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From the grandest of bals to the friendly golf tournament, the Foundation’s fundraising events vary but share a common goal – the commitment of hundreds of individuals committed to fundraise on behalf of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and to build awareness about heart disease.  Some events are organized by the Foundation, others by third parties.

Xth Auto Show Charity Preview

The Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS) Charity Preview evening, which took place January 16, 2014, was presented by the Montreal Automobile Dealers Corporation Foundation and the Palais des congrès de Montréal, donated $611,759.40 during the evening to benefit six (6) worthy causes within the Greater Montreal’s medical community: Fondation du CHUM, Pierre‐Boucher Hospital Foundation, Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, Montréal Sacré‐Coeur Hospital Foundation, Santa Cabrini Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.The Silent Auction helped raise $30,000, which was later added to the total donation amount.

2014 MIAS Henri-Paul Rousseau

Mr. Paul Bergeron, Mr. Ralph Dadoun, Mr. Henri-Paul Rousseau, Mr. Rémi-Pierre Paquin, spoke-person of the Event, Mr. Stéphane Guilbault, MIAS President, Mr. André Saucier, Executive Director of Operations and Finances, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Mrs. Anne-Marie Côté, Mr. Rémy L. Rousseau and Mr. Charles Argento

$2 Straight to the Heart 

From February 6 to 26, 2014, make a $2 donation, or more, at an IGA to profit the Foundation.

In 2013, you have showned your great genesority. Thanks to you, $425,000 have been raised with the $2 Straight to the Heart campaign

For the past 27 years more than $7 million have been raised for the Foundation. 

The Foundation thanks IGA merchants, the Health guide sponsors, IGA suppliers and their clients who supports the MHIF.                                                      

IGA merchants and the Foundation have been proud partners in the fight against heart disease for the past 27 years. 


It all strated when Pierre Croteau, Head of Quebec's IGA in 1986, made heart disease his cause. Today, Marc Poulin, President of IGA Banner, continues to encourage merchants to support $2 Straight to the Heart because he realizes that customers, employees and partners, as well as family members and friends, are all affected, one way or the other, by heart disease, the leading cause of death in Canada.

Throught the years your support have generated more than $7 million to save lives, with a campaign that continues at IGA. 

Grand Bal des Vins-Coeurs 

The Grand Bal des Vins-Cœurs of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation raises a record sum of $2,850,000

Close to 800 guests gathered on September 5, at Windsor Station’s Salle des pas perdus, for the 13th Grand Bal des Vins-Coeurs organized by the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. During this gala evening, the Foundation presented its prestigious Medal of Honour to Rémi Marcoux, C.M., O.Q., F.C.A., founder and board member of TC Transcontinental, for his generosity, involvement, and dedication to the Foundation. Guests were also treated to a unique performance by the Cirque du Soleil—a delightful tribute to the Foundation’s most recent honouree.

Under its honorary presidents Véronique Cloutier, television host and businesswoman; Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain; and Serge Savard, Thibault, Messier, Savard & Associés Inc., the success of the Foundation’s Grand Bal des Vins-Coeurs was also made possible by the dedication of its co-presidents: Luc Bertrand, National Bank; W Brian Edwards, AtmanCo Inc.; Yves Gagnon, Groupe BMR Inc.; Richard Garneau, Produits forestiers Résolu; Alain Lemaire, Cascades Inc.; Richard Lord, Quincaillerie Richelieu; François Olivier, TC Transcontinental; and Lino A. Saputo, Jr., Saputo Inc.



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Edition 2012
Last year event, raised $2,400,000 on September 6, 2012 at the Salle des pas perdus of the Gare Windsor.

During this grand evening, some 850 guests gathered to honour Mr. L. Jacques Ménard, O.C., O.Q., Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec.

Under our honorary presidents Mr. René Angélil, Productions Feeling; Mr. André Desmarais, Power Corporation of Canada; Mrs. France Chrétien Desmarais, Corporate Director; as well as Mr. Kent Nagano and Mrs. Mari Kodama, Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, the success of the Grand Bal des Vins-Cœurs of the Foundation was also made possible by the dedication of our co-presidents: Mr. Aldo Bensadoun, The ALDO Group; Mr. Pierre Boivin, CLARIDGE; Mr. Jean-Guy Desjardins, Fiera Capital; Mr. Mathieu L’Allier, BMO Financial Group; Mrs. Monique F. Leroux, Desjardins Group; Mr. John Parisella, HEC, Polytechnique and Université de  Montréal; Mr. Norman M. Steinberg, Norton Rose; and Mr. Louis A Tanguay, Corporate Director. 


