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The "Pope" of Sailing
Paul Henderson, B.A.Sc., P. Eng., Olympian, past ISAF President

Living on Toronto Island around boats and sailing, Paul Henderson learned the basics of the sport, as well as the values and importance of sport early in life. He became a very active competitor in sailing, winning medals at World, North American and USA National Championships. He has the record of having competed in all the Canadian Olympic Sailing Trials from 1948 to 1984; having represented Canada at three Olympic Games: 1964, 1968 and 1972; and would have in 1980 but for the Olympic boycott against the Soviet Union.

Known as "The Pope of Sailing", Paul Henderson is a devoted sailor, who for over 30 years was very active in the ISAF, the international body that governs the sport of sailing, including from 1994 to 2004 as its first non-European President.  From 2000 to 2004, he was also an IOC member on the Sports and Environmental Commission, the Anti-doping Agency and the Women and Sport Commission. During his ISAF presidency sailing went from 18% women athletes in Atlanta 1996 to 35% in Athens 2004.

Paul dedicated five years as a volunteer in his leadership of the Toronto Olympic Bid to host the 1996 Olympic Games and was also consulted on the 2008 Toronto and 2010 Vancouver bids. In 2001, he was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and has been the ambassador of the Vintage Yachting Games since 2011.

A leader who was never afraid to make a tough or unpopular decision when issues needed to be resolved, Paul has always defended fair racing and upheld the integrity of the sport and has never compromised those values. Even when under pressure from Olympic Games officials, Paul stuck to his simple principle that above all else, the racing has to remain fair. Paul has also been sensitive to protecting the interests of "grass roots" sailing and did not allow the sport to become dominated by commercial interests. Over the years, he has fought hard to keep the sport representative of the majority of sailors rather than the few at the top.

Join fellow Whiffers and their guests on January 27th to hear a few of his great sailing yarns and considered thoughts on the upcoming Toronto PanAm games.

Please RSVP (and update your response later if needed) using your original Celebrations email invitation or the on-line invitation for the event. All changes to your RSVP response must be made before noon, Monday, January 26th.

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January 27, 2015

Paul Henderson

Is Canada a failed democracy?
Dr. Nelson Wiseman, Ph.D.,
Director of the Canadian Studies Program, Political Science, U of T

Nelson Wiseman is the Director of the Canadian Studies Program. His research interests are Canadian government and politics.

Nelson Wiseman His published articles have appeared in Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Historical Review, Canadian Public Policy, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Ethnic Studies, National Journal of Constitutional Law, and American Review of Canadian Studies, among other journals.

His books include The Public Intellectual in Canada and In Search of Canadian Political Culture, designated by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title.

Prof. Wiseman has appeared as an invited witness at the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, the House of Commons Procedure and House Affairs Committee, and the Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and has authored an invited brief on Canada’s fixed-election date laws for the United Kingdom House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.

A columnist for The Hill Times, Canada’s politics and government newsweekly, he fields many calls from local, national, and international media on Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal politics. Join us on February 24th for some surprising factoids about the dysfunctional Canadian political landscape.

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February 24, 2015

Nelson Wiseman

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The Arab World In Turmoil
Naeem U. Hasan, MA, MPA, MSC, Ambassador (retired)

Naeem Hasan is a retired career diplomat and political analyst specialising in the Muslim World and South Asian affairs. Besides his student days at the American University in Beirut, when he was also a part time journalist, he has spent a good part of his 35 year diplomatic career in the Arab world on assignments in Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria (as Ambassador). He was also posted in the Pakistan Embassies in Prague, Belgrade and served as Ambassador to Sweden with concurrent charge for Iceland, Estonia and Latvia.

He did a long stint in senior positions, including Chef du Cabinet of the Secretary General at the Jeddah based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) - the Muslim UN with membership of 57 countries. During this period he travelled extensively on official missions over the entire Muslim world spanning from Indonesia to North Africa. He was the OIC's point man for dealing with the UN and other international and regional organisations.

He also served for three years as Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) headquartered in Kathmandu, where he frequently interacted with the leaders and other official and business decision-makers of the then seven member countries (Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Pakistan). During his tenure, a number of regional initiatives were undertaken, including the signing of SAFTA (South Asian Free Trade Area) and several MOUs on cooperation of SAARC with other organisations such as CIDA, EU, ASEAN, and UN agencies were concluded.

Naeem holds a Masters Degree in Political Studies, MPA (Masters in Public Administration), and MSC in Defence and Strategic Studies. He is a Canadian citizen permanently residing in Oakville since 2002, prior to which he had been a frequent visitor to the country since the early seventies.

He is currently Advisor at the Canada-Pakistan Business Council (CPBC). His in-depth knowledge and behind-the-scenes experience helped us sort through the risks and prospects of working or investing in the Middle East and gain a more profound understanding the differences in the Muslim culture in various countries. Naeem took us beyond the headlines to gain a deeper understanding of the Muslim world and the what and why that is driving the turmoil of the Arab world.

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Family Night;
November 25, 2014

Naeem Hasan

Speaker, Author, Adventurer
James Raffan, BSc, BEd, MEd, PhD Queen's University
Director, The Canadian Canoe Museum

James is a prolific writer, speaker, and adventurer who is currently the Director of Development at The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. For 19 years a Professor of Outdoor & Experiential Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, over the years he has produced 16 books and written for media outlets including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, as well as for CBC Radio and The Discovery Channel. He is a community activist and volunteer, a Fellow International of the Explorers Club, Past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America as well as a Fellow and Past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, service for which he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Society's Camsell Medal in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. (He was also the sternsman in the only canoe in the Queen's 60th Anniversary Jubilee flotilla on the Thames River in London.) In 2012, James was inducted into the corral of Kickass Canadians.

As an award-winning teacher and conference convener in his own right, James is informed and entertaining, often touching and always challenging. James's talk connected the central themes of his new book, "Circling the Midnight Sun", from comments on this summer's remarkable Arctic discovery to the emerging future fortunes of the Canadian Canoe Museum, as it thinks about relocating and reinventing itself in a new location on the water in Peterborough.

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October 28, 2014

Foreign Corruption - Ignorance is No Longer Bliss
Sandy Boucher, Senior Manager, Forensic and Dispute Resolution Services, Grant Thornton LLP, BSc University of Sheffield, CFE

Sandy Boucher and his investigative research team execute and manage large and complex fraud investigations, international due diligence enquiries, international asset tracing and recovery cases, litigation support, fraud and anti-bribery corruption investigations. Solving such cases can be likened to a complex jigsaw puzzle and requires reliable sources to help piece information together.

Sandy works on detecting and preventing fraud and corruption and divides his time between investigating such cases and advising organizations on how to prevent them from occurring. Fluent in English and colloquial Cantonese, he has led and conducted a wide range of investigations including a number of high level corruption probes and has testified around the globe in both civil and criminal courts.

Starting his career with the Royal Hong Kong Police, where he worked for 12 ½ years attaining the rank of Superintendent, Sandy specialized in Asian organized crime, narcotics and money laundering investigations. During his time with the force, Sandy received both Commissioners and Commanding Officer’s commendations for his work, as well as commendations from eight overseas police forces. Sandy came to Canada and the private sector in 1995. He has been with Grant Thornton since 2009 and heads its national investigative research, and anti-corruption practices. Sandy has worked in a wide range of industries and sectors including investigations in the financial services sector. He has led many major international investigations including the case of Salim Damji who was convicted in a fraud estimated at $100 million in stolen funds from across North America, the Caribbean and Europe, in which $6 million was retrieved in Canada and over US$20 million frozen in a Swiss bank.

Sandy was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in June 2002 for community work in the area of landmine action. From July 2011 to July 2012, he served as president of the Rotary Club of Toronto. Since 2012, he has been a member of Transparency International Canada which promotes anti-corruption practices and transparency in Canada’s governments, businesses and society at large.

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September 30, 2014

June Bash 2014
RCYC Island Clubhouse

For the 2014 June Bash on Monday, June 9th, we returned to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club - without a doubt, the finest dining view of the city there is! We enjoyed another gorgeous evening with a great dinner in the main dining room overlooking the harbour watching a magnificent sunset. It was a great finale to our 2013-14 campaign.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

The ROM at 100
Janet Carding, BA Cambridge, MSc. London

Our April speaker, Janet Carding, was appointed Director and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum on June 17, 2010, and assumed the role on September 13, 2010. Ms. Carding is responsible for furthering the Museum’s mission, advocating for its ongoing public and private sector support, promoting its research, programs, and collections, and overseeing the management of the Museum’s operations, which include exhibitions, programs, education, visitor services, administration and facilities management. Ms. Carding is the first woman appointed to the position of ROM Director and CEO.

Prior to joining the ROM, Ms. Carding held the position of Assistant Director, Public Programs & Operations with the Australian Museum, Sydney, the country’s preeminent museum of nature and culture. In this role since 2004, Ms. Carding led the museum’s exhibitions, websites, and public programs in natural history, science and culture and was a leading contributor to the museum’s Revitalization Project.

A museum professional for over two decades, Ms. Carding originally hails from England where she obtained her degree from Cambridge University in History and Philosophy of Science and a Masters from the University of London in History of Science and Medicine. Her career in museology began as an entry-level curator with London’s Science Museum, before moving into the areas of exhibition and programs development.

Following her tenure at London’s Science Museum, Ms. Carding was appointed Head of Planning and Development with the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI), leading strategic planning and major projects for NMSI's three museums. Ms. Carding’s scope of work encompasses project management during construction of the Science Museum's Wellcome Wing extension, leading exhibition development teams, and a review of the NMSI resulting in new strategic direction and organizational changes.

In addition, Ms. Carding taught the Museums and Galleries Administration segment of the University of Sydney's Museum Studies program. Ms. Carding is cross-appointed as an Adjunct Professor in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, and she is a member of the Toronto Arts Council Board.

The year ahead will be an exciting one as the ROM celebrates its Centennial, beginning March 19 with new exhibitions, events, programs, and so much more. Our evening's dynamic speaker gave us new insights on the ROM, an insiders view on the year's events and the plans for the next 100 years.

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Family Night;
April 29, 2014

Who does Toronto need in the Mayor's office next fall?
John H. Tory, BA U of T, LL.B Osgoode Hall, OOnt  

Our March speaker announced, on February 24, 2014, that he is running for Mayor of Toronto (again). “As Mayor, I will devote every day to making our city more livable, more affordable and more functional."

John knows how to successfully lead, manage and obtain results from large, complex organizations. This proven ability to bring people together is evident throughout his career, including as CEO of one of Canada's largest publishing and broadcasting companies, and as Commissioner and Chairman of the Canadian Football League. His leadership has been widely credited with returning that national institution to stability.

John's involvement in our community has come full-circle. Many know him most recently as the evening host of Live Drive with John Tory, but his first experience with City Hall all dates back to the early 1970's when he was a member of the City Hall Press Gallery as a reporter, interviewer and newscaster for two local radio stations. He has also served in public office as a Member of Provincial Parliament, Leader of the Ontario PC Party, and Leader of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park.

John is a founding member and former Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. Through CivicAction, John has brought together people from all corners of Toronto to champion solutions to the city’s most challenging issues. John was recently awarded the Order of Ontario for being a “consummate champion for the Greater Toronto Region.”

John's passion for Toronto and his commitment to the values of tolerance and compassion are especially evident through his many years as a volunteer, fundraiser and community activist. He has been a volunteer director and has championed the causes of such organizations as the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Crimestoppers, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto Association for Community Living, the United Way, and the Women's Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF).

www.johntory.ca states that "John Tory brings unparalleled experience and a deep passion for Toronto to the Mayor’s race, and looks forward to sharing his plan for Toronto in greater detail over the next eight months." Toronto Whiffers and their guests got an early, private insight into the campaign strategy and enthusiastically supported John.

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Family Night;
March 25, 2014

Moment of Maximum Danger: Submarines, Secret Intelligence, and the Most Dangerous Moment Ever
Nicholas D. Gunz, BA U of T, MPhil Cambridge, PhD Candidate Cambridge  

Our February speaker, Nick Gunz, was a military intelligence historian whose primary area of Interest is in the history of institutions and technology in a military-political context, with special reference to navies and naval intelligence in the modern era. Focusing on the Cold War and the Soviet Navy, he earned his BA in History at U of T in 2002, and MPhil at Cambridge in 2003, and he is in the final stages of completing his PhD in History at Cambridge. Recently he has been an extremely well respected  sessional teacher in the political science department of the U of T and at the Canadian Forces College. During the Fall of 2013, he lead a fascinating new 8 lecture course on the history of secret intelligence in the modern era at the U of T's School of Continuing Studies.

Nick argued that historians broadly agree that the most dangerous moment in all of human history was the Cuban Missile Crisis. What we didn't know, until about ten years ago, was that the most dangerous moment of that most dangerous moment didn't take place in Washington or Moscow, but in the control room of a Soviet submarine in the Sargasso Sea. There, amid unbearable heat, pervasive system failures and possible American depth charge attack, the crew of the submarine B-59 probably came one vote away from launching a nuclear war. This was the result of an American intelligence failure, a peculiar and highly interesting one. B-59 almost launched its nuclear weapon because the Americans had lured it into a trap. The design of that trap created dangerous assumptions in the minds of US Navy planners, and those assumptions, themselves became a trap for the whole world. The B-59 Incident is a very dramatic story in itself, but it's also an object lesson in how arrogance can be dangerous, how cleverness can lead us astray unless it is tempered with humility.

