Speaker Date Topic
Martin Segger Apr 17, 2024
Centennial Square initiative
Centennial Square initiative

Martin Segger’s administrative and academic career has included the positions of Director of Art Galleries and Collections at the University of Victoria, and adjunct professor in the Department of History in Art, Faculty of Fine Arts. He holds a B.A. in English Literature and a Diploma of Education (Secondary Curriculum) from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Philosophy in Renaissance Cultural Studies from the Warburg Institute, University of London, where he studied under Prof. Sir Ernst Gombrich. In 1982 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and 1999 a Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association.

He has served as president of the Society of Architectural Historian, Pacific North West Chapter and President of the Commonwealth Association of Museums. He has consulted and taught historic preservation planning in South America and Africa. His areas of academic research, teaching and curatorship are architectural history and decorative arts, also heritage and museums studies.

Current research projects include 19th colonial architecture in India and the impact of international cultural conservation protocols on museum management practice in the developing world. He has lectured widely and written numerous books, exhibition catalogues, film scripts, and articles.

Bill Lewis Apr 24, 2024
Hotel Industry in Greater Victoria. STR Impact
Hotel Industry in Greater Victoria.  STR Impact

"The Hotel Association of Greater Victoria serves as the collective voice of hotels within Greater Victoria and its surrounding municipalities.”
Bill Lewis, Chair

Bill will speak on the health of the industry and impact of new short term rental regulations in the province. 

Matt White, CEO Victoria Symphony May 01, 2024
Building Community through Music
Building Community through Music

Building Community through Music

The research is clear: for everyone, but especially for youth, elder and disadvantaged populations, music can powerfully aid in cognition, resilience and social connection. Through programs and partnerships with local schools and social service organizations, Victoria Symphony strives to make these benefits widely accessible. Learn how music is playing a vital role in fostering innovation, inclusivity and social cohesion across our region.

Matt White spent his early career as a vocal soloist performing and recording with top-flight opera companies and symphonies around the world. Highlights included appearances at the Glyndebourne Festival, New York City Opera, Boston Early Music Festival, Houston Grand Opera and with the San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Netherlands Bach Society, Bach Collegium Japan and many more. He then became an administrator and driver of classical music in the Lower Mainland providing strategic oversight and direction as the Executive and Artistic Director of Early Music Vancouver (EMV). From 2012, Matthew played a central part in more than doubling EMV’s budget and administrative capacity as well as in dramatically growing EMV’s audience. EMV now offers one of the most ambitious programs of its type in North America, presenting and producing between 40-50 concerts per year featuring internationally renowned local, regional and guest artists. Known for his strength in artistic programming, audience development, community leadership and collaboration, White stepped into the position of CEO at the Victoria Symphony in October 2020.


TBA May 08, 2024
TBA May 15, 2024
TBA May 22, 2024
8 30 AM Meeting, RBC Museum. Denton Pendergast May 29, 2024

Special Start Time. 8 30 AM.  Special Location: Conference Hall at the Royal BC Museum .  Use the main entrance,  the big glass doors facing Belleville.
Special meeting!   Denton Pendergast is back with an expanded historical talk on our inner harbour.
Bonus:   All who attend will receive complimentary admission to the museum when it opens at 10.  Bring a guest.
Note a caterer will provide coffee, treats etc,  cash or debit/credit card.  

Our speaker:

Denton, a career graphic designer, worked in agencies and studios in both Ottawa and Calgary before establishing Victoria ‘s Rocket Science Design in 1996.

He inherited his fascination for history from his father, archaeologist Dr. Jim Pendergast. In 2012 Denton’s growing fascination with Victoria’s harbour led to his developing victoriaharbourhistory.com for which he has researched and posted over 250 harbour stories to date. Despite no promotion other that occasional talks at community centres and retirement homes, the site has served well over 20,000 visitors. The site is currently undergoing a major technical upgrade.

Denton is currently a member of the Thermopylae Club and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, a contributor to the Victoria UNSESCO World Heritage Project, and is a Friend of Centennial Square.

TBA Jun 05, 2024
Changeover, Uplands Golf Club. Evening. Jun 12, 2024

No morning meeting,  rather,  evening event at Uplands to celebrate the end of a Rotary year and start of a new one (July 1)

TBA Jun 19, 2024
TBA Jun 26, 2024
TBA Aug 31, 2024