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Program Committee – Our Mandate

It is the responsibility of this committee to provide programs/speakers each Friday. In so doing, the committee keeps in mind the acronym ISEE (inform, serve, educate and entertain). We invite anyone in the club who has a program idea to present it to any members of the committee. The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

Program Committee Annual Report 2013-2014 

The Program Committee identifies and arranges for speakers for the Friday luncheon events. A great many Rotarians offer suggestions to the committee, which it gratefully acknowledges. Speakers educate and inform members and provide a thoughtful and entertaining opportunity for members to acquaint friends as prospective members of the Club.
Program commitments are typically made four or more months in advance. Speakers are not paid fees, nor are travelling or other expenses paid by the Club.  Audio visual expenses assessed by the Fairmont Royal York are paid out of the Club’s operating budget.
The annual program typically has these components:
  1. Speeches by our new President and District Governor setting forth their priorities for the coming year
  2. Special events such as Remembrance Day and the Christmas Party
  3. Prominent public officials, particularly during election periods
  4. Professionals dealing with areas of political, economic, personal and advancement interest to members
  5. Leaders in the business, educational, medical and research communities
  6. Participants describing outcomes of projects funded by the Toronto Rotary.
2013-2014 Program Details
July 5 2013
Changeover meeting
July 12 2013
Throne Speech
Richard S. White
The Rotary Club of Toronto President
July 19 2013
Andrée Cazabon
July 26 2013
Michael Shapcott
Director of Housing and Innovation
Wellesley Institute
Aug 2 2013
Simcoe Day - No meeting
Aug 9 2013
Lydia Munchinsky
Aug 16 2013
Chris Snyder
Author and Investment Executive
Aug 23 2013
Valarie Wafer
 District Governor 7070
Aug 30 2013
Labour Day - No meeting
Sept 6 2013
Wendy Cuthbertson
Sept 13 2013
Eugene (Gene) Jones
CEO, Toronto Community Housing
Sept 20 2013
Lt General Yvan Blondin
Commanding Officer
Royal Canadian Air Force
Sept 27 2013
Olivia Chow, MP
Member of Parliament
Oct 4 2013
Nicholas Gunz
Naval Intelligence Historian
University of Toronto
Oct 11 2013
Thanksgiving - No meeting
Oct 18 2013
Joe Dale and Mark Wafer
Rotary at Work
Oct 25 2013
Honourable Lloyd Axworthy   OC    
University of Winnipeg
Nov 1 2013
Wendy Leaver
Detective, Toronto Police Service
Nov 8 2013
Brigadier General Fred Lewis
Joint Task Force Central Command
Nov 15 2013
Corey Keeble
Retired Curator
Royal Ontario Museum
Nov 22 2013
Robert Smith
Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation
Nov 29 2013
Debra Carew
Operations Director
Sunnybrook Hospital Trauma, Emergency and Critical care                      
Nov 30 2013
Children's Christmas Party
Dec 6 2013
Jim Stanford
Economist, Unifor and CBC Analyst
Dec 13 2013
Seniors' Christmas Party
Dec 20 2013
Club Christmas Party
Jan 3 2014
New Years - No meeting
Jan 10 2014
Ron DiFrancesco
911 survivor of Twin Towers
Jan 17 2014
Andrew Cumming
Senior Partner
Cumming & Partners
Jan 24 2014
Sandy Boucher
Fraud and Corruption Investigator
Jan 31 2014
Douglas Gibson
Feb 7 2014
Susan Eng
Vice President
Feb 14 2014
New members lunch
Valentines' Day!
Feb 21 2014
Greg Reed
eHealth Ontario
Feb 28 2014
Coleen Johnston
Chief Financial Officer
TD Bank
Mar 7 2014
Honourable David Crombie OC
Former Mayor of Toronto
Mar 14 2014
Robert de Luce
Porter Airlines
Mar 21 2014
Chief Bill Blair
Toronto Police Service
Mar 28 2014
Avrum Rosensweig
Founder, Ve'ahavta Canada
Apr 4 2014
Karen Stintz
Councillor Ward 16
Chair, Toronto Transit Commission
Apr 11 2014
Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop, Diocese of Toronto
Apr 18 2014
Easter - No meeting
Apr 25 2014
David Phillips CM
Senior Climatologist, Environment Canada
May 2 2014
Major General Richard Rohmer
May 9 2014
Dr. Glen Bandiera
Chief of Emergency Medicine Michael's Hospital
May 16 2014
Victoria Day - No lunch
May 23 2014
Pre-Lake Scugog Camp
May 30 2014
Usha Srinivasan
Vice President Learning and Insights
June 6 2014
J. P. Gladu
CEO, Cdn Council for Aboriginal Business
June 13 2014
John Tory
Candidate for Mayor of Toronto
June 20 2014
Youth Day
Youth Civic Leadership Awards
June 27 2014
Canada Day - No meeting
2012-2013 Program Details
This year marked the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Club of Toronto and was marked in part by the granting of $1 million to a selected number of educational, cultural, and community building initiatives.
July 6 2012
Changeover Day
July 13 2012
Neil Phillips, Throne Speech
Centennial Year Kickoff-President
July 20 2012
Ted Koziel
District Governor 7070
July 27 2012
Terry Fallis
Aug 3 20112
Civic Holiday - No Meeting
Aug 10 2012
Jazz Trio
Aug 17 2012
Rev Marili Moore
Anglican Priest
Aug 24 2012
Zach Paikin
Political Activist
Aug 31 2012
Labour Day - No meeting
Sept 7 2012
Nelson Wiseman
Professor of Canadian Government
University of Toronto
Sept 14 2012
Judith Shamian PhD
Victorian Order of Nurses
Sept 21 2012
Claude Lamoureux OC
Founding Director
Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights
Sept 28 2012
Lisa de Wilde
TV Ontario
Oct 5 2012
Peter Russell OC
Professor Emeritus
University of Toronto
Oct 12 2012
Frank Hasenfratz
Linamar Corporation
Oct 19 2012
Mary Joe Haddad  CM
Sick Kids Hospital
Oct 26 2012
Honourable Roy McMurtry OC
Retired Chief Justice of Ontario
Nov 2 2012
James Fleck OC
Nov 9 2012
Colonel V. C. Tattersall
Strategic Support Operations
Nov 16 2012
Ivan de Souza
Brazilian Carnival Ball  
Nov 23 2012
Founders Day
Nov 30 2012
Ray Argyle
Dec 7 2012
Seniors Christmas  Lunch
Dec 8 2012
Children's Christmas Party
Dec 14 2012
Club Christmas party
Dec 21 2012
No meeting-Holiday
Dec 28 2012
No meeting-Holiday
Jan 4 2013
Brian Clark
9/11 survivor
Jan 11 2013
John Fraser CM
Massey College
Jan 18 2013
Anne Sado CM
George Brown College
Jan 25 2013
Neil Hetherington
Habitat for Humanity
Feb 1 2013
Lynn-Philip Hodgson
Feb 8 2013
Amanda Lang
CBC Business Journalist
Feb 15 2013
Alison Fryer
Cook Book Store
Feb 22 2013
James FitzGerald
Mar 1 2013
Sakuji Tanaka
Rotary International
Mar 8 2013
Carol Radford-Grant
City Archivist
City of Toronto
Mar 15 2013
Honourable Howard Wetston QC
Ontario Securities Commission
Mar 22 2013
John Ralston Saul CC
Essayist and Historian
Mar 29 2013
Easter - No meeting
Apr 5 2013
Pia Soltoft
Soren Kierkegaard Research Centre
University of Copenhagen
Apr 12 2013
Megan Campbell
Project Manager
Engineers without Borders
Apr 19 2013
David Raymont
York Pioneer and Historical Society
Apr 26 2013
David Naylor
University of Toronto
May 3 2013
Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair
Court of Queen's Bench, Manitoba
Chair, Trust and Reconciliation Commission
May 10 2013
Steve Paikin OC
Producer TVO
May 17 2013
VICTORIA DAY - No meeting
May 23 2013
Rotary Gala
May 24 2013
Peter Gould
Dairy Farmers of Ontario
May 31 2013
Camp Skugog weekend
June 7 2013
Youth Civic Leadership Awards
June 14 2013
Douglas Sanderson
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto Law School
June 21 2013
Rocco Rossi
Prostrate Cancer Canada
I am pleased to acknowledge the contributions of the following members of the committee: Ross Amos, Lloyd Barbara, Alex Brown, Harold Hetherington, Tony Houghton, James Hunter, Becky Jones, Robert O’Brien, Neil Phillips and Brian Westlake. The committee is grateful for the suggestions offered by other members of the club, notably John Andras, Bill Morari, Gerry Nudds, Marg Stanowski and Knud Westergaard, and the wonderful organization of Christmas parties by Don Bell, John Fortney, Jackie Davies and other Rotarians.
Peter Simmie, Chair