Nick gave us a fascinating retrospective look at how intelligence and naval operations combined to nearly start a nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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February 25, 2014

From Wall Street to Bay Street: The Canadian and American Financial Systems Compared and Contrasted
Dr. Joseph E. Martin, FCMC, LLD 
BA (Hons), U of Manitoba; AMP, Harvard; LLD, Honoris Causa; U of Winnipeg

Our first speaker of 2014 was the Director of the Canadian Business History Program, Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Management.

Joe Martin was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan. On the death of his father in 1950, his mother moved the family to Winnipeg (after the flood). In 1959, Joe graduated with an honours BA from United College (now known as the University of Winnipeg) and then went to work, got married, and started a family. He embarked on a varied and successful business career including serving as the Executive Assistant to the Honourable Duff Roblin, Premier of Manitoba from 1961-66.

In 1966, he joined P.S. Ross & Partners (now Deloitte Consulting), transferring to Toronto in 1968 with his family. Joe was admitted to partnership in 1972 and, in addition, to serving clients, was Partner in Charge of the Canadian practice from 1978 to 1990. Completing the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 1983, he assumed the Chair of the global Management Consulting Committee in 1985 until his early retirement in 1995 from Deloitte, Touche, Tohmatsu International.

In 1995, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Winnipeg and joined the faculty of the Rotman School of Management, where in 2004 he designed, developed and delivered a pioneering program on Canadian Business History. Joe has been interviewed by TVO's The Agenda, BNN, Global and CBC. He has been published on Bloomberg's blog and the on line edition of the Globe as well as the hard copy Financial Post. He served as President of the Canadian Institute of Management Consultants and is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants. Joe has been a member of the Board of Directors of the AGF Group of Funds, Rotman's Impact Consulting Group's Advisory Board, and the University of Winnipeg Foundation. Since 2007, Joe has served on WNED's Canadian Advisory Board.

Past president of the Manitoba Historical Society, Mr. Martin joined the Board of Canada's National History Society in 1994, and is now President Emeritus after stepping down from the Board in 2003. The co-author of many books and publications including the book "Relentless Change, A Casebook for the Study of Canadian Business History". With Dr. Chris Kobrak, holder of Rotman's L.R. Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History, he is currently writing "From Wall Street to Bay Street, Similarities & Differences".

Joe's talk was very enlightening as he recounted many little known, but very important events and policy decisions that formed the history our country's financial system as he compared and contrasted it with the evolution of the US financial system.

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January 28, 2014

Is the Charter Ruining Canadian Society?
The Honourable Mr. Justice Ian Binnie, C.C, Q.C.
Supreme Court of Canada Judge (1998-2011)
Counsel, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin

One of Canada's most respected advocates, the Honourable Ian Binnie served for nearly 14 years as a Puisine Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. When he retired in 2011, he was described by The Globe and Mail as "arguably the country's premier judge" and by La Presse as "peut-être le juge le plus influent au Canada dans la dernière décennie."

Justice Binnie was born in Montreal, Quebec. He received a B.A from McGill University in 1960, an LL.B. and LL.M. from Cambridge University (1963 and 1988) and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1965. Justice Binnie was called to the Bars of England (1966), Ontario (1967) and the Yukon Territory (1986). He was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Ontario) in 1979. He was admitted to practice before the International Court of Justice in 1984 and obtained occasional calls to the Bars of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland.

Throughout his career as a litigator, Mr. Justice Binnie often took on public service roles as well. From 1982 to 1986, he served as Canada's Associate Deputy Minister of Justice. He was later appointed Special Parliamentary Counsel to the Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on the Meech Lake Accord. An elected member of the International Commission of Jurists, he appeared before the International Court of Justice and various international tribunals in governmental litigation matters, and has acted as Canadian representative in high-profile disputes involving France and the U.S.  In 1986, he joined McCarthy Tétrault. Over the course of three decades, he argued cases in most of the common law provinces and appeared regularly before the Supreme Court on a range of constitutional, civil and criminal matters.

In January 1998, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada replacing the late Justice John Sopinka. Just as his predecessor, Justice Binnie was appointed to the Supreme Court straight from the private Bar. During his time on the country's top court, Justice Binnie authored more than 170 opinions, including on landmark cases involving issues of patent interpretation and validity, protection of trade-marks, media law, commercial disputes, punitive damages, expert evidence and many aspects of constitutional, criminal and administrative law.

In 2001, he received honorary doctorates of law from the Law Society of Upper Canada and McGill University.

Following his retirement from the Court in October 2011, Justice Binnie became Counsel to the Toronto law firm of Lenczner Slaght LLP in April 2012 where he provides strategic and practical advice, as well as his dispute resolution expertise to the firm's clients. He also joined Arbitration Place as Resident Arbitrator, presiding over both Canadian and international arbitrations. In 2012, Justice Binnie was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada and awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Justice Binnie helped us explore the role of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in our society by asking the question: Is the Charter Ruining Canadian Society?

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 Family Night;
November 26, 2013

Companion of the Order of 

Canada's Pension Challenge
Claude R. Lamoureux, O.C., F.ICD, ICD.D
Former President and CEO, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Claude Lamoureux is recognized as one of Canada's business and corporate governance leaders in the financial, pension and investment industries. An actuary by training, Claude was the inaugural President & CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. From 1990 to his retirement in 2007, he oversaw Teachers’ development into one of the world’s leading pension plans with more than $100 billion in net assets, an innovative investment program, and outstanding services to more than 250,000 plan members. Prior to 1990, Claude spent 25 years as a senior financial executive with Metropolitan Life in Canada and the US, heading the Company’s operations in Canada from 1986 to 1990. He co-founded the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance in 2002 to work for improved corporate governance practices at Canadian companies. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the National Order of Quebec and a member of the Order of Ontario.

Claude holds a BA from the Université de Montréal, a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Actuarial Science from l'Université Laval, and honorary doctorates from Glendon College at York University and l'École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) de Montréal. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries in 1973, and a Special Advisor on pension issues in 2008. As Special Advisor, he has made presentations on behalf of the CIA and he also called on the federal Finance Minister to convene a national meeting of ministers responsible for pensions, to address a range of issues, including the steady decline of Defined Benefit pension plans. He is also a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, the International Corporate Governance Network and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Claude has served on many Boards and currently is on the boards of Atrium Innovations, Domtar, Glass Lewis, Industrial-Alliance Insurance, Maple Leaf Foods, Orbite Aluminae, Xstrata Plc, Cordiant Capital, the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights, The Learning Partnership and St-Michael’s Hospital. He is a Director Emeriti of Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

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October 29, 2013

A Passion for Art
Odon Wagner
Founder - Odon Wagner Gallery & Odon Wagner Contemporary

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Odon Wagner’s passion for fine art was nurtured as a student in the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna where he graduated as a Professional Conservator (Akademischer Konservator). Wagner has worked in the conservation departments of well-regarded institutions such as the Vienna Prehistoric Institute, the Louvre Museum, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Established in 1969, Odon Wagner Gallery has become Toronto's premier gallery for historic art, specializing in 18th, 19th and 20th century European paintings, as well as work by modern masters. Over the past 40 years, it has evolved into two very distinct galleries which includes Odon Wagner Contemporary, exhibiting established International and Canadian artists. The Odon Wagner Gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC).

Odon spoke at length about his career in, and passion for art, as well as the intricacies of dealing in three centuries of fine art.  Family and guests enjoyed a great talk from one of Canada's foremost art experts.

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Family Night
September 24, 2013

June Bash 2013

For the 2013 June Bash, we returned to The Toronto Hunt, for another perfect early summer Tuesday evening with a wonderful lawn reception and dinner in the wonderful oasis of country life right in the city, perched high above Lake Ontario on the Scarborough Bluffs.

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June 11, 2013

1355 Kingston Road,
Toronto, M1N 1R1

The Evolution of Safety in Autosport
Professor Hugh E. Scully, BA, MD, CM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Founding Fellow of the FIA Institute

Dr. Hugh Scully attended Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and Harvard University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry, a Master of Science degree (M.Sc), and a Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in General Surgery and Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American College of Cardiology. He has held numerous positions in the medical field including Chief of Staff , Deputy Surgeon-in-Chief and Senior Cardiac Surgeon at UHN-Toronto General Hospital. He is Professor of Surgery and Health Policy at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. He has served as President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association and on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the World Medical Association. In 2010, Dr. Scully was the 40th recipient of the CMA Medal of Service. Presently, he is a Governor of the American College of Surgeons and is the only non-American as a Member of the ACS' Committee on Health Policy and Advocacy, based in Washington.

Dr. Scully has made an immense medical and safety contribution to the sport of auto racing in both Canada and around the globe.   From 1968 to 1992, he was Medical Director for the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport and subsequently in Montreal. He has also been Medical/Safety Director of the CART/Champ Car races in Toronto and Edmonton. From 1971 to 2002, he was the President and founding member of Ontario Race Physicians. He was elected to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2000 and is its current President and Chairman. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Indianapolis-based International Council of Motorsport Sciences and was a founding Fellow of the Paris-based FIA World Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability when it was created in 2004. He is currently the only Canadian Member of the FIA Institute Medical Advisory Panel and represents Canada on the FIA Medical Commission. Hugh is also a co-author of the FIA's 2011 comprehensive "textbook" on every major aspect of Medicine in Motor Sport.

Although not as visible to motorsport fans as the drivers, promoters, and team owners, the contributions of people such as Dr. Scully are vitally important to the growth and prosperity of the sport. His talk was a fascinating update on the state-of-the-art in motor sport medicine!!

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April 30, 2013

Postponed - A Passion for Art
Odon Wagner

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the March 26th meeting had to be cancelled but we are fortunately still going to hear from Odon in September.

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March 26, 2013
Meeting Cancelled

March to the Top
Rocco Rossi

Co-Chair, True Patriot Love Expedition - Himalayas

Our midwinter speaker, Rocco Rossi, co-chaired an expedition of 12 wounded Canadian veterans and a group of 10 corporate leaders on a challenging trek to Everest Base Camp and the summit of the 20,305 ft. Island Peak. The October 2012 inaugural True Patriot Love Expedition was to raise much-needed funds and awareness for injured soldiers and their families. It is the subject of a CBC feature length documentary entitled "March to the Top".
                         (Click on graphic below to view the documentary's 1 minute trailer)

The son of Italian immigrants, Rocco grew up at Main and Danforth, and studied his way to the top, earning scholarships to Upper Canada College, McGill University and Princeton, where he earned an MA in politics. He is a passionate leader with strong experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Rocco discovered a golden touch for turning companies around, starting with his father’s packaging business where, in 18 months, he and his cousins had quadrupled its earnings. That was followed by successful tenures at the Boston Consulting Group, the Toronto Star, Labatt/Interbrew's beer.com and MGI Software. He gave up the private sector after a mentor died unexpectedly and began pursuing career opportunities in the not for profit sector - CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (2006-9), National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada, Toronto Mayoralty candidate in 2010, PC candidate in 2011 Ontario election and now CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada.

He was recently awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his community contributions and philanthropic work. Rocco has been on numerous private, public and charitable boards including the United Way of Greater Toronto, AMR, the Ivey Foundation, the Internet Advertising Bureau of Canada, Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid and the Empire Club of Canada. He is also a supporter of Rotary International, Presidents of Enterprising Organizations and the Young Presidents' Organization.

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February 26, 2013

"I absolutely hate heights, but am inspired to face that fear by the courage exhibited by our soldier partners and all the armed forces they represent. These individuals have put their lives on the line for us and our freedoms, and they and their families have paid a very large price."

True Patriot Love is a national foundation that supports and honours members of the Canadian military and their families. It was founded by a group of citizens dedicated to building bridges between Canadian civilians and their military, in order to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of soldiers and their families.

Metrolinx and the Transportation Challenges facing the GTHA
J. Robert S. Prichard, O.C., O.Ont., LL.M. Ph.D.(Hon.)

Chair, Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority

Our first speaker of 2013 is Robert Prichard, Chairman of Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency and operator for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, will talk about the success and challenges of The Big Move, its multi-decade Regional Transportation Plan.

Rob is also the Chair of the Bank of Montreal, Torys LLP and President Emeritus of the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Torys in September 2010, he served as President and CEO of Metrolinx. From 2002-2009, he served as President and CEO of Torstar Corporation. From 1990-2000, he served as the 13th President of U of T after serving as Dean of the law faculty (1984-90) and as a professor specializing in law and economics (1976-84). He also serves as Chairman of Penguin Canada and the Visiting Committee of Harvard Law School, Vice-Chair of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, a Trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children, a member of the Toronto Community Foundation's Council of 100 and a member of Canada’s Economic Advisory Council and Ontario’s Economic Advisory Panel. He also serves on the boards of George Weston Ltd and Onex Corporation. Previously, he was a trustee of University Health Network, a director of the Royal Ontario Museum, a governor of Upper Canada College, a commissioner of the Ontario Law Reform Commission, a member of the Greater Toronto Task Force (Golden Task Force) and a member of the Advisory Board of the World Bank Institute.

