The 2016 Conference speakers will be speaking on subjects organized around Rotary International’s six areas of focus, which are:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies


BOB GALLAGHER, PDG, is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland and a Past District Governor in District 6400 (Southeast Michigan, USA and Southwest Ontario, Canada.) During his 30 years in Rotary he has been fortunate to have travelled on behalf of Rotary to many countries to record Rotary’s work. His photographs and videos have brought the international meaning of Rotary home to many people around the world.
DR. MARY JEAN GALLAGHER is an educator and a Rotarian with a lifelong passion for improving our world. Now CEO of M J Gallagher and Associates, she is the former Chief Student Achievement Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister of Student Achievement for the province of Ontario, Canada. Under her leadership, student achievement, literacy, numeracy and high school graduation rates rose in Ontario and the achievement gaps for students experiencing challenges to learning narrowed. She has provided advice and education development programs to governments and educators on six continents, and is a sought after speaker at events and conferences around the world.
ELIZABETH A SMITH, District Governor 2014-2015, is a third generation Rotarian. Grandfather Allen was the Secretary of the Flint Michigan Rotary club for 37 years, Dad Bob Smith was President of Detroit Rotary in 1985-86 and a Rotarian from 1971 until his death in 1993. Liz and husband Jamie Yeats are each Paul Harris Fellows.  Jamie is a member of the Detroit AM Rotary Club.
MARK WAFER is the owner of six Tim Hortons restaurants in Toronto. Over the past 20 years Mark and his wife Valarie have hired 120 people with disabilities to fill meaningful and competitively-paid positions in all areas of the operations, from entry-level to logistics, production, and management. They currently employ 46 people with disabilities in a workforce of 250.
PETER F. SALE is a distinguished University Professor (Emeritus) at University of Windsor, Canada, and a senior advisor to the United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). From 2006 to 2014, he was Assistant Director in charge of coastal marine programs at UNU-INWEH, leading projects that apply science to coastal marine management in tropical regions around the world. Marine management initiatives include acting as Chair of the Connectivity Working Group within the World Bank’s global Coral Reef Targeted Research Project, 2005-2009.
TODD H. BOL of Hudson, Wisconsin, is creator and executive director of Little Free Library, a Midwest based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free neighbourhood book exchanges. With three decades of experience as a social entrepreneur, Todd has created international programs in nursing education, barter, innovative business models, teaching and community education.
MICHAEL K. MCGOVERN joined Rotary in 1986 as a member of the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA. He has served as club president, district governor, district foundation chair, Rotarian Action Group chair, international training leader, RI committee member and chair, trustee and vice chair of the Rotary Foundation, and director and vice president of Rotary International.   He has served in numerous other positions at the district, zone and international levels and has attended five councils on legislation in various roles. Mike has spoken at Rotary events in 36 USA states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 27 countries.