Young Professionals Event
Over 100 guests came out on November 10, 2016 to The National Club in Toronto for the first ever Young Professionals networking event for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and engaging speeches, in support of Canada Company: Many Ways to Serve. The evening presented an opportunity to mingle with fellow young professionals as well as hear speeches from Mr. Andrew Federer, an active member of Canada Company and Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets, and Canada Company President, Angela Mondou about the programs and successes of Canada Company over the past 10 years.
Operation Yellow Ribbon 2016
More than $400,000 has been raised through the 2016 “Operation Yellow Ribbon”campaign, Hamilton’s biennial fundraiser in support of Canadian soldiers and their families in the greater Hamilton region and across Canada. The funds were raised for the nation-wide programs of Canada Company, which will share proceeds with the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services and the Hamilton Community Foundation.
The event has been held biannually since 2010, making this the fourth gala. Canada Company founder and chair Blake Goldring, the chairman and CEO of AGF Management Limited and also the Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army, centred out Pioneer Energy president and CEO Tim Hogarth for special mention. Goldring told the crowd that “Op Yellow Ribbon” was Hogarth’s brainchild and is something he continues to lead and support morally and financially. Hogarth is a past Honorary Colonel of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.
The keynote speaker was Brigadier-General Stephen Cadden, the commander of the Canadian Forces’ 4thCanadian Division (the army in Ontario), which includes the Army Reserve units in Hamilton. Noting that soldier’s families will benefit from the event, BGen. Cadden told the 280 guests, “If a bomb exploded across the street, soldiers would charge towards it, not away. What soldiers want to know is that if they’re killed, if they’re injured, that there is an avenue of support for their loved ones.” The $400,000 includes sponsorships from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Pioneer Energy, CGOV Asset Management and 12 additional corporate and private donors.
There was also a silent auction featuring decorated helmets by Hamilton artists Robert Baird, Stacey Camp, Zofia Glab, Tiffany Huta, Richard Kowalchuk, and Deb Mack. Noted Canadian blues artist and Juno award winner Steve Strongman of Hamilton was the highlight performer, along with the Military Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, the RHLI 13thBattalion Ceremonial Guard, the Pipes and Drums of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, and Hamilton’s Schiehallion Dancers.
Help support the National Field of Honour, Last Post Fund
Jean Miso has made her first music video based on a song she composed, “A LETTER FROM HOME”. The video has now been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed on her website www.jeanmiso.ca or from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFJFGKOPJYw (you can click on either link to get you to the video!)
Through viewership, Jean is trying to raise money for the National Field of Honour, Last Post Fund. This is a not-for-profit organization that has served Veterans since 1910 and ensures that Veterans receive dignified funeral and burial services. www.lastpostfund.ca
Jean is hoping that you will watch the 5 minute video and share the link within your network to also pass along. The more views of this video the better, even if your connections do not live in Canada!
Thank you for supporting the National Field of Honour, Last Post Fund!
Definition Financial Golfers Support the Troops
New Canada Company members, Tim Duquette and Holly Duquette, owners of Definition Financial held their first annual golf tournament on September 13, 2016 at the gorgeous Grey Silo golf course in Waterloo, Ontario. Thanks to generous sponsors and golfers, this event raised $10,000 for Canada Company programs. Thank you Definition Financial!
The Sky Is The Limit September 4th, 2016
As a way of saying thank you to all of our members for their dedication and support, Canada Company hosted their 3rd Annual Sky is the Limit Membership Engagement event held at the HMCS York to watch the Canadian International Air Show. The skies were clear and the weather was exceptional for the Canada Company members and special guests. Canada Company Founder HCol Blake Goldring welcomed everyone in attendance and presented our newest Canada Company members Tim Duquette, Andrew O'Born, Milan Voticky and Riley Milavsky with a Canada Company coin.
