Thank you for RSVPing for Whiff@Home

Thank you for RSVPing that you will be attending the Toronto Whiff@Home meeting at 5pm on Tuesday, September 29.
[Please plan on joining 15 minutes early to resolve any technical issues so that we may start promptly at 5pm.]

The details for joining the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you the day before the meeting. If you requested a Zoom refresher session and/or copy of the Guide to Zooming Whiff@Home meetings, you will be emailed details shortly.

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Membership Fees: If you have not yet paid your $100 2020-21 membership fee, please make an immediate Interac e-Transfer to . [A PDF “cheat sheet” on how to make Interac e-Transfers to the Whiff may be downloaded from here.]


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.

Toronto Whiff of Grape Credit for the Unused Portion of your 2019-2020 fees

Dear Whiffers,

I refer to my recent letter regarding the cancellation of the March 31 and April 28 meetings and the June Bash as a result of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 crisis.

I mentioned that the Whiff would be providing a credit to Full and Associate members to be applied to next year’s membership fees to compensate for the loss of the cancelled events.
Continue reading Toronto Whiff of Grape Credit for the Unused Portion of your 2019-2020 fees

September 29, 2020 – Who’s Attending

Derek Newton
Click to RSVP to hear Derek’s talk


Yes: 38

No: 20

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

Sorry you can’t make it!

Thank you for RSVPing that you will unfortunately NOT be attending the upcoming Toronto Whiff@Home meeting. Hope to see you at the next Whiff@Home meeting.

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Membership Fees: If you have not yet paid your $100 2020-21 membership fee, please make an immediate Interac e-Transfer to . [A PDF “cheat sheet” on how to make Interac e-Transfers to the Whiff may be downloaded from here.]


Thank you for RSVPing

Thank you for RSVPing that you will be attending the upcoming Toronto Whiff Dinner.

Dinner Fees Reminder:
If you are an Associate Member and/or you have invited guests, please make an immediate Interac e-Transfer to  for the dinner amount owing – $85/person. A PDF “cheat sheet” on how to make Interac e-Transfers to the Whiff may be downloaded from here.

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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. 

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