NeuroScience Canada grew out of the NeuroScience Network, established in 1990 by the Government of Canada as part of its national Networks of Centres of Excellence Program. In 1998, the NeuroScience Network Centre of Excellence lost its federal funding and was subsequently transformed into a charitable organization called the NeuroScience Canada Foundation, and an affiliated non-profit organization called the NeuroScience Canada Partnership.
In 2010, there was an organizational re-structuring at NeuroScience Canada (previously "The NeuroScience Canada Partnership" and "NeuroScience Canada Foundation"). The NeuroScience Canada Foundation has been transformed into the Brain Canada Foundation, with the NeuroScience Canada Partnership remaining as a separate entity.
The NeuroScience Canada Partnership is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring a national brain research program.
The Brain Canada Foundation (known as "Brain Canada") is focused on raising funds for brain research in support of the national brain research program developed by the Partnership.
Honourary Chair (2006-present); Former Chair of the Board (2003-2006)
“I am proud of my involvement with Brain Canada during its transformation from a fully government-funded organization to one that is supported by a broad public and private base. The model of leveraging every dollar donated with partnered funding is proving enormously successful. The signature research program, the Brain Repair Program, is enabling Canada’s world-class researchers to work collaboratively, across disciplines and institutions. This approach has already proven to accelerate the pace of discovery, and led to some key breakthroughs in our understanding of a range of brain disorders.”
-The Hon. Michael H. Wilson, Chair, Barclays Capital Canada; Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States; Chair, NeuroScience Canada Foundation (1999-2003); Chair, National Brain Repair Fund Campaign (2001-2006)