Community Events

1. Goodman Cancer Gala: The Goodman Cancer Institute Gala is the flagship fundraising event supporting the innovative cancer research of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Institute (GCI).

Since the inaugural gala in 2010, this signature event has been held biennially, raising significant funding to help recruit the world’s brightest and most innovative minds to the GCI, build and maintain our world-class core technology and innovation programs and fund key scientific collaborations and our vital public outreach activities. Most recently, in 2018, the Gala celebrated the Centre’s commitment to an innovative Lung Cancer Network.

Please follow this link to visit the Gala 2021 webpage:


2. Defi Canderel: In 1990, following the cancer diagnosis of his wife, Susan Wener, Mr. Jonathan Wener approached the Goodman Cancer Institute to establish an efficient way to contribute to the expedient improvement of the management of cancer. His choice to create an event to provide funds for the research link of the chain proved to be a judicious and profitable investment. Since then, every May, thousands of runners from various companies and institutes join together and run the streets of Montreal to raise funds for cancer research. The proceeds of this event have, so far, enhanced the productivity of research results coming from the Centre and have had many far-reaching and significant impacts. In particular, Défi Canderel has made a significant contribution to the next generation of leading cancer researchers, many of whom have benefited from Canderel Awards that have enabled them to focus on their research and secure prestigious funding in subsequent years. Each year, many of the Centre's researchers, technicians, graduate trainees, post-doctoral fellows, and administrative staff participate in the Défi Canderel and lend a hand to the organizers. Specific details on how to participate and volunteer are communicated to the Centre's members as of February. Please visit The Défi Canderel website for more information on the event:

3. Public Forums: As part of its mission to empower patients, caregivers and families dealing with cancer, the Goodman Cancer Research Centre organizes an annual series of four forums at which leading experts discuss advances in cancer research.

The program presents summaries of the latest fundamental and clinical cancer research, demystifying and breaking down complex topics in the fields of cancer biology, novel treatments and best practices in patient care management. Examples of recent topics include Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Cancer Cachexia and Renal Cancer.

Each session includes an inspirational testimonial from a patient, who shares his or her personal journey from facing the challenges of diagnosis to surviving well beyond cancer. At the conclusion of the lecture is a moderated, bilingual (English/French) open discussion where a panel of experts is available to answer questions from attendees.

Admission is free, but registration is encouraged. The 2019-2020 series of GCI Public Lectures is currently being organized – please check this site for more details as soon as they become available. For more information, please email: lauren.donnelly [at]

A video of the previous public forum is below and past videos can be found here

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