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Established in 1903, the Empire Club of Canada, is recognized as one of Canada’s oldest, largest, more important speaker’s forum. Our membership and speakers are comprised of some of Canada’s most influential leaders from the professions, business, labour, education, government, and cultural organizations. Over our history, the Speaker’s Podium at the ECC has hosted over 3500 prominent Canadian and international leaders, women and men who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavor.

Our luncheon meetings attract audiences of 200 to 1200 people, usually on Thursdays at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, September through June. The speeches area also broadcast across Canada on Rogers Cable and on occasion are also webcast, live.

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Established in 1903, the Empire Club of Canada, is recognized as one of Canada’s oldest, largest, more important speaker’s forum. Our membership and speakers are comprised of some of Canada’s most influential leaders from the professions, business, labour, education, government, and cultural organizations. Over our history, the Speaker’s Podium at the ECC has hosted over 3500 prominent Canadian and international leaders, women and men who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavor.

Our luncheon meetings attract audiences of 200 to 1200 people, usually on Thursdays at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, September through June. The speeches area also broadcast across Canada on Rogers Cable and on occasion are also webcast, live.

    Virtual Event: Being Older in 2020: The Modern Joys and Risks of Aging

    Virtual Event: Being Older in 2020: The Modern Joys and Risks of Aging

    We are living longer, but at what risk? COVID19 has laid bare the health issues of congregate settings in long term care. Will society care when the crisis is over? Will the delivery of a robust home and community care system like other countries have done be on the table? Could this make a difference?

    As a society, we all know we must do better. As the Boomer’s move into true senior hood will ageism continue to affect the kind of care our loved ones, or we, receive? There are many joys in aging such as kinship with family and friends and the ability to pursue rewarding work. The opportunities for travel and adventure abound. Let’s ensure that we consider all the options open to us to live fully and joyfully at any age with whatever health challenges we may face.

    An all star panel will tackle the complicated questions of ageing and ageism in modern society and help to spotlight how we can better support the incredible mentors in each of our lives.

    Panelists:

    Dr. Samir Sinha
    Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System

    Michael Nicin
    Executive Director of the National Institute in Ageing

    Margaret Gillis
    Founding President, International Longevity Centre Canada

    Mary Walsh
    Writer, Comedian, Senior Citizen

    Moderator:

    André Picard
    Health Columnist, The Globe and Mail

    • 59 min
    Virtual Event: Making Money in Today’s Market, Panelists Nick Barisheff, Thomas S. Caldwell, David Rosenberg

    Virtual Event: Making Money in Today’s Market, Panelists Nick Barisheff, Thomas S. Caldwell, David Rosenberg

    Panelists:

    Nick Barisheff, President, BMG Group Inc.

    Thomas S. Caldwell, Chairman, Caldwell Financial Ltd. and Urbana Corporation

    David Rosenberg, Founder, Rosenberg Research and Associates Inc.

    • 54 min
    Virtual Event: The Construction Sector Post Covid 19, Panelists Gianni Agozzino, Patrick J. Dillon, Patrick J. Dillon, Moderated by Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Ana Bailão

    Virtual Event: The Construction Sector Post Covid 19, Panelists Gianni Agozzino, Patrick J. Dillon, Patrick J. Dillon, Moderated by Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Ana Bailão

    During the Covid 19 pandemic, construction was unique in comparison to most sectors in that some elements were deemed essential, while others were not. While the dividing line between who was essential and who wasn’t was the source of controversy, for those operating, health and safety measures, were put in place to secure sites and protect the workforce. As we move beyond the pandemic to re opening our economy, what is the new normal for this sector? Are the existing health and safety measures enough? Should the construction sector scale up more quickly than the rest of the economy? Will construction projects be the path back to economic recovery and can the sector ramp up safely to meet this need?

    Join four industry leaders representing labor and construction companies in a discussion with Ana Bailao, Deputy Mayor of Toronto as they share their views on the roadmap to getting the industry up and running safely again.

