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About Us

The Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that drives innovation in spinal cord injury research and care. We strive to improve the lives of people living with SCI in Canada and around the world.

We are committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries.


Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, we facilitate an international network of researchers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, people with SCI and their supporters in order to find solutions to one of the most debilitating, costly and life-altering health conditions.

Our vision is a world without paralysis after SCI. To achieve this, we take
a multi-disciplinary, adaptable approach to maximize our impact. This enables us
to move the most promising ideas out of the laboratory, into a standard practice of
care, into the marketplace and ultimately, into the lives of people with SCI.
By working to address all of these areas simultaneously, and with national and
international partners within the SCI community and beyond, the Institute is
uniquely positioned to provide solutions for people with spinal cord injury.

We are funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada, Rick Hansen Foundation and the Governments of British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario.

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Peruse this section to learn more about who we are:

Our Vision and Mission

What motivates us

Message from the CEO

A message from Rick Hansen Institute's CEO, Bill Barrable

Strategic Direction

Learn about our plans for the coming years


Fueled by Rick Hansen's dream that "anything is possible"

Staff / Contact Us

Meet our senior management team and ways to contact us.

Board and Committees

Meet our board of directors and program committee members