Spring 2020 Speaker Series

& a sample of previous speakers below

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

February 20, 2020
New Start Time: 12 p.m. (NOON)

Topic: “My Journey Through Life and the Law”

Born in Pincher Creek, Alta, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin has had and continues to have an extraordinary career. She has worked in many areas of the law from having her own business to being both the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney nominated her to this high court just seven months after he had appointed her to the Supreme Court of B.C. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien nominated Justice McLachlin as Chief Justice in 2000, a position she held for 17 years becoming the longest serving Chief Justice in Canadian history.

In Ottawa her Honour dealt with many complex, difficult and life changing issues. Her main concern in any judgement was serving her fellow Canadians. Since her retirement she is involved in promoting access to justice at home and abroad. In the same time frame, she has authored two books, a crime novel called ‘Full Disclosure’ last year and her memoir ‘Truth Be Told’ this coming Spring.

Jeffrey Turnbull, MD, FRCPC

Thursday March 19, 2020
New Start Time: 12 p.m. (NOON)

Topic: “The Challenges of Caring for
Disadvantaged Populations: Our Collective Responsibility”

Dr. Turnbull has pursued an interest in poverty and its effect on health nationally and internationally.
He is a founder and the current Medical Director of Ottawa Inner City Health for the homeless which works to improve the health of people who are chronically homeless.
Dr. Turnbull was the Department Chair of Medicine from (2001-2008) and the Chief of Staff at The Ottawa Hospital (2008-2017), and Health Equity Clinical Lead and Chief, Clinical Quality for Health Quality Ontario (2014-2017).

He also served as Senior Medical Officer for Correction Services Canada (2011-2014).
During Dr. Turnbull’s career he has also been the Vice Dean of Medical Education at the University of Ottawa (1996-2001), the President of the Medical Council of Canada (1998- 2001), the President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (2006-2007) and the President of the Canadian Medical Association (2010-2011).

His Excellency Jim Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada

Thursday April 16th, 2020
New Start Time: 12 p.m. (NOON)

Topic: “Brexit—The Irish Perspective”

Jim Kelly, a native of Dublin, took up duty as Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada in the fall of 2016.
This is the Ambassador’s fourth diplomatic posting and he comes with broad experience in global affairs having serving at Ireland’s Mission to the UN in New York; its Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels and the Embassy to Denmark in Copenhagen.
The balance of his diplomatic career has been spent dealing with political and economic policy matters at the HQ of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.
Just prior to his posting to Ottawa, he established and led the new Policy Planning function at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, focusing on policy development and analysis of key issues such as Ireland’s response to the refugee and immigration crisis and the implications of Brexit for Ireland. Who better to bring light to the UK’s complex breakup with the European union and its effects on global trade?

Judy Joannu Designs & Jewellery

Thursday May 21st, 2020
New Start Time: 12 p.m. (NOON)

Topic: “Fashion Show with High Tea”

By popular demand, Judy Joannou and OWCC members, wearing her exclusive designs are returning to the runway at the Chateau Laurier. Judy tags her style “classic with a twist” with women 35 Plus in mind. She chooses the fabric, creates the unique and fun to wear fashions and selects jewellery that enhances the current collection.
In May 2018, Judy opened her own shop at
83 Mill St. in Almonte and it is stunning. There she and her assistant Janet are on hand to provide expert fashion advice. With the larger space she has added clothing from French and Scottish designers as well as apparel from the Montreal fashion industry all of which will be added to the clothes featured on the runway.
Judy designs with her customers in mind. She meets clients personally and with her long experience in the fashion industry helps them choose outfits that highlight their best features and make them feel comfortable as well as stylish. This presentation will be a delight members won’t want to miss.

Sample of Previous Speakers

A Selection of Previous Speakers

  • Dr. Angel Arnaout,
  • Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Ottawa Hospital, Assistant Professor at the U of O. and an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.


  • BGen Frances Allen,
  • Director General-Cyberspace at the National Defence Headquarters

  • BGen Jennie Carignan,
  • Chief of Staff, Army Operations, DND

  • Senator Nancy Greene,
  • O.C., OBC

  • Lucy van Oldenbarneveld,
  • CBC Newscaster

  • Sam Poole,
  • Shepherd’s Fashions

  • Mayor Jim Watson


  • Craig Oliver,
  • Canadian Journalist


  • Giuliano Zaccardelli,
  • former RCMP Commissioner


  • Rosemary Thompson
  • Director of Communications and Public Affairs, National Arts Centre


  • Joel Haslam
  • CTV News


  • Don Newman,
  • Canadian Journalist


  • Alex Neve,
  • Secretary General of Amnesty International


  • Per Sjögren,
  • Ambassador of Sweden to Canada


  • Julie Nesrallah,
  • Canadian mezzo-soprano and CBC radio host


  • Sharon Johnston,
  • wife of Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Rehabilitation Science Therapist, author


  • Denise Chong,
  • Canadian economist and writer


  • Carol Ann Meehan,
  • 1310 News broadcaster


  • Vicky Heyman,
  • wife and partner of US Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman


  • Michelle Valberg,
  • globally recognized and celebrated photographer


  • Julie Jacobson,
  • wife of former American ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson


  • Charles Bordeleau,
  • Ottawa Police Chief


  • Frank O’Dea,
  • Canadian Entrepreneur – co-founded the Second Cup


  • Tony Greco,
  • Leading Fitness Specialist & Radio Personality