Welcome to The Canadian Club of London’s 2020/2021 Season.


We are please to continue our 115 year tradition of providing insightful and engaging speakers to our Individual and Corporate Members, and Non-Members, as well.

If you are an annual member, a reminder that all of the virtual events offered this season are included in your membership fee, free of charge. Prior to each event, our Special Events Team will be in contact via email to confirm your attendance (and, in the case of Corporate Members, any staff and students) to provide details on how to attend.


Annual Members have the option of registering guests at preferred rates – a link has been provided for each event below. When checking out, select the Member Guest Event Registration option in the drop down menu and enter your personal information. Prior to the event you will receive an email notification containing the URL directing you to forward along to your guest(s) which will gain them access on the day of the live presentation.


Non-members are also welcome to attend for a nominal fee and registrations may be purchased through the link below – select “Non-Member Event Registration” in the drop down menu. If you are attending more than one event this season, it makes sense for you to become a member, either Individual or Corporate – please visit our membership pages for specific details – see links in footer at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 16 | 1-2pm

Jonathan F Vance


University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario


Panic in Human History: Zombies, Vampires and the End of Days


We will explore why we tend to panic in some situations but not in others, and how irrational behaviour has been manipulated by the unscrupulous. History tells us that fear is not a bad thing, so long as we don’t fear the wrong things.

Jonathan F. Vance is a Distinguished University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at The University of Western Ontario, where he teaches military history, Canadian history, and social memory. He holds degrees from McMaster University, Queen’s University, and York University. He has contributed to  many anthologies and is the author of numerous books, including , A Gallant Company: The True Story of “The Great Escape” (2003), Building Canada: People and Projects that Shaped the Nation (2006), A History of Canadian Culture (2009),, and Maple Leaf Empire: Canada, Britain and Two World Wars (2011). He is the Undergraduate Chair in Western’s History Department and co-director of the educational website Wartime Canada: A Window into the Canadian Experience during the World Wars ( ).  His most recent book is A Township at War (2018).

Previous Events

Wednesday, May 12 | 1-2pm

Honourable Bob Rae

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations


The UN, Canada and Global Economy


Bob Rae is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York. Mr. Rae served as Premier of Ontario from 1990-1995, and interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011-2013. He was elected to federal and provincial parliaments 11 times between 1978 and 2013.

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April 21, 2021 | 1-2:30pm

Greg Dinsdale

President and CEO of LBMX Inc

Christine Jones Harris

Principal, Corporate Development, Jones Healthcare Group


Jeff Macoun

President & COO, Canada Life


Locally Grown, Globally Known

Three companies that started in London but are now doing business around the Globe. LBMX Inc. is the leading provider of eCommerce and Marketplace solutions for buying groups, purchasing co-operatives and their members.  Jones Healthcare Group is a world-class provider of advanced packaging and medication dispensing solutions.  London Life Insurance Company started here in London in 1874 and is now Canada Life that offers products and services internationally. Join us for these amazing stories of success!

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September 16, 2020 | 1-2pm

Dr. Chris Mackie

Medical Officer of Health,  London-Middlesex Health Unit


Covid-19:  Defining Our Time  


Dr. Mackie has been at the forefront of assessing the impact of Covid-19 in London and Region, and implementing strategies to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.  Chris will provide an update on the Pandemic and how it has effected community health, especially that of the most vulnerable.  His experience and expertise will be invaluable in gaining a better understanding of the challenges facing us this fall and over the next year.

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October 14, 2020 | 1-2pm

Kris Pearn 

Storyboard Artist – Sony Pictures Animation

Presented in support and co-operation with London’s Forest City Film Festival (October 20 – 25, 2020)


From Delaware Goat Farm to Hollywood Animation Artist/Producer/Director


Kris will provide fascinating insights and colourful anecdotes drawn from his more than twenty years in the television and feature animation industry, both here in Canada and the United States.  First and foremost an artist, Kris’ considerable talents extend to writing, acting, Directing and Producing.  Past credits include Arthur’s Christmas, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and, most recently, the Netflix animated feature, The Willoughbys, and he’s worked with such notables as Ricky Gervais, Anna Faris, James Caan, Alessia Cara, Martin Short, and Will Forte.

