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Club Executives & Directors
The Rotary Club of Toronto President
President Elect
Vice-President
Treasurer
Executive Director/Secretary
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Executive Committee Chair
District Level Membership Chair
Audit Committee Liaison Director
Goverance Liaison Director
Honours & Awards Liaison Director & Chair
Strategic Planning Liaison Director
Club Assembly Liaison Director & Chair
Marketing & Communications Liaison Director
Fundraising Liaison Director
Program Liaison Director
Membership Development Liaison Director
Fellowship & Entertainment Liaison Director
Women's Initiative Liaison Director
Youth & Children Liaison Director
Scholarship Committee
Community Service Liaison Director
Seniors Citizens' Liaison Director
Indigenous Service Liaison Director
International Service Liaison Director
District 7070 Liaison Director
Rotaract Clubs Liaison Director
 
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The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of December auctions.
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
 

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Welcome to Our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 p.m. please arrive no later than 12:00 noon 
The Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West
(Meeting Room, subject to change weekly
Please call the Rotary office: 416-363-0604)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M5J 1E3
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, December 2, 2016
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Main Dining Room
Topic:  One Man Dancing
 
Patricia Keeney is an award-winning poet, novelist, theatre and literary critic. The author of ten books of poetry and two novels and a well-known arts writer for many years for CBC Radio, Canadian Forum, Scene Changes, Canadian Theatre Review and Canadian Literature, Keeney continues her critical work both nationally and internationally in journals such as Arc and online: Critical Stages and Critically Speaking. Keeney teaches English and Creative Writing at York University. An avid traveller she has also taught and lectured in Europe, Africa and Asia.
 
Guest Speaker: Friday November 18th 2016
Shauneen Bruder Executive Vice-President Operations
- RBC Personal & Commercial Banking
Location: Fairmont Confederation 5 and 6, MM Level
Topic: Pine River Institute 10th Anniversary 
 
Mrs. Bruder is Executive Vice-President of Operations, Royal Bank of Canada and is also a member of the Group Operating Committee charged with oversight of day-to-day management of RBC globally. Previous roles with RBC include EVP of Business and Commercial Banking, COO of the Global Wealth Management division and President of RBC Centura Bank in North Carolina.
Guest Speaker: Friday November 11, 2016 Remembrance Day Lunch
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Remembrance Day Lunch - Honouring Our Veterans 
 
Katie Daubs is part of the features team at the Toronto Star. In 2014, she and photographer Richard Lautens spent two months walking across Belgium and France, following the footsteps of Canadian soldiers of the First World War and filing daily stories for their series Walking the Western Front.  Daubs is currently on leave from the Star, as a Southam Journalism fellow at Massey College.
 
 
Richard Lautens, Staff Photographer The Toronto Star
 
Richard Lautens has been a photographer at the Toronto Star since 1987.  In that time he has covered news and events all over the world including politics, fashion, sports, civil strife and features.  He has won local and international awards for his work.
Guest Speaker:  Friday November 4, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18 fl.
Topic:  Reflections on a Career in Canada's Foreign Service
 
Ian Wood is an outstanding Canadian who, within the ‘Department of External Affairs’, has served his country well. His work included many international appointments with a number of years as Canada’s ambassador to several countries in the Middle East.
Dr. Truong Ta, is the Head of Immunization Policy, Canada for Sanofi Pasteur Limited.  In this role, Dr. Ta oversees public affairs, government affairs and market access activities for vaccines in Canada.  Sanofi Pasteur researches, develops and manufactures vaccines for Canada and global markets.
 
Dr. Ta obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 2000 and his research involved studying protein adsorption at biomaterial interfaces.  Subsequently, he completed a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship in the area of Mass Spectrometry, and several years later, obtained a Master of Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business with a focus on business strategy and healthcare industry management.

 
SOLD OUT! Registered Attendees Only!
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, October 21, 2016
Location:  King Edward Hotel
 
The Right Honourable Paul Martin
 
The Right Honourable Paul Martin was Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006 and Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002.
 
During his tenure as Minister of Finance, he erased Canada’s deficit, subsequently recording five consecutive budget surpluses while paying down the national debt and setting Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio on a steady downward track. He was the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G-20 in 1999.
 
During his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr. Martin set in place a ten year, forty-one billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times; signed agreements with the provinces and territories to establish the first national early learning and child care program and created a new financial deal for Canada’s municipalities. Under his leadership the Canadian Government reached an historic deal with Aboriginal people of Canada to eliminate the existing funding gaps in health, education and housing known as the Kelowna Accord.

 
Guest Speaker, Friday August 26, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room
Topic: Clean Water Living

John is a graduate of the University of Guelph, holding a Masters in Agricultural Science (Agricultural Economics)

His career focused on agricultural education, sales, marketing and management. In 1985 he moved to Chatham to be Vice President and General Manager for Dekalb Canada. He joined the staff of St. Clair College in 1998 where he was Director; Innovation, Community and Corporate Training until his retirement in 2010.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, September 23, 2016 
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay St.
Topic: Canada's Economic Forecast
 
Derek is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the U.S.,Canadian and global economies and financial markets.
 
Each year, he travels extensively across Canada, speaking at more than 75 events on economic and financial developments. As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media outlets – including the London Financial Times and the Economist. He also is frequently interviewed on the radio and television.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship Lunch
Friday, September 09, 2016
2016 Recipient Amna Majeed
 
Guest Speaker:  Andrea Tirone
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Host: Scholarship Committee
 
This Year's Scholarship Winner:  Amna Majeed
 
Biography
 
My name is Amna Majeed and I am entering my first year in the Life Sciences Program at the University of Toronto – St. George Campus. I hope to major in Human Biology and Psychology, while completing a minor in French. To me, one of the most important traits is to be well-rounded and to expand one’s perspectives. For this reason, I chose a variety of courses this year including Chemistry, Physics, and the Trinity One Program. I enjoy being an active part of the community, and throughout my four years at UofT, I hope to be a part of many volunteer and leadership initiatives, while partaking in sports and the dramatic arts. In the future, I wish to be a specialty surgeon, and all of these experiences will definitely help me to grow as a person.  University is going to be an exciting adventure, and I want to make the most of it – by exploring my interests, making new friends, and trying to be the best version of myself. 
 
