BLG’s generous donation marks significant step for community investment in new MUHC

Montreal, November 26, 2009 – Top quality health care is central to ensuring Montreal remains a leading international city that offers an enhanced quality of life. These were the words of John Murphy, Regional Managing Partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, as Canada’s largest law firm announced a $500,000 donation to The Best Care for Life Campaign today, which raises funds to support the redevelopment of the McGill University Health Centre on the Glen, Mountain and Lachine campuses. Murphy added: "We hope that our gift will inspire others".

"The McGill University Health Centre is committed to being one of the world’s foremost academic health centres," stated the Hon. Arthur T. Porter, Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre. "As such, we are delighted that community members such as Borden Ladner Gervais are supporting the construction of our new facilities through The Best Care for Life Campaign. This gift will help transform health care for generations to come."

"Since its inception BLG has been a present and active member of the Montreal community. Our support of the McGill University Health Centre is an extension of our commitment to the community and to the health and well-being of Montrealers. Our partners are proud to contribute to this essential and leading-edge project," said John Murphy.

The Quebec government has asked the community to contribute $300 million towards the $2.2 billion overall cost of this once-in-a-generation project. So far, corporations and individuals have donated more than $210 million to The Best Care for Life Campaign, a partnership of the MUHC Foundation, Cedars Cancer Institute, Lachine Hospital Foundation, Montreal Chest Institute Foundation, Montreal General Hospital Foundation, Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation and The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, through its Best Care for Children Campaign. "The community has been incredibly generous, and we are very appreciative," states John Rae, Campaign Chair.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents, and other professionals working in six major Canadian cities, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is the largest Canadian business law firm. BLG provides bilingual legal and intellectual property services in virtually every area of law, and represents a wide range of regional, national and multinational organizations. For further information, visit

About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

The MUHC is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. Its partner hospitals are The Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital and Institute, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital. The goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.

About the MUHC Redevelopment Project
Guided by its mission and its role as co-leaders of the McGill integrated university hospital network, the MUHC is carrying out a $2.2-billion Redevelopment Project that will help the Government achieve its vision for academic medicine in Quebec. Excellence in patient care, research, education and technology assessment will be fostered on three state-of-the-art campuses—The Mountain, the Glen and Lachine—and through strong relationships with healthcare partners. Each LEED®-registered campus will be designed to provide patients and their families with "The Best Care for Life" in a healing environment that is anchored in best sustainable development practices, including BOMA BESt guidelines.

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Burns
Communications Coordinator
MUHC Public Affairs & Strategic Planning
Tel.: 514-843-1560

Elaine Mayrand
Massy-Forget Public Relations (for BLG)
Tel.: 514-842-2455 ext. 24