He studied honours economics at Swarthmore College, received his M.B.A. (Dean's List) in finance and international business from the University of Chicago and earned law degrees at the University of Toronto (Gold Medallist) and Yale University (Viscount Bennett Fellow). In 2001, Rob received the David C. Smith Award for his contributions to public policy in higher education and in 2011 received the Champion of Public Education Award. He has also received honorary degrees from ten colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada (1994), a Member of the Order of Ontario (2000) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2007).

Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario under the Metrolinx Act, 2006, was created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The organization’s mission is to champion, develop and implement an integrated transportation system for our region that enhances prosperity, sustainability and quality of life. Metrolinx launched The Big Move, a Regional Transportation Plan, in September 2008.  We asked Rob for a status update on the $16B of new transit programs underway which include the long awaited Union Pearson Express running diesel trains due to open in 2015, the $5B Eglinton-Scarborough LRT, the congestion reducing Smart Commute program, the Transit Procurement Initiative to achieve buying efficiencies for Ontario and the PRESTO Electronic Fare Card - all key to the continued economic viability of the GTHA. Rob was an extremely dynamic speaker inspiring confidence that this time our transit system will be back on the right track and world class!!

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January 29, 2013

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When History Comes Back to Bite Us
The need for interest and pride in public history

Stephen A. Otto
Co-chair The Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common

Stephen Otto is one of the city's most determined advocates for the preservation and promotion of Toronto's built and documentary heritage, which he has fought to have recognized as an integral part of city building. His power to protect the city's soul as a strong voice of the city's conscience also makes him a great urban leader. The state of the Province’s architectural heritage today would not be the same without the significant activities of Stephen Otto.

Steve is a determined advocate for the preservation and promotion of our built and documentary heritage. A former member of the Ontario Public Service, he headed Ontario’s heritage conservation programs for six years and then, from 1981-84, planned and coordinated the province's bicentennial celebrations. Later, until his retirement in the mid-1990s, he worked as a consulting historian and was a former director of the Ontario Heritage Foundation and Canadian Association of Professional Heritage Consultants, a member of the Toronto Historical Board, serves the Bata Shoe Museum advisory council, Grange Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Massey College Architectural Advisory Board.  In 1979, as a personal initiative, he persuaded Eric Horwood to donate a major collection of more than 32,000 nineteenth and twentieth-century architectural drawings to the Ontario Archives, the largest gift it had received to that time. Steve revised Toronto: No Mean City (1986), Eric Arthur’s classic work on the city’s nineteenth-century buildings, and wrote two smaller books: Maitland: A Very Neat Village Indeed (1985), and Robert Wetherell and Dundurn: An Architect in Early Hamilton (2004). A list of Stephen's other literary works can be found here.

Fort York is Steve’s present "consuming" passion. He founded the Friends of Fort York & Garrison Common in 1994, and has worked to ensure that the Fort York National Historic Site gets its due in Toronto. The efforts of Mr. Otto and the other far-sighted founders of the Friends of Fort York, working in close cooperation with the City of Toronto, have ensured that the site has a prominent and vital role to play in the future of the city.

Steve has been honoured by Heritage Canada, Heritage Toronto and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. He was presented with the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, the Toronto Historical Board's Award of Merit in 1988 and 1996, and the Arbor Award for voluntary service by the University of Toronto in 1991. In 2011 his alma mater Trinity College, Toronto, conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters honoris causa.

Steve wants to help us get past the idea that history is something that is spoken of only now and then, but largely avoided. Please invite family and guests to join us for great talk from a great Torontonian and former Whiffer.

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Family Night
November 27, 2012

"We must have pride
in our common landmarks and stories to cohere as a society."

Stephen Otto:
A tireless advocate for better cities

Captured and burned during the
War of 1812, the fort we know today was built 1813-16. Fort York defended Toronto and helped define our nation.
Let's return the favour.
Fort York Invigorated is a vital urban project and it needs your help.

Learn how...

Angels Gate Winery Wine Tasting with Jim Young,
Proprietor, Angel's Gate Winery

Our first actual whiff of the (fermented) grape meeting!  Whiff Junta member, Garnet Watchorn arranged for the founder of Ontario’s Angel’s Gate Winery, Jim Young to present, taste and explore the story behind a selection of his award winning wines.

Jim Young, founder of Angels Gate Winery, has been a US Equity Investment Manager for 35 years with most of his career spent at Royal Bank Investment Management and Trimark. He has a science degree (BSc.) and MBA from McMaster University and is a CFA charter holder. His serious interest in the wine industry started in 1976 with a trip to Burgundy.

In 2000, he started Angels Gate with a group of investment industry friends, all of whom were convinced that the Beamsville Bench has the attributes to make it one of the great wine appellations in the world, similar in many ways to the Cote de Beaune. The winery has grown quickly and now produces 35,000 cases a year of its 30+ wines and is the largest landowner on the bench with 6 estate vineyards comprising over 190 acres. Angels Gate is also the largest sparkling wine processor (riddling and disgorging), serving the needs of 20 wineries in the region through their subsidiary Milleseme.

It was a great evening!! For those arriving for the normal pre-dinner conversations at 6:30pm, there was a glass of Archangels sparkling reception wine before the semi-formal wine tasting.  The meeting started with Jim conducting a tasting of six of the winery's wines before dinner. With the dinner, he paired three other great wines to accompany our 3 course dinner menu.

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October 30, 2012

Wines sampled at the meeting

Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL

Roger Martin AB, MBA – Dean, Rotman Business School

Since the turn of the new century, we’ve experienced two massive value-destroying market meltdowns and a series of ethics breaches and accounting scandals. Is it the inevitable decline of the American economy? The new normal in a technology-enabled global marketplace?

Roger Martin, called by The Times one of top fifty management thinkers in the world, reveals the culprit behind the sorry state of American capitalism in FIXING THE GAME: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL

Roger Martin has served as dean of the Rotman School of Management since September 1, 1998. Previously, he spent 13 years as a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as co-head of the firm for two years.

His research work is in Integrative Thinking, Business Design, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness. He writes extensively and is a regular contributor to: Harvard Business Review’s The Conversation blog, the Financial Times’ Judgment Call column, and Washington Post’s On Leadership blog. He has written fourteen Harvard Business Review articles and published seven books: Fixing the Game (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011): The Design of Business (Harvard Business School Press, 2009); The Opposable Mind (Harvard Business School Press, 2007); The Responsibility Virus (Basic Books, 2002); Canada: What It Is, What It Can Be (with Jim Milway, Rotman-UTP Publishing, 2012); and Diaminds (with Mihnea Moldoveanu, University of Toronto Press, 2009), and The Future of the MBA (with Mihnea Moldoveanu, Oxford University Press, 2008).

In 2011, Roger placed 6th on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers, sharing the top ten with Clay Christensen, Michael Porter and Malcolm Gladwell, among others. In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2007 he was named a Business Week 'B-School All-Star' for being one of the 10 most influential business professors in the world. Business Week also named him one of seven 'Innovation Gurus' in 2005.

He serves on the Boards of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Research in Motion, The Skoll Foundation, and the Canadian Credit Management Foundation. He chair of Tennis Canada and chair of the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress.

A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.

Concise, hard-hitting and entertaining, Roger explained why he advocates seizing American capitalism from the jaws of the expectations market — and planting it firmly in the real market. A lively discussion ensued.

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September 25, 2012

June Bash 2012

For the 2012 June Bash, we were splendidly hosted by The Toronto Hunt, a wonderful oasis of country life right in the city, perched high above Lake Ontario on the Scarborough Bluffs. The weather was an absolutely perfect early summer evening which afforded everyone time to stroll the property, reminisce about the great Whiff evenings of the 2011-12 campaign and talk about summer plans.

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June 12, 2012

1355 Kingston Road,
Toronto, M1N 1R1

Shedding Light on a Dark (Energy) Universe
Dr. Ernie Seaquist Ph.D. Professor Emeritus
Dept of Astronomy and Astrophysics, U of T

Ernie Seaquist's career of research and teaching at the University of Toronto spans an interval of 45 years, working in the specialty area of the birth of new stars and the resulting impact upon the immediate environment of these newly born stars. The focus is on “starburst” galaxies in our universe where star formation is exceptionally prolific and explosive. Such galaxies were common in the earliest epochs after our universe originated in the so-called “Big-Bang”. Ernie was one of the pioneering radio astronomers in Canada, and has produced about 200 published research papers on this and other subjects during his career.

Ernie has a long standing interest as an advocate and supporter of Canada’s engagement in astronomical research, and his career has a history of serving in many senior capacities in this role. He served for 11 years as the Chair of the Department of Astronomy, University of Toronto, and for the same period as Director of the David Dunlap Observatory. He was on the Board of the Canadian Astronomical Society, including a term as its President. He has served and continues to serve on national and international committees planning major facilities for research; these include two terms on the Long Range Planning Panel outlining priorities for Canadian astronomical research for the periods 2000-2010 and 2010-2020, and as Chair of the panel reviewing the progress in 2005. He has also served on committees of the National Research Council of Canada, including Chair of the Advisory Board for the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Chair of the Board of Management of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii. Others include consulting positions and grant selection panels (including as Chair) with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and grant committees of the Canadian Space Agency.

He has also helped to support astronomy in the U.S., serving in numerous capacities for agencies supporting astronomical research, such as the National Science Foundation, Associated Universities Inc., and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

He is currently member of an advisory panel on the selection of the site for the next generation world radio observatory – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and has just begun a term as Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA). In the latter capacity, he will be leading efforts by 20 Canadian universities to obtain financial support for Canada’s role in the aforementioned SKA, and a role for Canada in the next generation optical/infrared telescope – the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT). The latter is a collaboration with U.S. universities, Japan, China and India.

Albert Einstein said, “The most incomprehensible thing about the Universe is that it is comprehensible.”  Professor Seaquist's enlightening talk shed some light on the dark energy in the universe certainly made it more comprehensible for all of us and our guests.

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April 24, 2012

The World Needs Toronto to Succeed
Find out why, through a look at Toronto’s Vital Signs Report

Rahul K. Bhardwaj LL.B.
President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation

In his role as the President & CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation,
Rahul Bhardwaj has been working to engage philanthropy in Toronto to address challenges facing the city.

Formerly a corporate lawyer with a leading Canadian law firm, he was also Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid. As part of the Mayor David Miller's "Blue Ribbon" Fiscal Review Panel in 2008, Rahul was involved in identifying efficiencies for the City of Toronto. A year later the Province of Ontario appointed him to the Board of Metrolinx, an organization developing and implementing an overall transit strategy for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

More recently, Rahul became Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games Organizing Committee and was appointed to the Board of Directors for Upper Canada College. He is the past Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and his board commitments, past and present, include George Brown College, Community Foundations of Canada, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way Toronto, among many others.

Rahul’s dedication to our communities led him to be named one of the "Next Generation of Toronto Civic Leaders" by The National Post. His vision for Toronto have made him a popular presenter and speaker, particularly on issues relating to the city, community and leadership as well as Toronto’s Vital Signs®. He introduced the 2011 report at the October 14, 2011 Ramsay Talks speech. Rahul has been featured in the local Toronto press, on CBC News Network, and internationally on CNN and China’s National Daily News.

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March 27, 2012


Spinal Cord Injury research, prevention and treatment
Dr. Charles H. Tator, CM, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Professor of Neuosurgery, UofT & Founder, ThinkFirst Foundation

Since the early 1970s, Dr. Charles Tator has had a resounding impact on spinal cord injury research, prevention and treatment, and on training our next generation of leading surgical scientists. An eminent scientist, neurosurgeon, professor and administrator, his laboratory was the first in Canada to study acute spinal cord injury (SCI) from a basic science perspective.

Dr. Charles H. Tator graduated from the faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and trained there in research and neuropathology for which he received MA and PHD degrees. He then completed the Neurosurgery resident training program at the University of Toronto. In 1989, he became Chair of Neurosurgery, at the University of Toronto and Chief of Neurosurgery at the Toronto Western Hospital, and University Health Network. He has trained a large number of neurosurgical residents in the hospital, and many surgeon-scientists in his laboratory.

In 1992, he founded ThinkFirst, Canada, a national brain and spinal cord injury foundation aimed at reducing the incidence of catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. Currently ThinkFirst is engaged in reducing concussions in sports and recreation.

He has published 321 papers in peer review journals and 85 book chapters, mostly in the field of brain and spinal cord injury. He developed the first acute SCI unit in Canada in 1974 at Sunnybrook Medical Centre. He has performed research and written papers on the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of acute SCI. He has examined the role of spinal cord surgery and decompression in both clinical and experimental studies, and identified posttraumatic ischemia and other mechanisms of secondary injury in the pathophysiology of SCI. His acute cord clip compression model was one of the first clinically relevant SCI model in rodents.

Currently, he is focused on the use of stem cells for regeneration of the spinal cord after trauma, ischemia or demyelination. He initiated and has held two research chairs at the University of Toronto, the Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery and the Campeau Family-Charles Tator Chair in Brain and Spinal Cord Research.

