Club Executives & Directors
Communications, and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group.
Colleen joined TD in March 2004 as Executive Vice President, Finance Operations, after spending 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions. She began her career in 1982 with Price Waterhouse.
Colleen graduated from York University in Toronto in 1982 with a bachelor of business administration. She received her chartered accountant designation in 1984 and in 2006 was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), the highest designation conferred by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, recognizing her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.
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.
Guest Speaker November 8th, 2013 in the Confederation Room 5 and 6 at the Fairmont Royal York
Brigadier-General Lewis joined the Canadian Forces in 1976. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in civil engineering and was commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers in 1980.
As a combat engineer he commanded at the troop and squadron level in 4 Combat Engineer Regiment at Lahr, Germany and then commanded 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Chilliwack, British Columbia. He has deployed on operations as a military observer with the United Nations on the Golan Heights and Southern Lebanon (UNTSO), as a squadron commander in the former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR), as the Canadian Contingent Commander/Chief Advisor Operations to the Cambodia Mine Action Centre in Phnom Penh and as the Deputy Commander to Canada's Joint Task Force in Afghanistan. His most recent operational tour was as Commander Task Force Jerusalem, Operation PROTEUS.
In the Upper Canada Room, on the 18th Floor at the Fairmont Royal York
Robert D. Smith Biography- President, of the Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation
Bob Smith studied economics at York University and is a graduate of the Canadian Securities Course.
Professionally, Bob started his business career with the Bank of Montreal but after a couple of years found mega corporations somewhat stifling and moved to the not-for profit sector with the Trustees of the Toronto General Burying Grounds (now known as the Mount Pleasant Group). His 30 year career at this corporation was highlighted with twenty years as its Chief Executive Officer and a Director. During this time he transformed the organization to one that is recognized internationally as the leader in its field, driving innovative changes for the customer experience and setting a standard that most still strive to emulate. This included the creation of “The Simple Alternative” which had a dramatic impact on the remembrance process for the many families it served. Following his retirement, he has spent his professional time advising similar organizations dealing with their strategic direction and funding planning to address the unique economic model of a perpetual liability.
Guest Speaker, Friday, November 29th in the Imperial Room
Topic: Modern Emergency Medical Care
Access to high quality health care is a major concern for Canadians. Every year in Canada there are more than 12 million Emergency Department visits. Canadian apprehension relating to access and quality of ED departments in Ontario have frequently been reported in the media.
It is in the critical care area that our guest has held responsible positions and through her leadership and staff raised the level of care provided within one of Canada’s foremost hospitals.
Guest Speaker: Friday December 6, 2013
Jim Stanford is an Economist with Unifor, the new union formed in 2013 from the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communication Energy and Paperworkers' (CEP). Unifor represents over 300,000 members in over 20 economic sectors. He has been a prominent authority on economic policy issues for many years and now is a regular participant in the CBC News’ “The Bottom Line”.
He is the author of Economics for Everyone (published in 2008 by Pluto Press and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), which has been translated into 6 languages. He writes an economics column for the Globe and Mail.
Jim received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1995 from the New School for Social Research in New York, and also holds economics degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Calgary.
He lives in Toronto with his partner and two daughters.
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.
On Sunday October 6, 2013, there were over 300 walkers from 40 Rotary clubs participating in this year’s Foundation Walk. This year “The Walk” was held in beautiful and historic downtown Newmarket. Our esteemed Past President and now Assistant District Governor Neil Phillips (looking very dapper in his chapeau) and President Richard White led The Rotary Club of Toronto brigade. Maureen Bird was able to scoop us by finding a short cut and finished early but she still had to wait in line for her burger. We were pledged over $2,000 as part of $132,000 which was raised this year, for a grand total of $2,500,000 since “The Walk” began in 1995. Congratulations and thank you to all who contributed.
It all began 18 years ago when it was called “The President’s Walk” to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. The organizers weren't sure that this event could be a successful fundraiser but lo and behold, they raised $110,000 in that first year.
Pictured (left to right) Neil Phillips, President Richard White, Barbara Thomson and Maureen Bird.Written By Barbara Thomson
2012-Youth Civic Leadership Awards
Young People are our future!
How many times has this well-worn phrase been used to express the possibility of things to come? At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we believe that young people in this city are not only our future, they are our present.
The Rotary Club of Toronto is launching a scholarship opportunity making it possible for a young person from Toronto to attend a post-secondary institution to obtain a university degree or college diploma. The scholarship focuses on youth with scholastic ability combined with a strong commitment to Service Above Self, but who experience financial and life disadvantages. The youth will have an interest and ability to attend occasional Rotary luncheons and events, act as informal ambassador for The Rotary Club of Toronto, and possibly have an interest or a need for mentoring by a Rotarian. There will be on-going opportunities for Club members to mentor a scholarship recipient and if interested, join the Scholarship Committee. This level of financial support is unusual, making this a very unique scholarship opportunity.
As well, partnering with the Toronto Argonauts Football Club makes this a very distinctive project. The Argos will promote the scholarship to all high schools in both school boards; jointly select the students with our Rotary members; publicize the scholarship to the media; promote our Club and the scholarship winner during the July 18thhome game; and organize an Annual Rotary Luncheon around the scholarship, the first lunch will be held on Friday, June 1st.
Guest Speaker November 15, 2013 in the Upper Canada Room, on the 18th floor at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Corey was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg. In 1967, he went to England to begin postgraduate studies in art history. On completion of his postgraduate studies, Corey joined the ROM's curatorial staff working for the European Department.
Corey is a recognized authority on the history of Renaissance and Baroque bronze sculpture and European arms and armour. His interests include Medieval sculpture, Gothic and Gothic Revival architecture, Medieval and Modern stained glass, the Russian Orthodox Church, icons, Judaica, and ships (he is a well-known lecturer on the Titanic) as well as firefighting apparatus. He is a frequent speaker at Toronto churches and synagogues on subjects ranging from liturgical art to stained glass.
Topic: Domestic Human Trafficking Location: At the National Club 303 Bay Street, Toronto.
Detective Wendy Leaver-Toronto Police Services
Wendy Leaver is a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, where she has worked as its Sexual Assault Coordinator since 2004. She has been a Toronto Police Service officer since 1975 and a Detective with the Sex Crimes Unit since 1991. As the Sexual Assault Coordinator, she is responsible for the implementation of the services provided to victims of sexual assault and to liaising with approximately 100 agencies in the City of Toronto in relation to the mandate of the Sex Crimes Unit. In this capacity, she also provides training to agencies on sexual assault investigations and victim issues. She has also been a team leader in the Sex Crimes Unit, responsible for monitoring and directing investigations involving unidentified and serial assailants. In the course of her career with the Toronto Police Service she has been assigned to the Toronto Police Service Youth Bureau and to the Ontario Provincial Police Joint Forces Pornography Unit, investigating occurrences of child and adult pornography across Ontario.
In the UPPER CANADA ROOM ON THE 18TH FLOOR, NEW ROOM LOCATION, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Topic: Landmines and the Impact of the Ottawa Treaty
Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, graduated in 1961 with a BA from United College (now The University of Winnipeg), and received an MA and PhD from Princeton in 1963 and 1972 respectively.
At The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy is working to renew the campus and its downtown community with the view to making post-secondary education more accessible to inner-city, Aboriginal, new immigrant and refugee students. He is also expanding the University’s outreach in the areas of Aboriginal education, environmental studies, and human rights.
When I said I was looking to build partnerships last year, little did I know what this would entail! Over the Canada Day Weekend, there were 35+ volunteers from this Club who put in 550+ hours of volunteering over four days. I had the onerous personal responsibility of helping judge all 16 Ribbers for their BBQ chicken, pulled pork and ribs. I also was forced to perform taxing PR duties with Pinball Clemons, Miss Teen Ontario and Miss Teen Canada.
Pat Neuman agreed to take on the initial organisation of this initiative and Jai Persaud was our weekend coordinator. He was with me 12 hours each and every day, keeping everyone in line. On Sunday, he became a well-deserved Rotary Warrior. I am delighted to report that our Club’s net proceeds were $65,000. This in addition to the same amount going to the Rotary Club of Etobicoke and monies being provided to the Toronto Sunrise Club, who were gracious enough to help us staff the weekend. Thank you to all who came out and brought friends. I am looking forward to seeing even more of you next year!