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Executive Director/Secretary
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Executive Committee Chair
District Level Membership Chair
Audit Committee Liaison Director
Strategic Planning Liaison Director
Goverance Liaison Director
Honours & Awards Liaison Director & Chair
Club Assembly Liaison Director & Chair
Fundraising Liaison Director
Marketing & Communications Liaison Director
Program Liaison Director
Membership Development Liaison Director
Fellowship & Entertainment Liaison Director
International Service Liaison Director
Community Service Liaison Director
Women's Initiative Liaison Director
Seniors Citizens' Liaison Director
Aboriginal Service Liaison Director
Youth & Children Liaison Director
Rotaract Clubs Liaison Director
District 7070 Liaison Director
 

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Welcome to Our Club!

Toronto

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 p.m. please arrive no later than 12:00 noon 
The Fairmont Royal York
100 Front Street West
(Meeting Room, subject to change weekly- call the Rotary office: 416-363-0604)
Toronto, ON  M5J 1E3
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President, David Hetherington, District Governor, Michael Bell and Assistant District Governor Mary Lou Harrison
 
Guest Speaker Friday, July 24, 2015
Location:  Imperial Room, Fairmont Royal York
Topic: "Looking At Our Clubs Through Fresh Eyes"
 
Michael believes that, as Ghandi said, “You have to be the change that you want to see in the world”.
 
His involvement in Rotary allows him to do this. Michael was born and raised in the west end of Toronto attending Royal York Collegiate, York University and Humber College. He spent the majority of his business career running the family fur business before selling it and retiring in 2008.
 
 
 
 
 
     On July 1st, 2015 The Rotary Club of Toronto embarked on its 103rd year of community service.  Through the efforts of our members, the Club is dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in the Toronto Community.   We also seek to help people in difficult living conditions in foreign lands through our International Service Committee.  This continues to be accomplished with fervor and fellowship by our dedicated members.   We encourage our Philanthropic Committees to seek out new needs in our community that should be addressed by our Club.   This is our tradition.
 
     Every institution needs to take time to re-examine its goals and practices and The Rotary Club of Toronto is no exception.   To this end, at the urging of Past President Sandy Boucher (yes, the recent father …. again), the Club established a Strategic Plan.   In order to insure that the implementation of this Plan is ongoing, the President – Elect will be the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for each future year.
 
 
 

Special Guest Speaker

Location: National Club, 303 Bay Street

Topic:  President Steve's Farewell 

It’s difficult to believe that it has been one year since I had the privilege of taking the oath of office as President of the Rotary Club of Toronto. And what a year it has been! I noted in my inaugural address that I believed it is the job of the President to work along with a talented group of people to make the Rotary Club of Toronto even stronger by year end. Thanks to the Board of Directors, the committees and all our members, I believe that we have achieved that goal. 

 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, June 19, 2015
Location:  At the National Club 
Topic:  Reconciliation:  the Children's Version

Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Associate Professor, University of Alberta and Director of FNCARES
A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. As Director of the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) at the University of Alberta, her research interests are Indigenous theory and the identification and remediation of structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth and families.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, June 12, 2015
Topic:  British Priorities After The Election
Location:  In the Imperial Room at the Fairmont
 
Kevin McGurgan took up his appointment as HM Consul General and Director-General for UK Trade and Investment in Toronto in August 2014.
 
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1971, Kevin joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1990. He comes to Canada after four years as Consul-General in Florida, based in Miami. During that period he was responsible for business development between the UK and Florida and oversaw the expansion of the Consulate’s staff and role across Florida and the Caribbean.
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF TORONTO AND TORONTO ARGONAUTS COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
PULLING TOGETHER FOR SERVICE ABOVE SELF
 
The Rotary Club of Toronto and Toronto Argonauts Community Scholarship recipient exemplifies the traits of perseverance and determination in their daily life and amongst their school and community.  The scholarship will recognize a student who shows a commitment to academics, has a financial need, and strives to improve their community through volunteering and dedication. The scholarship will pay for a full school tuition for post secondary education.  The Rotary Club of Toronto Community Champion Scholarship is funded by the Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, May 8, 2015
Topic:  Managing Insecurity/Humanitarian Crisis
Location:  At the National Club - 303 Bay Street 
 
