Category Archives: Speakers

Recap Special Event – Vaccines

photo of woman      Speaker: Kimberly Matheson,
Senior Director in New Vaccine Strategy and Execution at Sanofi Pasteur
Date:  July 13, 2020 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Topic:  Vaccine Development

Kimberly Matheson gave a very interesting talk about vaccines. It takes just a moment to receive an injected or oral vaccine but 10-15 years to develop and produce it, primarily because the importance of testing for safety. So many issues have to be considered apart from safety, such as target age group, injection or oral, and cost among other things.

Kimberly urged us all to get annual flu shots, especially because “As we age our immunity is significantly less strong. There are serious repercussions without a flu injection.”


with thanks to member SG

Biography:  Kimberly is a Senior Director in New Vaccine Strategy and Execution at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the Sanofi Group.  She leads a global, multi-functional team in the development of new vaccines to address unmet medical needs.  Her positive influence has been realized in multiple areas of vaccine development such as clinical supplies, alliance management, internal/external stakeholder engagement, compliance and risk mitigation.  

Recap May Speaker

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May 25 2020 3 pm via Zoom
Speaker: Dr. Olivier Courteaux
Topic: Women Spies in World War ll

Dr. Olivier Courteaux spoke to us about “Atkins Girls,” a group of spies in German-occupied France during World War ll. They were 46 wealthy women in their 20s and 30s – single, married, mothers and widows. They underwent the same gruelling physical and psychological training that male spies did and worked with the French Resistance, undertaking reconnaissance, espionage, and sabotage. It was very dangerous work; only 26 of the original 46 survived.
with thanks to SG

Recap February Speaker

February 24, 2020 7:30 pm.

The Ward

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Our February speaker was John Lorinc, who has co-edited two books on The Ward, Toronto’s first suburb. Within a few decades of its beginning The Ward was a highly dense neighbourhood populated by a variety of immigrants from different countries. This area was known for derelict shanties and bad plumbing, but there were local churches, stores, and theatres too. The Ward is also known for being home to Canada’s first large, supervised playground.


with thanks to club member SG

SOLD OUT! International Women’s Day Lunch

The University Women’s Clubs of Ontario Central
invite you to a luncheon
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020


head shot of womanJanice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and was the Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto (serving from 1998 to the end of 2014).  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.  Her most recent publications include Networks of Knowledge:  Innovation in International Learning (2000); The Cult of Efficiency (2001); and Street Protests and Fantasy Parks (2001).  She is a contributor to Canada by Picasso (2006) and the co-author of The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (2007). She was the Massey lecturer in 2001 and a Trudeau Fellow. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate.  She is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She has been awarded Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Breton, McMaster University, and Hebrew University.

Tuesday March 10, 2020
11:30 am. – 3 pm.
University of Toronto Faculty Club
41 Willcocks, Toronto, Ontario

Tickets: $50.00 each
Cheques payable to “CFUW Special Event”
Choose chicken, salmon, vegetarian or GF entree
Helen-Sue Gorman will have tickets for sale at the January meeting

Recap January Speaker

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Our January speaker was Dr. Najma Ahmed, a busy trauma surgeon as well as an active member of Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG). She was one of the doctors who treated the injured from the Danforth shootings in 2018.

Dr Ahmed believes a doctor’s role should include being an advocate for a healthier community, and she praised our club’s Gender-based Violence committee. The CDPG (which Dr Ahmed helped found) has had strong opposition from the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights.

The audience learned there are more suicides by guns than homicides and that women are predominately killed by guns. Sadly Canada has one of the world’s highest suicide and murder rates by guns.

with thanks to club member S.G.

Recap November Speaker

November 25, 2019

Journalism Today


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In November an enthusiastic crowd of members and guests attended a discussion by Steve Paikin. Topic: the current business models of journalism today. He discussed the massive destructive changes that are happening in media. Legacy media (the old models of publishing and broadcasting) are currently in a precarious position due to other outlets promoting fake news.

To stop the spread of fake news he suggested the following:

  • Stop sharing dubious Facebook stories.
  • Support journalist that you trust.


with thanks to member J W-R

Recap October Speaker

October 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

EDUCATION NIGHT Global Water Crisis

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Dr. Verma is an instructor at the School of the Environment and Department of Geography at the University of Toronto.

She expanded our knowledge of water, which is the engine of our planet. The health, political, and economic ramifications of our vanishing water supply are enormous. She went on to detail the repercussions on human life of having less water.