We are proud to collaborate with like-minded organizations and individuals to empower youth across Canada. The Rick Hansen Foundation School Program is made possible by our Co-Presenting Partners Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects and Scotiabank, and the generous support of CGI, Brian Hesje, The Gordon and Ruth Gooder Charitable Foundation, The Honda Canada Foundation, PIC Investment Group Inc., and The Slaight Family Foundation. Please read more about each organization and their contributions.
Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects
Boston Pizza believes that strong role models inspire kids to be great. Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects (BPFFP) was created to help connect kids with role models in their communities, ensuring that they have the guidance necessary to support their bright futures. BPFFP has been Presenting Partner of the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program since 2014, becoming Co-Presenting Partner alongside Scotiabank in 2017. With their help, we are empowering the next generation of accessibility champions.
Brian Hesje is a prominent business leader currently residing in Alberta. He is former CEO and President of Fountain Tire and previous Chairman of ATB Financial. Before these notable positions he was an educator, and it was in part due to this background that made him a highly respected mentor in his business career. It fostered a lifelong passion of both teaching and learning. Not only has he been a mentor to many in business, he also supports educational programs to empower Canadian youth. A supporter of the Foundation since 2004, he has previously donated to Leadership and Accessibility. His funding will help ensure Canadian schools are accessible and inclusive for all.
Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with their employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2017, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help their communities around the world.
Founded in Canada, in 1976, CGI is one of the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world, operating in hundreds of locations across the globe. One of CGI’s strategic goals is to recognize as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, and corporate social responsibility is one of the company’s six values. CGI strives to be a global leader in benefiting the well-being of communities, encouraging and educating more young people to be technically literate, and supporting environmental sustainability. CGI’s generous support of the RHF School Program helps us reach over 150,000 students annually.
The Gooder Foundation
The Gordon & Ruth Gooder Charitable Foundation was founded in 2010 in memory of Gordon & Ruth Gooder. The legacy of their founders helps improve the lives of Canadian youth, with a focus on Ontario programs. The Gooder Foundation is concerned about the welfare of youth who are disadvantaged due to their economic and/or social circumstances, or who have physical disabilities. The Gooder Foundation has generously supported the RHF School program since 2016.
Honda Canada Foundation
The Honda Canada Foundation enables the realization of dreams by supporting people and organizations that focus on four pillars: family, environment, engineering and education. This allows us to make a positive contribution to Canadians everywhere. The Honda Canada Foundation has been a generous supporter of the RHF School Program since 2017, and has a long history of supporting Rick Hansen Foundation initiatives.
PIC Investment Group
PIC Investment Group Inc is a family office owning Operating Companies and participating in equity investments. PIC’s venture capital investment strategy provides hands-on management in order to grow the companies it invests in, the managers of those companies, and the PIC Group as a result. The PIC Group charitable donations strategy is to invest in areas where PIC feels a meaningful difference can be made in communities. PIC has generously supported the RHF School Program since 2013. This support from PIC has had a particular impact in expanding the program to reach young students in Saskatchewan.
Slaight Family Foundation
Established in 2008, The Slaight Family Foundation is committed to making a difference. The Foundation supports projects related to health care, social service initiatives, arts and culture. The Foundation is particularly supportive of projects that help at risk or disadvantaged youth. The Slaight Family Foundation takes a strategic approach to philanthropy, funding programs that have a tangible impact on people’s lives and are sustainable long-term. Their generous support helps us create inclusive environments in schools for Canadian youth with physical disabilities.