Launchpad - Launchpad

The wheels are turning! And boy do we have something for you...

Sponsorship Opportunities:

A number of partnership opportunities are available with Launchpad. Please contact Chris Van Dusen to discuss how your organization can connect with young professionals and local leaders in Durham Region.  

Upcoming Events:

Downward Doc |October 17, 2019

Nama-stay at the Oshawa Hospital for a good cause!Proceeds benefit cancer care at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa Hospital.Get your tickets for yoga-in-the-park followed by 'Mingle & Mindfulness' at the Foundation house. Space is limited! Get tickets now.

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Nightshift 2020 |March, 2020

 No pressure, just blood pressure! Join Nightshift - North America's only simulation challenge for the public. Teams of 4-6 are matched up with a Physician or Medical Professional from Lakeridge Health to help win top (or bottom) prize!
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Past Events:

2018 TECHtalk | November 29, 2018
Launchpad's third TECHtalk event combined fine art with health care and technology. Young professionals had the opportunity to network and hear from Dr. Armen Parajian, thoracic surgeon at Lakeridge Health, while enjoying Tim Packer's fine art. We're happy to report that over $1,100 was raised for the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre!

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| April 12, 2018

No pressure, just blood pressure! Teams of 4-6 people participated in the 2nd Annual NightShift - Canada's only simulation challenge for the public. Teams were matched up with a Physician or Medical Professional from Lakeridge Health to help win top (or bottom) prize! We're thrilled to announce over $27,000 was raised for the Paediatric Department at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. A big thank you to our friends at the Durham Regional Police Association for matching every dollar up to $10,000!

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Winter TECHtalk | December 5, 2017
In the spirit of the holidays, Launchpad's second TECHtalk gathered guests together at The Vault in Whitby and focused on paediatric health with guest speaker Dr. Luke Zheng. Dr. Zheng spoke about the advancements being made in paediatric medicine and the importance of support from the community in order to access the best new equipment.

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NightShift | May 17, 2017
Make your family proud... participate in the Canada's first and only medical simulation challenge for the public. Teams of 4-6 people were matched with a medical professional coach from Lakeridge Health to compete in a fun and exciting scenarios and win the top prize.
We're thrilled to announce that over $17,000 was raised for the paediatric department at Lakeridge Health! 

Thank you to our sponsors:

Spring TECHtalk
| March 30, 2017
Launchpad's first TECHtalk featured a great night of food and networking with guest 
speaker Dr. Dan Ricciuto, telemedicine expert and infectious disease specialist with Lakeridge Health.Dan spoke about the exciting ways health care is changing and how he uses technology to perform virtual house calls with his patients. 

Young Professional Networking event | September 29, 2016 
Over 40 people joined us at The Brock House for to eat, drink and network with other young professionals. Perry Monaco, Head of Customer Success at LinkedIn shared his expertise and experience on personal branding, networking and social media.

Thank you to our event sponsor: