Welcome to Our Club!
Service Above Self
The Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West
(Meeting Room, subject to change weekly
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1E3
The Rotary Club of Toronto Friday Jan. 20/17 Lunch at the Fairmont
When is the 2017 Chinese New Year?
The 2017 Chinese New Year begins on January 28.
The celebrations will start on January 27, New Year's Eve, and continue for around two weeks - ending on February 2.
Knia Singh was born in Toronto to parents of Guyanese and Bermudian heritage. He is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and named one of the People to Watch for 2014 by the Toronto Star
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topic: Youth Leadership and Community Involvement
Rotary Club of Chattanooga
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.
Robert D Inman MD, FRCPC, FACP, FRCP Edin
Perry Monaco is a Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn, managing teams in Canada, USA, Central and South America.
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, March 11, 2016
Topic: Celebrating Women and Diversity
Location: Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room
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, January 22, 2016
Location: At the National Club-303 Bay St.
Topic: The State of the Market in Toronto
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.
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.
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.
Location: Imperial Room
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topic: Innovating for Sustainability: Unlocking the Potential of Public Health Canada
2015-Youth Civic Leadership Awards
Young People are our future!
Topic: Care, Compassion and Respect for our Veterans
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.
Topic: Human Rights Watch
Topic: The Role and State of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy
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.
Welcome Zone Institute Delegates and Other District Guests
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.