Electrical Construction Co. Ltd.

London Guarantee Insurance Company

Ortho Canada Medical Products

Denis Love

Alborz Oshidari, M.D.

The George Lunan Foundation

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Lyndhurst Gift Shop

Terrence O’Sullivan & Corey Simpson

Bruce S. MacGowan

P & H Foods

Mackenzie Financial Charitable Foundation

P.O.F. Productions

William MacKinnon

Pactiv Canada Inc.

Maclean Hunter Limited

Sheila D. Paradi

MacPherson/Carr Family

Parmalat Canada

John Madden

Parmalat Dairy & Bakery Inc.

Arlene Manankil-Boyce

Par-Pak Ltd.

Manifest Communications Inc.

Barbara & Peter Pauly

Maple Lodge Farms

Jennifer & Yezdi Pavri

Estate of Elly Marks

PCL Packaging Corp.

Marsh Canada Ltd.

Estate of David Robert Peacock

Maynards Industries Ltd.

Pentax Canada Inc.

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Pepsi-Cola Canada Ltd.

Lynda McColl

Pharma Plus Drugmarts

McCormick Canada Inc.

Pillsbury Canada Limited

I.A. McEwan, Q.C.

Pioneer Electronics of Canada Inc.

Colleen McGillivray, M.D.

Placer Dome Inc.

William McLean

Milos Popovic, PhD

Judy McLeod


Estate of Gary Ralph McMackin

Presidential Gourmet Corp.

DR. GAETAN TARDIF: INCREDIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS In May 2016, Dr. Gaetan Tardif, Physiatrist-in-Chief and Medical Program Director, was awarded the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Award of Merit. This award recognizes Dr. Tardif for making exceptional contributions to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation through research, education, advocacy, medical care, humanitarianism, mentorship and advancement of the field. He was also the recipient of the Excellence in Medical Leadership Award from the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders, which is given annually to a physician who has made outstanding contributions to development and mentorship of medical leaders in the field of health services leadership and management. Congratulations Dr. Tardif!

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President’s Choice Financial

SkyDome Corporation

Turner Fleischer Architects

Timothy R. Price

Slaight Communications Inc.

Ultima Foods Inc. - Yoplait

Principal Marques Inc.

Estate of Nathan B. Smith

Unisource Canada Inc.

Prism Partners Inc.

Southam Inc.

University of Toronto

Proctor & Gamble Inc.

Estate of Mary Alice Spaulding

Urban Electrical Contractors

Puresource Inc.

St. Marys Cement Corporation

Alex & Meredith Vaccari & Family

The Quaker Oats Company of Canada Limited

Standing Ovation

Janet & Peter van Nostrand

Raptors Foundation

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Helen E. Van Zeyl

Ruth Redelmeier

Gregory Steers

Karima Velji

RGA Life Reinsurance Company of Canada

John & Sharon Stewart


Robin Hood Multifoods Inc.

Stikeman Elliott LLP

W. Ralston (Canada) Inc.

Gerry Rocchi

Harvey & Cathy Strosberg

David Ward

Rogan Foundation

Summit Technologies Inc.

Diana Weatherall

Rogers Group of Companies

Sun Media Corporation

John G. Weir

Rogers Partners LLP

Suncor Inc.

Wellington West Capital Markets Inc.

Lee Rorabeck

Sutts, Strosberg LLP

Western Creamery Inc.

Joel Rosenthal

D’Arcy Sweeney

Westmoreland Sales

Martin Rosenthal

Estate of Richard Karol Swider

Estate of William Henry Whitehair

Evan Ross & Aviva Wittenberg, Noa & Talia

Swiss Re Life & Health Canada

Jane Williamson

Estate of John Bell Ross

T. McConnell Sales and Marketing Ltd.

Willow Heights Estate Winery

Estate of Mary Anglim Ross

Michael Tamblyn

Chuck & Libby Winograd

Rotary Club of Etobicoke

Warren Tang

Larry & Anne Wright

The Rotary Club of Toronto

Estate of Olga Tarnowska Etty

Wrigley Canada Inc.

C. I. Roveto

Donald Taylor

Lesley & John Wylie

Royal & Sun Alliance Canada

Bachir Tazkarji, M.D. & Hala Idlbi

Xerox Canada Inc.

The Royal Canadian Legion General Wingate

Jay Telfer

Joanne & Jim Zee

TFI Food Equipment Solutions

Heather Zimcik, M.D.

Royal Insurance Company of Canada

The Printing House Ltd.

Archie Zuliani

Samuel Group of Companies Ltd.

Therapist’s Choice Medical Supplies Inc.

Anonymous (6)

Dmyant S. Sangha

Thomson Terminals Limited

Robert M. Schlosser & Family

S. Chum Torno

The S. Schulich Foundation

Toronto Blue Jay Baseball Club

ScotiaMcLeod Inc.

Torstar Corporation

Community Events 2015-2016

Janet A. Scott

Marilyn A. Tory

Don Ross’“21st” Birthday Celebration

Scott Family Fund

Torys LLP

Rocket Ride 4 Rehab

Seaforth Creamery Inc.

Estate of Lillian Massey Treble

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Shah Trading Co. Ltd.

Tree of Life Canada Inc.

Walk of Life, Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada

Robert D. Sheaffer

Tridel Enterprises Inc.

