2022 Foundation Gala with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada


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Thank you for joining Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada on November 5, 2022 for an inspiring evening to improve the lives of children, youth and families involved in the Canadian child welfare system. A record amount of over $2.4 million was raised through the 36th Annual Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair.

Attended by Toronto’s top philanthropists and corporations, the Foundation Gala is one of the city’s most-anticipated black tie galas. The event illuminates the remarkable spirit and strength of children and youth involved with the child welfare system who have experienced abuse and neglect, and raises funds to address their most pressing needs.

Jump to a section: 2022 Honourary Co-Chairs, About the Cause, Our Sponsors, 2022 Table Purchasers, Foundation Gala Teddy Bear Raffle, Foundation Gala Auction, 2022 Gala Committee

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2022 Foundation Gala

2022 Honourary Co-Chairs

Nicolas Marcoux, Chief Executive Officer of PwC Canada, and Laura Dottori-Attanasio, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head, Personal and Business Banking, Canada at CIBC, are joining forces as the 2022 Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair Honourary Co-Chairs. The Foundation is proud to honour Nicolas and Laura in this role for their commitment and dedication to improve the lives of families, children and youth involved in the Canadian child welfare system as members of the Foundation’s Campaign Cabinet. Laura is also a former Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Board Member.

Nicolas Marcoux

NicolasNicolas Marcoux is Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of PwC Canada. He began his career with PwC in 1989 and was admitted to the partnership in 2000, and has a track record of engaging and inspiring teams to seize opportunities and innovate.

He has served a wide range of clients and industries as Corporate Finance partner and the Lead Relationship Partner on many of the firm’s key clients. Prior to becoming CEO, he was a member of the
Canadian Executive Team as the National Managing Partner of Consulting and Deals, and Managing Partner of the Montreal office. He was previously the Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance Inc., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions.

In addition to his responsibilities with PwC, Nicolas is dedicated to his community as demonstrated by his involvement with several organizations. This includes as a cabinet member of the Futures Transformed Campaign Cabinet of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, the United Way in the GTA and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

He is a graduate of the University of Sherbrooke with a bachelor’s degree in business administration (1991). He is a Canadian chartered accountant (1993) and Fellow (2014), and also holds the Corporate Finance designation (CF).

Laura Dottori-Attanasio

LauraLaura Dottori-Attanasio is CIBC’s Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head of Personal and Business Banking, Canada. She leads Personal and Business Banking, which includes the teams that provide advice, services and products to best meet the needs of clients through their preferred channels as CIBC seeks to help make their ambitions a reality.

Laura is a strong proponent for improving communities and creating brighter possibilities for everyone. She is currently a Co-Chair of the Futures Transformed Campaign Cabinet for Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. In addition, she is a member of the Board of the C.D Howe Institute, the Board of Trustees of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Board of Trustees of United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT) as well as a member of UWGT Honorary Chairs Council and the Canadian Foundation For Physically Disabled Persons’ “A Seat at the Table”. Laura is also CIBC’s Executive Sponsor of the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure.

Laura is a member of the WXN “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” Hall of Fame and has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the Outstanding Volunteer Award and received the King Clancy Award from the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. She resides in Toronto with her husband Mark. They have four children and three dogs.

About The Cause: A Message From Our President and CEO

Since 1979, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada has been making a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families across Canada who have experienced or are at risk of becoming involved in the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect. Our funds support initiatives, which remove barriers and provide hope and opportunity to thousands of children and youth so that they are able to realize their potential and live happier and healthier lives.

Every year, thanks to the generosity of our donors and corporate sponsors, we are able to create programs in partnership with child welfare agencies across the country. Our programs are providing measurable impact and improving the lives of families who are at risk, children in care, and youth who have transitioned out of the child welfare system.

Our efforts are focused on supports and resources to help build stronger, more resilient families so that fewer children and youth grow up in government care; help more children and youth living in government care graduate from high school and have the confidence to move forward in pursuit of their goals; and to empower youth “aging out” of government care with opportunities to overcome the barriers they face to education and employment, develop meaningful community connections, and achieve independence.

