Family gives $10 million to Sunnybrook brain centre project

A Toronto couple, Glenn and Stacey Murphy and their children, have donated $10 million to build the Murphy Family Centre for Mental Health at Sunnybrook Medical Sciences Centre on Bayview Ave. It will be a state-of-the-art 27,000 square foot space within the new Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre where mental illnesses will be treated the same as other brain disorders like stroke or dementia. The Centre’s inpatient units for adults and youth will offer advanced clinical facilities that include home-like private suites, a gym, a classroom, and an outdoor courtyard. SHSC said in a recent release that the donation brings the project within reach of the $62 million needed to break ground for the 60,000 square foot Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre. Glenn Murphy is the head of FIS Holdings Limited, a Toronto investment firm. He was Chairman and CEO of The Gap from 2007 to 2014 and previously Chairman and CEO of Shoppers Drug Mart from 2001 to 2007. He has also had leadership positions with Indigo Books, Loblaw Companies, Lululemon Athletica and Yellow Pages Income Fund.


St. Michael’s Hospital will build the BARLO MS Centre to treat multiple sclerosis on the top two floors of a 17-storey tower under construction at the downtown Toronto complex. MS is known as “Canada’s disease” because the country has the highest prevalence of the neurological disease in the world, with one in every 340 Canadians living with MS. It affects three times as many women as men.

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