He is a member of the Order of Canada, and a 2009 inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. At present, he is a Senior Scientist in the Toronto Western Research Institute and a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. He is the Director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association Spinal Cord Injury Research Laboratory in the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award, of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society and the Ken Langford Lifetime Award, of the Canadian Paraplegic Association.  The recipient of the 2011 Medico-Legal Society Award and Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Spinal Injury Association - watch the excellent YouTube video honouring his achievements .

It was a fascinating subject with a lively discussion.

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February 28, 2012

An End to War: Is World Order Evolving?
Dr. Walter Dorn, PhD, University of Toronto

Walter Dorn is Associate Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) and the Canadian Forces College (CFC). He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs at the CFC. He is also Chair of Canadian Pugwash, an organization of physical, life and social scientists seeking to reduce threats to global security.

Dr. Dorn is a scientist by training (Ph.D. Chemistry, Univ. of Toronto), whose doctoral research was aimed at chemical sensing for arms control. He assisted with the negotiation, ratification and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) while working as a programme coordinator at Parliamentarians for Global Action (1992-93). He addressed parliamentary bodies on several continents and drafted a parliamentary declaration that was subsequently signed by more than one thousand parliamentarians.

His interests are now broader, covering both international and human security, especially the operations in the field to help secure them through peacekeeping and peace enforcement by the United Nations.

As an "operational professor," he participates in field missions and in international service. For instance, he was a UN electoral officer for the 1999 East Timor referendum. In early 2010, he was a Visiting Professional in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. He has also served as a consultant to the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

At the Canadian Forces College he brings field experiences to his lectures, seminars and supervisions. He teaches officers of rank Major to Brigadier-General from Canada and a score of other countries. He specializes in arms control, peace/stability operations and international security.

Dr. Dorn seeks to promote international peace and security through education, research and field work. His many publications describe some of the results of this effort. He recently finished writing a book titled "Keeping Watch: Monitoring, Technology, and Innovation in UN Peace Operations" and is hoping to finally complete a similar book on a broader theme, tentatively titled "The Emerging Global Watch: UN Monitoring for International Peace and Human Security," to cover the monitoring of conflicts, sanctions, elections, human rights and global security.

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January 31, 2012

Social Media makes connections?
Joe Thornley, B.A., M.A. University of Waterloo

Joseph Thornley is CEO of Thornley Fallis and 76design. He is a Senior Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and Immediate Past Chair of the Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms.

Mr. Thornley is actively engaged with social media. He blogs at www.propr.ca, hosts a video podcast, Social Mediators, curates four on-line paper.li newspapers and is co-host of the Inside PR podcast. He is @thornley on Twitter and Delicious, thornley10 on YouTube and Joseph Thornley on Facebook.

Mr. Thornley is a co-founder of the Third Tuesday Social Media events which bring together social media enthusiasts and communicators to explore new developments in social media and their impact on society, organizations and citizens. Third Tuesday events have been organized across Canada in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and New Brunswick.

Mr. Thornley has been providing communications counsel to companies and organizations for over 25 years. Prior to co-founding Thornley Fallis in 1995, he spent over a decade in a series of progressively senior positions at Hill and Knowlton.

At the outset of his working career, Mr. Thornley served as Legislative Assistant to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance and as Legislative Assistant and Executive Assistant to the Minister of Communications.  For forty years, he was actively engaged in Canada’s political process, holding several offices in the Liberal Party of Canada, including President of the Young Liberals of Canada, Secretary-Treasurer of the Liberal Party of Canada and Chairman of the Federal Liberal Agency of Canada. In 2002, Mr. Thornley chaired the Liberal Leadership Campaign of Sheila Copps. For this sin, he was given the opportunity to pursue other interests. And that led him to social media.

Every November, he annoys his family by growing a mustache as part of the Movember campaign to raise money for prostate cancer research. Watch why Joe was sporting a 29 day old mustache when he spoke with us about how social media is allowing people and groups to organize effectively without having the  "traditional" organizational structures.

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November 29, 2011

The Camino de Santiago ... the Pilgrims Way

John Gardner, BA. (Tor), BA., MA. (Oxon), Toronto Whiffer

El Camino de Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a network of paths that converges on Santiago de Compostela, a Galician city in the northwest corner of Spain. Santiago is one of Christendom’s holy sites, considered to be the burial place of the Apostle James. At least that is the claim put forward centuries ago by those who erected an immense baroque cathedral over his crypt. In the Middle Ages, with access to the Holy Land cut off, pilgrims seeking favour or undergoing penance walked from all over Europe to Santiago. At its peak close to half a million pilgrims a year reached Santiago. Meeting the needs of these medieval pilgrims led to the economic and social development of the regions bordering the Camino.

Interest in the Camino reawakened in the twentieth century. Individuals once again began walking, cycling and driving toward Santiago, especially across the north of the Iberian peninsula. Last year, 2010, a holy year (Año Santo Jacobeo), close to 300,000 individuals completed their pilgrimage. Traversing a panorama that embraces the history of western Europe, they passed through a landscape that is a treasure trove of Romanesque and gothic architecture. Walking eight hundred kilometres brings the walkers face to face with fellow walkers and with themselves. Coincidences abound. Stories are lived. Friendships formed.

Having walked the Camino from France to Santiago twice, the second time in May 2009 with his wife Encarnita and daughter Sara, John delivered a presentation that explored the Camino’s historical antecedents and the landscapes one comes to know. It delved into the motives prompting today’s pilgrims to enter into this unique experience, and recounts happenings on the way. Their walks have also inspired Encarnita's art which can be explored here.

Read all about John's two walks to Santiago in the John & Encarnita on the Camino Blog

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Family Night

October 25, 2011

The Trouble with Canada ... Still
Bill Gairdner, MA., Ph.D. Stanford

It was time to get an update on the topic - "What's Wrong with Canada?" - from our acclaimed February 2001, and third-time speaker, Bill Gairdner.  We heard some insights behind his completely revised, sold-out update of his 1991 best-selling classic, The Trouble with Canada, showing how Canada has been damaged through a dangerous love affair with top-down collectivism irreconcilably conflicting with bottom-up individualism. Immigration, diversity and corruption of the law will be on the agenda along with his controversial conclusions. Listen up Canada!!

Bill is a best-selling author, university professor, businessman, philanthropist, independent scholar and former track and field athlete. His most recent books include The Book of Absolutes: A Critique of Relativism and a Defence of Universals, Constitutional Crack-Up: Canada and the Coming Showdown With Quebec, The Trouble With Democracy and The War Against the Family: A Parent Speaks Out.

From 1994-2000 he was Chairman, The Gairdner Foundation. Founded in 1957 by businessman and philanthropist James A. Gairdner, the foundation gives annual international awards to research scientists who have made discoveries in medical science that lead to the relief of human suffering. Of the 298 individuals from 13 countries, including 42 Canadians, who have received Gairdner Awards, 76 have subsequently gone on to win the Nobel Prize. In 1997 he became founder and president of Civitas, a national organization of 150 prominent academics, journalists, authors, and interested citizens. Civitas was founded to promote and deepen understanding of the problems of freedom and order in modern society.

In his career as an athlete, he won a silver medal in the decathlon in the 1963 Pan American Games in Brazil and placed eleventh in the decathlon in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964. From 1973-1988, Bill was president and owner of The Fitness Institute. An avid 30+ X-country skier, he cofounded the Canadian Masters' Cross Country Ski Association in 1980 and then the World Master Cross Country Ski Association in 1982.

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September 27, 2011

June Bash 2011

For the 2011 June Bash, by popular demand, we returned to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club - without a doubt, the finest dining view of the city there is!  As well a gorgeous evening with a fabulous dinner in the main dining room overlooking the harbour watching a fabulous sunset, Chris Rudge, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the 2012 Grey Cup Committee was our guest speaker. He gave us a passionate, uplifting view on the exciting week long celebration planned for the 100th Grey Cup Game and why the 2015 Toronto PanAm games are so important.

The new Junta Chairman, Jock Fleming, was announced and the  the outgoing Junta was roasted and toasted. It was a great finale to our 2010-11 campaign.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Always do more than you have to
Alex Anthopoulos, BA
SVP, Baseball Operations & General Manager, Toronto Blue Jays

Born May 25, 1977, Alex Anthopoulos has quickly ascended from weekend mail room staff to major league general manager. And all within a decade! Raised in Montreal, Anthopoulos attended Lower Canada College and Marianopolis College. He was always a fan of the game growing up, becoming an avid fan of the Montreal Expos. Upon graduating with a degree in Economics from McMaster University, Alex sent out resumes, made phones calls and everything else in his power to get his foot in the door. This persistence finally paid off after close to a year. The recent university graduate accepted a non-paying internship in the Expos Media Relations department co-ordinating Expos players fan mail. He jumped at the opportunity. His work there led to a job offer with the club as an Assistant in International Scouting the following year, and was then named as a Coordinator of Scouting Operations in 2002. The Expos expanded his duties in 2003 adding the title of Scouting Supervisor for Canada. Being of Greek descent, he also lent his services to the Greek National baseball team around the 2003 European Championships before serving as an advance scout for Greece in the 2004 Summer Olympiad in Athens.

Creating many contacts within the organization, and the league as a whole (including learning and networking at MLB scout school), Alex joined the Blue Jays organization shortly after the completion of the 2003 regular season, being named as a Scouting Coordinator. His rapid ascent continued from there on, with stops as Assistant to the G. M. following the 2005 season, Vice-President, Baseball Operations and Assistant G.M. in January 2006 and on October 3, 2009, he accepted his current position of Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations & General Manager.

While it's still early into Alex's 'reign', he has made one thing abundantly clear. He's 100% behind scouting and development. The Jays have beefed up the scouting department as a whole, increasing localized North American scouting regions from 14 to 25. To counter stretching themselves too thin Alex hired a number of additional scouts. Cross co-ordination and information sharing will be paramount. On the transaction front, the Jays have become younger, with fewer long-term contract obligations. The AA transactions speak for themselves.

Family and friends heard on April 26th about Alex's goals and strategies for adding banners to Rogers Centre and bringing back The Commissioner's Trophy to Toronto. 

At this, the last dinner at the B&R during the current Junta's regime, Rudi will present a plaque of appreciation to our special guest, Cathy Bolla, General Manager of the B&R, in recognition of the excellent hospitality and service that the club's staff have provided to the Whiff over the last 43 years. - Click the plaque image to see the inscription and presentation note.

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Family Night

April 26, 2011


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A Dialogue with Canada’s First Female Police Chief
Lenna Bradburn, BA, MPA

As a young girl growing up in Scarborough, Lenna Bradburn never imagined that she would go on to become Canada’s first female police chief but that she did when she became Chief of the Guelph Police Service in 1994. Her path to this position was unique and diverse.

After completing a 3-year degree in criminology and sociology in 1982 at Victoria College at the University of Toronto, Lenna joined the then Metropolitan Toronto Police Service in 1981. The next six years were spent patrolling the streets of Toronto and continuing her academic studies. It was as a result of her studies that she became interested in the work of the Toronto Police Association seeing this as an avenue to affect change in the Toronto Police Service through labour relations. Hitting the campaign trail, Lenna was elected to Association’s Board of Directors holding the position of Corporate Secretary of the 7,000 member organization and becoming the only female police officer to be elected to the Board to date. While running the business operations of the Association kept her busy, Lenna found the time to attend Queen’s University part-time to complete a Master of Public Administration in 1990. After 3 years on the Association Board and with her MPA in hand, Lenna returned to the Police Service for a year working in the Corporate Planning Unit.

In 1991, Lenna joined the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services as a Police Services Advisor, auditing police services and providing operational and administrative advice to police services boards, chiefs and police associations. She developed the Ministry’s strategic planning training for police services and was the Ministry lead for the implementation of community policing. This work gave Lenna the opportunity to affect change in policing across the province.

Still looking for another context to affect organizational change in policing, Lenna responded to a unique job ad for the position of Chief of Police in Guelph. The ad referred to “he/she” – an ad that actually contemplated that the police chief may be female. Speculating that this was an indication of a very progressive Police Services Board, Lenna competed and was subsequently sworn in as Chief of Police on December 19, 1994 making Canadian history. She spent the next six years modernizing the Guelph Police Service.

Recognized as a “trailblazer,” her career stops have gone on to include executive roles as Director, Complaint Services at Ombudsman Ontario, the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing & Standards Division for the City of Toronto and as the Chief Security and Compliance Officer, Office of Player Protection, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation. She is a member of the UTAA Board of Directors.

Lenna’s accomplishments have been recognized nationally in Canada’s Who’s Who, as a 1996 recipient of the “Top 40 under 40” and a 2006 Trailblazers & Trendsetters recipient of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100.

Join your fellow Whiffers on March 29th to hear about Police practices including such things as drawing a parallel between what happened during the G20 last summer and a major protest in Guelph under her watch.  She will also help us understand the OLG's science behind finding the rogues and the victims. 

