The Event


Save the date for Can You Do Lunch? – on Wednesday, May 16, 2018! CANFAR will once again unite business and philanthropic leaders in support of Canadian HIV and AIDS research.

Hosted by Co-Chairs Eva Hartling, Vice President, Birks Brand & Chief Marketing Officer at Birks Group Inc. and Alex Filiatrault, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Silver Hotel Group, this promises to be an inspiring and empowering conversation with some of Canada’s top CEOs.

Can You Do Lunch? is a fundraising and networking opportunity in support of Canadian HIV and AIDS research. Guests are treated to a gourmet lunch and have the opportunity to support HIV and AIDS research through an exclusive silent auction.

Contact Us

You can contact Debbie Osske, CANFAR Director of Events, Stewardship and Volunteer Relations through email or by phone at 416.361.6281.

2018 Event Co-Chairs


Eva Hartling is Vice President, Birks Brand & Chief Marketing Officer for Birks Group Inc., the parent company of luxury jeweller Birks in Canada and Mayors in the US (Florida and Georgia). A marketing and communications professional with over 15 years of experience gained across a variety of industries including the financial sector, technology, retail and luxury, Hartling’s fields of expertise include brand management, marketing, corporate communications, media relations, crisis communications, digital strategy as well as CSR. She has worked on marketing and communications strategies that have helped companies including IBM and the Business Development Bank of Canada reach their goals at the Canadian, North American and international levels. Eva Hartling is a committee member for several fundraising activities, including the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art’s Foundation.

Alex Filiatrault

Mr. Alex Filiatrault has been a supporter of CANFAR for over a decade, and he takes such pride in being associated with the organization. He and his partner, Dr. Graham Smith, are both very involved in the community through their careers and charitable works. CANFAR has a special place in his heart, as so many members of the community still carry the weight of the stigma HIV and the healthcare challenges faced daily. He is doubly proud to have Eva Hartling, VP and CMO of the Maison Birks, as his Co-Chair for the CYDL 2018.

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Event Sponsors

2017 Community Partner

2017 Magazine Partners

2017 Wine Sponsor

2017 Table Sponsors

  • Blue Diamond/@ Caribbean Pride
  • Hotel X Toronto
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Mantella Corporation
  • McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd.