Thank you for helping to raise an incredible $2.64 MILLION to protect, educate and empower children to rise above adversity!
 
T H E  H E R O E S  G A L A
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 HONOUREES:
D E A N   C O N N O R, Corporate Hero Award
President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life Financial

P A S C A L   S I A K A M, Athlete Hero Award
Right To Play Athlete Ambassador
2019 NBA World Champion, Toronto Raptors
D A N N Y  C H A R L E S, Youth Hero Award
Right To Play Community Mentor
M U S I C  F O R  D E V E L O P M E N T, Youth Hero Award
Beirut, Lebanon
R A L P H   L E A N, Founding Chairman Award
Counsel, Gowling WLG
A FUNDRAISING EVENT IN SUPPORT OF
 

A B O U T  T H E  H E R O E S  G A L A

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Right To Play held its sixth annual Heroes Gala – a fundraising event hosting Toronto's business and sports communities for a night of philanthropy and fun.

  

The Heroes Gala is Right To Play’s annual must-attend signature fundraising event, honouring outstanding heroes who are doing extraordinary work to help children and youth rise above adversity. 

Headquartered in Toronto, Right To Play operates in more than 15 countries reaching over 2.3 million children and youth each year through play-based learning programs. To learn more about Right To Play, please visit righttoplay.com 


The Heroes Gala brings together more than 1,100  community leaders in business, sports, entertainment, government and philanthropy to honour incredible heroes who are doing amazing things to make the world a better place for children to live, learn, play and rise. An impactful evening of inspiration and hope, the prestigious 2019 awards included: Corporate Hero, Athlete Hero, Founding Chairman and Youth Heroes. These dedicated honourees invest their time and talents to protect, educate and empower children and youth in Canada and around the globe. 

 

Our 2018 Heroes Gala was recently awarded #1 charity benefit in Toronto by leading event industry publication, BizBash Magazine!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 HEROES!

D E A N  C O N N O R

President & CEO of Sun Life Financial 

Corporate Hero Award

A distinguished business leader, Dean Connor was named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year for 2017 and Ivey’s Business Leader of the Year for 2018.  Dean is dedicated to giving back to the community serving on the Ivey Advisory Board, Business Council of Canada, as well as a Trustee for the University Health Network in Toronto and was Chair of the 2017 United Way campaign for Toronto and York Region.  Under Dean’s leadership, Sun Life Financial is deeply committed to Right To Play and its programs.  Sun Life has been a partner since 2011, investing in the PLAY program for Indigenous youth in 85 communities across Canada.

YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT RIGHT TO PLAY!

Although the 2019 Heroes Gala has passed,

you can still support the amazing work done at Right To Play by making a tribute gift.

Please click the button below to make a tribute gift in honour of our 2019 Heroes:
 Corporate Honouree Dean Connor, Athlete Honouree Pascal Siakam, Ralph Lean or Youth Honourees.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS

T I T L E  S P O N S O R

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P I L L A R   S P O N S O R S

BMO, Education

CIBC, Gender Equality

IAMGOLD, Health & Well-Being

KingSett, Leadership

Maple Leaf & Sports Entertainment, Athlete Award

National Bank, Indigenous Youth

RBC, After Party

Scotiabank, Youth Awards

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMITTEE

CO-CHAIRS

Kevin Strain, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Sun Life Financial

Sean St. John, Executive VP, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income and Debt & Equity Capital Markets, National Bank

Marianne Harris, Member of the Board of Directors, Sun Life Financial and Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Carol Banducci, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, IAMGOLD

COMMITTEE

John Bitove Jr., Chairman & CEO, Obelysk Group

Gordon Bogden, Executive Chairman, Black Loon Group, Inc. 

Andrew Edgell, Managing Director, Credit Investments, CPPIB 

Loren Francis, Vice President & Principal, Highview Financial Group.

Jacques Goulet, President, Sun Life Financial Canada

Craig Hurl, Director, Capital Markets, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Melissa Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Public Affairs, Sun Life Financial

Ralph Lean, QC, Honourary Counsel, Gowlings LLP

Kate McGilvray, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Mark Saunders, Executive Vice-President & Chief Information Officer, Sun Life Financial

David Skurka, Managing Directory & Head of Canadian Investment Banking, National Bank Financial   

Tim Stinson, Executive Vice President, Waratah Capital Advisors Ltd.

Larry Tanenbaum, OC, Chairman, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment 

Sandra Taube Godard, Managing Director & Co-Head, Wells Fargo Securities Canada Ltd. 

David Torrey, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Banking, National Bank

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

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