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Canada's First Breakfast Club

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
The Union Club of British Columbia
805 Gordon Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 1Z6
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This presentation was the first in the club’s series on Peace & Conflict. Speaker Paul Kershaw of UBC spoke on how housing is a point of conflict between the generations - between those who have benefited from the relative increase in real estate values and those younger generations who are now trying to enter the housing market.
Jeanne Socrates, aboard S/V Nereida, successfully completed a nonstop, single-handed, unassisted sail around the world, arriving back at Ogden Point on July 8, 2013,  259 days after leaving Victoria in October 2012. She became the first woman to sail solo nonstop around the world from North America and the oldest woman to sail solo nonstop around the world. 


Harbourside Rotary's  annual rose sale is on now.   For only $32.00 you can show you care twice, once to the person who receives the roses…and again to the people Harbourside Rotary Victoria will help with the funds raised by your purchase.     Roses will be delivered on Saturday, October 29th.    Place your order online at .  

Fredy Quib Oxom,  a graduate of Pearson College WUC, gave a presentation about a school that he started in Guatemala after he graduated and returned home.
Ann Moskow attended to the installation of the new Board and President as well as recognizing Past Presidents and Board Members.
Kim Fowler discusses the challenges facing Canada with the current levels of investment in public infrastructure.
Jeremy Kinsman attempts to explain all the world's problems in only 20 minutes.
RAdm Couturier joined the Navy in 1983 from Sept-iles, Québec.  He is currently the Commander of the West Coast Navy and the most senior officer of the Canadian Armed Forces in British Columbia.
Highlights of Rear Admiral Couturier’s operational tours include deploying onboard the US carrier ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Commanding Officer of Her Majesty Canadian Ship FREDERICTON where amongst other tasks he deployed to the coast of Africa for an RCMP lead operation that resulted in the seizure of 22.5 tons of hashish bound for the East Coast of Canada.  He was also the Royal Canadian Navy lead for Maritime Security for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and the Maritime Component Commander for RIMPAC 2014, the largest maritime exercise in the world that takes place off the coast of Hawaii and includes over 49 ships and 20 000 sailors. 
RAdm Couturier’s senior appointments have included Executive Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff, Deputy Director for Military to Military capacity building at US Central Command in Tampa, Florida; and back in Ottawa as the Lead planner for the Canadian Armed Forces and finally as the Director General International Security Policy for National Defence.
RAdm Couturier still has a passion for our national sport and attempts to put the blades on as often as he can.  
Siem Lelum (Respected House) is a 41 unit urban village located at 120 Gorge Rd East, which houses Aboriginal Families, Elders, and Youth.  Phase 1 has been up and running for over 2 years and construction of 15 additional units of family house has just begun.  All are built with the help of grants from CMHC, the Regional Housing Trust Fund, the City of Victoria and BC Housing.  Siem Lelum receives no operating grants and operates from modest tenant rents.  It is owned by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre ande operated as a Social Enterprise by Linda E Ross Property Management. 
The Union Club, home to Harbourside Rotary, has been an institution in Victoria for over 100 years. Lorne DeLarge, immediate past president of the Union Club, outlined the extensive restoration project to be completed in April 2016. This $2.6 million project restores the building to a condition as close to the original as possible, making it sound for the next 100 years.
Paul Nursey is the CEO of Tourism Victoria. Tourism Victoria's primary objective is to market the city as a destination.  The organization has a 41 year history and works cooperatively with other tourism and venue marketing groups in Victoria.  Victoria will benefit from Western North America being the next global hotspot. The world is compressing in Victoria's favour as the accessibility of the city increases.  This has been aided by improvements to the Victoria International Airport and increasing air access from multiple locations in Canada and the US. Tourism Victoria has a 5 to 6 million dollar annual budget.  It launched a new advertising campaign last year which was very effective with 25% of visitors who recall seeing elements of the campaign.  The organization operates in a multi-stakeholder environment with 900 members in the Greater Victoria region.
Dan Mercer introduced our guest speaker, Colin Tessier, a consultant with Saint Vincent de Paul society, currently working on his Masters of Leadership from Royal Roads University.  He previously was Executive Director of the Mustard Seed and is passionate about bringing positive change to issues of poverty that affect so many in our communities.
Saul Klein is the Dean and Lansdowne Professor of International Business in the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. The Gustavson School promotes four pillars for business success: 1. entrepreneurship and innovation, 2. integration, 3. internationalization, and
4. social responsibility. 

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Oct 05, 2016
Vocational Service
Oct 12, 2016
Ben Hoffman
Peace & Conflict Speakers Series "FROM THE DESPAIR OF VIOLENCE TO THE JOY OF PEACE: You Are The Key"
Oct 19, 2016
Joan Toone
Post-Polio Syndrome
Oct 26, 2016
Vocational Service
Nov 02, 2016
Nancy Gilbert
WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group) and water projects in Africa
Nov 09, 2016
Andrew Wender
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series - "Critical Reflections on Religion and Global Conflict"
Nov 16, 2016
Piper's Auction
Raising money for Rotary International
Nov 23, 2016
Ally Dewji
Dockside Green Future Plans
Nov 30, 2016
AGM and Elections
Club Business
Dec 07, 2016
Vocational Service
Dec 14, 2016
Amir Ahmed Nasr
Peace and Conflict "How and Why the Web Radicalizes Disaffected Youth (and What We Can Do About It)"
Dec 21, 2016
Christmas Brunch
Club Business
Jan 04, 2017
Vocational Service
Jan 11, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
Jan 18, 2017
Club Business
Feb 01, 2017
Vocational Service
Feb 08, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
Feb 15, 2017
Club Business
Mar 01, 2017
Vocational Service
Mar 08, 2017
Peace and Conflict Speakers Series
Mar 15, 2017
Club Business
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