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Soirée des Cœurs Universels 

A prestigious event that became an annual event over the years, in which over 300 guests gather each year.







Friday, October 25th, 2013
Starting at 6 p.m.

Hotel Universel Montréal
5000 Sherbrooke st. East, Montréal


$160 / ticket







The annual event, under the patronage of Mr. Carmine Mercadante, a partner at Mercadante, Di Pace’s firm, will honor a personality for his great dedication and exceptional involvement in cardiovascular disease.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by a dinner and dance hosted by Mr. Perry Canestrari and his orchestra.

To attend, complete PDF form (only available in French) and send it by email or fax. For more information, contact Carole Gray at 514.376.3330, ext. 3670.


Bal du Coeur 
The 2011 Bal du Coeur was held on Saturday, April 9 at Château Vaudreuil  “Pavillon sur le lac” with Andy Chelminski as Honorary President. Guest will enjoy a great evening over a cocktail and gastronomic dinner.  

For the past 10 years, Tony Meti, the man behind the Bal du Coeur, has enjoyed inviting friends and colleagues to this annual fundraising event to celebrate heart month.  Thanks to Mr. Meti and his organizing committee, the Bal du Coeur has raised more than $5 million to help the MHI Foundation provide post-doctoral awards to the Institute’s most promising young specialists, as well as scholarships to recruit and retain specialized nurses.

The Bal is also an opportunity to award the Bal du Coeur Fellowships. This year recipients are:

  • Dr. Anique Ducharme ($10,000)
    For a clinical overspecialization in cardiac transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio
  • Dr. Katia Dyrda Langelaan ($50,000)
    For a two-year fellowship in electrophysiology at the Leiden University Medical Centre in The Netherlands
  • Dr. Nicolo Piazza ($50,000)
    For a one-year fellowship in Percutaneous aortic valves implanation at the Leipzig Medical Centre in Germany
2010 Bal du Coeur - Paris at night



Bentley Leather Inc.

Château Bonne Entente

Château Vaudreuil

D. English Inc.

Davide Giliati Design         

Dekade Films



La Vie en Rose

Tony Meti

Conférence annuelle de la Fondation

Plus de 450 personnes dont de fidèles donateurs, membres du Cercle du Dr Paul-David et bénévoles de la Fondation, ont assisté à la conférence du 21 mai 2013. Merci de tout coeur!

 Alain Levesque, Patrick Hansen, Isamail El-Hamamsy, Alain Vadeboncoeur, Mélanie la couture, Peter Guerra, Marc Jolicoeur

La conférence, animée par le Dr Alain Vadeboncoeur, a réuni trois éminents médecins de l’ICM qui partageront leurs connaissances sur différents sujets reliés à la cardiologie et à la santé.

Conférenciers : 

  • Dr Peter Guerra, cardiologue, chef du service d'électrophysiologie de l'ICM
    « Nouvelle technologie : un GPS pour naviguer dans le cœur »
  • Dr Ismail El-Hamamsy, chirurgien cardiaque, et M. Patrick Hansen, patient de l’ICM
    « Témoignage d’un patient et de son chirurgien »
  • Dr Marc Jolicoeur, cardiologue hémodynamicien à l'CM
    « Nouveau type de remplacement valvulaire mitral percutané »
  • M. Alain Lévesque, président du Groupe DeVimy, gestionnaire de patrimoine, spécialiste en dons planifiés et auteur du livre Le Verger « Faites une différence aujourd'hui, bâtissez l'ICM de demain » 


They donated the proceeds of their fundraising events in 2012-2013 
Event Amount
Royal Canadian Legion $700
Easter chocolate sale - IBM Logic Test $170
Love is in the air $1,760
Jeanine Hébert


Jewerly sale $15
Thérèse Robinson Birthday $203
BBQ - Pointe-Claire City $826
14th Roland-Beaulieu Omnium $10,000
Défi 2012 pour vaincre les maladies du coeur $2,690
"Polo avec Coeur" $40,100
Triathlon Agnico-Eagle of Val d'Or $620
Ironman Mont-Tremblant - Dr. Michel Pellerin $22,600
Clément-Phaneuf Golf Tournament $548
Monaco Group Golf Classic $71,500
"Amaro de mon Coeur" Golf Tournament $8,000
Claude Roy Birthday $2,000
Lilly Runs (Marathon of Montréal) $1,359
Cake sale $115
Joanie Rochette at Tricheur (TVA) $3,115
L'Arbre de l'espoir $3,000
Tribute to Gabriel Cipriano $301
Collecte de fonds - lampions - Denis Jubinville $690
Total for 2012-2013 $168,935