Cowan Charity Classic Total Donations Surpass Million Dollars for Canadian Charities

Cambridge, ON – June 26, 2014 - Cowan Insurance Group is pleased to announce that after their 2014 golf tournaments in Ottawa and Waterloo Region that raised $57,500 which was matched by The Cowan Foundation for a total donation of $115,000, the Cowan Charity Classic will now have distributed over $1 million dollars to Canadian charities.

The Cowan Charity Classic was launched in 2002, and through the support of Cowan’s insurance company sponsors, business partners, golf tournament participants and annual matching by The Cowan Foundation, has been able to support charities such as; iSisters Technology Mentoring, House of Friendship, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Easter Seals Ontario, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The John Howard Society and Pathways to Education.  This year funds will be directed towards The Royal in Ottawa and KW Counselling Services in Waterloo Region.


“Through the Cowan Charity Classic, we look to donate to programs that have the potential for providing clear and compelling positive changes in Canadian communities,” explained Heather McLachlin, President, Cowan Insurance Group. “Since our tournament’s inception, we have heard from our clients that the initiatives we are supporting matter to them, and when we hear the difference the funds are making to these impactful charities – we are thrilled that our tournament has experienced so much success over the past 13 years, and look forward to next year.”

“The Cowan Foundation exists because of the success of the Princeton Holdings group of companies including Cowan Insurance Group, Frank Cowan Company, The Guarantee Company of North America, Millennium CreditRisk Management and Cowan Asset Management,” explained Maureen Cowan, Chairman of The Cowan Foundation. “We are proud to have exceeded the million dollar mark and look forward to supporting many more organizations in the future with continued growth in our businesses.”



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For More Information
Lynne Short
Director, Communications & Community Relations
The Cowan Foundation/ Princeton Holdings Limited
Cambridge, ON
(519) 650-6363 ext. 31608

About Cowan Insurance Group
Cowan Insurance Group is one of the preeminent insurance brokerage and consulting operations in Canada, operating out of nine locations in Ontario. Representing national and international insurance companies, Cowan specializes in providing the best value to businesses, organizations and individuals for their insurance and risk management needs, as well as advising and creating retirement, group benefits and disability management programs for employee groups; and wealth management, financial planning and succession planning services to individuals. Cowan Insurance Group has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, first earning this prestigious national designation in 2012 and re-qualifying again in 2013. For more information about Canada’s Best Managed Companies, please visit . In addition, Cowan has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 Brokerages for 2014 by Insurance Business Magazine. For more information about Cowan Insurance group visit

About The Cowan Foundation
The Cowan Foundation was started in 1995 in honour of Frank Cowan, the founder of Cowan Insurance Group and Frank Cowan Company. The Foundation is sustained by the ongoing success of the Princeton Holdings group of companies including Cowan Insurance Group, Frank Cowan Company, The Guarantee Company of North America, Millennium CreditRisk Management and Cowan Asset Management. Together they provide insurance and risk management products and services for individuals, businesses, organizations and public entities as well as assist employers with their group benefits, retirement and health and disability management plans. The goal of The Cowan Foundation is to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians and the broader well-being of our communities.

About KW Counselling Services
KW Counselling Services is a multi-service agency providing individual, family, group, parenting and outreach supports to the community. They strive to reach the community of Waterloo Region’s most vulnerable members and those who seek to create positive change in their lives. The proceeds from the 2014 Cowan Charity Classic will support KW Counselling’s Walk In Counselling Clinic, which affords anyone in the community the opportunity to visit a counsellor without an appointment. For more information visit .

About The Royal
The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises and disperses funds to support life-saving research and patient care carried out by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Brockville Mental Health Centre, and the uOttawa Institute of Mental Health Research. The Royal works with its donors to ensure that the work that it does now will change lives in the future and bring about long-lasting, transformational change for the 1 in 5 persons who will be affected by a mental health disorder in their lifetimes. Supporting The Royal’s Campaign for Mental Health through the 2014 Cowan Charity Classic is advancing their goal of improving the way depression and other mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated to get more people better faster, back to work and back to living fuller, more engaged lives. For more information visit


Waterloo Region Tournament:

Pictured from left to right: Ed Meiering, Vice President, Business Development,
Aviva Canada; Gail Sheepway, Senior Vice President, Specialty Products Canada,
Zurich Canada; Michelle Quenneville, Director, Commercial Insurance,
Cowan Insurance Group; Javier Ibanez, Vice-president, Sales and Distribution,
Economical Insurance 


Pictured from left to right: Heather McLachlin, President, Cowan Insurance
Group; Leslie Josling, Executive Director, KW Counselling Services;
Kristen Josling,Volunteer, KW Counselling Services; Judy Dawe,
Commercial Account Executive, Cowan Insurance Group; Terry Reidel,
Executive Director, The Cowan Foundation

Ottawa Region Tournament:

Pictured from left to right: Robert Proulx, Vice President, Benefits &
Corporate Sales, Cowan Insurance Group; Heather McLachlin, President,
Cowan Insurance Group; Andrée Steel, President and Chief Executive
Officer, The Royal; Russell McDonnell, Volunteer, The Royal; David Denyer,
Ottawa Branch Manager, Cowan Insurance Group

Pictured from left to right: Graham Thompson, Manager, Major Gifts and
Alumni Relations, Algonquin College Foundation; Christopher Greer,
Commercial Account Executive, Cowan Insurance Group; Steve Kilrea,
Managing Director, Ottawa Branch, Burns & Wilcox; Dan McCaskill, 
Algonquin College Alumnus & Business Development Manager, Expographiq