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March 29, 2011


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Lessons In Greatness From the Olympic Games

Brian Williams
CTV/TSN Sports Commentator

A decorated sports broadcaster for more than 35 years, Brian Williams has played a leading role in shaping Canadian’s view of the Olympic Games. He reminds you why you watch the Olympics: the sheer excellence of the participants. He tells compelling stories of struggle and success from Winter and Summer Olympics around the world. Considered the dean of Olympic sports broadcasting in Canada, Williams is a champion of amateur sports. He reported on his first Olympics at the 1976 Summer Games from Montreal and has covered a total of 12 Olympic Games, as well as every high-profile amateur sporting event around the globe.

In addition to his work on the Olympics and amateur sports, Williams is also heavily involved in the CFL on TSN broadcasts, conducting weekly interviews with key newsmakers in the Canadian Football League. Rounding out Williams' all-encompassing role on CTV/TSN is play-by-play duties for the men's and women's Rogers Cup tennis tournaments each summer in Toronto and Montreal.

As Canada's top sportscaster, Williams' respected broadcast style has endeared him to millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast. He has won praise from critics and numerous accolades, including six Gemini Awards and two Foster Hewitt Awards. In 2006, he gave the Commencement Address at his Alma Mater, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids Michigan, and was given an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Born in Winnipeg, Williams began calling university basketball play-by-play in 1967. He started his professional career in radio working for three years at Toronto's CHUM. While covering the 1972 Canada-Russia series for CHUM and stations across the country, he interviewed Paul Henderson in the dressing room immediately after his historic eighth-game winning goal.. After a year at CFRB Radio in Toronto, in 1974 he moved to CBC's Toronto station, CBLT-TV, where he embarked on what was to be a 32-year association with the public broadcaster. He made it his business to learn everything he could about sport, and as a result was able to cover any event knowledgeably and confidently. Williams joined the CBC Network Television Sports Department in 1983 and in the ensuing years, apart from being the host for all the CBC's Olympic coverage, Brian covered the Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, Formula One Racing, the Molson Indy Series, World Cup Skiing, World Figure Skating, Canadian Open Golf, Canadian Open Tennis, Blue Jays and Expos Baseball, NHL Hockey, World Junior Hockey, Curling and CFL Football (including hosting 25 Grey Cup Games).

Brian is also very involved in charitable work. He served for ten years on the Board of Directors of North York General Hospital, and in 2007 joined the Hospital's Governors Council. He is on the Board of Directors for Tim Horton's Children's Charities, and served for 12 years on the Board of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, of which he is now an Honorary Lifetime Director.

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February 22, 2011


The Role of the Supreme Court in regard to the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C., LL.D.
Supreme Court of Canada Judge (1991-2004)

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. He was born, raised and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he received his B. Comm. and LL.B. from the University of British Columbia. He went on to receive his LL.M. and Dip. Int’l L. from Cambridge. He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm, where he practiced corporate and securities law. In 1967, he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was a Professor of Law there until 1985. He also served as Vice-President, Internal Affairs at the University of Toronto from 1975 to 1979 and Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 1985, he was Vice-President and Provost of the University. In 1985, Mr. Iacobucci was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada; in 1988, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada; and in 1991, a Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2004 and served as interim President of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. On July 1, 2005, he joined Torys LLP as Counsel and became Chairman of Torstar Corporation (to 2009). He currently serves as Chairman of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Conduct Review Advisor for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and is Lead Director on the Board of Directors of Tim Hortons Inc. and of the Advisory Board of General Motors of Canada. He is also a member of the Ontario Law Commission. He has served as federal representative in the negotiations leading to a settlement of the Indian residential schools (IRS) legacy. In December 2006, he was appointed Commissioner to lead an inquiry into the conduct of Canadian officials regarding certain individuals. In April of 2008 as a special advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources for Ontario, he provided advice for a framework toward a long-term agreement between Grassy Narrows First Nation and the Province of Ontario dealing with forestry and related issues.

He has authored or co-authored numerous books, articles and commentaries on a variety of legal subjects and is the recipient of numerous awards and honours in Canada and abroad, including honorary degrees in Canada and Italy, and his 1999 election as an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge. In 1995, the Department of Italian Studies at the U of T created The Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies. He was appointed a Companion in the Order of Canada in July, 2007, and in 2009 received the Justice Medal for lifetime achievement from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. "The Lawman" was a 2010 Inductee to the Italian Walk of Fame.

January 25th promises to be a fascinating evening for all Whiffers and family members as we gain a better understanding of the Supreme Court’s interpretations of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  See you all there!!

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Family Night
January 25, 2011

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Through a glass darkly:
Why academics (and journalists) should never try to predict anything

John Anderson Fraser, C.M., M.A., LL.D.
Master and Chair of Corporation, Massey College

John Fraser was elected the fifth Master of Massey College in July 1995. He was re-elected to a second term in May 2002, and a third term of five years in 2009. Prior to this, he was the twelfth Editor of Saturday Night, beginning in 1987. He continues a journalist’s freelance career with feature articles for Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and numerous magazines and journals. Recently (June 2008), he retired as Chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation after two terms.

Mr. Fraser teaches a course on the history of Canadian newspapers at the University of Toronto's St. Michael's College, has also lectured on Canadian Studies at the U of T's Innis College and on drama criticism at York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. The author of nine books, including the internationally-acclaimed The Chinese: Portrait of a People (1980) and Private View: Inside Baryshnikov's American Ballet Theatre (1988). His most recent works include Eminent Canadians: Candid Tales of Then and Now published by McClelland & Stewart in 2002 and Mad About the Bay, written with his wife Elizabeth MacCallum, published in 2004 by Key-Porter Books.

A contributor to numerous anthologies, magazines and international journals, Mr. Fraser has twice been honoured by the Queen (Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002), professional organizations (three National Newspaper Awards and eight National Magazine Awards), and his alma mater in Newfoundland (D.Litt.) as well as King’s College University in Halifax (D.C.L.) and York University in Toronto (LL.D.) In January 2002, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Fraser is married to the broadcaster and writer Elizabeth Scott MacCallum. They have three daughters and live in the Master’s Lodging at Massey College in the University of Toronto.

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November 30, 2010


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Journalists Under Fire:
the Psychological Hazards of Covering War

Dr. Anthony Feinstein
Professor of Psychiatry, U of T
Director of the Neuropsychiatry Programme at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.

Dr. Feinstein received his medical degree in South Africa. Thereafter he completed his training in Psychiatry at the Royal Free Hospital in London, England, before training as a neuropsychiatrist at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square in London. His Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. degrees were obtained through the University of London, England. He is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

His Neuropsychiatry research focuses on the search for cerebral correlates of behavioral disorders associated with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and hysteria (Conversion Disorders). In patients with MS, detailed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies have shed light on the pathogenesis of depressive and cognitive disorders and current work is exploring brain changes associated with pathological laughing and crying. His work in the field of Conversion Disorder has involved developing functional MRI paradigms that complement psychoanalytic interpretations of why patients develop disabling, quasi-neurological symptoms.

Finally, Dr. Feinstein is involved in a series of studies unrelated to Neuropsychiatry but nevertheless of relevance to current issues within our society. He is on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, an educational charitable organization that promotes the physical and emotional safety of journalists in Canada and abroad. The questions being addressed are: How are journalists affected emotionally by their work in war zones and what motivates them to pursue such dangerous occupations? He maintains a website that offers journalists a tool for self-assessment of PTSD.

In 2000-2001 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to study mental health issues in post-apartheid Namibia. This led to the development of that country's first rating scale for mental illness. He is currently engaged on a similar project in Botswana.

Dr. Feinstein is the author of Dangerous Lives: War and the Men and Women Who Report It (Thomas Allen, Toronto 2003), The Clinical Neuropsychiatry of Multiple Sclerosis (Cambridge University Press 1999, with a second edition in 2007), In Conflict (New Namibia Books, 1998), an autobiographical account of his time as a medical officer in the Angolan and Namibian wars, and Michael Rabin, America's Virtuoso Violinist (2005). His most recent book is Journalists Under Fire: the Psychological Hazards of Covering War(2006).  He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has authored many book chapters.

He can be heard on NPR's Fresh Air program here.  He co-authored an excellent Nieman Foundation article on Women War Correspondents: They Are Different in So Many Ways.

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October 26, 2010

 Dr Anthony Feinstein

The Importance of Strong Independent Businesses in Canada

Catherine Swift, Chairwoman, President & CEO
Canadian Federation of Independent Business

From September 1987 to date, Catherine Susan Swift has been with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. She became Chairwoman in June 1999 after being named Chief Executive Officer in July, 1997 and President in May of 1995. She first served CFIB as Vice-President of Research and Chief Economist, then as Senior Vice-President, Provincial Affairs, Senior Vice-President, Administration, Senior Vice-President, Legislative Affairs and subsequently Executive Vice-President. Ms. Swift is a CFIB Board Governor and Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Board. Among her various responsibilities is coordinating policy issues at both federal and provincial levels of government and representing CFIB with politicians, government, business and other groups.

Ms. Swift worked with the federal government in Ottawa from 1976 to 1983, holding several positions with the Departments of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Industry and Communications. Her areas of specialization included corporate and industrial analysis, international trade and computer communications.

From 1983 - 1987, Ms. Swift was Senior Economist with the Toronto-Dominion Bank in the Department of Economic Research. Her work included industrial analysis and forecasts, provincial economic and financial analysis, and special advisory projects with Bank clients.

Catherine Swift studied at the University of Toronto and Carleton University in Ottawa, obtaining a BA (Honors) in Economics in 1977 and an MA in Economics in 1980. She has published numerous articles in journals, magazines and other media on such small business issues as free trade, finance, entrepreneurship and women small business owner.

Ms. Swift is the Immediate Past President of the Empire Club, a Director of the C.D. Howe Institute and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Small Business Congress. She was cited as one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network in 2003.

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September 28, 2010

Catherine Swift, Chairwoman, President and CEO - Canadian Federation of Independent Business

With the strength of over 105 000 small business owners from coast-to-coast, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the big voice for small businesses. For over 35 years, it has  represented the interests of the small business community to all three levels of government in their fight for tax fairness, reasonable labour laws and reduction of regulatory paper burden.

June Bash 2010

RCYC Island Clubhouse

The format of the 2010 June Bash was the traditional social event without a speaker and back, once again, at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club - without a doubt, the finest dining view of the city there is!  It was a gorgeous evening with a fabulous four course dinner in the main dining room overlooking the harbour watching a fabulous sunset.  It was a great finale to our 2009-10 campaign.

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June 7, 2010

Wrongful Convictions in Canada

James Lockyer, LLD
Lockyer Campbell Posner

James Lockyer obtained his LLB at the University of Nottingham in 1971 and is a member of the Bar in England and the Law Society of Upper Canada.  From 1972 until 1977, he was an Assistant Professor at the Law Faculties of McGill University and the University of Windsor, teaching corporate and civil law. He also helped to organize demonstrations against local landlords and the Chilean junta of Augusto Pinochet.

He is a founding director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), a Canada-wide organization that advocates for the wrongly convicted.  In that capacity, he has been a "tireless defender of the underdog", involved in exposing more than ten wrongful convictions in Canada, including those of Guy Paul Morin, David Milgaard, Robert Baltovich, Peter Frumusa, Gordon Folland, James Driskell, Clayton Johnson, Steven Truscott, Kyle Unger, William Mullins-Johnson, Romeo Phillion, Erin Walsh, Sherry Sherett-Robinson and Anthony Hanemaayer. The Globe and Mail hailed him as one of the Top 10 of 2000-2009, a "Nation Builder of the Decade". "In a nation that has become known globally for rooting out miscarriages of justice, Mr. Lockyer's dedication, work ethic and dominant role go unquestioned."

James Lockyer was a great speaker and very engaging. This event was a great way to end off our 2009/10 campaign at the B&R!

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April 27, 2010

Patron Saint of
Lost Legal Causes

- K Makin, Globe & Mail

Toronto Star article on
Canada's foremost champion of the wrongly convicted is a man of paradoxes

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Life as the Physician-in-Chief

Dr. Robert H. Hyland,
Past Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael's Hospital
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Robert Hylton Hyland graduated in Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1973.  He then completed his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Respirology in Toronto and Winnipeg.  He returned to the University of Toronto in 1978 and was appointed on staff at the Wellesley Hospital at that time.  He remained on staff at the Wellesley Hospital until 1998.  During that time, he became Chief of the Division of Respirology and Critical Care Medicine and eventually Physician-in-Chief.  After the amalgamation of the Wellesley Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital in 1998, Dr. Hyland became Associate Physician-in-Chief at St. Michael's Hospital, Chief of the Division of Respirology and Medical Director, Respiratory and Medical Services of the Inner City Health Program.

In 1999, Dr. Hyland was appointed Physician-in-Chief, a position he held for two terms until stepping down in February 2010.  During his tenure, he was instrumental in making St. Michael’s the place it is today.  Dr. Hyland was an essential ingredient in making the merger with Wellesley a success and a pivotal force in growing and strengthening the best of what St. Mike’s does - teach, innovate and heal. Under his leadership, Medicine has grown to 122 staff physicians.

Other positions Dr. Hyland has held include a brief stint as a biology master at Upper Canada College,  as President of the Ontario Thoracic Society and the Canadian Thoracic Society as well as Governor for the Province of Ontario for the American College of Chest Physicians.  He was honoured with the Wightman Professorship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2002 and the Council Award for being the Ontario’s “Ideal Physician” in 2008 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

He will now undoubtedly continue to make a big difference in his new role as Medical Director of Philanthropy for the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation with a mandate to enhance the links between the organization and its fundraising arm. He also continues to have a consultant practice in Respirology and to be involved in clinical research in the Specialized Complex Care program.

