Club Executives & Directors
Location: Imperial Room
Michael has done keynotes and workshops sharing his story with over 100 audiences of all ages from Canada to Italy to Asia to the Arctic. Michael is the Founder and Executive Director of UNITY Charity an organization that spawned out of his own personal story of expressing his stress. Today, UNITY reaches over 60,000 youth each year across Canada empowering them to become positive and influential leaders in priority communities using Hip-Hop as a vehicle for change.
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.
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.
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.
Topic: Innovating for Sustainability: Unlocking the Potential of Public Health Canada
2015-Youth Civic Leadership Awards
Young People are our future!
Topic: Care, Compassion and Respect for our Veterans
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.
Topic: Human Rights Watch
Topic: The Role and State of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy
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.
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.
Welcome Zone Institute Delegates and Other District Guests
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.