JCB Grant Society

JCB Grant Society


The JCB Grant Society is named after the distinguished Toronto professor of anatomy, Dr. J.C. Boileau Grant, the author of Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy.  For much of this century, Grant’s Atlas has been the standard anatomy textbook, and it has been used to train thousands of medical students around the world.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has a special connection with Dr. Grant.  His widow, Anne Catriona Robertson, left us a bequest of the Atlas when she died in 1982.  With the annual royalty payments, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation has created the JCB Grant Chair in Oncologic Pathology, a $ 2.2 million endowed chair, as well as a major named endowment fund.
The Grant family’s example is important to us: they have left an important legacy with a creative gift.  And they have improved our ability to conduct leading-edge cancer research.  Through the JCB Grant Society, we wish to pay tribute both to the Grant family and to each donor who has confirmed a planned gift to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.


Membership in the JCB Grant Society is offered to donors who have included The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in their Will or have made a future or life income gift.  These are special friends of the Foundation who have made the fight to conquer cancer part of their own personal legacy.
The names of JCB Grant Society members are published in our annual report and listed in our donor recognition area located on the main floor of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Donors, may, of course, choose to be thanked in a private manner.) Members are invited to the donor recognition event “Behind the Scenes” held each year.
JCB Grant Society members are also welcomed to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre each year for a special luncheon, where we take the opportunity to thank them and to provide an update on progress against cancer, usually presented by a key researcher and/or clinician.