Transforming Victoria into a Smart City
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Luncheon with special guest speaker Bruce Williams, Director of Engagement
and Interim CEO of the South Island Prosperity Project
After a successful career in local media, Bruce Williams is part of a dynamic team that is making headlines across the country – the South Island Prosperity Project (SIPP). Last year SIPP saw Greater Victoria awarded $250,000 as one of only 20 finalists in Canada’s first-ever Smart City Challenge led by Infrastructure Canada. This summer, the winner of the $10 million prize for “Bold and ambitious ideas to improve the lives of residents” will be announced. Williams brought guests the latest word on the Smart City Challenge, and shared insights on how SIPP is preparing our region for a different and exciting future.
Susan Haddon and Bruce Williams
Jamie Hammond speaking to Bruce Williams
SIPP’s Five areas of priority focus
Microplastics in the Marine Environment
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Rhiannon More, Researcher Ocean Wise Plastics Laboratory
Rhiannon More and Susan Haddon
Rhiannon More and Brian McMullen, Club Archivist
Transforming Lives: Our Place Therapeutic Recovery Community
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Special guest speaker Don Evans, Executive Director, Our Place Society
Luncheon guests enjoyed a look “behind the scenes” at the new Our Place therapeutic recovery community in View Royal. The facility provides a stable supportive home environment and life skills training for men overcoming homelessness, addiction or incarceration.
Susan Haddon and Don Evans, Executive Director of Our Place
Brian McMullen, Board Member
Ryan L’Hirondelle and Don Evans, Our Place Therapeutic Recovery Community
Tom Williams Canadian Club of Victoria, Vice President
Elizabeth May and fiancé John Kidder
Sharon Apsey, Club Membership Director
HeroWork: A Shining Example of Community Spirit
Tuesday November 20
We had a luncheon with special guest speaker Peter Smither of HeroWork.
HeroWork harnesses the power of community to transform lives. The organization inspires volunteers from all walks of life to donate their time and resources to charitable agencies that are often operating in dilapidated old buildings.
Peter Smither talked about the intricate planning that lies behind the success of events HeroWork calls Radical Renovations – think of modern-day barn raising – where dozens of companies and hundreds of volunteers come together in synchronized teams. In a matter of hours and days, HeroWork completes projects that would normally take weeks or months. From building trades to the Royal Canadian Navy, from retired professionals to local company teams, people across Victoria are stepping in, picking up hammers and paintbrushes, and making a huge difference to the charities that are helping the most vulnerable citizens in Victoria.
In just a few years, close to $3 million worth of non-profit renovations have transformed spaces for local charities such as the Mustard Seed Food Bank, Anawim House homeless shelter, Threshold housing for youth, and Casa Maria housing for refugees.
HeroWork provides a shining example of how much can be done, when people work together with common vision and good planning.
Remembrance Day Ceremony
Sunday, November 10, 2018
Club Executive member, Tom Williams, and his wife Eva Swenson laid a wreath on behalf of the Club
Tue, 16 October 2018
“Counting What Counts: The Genuine Progress Indicator”
Our luncheon special guest speaker was Mike Pennock
For decades, economists have used GDP (or Gross Domestic Product) as a general indicator of national development. Today, many believe GDP alone fails to tell the whole story of a nation’s well-being
Mike Pennock described a number of new approaches to holistic measures of national progress, with a focus on the GPI (or Genuine Progress Indicator).
Mike Pennock retired in October 2016 from his position as the Provincial Epidemiologist in the BC Ministry of Health. During his forty-year career, Mike worked as the Population Health Epidemiologist at VIHA, was Research Director of the Population Health Research Unit at Dalhousie University and was Executive Director of the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton-Wentworth.
He became involved in the issue of the measurement of progress in 2006 when he and his wife, Martha, were recruited to spend three months in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to lead the development of a survey measure for the Bhutanese concept of Gross National Happiness. They remained involved in the topic through their participation in a number of international conferences over the years.
Thursday September 20
The Canadian Club of Victoria’s 2018/2019 luncheon series got off to an uplifting start with special guest speaker Daniel Lapp. A world-renowned musician, Daniel Lapp is beloved in Victoria for his trademark energy and warmth. As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, he has played on over 100 albums and has performed across Canada and around the world.
