Calvin R. Stiller
Dr. Cal Stiller OC OOnt MD FRCP(C) was the recipient of the 2010 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. A pioneer in organ transplant and diabetes research, and an innovator in the Canadian biotech industry, he helped found London's Robarts Research Institute, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, a not-for-profit institute designed to support technological innovation in fields such as life sciences and health care. He also helped create the Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund, a biotechnology venture capital firm. His leadership in the formation of two firms and four venture capital funds for Canadian biotech innovation boosted funding from $50 million to $800 million at its peak.
A rare combination of physician, scientist and corporate director, he was a Member of Council and Executive Committee of the Medical Research Council of Canada (1987-1993). He is the Chair of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund and a director of several corporations. Past honours include the MEDEC Award (1992), the Order of Ontario (2000), the Order of Canada (1995) and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (2010).