Speaker Date Topic
No main speaker - Angus will chair Dec 08, 2021
Club AGM
Maynard Harry Dec 15, 2021
The Indian Act, the Indian Reserve System and the Indian Residential School System
The Indian Act, the Indian Reserve System and the Indian Residential School System

'Qwastånayå’ (or L. Maynard Harry) is a member of the Tla'amin Nation and served as his Nations Chief Councillor for two years and on its council for four terms. Maynard’s in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Aboriginal peoples, traditional land and resource use practices, comes from years of working closely with traditional land and resource use experts, Elders and other leaders while Managing Tla’amin’s Aboriginal Rights and Title Department for 12 years.

Maynard will focus on contemporary negative impacts brought on by the Indian Act, the Indian Reserve System and the Indian Residential School System. He would like to cover Aboriginal rights and title as well.

While Chief Councillor, Maynard was a primary architect of the historic 2003 ‘Community Accord’ signed by the Tla’amin Nation and the City of Powell River May 10, 2003. This Accord was reaffirmed by these communities in 2018. Maynard’s intergovernmental work was recognized at the regional level by the City of Powell River with a ‘Freedom of the Municipality’ in 2008 and a national level with a ‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal’ in 2013) from the Governor-General of Canada.

Maynard is a partner with the Advanced Business Match and Founder, Indigenous Insight.


Various Dec 22, 2021
Christmas meeting

We are hoping to provide some entertainment from our members. If you have a potential Christmas themed contribution, please contact Roger Hough or Kevin Hilgers.

Lauren Moline Dec 29, 2021
Kidney Donation
Kidney Donation

Lauren will be sharing her experience of donating a kidney, along with her kidney recipient.

Dave Murray Jan 05, 2022
Flooding in BC and how we got into this mess.
Flooding in BC and how we got into this mess.

Our President-elect will try and answer some of the pressing questions that have arisen over the recent floods.

  •  Why don’t we have a place where we can go to find out if we are in a floodplain?
  • Land prices are astronomical and munis are approving flood plain areas for developers. River, ocean front locations are highly desirable.
  • Why are floods getting larger and more frequent?
  • What can I do to protect myself?
  • How do you figure out where the floodplain is?
  • What does a 1 in 200 year flood mean?
  • Why don’t I find out I’m in a floodplain when I buy a house?    
  • Why doesn’t the bank want to know if I have flood insurance when I buy a house?
  • Why are flood standards different in every province in Canada?

Dave is a professional engineer specializing is water resources engineering.  He is a senior Principal with Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., a BC based, employee owned consulting engineering company.  Dave grew up in Victoria then took an engineering program at Camosun College which was started with assistance by John Sansom who is a Harbourside Rotary member and Dave's sponsor.  After working at the City of Victoria and Dave's father's firm Graeme and Murray Consultants, he went to the University of New Brunswick to obtain a degree in Water Resources and Civil Engineering.  In 1994 he joined Kerr Wood Leidal and in 2000 moved to Victoria and started the company's Victoria office.

Karen Dinnie-Smyth (2022 VREB President) Jan 12, 2022
The Real Estate market
Alannah Verville Jan 19, 2022
Supported Therapeutic Exercise Program (STEP)

MOVE Adapted Fitness & Rehabilitation is an independent registered non-profit society. Through our specialized adapted fitness centre, we provide adults and children with physical disabilities a safe and encouraging place to move their bodies, reach their mobility goals, and improve their quality of life. At MOVE we work with people of all abilities, including but not limited to: spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, paralysis caused by stroke, heart attack, and more.

Ian Johnson Jan 26, 2022
Tail risk strategies for the Rotary Victoria Foundation
Last year the Victoria Foundation's portfolio (essentially a traditional 60/40 allocation) took a big hit in March.   The investment committee was concerned in the immediate aftermath that this would impede their ability to make a larger-than-usual distribution to charities in a time of need, but fortunately the market recovered quickly.
With bond yields extremely low and increasing duration risk, credit risk, etc. in bond portfolios in an inflationary environment and the last stages of an extreme debt cycle, the investment committee decided that we need to decrease our bond allocation and replace it with alternatives as well as increase our equity exposure.  Since that is the gameplan, we decided we needed some tail risk strategies to provide the stability to the portfolio that long duration bonds have traditionally provided.