Casino contre le Cancer

In 2012, Jean-François Séguin wanted to honor the memory of his mother Diane Asselin, who died of cancer. As a poker player, Jean-François wanted to gather people through poker while raising money for cancer research. Like Jean-François, the Young Ambassadors think cancer research is vital. This is how Casino contre le Cancer was born.


Since the first edition in 2012, over $ 640,000 has been raised to support research in cancer immunotherapy through the Diane Asselin Fund.


For more information about the event or to buy tickets, visit our website.



A gourmet taste experience fit for a king

Starting at 6:00, enjoy a 5 course dinner complete with wine pairings prepared by an iconic Montreal chef. The VIP dinner brings together all of the Institute’s partners; sponsors, guests, committee members, doctors, and researchers are gathered together in a VIP experience where the flavours and opulence come together to create a symphony of pleasure. After the meal, keep the party going with elite guests in a luxurious atmosphere.


Après le repas, l’expérience se poursuivra avec l’ensemble des invités dans une ambiance de prestige et de qualité qui saura vous amuser et vous éblouir.



Who will win the Tournament?

Starting at 6:00, this part of the evening welcomes poker enthusiasts and professional players alike. The tournament is an opportunity for players to compare themselves to the best and try to win the bet. At the tournament, half of the money raised will be donated to the cause and the other half will be distributed among the winning table. Players will also enjoy the Casino soirée and VIP access.



In the palace courtyard, games are a must

At 9:00, the evening will continue with an event sure to inspire pleasure by combining table games (roulette, black jack, poker and dice) with awe-inspiring artistic acts and original and delicious culinary tables. Access to the open bar and silent auction will allow you to bet for a good cause while enjoying an extraordinary ambiance provided by our DJ who will light up the dance floor. It’s the perfect night to bet it all while you enjoy yourself.



The Institut du cancer de Montréal’s Young Ambassadors Circle is a group of young leaders from various professional backgrounds between the ages of 25 and 40, each holding the Institute's mission close to their heart: support fundamental research and shape future leaders through education and training. The Young Ambassadors Circle is a close knit committee of roughly twenty young professionals who are versatile and creative. Together, they aim to make Casino contre le Cancer, the Montreal young professional charity event.


  • Carlee Bartholomew, Circle of Young Ambassadors' President

    Senior Sales Consultant

    RBC Insurance

  • Georges Achkar

    Senior Investment Advisor

    Manulife Securities

  • Arnaud Bellens


    La Presse

  • Jean-François Cailhier


    Institut du cancer de Montréal

  • Julien Clari

    Director of Digital Strategy

    Vidéotron Solution d'affaire

  • Alexandra Conners

    Galerie LeRoyer

  • Benoit Depardon

    Project Manager

    BNP Paribas

  • Ludovic Dumas

    Investment Director


  • Daniel Forman


    Ensuite Média

  • Aymeric Freymond

    Director of Strategy and Innovation


  • Nicolas Gaboury

    Vice-président, Customer Development 

    Groupe ABS

  • Norman J. Hébert

    Vice-President, Business Development

    Groupe Park Avenue

  • Karine Idrissi

    President and Owner

    Stop & Stare PR

  • Amélie Jacques

    Conseillère,service-conseils financiers


  • Christopher Karambastos

    Partner and Attorney

    Karambastos Lawyers

  • Isabelle Laramée


    TC Média

  • Shoushan Mercier

    Legal advisor

    National Bank

  • Josiane Noiseux



  • Shiv Oberoi

    Financial Security Advisor

    Oberoi financial Group Inc.

  • Stéphanie Pagé

    Laison médicale


  • Marie-Pierre Podtetenev

    Director aqnd co-founder

    Focus Vision

  • Nicolas Renaud


    BDG & Partners

  • Marc Richardson Arnould


    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

  • Christina Sauro


    Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

  • Saalim Shaikh

    Assistant Branch Manager

    BMO Bank of Montreal

  • Charles-Alexandre Sylvestre

    Professional Poker player - Real Estate Broker


  • Catherine Simard

    Marketing Director

    La Cage - Brasserie Sportive

  • Frédéric-André Vennat

    Manager, customer engagement excellence


  • Francis Vinet

    Investment Advisor

    Vinet Group - Financière Banque Nationale

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