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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.

No Gut, No Glory

Dr. Danielle Martin, “Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians”, Women’s Night, 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.

Dr. Danielle Martin’s Wikipedia Profile

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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