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Logistical Information about the RCYC City Clubhouse

Helpful Information about the RCYC City Clubhouse,
141 St George St, Toronto, M5R 2L8 (Map)

(1) Best Entrance: St George Street. Cloak room to right, Registration desk just inside in the entrance hall. Bar in the Model Room, also on your right.

(2) Club Parking: The RCYC club parking lots to the east of the Club and in the Club basement are for members only.

(3) Public Parking lots:
(A) Green P Parking on east side of Bedford Road just above Bloor Street, Maximum Charge after 6:00pm: $7.00
(B) OISIE Buiilding just to east of Club, Outside Lot on Prince Arthur, Maximum Charge after 4:00 pm: $8;00
(C) Holiday Inn on St George behind the former Medical Arts Building, Maximum Charge after 6:00 pm: $8.00

(4) Taking the Subway? St George Station exit using St George Street. For those using Senior’s tickets when going home you can only use at the Bedford Road Entrance.

Regarding the tragic fire at the B&R February 14, 2017

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” Winston Churchill

Dear Fellow Whiffers,

As you undoubtedly know, on Valentine’s Day, much of the Badminton and Racquet Club was destroyed by a massive fire, in which thankfully there were no serious injuries. The club facilities will be unavailable for what will probably be an extended period. Our sincere sympathies to the injured firefighter, the B&R Members and Staff.

Your Junta met on Wednesday, February 15 and activated its business continuity plan to ensure that we move forward without interruption in our 2016-2017 campaign. You will be pleased to know that in response to our request for accommodation, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) immediately extended a generous offer of assistance to enable us to fulfill our commitments for February and subsequent months. We would also like to very much thank those Whiffers who reached out to their own clubs for possible accommodation of the Whiff.

We are, of course, delighted to inform you of this swift solution and implore all of you to help the Whiff demonstrate an equal measure of appreciation by having as many of you and your guests join us at the RCYC City Clubhouse on February 28 as possible. Our speaker will be Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions, University of Toronto. Her topic is “Indigenous Reconciliation in Canada” will give us an insider’s view of the issues.

To express the Whiff’s support and solidarity, your Junta has also invited, as special guests for the evening, the Toronto Fire Chief, Matthew Pegg, David Brightling, GM and CEO of the RCYC, Derek Fisher, Commodore of the RCYC and Paul Cadieux, the COO of the B&R.

On February 28th, let us all show what an incredible and united TEAM the Whiff of Grape of Toronto is! RSVP soon. See you all there!

Your Junta,
P.S. The RCYC City Clubhouse is very well situated, with next door St. George subway station and nearby parking.
Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 141 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2L8
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Roger Vandomme, Fintech, October 31, 2017

roger-vandomme-lendified-profile-1-684x1024Roger’s impressive career has been built on the fundamentals of data analysis, predictive modeling and related decision-making. Roger has an outstanding unmatched skill-set in the field of predictive modeling and has completed numerous studies and research on decision heuristics and biases, developing reasoning methods and processes around systemic design and game theory. Roger has built a successful consulting practice around this unique knowledge base and has joined Lendified’s management team to oversee the credit modeling activities and all data analytics related to our loan portfolio.

Roger previously held the responsibility as Vice President Analytics with Equifax Canada, where he spearheaded key credit risk management projects for major financial institutions in the Americas, Europe and Asia. His experience in analytics started with Dun & Bradstreet in Europe; with NPD Canada, a leading provider in market intelligence; and with Rogers Communications for business intelligence. He currently teaches part-time on data analytics with the University of Toronto.

Roger is a Lieutenant Colonel in the French reserve forces as a Specialist in intelligence and information operations. He teaches operational planning at the Canadian Forces College and is the Deputy Defense Attaché with the French embassy. Roger holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Paris University, a MBA from Queen’s University, and a Master in Defense Studies with the Royal Military College.

“With the speed of change in technology and customer demand for quick responses, 24/7 availability and fast, objective technologically driven decision –making processes create a unique way of supporting the Small Business marketplace.”

Roger Vandomme’s Fintech Presentation

Andrew Coyne, November 28, 2017


James Andrew Coyne (born December 23, 1960) is a Canadian columnist with the National Post and a member of the At Issue panel on CBC’s The National. Previously, he has been national editor for Maclean’s and a columnist with the Globe and Mail.

Early life and education
Coyne was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Hope Meribeth Cameron (née Stobie) and James Coyne, who was governor of the Bank of Canada from 1955 to 1961. His paternal great-grandfather was historian and lawyer James Henry Coyne. His sister is actress Susan Coyne. He is also the cousin of constitutional lawyer Deborah Coyne, who is the mother of Pierre Trudeau’s youngest child.
Continue reading Andrew Coyne, November 28, 2017

Dr. Danielle Martin, “Healthy Now, The Challenges Facing the Canadian Health System”, January 30th, 2018


Dr. Danielle MartinDr. Danielle Martin MD, CCFP, FCFP, MPP
Vice-President Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions & Senior Fellow, WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care

Danielle Martin is a family doctor and national media commentator on the health issues that hit closest to home for many Canadian families. She practices in the Family Practice Health Centre at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) where she is also the Vice-President Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions. At the University of Toronto, Danielle is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and School of Public Policy and Governance.

Author of “Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve the Health of all Canadians” from Penguin Random House Canada, Danielle talks about opportunities for change that do not simply involve more spending. She continues to be a strong advocate for removing barriers to care and improving equity across Canada.

Danielle’s policy expertise and passion for equity have made her an emerging leader in the debate over the future of Canada’s health-care system. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. In 2006, her first year in practice, she helped launch Canadian Doctors for Medicare, the voice for Canadian physicians who believe in “a high quality, equitable, sustainable health system built on the best available evidence as the highest expression of Canadians caring for one another.” She chaired the board of CDM until May 2013, the year that she was also listed on the Toronto Star’s top “13 People to Watch” list.

