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August 1, 2007   by Canadian Underwriter


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Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada recently held its annual June Golf Tournament and Dinner at Woodington Lake Golf Club in Tottenham, ON. A hearty crowd of insurance and reinsurance industry clients, partners and guests enjoyed the day, which was organized by Swiss Re’s Rob Mittertreiner.

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Insurance Industry ‘Competes For A Cure’ at WICC Ontario 8th Annual Golf Tournament

WICC Ontario Chapter teed up for its 8th Annual golf tournament at Angus Glen Golf Club, just one week before the club hosted the Canadian Open, to raise funds for research and education in the fight against cancer.

Everyone came out a winner, with a cheque for Cdn$200,000 being presented to Peter Goodhand, president of the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. A barbeque lunch, fine dinner, draw prizes and two silent auctions also tantalized guests throughout the event.

A very hearty thank-you went out to all golfer participants, tournament sponsors, hole sponsors, hole-in-one sponsors, prize and auction item donors, the many outstanding volunteers, WICC Corporate Sponsors, and a special congratulations to golf Organizing Committee chair Heather Matthews (Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.) and her dedicated organizing committee: Karen Barkley (ACE INA Insurance); Ashley Chinner (Simmlands Insurance Brokers Ltd.); Dororthy Davenport (Zurich Insurance); Karen Forsey (Pinnacle Adjusters Group Inc.); Elizabeth Kepes (The Personal Insurance Company); Hoa La (Able Translations Ltd.); Christina Martin (KRG Insurance Group); Dawna Matton (Insurance Institute of Canada); and Jennifer Mullet (The Co-operators).

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For the third year in a row, Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC) and ING Insurance joined forces to challenge brokers, employees and others in the industry to raise money for WICC at the ING Ottawa Marathon. Participants reached this year’s goal of Cdn$50,000 and just kept going. The same number of runners participated in the challenge as did last year – 66 – but they managed to raise an additional $25,000. In all, 884 donors gave Cdn$73,912 (51% more than 2006). Durham Region won this year’s challenge between ING regional offices; Durham’s six-person team raised a whopping Cdn$15,640. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support that our staff and our brokers have shown with regard to the WICC Challenge”, said ING regional vice president of Durham Region Tracy Laughlin (who initiated the Ontario-wide challenge in 2005). “I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the past three years, and I would like to express my personal gratitude to all of those who continue to support our challenge. It feels great to be part of something that is making a difference,” she added. “Wow, what an incredible three years it has been,” declared WICC executive director Lyna Newman (also the vice president of human resources and operations at KRG Insurance). “WICC’s success is a direct reflection of the dedication and generosity of each of the ING participants and supporters. With your contributions supporting much-needed cancer research projects, we are collectively pursuing a dream of life for those who are inflicted with this disease. These pledges mean so much to WICC. Thank you wholeheartedly!” Since 2005, the WICC Challenge at the ING Ottawa Marathon has raised more than Cdn$140,000. One hundred per cent of the proceeds will go to research projects underway to find a cure for this disease.


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