Upcoming Meetings

    • October 26, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Notes from John . . .

    My 8th book, The Devil's Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War, explores the largely unknown ways in which Canada was involved in the war and changed by it.

    Sir John's Echo: The Voice for a Stronger Canada, was released by Dundurn Press in 2017.

    Cold Fire: Kennedy's Northern Front, was published by Knopf Penguin Random House in Canada and the US in 2016. It was short-listed for the Dafoe Prize for Non-Fiction.

    Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation was published in 2013. It was a national bestseller and chosen as one of the Globe and Mail's Best Books of the year. It was shortlisted for a Governor General's award for its translation into French.

    My other books include Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation, Into the Hurricane: Attacking CCF and Socialism in Canada, and Last Steps to Freedom: The Evolution of Canadian Racism.

    I enjoy writing my Monday morning blog (johnboyko.com) and I also write op-eds for newspapers across Canada and entries for the Canadian Encyclopedia.

    Also in this special meeting, one of our lifetime members, John Neu, will share some of his wartime memories with us. We look forward to celebrating John's 100th birthday next year!

    After the meeting, all members are invited to have lunch (at their own cost) at Barnacle Bills,  47 Grand Ave South. A great way to get to know your fellow members.

    • November 30, 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Bryan Larkin was appointed as the 7th Chief of Police of the Waterloo Regional Police Service on August 31, 2014 by the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board.

    Bryan began his policing career in 1991 as a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, working as a front-line Constable assigned to Division #1 in Kitchener. Over the course of his career, Bryan has held a number of progressively responsible positions including; Community and Media Relations, Special Assignments, Traffic Services, Human Resources, Recruiting, Media Officer, Executive Officer to the Chief of Police, and Superintendent of Central Division.

    Chief Larkin is an active member of the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Chiefs of Police. He serves the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police as Past President as well as represents the OACP on the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation and is the Co-Chair of the Provincial Police Joint Health and Safety Committee. Bryan also serves as the co-chair on the CACP Drug Advisory Committee. Bryan is a member of the Board for Nutrition for Learning and is a member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet for Waterloo Region Communities.

    • January 25, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Colleen James will speak to us on the topic "Challenging our Assumptions"

    She is a professor at Conestoga College’s school of business while running local equity and inclusion consulting firm Divonify, which she founded in 2015.

    Colleen is a former board president for Focus for Ethnic Women and has served as a member of the mayor’s equity task force. In 2020, James moderated the Region of Waterloo’s anti-racism town hall meetings.

    Born and raised in Kitchener, inclusion advocate and educator Colleen James has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly parts of Waterloo Region.

    The community doesn’t look the same as it once was when her family immigrated to Canada from the Caribbean in the 1970s. But there’s still a long way to go. James is at the forefront of that push, spearheading local efforts to make the region a more welcoming place for others, including her young daughter.


    Also in this meeting, a club member will be delivering his personal vignette.

    • February 22, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a philosopher, educator, and author. He often teaches in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Toronto (in Scarborough) and the Life Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto.

    He is also a lifetime member of Humanist Canada and an Expert Advisor for the Centre for Inquiry Canada.

    He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences and written many scholarly papers ranging from bioethics to cognitive evolution.

    His book entitled: How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Asking the Right Questions is currently in its fifth printing and is a best-seller in Canada and the U.S.

    His latest book: So You Think You Can Think? Tools for Having Intelligent Conversations and Getting Along was released in May, 2020.

    In April 2008 he was awarded TV Ontario’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer in Ontario Award. In August 2008 he was honored with the Canadian Humanist of the Year Award from the Humanist Association of Canada. In September 2008 he was awarded the UOIT Complementary Faculty Teaching Award.

    ​Dr. DiCarlo is the Principal and Founder of Critical Thinking Solutions, a consulting business for individuals, corporations, and not-for-profits in both the private and public sectors. He is also the developer of the first Pilot Project in Canada to introduce Universal Critical Thinking skills into the Ontario Public High School curriculum which has begun in the Upper Grand District School Board.. Dr. DiCarlo is also the Ethics Chair for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Waterloo/Wellington) and the Critical Thinking Advisor and writer at Pixel Dreams Creative Agency in Toronto.

    • March 29, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Portuguese Club, 870 Townline Rd, Cambridge, ON

    Professor Greg Steinberg is the Canada Research Chair in Metabolism, Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, with the research centre at McMaster University.

    Greg is also the son of one of our members, a very proud Bob Steinberg!

    Diabetes contributes to 40% of heart attacks and 30% of strokes in Canada. Greg is working to prevent sudden heart complications in people with diabetes.

    Dr. Steinberg and his team develop new tests to help predict which people are at highest risk. With a new therapy that prevents inflammation and lowers blood glucose, these findings could reduce heart attacks and strokes and save lives.

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