Danielle appears regularly as a medical contributor on CBC, is a columnist for Châtelaine Magazine and an in-demand speaker on a variety of health and health care topics nationally. For more information on her upcoming book and profile, visit: www.6bigideas.ca.

No Gut No Glory, Lorene Sauro, B.A., R.H.N. February 27, 2018

Lorene SauroGut health is a hot topic but what does it mean? Discover the unfolding story of the trillions of bacteria that we live with everyday and how they determine everything about us. If we want to be the best we can be, avoid debilitating health conditions, then we really need to understand our gut bacteria and how they help us thrive. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes all have a gut health connection – everything does but so does longevity, better brain function and vitality. Learn the essentials of feeding your gut in order to thrive and be glorious.

Lorene Sauro, B.A., R.H.N. spent 15 years as a celebrated pastry chef before personal and family health issues led to a journey from dessert magician to holistic nutritionist. As a registered holistic nutritionist and teacher at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, she has been guiding future holistic nutritionists for 18 years.

In 2007, she co-founded the Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference to help her fellow professionals have a forum to be together and deepened their knowledge. In 2009, she took this one step further and co-founded the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro) in order to help the profession create strong standards and gain better recognition.

Lorene has worked tirelessly support organic farmers and environmental causes, including to organizing Feast of Fields, an event to raise money for the organic industry, for 10 years. Working with clients and helping her family and herself, Lorene developed an in-depth gut health specialty, spending enormous hours reading research and developing an approach to eating that supports the gut but still allows for the total enjoyment of food.

She is the author of A Pastry Queen Goes Green, a baking book where Lorene has put everything she ever knew about baking into one spot and it includes a holistic nutrition spin. She is also founder of the Healthy Gut program and the Healthy Hormone program for practitioners and the Simple Fermentation Online Workshop, for consumers.

She currently combines her love of food and her nutrition knowledge to promote sustainable methods for growing and preparing food. As a writer and speaker, Lorene loves to communicate, through her website, programs and events, the information that consumers and practitioners need to help them get more from their food and enjoy their life.

Tim Burrows Talks Electric Cars, March 27, 2018

Tim Burrows is a retired Vice President of Forty Creek Distillery and a graduate of the University of Toronto. He is an member of GHEVA (Golden Horseshoe Electric Vehicle Association), the Southern Ontario Tesla Owners Club and the Electric Vehicle Society. Tim and his wife Lesley have lived in Carlisle for the past 23 years.

In Tim’s words:
“I am an electric car enthusiast who has owned and driven an EV for the past four years. I have enjoyed doing a variety of talks at schools, church groups and service clubs and sharing what I’ve come to know as the benefits and challenges of EV ownership.

We are at the beginning of a revolution in the auto industry… electric cars and driverless vehicles will begin to have a profound effect on society in the very near future.”

Learn about daily life behind the wheel of an EV. The talk focuses on Tesla but includes EV history, battery tech, autonomous driving etc.

Contact: Tim Burrows
Email: TimTalksTesla@gmail.com
Web: TimTalksTesla.com

50th Anniversary, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:00pm SHARP

The Toronto Whiff of Grape will hold a reunion to celebrate our 50th Anniversary at:
The York Club, 135 St. George Street, Toronto
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, 6:00pm (SHARP!)

The black-tie evening will include a reception with drinks & hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, a 3-course gourmet dinner followed by port & stilton, a surprise visitor, a group photo and an anniversary cake!

All Whiffers are invited to give a personal reminiscence of the Whiff either by requesting a brief stint at the microphone or by having a message read should you not be able to attend.

Get in touch with other Whiffers and set up a table of 6, 8 or 10! Please note that the reunion is solely for current and past Whiffers. We hope to see you all there and look forward to a great evening of Good Fun Good Food Good Friends!

Whiff of Grape
Toronto Chapter

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June Bash, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Toronto Hunt Club

Our traditional June Bash will be held at the Toronto Hunt Club
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Arrival: 5:45pm
Cocktails, canape and hors d’oeuvre
Call to Dinner: 7:15
Dinner: 7:30
Depart: 10pm
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We return to the spectacular Toronto Hunt Club for another great evening this year. It will be a fitting finale to our 2016-17 campaign – we hope to see you all on the lakeshore on Tuesday, June 6th!

The evening will be a purely social event without a speaker allowing time to stroll the property overlooking the lake and catch up on the year.

Please refer to your personalized invitation for payment instructions.

Amanda Lang, “The Beauty of Discomfort: The importance of embracing the hard things about change.” April 25, 2017

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Amanda Lang, Anchor, Bloomberg TV Canada
Amanda Lang, born 31 October 1970, is a Canadian journalist. Formerly senior business correspondent for CBC News, she anchored the daily The Exchange with Amanda Lang on CBC News Network. Prior to her work with CBC, she was an anchor for Business News Network where she hosted SqueezePlay and The Commodities Report.

Ms Lang will talk about her new book to be published in early April: “The Beauty of Discomfort, The importance of embracing the hard things about change.” It’s about how even when we know WHAT we should do, we often don’t, and aims to show how we can overcome that!

The groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of The Power of Why.

Most of us don’t like pushing ourselves too hard, admitting we don’t know or stretching too far outside of our comfort zone. But embracing discomfort is an important tool for success. It’s a secret known by everyone from ballroom dancers to stand-up comics to the Marines. Discomfort is not the same as fear or anxiety, and, more important, knowing how to take advantage of discomfort is not an innate ability—but it’s something that we all can learn. The Beauty of Discomfort draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and provides examples and strategies from all over the world to help you become more creative, more innovative and more effective in your work and life.