Logo: City of Kingston, Ontario, Canada                                  

Canadian Club of Kingston

Welcome Members and Potential Members

Updated: 24 February 2018                           Next Speaker: Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Speaker: Honourable Thomas Cromwell, CC, Retired Supreme Court Justice

Topic: "Access to Justice in Canada"


Congratulations, and thank you to those renewed and new members who have joined us for the 2017-18 program.

We regret to note the passing of our Honorary Patron, Douglas Rigsby, on 18 December 2017. May he rest in peace.


Membership Reminder - Former and potential-new members, please consider joining for the 2017-18 Program. 

Membership Fee: $45 for an individual, and $80 for a couple.



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About the Club

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2017-18 Program

Next Speaker

2017-18 Menus - Minos

Past Programs

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HOME    Updated: 31 December 2017

Our Objectives
The Canadian Club of Kingston exists today, as it has since 1980, to promote Canadian identity and foster Canadian unity. It encourages knowledge of Canada’s own history, honours native talent in the arts, sciences, business and public affairs, and ‘fosters patriotic sentiment.’  The Club is a product of its time and of its place.  At the outset, it was about nation-building.  As Vincent Massey, one of the country’s great Governors-General, put it in 1952, “Canadian Clubs… are made possible by our national character; they are made necessary by our national need.  Theirs is a great honour and a heavy responsibility.”  Still today, it is about nurturing a sense of nationhood in a highly diverse population.

Our Programs and Themes
In the decades since its founding, the ways and means the Club has used to pursue its goals have evolved but its purpose has remained the same: to foster fellowship among people proud to celebrate their Canadian identity and to educate, inform, and stimulate thought about issues of national significance. Different from service clubs or groups raising funds for specific causes, the Club’s not-for-profit work focuses mainly on organizing events at which invited speakers share their knowledge and insights with Club members and guests.  Some unique characteristics of the Canadian Club of Kingston include:
• Its strong association with students and educational institutions at secondary and tertiary levels. An ‘attitude of helpful friendliness’ in the Club’s early days towards Queen's University, the Royal Military College, and St. Lawrence College has grown into today’s active seeking of secondary-school students’ attendance at Club functions.

• Its focus on a balanced set of topics between those of historical interest and contemporary events and activities.

Our History
The Canadian Club of Kingston held its first meeting in 1910, but at some point in its history it ceased to meet. It was reborn in 1983 and has been active in the life of Kingston since then.  From this high-level start, the Club continued to attract illustrious speakers to its podium.

In recent years, the Club has been pleased to host speakers such as:

  • the Honourable Bob Rae,
  • General (Retired) John de Chastelain,
  • Jan Wong, author and journalist,
  • Brian Osborne, Past President Ontario Historical Society, and Professor Emeritus Queen’s University Geography Department
  • Mr. Volker Thomsen – President, St. Lawrence College, and
  • Dr. Henri Habib – Professor Emeritus, Concordia University.


Club's Officers

The Club's direction and guidance is managed by the following:




President  - Patrick McCue

Vice-President  - John Foster

Treasurer  - John Chown

Director Member Matters, Meeting Recorder & Webmaster - Bruce Morris


Executive Committee


Judith Cardwell

Carol Davy

George Dillon

Jan Hartgerink

Ron Paquin

Susan Till


Honorary Patron


Honourable Peter Milliken O.C.


Associated Website Links

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www.ourcanadian.blogspot.com (New Westminster & Fraser Valley)





sl.on.ca/ (St Lawrence College)

http://royalmilitarycollege.ca/ (Royal Military College)

heritagekingston.com/ (Frontenac Heritage foundation)




       Webmaster: Colonel (Retired) R. Bruce Morris, CD  Contacts: bmorris93@cogeco.ca    or 613-541-7856

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