2022-04-27
Julie Snyder is Honorary Chair of Les Printemps du MAC, presented by National Bank + outstanding auction for the 2022 edition
Just a few weeks to go before Les Printemps du MAC, presented by National Bank! This long-awaited benefit gala will be held on June 3, 2022, at the Auberge Saint-Gabriel. After being cancelled two years in a row due to public health concerns, the 2022 edition, entitled Hasard Bazar, is back in all its glory and will be chaired by Julie Snyder, the well-known TV host, producer and businesswoman. The event's organizing committee – a volunteer team of young professionals co-chaired by Francis Guindon (Vice President, Marketing, WANT Les Essentiels and Quartz Co.) and Lysandre Laferrière (Senior Lawyer, Magil Construction) – is proud to welcome Julie Snyder for the 2022 edition of Les Printemps du MAC. A leading light in Quebec's media landscape, Julie Snyder is pleased to join with the MAC and its Foundation to promote and celebrate contemporary art. Spring Awakening Coming from a family of modest means, I walk, barefoot in the dawn surrounded by art. My mother never bought beautiful furniture or expensive cars. My ski boots were second-hand but our walls were hung with original art by little-known artists and two Picasso prints: Mother and Child, an intensely bonded breastfeeding scene, and Don Quixote with its black-and-white sun. I grew up going to museums, but not always "getting" abstract art, which looked to me like spots and scribbles that "anybody could do." Immersed and guided, I now appreciatively absorb what is offered by all the forms of art that cross my path.  I didn't inherit a business or a fortune, but I received a legacy of artistic curiosity. We often underestimate the impact that a work of art can have on a home or office. It is possible to purchase artworks at different prices. For me, art must be accessible above all, and to make it so, we need to wake people up to art. I find it natural to support the Musée d'art contemporain and its Foundation as part of this benefit event, Les Printemps du MAC. The MAC enriches our cultural heritage. In my opinion, the art of living is living with art, and the MAC is where spring awakens. – Julie Snyder Les Printemps du MAC: a unique experienceAlong with an exclusive cocktail reception in a bold setting, benefit attendees will have a chance to dance, enjoy unique experiences and bid on lots at the silent auction – including about twenty works by established and emerging Canadian artists. Curated by Erika Del Vecchio, the auction will begin online on May 25. The works will be on display on June 3, and the auction will end during the benefit gala. A link to the auction platform will be available in the near future. You will be able to bid on works by Berirouche Feddal, Tess Roby, Paul Hardy and Frances Adair Mckenzie, among others, including a digital video by Laurent Lévesque. Plus, true to its reputation, Les Printemps du MAC presented by National Bank will once more be the site of a fashion event you won't want to miss. Diamonds, feathers, armour, sequins, charms, masks, colourful hairstyles and extravagant makeup will complement evening dresses and tuxedos. Anything goes for this inclusive gala, a celebration of difference, creativity and freedom of expression! Have a ball supporting the MACAll proceeds from Les Printemps du MAC will go to the Fondation du MAC, whose mission is to support the Musée in all of its conservation, dissemination and education activities. Created in 2007, Les Printemps du MAC arose out of desire to make younger generations more aware of contemporary art in general, and of the importance of the MAC's role in conserving and exhibiting this legacy at the provincial, national and international levels. Average proceeds of more than $150,000 flow to the Foundation each year thanks to the event's participants and partners. The event is thus one way of making a tangible contribution to the MAC in support of its wide range of activities for the community. The initiative takes shape each year under the management of the Printemps du MAC Organizing Committee, a group of young philanthropists with a passion for contemporary art who shoulder the work of organizing a unique event with real added value for the guests, and of raising the MAC's profile for the benefit of the Fondation du Musée d'art contemporain. For the second year, the committee is co-chaired by Francis Guindon and Lysandre Laferrière. "Les Printemps du MAC has been following me all through my career – first as a participant, then a sponsor (through M0851 and Maison Birks), later as an organizing committee member, and now as co-chair of the event. In addition to supporting the MAC in all its areas of activity, Les Printemps du MAC celebrates creativity in all its forms, with inventive themes and experiences that can't be found anywhere else. Hasard Bazar is an event you don't want to miss!" said Francis Guindon (WANT Les Essentiels and Quartz Co.), co-chair of the Printemps du MAC Organizing Committee. "It's an honour to be able to bring Les Printemps du MAC to life each year along with the volunteers on the organizing committee who have given untold hours of their time. After more than two years of living through a pandemic, let's get together for a fantastic celebration while giving tangible support to Canada's largest museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art!" added Lysandre Laferrière (Magil Construction), co-chair of the Printemps du MAC Organizing Committee. How to get ticketsTickets are on sale now starting at $195. An official tax receipt will be issued for the eligible portion.To purchase tickets:https://macm.org/activites/les-printemps-du-mac-2022/ Information: 514 847-6273 / fondation.mac@macm.org Les Printemps du MAC is on Facebook and Instagram #printempsdumac The Fondation du MAC is on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn AcknowledgmentsThe Museum and the Fondation du MAC are profoundly grateful to the National Bank for its unflagging support as a presenting partner of Les Printemps du MAC.  