Sponsored by Lazarus Partners Charities and Brendan Wood International

Honouring Outstanding Achievement in Canadian Business and Finance

A Fusion of Performance and Philanthropy

March 4, 2010, 6:30 pm
Royal Ontario Museum
By Invitation Only - Black Tie
Valet Parking

Lazarus started as a grass roots event within Brendan Wood International. Each year, the firm's partners sent cheques to employees suppliers and friends with the simple request that they "give the Lazarus money to a cause close to their hearts without restriction, any all religious and secular charities chosen by our friends were in". Lazarus still promotes this idea for any individual company. In fact, Lazarus Partners now offer assistance and support to other companies who wish to instal that Lazarus program which became such an inspiration to so many at Brendan Wood over the years. In 2007, after almost thirty years of giving, Lazarus deliberately narrowed the spectrum of it's research into charities. The purpose of so doing was to be able to select and "recommend" some explicit choices to others, to open up the Lazarus partnership campaign to a limited number of charities who met the direst and most indisputable urgencies and to better leverage the expertise of our small group. Now Lazarus Partners seek out humanitarian organizations which operate at the" life and death nexus, effectively saving lives". This sharper focus enables the group to better manage it's volunteer resources and meaninfully quantify it's efforts. While the original grass roots campaign continues at Brendan Wood and hopefully at other Lazarus partner companies in future, there is a now a core group of organizations which effectively save lives in situations of urgent need. While the Lazarus Partnership also supports many community, medical research, long term prevention and support based initiatives each year, lifesaving is the basic focus of Lazarus' research and investigation.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Recent Press - The TopGun Black Tie Ball 2010

The TopGun Black Tie Ball

Top philanthropists gathered at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto for The TopGun Black Tie Ball. The event raised $250,000. Guests included Paul Godfrey, Ve'ahavta president Avrum Rosensweig and TopGun Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievers L. Jacques Ménard, Brian Walsh and Harold Wolkin.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Recent Press - The TopGun Black Tie Ball 2010

Amoryn Engel, Financial Post
Published: Saturday, March 20, 2010

One has to wonder who was minding the store considering many of Canada’s top bosses were packed into the Royal Ontario Museum recently for the fifth TopGun awards, presented by Brendan Wood International to companies, CEOs, CFOs and boards of directors who demonstrate outstanding value to shareholders.

The TopGun designation is awarded by the Brendan Wood Worldwide Panel of Shareholders, consisting of 2,500 professional investors who mange trillions of dollars in equity capital. A total of 26 companies received TopGun designations, selected from 250 Canadian companies evaluated. “In a year when shareholders lacked confidence in the capital markets, these companies and their management teams stand out as having been elected by shareholders for outstanding professionalism and integrity,” said BWI chairman Brendan Wood.

Among the TopGuns celebrated were Sean Boyd of Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd., Richard B. Clark of Brookfield Properties, E. Hunter Harrison (now retired) of Canadian National Railway, Steve W. Laut of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Patrick D. Daniel of Enbridge Inc., Randall K. Eresman of EnCana Corp., Tye W. Burt of Kinross Gold Corp., William J. Doyle of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc., Michael Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie of Research in Motion, Edward Sonshine of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, Juergen Schreiber of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., and W. Edmund Clark of Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Recent Press - The TopGun Black Tie Ball 2010

Attendance topped 400 at the inaugural TopGun Black Tie Ball at the ROM. Sponsored by Lazarus Partners Charities and Brendan Wood International, the swanky dinner brought together an array of industry leaders to acknowledge and honour outstanding achievement in Canadian business and finance.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

BNN "SqueezePlay" Features The TopGun Black Tie Ball 2010

Bay Street’s TopGuns - Part One (03-05-10 5:40 PM)

“Bay Street’s TopGuns gathered at a black tie gala event on Thursday evening, and BNN was there to speak to the street’s who’s-who. BNN speaks to Garrett Herman, Chairman and CEO, Loewen , Ondaatje, McCutcheon and Jacques Ménard, Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns” (with Brendan Wood below).

Bay Street’s TopGuns - Part Two (03-05-10 5:50 PM)

“Bay Street’s TopGuns gathered at a black tie gala event on Thursday evening, and BNN was there to speak to the street’s who’s-who. BNN speaks to Roland Lescure, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Caisse de depot et placement du Québec” (with Brendan Wood below).

Monday, March 8, 2010

PRESS RELEASE – Monday March 8, 2010

The TopGun Black Tie Ball 2010 a Resounding Success!

"The TopGun Black Tie Ball 2010 held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto last Thursday evening was a resounding success" said Henry S. Brenzel, Chairman of the Event Organizing Committee. "The TopGun Ball got high marks for an outstanding venue, cocktail hour, TV/media coverage and food and wine. All the TopGun award winners were excited to be feted. We are delighted that, including thirty silent pledges, the objective of $175,000 was surpassed and there is still some giving going on so we may meet the “dream objective” of $250,000".

Link to http://www.flickr.com/photos/48126975@N03/?saved=1 for great photos of the event.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday February 1, 2010

The TopGun Black Tie Ball 2010 Tops 400!
“The exclusive, invitation only first ever TopGun Black Tie Ball 2010 to be held at the Royal Ontario Museum on March 4th is nearly a full house” said Henry S. Brenzel, Chairman of the Invitation Committee of Brendan Wood International. “We are delighted that the overwhelming majority of Canada’s TopGun asset managers, investment bankers, sales, research and trading professionals and a brilliant selection of best run big cap companies and rising star corporations will be attending. It will be a fabulous evening!”

Wednesday, December 23, 2009