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Our Speaker Program

Until it is safe to meet together, our meetings will be with Zoom.
About two days before the meeting, members will receive an e-mail
with a link to the meeting.


Coming Speakers


Our April Probus Club Zoom Meeting for 2021
will be at 10:00 am, April 13!

Guest Speaker: Alberto Suarez-Esteban

Alberto is originally from Spain, where he developed
a deep fascination and passion for Nature.
This passion led him to pursue a BSc in Biology,
a MSc in Conservation Biology, and a PhD in Ecology.

After about a decade in Academia,
he decided to pursue more tangible results
and to spend more time outside, where he thrives.

During the winter, Alberto teaches
"Ecosystem and Environmental Change" at Carleton University.
The rest of the year, he operates Nature's Apprentice Farm,
a small organic farm in Pakenham born from his desire
to support a food system that regenerates the health
of both people and the land.

His book: No Dig Gardening: Benefits for the planet and your back.

Digging a garden threatens to disturb not only your back,
but also the soil ecosystem,
which is what truly feeds your plants.
But, what is the alternative?
Is it really possible to grow food without digging?

Please join farmer and teacher Alberto Suarez-Esteban
to get these and other questions answered,
and many tips that you can apply in your garden
to grow healthier food with less effort.


Our May Probus Club Zoom Meeting for 2021
will be at 10:00 am, May 11!

Guest Speaker: Roman Talkowski

Roman has been a resident of Burlington for the last 20 years.
He retired 3 years ago.
He spent most of his working life in Sales
and spent the last 17 years as the VP of Sales in the plastics industry.
Prior to this, he ran the sales operation in Europe (8 years)
for a North American manufacturer of Fire Alarm equipment.
He also spent 3 years in Commercial Banking for a major Canadian Bank.
He has always had an interest in environmental matters
and now has the time to volunteer his time to the cause.

In March of last year, he travelled to Atlanta
and trained with Al Gore's organization, The Climate Reality Project,
to learn more about Climate Change.

He is also the co-founder of HACEN (pronounced 'hasten'
and stands for Halton Action for Climate Emergency Now).
HACEN is a Halton Region focused advocacy group calling
for meaningful municipal action on Climate Change
in Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton.

Education:
Bachelor of Science
Masters of Environmental Studies
MBA

Presentation Synopsis:
He will ask three questions in the context of Climate Change
and address each one. They are:
- Must We Change?
- Can we Change?
- Will We Change?

Must we Change?
- What is Climate Change and what causes it?
- How is Climate Change affecting the world we live in?
- How is Climate Change affecting Canada?

Can we Change?
- What technologies (solar, wind, EV-cars, energy storage)
are available to us to fight Climate Change?
- Some success stories and examples

Will we Change?
- Forces for Change
- What can we do as individuals and as a group?


Previous Speakers

Where a speaker's name and topic is underlined, this is a link to additional information.

2020-21

September

October

November

December

January

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

John Boyko
Sir John's Echo

February

March

April

May

June

Tim Burrows - Should Your Next Car Be Electric?

Jacqueline Gori - Partners with Paws

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2019-20

September

October

November

December

January

Maggie McDougall
Understanding Medical Cannabis

Tony Atherton
The Decline and Fall of the Daily Newspaper

Col. Claude Desgagne
The UN mission to Haiti

Brian Hull
Ending world hunger
from the bottom up

Mags Gaulden
The Power of DNA

February

March

April

May

June

Dr. Judith Rygiel

Sue Williams

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

COVID-19 Pandemic There was No Meeting

2018-19

September

October

November

December

January

Gary Sealey --
LRT Discussion.