Printemps du MAC 2022 Organizing CommitteeThe Fondation du MAC would like to extend its deepest thanks to the Honorary Chair, Julie Snyder (Production J), and to the co-chairs and members of the Committee who have given so generously of their time and energy to make this event a success. Members:  Shady AhmadDirector, Business Development, Budge Studio Ariane BisaillonPartner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Virginie BourgeoisData analyst, Intact Lab Alexe Corbeil-CourchesneAssociate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Erika Del VecchioProject Manager, Pierre François Ouellette art contemporain Allison ForbesFounder Raisonnables David Gagnon Partner, Business Development and Partnerships, Power Sustainable Francis GuindonVice President, Marketing, WANT Les Essentiels and Quartz Co. Lysandre LaferrièreSenior Lawyer, Magil Construction Olivier LapierreCommunications Consultant, Public Relations and Press Relations Charles LeMayCommunications Director / Content Producer, Productions J Nikolaos LerakisCreative Director, Duvernois Emma MolsonContemporary Art MA, Sotheby's Art Institute Marion Isabelle MuszyñskiDirector, Experience Design, Electronic Arts Amélie Elizabeth PellyDirector, Public Relations and Communications, Association des radiologistes du Québec Jessica RosenIntegrated Communications Leader, L'Oréal Paris Stéfanie StergiotisDigital Marketing Manager, Linen Chest SOURCE Musée d'art contemporain ...
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2022-04-27
BMO Presents the 2022 Walk so Kids Can Talk Supporting Young People Across Canada
After a two-year hiatus, Kids Help Phone's Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is back to raise awareness for mental health services available to young people, and important funds to support Kids Help Phone. In-person and virtual events will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2022 in 17 communities across the country. Thousands of kids, adults, schools, community organizations and corporations come together to take part in Canada's largest walk supporting children's mental health and well-being. Since 2013, BMO employees have raised a total of $23.7 million for Kids Help Phone and expect that total to grow to $25 million this year. "While the pandemic and the uncertainty arising from the global environment has impacted us all, younger members of our families, many of whom were disconnected from the social connections vital to their development, have felt these pressures even more acutely," said Sharon Haward-Laird, General Counsel, BMO Financial Group and National Walk Co-Champion. "Guided by our Purpose – to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life – BMO is proud to be the founding partner of Kids Help Phone and presenting sponsor of Walk so Kids Can Talk since 2013, supporting their commitment to provide children with the resources they require as the need for mental health services continues to increase during these challenging times." "We are grateful for BMO's leadership in mobilizing communities across Canada to support the mental and emotional health of all young people and caring adults in Canada," said Katherine Hay, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone. "This year, we focus on the resilience of our youth and the courage it takes to reach out for support; Kids Help Phone will continue to empower youth and maximize access for whenever and however they need us." Kids Help Phone is Canada's only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information and referrals, and volunteer-led text-based support for young people. Its free, anonymous and confidential services are available in both English, French and Arabic. The donations raised from the Walk are crucial to maintaining this valuable service and ensuring every young person can access the support they need, in the way they need it most. For those who are interested in making a contribution or signing up for this year's in-person or virtual events, please visit www.walksokidscantalk.ca and, join the social conversation using #WalksoKidsCanTalk. LocationsWHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2022*All times local PROVINCE ADDRESS REGISTRATION* WALK START* Alberta Peace Park 2nd Avenue, SW Calgary AB T2P 0E5 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Sir Wilfred Laurier Park 13315 Buena Vista Road NW, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2R7 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. British Columbia David Lam Park 1300 Pacific Blvd. Vancouver, BC 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Manitoba University of Winnipeg – Axworthy Health and Recplex 350 Spence Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2S4 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Newfoundland & Labrador Bowring Park – Bungalow 305 Waterford Bridge Rd., St. John's, NL 11:00 a.m. 12:00 noon New Brunswick Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge 600 Mapleton Road Moncton, NB E1G 0N3 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m. Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal South Side Parking Lot 333 Water Street Saint John, NB 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Nova Scotia Emera Oval 5775 Cogswell Street Halifax, NS 12:00 noon 1:00 p.m. Ontario Southshore Community Centre 205 Lakeshore Dr. Barrie, ON 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Waterloo Region Museum & Doon Heritage Village 10 Huron Road, Kitchener, ON  N2P 2R7 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Springbank Gardens 285 Wonderland Rd S, London, ON N6K 3T3 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Streetsville Memorial Park 335 Church St, Streetsville, ON L5M 2C2 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Andrew Haydon Park 3169 Carling Ave, Ottawa 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Ashbridges Bay Park 1561 Lakeshore Blvd. E Toronto, ON 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Boyd Conservation Area, Hillview Park 8739 Islington Ave Vaughan, ON 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Quebec Angrignon Park 3400 Boul. Des Trinitaires Montreal, QC H4E 4J3 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Saskatchewan Saskatoon Fieldhouse 2020 College Dr. Saskatoon, SK 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. *All times local Virtual WalksAlberta British Columbia ManitobaNewfoundland and LabradorNew Brunswick Nova ScotiaNorthwest TerritoriesNunavutOntario Prince Edward IslandQuebecSaskatchewanYukonU.S.A. ...
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2022-04-27
Novo Nordisk Canada and Mayor Crombie Lace Up for Mississauga Marathon
In-person running at the Mississauga Marathon returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging local residents to get active and take part in community health initiatives Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie will be lacing up her runners to join top local researchers and residents in the 5k Hazel Walk/Run as part of the Mississauga Marathon, joining the "Diabetes Prevention Dream Team" to promote healthy living and fight Type 2 diabetes. Events for the annual Mississauga Marathon will take place in-person from Saturday April 30th to Sunday May 1st.  Novo Nordisk is proud to sponsor the 5k Hazel Walk/Run that will start in Port Credit by the iconic lighthouse and finish at Lakefront Promenade Park. The return of the marathon brings Mississauga together in an open, safe environment to encourage healthy living and healthier cities. Peel Region – which includes Mississauga – has one of the highest incident rates of type two diabetes in Ontario.1 About 1 in 10 adults in Peel are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes and that number is projected to rise to 1 in 6 by 2025.2 With warmer weather upon us and the return of the in-person Mississauga Marathon, residents are encouraged to get active and help bend the curve of diabetes, one step at a time. "We're so excited to welcome runners back to our annual Mississauga Marathon this weekend, as it's a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together for a great cause, while encouraging healthy, active lifestyles," says Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. "Just last year, the City of Mississauga proudly joined Cities Changing Diabetes, a global program to address the rise of type 2 diabetes in cities, and the Mississauga Marathon is a great example of how we can work together to promote healthy living among the community and reduce the risks of diabetes. I encourage Mississauga residents of all ages and abilities to get active and join us at the Mississauga Marathon."   While diabetes impacts close to 11 million Canadians3, type 2 diabetes has become a public health concern in Mississauga as it places a significant burden on quality of life and on the healthcare system. The projected healthcare cost of diabetes in Peel Region is estimated to be $689 million in 2024.4 "With our head office in Mississauga, and many colleagues residing in Canada's seventh largest city; Novo Nordisk Canada is proud to sponsor the Mississauga Marathon's 5k Hazel Run/Walk. This partnership directly aligns with our ongoing commitments in driving change and defeating diabetes," says Adam Marsella, Director of External Affairs, Novo Nordisk Canada. "Our partnership with the City of Mississauga and the Mississauga Marathon is an important step to help prevent and reduce the prevalence of diabetes and other chronic conditions." For more information on the Mississauga Marathon or to register, visit https://www.mississaugamarathon.com/. For more information on Cities Changing Diabetes Mississauga program, visit https://www.mississauga.ca/projects-and-strategies/city-projects/cities-changing-diabetes-programme/ ...