 
      Guest Speaker:  Andrea Tirone Biography
 
In 2004, Andrea Tirone was asked to participate in the District 7070 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), through which she found out about Rotaract. Since becoming a member of the University of Toronto Rotaract Club 12 years ago, Andrea has served as President, District Rotaract Representative, Rotaract Representative to the RI Committee on Interact and Rotaract, and as Co-Chair of the International Rotaract Conference - Interota.
Scholarship Committee History
 
The Scholarship program originated as one of the $100,000 Club Centennial Project. Initially, there were three full tuition undergraduate scholarships to awarded, one each year for three years. The first scholarship was  awarded in the spring of 2012. The scholarship is open to outstanding students graduating from a TDSB or TDCSB secondary school who can demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, moral character, leadership and breadth and depth of community service and who will be attending a College or University in the Greater Toronto Area. The program was extended to a fourth student in the spring of 2015. In the summer of 2015, the Scholarship Committee became a permanent committee of the Club with a mandate to award one full tuition scholarship each year.
Guest Speaker:  Friday August 19, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18 fl.
Topic:  What Do People Think of You?
 
Andris Pone believes that every person has the right to experience the thrill of sharing their unique gifts with others.  As a world-class wordsmith, he has 13 years of experience helping corporations and individuals express precisely what those differentiating factors are — by building compelling brand foundations and names for clients at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Sun Life Financial, BMO Nesbitt Burns, RBC Wealth Management, Canadian Tire, Purolator, Revera and many others.
 
Andris is co-author of the #1 Globe and Mail bestselling Brand: It Ain’t the Logo.  He appears as a branding expert on CBC’s The National, CBC Radio One, the National Post and the Globe and Mail.  He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and also holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
 
 
Host to Guest Speaker: Lorraine Lloyd
 
Guest Speaker, Friday August 5, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18th Fl.
Topic:  ShelterBox Canada
 
Stephanie Christensen is the Executive Director at ShelterBox Canada. She has been with the organization for nearly three years, and has a background in the humanitarian sector. 
 
She has previously worked with a number of organizations throughout East Africa. After working in Kenya during the 2011 East African famine, Stephanie moved to London to complete a Master’s degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies.
 
She now is based in Toronto, and is working to further the ShelterBox mission here in Canada.
 
 
 
 
ShelterBox Canada is a registered charity that is part of the global ShelterBox network. We have been responding to disasters around the world since 2000. 
Ten Canadian ShelterBox Response Team members are part of an international team that delivers aid directly to families in need. 

We also  have a base of more than 100 volunteers across the country. Our Board of Directors is comprised of Rotarians with representation from coast to coast. 

Our national office is based in Toronto, Ontario. 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday July 22, 106
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor
Topic:  Corporate Governance, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
 
Ross Amos is currently Chair of the Board of Centurion REIT, and is a board member of a number of private Canadian companies. As well as his Rotary activities he is an active board member of New Haven school for autistic children and its related foundation.   He had been a board member on a number of publicly listed companies, private companies, and non-profit organizations.

In his directorship career he has chaired independent committees representing investors in management buy outs, share swap proposals and conflict of interest reviews. During his business career he has been CFO of a publicly listed real estate development company,  the General Partner of a chain of 65 hotels, and the Canadian President of a real estate investment company.

Ross holds an HBA from Ivey Business School, an MBA from Schulich, and received an ICD.D designation from Rotman School of Business at U of T and the Institute of Corporate Directors.  He has also lectured at Rotman.

A long-time member of the Rotary Club of Toronto, Ross is currently in his second term as a director and member of the executive committee He has also served as a director of The Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation, and has chaired most committees over the years as a Rotarian.  
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, July 15, 2016
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay St.
 
                                                               
 
 
 

July 1st marks a new year for Rotary and this year’s theme is Rotary Serving Humanity: three words that perfectly describe what we all do best — transforming lives in our local communities and around the world.

The Rotary Club of Toronto has been changing lives in the city of Toronto for over 104 years.  This Club has a rich tradition of responding to and serving the needs of those less fortunate.  Members are dedicated to assisting those most vulnerable in the Toronto community by providing funding and expertise to programs which enhance the quality of life and human dignity of our fellow citizens.

As members of a large Rotary Club, we should be proud of our history which dates back to 1912.  It was the vision and passion of past members who have built this great Club and developed ground-breaking, innovative solutions to many challenges in the city including United Appeal (later becoming United Way), Care Canada, Youth Employment Service (YES), the Transition Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital, the Infirmary at Seaton House, and the  Health Centre Health Bus.  Many of the events that we celebrate today including the annual Christmas Party for Seniors and for Children, have been organized for decades and continue to delight those who attend each year.  These notable service projects and events signify the importance of our work and why it is still so urgently needed.

Guest Speaker:  Friday, July 8, 2016
Changeover
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
 
One year ago I was handed the gavel which is representative of the office of President of The Rotary Club of Toronto, Carol dutifully put it away and I haven’t seen it since.  However; we carried on and set about the task of managing the Club’s many activities.  I was blessed with a very capable Board of Directors who set about balancing the Club’s budget, which had slipped into a deficit.  With the aid of our treasurer, James McAuley we returned “off budget” items back to the budget to give as a much more realistic idea of the Club’s future financial picture.  This resulted in new funding for the Children’s and Seniors Christmas parties from our Foundation to avoid depletion of the Club’s Philanthropic Fund.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, June 24, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room
20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day
 
Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart is a leading scholar in the field of counseling psychology, whose work is among the first to address Aboriginal social problems within the field of psychology using an Aboriginal knowledges perspective. Dr. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation of Canada.
Youth Civic Leadership Awards 2016
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, June 17, 2016
Topic:  Youth Leadership and Community Involvement
Location:  Sheraton Centre Hotel, Queen Street 
 
Rotary President 2016-17
Rotary Club of Chattanooga
Tennessee, USA
 
John F. Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the board and executive committee of the Public Education Foundation and Orange Grove Center Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, June 10, 2016
Location:  Fairmont Royal York
- Upper Canada Room 18th floor
 
Dave Dryden is director and Chairman of the Board of Sleeping Children Around the World, a charitable organization founded by his parents in 1970.
 
