Fertile Future is a national charity that aspires to ensure every young Canadian diagnosed with cancer will have the opportunity and means to have a child.

Each year, an estimated 10,000 young Canadians face a cancer diagnosis. Approximately 8,000 of them will win this battle. Without knowing the importance of fertility preservation (FP) prior to their treatment, many are left infertile with few options.

Presently, cancer patients lack the information, resources and services they need to improve their chances of having a child following treatment. More than two thirds of Ontario physicians and oncology specialists report having never referred a female patient for a consultation about their fertility options and many remain unaware that crucial pre-treatment educational information is available.


  • TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE – The window of opportunity to access fertility preservation treatments can be short and patients need information in a timely fashion in order to be able to make decisions regarding their fertility.
  • COSTS CAN BE PROHIBITIVE – Cancer treatments can be expensive and often interfere with a patient’s ability to earn an income. For many patients, fertility treatments are out of reach financially.
  • KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – Young cancer patients need to be aware of their fertility preservation options so they can make informed decisions before beginning treatment.


Fertile Future works with patients and the medical community promoting greater awareness of fertility treatment options. We raise funds to help subsidize the costs of fertility preservation for young men and women and we advocate for public funding on behalf of cancer patients who may otherwise be denied the dream of having a family due to the high costs of fertility preservation.

Fertile Future also directly assists cancer patients through the Power of Hope: Cost Reduction Program. Since its inception in December 2010, the program has financially assisted over 266 young patients and has partnered with 20 fertility clinics across Canada including new clinics in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

fertile future’s accomplishments

In our sixth year of operation, some of our milestones include:

  • Power of Hope: Cost Reduction Program: since its inception in December 2010, the program has financially assisted over 266 young patients and has partnered with 20 fertility clinics across Canada including new clinics in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
  • Resource development for patients and medical communities continues with a new website and improved referral tools for oncologists.
  • Newly established partners and memberships with the Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN), Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), Canadian Psychosocial Oncology Partnership (CPOP) and Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN).
  • Development of the most thorough and up-to-date fertility preservation centre database in Canada.
  • Research project completion of Factors Influencing the Pursuit of Fertility Preservation Treatment in Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients; Impact of Fertile Futures’ Power of Hope Program.
  • Continuing to inform and engage the Canadian medical community through a strong presence at a number of key national conferences including: Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.


Dear Friends,

It’s our great pleasure to officially announce that Hope Live will return to the Great Canadian Theatre Company on Monday, October 27, 2014.

Once again, the first faces you will see welcoming our guests are those of our strongest supporters and original partners. Ottawa’s premier restaurateur Stephen Beckta and renowned Chef Michael Moffatt are back for another year to provide amazing hospitality and first rate cuisine, anchoring the evening’s schmooze. Canada’s funniest satirist Rick Mercer is back by popular demand. For the sixth consecutive year, he has amazingly lent his time and talent to the cause as show host – no doubt offering a healthy dose of timely humour.

Our feature performer will be Alanis Morissette – Intimate & Acoustic.  As a recording artist, Alanis has released a series of groundbreaking albums selling more than 60 million copies worldwide while winning 16 Juno Awards and 7 Grammys.  "Ironic," "You Oughta Know," "Hand in My Pocket," "Head Over Feet," "You Learn" and "Thank You" are just a few of the hits from this internationally renowned alternative singer songwriter.

Funds raised by Hope Live will be used to support Fertile Future, a national charitable foundation continuing their tireless work to enrich the lives of young people diagnosed with cancer by promoting awareness and understanding of fertility preservation and survivor issues. The organization educates health care practitioners on the importance of providing timely information on fertility preservation options and long-term health care issues associated with cancer treatment.

Fertile Future has also established the Power of Hope Program, a financial aid vehicle making fertility preservation services more accessible to cancer patients. I am extremely proud to report that Hope Live contributions built the foundation of this fund which has now assisted over 260 young patients.

This event brings together the nation’s political, business, and media communities in a living room like setting for a night unlike any other in Ottawa.

Your participation honours every person who has ever been touched by cancer.

Please join me in supporting Hope Live 2014.


Heidi Bonnell
Event Chair, Hope Live 2014

2014 Committee

  • Heidi Bonnell, Event Chair
  • Angela Christiano
  • Karine Cousineau
  • Joanne Dobson
  • Joseph Galimberti
  • Debbie Healy
  • Tracey Hubley
  • Linda Kristal
  • Jacqueline LaRocque
  • Josh McJannett
  • Farah Mohamed
  • Hilary Moylan
  • Shawna Newbery
  • Seamus O’Regan


Rick Mercer: The Host
Rick Mercer

Newfoundland born Rick Mercer is a Gemini-winning television actor and best selling author who chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country.

His top-rated CBC show, The Rick Mercer Report features his trademark rants, hilarious fake newscasts, commercial parodies, and comic encounters with famous Canadians. On full display is his understanding of what delights, and occasionally enrages us about our politicians, our media, our neighbours to the south, our unique pop culture, and our place in the world.

