Make MaRS your home for impact

We invite you to make a gift to MaRS Discovery District. Consider the following high-impact programs:

Mission from MaRS Leadership Fund
Mission from MaRS works to rapidly accelerate the widespread deployment of Canada’s most effective innovations tackling society’s greatest challenges.

Join the Mission from MaRS Leadership Fund, in honour of CEO Yung Wu.

Women in Cleantech Network
The Women in Cleantech Network brings together our growing community of Cleantech founders, accelerating and celebrating women entrepreneurs’ role in the new climate economy. Built by women, for women.

Climate Action Accelerator to Net Zero
A first in Canada solution for small municipalities’ net zero commitments.

Tech Stewardship
Tech Stewardship is a professional identity, orientation and practice. As tech stewards, we continuously discuss, refine and imagine new ways to shape technology for the benefit of all.

Biotech and Health Innovation
We support companies and institutions that create health solutions with broad social impact. We help them streamline the healthcare system and improve patient outcomes, all while saving money.

General Support
Your unrestricted gift allows us to focus on the organization’s most urgent priorities and compelling opportunities.

Make a one-time donation, join our monthly giving program, or make a gift of securities safely and securely through CanadaHelps and automatically receive a tax receipt. You can also mail a cheque to:

MaRS Discovery District
Attn: Philanthropy Office
101 College St, Suite 100
Toronto ON
M5G 1L7

Have a bold new idea, want to leave a really big mark, or simply discuss your options? We would love to meet with you! Contact the Philanthropy Office and together, we will explore what’s possible.

MaRS Discovery District is a registered charity, number 876682717-RR0001.


In 2000, former University of Toronto president Dr. John Evans assembled a group of philanthropists with the dream of turning innovative ideas into action.

Canada already boasted some of the world’s greatest research and business talent, but lagged behind other countries when transforming those strengths into real-world products, services and wellness outcomes. And so, Dr. Evans and his team of visionaries founded MaRS in the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District, at the Old Toronto General Hospital, site of the discovery of insulin.

Today, MaRS is North America’s largest urban innovation hub. It supports more than 1,200 startups, is home to roughly 6,000 innovation workers, hosts 150,000 annual guests, and serves as the Canadian tech ecosystem’s strongest advocate.


Our Supporters

MaRS College of Founders

  • AIC Limited
  • AstraZeneca Canada
  • Baycrest
  • Lawrence S. Bloomberg
  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • CIBC
  • Eli Lilly Canada
  • John R. Evans
  • The Henry White Kinnear Foundation
  • Arthur S. Labatt
  • MDS Inc.
  • NPS Pharmaceuticals
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Peter Munk
  • RBC Financial Group
  • Joseph L. Rotman
  • Allan Slaight
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Foundational Partners

  • Government of Ontario
  • Government of Canada
  • City of Toronto
  • University of Toronto


Future Fund Campaign Donors

  • Gord and Janet Nixon
  • Michael McCain & Family
  • Richard and Donna Ivey
  • Ron and Kathleen Close
  • Stefan M. Larson
  • Ilse Treurnicht
  • John Manley
  • Martha Tory
  • Meric Gertler
  • Michael Serbinis
  • Cal and Angie Stiller
  • Don and Elyse Allen
  • Elaine Campbell


Our Current Donors


  • Endowment – anonymous donor


  • RBC Tech for Nature Foundation
  • Suncor Energy Foundation


  • Anonymous donor
  • The Co-operators
  • HSBC Canada
  • Verschuren Foundation


  • Anonymous donor
  • Business + Higher Education Roundtable
  • Consecon Foundation
  • Peter Gilgan Foundation
  • Yung and Katrina Wu*
  • TD Friends of Environment
  • Trottier Family Foundation
  • Grantham Foundation
  • RBC Future Launch
  • Mastercard


  • CIBC
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Chisholm Thomson Family Foundation
  • Neil Betteridge
  • Richard and Donna Ivey
  • Mohammad Al Zaibak
  • Brendan Calder
  • Bruce Power
  • Annette Verschuren
  • Anonymous Donor

$1K +

  • Cory Mulvihill
  • MINI Canada
  • Inbae Ahn
  • adMare Team
  • Elyse Allan
  • Peter G Bowie
  • Bill & Dawne Benson
  • Diane Kazarian
  • Graphite Ventures: Aaron Bast, Craig Leonard, and Lance Laking
  • Stefan Larson
  • Magyne Group
  • Gayle and Marc Milgrom
  • Al Otton / Otton Consulting Ltd
  • Jodi Kovitz and Lily Shinewald
  • Molly Shoichet
  • MaRS Staff
  • Susan Fox
  • Penny Somervile
  • Mark & Karen Cator in memory of Ralph and Ruth Anne Cator
  • Lawrence Zimmering
  • Gilda and Yousry Bissada
  • Anonymous

*MaRS acknowledges our Board of Directors not only for their time and expertise, but for their generous financial support of MaRS through the Future Fund Campaign.


Donating to MaRS means fighting for a fairer economy, healthy communities and a clean planet. What kind of impact do you want to leave on the world?

The MaRS Philanthropy Office supports your ambitions to lift Canadians through inclusive innovation. MaRS donors can make a donation of cash, securities, or setup monthly giving safely and securely through CanadaHelps and automatically receive a tax receipt.

If you are unsure which donation method suits you best, feel free to consult our team

MaRS is a registered charity. Our charitable registration number is 876682717-RR0001.


Our Team
Josée Thibault

Josée Thibault

Josée Thibault

With a background in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, Josée turns big ideas into action. She was an early builder of Opportunity for All Youth, an initiative that aims to transform the workforce development sector so that it works better for youth who experience marginalization. She also served as Executive Director for ONE TO ONE Literacy Society, a childhood literacy program in British Columbia, and as a fundraiser for UBC, supporting the Faculty of Medicine and the university’s community outreach initiatives. In a past life, Josée led a team of Account Managers for a boutique market research company focused on customer experience metrics. Josée sat on a number of non-profit boards including the Calgary Birth Control Association (now the Centre for Sexuality), the Chicago Neighbourhood Parent Network, and Vancouver’s CircusWest. In her spare time, she is completing a Masters of Communication Management at McMaster University. Through it all, Josée brings energy to connecting passionate people with causes they care about, and to building communities devoted to meaningful social impact.

Michelle Khelawan

Michelle Khelawan

Michelle Khelawan