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.


Thursday, February 20th, 2020
at 6:30 p.m.


Théâtre Paradoxe (5959 Monk Boulevard, Montreal, QC H4E 3H5)
** Valet parking included **

Dress code

Jeans chic


DJ Abeille

Caterer – Ristorante Beatrice

Tickets: $225 / 35 and under: $135

We are a registered charity (# 10146 9609 RR0001), a tax receipt for your donation or

for the deductible portion of your tickets will be issued after the event.


The Douglas Foundation

By participating to Open Minds, you are a part of the solution !

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


Find out about sponsorship opportunities by consulting our partnership plan.

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

Partnership plan

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

Lyse Lauzon,  514 761.6131 extension 2764






Michael Denham, President and Chief Executive Officer, BDC
François Hudon, Head, North American Customer Contact Centre, BMO


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

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