Bal des lumières raises
$1,430,000 for Montréal
mental health foundations

With the theme “United for mental health,” the second Bal des lumières held last night at the Bell Centre raised $1,430,000 for the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation, and the Mental Illness Foundation.

More than 850 guests attended Bal des lumières, including Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services, Jacques Daoust, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, and Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre, setting a new record for fundraising in support of mental health in Québec, surpassing the $1.1 million raised at the first Bal in 2013. Co-chaired by George Cope of Bell, Serge Godin of CGI, Geoff Molson of the Club de Hockey Canadien, Bell Centre and evenko, and Louis Vachon of National Bank, the extraordinary evening was hosted by Bell Media’s Isabelle Racicot and featured a fundraising auction and performances by DJ Ève Salvail, Brigitte M, Dominic Lacasse, Diva5 and Luc Langevin.

“It is truly impressive to see so many Québec leaders come together to send a powerful message of support to all those who struggle with mental illness,” said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE and Bell, and honourary chair of the Bal des lumières. “The Bal is a unique and powerful event that raises significant funding for these three world-class Québec mental health foundations, while helping to reduce the stigma around mental illness. Together, we are shining a warm and welcoming light to ensure that mental illness will never again be relegated to the shadows of society.”

This unprecedented mobilization has a profound impact because the three recipient organizations cover such a wide spectrum of mental health initiatives: awareness, innovative treatments, quality care, leading-edge research and social integration. “I am delighted to see a second Bal des lumières take place,” said Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services. “The event’s resounding success illustrates just how much people care about mental health. We are fortunate to be able to count on renowned researchers, experts and professionals, as well as leading organizations such as the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation, the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation and the Mental Illness Foundation. I would like to thank their members for everything they do, which makes an impact both here and abroad.”

Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre emphasized the importance of fighting stigma: “The spirit of cooperation that brought these three major foundations together tonight has resulted in unmatched mobilization, which in turn will lead to innovative treatments, quality care and increased awareness. Montréal is an inclusive city focused on its people. We value warmth, solidarity, openness and tolerance, all of which our citizens take to heart. Mental illness can affect anyone; we must keep fighting prejudice.”

With the money raised, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation will continue its vital research into preventing and treating mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. The Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation will continue to improve the quality of life of its clients through rehabilitation, working towards maintaining a solid link with their community and therefore  stimulating their social reintegration. The Mental Illness Foundation will build on the success of its Partners for Mental Health program. Created for secondary 3, 4 and 5 students and reaching 50,000 young people across Québec each year, the program raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression.

The chairs of the three foundations, François Castonguay, Marisa Giannetti and Don Bastien wish to commend the leadership and tireless efforts of the evening’s co-chairs, George Cope, Serge Godin, Geoff Molson and Louis Vachon. They also extend their warmest thanks to the committee of ambassadors, Maria and Vincenzo Guzzo of Guzzo Cinemas, Grace Di Meo of DNA Capital and Luc Bachand of BMO Capital Markets, who rallied the business community to this important cause, and Artistic Director Denis Bouchard, who created a truly magical event. 

Pictures of the Ball




collected in 2016 in the second edition of Bal des lumières



have attending the largest fundraising event for mental health in Quebec


of Quebecers

will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime

The foundations

The Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation finances the development of the Douglas Institute: understanding, treatment and prevention of mental illness through research in neuroscience and mental health, care of patients and their environment, as well as education and training.

The Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal supports the objectives of the largest francophone psychiatric institution in Canada in its mission of care, research and education.

The Mental Illness Foundation fosters public awareness of the importance of preventing mental illnesses and contributes to reducing the suffering of those affected.

Why should we support
the Bal des lumières?

In Quebec, as elsewhere, mental illnesses create intense suffering for those affected, as well as for their loved ones. The latest statistics indicate that one Quebecker in five will suffer some form of mental illness over their lifetime. Mental illness alone is the second-highest cause of long-term disability at work. However, there are solutions to these problems, and recovery is possible. Your participation in the second edition of the Bal des lumières will allow the three Foundations to fund a broad array of actions in support of mental health: awareness building, innovative treatment, quality care, advanced research, social integration and many more.

