2019 Inspiration Gala

The BC Cancer Foundation’s 2019 Inspiration Gala is raising funds for genomics at BC Cancer on Saturday, November 2nd at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This elegant evening for 530 guests includes a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, entertainment, raffle, live auction and silent auction.

2018 Inspiration Gala



Event Details

As one of British Columbia's premiere events, the Inspiration Gala has become one of the most important dates in Vancouver's social calendar.

Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Location: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Parking: Valet Parking complimentary for guests; please quote Inspiration Gala
Hotel Rooms:  to be determined
Attire: Black Tie

6:00 pm Cocktail Reception + Silent Auction
7:00 pm Dinner + Live Auction + Raffle Draw
10:00 pm After Party Dancing 


Tickets will be available closer to the date. For more information, please contact Chantelle Dalton at chantelle.dalton@bccancer.bc.ca or 604.675.8191.

Individual Tickets: $650
Table of 10: $6,500
Corporate Table: $20,000

Corporate Tables also include the following:

  • 10 tickets to Inspiration Gala with preferential seating
  • A tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount
  • Corporate name on large event screen
  • Corporate name displayed on table
  • Two invitations to summer pre-event reception


2019 Inspiration Gala Committee 

Patrick MacKenzie, CHAIR

Tamara Taggart, O.B.C., PAST CHAIR

Negar Adam

Melanie Auld

Carla Barney

Celeste Burgoyne

Ruth Burstein

Ana Fernandes

Karen Fleck

Jane Hungerford, O.B.C.

Janie Hungerford

Stephen Ing

Natalie Matko

Kelly May

Jenny Newell

Susan Nicol

Claudia Pavao

Rachel Thomas

Paula Thomson

Jas Uppal

Over the past fourteen years, the BC Cancer Foundation's Inspiration Gala has invested over $31 million to accelerate research in lung, pancreatic, breast, ovarian, brain, colorectal, lymphoid cancers, personalized medicine and POG at BC Cancer. The Gala has enabled ground-breaking discoveries in each of these projects, enriching our understanding of cancer, informing new treatment protocols, and helping to save lives.

How Your Gift Helps




At BC Cancer, our objective is simple: to transform cancer care. We don’t want to just maintain the status quo; we’re looking to elevate our paradigm. Using the latest technology and led by some of the most brilliant scientific minds in the world, we have a bold vision for what cancer care could be.

In 2012, BC Cancer scientists launched a one-of-a-kind program to genetically sequence patients with hard to treat, incurable cancers. These patients had been through every available treatment option – chemotherapy, radiation, surgery. Nothing conventional had worked for them.

But through this program, promising new treatments for patients began to emerge.

In collaboration with other world-class cancer research institutions, BC Cancer will expand this revolutionary program to 100,000 patients so each remarkable recovery can be studied in depth to inform future treatment protocols that will benefit EVERYONE.

Fact: Cancer genomes are as unique as a fingerprint.

Fact: No two genomes are identical.

Therefore, cancer treatment can no longer be one-size-fits-all.

Cancer has affected too many lives, and taken too many of our loved ones. It isn’t enough to keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past three decades. As our knowledge of the disease changes, cancer care must change with it. Only by staying ahead of the curve can we break down cancer, one sequence at a time.

BC Cancer is looking toward the end game: transforming the standard of care in British Columbia with genetically-informed treatments for everyone. And with our links to population-based data going back decades and a team of world-class experts at the helm, BC Cancer is uniquely qualified to lead this transformative work.

This will be a global collaboration of huge proportions, stretching beyond provincial borders.

Cancer centres around the world will join us. 

Together we will build the biggest archive of cancer information ever created, and the knowledge we gain from this will be truly life-changing.

Our most important partner in this?


With YOUR help, BC CAN change cancer care.

Personalized cancer treatment will be comprehensive. It will bring powerful solutions. It will reduce the burden on the health care system. It will enable cancer survivors to focus on wellness. It will ensure our health and the health of our children, and grandchildren for years to come.

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donate securities to Inspiration gala 

Download and complete the Securities Transfer Form (PDF). Follow the easy instructions on the form to complete the transfer. 

Live & Silent Auction

Live and silent auction details will be released closer to the event date.


Raffle details will be released closer to the event date.


Thank you to our generous 2019 sponsors!





BC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor









The BC Cancer Foundation invites you to partner with us as a sponsor of the Inspiration Gala. We offer monetary sponsorship involvement at a variety of levels. If you would like to discuss a sponsorship opportunity, please contact:

Lindsay Abbott
Associate Director, Corporate Relations
BC Cancer Foundation
Tel: 604.675.8015
Email: lindsay.abbott@bccancer.bc.ca