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ABOUT EMPIRE CLUB

Established in 1903, as a response to Canadian political unrest, the Empire Club ofCanada (ECC) quickly became a leading speakers’ forum. Beginning with speeches to address Canada’s relationships with the British Empire and the United States, the ECCcontinues to tackle issues that affect the lives of Canadians.
The club invites speakers to present various perspectivesincluding those that may not be popular but should be heard. Since its inception, the ECC has hosted 3500prominent Canadian and international leaders, including Prince Edward, the Prince ofWales (later Edward VIII), Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Audrey Hepburn,Margaret Mead, Christopher Plumber, Roberta Bondar, Maureen Forrester, AdrienneClarkson, Margaret Thatcher, Vladamir Putin and Bill Gates, to name but a few. Topics encompass business, politics, education, trade, labour, culture, international issues, as well as, other relevant topics that emerge.

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Since 1903, the Empire Club of Canada Foundation publishes every speech delivered to the Clubs members and guests.

"History obliges us to retain a strong measure of skepticism about the Soviet system" – Ronald Reagan
"A Club of this kind, therefore, has a mission to fulfill as an educative force" – HC Osborne 21/04/1904
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UPCOMING EVENTS

    • November 21, 2018

      Michael Katchen, CEO, Wealthsimple with Amber Kanwar, BNN

      Getting the Recipe Right: Making Canada the Best Place in the World for the Financial Companies of the Future

      Michael Katchen is the CEO and co-founder of Wealthsimple, a leading financial technology company operating in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Wealthsimple launched in September 2014 and quickly established itself as a leader in Canada, and in under three years, it has grown to manage $3 billion for more than 100,000 clients. Prior to founding Wealthsimple, he led product and marketing at 1000memories, a Y Combinator startup that was acquired by Ancestry.com in 2012. Michael started his career at McKinsey & Company where he advised clients in finance and technology.

      Michael has been called an Industry Mover by the Financial Post, a Change Agent by Canadian Business magazine, and one of Toronto’s 50 most influential people by Toronto Life. He won Entrepreneur of the Year at the Canadian Startup Awards in 2017, is a winner of a EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 by Caldwell Partners International, and is a member of the Canadian Business Council.

      Amber Kanwar is an expert when it comes to financial markets and disruptive technologies.  As the successful host of Business News Network’s flagship morning show, Business Day AM, and co-host of CTV’s The Disruptors, she has interviewed everyone from CEOs of major companies, to start-up technology entrepreneurs, fund managers, politicians, and thought leaders.

      Amber is a relentless digger, always looking for ways to break down complex topics and ideas and making them accessible to anyone who is interested.  Amber has a Master of Journalism degree from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Management & Organizational Studies degree from University of Western Ontario.

      With Introductory Remarks from: 

      MPP Doug Downey Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance

      Doug Downey was elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte in 2018 and subsequently named the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Victor Fedeli.

      Doug was raised in Bond Head, and has spent much of his life working and living throughout Simcoe County. He obtained his Hons. B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University; M.A. specializing in Judicial Administration from Brock University; a Law Degree from Dalhousie University at Halifax; and a Master of Laws in Municipal and Development Law through Osgoode Hall Law School. He has served as a Professor for Laurentian University at Georgian College, taught for the Real Estate Bar Admission Course, and occasionally lectured when asked.

      He is a founding partner at Downey, Tornosky, Lassaline & Timpano Law Professional Corporation and has earned professional recognition including the Lawyer of the Year award from the Simcoe County Law Association, the Business Leader of the Year by the Orillia Business Association, and as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers by Lexpert magazine. He has extensive experience in politics from working as a city councillor, to chairing the Independent Panel on the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway, the largest federal asset in Ontario. The panel’s work has resulted in over $625 million in investments into upgrading the Waterway’s infrastructure.

      Doug has also been active in numerous community organizations, including the Orillia and District Chamber of Commerce, the Orillia Kiwanis Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orillia and District, the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation and hosted Politically Speaking on Rogers television for 8 years. His volunteer work has earned him the Order of Orillia, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

       

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      Sponsors

      • Portag3 Ventures
      • Power Corporation of Canada
    • November 23, 2018

      The Business of Blockchain – Alex Tapscott with Expert Panel

      Topic: The Business of Blockchain

      Please note: All attendees will receive a copy of the latest version of Don and Alex Tapscott’s critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World,

      Ana Badour co-leads McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Fintech Group.  She is a partner in their Financial Services Group, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Bitcoin Professional. She advises financial services entities, including financial institutions and Fintech entities, on regulatory compliance matters. She holds a LLM in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University, a LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a BMath (Operations Research) from the University of Waterloo.

      Fatema Pirone joined CIBC one of 5 largest banks in Canada in 2003; she is currently Senior Director Enterprise Innovation. In this role Fatema provides leadership in 3 key areas of driving Innovation awareness and education, quick test and learn for ideas, and champion complex innovation initiatives.
      Last 15 year of contributions in banking spans over variety of areas from Frontline Operations, Cards Technology, Product Management, New Business Development and Innovation. She has provided leadership in delivery and launch of numerous high scale projects and continue to pave the way to make CIBC the bank of the future.
      Fatema holds an eMBA from Kellogg School of Management and Schulich along with a Honour Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University.

      Matthew Spoke is the founder of Aion, a world-leading blockchain protocol designed to solve the most prevalent challenges limiting blockchains mainstream adoption: scalability, interoperability and governance. Matt serves as CEO of the Aion Foundation. Prior to his current role, Matt founded Deloitte’s first blockchain team, Rubix.

      Matt is an active and founding board member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and a founding director of the Blockchain Technology Coalition of Canada.

