All events convene in the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Ballroom - 12:30 p.m. sharp

Winter 2017 Speakers

  • Don Newman
  • Topic: Canada at 150, Looking Back, Planning Ahead.

  •       Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Don Newman is Senior Counsel with leading communications and government relations firms, Navigator and Ensight Canada, giving strategic advice to clients. One of Canada's most respected journalists and an award-winning broadcaster, his career spans five decades. As Senior Parliamentary Editor of CBC Television News for over two decades, he anchored major live news and election specials in Canada and the U.S., as well as his must-watch political affairs programs Politics, This Week in Parliament, and Capital Report) and National Remembrance Day Ceremonies.

    Don Newman helped launch CBC's all-news channel, CBC News Network,the first of its kind in Canada, and negotiated with the Supreme Court of Canada to allow live coverage of its major decisions. His career memoir 'Welcome to the Broadcast' was published by Harper Collins Canada in 2013.

  • Frank Rockland, Author
  • TOPIC: What if the fire that destroyed the Centre Block on February 3, 1916 was an act of sabotage?

  •       Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Frank Rockland is the pen name for an Ottawa writer who retired after 27 years of service with the federal government. Before retirement he had worked on search engine optimization, web usability, web analytics, and data mining projects.

    When he attended Carleton University he spent a summer as a Parliament Hill tour guide where he got the idea to write the historical suspense novel Fire on the Hill. The novel tells the story of what happened on the night that the fire destroyed the Centre Block.

    In August 2015, he released 'Forging the Weapon', the first in the series of historical novels about the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WW1. The second book in the series, 'Hammering the Blade', is expected to be released in early 2017.

  • Ambassador Per Sjögren, Sweden
  • TOPIC: Sweden’s Nobel Prizes – History and Ceremony

  •       Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Per Sjögren has been the Ambassador of Sweden to Canada since September 2014. In his previous position he was the Deputy Director-General and Head of Department for International Law and Human Rights at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm. From 2004-2010 he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe. Between 1999 and 2004 he was the Director-General for Migration and Asylum policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

    Among his previous diplomatic assignments, Mr. Sjögren has served in Washington and at the Swedish Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree specializing in International Law from Uppsala University, Sweden.

  • Lucy van Oldenbarneveld, CBC
  • TOPIC: “When life puts a tumour in your lemons, make chocolate soufflé”... getting back on the beam after your life gets turned upside down.

  •       Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Lucy van Oldenbarneveld is the host of CBC Ottawa News. Her work has been recognized with a Canadian Screen Award nomination, a Gemini nomination and the Gold World Medal for Best Talk / Interview program at the New York Festival. In 2012, she won the prestigious Founder’s Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for her work as co-producer and co-director for the documentary film North Boys. Lucy volunteers her talents teaching in Africa including journalists for the News Agency of Nigeria and the National University in Rwanda, and teaching critical thinking to young women in Lesotho.

    Accustomed to working in high pressure situations, Lucy is a master at thinking on her feet, reading her audience and adapting her tone and style as is required.   She is known for her easy sense of humour and her natural curiosity only adds to her gift of connecting with her audience. Lucy maintains a very active role in her local community by participating in a vast range of events.

  • Sam Poole, Style Director, Shepherds
  • EVENT: Fashion Show and High Tea

  •        Thursday, May 25, 2017

    For generations, the Château Laurier has been famous for its sumptuous and elegant high teas. To welcome summer and to complement a Fashion Show, we will treat members to this three course Edwardian delight.
    Shepherds, long a feature of the Capital, will showcase women’s clothes and accessories from their high fashion store. Narrator of the show will be their Style Director Samantha Poole who will emphasize personal style as she describes the clothing on the runway.

    The written program she provides will give members an opportunity to check off styles that they particularly like so they can find them more easily when they shop in the store. Shepherds will also provide a raffle prize for personal time with a body and shape consultant. This fine shop is located in The Trainyards.

    Luncheon Tickets

    Tickets may be purchased as a pre-paid package or on a monthly basis. Members wishing to sit together MUST send requests in the same envelope. Tables are reserved, eight at each table.

    Friends wishing to sit together MUST indicate this on the order form. There are no guarantees about being seated with friends if the request is made on the day of the luncheon.

    Prepaid for four Luncheons

    Pre-paid for ALL four luncheons (4 x $43.00 = $172.00)
    Complete the Order Form and mail it with your cheque or money order payable to the "Ottawa Women's Canadian Club' along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to :

    Ottawa Women's Canadian Club
    Judy Paré, Executive Secretary,
    2380 Alta Vista Drive,
    Ottawa, ON K1H 7N1

    and your pre-paid tickets will be mailed to you.

    NOTE: If there is more than one set of tickets per envelope, please use two stamps as the envelope will be too heavy. Your tickets are your receipt.

    Monthly Ticket Sales

    $45.00 Mail your request before the first of each month. Include your cheque or money order, a stamped self addressed envelope and your membership number to:

    Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club
    Judy Paré, Executive Secretary,
    2380 Alta Vista Drive,
    Ottawa, ON K1H 7N1

    The tickets will be mailed to you.

    Telephone reservations

    Telephone reservations will be accepted until 10:00 a.m. One Week prior to the day of the luncheon.
    Call: Judy Paré at 613-523-0098.

    Note: Telephone reservations must be paid for unless Judy Paré receives a cancellation notice at least 2 business days before the luncheon.


    Guests are welcome at all luncheons. The cost of a guest ticket is $50.00. Guests may only attend two luncheons as guests per season after which they would be welcome to join the Club.

    Requests for future luncheons may be left in the box on the ticket table. Be sure to list names of the members wishing to sit together. Include cheques or money orders and a stamped self-addressed envelope. The tickets will be mailed to you.[updated Dec 19, 2016]

    Printable Brochures / Applications

    Click "HERE" Winter/Spring 2017 Speakers Brochure

    Click "HERE" Winter/Spring 2017 subscription order form.
    Click "HERE" for the 2016-2017 Membership Application / Renewal Form