Speaker Date Topic
No Speaker Due to Camp Scugog Weekend May 26, 2017
Camp Scugog Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28, 2016

Camp Scugog is restricted to Members of The Rotary Club of Toronto or the Rotaract Clubs of Toronto and U of T.

Michael Burns, CEO Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Jun 02, 2017
Canada’s Invictus Games: Transforming Empathy into Empowerment
Canada’s Invictus Games: Transforming Empathy into Empowerment

Michael Burns is CEO of 2017 Invictus Games, the largest international competition in the world featuring ill and injured soldiers from 17 nations that will be coming to Toronto in September, 2017. Michael brings to Invictus more than 20-years of an extensive experience in marketing, financial services, technology and entrepreneurial start-up.

Michael is co-founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which supports Canada’s military, veterans and their families. In June 2016, Canada’s Governor-General, on behalf of the Queen, awarded Burns The Meritorious Service Cross for this work with military families. In 2012, he was awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service, the military’s highest honour for a civilian.

He is Chair of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Board (formerly the Toronto East General Hospital Board Foundation). Last year, he successfully led the team that secured the Garrons’ $50-million donation, the largest gift ever made to a Canadian community-teaching hospital and it matches the largest gift ever to any hospital in Canada.

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of two world-class venues in Toronto: Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. Finally, in 2010, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

Youth Day 2017 Lunch Jun 09, 2017
Youth Civic Leadership Awards at the Fairmont - Imperial Room
Youth Civic Leadership Awards at the Fairmont - Imperial Room
Jane Kovarikova, PhD ABD Jun 16, 2017
How Evidence Can Revolutionize Child Welfare
How Evidence Can Revolutionize Child Welfare

Child rights advocate, Jane Kovarikova, grew up in foster care since the age of six and began living on her own at age 16. Understanding the unique circumstances and challenges faced by youth-in-care inspired an ongoing academic and professional commitment to bettering youth outcomes. In 2009, she graduated with MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Later, her advocacy as chief of staff to an elected member of provincial parliament was instrumental to developing legislation that will reduce youth homelessness in Ontario. Currently, Kovarikova serves on the board executive of Simcoe-Muskoka Family Connexions and is a PhD Candidate at Western University in the Department of Political Science.

Changeover President 2016-2017 Susan Hunter Jul 07, 2017
Christian Jaehn-Kreibaum Aug 18, 2017
Berlin Wall

Host Ron Waddling

Professor Ernie Seaquist Sep 29, 2017
"The Search for New Worlds like the Earth"
"The Search for New Worlds like the Earth"

Ernie Seaquist is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto. His career of research and teaching there spans a period of 50 years, working in the specialty area of the birth of new stars and the resulting impact upon their environment. He has published about 200 research papers and graduated 14 PhD and 12 MSc students.

Ernie is a long standing supporter of Canada’s engagement in astronomical research, and has served in many senior capacities in this role. He served for 11 years as the Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Director of its David Dunlap Observatory. He served as President of the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) and on numerous national and international committees planning major facilities for research. These include two terms on CASCA’s Long Range Planning Panel outlining priorities for Canadian astronomy, and one term as Chair of its review panel. He also served on and chaired many panels and boards associated with multiple agencies, including the National Research Council of Canada, the international James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Space Agency and the U.S. Associated Universities Inc. His interest in Canada’s engagement in large radio astronomy projects led to membership on the site selection panel for the international Square Kilometre Array, which will be the largest radio telescope ever built when completed in the next decade.

His most recent activity includes a term of four years as Director General of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA) which supports the acquisition of major research facilities for its 20 member universities. ACURA was successful in obtaining federal funding ($243M) for Canadian participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope, an international giant optical telescope project with many international partners. If completed today it would be the largest of its kind in the world.