Partial Past Speaker Archive

We are in the process of compiling as complete a Toronto Whiff past speaker list as we can. If you recall any speakers and the dates they spoke that are not listed below please email Ron Foreman.

  • November: Michael Adams, President Environics and author of ‘Could It Happen Here?’
  • October: Councillor Jaye Robinson
  • September: Eleanor McGrath, documentary filmmaker, ‘Forgotten’, 2016, the Canadian ‘British Home Children’.
  • April: Larry D. Rose: Ten Decisions: Canada’s Best, Worst and Most Far-Reaching Decisions of the Second World War
  • March: Tim Burrows Talks Electric Cars
  • February: Lorene Sauro, BA, RHN: No Gut No Glory
  • January: Dr. Danielle Martin, “Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians”


  • November: Andrew Coyne
  • October: Roger Vandomme, Fintech
  • September: 50th Anniversary
  • April: Amanda Lang, “The Beauty of Discomfort: The importance of embracing the hard things about change.”
  • March: Elyse Allan, GE Canada, “The Future of Work”
  • February: Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart: “Indigenous Reconciliation in Canada”
  • January: Jon Kieran: “Hydro Bills, the Politics of Renewable Energy and the Relevance of Solar Power in the 21st Century”


  • November: Dr. Rick Huijbregts, “Digital Transformation, The Do’s and Don’ts”, Cisco Americas Managing Director, Digital Transformation and Industry Solutions, Cisco Canada Vice President, Innovation
  • October: John Campbell, “Revitalizing Toronto’s Waterfront”
  • September: Walter Wodchis, “Challenges and Ideas for Health Care in Ontario”
  • April: Ian Brown, Author and Writer, The Globe and Mail, “The Joys of Aging”
  • March: Philip Blackford , Vice-President, Executive Services, Right Management Manpower Group, “Emotional Intelligence”
  • February: Fiona Crean, First Ombudsman of Hydro One, First Ombudsman of Toronto
  • January: Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO – The Toronto Foundation, “Toronto’s Vital Signs-2016”


  • November: Terry Fallis, Author, Humourist, Tracing the Roots of a Feminist and a Novel
  • October: Donald S. Rickerd, Walking on a Tightrope: Canada and North Korea
  • September: Bob Rae: What’s happened to Politics
  • April: Captain Gary Hatton, RCN, Canada’s Naval Leap into the War on Terror
  • March: Julian Porter, 149 Paintings You Really Need to See in Europe (So You Can Ignore the Others)
  • February: Dr. Nelson Wiseman, Is Canada a failed democracy?
  • January: Paul Henderson, The “Pope” of Sailing


  • November: Naeem U. Hasan, The Arab World In Turmoil
  • October: James Raffan, Speaker, Author, Adventurer
  • September: Sandy Boucher, Foreign Corruption – Ignorance is No Longer Bliss
  • April: Janet Carding, The ROM at 100
  • March: John Tory, Who does Toronto need in the Mayor’s office next fall?
  • February: Nicholas D. Gunz, Moment of Maximum Danger: Submarines, Secret Intelligence, and the Most Dangerous Moment Ever
  • January: Dr. Joseph E. Martin, From Wall Street to Bay Street: The Canadian and American Financial Systems Compared and Contrasted


  • November: The Honourable Mr. Justice Ian Binnie, Is the Charter Ruining Canadian Society?
  • October: Claude R. Lamoureux, Canada’s Pension Challenge
  • September: Odon Wagner, A Passion for Art
  • April: Professor Hugh E. Scully, The Evolution of Safety in Autosport
  • March: Cancelled
  • February: Rocco Rossi, March to the Top
  • January: J. Robert S. Prichard, Metrolinx and the Transportation Challenges facing the GTHA


  • November: Stephen A. Otto, When History Comes Back to Bite Us, The need for interest and pride in public history
  • October: Jim Young, Angels Gate Winery Wine Tasting
  • September: Roger Martin, FIXING THE GAME: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL,
  • April: Dr. Ernie Seaquist, Shedding Light on a Dark (Energy) Universe
  • March: Rahul K. Bhardwaj, The World Needs Toronto to Succeed, Find out why, through a look at Toronto’s Vital Signs Report
  • February: Dr. Charles H. Tator, Spinal Cord Injury research, prevention and treatment
  • January: Dr. Walter Dorn, An End to War: Is World Order Evolving?