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2022-04-27
NFP Becomes Official Insurance Partner of Rugby Canada in Multiyear Signature Partnership
NFP is also the official team partner of the Women's 15s Senior Team and will develop a program to provide girls with the opportunity to play rugby  Rugby Canada and NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides property and casualty (P&C), corporate benefits, retirement, and individual solutions, today announced a multiyear, signature partnership. NFP becomes the Official Insurance Partner and the official team partner of the Women's 15s Senior Program. NFP and Rugby Canada will also collaborate on a program to provide girls across Canada with opportunities to get involved in the sport and engage with Rugby Canada teams. "We're thrilled to partner with Rugby Canada and expand our global sponsorship program with a specific focus on fostering the support and growth of women and girl rugby players," said John Haas, president of NFP in Canada. "We love how sports bring people together and we're looking forward to being part of the passionate and engaged Rugby Canada community. Also, because sports empower self-esteem, leadership and teamwork in young people, we're particularly excited about the pathway program, which will introduce the sport to more girls in the 13-16 age range who have a diversity of backgrounds and experiences." As the official team partner of the Women's 15s Senior Program, NFP will be featured as the front of jersey sponsor at all Rugby Canada Women's 15s home and away competitions and will be integrated into the current campaign for all upcoming matches. The NFP logo will also feature on the team's training kit when they compete in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand this October and November. "It's great to welcome NFP as our Official Insurance Partner. Their dedicated support of our women's 15s and girls' programs will make a meaningful difference," said Gareth Rees, Director, Commercial Partnerships and Broadcast at Rugby Canada. "Their focus on helping grow the grassroots of our game is very important to us and we've already seen great engagement and ideas from their team. We look forward to launching the girls' program, which will address an existing gap in participation and encourage young girls to stay active and involved in the rugby community." ...
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2022-04-27
Canadian precious metals producer Yamana Gold Inc. makes meaningful investment in breakthrough cancer research with $4 million gift to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The gift will support high-risk, high-reward cancer research projects at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and provide training opportunities for emerging scientists through post-doctoral research fellowships TORONTO, April 27, 2022 /CNW/ - The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is thrilled to announce it has received a generous $4 million gift from Canadian precious metals producer Yamana Gold Inc. to accelerate the pace of cancer discovery and train emerging cancer scientists at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the world's largest hubs for cancer research, knowledge and talent. The gift, which will be contributed over a period of several years, will establish the Yamana Gold Research Acceleration Fund to support high-risk, high-reward research projects with the potential to redefine cancer care, as well as provide training opportunities for emerging scientists from around the world through post-doctoral research fellowships. "With the world facing an unprecedented surge in cancer rates, driven by an aging population and delays in cancer screening and diagnoses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this level of corporate investment and partnership is needed more than ever," says Dr. Miyo Yamashita, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. "The Foundation is grateful for Yamana Gold's meaningful investment and partnership, which will create countless stories of hope for cancer patients and their loved ones, close to home, across Canada and around the world." The Yamana Gold Discovery to Impact Grant is part of a new program that provides seed funding to Princess Margaret scientists for innovative cancer research projects. The grant will be awarded annually, through a rigorous competitive process, to projects with the greatest potential to improve patient outcomes. "The Princess Margaret is uniquely equipped to conduct the full spectrum of discovery, translational, and clinical cancer research as well as provide engaging mentorship opportunities," says Dr. Aaron Schimmer, Director of the Research Institute at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Senior Scientist and Staff Physician. "We're grateful for Yamana Gold's gift as it will empower thought-leaders with the opportunity to execute novel discovery research and gain knowledge that will shift the paradigm in cancer biology and redefine the future of cancer care." The Princess Margaret and Yamana Gold are pleased to announce Dr. Rama Khokha and Dr. Thomas Kislinger, Senior Scientists at The Princess Margaret, and Dr. Hal Berman, Clinician Investigator at The Princess Margaret, as the recipients of the inaugural Yamana Gold Discovery to Impact Grant. The grant will support their exciting research that explores the potential to prevent breast cancer in high-risk patients by targeting fatty acid metabolism. Another portion of the gift will enable the recruitment of bright young scientists to The Princess Margaret through the establishment of two Yamana Gold Cancer Research Fellowships. Attracting passionate post-doctoral fellows from around the world, the fellowships will provide these scientists with the