Joseph Lebovic (z”l) led a life of giving. Renowned in the GTA as a community builder and across the country as a compassionate and generous benefactor, Joseph will be remembered for his legendary contributions to health care, education and research.
For more than five decades, Joseph was an ardent supporter of Mount Sinai Hospital. Since 1983, he sat on the hospital’s Board of Governors and on Sinai Health’s Board of Directors since 2014. As a philanthropic ambassador of the hospital and former board member of Sinai Health Foundation, Joseph’s spirit of giving reflected the values of care, compassion and community.
In 2006, Joseph and his brother Wolf made a transformational gift of $50 million to Mount Sinai Hospital – the largest hospital donation in Canadian history at the time.
In recognition of their generosity, the hospital honoured the Lebovics in naming the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex, which includes the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Centre on Murray Street. The latter the Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics – a leading-edge science lab that continues to advance and redefine research globally.
Joseph’s history-making gift also helped lay the groundwork for Renew Sinai, the largest and most ambitious redevelopment project in the hospital’s history. “I really get so much pleasure from giving this money away,” Joseph said at the time. “People should know giving doesn’t hurt… It’s a good investment.”
“On behalf of everyone at Mount Sinai Hospital and Sinai Health, I extend my deepest condolences to the Lebovic family,” said Peter F. Cohen, Chair, Board of Directors of Sinai Health. “Joe has been a true friend to us, and his vision to provide outstanding, compassionate care to every patient of Mount Sinai is a legacy that will live on for generations to come. His philanthropic leadership has been an inspiration to so many and has impacted countless lives in our community, and our country.”