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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.
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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

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


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

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

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.

Elyse Allan, GE Canada, “The Future of Work”, March 28, 2017


In her role as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Canada and Vice President GE, Elyse is a passionate champion for Canada’s competitiveness, advancing the country’s science and technology base and competitive fiscal policy.  Recently she participated in the Trump/Trudeau launch of the “Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders in Washington.

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Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart: “Indigenous Reconciliation in Canada”, February 28, 2017

suzanne-stewartimagesDr. Suzanne L. Stewart
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions, University of Toronto

Dr. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation. She is a registered psychologist and Associate Professor of Indigenous healing in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto, where she is Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education and Interim Director of the Indigenous Education Initiative.

She is Director Designate of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at U of T. Research and teaching interests include Indigenous mental health and healing in psychology (homelessness, youth mental health, identity, and work-life development), Indigenous pedagogies in higher education and psychotherapy practice/training. She is also Chair of the Aboriginal Section of the Canadian Psychology Association and is committed to advancing Indigenous healing issues through the discipline of psychology.

This meeting will be held at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 141 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2L8

Jon Kieran: “Hydro Bills, the Politics of Renewable Energy and the Relevance of Solar Power in the 21st Century”, January 31, 2017

Jon KieranJon Kieran is President of Integrus Consulting Inc., a Toronto-based advisory services firm founded in 2002. Integrus delivers corporate development and business strategies/plans aimed at distributed energy companies, and infrastructure/technology sectors.

Jon is an accomplished energy executive with 35 years’ experience. Between 2008 and 2015, Jon led $1 billion in development and due diligence initiatives on behalf of Électricité de France’s affiliate in Canada, focusing on solar rooftop and ground mount, wind, biomass, biogas, small hydro and tidal energy projects.
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Dr. Rick Huijbregts, “Digital Transformation, The Do’s and Don’ts”, Cisco Americas Managing Director, Digital Transformation and Industry Solutions, Cisco Canada Vice President, Innovation, November 29, 2016

Rick Huijbregts
imagesRick Huijbregts leads Digital Transformation business development and sales acceleration through rolling out innovative and business-relevant industry solutions at Cisco in the Americas. He oversees a geographically distributed team of industry experts that help connect the role of technology and innovation with that of delivering business outcomes to Cisco’s customers.

The team’s priority industries include manufacturing, healthcare, retail, energy, financial services, real estate and Smart and Connected Communities. Rick himself has been a leader of the Urban Innovation movement in Canada for the past 7 years, which earned him the exclusive Queen Elizabeth Royal Jubilee Award. Rick’s responsibilities further include the Go-to-Market for the Internet of Things; defining and creating new and creative industry partnerships; industry thought leadership on business transformation in the digital world; Industry and City Digitization business development; and overseeing one of Cisco’s nine worldwide Innovation Centres.
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John Campbell, “Revitalizing Toronto’s Waterfront”, October 25, 2016

john-campbell-250John Campbell, President and CEO, WATERFRONToronto, 2003-2015.

Waterfront Toronto (sometimes styled as WATERFRONToronto), is an organization administering revitalization projects along the Toronto waterfront in Canada. Formed as a partnership of three levels of Canadian government in 2001, the organization is administering several blocks of land redevelopment projects surrounding Toronto Harbour and various other initiatives to promote the revitalization of the area, including public transit, housing developments, brownfield rehabilitation, possible removal of the Gardiner Expressway in the area, the Martin Goodman Trail and lakeshore improvements and naturalization of the Don River. Actual development of the projects is done by other agencies, primarily private corporations. The projects include a series of wavedeck walkways and gathering places designed by West 8 and DTAH.

After 12 years on the job, the affable John Campbell has changed the city and helped bring it into the 21st century.