Speaker Date Topic
J. Patrick Boyer Q.C, King Edward, Vanity Fair Rm. Jan 19, 2018
Foreign Voices in the House of Commons: Reflections on the Canada's Stature in its 150th Year
Foreign Voices in the House of Commons: Reflections on the Canada's Stature in its 150th Year

Patrick Boyer has led a most interesting and multi-faceted life as a university professor, journalist, authority, policy activist, publisher and former Member of Parliament (1984-1993).   Patrick Boyer was born in Bracebridge and his father was a Member of the Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park in the late 1950s.  Mr. Boyer  earned a Master’s Degree in Canadian history, a Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto and an honours degree in economics and political  from Carleton University.  He studied French-Canadian literature at the University of Montreal and studied law at the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands.   Before entering politics our speaker was a partner in the Fraser and Beatty law firm in Toronto where he specialized in communications law and electoral law.   He practised in the Western Arctic as a member of the Northwest Territories Bar.   Mr. Boyer was elected Member of Parliament in 1984, representing Toronto’s Etobicoke-Lakeshore Riding. As a member of Parliament for the next nine years he chaired three committees—on election law reform, equality rights and the status of disabled persons.   He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, National Defence, Industry, Science and Technology and Consumer and Corporate Affairs.  Following his career in politics he taught law, political science and history at the University of Toronto, Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Guelph.    He has continued to be an advocate for public policy issues including proportional representation, democratic development in Asia, Central and South American and founded the Corinne Boyer Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and Treatment.  He has authored twenty-three books on Canadian history, law, politics and governance including Foreign Voices in the House of Commons which celebrate famous world leaders who have visited Canada and spoken in the House of Commons.   Mr. Boyer resides in both Bracebridge and Toronto. 

Host: Robert O' Brien


Ernie Seaquist, Fairmont, Imperial Room, Main Lobb 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.


Darryl Singer, Lawyer and Public Speaker Feb 09, 2018
How an addicted lawyer hit rock bottom and not only reclaimed his life but now helps others
How an addicted lawyer hit rock bottom and not only reclaimed his life but now helps others


Darryl Singer is a dynamic public speaker. As someone who has dealt with and successfully recovered from addiction and depression, he draws upon what he has learned through those experiences to help his audiences help themselves and others in similar situations.

Speaking with incredible vulnerability and passion, he illustrates with personal examples from the collapse and rebuilding of his life to deliver a message of hope.Darryl has over 24 years experience as a trial lawyer. He writes and speaks extensively within the legal profession about addiction, mental health issues, recovery, time and stress management, and work/life balance.

He is the Wellness Columnist for The Lawyer’s Daily, one of the two major newspapers servicing the legal profession in Ontario. His national column for the Globe and Mail in February 2017 sparked such a positive response that Darryl realised his message to lawyers had wider application.

After almost 16 unblemished professional years, during which he taught the professional ethics module for the Law Society in Ontario, Darryl found himself suffering from a major depression.

He began to self-medicate with prescription narcotics, leading to a full blown addiction, divorce, the deterioration of his law practice, an ultimately trouble with the regulator which resulted in a 30 day suspension.

At the point at which he could have lost it all, Darryl found the intestinal fortitude to turn take charge of his recovery.

He turned himself over to the Ontario Lawyers Assistance Plan and with the help of their professional staff and peer mentors, along with intervention from his physicians, Darryl closed his practice in 2009 and spent the better part of a year working full time on his recovery.

Darryl was able by January of 2010 to defeat his addiction and depression, and start his new law firm from scratch. Darryl’s story is one of second chances and hope for those presently in despair.

Darryl has achieved a level of calm, gratitude and contentedness in his personal and professional life he never imagined possible.

He has rebuilt his practice and his life beyond where he it had been before the crash, uses the lessons he has learned in recovery, along with his other life experiences to inspire others to find balance in their lives and achieve their goals.


Host: Karl Kremer


Annual Fundraiser at Steam Whistle Mar 29, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018