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Companies That Make a Difference

There have been many companies who have offered us their on-going support in a variety of important ways. Whether financial, in kind, or through volunteer work hours, their help has enabled the DSRF to continue to grow as an organization and provide services to thousands of children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

Without our sponsors we would not exist. Therefore, to honour their generosity, we wish to profile the sponsoring corporations which have truly made a difference.

Partnering with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation is a perfect match for the Air Canada Foundation's philanthropic focus: enhancing the quality of life for Canadian children and their families. It enables us to be a player in its achievements, a way for us to be involved. Working with the DSRF offers us the opportunity to truly make a difference and give back to the community.



Backbone Technology is a privately-owned, full-service web development firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia, that has been producing and maintaining enterprise-level online solutions for over a decade. We currently support hundreds of projects in Canada, the United States, and overseas with a clientele ranging from publicly-traded corporations to government ministries and political organizations, to various non-profit organizations.

Backbone is proud to play a part in the Down Syndrome Research Foundations’ vision and work, and we do this by being the DSRF’s window to the world. By building and maintaining their website, Backbone works with the DSRF to reach more people on a global scale, allowing people to learn more about the Foundation and to become involved in the amazing work that they do.

To learn more about Backbone Technology, please visit us at


Bell Alliance Studios provides everything from a simple video introduction, to a full-scalevideo production with green screen, 3D animation and motion graphics. Located in the heart of South Granville, their talented filmmakers specialize in promoting entr

epreneurs, businesses and organizations.

BA Studios is working in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF) to produce a series of educational videos based on the results of a conducted research done by DSRF. This research provides an insight into the unique learning profile of individual students with Down syndrome.

Bell Alliance Studios is under the umbrella of Bell Alliance law firm which contributes to a number of local and international non for profit organizations.

To learn more about Bell Alliance Studios, please visit


Borden Ladner Gervais employs more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, offering assistance to its clients in all their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration. BLG's approach to professional and service excellence is based upon personal standards of absolute integrity, unfailing mutual respect and dedication in all that they do for their clients.

BLG has been an extremely supportive partner of DSRF through our annual Up the Down Market Dinners and Christmas Breakfast. In addition, BLG has played on behalf of DSRF for many years in their annual Mercy Cup hockey game versus PH&N.

To learn more about BLG, please visit


Callaghan Photography is a Vancouver-based brother and sister photography team who specialize in engagements, weddings and portraits. They believe that whatever type of event you’re having, the experience should be personal, fun, and your memories of it, spectacular.

Callaghan Photography provides photography services for all of DSRF's events in the Vancouver area. They would love to hear your story and work with you to create truly special memories from your truly special day.

To learn more about Callaghan Photography, please visit


Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management has been a supporter of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, primarily through their longstanding involvement in our Up the Down Market Dinners across Canada.

Along with their support of the Dinners, CC&L has taken an active role through participation in the development and overall activities of the Foundation. The skills and advice they bring helps the Foundation grow strongly and efficiently to assist people with Down syndrome and their families.

For more information about CC&L, please visit them on the web at


CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 12 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

CTV Vancouver is proud to be the exclusive television sponsor of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, supporting the annual Run Up for Down Syndrome, Up the Down Market Dinner (Vancouver), Down Syndrome Awareness Week and Christmas Breakfast.


Earth Enterprises has been serving the property management industry in the Lower Mainland with commercial landscape maintenance services since 1986. We are proud to support the work of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and are happy to donate our landscape maintenance services for the DSRF building.

Earth Enterprises can be reached on the web at


Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is a non profit organization focusing on the re-use of computer related equipment and other electronics for charities, as well as handling equipment for recycling. All computer equipment is sorted by volunteers. It is then determined if suitable for donation to a local non-profit organization or handled for recycling. We are proud to support the work of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and are happy to donate computer and other equipment as needed.

Information about the services provided by ERA can be found on their website at


The Globe and Mail is Canada's #1 weekday and weekend newspaper. In print for 170 years, The Globe delivers lively and authoritative coverage of national, international, business, technology, arts, entertainment and lifestyle news.

Since 2012, the Globe has generously supported DSRF as the newspaper sponsor of Up the Down Market Vancouver and Calgary.

Please visit the Globe and Mail online at


Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited is a registered investment counseling firm, managing pension funds, endowment funds, corporate and private portfolios for clients in North America and overseas.

JFL is a longstanding supporter of individuals with Down syndrome through their national sponsorship of DSRF's annual Up the Down Market Dinners.

Please visit JFL online at


Since the beginning of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Mercer has been an unstinting and loyal supporter of the DSRF.

It was a Mercer employee who invented the Up the Down Market Dinners which enabled DSRF to raise initial development funds, and which continues to be DSRF's most successful (and some may argue, our most fun) annual fundraiser. We have sponsored the Vancouver Dinners since their inception, consistently buying a couple of tables each year. In each city where the Up The Down Market Dinners are held – Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal - a senior staff member at Mercer plays an active role in planning and making them a success. Most recently, the company has become a national sponsor-in-kind of the Dinners through support of printers which are used to support the stock market trading game played during the Up the Down Market Dinners .

Mercer is also a supporter of our annual fundraiser, Run Up for Down Syndrome , a reliable provider of volunteers for all manner of events, and has been the sponsor of a winning tree for our annual Christmas Breakfast .

Founded in Vancouver in 1945, Mercer has grown to become the worlds largest retirement, benefits, compensation, investment and communications consulting firm. In addition to 14 offices across the country, Mercer Human Resource Consulting is currently serving clients from 150 cities in 40 countries or territories around the world.

Please visit Mercer on the web at


PH&N Investment Services offers a distinctive combination of exceptional service, trusted advice and low fee mutual funds. PH&N is committed to putting clients' interests first at all times.

PH&N has been exceptionally supportive of DSRF since our earliest days, through the Up the Down Market Dinners and many other initiatives. PH&N is a longtime national sponsor of UDMD, and has provided many of our most beloved emcees for the event through the years.

Please visit PH&N online at


The Province of British Columbia

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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