Dr. Bob, as he is affectionately known, having just returned from the Philippines and China, shared some personal anecdotes of his experiences as a clinician, an educator, a researcher and an administrator in the field of medicine, as he has worked to to produce better health outcomes for all.

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March 30, 2010
 "warm, engaging and the absolute best teacher ... a pioneer, sage, diplomat, leader, recruiter and scientist - a St. Michael's luminary"
- Dr. Bob Howard,
CEO St. Michael's Hospital

Council Award
 "Dr. Robert Hyland is one of those rare model physicians who is universally acknowledged to have excelled in patient care, research and leadership – combined with human understanding, empathy and goodwill recognized by all who have been sufficiently fortunate to have worked with him” - Dr. Gabor Kandel

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We Know What You're Thinking
John Wright, SVP & MD, Ipsos Reid Canada

John Wright is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Ipsos Reid's North American Public Opinion Polling Division and has been their Media Polling Partner architect and spokesperson since he arrived at the company in 1989. At almost $1.6 Billion annually, Ipsos is the second largest market and opinion research company in the world. For the decade before that he was Vice President with an advertising and public relations firm and served in both the political and corporate worlds in government relations. In all, he's worked for almost 30 years on Public Affairs assignments for clients of every dimension.

John has had his own radio show on CFRB for almost 15 years with one of the top political commentary panels in the country, and regularly co-hosts and anchors Canada's business news network’s (BNN’s) daily market closing show SqueezePlay. He’s also appeared on every major news channel—from CNN to Al Jazeera—and been quoted, literally, everywhere in print around the world.

His “outside of work” activities are diverse and extensive: he holds an Honourary Appointment with the Canadian Forces as Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Ontario Regiment, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, and is on the boards of the Hincks Dellcrest Children's Mental Health Centre, the Canadian Journalism Foundation, The Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, Canada Company, the Historica-Dominion Institute and Cancer Care Ontario.

An Arbor award recipient from the University of Toronto, and former Ontario Legislature Intern, he's previously been a founder and now lifetime member of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, Vice Chair of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Studies, and member of the board for a diverse range of organizations -- from Clarica Life Insurance to Alzheimer's, from Heart & Stroke to the Empire Club of Canada, and from the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health to the Association for the Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.

And in his free time, he's co-authored two national best-selling books with colleague Darrell Bricker: "What Canadians Think About Almost Everything" (2005) and their latest "We Know What You’re Thinking" (2009).
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February 23, 2010


 "The more educated Canadians are,
the more beer they drink"

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An Insider's view of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Chris Rudge, Chairman, Canadian Olympic Committee

Chris Rudge was named chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) in January 2003. Rudge is a member of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games’ (VANOC) Board of Directors. He has an extensive knowledge of international, national and provincial sports policies and their effects.

Chris’ sports background includes experience as an athlete, teacher, coach and administrator. He began his professional career as a physical education teacher with the Toronto Board of Education, teaching both junior and senior high school students. A lacrosse fan, he played competitively with the Syracuse Stingers of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). He also served as director of personnel with the NLL's Les Caribou de Québec, and coached the Canadian National Field Lacrosse Team.

Chris has long been active on a number of boards in the corporate, cultural and education sectors. He currently serves as a Director of The Paxen Group and on the boards of Merrill Lynch, Canada; National Ballet of Canada; and Country Day School, where he is vice chairman. He is also involved with the School of Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University and University of Toronto’s Department of Athletics Restricted Funds Committee. Previously, he was a member of the Province of Ontario's Olympic Trust and Waterfront Development Board and Chairman of the Town of Vaughan’s Recreation and Sports Advisory Committee.

Chris holds a teaching certificate from Queen's and a Bachelor (Honours) of Physical and Health Education from the UofT. In the fall of 2008, became an adjunct professor in UBC’s School of Human Kinetics, an interdisciplinary school in the Faculty of Education dedicated to research and teaching about human movement, physical activity and health.

As our Family Night guest speaker, Chris gave us insight into the status of the games from a Canadian perspective and a preview of plans for the 2015 PanAM Games. - Some more detailed notes on Chris can be found here.

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January 26, 2010

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The Connection between Human Beings and the Places They Inhabit

Colin Ellard, Associate Chair Psychology, Undergrad Studies, University of Waterloo

Dr. Colin Ellard is an experimental psychologist at the University of Waterloo, the director of its Research Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments and an international expert in the psychology of navigation. The results of his research in the areas of animal behaviour, cognitive mapping, human navigation and neuroscience have been published in scientific journals for more than 20 years. Colin Ellard lives and regularly gets lost in Kitchener, Ontario. In his talk, Ellard described how a scientific approach to the connection between human beings and the spaces and places they inhabit influences the design of the built environment. Are the principles that underlie our spatial behaviour relevant to decision-makers who design hospitals, nursing homes, factories, or even urban streetscapes? How do such principles vary across the lifespan?

Colin explained why he feels that the solutions to the world’s most important problems lie more in understanding our psychology than in advancing our technology. Its a story he's told in his recent book Where am I? Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon But Get Lost at the Mall
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November 24, 2009 


The Backstage History
Behind Toronto Theatres' Front Row Seats

Marlene Smith, 2009 Dora Award winner

Marlene Smith is known to many of us as the tireless producer and through her passionate involvement with Toronto theatre. Since the founding of her Godspell Company 37 years ago, she has brought to the community nearly fifty Broadway musicals. At this year’s Dora Awards ceremony, theatre producer and Studio 180 board member Marlene Smith earned the Silver Ticket Award, which is presented to an individual who has excelled in her career while also making a major contribution to the development of Canadian theatre. Marlene has been producing and co-producing live theatre for 40 years, including the long-running Cats (1985/87) – the first “mega-musical” to play in Toronto with an all-Canadian cast and production team which grossed $40 million.

She was borne into the theatre as a child of the manager of the lakefront theatre, The Palais Royale, that stands to this day. She can recount with bold recollection hiding behind the curtains, having slipped out of the family apartment above, to witness musicals of the earlier century. Many actors and actresses gave her knowing winks as they went about their on-stage entertainment.

Marlene served as co-manager of the Historic Elgin/Winter Garden Theatre in its first five years of its latest revival. During her tenures, she introduced many raw actors who went on to their special places on Canadian and American stage.

Her showbiz career began as Director of Group Sales for Hair at the Royal Alexandra Theatre (1970). After working as publicist and company manager for the legendary Godspell (1972/73 - starring Andrea Martin, Martin Short, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, et al), she co-produced her first show (with Susan Rubes), What’s A Nice Country Like You … Doing in a State Like This? for Theatre in the Dell.

She has produced or co-produced such productions as Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1980), I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road, Piaf, Tomfoolery (The Ports), Damn Yankees (Royal Alexandra Theatre), Arsenic and Old Lace (1988-Hart House Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (1985-Crest Theatre), Side by Side by Sondheim, The Wizard of Oz, Napoleon-1994 (Elgin Theatre) and The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (1997/98-Bathurst Street Theatre).

She has also produced important fundraisers such as the star-studded It’s Always Something which raises money for Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto, named in honour of the late comedienne Gilda Radner; and DQ, a fundraiser for Casey House, the most prominent Aids Hospice in Canada.

Smith has also given much to both the theatre and larger communities, serving on numerous boards and advisory groups, including those of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the Shaw Festival and the Toronto Hospital Board. She currently sits on the Boards of Hart House Theatre, Theatre Museum of Canada, Performing Arts Lodges (PAL) and Studio 180.
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September 29, 2009

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We've changed the World ...
Exploring the Residual Landscape

Edward Burtynsky, BAA Photographic Arts, Ryerson University, Order of Canada

Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada's most respected photographers, and his remarkable depictions of global industrial landscapes are in the collections of several major museums around the world.  Exploring the intricate connection between industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying, manufacturing, oil development, shipping, and recycling into eloquent, highly expressive visions, he has portrayed beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of places.

Edward Burtynsky’s large-scale colour photographs reveal the many facets of nature as it is transformed through human industry. Exquisitely detailed and exactingly rendered, his images strike an intricate balance between a somber reportage and a powerfully seductive aesthetic.  His work is an attempt to comprehend the scale of production attending this most politicized of resources. “These landscapes are about us, our dreams, our desires and our needs. We have totally disconnected ourselves from these landscapes by living in urban centres.  I didn’t enter the work to create it as a political tool,” he says, “but there is a political aspect to it, like there is to most art. … I feel it’s far more interesting to position the work as a point of departure for discussion about what these landscapes mean to us, to our daily existence.

Burtynsky's work has been exhibited at and collected by major museums across North America and abroad including the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the Bibliotheque National, Paris, France and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Edward Burtynsky is the subject of a recent award winning documentary film Manufactured Landscapes and was one of three to win the inaugural TED Prize in 2004. Most recently, Edward Burtynsky was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. Books by Steidl include China (2005) and Quarries (2007).

Edward's extensive CV and online radio and TV interviews can be found on his website which details his prolific works.  Some of his art is on display locally in the Nicholas Metivier Gallery.  Edward is also on the board of www.worldchanging.com, a media organization that comprises a global network of independent journalists, designers and thinkers covering the world's most intelligent solutions to today's problems. He created this thought provoking video to promote it.

By June, Edward will be nearing completion of his next major project, Oil – a decade’s worth of photographing the world's largest oil fields, refineries, freeway interchanges and automobile plants.   The Whiff is indeed fortunate to have Edward give us a sneak peak at his upcoming October book release and exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.  He’ll lead a discussion addressing the inherent tension between preserving and exploiting nature in the name of progress and about where we are going and how we are doing it.

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2009 June Bash

June 23, 2009
at the Granite Club


[Trailer: Manufactured Landscape: (.mov) 2:02min]

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Galileo's Revolution: Celebrating 400 Years of the Astronomical Telescope

Dr. John R. Percy, BSc, MA, PhD U of T

John R. Percy (BSc Math & Physics 1962, MA Astronomy 1963, PhD Astronomy 1968, all University of Toronto) is a professor emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, in Mississauga (UTM).  His research interests include variable stars and stellar evolution, and he has published over 200 research papers in these fields.  He is the author of "Understanding Variable Stars" (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

He is active in science education (especially astronomy) at all levels, throughout the world.  He has edited or co-edited the proceedings of the five major international conferences on the topic.  His education interests and experiences include: teaching development at the university level; development of astronomy/space curriculum for Ontario Schools; development of resources for educators (including www.cascaeducation.ca); pre-service and in-service teacher education; lifelong learning; public science literacy; the roles of science centres and planetariums; the role of skilled amateurs in research and education ("citizen science"); high school and undergraduate student research projects; international astronomy education and development; and multicultural astronomy.  He is Director of the undergraduates Science Education program, and the Early Teacher Program at UTM, and is cross-appointed to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.

He has served as president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Institute, The American Association of Variable Star Observers, the International Astronomical Union Commissions on Variable Stars, and on Astronomical Education and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.  He has served as Honorary President of the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario, and as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre.  He was recently the recipient of the Royal Canadian Institute's Sandford Fleming Medal, for contributions to public awareness and appreciation of science and technology, the U of T School of Continuing Studies' Citation for Exceptional Commitment and Achievement in adult learning, and the Distinguished Educator Award of OISE.  In 1999, he received the Jack Bell Award from the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario "for outstanding and continued contributions to science education in Ontario", and he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 2003, he received the University of Toronto's Northrop Frye Award, for exemplary linkage of teaching and research, and in 2006, he received the inaugural U of T President's Teaching Award.

Factoid: He and his wife, Marie, who directs the Neurognetics Lab at Toronto's Surrey Place, have twin asteroids named after them.

see also www.provost.utoronto.ca/Awards/presidentaward/johnpercy.htm

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   April 28, 2009



The Best Laid Plans
The 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal Award for Humour
Terry Fallis, B.Eng

Terry Fallis graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in 1983 from McMaster University where he became engulfed in university student politics. After graduation, he turned his back on engineering and joined Jean Chretien's full-time staff for the federal Liberal Leadership campaign. Following that, he served on the political staff in the short lived Turner government and subsequent Loyal Opposition until 1985. He returned to Toronto where he was a Legislative Assistant to Robert Nixon, then-Treasurer in the Peterson government.

After leaving provincial politics in 1988, Terry became a government affairs and communications consultant with Hill and Knowlton, including stints as Vice-President running the Ontario government affairs group. He then served as president of Berger & Associates.

In 1995, Terry co-founded Thornley Fallis Communications, a full-service communication agency with offices in Ottawa and Toronto. He is also co-host of the popular business podcast, Inside PR. He has sustained an involvement in politics by recently producing and hosting a podcast series for Liberal candidates Michael Ignatieff and Rob Oliphant.

For the past eighteen years, Terry has counselled corporate and government clients on various fronts, including crisis communications, media relations, issues management, marketing communications, public opinion polling, public affairs, and related stakeholder considerations. He has also written speeches for CEOs, cabinet ministers, and community leaders.  All grist for his satirical repertoire!