Actively involved as a volunteer since 1993, Dave has been a Sleeping Children team member distributing “bed kits” including bedding, mosquito nets, clothing and school supplies to needy children in India, Bangladesh, Honduras, the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. The cost of each bed kit is $35.00. 100% of all bed kit donations are used to purchase bed kit items. There are no deductions for administrative expenses.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, June 03, 2016
Location: At the Fairmont, Confederation 5&6
Topic: "Genes and Germs:
Clues to Immunity and Disease."

 

Robert D Inman MD, FRCPC, FACP, FRCP Edin

Professor of Medicine and Immunology, University of Toronto
Deputy Physician in Chief, Research, University Health Network
Director Spondylitis Program, Toronto Western Hospital 
Senior Scientist, Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto Ontario 

 

Guest Speaker:  Friday, May 13, 2016
Location: At the Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18 FL
Topic: Living Economics; Or Why Rotary is Great!
 
Bill Empey was born in Montreal and studied Economics at Concordia University.  Travelling to Boston in the early 1970s Bill completed a Ph.D. in Economics at Boston College and joined Data Resources Inc. (DRI, now IHS Economics & Country Risk) in 1975.  Bill moved to Toronto with DRI in 1977 to head up the Canadian Economic Forecasting Service and was promoted to Vice President and General Manager in Canada in 1980. 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, May 06, 2016
Location: At the Fairmont, The Ballroom, C Level
Topic:  "The Toronto Foundation "
 
In his role as the President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation, Rahul has been working to engage philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto.  Formerly a corporate lawyer with a leading Canadian law firm, he was also Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 29, 2016
Location: The National Club
Topic:  "Why It's Important to Google Yourself!"

Perry Monaco is a Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn, managing teams in Canada, USA, Central and South America.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 22, 2016
Location:  Fairmont - Upper Canada Room, 18 Floor
Topic:  "Vimy: Symbol of our National Identity"
 
Jeremy Diamond is a public historian, who for more than 20 years, has been developing unique ways to tell the stories of Canada to audiences of all ages.
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 15, 2016
Location:  Fairmont - Tudor 7&8 Room, MM Floor
Topic:  "Nature Deficit And The Need For Nature Play"
 

Brenda Simon is a graduate of the law and environmental studies program at York University and later studied education at the University of Toronto.  She has worked as a human rights lawyer, a co-op housing developer and in community education.

Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 8, 2016
Location:  Fairmont, Tudor 7&8 Room 
Topic:  Social Innovation In A Humanitarian Crisis
 
Rainbow Railroad is a volunteer based registered charitable organization. In September 2014, we welcomed our first employee and Executive Director, Justin Taylor. Justin joins Rainbow Railroad as an experienced operations manager and capacity builder.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 18, 2016
Location:  Fairmont - Upper Canada Room, 18 Floor
Topic:  "Helping Needy Kids"
 
Joe Roberts is an inspirational example of overcoming adversity and managing change.

 

Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 11, 2016

Topic:  Celebrating Women and Diversity

Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room

March 8 is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900’s.

 
Guest Speaker : Friday, March 04, 2016
Location : Fairmont in the Ontario Room 
Topic : "My Life in Street Gangs”
 
Segun Akinsanya is a passionate, articulate and determined young man—a natural leader. But after moving from Quebec to Toronto, he found himself following the wrong crowd. At 18 he was sentenced to a five year prison term for Manslaughter.   Incarceration taught him important life lessons and he decided to change his life.
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 26, 2016
Location:  Fairmont, Upper Canada Room-18th floor
Topic:  "The New Factory"
 
Bill Bishop is the CEO of Bishop Communications Inc. and the creator of The BIG Idea Adventure™, an advanced coaching program that helps entrepreneurs grow their business by creating, packaging, and promoting BIG Ideas.  He is also the founder of two social networks—The 10% Referral Club™ and The Keynote Collective™, and the inventor of the popular board game Quibberish®: The Paraphrase Puzzle Game.

 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 19, 2016
Location:  At the National Club
Topic:  Nestlé Canada Inc.
 

Shelley Martin is President and CEO of Nestlé Canada Inc., a leading company that produces some of the world’s most recognized and trusted foods and beverages.
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 5, 2016
Location:  At the National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Rotary Message
Host to Speaker:  Michele Guy
 
 
IAN RISELEY, Sandringham, Vic., Australia
Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2011-15
Treasurer, Rotary International, 2007-08
Director, Rotary International, 2006-07
 
Ian Riseley is a chartered accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., a firm he established in 1976.  Prior to starting his own firm, he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.
 
 

Guest Speaker:  Friday, January 22, 2016

Location: At the National Club-303 Bay St.

Topic: The State of the Market in Toronto 

Mark McLean considers himself a veteran of Toronto real estate. When he was 16, his grandfather left for Florida and put him in charge of a small rental property in the Annex. He collected and deposited the rents, kept the books, shoveled the snow and salted the walks. A year later he sold his first house.
 
 

Guest Speaker:  Friday, January 15, 2016

Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room, 18th floor

Topic:  Nuclear Engineering

Dr. Cuttler graduated from the University of Toronto (Engineering Physics, Nuclear) in 1964. He received his M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees from the Israel Institute of Technology in 1967 and 1971 while employed by IAEC as a research engineer and by the IIT as a laboratory manager. He was the Technical Manager of Seforad Applied Radiation from 1971 to 74, and then began a 26-year career at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

He led the team that designed and procured the nuclear instrumentation for three CANDU 6 reactors and for Pickering B and Bruce B stations. Jerry was later AECL's engineering manager for Bruce B, resident engineering manager in Romania, engineering manager of the SLOWPOKE district heating reactor, manager of AECL services at Pickering, CANDU 9 engineering integration manager, and a technical services manager.