A special thanks goes to Commanding Officer, Cdr Robert Johnston, Executive Officer, LCdr Walter Moniz and the staff of HMCS York for their warm hospitality.
Photos are available through the Canada Company Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadaCompany.
The 9th Annual Canada Company Scholarship Ceremony
On June 24, 2016 at 11:30 a.m Canada Company held the 9th Annual Canada Company Scholarship Ceremony to recongize the selfless sacrifice that Canada’s brave military personnel make in the service of their country and in tribute to the children they have left behind.
Canada Company Founder, Blake Goldring and representatives from the Canadian Armed Forces presented scholarships to our 2016 recipients. The ceremony took place in the grand lobby at First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West. To date, the Canada Company Scholarship Fund has awarded 105 scholarships.
The Canada Company 8th Annual Golf Tournament
On Monday, June 13th, Canada Company hosted its 8th Annual Golf Tournament at Devil's Pulpit golf club in Caledon, Ontario to raise money for the Military Employment Transition Program.
Players enjoyed a sunny June day that featured several demonstrations by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel who were present. After beginning the day with a military-style breakfast, the beginning of the round was signaled by a shot from a CAF howitzer. Golfers were also treated to a CAF weaponry show-and-tell session, and a variety of golf activities and challenges, such as longest drive, and closest to the pin competitions. Golfers also had opportunities to interact with CAF members throughout the day, and the event wrapped up with a dinner and silent auction.
Congratulations to Michael Dignam and his team for being awarded this year’s tournament winners!
Thank you to our Sponsors for their generosity and support for this great event: AGF Management, AMJ Campbell, Atlas, Broadridge, Great West Life, Jaguar Capital, Joanne and Gary Reamey Family, Pioneer Energy LP, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Philip Grosch, RBC Insurance, Sim & McBurney, and TA Networks.
Ottawa Chapter Update: Annual CAF Member Appreciation Ski Day
L to R: Canada Company President Angela Mondou, LCol Dan MacKay, Canada Company Senior Business Consultant Kerry Wheelehan, and Ottawa Chapter President HCol Paul Hindo
Canada Company members from the Ottawa Chapter hit the slopes at Mont Ste Marie on Friday, February 26th for the annual CAF Member and Family Appreciation event. Joining the Canada Company members were serving CAF members, as well as their families, who were hosted free of charge, as a way of thanking them for their service and the sacrifices they make on our behalf.
Sky is the Limit 2015
The skies were clear and the view was fantastic on Sunday September 6 at HMCSYork for 150 Canada Company members and special guests. Guests gathered for the annual Sky is the Limit cocktail event to watch the Canadian International Air Show overhead while enjoying the cocktails, canapés and camaraderie. Canada Company Founder HCol Blake Goldring welcomed everyone in attendance and then presented newest member Gary Maavara with his Canada Company coin.
A special thanks goes to VAdm Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy for attending as well as to Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Commander Robert Johnston, and to the staff of HMCSYork for their warm hospitality.
7th Annual Canada Company Golf Tournament
On Monday, June 29th, 2015, 144 golfers hit the links at Devil’s Pulpit golf course for the 7th Annual Canada Company Golf Tournament. The tournament, which sold out once again, supports Canada Company’s MET Program. Golfers were joined by members of the Canadian Armed Forces, who provided a new twist on the term “shotgun start.”
Players enjoyed a sunny June day that featured several demonstrations by the Canadian Armed Forces personnel who were present. After beginning the day with a gourmet breakfast, including filet mignon cooked in a CAF portable kitchen, Search and Rescue (SAR) Techs demonstrated a search and rescue jump and retrieval from a Cormorant helicopter at Hole 1. Golfers were also treated to a CAF weaponry show-and-tell session, grenade throwing lessons, and a chance to interact with a variety of birds of prey, used to keep CAF airfield clear of other birds.
After a great day of golf, TSN sports announcer Rod Black congratulated Team Edward Jones, the day’s winning foursome, who were then presented with their trophies.