Beckta: The Gastro-experience
Stephen Beckta

Together, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Michael Moffatt have brought you some of the most compelling Ottawa restaurants: Beckta dining & wine, Play food & wine and the anxiously-awaited Gezellig. This dynamic duo has raised the bar immeasurably on fine dining in the nation's capital.

On October 27th, they will harness their exceptional talents to create a unique culinary experience that transcends typical event catering. Beckta's team will lead you through an interactive tasting menu of exceptional ingredients served in multiple formats before the main event. They will welcome you back for an encore with an array of delightful desserts after the show, all paired with extraordinary wines alongside.

Alanis Morissette: Intimate & Acoustic
Alanis Morissette

"Ironic," "You Oughta Know," "Hand in My Pocket," "Head Over Feet," "You Learn" and "Thank You" are just a few of the hits from this alternative singer songwriter. As a recording artist, Alanis Morissette has released a series of groundbreaking albums that have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. She will perform a 75 minute acoustic set of your favourites with a trio of musicians in Hope Live's living room like setting.

The show


Great Canadian Theatre Company
1233 Wellington Street West


Monday, October 27, 2014
Food & Friends 6:30 pm
Showtime 8:00 pm
Nightcap 10:00 pm


Alanis Morissette
Intimate and Acoustic

Hosted by Rick Mercer

Special Guest Seamus O'Regan

Tasting Menus & Wine Pairings Stephen Beckta
Chef Michael Moffatt
Beckta, Play & Gezellig Restaurants


Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

Fifteen years after the breakthrough debut of Jagged Little Pill, an album which earned four GRAMMYs, sold 30 million records and spawned a dedicated worldwide fan base, Alanis Morissette remains not only an enduringly popular artist, but one whose celebrated body of work stems from a fierce commitment to authenticity and, to an equal extent, vulnerability. She has always evidenced that she was an artist with her own point of view and is regarded as one of the most insightful artists of our time. To this day, Jagged Little Pill remains the best-selling debut release by a female artist in the U.S. and is also the highest selling debut album worldwide in music history.

 As a recording artist, Alanis Morissette has released a series of groundbreaking albums that have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. She has won twelve Juno Awards, seven Grammy Awards, and has also received an additional fourteen GRAMMY nominations. Her subsequent five studio albums have all included a series of chart-topping singles. Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, the follow up to Jagged Little Pill, debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart with record-setting first-week sales of nearly 470,000 copies. The release featured Thank U, which became a major international hit single and was nominated for the 2000 GRAMMY Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 2002, she released Under Rug Swept, which also debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200. Two years later came So-Called Chaos, whose single Everything became an Adult Top 40 mainstay. Eight Easy Steps also became a club hit as a dance mix. In 2005, The Collection amassed a best-of anthology with 17 tracks that delivered favorites from previous albums, as well as a well-received cover of Seal's Crazy. Her most recent release, Flavors of Entanglement, was released in June 2008 and debuted in the US in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. The album garnered widespread acclaim and included a worldwide tour playing to ecstatic packed-house crowds all across the globe.  In August of 2012, Alanis released her highly anticipated seventh studio album, Havoc and Bright Lights to rave reviews.  Recorded in Los Angeles, the album marked the songstress' first release in four years.

 Achieving success as a recording and performing artist, Alanis Morissette has lent her talents to other albums and forums. She appeared in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely and performed the classic Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love).  Other contributions include the song Wünderkind to the soundtrack of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song), and the string-laden rock ballad Uninvited, which was written for the Wim Wenders remake of City of Angels. The track hit #1 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart and won two GRAMMY Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, as well as being nominated for a third GRAMMY in the category of Best Song Written for Motion Picture, TV or Other Visual Media.  Alanis Morissette has also had several other original songs appear in films such as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II, The Break-Up and The Devil Wears Prada.

 Alanis wrote Still for the soundtrack of the controversial film Dogma and, after steadfast offerings by director Kevin Smith, agreed to play the role of God. On screen, her other acting work includes roles on HBO's Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, along with a three-episode arc on FX's Nip/Tuck. On stage, Morissette starred in The Vagina Monologues and both the off-Broadway, and London play The Exonerated, as death row inmate Sunny Jacobs.

 Alanis has recently appeared in as a recurring guest star in the sixth season of the acclaimed Showtime series Weeds. She also completed work on her first lead film role as "Sylvia" in the film adaptation of Philip K Dick's novel Radio Free Albemuth.

 Among a breadth of charity work, Morissette especially finds time to support environmental causes and organizations, such as Reverb, a non-profit that helps musicians and music fans to achieve environmental sustainability through carbon-neutral initiatives. Morissette was one of the first artists to have her CD and DVD materials released on recycled paper. Initially, she paid for this out of her own pocket, but it's now become an industry standard. Her passions also include women's issues and artists' rights on behalf of which she has written several articles, as well as spoken to Congress.

 Alanis Morissette resides in Los Angeles.





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