Umbrella Clinic Awarded 10k Grant from Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce

July 15, 2020

THUNDER BAY – July 15, 2020: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recently announced 62 $10,000 grant recipients from its Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund, including Umbrella Medical Clinic in Thunder Bay.

“We are very thankful for this grant from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Salesforce,” says Dr. Annabella Zawada, Director, Umbrella Medical Clinic.  “Independent medical clinics like ours have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus. This funding will allow us to survive these incredibly challenging times and continue to deliver sexual health services in the Thunder Bay region. We have recently expanded our clinic and will use this funding towards wages, PPE and safety equipment and in the future for telehealth and video upgrades to increase sexual healthcare beyond Thunder Bay to work more with remote first nations throughout Northwestern Ontario.”

“Our congratulations to Umbrella Medical Clinic who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of resilience,” says Charla Robinson, President, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  “The work that Dr. Zawada and her team do is vital to our community and we know that these funds will be a huge help to them in continuing to offer sexual health services.”

More than 1100 small businesses across Canada applied for the 62 grants available. The lucky recipients were those that best demonstrated their financial strain, how the business will use the grant to change or innovate, how the change or innovation will sustain the business’s recovery and allow it to prosper, and how the grant will support the role each business plays in their community.

The fund was managed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and made possible through the generosity of Salesforce (NYSE:CRM). The funding was designed to help small businesses across the country stay afloat and support their recovery efforts, paying salaries, retrofitting their workplaces and acquiring technology to adapt their business model. Salesforce has also provided grants to small businesses in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, in addition to providing other resources.

“Reviewing the applications was both heartbreaking and inspiring, We saw how seriously small businesses across Canada have been hurt by the pandemic, but we also saw how determined these entrepreneurs are to preserve their employees’ jobs and to serve their customers and their communities. Today is a happy waypoint, not an end point, and we won’t stop finding new ways to help Canada’s businesses reopen and recover. We’ll be with them every step of the way,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber.

“It has been incredible to see the resilience coming from Canada’s small business owners over the last few months. We know it hasn’t been easy,” said Margaret Stuart, Canada Country Manager, Salesforce. “The applicants have further demonstrated what we at Salesforce already knew to be true – that Canada is rich with innovation and entrepreneurial talent. We’re hopeful that these grants will provide essential support to small business owners as they return to work.”


For more information, contact:

Phil Taylor, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Charla Robinson, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
(807) 627-7770 | charla@

Dr. Annabella Zawada, Umbrella Medical Clinic
(807) 698-7200 | info@umbrellaclinic.com