Canada Company would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and support for this great event: AGF, AMJ Campbell, Atlas Van Lines, Edward Jones, Great-West Life, Hub International, Jaguar Capital, Pioneer, Pizzaville, PWC, RBC, Gary and Joanne Reamey, Sim IP Practice, TaylorMade, Technology Alliance Networks.
If you would like to see pictures from the event, including close-ups of the birds of prey, and some great shots of the CAF weaponry show-and-tell, please click here to go to our Facebook page.
2015 Canada Company Scholarship Fund Presentation
On Friday, June 19th, 2015, Canada Company held its 8th annual Scholarship Ceremony in downtown Toronto, in the street level lobby of First Canadian Place. This year, the scholarships were presented by Canada Company Founder Blake C. Goldring, Brigadier-General Dave Lowthian, Major-General Christan Juneau, and Lieutenant-Commander Robert Johnston. The scholarships are awarded to the children of soldiers who gave their lives in service to their country, and the ceremony pays tribute to both the fallen soldiers, and their families. We are proud to say that this event has an incredible turnout every year, including representatives from the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as the Canadian business community, and this year continued that trend.
To date, the Canada Company Scholarship Fund has helped 78 young adults pursue their goal of obtaining a higher education. We are honoured by the continued support of both the military and business communities, and this event stands as a testament to the respect Canadians have for the men and women who serve.
Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring - 2014 Vimy Award Winner
The CDA Institute is pleased to announce that Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring has been unanimously selected as the recipient of the Vimy Award for 2014. The award was presented on Friday, 7 November 2014 at the Vimy Award Gala Reception and Dinner in the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa. He dedicated the award to WO Patrice Vincent (whose family was in attendance) and Cpl Nathan Cirillo (represented by members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Operation Yellow Ribbon Gala
Thursday, November 6 , 2014, the City of Hamilton hosted a gala dinner in honour of our military and their families. The proceeds from the Gala will support the Canada Company Military Employment Transition program (MET)and the 13th (XIII) Regiment Foundation of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (RHLI) to honor Canadian Armed Forces members and their families, to support and also preserve and maintain the heritage and traditions of the regimental family to which they belong.
The Sky Is The Limit August 31, 2014
Canada Company hosted over 150 members, friends and supporters at a cocktail event at the edge of Lake Ontario on Aug 31 at HMCS York. With the Canadian International Air Show overhead, guests enjoyed an afternoon of jazz music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and good company. HCol Sass Jordan led guests in singing O Canada before Founder Blake Goldring presented Canada Company coins to five new members. Pictures on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadaCompany
2014 Canada Company Scholarship Fund Presentation
Canada Company was honoured to hold the 7th annual Scholarship Ceremony for the children of Fallen Soldiers in Toronto’s Financial District on August 8, 2014. The ceremony brought together representatives from Canada’s business and military communities to salute the children and families that have been left behind.
The 7th annual ceremony marks over $250,000 in post-secondary scholarships provided to the children of Fallen Canadian Forces Members, and a continued commitment by the Canadian business world and the Canadian Armed Forces to support the military and their families, and recognize the sacrifices they have made for Canada.
1914-1918 In Memoriam, July 31, 2014
Canada Company was pleased to support and attend the 1914-1918 WWI In Memoriam ceremony, July 31 2014 at the Varsity Stadium in Toronto. As Chairman of the In Memoriam Advisory Committee, HCol and Canada Company founder Blake Goldring was honoured to be a part of the event.
An evening filled with remembrance and music, the Centennial Commemoration remembered those lost in conflict, and those whose lives were forever changed. The evening was guided by Brian Stewart, retired CBC news correspondent, and the music provided by a number of military bands from the GTA as well as vocalists Danielle Bourrée, Olivia Laquerre and Jean Miso.
