Speaker Date Topic
Ami Gopal, Water First NGO Mar 22, 2019
Resolving First Nation water challenges

March 22 is International Water Day, the perfect time to hear from Ami Gopal, director of Development at WATER FIRST, Canada’s leading NGO dedicated to resolving First Nations water challenges. 

Dr. Melissa Horne, Dialectic Solutions Mar 29, 2019
Algorithms of our lives

This Guelph-based business helps organizations to solve business problems and elevate performance, powered by behavioural science, psychology, educaton and creative media arts.  Their presentation is sure to open our eyes to new ways of doing things, rooted in evidence, using latest technology, and different from what most of our members have experienced in our own business lives. You won't want to miss this fascinating presentation!




Chris Baginski-Hansen, ED 2nd Chance Employment Apr 05, 2019
About this organization

2nd Chance provides personal, customized services for people who want to find employment or explore their training and career options. Unlike trying it alone or using a temp service, 2nd Chance guides, assists and supports clients throughout the process, working with employers as well. Lately, 2nd Chance clients have been volunteering at the Rotary-supported Food4Kids program as well!

Sergeant Brad Saint, Guelph Police Services Apr 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Pot legalization

Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018 by the federal government of Canada. Sgt. Brad Saint will talk about some impacts of this, from a policing perspective.  


Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Federal Minister Health Apr 26, 2019
State of local services

Invited by Cyndy Forsyth and Marty Fairbairn, we're pretty sure this talk by the Minister of Health will include the topic of working towards an integrated youth services model, here in Guelph.

Lynn Chidwick, co-founder of Wally's Place May 03, 2019
Wally's Place - sheltered dwelling created out of necessity

Lynne Chidwick will update us on the development of Wally's Place, the remarkable extension to their home providing semi-independent living quarters for five developmentally challenged members of our community, including their son, Evan.

Dr. Margaret Mackinnon, Homewood Research Inst. May 10, 2019
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Margaret Mackinnon became interested in post-traumatic stress disorder in the most terrifying way. In August of 2001, McKinnon, at the time a post-doctoral student, left Toronto on Air Transat Flight 236 to enjoy her honeymoon in Portugal. But she and 305 other people on the plane almost didn’t make it when the plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean due to a leak in one of the engines. Both engines ended up quitting and only the remarkable work by the pilot – and perhaps some divine intervention – saved those on board. The pilot was able to glide the plane for 18 minutes before performing a miraculous landing on a small island air base. Everyone survived. This experience led her into PTSD research. She is now the Homewood Research Chair in Mental Health and Trauma and an associate professor at McMaster University. 









Derek Matisz May 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Classification Talk
KidsAbility Talk and Tour with Lunch May 24, 2019
Visit to the KidsAbility Hub in Guelph

Our club will hold its weekly meeting off-site on this Friday, at the recently opened new KidsAbility Hub in Guelph:

          503 Imperial Rd. N., Unit 7, Guelph, ON  N1H 6T9  (north of Speedvale)

The meeting will include a brown bag lunch, talk and tour about this marvellous facility and its programs. Not to be missed!

Andreanne Simard Jun 21, 2019 12:00 PM
Classification Talk
Paul Dredge Jun 28, 2019
Outgoing Club President - Past Year In Review

President Paul's last Rotary meeting of the year, before he hands over the presidency to Carolyn Weatherson for Rotary year 2019-2020 starting July 1, 2019.

Carolyn Weatherson Jul 05, 2019
Incoming Club President - Inaugural Address

Rotary year 2019-2020 (our club's centennial year!) kicks off on July 1, 2019 and President Carolyn will give her inaugural address to our club members.