While I was enjoying a year-end, and for Rotary a mid-year break, here in Daytona Beach, I was asked if I wanted to send on a New Year’s message through “The Voice”, to outline what we would like to accomplish in the last half of my Rotary Year.  Sure, why not, after all it is raining today following a week of unusually hot and sunny weather.   First, a reflection on the first 6 months of my Rotary Year. We managed to balance the Club budget after it ran a deficit last year. Our numerous committees accomplished many notable activities and accomplishments.  Thank you to all committee chairpersons and their active committee members as well as the Liaison Director Board members for their time and guidance. Some of the highlights included:
Guest Speaker:  Friday January 8, 2016
Location:  Imperial Room, Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  New Year's Message
 
Canon Allan Budzin was born in South Bend, Indiana. After elementary school, he began studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood at Carmelite Junior Seminary in Hamilton, MA. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a degree in philosophy. After teaching high school in Los Angeles, he was ordained a priest  in 1980 at Niagara Falls, Ontario. His first parochial assignment took place at St. Gertrude’s Church in Stockton, CA. He came to Toronto in 1983 for graduate studies at the Toronto School of Theology. During that time he also assisted at several Catholic parishes in the west end of Toronto. After leaving the Catholic priesthood, Al married and taught at George Brown College for several years. In 1997 he became an Anglican priest and returned to full-time parochial ministry. He is currently parish priest at St. Philip’s Anglican Church in Etobicoke. His interests include poetry, jazz, and thoroughbred horse racing.
 
President David’s Christmas Season Message
 
The festive season has arrived and today we celebrate with The Rotary Club of Toronto’s 2015 Annual Christmas Party.  I hope you all enjoy the wonderful buffet and the music at the luncheon today.  We also celebrate the ability to help others at this time of year and we will feature a raffle and a silent auction to that end.   Every year, The Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation has a ‘charity of choice’ at our Christmas Party, this year the Foundation will give $5,000 to benefit our Syrian Refugee Family.  The family is being sponsored in partnership with the Rosedale United Church and The Rotary Club of Toronto’s Sponsorship Group.
Ian McBride has been the Executive Director of AURA, the Anglican United Refugee Alliance for over 15 years. Born in Coburg, Ontario, Ian is one of those people who has seen it all…Who would have thought that one of Toronto’s busiest refugee advocates and facilitators used to be a corporate manager?
 
For a long time Ian was a sales and marketing executive, working in the world of international trade. His long business career was replaced by Ministry Service with a focus on the elderly, children and youth.
 
He has served the Church in many capacities, including as an assistant Chaplin. For a number of years he served on the Board of Directors of AURA, before becoming the Executive Director.
 
While Ian never went to University, he is by far an expert in his field. He now dedicates almost all of his time to facilitating the private sponsorship of refugees and supporting their resettlement in Toronto. While many are eager to learn and have recently become interested in refugee issues in the face of the current crisis, this has been Ian’s day to day work for a long time.
 
He is based in Toronto but travels throughout southern Ontario to meet, inform and support the Constituent Groups that AURA represents. He is a dedicated advocate for refugees, and has made this his life work.
 
 
 
 
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!
 
Guest Speaker:  AFC National Chief
Perry Bellegarde
Topic: Host First Nations
Location:  Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Ballroom
 
Perry Bellegarde was named Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief on December 10, 2014. He has spent his entire adult life putting into practice his strong beliefs in the laws and traditions instilled in him by the many Chiefs and Elders he has known over the years. Passionate about making measureable progress on the issues that matter most to First Nations people, National Chief Bellegarde is a strong advocate for the implementation of Inherent Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. Widely known as a consensus builder with a track record of accomplishment, he brings community people, leaders, Chiefs and Elders together to focus on working cooperatively to move issues forward.
 
National Chief Bellegarde is from the Little Black Bear First Nation, Treaty 4 Territory. He served as Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Saskatchewan Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. He has also served as the Tribal Chair of the Touchwood-File Hills-Qu'Appelle Tribal Council, Councillor for the Little Black Bear First Nation and Chief of Little Black Bear First Nation. 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 20, 2015
Location:  The National Club - 303 Bay Street, Toronto
 
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt
29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
 
 
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is an energetic and highly regarded renaissance woman, an accomplished civil servant with wide-ranging interests, and is passionately devoted to the advancement of humanity. An intelligent, perceptive, and compassionate woman, Ms. Dowdeswell has devoted herself to public service, where her talents and skills have contributed greatly to many important initiatives, most notably those that integrate environmental, economic, social, educational, and cultural concerns.
 
She cares deeply about the environment, which she considers the fundamental basis for life on earth. She has led provincial, federal, and international institutions, and has served on the boards of corporate and non-profit organizations. Her years as an Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations profoundly shaped her worldview and continue to inform her thinking as she undertakes her role as 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
 
Her overarching and ambitious vision is Ontario in the world. She wants to listen to Ontarians and engage them in meaningful dialogue about what they can contribute and learn from others in meeting the common challenges of our interconnected world. Her Honour’s aim is to bring multiple perspectives to the table, encourage innovation, and cultivate new ideas, sparking action and commitment to seeing these ideas move forward.
 
Ms. Dowdeswell is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds 11 honorary degrees.
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 13, 2015
Topic:  Stratford Festival
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor
Host to the Speaker: Lloyd Barbara

 

Antoni Cimolino, 2015: Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. Director of Hamlet and The Alchemist. 28th season. Stratford: Directing credits include King Lear; The Beaux’ Stratagem; Mary Stuart; The Merchant of Venice; Cymbeline; The Grapes of Wrath; Bartholomew Fair; Coriolanus, with Colm Feore and Martha Henry; As You Like It, featuring original music by Barenaked Ladies; King John; Love’s Labour’s Lost, with Brian Bedford; Twelfth Night, with William Hutt; The Night of the Iguana; and Filumena, with Richard Monette.