Stephen Cornish is the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Canada. With over ten years of direct field experience, Cornish has managed major MSF humanitarian interventions in Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia, Peru and elsewhere. Cornish holds a Masters degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris and post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in active conflict settings across the globe and played key roles in resolving aid worker abduction crises and other emergency scenarios.
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, May 1st, 2015
Topic: "Tennis in Canada Today"
Location: Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor - Fairmont Royal York
 
 
Kelly D. Murumets assumed the role of President and CEO of Tennis Canada in March 2014.  She joined Tennis Canada after serving as President and CEO of ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada since 2007.
 
Prior to her role with ParticipACTION, Ms. Murumets was president of a publicly traded U.S. telecommunications company, where she oversaw the integration of four bankrupt/nearly bankrupt companies into one thriving organization that ranked 7th in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Program.
She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and has advised leaders from Canada, the United States, South America and Europe on how to develop focused strategies and realize results within their organizations.
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 24, 2015
Topic: "Once Upon a Brand" - "The Art of Corporate Storytelling"
Location: Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor - Fairmont Royal York
 
 
For over 25 years, Neil has been the creative leader behind many of Canada’s most famous, enduring and successful brand campaigns. His creative contributions have run the gamut from contributing to the legend of The Caramilk Secret, to launching multi-billion dollar upstarts like Wind Mobile, to charitable campaigns that have led to record giving and, most recently, the widely acclaimed We All Play for Canada campaign for Canadian Tire.
 
As different as the clients behind the campaigns appear, the secret behind Neil’s success is always the same: humanity and a soft storytelling touch which has seen Neil’s creative leadership awarded Agency of the Year honours five times for business building results.
 
Neil is looking forward to sharing with the Rotary audience his insights into the art of storytelling. And more specifically, the magic he has witnessed when the companies he works with stop telling people what they do and start inspiring them with why they do it. 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 17, 2015
Location:  National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  "The Two Freedoms That Matter Most and Why..."
Hugh Segal, the 5th Master of Massey College, University of Toronto has served in the public sector as Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Chief of Staff and Associate Cabinet Secretary in Ontario to the Hon William Davis and a member of the Senate of Canada.   In the Senate he chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Special Committee on Anti-Terrorism.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 10, 2015
Location:  Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor - Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  "Forgiveness:  The Japanese Canadian Experience"
 
 A lawyer by training, Mark Sakamoto has enjoyed a rich and varied career.   He began his professional career in live music, working with several international acts.  He has worked at a national law firm (Heenan Blaikie LLP), a national broadcaster (CBC) and has served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader (Michael Ignatieff).
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 27, 2015
Topic:  “Science and Compassion in the New Psychiatry”.
Location:  Imperial Room - Fairmont Royal York
 
Dr. Paul Garfinkel is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

He obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1969, and following an internship at the Toronto Western Hospital, did a psychiatric residency at the University of Toronto.  He then studied in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto and later joined the staff of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 20, 2015
Topic:  Rotary's Commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goal​ # 15
i.e. To Reduce by 50% the World Population Without Potable Water and Adequate Sanitation.  
How Can This Be Achieved? 
Location:  At the National Club 
 
Ron Denham received his education in England where he obtained a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.
 
After obtaining an MBA in Business Administration, he entered the management consulting profession, eventually becoming Senior Partner and Vice Chairman of KPMG Management Consulting, Canada’s largest management consulting firm.  In this capacity he played a major role in development projects in Peru, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Greece, Algeria, Senegal and Cuba, Subsequently he joined A.T. Kearney where he was Director responsible for developing the Canadian practice.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 13, 2015
Location:  Upper Canada Room, 18th fl. at the Fairmont Royal York
 
Sheldon Levy is President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University, and has been a respected postsecondary leader and analytical visionary for the past forty years. He previously served as Vice President Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President Government and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; President, Sheridan College; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker, Friday, March 6, 2015
Topic:  "Farewell Chief William Blair- A Decade of Outstanding Leadership"
Location:  Fairmont Royal York, Upper Canada Room
 
William Blair was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service on April 26, 2005.  The City of Toronto is a vibrant city covering 636 square kilometres with a diverse population of more than 2,600,000 people. The Toronto Police Service employs over 5500 police officers and 2200 civilian employees, making it the largest municipal police service in Canada and one of the largest in North America. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, February 27, 2015
 
Location:  at the Fairmont Royal York in the Imperial Room (Main Lobby)

Topic: Innovating for Sustainability: Unlocking the Potential of Public Health Canada

Danielle Martin is Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital (WCH) and a family physician in the Family Practice Health Centre at WCH. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. 
 
