February 23, 2021 – Who’s Attending


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Yes: 78

No: 16

NameRSVP Status
Robert Adams Yes
Jon Allen Yes
Peter Baines Yes
Bill Barnett Yes
Robin Barstow Yes
Vipin Bery Yes
Bob Blair Yes
Henry Borden Yes
Ian Brown Yes
Hank Bulmash Yes
Michael Butler Yes
Jim Cairncross Yes
Brian Carter Yes
Michael Charles Yes
Graeme Clark Yes
Roger Clarkson Yes
Don Comish Yes
Douglas Davis Yes
John Deeks Yes
Ian Dejardin Yes
George Denier Yes
Chris Dobson Yes
Tom Fischer Yes
Bill Fleury Yes
Ronald Foreman Yes
John Fraser Yes
Norman Garcia Yes
John Gardner Yes
Gary German Yes
Gary Getson Yes
Peter Goring Yes
John Hackett Yes
Eugene Harrigan Yes
Peter Hatcher Yes
George Hayhurst Yes
Harold Hetherington Yes
William Hewitt Yes
Jim Hilborn Yes
Robert Hyland Yes
Tom Jamieson Yes
William Kinnear Yes
Goulding Lambert Yes
Clifford Lax Yes
Tom Leverty Yes
Andrew Loblaw Yes
Charles MacRAE Yes
Jean-Luc Major Yes
Stuart McKay Yes
Bill McNaughton Yes
Mike Miller Yes
Doug Mills Yes
Robert Milnes Yes
Steven Moorhead Yes
German Morales Yes
Bob Morrison Yes
John Paterson, Sr. Yes
Paul Potvin Yes
Ken Powell Yes
Tom Sanderson Yes
Peter Seybold Yes
Peter Simmie Yes
Peter Sisam Yes
Next Speaker Yes
Dennis Starritt Yes
Albert Steenburgh Yes
Gordon Tamblyn Yes
Christopher Turney Yes
Chris Twigge-Molecey Yes
Rudi Vezer Yes
Rick Walker Yes
Paul Warrington Yes
Lee Watchorn Yes
Jack Way Yes
Brian Westlake Yes
Richard White Yes
Ted White Yes
Rob Woodrooffe Yes
Norair Yeretsian Yes
Bill Boughner No
David Cameron No
Gary Durno No
Robert Hutcheson No
Trevor Jones No
Mike Mackey No
Douglas McWhirter No
David Murray No
Chris Portner No
Christopher Ricketts No
John Ricketts No
Keith Sjogren No
Guest Speaker's No
Bob Topp No
David Warren No
Garnet Watchorn No
Aubrey Baillie No Response
Mark Benadiba No Response
Peter Brieger No Response
Alan Chesworth No Response
Bob Clapp No Response
Andrew Clark No Response
Bev Collombin No Response
Ross Cullingworth No Response
Gordon Currie No Response
Phil Dawson No Response
Rod de Courcy Ireland No Response
Robert Deluce No Response
Ian Farquharson No Response
Warren Finlay No Response
Paul Fisher No Response
Jock Fleming No Response
David Glue No Response
Michael Grey No Response
Norman Hardie No Response
Naeem Hasan No Response
Don Johnson No Response
Gord Kaiser No Response
Charles Kennedy No Response
Robin Labatt No Response
Bill Langlois No Response
John Lee No Response
David Lewis No Response
Phil MacDonnell No Response
Bart MacDougall No Response
Walter McCormick No Response
John McKenna No Response
Hugh McLelland No Response
Anthony Miller No Response
Don Morrison No Response
Matey Nekov de la Camp No Response
Derek Newton No Response
Lawton Osler No Response
Darcy Rector No Response
Burt Retter No Response
Michael Robinson No Response
Peter Russell No Response
Ashok Sajnani No Response
Edward Seagram No Response
Brian Sheedy No Response
Ian Smart No Response
Ted Southey No Response
Denny Starritt No Response
Dan Sullivan No Response
David G. G. Temple No Response
David G. Temple No Response
Paul Torrie No Response
Lake Trevelyan No Response
John Wildman No Response
Michael Willson No Response

Dr. Michael Verbora MBA, MD, Medical Use of Cannabis, March 30, 2021

5:00 pm March 30th, 2021
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The Medical use of Cannabis

Dr. Michael Verbora MBA, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer, Aleafia Health, a Canadian Producer of medical cannabis and cannabinoid research; an Assistant Professor, McMaster University; and a Student Health Physician, Seneca College.

