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2019-2020

My Canada is Opening Up

Monday, June 29, 2020

My Canada is Opening Up

As Canadians prepare to celebrate Canada Day this year, their country is opening up in many ways. Socially, three months of lockdown have given many more time to share their time and thoughts with their families, friends and neighbours, in physical and virtual ways. Economically, working and shopping is springing back to life. Within days Canadians can start to travel to other provinces and territories to enjoy at first hand the local delights that their richly diverse country contains. Internationally, they look forward to the time when they can also welcome tourists from abroad, and the immigrants who have chosen to come and contribute to Canada as their new home. Three years after Canada's 150 birthday celebrations in 2017, it is time to hear first hand from distinguished Canadian leaders across the land from east to west how their new Canada of today is opening up.

The Future of Live Music in Toronto

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Future of Live Music in Toronto

Our panel will speak to the future of venues that feature our artists and several artists will talk about how important live performance has been in their careers.

A Picture of Canada’s Economic Recovery

Monday, June 15, 2020

A Picture of Canada’s Economic Recovery

What economic measures and sequence of events are required to give Canada the best chance for a quick and robust recovery.

The Evolution of an Economic Engine: Assessing the State of Canadian Advanced Manufacturing

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Evolution of an Economic Engine: Assessing the State of Canadian Advanced Manufacturing

The Evolution of an Economic Engine: Assessing the State of Canadian Advanced Manufacturing

Being Older in 2020: The modern joys and risks of aging

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Being Older in 2020: The modern joys and risks of aging

We are living longer, but at what risk? COVID-19 has laid bare the health issues of congregate settings in long-term care. Will society care when the crisis is over?

Making Money in Today’s Market

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Making Money in Today’s Market

Making Money in Today’s Market

The Construction Sector Post Covid 19: What is the “new normal”

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Construction Sector Post Covid 19: What is the “new normal”

Join four industry leaders representing organized labour and construction companies on May 11th  in discussion with Ana Bailao, Deputy Mayor of Toronto as they share their views on the roadmap to getting the industry up and running safely again.

A Framework to Reopen Our Province

Friday, May 8, 2020

A Framework to Reopen Our Province

The Honourable Rod Phillips, Finance Minister of Ontario

Helping Canadian businesses absorb the COVID-19 shock: An overview of financing support programs

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Helping Canadian businesses absorb the COVID-19 shock: An overview of financing support programs

A live webcast with Mairead Lavery – President and CEO of EDC and Michael Denham – President and CEO of BDC, animated by Derek DeCloet

Impact of COVID19 on Real Estate Assets – what does recovery look like post COVID19?

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Impact of COVID19 on Real Estate Assets – what does recovery look like post COVID19?

Join three industry leaders, in discussion with Sheila Botting, as they attempt to lay down some guidelines and warnings for the months ahead and to forge a path on what will no doubt be a long and at times winding road to recovery.

Does COVID-19 make the case for the WHO?: Examining the local impact of a global response

Friday, April 24, 2020

Does COVID-19 make the case for the WHO?: Examining the local impact of a global response

Do we defund the WHO? This question has been reverberating across editorial pages over the past days.

How to respond to an economic crisis: Softening the blow of COVID-19

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

How to respond to an economic crisis: Softening the blow of COVID-19

COVID-19 will undoubtedly have severe economic consequences, and it will take strong responses from both businesses and governments to minimize the impact.

The role of retirement communities in the lives of Ontarians - today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The role of retirement communities in the lives of Ontarians - today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

Putting Seniors First

The Honourable Rod Phillips, Finance Minister of Ontario

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Honourable Rod Phillips, Finance Minister of Ontario

Building Ontario Together

In celebration of IWD 2020 the Empire Club is holding our Annual 'Women Who Lead' luncheon. Our esteemed panel of industry leaders will discuss their personal and career successes, trials and tribulations.

Monday, March 9, 2020

In celebration of IWD 2020 the Empire Club is holding our Annual 'Women Who Lead' luncheon. Our esteemed panel of industry leaders will discuss their personal and career successes, trials and tribulations.

International Women's Day 2020 is all about Equality. An Equal World is an Enabled World.

