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Ozad Institute


The Ozad Institute is a privately funded community resource dedicated to research, education and training in neurodevelopmental disabilities and child and youth neurocognitive disorders. It was established through the generosity of the Electrozad Foundation. The Institute is located in the Regional Children’s Centre (RCC) and is closely partnered with RCC and other Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) programs and services. Collaborative relationships have also been established with the John McGivney Children’s Centre School Authority, Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services, University of Windsor - Department of Psychology, and our two area school boards: Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.


Brief History

In September 1989, Dr. John Strang authored a written proposal for the establishment of a research, education and training institute that would focus on children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and be named after Joseph Ozad. This proposal was strongly supported by Dr. Martin Girash and Mr. Ron Foster in their respective Windsor Western Hospital Centre administrative roles, and was accepted by officials of the Electrozad Foundation. A grant of $250,000 from the Electrozad Foundation led to formation of the Ozad Institute in April 1990, and the creation of the Ozad Institute Fund, which continues to be invested, and monitored through the Changing Lives Together Foundation (CLTF), HDGH.


A $175,000 follow-up grant was received from the Electrozad Foundation for the establishment of Ozad Institute facilities in 1991/1992. This money was later used to build and furnish Ozad Institute facilities in RCC’s George Albert Huot Building. The Ozad Institute facilities were formally dedicated on March 29, 1996. The Institute’s facilities include the: Ozad Testing Room, Ozad Observation Room, Ozad Research Office, and Ozad Conference Room. The testing, observation, and research office are used for RCC clinical practice, training and research. The Ozad Conference room is used for meetings, teaching, and training purposes by RCC and other HDGH  staff, as well as community service-oriented organizations.


Operations & Support

The majority of operating dollars are generated by interest earned on the Ozad Fund. Since April 2000, additional operating funds have been realized through the fundraising efforts of staff and management at the Electrozad Supply Company Limited, following a formal commitment by Mr. William C. Smith, President, to sponsor of the Ozad Institute through annual charitable events. In 2008-2009, the Electrozad Supply Company Ltd. London, Sarnia, and Windsor offices provided special funding to support the Ozad Advisory Committee. As of March 2018, fundraising and corporate donations from the Electrozad Supply Company Ltd. have totaled almost $88,000. There have also been ongoing donations from Electrozad employees and associates who have selected the Ozad Institute as their choice for a charitable donation. Other donations from individuals and professional fees have contributed to operating dollars and the present Ozad Institute Fund.

Interest earned from the Ozad Fund investment provides the bulk of funding for the Ozad Institute's annual costs and operations. Additional financial support from donations through Electrozad Supply Co. Ltd. fundraising, individual donors, and non-governmental sources. The Ozad Institute has a 2017/18 operating budget of $22,200 to cover all annual expenses including: Director’s salary, meetings, equipment, research support, sponsored presentations, and other education/training costs.



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1453 Prince Rd.


Windsor, ON N9C 3Z4