Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Every Youth Initiative Receives $125,000 from Record-Setting Charity Golf Tournament

Cambridge, ON – September 6, 2017 – Today, Cowan Insurance Group and The Cowan Foundation are pleased to announce that $125,000 was raised at the 2017 Cowan Charity Classic golf tournaments in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada's Every Youth Initiative, of which Cowan is the founding partner.

Habitat Canada’s new Every Youth Initiative empowers youth, including at-risk youth, to build a strong self and community through the Habitat for Humanity experience. The Every Youth Initiative will equip Canadian youth with the required skills and experience to thrive, strengthen communities, and create advocates, all while contributing to Habitat’s mission to address the affordable housing crisis in Canada.

This year’s tournaments, hosted at Glencairn Golf Club in Halton Hills and Eagle Creek Golf Club in the Ottawa Region, welcomed more than 300 golfers on a combined 45 holes in total.

For the past 16 years, Cowan Insurance Group has hosted the Charity Classic golf tournament in Southern Ontario, with the addition of a second tournament in the Ottawa Region 6 years ago. Since the tournaments’ inception, more than $1.4 million has been raised for non-profit organizations across Canada, including Heart and Stroke Foundation of CanadaHouse of FriendshipKW Counselling ServicesLutherwood and Youth Services Bureau.


  • “Great achievements don’t happen alone, and the success of this year’s tournament is a testament to the tremendous relationships and values we share with our business partners, clients, and colleagues,” said Heather McLachlin, President, Cowan Insurance Group. “The Cowan Charity Classic brings people together not just for the experience of this wonderful event, but to demonstrate a like-minded and ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities in which we live and work. With the funds raised, we are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity Canada to launch their Every Youth Initiative, and continue to inspire and help youth in communities across Canada thrive.”
  • “Thank you to Cowan Insurance Group, the founding partner of Habitat Canada’s new Every Youth Initiative, which aims to empower all youth, including at-risk groups, to build a strong foundation for a successful future,” said Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “Cowan’s incredible support has given us the opportunity to engage more youth in the Habitat experience, where they will build valuable skills and learn about the transformational impact of affordable homeownership – strengthening themselves and their communities.”
  • “One of the priority areas for our Foundation is to focus on transformational programs that teach valuable life skills for those under 25 years of age,” explained Terry Reidel, Executive Director, The Cowan Foundation. “Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Every Youth Initiative aligns with this priority area, and provides us, through the Cowan Charity Classic, an additional opportunity to partner with and support a charity that matters to our employees, business partners and clients.” 


About Cowan Insurance Group

A pre-eminent Canadian owned and operated insurance brokerage and consulting operation, Cowan Insurance Group represents leading national and international insurance companies. Cowan specializes in property, casualty and credit insurance, providing the best value to businesses, organizations and individuals for their insurance and risk management needs. The organization also advises and creates retirement, group benefits, disability management and international benefits programs for employee groups and offers wealth management, financial planning and succession planning services to individuals through its wholly owned financial services subsidiaries. Cowan Insurance Group has over 450 employees and currently operates in 13 locations across Canada. Cowan subsidiaries include The Williamson Group, Millennium CreditRisk Management, Wentworth Financial Services, and Cowan Financial Solutions. For additional information about Cowan Insurance Group, please refer to cowangroup.ca.

About The Cowan Foundation

The Cowan Foundation was started in 1995 in honour of Frank Cowan, the founder of Frank Cowan. 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 and Cowan Asset Management. Together they provide insurance, wealth management 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. Learn more at cowanfoundation.ca.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 56 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit habitat.ca.


For more information:

Maggie Hall
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Cowan Insurance Group
Cambridge, ON          
519-650-6363 ext. 31333

Sarah Anderson Austin
Habitat for Humanity Canada
Cell: 647-571-6405


Cheque presentation to Habitat for Humanity for 2017 Cowan Charity Classic

From left to right: Heather McLachlin, President, Cowan Insurance Group; Mark Rodgers, President
and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada; John Quinlan Sr., Treasurer, The Cowan Foundation.