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Jack and Becky Malkin

October 22, 2020 | 1-2pm

Jeremy Hansen

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut


Born in London, Jeremy Hansen became the first Canadian to be entrusted with leading a NASA astronaut class. Jeremy grew up on a farm near Ailsa Craig, spent his high school years in Ingersoll and attended the Royal Military College. He is an experienced CF-18 fighter pilot and has been an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) since 2009!  While he awaits assignment to a space mission, Jeremy continues to train astronauts, represents the CSA at NASA, speaks to young Canadians, works at NASA’s Mission Control Center as capcom—the voice between the ground and the International Space Station—and continues his training.

Join us to learn about Jeremy’s career path and some of the exciting projects happening at the Canadian Space Agency!

November 18, 2020 | 1-2pm

Tim Cook

Historian, Author and Curator, Canadian War Museum 

The Fight for History

Based on his new book The Fight for History, historian Tim Cook explores how the Second World War has been remembered, forgotten and remade by Canadians for 75 years. While the Great War became a touchstone, the legacy of the Second World War has been a more complicated struggle in our collective memory as we came to terms with battles won and lost, our relationship to our veterans, and how the post-war period created profound shifts in our country.

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December 9, 2020 | 1-2pm

Theo Versteegh

Physiotherapist, PhD, Chief Technology Officer TopSpin Technologies


TopSpin 360: Tackling Concussions Head-On


London’s Theo Versteegh knows a thing or two about concussions.  An alumnus of Western Mustang Football and former Physiotherapist at the Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, he’s experienced first hand the causes and consequences of head trauma.  Theo’s TopSpin 360 has been delivering promising results in concussion prevention – so promising that he was awarded the NFL’s prestigious ‘First and Future” prize at the 2019 Super Bowl.  Theo will paint an enlightening overview of concussions, the science behind prevention, as well as his efforts to market his invention to sports organizations around the world. 

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January 13, 2021 | 1-2pm

Matt Peggs

Chief Superintendent – Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Criminal Operations Officer – O Division


R.C.M.P. – Policing In Our Time

Chief Superintendent Peggs began his policing career in F Division in 2000. His early career included postings at rural general duty detachments, isolated and limited duration postings, as well as Proceeds of Crime, Border Integrity, and Economic Crime. In 2015 he was commissioned to the rank of Inspector and transferred to G Division as the Officer in Charge of Yellowknife Detachment.  In March of 2018, Chief Superintendent Peggs was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and transferred to O Division (Ontario) Headquarters in London as the Officer in Charge of the Federal Operations Support Branch.  In May of 2020, Chief Superintendent Peggs was promoted into the role of Criminal Operations Officer for O Division.

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February 10 2021 | 1-2pm

EB Smith

Director, Performer, Creator & Producer

The Myth of Canadian Politeness: Racism Behind Platitudes & Civility

A mainstay for the past ten years at the Stratford Festival and active in the Arts across North America over the past twenty, E.B. Smith has always approached his work with an eye on developing strategies to eradicate oppressive practices within the work. The goal is to empower as diverse a selection of voices as possible. As an artist of colour, E.B. recognizes the power of experiencing one’s own history and world view manifest on stage and within administrative practices, as well as furthering connections to the stories of others. It is his mission to facilitate the cultivation and cooperation of leaders from every cross section of our society, and across cultural traditions.

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March 23, 2021 | 1-2pm

Dr.Gillian Kernaghan

President and CEO of St Joseph’s Health Care London


The Changing Face of Healthcare


Hear how our local hospitals coped during Covid 19, what they learned about working through a pandemic, how that has changed health care locally and any new trends they see on the horizon.

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