Altis Recruitment Launches “Art for Impact,” an Online Auction to Raise Funds for The Ottawa Hospital

Featuring a curated selection of 21 original artworks purchased from established and emerging artists, each with their own message around sustainability, inclusion and more.

May 24, 2022 (Ottawa, ON) – Altis Recruitment today announced Art for Impact, an online art auction presented by Altis CEO and co-founder Kathryn Tremblay to raise funds for The Ottawa Hospital’s new campus development. Featuring a unique collection of 21 original works—curated by three local galleries and purchased from artists in Ottawa and across Canada—the auction kicks off today, with bids accepted for one week.

Tremblay purchased all 21 works through the company’s charitable arm, The Tremblay Guimaraes Family Foundation, and will donate 100 per cent of the proceeds from the auction to The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. To honour the artists featured, each was paid in full for their artwork.

“I’m thrilled to give back to The Ottawa Hospital—a pillar of our entire community—while supporting many diverse, local artists through this meaningful event,” said Tremblay. “When my husband and co-founder Toni Guimaraes was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2014, the team at The Ottawa Hospital provided him with excellent care, and today, I’m delighted to help them care for others at the proposed new campus.”

Tim Kluke, the President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, said it’s an incredible partnership bringing together the art world and philanthropy. “This is a tremendous way to pay tribute to Toni Guimaraes, to support the next generation of healthcare, and to celebrate artists here in Ottawa and across the country. We’re truly grateful to Altis Recruitment and for the generosity we’ll no doubt see through this online auction.”

The auction will be held in memory of Toni Guimaraes, who eventually passed away from his illness in 2016. Throughout his career, Guimaraes had faced many hurdles as a newcomer from Portugal and was always determined to support Canada’s diverse communities. The works in this auction were intentionally chosen with this goal in mind.

Carrie Colton, Gallery Principal at Studio Sixty Six, volunteered her time and expertise, working with curators at two other local galleries, Wall Space and Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, to choose the mix of works ranging in price from $450 to $4950. The collection includes paintings, photography, ceramic sculpture and textile pieces made by emerging and established artists from diverse backgrounds and communities,each with a unique focus—whether to take better care of our environment, foster greater equity and inclusion or admire the beauty of nature. All three participating galleries discounted their professional fees as a donation to this important cause.

“The Ottawa Hospital is a big part of life for most people in this city, and especially so for my family,” said Colton. “My son, who has a chronic illness, has been treated there by an amazing healthcare team for the past 13 years, so I’ve seen firsthand how hard everyone works, how essential these professionals are and how excited they are at the prospect of working in a more modern facility with greater capacity. I’m proud to support this cause while raising awareness of the incredible artistic talent we have in this community.”

The week-long auction will be housed and run on The Ottawa Hospital Foundation site: Bids will start at 75% of the market value for each artwork and will be accepted from May 24, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. ET until the auction closes on May 30, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Artists featured

  • Natalie Bruvels
  • Laurena Finéus
  • Christine Fitzgerald
  • Étienne Gélinas
  • David Gillanders
  • Claudia Gutierrez
  • Michael Harrington
  • Sarah Hatton
  • Drew Klassen
  • Nicole Krstin
  • Whitney Lewis-Smith
  • Troy Moth
  • Dominique Normand
  • Susan Roston
  • Michael Schreier
  • Dan Sharp
  • Norman Takeuchi
  • Marwa Talal
  • Guillermo Trejo
  • Florence Yee

About Altis Recruitment

Canadian staffing leaders since 1989, Altis Recruitment (together with its affiliate companies excelHR, excelITR and Altis Technology) is one of Canada’s largest independently owned staffing firms, recognized for helping businesses thrive by connecting them with highly skilled talent across industries and sectors. Every year, we help over 8,000 qualified candidates find meaningful work.

About Studio Sixty Six

We believe in building relationships through art. Our roster of artists and collaborators is building a larger connected conversation about contemporary Canadian Art.

Founded in 2013, Studio Sixty Six represents Canadian contemporary artists who produce high-quality artworks reflective of our shared human experiences.

About The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s top learning and research hospitals, where excellent care is inspired by research and driven by compassion. As the third-largest employer in Ottawa, our support staff, researchers, nurses, physicians, and volunteers never stop seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges. 

Our multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, attracts some of the most influential scientific minds from around the world. Our focus on learning and research leads to new techniques and discoveries that are adopted globally to improve patient care. 

We are the Regional Trauma Centre for eastern Ontario and have been accredited with Exemplary Standing for health-care delivery — the highest rating from Accreditation Canada. We are also home to world-leading research programs focused on cancer therapeutics, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, chronic disease, and practice-changing research. 

Backed by generous support from the community, we are committed to providing the world-class, compassionate care we would want for our loved ones. 

For more information about The Ottawa Hospital, visit   

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