Among his other accomplishments, Mr. Cimolino was instrumental in establishing the Festival’s Endowment Foundation, which has raised more than $75 million to date, as well as in the renovation of its Avon Theatre and the creation of its Studio Theatre. Elsewhere: The Canadian première of ENRON (Theatre Calgary); Twelfth Night (Attic Theatre, Detroit); A Woman of No Importance (Hilberry Theater, Detroit).

A champion of the arts and culture, Mr. Cimolino served as the Founding Chair of Culture Days, a nation-wide celebration of arts and culture in Canada. He has initiated collaborations with several prestigious theatre companies, including Montreal’s Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, New York’s Lincoln Center and City Center, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

He also spearheaded the Festival’s involvement in a joint project with CUSO International, Canada’s international volunteer co-operation agency, to establish a performing arts and educational centre in the city of Suchitoto, El Salvador.

 

 

Remembrance Day Celebration
Guest Speaker:  Friday, November 6, 2015
Topic:  Remembering The Great War:  What the War Memorials Tell Us
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto
Host to the Speaker:  Robert A. O’Brien
 
Born in Belleville and a resident of Toronto, John Plumpton is an educator, historian, writer and well respected lecturer.   For many years he was a teacher and then assumed a leadership role as Superintendent of Schools in Toronto.  After his retirement from the Board of Education John led and conducted summer programs in Oxford England for high schools and universities for twelve years.
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, October 30, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room. 18th floor
Topic:  Toronto's Historical Places
 
Although born and raised in Sudbury Ont, Bruce Bell has carved out quite a niche for himself in Toronto, historically speaking.
Bruce has been writing a popular monthly column on the history of Toronto for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper since 1999.
In 2002 he was named by the city of Toronto the Official Historian of St. Lawrence Hall and St Lawrence Market.
In November of 2003 Bruce was asked by the Ontario Heritage Foundation to host the 200 anniversary celebrations of St. Lawrence Market.
In May 2004 Bruce was appointed official historian of Toronto’s King Edward Hotel as part of the famed hotel’s centennial celebrations.
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, October 23, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room. 18th floor
Topic:  Philanthropy's Evolution: Demonstrating Impact
 
Andrea Cohen Barrack is the CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada’s largest granting foundation.  Prior to OTF, Andrea was the CEO of Unison Health and Community Services. She is recognized as a transformative leader for her expertise in making organizations more effective. 
 
 
 
 
Guess speaker: Friday October 16, 2015
Location: Fairmont, Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
Topic: Canada's Election: Where We've Been and Where We're Going.
 
Three days before election day on October 19, 2015 after one of the longest campaigns in Canadian history we are pleased to welcome to Rotary Professor Nelson Wiseman to make sense of it all.
 
Nelson Wiseman is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Toronto.
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, October 2, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Upper Canada Room. 18th floor
Topic:  The 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta and What It Means to Us. 
 
The Year 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Great Charter imposed on King John by his barons in the 13th century.  Magna Carta has been one of history’s most significant documents upholding human rights including the American Declaration of Independence, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For Canadians it has influenced key documents from the Royal Proclamation of 1763 that shaped the then British colonies and their relations with First Nations to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Guest Speaker:  Friday September 25, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Imperial Room
Topic:  Infectious Diseases That Are Transferred from Animals to Human Beings
 
Shannon Meadows is currently an Epidemiology consultant at Novometrix Research Incorporated, and examines a wide variety of topics in animal and human health, as well as network engagement and big data.
 
In 2014, Shannon completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the Population Medicine Department of the University of Guelph. Her PhD thesis project consisted of determining the prevalence of Coxiella burnetii (Q Fever) exposure in sheep flocks, goat herds and their farm workers and veterinarians in Ontario, as well as identifying the risk factors associated with exposure.

Guest Speaker:  Friday, September 18, 2015

Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Imperial Room

Topic:  CAMH “Mental Health Matters: Investing in our Youngest Citizens”.   

Michael Wilson is the Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. building on 37 years experience in the investment business. 

Previously, Mr. Wilson was Canada’s 22nd Ambassador to the United States of America from March 13, 2006 to October 9, 2009.  Prior to taking up this position, Mr. Wilson was Chairman of UBS Canada, an operating division of UBS AG.

     On July 1st, 2015 The Rotary Club of Toronto embarked on its 103rd year of community service.  Through the efforts of our members, the Club is dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in the Toronto Community.   We also seek to help people in difficult living conditions in foreign lands through our International Service Committee.  This continues to be accomplished with fervor and fellowship by our dedicated members.   We encourage our Philanthropic Committees to seek out new needs in our community that should be addressed by our Club.   This is our tradition.
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, September 11, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room
Topic:  Climate Change:  Our Churchill Moment
 
The Honorable John Godfrey, Special Advisor on climate change, and Chair of the Climate Action Group
 
John Godfrey has had an extensive and accomplished career dedicated to public service that spans over 30 years. He was first elected to the federal House of Commons as the member of parliament for Don Valley West in 1993. He was re-elected four times, holding the position until 2008.
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 28, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Imperial Room
Topic:  Election 2015:  How Parliament Lost Control
 
Ian Urquhart is a well-known and respected journalist whose insider views of the political world have been widely read for more than thirty years. Ian graduated from McGill in 1970 and is a former City
 
Hall reporter, Ottawa reporter, Ottawa Bureau Chief, National Editor, Managing Editor and Editorial Page Editor for the Toronto Star.  He was Ottawa correspondent and Washington correspondent for
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 21, 2015
Topic:  Standing Mental Health On Its Head!
Location:  Imperial Room
 
Breakdancing Executive Director – Michael Prosserman aka “bboy Piecez”
 
By the time Michael Prosserman aka “Bboy Piecez” was three, he was already standing on his head while watching Saturday morning cartoons. By high school, Michael was accepted into Cirque Du Soleil, featured in the major motion picture “Honey”, and travelled the world as one of Canada’s top break-dancers winning over 22 International competitions.  Michael has overcome a chronic neck condition while juggling taking care of his mother with a serious mental illness.  Michael took his anger and turned it into art.
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 14, 2015
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room, 18th Fl.
Topic:  InterChurch Health Ministries Canada: A Vision for Health, Healing & Wholeness
 
Joanne M. Jasper B. ScN. M.A. grew up in rural Bruce County at a time when where you went to school and what church you attended was firmly attached to your name. After completing high school, Joanne attended the University of Toronto, School of Nursing. Following graduation, she has worked in hospital acute care settings and in community health in staff nurse capacities in urban and rural parts of Ontario. Since the mid-80’s, she has worked in management positions for private and non-profit community agencies both across Ontario and in several provinces in western Canada. Joanne completed her Master’s degree in California at the University of San Diego in the early 90’s.
 
