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).
October 29, 2013
A Passion for Art
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
and the Royal Ontario Museum
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
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.
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.
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
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!!
April 30, 2013
Postponed - A Passion for Art
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.
March 26, 2013
March to the Top
Co-Chair, True Patriot Love Expedition - Himalayas
Our midwinter speaker, Rocco Rossi, co-chaired an expedition of
wounded Canadian veterans and a group of
10 corporate leaders on a
trek to Everest Base Camp and the summit of the 20,305
ft. Island Peak. The October 2012 inaugural
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
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.
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
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,
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
In 2001, Rob received the
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
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
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
trains due to open in 2015, the $5B
Eglinton-Scarborough LRT, the congestion reducing
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!!
January 29, 2013
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
to the Ontario Archives, the largest gift it had received to that time.
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
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 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.
November 27, 2012
"We must have pride
in our common landmarks and stories to cohere as a society."
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.
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.
October 30, 2012
FIXING THE GAME:
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
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);
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
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
everyone time to stroll the property, reminisce about the great Whiff evenings of the 2011-12 campaign and talk about summer plans.
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
in the universe certainly made it more comprehensible for all of us
and our guests.
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
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.
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
Chair in Neurosurgery and the
Campeau Family-Charles Tator Chair
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
Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital. In 2010, he received the
Lifetime Achievement Award, of the
Canadian Neurosurgical Society
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.
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.
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,
curates four on-line paper.li newspapers and is
co-host of the Inside PR podcast.
He is @thornley on Twitter and
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.
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
Read all about John's two walks to Santiago in the
John & Encarnita on the Camino Blog
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.
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.
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. -
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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.
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
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.
March 29, 2011
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Lessons In Greatness From the Olympic Games
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.
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.,
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,
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.
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
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.
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
Rights and Freedoms. See you all there!!
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.
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
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
website that offers journalists a tool for self-assessment of
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),
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
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
He can be heard on NPR's Fresh Air program
here. He co-authored an excellent Nieman Foundation
Women War Correspondents: They Are Different in So Many Ways.
October 26, 2010
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.
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.
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
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.
September 28, 2010
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
June 7, 2010
Wrongful Convictions in Canada
James Lockyer, LLD
Lockyer Campbell Posner
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
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,
Robert Baltovich, Peter Frumusa,
Sherry Sherett-Robinson and
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!
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
Some interesting articles about James Lockyer can be read
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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
Other positions Dr. Hyland has held include a brief stint as a biology
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
of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
in 2002 and the
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.
March 30, 2010
"warm, engaging and the absolute best teacher ... a pioneer, sage, diplomat, leader, recruiter and scientist - a St.
- Dr. Bob Howard,
CEO St. Michael's Hospital
"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
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
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
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
Know What You’re Thinking" (2009).
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 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 Rudge, Chairman, Canadian Olympic Committee
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
January 26, 2010
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on Chris by clicking
The Connection between Human
Beings and the Places They Inhabit
Colin Ellard, Associate Chair Psychology, Undergrad Studies, University
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
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
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
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
DQ, a fundraiser for
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,
Arts Lodges (PAL) and
September 29, 2009
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
Manufactured Landscapes and was one of three to win the
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
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
Nicholas Metivier Gallery. Edward is also on the board of
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.
2009 June Bash
June 23, 2009
at the Granite Club
Manufactured Landscape: (.mov) 2:02min]
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Galileo's Revolution: Celebrating 400 Years of the Astronomical
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
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
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
Factoid: He and his wife, Marie, who directs the Neurognetics Lab at
Toronto's Surrey Place, have
twin asteroids named after them.
April 28, 2009
The Best Laid Plans
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 &
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
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
Chapter 1 or listen to the original
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.
March 31, 2009
“Amusing, enlightening — and Canadian,
and it deftly explores the Machiavellian machinations of Ottawa’s
- Globe and Mail
What is Wrong with the Alzheimer's Brain?
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
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”.
February 24, 2009
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showing the main features of the Alzheimer’s pathology.
The Beauty of Art: Handmade/Digital
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
Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, the Board of Directors of the
Toronto Arts Council Foundation
ORANO, Ontario's high speed
network. She is a founding member of
CONCERT and the Chair of the
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
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
Institute of Art & Design,
The California Institute for the Arts and
remains Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles in
Design/Media Department. In 2007 she was named one of Canada’s
fifty most significant artists as part of the
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.
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
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
Our speaker, Paul G. Torrie, founded his company,
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
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.
November 25, 2008
Meeting the Challenges of the New
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.
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....
June Bash 2008
June 16, 2008
RCMP Fraud Officer and Rolex Sailor of the
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
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
VendeeGlobe Skippers - Derek Hatfield
(1) pitchpoled - to capsize end over end in heavy surf
Track Derek Hatfield and
the Spirit of Canada
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
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.
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.
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.
A Former Commissioner's Reflections
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.
January 29, 2008
Tom Wright, B.PHE., MBA
11th Commissioner of the Canadian Football
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?
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.
A Man for All Seasons
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.
October 30, 2007 - Family Night
Dr. John Mighton,
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.
Toronto Chapter 40th Anniversary
September 25, 2007
Brian Gallery, Founder of Whiff of Grape
of Crime & Terrorism - Closer than you think!
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,
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
Chris is currently completing his first fiction book entitled, "The Six Man".
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
- Both transitioning from state-centric to market-based
- Projected to be the world’s two largest economies in
of Law and Order
Julian Fantino, C.O.M., O. Ont.
Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police
Commissioner Fantino was:
in Vendoglio, Italy, 1942
Awarded the Order
of Ontario in 2003
of Police - Toronto, 2002-2005
York Region 1998-2000
Commissioner of Emergency Management, 2005-2006
Front and centre in policing controversies on:
Drug and homicide squads and criminal intelligence
Racial profiling statistics
Outreach to gay community through a fab cover story
Child pornography investigations & associated media coverage
Opposition to external reviews on police conduct in Toronto
Controversy surrounding sons of a former chief
Operation True Blue – windshield stickers for donors.
January 30th, 2007
Allan Ezra Gotlieb, CC, LL.D., LL.B.,
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
- Director, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.
Forces & National Defense Policy:
Are We Ready for What the Future Holds??
November 28th, 2006
President, Smith, Vincent & Co. Ltd.
Member of the underground royal commission, on “Does Your Vote
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.
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
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..
Rice’s Vision of a “New Middle East” Good or Bad?
September 26th, 2006
Kenneth Taylor, OC, B.A, MBA, LL.D
• 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.