Mr. Ray Laborie Honored with the John J. Humpal Award at the Simon Foundation for Continence’s Gala

Ray Laborie Cheryl Gartley

Mr. Ray Laborie receiving the 2013 John J. Humpal award from Ms. Cheryl Gartley.

Chicago, IL, May 16, 2013 –(– The Simon Foundation for Continence recently announced Mr. Ray Laborie as the 2013 John J. Humpal Award recipient. Mr. Laborie is Chairman of the Board of LABORIE, a Canadian manufacturer of computerized urodynamics equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of incontinence.Mr. Laborie was presented the John J. Humpal Award at a Black Tie Gala April 12th in Chicago. The Gala marked the conclusion of a year-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of The Simon Foundation for Continence in 1982. This event attracted an international audience of guests, including participants from Japan, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, England, Sweden, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Israel along with individuals from throughout the USA.

The John J. Humpal Award is named in honor of the Simon Foundation for Continence’s first chairman of its Governing Board. Professor Humpal was a University of Chicago business school professor of organizational development who, until his death in 1990, gave above and beyond to the cause of promoting continence.

“Tonight we honor another man who has for his entire career also given above and beyond to improve the lives of the estimated 200 million individuals worldwide who are affected by incontinence,” stated Cheryl Gartley, President and Founder, The Simon Foundation for Continence, while presenting the award. “Ray’s entire career in this field exemplifies the essence of the John Humpal Award.”

In his role as founder of LABORIE, Mr. Laborie has supported patient advocacy organizations throughout the world including the Canadian and the German Continence Foundations, as well as professional organizations including the European Association of Urology, the Canadian Urological Association, the Urology Care Foundation, and the work being done on fistula repair in the developing world, to name just a few.

His caring about his fellow man does not stop at urology. In Burlington, Vermont, which is the US headquarters of LABORIE, he supplied the first “Dragon” boat to establish races for research to cure breast cancer.

In accepting the John J. Humpal Award Mr.Laborie stated: “I am so proud to have received this unexpected award…I am also so excited about the Foundation’s ‘Innovating for Continence: The Engineering Challenge’ conference taking place here this week. I feel that we are getting closer to solutions, some permanent, for people with incontinence.”

Founded in 1967 LABORIE is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in Montreal; Williston, VT; Bristol, England; Paris, France; Ghent, Belgium; San Paulo (Brazil) and Beijing, China. The company employs 170 individuals worldwide.

About the Simon Foundation for Continence

The Simon Foundation for Continence (, located in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is a 501 (c) (3) corporation whose mission is: to bring the topic of incontinence into the open: remove the stigma associated with incontinence; and provide help and hope to individuals with incontinence, their families, and the professionals who provide their care. The Simon Foundation for Continence is the world’s oldest patient-led organization devoted exclusively to incontinence, having been funded in 1982. The Foundation’s mission is supported by an Advisory Board of professionals, many of whom have dedicated their careers to improving the clinical treatment of incontinence and advancing medical science through bladder and bowel research.

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