The evening offered an opportunity to reflect upon a major moment in military and world history, and saw speeches from The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Professor Margaret MacMillan from the University of Oxford, and General Thomas J. Lawson, Chief of the Defense Staff. Their thoughtful words made for a moving evening to remember the fear and sacrifice of so many across the world, for those who waited year after year for a peace that seemed just a fading dream. Not least of all was a performance by Ruth Ann Onley, singing We Are the people of the Maple Leaf, an ode to Canada written by her husband, alongside the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. The salute to Canada’s military history declares:
“We are the people of the Maple Leaf.
Proud to defend our home in war and peace;
Guardians of land, of tree, of sky and sea;
We are the people of the Maple Leaf.”
Canada Company was grateful to be able to contribute to such an event.
6th Annual Canada Company Golf Tournament
Canada Company held its 6th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday June 9, 2014 with 140 lucky golfers in attendance. Returning once again to Devil’s Pulpit in Caledon, Ontario, where players started the day with a hearty breakfast cooked up by Canadian Armed Forces personnel in mess kitchens in CAF trucks and then enjoyed in a temporary mess. After breakfast, players were directed to look up to the sky and were able to see Skyhawks drifting down to the practice green. Then in traditional fashion, the “shotgun start” marked the beginning of play.
The day finished with a “grenade toss”, giving players a chance to win prizes by tossing their grenade closest to the target. A special thanks to Canada Company member Gerard Buckley for donating his prize of a huge flat screen TV back to be auctioned off for additional fundraising.
Congratulations to Team Jaguar Capital and thanks for another great tournament hosted by AMJ Campbell!
See photos at this link to our Facebook album.
Operation EPS 2013
On Fri Jun 21, Canada Company hosted 16 teams at CFB Borden for the 2nd Annual Operation Executive Precision Shoot. Teams of four players competed in four stands (rappel tower, C7 and pistol range, and challenge course) over the course of the day with a wrap-up awards BBQ held at the Base Borden Officers Mess to recognize winners. In the VIP category a team headed by Gen Fred Lewis (Ret’d) took first place. Four soldiers from CFB Borden led by MWO Hood won the trophy for the Military category. The Civilian category was won by Captain Steve Clarkin and his team from OpenText with second and third place going to teams from FedNav and Metro Supply Chain Group.
The event kicked off Thursday night at Nottawasaga Inn where participants enjoyed dinner, a silent auction and a presentation by ex-NHL enforcer Troy Crowder as he described his “Enforcers for the Forces” organization and showed a video about his tour of Afghanistan in 2008. OEPS is an opportunity for civilians to experience a day in the boots of a CF member and raise funds for the Canada Company MET program. Thank you and congratulations to all participants
Ottawa Chapter Holds Ski Day
On Friday March 1, 2013 Canada Company Ottawa Chapter made it possible for Serving (and retired) Regular (and Reserve) Forces personnel to be shown special appreciation by Mont Ste. Marie so that they and their families were able to ski and board for free.
Please see the video below for a great summary of the day's events. To view the video in full screen, once playing, hover your cursor over the video and click the full screen button (4 arrows pointing to corners)
Operation Yellow Ribbon 2012
A gala fundraiser was held to raise money for two organizations: Canada Company’s Military Employment Transition (MET) program and the Thirteenth Regiment Foundation, which provides financial assistance and counselling to military members and their families in Hamilton and Burlington.
This second bi-annual fundraiser was held November 8, 2012 at the John W. Foote V.C. Armouries in Hamilton, during which 280 guests enjoyed a formal mess dinner and a performance by tenor Robert Pilon.
2012 North American Moving Services Canada Company Tour de Force
Over 50 Riders cycled over 500 KMs in six days from Toronto to Ottawa to raise funds for the Canada Company Scholarship Fund and Camps for Kids of Deployed Canadian Armed Forces Personnel.
