Welcome to the Canadian Club of London’s upcoming Speakers page

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 annual membership fee, free of charge.  You have already automatically been registered and you will receive a notification prior to the date confirming your attendance and providing 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.

Non-Members are also welcome to attend for a nominal fee, and a registration link is provided below for each specific event. If you wish to become a member, either individual or corporate, please see our membership pages for specific details.  Links to these pages are listed in the footer at the bottom of this page.

Next Speakers

February 8, 2023

Joseph Lyons

Joseph Lyons is an Anishinaabe Algonquin children’s author; fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance novelist, speaker, and Indigenous education advocate. As a 60’s Scoop adoptee, and intergenerational survivor of the residential school legacy, he endured abuse and segregation through the child welfare and school systems.

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March 22, 2023

Julie Adam

Julie Adam is an award winning media executive, the former Senior Vice President of News & Entertainment at Rogers Sports & Media and author of the book Imperfectly Kind- Why Kindness is the must-have Superpower you need to lead. It’s an inspiring collection of Julie’s thoughts and ideas and they’ll be discussed in detail during this session. A must attend for new managers and seasoned executives.

Julie and her husband Darren live in Toronto with their two boys, Jack and Cal and Phoebe the dog.

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Leishman Team, Royal LePage

April 19, 2023

Alan Cross

Broadcaster, Author, Podcaster, Consultant, Business Owner, Entrepreneur and encyclopedic knowledge re; all things music

Alan Cross is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger, and speaker. As well as hosting the long-running documentary The Ongoing History of New Music, Alan’s resume includes five books, a national music column for, voicework for film, and television, plus creating content for various film and TV studios, record labels, artist management companies, streaming music services like Spotify and a travelling museum exhibit called The Science of Rock’n’Roll.

During this session, we’ll talk about the mysterious relationship between music, the brain, and the body.

-Why do we get chills when we hear a great song?

-There’s a neurological reason for the urge to dance.

-How the brain processes music

-Why listening to MP3s is bad for you.

-Applications of music therapy.


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May 17, 2023

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June 14, 2023

Dani Gomez-Ortega

Introduction to Creating Trans-Inclusive Spaces

Dani Gomez-Ortega is a diversity, equity, and inclusion advocate with a mission to empower others to create more inclusive spaces. Currently, she works at Loblaw Companies Limited as one of their senior diversity and inclusion leaders, providing leadership and guidance to their 200 000 employees across Canada. She has also been a fierce advocate in the 2SLGBTQ+ community, taking leadership roles in many organizations including Dignity Network Canada, where she advocates for LGBTQ rights globally. In the past, she has won a number of awards for her work and looks forward to completing her MBA soon



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Past Speakers

January 11, 2023

Kim Mitchell

A Rock n’ Roll Duty fireside chat 

January 11, 2023
5:00 – 6:30pm
LIVE at Huron University

Successful Canadian musician, songwriter, broadcaster, and storyteller. We’ll learn about his start in the music business in the early 1970’s, how he fronted one of this country’s most successful bands, Max Webster, and then went solo to become one of Canada’s most well-known artists.

This will mark the return of the in-person seminar in two year.  Huron University will play host of this up-close and personal chat with a Canadian Music Icon, Kim Mitchell.  The audience will have the opportunity to
questions directly to Kim.

5:00-5:30pm – Reception in the Student Commons
5:30-6:30pm – Event in the Theatre
6:30pm  – Post reception

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December 7, 2022

Tech in London

London has become a booming hub of technology in Canada, thanks to homegrown organizations like Info-Tech Research Group, and In The ClearZone.  With the help of our moderator, Christina Fox from TechAlliance, we’ll hear about how these companies got their start in the Forest City and what exciting things are in store for the future of tech here in London.


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November 14, 2022

Dr. Michael Petrou

The long ripples of war: what oral histories can tell us about the veteran’s experience

Michael Petrou, Historian, Veterans’ Experience at the Canadian War Museum, introduces In Their Own Voices, an ambitious oral history project that explores how conflict and military service have shaped the lives of veterans and those close to them, and how veterans have shaped Canada. Drawing on the project’s interviews with dozens of veterans, from the Second World War to Iraq, Petrou will discuss what oral histories reveal about the bonds of comradeship; nostalgia; grief and loss; the transition to civilian employment; commemoration; recognition; state support; memory; what is shared with loved ones and what is hidden.  

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October 19, 2022

Steve Jones

Best-selling Author | Worldwide Speaker


Steve Jones currently oversees brands & content for Stingray Radio based in Toronto.  In 2011, he wrote his first book Brand Like a Rock Star, using the lessons of rock legends to share branding and marketing wisdom. In 2013, his second book Start You Up took that same approach to building a strong personal brand. Over the past decade, Steve has traveled extensively on the public speaking circuit connecting with audiences worldwide about branding, marketing, and corporate culture.

During this session Oct. 19th at 1pm he’ll talk about how “Every decision is a branding decision”, What a brand is a why it is so important, the concept of personal branding and so much more.