Here is an overview of the various projects that motivate our foundations and require funding:

With the money raised, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation continues its vital research on preventing and treating depression and suicide, mood, anxiety and impulsivity disorders, eating disorders, detecting Alzheimer's disease, child psychiatry, and the importance of early detection in the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychoses. The funds collected provide critical support to our teams of world-class experts in both clinical and basic research

The Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal continues to improve the quality of life of its clients with a view to prevention, treatment and social integration. The Foundation also continues to support the activities of its research centre, including contributing to the development of the Banque Signature, a biological, psychosocial and clinical database of patients, and to the deployment of mobile applications for people with mental health issues.

The Mental Illness Foundation ensures the continuation of its Partners for Mental Health program. This program, created for secondary 3, 4 and 5, reaches 50, 000 young people each year province-wide to raise their awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression. By helping these young people understand depression, its symptoms and the resources available to them, we engage in concrete actions for a healthier society. In addition, the Mental Illness Foundation will consolidate its actions in Québec with a new prevention program to promote mental health among secondary 1 and 2 students.

The ball

From the cocktail in the corridor to the banquet hall on ice at the Bell Centre, the guests will be awed by its bright, magical and enchanting setting. Under the magic wand of evenko, producer of world-class events, magicians, acrobats and artists will alternately lend their talents and voices to mental health. Interactive elements will allow you to be both actor and spectator, and to loudly show your support for mental health. Music and dance in the spotlights of the night, a memorable evening awaits you!

  • Brigitte M

    Brigitte M

    Luc Langevin

    Luc Langevin

    Dominic Lacasse - drapeau humain

    Dominic Lacasse - drapeau humain

  • Diva5


March 23, 2016

Evening attire
Women : Short or long cocktail dress
Men: Dark suit and tie (Tuxedo not mandatory)

6:00 PM
cocktail, wine and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 PM
dinner, entertainment
8:30 PM
silent auction ends
9:15 PM
entertainment and dancing


The event is almost sold-out – hence kindly contact us at or at 514-761-6131; ext. 2764. 
You can also make a donation for the cause.

    • $10,000


    • $5,000


Our partners

We are proud to count you among our partners and we sincerely thank you for your commitment to the cause of mental health !

LOGO La fondation familiale Rossy
LOGO Caisse de dépôt
LOGO Guzzo
LOGO bmo
LOGO Desjardins
LOGO Sunlife
LOGO Power Corporation
LOGO Scotia
LOGO Mccarthy
LOGO Telecon
LOGO Ericsson
LOGO Amdocs
LOGO Industrielle Alliance
LOGO FibreNoire
LOGO FestivalQc
LOGO Asplundh
LOGO Blakes
LOGO Sryas
LOGO Tech Mahindra
LOGO Tech Metro
LOGO Transelec
LOGO Cisco
LOGO Mercer
LOGO Odgers
LOGO Davies
LOGO Ivanhoe Cambridge
LOGO Construction Valard
LOGO Norton
LOGO Lavery Avocats
LOGO Rio Tinto
LOGO Outbox
LOGO Sitel
LOGO Minacs
LOGO Média Experts
LOGO Pandion
LOGO McKesson
LOGO Manuvie
LOGO Infrastructel
LOGO Eagles
LOGO Hydro-Quebec
LOGO Burgundy
LOGO Sanivac
LOGO Cogeco
LOGO Croesus
LOGO Effigis
LOGO Triasima
LOGO Transat
LOGO Mylan
LOGO Assistenza
LOGO Fiera Capital
LOGO Larochelle
LOGO Agropur
LOGO Convergys
LOGO Cominar

Contact us

Suzanne Bélanger

Executive Director
Douglas Mental Health University
Institute Foundation
514-761-6131, ext. 2765

Carole Morin

Executive Director
Fondation de l’Institut universitaire
en santé mentale de Montréal
514-251-4000, ext. 2026

Line Bellavance

Development and
Communications Director
Mental Illness Foundation
514-529-5354, ext. 226