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New Name.
New Vision.

Photo: Mathilde Poirier

Weston Family Northern Scientist Mathilde Poirier studies brown lemmings on Bylot Island, Nunavut – Photo credit: Dominique Fauteux

For three generations, the Weston Family has maintained a tradition of giving. Now, that tradition continues under a new name, as The W. Garfield Weston Foundation becomes the Weston Family Foundation.

We will be launching a new website soon.

Photo: Mathilde Poirier

Weston Family Northern Scientist Mathilde Poirier studies brown lemmings on Bylot Island, Nunavut – Photo credit: Dominique Fauteux

Advancing the Well-being of Canadians

More than 60 years of philanthropy has taught us that there’s a relationship between healthy landscapes and healthy people. That’s why we champion world-class health research and innovation with the same passion that we support initiatives to protect and restore biodiversity.

Venn diagram: Health / The Well-Being of Canada / Landscapes

We take a collaborative approach to philanthropy, working alongside forward-thinking partners to advance Canada and create lasting impacts. We aspire to do more than provide funding, as we enable others to find transformational ways to improve the well-being of Canadians.

With every advance, we move forward together.

Logo: Weston Family Foundation

With our new name comes a new logo: a simple, modern interpretation of a wheat sheaf with a W at its core. A design that reflects our family’s history – and the resolve of the Foundation’s founders – while reflecting our innovative spirit and forward-thinking initiatives.

A Focus on Measurable Impacts

As the result of a two-year strategic review, the Foundation has narrowed its focus areas to two pillars: Health and Landscapes. We're taking a spark, shepherd, scale approach to ensure the best ideas have the best chances of success. When it comes to grantmaking, our philosophy is straightforward - we fund research and initiatives that we believe will have actual, measurable impacts on the well-being of Canadians.


Health Strategy

Photo: Sunnybrook: Focused Ultrasound Helmet

A prototype helmet for the Weston Family Focused Ultrasound Initiative — Photo credit: Jason Mortlock

Enabling Healthy Aging for Canadians

Our Health Strategy aims to catalyze and scale science-based approaches to significantly improve the health of Canadians. The Weston Brain Institute is advancing research that will treat and prevent neurological diseases of aging. The Weston Family Microbiome Initiative is helping researchers understand the role of the microbiome in healthy aging. And our Brain Health Program combines the two to research the long-term maintenance of brain health.

We’ve set our sights on outcomes that are nothing short of transformative: more Canadians maintaining optimal health as they get older; decreasing the economic burden of diseases of aging in Canada; and giving Canadians a better understanding of how they themselves can maintain optimal health and independence.

Photo: Sunnybrook: Focused Ultrasound Helmet

A prototype helmet for the Weston Family Focused Ultrasound Initiative — Photo credit: Jason Mortlock


Landscapes Strategy

Photo: William Twardek

Weston Family Northern Scientist William Twardek studies salmon migration on the Takhini River, YT – Photo credit: Karlie Knight

Improving Environmental Sustainability

Our Landscapes Strategy aims to restore and protect biodiversity in Canada’s wild, agricultural and urban lands. Again, we’re thinking big: we want environmental outcomes with long-term impacts. We want to see changes in practices and behaviours that increase ecological and economic sustainability to improve resiliency; and we want to increase knowledge and appreciation of the ecosystem services provided by Canadian landscapes.

Watch for more details about a comprehensive new Landscapes initiative to be announced in November.

Photo: William Twardek

Weston Family Northern Scientist William Twardek studies salmon migration on the Takhini River, YT – Photo credit: Karlie Knight

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LOI DEADLINE TOMORROW: The application #deadline for the Brain Health: Lifestyle Approaches and Microbiome Contributions 2021 program is November 25, 2020 at 2pm ET. For further information, visit our website: http://bit.ly/31pjhAO

DEADLINE REMINDER: The application deadline for the Brain Health: Lifestyle Approaches and Microbiome Contributions 2021 program is November 25, 2020 at 2pm ET. For further information, visit our website: http://bit.ly/31pjhAO