Our mission is to contribute to the well-being of our community, by ensuring that the future of our business community is socially responsible through a collaboration of business professionals, community members, and commerce students.
How We Started
CASCO was founded in September 1998 as an initiative through the shared vision between two friends, Alexandre St-Jean and Tuan Nguyen. They both wanted to show support, raise money and honour their dearly departed friend Eric Danis, who passed away from Leukemia. In seventeen years, it has touched and inspired over 1000 students to give back, and has raised over $500,000.
CASCO is a student-run organization comprised primarily of Telfer School of Management students from the University of Ottawa. For the past 17 years, CASCO has produced an annual gala show, putting the spotlight on the talents of Telfer students. The much anticipated soirée is one comprised of song, dance and fashion, and succeeds in unifying 200 students, 200 business professionals and 200 community members with the common goal of providing support for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and promoting social responsibility among business students. 600 tickets are sold out within 3 weeks every year. CASCO is the training ground where commerce students can apply business knowledge to raise awareness and funds for charity causes, and see first hand what difference their involvement in the community makes.
What is CHEO?
CHEO, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, is a large health-care facility located in Ottawa, designed to provide medical care for infants, children, and teenagers up to 18 years of age. CHEO assists residents from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec by providing a variety of important services, including:
- Psychiatric assistance
- Neonatal and pediatric intensive care units
- Teen health services
- Surgical care
The hospital helps those who have been critically injured, become sick, or have ongoing medical conditions or illnesses, among other things. The staff sees approximately 6000 in-patient admissions and 240,000 outpatients per year. In 1974, CHEO was opened to the public thanks to the fundraising efforts of a group of citizens who formed the initial CHEO Foundation.
Today, the Foundation continues to fundraise in order to maintain the well-being of children in the region. Funds raised by the Foundation are used for various purposes including:
- Purchasing new equipment
- Training new staff
- Assisting families in crisis
CASCO is proud to donate funds raised through the show to the CHEO Foundation, in order to further enhance the quality of care given to children at CHEO.