Allan Symons --
Two Centuries of Canadian Clocks

Brian Tackaberry -
THE LOST GENERATION: EASTERN ONTARIO DURING WW1

Valerie Knowles -
Well Known Ottawa Personalities from the Past

Dean Verger and Ruth Stewart-Verger - Connecting Through Story

February

March

April

May

June

Jennifer DeBruin - In Search of Home

Beth Sweetnam for Tony Atherton - Embarrassing Moments

Beth Porter - Accidental Friends - Stories from My Life in Community

Pam Thompson -
Art in Canada

Terry Colfer -
The Middle East

2017-18

September

October

November

December

January

Bruce Di Labio -- Birds in the Ottawa region

David Smith --  Einstein: his life and works

Greg Matte  --  From Helmets to Hardhats

 Charlotte Gray --              The Promise of Canada

Peter  Hamer -- EMR -- Electronic Medical records

February

March

April

May

June

Sue Garvey -- Cornerstone Housing for Women

 Kate MacNeil  -- The Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre

 Dr. John Hardie --         A dental murder mystery

Rachel Boere -- Arctic experience with Students on Ice

Judith Cox -- Purple Carrts, Honey Bees and Magic

2016-17

September

October

November

December

January

Howard Clifford -- The Wild Child, involving youth with nature

Frank Hitchens --         Are we alone in the universe?

Richard Brisson -- The Enigma Machine

Service Clubs -- Dwight Brown, Rotary, Linda Leinan, Lions

 Barrie Kirk -- Automated vehicles are here to stay

February

March

April

May

June

Dawn and Peter Doyle: Our cruise to Iceland

 Rick Baker  --  CARP

 Caroline Midgley and  Jeannie Mathews --  Home care options

Randy Boswell -- Digital databases help re-discover our past

Brock Godfrey -- Mass marketing fraud awareness

2015-16

September

October

November

December

January

Cheryl Cooper: Tall Ships and the War of 1812

Jonathan Moore: The Franklin Expedition ship Erebus discovery

Kanina Dawson: My Afghan war experience

Ian Smillie: Blood diamonds in Africa

Jane Madigan: Service dogs and anxiety disorder

February

March

April

May

June

Michele Leboldus: Our heritage and the next generation

Robert Hannaberry: "Sooner or Later" housing/ care needs

Gerda Kraft: Making refugees feel welcome

Jim Holmes: Kanata Theatre and the community

Dr. Andrew Frank: Memory loss and Alzheimer's

2014-15

September

October

November

December

January

Joyce Trafford --           The Carp Fair

Joy Forbes --                 The One-Room Schoolhouse

Miriam Rawson -- Matthew House and the Ottawa Furniture Bank

Don Wiles -- Uranium in my Bones

Matt Craig  -- The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority

February

March

April

May

June

Norm Christie  -- Canadian war graves -- Our Sacred Places

George Laidlaw -- The joys of Canadian history

Roddy Bolivar -- The Carp Road Corridor BIA

Brian Hartley -- Bridging the  Chasm

Nelson McDougall-- The NAC Orchestra

2013-14

September

October

November

December

January

Mac Evans --             Canada's Space Program

Bob Slack - the Canadian Snowbirds

Dr. Andew Burtch
The Korean War

Doug Harvey-Smith
DesignAbility

Dr. Tim Pychyl -- Procrastination

February

March

April

May

June

Nadine Fowler and Cristina Myers -- The Queensway Carleton Hospital

Barry Risk -- Canada Customs    "The Thinner Blue Line"

Dave Brown -- After 10,000 columns

Guy Thatcher -- Walking the Camino de Saint-Jacques

Terry Currie --              The great Fire of 1870

2012-13

September

October

November

December

January

Dr. Kent MacDonald -- President Algonquin College

Karen Bell -- Seniors Nutrition

Ronald Cohen -- Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa

Dr.Janet Biggar and Jim Jamer -- Empowering youth in Africa

Dr. Aisha Sherazi -- Women in Islam

February

March

April

May

June

Ian Farthing -- St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Matt Warin -- US Embassy         Trafficking in persons

Peter van Boeschoten -- Ottawa Older Adult Plan

Helen Forsey -- Eugene Forsey and the Senate

J.F. Sauriol -- 
Computer Security for Seniors

2011-12

September

October

November

December

January

Max Keeping -- Community Ambassador

Mayor Jim Watson

Guy Parent -- Veterans Ombudsman

Jamie Lunn -- The War Amps of Canada

Allison Knight -- Office of the Information Commissioner

February

March

April

May

June

Barbara Carriere -- Kilimanjaro grannies

Grete Hale --     Baker's daughter

Hon. Bill Rompkey -- Senate reform

Hon.Peter Milliken -- longest serving Speaker of the House of Commons

Rotary Club and Ottawa Police -- The ABC's of Fraud


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