On May 11, nearly 100 representatives from our corporate, community, and foundation partners were recognized for their generous contributions to Canada’s blood system.

Held in Ottawa, the 2nd Annual Corporate Recognition Luncheon brought together companies from the telecommunications, financial services, technology, marketing and medical/scientific sectors, as well as community partners, to celebrate their role in saving and improving lives.

Canadian Blood Services welcomed the following new sponsors:
•    Knightstone Capital Management Inc.
•    Shikatani Lacroix Design
•    SAP
•    Cotton Candy Inc.,
•    SAS Institute (Canada) Inc.

The Corporate Recognition Wall, located in the front entrance of the Ottawa head office, prominently features the logos of these and other corporate donors, committed to making a significant difference in the lives of others.

The event also celebrated these sponsors who recently achieved higher giving milestones:

•    TK Financial Group, Oasis Juice, and FedEx—Gold Donors ($100,000+)
•    Bayer—Silver Donor ($50,000+)
•    Telus and CIBC—Bronze Donors ($25,000+)

As well, two new community partners were welcomed:

Shari’s Mission and Save a Latin Life.

New fundraising campaign for national public cord blood bank

At the luncheon, CEO Dr. Graham Sher announced the launch of a significant $12.5 million public fundraising campaign.
“Today is a chance for us to say thank you for all the support received from our partners over the past year and to recognize the donations which have been made to support the blood system,” says Dr. Sher. “Building on these achievements, we are now committing to a $12.5 million fundraising campaign as part of launching a national public cord blood bank. We can’t do what we do without our committed partners and we look forward to your continued support.”

To emphasize the need for a national public cord blood bank in Canada, the family of Hector Walker addressed the audience. In January, Hector celebrated his one year anniversary of a double cord blood transplant. In August 2009 he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and after many months of chemotherapy and radiation, doctors determined that his chances of survival were slim to none without a stem cell transplant. No match was found within his family, and only .5 per cent of people on the OneMatch registry have identified themselves as Black. A match within Canada was not found and OneMatch launched an international search for a donor, and in November 2009 two cord blood matches were found.
“On behalf of my wife and I, we want to thank the OneMatch program for helping save my life,” says Hector. “We are so grateful; when you get an illness like this you’re confused about what comes next and who will be looking for a match for you. It’s been a very long journey and I just want to express my gratitude for the work you do.”

Funds raised through the fundraising campaign over the next three years will go toward developing a national public cord blood bank; the first of its kind in Canada, and something that will directly impact the lives of Canadians.

For more information on the capital fundraising campaign please visit, email:  or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283) and ask for the National Fundraising Office.