From the Driving Range to Driving Change, Cowan Raises $140,000 for Homewood Research Institute

/ By Cowan Insurance Group

Cambridge, ON | November 6, 2023 – Cowan Insurance Group and The Cowan Foundation are pleased to announce that $140,000 was raised at the Annual Cowan Charity Classic golf tournament held October 2, 2023, at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario, in support of Homewood Research Institute (HRI).

Since 2002, Cowan Insurance Group has been hosting the Cowan Charity Classic golf tournament each year in Southwestern Ontario to support Canadian non-profit organizations. The Cowan Foundation generously matches funds raised at the tournament each year. The funds raised from this year's tournament will help people living with mental illness and substance use issues. The proceeds will support research on concurrent mental health conditions.

"HRI is thrilled to receive this $140K donation," said Sid Kennedy, HRI Executive Director. "This generous gift will help launch a much-needed program of research focused on identifying the most effective treatments for people experiencing concurrent mental illness and substance use issues. We are deeply grateful to the Cowan Foundation and Cowan Insurance Group for their continued support and partnership."

"It's vital that we support innovative approaches to complex mental health issues," says Mary D'Alton, Executive Director of The Cowan Foundation. "HRI is piloting a collaborative project to help impacted individuals and sharing their progress with clinicians, researchers, and patients nationwide. We must explore fresh approaches and comprehensive support to optimize service for those in need. The Cowan Foundation is pleased to have been a catalyst for this project and has great hope for its outcomes. "

Our last Charity Classic tournament in 2022 raised a record of funds supporting Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO). The Cowan Charity of Choice for 2023 is Homewood Research Institute (HRI). Many people experience multiple mental health conditions, such as trauma, substance use, and depression, concurrently. These conditions are often not fully diagnosed or treated, leading to increased rates of unemployment, homelessness, other medical illness and premature death. HRI is launching a bold new research and knowledge-sharing effort to advance early identification and tailored treatment for better outcomes among those with concurrent mental health conditions.

For more information, contact:

Joanna Swan
Manager, Communications
Cowan Insurance Group
Tel: 226-808-4155

About Cowan Insurance Group

As a prominent Canadian-owned and operated independent insurance brokerage and consulting firm, Cowan Insurance Group provides real value in insurance and risk management solutions to businesses, organizations and individuals. With over 500 employees and operating out of eight locations across Canada, we partner with leading national and international insurance companies to advise on and create retirement, group benefits, disability management and international benefits programs for employee groups. We also offer wealth and asset management, financial and succession planning services to individuals, and specialize in property, casualty and credit insurance. For additional information about Cowan Insurance Group, please visit

About The Cowan Foundation

The Cowan Foundation was started in 1995 in honour of Frank Cowan, our founder. The Foundation is sustained by the ongoing success of the Princeton Holdings group of companies, including Cowan Insurance Group and Fountain Street Finance. The goal of The Cowan Foundation is to make a positive difference in the lives of Canadians and enhance the broader well-being of our communities. For more information, please visit

About Homewood Research Institute (HRI)

Homewood Research Institute (HRI) is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to transforming mental health and substance use treatment through research. We partner with leading scientists, universities, clinicians and people with lived and living experience to improve care, services and outcomes. For more information, visit

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