who we are

The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is a provincially funded, not-for-profit organization that accelerates discovery and innovation, benefiting both patients and the economy. Looking forward to the next ten years, we will keep our vision to position Ontario as a world leader in brain research, commercialization, and care as our top driver. And we promise to improve everyday life for the one in three individuals in the province impacted by a brain disorder.

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OBI’s collaborative approach to research aims to enhance the neuroscience system, grow the province’s neurotechnology cluster, and improve brain health for Ontarians. Read on to see real-life examples of how we realize this through our ‘team science’ approach, where researchers, clinicians, industry, patients, and their advocates are brought together to foster discovery and develop innovative products and services.

L’impact en un coup d’œil

OBI strives to have a positive impact on the abilities and performance of its partners and stakeholders to make Ontario a world leader in brain research, commercialization, and care.


Quel est notre impact?

Qui sommes-nous?

Que faisons-nous?

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La culture de l’IOC

Culture at OBI is a combination of work and play. We work hard, but we also know how to play! Play - or socializing - is one of our six brain health tips for mental health and wellness.

Putting our heads together helps us to make the most of our time; we like to schedule regular (at least monthly, sometimes more) staff social engagements. And we know how to use our creative brains to generate some fun and original social ideas that our staff can engage in and appreciate. We definitely have fun along the way!

Come along to see how OBI enjoyed time together this past year…

1. OBI Decennial Celebration. Celebrating OBI’s ten+ years (2020) - partners, networks, staff, and leadership came together at the AGO, in Toronto, for an elegant reception and dinner event, which was generously sponsored by Bennett Jones, Telus, Baycrest’s Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation and Rotman Research Institute, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Lundbeck, Western University, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, Adgar Canada, AGE-WELL, Sick Kids Research Institute, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic Canada, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, GE, Navigator, IBM and the Terry Fox Research Institute. Highlights included an inspiring keynote speaker, the launch of the new corporate video and the presentation of three inaugural awards – the Donald T. Stuss Award for Research Leadership, the Joseph L. Rotman Award for Entrepreneurship, and the Community Builder Award.

2. OBI Holiday Party. The first in person celebration since 2019 was held at the OBI office in downtown Toronto, in November. Staff enjoyed a variety of fun and engaging games “minute to win it” style games as well as a delicious lunch featuring a variety of Mediterranean dishes.

3. Minutes of Meditation. This regular offering has been a hit at OBI! Coming together online to experience original meditations with peaceful music – led by one of our staff members – has been a wonderful recipe for calm and relaxation. (Relax is another brain health tip.)

4. OBI Social: Speak and Learn virtual events. Staff gathered online for a trip around the world, from the comfort of their seats! Over the course of a few sessions from winter to spring, we learned some basic words and phrases from different languages taught by colleagues. Languages included Arabic, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Hebrew and French.

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Conseil d’administration

Motivated by a goal of improving the lives of the one in three Canadians living with a brain disorder, OBI’s Board of Directors and advisory committees supported an integrated and collaborative approach to scientific discovery that harnesses Ontario’s expertise in neuroscience research. We are grateful for their leadership.