2018 Inspiration Gala

The BC Cancer Foundation’s 2018 Inspiration Gala is raising funds for blood cancer research 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.

The 2018 Inspiration Gala is now SOLD OUT. For waitlist inquiries, please contact Chantelle Dalton at chantelle.dalton@bccancer.bc.ca or 604.675.8191.

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.

Date: November 3, 2018
Location: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W Georgia Street
Parking: Valet Parking complimentary for guests; please quote Inspiration Gala
Hotel Rooms:  Book online to receive discount rate for Inspiration Gala guests
Attire: Black Tie

BOOK hotel 

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


The 2018 Inspiration Gala is now SOLD OUT. For waitlist inquiries, 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 June pre-event reception

support the inspiration gala

Although the 2018 Inspiration Gala is now sold out, you can support the Inspiration Gala and innovative blood cancer research at BC Cancer with a gift today.

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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.

How Your Gift Helps

Over 2,000 British Columbians are diagnosed with blood cancers each year. Fueled by a revolution in next generation sequencing, remarkable advances in stem cell biology and methods for disease modelling, our understanding of how blood cancers develop has expanded tremendously over the past decade.

With this new knowledge comes an unprecedented opportunity to identify and develop more effective targeted drugs or immune-based treatments that will improve the standard of care for all British Columbians.

It is now more important than ever that we understand the subtle differences among blood cancer sub-types at the genetic level. With this knowledge in hand, new treatment strategies developed in the lab will be delivered to patients in the clinic, tailored to specific individuals as much as possible.

Led by a brilliant team at BC Cancer, blood cancer research is on the verge of a major paradigm shift. Future success will require innovative, thoughtful leaders and increased collaboration between scientists, clinicians and teams of health care professionals.

With YOUR help BC CAN change the outcome. 

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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 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 2018 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
Associate Director, Corporate Relations
BC Cancer Foundation
Tel: 604.675.8015
Email: lindsay.abbott@bccancer.bc.ca