The Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) Foundation’s most recent Annual Dinner raised over $435,000. The event was held on November 29 at Marché Bonsecours and was sold out, with over 460 guests from the business, research and life sciences communities.
The Annual Dinner was held under the honorary chairmanship of Guy Beaumier, Executive Vice President, Big Box, Lowe's Canada, and Nadine Renaud-Tinker, President, Quebec Headquarters, RBC Royal Bank. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada, took part in the event as a guest of honour.
The evening’s theme, Researchers Raising Hope, paid tribute to the next generation of researchers. Since its founding, the IRCM has trained over 1,300 researchers. Currently, more than 250 young researchers from over 25 countries are pursuing their training at the Institute.
“Whether we are talking about master's students, PhD students or postdoctoral fellows, these promising young talents play an essential role in the advancement of biomedical research,” said André Couillard, President of the IRCM Foundation, and Tarik Möröy, President and Scientific Director of the IRCM. “Thank you for being with us this evening to show them your support.”
“Within this new generation are the leaders of tomorrow’s research. They could play a crucial role in how the most fatal diseases will be treated. Supporting young researchers means investing in the well-being of the community,” said Nadine Renaud-Tinker.
“Supporting young scientists who are trained in such an established research institute as the IRCM means building a solid foundation for our future. We take pride in helping them have all the tools they need to reach their full potential,” added Guy Beaumier.
During the evening, the IRCM community also awarded a Merit Award to Louis-Gilles Durand, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth of the IRCM. Retired since last September, Dr. Durand has worked for more than 42 years at the IRCM, first as a researcher and then in several administrative positions, including as Vice President, Administration and Finance, Interim President and Scientific Director of the Institute, as well as Treasurer of the IRCM and the Foundation. He has also been a member of the Annual Dinner’s Committee of Ambassadors.
The IRCM Foundation would like to thank all partners and volunteers who contributed to the success of this evening, especially to the Annual Dinner’s Ambassadors Committee, chaired by Marie-Hélène Nolet, Vice President, Strategy and Shared Services, BDC Advisory Services, of BDC, as well as the members of the Foundation and the IRCM’s Board of Directors.