Corporate Partners Highlight
As Director of Events and Stewardship, I have the pleasure of engaging with every corporate partner and sponsor for CANFAR. This includes over 90 different companies, vendors and suppliers. Every one of these relationships is important to CANFAR and we simply could not do what we do to end HIV and AIDS if it weren’t for the support of these companies and the individuals who lead them. What we give in terms of sponsorship recognition (what most people would assume to be placing a logo on an invitation or a sign at an event) pales in comparison to what we receive in terms of support. In this issue of The Catalyst, I am going to introduce you to two of our partners. You will find more of these stories online.
While much has changed at CANFAR over the past 30 years, the support we have received from RBC has remained consistent and profound. RBC’s engagement with CANFAR has consistently spanned across every aspect of our operation. CANFAR COO Kyle Winters commented, “RBC is truly part of the DNA of CANFAR.” For decades RBC has been supporting our events and programs – and through that generating funds to support HIV and AIDS research. Our achievements would not be possible without the invaluable support of several people on the RBC team – Alan Taylor, former Chairman & CEO of RBC, a former member of the CANFAR Advisory Committee; Wealth Management Experts Andrew Grimes and David Stovel who currently serve on the CANFAR Board of Directors; Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking Jennifer Tory, a past Chair of Can You Do Lunch?; Wafa Kadri and Batool Nawab, who are responsible for corporate donations and continue to support CANFAR through funding research grants; Stephen Voisin, Private Banker with RBC and member of the Legacy Steering Committee; and Andy Pringle, former Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets and Chair of the CANFAR Board. Recently, Jason Sordi from RBC in Ottawa stepped up to be Co-chair of the Ottawa Legacy Steering Committee alongside realtor Michael Ginnis. We give special thanks to all the people at RBC who have helped us get to where we are today – closer to finding a cure for HIV and AIDS.
Another member of CANFAR’s family who really kicks into high gear at this time of year is Armando Mendonca. For well over five years Armando has brought his connections, flair, and passion in support of CANFAR events and programs. His creativity and extensive network opens doors for us that we didn’t even know existed! The contributions Armando makes to our organization – big and small, are extremely important to our success. His consistent and energetic willingness to discuss new ideas and introduce new potential partners ensures that we are on track to raise the much needed funds for HIV and AIDS research.