      Since the earliest days of blockchain, Matt has been a leading advocate for the potential social benefits of decentralized technologies and is working actively to establish fair and responsible rules and principles for the future governance of this important new industry.  Matt believes blockchain is a revolutionary technology that has the potential to solve some of the world’s greatest online challenges.

      Alex Tapscott is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World, which has been translated into more than 15 languages.

      In 2017, Alex co-founded (with Don Tapscott) the Blockchain Research Institute, a multi-million-dollar think-tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. In November of 2017, Alex and Don Tapscott were recognized with the Digital Thinking Award from Thinkers50, as part of their Distinguished Achievement Awards

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      Sponsors

      • Cobalt Blockchain Inc.
      • CSE
      • IBK Capital Corp.

PAST SPEAKERS

Stephen Harper
Audrey Hepburn
Some remarks about the feelings of helplessness and desperation when viewing the world’s misery on television. An alleviation of that feeling through participation in UNICEF and/or similar organizations. Effects of the burden of debt on the poor to become even poorer. What agencies like UNICEF can do. The speaker’s role to inform, and to create […]
Vladimir Putin
The stable and solid basis for co-operation that exists between Russia and Canada. The speaker’s talks with Prime Minister Jean Chretien. An overview of what is occurring in the political and economic fields in the Russian Federation. Russia’s serious advancement in the “gathering” of their Federation. This gathering of the Federation as sthe purpose of […]
Roberta Bondar
A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. Some remarks about the upcoming national Science and Technology Week. Raising awareness of the essential role that science, technology, and engineering play in Canada’s ability to compete internationally and in our quality of life. Corporate sponsors. Some personal anecdotes about […]
Christopher Plummer
Brian Mulroney
A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. The future of Canada. Working together on our prosperity and our unity. The need for change. Getting it right. The chance and challenge to create a modern, efficient and dynamic Canada for a new century. Reflecting the diversity of the […]
Michael Igantieff
Margaret Thatcher
  SEPTEMBER 25, 1975 The Heirs of Runnymede AN ADDRESS BY The Rt. Hon. Margaret Thatcher, P.C., M.P., LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, BRITISH HOUSE OF COMMONS CHAIRMAN The President, H. Allan Leal, Q.C.Mr. Chairman, Your Honour, Mr. Treasurer, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: this is my first visit to Canada and for me it fulfils […]
Pierre Eliot Trudeau
Dalai Lama
A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. A sharing of thoughts and experiences by the speaker with the audience. Some remarks about Tibet and about Buddhism, and about the history of both. Factors such as geography and relations with China which affect Tibet. Personal statements of philosophical […]
Margaret Mead
A clarification that the “Men” in the title refers to Mankind. A brief reference to the speaker’s last trip back to the Pacific where she had previously studied a group of people 25 years ago. Observations and changes 25 years later. The conclusion that “if people are going to have to make a really radical […]
Billy Graham
A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and the Canadian Club of Toronto. Moving toward the dawn of the third millennium. Questioning what kind of world the 21st century will be. The kind of world we are living in. Man-made calamities. Stories of Christian relief organisations. The speaker’s hope for the future. The […]
Adrienne Clarkson
A joint meeting of the Empire Club of Canada and the Canadian Club of Toronto. The offer of “The Clarkson Cup.” The speaker’s person reflections from 6 years of visiting Canadians and travelling through Canada from coast to coast to coast. The speaker’s role. The great diversity of Canada’s geography. The determination to visit as […]
Ronald Reagan
A joint meeting of the Empire Club of Canada and the Canadian Club of Toronto. The President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Canada spoke after the seven-nation Economic Summit which was hosted by Canada. Mr. Mulroney begins with some comments on what was covered at the Summit. Issues include: the Free […]
His Excellency Jean-Marc Ayrault
Born on January 25, 1950, in Maulévrier (Maineet-Loire), Jean-Marc Ayrault was appointed Prime Minister of France on May 15, 2012, by the President of the Republic of France, François Hollande. A member of the Socialist Party, Jean-MarcAyrault was the Mayor of the city of Nantes(Loire-Atlantique) from 1989 to 2012. He was also the leader of the Socialist […]
Jean Chretien
Winston Churchill
The situation in Great Britain not so gloomy. A summary review of the economic position of Great Britain. Difficulties to be overcome. Great Britain growing steadily in wealth, in power, in knowledge, and in strength. The first interest of the British Empire peace. Being careful that the love of peace is not used as a […]
John Diefenbaker
Prince Philip
Prince Philip attempts to answer the question, “What makes a mature and responsible citizen?” An historical, theoretical and anecdotal exploration of this issue. Overview of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme: its purpose, features, and need for financial support. The Scheme’s 30th anniversary in Canada.
Paul Martin
Grey Owl
Anecdotes and reminiscences of the speaker’s experiences of travel and survival in the wilderness, and of hunger. The destruction of that great heritage of ours that lies to the north. The north country as the greatest asset that Canadians have. Potential for tourism in the north. Three-quarters of Canada in the hands of the Indians; […]
David Suzuki
David Suzuki, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way. Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist. He graduated from Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 1958 with an Honours BA […]
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Stephen Harper
 
Audrey Hepburn
 
Vladimir Putin
 
Roberta Bondar
 
Christopher Plummer
 
Brian Mulroney
 
Michael Igantieff
 
Margaret Thatcher
 
Pierre Eliot Trudeau
 
Dalai Lama
 
Margaret Mead
 
Billy Graham
 
Adrienne Clarkson
 
Ronald Reagan
 
His Excellency Jean-Marc Ayrault
 
Jean Chretien
 
Winston Churchill
 
John Diefenbaker
 
Prince Philip
 
Paul Martin
 
Grey Owl
 
David Suzuki
 

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