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Trailblazing Women in Arthritis

Arthritis Society 70th Anniversary Gala

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March 07, 2019

Arcadian Court
401 Bay Street - Simpson Tower, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON
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Join Canada’s Arthritis Society on Thursday, March 7, 2019 to celebrate key trailblazing women at the 70th Anniversary Gala. The evening will take place at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, and will include a cocktail reception, entertainment, dinner and awards ceremony, including honouring Dr. Claire Bombardier as a trailblazing woman in arthritis. Funds raised will ensure the Arthritis Society will remain a world class health charity and community partner to advance cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes and an improved quality of life for people affected by arthritis.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2019
Cocktail Attire

Flow of evening:

  • Cocktail Reception: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Dinner & Award Ceremony: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Aerialist Performance, Anandam: 7:00 pm
  • Dance performance, Anandam: 8:00 pm
  • Violinist Tribute Performance: 8:30 pm
  • Musical performance, Molly Johnson: 9:25 pm

The gala will include a tribute to Dr. Claire Bombardier who will be the inaugural recipient of a lifetime achievement award and the Gala honouree. Dr. Bombardier’s reputation is recognized on an international level and her achievements in the field of Rheumatology are truly outstanding. Presently, Dr. Bombardier is a Senior Scientist for the Toronto General Research Institute and she is the past Director of Rheumatology for the University of Toronto and former Co-Scientific Director at the Canadian Arthritis Network. Dr. Bombardier holds a Pfizer Research Chair in Rheumatology and a Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Transfer for Musculoskeletal Care.


Arcadian Court
401 Bay Street - Simpson Tower, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON

Located on the eighth floor of the flagship downtown Toronto location of the Canadian department store The Bay, the deep and rich history of this Toronto institution is showcased within the wrought iron railings, arched windows and beautiful chandeliers throughout the space - ensuring this inaugural gala is a night to remember.


Gala Co-Chairs

Helen Burstyn
Brigette Chang-Addorisio 
Arlene Perly Rae

Gala Committee

Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia
Amy Burstyn Fritz
Penny Collenette
Stephen Frank
Dr. Monique Gignac
Dr. Gillian Hawker
Mary Hofstetter
Lawson Hunter
Thomas Jedrej
Linda Leatherdale
Claire McIntyre
Sarah Patterson
Larry Taylor
Janet Yale


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Table Sponsors:

  • Bell Canada
  • G. Raymond Chang Ltd.
  • Arlene Perly Rae, Boe Rae & Nina Josefowitz
  • Arthritis Society Board of Directors
  • CEO Global Network
  • CIBC Private Wealth Management
  • Division of Rheumatology at the University of Toronto
  • Green Shield
  • Mr. Ken Smith
  • Sarah Paterson
  • Telus
  • University Dept. of Medicine at the University of Toronto

The support of generous partners and sponsors is essential to the success of Trailblazing Women in Arthritis: Arthritis Society 70th Anniversary Gala. We look forward to celebrating with you on March 7, 2019.

Contact Us

For more information, tables sales or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Burstyn Inc.
Amy Burstyn Fritz
[email protected]
416 671 0710