Gail and David O'Brien

Energize: the Campaign for Eyes High

Thank you. Together we have achieved an incredible, historic milestone for the University of Calgary, and for our community. 

Hitching your wagon to a cause greater than yourself

When Gail and David O'Brien established the O'Brien Institute for Public Health, they did so out of a passion for medicine and education — and a belief in the critical importance of public health. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute has more than demonstrated its immeasurable value.

These are the stories — your stories — of how meaningful giving can change people, and the world, for the better.

Precision testing in the palm of your hand

With a boost from UCalgary’s innovation ecosystem, a new COVID-19 test could improve health outcomes in populations far and wide.

Research institute finds solutions to real public health challenges

Interdisciplinary approach at O’Brien Institute for Public Health is changing lives around the world.

Creating value from waste

Innovative agricultural company Ceres Solutions Ltd. is thriving with help from the University of Calgary’s entrepreneurial programs and business networks. 

Meet the Energizers

Meet the donors

We are energized by the generosity of people who empower excellence on campus and in our community every single day. These remarkable individuals have shaped UCalgary’s success and positively transformed us.


What can you do with $1.41 billion?

As it turns out, a whole lot of incredible world-changing things. Positive, lasting transformation — fueled by your vision and involvement — is well underway on campus, in our community and beyond.

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Energize campaign report

Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High is the third-largest successfully completed fundraising campaign in Canadian history. We have more than a billion reasons to celebrate, but the most important reason is you

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