President, David Hetherington, District Governor, Michael Bell and Assistant District Governor Mary Lou Harrison
 
Guest Speaker Friday, July 24, 2015
Location:  Imperial Room, Fairmont Royal York
Topic: "Looking At Our Clubs Through Fresh Eyes"
 
Michael believes that, as Ghandi said, “You have to be the change that you want to see in the world”.
 
His involvement in Rotary allows him to do this. Michael was born and raised in the west end of Toronto attending Royal York Collegiate, York University and Humber College. He spent the majority of his business career running the family fur business before selling it and retiring in 2008.
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, August 7, 2015
Location:  National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  YPT Toronto's Most Important Theatre - Let Me Tell You Why?
 
Allen worked as a junior high school teacher in the city where he was born and raised, Edmonton. He quit teaching early on, however to attend the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School and worked for a number of years as an actor. After several fortunate opportunities, his primary focus became directing.

Special Guest Speaker

Location: National Club, 303 Bay Street

Topic:  President Steve's Farewell 

It’s difficult to believe that it has been one year since I had the privilege of taking the oath of office as President of the Rotary Club of Toronto. And what a year it has been! I noted in my inaugural address that I believed it is the job of the President to work along with a talented group of people to make the Rotary Club of Toronto even stronger by year end. Thanks to the Board of Directors, the committees and all our members, I believe that we have achieved that goal. 

Guest Speaker:  Friday, June 12, 2015
Topic:  British Priorities After The Election
Location:  In the Imperial Room at the Fairmont
 
Kevin McGurgan took up his appointment as HM Consul General and Director-General for UK Trade and Investment in Toronto in August 2014.
 
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1971, Kevin joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1990. He comes to Canada after four years as Consul-General in Florida, based in Miami. During that period he was responsible for business development between the UK and Florida and oversaw the expansion of the Consulate’s staff and role across Florida and the Caribbean.
 
 
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF TORONTO AND TORONTO ARGONAUTS COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
PULLING TOGETHER FOR SERVICE ABOVE SELF
 
The Rotary Club of Toronto and Toronto Argonauts Community Scholarship recipient exemplifies the traits of perseverance and determination in their daily life and amongst their school and community.  The scholarship will recognize a student who shows a commitment to academics, has a financial need, and strives to improve their community through volunteering and dedication. The scholarship will pay for a full school tuition for post secondary education.  The Rotary Club of Toronto Community Champion Scholarship is funded by the Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, May 8, 2015
Topic:  Managing Insecurity/Humanitarian Crisis
Location:  At the National Club - 303 Bay Street 
 
Stephen Cornish is the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada. With over ten years of direct field experience, Cornish has managed major MSF humanitarian interventions in Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia, Peru and elsewhere. Cornish holds a Masters degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris and post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in active conflict settings across the globe and played key roles in resolving aid worker abduction crises and other emergency scenarios.
 

 

 

 

 

Take some time to give thanks

for all those in the armed forces

who have made sacrifices

to preserve our rights and freedoms.

 

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

Guest Speaker:  Friday, May 1st, 2015
Topic: "Tennis in Canada Today"
Location: Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor - Fairmont Royal York
 
 
Kelly D. Murumets assumed the role of President and CEO of Tennis Canada in March 2014.  She joined Tennis Canada after serving as President and CEO of ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada since 2007.
 
Prior to her role with ParticipACTION, Ms. Murumets was president of a publicly traded U.S. telecommunications company, where she oversaw the integration of four bankrupt/nearly bankrupt companies into one thriving organization that ranked 7th in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Program.
She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and has advised leaders from Canada, the United States, South America and Europe on how to develop focused strategies and realize results within their organizations.
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 24, 2015
Topic: "Once Upon a Brand" - "The Art of Corporate Storytelling"
Location: Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor - Fairmont Royal York
 
 
For over 25 years, Neil has been the creative leader behind many of Canada’s most famous, enduring and successful brand campaigns. His creative contributions have run the gamut from contributing to the legend of The Caramilk Secret, to launching multi-billion dollar upstarts like Wind Mobile, to charitable campaigns that have led to record giving and, most recently, the widely acclaimed We All Play for Canada campaign for Canadian Tire.
 
As different as the clients behind the campaigns appear, the secret behind Neil’s success is always the same: humanity and a soft storytelling touch which has seen Neil’s creative leadership awarded Agency of the Year honours five times for business building results.
 
Neil is looking forward to sharing with the Rotary audience his insights into the art of storytelling. And more specifically, the magic he has witnessed when the companies he works with stop telling people what they do and start inspiring them with why they do it. 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 17, 2015
Location:  National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  "The Two Freedoms That Matter Most and Why..."
Hugh Segal, the 5th Master of Massey College, University of Toronto has served in the public sector as Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Chief of Staff and Associate Cabinet Secretary in Ontario to the Hon William Davis and a member of the Senate of Canada.   In the Senate he chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Special Committee on Anti-Terrorism.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 10, 2015
Location:  Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor - Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  "Forgiveness:  The Japanese Canadian Experience"
 
 A lawyer by training, Mark Sakamoto has enjoyed a rich and varied career.   He began his professional career in live music, working with several international acts.  He has worked at a national law firm (Heenan Blaikie LLP), a national broadcaster (CBC) and has served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader (Michael Ignatieff).
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 27, 2015
Topic:  “Science and Compassion in the New Psychiatry”.
Location:  Imperial Room - Fairmont Royal York
 
Dr. Paul Garfinkel is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

He obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1969, and following an internship at the Toronto Western Hospital, did a psychiatric residency at the University of Toronto.  He then studied in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto and later joined the staff of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 20, 2015
Topic:  Rotary's Commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goal​ # 15
i.e. To Reduce by 50% the World Population Without Potable Water and Adequate Sanitation.  
How Can This Be Achieved? 
Location:  At the National Club 
 
Ron Denham received his education in England where he obtained a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.
 
