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Tuesday 14 November

"From helmets to hardhats" 
Greg Matte (BGen Ret'd)

    What does a tank driver or bomb disposal expert do when they leave the Canadian Forces? For these ex-service men and women and those in many other trades the transition to the civilian job market can be difficult.
   This is where Helmets to Hardhats Canada® (H2H) comes in. H2H offers the required apprenticeship training to achieve journey person status in any of the applicable trades within the building and construction industry. Regardless of an individual's military occupation, they may choose to pursue any of the 14 applicable trade fields with full apprenticeship training being provided as required.
   Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics but not for the subject you might think.
To explain the program to us is H2H Executive Director Brigadier-General (Retired) Gregory Matte.
   Greg Matte is a former CF-18 fighter pilot and a Fighter Weapons Instructor “Top Gun” graduate with extensive operational mission experience. He has been assigned multiple command positions during his career, including as the Task Force Commander for all Canadian flying operations in the Balkans, as well as the Commander of 4 Wing Cold Lake in Alberta. One of his final assignments in the military was Chief of Staff for the co-ordination of the air, land and sea security for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
   He was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal upon graduation from Royal Roads Military College, and later completed a Master’s degree through the Military College of Canada. A running enthusiast, he won the Canadian Forces national championship in the marathon in 2003, and subsequently competed for Canada in the World Military Games in Palermo, Sicily that same year. Active in martial arts, he has a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.
   Matte retired from the Canadian Forces in September 2010 after 29 years of service, and following an assignment in the public service and work in the private sector, was selected as the Executive Director of the Helmets to Hardhats Canada program in May 2012. In addition to these responsibilities, he’s also pursuing part-time PhD studies in Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.


Tuesday 12 December

"The promise of Canada"
Charlotte Gray


Previous Speakers

2017-18

September

October

November

December

January

Bruce Di Labio -- Birds in the Ottawa region

 David Smith --  Einstein: his life and works

 

 

 

February

March

April

May

June

 

 

 

   

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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