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The Rogers Foundation

Through a historic gift, the Rogers Foundation is helping U of T, SickKids and UHN revolutionize the way we approach heart health in Canada.

The Rogers Foundation was established by the late Ted Rogers
(BA 1956 TRIN, LLB 1961 Osgoode, Hon LLD Western 1996, Hon DSL 1997 TRIN, Hon LLD 2002, Hon LLD Ryerson 2004) and his wife, Loretta A. Rogers (Hon LLD Western 1996, Hon LLD Ryerson 2004). Ted Rogers was president and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., which was founded by his father, Edward S. Rogers Sr. Under Ted’s leadership, the company became a media and communications powerhouse, with interests in radio and television stations, cable distribution, publishing, wireless, internet, the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre.

In his later years, Ted was diagnosed with a heart condition that eventually led to congestive heart failure. He passed away at the age of 75. To honour his memory and unshakable entrepreneurial spirit, the Rogers Foundation made a landmark $130 million donation in 2014 to create the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.

The gift, which is the largest private health-care donation in Canadian history, is fuelling a unique partnership between U of T, SickKids and the University Health Network. All three institutions have matched the Rogers Foundation’s gift, thus creating a $270 million investment in new diagnoses, treatments, and tools to help people prevent, manage, and survive heart failure.

Few diseases are as costly to families and society as heart failure, a condition where the heart can’t pump sufficient blood to meet the body’s demands. In Canada, more than one million adults and children have heart failure, and the disease costs the Canadian health-care system up to $3 billion a year.

Thanks to the generosity of the Rogers Foundation, the Centre is already breaking new ground and giving fresh hope to those who suffer from this devastating disease. It is a hope that continues to grow under the guidance and leadership of a new generation of the remarkable Rogers family. Ted and Loretta’s daughter, Martha Rogers is the Chair of the Rogers Foundation.

The ongoing dedication of the Rogers family to our community and the trailblazing work of both the Rogers Foundation and the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research stand as enduring tributes to Ted and Loretta Rogers. Driven by their founding vision, the future of heart health for children, adults and families across Canada and around the world is being transformed through the latest innovations in clinical care, genetics and regenerative medicine.