Scalar Decisions pledges $500,000 to SickKids

Scalar and SickKids' executives at the naming of the Scalar Decisions Data Centre. L-R: Dr. Jim Rutka, Staff Neurosurgeon, Neurosurgery, The Hospital for Sick Children; Paul Kerr, President & CEO of Scalar Decisions; Roger Singh, CTO, Scalar Decisions; Ted Garrard, CEO & President, SickKids Foundation; Dr. Michael Brudno, Senior Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology, The Hospital for Sick Children. (CNW Group/Scalar Decisions Inc.)

Donation supports new data centre and ependymoma research

TORONTO, July 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Scalar Decisions, the Toronto-headquartered IT solutions integrator, today announced a $500,000 donation to name the Scalar Decisions Data Centre at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). This donation helps make the Data Centre a reality. The funds will also support ependymoma research at the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre and the Scalar Decisions Endowment Fund for Computational Medicine.

"Scalar Decisions has a strong history with SickKids in developing leading-edge IT facilities, so we are delighted to deepen our relationship with this gift," said Paul Kerr, President and CEO of Scalar Decisions. "I also know first-hand about the world-class research carried out at the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre. The gift, combined with the opening of the Scalar Decisions Data Centre, ensures that Scalar Decisions can have a lasting effect on healthcare research in Canada, and we are privileged to be a part of this."

The Scalar Decisions Data Centre will allow researchers access to state-of-the-art High Performance Computing, significantly speeding up many research endeavours at SickKids. These include analysis of genomes, discovery of genetic basis of disease, development of novel algorithms to stratify patients into risk groups, and enabling personalized therapies and better patient outcomes.  

"We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with Scalar Decisions and we are grateful for their generous donation," said Adrian Horwood, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation. "Donations from companies like Scalar Decisions make the work done at SickKids possible and it will ultimately impact children's health, both here and around the world."

About Scalar Decisions
Scalar is Canada's leading IT solutions integrator, focused on infrastructure, security, and cloud solutions for mission-critical IT environments. Founded in 2004, Scalar has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, London, Ottawa, and Montreal, and employs 145 people nationwide. For further details, visit www.scalar.ca or follow Scalar on Twitter, @scalardecisions.

About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world's foremost paediatric health-care institutions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and as a result of a record-breaking year in fundraising and investment returns, SickKids Foundation invested an unprecedented $129.3 million in grants and charitable activities for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. For more information, please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.

SOURCE Scalar Decisions Inc.

Image with caption: "Scalar and SickKids' executives at the naming of the Scalar Decisions Data Centre. L-R: Dr. Jim Rutka, Staff Neurosurgeon, Neurosurgery, The Hospital for Sick Children; Paul Kerr, President & CEO of Scalar Decisions; Roger Singh, CTO, Scalar Decisions; Ted Garrard, CEO & President, SickKids Foundation; Dr. Michael Brudno, Senior Scientist, Genetics & Genome Biology, The Hospital for Sick Children. (CNW Group/Scalar Decisions Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140704_C2017_PHOTO_EN_4089.jpg

For further information: Aoife Mc Monagle, Scalar Decisions, aoife.mcmonagle@scalar.ca, 416.202.0014; Lauren Baswick, SickKids Foundation, o: 416.813.2944, c: 416.347.0927, lauren.baswick@sickkidsfoundation.com