We envision a world where preeclampsia no longer
threatens the lives of mothers and babies.

Mission Statement

To reduce maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy through patient education, public awareness and research.

Symptoms of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. It is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.

Typically, preeclampsia occurs after 20 weeks gestation (in the late 2nd or 3rd trimesters or middle to late pregnancy) and up to six weeks postpartum (after delivery), though in rare cases it can occur earlier than 20 weeks. Proper prenatal care is essential to diagnose and manage preeclampsia. Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) and toxemia are outdated terms for preeclampsia. HELLP syndrome and eclampsia (seizures) are other variants of preeclampsia.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Excess protein in urine
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred or altered vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal pain on the upper-right side
  • Sudden weight gain and swelling
  • Decreased urination

Preeclampsia Foundation Canada

Preeclampsia Foundation Canada was incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act in May 2015. We are a charity dedicated to its mission of raising awareness and advancing education and research of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

These activities are made possible by the combined efforts of our dedicated Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Board members, donors, and volunteers. We also understand the success of the Foundation requires true partnerships and have affiliated with the Preeclampsia Foundation in the United States.

Who We Are

We are governed by a small and cohesive Board of Directors who share a commitment to the mission of Preeclampsia Foundation Canada. The Board members of Preeclampsia Foundation Canada are:

  • Violet Mateljan, President, Board of Directors
  • Tracey MacCharles, Secretary, Board of Directors
  • Leah Baker, National Promise Walk Chair
  • Wendy Epp, Director of Finance
  • Eleni Tsigas, Executive Director, Preeclampsia Foundation (United States)

We are advised by a medical board comprising of top medical and scientific experts in preeclampsia and related fields in Canada. The Medical Advisory Board members of Preeclampsia Foundation Canada are:

  • Dr. Emmanuel Bujold, Universite Laval, Quebec City, Quebec
  • Dr. Isabella Caniggia, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Sandra Davidge, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Dr. Michael E. Helewa, St. Boniface Hospital, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Dr. Michelle Hladunewich, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. John Kingdom, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Graeme Smith, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

What We Do

  • Educate, support and empower women - and their friends and loved ones - on the warning signs, long term consequences and medical understanding of preeclampsia, including their need to get timely care.
  • Increase public awareness of preeclampsia.
  • Fund preeclampsia research in Canada.

Volunteer With Us

Time and talent is the key to our future success and we welcome new volunteers to the Preeclampsia Foundation Canada. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with us, please complete the Volunteer Application in the link below and we will follow up with you.

Volunteer Policy

Vision Grant Award Program

According to the World Health Organization, preeclampsia is one of the least funded areas of research, especially when considered against Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). Preeclampsia Foundation Canada’s Vision Grant Program funds medical research pertaining to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

Preeclampsia Foundation Canada, through the generous support of our donors, corporate partnerships, and community events will fund two Vision Grants up to $20,000 each in 2020.

It is our hope that successful projects will, in turn, garner additional research support from major funding organizations, earn scientific merit at important meetings, and inspire young investigators to commit their life’s work to this complex field of study.

Vision Grant 2020 Application Cover
Vision Grant 2020 Application General Instructions

Questions please contact: VisionGrants@preeclampsia.org

Vision Grant Recipients

2016 Vision Grant Recipients Release »
Dr. Brian Cox
Dr. Stephen Renaud Final Research Report

2017 Vision Grant Recipients Release »
Dr. Sylvie Girard Final Research Report

2018 Vision Grant Recipients Release »
Dr. Sruthi Alahari

2019 Vision Grant Recipients Release »
Dr. Lisa Dubrofsky


We gratefully welcome those who wish to organize events that raise funds and awareness on behalf of Preeclampsia Foundation Canada, in accordance with our mission.

Event Organizer Form Fundraising Guidelines

Contact Us

Preeclampsia Foundation Canada

P.O. Box 17,
Fonthill, Ontario
L0S 1E0
Email: info@preeclampsiacanada.ca

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