 
 

2015-Youth Civic Leadership Awards

Young People are our future!

2015 Youth Civic Leadership Awards
 
At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we believe that young people in our city are not only our future, they are our present.
 
Youth in the City of Toronto show civic leadership in many ways across all sectors of our society. We believe if we wish these young people to continue their leadership with compassion, creativity and tenacity, we must acknowledge and celebrate their many accomplishments.
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, January 23, 2015
Location:  In the Ballroom 
at Fairmont Royal York

Topic: Care, Compassion and Respect for our Veterans

Erin O'Toole was first elected to the House of Commons in November 2012.
 
In January 2015, Mr. O'Toole was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs. Previously, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade in September 2013.
 
Mr. O'Toole graduated from the Royal Military College in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) and was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, January 30, 2015
Location:  In the Upper Canada
at Fairmont Royal York

Topic: Human Rights Watch

 
Jasmine has been the Canada  Director of Human Rights Watch since the office opened in 2004.  Human Rights Watch in Canada is focused on outreach, fundraising and advocacy. Under Jasmine’s leadership , the Canada Committee has grown to 50 members in Toronto and Ottawa. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Jasmine was the Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and prior to that she was in-house counsel for Crown Life Insurance Company, specializing in employment law.
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, February 6, 2015
In the Upper Canada Room - 18 floor of the Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  The Voices of Children:  Ending Violence and Exploitation Against Children
 
Passionate about protecting the rights of children around the world, Mark Lukowski has been Chief Executive Officer of Christian Children’s Fund of Canada since April 2009.  
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, Jan. 16, 2015
Location:  The National Club - 303 Bay Street

Topic: The Role and State of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy

 
Rob was born and raised in Oakville.  After feeling a call to the priesthood he began his seminary training in 1986 at Resurrection College Seminary at St. Jerome’s College, University of Waterloo. After graduating with a BA in Philosophy in 1989 he began his theological training at St. Peter’s Seminary at the University of Western Ontario graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1993. Rob was ordained a Deacon on April 17, 1993 and a priest on May 7, 1994 for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. While with the Diocese of Hamilton, he served in parishes in Brantford, Guelph and Hamilton.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, December 5, 2014 
Lunch Location:  The National Club
 
Mr. Patrick O’Driscoll is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Corby and has been a director of Corby since July 2009.  Mr. O’Driscoll’s career in the Spirits and Wine industry spans over 25 years.  Prior to joining Corby he was the Chief Executive Officer of Malibu-Kahlúa International, a dba of Pernod Ricard U.S.A. LLC, from 2007 to 2009.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, November 28, 2014
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Upper Canada Room, 18th floor

Topic: The World Remembers 

 
R.H. Thomson, one of Canada’s foremost actors and directors, includes among his accolades the Toronto Drama Bench Award for “outstanding body of work” spanning thirty years and covering theatre, film and television and the Gascon-Thomas Award recognizing his career in the arts. On stage, his theatre roles have ranged from Marc Antony in Julius Caesar at Canada’s Stratford Festival to Glenn Gould in the plan Glenn. R.H. Thomson was Artistic Director for the 1991/1992 Season of Toronto’s World Stage Theatre Festival as well as the Co-Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Works until 2006. He hosted Man Alive on the CBC for three seasons.
 
 
 
Fearless Leaders Richard White (Club President 2013-2014) and Pat Neuman (Chair of Fundraising) show the rest of the volunteers how it’s done!
 
RIBFEST 2014-by Shannon Lundquist
 
Another Canada Day and another scorching hot Ribfest! With over 100,000 attendees to the 15th Annual Toronto Ribfest, anticipated net proceeds to Rotary charities will total over $60,000. All told, 97 boisterous volunteer Rotarians from Toronto and Sunrise, as well as Rotaractors from UofT and Toronto, contributed more than 665 hours to greeting at the gate. Action was non-stop and there was never a dull moment.
 
