Past Events



Survival by Design

Tuesday October 15

                                                         Pamela Madoff

As Victoria experiences growth and modernization, how will the city’s heritage buildings survive?
Special guest speaker Pam Madoff is eminently qualified to answer this question. A former Victoria city councilor, she is chair of the Victoria Heritage Advisory Committee, a member of the Civic Trust and the Heritage Foundation and was recently awarded a Heritage BC Life Achievement

Crisis and Opportunity in Sino-Canadian Relations

Tuesday September 17

We’re thrilled to get our fall season off to an international start!  Jonathan Manthorpe, highly acclaimed foreign correspondent, will present his insights on the escalating diplomatic tensions between Canada and China, and the opportunities this crisis may create.



Tricia Horne

Video of Tricia’s presentation






Award. The Byline: Charla Huber
Indigenous Engagement through Storytelling

Tuesday May 21, 2019

Charla Huber, Director of Communications and Indigenous Relations at
M’akola Housing Society

Charla Huber is well known for her weekly columns in the Times Colonist. This accomplished journalist and professional communicator is also highly regarded for her work in the field of Indigenous Relations.

Her presentation “Indigenous Relations through Storytelling” illustrated how to engage with First Nations in a respectful, appropriate and meaningful way. Huber, who has Chipewyan and Inuit ancestry,  incorporated creative storytelling to demonstrate protocols and cultural elements that can assist when building relationships and strengthening communities.
Huber has connected with more than 125 Indigenous Communities in Western Canada and is presently Director of Communications and Indigenous Relations at M’akola Housing Society, the largest Indigenous affordable housing provider in the province.

Uplands Golf Club Dinner and Cultural Evening

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Speakers, Anita and Michael Hadley, author and editor of “Spindrift, a Canadian book of the sea”

Club member, Peter Haddon, with guest speakers, Michael and Anita Hadley, editors of ‘Spindrift, a Canadian Book of the Sea’

Ellen Stensholt, Past President, with Dr. Ken Leffek, Club member

Club members, Christine Smith and Barbara Hutchison, with Treasure Lynn Larsen and guest Heather greeting guests on arrival

Club Secretary, Marilyn Schick, with husband Craig

Club past Treasurer and Executive member, Pam Shemilt, with Camosun College’s Jody Kitts and Camosun’s new Alumni officer.  The Club has an endowed bursary fund at the College that provides financial support for five or six students annually.

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

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





Inspiring Canadians
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.


Inspiring Canadians
Thursday September 20

Daniel Lapp

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:
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

Housing First
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

View a video of the presentation

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

Earthquake Preparedness:
Learning from Christchurch, NZ
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Rajpreet Sall and Tanya Patterson
Emergency Management, City of Victoria


Christmas Tea
Fairmont Empress Hotel
Monday, December 5, 2016
Special Guest: Her Honour Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, OBC
Seasonal Entertainment – Oak Bay High School Choir

Electoral Reform
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
Bob Crosby
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


Christmas Tea
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

Donald Gutstein
Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser School of Communication
Author of the book Harperism
Tuesday, September 15, 2015