opportunity to take part in training and acquire new knowledge through mentorship by world-renowned cancer scientists. Yamana Gold's philanthropic support demonstrates its commitment to ensuring the health of communities and the advancement of excellence in cancer research, education and care, led by Founder and Executive Chairman, Peter Marrone, and Yamana Gold's senior leadership, including President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Racine. "Whether it's a personal diagnosis or connection to someone facing cancer, we've all been touched by the disease. As longstanding supporters of The Foundation, we've witnessed the tremendous progress The Princess Margaret has made against cancer, which gives hope to patients and their loved ones," says Marrone. "The scientists at The Princess Margaret, like Drs. Schimmer and Khokha, are the heroes here. We're proud to help enable their work with our most recent gift, which could help lead to the next big breakthrough, and provide mentorship opportunities for scientists from around the world at Canada's largest comprehensive cancer centre." This new investment builds on Yamana Gold's long history of supporting The Princess Margaret. This includes funding research through the Gold Industry Fund in 2014 and supporting the Cancer Centre's Space Transformation Campaign by naming the Yamana Gold Accessibility Entrance. Most recently, the company signed on as Gold Helmet Sponsor for one of The Foundation's signature events, the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. About The Princess Margaret Cancer FoundationThe Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is Canada's largest and leading cancer charity, dedicated to raising funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the world's top five cancer research centres known for its game-changing scientific achievements and exceptional patient treatment and care. Through philanthropy, events, our world-leading home lottery program, and commercialization initiatives, we make possible the critical funding required to accelerate cancer research, education, and clinical care -- benefitting patients at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, throughout Canada and the world. www.thepmcf.ca  About Princess Margaret Cancer CentrePrincess Margaret Cancer Centre has achieved an international reputation as a global leader conquering cancer and delivering personalized cancer medicine. The Princess Margaret, one of the top five cancer research centres in the world, is a member of University Health Network (UHN), which also includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the Michener Institute for Education. UHN is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. www.theprincessmargaret.ca About Yamana GoldYamana Gold Inc. is a Canadian-based precious metals producer with significant gold and silver production, development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions throughout the Americas, including Canada, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Yamana plans to continue to build on this base through expansion and optimization initiatives at existing operating mines, development of new mines, the advancement of its exploration properties and, at times, by targeting other consolidation opportunities with a primary focus in the Americas. SOURCE Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation ...
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2022-04-27
Mental health in Quebec: Sun Life announces $1.1 million investment
Funding to support organizations that assist families, workers and marginalized communities MONTRÉAL, April 27, 2022 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) announced it is investing $1.1 million to support mental health services for families, workers and marginalized communities in Quebec. This investment is one of Sun Life's many actions to build mentally healthy and resilient communities. The funding will support four organizations over the next three years in their work to develop and maintain targeted mental health programs. It will allow them to expand access to care and reach more people through awareness and prevention. The investment will support the following organizations: Fondation Jeunes en Tête – teens and parentsCHU Sainte-Justine Foundation – children and teensMontréal Children's Hospital Foundation – children and teensRelief - the path of mental health – marginalized communities and workers"We're committed to investing in mental health to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for Quebec," said Robert Dumas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Life Quebec. "This investment is one of many initiatives supporting mental health services for everyone in the province. The new funding will help these four organizations strengthen mental health awareness, prevention and treatment services for more vulnerable populations. We're confident that, by joining together with our partners, our efforts will provide meaningful support to the people of Quebec, youth and adults alike." The mental health struggle: Sun Life is part of the solution Sun Life's actions on the mental health front align with its purpose of helping people live healthier lives by ensuring as many people as possible have access to the resources and support they need. Sun Life's actions are focused on three key areas: (1)     Supporting employee well-being in Quebec and Canada with mental health initiatives As the largest provider of group benefits in the country, Sun Life is committed to improving access to care and helping employers in Quebec and Canada create mentally healthy workplaces. Sun Life has launched several initiatives to empower Clients to take charge of their health, including: Sun Life Health, a new business unit focused on