5th Annual Will Davidson Golf Classic

Sheridan Platinum Group

Trinity Development Group Inc.

Rob & Sandy Short

Victoria Trohak

Sibley & Associates

Trophy Foods Inc.

Catherine & Peter Singer

Trotter Family Foundation

(Ontario No. 256)

We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this list. Please contact us at 416-597-3040 or trf@uhn.ca if your name has been listed or omitted in error.

KPMG: AN INCREDIBLE PARTNER IN PREVENTION KPMG Canada and KPMG Foundation have long invested in the most urgent priorities of Toronto Rehab and its legacy hospitals. A valued corporate partner, we thank KPMG for their most recent pledge of $200,000 to help lead the way to healthier hearts. Through KPMG’s funding of Cardiac College’s Prevention program, employees with cardiac and other chronic conditions are empowered to take control of their own health. An additional critical component of KPMG’s commitment supports our Campaign Fund, which will allow physicians and scientists to address the most complex health-care issues facing Canadians.



Toronto Rehab Foundation

T O R O N T O R E H A B F O U N D AT I O N B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S AS OF JUNE 30, 2016

Robert W. Blakely Chair President & CEO, Likrilyn Capital Corporation James Deeks Chair, Marketing & Communications Committee President, Primary Counsel Productions Michael A. Eizenga Chair, Grant Committee Partner, Bennett Jones LLP Linda F. Mezon Chair, Governance Committee Chair, Accounting Standards Board, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada Heather Stockton Chair, Talent & Performance Working Group Partner, Human Capital, Financial Services, Deloitte. M. Scott Wetmore Treasurer & Chair of Finance and Audit Committees Partner, Audit, KPMG LLP (Retired)

Robert MacDonald Director ROI Corporation Brokerage Andrea Kale Marcus Director John Mulvihill Director; ex officio Chair, University Health Network Board of Trustees Barbara Muir Director Corporate Secretary, BMO Financial Group John O’Grady Director Vice President & Portfolio Manager, National Bank Financial Dr. Peter Pisters Director; ex officio President & CEO, University Health Network

John Shuter Director Vice President, Client Services/Business Development, Beutel, Goodman & Company Ltd. Miguel Singer Director Principal, The Madison Group of Properties Catherine Strosberg Director Dr. Gaetan Tardif Director Physiatrist-in-Chief and Medical Program Director, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute William J. Trotter Director Senior Partner, Wm. J. Trotter & Associates Dr. William Waters, C.M. Director

David M. Prussky Director President, Patica Corporation

Stephen W. Wetmore Director President & CEO, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Cindy Yelle President and Secretary; ex officio President & CEO, Toronto Rehab Foundation

Howard Rocket Director


Joni Fernandes Director

Grant D. Roebuck Director Chief Executive Officer, Secutor Capital Management Corporation

Lynda Friendly Director Lynda Friendly & Associates Inc. Mark I. Litwin Director President, Genterra Capital Inc.

Mitchell J. Sanders Director Partner, Goldman, Spring, Kichler & Sanders LLP

Timothy W. Casgrain, C.M. Consultant to Skyservice Investments William A. Cunningham Past Chair Partner, Audit, Deloitte.

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in total grants

60.7% Major Gifts $6,281,509

Pledges & New Gifts

28.8% Corporations $2,982,629

6.2% Annual Fund $638,401 4.4% Special Events $451,759

$10,354,298 Invested in hospital programs, Research Chairs, annual support and additional high priority needs Does not include payments on previous pledges or investment income

INTRODUCING THE LEADERSHIP GIVING SOCIETY We are looking for leaders to be part of Toronto Rehab Foundation’s Leadership Giving Society: a distinguished community of deeply committed donors that actively support Toronto Rehab’s mandate of exceptional care, world-leading research and first-class education. Be a part of something incredible! For information please call Alexander Vaccari, Vice President & Chief Development Officer, 416-597-3422 ext. 3745 or email alex.vaccari@uhn.ca



Toronto Rehab Foundation


Every year, a number of events are held in the community to raise funds for the incredible work and care at Toronto Rehab. Our event organizers, participants, sponsors and volunteers truly make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

On Track to Cardiac Recovery, 2016

I WILL Robert MacDonald was a typical young man enjoying his 20s: playing sports, spending time with friends and building a promising career, until a three-storey fall brought his world crashing down. Told he would never walk again, Robert found courage deep within him to look past his prognosis and fight for his mobility. To stay positive, he wrote on a board in his room, I Will, and within months, thanks to Toronto Rehab, he was walking again with his sights set on greater feats of physical strength.

Rocket Ride 4 Rehab, 2016

“Without Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Spinal Cord team, I would not be where I am today,” says Robert. “When your body is taken away from you, your future is put on hold. Toronto Rehab helped me redefine my future and myself. Without the state-of-the-art facilities and medical professionals, I would not have walked out of the hospital on my own two feet.” Grateful for his transformative care, on October 18th, 2015, Robert ran with 75 friends, family and co-workers in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon. We thank Robert for raising over $70,000 and inspiring so many others to help make incredible happen!

5th Annual Will Davidson Golf Tournament

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Toronto Rehab Foundation 2016.17 annual report  

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Toronto Rehab Foundation 2016.17 annual report  

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