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Information submitted by Helene Vassos

Last year the ALS Society of Canada organized the first annual Tim E. Noel Golf Outing, an event to support an endowment fund for ALS research. Tim E. Noel, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, has ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), a rapidly progressive fatal neuromuscular disease affecting an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 Canadians.

Helene Vassos, Director of Development for the ALS Society along with other key organizers, called on many of Tim's friends and associates, a veritable Who's Who of Canadian financial circles, and asked them to participate as both players and corporate sponsors. By researching these potential sponsors in BIG Online, she was able to gain a greater understanding of each financial institution being targeted and their vision of giving. Her use of all available resources led to unprecedented success.

The first year's outing raised $500,000 for the Tim E. Noel Endowment Fund for ALS research, making it the most successful Canadian charitable golf tournament. A second Golf Outing was held on June, 25, 2001, at the Summit Golf and Country Club, in Richmond Hill, Ontario. "This year we were able to build on last year's success, bringing the fund to over $1 million," reports Helene.

Sponsors for the event included Bloomberg LP, CIBC World Markets Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., TD Securities Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., Altamira Investment Services, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Ltd., First Horizon Capital Corp., Prebon Yamane, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and many more.

For more information about this event, or the ALS Society of Canada, please visit their website, or call Helene Vassos at, 1-800-267-4257 ext. 202.

Special Note of Sadness: Tim Noel passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday July 11, 2001. "Tim was a model for all of us," said Suzanne Lawson, National Executive Director of the ALS Society of Canada. "[He was] practical about the implications of his ALS, committed to living fully every minute and remaining productive in his workplace at the Bank of Canada. He was also very articulate about the needs of people with ALS. He gave of himself at a time when every day held special challenges. His name and his legacy live on in the Tim E. Noel Endowment Fund for ALS research, but he will be deeply missed."

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