In the satire, The Best Laid Plans, a hovercraft plays a supporting role. This was not a casual involvement, for Terry has always had a thing for hovercraft. He co-designed and constructed a hovercraft before he was old enough to drive a car.  Read the book's Prologue and Chapter 1 or listen to the original podcasts.

We look forward to sharing this evening with Terry Fallis, hearing from him about the background of his award-winning satire.  There will also be a book signing opportunity.

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   March 31, 2009





“Amusing, enlightening — and Canadian, and it deftly explores the Machiavellian machinations of Ottawa’s political culture.”
- Globe and Mail

What is Wrong with the Alzheimer's Brain?
A view from the basic sciences

Dr. Claudio Cuello, MD, Ph.D,, FRSC
Charles E. Frosst/Merck Frosst Chair in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University

Dr. Claudio Cuello is a Professor of Pharmacology and has just been re-appointed by the Senate at McGill University for a second five-year term as Charles E. Frosst/Merck Frosst Chair in Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Cuello and his research group conduct research into the pathology of Alzheimer's Disease.

This Research Chair was endowed in 1999 on the 100th. Anniversary of the founding of Charles E. Frosst & Co., Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, with the funding collaboration of the-then Medical Research Council of Canada, Merck Frosst Canada, the family of Charles E. Frosst, and McGill University. The Frosst family continues to play a strong role in support of this research.

Alzheimer's Disease is the leading cause of dementia in the elderly, presenting itself clinically by debilitating loss of memory and learning. Progressive failure of the capability of neurons to transmit nerve impulses correlates closely with cognitive impairment, and Dr. Cuello's group conducts vital research into the mechanisms associated with this synaptic degeneration.

A specific peptide, beta-amyloid peptide (A-beta), is considered responsible for the pathogenesis of the disease. Expression of this peptide leads to toxic effects in the brain. Research in Dr. Cuello's group is focussed on the pathways that occur in rats as well as in humans, with the approach that variations in the levels of the peptide could influence signalling mechanisms that lead to the disease's deleterious results.

Dr. Cuello will speak about What is Wrong with the Alzheimer's Brain. (A view from the basic sciences).  His remarks will convey an understanding in lay terms, while he will utilise slides that will demonstrate current understanding. [Click here for a sample of one of his slides.]

Aging population has revealed an increased tendency for Alzheimer's in the elderly, and we are experiencing an increasing number of family members who have developed the associated symptoms. This meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about these problems from one of Canada's leading researchers. Dr. Cuello will be both interesting and informative.

Claudio Cuello earned the MD (Buenos Aires) in 1965 followed by the Ph.D. (Oxford) in 1986. He is Doctor Honoris Causa (1991) (Ceara, Brazil) and Doctor in Medicine Honoris Causa (2000) Kuopio, Finland. He is also Fellow, Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Cuello was Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University from 1985 to 2000. He is a past Staff Scientist for the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, U.K. (1985-1978), Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Neuropharmacology and Neuroanatomy at Oxford University and Fellow and Medical Tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford (1978-1985).  Dr. Cuello leads a research team working on multidisciplinary aspects of aging, models of Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology, degeneration and repair of the CNS.  He has contributed to his field of research with pioneering publications on dendritic release of neurotransmitters, the localization and role of central and peripheral neuropeptides, trophic factor-included repair and synaptogenesis and novel application of monoclonal antibodies in the neurosciences. His research activities have been conducted at the University of Buenos Aires, Antarctica (annual campaign 1966), the University of California in San Francisco, the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and McGill University. He has received numerous recognitions in Canada, such as the Heinz Lehman Award, the Novartis Award and has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is an Honorary Professor at the Norman Bethune University (China) and Buenos Aires University (Argentina) and named Highly Cited Neuroscientist by the Institute of Scientific Information, USA.  Dr. Augusto Claudio Guillermo Cuello's scientific accomplishments until 2001 have been summarized in Vol 3. of “The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography.

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  February 24, 2009



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showing the main features of the Alzheimer’s pathology.

The Beauty of Art: Handmade/Digital

Sara Diamond
President, Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)

Sara Diamond is the President of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) - Canada's foremost university of art and design. She holds degrees from Canada and the United Kingdom in social history, communications, digital media theory and computer science. She is currently a member of the Ontario Ministry of Culture Minister's Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council Foundation and of ORANO, Ontario's high speed network. She is a founding member of CONCERT and the Chair of the OMDC funded Mobile Experience Innovation Centre. She has received numerous research awards for her work in visualization, mobile content design, wearable technologies and collaborative tools. She is a visualization software researcher and developer www.codezebra.net. Diamond created and was Editor-in-Chief of www.horizonzero.ca, an on-line showcase for new media art and design, in collaboration with Heritage Canada. Diamond participates in peer review publication and diverse editorial boards such as Leonardo on-line and Convergence. She provides media consulting to Heritage Canada, SSHRC, CFI, Industry Canada, CHRC and DFAIT, as well as international governments, institutions and agencies as diverse as China, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Finland, Australia, Brazil and the USA.

Prior to her presidency at OCAD, Diamond was the Director of Research for the prestigious Banff Centre. She created the renowned Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and led it until coming to Toronto in 2005. Diamond developed international summits and business development workshops and accelerators that explored the near future of new media. She built alliances between artists, designers, architects, scientists, social scientists, and international and Canadian businesses. Diamond taught at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, The California Institute for the Arts and remains Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles in the Design/Media Department. In 2007 she was named one of Canada’s fifty most significant artists as part of the Canada Council’s fiftieth anniversary celebration. Her work resides in collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, where she was honoured with a retrospective in 1992 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Family Night 
January 27, 2009

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The Fall of the Civil Courts and the Rise of Mediation
ADR - Alternate Dispute Resolution

Paul G. Torrie,  BA, LLB
President, Global Resolutions Inc.

Not every dispute is amenable to a mediated settlement. But what other options are there to court proceedings? Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) includes dispute resolution processes and techniques that fall outside of the government judicial process. Despite historic resistance to ADR by both parties and their advocates, ADR has gained widespread acceptance among both the general public and the legal profession in recent years. In fact, some courts now require some parties to resort to ADR of some type before permitting the parties' cases to be tried. The rising popularity of ADR can be explained by the increasing caseload of traditional courts, the perception that ADR imposes fewer costs than litigation, a preference for confidentiality, and the desire of some parties to have greater control over the selection of the individual or individuals who will decide their dispute. ADR is generally classified into four types: Negotiation, Mediation, Collaborative Law, and Arbitration. Beyond these basic types of ADR, there are forms that include Case Evaluation, Early Neutral Evaluation, Family Group Conference, Neutral Fact-finding and Ombuds.

Our speaker, Paul G. Torrie, founded his company, Global Resolutions Inc, to offer effective, efficient and neutral alternatives. Paul has written and lectured extensively to professional bodies, corporations, law firms and law schools on ADR and will be sharing key insights in his over 20 years of chairing a very wide range of cases including mediating Ontario's most complex motor vehicle accident case known as "Operation Fog", multifaceted land disputes for the AG of Ontario and health care disputes.

Mr. Torrie graduated from McGill University, Montreal, with an Honours Degree in 1976. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, in 1980 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1982.  He is a member of several professional organizations including the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

This evening will be a fascinating insight into the behind the scenes story of high profile ADR cases and maybe some tips to use in our own personal dispute resolution techniques. Hope to see you at our court of judgement for the last Whiff evening of 2008.

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   November 25, 2008


Meeting the Challenges of the New CBC
October 28, 2008,
Timothy W. Casgrain,  BA, CA
Chairman of the Board, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canadians want a public broadcaster that is more relevant to them; more relevant to their lives at a time when Canadians and their interests are more diverse than ever before, and they are feeling the impact of continuous change. Some Canadians worry that their public broadcaster risks becoming too commercial, but few believe taxpayers alone can provide it with the resources it needs to provide the service Canadians want. Like all organizations, for CBC/Radio-Canada to succeed it must have stable long-term funding in order to be able to run its operations effectively and to plan for the future.

Who better to describe how the CBC can meet these challenges than the Chair of the the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors?

Timothy W. Casgrain was appointed Chair of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors on April 27, 2007, for a five-year term.

Mr. Casgrain has been Chairman of Skyservice Investments Inc., a wholly owned Canadian aviation company, since 1997. From 1976 to 2002, he served as Executive Vice President of Brascan Financial Corporation and, from 1988 to 1995, he was seconded to NBS Technologies Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Casgrain began his career as a teacher in Chad, Africa, and he later became an accountant with Deloitte & Touche.

Born in Montreal, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in 1969. In 1976, he became a member of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec. He holds appointments on several boards, including Century II Holdings Inc. and the Toronto Rehab Foundation, where he is Vice-Chair. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education and President of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Sheila, have three children.

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The Economic and Financial Outlook
September 30, 2008
John Crow,  BA Oxon
Economist and former Governor of the Bank of Canada

"At the core of any central bank is a governmental licence to print money -- an alchemy of such general wonder and fascination that there is no shortage of running commentary." from the Preface of Making Money: An Insider's Perspective on Finance, Politics, and Canada's Central Bank -- John Crow.

Never a day goes by without matters of monetary policy being covered in the Canadian media. The value of our dollar, turmoil in global financial markets, economic growth vs. inflation, the possibility of a common North American currency. These are issues that constantly preoccupy our national psyche, and are particularly troublesome to a medium-sized, open economy that lives an uneasy coexistence next to the economic behemoth of the U.S.

Although much ink has been spilled over such matters, never before has it come from one so experienced as an insider in one of Canada's most influential, but least understood, institutions. John Crow's illustrious career at the Bank of Canada spanned twenty-one years, culminating in his seven-year term (1987-94) as Governor. In office through years of very controversial monetary policy, he is possibly one of the Bank's best-known governors.

Mr. Crow is currently President of J&R Crow Inc., an economic and financial consulting firm.  He also manages CIBC North American Demographics Fund. He is a director of Barrick Gold Corp, OFI Income Fund, Coastal Income Fund, Placer Dome, Timminco Ltd, Rockwater Capital and Chairman of TriNorth Capital Inc.

Prior to his involvement at the Bank of Canada, Mr. Crow worked for more than a decade at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C., where he was appointed the Chief of the North American Division in 1970.  He spent two years with the Royal Air Force. Mr. Crow received a B.A., with honours, in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University in 1961....

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June Bash 2008
June 16, 2008
Derek Hatfield,
RCMP Fraud Officer and Rolex Sailor of the Year

Our speaker, Derek Hatfield, is the first and only Canadian to qualify for the upcoming single-handed, non-stop without assistance, race around the world, the Vendé Globe 2008.

Derek is a former RCMP fraud officer and was Rolex Sailor of the Year in 2003. In 2003, he was the 126th sailor in history to finish a single-handed race around the world.  Starting in September 2002 at the age of 50, and finishing 3rd after 182 days racing on the water - he sailed over 28,700 nautical miles single-handedly, finishing 3rd in the Open 40 Spirit of Canada having pitch-poled(1) and dismasted his boat off the coast of Cape Horn, and spent five weeks repairing the boat, before getting back into the race!

On November 9, 2008, Derek will sail the first Open 60 built in Canada, the Spirit of Canada, from les Sables d'Olonne France, rounding Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa, entering the Indian Ocean, then the Southern Ocean, dancing around icebergs, rounding Cape Horn, finishing back 84 days later in France in the spring of 2009.

Please join us on the shore of Humber Bay for a fine June evening at The Boulevard Club to hear Derek talk about the challenges, both as a sailor and financially, in competing in what is known as the "Everest of the Seas".  It will be a fascinating climax to our 40th year!!!!

For more details on the AroundTogether opportunity with the Spirit of Canada visit www.spiritofcanada.net  and VendeeGlobe Skippers - Derek Hatfield
(1) pitchpoled - to capsize end over end in heavy surf

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Emergence of Northern Democracies
April 29, 2008
Dr. Ernest S. 'Tiger' Burch,  PhD
Social Anthropologist and Historical Ethnographer

Dr. Ernest S. ‘Tiger’ Burch is one of North America’s leading social anthropologists and historical enthnographers who has researched and written extensively about the northern peoples, especially those of northwestern Alaska and the central Canadian Sub-Arctic.  With the emergence of newly-established ‘democratic’ regions, notably Nunavut covering the vast area from northwest and northeast Hudson’s Bay to the North Pole, Canada has a new and particular interest in how these peoples are acclimatizing and how their lives are developing.

Dr. Burch has lived and studied in the north-western regions of the continent, where he witnessed first-hand the hunter-gatherer populations, particularly with the early periods of the Iñupiaq Eskimos of north-western Alaska.  His extensive list of publications dates back to 1971, when he was faculty member at the University of Manitoba.  While an American citizen, he has been recognized equally on both sides of the border for his knowledge of the various kinds of transactions that took place between the northern peoples.

Recently, Tiger published three major volumes of his comprehensive studies of the hunter-gatherer populations, examining every topic of significance, ranging from social relationships and settlement structure to nineteenth-century material culture.  These have been noted as the tour-de-force of Dr. Burch’s life-long efforts, documenting indigenous peoples of the North.