A legendary force in Canada’s fiddle scene, in 2014 he was appointed as the inaugural Artistic Director of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s new Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music.
Victoria World Partnership Walk 2018
Sunday May 27
Victoria World Partnership Walk 2018, led by President Susan Haddon
The upcoming Columbia River Treaty negotiations: What do they mean for Canada and the U.S.
Tuesday May 15
Hon. Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister responsible for the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia River Treaty
The Art and Heart of Documentary Film making
Wednesday April 18
Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit
“Living in the Anthropocene – How do we get to a One Planet Region?”
Tuesday, March 20 2018
Dr. Trevor Hancock, professor and senior scholar at the University of Victoria’s school of public health and social policy
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights:
“A STORY AND A BUILDING”
Tuesday,February 20 2018
Speaker Brian Head, volunteer at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Murray Rankin, Victoria MP and member of the CCV, thanking speaker Brian Head
Mayor Lisa Helps and Our Place Director Don Evans
Tuesday, January, 16, 2018
CCV President Susan Haddon and Don Evans
Lisa Helps and CCV President Susan Haddon
Christmas Tea at the Empress
Monday, December 5, 2017
Canadian Club Bursary winner Amanda Zutz with Russ Lazaruk, Chair of the Camosun Foundation Board.
Canadian Club Bursary winner Jackie Sadler with Russ Lazaruk, Chair of the Camosun Foundation Board
“A Garden of Mariposie” Stories by and about Stephen Leacock
Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway of Voyageur Storytelling
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Public Policy Issues facing the West: Then and Now
Martha Hall Findlay, President and CEO, Canada West Foundation
Tuesday October 17, 2017
Maestro Timothy Vernon, OC
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Brexit, Trump and Populism:
Where will it all end? ~ David Stocks
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
World Partnership Walk Against Poverty
Sunday, May 28, 2017
The Victoria Hand Project: Making a World of Difference ~Nick Dechev, Ph.D.
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Uplands Golf Club Dinner and Cultural Evening with the “Oliphant” Quintet
Wednesday, 19 April, 2017
The Trump Era: Barking Up the Wrong Tree ~ A Lecture by Gwynne Dyer
Tuesday, March 21,2017
Dr Gwynne Dyer, celebrated journalist and author
Canada and the United Nations
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Nigel Fisher, O.C, O.Ont, M.S.C., M.A., LL.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor,
University of Victoria
Learning from Christchurch, NZ
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Rajpreet Sall and Tanya Patterson
Emergency Management, City of Victoria
Fairmont Empress Hotel
Monday, December 5, 2016
Special Guest: Her Honour Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, OBC
Seasonal Entertainment – Oak Bay High School Choir
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Murray Rankin, MP Victoria
Wellness Matters: a Dialogue on Connection, Belonging and the Power of Well-Being
Victoria Conference Centre
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, and Khalil Shariff, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation, Canada
Understanding the US Election: Making Sense of the Electoral College and Process
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Dr. Janni Aragon – Adjunct Assistant Professor Political Science and Technology and Society Program, University of Victoria
Making a Difference: A Canadian in Malawi
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Christie Johnson, Lester Pearson College / Activist
Annual General Meeting
Ocean Networks Canada
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
University of Victoria
Uplands Golf Club Dinner and Cultural Evening
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Author Anny Scoones and Artist Robert Amos, collaborators on
Hometown: Out and About in Victoria’s Neighbourhoods
Assisted Suicide: Impact On Medical Professionals
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Dr. Chris Pengally
Retired Family Physician
The Truth and Reconciliation Report: What Now?
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Ms. Louise Mandell, QC LLD (hon)
Chancellor Vancouver Island University
Canada’s Role in Combating Global Corruption
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The Hon. Roy Cullen, PC CA
Author and Former Federal MP
Fairmont Empress Hotel
Monday, December 7, 2015
Special Guest: Her Honour Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon
Entertainment: Sooke String Quartet
Microcredit: An Agent for Change?
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Jo Jamieson and Vu Ndlovu
Impact Of Middle-Eastern Politics on Canada
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Dr. Andrew Wender
Professor, University of Victoria History Department
Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser School of Communication
Author of the book Harperism
Tuesday, September 15, 2015