Giving Back

Giving Back

We understand we are accountable to the communities we build in. Our goal with each project is to enhance the neighbourhood socially and aesthetically, while taking care to use the space and surrounding resources efficiently and responsibly.

 

As a successful business, we recognize the importance of giving back through supporting charitable institutions, whether by way of sponsorship, participation, fundraising or donations. In each of our six regional offices, Canderel employees engage in hospital work, university acedemia and development, museums, arts festivals and organizations that provide leadership and help to people in need.

 

The Défi Canderel

 

When cancer touched the family of Canderel Chairman and CEO Jonathan Wener, he had the inspired idea of inviting corporations to come together every May to raise money to fight cancer. With the snow finally gone from Montreal’s streets, teams of runners would race through the city, and the funds they raised would be given to research centres at McGill University and the Université de Montréal. The inaugural Défi was a resounding success, and in each subsequent year more runners have joined in the fun, enthusiastically accepting the challenge to defeat cancer through research.

 

View THE DEFI CANDEREL Website

 

In November 2016, Défi Canderel (The Canderel Challenge) was proud to receive the Award for Outstanding Corporation in the category 250 or More Employees. Presented by the Quebec Chapter of the prestigious Association of Fundraising Professionals, this honour inspires us to double our fundraising efforts for cancer research in the future.
In November 2016, Défi Canderel (The Canderel Challenge) was proud to receive the Award for Outstanding Corporation in the category 250 or More Employees. Presented by the Quebec Chapter of the prestigious Association of Fundraising Professionals, this honour inspires us to double our fundraising efforts for cancer research in the future.
Défi Canderel has raised over $12 million for cancer research since launching in 1989.

Jonathan Wener and Team Spirit

 

An organizational culture that values helping others begins at the top, and this is amply demonstrated at Canderel. Company founder and CEO Jonathan Wener is a lifelong philanthropist with a passion for service. His primary areas of focus are healthcare, education and the arts. Over his long career he has donated to and personally supported – as president, co-chair or member of the board – numerous hospitals, community organizations, foundations and research centres. In January 2015, he was appointed Chancellor of Concordia University, his alma mater, after serving for many years as Vice-Chairman of Concordia’s Board of Governors and Chairman of its Real Estate Planning Committee. Jonathan was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2003.

Le Défi Canderel (diptych), 1990, oil on canvas Molly Lamb Bobak (1922– ), New Brunswick, Canada
Le Défi Canderel (diptych), 1990, oil on canvas Molly Lamb Bobak (1922– ), New Brunswick, Canada