McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Boris family

Jackie Work and Les Boris
Jackie Work and her brother Les Boris

In February 2012, the Boris family gave a $30-million gift to fast forward McMaster University's developments in health research and care.

"McMaster University has proven its ability to fast-forward discoveries from the lab bench to the patients' bedside," said Les Boris, son of the late Owen Boris. "It made perfect sense to make this investment in this world-class university."

The gift has two major parts, inspired by Owen Boris' desire to push stem cell science forward as well as his family's frustrating experiences in obtaining coordinated health care.

Of the total, $24 million was designated to establish the Boris Family Centre in Human Stem Cell Therapies, to speed the commercial development of discoveries in blood and neural stem cells.

An additional $6 million was allocated toward The Boris Clinic, which opened in June 2014. The Clinic allows patients with complex health problems to see several specialists and have related tests during one visit. Established in partnership with Hamilton Health Sciences, this patient-oriented clinic is located in the McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton and led by Dr. Akbar Panju, who also holds the Boris Family Chair in Education and Internal Medicine.

Owen and his wife Marta created the Hamilton cable company Mountain Cablevision Ltd. They developed the business over a period of 50 years, eventually involving their children Peter, Les and Jackie. The company was sold to Shaw Communications in 2009. Owen Boris passed away in April 2011.

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