Category Archives: Speakers

RECAP February Speaker

According to Dr. Janet Rossant some day the human body will be able to fix and even prevent disease thanks to the wonders of stem cell and gene/DNA regenerative therapies. The ultimate goal, she explained, is to correct disease “by removing diseased cells, editing them into healthy ones, then re-inserting them.” This was the exciting message our February speaker gave us.

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RECAP November Speaker


Toronto children’s author, Rona Arato, told us about her award-winning book “The Last Train” which harrowingly recounts how her late husband, Paul, survived a concentration camp and Nazi death train when a young Jewish boy.

Paul and his family lived a segregated but peaceful life in Hungary. In 1944 the Nazis sent Paul’s father into forced labour; Paul and the rest of his family eventually ended up in Bergen Belsen concentration camp. In 1945 Paul, his mother and brother, and other Jews of this camp were locked into train boxcars headed for execution. After four and a half hellish days of travel, they were liberated by American soldiers.

Rona’s message to readers and listeners: “You can’t stop war on the other side of the world but you can prevent hate and bullying from getting a foothold in your school and community.”

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Recap – October Speaker


Marisa Sterling is the first Assistant Dean, Inclusivity and Diversity, at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. Currently only 25 percent of undergrad engineering students are female. Marisa’s mission is to make Lassonde School the first engineering school in Canada to reach gender parity.

“Gender diversity drives innovation because there is access to more talent,” Marisa said. “There is a financial payoff. When women are on boards, it has been found that there is a 26 percent increase in return on investment.”

How can we encourage more females to choose engineering? Marisa said scholarships for female STEM students help, including UWCNY’s. And further support is provided at the Lassonde School; Marisa instigated a project where first year female students are mentored by upper year ones.

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RECAP September Speaker

Regent, Regnant or plain bossy: How Royal Women wielded power in ancient Egypt

Men were on the throne in ancient Egypt but women wielded considerable power, of great significance since Egypt was the centre of the ancient world. Our speaker, Zoe McQuinn, pointed out that women derived their power through being the mother, wife, sister and/or daughter of a pharaoh.

The wives and concubines would scheme against one another to have their son succeed to the throne; thus they could exercise power by becoming regent until their son’s majority. And they weren’t above committing murder to get their own way.

Zoe illustrated her talk with a slide show of photos of the original stone work containing the hieroglyphics as well as more detailed drawings of the hieroglyphics.

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Recap – May Speaker and Annual Dinner

Grace Morgan Annual Dinner

Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club   141 Wilson Ave (at Avenue Rd.)
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018   Time: 5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Peter Kaellgren  Curator Emeritus at the Royal Ontario Museum
TOPIC:   Ontario’s Native Orchids 


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Dr. Peter Kaellgren

Our May speaker was Dr. Peter Kaellgren, who has become an expert on orchids since his retirement from the Royal Ontario Museum in 2009. His travels in search of orchids have taken him all over Ontario, where most of Canada’s 77 native orchids are located.

Peter illustrated his talk with a slide show and explained how some of them came by their names. There are laws against poaching orchids, and he warned us that there is a fine up to a $25,000 and possible jail time for breaking that law.

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Peter Kaellgren served as a curator in the European Department at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, from 1972 until the end of 2009.   He worked on ceramics, glass, furniture, design graphics, metalwork, and particularly silver.   Dr. Kaellgren received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1987.  He has lectured widely and taught courses on the history of European ceramics and glass for the University of Toronto.   His articles have appeared in scholarly journals and popular publications.   He is a member of the American Ceramic Circle, the Glass Circle, the National American Glass Club, the Silver Society (England) and a founding member of the Silver Society of Canada.   Upon his retirement in 2009, he was granted Curator Emeritus by the Royal Ontario Museum.

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