    Panelists:

    Gianni Agozzino, President and Partner, Network Mechanical Inc.; President, Metropolitan Plumbing and Heating Contractors Association, MPHCA

    Patrick J. Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

    Joe Vaccaro, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Home Builders’ Association, OHBA

    Moderator:

    Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Ana Bailão

    • 1 hr
    Virtual Event: A Framework to Reopen Our Province

    Virtual Event: A Framework to Reopen Our Province

    The people of Ontario have made impressive progress in the fight against COVID 19. We’re all eager to reopen our province, but we’re also cautious we don’t want a sudden surge in COVID 19 to make all our hard work go to waste. By taking a gradual, staged approach, the Ontario Government is planning to make reopening decisions in a way that keep people safe, get us to our new normal and position our province for a stronger economic future. Join Minister Phillips to learn more about A Framework to Reopen Our Province.

    First elected in 2018, the Honourable Rod Phillips currently serves as the MPP for Ajax, and Ontario’s Minister of Finance. At the request of Premier Ford, he is chairing Ontario’s Jobs and Recovery Committee which has been tasked with planning the reopening and recovery of our province following COVID 19.

    Prior to assuming his role as the Minister of Finance, he was Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks.

    In this position, he developed and implemented the government’s strategy to ensure the balance of a healthy environment and a healthy economy. Before entering politics, Minister Phillips enjoyed a successful business career, notably serving as Chair of Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company.

    He also served as Chair of Afiniti Canada, a global artificial intelligence company recently recognized by The Business Insider as one of the 41 hottest AI startups worth at least $1 billion. Minister Phillips is the former President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, which reported a then record profit of over $2 billion during his tenure. He was also a founder of Shepell.fgi, which grew to employ over 5,000 people worldwide. Shepell.fgi was acquired by Morneau Sobeco in a deal which became the winner of CVCA’s 2009 Private Equity Deal of the Year award. The minister has also served as Chief of Staff in the offices of then Minister of Labour, Elizabeth Witmer, and former Mayor of Toronto, Mel Lastman.

    Born in Newmarket, the Minister has an Honours BA in Political Science and English from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

    • 50 min
    Virtual Event: Impact of COVID19 on Real Estate Assets: What Does Recovery Look Like Post COVID19?

    Virtual Event: Impact of COVID19 on Real Estate Assets: What Does Recovery Look Like Post COVID19?

    One of the segments of the economy that has been hit hard by the current pandemic but that the media has not yet focused on is real estate, in spite of the fact that keeping the value of real property intact is an important component of any sustainable economic recovery. Are we doing enough in Canada to ensure that real estate values will recover and continue to be one of the pillars of our financial strength? Do all asset classes face the same challenges emerging from COVID 19, and what can we do to foster a strong recovery? What specific threats face the real property industry over the coming months and years?

    Join three industry leaders in a discussion with Sheila Botting, as they attempt to lay down some guidelines and warnings for the months ahead and to forge a path on what will no doubt be a long and at times winding road to recovery.

    Panelists:

    Jon Love, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, KingSett Capital Inc.

    Michael Turner, President, Oxford Properties

    Sam Kolias, Chairman and CEO, Boardwalk REIT

    Moderator:

    Sheila Botting, Principal and President, Americas Professional Services, Avison Young

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Virtual Event: Helping Canadian Businesses Absorb the COVID 19 Shock: An Overview of Financing Support Programs

    Virtual Event: Helping Canadian Businesses Absorb the COVID 19 Shock: An Overview of Financing Support Programs

    Join us for a webcast with Mairead Lavery, President and CEO of EDC and Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC. They will discuss the impact of the COVID 19 outbreak on Canada’s businesses and will present an overview of financing support measures designed to support them. During this interactive fireside chat you will hear about: The impact of COVID 19 on Canadian entrepreneurs and an overview of financing programs available for business owners and how to access them Business owners’ response to the crisis and how they adjusted to the new reality.

    Panelists:

    Mairead Lavery is President and CEO of Export Development Canada, EDC. Mairead is determined to see EDC help thousands more Canadian companies go, grow and succeed internationally. A passionate promoter of the Crown corporation and Canada’s exporters. As Canada’s export credit agency, EDC supports and develops Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities.

    Michael Denham is President and CEO of BDC, Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. A strong advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation, Michael drives BDC’s commitment to be the Number 1 ally of Canadian entrepreneurs. BDC works with 60,000 business owners in all industries and at all stages of growth, providing them with loans, investments and advice.

    Moderator:

    Derek DeCloet is the managing editor of Bloomberg News in Canada. He has been a business journalist for more than 20 years, and previously was executive editor and business editor of The Globe and Mail.

    • 54 min

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