Angels Den 2024

From a small classroom at St. Michael’s Hospital to a live show at Koerner Hall, Angels Den is Canada’s biggest medical research competition.

On October 17, 2024, we will showcase a decade of innovation as Angels Den turns 10! St. Michael’s all-star scientists will vie for $700,000 in prizing to push the boundaries of medical discovery. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy Lewis.

The Awards

Keenan Award for Medical Discovery

Transforming scientific discoveries into novel therapies, better diagnostics, vaccines or medical devices.

Odette Award for Health System Innovation

Improving our healthcare system by increasing its effectiveness, efficiency, equitability or sustainability.

Canada Life People’s Choice Award

Favourite research project in any category, voted for by the audience.

Sarah McComb Award for Cancer Research

Spurring research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Meet the 2024 Judges & Host

Lisa LaFlamme - Judge

Lisa LaFlamme - Judge

Lisa LaFlamme has been at the forefront of Canadian journalism for over 35 years tackling some of the biggest issues of our time from war zones and natural disasters to the changing political climate around the world. An Officer of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario, Lisa was the first woman to anchor CTV National News — a role she held for over a decade. Beyond being a decorated, internationally recognized journalist, she's a passionate advocate of democracy and human rights.

Dan Riskin - Judge

Dan Riskin - Judge

Dan Riskin, PhD, is a bat biologist, science journalist, author and speaker. He is best known as CTV’s Science and Technology Specialist, former co-host of Daily Planet on Discovery and author of the bestselling book Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You. When not leading wildlife tours in the tropics, or talking about science on the news, Dan spends time with his wife Shelby and three great kids. His first science book for kids, Fiona the Fruit Bat, was published last year.

Samantha Yammine - Judge

Samantha Yammine - Judge

Samantha Yammine, PhD, is a neuroscientist and popular Science Communicator. As @science.sam on Instagram and TikTok, she’s an innovative leader in making science more familiar, accessible, and inclusive. Sam is a regular guest expert on Netflix, TVO Kids, CBC GEM, Discovery UK, CBC Radio, and AsapSCIENCE. She sits on the Board for RCIScience and ScienceUpFirst. Sam was named one of Toronto Life’s Top 50 Most Influential People in Toronto in 2021.

Jennifer Hsiung - Host

Jennifer Hsiung - Host

As co-anchor of CP24 Breakfast, Jennifer Hsiung delivers all the news that viewers across Toronto and the GTHA need to start their day. With more than a decade of international broadcasting experience, Hsuing has covered a wide range of stories for CP24 both at home and abroad since joining the station in September 2020 – including daily updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.

Thank You To Our 2024 Sponsors

Top Prize Sponsors

People’s Choice Award Sponsor

Team Award Sponsors

NextGen Sponsors

Corporate Jurors


Colleen Johnston

Daniel F. Sullivan

Diane Perry

Elaine Kierans & Shawn McReynolds

Greg and Susie Belton

Joe Mazzocco

Kate and John Stevenson

Keri Bush

Margaret Harvey

Mariana MacIntosh

PBY Capital

Samantha Sykes

Tony Cesta

Our 2024 Committee

Gwen Harvey, Co-Chair

Melissa Martin, Co-Chair

Ram Amarnath

Keri Bush

Dr. Erica Conte

John McCartney

Wes McComb

James McPhedran

Sneha Palepu

Bill Pringle

Tony Rodrigues

Dr. Ori Rotstein

Harry Sale

Mitch Ward

2023 Event Photos


Join the Research Innovation Council

Want to go behind the scenes of medical research and launch a life-changing project? You can.

The Research Innovation Council is an exclusive group that chooses top scientists to receive RIC funding to launch their research projects. This is your chance to impact some of the toughest and timeliest health issues – like those you’re watching on Angels Den. Invest $10,000 per year over five years – and make medical ingenuity possible.

Contact Chanel to join.