Geordie Hyland, on the U.S. ‘distance learning’ revolution, January 29, 2019

Brief summary
Geordie is a C-level executive in the education field. His online education experience in the United States includes K-12, Higher Ed and Continuing Medical Education (CME), in North America and internationally. Geordie has held management positions overseeing large teams of educators as well as roles in Ed Tech and social entrepreneurship.

Full bio
Geordie Hyland is Executive Vice President at Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), a nonprofit healthcare educational institution based in Tampa, Florida that employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff and serves 15,000 online students and 45,000 alumni across the United States.

At UMA, Geordie oversees a team of over 500 professionals responsible for the delivery of online academic and campus services. He also leads UMA’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) division which provides training to more than 40,000 doctors and healthcare professionals annually.

Previously, Geordie served as a Vice President at K12 Inc., the largest online education provider in the United States for the kindergarten through high school age segment. At K12, Geordie was responsible for the company’s three online private schools and their partner relationships in the Middle East, China, and around the world. Prior to this position, Geordie held a business development leadership role at Blackboard, a learning management computer software company, where he launched a new business unit.

Geordie brings a broad perspective to the education field from a career path that included Google, mid-market private equity, European technology sector mergers and acquisitions and private placements, and the founding of a charitable institution.
Geordie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics, and a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University. A former professional ice hockey player and division one collegiate athlete, Geordie resides in Tampa, Florida. Geordie is a Toronto native and graduate of Upper Canada College and the son of Toronto Whiff member Bob Hyland.

Sue Lougheed Thompson: The Paradox of a Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis – A Personal Reflection, February 26, 2019

Sue Lougheed Thompson is an educator who taught in Toronto schools for nearly 30 years and has been living with Parkinson’s for the past eight.

The journey she has taken since being diagnosed at age 47 may surprise you. Join us on February 26th to hear Sue’s personal reflection on her life experiences with Parkinson’s including her part in the fundraising 500 Miles For Parkinson’s walk from New York City to Toronto in May 2016.
Continue reading Sue Lougheed Thompson: The Paradox of a Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis – A Personal Reflection, February 26, 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 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.

He is past president of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as well as a past president of The Metallurgical Society. He is also a recipient of the Mineral Economics Award, from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers, a director of the Canada-China Business Council from 2003 to 2016, a past director and member of the executive committee of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council and a member of the Canadian Government Clean Mining Initiative advisory board. Chris Twigge-Molecey obtained his first degree in Mechanical Sciences from the University of Cambridge, followed by a Ph.D.in fluid mechanics from the University of Toronto.

Logistical Information about the RCYC City Clubhouse

Helpful Information about the RCYC City Clubhouse, 141 St George St, Toronto, M5R 2L8 (Map)

(1) Best Entrance: St George Street. Cloak room to right, Registration desk just inside in the entrance hall. Bar in the Model Room, also on your right.
(2) Club Parking: The RCYC club parking lots to the east of the Club and in the Club basement are for members only.
(3) Public Parking lots:
(A) Green P Parking on east side of Bedford Road just above Bloor Street, Maximum Charge after 6:00pm: $7.00
(B) OISIE Buiilding just to east of Club, Outside Lot on Prince Arthur, Maximum Charge after 4:00 pm: $8;00
(C) Holiday Inn on St George behind the former Medical Arts Building, Maximum Charge after 6:00 pm: $8.00
(4) Taking the Subway? St George Station exit using St George Street. For those using Senior’s tickets when going home you can only use at the Bedford Road Entrance.

Regarding the tragic fire at the B&R February 14, 2017

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” Winston Churchill

Dear Fellow Whiffers,

As you undoubtedly know, on Valentine’s Day, much of the Badminton and Racquet Club was destroyed by a massive fire, in which thankfully there were no serious injuries. The club facilities will be unavailable for what will probably be an extended period. Our sincere sympathies to the injured firefighter, the B&R Members and Staff.

Your Junta met on Wednesday, February 15 and activated its business continuity plan to ensure that we move forward without interruption in our 2016-2017 campaign. You will be pleased to know that in response to our request for accommodation, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) immediately extended a generous offer of assistance to enable us to fulfill our commitments for February and subsequent months. We would also like to very much thank those Whiffers who reached out to their own clubs for possible accommodation of the Whiff.

We are, of course, delighted to inform you of this swift solution and implore all of you to help the Whiff demonstrate an equal measure of appreciation by having as many of you and your guests join us at the RCYC City Clubhouse on February 28 as possible. Our speaker will be Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions, University of Toronto. Her topic is “Indigenous Reconciliation in Canada” will give us an insider’s view of the issues.

To express the Whiff’s support and solidarity, your Junta has also invited, as special guests for the evening, the Toronto Fire Chief, Matthew Pegg, David Brightling, GM and CEO of the RCYC, Derek Fisher, Commodore of the RCYC and Paul Cadieux, the COO of the B&R.

On February 28th, let us all show what an incredible and united TEAM the Whiff of Grape of Toronto is! RSVP soon. See you all there!

