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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.

Jaye Robinson is the City Councillor for Ward 25—Don Valley West and Chair of the Transportation, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

She brings significant municipal experience to her role as Councillor. Jaye was a senior manager in economic development at the City of Toronto for over 20 years. With an entrepreneurial approach, she successfully merged arts and community building initiatives with economic development strategies, creating a vibrant roster of annual events that generated significant economic benefits for the City. Her resume includes Nuit Blanche, Summerlicious and Winterlicious. Jaye also assumed a leadership role in her community as an executive on the board of her local residents’ association.

In her first term, Jaye passed more than 100 motions to improve traffic and pedestrian safety, streamline the planning process, and preserve the beautiful neighbourhoods of Ward 25.

Jaye was re-elected for a second term in 2014 with one of the cities highest pluralities. She continues to focus on improving our City through open discussion and evidence-based decision making. A believer in transparent democracy, Jaye strives to make municipal politics more accessible for residents and to consult the neighbourhoods she represents to inform her position on municipal issues.

Since 2014, Jaye has continued to prioritize community planning and development reform, traffic and congestion management, the improvement of Toronto’s fiscal health, and the protection of trees and green spaces.

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 includes K-12 and Higher Ed in the United States 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 more than 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 leading 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 College. A former professional ice hockey player and division one collegiate athlete, Geordie is married to Dr. Mercedes Hinton. They and their two children reside in Tampa, Florida.

Geordie is a Toronto native and graduate of Upper Canada College and the son of Toronto Whiff member Bob Hyland.

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

Sue Lougheed Thompson is an educator who taught in Toronto schools for nearly 30 years and has been living with Parkinson’s for the past eight.

The journey she has taken since being diagnosed at age 47 may surprise you. Join us on February 26th to hear Sue’s personal reflection on her life experiences with Parkinson’s including her part in the fundraising 500 Miles For Parkinson’s walk from New York City to Toronto in May 2016.
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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 Twigge-Molecey retired in 2013 from 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.
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