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February 2017
14
February
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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Antoni Cimolino – Artistic Director, Stratford Theatre

Antoni Cimolino has been the artistic director of the Stratford Festival, since 2013 – a role that has been extended to the festival’s 70th season in 2022. From a $3.4 million deficit in 2012, Mr. Cimolino’s tenure to July of 2015 had seen an increase in attendance of 9 percent, and two years of operating surpluses totalling $2.5 million. The festival’s endowment has also grown – from $56 million to $71 million. A statement from the Board called Cimolino’s achievements…

April 2017
19
April
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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Dr. Melanie Morin-Pelletier, Historian, First World War, Canadian War Museum – Vimy: Beyond the Battle

Dr. Melanie Morin-Pelletier is the Historian, War and Society at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. She is the author of Briser les ailes de l’ange: Les infirmieres militaires canadiennes (1914-1918) and has published multiple articles on Canadian military nursing and on the impact of the war on the Canadian homefront. Since joining the Canadian War Museum in 2012, she has curated the major exhibitions: Fighting in Flanders. Gas. Mud. Memory(2014), and Vimy: Beyond the Battle (2017). Her current research…

May 2017
17
May
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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Will Heeman – Immigrant Story to Local Success

Immigrant story to local success. Heeman’s has become a favourite destination for many local gardeners and berry fans but it had humble beginnings. Will Heeman, Chief Daymaker and third generation family member, will join us to talk about growing up in a family business and the journey Heeman’s has taken to become an award winning, experience focused business. There will be photos of mouthwatering strawberries, a Dutch joke or two, and he’ll also answer a question Heeman’s gets all the…

June 2017
13
June
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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Allison Graham

The Journey to Resiliency Ninja. Allison will share why she has made it her mission to help people become more resilient and pull back the curtain to expose the ups and downs (and risks) of being vulnerable in the public eye by writing a tell-all book. In this candid conversation, she’ll discuss her decision to complement her sales consulting work by talking about the collision between our personal and professional lives and how she hopes to influence how people deal…

September 2017
26
September
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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Kapil Lakhotia, President & CEO, London Economic Development Corporation

More information will be posted in the near future.

October 2017
20
October
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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Dave Levac, MPP, Speaker, Ontario Legislative Assembly – “The Speaker Who Doesn’t Speak”

Dave Levac was born and raised in the southwestern Ontario community of Brantford, where he continues to live with his wife, Rosemarie. They have three adult children. After teaching elementary and secondary school for 12 years, Dave became an elementary school principal in 1989. In his capacity as a principal, Dave developed conflict resolution programs for which, among other accomplishments, he received a Distinguished Teacher Award in 1994. In addition to his teaching career, Dave took an active leadership role…

November 2017
13
November
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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General (Ret’d) Thomas J. Lawson, former Chief of Defence Staff

We hope you’ll join us for our annual Tribute to our Public Defenders on November 13, 2017, with General (Ret’d) Tom Lawson, former Chief of Defence Staff, as be our guest speaker. General (Ret’d) Thomas J Lawson As a member of perhaps our nation’s only four-generation Royal Canadian Air Force family, General Lawson looks back on his 40-year military career with deep appreciation. Among many things, it taught him the critical importance of developing leadership qualities within organizations. He especially…

December 2017
07
December
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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Mark Wafer – “The Economic Case for the Inclusion of Workers with Disabilities”

Mark Wafer is a former Tim Hortons restaurant owner from Toronto. During his 25 years as a business owner Mark and his wife Valarie hired almost 200 workers with disabilities in meaningful and competitively paid positions. On average The Wafers employed 45 workers with disabilities from a workforce of 250 or 17% of their workforce. Mark believes there is a clear and compelling business case for real inclusion. Mark is a member of the Federal governments panel on labour market…

January 2018
26
January
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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NEW DATE – MARK WAFER – The Economic Case for Inclusion of Workers with Disabilities

Mark Wafer is a former Tim Hortons restaurant owner from Toronto. During his 25 years as a business owner Mark and his wife Valarie hired almost 200 workers with disabilities in meaningful and competitively paid positions. On average The Wafers employed 45 workers with disabilities from a workforce of 250 or 17% of their workforce. Mark believes there is a clear and compelling business case for real inclusion. Mark is a member of the Federal governments panel on labour market…

February 2018
13
February
12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
@ Double Tree by Hilton
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Dan Mathieson, Mayor, City of Stratford – The use of technology in planning and development of communities of the future.

Dan Mathieson, in his fourth term as Mayor, has sat on municipal council since 1995. He is currently Chair of the Ontario Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), Past Chair of Kings University College at Western University, Chair of the Stratford Police Services Board, a member of the Board of Directors of Festival Hydro and Rhyzome Networks and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Dan is also a Governor on the Board of i-Canada. In November, 2015, Dan was awarded the Alumni Award…

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