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Issue #217
Fall 2008


Cover Story

Stephen Lewis:
The Voice of a Continent

By Elisa Birnbaum

He's seen AIDS in Nigeria, political upheaval in Ghana, and genocide in Rwanda.


Joelle Berdugo Adler: One by One

By Victoria Scrozzo

The Montrealer turned her personal pain into the philanthropic highlight of the Toronto International Fim Festival.

Chaim Neuberger: For the Living

By Daniel Horowitz

The 79-year-old builder is giving away $10 million to preserve the lessons of history, and the memory of his late wife.

Dr. Sean Lin Tan: Little Miracles

By Isa Tousignant

The McGill doctor is changing lives - one family at a time.

Rachel Andres: The Power of One

By Jenny Hazan

How a 46-year-old mother of two changed a continent - and her own life.

Dr. David Malkin: All in the Genes

By Adam Michael Segal

The Hospital for Sick Children doctor and researcher hopes to help eradicate all forms of childhood cancer in his lifestime.

Charles Simonyi: Everybody Loves Charles

By Matthew Simmons

He helped create Microsoft Word and Excel, flew to the stars, and gave $25 million to the academic home of Albert Einstein. Is there anything Charles Simonyi can't do?

Eric Maskin: Perfectly Designed

By Robert K. Epstein

The husband and father went to bed as an economic professor - and he woke up with a Nobel Prize.

Andy Barrie: Still the First Voice You Hear

By Sheila Dropkin

The veteran radio personality has a been a mainstay on the dials since 1970, but he still lights up the mornings of close to 250, 000 listeners every week on CBC Radio 1's Metro Morning.

Anna Porter: Untold Story

By Judie Oron

The famed Canadian publisher's newest book tells the haunting story of Rezso Kastner, a Hungarian who saved thousands from the gas chambers - and died as an outcast.

Dan Levy: Most Popular Host

By Sherry Smither

How the son of a Canadian comic legend landed the coolest job in town.

Dr. Andrea Most: Behind the Lights of Broadway

By Shela Dropkin

After years of research, the University of Toronto professor uncovers the Jewish roots of modern musical theater.

Elizabeth Saltzman: Fashion Conscious

By Elana Castle

A journalist, trendsetter, and style icon, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker has a high profile career, spanning almost 25 years in some of the industry's top positions.


  • Architect Libesking creates ode "to life"
  • Campbell family gives record support to Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Blackstone exec funds foundation with $1 billion grant
  • Beatle headlines concert for peace
  • Congressman recognized as hero
  • $100 million given to Lincoln Center
  • Toronto couple aids symphony's search for new concertmaster
  • World's most expensive lunch
  • Breaking ground at U of T
  • Spielberg continues storytelling
  • Harper receives highest honor
  • Star-studded crowd raises funds for kids
  • RIM chief keeps giving


  • Brazilian Ball
  • Spirit of Hope
  • Honoring Elie Wiesel
  • Stars of the 21st Century
  • Rock of the Red Planet
  • Da Vinci Gala
  • Tribute to Isadore Sharp
  • Glamour in the Garden
  • Reena Tribute Dinner
  • A Royal Occasion
  • JNF's Negev Dinner
  • Scrubs in the City
  • Unicorn Dream Whitney Art Party
  • Daffodil Ball
  • Cartier LoveDay
  • ASI Gala

The Index

Global Players

With names like Gates, Buffett, Adelson, and Dell near the top of every list of the world's wealthiest individuals, it might seem as though all the money in the world sits between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. But with new names - Ambani, Abramovich, Kwok, Slim - quickly gaining ground, it is time to finally recognize the astounding economic growth that has taken place in Europe and Asia. And with countries like China, Russia, and India are slowly adopting Western philanthropic principles to improve local health, education, and living conditions.