empowering people take charge of their health no matter where they are in their health journey.Lumino Health Virtual Care, powered by Dialogue, available to Group Benefits Clients with extended health care benefits. Through a strategic partnership with Dialogue, over 500,000 Sun Life Clients and their family can use the virtual service to connect directly with a health care professional for both their physical and mental health needs.Stress Management and Well-Being – Lumino Health Virtual Care, powered by Dialogue, aims to stop many common mental health issues from becoming more serious. All Clients whose benefits include Lumino Health Virtual Care have 24/7 access to a care team that includes psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, doctors, nurses, and medical specialists. The program provides immediate and comprehensive support with an unlimited number of sessions to support Clients' full recovery.Mental Health Coach, a service available to some Sun Life Group Benefits Clients. The service uses data analytics to identify Clients who are at risk of developing a mental health issue. The coach then proactively reaches out to guide Clients to the right resources and support, helping them make the best use of their benefits plan.Lumino Health, Canada's largest network of health care providers, free to everyone in Quebec and Canada. Through Lumino Health, people can find health-care providers and book appointments, learn about the latest in health and explore new health resources.Mental Health Strategy Toolkit, a free toolkit that guides employers through a five-step process to build a workplace mental health strategy that delivers meaningful and lasting results.(2)     Mobilizing the business community around mental health From the earliest days of the pandemic, Sun Life Canada and Sun Life Quebec presidents Jacques Goulet and Robert Dumas have been thought leaders mobilizing the business community around the importance of prioritizing mental health. Embedding mental health in every business strategy helps to promote employee well-being and healthy workplaces. They have discussed mental health with the business community in Quebec and have spoken on the topic on numerous occasions. In November 2020, Jacques Goulet brought together 70 presidents, CEOs and C-suite leaders to discuss the mental health crisis in Canada. The forum highlighted the important role of CEOs and presidents in taking action and supporting employees' mental health. Sun Life has also been presenting sponsor of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Business Leaders' Summit in 2021 and 2022. The summit brings together leaders from across Canada to elevate mental health as a workplace priority. Jacques is also a Campaign Cabinet Member with CAMH, one of the world's leading mental health research centres.  (3)     Investing in mental health foundations and organizations For years, Sun Life has supported foundations and organizations whose mission is to support mental well-being in our communities. Today's $1.1 million investment follows on other recently announced commitments, including: $1 million donation to Kids Help Phone to support Indigenous youth mental health. Announced in the fall of 2021, this investment will expand Brighter Days, an Indigenous Wellness Program, across the country.Mental health funding announced in February 2020 for teens in the Québec City area, in partnership with former mayor Régis Labeaume. The funding supports increased mental health awareness efforts, early detection programs and greater access to mental health services. By May 2021, nearly 2,000 Quebec City youth had used the services from the four agencies supported by the donation, including Fondation Jeunes en Tête, which manages the fund.A daunting challenge The pandemic has worsened the mental health crisis, and the need to support mental health in Quebec and Canada has never been greater. Even before the pandemic, mental health issues were the leading cause of workplace disability. Each week, 500,000 employees miss work due to mental health. Mental illness is rising sharply, increasing 27% from 2014 to 2019. In 2020, mental health made up 35% of Sun Life's long-term disability claims, more than double all cancer-related claims. Forty percent of people report worsening mental health since the onset of the pandemic. Younger generations are no exception, with the impacts likely to be felt for years to come. That's why investing in mental health programs is vital. Supporting the needs and well-being of vulnerable populations is key to a healthy and sustainable future for Quebec and Canada. To learn more about how Sun Life is making a difference in the community, read the 2021 Sustainability Report. Sun Life in the community Sun Life is committed to building sustainable, healthier communities for life. Community wellness is an important part of its sustainability commitment. By actively supporting the communities in which Sun Life lives and works, the organization can help build a positive environment for Clients, employees, advisors, and shareholders. Its philanthropic support focuses on health, with an emphasis on diabetes awareness, prevention, and care initiatives. Mental health is also a key priority, with support for programs and organizations with an emphasis on building resilience and coping skills. Sun Life also partners with sports properties in key markets to further our commitment to healthy and active living. Its employees and advisors take great pride in volunteering more than 16,000 hours each year and contribute to making life brighter for individuals and families across Canada. Learn more about Sun Life in the community. Media contact: Mylène BélangerManagerPublic RelationsT. 438-341-3884mylene.belanger@sunlife.com SOURCE Sun Life Financial Canada ...