After obtaining an MBA in Business Administration, he entered the management consulting profession, eventually becoming Senior Partner and Vice Chairman of KPMG Management Consulting, Canada’s largest management consulting firm.  In this capacity he played a major role in development projects in Peru, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Greece, Algeria, Senegal and Cuba, Subsequently he joined A.T. Kearney where he was Director responsible for developing the Canadian practice.
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 13, 2015
Location:  Upper Canada Room, 18th fl. at the Fairmont Royal York
 
Sheldon Levy is President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University, and has been a respected postsecondary leader and analytical visionary for the past forty years. He previously served as Vice President Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President Government and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; President, Sheridan College; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.
Guest Speaker, Friday, March 6, 2015
Topic:  "Farewell Chief William Blair- A Decade of Outstanding Leadership"
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room
 
William Blair was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service on April 26, 2005.  The City of Toronto is a vibrant city covering 636 square kilometres with a diverse population of more than 2,600,000 people. The Toronto Police Service employs over 5500 police officers and 2200 civilian employees, making it the largest municipal police service in Canada and one of the largest in North America. 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, February 27, 2015
 
Location:  at the Fairmont Royal York in the Imperial Room (Main Lobby)

Topic: Innovating for Sustainability: Unlocking the Potential of Public Health Canada

Danielle Martin is Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital (WCH) and a family physician in the Family Practice Health Centre at WCH. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. 

2015-Youth Civic Leadership Awards

Young People are our future!

2015 Youth Civic Leadership Awards
 
At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we believe that young people in our city are not only our future, they are our present.
 
Youth in the City of Toronto show civic leadership in many ways across all sectors of our society. We believe if we wish these young people to continue their leadership with compassion, creativity and tenacity, we must acknowledge and celebrate their many accomplishments.
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, January 23, 2015
Location:  In the Ballroom 
at Fairmont Royal York

Topic: Care, Compassion and Respect for our Veterans

Erin O'Toole was first elected to the House of Commons in November 2012.
 
In January 2015, Mr. O'Toole was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs. Previously, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade in September 2013.
 
Mr. O'Toole graduated from the Royal Military College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, January 30, 2015
Location:  In the Upper Canada
at Fairmont Royal York

Topic: Human Rights Watch

 
Jasmine has been the Canada  Director of Human Rights Watch since the office opened in 2004.  Human Rights Watch in Canada is focused on outreach, fundraising and advocacy. Under Jasmine’s leadership , the Canada Committee has grown to 50 members in Toronto and Ottawa. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Jasmine was the Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and prior to that she was in-house counsel for Crown Life Insurance Company, specializing in employment law.
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 6, 2015
In the Upper Canada Room - 18 floor of the Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  The Voices of Children:  Ending Violence and Exploitation Against Children
 
Passionate about protecting the rights of children around the world, Mark Lukowski has been Chief Executive Officer of Christian Children’s Fund of Canada since April 2009.  
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, Jan. 16, 2015
Location:  The National Club - 303 Bay Street

Topic: The Role and State of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy

 
Rob was born and raised in Oakville.  After feeling a call to the priesthood he began his seminary training in 1986 at Resurrection College Seminary at St. Jerome’s College, University of Waterloo. After graduating with a BA in Philosophy in 1989 he began his theological training at St. Peter’s Seminary at the University of Western Ontario graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1993. Rob was ordained a Deacon on April 17, 1993 and a priest on May 7, 1994 for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. While with the Diocese of Hamilton, he served in parishes in Brantford, Guelph and Hamilton.
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, December 5, 2014 
Lunch Location:  The National Club
 
Mr. Patrick O’Driscoll is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Corby and has been a director of Corby since July 2009.  Mr. O’Driscoll’s career in the Spirits and Wine industry spans over 25 years.  Prior to joining Corby he was the Chief Executive Officer of Malibu-Kahlúa International, a dba of Pernod Ricard U.S.A. LLC, from 2007 to 2009.
Fearless Leaders Richard White (Club President 2013-2014) and Pat Neuman (Chair of Fundraising) show the rest of the volunteers how it’s done!
 
RIBFEST 2014-by Shannon Lundquist
 
Another Canada Day and another scorching hot Ribfest! With over 100,000 attendees to the 15th Annual Toronto Ribfest, anticipated net proceeds to Rotary charities will total over $60,000. All told, 97 boisterous volunteer Rotarians from Toronto and Sunrise, as well as Rotaractors from UofT and Toronto, contributed more than 665 hours to greeting at the gate. Action was non-stop and there was never a dull moment.
 
Ribfest brings out the heat (and humidity) for both tasty treats and those in search of shelter! Our own celebrity judges: Richard (chicken), Steve (pulled pork) and Pat (ribs) can attest to the delicious quality and variety. Food Network, here they come!

In the Upper Canada Room, at the Fairmont Royal York

 

Ron is a keynote speaker who is starting to aid senior business leaders and is a relationship management expert.

 

Ron is a married father of 4, who resides in Toronto.

 

Ron built his career in finance with Euro Brokers Canada Ltd./Maxcor Inc., where he held increasingly progressive roles culminating in the role of Vice President.

 

In 2000, Ron was one of two Canadian employees selected to close the Canadian operations and shift the Canadian business to New York City and excelled in the larger, fast-paced trading culture consisting of 350 specialized brokers.

 

Working in the World Trade Center and surviving the life-changing events of 9/11 in NYC, Ron was the last known man out of the South Tower of the World Trade Centre.  Twice during the ordeal, Ron was just minutes away from being killed.

