Working together to save
and enhance lives

TGLN helps to save and enhance lives by maximizing organ and tissue donations for transplantation in partnership with stakeholders.

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Healthcare Professionals
Healthcare Professionals and Hospitals
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Healthcare Professionals and Hospitals
Healthcare Professionals
Healthcare Professionals and Hospitals play a key role in helping TGLN be an effective leader in managing Ontario’s organ and tissue donation and transplantation. There are 69 hospital corporations across the province that secure organ/tissue donation as part of end-of-life care; provide organ and tissue donation best practices; and maximize organ and tissue donations for transplantation.
Donor Families
Donor Families
Working with TGLN, Donor Families receive many different kinds of support. It begins from the time that consent is granted for up to 12 months. This can include access to information materials, donor recognition events and other support measures.
In the Community
In the Community
Individuals in the Community are critical to the promotion and public awareness efforts regarding the need to register as an organ and tissue donor. TGLN works with community volunteers and various organizations to provide the necessary information and support.
Preparations for a transplant often begin long before the surgery to replace the damaged or diseased organ. A coordinated effort by transplant surgeons, coordinators, social workers, psychologists, the patient and donor family, among many others, is vital to ensure a successful surgery.

How you can help

Checkamrk Register your consent for organ and tissue donation at One organ donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance as many as 75 more through the gift of tissue.
Icon2 Talk to your loved ones about your donation decision.
Icon3 Inspire others to register by launching an online campaign page.
(it’s quick and easy to do)
Icon4 Donate funds to support research and innovation to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation at
(charitable donations are not used to support TGLN operations or administration)

Your donation may be made in honour or in memory of someone special and an electronic tax receipt will be issued.
Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is a registered Canadian charity (#86838 0510 RR0001)

TGLN Strategic Priorities


TGLN is working to bring about great change and improvement in organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Ontario. TGLN has identified four multi-year strategic priorities where focus can deliver the biggest gains toward the organization’s mission—to save and enhance more lives through donation and transplant.

Increase Donation Consent Optimize Physician Leadership Normalize Donation / Transplant Develop Tissue System

Increase Donation Consent: Lack of consent is the primary reason deceased donation opportunities from medically suitable potential donors are lost. By 2018/2019, Ontario’s consent rate for organ donation will be 61 percent, the consent rate for tissue donation will be 53 per cent.

Optimize Physician Leadership: A key measure of how well TGLN and hospital staff work together to manage the complex process of donation is the Conversion Rate, the rate at which potential donors actually go on to save lives through donation. Following closely the example set by international counterparts, Trillium Gift of Life Network aims to encourage a culture of donation in Ontario’s hospitals by significantly enhancing physician leadership in donation to reach a conversion rate of 60 percent by 2018/2019.


Normalize Donation/Transplant: Trillium Gift of Life Network aims to promote organ and tissue donation as a shared value across all sectors of Ontario society, proactively addressing myths and misconceptions and increasing general knowledge of how donation/transplant works in Ontario. By 2018/2019, five million Ontarians will be registered donors.


Develop Tissue System: TGLN will develop an integrated and sustainable tissue donation and transplant system in Ontario. A more efficient system will result in overall cost savings and better quality tissue available for more Ontario patients. By 2018/2019, Ontario will increase the number of ocular donors to 3,000 and the number of multi-tissue donations to 485.


Ronnie Gavsie

Ronnie Gavsie
President and Chief Executive Officer

We must continue our work together with all health and community partners as a single, integrated system, providing more and more Ontarians with life-saving organ and tissue donation and transplantation. I ask that every eligible person in Ontario register consent to be an organ and tissue donor and discuss that choice with your family. Working with Ontario’s world-class hospitals, we have the skills and the knowledge…but we need you. If you have not already registered your consent to organ and tissue donation, everything you need to make an informed decision is just a click away.

Click on below. Register “Yes.” I have registered “yes” for you and your family. Please do it for me and mine.

Ontario is improving the health care system to give patients better connected care, focused on their needs and as such has created one single agency to oversee health care delivery, improve clinical guidance and provide support for providers: Ontario Health. As of March 8, the members of the Board of Directors for Ontario Health will also constitute the boards that oversee Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario, HealthForceOntario, Health Shared Services Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, Trillium Gift of Life Network and the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). Learn more here.

Our programs, services and contacts will remain unchanged until further notice. For more information about how Ontario is improving the health care system, visit or contact Service Ontario Health INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (TTY 1-800-387-5559).

Board of Directors
Bill Hatanaka, Chair Nominee
Elyse Allan, Vice Chair Nominee
Jay Aspin
Andrea Barrack
Dr. Alexander Barron
Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown
Rob Devitt
Garry Foster
Shelly Jamieson
Jackie Moss
Paul Tsaparis
Anju Virmani

Trillium Gift of Life Network recognizes the enormous contributions of our departing Board of Directors. To all of you, a tremendous thank you for the gift of your time, talents and leadership. You leave behind a great legacy for TGLN to continue and to grow in the work of saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Former Board of Directors
Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, Chair
Anne Atkinson
Karen Belaire
Doug Ferguson
Michael Galego
Samuel S. Marr
Paulina Mirsky
Dr. Kenneth Pritzker
Dr. Vivek Rao
James Martin Ritchie
Jessica Smith
Dr. Ronald Zuker

Open Government Documents (Archive)

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - dated as of 2009
Memorandum of Understanding

Annual Business Plan
All non-advisory classified agencies are required to post their annual Business Plan. The annual Business Plan maps out the agency’s strategic direction and upcoming activities for the next three fiscal years. All agencies must have their responsible Minister approve their business plan annually. To ensure that confidentiality and privacy are maintained, these documents do not contain any information that could affect the security of a person, place or thing, is commercially sensitive, or contains confidential information about human resources and labour relations as listed above.
Annual Business Plan (2017-2018)
Annual Business Plan (2016-2017)
Annual Business Plan (2015-2016)
Annual Business Plan (2014-2015)

Open Data Directive
Data Inventory (July 2016)

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