The Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada, headquartered in Ottawa, was incorporated as a Canadian corporation without share capital by a grant of letters patent on 11 February 1998. It maintains charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency.


Its objectives are

  1. to carry out, support, and promote medical research in the fields of cardiology, oncology, and psychiatry in Canada
  2. to disseminate the findings of such research to the interested public
  3. to promote excellence in education in the fields of cardiology, oncology, and psychiatry

In 2001, Vaclav Mach first endowed the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada in order to provide funds to enable the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute to purchase an electron microscope (see news release). Sadly, shortly after that, both he and his wife died.

Vaclav Mach and his wife, Hanni Gaensslen, ensured that, on their death, their estates endowed two foundations — the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada and the Mach-Gaensslen Stiftung Schweiz in Switzerland — to undertake charitable works as noted in the above objectives.

In 2004, the Canadian foundation supported two endeavours. It provided three years’ funding to Dr. Lynn Megeney of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute to conduct cardiac stem cell research. This grant was extended for a further three years.

The second endeavour was trial funding of medical student research at seven Canadian medical schools. The foundation wanted to study the effect of undertaking research during medical school on the subsequent performance of research during the students’ careers as physicians. The trial was successful and the program was expanded so that 12 Canadian universities now receive medical student grants. This program will be the foundation’s focus in the years to come.

In 2012, the Canadian foundation supported three endeavours with three years’ funding to the following organizations. Copies of their reports are available on the Recipients of grants pages for 2012, 2013, and 2014.

  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario for research on child and adolescent eating disorders
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario for research on youth suicide
  • Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada for research on mental health peer support