Speakers' Corner

    The heart and soul of every ProbusPerth monthly meeting is normally the presentation by the key note speaker. It is the key ingredient that keeps members active and engaged. Over the years, the Club has been exceptionately fortunate to have so many interesting presentations.

    Many of the best speakers have been suggested by our members. If you know of a speaker who you think other members would love to hear, or a subject of broad interest, please get in touch with one of the Program Directors, David Farquharson (by clicking here), or Gardner Church, or Brian O'Connor, or Derek Cooke or Arlene Dickson.

Future Speakers

  • May 2, 2018 ~ Jane Voll will speak on the Outlook from the Bank of Canada. She will discuss the role of the central bank in the economy, the recent evolution of economic and credit conditions and the outlook from the Bank of Canada’s perspective. Jane was appointed Regional Director (Economics) at the Bank’s Regional Office for Ontario in September 2008. In this capacity, she directs research and analysis on economic and sectoral developments in the region, including overseeing the Bank’s Business Outlook Survey in that province. She also plays a major role in the Office’s activities in communicating the Bank’s messages to a variety of external audiences and promoting an exchange of views on the economy and monetary policy. More details.

Speakers In the Recent Past

  • April 4, 2018 ~ Probian Buzz Boles spoke on “Bee Keeping in Uganda.” Buzz is a retired wildlife biologist now living in Portland, on Big Rideau Lake, and enjoying the good life of beekeeping and sailing. His presentation will be a bit of of a travelogue on related anecdotes of beekeeping, people and travel in Uganda, Cuba, the USA and Canada. It will provide some insights into the world of beekeepers, but it will not be a lesson on how to keep bees. Buzz  has sent along some additional information relating to his talk that may be of interest to members ~ see Declining Bee Population to Get Helping Hand , as well as Beekeepers refuse to put thousands of colonies in Fraser Valley blueberry fields

  • March 7, 2018 ~ Jordan Sinclair, Director of Communications and Media for Canopy Growth Corporation, with a presentation on the status of this company, based in Smiths Falls. According to the company, "Canopy is the world's largest cannabis production business. With the company since the early days, Jordan has played an integral role in the rapid expansion and global reach the company has established. As a member of the founding team at Canopy Rivers, a cannabis streaming company, he is at the forefront of the cannabis industry and brings specific insights into the market dynamics of Canada's fast-growing industry."

  • The February 7, 2018 meeting included a panel of presenters, each sharing new programs to support healthy living among seniors and sustaining independent living in our community. The presenters were: Catherine Ball, Physiotherapist and owner of Perth Physiotherapy, who focused on her expertise in mobility and quality of life; Shannon Baillon, Director of Community Services for the Town of Perth, and Lori Cameron, Acting Pool Manager and Aquatics Instructor from the Perth Indoor Pool, discussing the benefits of aqua fit and joint friendly programs; and Christine Wilson of Sweatergang Companions who discussed the wide ranging services her group provides to support seniors who endeavour to maximize their stay within their own homes.

    Catherine Ball

    Shannon Baillon

    Lori Cameron

    Christine Wilson

  • The January 3, 2018 speaker was Heather Church with a presentation on Aging Success Stories. Heather runs the Blue Heron Psychotherapy Services clinic in Perth. She has a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology, focusing in special education and has been working on a PhD in health and rehabilitation sciences. She is a board certified behaviour analyst (BCBA) and registered psychotherapist (RP) through the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has specialized training in working with first responders and military personnel. Additionally, she has completed training in trauma, dementia and brain injury and has been working on a PhD. Read more.

  • The December speaker was David Mulholland  author of Chaudière Falls, his sesquicentennial novel of dramatized history, based upon the founding of Canada's National Capital Region and how Ottawa became the nation's capital.  He began his writing career as an advertising copywriter in private radio. He went on to work as a researcher, story editor and interviewer for CBC Public Affairs television, a general-assignment reporter and music reviewer for the Ottawa Citizen, a syndicated country-music columnist, a part-time stand-up comic with Yuk Yuk's, and a speech writer for a number of departments in the federal government. During those years, Mulholland wrote fiction when time permitted. In the spring of 2001, he began devoting full-time to writing a novel. The result is McNab , which was published by General Store Publishing House in October 2006. DUEL, his second novel, was published in October 2009. Chaudière Falls, published in November 2016, is his third novel. He is currently working on the next one, (which he hopes will not take eight years to complete).

  • The November speaker was a resident of Perth, James Bartleman, career diplomat, author, and former Lt. Governor of Ontario. His writings include memoirs of growing up as a First Nations member in Muskoka, memoirs of his professional career, and three social justice novels.

  • The October speaker was Bruce Di Labio. He began birding at the age of 8 and has written about, and photographed, birds ever since. He has taught birding, lead many birding tours nationally and internationally, and worked as a naturalist. For more information on Bruce, please see

  • September 6th ~ Our speaker was Professor M. Lindsay Lambert who presented his MAGIC LANTERN SHOW, a travel back in time to a century ago before the development of the cinema. Members' attention was riveted by patter, song, sound effects and tricks of action as the Professor’s authentic Magic Lantern displayed images for their entertainment.

  • June 7th ~ Our speaker was Fred Hitchens with a talk entitled "Eye In The Sky: The Hubble Space Telescope". It was a look back at the history of the greatest of the orbiting observatories and how astronomers have used it to decipher some of the most fundamental mysteries of the cosmos. Fred was born the year the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, was launched. Twelve years later as a young boy he watched astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take humanity's first steps on another world, the Moon. He has been hooked on astronomy and space exploration ever since. Currently he spends many a night exploring the dark country skies from his home at Rideau Ferry. Through public speaking, newspaper columns and radio interviews he says that "he feels fortunate to be able to share his fascination with the Cosmos with others". This was  a return engagement as Fred previously presented at the May 2016 meeting ~ read the account in the May 2016 edition of the Probian.

  • May 3rd ~ Our speakers were Jayne Munro-Ouimet, President of the Lanark County Genealogical Society and Karen Prytula, Director of Communications and Marketing, who talked about the tools available, and methods of using those tools, to assist people in tracing their family trees.

  • April 5th ~ Our speaker will be, Brock Godfrey, volunteer with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) who will speak on the subject of Fraud Awareness. Brock has learned a lot about scam and fraud in his years with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC). A former employee of the Ontario Ministry of Education, he joined “PhoneBusters” in 1997 as a volunteer, and since then his mission has been to bring awareness of scams, fakes and frauds to seniors, service groups and businesses across the country.

  • March 1st ~ Our presenters were Rob Rainer, Janet Coward and Mary-Lou Carroll, who presented a musical account of the "The First Sixty-five Years of St. Patrick's Days Celebrations in Perth", a historical musical account of 65 years of St Patrick's Day celebrations in Perth, up to the 1920's.

  • February 1st Our speaker was Howard Sapers who spoke on teh role Corrections play in making Canada a better, safer, healthier place in which to live. He is currently the Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform to the Ontario provincial government, having previously served as the Correctional Investigator of Canada from 2004-2016, public servant and former provincial politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing Edmonton-Glenora from 1993 until 2001.

  • January 4, 2017 ~ Our speaker was Archibald (Arch) Ritter an economics professor at Carleton University, who will be spoke about "Cuba: Economic and Political Prospects?". He is focused on economic interrelations between developing countries and developedmarket economies, development issues in Latin America with particular reference to Cuba and Chile, public policy and the mineral sector, and issues of income distribution, social policy, and development.

Complete List of Speakers 1996 to 2016

For a complete list of Speakers and their topics from the inception of the club to 2016,