Dr. Burch has received many distinctions for his outstanding work, including the Professional Achievement Award of the Alaska Anthropological Association, Member, U.S. Man and the Biosphere Program, High Latitude Ecosystems Directorate (1995-1998), Member, Polar Research Board, National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (1993-1997), and including several years of Canada Council Research Grants.

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The Real Beauty of Botox
March 25, 2008
Dr. Chris Boulias,  PhD, MD, FRCPC
Scientist, Researcher, Physician

Dr. Chris Boulias is centrally involved at West Park Healthcare Centre with the spasticity clinic, treating patients who are undergoing rehabilitation following a stroke or other medically-related condition that causes muscles to continually and involuntarily contract.

Doctors at West Park use Botox, the botulinum toxin, to treat this condition.  This neurotoxin, produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, is one of the world’s most poisonous substances.  Ingesting live spores from improperly-prepared meat or unpasturized food can be fatal because the toxin paralyzes respiratory muscles.  It is the power to paralyze that doctors are investigating in order to harness this aspect to treat spasticity. 

Dr. Chris Boulias is a clinician at West Park and also a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  He also serves as President, Medical Staff Association, at West Park.

Chris is a personable physician who cares deeply about his patients and the treatment that they receive.  While he admits that the treatment will not be life-saving, it has demonstrated capabilities that enhance qualities of life and provides those patients with optimism and renewed capabilities that they had lost.  Indeed, Dr. Boulias’s dedication to the treatment of spasticity is to be recognized for the importance that medical attention is giving to a serious condition that before was left unattended.   For a recent press release on Dr Boulias' work visit Conquering Everyday Challenges of Stroke Rehabilitation

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February 25, 2008
Dr. Roberta Lynn Bondar,  OC, O.Ont, BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, MD, FRCP©, FRSC
Chancellor, Trent University

Dr. Bondar is a neurologist and researcher. After internship in internal medicine at Toronto General Hospital, she completed post-graduate medical training in neurology at the University of Western Ontario; neuro-opthalmology at Tuft’s New England Medical Center (Boston) and the Playfair Neuroscience Unit of Toronto Western Hospital; and carotid Doppler ultrasound and transcranial Doppler at the Pacific Vascular Institute (Seattle). She was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), McMaster University, 1982-84; Scientific staff, Sunnybrook Medical Centre, Toronto, 1988-present; Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Neurology, University of New Mexico, 1993-95; Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, 1992-1994; Distinguished Professor, CATE, Ryerson, 1992-present; Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, 1993-94; Visiting Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, 1994-present.

She was one of the six original Canadian astronauts selected in December, 1983 and began astronaut training in February, 1984. She served as chairperson of the Canadian Life Sciences Subcommittee for Space Station from 1985 to 1989, and as a member of the Ontario Premier’s Council on Science and Technology from 1988 to 1989. In early 1990, she was designated a prime Payload Specialist for the first International Microgravity Laboratory Mission (IML-1). Dr. Bondar flew on the space shuttle Discovery during Mission STS-42, January 22-30, 1992 where she performed life science and material science experiments in the Spacelab and on the mid-deck during her 8 days, 1 hour and 44 minutes onboard.

Dr. Roberta Bondar left the Canadian Space Agency effective September 4, 1992, to pursue her research.

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A Former Commissioner's Reflections
January 29, 2008
Tom Wright,  B.PHE., MBA
11th Commissioner of the Canadian Football League

Tom Wright, B.PHE., MBA was appointed the CFL's 11th Commissioner on November 2, 2002.  Wright attended Upper Canada College, the University of Toronto and York University. Prior to his role with the CFL, he was President of Adidas Canada and President and CEO of Salomon North America. He is involved in several charitable organizations, and was the Chairman of the Special Olympics of Canada within which he has been involved for 23 years.

After due deliberation the Junta has drafted the following questions for our speaker:
  • 2007 Grey Cup---How did the Toronto Argonauts gross $15,000,000 and earn a profit of $5,000,000 for a game in which they did not play?
  • Is the possibility and /or reality of an NFL franchise in Toronto a threat to the CFL?
  • What was it really like to have eight bosses who are competitors with one another?
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The Future of Higher Education in Ontario
November 27, 2007
Dr. Robert 'Squee' Gordon,
President Emeritus, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Dr. Robert (Squee) Gordon has spent more than forty years in public education, including seven as President of Dawson College in Montreal and twenty-five as President of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto.

Squee's background includes an Honours BA in History and a Master's Degree in Modern British History from Bishop's University, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Gordon has been active locally, nationally, and internationally in education matters, and, more recently, his many contributions have been recognized through three honorary Doctorate degrees in Laws (Guelph), Civil Law (Bishop's), and Letters (New Brunswick), each honoris causa.

His distinguished career has attracted the awards of many medals and citations, and his great abilities have attracted his commitment to provincial and national committees, as well as through significant international involvements, for the advancement of education.  Notably, he served an unprecedented three terms as Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Community Colleges in Ontario.  Recently, he accepted responsibility as President of the Corporation of Bishop's University.
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A Man for All Seasons
October 30, 2007 - Family Night
Dr. John Mighton, Ph.D,
Founder, JUMP Math

John Mighton developed the “JUMP” program (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies) to help children learn mathematics and he has published “The Myth of Ability“ on the same subject. The“ JUMP” program contends that every child can master math.

John is a playwright, philosopher and mathematician:
  • He won the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize, presented to a professional playwright who advances Canadian theatre through a body of work and influences emerging theatre artists. He has won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his plays and has won a Governor General’s Award for Drama.
  • He has lectured in Philosophy at Mc Master University.
  • He earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Toronto. John was awarded an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) post-doctoral fellowship for research in mathematics at the Field Institute.
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Toronto Chapter 40th Anniversary Reunion Dinner
September 25, 2007
Brian Gallery, Founder of Whiff of Grape

A Cornucopia of Crime & Terrorism - Closer than you think!
April 24, 2007
Chris Mathers
Crime and Risk Consultant

Chris Mathers spent most of his adult life working undercover for the RCMP, US Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Customs Service. Posing as a gangster, a drug trafficker and finally as a money launderer, Mathers has done it all, and his book, "CRIME SCHOOL: Money Laundering" tells it all.

Chris Mathers retired after a 20-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior undercover operator at the RCMP Proceeds of Crime Section where he established and operated a number of “storefront” money laundering businesses in Canada and the US, targeting Colombian, Russian and Asian organized crime groups. Chris personally infiltrated criminal organizations in North America, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.

In 1995, Chris joined the Forensic division of the international accounting firm, KPMG. In 1999, he was appointed to the position of President of KPMG Corporate Intelligence Inc. where he was responsible for international due diligence, asset recovery operations and the investigation and prevention of organized crime and money laundering.

In 2004, Chris established his own firm, chrismathers inc. where he provides crime and risk consulting services to selected domestic and international clients.

In 2005, Chris concluded an offshore asset tracing assignment on behalf of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-For-Food Programme.

As a speaker, Chris’ controversial style describes the secret underworld of gangsters and terrorists, explaining the terms and identifying the characters, in a candid, no-punches-pulled style that is consistent with this extraordinary man.

Chris is a popular media commentator and speaker and has served as a consultant on several feature films and documentaries relating to organized crime, espionage and money laundering. He recently completed filming the pilot episode of FraudWatch, a reality television production that examines the current epidemic of fraud worldwide.

Chris is currently completing his first fiction book entitled, "The Six Man".

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Chindia - Global Implications of Rapid Changes in China & India
March 27, 2007 - Family Night
Allan Seychuk, M.A. (Econ.), CFA
Economist, Philips Hager and Northh

Alan's talk focused on these key facts:   Did you know?

  • One third of world population, with rural poor moving to cities for work
  • GDP growth rates of 2-3 times that of Canada & USA
  • Population growth slowed by one-child policies
  • Literacy & education issues, but catching up quickly. Numbers of highly educated persons exceed North America
  • Combined land area 1.4 times that of Canada
  • Demand, supply and price pressures apparent on commodities & energy
  • Both transitioning from state-centric to market-based economies
  • Projected to be the world’s two largest economies in 50 years.
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The Politics of Law and Order
February27, 2007
Julian Fantino, C.O.M., O. Ont.

Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police

Commissioner Fantino was:

·         Born in Vendoglio, Italy, 1942

··         Awarded the Order of Ontario in 2003

·         Chief of Police - Toronto, 2002-2005
York Region 1998-2000
London Ontario 1991-1998

·         Ontario Commissioner of Emergency Management, 2005-2006

·     Front and centre in policing controversies on:

o        Drug and homicide squads and criminal intelligence

o        Racial profiling statistics

o        Outreach to gay community through a fab cover story

o        Child pornography investigations & associated media coverage

o        Opposition to external reviews on police conduct in Toronto

o        Controversy surrounding sons of a former chief

o        Operation True Blue – windshield stickers for donors.

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The Washington diaries 1981-1989
January 30th, 2007
Allan Ezra Gotlieb,   CC, LL.D., LL.B., MA.

Canadian Ambassador to United States, 1981-1989

Allan Ezra Gotlieb, public servant (b at Winnipeg, Man 28 Feb 1928). A Rhodes scholar and international lawyer with a reputation for intellectual toughness, Gotlieb joined the Department of External Affairs (now FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE) in 1957, a year after being called to the Bar of England (Inner Temple). He was assistant undersecretary and legal adviser 1967-68. A member of P.E. TRUDEAU'S inner circle, he was deputy minister of the new Department of Communications 1968-73 and of Manpower and Immigration 1973-76.

He returned to External Affairs as undersecretary 1977-81 and was ambassador to Washington (1981-89) where he played a highly visible role under both Liberal and Conservative prime ministers. He is the author of Disarmament and International Law (1965), Canadian Treaty-Making (1968), Impact of Technology on International Law (1982),  I'll Be With You in a Minute, Mr. Ambassador (1989) and The Washington Diaries 1981-1989 (2006)

Gotlieb was Chairman of the Canada Council (1989-94) and in 1989 W.L. Mackenzie King Visiting Professor at Harvard University. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award, Government of Canada in 1983. Gotlieb is currently chairman of Burston Marsteller Canada and a senior adviser in the law firm Bennett Jones. He is married to Sondra Gotlieb.

  • Canadian public servant, author and prodigious art collector.
  • BA from University of California at Berkeley, MA Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, and LL.B. from Harvard.
  • Advocate on realism in international relations and known for skills as a respected participant in the complex world of politics and diplomacy..
  • Chairman, the Donner Canadian Foundation and Sotheby Canada.
  • Director, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.
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Canadian Armed Forces & National Defense Policy:
Are We Ready for What the Future Holds??

November 28th, 2006
Kitson Vincent
President, Smith, Vincent & Co. Ltd.
Member of the underground royal commission, on “Does Your Vote Count?”

Mr. Vincent is the founder and Chairman of Stornoway Productions, a Toronto-based television production company established in 1983, internationally renowned for its public affairs documentaries. Stornoway's documentaries include: "Canada's Brain Drain", recently broadcast on Global TV, "Secrets in High Places" a documentary on government accountability and "A Question of Honour" which explores Canada#39;s military and foreign policy.

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Equalization and the Fiscal Imbalance
October 24th, 2006
Fred Gorbet, O.C., C.M., Ph.D.
CIT Chair in Financial Services & Director Financial Services Program, Schulich School of Business, York University

Fred Gorbet is currently the CIT Chair in Financial Services and Co-Director of the Financial Services Program at the Schulich School of Business, York University. He has extensive experience in public policy advice and formulation, particularly with regard to financial institutions and energy policy. During a 25-year career in the Canadian public service, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Department of Energy, Director of Policy for the International Energy Agency in Paris, Associate Secretary to the Cabinet for Strategic Policy and Deputy Minister of Finance.

Since leaving the public service, Fred has held senior executive positions in the life insurance industry. He has served as Executive Director of the MacKay Task Force, as Executive Director of the Saucier Task Force on Corporate Governance, as senior policy advisor to Credit Union Central of Canada on the National Initiative, and as the founding chair of the Market Surveillance Panel for administered electricity markets in Ontario..

In addition to his work at Schulich, Fred is currently a director of Assuris, the Credit Union Central of Ontario, LAWPRO, the North American Electric Reliability Council, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Covenant House Toronto and Alterna Savings, where he is Vice Chair of the Board.

He has recently completed an assignment as a member of the Panel of Experts reviewing the federal Equalization Program, and continues to chair the Canadian Advisory Board for the CEPRA project, which provides economic and policy advice to Russia in the areas of fiscal federalism and public finance. He serves on two advisory committees to the Auditor-General of Canada and is a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute.

Fred has a BA from York University and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the Dean of the Schulich School of Business and an Honorary Governor of York University.

He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000..

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Condelezza Rice’s Vision of a “New Middle East” Good or Bad?
September 26th, 2006
Kenneth Taylor, OC, B.A, MBA, LL.D

Ambassador Taylor:

   • Assisted Americans escape USA Embassy under 1979 siege in Iran

   • Former Canadian Counsel General to New York City

   • Past Chancellor of Victoria University in the U of T

   • Officer of the Order of Canada and Congressional Gold Medal

   • Remains a Canadian citizen, who resides in New York

   • Honoured with Order of Constantine.

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