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Virtual June Bash, 5PM Tuesday, June 23, 2020

NOT ALL events have been postponed
due to the COVID-19 pandemic!

As per the recent Junta email of May 29th, the 2020 June Bash, originally scheduled for a perfect evening at the RCYC on Toronto Island with a great sunset view of the city, sadly had to be cancelled due to this tragic pandemic. Instead, your Junta will be hosting an open bar event, that requires no frustrating cross-town drive in rush hour, right from the comfort of your very own lock-down venue (as long as it has an internet or phone connection and your favourite tipple!).

Your Junta wanted to provide a social forum for all Whiffers (and significant others if they wish to join in) to catch-up on the exciting things we’ve all been doing, wish each other well for the summer and discuss ideas for how to continue to have speaker meetings in a pre-Covid19 vaccination world. 

Join fellow Whiffers online with drinks of your choice, for an end of campaign update from the Junta, followed by two break-out room sessions for discussions of Whiff issues with smaller groupings of members. We will be using Zoom which many have probably used already for social gatherings, but if not, we will have a couple of orientation sessions before the 23rd for any members who haven’t yet used it or who would like a better understanding of how to use it.

Mark your Calendars!     Note the 5PM start time!
Our virtual June Bash social will be held on
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 5-6:30pm

Please RSVP for the June Bash

The deadline to RSVP for this event has passed as it happened earlier. Watch for emails regarding the format of our next meeting.

Dr. Derek Newton, “Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto” – Sept 29, 2020

A Whiff@Home Zoom™ Event 5:00 – 6:30pm
N.B., All in-person events have been deferred due to the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scroll down to RSVP below the speaker’s bio.

Dr. Derek Newton, PhD U of T (Molecular Biology)
AVP, Innovation, Partnerships & Entrepreneurship U of T Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO)

The University of Toronto is where transformative research and innovation is happening across a breadth of fields and disciplines. It is consistently in the top 5 in the world for research output! The Innovations & Partnerships Office at the University of Toronto helps build successful partnerships between industry and the U of T research community and also manages the university’s portfolio of intellectual property. IPO specializes in licensing, business development, and legal matters to help turn U of T innovation into products, services, companies, and jobs. Our speaker has held previous senior roles at Western University, where he served as Director of the Office of Research Development and Services and the Office of Research Ethics. He also worked at a large biotechnology funding organization and a boutique consultancy specializing in biotechnology. Derek completed his PhD in Molecular Biology at the U of T as well as a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. 
 
 
The deadline to RSVP for this event has passed.

David Sisam, OAA AAA LEED® AP FRAIC, Building Health: Some Characteristics Of A Healthy City, February 25, 2020

This talk will explore the impact of architecture and urban form on our sense of place and, ultimately, on our health and well being. Themes such as connectivity, diversity and sustainability will be considered in the context of the rapid growth and transformation of Toronto. Continue reading David Sisam, OAA AAA LEED® AP FRAIC, Building Health: Some Characteristics Of A Healthy City, February 25, 2020

Tony Davis, Associate Emeritus Professor, U of T, Geography and Planning, “Putting the Brakes on Global Warming”, January 28, 2020

Our climate is determined by the interactions between internal mechanisms (plate tectonics) and the receipt and processing of solar radiation. For most of geologic time that has conditioned a world much warmer than the current one with a larger greenhouse effect. Contemporary global warming reflects our inadvertent interference with the natural balance, mostly through the burning of fossil fuels. So far mean global temperature has increased by only 1.5°C over the last 70 years, but climate models predict that the world will warm by as much as 4°C by 2100.                     What impact will that have?                       Can we stop it happening?                    Can we redress the situation? Continue reading Tony Davis, Associate Emeritus Professor, U of T, Geography and Planning, “Putting the Brakes on Global Warming”, January 28, 2020

Bern Grush: An Adult Conversation about Autonomous Vehicles: Conflicting Narratives about the autonomous vehicle future

Bern Grush is the Chief Innovation Officer at Harmonize Mobility, Inc. He is an author, innovator and entrepreneur in the fields of autonomous vehicles, parking reform, and road pricing. He is the principal author of the 2018 textbook “The End of Driving: Transportation Systems and Public Policy Planning for Autonomous Vehicles”. In 2017, Bern was named Toronto Star Wheels’ Newsmaker of the Year for his RCCAO report “Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation: Automated vehicles can influence urban form, congestion, and infrastructure delivery” which Maclean’s magazine called “…fascinating and carefully argued…” He has been described as the top, current independent thinker on autonomous vehicle deployment. Continue reading Bern Grush: An Adult Conversation about Autonomous Vehicles: Conflicting Narratives about the autonomous vehicle future

Beth Beattie: Why we need leaders in our community to publicly disclose their mental illnesses, September 24, 2019

In 2002, Beth Beattie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The stereotype of people living with bipolar disorder is that they are inherently unstable and unreliable. Beth did not want to be thought of in those terms as a lawyer. As a result of stigma, both societal and self-imposed, she did not share her story outside her family and closest friends for 14 years. Continue reading Beth Beattie: Why we need leaders in our community to publicly disclose their mental illnesses, September 24, 2019

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

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 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. Continue reading Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey: “China, Alluring Panda or Pandora’s Box” March 26, 2019