Plans for Birchall Leadership Award gala falling into place

The Royal Canadian Military Colleges Foundation
July 13, 2017 | Hamilton, Ont.
By The Royal Canadian Military Colleges Foundation
Portfolio Manager Canso Investment Counsel has signed on as the “Presenting Sponsor” for the Air Commodore Leonard Birchall Leadership Award and gala, taking place in Hamilton, Ontario on October 28, 2017. The Richmond Hill, ON, based private company specializes in the fundamental valuation of financial securities and the management of investment portfolios.

“We see this as a natural fit for Canso Investment Counsel”, says company vice-president Joe Morin. He adds, “Canso supports the people who protect Canada and promoting Canadian heritage is something we see as important, as our own name and history reflect. We’re extremely honoured and proud to be part of the Birchall Leadership Award in support of the Royal Military Colleges Foundation and Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.”

The 2017 Birchall Leadership Award will be presented to world-renowned Canadian astronaut and retired Royal Canadian Air Force Colonel Chris Hadfield, for his exemplary leadership as commander of the International Space Station and his second career as author and inspirational speaker since retirement from active space flight. The Birchall Leadership Award is Canada’s only national leadership award.

Internationally-known Canadian tenor John McDermott will be performing during the gala, along with the talented military band of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.

The sponsorship from Canso Investment Counsel is particularly poignant from an historical perspective. Air Commodore Birchall, known as “The Saviour of Ceylon”, was flying a PBY-5A Canso patrol aircraft in World War Two when he spotted a Japanese attack fleet approaching Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He was able to warn the British forces but Birchall and his crew were shot down and spent years as Japanese POWs under brutal conditions. Birchall was the senior allied POW and showed his bravery and leadership qualities in the face of grave personal danger and deprivation.

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