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Sue Lougheed Thompson: The Paradox of a Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis – A Personal Reflection, February 26, 2019

Sue Lougheed Thompson: The Paradox of a Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis – A Personal Reflection
Sue Thompson, Harry McMurtry and Dr. Ross Sugar on their 500 Mile Walk in 2016.
Sue Thompson is a physical education teacher, but in the summer of 2016 she took on the endurance challenge of a lifetime. She, along with two other people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), walked 500 miles in 45 days from the Bronx to Toronto to demonstrate what all people with the disease can achieve.
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Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey: “China, Alluring Panda or Pandora’s Box” March 26, 2019

Whiff member Chris Twigge-Molecey P.Eng., Ph.D., FCAE, FCIM, will give a talk on “China, Alluring Panda or Pandora’s Box.”

Dr. Chris Chris Twigge-Molecey retired in 2013 from full time work at Hatch Ltd. where he worked for 42 years. He joined Hatch in 1971 and has held a wide range of both technical and management positions. His technical contributions have included implementation of technology development programs management of R&D programs as well as design and commissioning of full scale metallurgical plant. He lead the development of Hatch business in several overseas markets including Russia, Chile and China. He was a member of Hatch’s board of directors from 2007 to 2011.

He is past president of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as well as a past president of The Metallurgical Society. He is also a recipient of the Mineral Economics Award, from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers, a director of the Canada-China Business Council from 2003 to 2016, a past director and member of the executive committee of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council and a member of the Canadian Government Clean Mining Initiative advisory board. Chris Twigge-Molecey obtained his first degree in Mechanical Sciences from the University of Cambridge, followed by a Ph.D.in fluid mechanics from the University of Toronto.

The Search for Earth-like Planets, Dr. Michael Reid, Associate Professor of Astronomy, University of Toronto, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, April 30, 2019

Biographical Information
Dr. Michael Reid is an Associate Professor of Astronomy in the University of Toronto’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He earned his PhD from McMaster University and did post-doctoral work at the Submillimeter Array in Hawaii before joining the faculty of the University of Toronto. His expertise is in making astronomy accessible to everyone, using non-technical language. He also works as the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, where he organizes events and programs designed to share cutting-edge astronomical research with the public.

Presentation: The Search for Earth-like Planets
For thousands of years, people on Earth have wondered whether we are alone in the cosmos. Until very recently, we couldn’t even know whether there were other planets orbiting other stars. But the technological advancements of the last twenty years have transformed our understanding of our place in the universe. We now know of thousands of planets orbiting other stars. How similar are these planets to Earth? Do any of them actually host life forms of their own, and could they support life as we know it? And how soon will we know? In his presentation, Dr Reid will explore what we know about Earth-like planets – and what big mysteries remain.

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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Geordie Hyland, on the U.S. ‘distance learning’ revolution, January 29, 2019

Brief summary
Geordie is a C-level executive in the education field. His online education experience in the United States includes K-12, Higher Ed and Continuing Medical Education (CME), in North America and internationally. Geordie has held management positions overseeing large teams of educators as well as roles in Ed Tech and social entrepreneurship.

Full bio
Geordie Hyland is Executive Vice President at Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), a nonprofit healthcare educational institution based in Tampa, Florida that employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff and serves 15,000 online students and 45,000 alumni across the United States.

At UMA, Geordie oversees a team of over 500 professionals responsible for the delivery of online academic and campus services. He also leads UMA’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) division which provides training to more than 40,000 doctors and healthcare professionals annually.

Previously, Geordie served as a Vice President at K12 Inc., the largest online education provider in the United States for the kindergarten through high school age segment. At K12, Geordie was responsible for the company’s three online private schools and their partner relationships in the Middle East, China, and around the world. Prior to this position, Geordie held a business development leadership role at Blackboard, a learning management computer software company, where he launched a new business unit.

Geordie brings a broad perspective to the education field from a career path that included Google, mid-market private equity, European technology sector mergers and acquisitions and private placements, and the founding of a charitable institution.
Geordie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics, and a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University. A former professional ice hockey player and division one collegiate athlete, Geordie resides in Tampa, Florida. Geordie is a Toronto native and graduate of Upper Canada College and the son of Toronto Whiff member Bob Hyland.

Councillor Jaye Robinson, October 30, 2018

Jaye Robinson is a Canadian politician who was elected to Toronto City Council in the 2010 city council election, defeating Cliff Jenkins in Ward 25. Previously, Robinson had run against Jenkins in 2003. The close race was marked by an election night error. The city website announced that, with all the ballots in, Jenkins had lost to Robinson by 30 votes. However, only 90% of the votes had actually been counted, and by the time the full count was completed two hours later, Jenkins had pulled into the lead by 80 votes and held on to win.
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Eleanor McGrath, documentary filmmaker, ‘Forgotten’, 2016, September 25, 2018

‘Forgotten’ is a 2016 documentary film about the Canadian ‘British Home Children’ experience from 1869-1940+ during which time some 100,000 children were sent to Canada from the UK. As a result, about one in every nine families in Canada descend in some way from a ‘home child’. September 28th will mark Canada’s first British Home Child Day.
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June Bash, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Toronto Hunt Club

Our traditional June Bash will be held at the Toronto Hunt Club
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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 2017-18 campaign – we hope to see you all on the lakeshore on Tuesday, June 5th!

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.