Canadian Club of Halton presented: Dr. Linda Penn from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Dr. Penn has received several awards including the New Investigator Award from the Terry Fox Foundation, the Woman-of-Action Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund, and the Award of Distinction from the Leukemia Research Fund.

The Canadian Club of Halton hosted their final dinner of the season at the Oakville Conference Centre last week. Guest speaker, Dr. Linda Penn, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, focuses on the molecular basis of cancer and the development and application of novel anti-cancer therapeutics. She feels that, “These are revolutionary and exciting times in Cancer Research”. Dr. Penn walked the mostly lay audience through her cancer research story and outlined her plan for “Understanding Cancer and Personalized Medicine”.

Dr. Linda Penn, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Mary Saunders and CCH President, Barry Wylie;

Dr. Penn has received several awards including the New Investigator Award from the Terry Fox Foundation, the Woman-of-Action Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund, and the Award of Distinction from the Leukemia Research Fund. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Oncology and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Linkoping University in Sweden.

Dr. Penn explained that “normal cells in the body are highly controlled, whereas tumour cells are out of control. The more out of control the cells are, the more aggressive the tumour is.” New research has shown that inhibitors, such as Gleevec, block tumour cell growth at the molecular level allowing diagnosis and treatment that works!” This is wonderful news for many suffering from the ravages of cancer.

Jeanne Crockett, Angela Lukowski, Mark Lukowski, Kriss Bush with Linda and Spence Williams

Her important and innovative research is changing the lives of many Cancer patients helping them to live a full life far beyond original expectations. In 1996 she started her own laboratory at Princess Margaret and from 2005-2010 was Division Head of Cancer Genomics & Proteomics, and served on the Research Executive Committee from 2009-2012. Years of basic research focused on understanding the molecular differences between normal and tumour cells have yielded new insights into how and why cancers develop.
This knowledge is having a profound impact on cancer diagnosis and treatment. By identifying the mutations causing specific cancers, a more precise diagnosis can be made and a treatment strategy prescribed that targets an individual’s cancer.

Lesley Harchnitz, Mary Jane Tuthill, Barrie Haywood, Brian Grose, Ann Grose, Michael Glynne

According to Dr. Penn, “This new paradigm of ‘personalized medicine’ is already impacting cancer patient outcome and survival.”
In keeping with Canada’s 150th Birthday Celebrations, the Canadian Club of Halton will kick off their 32nd season on September 21, 2017 with guest speaker Lindy Mechefske, an Award-Winning Author, Food Columnist for the Kingston Whig-Standard, Food Blogger, and Cook talking about her recent book Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life & Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister.

Dr. Linda Penn, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Speaker at CCH and honoured Head Table Guests

Reservations for the dinner can be made by e-mail (barrywylie1@gmail.com), by telephone (905-827-6302), or by mail (cheques payable to Canadian Club of Halton, 283 River Side Drive, Oakville, L6K 3N3).
The not-for-profit, volunteer-driven, Canadian Club of Halton has been hosting guest dinner speakers on a wide range of subjects since 1986. Guests and other non-members are always welcome.

 

 

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The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, OOnt Speaks at Canadian Club of Halton

Mr. Segal was eloquent, witty and extremely knowledgeable as he sketched an insider’s view of Canada’s Global Future with remarks titled “Understanding the Mix Between Global Security & Economic Opportunity World-Wide”.

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, OOnt, Master of Massey College, past member of the Senate of Canada, was the guest speaker at a well-attended Canadian Club of Halton dinner on March 23, 2017. Mr. Segal was eloquent, witty and extremely knowledgeable as he sketched an insider’s view of Canada’s Global Future with remarks titled “Understanding the Mix Between Global Security & Economic Opportunity World-Wide”.

Mr. Segal has worked with top officials of the Canadian Government, both Conservative and Liberal, for much of his working life. His daughter Jacqueline, a graduate of U of T with an Honours BA in Political Science and Master of Arts, Global Media from American University of Paris, is following closely in his footsteps. After graduation she worked for the Jimmy Carter Presidential Centre democracy program in Atlanta, overseeing elections in the Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea and Tunisia and she is now assisting the Ontario Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada with their communications.

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, with Head Table Guests - Spreaking at Canadian Club of Halton

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, with Head Table Guests – Spoke at Canadian Club of Halton. Photo Credit: Janet Bedford

Hugh Segal was politically inspired by a visit by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker to his Montreal High School in the early 1960’s. A graduate in Canadian History from the University of Ottawa, he was an aide to federal Progressive Conservative Leader of the Opposition Robert Stanfield in the early 1970’s while still a university student. At age 21, he was an unsuccessful candidate in Ottawa Centre for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1972 general election and again in 1974.

Segal was a senior aide to Ontario Progressive Conservative Premier Bill Davis in the 1970’s and 1980’s and was named Deputy Minister at age 29. He was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney from 1992 to 1993.

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, Discusses his Book "Two Freedoms" Spreaking at Canadian Club of Halton

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, discussed his Book “Two Freedoms” Speaking at Canadian Club of Halton. Photo Credit: Janet Bedford

Segal finished second to Joe Clark after the first ballot of the 1998 Progressive Conservative leadership election, but chose to withdraw and support Clark (the eventual winner) in the second ballot runoff vote. Segal was summoned to the Senate of Canada in 2005 by the Governor General on the recommendation of Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin.

His work in the Senate included chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism. He became the fifth Master of Massey College in December 2013 and is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Hugh Segal’s remarks included thoughts and arguments from his latest book “Two Freedoms: Canada’s Global Future”. Burlington’s Different Drummer Books participated in the evening offering the book for sale with Hugh graciously signing all copies.

Segal does not envy the “thirteen souls” currently running for the Conservative Party nor does he feel, based on history, that countries act fast enough to save peace and order. In his book, he stresses “the need for commitment to freedom from want and freedom from fear” in North America and abroad. In his book and in his remarks, he outlined “the ramifications of allowing these two freedoms to die or diminish”.

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