Iain Dobson is an internationally recognized expert on city development, urban mobility and transit systems. He advocates for fact-based planning decisions. He currently publishes a bi-monthly report on how many office employees are back in the office. His talk will examine the lasting effects of the COVID pandemic, the new debate about work-from-home and the financial impact it is having on city centres.
Since 2000, when Iain retired from a successful 25-year career in commercial real estate development, he has focused on bringing the principles of evidence-based value planning in the private and public sectors to development and investment decisions. He co-founded the Strategic Regional Research Alliance, a research body which partners with all levels of government and the private sector to provide a better understanding of the components and complexities of making informed infrastructure investment decisions. He also co-founded The Value Planning Group and the Real Estate Search Corporation, which satisfies the ever-growing need for comprehensive, reliable, accurate independently collected data. Continue reading Iain Dobson, The Impact of Remote Work on Cities, September 26, 2023→
Finally, after a three-year Covid hiatus, your Junta is pleased to invite you and a guest to the 2023 June Bash on Monday, June 5th. We are returning to the RCYC on the Island and hoping for a lovely early summer evening of celebration.
Each event ticket @ $125 per person includes a launch pass to the Island, a reception, hors d’oeuvres, and a fine dinner, including wine. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm. For those wishing to take part in a short tour of the RCYC’s Island facilities, Peter Baines has arranged a walkabout at 5:30pm to be conducted by RCYC Curator and Archivist Beverley Darville.
The evening was a great success with 77 attendees on a lovely early summer evening. Canapes & drinks on the upstairs verandah after a great tour of the RCYC buildings and historical memorabilia. (The Whiff made a donation on behalf of members to the RCYC’s Archive Acquisition Fund in appreciation for the tours.) A lovely dinner in the Ballroom with introductions of first time guests and a tribute to the outgoing Junta, was capped off with a great sunset view of the city.
A special pamphlet was prepared and distributed on the tables. A copy of it can be downloaded from here.
Fellow Whiffer, Chris Twigge-Molecey, has been asked to give us an update on his March 2019 talk on China. With the coronation of Xi Jinping for a third term as CCP General Secretary, have China’s global ambitions changed and what should we, as Canadians, really worry about?
RSVP by Mar 22nd to attend in person. [N.B., this will not be aWhiff@Homemeeting.]
Ken is a long time active member of the Toronto Whiff who now lives in Peterborough. Born and raised in North Toronto, his post-secondary education saw him attend Ridley College and then the University of Toronto, majoring in psychology. He then began a 30-year executive career with Imperial Oil Limited, Exxon Corporation and Esso Inter-America which meant moving 18 times to support his roles in marketing, strategic planning and human resources. In his 50s, he joined accounting giant Coopers and Lybrand as a management consultant and, on behalf of the Canadian Executive Services Organization, served as a company consultant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia until his dream job was offered to him – running Outward Bound Canada. Continue reading Ken Powell, “Civilizations Collide in the Search For a Northwest Passage”, March 28, 2023→
With the passing of Elizabeth Regina and the upcoming coronation of our new King, John’s many years of being an ardent proponent and debater in defence of the Crown make him the ideal speaker to give us an Update on the Monarchy in Canada. He graciously acquiesced to the Speakers Bureau’s request to speak to us again, this time about how things have changed since his 2012 book The Secret of the Crown: Canada’s Affair with Royalty.Whiffers, family and friends will enjoy another thought provoking talk by a great Canadian journalist.
The meeting will be held at the Royal Canadian Military Institute, 426 University Ave. Unfortunately as our tech gurus are both travelling, there won’t be a Whiff@Home option for this meeting.
Join fellow Whiffers on Tuesday, February 28th The reception at the RCMI begins at 6:00 pm.
Sorry, but the deadline to RSVP for this meeting has passed.
Bev Moir‘s career took her from ‘health’ care to ‘wealth’ care. After completing a nursing science degree at Queen’s University and a graduate degree in health administration at the University of Alberta, she spent 20 years in health care, primarily in academic tertiary care settings. During the early 1990s, she sought another opportunity and spent 26 years at Scotia Wealth Management, building and leading a wealth advisory practice.
In 2019, Bev was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and given a life expectancy of six months to three years. As the reality hit, it’s not surprising her priorities shifted. By February 1, 2020, she successfully transitioned her practice to another Scotia Wealth advisor to spend her remaining time with family and friends doing what she enjoys.
Continue reading Dr Alexander Louie, Scientist, and Bev Moir, Lung Cancer Advocate: “Why lung cancer should be on your radar”, January 31, 2023→
Robert Charles Jefferys Baines, CD, MA, is the President and CEO of the NATO Association of Canada, where he is focused on communicating the importance of NATO and the international-rules based order to Canadians. The Association is a charitable non-profit which hosts events across Canada, publishes hundreds of articles online every year and engages young Canadians about NATO through social media. Robert is a regular commentator on NATO issues in the Canadian media and has represented the NATO Association at the side conferences of the 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit, the 2018 Brussels Summit and the 2019 NATO Leaders’ Meeting in London.
In 2017 he became a director of the Canada-Turkey Business Council. Formerly he was Executive Director of the Canada-Albania Business Council and Corporate Development Officer of the NATO Association. Robert is Past President of the St. George’s Society of Toronto (Toronto’s oldest charity) and is Co-Chair of the Young Professional Board of the Canadian Opera Company.
Continue reading Robert Baines, CEO, NATO Association of Canada, September 27, 2022→
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