DONATE NOW Together we can help build healthier futures for all our children.

Owerko Centre Opening
Left to right: Marge Owerko, Randy Findlay, Nicole Letourneau, Stan Owerko and Saifa Koonar

Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute

The Owerko Centre at The Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute has officially opened across the street from the hospital, within the University of Calgary’s Child Development Centre. The over 10,000-square-foot laboratory has been designed to enable greater collaboration and innovation for researchers focused on brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum and attention deficit disorders (ASD/ADHD). Construction of the lab was made possible thanks to a generous gift from Calgary philanthropists, Stan and Marge Owerko.

“We are pleased to be able to help create a new 'home' where researchers can work alongside one another, build off each others’ energy and ideas, and ultimately accomplish more together than could be done alone,” says Marge Owerko.
“We know that brain-related illness can be devastating for families,” says Stan Owerko. “We want to ensure that brilliant scientists - like the researchers in The Owerko Centre - have the resources they need to increase knowledge about the brain and develop new treatments to help children in our community and around the world.”

“Through the Owerko Centre, we will be able to collaborate in ways that just weren’t possible before,” says Dr. Nicole Letourneau, a researcher at The Owerko Centre, U of C Professor of Nursing, Research Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine and Norlien/Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health.

The new centre was purpose-built to accommodate more than 75 researchers, along with special testing and play rooms with adjacent observation suites, a motor skills examination area and labs for the preparation and collection of biological samples.

According to Dr. Letourneau, “In this outstanding facility we have the technology and space to work with families and children on research designed to prevent and treat neurodevelopmental problems like ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. I expect that The Owerko Centre will change the face of neurodevelopment research in Canada and internationally.”

“Calgary is already home to international expertise in Brain and Mental Health, and we’ll be able to build upon this knowledge and develop even deeper capacity at this state-of-the-art facility,” says Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor of the U of C. “On behalf of all the partners in this collaboration, I offer our sincere appreciation to Stan and Marge Owerko.”
“Stan and Marge have set a remarkable example for all of us in this community and across the country,” says Randy Findlay, former Chair and member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Patrons’ Council. “We want to thank them for making The Owerko Centre and all its future discoveries possible, and for their incredible support of the children and families who need the Alberta Children’s Hospital.”

Neurodevelopmental disorders constitute one of the fastest growing health problems in the world with more than 15-20% of school-aged children suffering from one or more diagnosable disorders. 

You can contribute to the Owerko Family Fund for Brain Health online!

Learn more

With community support like yours, experts at the hospital are working in collaboration to advance community resources, clinical care and research for children in our community and beyond.

For more information please contact Darlene Yewchuk at or at 403-955-8848

To learn more about Brain Health at the Alberta Children's Hospital click here

The Owerko Family Fund for Brain Health will be used to support Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Brain Health projects which have been evaluated by the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Funding Priority Committee and approved by Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

    There are always GREAT events going on in support of the Alberta Children's Hospital!                                                  

Click here to view upcoming events >>