Speaker Date Topic
John Wilson Mar 30, 2017
Wilson Transportation
Wilson Transportation

John Wilson is the President and CEO of Wilson’s Transportation Ltd and the Wilson’s Group of Companies.  Since 2008, with John’s leadership, sales have increased 140% and the fleet has expanded from 40 buses to more than 120.  In addition to its core business offering of bus charters and rentals, the company has added Gray Line Sightseeing, YYJ Airport Shuttle and BC Ferries Connector services to its group of companies.  The company also operates an eight-bay mechanical and body shop facility where its contracts include retrofitting BC Transit buses. Under the Wilson’s Group umbrella, Wilson’s operates the Capital City Station, the Capital City Café, Langtoria Commuter Service and their new Wilson’s Customer Experience Centre.  Through Wilson’s Transportation, John has become well-known as an active community leader, sponsor and endorser of Vancouver Island sports teams and athletics.

Born and raised in Victoria, John graduated from the Business Administration program at the University of Victoria.  He has been actively involved in the sports community for many years as a coach, player and fan.  In 2006 he took that passion to a new level when he purchased the Peninsula Panthers Junior B Hockey Club turning it into a profitable entity.  After a brief hiatus from ownership, he returned to the Panthers where he continues as co-owner of the team.  In 2014, John also joined the ownership group of the Victoria Grizzlies Junior A Hockey Team and serves as President and Governor.  Most recently John, along with three others, formed the local ownership group for the Victoria HarbourCats.  

John currently is a member of Board of Directors for the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the City of Victoria’s Economic Development and Downtown Prosperity Task Force as well as Tourism Victoria Transportation Committee. He also serves on the boards of Motor Coach Canada, the Marine Corridor Foundation, Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, the Langford Economic Development Sport and Rec Committee and SportHost Victoria.  He is a former director of Tourism Victoria, the Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society, and the Victoria Rebels. 

Grant Linney Apr 06, 2017
Environmental Science - Climate Change

Grant Linney has had a long and wonderful career of outdoor and environmental education in southern Ontario. His classrooms vary in size from 175 to 1100 acres. His students range from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 and on to university students, teachers and the general public. In 2012, Grant was presented with a national teaching award for “Outstanding Environmental Educator, K-12” from EECOM, The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. He is the 2015 recipient of the Richards Education Award from Ontario Nature, and one of four finalists in the Lifetime Achievement category of the Nature Inspiration Awards, sponsored by our national Museum of Nature.


In addition to being a teacher, author and editor, Grant is a trained and very experienced presenter with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Over the past six years, he has given more than 200 informative and engaging presentations to a wide variety of audiences.  

Sonja Roenthal; Brecon Gage; Ken Paterson Apr 13, 2017
Classification talks
Dr. Edward Ishiguro Apr 20, 2017
Gut-Brain Communication: The Possibility of Mind-controlling Bacteria

Dr. Ishiguro is a Professor Emeritus, a Member of the Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology since 1977 and served 8 years as Department Chair.

He was legally required to retire in 2006, having reached the age of 65 ( described by Dr. Ishiguro as a time "when apparently you are no longer competent enough to carry out your job description"). He however states that in fact, this experience stimulated his interest in the science behind the aging process.

In reality, he has never retired and has no intention to do so in the immediate future.  He continues to teach at the University of Victoria.  He has also taught at Camosun College for 5 years and at Royal Roads University on two occasions during his “retirement” period.

His research interests in molecular microbiology with a focus on the basis for antibiotic tolerance in bacteria.  For publication list, see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ishiguro+ee

Dr. Ishiguro states he is currently spending an inordinate amount of  time collaborating with two others to write a book on his new passion, our gut bacteria and their role in human health and illness.

He was awarded Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence Award in 2005 and the UVic Alumni Association Harry Hickman Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006.   

Bob Mueller Apr 27, 2017
Finding your Butkuss; How to be unstoppable in business and in life

When NFL Films President, the late Steve Sabol, heard Mueller’s “Finding Your Butkus” story,
he filmed it, then saw it win the 2008 Outstanding Feature EMMY Award. Bob had asked a
question, then found an unusual answer - At age 47, the answer changed his life.! !
Finding Your Butkus tells how he found NFL HOF’er, Dick Butkus, NFL Films and an Emmy
Award.! !
Bob Mueller is a motivating speaker with a unique story. From a lifetime of leadership and
teaching, he inspires confidence, courage and hope in others. Bob is a 7th Degree Black Belt, a
Businessman, an International Teacher, an EMMY Award Winning Artist and Author. More
importantly, through hard work and belief, he is a man who has rose to the top everywhere he
has ventured.! !
Bob combines his incredible life’s journey and its lessons to create a PLAYBOOK for
He says, “What you are looking for, is looking for you!”

Eileen Eby May 04, 2017
1000X5 Literacy Program

Eileen’s career was as an elementary school teacher, an elementary school principal and a district literacy instructor. Her early teaching years were in Invermere BC where her three children were born and thrived in the mountain experiences of swimming, hiking, and skiing. In 1990 the family relocated to Victoria and traded skis for ocean activities.

Always passionate about early literacy Eileen believed in the educational system providing rich opportunities for those who had not received them at home. Eileen led teams of teachers in attaining impressive results in Victoria inner city schools. She retired from Victoria School District a few years ago and now travels, enjoys family and works part time in the same area – literacy – that she has always been passionate about.

Eileen now works with an organization called 1000X5 Children’s Book Recycling Project which enriches the experiences of our youngest citizens – those between birth and six. The project is one that contributes to a goal to which all Rotarians commit -   both locally and globally – that of having all our young learners ready to read as they approach their school years.



Gerry Pash, Mary McManus May 18, 2017
Classification presentations
Justin Hanson Jun 01, 2017

Justin Hanson

Justin was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and moved to Victoria in 1988. Justin graduated from the University of Victoria faculty of Law in 2003. Justin articled in Victoria and then joined another law firm where he practiced for 7 years before joining Stevenson Luchies & Legh in 2011.

Justin’s primary practice area is in Strata Property Law. He has advised or represented over 150 Strata Corporations from Victoria, to Sooke, Sidney and beyond, in matters ranging from internal governance issues, property disputes with neighbours, leaky condo remediations and everything in between. Beyond his Strata Property Law practice, Justin also practices in the area of Civil Litigation and has successfully fought cases at all three levels of court in British Columbia, on topics ranging from construction disputes, contractual disputes, property disputes, and corporate disputes. Justin also assists clients in conveyancing and refinancing of residential properties.

Justin is married and has a young daughter who is the center of his life. Outside of the office Justin participates in Outrigger Canoeing, kayaking and other paddle sports, and can often be seen paddling down the Gorge and into the Salish Sea.