  • November: Joe Thornley, B.A., M.A. University of Waterloo, Social Media makes connections?
  • October: John Gardner, BA. (Tor), BA., MA. (Oxon), Toronto Whiffer, The Camino de Santiago … the Pilgrims Way
  • September: Bill Gairdner, MA., Ph.D. Stanford, The Trouble with Canada … Still
  • April: Alex Anthopoulos, BA, Always do more than you have to
  • March: Lenna Bradburn, BA, MPA, A Dialogue with Canada’s First Female Police Chief
  • February: Brian Williams, Lessons In Greatness From the Olympic Games
  • January: The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C., LL.D., The Role of the Supreme Court in regard to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms


  • November: John Anderson Fraser, C.M., M.A., LL.D., “Through a glass darkly: Why academics (and journalists) should never try to predict anything”
  • October: Dr. Anthony Feinstein, “Journalists Under Fire: the Psychological Hazards of Covering War”
  • September: Catherine Swift, Chairwoman, President & CEO, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, “The Importance of Strong Independent Businesses in Canada”
  • April: James Lockyer, LLD, “Wrongful Convictions in Canada”
  • March: Dr. Robert H. Hyland, Past Physician-in-Chief, St. Michael’s Hospital, Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, “Life as the Physician-in-Chief”
  • February: John Wright, SVP & MD, Ipsos Reid Canada, “We Know What You’re Thinking”
  • January: Chris Rudge, Chairman, Canadian Olympic Committee, “An Insider’s view of the 2010 Winter Olympics”


  • November: Colin Ellard, Associate Chair Psychology, Undergrad Studies, University of Waterloo, “The Connection between Human Beings and the Places They Inhabit”
  • September: Marlene Smith, 2009 Dora Award winner, “The Backstage History, Behind Toronto Theatres’ Front Row Seats”
  • June: Edward Burtynsky, BAA Photographic Arts, Ryerson University, Order of Canada. “We’ve changed the World … Exploring the Residual Landscape”
  • April: Dr. John R. Percy, BSc, MA, PhD U of T, “Galileo’s , : Celebrating 400 Years of the Astronomical Telescope”
  • March: Terry Fallis, B.Eng. “The Best Laid Plans, The 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal Award for Humour”
  • February: John Wright, SVP & MD, Ipsos Reid Canada, “We Know What You’re Thinking”
  • January: Sara Diamond, President, Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), “The Beauty of Art: Handmade/Digital”


  • November: Paul G. Torrie, BA, LLB, President, Global Resolutions Inc., “The Fall of the Civil Courts and the Rise of Mediation ADR – Alternate Dispute Resolution”
  • October:Timothy W. Casgrain, BA, CA, Chairman of the Board, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, “Meeting the Challenges of the New CBC”
  • September: John Crow, BA Oxon, Economist and former Governor of the Bank of Canada, “The Economic and Financial Outlook”
  • June: Derek Hatfield, RCMP Fraud Officer and Rolex Sailor of the Year, June Bash
  • April: Dr. Ernest S. ‘Tiger’ Burch, PhD, Social Anthropologist and Historical Ethnographer. “Emergence of Northern Democracies”
  • March: Dr. Chris Boulias, PhD, MD, FRCPC, Scientist, Researcher, Physician, “The Real Beauty of Botox”
  • February: Dr. Roberta Lynn Bondar, OC, O.Ont, BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, MD, FRCP©, FRSC, Chancellor, Trent University, “Space”
  • January: Tom Wright, B.PHE., MBA, 11th Commissioner of the Canadian Football League, “A Former Commissioner’s Reflections”


  • November: Dr. Robert ‘Squee’ Gordon, President Emeritus, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, “The Future of Higher Education in Ontario”
  • October: Dr. John Mighton, Ph.D, Founder, JUMP Math, “A Man for All Seasons”
  • September: Brian Gallery, Founder of Whiff of Grape, “40th Anniversary Reunion Dinner”
  • April: Chris Mathers, Crime and Risk Consultant “A Cornucopia of Crime & Terrorism – Closer than you think!”
  • March: Allan Seychuk, M.A. (Econ.), CFA, Economist, Philips Hager and North, “Chindia – Global Implications of Rapid Changes in China & India”
  • February: Julian Fantino, C.O.M., O. Ont, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police “The Politics of Law and Order”
  • January: Allan Ezra Gotlieb, CC, LL.D., LL.B., MA, Canadian Ambassador to United States, 1981-1989, “The Washington diaries 1981-1989”


  • November: Kitson Vincent, President, Smith, Vincent & Co. Ltd., Member of the underground royal commission, on “Does Your Vote Count?” “Canadian Armed Forces & National Defense Policy:
    Are We Ready for What the Future Holds?”
  • October: Fred Gorbet, O.C., C.M., Ph.D., CIT Chair in Financial Services & Director Financial Services Program, Schulich School of Business, York University, “Equalization and the Fiscal Imbalance”
  • September: Kenneth Taylor, OC, B.A, MBA, LL.D, “Condelezza Rice’s Vision of a “New Middle East” Good or Bad?”