The Event

Can You Do Lunch? 2019

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) will unite business and philanthropic leaders for a luncheon in support of ending HIV in Canada at its annual fundraiser, Can You Do Lunch? – Presented by Birks.

This year’s event is chaired by Jean-Christophe Bédos of Birks Group Inc., and Suzanne Boyd of Zoomer Magazine, and is hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville.

The Theme

The theme of this year’s Can You Do Lunch? is ending HIV stigma in Canada, and will feature a panel discussion between CANFAR National Ambassadors.

The Silent Auction

Before and during the event, guests will have the chance to bid on luxurious items, packages and experiences at CANFARAUCTION.COM – all in support of CANFAR!

2019 Event Chairs

Suzanne Boyd Headshot

Suzanne Boyd is currently the Editor-In-Chief of Zoomer Magazine. Ms. Boyd’s positioning of Zoomer — “as much a movement as a magazine” — led it to quickly achieve cultural significance. Ms. Boyd also serves as the editor-in-chief of everythingzoomer.com. A keen consumer of media with an ability to discern and extrapolate key market trends into strategy, Ms. Boyd is also on the Executive Management Team of ZoomerMedia Ltd. For the duration of 2010 Ms. Boyd also served as Editorial Director of ZoomerMedia’s ONE: The Body, Mind, Spirit & Love Channel – the lifestyle television channel that inspires viewers to achieve their maximum physical, mental and spiritual potential. In her broader role, Ms. Boyd has generated ideas leading to show development and has identified synergistic opportunities leading to multi-platform content initiatives and editorial events, as well as conceptualizing and overseeing content solutions for key partners. Furthermore Ms. Boyd has used her branding skills to oversee the design, content model and launch of the corporate website, zoomermedia.ca.

Jean-Christophe Bédos is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Birks Group Inc., formerly Henry Birks & Sons, a leading manufacturer and retailer of luxury jewellery and watchmaking since 1879 in Canada. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Birks Group Inc. Mr. Bédos is a Member of the Board of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the London Business School Global Advisory Council. He was co-chair of the Bal de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in 2013, and co-chair of the Bal du Musée McCord fundraising event in 2015. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Bédos served on the board of the Comité Colbert in Paris. In 2011 he was awarded the ‘Talent d’Or du Luxe et de la Création’. He received this prestigious French award for his outstanding performance at the helm of Boucheron for seven years. Born in Morocco, he lived in France and England until 2011. He now resides in Montreal, Canada with his wife and four children. He is a skilled brand builder within the luxury retail sector, who brings a very relevant background having spent his entire career, for more than 30 years, within the high-end watch and jewellery industry. 

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Event Sponsors

2018 Presenting Sponsor

2018 Official Hospitality Partner

2018 Official Airline Partner

2018 Official Beverage Partner

2018 Silent Auction Sponsors

2018 In-Kind Sponsors

2018 Official Community Partner

2018 Magazine Partner

2018 LGBTQ Media Partner