From prevention to education, enrichment to cultural connections, employment and personal supports, and more – Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada works to help keep families together, allow every child to just be a child, and encourage youth to pursue their interests and dreams.

As Canada’s leader in child welfare philanthropy, we work to build bridges from hopelessness to hope and from surviving to thriving, so these young people can enjoy a rich life of education, family, health, and success.

We would welcome your support.


Valerie McMurtry, CFRE
President and CEO, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada


Christina, Former youth in care

Christina headshot

“When I was living on the streets and in shelters, I knew I needed help. The Foundation has been there for me in all the ways that I need; for things like working and getting a career and education. I’ve used that, and I’m on my feet. If it wasn’t for the Foundation, it would be the same repeating cycle over and over.”

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Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors, who continue to support Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and the Foundation Gala. Our 2022 sponsors are:

Patron Sponsors

CIBC Foundation    PWC

Platinum Sponsors

BMO     Canada Guaranty  Cancap

Generation Capital       Pollinate        Slaight

Gold Sponsors

AMJ Campbell   Atta Elevators    Desjardins

National Bank          RBC                Scotiabank

TD                         Visa

Silver Sponsors

Birch Hill      CI Financial ECN       Equitable Bank           HSBC        Intact              Maple leaf               Metropia         Peter Gilgan

Sagen        Soroc            TSYS

Bronze Sponsors

accenture.         Bell              Bennett Jones    BCG   Condrain Group              Corus           Definity      Deloitte     Element      GFL       Home Trust       KPMG   Mccarthy tetrault      McKinsey             Navigator     

   OMERS                Osler  Tangerine

Gift-in-Kind Sponsors

Air Canada Foundation        National Post    Royal de Versailles logo

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2022 Table Purchasers

  • AON
  • Aviva
  • BMW Group Financial Services Canada and BMW Canada
  • Bruce Power
  • Bill Butt & Susan Quigley
  • Canadian Shield Capital
  • Canavan Family Foundation
  • CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc.
  • CIBC
  • Deloitte
  • FASKEN
  • Fortis Inc.
  • Gallagher Canada and Allied World Specialty Insurance Company
  • Gluskin Sheff
  • Hatch
  • Hybrid Financial
  • IGM Financial
  • Deland and Nicole Kamanga
  • Manulife
  • Medalist Capital
  • SalesForce
  • The Sheldon Inwentash and Lynn Factor Charitable Foundation
  • TD Bank Group
  • TELUS

Foundation Gala Teddy Bear Raffle

During the annual Foundation Gala, a raffle is held to raise funds to support children, youth and their families. Thank you to our Teddy Bear Raffle sponsor Royal De Versailles Jewellers.

Royal De Versailles

Grand Prize

RingTOURMALINE AND DIAMOND RING

Donated by Royal de Versailles Jewellers

Value: $20,735.50

Winning Ticket #115; Winner: Victoria O.

Second PrizePendant

DIAMOND PENDANT WITH CHAIN

Donated by Royal de Versailles Jewellers

Value: $16,950.00

Winning Ticket #828; Winner: Joanna R.

Third Prize

BraceletFRESHWATER PEARLS AND DIAMOND BRACELET

Donated by Royal de Versailles Jewellers

Value: $10,735.00

Winning Ticket #390; Winner: Jhad F.

Foundation Gala Auction

To donate to the 2023 auction, please contact Katharine Chen at [email protected]. Aeroplan Points can also be donated in support of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada by visiting the Aeroplan website.

