Speakers – Summary by Year

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 Whiff Speakers Program.

Archive by year:                                            2022  2021  2020 
2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010
2009  2008  2007  2006                                                                             

2022

      • March 29, Andrew Kirsch: Inside Canadian Intelligence
      • February 22, James Lockyer: Miscarriages of Justice in Canada
      • January 25, Dr. Kevin JamesScotland and the Union of 1707

2021

      • November 30, Don LindsayThe Importance of Mining to Canada
      • October 26, David RossThe Tigray Conflict
      • September 28, Dr Kamran KhanThe BlueDot Story
      • May 18, Michael Thompson & Blake Goldring: Anti-Racism and Inclusion, Toronto’s Building Back Stronger Report
      • April 27, Sarwar KashmeriBetween The Grape & A Hard Place: America-Canada-China
      • March 30, Dr. Michael Verbora: Medical Use of Cannabis
      • February 23, Ian Dejardin: A Like Vision: What forces molded the Group of Seven?
      • January 26, Jon Allen: Values Vs Interests In Canadian Foreign Policy

2020

      • November 24, John Anderson Fraser, What To Do About China
      • October 27, Dr. Andrew Loblaw: Improving Outcomes for Men with Prostate Cancer
      • September 29, Dr. Derek Newton: Innovation & Entrepreneurship at The University of Toronto
      • February 25, David SisamBuilding Health: Some Characteristics of a Healthy City
      • January 29, Tony Davis: Putting the Brakes on Global Warming

2019

      • November 26, Terry Fallis: Albatross
      • October 29, Bern Grush: An Adult Conversation About Autonomous Vehicles: Conflicting Narratives About the Autonomous Vehicle Future
      • September 24, Beth Beattie: Why we need Leaders in our Community to Publically Disclose their Mental Illnesses
      • April 30, Dr. Michael Reid: The Search for Earth-Like Planets
      • March 26, Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey: China, Alluring Panda or Pandora’s Box
      • February 26, Sue Lougheed Thompson: The Paradox of a Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis – A Personal Reflection
      • January 29, Geordie Hyland, The U.S. ‘Distance Learning’ Revolution

2018

      • November 27, Michael Adams: President Environics and author of ‘Could It Happen Here?
      • October 30, Councillor Jaye Robinson,
      • September25, Eleanor McGrath: ‘Forgotten’, 2016, the Canadian ‘British Home Children‘.
      • April 24, Larry D. Rose: Ten Decisions: Canada’s Best, Worst and Most Far-Reaching Decisions of the Second World War
      • March 27, Tim Burrows: Electric Cars
      • February 27, Lorene Sauro: No Gut No Glory
      • January 30, Dr. Danielle Martin, Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians

2017

      • 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”

2016

      • 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”

2015

      • 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

2014

      • 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

2013

      • 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

2012

      • 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?

2011

      • 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

2010

      • 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

2009

      • 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 Bash: 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

2008

      • 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

2007

      • 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

2006

    • 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?