A member of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, Doctors for Responsible Access and the Canadian Pain Society, to date, Dr. Verbora has completed over 5,000 cannabinoid therapy consultations, and is a global medical expert in the field of cannabinoid therapy. He has given over one hundred presentations on cannabinoid therapy, including internationally to government, parliament and regulators.

Dr. Michael Verbora is a family physician who works in the Toronto community.  He earned an MBA from the Odette School of Business in 2009 and an M.D. from Schulich School of Medicine at Western University in 2013, before entering Family Practice residency at the University of Toronto.

When graduating at the peak of the opioid crisis, he sought out other therapies to help patients with pain. He came across medical cannabis and with self education became passionate about using this as a safer alternative to opioids. His studies in cannabis led to him becoming a global expert in cannabinoid therapy. He has treated thousands of patients and has perhaps the largest pediatric population on medical cannabis here in Toronto. He helps children with epilepsy, autism and cancer using medical cannabis safely.

He is now the Chief Medical Officer of Aleafia Health, a cannabis company in Vaughan, that is focused on creating medical cannabis medicines for patients in Canada and around the world. Dr. Verbora testifies when required as a medical expert in the field of cannabinoid medicine and has helped other governments around the world develop cannabis policy. He is an advocate for medical cannabis access for patients and patient centered medical care.

Join fellow Whiffers at 5 pm Tuesday, March 30th to gain further insight into Canada’s medical experience with cannabinoid therapies and if it might be helpful for anything that ails you!

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April 27, 2021, Sarwar A Kashmeri, International Relations Specialist, Fellow, Foreign Policy Association

Sarwar Kashmeri is an international relations specialist, author, and commentator, noted for his expertise on U.S. global strategy and national security. He speaks frequently before business, foreign policy and military audiences. He is the host of Polaris-Live, featuring 30 minute live conversations on the business and geopolitical impact of China’s rapid rise to superpower status. “China’s Grand Strategy: Weaving a New Silk Road to Global Primacy,” (Praeger), his third book, was published in July 2019. It is a centennial book of the Foreign Policy Association where Sarwar is a Fellow. The book was released at a Washington D.C. launch on 7 November 2019 featuring Kashmeri and former U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel. He is also an Applied Research Fellow of the Peace and War Center of Norwich University, Vermont, USA. He served a four year term as a non-residential Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security of the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. He serves on the American Advisory Board of UK’s Ditchley Foundation. Kashmeri has hosted “China Focus” a podcast series for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and has recently discussed China’s Belt and Road Initiative on television with Deutsche Welle, the German news network, and in a series of interviews with Xinhua, China’s global news agency. He is the author of the U.S. Army War College’s monograph, “NATO and the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy; Intersecting Trajectories” and is a frequent guest speaker at the United States Military Academy/West Point. Kashmeri has appeared in well-known publications including New York Times International, The Guardian, U.S. News and World Report, Xinhua, and Global Times. His TV appearances include CNN, Sky News, Euronews, CSPAN, and Fox. Formerly the CEO of a New York based international technology company, Kashmeri has also served as a communications advisor for several Fortune 100 companies. He earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering, both from Saint Louis University.

May 18, 2021, Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson, Blake C. Goldring, Co-chairs: City of Toronto’s Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group

Be inspired to act hearing the city’s Economic and Culture Recovery Advisory Group report, including their Anti-Racism and Inclusion recommendations, and learn about an innovative mentor ship program for Black youth.
Toronto Councillor Michael Thompson
Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson is Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Now in his fifth term as Councillor, Michael has earned a reputation as one of Toronto’s hardest working and most effective political leaders. In 2006, as Chair of the Scarborough Community Council, he led the campaign to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough, a strategy designed to significantly expand and enhance public transit services for all Scarborough residents. Throughout his years on Council, Michael’s unrelenting drive for public safety in the face of increased gun violence ultimately led to the development of a city-wide Community Safety Plan, a GTA-wide police task force on guns and gangs, an increase in the numbers of police officers in the street, and a new young offender program designed to divert young people into jobs instead of jail. Under the banner of “getting things done,” Michael is known to his constituents as a community builder committed to bring people together in a spirit of collaboration. He has led and assisted in the formation of local community associations, youth leadership initiatives and Business Improvement Areas, and holds regular public meetings to engage residents throughout his ward. In addition to a strong focus on resolving local issues and serving his constituents, Michael’s commitment to developing Toronto’s city-wide economy is longstanding. In his first term in office, he spearheaded the creation of the Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area and established a Job Fair that annually brought thousands of job seekers together with dozens of employers. He maintains a widespread network of business relationships that has helped the City to enhance business retention, promote growth and increase private sector employment. His active engagement with business has helped speed the launch of new business ventures, resolved business/residential conflicts and gained business participation in a wide range of community-building initiatives. In recent years, the international connections he has developed and nurtured have played a significant role in attracting billions of dollars in new investment to the City, contributing to a more robust economy and substantial job creation. Recently, Michael was a key member of a Toronto project team that successfully lobbied executives of Collision, one of the world’s leading high technology conferences, to choose Toronto as the conference’s home for 2019 – 2021, bringing 25,000 technology executives and investors to the City and injecting tens of millions of dollars into Toronto’s economy. Michael is a firm believer in the critical value of culture as a builder of strong communities. When he first took office, he co-founded the Taste of Lawrence Avenue East Festival, which brings together tens of thousands of people each year to experience local performing arts and cuisine. In 2013, he led the City’s efforts to create a new arts and culture plan that provided a bold, new roadmap for cultural vitality, strengthened arts spending and launched a new era of collaboration among arts and culture groups across the City. Michael was also the first Chair of Toronto’s Music Advisory Committee, and played a key role in efforts to attract international film and television productions and studio investments to Toronto. Michael received his public school education in Scarborough, and his BA from Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to entering politics, he earned his business credentials as an entrepreneur in the business and financial services sector. In 2017, he successfully completed the ICD Directors Education Program offered by the Rotman School of Management and Institute of Corporate Directors. He is the recipient of the African Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics, the York University International Award, the Jain Society of Toronto Community Award, the Bob Marley Award and the Bob Marley Lifetime Achievement Award. He continues to work with a number of charitable organizations including participation in the LIUNA Local 506 scholarship fund.
Blake C. Goldring
Blake C. Goldring, AGF Executive Chairman
Blake C. Goldring, C.M., M.S.M., CD, LL.D., CFA, Executive Chairman, AGF Management Limited Blake C. Goldring joined AGF in 1987 and held a series of senior positions before being appointed President in 1997, CEO in 2000, and Chairman in 2006. Under his leadership, AGF has grown to be a premier independent asset management company with operations in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining AGF, he worked in corporate banking for a major Canadian bank. Mr. Goldring sits on a number of private company and not-for-profit boards including the CD Howe Institute and the Canadian Film Centre and is the founder of Canada Company: Many Ways to Serve, a charitable, non-partisan organization created to connect business and community leaders with Canada’s military. Blake has received numerous honours in recognition of his personal and professional achievements. Most recently, in December 2018, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada. He holds an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD in France. He is also a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, a CFA charterholder and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

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Thank you for RSVPing that you will be attending the next Toronto Whiff@Home meeting which starts at 5 PM on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 [Please plan on joining 15 minutes early to resolve any technical issues so that we may start promptly at 5 PM.]

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2020.07.04 Post June Bash Junta Announcement

July 4, 2020 The Whiff’s Junta would like to provide you with a brief update of the virtual June Bash held on June 23, using the Zoom platform. Our June Bash experiment was extremely successful! Members who participated gave high marks to the event and the Zoom method of communication. The evening was highlighted by having several breakout sessions. This provided a unique opportunity for a number of participants to communicate freely their ideas one with the other in a relaxed atmosphere, with all observations and ideas then shared with everyone participating in the evening. I might add, the “open bar” concept was popular and contributed to the relaxed evening. 
The Junta has lined up an exciting list of speakers for our Fall meetings. There is a significant possibility that these meetings will need to be held on a virtual basis. Therefore, prior to the commencement of our Fall campaign, the Whiff technologists will be offering the opportunity to Whiffers to update their technology skills in order to utilize the Zoom platform. 
We will be communicating with you at the end of August. In the meantime, your Junta wishes you a safe and healthy Summer. We look forward to seeing all of you, either physically or virtually, in the Fall. 
John Paterson 
Chair of the Toronto Chapter of The Whiff of Grape on behalf of your Junta: 
Peter Baines, Ian Brown, Mac Borden, Jim Cairncross, Ron Foreman, Charles MacRae, Stuart McKay and Brian Westlake. 
The Toronto Whiff of Grape

Thank you for RSVPing for the June Bash

Thank you for RSVPing that you will be attending the virtual June Bash. The RSVP confirmation email you have been sent includes links for setting up and testing the meeting software we’ll be using – Zoom – if you haven’t already used it.    The agenda and details on how to join the social gathering at 5pm on June 23 will be sent later in the Reminder email on June 21st. See you, and your guest if they wish to join in, on the 23rd. Change your response.