Our Team


Our Team Cares

At Lumira, we support those in our broader healthcare ecosystem as well as in our local communities. We recently initiated the “double bottom line challenge” to help those affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak and continue to donate a portion of partner time and profits to support the research, translational medicine and healthcare access missions of over a dozen leading healthcare foundations.

Double Bottom Line Challenge

Lumira has committed $100,000 to support community initiatives helping those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Like virtually every other VC and PE firm in this country, the lack of many normal course business expenses during this pandemic has actually represented a meaningful cost saving for our firm. Recognizing this, we have chosen to “invest/spend” our savings on those truly in need in our communities and to focus for the most part on grass-roots, truly volunteer initiated and led programs with high impact.

We have been looking for “double bottom line” opportunities – like feeding those in need by having local restaurants prepare and deliver the meals as an example, and we have started with a commitment of $100,000. This has truly been a team effort as we have our people pitch once a week to decide on the organizations/people we should support.  This has become one of the highlights of our weekly process and to date we have supported the  following organizations to date.  Most importantly, we’ve gotten to know some incredible people selflessly doing some fantastic things for others, and if that doesn’t start your day right then nothing will.

  • Second Harvest


  • Outreach Project

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Food Gatherers

    Ann Arbor, MI

  • Life Science Cares

    Boston, MA

  • Feed The Frontlines

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Get ResQ Ltd.

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Woodgreen

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Meals on Wheels

    Calgary, AB

  • Fred Victor

    Toronto, ON

  • Frontline 100

    Vancouver, BC

  • Donate a Suspended Stew

    Vancouver, BC

  • Food For Thought Meals Fund

    Ottawa, ON

  • St. Stephen’s Community House

    Toronto, ON

  • Sustain the Line

    Toronto, ON
    Montreal, QC
    Fort McMurray, AB

  • Stop Community Food Centre

    Toronto, ON

  • Share the Warmth – Partageons l’espoir


  • Scarborough Food Security Initiative

    Toronto, ON

  • Santropol Roulant

    Montreal, QC

Foundation Partners

The charter foundations participating in Lumira’s Philanthropic initiative are:

  • BC’s Children’s Hospital

    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • SickKids Foundation

    Toronto, Ontatio
  • Fondation de l’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont

    Montreal, Quebec
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation

    Hamilton, Ontario
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

    Toronto, Ontario
  • Sunnybrook Foundation

    Toronto, Ontario
  • Montreal Heart Institute Foundation

    Montreal, Quebec
  • Trillium Healthcare Partners Foundation

    Toronto, Ontario
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

    Toronto, Ontario
  • VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • William Osler Health System Foundation

    Brampton, Etobicoke Ontario
  • St. Michaels Foundation

    Toronto, Ontario

Lumira Gives

Lumira Ventures supports a number of foundations and events in our broader community, including:

  • Foundation Fighting Blindness

    Toronto, Ontario
  • Crohns & Colitis

    Toronto, Ontario
  • Cycle for Sight

    Toronto, Ontario
  • Heart and Stroke - Big Bike

    Toronto, Ontario


  • “Research is the bedrock of innovation. St. Michael’s Hospital is grateful to be a beneficiary of Lumira Capital’s corporate citizenship”

    Dr. Arthur Slutsky
    Vice-President of
    Research at St. Michael’s Hospital
  • “The donation concept of Lumira Capital is seen as a welcomed initiative propitious to the acceleration of innovation”

    Mélanie La Couture
    Executive Director of
    the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation
  • “We’re always thinking beyond the bottom line. We want to ensure that people around the world have access to life-altering healthcare advancements.”

    Peter van der Velden MBA
    Managing General Partner
    Lumira Capital