Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation

About the DMRF

The Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation funds the many areas of research excellence undertaken in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and its affiliated teaching hospitals. Please read more about our Mission, Vision, Values.

Welcome to new Executive Director


Mr. Frank Sobey, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF), is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jyl MacKinnon as Executive Director of DMRF effective July 1, 2014.

Ms. MacKinnon joined the Foundation in 2002 as the first coordinator of annual giving and within two years was appointed director of annual giving.  In 2008, she was promoted to director of development and has, for the last six years, overseen the overall fundraising efforts of the Foundation which now has an endowment fund approaching $70 million and provides over $3 million per year in research funding.

In 2013, Jyl successfully completed her Canadian Fundraising Executive designation.  CFRE is the global provider of certification  for professional fundraising and the only practice-based credential for career fundraisers.  Among the many thousands of fundraisers worldwide, less than 1% have achieved the CFRE.

Mr. Sobey stated "We all welcome Jyl into her new position as the fourth executive director of Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. 

The Philanthropist

We sincerely apologize for two errors on Page 4 of the 2014 Fall Philanthropist - Financials at a Glance.

  • The final sentence of the narrative piece on the left  should read "General operating and fundraising expenses came in at $975,000, an increase of less than twenty percent over the prior year."
  • The title of the first pie chart should read "Total Contributions 13/14 - $3,002,597.
These errors occur in the printed version of the Philanthropist. The web version is correct.


DMRF's Molly's Runners

May 16th & May 17th
Scotiabank Blue Nose Charity Challenge

If you can walk, or run, or cheer we want you to come out and support a great cause on the 2015 Victoria Day weekend.  Join Molly's Runners team in the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon Charity Challenge held in downtown Halifax.
(see poster for more information)

Appointment of Joanne Bath as Director of Development


Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Bath as Director of Development. Joanne joined DMRF in November 2012 as Director of Major Gifts. In her new role she will lead the foundation's major gifts campaign and provide oversight support to the annual giving programs.

Joanne brings a wealth of experience in philanthropy to DMRF’s team. After graduating with a degree in Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland, she joined the Boys and Girls Club of St. John's, followed by seven years raising funds to help women and children at the IWK Health Centre Foundation in annual and major gifts.

Joanne is passionate about creating better health outcomes. Through her work with DMRF, she lives her passion every day by supporting the foundation's commitment to advancing medical discoveries at Dalhousie Medical School.

We welcome Joanne to her new role!