Departing from Toronto in front of the Air Canada Centre, on September 17, with stops in Newcastle, Trenton, Kingston, Brockville and Perth and arriving in Ottawa to lead the Canada Army Run in the Opening Ceremonies this was a fantastic event that the riders will never forget!
Along the route, the participants visited 8 Wing RCAF for a fire fighting demonstration; were treated to a tour of the Royal Military College in Kingston and The Armouries and Regimental Museum in Brockville; as well as small arms trainer exercises at the Brockville Rifles Regiment (Brockville Armoury).Thanks goes out to all our Riders and Sponsors as the funds raised support Children of the Fallen as well as the children of our deployed military members.
2012 Canada Company Awards Scholarships to Children of Fallen CF Personnel
On August 17, 2012 at Fort York in Toronto, Canada Company awarded scholarships to 10 children of fallen Canadian Armed Forces personnel to help defray the cost of their post-secondary education.
Canada Company oversees the fund through an independent committee, along with members of the Canadian Armed Forces, to ensure that bereaved children have the opportunity to receive this scholarship.
4th Annual Canada Company Golf Tournament
Congratulations to Adam Leech, Relationship Manager, TD Commercial Banking and his team for winning this year's tournament held on Monday, June 25 at the spectacular Devil's Pulpit. Again this year, the tournament sold out and approximately $65K was raised to help us fund the 2012 Camps for Children of Deployed Troops programme. Highlights of the day included fly-overs by a WWII Lancaster Bomber and one of the Canadian Forces new A310 Airbuses which is capable of providing air to air refuelling for F18s; troops, armoured vehicles and equipment from 2 Mechanized Brigade Group, Petawawa; a groumet breakfast prepared by the Army's finest chefs in a mobile kitchen trailer; and everyone's favourite - time with the men and women who serve while on the course and during the virtual Mess Tent at the conclusion of the round.
Thanks to our sponsors, Atlas Canada ♦ AGF Management Limited ♦ American Iron & Metal ♦ AMJ Campbell ♦ Gary and Joanne Reamey Family ♦ HUB International HKMB ♦ Jaguar Capital ♦ Manulife Financial ♦ MNP LLP ♦ Pioneer Energy LP ♦ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ♦ Sim & McBurney ♦ Simbul Lezon Wealth Management ♦ T.A. Networks Inc. Avaya (Nortel) Authorized Reseller, for your tremendous support as well as all of our participants.
Special congratulations go out to Gary Yacura from Reston, Virginia - a member of the Sim & McBurney foursome - for acing the 16th hole! Well done, Gary!
Operation Thunder 2012
Operation Thunder participants gather outside Juno Beach Club before boarding military vehicles to take them to their first challenges.
CFB Borden - 22 June, 2012 - Op THUNDER is the brainchild of Canada Company member, HCol Justin Fogarty and 33 Signals Regiment and was made possible thanks to the efforts of 32 Canadian Brigade Group and the leadership at CFB Borden. Teams of four were pitted against one another in a series of challenges that included rappelling, pistol and long gun shooting and an obstacle course created to test the fittest of the fit. For 28 lucky teams made up of civilians and military personnel, it was a day of friendly competition and camaraderie. This action packed fund-raiser concluded with a BBQ and awards ceremony at the Juno Beach Club at Camp Borden. It was another great day for a great cause!
Exercise Collaborative Sunset
In May 2012, 38 members of Canada Company travelled by Herc from Downsview base to CFB Meaford to take part in Exercise Collaborative Sunset, a full day exercise to give them a sample of a day in the life of a Canadian Forces member.
Participants were greeted by BGen Lewis and the Base Commander and were given information about their exciting day to come. At the range, they were instructed on the use of the standard military issue C7, engaged in an exercise to learn about advancing on and taking an enemy position, used Zodiaks to simulate a waterborne attack, and engaged in a simulated retaking of a FOB (forward operating base).
