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.

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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 


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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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Live & Silent Auction

Live Auction Package #1 - Celebrate with a Rose

Vogue Rose
The Vogue Rose

Do you have an anniversary coming up? Or is there a significant birthday celebration or the birth of a grandchild in the near future?  This is a unique opportunity to create and name a rose for that special someone or moment in your life. Whether to celebrate a milestone, remember a loved one or if you just want the opportunity to create a rose as beautiful as you, this once-in-a-lifetime experience is what you’ve been looking for!  

Internationally renowned rose breeder Brad Jalbert of Select Roses will work exclusively with you to create a one-of-a-kind rose. Brad has hybridized roses for extraordinary people including Bette Midler, Lorretta Lynn, opera singer Dimitri Hvorostovsky and the Nottingham Forest Football Club. The rose he created honouring Bette Midler was named The Divine Miss M by the New York Botanical Gardens. Ms. Midler requested that her rose be bawdy, bold but also divine and that is exactly what she received.  Brad also recently created the stunning Vogue Rose for Vogue Magazine to celebrate the publication’s 125th anniversary.

If you are looking for a rose that is soft and sweet with a touch of pink or something that is bold and sassy, Brad will work with you to create the perfect rose out of the bank of seedlings. You will have the opportunity to choose not only the colour and petal shape but the fragrance as well. If you can’t find your rose the first year, don’t fret, as you will have the opportunity to come back the following year to ensure your rose is absolutely and perfectly suited to the person honoured or celebration commemorated.

Once you have created your ideal rose, it will be registered with the American Rose Society and will forevermore be called by its given name. To commemorate this rare experience, you will receive the first 10 rose bushes once they have been established. This is a living gift that lasts for generations!

Valid only in the spring. Certain limitations apply with creating a rose as some fragrances cannot be paired with certain colours. May take up to two years to receive rose bushes.

Generously Donated by: Brad Jalbert’s Select Roses
Value: Priceless



Live Auction Package #2 - Once in a Lifetime Stay on River Halladale, Scotland

Halladale Scotland
River Halladale, Scotland

This is your once in a lifetime chance to experience seven days of adventure, fishing and exploration for you and up to 11 guests at The Bighouse Estate on the River Halladale in northern Scotland. Built in 1765 and located two-and-a-half hours north of Inverness, this former home of the Chief of the Clan Mackay offers all the warmth, comfort and charm expected of a traditional Scottish Highland house. Situated on the mouth of the River Halladale, a well known spate salmon river, your activities will include fishing, shooting, hiking, golfing and scenic sightseeing. For fishing enthusiasts, you will have the services of the Lodge’s top ghillie, Reuben Sweeting, to demonstrate the best techniques and areas to fish. Included are two beats on the Halladale, loch fishing with boats and guide, sea trout fishing with boats on Loch Hope, and sea fishing with guide on the Estate’s own boat.  

Taking place in the fall of 2020, this is a great time of year to experience the unique landscape while stalking for both Red and Roe deer. The wild Sutherland landscape provides the perfect setting for scenic exploration, wildlife and photographic safaris, nature trails, bird watching and guided tours.

Also included is the arrangement for a day trip to the many sights nearby, including the Castle of Mey, the late Queen Mother’s Scottish home; the archipelago of nearby Orkney Islands; or the famous village of John o’ Groats. For golfing enthusiasts, play on the northern most 18-hole course on the British mainland, a ten-minute drive away. Through a separate negotiation, you may arrange for partridge shooting. Your seven day excursion includes all sporting equipment, accommodation, meals (breakfast, picnic lunch, afternoon tea and dinner), beverages and transfers to and from Inverness airport. This will take place September 27th to October 3rd, 2020.

Generously donated by: Patrick Hungerford, Toby Ward and The Bighouse Estate

Value: Priceless

Restrictions: Shooting experience to be arranged by separate negotiation; experience to take place September 27 – October 3, 2020.


More Live and Silent Auction Items Coming Soon!


Raffle details will be released closer to the event date.


Thank you to our generous 2019 sponsors!






BC Cancer Foundation Hope Couture Sponsor




Gilead KiteGilead Kite





Global BC





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