T H E  H E R O E S  G A L A
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022
HONOURING

BLAKE HUTCHESON, Corporate Hero Award
President & CEO, OMERS

CIARA LEWIS, Youth Hero Award
Right To Play Community Mentor, Squamish, British Columbia

LARRY TANENBAUM, OC, Inaugural Humanitarian Award
Chairman, MLSE

HAYLEY WICKENHEISER,
Athlete Hero Award
Olympic Gold Medalist, Medical Doctor, Hockey Hall of Famer
A FUNDRAISING EVENT IN SUPPORT OF
 
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A B O U T  T H E  H E R O E S  G A L A

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Right To Play presents its seventh 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 15 countries around the world - including more than 70 Indigenous communities in Canada - reaching over 11.2 million children and youth through play-based  programming. 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 awards include: Corporate Hero, Athlete Hero, Humanitarian 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 Gala was awarded #1 charity benefit in Toronto and #4 in Canada by leading event industry publication, BizBash Magazine!

E V E N T  D E T A I L S

DATE

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

LOCATION

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building,

Constitution Hall


ATTIRE

Black Tie Optional
 

EVENT FEATURES

Entertainment  |  Celebrity Athletes  |  Cocktails & Dinner

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

5:30 p.m.

DINNER & EVENING PROGRAM

6:30 p.m.

AFTER PARTY

9:30 p.m.

RIGHT TO PLAY HAS THE PRIVILEGE OF HONOURING

BLAKE HUTCHESON

President & CEO of OMERS 
Corporate Hero Award

Blake has recently been named the President and CEO of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest Pension Plans with over $110 billion of equity. He was also President & CEO of Oxford Properties Group from 2010 to 2018. Since 2013 he has been named annually to the Power 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives in New York City. Mr. Hutcheson is a long-time member of YPO and WPO and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, the London School of Economics, England (with distinction), and has an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, New York. He is married and has two children.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Right To Play invites you to support us by sponsoring The Heroes Gala.

Joining the 2022 Heroes Gala as a sponsor will provide you with an opportunity to align your values with the mission and vision of Right To Play, showcasing your values and our shared impact to a diverse crowd of patrons.

For more information or to purchase a sponsorship or table, please contact:
Susan Vardon, National Director, Right To Play Canada

svardon@righttoplay.com  |  647-429-0569

 

 

 

 

Charitable tax receipts are available upon request post event for the maximum allowable under the CRA regulations.

To make a tribute gift honouring our heroes:
If you would like to make a tribute gift in honour of the 2022 Heroes: Corporate Honouree Blake Hutcheson, Humanitarian Honouree Larry Tanenbaum, Athlete or Youth Honourees.

Tribute gifts are eligible for charitable gift receipts or corporate business acknowledgements.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Title Sponsors

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Dinner Sponsor

Pillar & Celebration Sponsors

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THANK YOU TO OUR COMMITTEE

CO-CHAIRS

Robert M. Aziz, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, Oxford Properties

Michael Cooper, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dream Office REIT and past Right To Play honouree

Laura Curtis Ferrera, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank

Loren Francis, Vice-President & Principal, Highview Financial Group and member of Right To Play’s Canadian Advisory Board

Shannon Hosford, Chief Marketing Officer, MLSE

Ken Tanenbaum, Chairman of Kilmer Developments

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMITTEE

CO-CHAIRS

Robert M. Aziz, Chief Operations Officer of OMERS

Michael Cooper, Founder, Dream Group of Companies and past Right To Play Honouree

Laura Curtis Ferrera, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank

Loren Francis, Vice-President & Principal, Highview Financial Group and member of Right To Play’s Canadian Advisory Board

Shannon Hosford, Chief Marketing Officer, MLSE

Ken Tanenbaum, Chairman of Kilmer Developments

COMMITTEE

Andrea Fellows, VP Corporate Legal, Oxford Properties Group

Andrew Stokes, Senior Director, Partnership Development, MLSE

Annesley Wallace, Executive Vice President & Global Head of Infrastructure, OMERS

Bill Manning, President, Toronto FC and Toronto Argos

Brendan Shanahan, President, Toronto Maple Leafs

Dany Beauchemin, Co-Head, Global Investment Banking & Canadian & U.S. Corporate Banking, Scotiabank

David Harper, President, Kilmer Brownfield Management

Jen Lee Koss, Founder of BRIKA, Partner of Springbank Collective

John Knowlton, Senior Managing Director and Business Manager, OMERS Infrastructure

Masai Ujiri, President, Toronto Raptors

Matt Tedford. Senior Vice President and Head, Roynat Capital at Scotiabank

Mervyn Allen, Partner, McMillan LLP

Peter Giacomelli, Managing Director & Head, Financial Sponsors & Infrastructure, Corporate & Investment Banking, Scotiabank

Ralph Lean, Founding Chairman, Right To Play

Randy Hoffman, Sr. VP Canada - Real Estate, Oxford Properties Group

Sandra Taube Godard, Managing Director, Private Capital, BMO

Steve Diamond, President & CEO, DiamondCorp

Todd Parsons, CEO, Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited

Trisha Araya, Director, VIP Experiences and Hospitality, MLSE

Wayne Carson, President, Kilmer Developments

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

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