Ian Hamilton

Canadian Club of Halton with Ian Hamilton & Barry Wylie

Author Ian Hamilton and CCH president Barry Wylie enjoying a moment to chat during the Canadian Club of Halton Dinner

Crime mystery writer and award-winning author of the Ava Lee novels

Some people are born to write and Ian Hamilton, crime mystery writer and award-winning author of the Ava Lee novels, is one. The guest speaker at the dinner meeting of Canadian Club of Halton, Ian was warmly received by his avid fans who are waiting for his next book to be finished. The 7th book in the series, The King of Shanghai, will be published in Canada this December. He has contracted to write at least another three. “Good news for us fans!” according to Barry Wylie, President of the Canadian Club of Halton.

Ian Hamilton is a former journalist, government executive, diplomat and international businessman residing in Burlington, Ontario. While recovering from major surgery in 2009, he created his unique character, Ava Lee, a Toronto-based Chinese Canadian lesbian forensic accountant!

Ian Hamilton’s fans! (Canadian Club Directors) Gerry, Lori, Gerry, Cindy & Susan

Ian’s international experiences add a depth of reality to the many people, places and cultures that Ava encounters in her adventures. The first book in the series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, won the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Five more captivating Ava Lee books have been published since then – The Disciple of Las Vegas, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan,The Red Pole of Macau, The Scottish Banker of Surabaya and The Two Sisters of Borneo. All of Ian’s books have achieved international distribution and movie and television rights deals have been struck. BBC has named Ian one of the ten crime and mystery writers from the last 30 years whose work should be on your book shelf. More information about Ian and his books can be found at http://ianhamiltonbooks.com.

The Canadian Club of Halton meets at the Oakville Conference Centre for fellowship, dinner and fascinating speakers monthly September through April. As part of the thank you to the speakers, a donation of $500 is made to an organization chosen by the speaker. This month’s donation was gratefully accepted by Diane Beaulieu, Executive Director, Halton Women’s Place.

Photo credits and story by Janet Beford.  (Source – Oakville News, Oakville Ontario’s Daily News Online)

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Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD

Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD; World-renowned expert in developmental and stem cell biology

Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD; World-renowned expert in developmental and stem cell biology

Stem Cells: Hype vs. Hope

Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD, is a world-renowned expert in developmental and stem cell biology. She says, “I find stem cells fascinating.” So did her audience at the Canadian Club of Halton dinner last week. Her topic: “Stem Cells: Hype vs. Hope”.

As President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and recipient of many prestigious awards, her goal is to revolutionize the treatment of degenerative diseases, to make Ontario a leader in the development of stem cell-based products and therapies while educating and engaging the public, helping them to understand and to capture her, Dr. Rossant’s, excitement.

Dinner Guests: Karl, Sheila, Shirley, Ann-Marie, Matthew Joyce & Don

Dinner Guests: Karl, Sheila, Shirley, Ann-Marie, Matthew Joyce & Don

What are stem cells, you may ask. According to Dr. Rossant, “A stem cell is a cell, a bone marrow cell for example, that can replicate or make copies of itself. Other stem cells, however, have a unique ability called pluripotency and can develop into many types; examples are muscle, nerve or blood cells. The discovery of transplantable stem cells took place in Ontario in 1961.”

CCH Guests: Jean Nettlaufer, Peggy Harcourt, Kathy Lawday, Margot Heinrich and Eileen Chewter

CCH Guests: Jean Wettlaufer, Peggy Harcourt, Kathy Lawday, Margot Heinrich and Eileen Chewter

An interesting fact is that cancer tissue has stem cells. Because stem cells can reproduce themselves, it makes cancer treatment and cures very difficult, for one never knows when the cancer stem cells will clone themselves, causing the cancer to re-occur. It is important that cancer patients not use their own tissue to create new stem cells as their tissue could carry the diseased stem cells. It has been found that t pluripotent stem cells with their varied talents have many applications, especially for burn patients who need cell and tissue replacement. Other applications are bone marrow stem cells for leukaemia, nerve stem cells for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer diseases and heart muscle stem cells for heart disease.

Cindy Popp and Rosemary McNealy

Cindy Popp and Rosemary McNealy

According to Dr. Rossant, there are proven adult stem cell therapies already being used in clinics; Bone marrow transplantation for cancer, immune deficiencies and blood- borne diseases. There are skin grafts from stem cells for burn patients, and there are new trials for other stem cell uses underway worldwide. Diabetes, macular degeneration and spinal cord repair are but a few trials underway using this stem cell research. There is hope that in the future stem cells will give encouragement to patients requiring transplant therapy, to those with brain or nerve damage, those with heart, blood and digestive problems such as Crohn’s, and for those with arthritic joint and spine difficulties.

Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD with Canadian Club of Halton Peel Head Table Guests

Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD with Canadian Club of Halton Head Table Guests

Stem cell research is fascinating and exciting. It will lead to new ways of understanding and treating disease. Dr. Rossant says, “Beware of the hype, but the hope is real!”

Visit http://www.closerlookatstemcells.org for more information.

Kiersten Eyes, SicKKids Foundation Receiving Canadian Club Donation: Barry Wylie & Speaker Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD; Photo Credit: Janet Bedford

Kiersten Eyes, SicKKids Foundation Receiving Canadian Club Donation: Barry Wylie & Speaker Dr. Janet Rossant, PhD

Dr. Janet Rossant, CC, PhD, FRS, FRSC is the Senior Scientist & Chief of Research Emeritus in the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program at SickKids Hospital. She is Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, President & Scientific Director, Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and 2015 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Recipient.

 

All photos credit: Janet Beford

(Source – Oakville News, Oakville Ontario’s Daily News Online)

 

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