 

 

President, Steve Smith to Make Opening Kick-Off for New Rotary Club of Toronto- Toronto Argos Scholarship Winner

– by Nancy Schaefer, Chair, Scholarship Committee

Our Centennial Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the year - three winner of The Rotary Club of Toronto and the Toronto Argonauts’ Community Champion Scholarship. Our unique scholarship is designed to send a deserving high school student to a local university with a four-year tuition scholarship. The student must demonstrate academic achievement, community volunteerism and financial need. This year’s winner is John Chen.

Remembrance Day Guest Speaker for Friday, November 7, 2014 
Lunch Location:  The National Club
 
Brigadier General Julian Chapman joined the Canadian Forces in 1980.  He graduated with a baccalaureate in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto.  BGen Chapman began his military career in Toronto Scottish Regiment as a Private.  He was commissioned in 1982 and has held most of the officer appointments in the Regiment.  His staff experience includes five years at Toronto District Headquarters which is now known as 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters.  
Guest Speaker for Women's Committee Friday Lunch, October 31, 2014
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Ballroom, C Level
Topic: Understanding Alzheimers: Why 70% Of New Cases Are Women
 
Lynn Posluns is Founder and President of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, the global charitable foundation raising money for research and education to combat brain-aging diseases that affect women. While serving as Founder and Chair of Women of Baycrest, Lynn recognized the need to raise awareness and funds beyond Toronto to help women stay brain healthy longer. Lynn’s passion and commitment for the cause now continues on a worldwide basis supporting worthy institutions that want to combat this impending crisis.
Special Guest for Friday Lunch, October 24, 2014, World Polio Day
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
 
Back in the day, young Roger Ashby was considering life as a university student, had even paid his deposit, when a radio station in Hamilton stepped up and hired him during the summer. Ashby decided to forego university and embarked on what would become a rather remarkable career in radio. Ashby was a radio nut even as a kid and his dad set up a home-made radio studio in the basement, with speakers throughout the house, and Ashby would practice his "broadcasting" every afternoon after school.
Guest Speaker for Friday October 17, 2014 Zone Lunch
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Concert Hall on C. Level

Welcome Zone Institute Delegates and Other District Guests

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is CEO and founder of a publicly listed company with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. His company, Printcare Plc, is the winner of national and international awards of excellence. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association.
 
A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served RI as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor.
 
As his country's national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.
 
 
Fellow Rotarians
 
Welcome to the New Rotary year! I am honoured and delighted to serve as President for the 2014/15 year and look forward to working together to continue the good works of this great club.
 
As a result of the tireless contributions of our current members, and those members who have served over the last 101 years, the Rotary Club of Toronto has made a significant contribution in the lives of an innumerable amount of people in our community and abroad. And we will continue to do so.
 
The spirit of Rotary and the philosophy of “Service Above Self” has remained constant since our club was founded. The reasoning, the “Why”, we become Rotarians has not changed over the years. The goal of making a difference in the lives of others remains as strong today as when we began in 1912. With the passage of time, however, demographics change and the ways in which we perform and deliver our services to the community has evolved. Today we are an organization of men and women from many varied backgrounds (and age groups!) that bring an extensive and diverse set of talents and skills to the table. This is the “Power of Rotary” today. And in order to thrive, we must continue to attract likeminded people who will join us. In the words of a certain poet/songwriter, the Times They are a’ Changin’! In fact, have changed. And we must continue to evolve with the times. This does not mean that we abandon the tradition of our great club. It means that we must build on it and find innovative ways that are even more effective and to continue evolving so that we can attract new members, including young professionals and corporations, with similar altruistic goals.  This is the basis our Strategic Plan.
 
Thorkil Sonne, Founder of the Danish Social Innovation Specialisterne
 
Theme:
 
More and more people are being diagnosed with a disability and struggle to find meaningful and productive jobs in the labor market. At the same time many businesses face a shortage of skilled employees. The gap between untapped talent among people with disabilities and vacant jobs can be reduced or even removed. The founder of the Danish Social Innovation Specialisterne will share experience from Denmark and Canada and discuss how stakeholders can work together to realize the goal to enable One Million Jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.
 
Biography
Thorkil Sonne is the founder and chairman of Specialisterne and Specialist People Foundation. Thorkil first became involved in autism when his son Lars was diagnosed with infantile autism in 1999. He became active in Danish Autism Society, eventually leaving his Technical Director position in an IT startup company to establish Specialisterne in 2003. Thorkil has since played an active role in global social entrepreneurship, and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2009 and Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. He is now based in the United States where he is driving the expansion of the Specialisterne model.

 
Official Visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince Couple of Denmark
 
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be our guests of honour at The Rotary Club of Toronto luncheon meeting to be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, in the Concert Hall at the Fairmont Royal York.  
 
IMPORTANT;  THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT THERE ARE NO MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS OR GUESTS!
 
 
We will be honoured by the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess of Denmark who are attending in support of our guest speaker, Thorkil Sonne, the Founder and Chairman of “Specialisterne” and the not for profit “Special People Foundation”. The Foundation has as its mission the enabling of one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.
 
On the occasion of the official Canadian visit by the Royal Couple from September 17 to 19, a large Danish business delegation headed by the Danish Minister for Trade and Development Corporation will travel to Ottawa and Toronto to strengthen and increase existing business relationships between Denmark and Canada. Danish companies in fashion, healthcare, pharma, medical devices, food and beverage, building construction, interior design, city planning and energy efficiency fields will be represented.
 
 
Website Sponsors
 
Speakers and Special Events
Annual Children's Christmas Party - NEW DAY!
Dec 11, 2016
SUNDAY at the Fairmont
Club Christmas Lunch
Dec 16, 2016
Fairmont Ballroom
Steve Pakin
Jan 27, 2017
Kenn Richard
Feb 24, 2017
Indigenous Reality in Our Backyard
No Speaker Due to Camp Scugog Weekend
May 26, 2017
Camp Scugog Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28, 2016