The afternoon closed with transport by Griffon helocopters to participate in a mock room-by-room house clearing exercise on base and then culminated with a full field Mess dinner highlighted with 20 minutes of military style "fireworks".
Canada Company Member Tim Hogarth and Pioneer Energy LP Raise $20,000 for Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial at Bay of Quinte
In a 4 week campaign ending Sep 15, 2011 Pioneer Energy collected a total of $6,151.32 in customer donations at its ten (10) sites throughout the Quinte region. At the onset of the campaign, Pioneer had hoped to raise $10,000 in customer donations which combined with Pioneer Energy's corporate match of $10,000 would have generated a total of $20,000 to benefit the Afghanistan Memorial Monument campaign.
Canada Company member HLCol Tim Hogarth (The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry), President and CEO of·Pioneer Energy is pleased to announce that not only will Pioneer match the $6,151.32 in customer donations but will top up the total funds raised and along with Pioneer's matching donate a total of $20,000 to be given to the Afghanistan Memorial campaign.
In July 2011 Tim, travelled to CFB Trenton to join Mayor John Williams for the launch of a fund-raising campaign to raise $1.5million for the creation of an Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial to honour the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who were killed while serving in Afghanistan. Set in a park like setting on the beautiful Bay of Quinte and with 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton - Canada's largest Air Force base nearby, the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial will be a fitting tribute not far from where Canadian repatriation ceremonies occur and at the beginning of our fallen soldiers' journey along the Highway of Heroes, from Trenton to Toronto.
Fellow Canadians are asked to add their support. Donations can be made online at·www.afghanistanmemorial.ca or by mailing a cheque made out to:
The Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Fund·
PO Box 490·
Trenton, Quinte West, Ontario K8V 5R6
Canada Company Scholarship Fund Receives Donation
(L to R) CESBA President Barry Dolan, PC Joey Hicks, Canada Company Managing Director Peter Hart.
The Canada Company Scholarship Fund was given a boost on November 10, 2011 with a donation of $7,500 made by the Canadian Emergency Services Boxing Association (CESBA). The cheque was presented to Peter Hart, Canada Company Managing Director, by CESBA president, Barry Dolan and Toronto Police Constable Joey Hicks at Toronto Police's 55 Division.
The generous donation was raised in a police boxing tourney that was held at Fork York Armouries between Team Toronto Police and Team GTA Police on November 3, 2011.
"The event supports our veterans and raises awareness of the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of the Canadian Forces and their families," Dolan said. "It brings citizens, the military and law enforcement communities together."
A big thank you goes out to CESBA for their generosity and support for the families of Canadian Forces personnel and their families.
Canada Company Donates $15,000 to the Petawawa Family Resource Centre
On Thursday Oct 6, 2011 at CFB Petawawa,·HCol Blake Goldring of Canada Company gave Kim Hetherington, Director of the Petawawa Family Resource Centre a cheque for $15,000. General Peter Devlin and members of Canada Company were on hand for the ceremony. The money will enable the centre to construct an outdoor playground “Jungle Gym” to support physical fitness activities for the kids on the Base. “We can never get funds for capital purchases so this makes this donation very special to us,” Ms. Hetherington said after the brief ceremony.
The 2011 Tour de Force
In September 2011 over 6 days, forty-four riders cycled from Toronto to Montreal, raising net revenue of more than $70,000. The group enjoyed their days cycling followed by once-in-a-lifetime experiences that included dining at Officers’ Messes at military bases across Ontario, Navy search and rescue exercises in RHIB inflatable boats, simulated hands-on weapons firing drills and more.
Joe Gagnon, of Westmount Moving and Storage, invited staff members to join him for the ride, even giving employees who wanted to participate the week off work. To meet the fundraising requirements, the group held a corporate golf tournament, raising $30,000 to cover everyone’s pledges.
We thank all riders and donors for their participation and commitment to Canada’s military families, with special thanks to North American Moving Services for continued involvement in and outstanding support of this event.
