March 19, 2021

Gail and David O'Brien: Hitching your wagon to a cause greater than yourself

O’Brien Institute for Public Health named in honour of visionary $12M gift from Calgary couple


Gail and David O'Brien

When Gail and David O'Brien established the O'Brien Institute for Public Health in 2019, they did so out of a passion for medicine and education — and a belief in the critical importance of public health. The institute brings together an interdisciplinary group of population and health services researchers, health practitioners, trainees, and decision-makers, working together toward a common goal: Better Health and Health Care.

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the institute has more than demonstrated its immeasurable value.

“We’re very fortunate to invest in causes that make a difference in other people’s lives. It helps other people, but it also enriches our own lives — hitching your wagon to a cause bigger than yourself,” says Gail O'Brien.

Learn more ways donors are making a difference: Meet the Energizers.