2019 Inspiration Gala

Over $3 million was raised at the 2019 Inspiration Gala on Saturday, November 2nd to advance genomics – the analysis of an individual’s DNA to better understand their cancer. Thousands of patients will benefit from this support, building on the vision of Dr. Don Rix - the first individual in the world to be treated based on their cancer’s DNA - right here at BC Cancer.

BC Cancer’s brilliant oncologists, bioinformaticians, pathologists and scientists are now one step closer to achieving their mission to break down cancer and change outcomes for the more than 27,000 British Columbians diagnosed with cancer each year. 

​Generous community support enables BC Cancer to lead transformative work with state-of-the art whole genome technology and robust clinical trials to test new genome-based treatments for widespread use.


The 2019 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 7th, 2020
Location: Downtown Vancouver
Parking: Valet Parking complimentary for guests; please quote Inspiration Gala
Hotel Rooms:  To be determined closer to the date
Attire: Black Tie

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


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


2020 Inspiration Gala Committee 

Patrick MacKenzie, CHAIR

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

Negar Adam

Ruth Burstein

Ana Fernandes

Karen Fleck

Carmen Hou

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

Shanlee von Vegesack

Over 15 years, the BC Cancer Foundation's Inspiration Gala has invested over $34 million to accelerate research in genomics, blood, 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

With incredible leaps in science and technology and the generous support of donors, BC Cancer is breaking new ground in genomics, immunology and nuclear medicine. This will lead to prevention in high risk families, better treatments with fewer side effects and ultimately improved health and longevity for people impacted by cancer. 

We are actively working with our 100,000 donors and communities across B.C. to inspire investment in BC Cancer and our provincial teams of world-leading researchers, oncologists and care providers.

Together, BC CAN break down cancer.

donate today

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 & 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




Gilead KiteHungerford DesignScott constructionPortliving





Global BC




5M PhotoboothSound KitchenPedersen's


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