Thank you To Our 2022 Auction Donors

  • Michael Adamson
  • Air Canada Foundation
  • Chris Albert
  • Reuben Alcántara Delgado
  • Alpine Ski Club
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Arup Canada
  • Avaza Sports
  • Jim Bantis
  • Kevin Barnes
  • Beaver Valley Ski Club
  • The Belize Collection
  • Nicole Bitache
  • Haley Borden
  • BMO
  • BMW Group Financial Services Canada
  • BonaVista LeisureScapes
  • Boxing 4 Fitness
  • Ian Busher
  • Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
  • CIBC
  • Darlene Cole
  • Kerri Corturillo & RBD Consultants Sales Training
  • Corus Entertainment
  • Dekko Concrete
  • Domaine Mamo
  • Christine & Andrew Dunn
  • ecobee Engergy Team
  • El Mocambo
  • Elite Island Resort
  • Christian Exshaw
  • Fairmont Mont Tremblant
  • Fairmont Queen Elizabeth
  • Fairmont Royal York
  • Fare Food Co.
  • Felix & Belle
  • Timm Fisher
  • The Four Seasons Toronto
  • Friends of the Foundation
  • Gallagher Insurance Canada Brokerage
  • Global Pet Foods
  • Gluskin Sheff
  • Macy and John Glynn
  • Granite Golf Club
  • Carole-Ann Hamilton
  • The Hawkrigg Family
  • Lindsi Hollend
  • Michele and Chris Hopper
  • Michael Horsley
  • Angela Huntington
  • Sandra Iafrate
  • Jayne’s Luxury Rentals
  • Joshua Jensen Nagle
  • Just for Laughs
  • Mike Kalas
  • Nicole Katsuras
  • Keilhauer
  • Max Keys
  • Michelle Kosoy
  • Ladies Golf Club of Toronto
  • James Lahey
  • The Landing Group
  • Laura Jayne Accessories
  • Lila Lee
  • Leith Wheeler Investment Council
  • Marie Lysa Lemelin
  • Peter and Helen Little
  • Little Stars Jewellery
  • Jamie MacRae
  • Mamakas Restaurant
  • Mastercard Canada
  • Daniel Mazzone
  • Marg McCann
  • Peter McLennan
  • Mela & Kera
  • Jason Millard
  • The Miller Tavern
  • MNP
  • Valeria Mravyan
  • Music Driven Modern Art by Craig Pady
  • MyPlace
  • Navacord
  • Robert New – Fidelity Investments
  • Stephen and Patty Niles
  • Stephen Niles
  • Jan and Jerry Omelon
  • OMNI King Edward Hotel
  • Pace Men’s Collection
  • Jonathan Palter
  • The Park Hyatt
  • Ana Pascos
  • Penwarden Fine Jewellery
  • Peppy Colours
  • Amanda Pistillo
  • RBC
  • Report on Business
  • Ripley’s Aquarium
  • Ritz Carlton Montreal
  • Ritz Carlton Toronto
  • Jodie Rosen
  • Ross Petty Productions
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Salter and Associates
  • Élisabeth Samson and Burke Smyth
  • Cookie Sandler
  • Kellie Saunders
  • Scaramouche
  • Scotiabank
  • Thiviyaa Sehasothy
  • Alan Sham
  • The Shaw Festival
  • Samara Shuter
  • Vin Singh
  • Sonnet Insurance
  • Spatula Foods
  • Spin Master
  • Len and Liz Stanmore
  • Katrina Starke Kuras
  • Anne’s Spa
  • Marc St-Onge & Kellie Saunders
  • Marc St-Onge and Coppinwood Golf Club
  • Suetables
  • SummerHill Market
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Donna Toth
  • Peter Triantos
  • True Captures Photography
  • VIA Rail
  • Andrew Wang
  • Weavers Art
  • Westcott Winery
  • Western Metallica
  • Yuk Yuk’s Inc.

2022 Gala Committee

Carole-Ann Hamilton and Susan Saunders, Co-Chairs
Dina Bantis, Jackie Cope, Christine Dunn, Susan Eickmeier and Kellie Saunders

Contact Information

Event Contact
Katharine Chen
Senior Events Officer
(416) 923-0924, ext. 227
[email protected]

Sponsorships and Donations
Judi Steadman
Senior Manager, Corporate and Community Partnerships
[email protected]

Media Inquiries
Lisa Lipkin
[email protected] | 416-988-4189