Program Committee Annual Report 2010-2011

This past year the Program Committee has worked to fulfill its mandate in providing speakers for the Friday lunches that inform, serve, educate and entertain (ISEE). It has been most fortunate in that it had little difficulty in attracting a variety of outstanding speakers who were within the committee’s guidelines.

The committee is grateful to the members of the Club for their suggestions of possible speakers. Continued suggestions will always be welcomed. You may not be aware of the fact that any member of the Club may attend a Program Committee meeting and bring with them speaker suggestions. In addition, some speakers have, on their own, offered to address the Club.

The committee is of the opinion that if it completes its work well, it will be reflected in attendance at our meetings. Further, it feels that in no small way the committee works hand in hand with the Membership Committee in helping to attract new Club members.

During this past year the speakers were selected from a variety of backgrounds. These ranged from municipal politics, entertainment, communication, medical matters, local and overseas projects, business and government leaders, women’s issues, social services and even some guests who were simply entertaining. With this variety of speakers, the committee is of the opinion that it has brought ISEE to the club.

I am most grateful for the input given by each of the committee members. Aside from attendance at meetings, each member worked diligently in communicating, hosting and introducing the speakers. It was a privilege to have worked with each one of them.

Ross Amos is the incoming chair. I feel comfortable that under his chairmanship the meetings for this coming year will continue to meet the guidelines given to the committee and as Rotary members, we can look forward to excellent speakers and we will be delighted to bring guests with us.

Harold Hetherington