The Event

Thank you to all of our 2018 sponsors and supporters!

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) united business and philanthropic leaders at its annual fundraiser, Can You Do Lunch? – Presented by Birks.

Can You Do Lunch? is a luncheon in support of Canadian HIV and AIDS research. This year’s event was Co-Chaired by Ms. Eva Hartling of Birks Group Inc. and Mr. Alex Filiatrault of Silver Hotel Group, and was hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville.

The theme of this year’s Can You Do Lunch? was Courage and Compassion in Leadership and featured a discussion between CANFAR National Spokesperson, Valerie Pringle; President & Chief Revenue Officer at Tribal Scale, Kirstine Stewart; and President & CEO at Universal Music Canada, Jeffrey Remedios, and featured an online Silent Auction featuring many fabulous items.

Kirstine Stewart, President and CRO, Tribal Scale; and Jeffrey Remedios, President and CEO, Universal Music Canada
Kirstine Stewart, President and CRO, Tribal Scale; and Jeffrey Remedios, President and CEO, Universal Music Canada.
Valerie Pringle
Valerie Pringle, CANFAR National Spokesperson, and Canadian broadcaster.

Now more than ever, CANFAR recognizes the need for major corporations and their leaders to publicly support important causes that directly impact their communities.

Over the past three decades, CANFAR donors have supported research that has changed the lives of those who are living with HIV. Some of these breakthroughs have included, but are not limited to: the development of preventative medications, the improvement of the quality of life for new mothers living with HIV, and discoveries of new ways for testing HIV treatments.

Your commitment to Can You Do Lunch? 2018 will enable CANFAR to continue to fund researchers who are making groundbreaking advancements to end HIV in Canada.

Thanks to the generous support of Freedom International Brokerage and CANFAR supporters, Patricia Olasker and her husband Brett Ledger – any donations made from now until Friday, May 18, 2018 will be matched. This means that when you make a generous gift to CANFAR, your impact will be doubled.

Learn more about the CANFAR $30K Spring Challenge.

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.

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