Your Junta,
P.S. The RCYC City Clubhouse is very well situated, with next door St. George subway station and nearby parking.
Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 141 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2L8
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Councillor Jaye Robinson, October 30, 2018

Jaye Robinson is a Canadian politician who was elected to Toronto City Council in the 2010 city council election, defeating Cliff Jenkins in Ward 25. Previously, Robinson had run against Jenkins in 2003. The close race was marked by an election night error. The city website announced that, with all the ballots in, Jenkins had lost to Robinson by 30 votes. However, only 90% of the votes had actually been counted, and by the time the full count was completed two hours later, Jenkins had pulled into the lead by 80 votes and held on to win.

Jaye Robinson is the City Councillor for Ward 25—Don Valley West and Chair of the Transportation, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

She brings significant municipal experience to her role as Councillor. Jaye was a senior manager in economic development at the City of Toronto for over 20 years. With an entrepreneurial approach, she successfully merged arts and community building initiatives with economic development strategies, creating a vibrant roster of annual events that generated significant economic benefits for the City. Her resume includes Nuit Blanche, Summerlicious and Winterlicious. Jaye also assumed a leadership role in her community as an executive on the board of her local residents’ association.

In her first term, Jaye passed more than 100 motions to improve traffic and pedestrian safety, streamline the planning process, and preserve the beautiful neighbourhoods of Ward 25.

Jaye was re-elected for a second term in 2014 with one of the cities highest pluralities. She continues to focus on improving our City through open discussion and evidence-based decision making. A believer in transparent democracy, Jaye strives to make municipal politics more accessible for residents and to consult the neighbourhoods she represents to inform her position on municipal issues.

Since 2014, Jaye has continued to prioritize community planning and development reform, traffic and congestion management, the improvement of Toronto’s fiscal health, and the protection of trees and green spaces.

Eleanor McGrath, documentary filmmaker, ‘Forgotten’, 2016, September 25, 2018

‘Forgotten’ is a 2016 documentary film about the Canadian ‘British Home Children’ experience from 1869-1940+ during which time some 100,000 children were sent to Canada from the UK. As a result, about one in every nine families in Canada descend in some way from a ‘home child’. September 28th will mark Canada’s first British Home Child Day.

Forgotten, Documentary Film
Forgotten is about the yearning to know one’s history — what began with a fire at 295 George Street in Toronto becomes the catalyst to share the story of over 100,000 children who came to Canada as indentured farm labour and domestics. This is the forgotten heritage of many Canadians, both of the children themselves and their descendants.

Watch the Trailer!

Interviews
Forgotten’s very own Eleanor McGrath was interviewed by Steve Paikin on TVO’s The Agenda (November 24th). Watch here.
And by NewsTalk 1010’s John Moore. Listen here.
Listen here to the CBC audio link to learn more about Forgotten and Matt Galloway’s interview of director, Eleanor McGrath.

Official Selections
COMMFFEST Film and Arts Festival
AGH BMO World Film Festival
LA FEMME International Film Festival
Crystal Palace International Film Festival
Peace on Earth Film Festival
Toronto Irish Film Festival
Toronto Short Film Festival
Art Gallery of Hamilton ILOVEFILM SERIES

Praise for Forgotten
Forgotten is a poignant and moving film recounting the story of the British Home Child movement through personal interviews with those who, without choice, were participants and with their descendants. The film provides a keen insight into what these children experienced, acknowledging and recognising their significant contribution to Canada. It must be seen to appreciate the huge upheaval and emotional turmoil that these children went through, the impact that it has had on their lives, and the lives of their families. It is indeed a story that must not be forgotten.
David Waller, Former CEO of Fegans

Article: History Deserted and Left to Rot

Eleanor McGrath’s third documentary, Forgotten about the British Home Children and their descendants has been receiving great attention on the film festival circuit. In Canada, one in ten people are descended from the children who came to Canada through the child migration scheme, which operated, from 1860s to 1939. Over 100,000 children became indentured to families to work as farm labourers and domestics. With three festival screenings in the span of weeks, Matt Galloway host of CBC’s Metro Morning radio programme interviewed Eleanor McGrath on March 3rd. Within seconds of the interview’s start, Matt Galloway shared his own personal connection to the story that his grandfather was a Barnardo child. Following the airing of the interview, Eleanor McGrath received many email inquiries on her production company’s site www.ardri.ca. Eleanor McGrath has also been interviewed in March 2016 on CTV National News programme, Rogers Daytime TV with Val Cole, and September 2015 with John Moore on CFRB.

June Bash, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Toronto Hunt Club

Our traditional June Bash will be held at the Toronto Hunt Club
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Arrival: 5:45pm
Cocktails, canape and hors d’oeuvre
Call to Dinner: 7:15
Dinner: 7:30
Depart: 10pm
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We return to the spectacular Toronto Hunt Club for another great evening this year. It will be a fitting finale to our 2017-18 campaign – we hope to see you all on the lakeshore on Tuesday, June 5th!

The evening will be a purely social event without a speaker allowing time to stroll the property overlooking the lake and catch up on the year.

Please refer to your personalized invitation for payment instructions.