Speaker Date Topic
Bob Duff, St. Simon's Shelter Oct 27, 2017
Hunger, Homelessness and Housing
Hunger, Homelessness and Housing

Bob is an active advocate in his efforts to improve the homeless situation in Toronto, a situation which continues to escalate.

Since 1993 Bob has volunteered and worked for shelters in the provision of services to those who are homeless. Working on the front lines, Bob has developed, opened and/or managed five different shelters, a drop-in program and a dedicated street survivor outreach program.  He was a contributor to the mayor of Toronto’s 1998 Task Force on Homelessness.

In 2002 Bob was nominated for the “Jane Jacobs Humanitarian of the Year Award”.  Prior to working in the shelter sector Bob worked in the field of Human Resources Management for 14 Years. 

Bob is currently the Executive Director of St. Simon’s Shelter and is a volunteer keynote speaker for United Way’s Speakers Bureau. 

Host: Jonathan Wu

Bran Crombie Nov 03, 2017
Remembrance Day Lunch, Speaker to be Determined Nov 10, 2017
at the National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto
Rotary Toronto Club Assembly Nov 20, 2017
At the National Club, Main Dining Room
Rotary Children's Christmas Party Dec 02, 2017
Fairmont Royal York
Rotary's Seniors' Christmas Party Dec 08, 2017
At the Fairmont
Rotary Club Member, Friends and Family Christmas Dec 15, 2017
Lunch at the Fairmont in the Ballroom
Ernie Seaquist, Professor University of Toronto Jan 26, 2018
The Search for New Worlds Like the Earth
The Search for New Worlds Like the Earth

Ernie Seaquist is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto.

His career of research and teaching there spans a period of 50 years, working in the specialty area of the birth of new stars and the resulting impact upon their environment. He has published about 200 research papers and graduated 14 PhD and 12 MSc students.

Ernie is a long standing supporter of Canada’s engagement in astronomical research, and has served in many senior capacities in this role. He served for 11 years as the Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Director of its David Dunlap Observatory.

 He served as President of the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) and on numerous national and international committees planning major facilities for research. These include two terms on CASCA’s Long Range Planning Panel outlining priorities for Canadian astronomy, and one term as Chair of its review panel.

He also served on and chaired many panels and boards associated with multiple agencies, including the National Research Council of Canada, the international James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Space Agency and the U.S. Associated Universities Inc.

His interest in Canada’s engagement in large radio astronomy projects led to membership on the site selection panel for the international Square Kilometre Array, which will be the largest radio telescope ever built when completed in the next decade.

His most recent activity includes a term of four years as Director General of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA) which supports the acquisition of major research facilities for its 20 member universities.

ACURA was successful in obtaining federal funding ($243M) for Canadian participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope, an international giant optical telescope project with many international partners. If completed today it would be the largest of its kind in the world.