In the Community

At Nordion, we don’t just make a living… We make a difference!

As a community partner, Nordion supports a variety of initiatives that reflect our company's core values of trust, respect, integrity, and commitment to excellence.

By taking an active role in our communities, we are making a difference in the lives of people and families where we live and work. We want our communities to be stronger, healthier, and happier. We believe that it's our business, our commitment, and our responsibility to make the world a better place for everyone.

Canadian Blood Services

Nordion holds quarterly on-site blood donor clinics at its Ottawa, Ontario campus.

In 2010, Nordion joined the CBS “Partners for Life” program – a nationwide program for corporate and community organizations to further demonstrate the company’s commitment to saving lives through blood donation.

To date, Nordion employees have donated over 320 units of blood, enough to help 888 people - this number continues to grow.

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Ottawa Food Bank

Nordion holds an annual food drive during the holiday season in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

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The Ottawa Hospital

With its 1,130 beds, The Ottawa Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals and leading research facilities in Canada. It provides comprehensive, high-quality, patient-focused health care services to over 1.5 million residents of Eastern Ontario.

  • Ride the Rideau - Nordion has been the title sponsor for Ride the Rideau since the inaugural event in 2010. Funds raised through this 100 km road bike tour go towards cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and will help build the new Centre for Innovative Cancer Research and support crucial local research projects that could impact cancer care around the world.

    In January 2012, Nordion CEO Steve West publicly shared his personal cancer story, shortly before ringing the ceremonial victory bell in the Chemotherapy Unit of The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre. On September 8, 2012, he returned for the third Ride the Rideau event, this time, as captain of his own team, the Nordion Accelerators. The company exceeded its goal and raised over $78,000. In total, Ride the Rideau 2012 raised $1.72 million for cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital.

    · Nordion: Supporting Cancer Research
    · Sponsor The Nordion Accelerators

  • Gala for Research - Nordion is the proud sponsor of the Gala for Research, an annual black-tie event to recognize and support the outstanding projects being carried out at the Ottawa Health Research Institute (OHRI), the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital. This event attracts more than 500 of Ottawa's business and community leaders.

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The University of Ottawa Heart Institute

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is Canada's largest and foremost cardiovascular health centre dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing heart disease.

  • UOHI Telethon - Each year Nordion participates in the annual UOHI Telethon. This major fundraising event enables UOHI to raise much needed funds for prevention, research, equipment and beds, and public education programs, as well as to achieve advances in patient cardiac care. Each year, Nordion pledges $100,000 to UOHI and employees volunteer to man the phones during the telethon.

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Toy Mountain

To bring cheer to the lives of Ottawa’s less fortunate children during the holidays, Nordion holds an annual Toy Mountain drive.

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