Speaker Date Topic
Rotary Toronto Club Assembly Nov 20, 2017
At the National Club, Main Dining Room
Julie Mahfouz Razvani, Exec Dir., Mes Amis Canada Nov 24, 2017
"Civic Engagement in the Age of Digital Media" at the National Club
"Civic Engagement in the Age of Digital Media" at the National Club

Julie Mahfouz Rezvani is the co-founder and Executive Director of Mes Amis Canada, a non-profit, civil society organization which has assisted over 2000 refugees and new immigrants settle into the GTA.  Founded originally as the Clothing Drive in 2015, the membership of Mes Amis Canada ballooned exclusively through its highly focussed use of digital and traditional media channels. The simple goal of collecting clothing turned into a store where newcomers could come and shop for free. Pop-up clothing shops, food distribution, toy drives, vision screening clinics, and social enterprises followed.   These broad initiatives dedicated to assisting our newest Canadians earned Mes Amis Canada the June Callwood award for Excellence in Volunteerism, the Humanitarian of the Year Award and various other recognitions.

Julie is also the founder and Managing Director of The Orion Group Inc, a boutique search firm headquartered out of Toronto with national and international clients. She took a sabbatical from this role when the first large group of Syrian refugees arrived in late 2015. She has previously held the role of Vice President of Sales for Direct Energy, a worldwide publicly listed energy retailer. As a mother of two young children, Julie’s compassion and desire to assist refugees is rooted in her Syrian-born husband’s family, many of whom still live in war torn areas of Syria. Julie sits on the Board of Directors for COSTI Immigrant Services and is the recipient of the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal.



Amanda Murray, Community Engagement Manager Dec 01, 2017
Highway of Heroes
Rotary Children's Christmas Party Dec 02, 2017
Fairmont Royal York
Rotary's Seniors' Christmas Party Dec 08, 2017
At the Fairmont
Rotary Club Member, Friends and Family Christmas Dec 15, 2017
Lunch at the Fairmont in the Ballroom
No Rotary Lunch Due to Christmas Break Dec 22, 2017
T'was the week before ......

T"was the week before Christmas and amongst the Rotary bunch,

not a creature was stirring that could attend Rotary’s Lunch! 

No Rotary Lunch Due to Christmas Break Dec 29, 2017
No Meeting Due to New Year's Holiday Jan 05, 2018
Happy New Year!
Ernie Seaquist, Professor University of Toronto Jan 26, 2018
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.