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2022-04-26
FanDuel expands partnership with hometown MLB team Yankees
The New York Yankees have expanded their partnership with FanDuel Group as the latter now becomes an official sports betting partner of the Major League Baseball (MLB) team.The new deal ensures that the US sportsbook remains aligned with the side, whilst the firm will also be permitted usage of Yankees’ marks. “We are very excited to be continuing our relationship with FanDuel – our partner since 2020,” commented Michael J. Tusiani, New York Yankees Senior Vice President, Partnerships. “We hope that FanDuel’s Yankee Stadium presence and customer engagement will continue to strengthen its brand as a sports betting operator within the tri-state area.”Additionally, FanDuel will have VIP hospitality accommodations at Yankee Stadium along with integrated FanDuel signage in right-field and rotational signage behind home plate during television broadcasts.Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group, added: “There is no more globally recognised sports brand than the New York Yankees, and as a New York-based company we’re delighted to remain partners with our hometown team.“One of our company values is to be absurdly fan-focused and there is no fanbase more passionate about their team than Yankees fans which makes this a natural fit.”In 2019, the baseball league first announced a collaboration with FanDuel Group which designated the enterprise as an authorised gaming operator of the organisation. This was a landmark deal for FanDuel as it marked the company’s first partnership with a MLB team.This arrangement gave FanDuel access to official MLB data, along with league and team marks and logos, across FanDuel’s online sports betting products and retail sportsbook locations.Source: https://insidersport.com/2022/04/26/fanduel-expands-partnership-with-hometown-mlb-team-yankees/...
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2022-04-21
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation names Starlight Investments as Title Sponsor for the 2022 Journey to Conquer Cancer
The North American real estate company steps forward to help make progress against cancer, one of the most important global health challenges The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation has announced the Toronto-based real estate investment and asset management firm Starlight Investments as the 2022 Title Sponsor for the signature Journey to Conquer Cancer event. Taking place on September 11th, thousands of Canadians will rally together for the annual walk that raises funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – one of the top five cancer research centres in the world. For Starlight Investments, one of Canada's leading developers of purpose-built rental housing and mixed-use developments, this partnership with The Princess Margaret, a known leader in cancer breakthroughs and exceptional patient care, reinforces its commitment to fostering vibrant and healthy communities. As a dedicated supporter of The Princess Margaret, the team behind Starlight Investments has cumulatively raised over $100,000 for cancer research and care through The Journey since The Foundation established the event ten years ago. "At Starlight, we believe in the lasting value of complete communities and pride ourselves in being actively engaged in the communities in which we operate. The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation's Journey to Conquer Cancer is a long-valued cause for Starlight. We are proud to mark our tenth consecutive year supporting this incredible organization as the 2022 Title Sponsor of Journey to Conquer Cancer. Together, we hope to make a meaningful difference in the future of cancer research," says Daniel Drimmer, Chief Executive Officer at Starlight Investments. At the very heart of The Journey is the unwavering commitment to support the 2 in 5 Canadians facing cancer. While considerable progress has been made against cancer, the disease continues to affect Canadians at an alarming rate as the number of new diagnoses is expected to increase by 40% between 2015 and 2030.  "We're thrilled to have our longstanding partner Starlight Investments step forward as the Title Sponsor for the 2022 Journey to Conquer Cancer," says Steve Merker, Vice President, Corporate & Community Partnerships at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. "We depend on the support of purpose-driven partners like Starlight Investments to deliver meaningful experiences for our passionate community of supporters, who are united in their mission to accelerate life-saving cancer research and care at The Princess Margaret, and around the world." Returning this year as an in-person event, participants will take part in a 1 km, 3 km or 5 km walk or run that starts at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario, followed by a family-friendly breakfast and celebratory activities. Supporters can also participate virtually from anywhere across Canada and around the world by embarking on a walk or run in their own community. To learn more about Starlight Investments Journey to Conquer Cancer, register for the event or donate towards cancer research, please visit journey2conquer.ca. ...
