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.



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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