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Business Opportunities in  Hong Kong 
Text  9 Nov 2007  Some opening comments from the speaker about his memories of Toronto. Some good reasons to pay a visit to Hong Kong. Commonalities in a wide variety of areas between Hong Kong and Canada. Shared beliefs and philosophies. Some statistics as trading partners. Reunification and the challenges it...
York University--Preparing Students to Redefine the Possible 
Text  20 Feb 2008  The work happening at York University. The university's primary function. Plans for growth; interdisciplinary approach; plans for York as a progressive university. York's place among Canadian universities. The real question for York. Managing growth. The cosmopolitan and diverse nature of York...
From Mass Marketing to the Customer or an Individual 
Text  April 30, 2008,   A number of slides are used in this address. An idea of individualism and the long tail - with explanation. An increase in interest in the long demand tail. The concept of mass-to-mass customization. The increasingly predominant idea that individualism is not strongly related to traditional and...
A Wireless Future for Canada 
Text  Sept 20 2007,   A wireless future for Canada. The new iPhone - a review of features. The iPhone not yet available in Canada. The Blackberry. Canadians without access to the Blackberry and why. The wireless industry in Canada. The Canadian wireless market dominated by three very large players. Their control of...
Business Opportunities in India 
Text  Feb 28, 2008,   Proud to have chosen Toronto and Ontario to commence business in Canada. The founding of ICICI Bank Canada in 2003 and the journey in Canada since. The ICICI bank as the alternative bank for the financial-services industry. A full-service direct bank. Asset figures. Redefining full-service...
Corporate Governance Regulation: Are We Missing The Mark? 
Text  5 Jun 2008,   Corporate governance. Sharing some concerns on where the governance regulations may be heading. Policy in this area. The importance of corporate governance to Canadian business and competitiveness. Differences among and links between corporate management and corporate governance. Corporate...
Annual Christmas Luncheon 2007 
Text  Dec 13 2007  An annual Toronto tradition since 1913. The advent of lieutenant-governors at the head table in 1963. Celebrating a host of multicultural holidays. The makeup of this year's Christmas luncheon head table. Looking forward to the presentation of this year's Empire Club Community Service Award. What...
Hope, Vision and Action 
Text  June 18, 2008,   Some personal memories from the speaker. Going from skid row to being awarded the Order of Canada to speaking at the Empire Club of Canada - how? With hope, vision and action. An illustrative story. More personal history and the story of "The Second Cup." Vision in Canada. First, the story of...
Looking Outward Together 
Text  Oct 3, 2007,   "Looking outward together in the same direction." A quote from "The Little Prince." The speaker's greatest hope for Ontario. Ontarians looking to the world filled with confidence. Embracing the global economy. A collective resolve. What we have going for us. The privilege of meeting so many other...
Workplace Health and Safety 
Text  Jan 16 2008,   Some introductions and acknowledgements by the speaker. "The Chef" and other WSIB campaign video excerpts were then played for the audience. Some comments on the video. Safety concerns 100 years ago expressed by a Toronto Globe journalist. His points still valid today. The success of business...
Canada's Life and Health Insurance Industry 
Text  April 9 2008,   First, an acknowledgement of today as Vimy Ridge Day and a reflection upon the sacrifices made by our soldiers 91 years ago today. The life and health insurance industry and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. The speaker's thoughts on where this industry is situation on Canada's...
Canada's Damaging Regional Subsidies 
Text  Feb 7 2008,   First, an acknowledgement of thanks to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for assistance with this speech. A difficult speech to give, and to hear, and how that is so. Canada's crazy quilt of regional subsidies and...
Nuclear Energy: The Third Pillar of Canada's Energy Future 
Text  22 May 2008,   The speaker's self-description as a Nuclear Newbie or a Newbie Nuke or a Nuke Fan and what that means to him. Here to inform, maybe educate and stimulate thinking. First, a few words about the speaker's company - Atomic Energy of Canada with some facts and figures. Their dual mandate from their...
Terrorism And Political Risk--A Key Challenge For Global Business 
Text  28 Nov 2007  Some references to past speeches at the Empire Club, and the founding of the Club. Anticipating and responding to the changing risk environment at the heart of Lloyd's. A focus on helping the business community understand and respond to today's risks. Some figures from Canada. Lloyd's as a very...
Healthier Canadian Children 
Text  June 24, 2008  Serving the federal government as Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth. Providing recommendations in three main areas: the efficacy of existing federal government programs; recommendations for new strategic directions; an opinion regarding the establishment of an office that would advise the...
An Aviation Perspective 
Text  Nov 21 2007  Reference to the speech by the Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development and its relevance to the current address. Aviation representing a snapshot of the world's economic health at any given moment and how that is so. Cathay Pacific as the largest Asian airline in Canada. The...
Children's Mental Health and the Need for a National Mental Health Movement 
Text  8 May 2008,   The speaker's new set of responsibilities and challenges as Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. A growing recognition that mental-health issues are pressing matters for us to address as a country. The urgency of addressing issues relating to child and youth mental health and illness...
Sir Winston Churchill--Interesting Facts and Quotes 
Text  4 Oct 2007,   Some introductory quotes. The decline in the knowledge of Winston Churchill by students. Some impressive facts about Sir Winston Churchill. The number of books still written each year about him. A quote from one of them. Some of his early accomplishments and history. Debunking some myths. A quote...
Budget 2008 
Text  27 February 2008  The presentation of the budget yesterday in Ottawa. Where we are and where we are going. Some reference to members of the audience. The permanent sharing of the federal gas tax. The third budget of this Government of Canada. An economic plan for Canada. Steps taken yesterday as additional ones in...
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses 
Publication  1903-1904, p. 233 
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