Operation Pasqua - Easter Season 2011 Delivery of Lindt Chocolates to Military Families
During the Easter season of 2011, Canada Company members of the Ottawa Chapter, Paul Hindo and Chiko Nanji, demonstrated their commitment of "Many Ways to Serve" by organizing a delivery of close to 600 cases of Lindt chocolates to the families of soldiers serving their country overseas. The deliveries took place at CFB Petawawa, Ontario, and CFB Valcartier, Quebec, through the Military Family Resource Centres. To ensure all loved ones of soldiers deployed in Afghanistan were part of the distribution, Lindt provided special products to: parents of soldiers who are not married; soldier’s partners with no children; and partners and their children.
A special thank you goes to Rudi Blatter, president and CEO of Lindt Chocolates, whose generous donation made this possible. Huge credit also goes to LCFA, and in particular its commander, BGen Fred Lewis for mobilizing the resources necessary, and insuring the smooth conduct of this operation.
Blake Goldring Appointed Honourary Colonel of the Army
(L to R) Army Sergeant-Major Chief Warrant Officer Giovanni Moretti, Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander of Canada's Army, HCol. Blake C. Goldring, with his certificate of appointment.
Blake Goldring, Chairman and CEO of AGF Management Limited, was formally recognized as the Honourary Colonel of the Army at a ceremony Saturday March 26, 2011 at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. The ceremony was presided over by Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Commander of Canada's Army.
W. Garfield Weston Foundation supports Canada Company
(L) to (R): Blake Goldring, Canada Company Founder; Eliza Mitchell, Executive Director of W. Garfield Weston Foundation; and Kevin Reed, Canada Company member and Board of Directors
Canada Company was pleased to receive a donation of $25,000 from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation on February 4, 2011 to support financial aid for post-secondary education for Children of the Fallen.
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a strong supporter of Canada Company. The Foundation explains on its website the involvement of its namesake in the Canadian Forces: “Willard Garfield Weston was born above his father’s Toronto bakery in 1898, the eldest son of George and Emma Weston. As a young man, he worked in his father’s biscuit factory.
An idealist, Garfield was eager to do his part in the First World War and enlisted at 18 with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Stationed in France, he saw frontline action and drove a six-horse wagon laying telegraph cables for battlefield communications. Garfield spent his army leaves visiting English bakeries to learn more about the business.”
Canada Company Awards Scholarships
With the HMCS FREDERICTON as the backdrop, Blake Goldring, in the company of The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Rear Admiral Andrew Smith, Chief of Military Personnel, awarded the 2010 Canada Company Scholarships to seven young people who have lost a parent who was serving in an active mission for the Canadian Forces.
Canada Company Second Annual Scholarship Presentation
Seven surviving children of fallen Canadian Forces personnel were at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday September 18, 2009 to ring the opening bell to start the day’s trading. These 7 young people also received a scholarship from Canada Company of $4,000 to put toward tuition, books and other costs they will incur in their post-secondary education. The Canada Company Scholarship Fund was initiated with funds from generous donors and will award scholarships for up to four years of schooling.
1st Annual Canada Company Golf Tournament (2009)
On Monday June 8, 2009 Canada Company held its first Annual Golf Tournament at Devil’s Pulpit in Caledon, Ontario with Gen (Ret’d) Rick Hillier as the guest of honour. Rod Black, noted Canadian sportscaster, called the golfers to carts, after which Michael Burgess sang the National anthem and then a true “Shotgun Start” let the golfers know the tournament had begun.
The evening reception kicked off with a video message from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Walter Natynczyk and was followed by an outstanding meal.
Money raised from this fantastic day is to support the March Break Camp for children of deployed troops run by BGen JC Collin, Commander, LFCA. Special thanks to Canada Company member Bruce Bowser and AMJ Campbell for hosting the tournament and The Skyhawks for a magnificent performance during the reception.