The Empire Club of Canada Foundation has published every speech ever delivered to its members and guests, every year, since 1903. 

The honour of speaking to the members and guests of the Empire Club of Canada is best exemplified by the publication of the Annual Red Book, which is published by the Empire Club of Canada Foundation. Each Red Book contains every speech delivered that season (Fall through Spring the following year). No other organization in North American can claim such continuity of publication.


The Club holds high the importance of a written record of each speech. In the digital age, we have now added video content to our website so that people around the world can now not only read its speech, but also experience it. Yet even with this new ability, we know that nothing will replace the elegance of this red leather-bound book.


Given to each Empire Club speaker, they tell us of the honour they experience knowing that their words are in the carried in the volumes that follow those of Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Canadian Prime Ministers, Premiers, and Cabinet Ministers, as well as the icons of Canadian business and media.

Empire Club Elects

Foundation President

The board of directors of The Empire Club Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Gordon K. McIvor, PhD as the Foundation’s President.


A veteran Canadian business executive, Gordon has held leadership roles with numerous volunteer organizations including The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, The Communications and Public Relations Foundation of Canada, Vision TV Foundation as well as being a past President of both The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto.


He succeeds Verity Sylvester who has stepped down after four years as President of the organization. Verity’s invaluable stewardship has further defined The Empire Club Foundation as a leading supporter of discourse within the Canadian public affairs and educational landscape and we are pleased she continues as a director of the board.


The Empire Club Foundation is a registered charitable organization that promotes engagement in public affairs of both national and international importance through research and education and its long-standing relationship with The Empire Club of Canada, itself founded in December of 1903.


For more information regarding the Foundation, email: jehan.karsan@empireclub.org

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