Defi Canderel

Defi Canderel

April 28, 2011 12:33 ET

Canderel Chairman Issues a Montreal Corporate Challenge 22nd Edition of Defi Canderel

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 28, 2011) - Is your office participating in the 22nd edition of Défi Canderel on May 6? Jonathan Wener, Chairman and Founder of Canderel Management Inc., is inviting Montreal's corporate community to join the annual run and support cancer research. 50 Montreal companies are already onboard for this year's run and Wener is inviting the entire business community to join. The 2011 goal for Défi Canderel is to exceed last year's fundraising total of $342,000.

"We have had a great turnout year after year, and I am looking forward to seeing the new companies joining in the fun and supporting the cause!" says Wener. "Cancer is a disease that touches us all. By working together and engaging the business community, we have the ability to make a difference in the lives of our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers."

After learning that his wife Susan had been diagnosed with cancer in 1989, Wener, began working on an idea to create a large-scale corporate fundraiser, benefiting cancer research. His goal was to see corporate Montreal come together and have a positive impact on the community, while improving the lives of those affected by this terrible disease through advances in cancer treatments.

In 1990, the Défi Canderel, an event where Montreal's top companies compete against one another to raise money to fund cancer research, was born. Over the years the Défi has grown in size and participation as Wener has used his growing influence in Montreal's business community to get buy-in from some of the city's largest and most recognized companies.

A new addition this year is the sale of the Défi Canderel "Share them, Wear them" bracelets created by Clio Blue. The limited edition collection includes two signature pieces:

  • Cotton-Rope Bracelet featuring orange enamel and a silver Défi-logo charm, retailing for $50 on Défi day only.

  • Silver-dipped Link Bracelet with a removable orange enamel and silver Défi-logo charm, retailing for $150 on Défi day only

Both of these pieces will be available for purchase at this discounted price during the event and at Ogilvy with 100% of the proceeds going towards Défi Canderel.

About Défi Canderel

Since 1989, Canderel has been organizing one of Montreal's biggest fund-raisers. In that time, close to 7 million dollars has been raised for cancer research at the Goodman Cancer Centre at McGill University and the Institut du cancer de Montréal at l'Université de Montréal. This money has yielded tangible, measurable results. Specialized equipment, research grants and much more has been made possible, and the universities involved take pride each year in revealing what the money raised was used for.

Note to Media:

Prior to the run, advance interviews can be arranged with Défi Canderel Chairman Jonathan Wener and his wife Susan, as well as representatives from the Goodman Cancer Centre and the Institut du cancer de Montréal.

Many thanks to our sponsors – Great-West Life, Mansfield Athletic Club, Parasuco Jeans, Pharmascience, Reliance Construction, and Stikeman Elliott.

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