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Founding Partners and Sponsors

Three leaders, one cause            

The Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health was created by three founding partners, each a widely respected leader in their field. They are united in their desire to recognize the researchers whose work is helping North Americans live longer and better lives.

Click on the following links to learn more about the founding partners:
Lawrence S. Bloomberg
McGill University

Partnerships with health organizations

The Bloomberg Manulife Prize is grateful toThe Canadian Cancer Society for both their endorsement and their financial support of the award. A national, community-based organization of volunteers, the Society's mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, research which helps Canadians to understand, prevent and reduce their risk of cancer by transforming knowledge into powerful information, programs and services. 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation - a national organization led and supported by a force of more than 130,000 volunteers - is one of Canada’s largest and most effective health charities. Over the last 60 years they have invested more than $1.3 billion in heart and stroke research; the largest contributor in Canada after the federal government. The Foundation’s health promotion and advocacy programs across the country are saving lives every day, creating healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke.


ParticipACTION is a national not-for-profit organization solely dedicated to inspiring and supporting active living and sport participation for Canadians. Their goal is to ensure that physical activity is a priority on the national agenda, to inspire Canadians to move more, and to develop a legacy of collaboration and partnership in the sector of active health.

The Canadian Diabetes Association is a registered charitable organization, leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while they work to find a cure. Their professional staff and more than 20,000 volunteers provide education and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease, advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a cure.

YMCA Canada, a registered charitable organization dedicated to building healthy communities, serves 2 million people in more than 1,000 communities across Canada. YMCA Canada focuses on the healthy development of children and youth, reaching more than half a million children and youth by laying the foundation for their future habits and emotional well-being. Its programs build assets to become healthy, caring and responsible. 


The Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) is a national, non-profit organization founded by Order of Canada recipient Dr. Larry Goldenberg. The mission of CMHF is to inspire Canadian men to live healthier lives. By adopting healthier lifestyle choices 70% of men’s health problems can be prevented. The ground-breaking Don’t Change Much campaign and health awareness tool YouCheck.ca are two programs designed to be part of the men’s health solution.


Valued sponsors

The cause of promoting active health has also inspired a number of visionary companies to support the Bloomberg Manulife Prize as national sponsors.

The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, is a division of CTVglobemedia, a dynamic multimedia company, which also owns CTV Inc., Canada’s number-one private broadcaster. In print for 165 years, the Globe and Mail has consistently delivered Canada’s best and deepest coverage of national, international and business news. With a cumulative six-day readership total of just over 2.5 million, the Globe and Mail enjoys a wide – and a highly loyal – readership. Learn more >>

The Globe and Mail is aware of the potential effects of paper production on forests and natural ecosystems, and encourages sustainable forest management and forest conservation.


Shaw Media operates Global Television and 18 of the country's most popular specialty channels, including Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, History Television and Showcase.

Their 11 Global stations reach almost 100% of English-speaking Canada with a diverse slate of ratings hits like House, Survivor, Hawaii Five-0 and Glee; Canadian Original programs like Rookie Blue, Ice Pilots: NWT, Holmes Inspection and Canada’s most trusted entertainment news show, Entertainment Tonight Canada; and strong local and national news programming in markets from coast-to-coast.

Beyond the traditional airwaves, Shaw Media offers Canadians access to full episodes of their preferred programs through more than 20 multi-media websites, four dedicated Video on Demand channels and a growing number of mobile applications.

Twenty-five million Canadians a week count on Shaw for their news, information and entertainment and Shaw is engaging with them on every platform they seek.


Cineplex Inc. is one of Canada’s leading entertainment companies and operates one of the most modern and fully digitized motion picture theatre circuits in the world. A top-tier Canadian brand, Cineplex operates numerous businesses including theatrical exhibition, food services, gaming, alternative programming, Cineplex Media, and Cineplex Digital Solutions. Cineplex is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and operates 133 theatres with 1,437 screens from British Columbia to Quebec, serving approximately 70 million guests annually.


The Cambridge Group of Clubs is a wellness and hospitality company that manages, operates, owns, acquires and redevelops health, fitness and sports clubs in select cities in North America.

With a portfolio of 4 luxury health club properties in Toronto and Montreal welcoming over 11,000 members, the goal of the Cambridge Group of Clubs is the delivery of a superior health and fitness experience.

In accordance with its commitment to encouraging active health, the Cambridge Group of Clubs supports a number of charitable projects in this area,  including a $100,000 commitment to the Urban Squash Toronto program which helps empower at-risk youth.

The company is proud to support the Bloomberg Manulife Prize in the hope that rewarding groundbreaking research will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of Canadians.