2018 Inspiration Gala

The BC Cancer Foundation’s 2018 Inspiration Gala is raising funds for BC Cancer on Saturday, November 3rd at the The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This elegant evening for 450 guests includes a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, entertainment, raffle, live auction, and silent auction. 

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2017 Inspiration Gala



Last year’s event raised $2.61 million for the BC Cancer’s Hereditary Cancer Program: Compounds to Conquer Cancer, and cumulatively over the past thirteen years, Inspiration Galas have raised over $27 million for breakthrough lung, pancreatic, brain, ovarian, breast, lymphoid, immunotherapy and colorectal cancer research, as well as the Personalized Medicine Project and Personalized Onco-Genomics Program (POG) at the BC Cancer Agency. Through the Inspiration Gala, BC Cancer Foundation donors make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact in improving cancer care for patients in B.C. The 2012 Inspiration Gala won “Best Fundraising Event” in Canada at the Canadian Event Industry Awards. The BC Cancer Foundation is the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province.

The funds raised at the 2017 Inspiration Gala enables the Hereditary Cancer Program team to launch a pilot study on the benefits of up-front testing for hereditary mutations—for all patients with advanced cancer, at the time of diagnosis. By identifying all individuals and families who may have a hereditary mutation, BC CAN dramatically increase their chances for survival.

Through the philanthropic support the HCP team will be able to create a rapid genetic testing system, expand genetic testing, and focus on high risk families.


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.

Event Details

Date: November 3, 2018
Location: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Parking: Valet Parking complimentary for guests; please quote Inspiration Gala
Hotel Rooms: To be determined closer to the date
Attire: Black Tie

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For more information, please contact Chantelle Dalton at Chantelle.Dalton@bccancer.bc.ca or 604.675.8191.

Event Details 
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception + Silent Auction
7:00 pm Dinner + Live Auction + Raffle Draw
10:00 pm After Party Dancing with Dr. Strangelove

2018 Inspiration Gala Committee 
Tamara Taggart, O.B.C., CHAIR
Jane Hungerford, O.B.C., PAST CHAIR
Negar Adam
Melanie Auld
Stephanie Bonn 
Celeste Burgoyne
Ruth Burstein
Ana Fernandes
Karen Fleck
Janie Hungerford
Azim Lalani
Jenny Newell
Susan Nicol
Claudia Pavao
Rachel Thomas
Paula Thomson
Jas Uppal 

Over the past thirteen years, the BC Cancer Foundation's Inspiration Gala has invested over $27 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.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Chantelle Dalton at chantelle.dalton@bccancer.bc.ca or 604-675-8191.

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.

Live Auction

Live Auction details will be released closer to the event date.

Silent Auction

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 2017 sponsors!




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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
Senior Development Officer, Sponsorship
BC Cancer Foundation
Tel: 604.675.8015
Email: lindsay.abbott@bccancer.bc.ca