Source: Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation

The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its Awards of Excellence. Four awards were presented at the Foundation’s annual Gala event on Wednesday, March 11 at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

The Foundation honours professionals whose exceptional commitment contributes to the fight against breast cancer. Each award recipient received a grant to facilitate the pursuit of their research, innovation and support.

  • The Scientific Distinction Award went to Dr. Peter Siegel

Dr. Siegel works at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University, where he and his team are developing new treatments to reduce the number of metastatic or drug-resistant cancers in women with breast cancer. The Scientific Distinction Award pays tribute to the ambition and impact of Dr. Siegel’s career. The quality of his scientific research has led to major advances in the fight against breast cancer.

A $25,000 grant accompanied the National Bank Innovation and Community Support Award.

Click here to watch Doctor Siegel’s video.

  • The National Bank Innovation and Community Support Award was presented to the creators of the Opal app

Drs. Tarek Hijal, John Kildea and Jamil Asselah of the McGill University Health Centre were honoured for their innovative contributions that have significantly improved patient care. The team created the Opal app, which provides patients with free and easy access to their medical records, as well as to their upcoming appointments. It also includes explanations, lab results, medical notes from radiation oncology and educational materials specific to their diagnosis and treatment.

The National Bank Innovation and Community Support Award came with a $25,000 grant.

Click here to watch the team’s video.


  • The Emerging Scientific Award was presented to Dr. Marie-Claude Bourgeois-Daigneault

Dr. Marie-Claude Bourgeois-Daigneault of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal has stood out by the quality of her scientific research in breast cancer. She and her research team are studying the characteristics that distinguish patients who respond well to treatment from those who do not. The team works with viruses modified to attack cancer cells when injected into the body.

The Emerging Scientific Award is accompanied by a $5,000 grant.

Click here to watch Doctor Bourgeois-Daigneault’s video.

  • Pam McLernon Volunteer Engagement Award was presented to Olivier Perret

Executive chef at the Renoir restaurant at Sofitel Montréal Le Carré Doré hotel, Olivier Perret launched the Renoir en Rose event in 2014. This gastronomic fundraiser has since collected over $300,000 for the cause.

His remarkable commitment to the Foundation has had a major impact in supporting people affected by breast cancer.

Click here to watch Olivier Perret’s video.


About the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation

The Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is the only philanthropic organization to ensure its investment in breast cancer research stays here in Quebec. In over 25 years, it has raised over $50 million and invested it here in Quebec in cutting-edge research and in defending the best interests of breast cancer patients and their loved ones. Via research and innovation, support and awareness, the Foundation places people affected and their families at the very heart of its mission. Researchers, volunteers, employees, donors and families all share the same hope: A future in which people no longer die of breast cancer. Follow our activities on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information Marie-Pier Cornellier Media Relations and Communications Specialist Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation Tel.: 514-871-1717, ext. 266 | Toll-free 1-877-990-7171 | Cell: 819-572-1254



March 18 2020