An intelligent, energetic, and loving son, brother, and friend, Douglas Wright lived life to its fullest, enriching the lives of those with which he shared his own. 

Sadly, his time was tragically cut short by melanoma, a cancer that he, and many of those around him, did not fully understand the severity of until it was too late. 

Doug was, and will continue to be, an inspiration. His life has inspired the determined work of the foundation, and his passing should inspire all of us to see melanoma for the serious risk that it is. 


Doug was born in Toronto in 1981. He formed many enduring friendships while attending Whitney Public School, Deer Park Senior School, and North Toronto Collegiate Institute, where he was elected class president and valedictorian. A skilled athlete on both land and sea, Doug was an essential member of the RCYC, where he ran the Junior Sailing program before heading off to university. He studied civil engineering at Queen’s University, followed by a Masters at the London School of Economics. Back in Toronto, Doug pursued a career in real estate, ultimately earning a position within the Bank of Montreal’s Real Estate Investment Banking group. Embracing every opportunity in his path, Doug was never too busy to share quality time with his friends and family.

In the summer of 2008, Doug noticed a mole on the back of his leg and had it removed. Unfortunately, the melanoma had spread. For the next two years Doug fought bravely, never for a second ceasing to be his usual cheerful and outgoing self. In April of 2011, a few months before he was to turn 30, Doug passed away.
Doug's death was a tragedy. Many who knew him will never get over the loss. He left behind an unfinished life, bursting with potential, and an irreplaceable void that his shining presence once filled. We cherished every second of our time with Doug, and miss him desperately.