Canadian Club of Toronto

The Canadian Club of Toronto, now known as Canadian Club Toronto, is a non-profit speakers' forum in Toronto, Ontario.[1] It meets several times a month to hear speeches given by invited guests from diverse fields, including politics, law, business, science, media and the arts.

Logo of Canadian Club Toronto


The Canadian Club of Toronto was founded in 1897 to encourage interest in Canadian public affairs.[2] It subsequently developed a role as an opinion-formation vehicle for some of Toronto's most prominent citizens.

Speeches were initially given in the evening, but starting in 1902, the club moved to its present lunchtime format.[3] In 1903, several members of the Canadian Club, concerned that the club was not sufficiently opposed to the wave of anti-British sentiment being expressed in the wake of the Alaskan Boundary Tribunal decision, left the Canadian Club to found the more pro-British Empire Club of Canada.[3]

In the days before radio and television, the club provided a chance for influential Torontonians to have contact with Canadian and international leaders in a variety of fields. Today, the club hosts events in a number of different formats, but most events use the traditional luncheon style.[4]

Speakers that addressed the club since 2000 have included Paul Martin,[5] Stephen Harper,[6] Vladimir Putin,[7] Justin Trudeau,[8] Paul Bremer,[9] Bob Rae,[10] Michael Dell,[11] Jean Charest,[12] John de Chastelain,[13] Hillary Clinton,[14] Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,[15] Margaret Atwood,[16] Karen Kain,[17] The Right Honourable David Johnston,[18] David Frum,[19] Pamela Wallin,[20] David Suzuki,[21] Beverley McLachlin,[22] Dalton McGuinty,[23] Belinda Stronach,[24] David Dodge,[25] Pinball Clemons,[26] Galen Weston Jr.,[27] Louise Arbour,[28] Adrienne Clarkson,[29] Donovan Bailey,[30] Mark Carney[31] and Jack Layton.[32]


  1. ^ "About Us". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  2. ^ "History". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  3. ^ a b Merifield, Russell (1993). Speaking of Canada: The Centennial History of The Canadian Clubs. Canada: McClelland & Stewart Inc. pp. VIII. ISBN 0-7710-1889-4.
  4. ^ "Recent Events". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  5. ^ "Speeches". Paul Martin. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  6. ^ "Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  7. ^ "Canadian Club of Toronto - His Excellency Vladimir Putin". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  8. ^ "Justin Trudeau delivers speech at Canadian Club in Toronto". CityNews. 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  9. ^ "Canadian Club of Toronto - Ambassador L. Paul Bremer Iii". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  10. ^ Bonoguore, Tenille (2006-10-10). "NATO must come to the party, Grits say". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  11. ^ "Cooperation". Maxires. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  12. ^ "Québec and the Plan Nord stand out at PDAC 2012". Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  13. ^ "De Chastelain says peace still attainable in Northern Ireland". CBC News. 2000-06-06. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  14. ^ "Hillary Rodham Clinton,". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  15. ^ "Speeches". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  16. ^ "Canadian Club of Toronto - Margaret Atwood". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  17. ^ "Podium: Karen Kain/Daniel Hayes". CPAC. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  18. ^ "Podium: David Johnston". CPAC. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  19. ^ "David Frum: The State of Political Journalism". The Canadian Journalism Foundation. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  20. ^ "Canadian Club of Toronto - Pamela Wallin". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  21. ^ "Dr. David Suzuki, Chair, David Suzuki Foundation". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  22. ^ "Podium: Beverley McLachlin". CPAC. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  23. ^ "Premier's Remarks To The Canadian Club Of Toronto". Government of Ontario. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  24. ^ "Hon. Belinda Stronach, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development; Minister for Democratic Renewal". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  25. ^ "Reflections on Developments in the Canadian Financial System". Bank of Canada. 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  26. ^ "Michael (Pinball) Clemons, Head Coach, Toronto Argonauts". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  27. ^ "Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited". Canadian Club of Toronto. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  28. ^ "CO-CEOs of Research in Motion Chosen as Canadians of the Year by the Canadian Club of Toronto". MarketWired. 2006-04-24. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  29. ^ "Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson Address to the Empire Club of Canada and the Canadian Club of Toronto". Office of the Governor General of Canada. 2005-09-14. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  30. ^ "Media Advisory-Donovan Bailey: Olympian, Businessman and Celebrity Spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada to Address Canadian Club of Toronto". MarketWired. 2005-09-15. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  31. ^ "Disasters happen when markets dominate, Mark Carney says". Financial Post. 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  32. ^ "New Democrats Getting Things Done". Empire Club of Canada. 2005-11-07. Retrieved 2018-08-16.

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