We raised a record breaking $537,000 this year!

We would like to thank the incredible work done by the organizing committee for making this event possible. Obviously, we couldn’t have raised this much without the generosity of our copresidents, our partners, our donors and all those who collaborated to the success of the evening. Thank you for supporting the Douglas Foundation and helping us to fulfill our mission.

Together, we are building hope for all those who suffer from mental health problems and their families.

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By participating in Open Minds you will become part of the solution.

Slip into your favourite jeans and most comfortable shoes and eat, drink and dance the night away all the while helping to raise funds for the Douglas – the second largest research centre of its kind in Canada.


Find out about sponsorship opportunities by consulting our partnership plan.

We are able to raise funds efficiently thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

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Please contact us if you are interested in being a sponsor.

Justine Delit, 514-762-3003 or [email protected]





Olivier Desmarais, Chairman and CEO of Power Sustainable Capital

Adriana Embiricos Coumoundouros, Consultant

Mark Smith, President, Pandion Investments Ltd


Louise Chagnon-Bucheit, Caroline Dillon, Susan Doherty, Jill Drummond, Marisa Giannetti, Alicia Hamilton, Sabine Korzenietz, Leena Lakdawala, Marion Lefebvre-Buchanan, Yolanda Page, Michèle Plourde, Isabelle Roberge, Aphrodite Salas, Pam Salzman, Nancy Simard, Jeannie Vondjidis. Sarah Ivory, President of the Organizing Committee

The Douglas Foundation

About the Douglas Institute

The Douglas Mental Health University Institute is the psychiatric teaching hospital of the McGill University network and is part of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. It offers state-of-the-art treatments, often unique in Quebec. Its teams constantly develop scientific knowledge, integrate it into patient care and share it with the community to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.

The role of the Foundation

Created in 1972, the Douglas Foundation’s mission is to fund the development of the Douglas Institute: patient care and their environment, neuroscience and mental health research, as well as education and training.

Some facts about mental health:
  1. Nearly one in five Quebecers (20%) will be personally affected by mental illness during their lifetime. Yet, less than half of people with mental illness consult a professional. (Institut national de santé publique du Québec).
  2. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of illness and disability at work, after cardiovascular disease.
  3. In Canada, 747,000 people have Alzheimer’s disease or another cognitive disease (140,000 Quebecers). Within 15 years, 1.4 million people will have it. Three out of four Canadians know someone with a cognitive illness. (Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies)
  4. Less than 4% of medical research funding is devoted to research into mental illness, although the number of Canadians who will be diagnosed with mental illness in their lifetime is 20%.
Brains in the Bell-Douglas Bank, unique in Canada
World renowned principal researchers; some of which are among the most cited in the world
Clinical programs, from child psychiatry to gerontopsychiatry
Largest mental health research centre in Quebec and 2nd in Canada

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