Ribfest brings out the heat (and humidity) for both tasty treats and those in search of shelter! Our own celebrity judges: Richard (chicken), Steve (pulled pork) and Pat (ribs) can attest to the delicious quality and variety. Food Network, here they come!
 
 
 

In the Upper Canada Room, at the Fairmont Royal York

 

Ron is a keynote speaker who is starting to aid senior business leaders and is a relationship management expert.

 

Ron is a married father of 4, who resides in Toronto.

 

Ron built his career in finance with Euro Brokers Canada Ltd./Maxcor Inc., where he held increasingly progressive roles culminating in the role of Vice President.

 

In 2000, Ron was one of two Canadian employees selected to close the Canadian operations and shift the Canadian business to New York City and excelled in the larger, fast-paced trading culture consisting of 350 specialized brokers.

 

Working in the World Trade Center and surviving the life-changing events of 9/11 in NYC, Ron was the last known man out of the South Tower of the World Trade Centre.  Twice during the ordeal, Ron was just minutes away from being killed.

 

 

 
 
 

President, Steve Smith to Make Opening Kick-Off for New Rotary Club of Toronto- Toronto Argos Scholarship Winner

– by Nancy Schaefer, Chair, Scholarship Committee

Our Centennial Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the year - three winner of The Rotary Club of Toronto and the Toronto Argonauts’ Community Champion Scholarship. Our unique scholarship is designed to send a deserving high school student to a local university with a four-year tuition scholarship. The student must demonstrate academic achievement, community volunteerism and financial need. This year’s winner is John Chen.

 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, November 21, 2014
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - In Tudor 7 & 8
Topic: Kids Against Hunger
 

Wayne McConnachie:

Did you know that about 1 billion people on this planet go to bed hungry each night, and that a child dies every 6 seconds due to a hunger-related cause? It is these alarming statistics that motivate Wayne McConnachie to be a part of the solution.

 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday Lunch, November 14, 2014
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
Topic: Lessons in Partnership: What Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle Taught Us About Working Together
 
Ray Argyle is the author of five books, the most recent of which is The Paris Game, which describes the Liberation of Paris and France which marks its 70th Anniversary this year and was the turning point of the War. His other books include Turning Points, the Boy in the Picture, Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime, and Joey Smallwood, Schemer or Dreamer.  
 
 
 
Remembrance Day Guest Speaker for Friday, November 7, 2014 
Lunch Location:  The National Club
 
Brigadier General Julian Chapman joined the Canadian Forces in 1980.  He graduated with a baccalaureate in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto.  BGen Chapman began his military career in Toronto Scottish Regiment as a Private.  He was commissioned in 1982 and has held most of the officer appointments in the Regiment.  His staff experience includes five years at Toronto District Headquarters which is now known as 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters.  
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Take some time to give thanks

for all those in the armed forces

who have made sacrifices

to preserve our rights and freedoms.

 

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

 

 
 
Guest Speaker for Women's Committee Friday Lunch, October 31, 2014
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Ballroom, C Level
Topic: Understanding Alzheimers: Why 70% Of New Cases Are Women
 
Lynn Posluns is Founder and President of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, the global charitable foundation raising money for research and education to combat brain-aging diseases that affect women. While serving as Founder and Chair of Women of Baycrest, Lynn recognized the need to raise awareness and funds beyond Toronto to help women stay brain healthy longer. Lynn’s passion and commitment for the cause now continues on a worldwide basis supporting worthy institutions that want to combat this impending crisis.
 
 
 
Special Guest for Friday Lunch, October 24, 2014, World Polio Day
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Upper Canada Room, 18th floor
 
Back in the day, young Roger Ashby was considering life as a university student, had even paid his deposit, when a radio station in Hamilton stepped up and hired him during the summer. Ashby decided to forego university and embarked on what would become a rather remarkable career in radio. Ashby was a radio nut even as a kid and his dad set up a home-made radio studio in the basement, with speakers throughout the house, and Ashby would practice his "broadcasting" every afternoon after school.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker for Friday October 17, 2014 Zone Lunch
Location:  Fairmont Royal York - Concert Hall on C. Level

Welcome Zone Institute Delegates and Other District Guests

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is CEO and founder of a publicly listed company with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. His company, Printcare Plc, is the winner of national and international awards of excellence. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association.
 
