Leadership Giving

We are in a unique period of scientific progress in type 1 diabetes (T1D), a renaissance where promising science is advancing at an unprecedented pace.

Bold scientific ideas need bold philanthropic investments to become reality. Our Leadership Giving team works with individuals, foundations, and corporations, to identify opportunities that would allow leadership giving donors to reach their charitable goals and accelerate our shared goal of creating a world without T1D.

Leadership donors make a profound impact towards JDRF’s holistic and integrated approach to T1D research. Join us to help JDRF:

  • Invest in life-saving research through our commitment of $100 million over 5 years to advance our global mission to cure, prevent and treat T1D through our $100 Campaign to Accelerate.
  • Accelerate critical T1D advances in the development of cures through two main areas: beta cell therapies and immune therapies.
  • Support the next generation of researchers through a world-renowned training program.
  • Support the JDRF Centres of Excellence, creating new research and funding models to further drive our progress.
  • Bring clinical breakthroughs from lab to market
  • Increase our Advocacy efforts to ensure that we can expedite the delivery of scientific advances into the hands of people who need them most, while also promoting equitable healthcare access and affordability.
  • Fill gaps in care by creating a holistic framework for addressing mental health as it relates to diabetes in Canada.

Join a dynamic community

Benefits of being a Leadership donor include:

Your generosity will accelerate research that makes a profound difference for the close to 300,000 people in Canada living with T1D.


All Leadership donors who make a gift of $5,000 or minimum pledge of $10,000 over five years will be uniquely stewarded and recognized for their significant contribution.

Special Invite

You’ll get exclusive access to unique research updates and special events that provide a sneak peek into the latest breakthroughs in T1D research.

Connect now with a member of our Leadership Giving team (below) or email campaign@jdrf.ca, to learn more about our major gifts program and explore how you can maximize your impact to change the lives of people with T1D and their loved ones.

Meet Your Leadership Giving Partners

Please contact the representative in your region to learn more about leadership giving.
British Columbia & Yukon

Jen Bavli
Director, Leadership Giving





Alberta / Prairies

Jen Bavli
Director, Leadership Giving

Travis Paskaruk 
Manager, Leadership Giving 



Tammy Bucci
Director, Leadership Giving

Tayler Taglione (Parental Leave)
Manager, Leadership Giving

Quebec / Maritimes

Kim Lacombe 
Vice President, Philanthropy 

Claire Guiard-Marigny
Director, Leadership Giving

Annie Cotignola 
Manager, Leadership Giving