Vickery Bowles, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library (TPL)

Monday, March 9, 2020

Vickery Bowles, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library (TPL)

Debate in a Complex World

Andrew Percy & Donna Skelly

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Andrew Percy & Donna Skelly

An Insider’s View of Brexit: The Impact on Canada and the Globe

Rahul Bhardwaj, President and CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Rahul Bhardwaj, President and CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors

Changing Times = Changing Leadership

Electric Vehicles Road to Prevalence

Friday, February 21, 2020

Electric Vehicles Road to Prevalence

Electric Vehicles Road to Prevalence

Empire Nights Presents: Fresh Faces of Federal Politics

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Empire Nights Presents: Fresh Faces of Federal Politics

Empire Nights Presents: Fresh Faces of Federal Politics

Financial Services Revolution Global Launch: How Blockchain is transforming money, markets and banking

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Financial Services Revolution Global Launch: How Blockchain is transforming money, markets and banking

The Empire Club welcomes you to the global launch of Alex Tapscott's Financial Services Revolution, a new compilation of research into blockchain technology's impact on money, markets and banking. Tapscott is the book's editor and contributor, and co-author of the best-selling Blockchain Revolution.

Annette Verschuren, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of NRStor Inc.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Annette Verschuren, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of NRStor Inc.

The Empire Club of Canada welcomes Annette Verschuren, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of NRStor Inc., to discuss how 'Energy Storage Makes Electricity More Affordable.'

To be Premier: The Empire Club of Canada invites Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates to Debate

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

To be Premier: The Empire Club of Canada invites Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates to Debate

The Empire Club of Canada will bring together all the Ontario Liberal Party candidates for a special evening on January 15th to answer one important question: Why should you be Premier?

Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Breaking the stigma around skilled trades

Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada

Big data; Deeper Insights: Why Statistics Canada's drive to lead the knowledge revolution will matter to you.

Annual Investment Outlook 2020: Making Money in Volatile Markets

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Annual Investment Outlook 2020: Making Money in Volatile Markets

The Empire Club of Canada welcomes David Wolf, David Rosenberg & Nick Barisheff for the 2020 Annual Investment Outlook, to discuss 'Making Money in Volatile Markets'.

Nation Builder of the Year Award: The Toronto Raptors

Friday, December 13, 2019

Nation Builder of the Year Award: The Toronto Raptors

This year, we are pleased to announce that we are launching the Nation Builder of the Year Award. The inaugural award will be presented to the Toronto Raptors on December 13th.

Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada

Stephen S. Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada

Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C., Mayor, City of Vaughan

Monday, December 2, 2019

Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C., Mayor, City of Vaughan

Purpose-Driven Leadership

Blake Hutcheson in conversation with Bruce Flatt

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Blake Hutcheson in conversation with Bruce Flatt

Real Estate and the Global Investment Landscape: The state of the industry and where it will go from here

Patrick O' Driscoll, President & CEO, Corby Spirit & Wine

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Patrick O' Driscoll, President & CEO, Corby Spirit & Wine

The history of whisky in Canada and its future

Mark Poweska, President & CEO of Hydro One Limited

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Mark Poweska, President & CEO of Hydro One Limited

Charting the course for the future of Hydro One

Breaking down #elxn43: A Deep Dive with Major Party Campaign Managers

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Breaking down #elxn43: A Deep Dive with Major Party Campaign Managers

Michael Balagus, Jeremy Broadhurst, Hamish Marshall & Tom Clark

Hon. Travis Toews, Finance Minister of Alberta

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hon. Travis Toews, Finance Minister of Alberta


Alberta Budget 2019

Business & Trade Panel

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Business & Trade Panel

Goldy Hyder President and CEO, Business Council of Canada, Jean Charest Former Quebec Premier & Former Deputy Prime Minister, Nicole Verkindt Founder and CEO, OMX, Peter MacKay Former Foreign Affairs Minister

Barry Perry, President & Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Inc.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Barry Perry, President & Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Inc.

Delivering energy for the greater grid: A perspective on the evolving North American Utility Sector

The Second Chapter of Canadian Cannabis

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Second Chapter of Canadian Cannabis

Craig Worden, Brett Chang, Jo Vos, Andrea Paine & Vanmala Subramaniam

Ken Hartwick, President & CEO, Ontario Power Generation

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ken Hartwick, President & CEO, Ontario Power Generation

Powering Ontario’s Economic Future

The Collective Wisdom of High-Performing Women: Leadership Lessons from the Judy Project

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Collective Wisdom of High-Performing Women: Leadership Lessons from the Judy Project

The Collective Wisdom of High-Performing Women: Leadership Lessons from the Judy Project

Political Polling: The Federal Election & Beyond

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Political Polling: The Federal Election & Beyond

Political Polling: The Federal Election & Beyond

Duncan Fulton, Chief Corporate Officer at Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Duncan Fulton, Chief Corporate Officer at Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Building the World's Most Loved Restaurant Brands