A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served RI as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor.
 
As his country's national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully negotiate a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children.
 
 
 

 
 
Fellow Rotarians
 
Welcome to the New Rotary year! I am honoured and delighted to serve as President for the 2014/15 year and look forward to working together to continue the good works of this great club.
 
As a result of the tireless contributions of our current members, and those members who have served over the last 101 years, the Rotary Club of Toronto has made a significant contribution in the lives of an innumerable amount of people in our community and abroad. And we will continue to do so.
 
The spirit of Rotary and the philosophy of “Service Above Self” has remained constant since our club was founded. The reasoning, the “Why”, we become Rotarians has not changed over the years. The goal of making a difference in the lives of others remains as strong today as when we began in 1912. With the passage of time, however, demographics change and the ways in which we perform and deliver our services to the community has evolved. Today we are an organization of men and women from many varied backgrounds (and age groups!) that bring an extensive and diverse set of talents and skills to the table. This is the “Power of Rotary” today. And in order to thrive, we must continue to attract likeminded people who will join us. In the words of a certain poet/songwriter, the Times They are a’ Changin’! In fact, have changed. And we must continue to evolve with the times. This does not mean that we abandon the tradition of our great club. It means that we must build on it and find innovative ways that are even more effective and to continue evolving so that we can attract new members, including young professionals and corporations, with similar altruistic goals.  This is the basis our Strategic Plan.
 
 
 
 
Thorkil Sonne, Founder of the Danish Social Innovation Specialisterne
 
Theme:
 
More and more people are being diagnosed with a disability and struggle to find meaningful and productive jobs in the labor market. At the same time many businesses face a shortage of skilled employees. The gap between untapped talent among people with disabilities and vacant jobs can be reduced or even removed. The founder of the Danish Social Innovation Specialisterne will share experience from Denmark and Canada and discuss how stakeholders can work together to realize the goal to enable One Million Jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.
 
Biography
Thorkil Sonne is the founder and chairman of Specialisterne and Specialist People Foundation. Thorkil first became involved in autism when his son Lars was diagnosed with infantile autism in 1999. He became active in Danish Autism Society, eventually leaving his Technical Director position in an IT startup company to establish Specialisterne in 2003. Thorkil has since played an active role in global social entrepreneurship, and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2009 and Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. He is now based in the United States where he is driving the expansion of the Specialisterne model.

 
 

 
 
Official Visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince Couple of Denmark
 
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be our guests of honour at The Rotary Club of Toronto luncheon meeting to be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, in the Concert Hall at the Fairmont Royal York.  
 
IMPORTANT;  THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT THERE ARE NO MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS OR GUESTS!
 
 
We will be honoured by the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess of Denmark who are attending in support of our guest speaker, Thorkil Sonne, the Founder and Chairman of “Specialisterne” and the not for profit “Special People Foundation”. The Foundation has as its mission the enabling of one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.
 
On the occasion of the official Canadian visit by the Royal Couple from September 17 to 19, a large Danish business delegation headed by the Danish Minister for Trade and Development Corporation will travel to Ottawa and Toronto to strengthen and increase existing business relationships between Denmark and Canada. Danish companies in fashion, healthcare, pharma, medical devices, food and beverage, building construction, interior design, city planning and energy efficiency fields will be represented.
 
 
 
 

Speakers

Aug 07, 2015
Allen MacInnis, Young People's Theatre
YPT Toronto's Most Important Theatre - Let Me Tell You Why?
Sep 18, 2015
Sep 25, 2015
Dr. Shannon Meadows
Infectious Diseases (animal to human).
Oct 02, 2015
Dr. Carolyn Harris
800th Anniversary Magna Carta
Oct 23, 2015
Andrea Cohen-Barrick
Trillium Foundation
Nov 06, 2015
John Plumpton - Remembrance Day Lunch
Remebering the Great War
 

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