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Better Business Bureau of SW Ontario


September 14, 2022

Roman Waschuk

Former Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine

Join us for a Briefing on the situation in Ukraine with Roman Waschuk – Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine 2014-2019.

Ambassador Waschuk, Canada’s longest serving Ambassador to Ukraine, was appointed Ukraine’s Business Ombudsman in 2021, heading the Business Ombudsman Council of Ukraine.



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John & Krista Makaran

June 15, 2022

Martin R. Landry

VIA Rail – Chief Commercial Officer

VIA Rail’s Martin R Landry will join us to discuss the Corporation’s return to service in time for summer and how VIA Rail is reimagining the way Canadians travel through its modernization which includes the new fleet soon to be serving the Québec City-Windsor corridor


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City of London

May 11, 2022

Scott McFadzean

President & CEO, London International Airport


Scott McFadzean, former CEO of Diamond Aircraft and now President & CEO of London International Airport joins us to discuss the challenges and opportunities for our Airport and the air industry as we prepare for a post-COVID future.

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BBB Serving Western Ontario

April 13th, 2022

Twee Brown, Belinda and Basil Gracious

From Survival to Success.  


Join us to hear a unique story of immigration to Southwestern Ontario.  You’ll learn of Twee’s inherent instinct to survive that in turn gave her the drive to gain success in a different country.  Twee Brown’s parents left Vietnam and ended up starting a very successful restaurant chain that laid the groundwork for the tenacity in their daughter who has also had success in the region.

Belinda and Basil Gracious immigrated from Mumbai to Canada in 1989.  Starting out in Etobicoke, they ventured to London Ontario in a Volkswagen Beetle to establish and grow their own company.  A wonderful story of determination and success.

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March 23, 2022

Sally Armstrong

Public Will and Political Will have worked for a Century – Not Anymore – Now it’s Personal. And women are leading the way.


Sally Armstrong is an award winning author, journalist and human rights activist, and a four-time winner of the Amnesty International Canada media award; she holds ten honorary degrees and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Armstrong was the first journalist to bring the story of the women of Afghanistan to the world and is relentless when it comes to exposing the abuse of women whether on a university campus or a village in a war zone.  She is sometimes called “the war correspondent for the world’s women”.  During this month of International Women’s Day, Sally will discuss the post Trump and post Covid years to come and how this will include a switch in the way power is used and how it will affect each of us socially, emotionally and financially.

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February 28, 2022 @ 6:30pm

Joe Antone

The Impact of Health Inequities and COVID-19 on Indigenous Nations


Indigenous people are disproportionately impacted by the social determinants of health. By contextualizing the impact of racism and discrimination on Indigenous health outcomes at the systemic and interpersonal level, this talk helps to situate health issues related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, including distrust of the health system leading to reduced uptake. Based on Antone’s work at the MLHU, he will share his approach of using a lens of self-determination and community development to successfully increase testing and vaccination rates.

In collaboration with the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Huron University College

February 16, 2022

Leroy Hibbert

Understanding Black History and the Importance of Race Relations 


During this interactive conversation participants will gain insight into the importance of Black History while at the same time exploring key concepts and terminology related to culture, race, microaggressions, unconscious misunderstandings, and self-awareness.

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January 19, 2022

Emma Donoghue


Emma Donoghue, an Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter joins us to discuss her fascinating work.

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December 7, 2021

Jonathan Manthorpe


Join us as distinguished author and journalist Jonathan Manthorpe discusses his two most recent books- ‘Restoring Democracy’ and national bestseller and Globe & Mail Top 100 Books of 2019, ‘Claws of the Panda: Beijing’s Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada’.  His previous books include Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan and The Power and the Tories: Ontario Politics 1943 to the Present. He has written columns for a wide variety of publications in Canada and overseas. Over his fifty-year career as a journalist, he was the foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and Europe for Southam News, the European Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star, and the national reporter for The Globe & Mail. In 1981 and 1982, Manthorpe was an advisor in London to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau on the patriation of the Canadian constitution. He is now based in Victoria, British Columbia

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November 3, 2021

Peter Devlin



Prior to joining Fanshawe, President Devlin served 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and retired commanding the Canadian Army at the rank of Lieutenant General. He has several UN, NATO and Coalition tours and his awards include Orders of Military Merit from the United States, Brazil and Colombia as well as the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour and Commander of the Canadian Order of Military Merit.

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Ellison Travel

October 6, 2021

Lori-Ann Muenzer  Gold Medalist

Possibilities & Passions:  The Mindset to Thrive in a Constantly Changing Economy


Tap into your passions and create possibilities that excite and scare you at the same time!  You don’t need to know how you’re going to accomplish it, the only pre-requisite you require is that you “want it”.  Join Canada’s 1st and only Olympic Cycling Gold Medalist Lori-Ann Muenzer and learn the mindset required to thrive in a constantly changing economy.

September 22, 2021

Shelina Zadorsky Two-Time Olympian and Gold Medalist, Tokyo 2021


Shelina won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, before winning gold at the delayed 2020 Olympics in Tokyo during the summer of 2021. Please join Shelina as she recounts her early passion for soccer, the journey and experiences.

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