Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO – The Toronto Foundation, Toronto’s Vital Signs-2015, January 26, 2016

Rahul BhardwajRahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO – The Toronto Foundation. On Twitter: @CEO_TorontoFdn

Rahul spoke to us in 2012. He has new material that has just been released a few weeks ago. He is a very articulate and engaging speaker who is looking forward to spending the evening with us. The topic will be “Toronto’s Vital Signs-2015“.

In his role as the President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation, Rahul has been working to engage philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. Formerly a corporate lawyer with a leading Canadian law firm, he was also Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid. Rahul was Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, the first multi-sport games to be held in Toronto, and was Co-Chair of TO2015 IGNITE, a program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. He is the past Chair of Community Foundations of Canada and is a current member of the Board of the Rideau Hall Foundation as well as Metrolinx. He has served as a Director on many cultural and civic boards in Toronto and beyond. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Toronto Life recognized him as one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in Toronto and he was recently named to The Ultimate List of Social CEOs on Twitter.

Terry Fallis, Author, Humourist, Family Night, November 24, 2015

Terry FallisTracing the Roots of a Feminist and a Novel

“Eve of Equality, a new feminist blog, becomes an overnight sensation when a wildly popular talk show host stumbles upon it, tweets about it, and promotes it on her show. The anonymous blog is intelligent, thoughtful, and bold, brazenly taking on various injustices in the lives of women. In a matter of hours, its Twitter count jumps from a paltry 19 followers to nearly 250,000, and Eve is suddenly lauded as the new voice of modern feminism.
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Donald S. Rickerd, Walking on a Tightrope: Canada and North Korea, October 27, 2015

Don-RickerdFor many decades, the Korean Peninsula has been the scene of repeated crises that have focused world attention on that small part of East Asia.

The brutal Japanese Occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945 was followed by partition of the Peninsula along the 38th Parallel. The resulting establishment of both the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea led the people of Korea into the disasters of the 1950-53 Korean War, in which Canada participated, plus numerous clashes along the Demilitarized Zone. The War ended with an armistice, but no peace treaty was ever signed.
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Bob Rae: What’s happened to Politics, September 29, 2015

Bob-RaeBob Rae’s career has led him to leadership and opposition roles in both provincial and federal government, as well as in two political parties. In this passionate, forthright book, he offers his vision for the future of Canadian politics, arguing that, as progressive citizens, we must demand a more inclusive political process and educate ourselves in the realities of politics in the twenty-first century.
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June Bash, Tuesday, June 9, 2015

For the 2015 June Bash, we are returning to The Toronto Hunt for another perfect early summer Tuesday evening, June 9, 2015, 5:45pm with a wonderful lawn reception and dinner in the wonderful oasis of country life right in the city, perched high above Lake Ontario on the Scarborough Bluffs.

An invitation with complete details will be sent in early May.

April 28, 2015: Canada’s Naval Leap into the War on Terror – ​Captain Gary Hatton RCN

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Captain Gary Hatton RCN

April 28, 2015
Captain Gary Hatton RCN, Canadian Forces College Foundation, Independent Corporate Director, Last Post Fund Ontario Branch

Gary will speak about his 2 years in Command of HMCS MONTREAL which encompassed 9/11, the Bali Bombings, the Yemen Tanker attack, the Iraq invasion and numerous other life changing events! Among many he will describe an experience he had conducting /safeguarding a US troop ship carrying 15,000 men through the Strait of Hormuz during the Persian Gulf War. He was 6 miles from shore and threatened by the possibility of Iranian missiles.
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March 31, 2015: 149 Paintings You Really Need to See in Europe (So You Can Ignore the Others) – Julian Porter, FAMILY NIGHT

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Julian Porter

FAMILY NIGHT
March 31, 2015
Julian Porter Q.C.

Julian Porter, Q.C. has practised litigation exclusively since his call to the Bar in 1964 and is recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. He now practices as independent counsel. He has appeared before all levels of Court, in every kind of civil, commercial and criminal proceeding. He acts as defence counsel for professionals and he is fond of appearing before juries.
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Jan 27, 2015: The “Pope” of Sailing – Paul Henderson

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Paul Henderson, B.A.Sc., P. Eng., Olympian, past ISAF President

Living on Toronto Island around boats and sailing, Paul Henderson learned the basics of the sport, as well as the values and importance of sport early in life. He became a very active competitor in sailing, winning medals at World, North American and USA National Championships. He has the record of having competed in all the Canadian Olympic Sailing Trials from 1948 to 1984; having represented Canada at three Olympic Games: 1964, 1968 and 1972; and would have in 1980 but for the Olympic boycott against the Soviet Union.
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Nov 25, 2014: The Arab World In Turmoil – Naeem U. Hasan

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Naeem Hasan MA, MPA, MSC

November 25, 2014
Naeem U. Hasan, MA, MPA, MSC, Ambassador (retired)

Naeem Hasan is a retired career diplomat and political analyst specialising in the Muslim World and South Asian affairs. Besides his student days at the American University in Beirut, when he was also a part time journalist, he has spent a good part of his 35 year diplomatic career in the Arab world on assignments in Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria (as Ambassador). He was also posted in the Pakistan Embassies in Prague, Belgrade and served as Ambassador to Sweden with concurrent charge for Iceland, Estonia and Latvia.

He did a long stint in senior positions, including Chef du Cabinet of the Secretary General at the Jeddah based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – the Muslim UN with membership of 57 countries. During this period he travelled extensively on official missions over the entire Muslim world spanning from Indonesia to North Africa. He was the OIC’s point man for dealing with the UN and other international and regional organisations.
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