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2022-04-20
Sun Life to become the Official Health and Wellness Partner of the Toronto Raptors
The expanded partnership will find new ways to help Canadians live healthier lives Sun Life is thrilled to announce the renewal of its strategic sponsorship of the Toronto Raptors. The next era in this long-standing partnership will see Sun Life become the team's Official Health and Wellness Partner, beginning in the 2022-23 season. As part of the expanded partnership, the two brands aim to find new opportunities to help Canadians live healthier lives. Leveraging the Toronto Raptors' health and wellness experts and Sun Life's health ecosystem, including Lumino Health, Canadians will be able to engage with content and resources to empower their health journey. "Our partnership with the Toronto Raptors began in 2014, and in 2017 expanded as we became the team's first jersey patch sponsor. This fall, we will start the NBA season as the Official Health and Wellness Partner of the Toronto Raptors," said Dave Jones, President, Sun Life Health. "The health of Canadians has never been more important, and Sun Life has a pivotal role to play. Together with the Toronto Raptors our goal is to support Canadians at any stage in their health journey." This season, Sun Life and the Toronto Raptors are inspiring Canadians to incorporate healthy habits throughout their day with the Sun Life Health Timeout campaign. With a focus on mental wellness, physical health, and nutrition, the campaign reminds Canadians to regularly check in and make time for their well-being. It builds from last season's social media campaign which challenged Canadians to get moving during COVID-19 lockdowns. "We are proud to continue this long-standing partnership with Sun Life. Over the last eight years we have made great strides together, helping motivate fans and communities to focus on their health and wellness," said Jordan Vader, Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships, MLSE. "Looking ahead, we are excited to leverage the power of sport and partner with Sun Life to continue raising awareness about the importance of mental wellness, and healthy, active living." Last fall, Sun Life announced the creation of Sun Life Health, a new business unit focused on empowering Clients and Canadians to live their healthiest lives no matter where they are in their health journey. To help deliver on this mandate, the expansion of the partnership with the Toronto Raptors will enable Sun Life to reach more Canadians and build awareness of its health offerings.  To learn more about how Sun Life can help you care for your mental wellness, physical health, and nutrition visit sunlife.ca/raptors. Stay tuned for more information about the new partnership elements launching this fall. ...
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2022-04-20
Get Biking: Bike Share Toronto and Longo's Partner up for $1.00 Rides on Earth Day
This Earth Day, Bike Share Toronto and Longo's have partnered up to provide $1.00 rides across the GTA. The campaign encourages Torontonians to think sustainably on Earth Day and use bike sharing to pick up groceries, travel to an appointment, or just tour the city, all for a buck a ride. Managed by the Toronto Parking Authority, Bike Share Toronto is a key component of the city's transportation, transit, and mobility network with 6,850 bikes across 625 stations. Bike Share Toronto is an environmentally friendly and green mode of travel and is slated for significant expansion to meet demand and popularity. "Our Bike Share Toronto program has been providing residents with a green and clean way to get around Toronto for many years. This Earth Day we're encouraging more residents to come out and enjoy Bike Share with $1 rides. This is a great way to experience Bike Share and to get around the city. Thank you to Longo's and Bike Share for this partnership in celebration of Earth Day," said Mayor John Tory. While Earth Day is on April 22, Bike Share Toronto and Longo's hope this campaign will encourage more people to make use of the bike share network throughout the year, especially as more people are now returning to work. "We're very excited to partner with Longo's for Earth Day and grateful for their sponsorship which gives Torontonians the opportunity to get outside and take a bike share ride for only a dollar," said Toronto Parking Authority President Scott Collier. "Whether you are a regular customer or want to try bike sharing for the first time, we encourage everyone to take advantage of this special rate on this important day." Longo's s commitment to environmental stewardship, responsible sourcing, and healthy, happy people makes them an excellent partner for Bike Share Toronto. "We are proud to partner with Bike Share because we know that when we embrace the power of bike sharing - we embrace active people, smart cities and a healthy planet," said Anthony Longo, President and CEO of Longo's. "We know we all have a part to play in fighting climate change and that small, everyday choices like riding a bike to work, to school or to the grocery store can go a long way." Longo's recent Sustainability Report highlights key successes already underway including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and diverting 71.8% of waste from a landfill. "Bike Share Toronto has seen incredible growth as it continues to provide a convenient first and last mile transportation option for everyday travel," said Collier. "In 2021 alone, Torontonians clocked in 3.5 million rides which is a testament to its growth and popularity." Visit here for more information on how to get biking for $1.00. ...
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