Celebration Event #LDW2021  

Celebration Event

Please join us online on Monday, September 13 at 12:00 pm EST for our annual Living Donor Recognition Event! Emceed by the Living Transplant podcast team, this livestreamed event will feature living donation stories, messages of gratitude from recipients and families, UHN leadership and beyond, and some special entertainment courtesy of Dr. Mark Cattral and Dr. Heather Ross.

If you donated between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020 keep an eye out for a celebration kit from the Centre for Living Organ Donation full of goodies to get you in the spirit of LDW2021! If you have moved, please email so we can be sure to mail the package the correct address.

If you donated before January 1, 2019 snap a selfie with your living donation medal and share it online using the hashtags #TxStory and #LDW2021. Or send it to us at – we'd love to keep celebrating your gift of life.

If you donated after December 31, 2020 we invite you to join us at this year's celebration and we look forward to providing you with your living donation medal at Living Donation Week 2022.

We also invite you to share your messages of hope and gratitude with each other and Team Transplant.

Professional Education Webinars  

Professional Education Webinars

Live Donor Liver Transplantation

12:00 pm EST, Tuesday, September 14

Presented by Dr. Nazia Selzner and Dr. Les Lilly, this webinar will cover indications for liver transplantation, listing criteria and referral process, living donor assessment and more.

Professional Education: Live Donor Kidney Transplantation

12:00 pm EST, Thursday, September 16

Presented by Dr. Sunita Singh and Dr. Joe Kim, this webinar will cover indications for kidney transplantation, listing criteria and referral process, waitlist management at UHN, living donor assessment and more.

Finding a Living Donor: An interactive workshop for kidney and liver transplant candidates and advocates  

Finding a Living Donor

Join us on Wednesday, September 15, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST for Finding a Living Donor: a peer-led interactive online workshop for kidney and liver transplant candidates and advocates.

This session will provide tips on getting started in your search for a living donor including best practices, examples of public appeals, considerations for going public and how to expand your campaign privately. Facilitators will provide an overview of past and existing campaigns – both public and private – so patients can decide which approach works best for them. Ultimately, this workshop provides the necessary tools for patients and advocates to cast as small or large of a net as they want.

Please note: These practices and methods do not guarantee patients will find a living donor. UHN cannot support any one patient's specific appeal.

Pitch Your Innovation in Living Donation Care, Education & Research #LDW2021. $75k Available  

Pitch Competition

The Ajmera Transplant Centre and the Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST) have partnered on a Canada-wide call for submissions  for #LDW2021, a Dragons' Den-style Pitch Competition to improve living donation care, research and education.

The top 3 entries will receive $25K each. Submissions are open to members of the Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST). Non-members such as fellows, trainees and others working or studying in a related field may participate if sponsored by a CST member in good standing. Members of the Ajmera Transplant Team are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2021. To submit visit

For more information, download the Pitch Competition Q & A .

The live Pitch Competition will take place on Friday, September 17 at 12 noon. Popular support, as measured by YouTube Likes, will count. So remember to vote for your favourite project!

Thank you for the support of our generous sponsors, the Canadian Society of Transplantation and the Ajmera Transplant Centre.

All pitches will be available on the Centre for Living Organ Donation's YouTube Channel, on September 3, 2021.

Check out last year's submissions.


Light Up for Living Donation

From September 12-18, landmarks across Canada will light up in green and white in honour of living donors and their generous gifts of life. ​Snap a photo of your closest landmark and share it on social with the hashtag #LDW202l or email it to us at

Learn more about the event 

Past Events

Living Donation Week 2020, hosted by the Centre for Living Organ Donation at UHN, was the first annual week-long event to bring together liver and kidney transplant researchers and clinicians, referring centre partners, community leaders, students, living donors, transplant recipients, and caregivers from across Canada and beyond.

Learn more about the inaugural progam »

Living Donation Week 2020