Jim Cameron to be Awarded the Fellow of Distinction by the Insurance Institute

We are thrilled to learn that our president, Jim Cameron, was nominated for the Fellow of Distinction Award, and has been selected as this years’ recipient!

Jim has been actively involved in the insurance industry throughout his over 30 year career, and is highly sought for his expertise, passion and philanthropy.  Jim is a past president of the Ontario Insurance Adjuster’s Association, has facilitated several CIP and other courses for the Insurance Institute, and is an active member of the Huntington Society of Canada.  Jim was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work fundraising and creating awareness for the Huntington Society.

Please join us in congratulating Jim!  We’re very proud to have him as our boss.

Jim’s award will be presented at the GTA Fellows’ Reception on February 12th, 2013.  We hope to see you there!

 

Sharon, Jim, Kim, Jeannie & Susan at the 2012 OIAA Christmas Party

Huntington Society of Canada National Conference: Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Award

Jim Cameron, President of Cameron & Associates, after being presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Jim and Sharon Cameron are actively involved with The Huntington Society of Canada. It is a cause very near and dear to their hearts, having family members with the disease.

On November 9th and 10th, The Huntington Society of Canada held their annual conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto. Jim and Sharon Cameron attended along with about 350 people from across the country. After a rousing introduction by the Young People affected by Huntington Disease, YPAHD, the conference kicked into high gear.

Renowned scientists Jeffrey Carroll, PhD, an Assistant Professor of neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University and Ed Wild, MRCP, PhD,  Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square and graduate of Cambridge University in London, presented 3 different times on various facets of the latest experiments attempting to attain a treatment for HD. A multi-prong approach to attacking the disease targets:

  • gene suppressants
  • gene silencing
  • gene therapy
  • cell protein and DNA alterations
  • deep brain stimulation by electrodes and others

Huntington’s disease is the incurable disease that scientists know the most about. Unlike Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, and ALS, scientists know the cause of HD. This is a tremendous advantage to research towards developing treatment and ultimately a cure.

 The movie “Do you really want Know?” directed by Academy Award Winning Director John Zarisky, was presented at the conference. The Canadian film, supported by TVO and Canada, amongst others, chronicles the discovery of the disease in 3 families and their differing approaches to testing among siblings and children. Dr. John Roder, whose story you can view by clicking on this link,  attended the conference with his wife Mary Lou and has significant HD symptoms, was shown continuing to try to live a normal life, working as a researcher in cancer and schizophrenia at Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Jeff Carroll, who has been diagnosed along with 3 of his 5 siblings, was also featured. After learning that he carried the genetic mutation for HD, he changed career paths to become a neurologist, studying under Dr. Michael Hayden at UBC. He is now a world leader in research and along with Dr. Ed Wild edits HD Buzz which is available to the global community in 67 languages and presents easy to read research findings and papers by leaders in the HD scientific community. Dr. Carroll has twins who were the first infants born after pre-implementation genetic diagnosis, their embroyo screened for the mutation, and implanted to ensure the children cannot get HD.

There were a number of helpful seminars on how to better communicate with HD patients at various stages and assist caregivers. The active participation by young people in the YPAHD throughout is an encouraging sign that the tireless work by the many volunteers will continue and flourish into the future. The world wide HD community is organizing to record a data base to assist researchers to select participants in drug and therapy clinical trials, which will be starting soon.

On Friday night, many attendees joined friends of the cause at the Hockey Hall of Fame cocktail reception, with its many interactive exhibits thrilling young and old. Saturday dinner featured an Awards ceremony where years of service awards were given to caregivers and social workers, and special awards for individuals whose efforts contributed greatly to the cause. 38 Queens’ Diamond Jubilee Medals were also presented at the conference. The awards by the Queen through the Governor General of Canada are presented to 60,000 Canadians who have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada.  Our own Jim Cameron was thrilled to be one of the recipient’s of this medal, in recognition of his fund-raising efforts for the Huntington Society of Canada.  We’re all very proud!

The conference closed with one slide: Drugs are on the way.

The conference was a tremendous success and provided inspiration and hope for all who attended for an eventual world without Huntington’s.

Huntington Society of Canada logo

Huntington’s Benefit Golf Tournament August 22, 2012

Huntington Society of Canada logo

Cameron & Associates is pleased to sponsor Huntington’s Benefit Golf Tournament on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at Deer Creek.

We would love to have our friends and colleagues join us to help support the fight against Huntington Disease.

Register by July 3rd for a reduced Early Bird rate.

Registration is easily done online, and there are sponsorship & volunteer spots available:

Hope to see you there!

 

CIP Society GTA – Annual Fellows’ Golf Tournament

Another beautiful day to be golfing!  We really enjoyed this tournament was on Monday, June 11, 2012.

This year the CIP Society of the Insurance Institute were rewarded for moving their tournament from September to June with excellent weather. Wyndance Golf Club in Goodwood was the spectacular venue.

Cameron & Associates helped sponsor the event & Sharon Cameron ran the putting contest where players competed for Blue Jay tickets for an upcoming game. Jim, Brian and Derrick were joined by Scott Pidduck, now joining QBE as a professional indemnity underwriter. Our “Green” Team’s score of -10 did not carry the day but we finished tied for 3rd (4th by retrogression).

All proceeds from the Mulligans, putting contest and the raffle tickets went to the John E. Lowes Scholarship Fund.  This is a great cause, and we were very happy to be a part of the group supporting this through golf!

 

Derrick, Jim, Scott & Brian

OIAA Golf Tournament June 8, 2012

Jim, Brian, Sharon and Derrick attended the OIAA tournament at Deer Creek. Beautiful weather all day long made for a very pleasant day on this lovely course.

All proceeds of the day went to Big Brothers and Big Sisters the charity chosen by the OIAA.

Blair Boilard, the Northern Ontario Delegate all the way from Elliot Lake, Ontario, ran a tight ship (again) so that the tournament with 600 golfers went like clock work. Jim won a Sony Blue Ray DVD player which will be re-donated to our upcoming Huntington Society Golf Tournament on August 22nd at Deer Creek.

We look forward to next year and always love meeting up with old friends on the course!

Jim, Sharon, Brian and Derrick

Jim, Sharon, Brian and Derrick OIAA Golf 2012

Golfers walking to their carts

The Call to the Carts