Dr. Janessa Laskin, BC Cancer Agency medical oncologist and co-lead of Personalized Onco-Genomics program; and Laurie Rix, Rix Family Foundation.

Dr. Janessa Laskin, BC Cancer Agency medical oncologist and co-lead of Personalized Onco-Genomics program; and Laurie Rix, Rix Family Foundation.

Jane Ramirez; and Arthur Griffiths, Arthur Griffiths & Associates founder.

Jane Ramirez; and Arthur Griffiths, Arthur Griffiths & Associates founder.

Diane Conconi; and her husband, Bob Conconi, Conconi FT Holdings president and BC Cancer Foundation Board director.

Diane Conconi; and her husband, Bob Conconi, Conconi FT Holdings president and BC Cancer Foundation Board director.

Tom Johnston, VP Cascadia Properties; and his wife, Deanne Lawder.

Tom Johnston, VP Cascadia Properties; and his wife, Deanne Lawder.

Gala emcees from CTV News at Six, Mike Killeen; and Tamara Taggart, Inspiration Gala chair.

Gala emcees from CTV News at Six, Mike Killeen; and Tamara Taggart, Inspiration Gala chair.

Christina Laplante, Mack Kirk Roofing & Sheet Metal director; and Gino Laplante, Mack Kirk Roofing & Sheet Metal president.

Christina Laplante, Mack Kirk Roofing & Sheet Metal director; and Gino Laplante, Mack Kirk Roofing & Sheet Metal president.

Hon. Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services; and Katia Oteman, Hoffman-La Roche senior manager government relations and health policy.

Hon. Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services; and Katia Oteman, Hoffman-La Roche senior manager government relations and health policy.

Dave Ritchie, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers co-founder.

Dave Ritchie, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers co-founder.

Greg D'Avigon, BC Cancer Foundation chair and president, and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia; and Aura Danby, Illumina territory account manager.

Greg D'Avigon, BC Cancer Foundation chair and president, and CEO of the Business Council of British Columbia; and Aura Danby, Illumina territory account manager.

BC Cancer Foundation's 10th annual Inspiration Gala 2014
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
November 1, 2014

Almost 500 guests attended the 10th annual BC Cancer Foundation Inspiration Gala presented by Encana. The amount raised was $5 million, including a $1.5 million gift from Laurie Rix of the Rix Family Foundation, $1 million form Roche Canada and over $1 million during the live auction with proceeds supporting the BC Cancer Agency's Personalized Onco-Genomics Program (POG).

Gala emcees included gala chair Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen from CTV News at Six. The evening included a cocktail reception and a silent auction raffle, dinner with opening remarks by BC Cancer Foundation president and CEO Douglas Nelson, and the live auction. There was also a performance by internationally renowned jazz pianists Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap.

Over nine years, the BC Cancer Foundation's Inspiration Gala has invested $15 million to accelerate research in lung, pancreatic, breast, ovarian, brain, colorectal, lymphoid cancers and personalized medicine at the BC Cancer Agency.