Canadian Club of Kingston
Welcome Members and Potential Members
Updated: 17 April 2019 Next Speaker: Thursday, 09 May 2019
Speaker: A. Britton Smith MC, QC, LLD.
Topic: "2nd Canadian Division attack on Verrières Ridge, July 1944, World War II and,
Some Thoughts on Kingston's Housing Shortage"
Special Note: For new members joining from the time of the luncheon of 11 April 2019 to that of the luncheon on 09 May 2019, membership will be extended to June 2020!
Membership Reminder - Former and potential-new members, please consider joining for the 2019-20 Program.
Membership Fee: $50 for an individual, and $90 for a couple.
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HOME Updated: 17 April 2019
Arthur Britton Smith was born in Kingston and grew up on Stuart Street near Queen's university. He attended Victoria School and KCVI. At age 15 he enlisted in the Canadian Field Artillery (militia), leading him to RMC. Graduating in 1940, he was commissioned a lieutenant and proceeded to the UK. In 1942, he was promoted to captain in the Second Division Artillery. Wounded in Normandy, he returned to Canada in November 1944. Back in Kingston he married Sally Carruthers.
Mr. Smith served three terms on City Council, commanded a company in the Princess of Wales Own Regiment, was warden of St. John's Anglican Church, chaired the United Way campaign, the Frontenac Law Society and RKY boys' camp committee. He was active in the Legion's Branch 560, National President of the RMC Club of Canada, Master of the Frontenac Hunt and chaired several philanthropic fund raisings. In 1990 he was named the Kingston Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year and in 2006 was inducted into the Kingston Business Hall of Fame
As a hobby, he started building apartment houses while still a law student. Now this sideline is his full time occupation. His company, Homestead Land Holdings, has grown to over 26,000 suites in 16 cities and he is still the executive chairman. Hobbies other than real estate developing have included boating, raising Aberdeen Angus cattle, breeding Arabian horses, hunting, fishing, tennis and collecting old books.
Mr. Smith's honours include the Military Cross (1944), the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Canada 125 medal, Queen's Counsel (1959), honorary Doctorates from RMC and Queen's and a row of military campaign medals. He is compiler of "Kingston! Oh Kingston!" and author of "Legend of the Lake", reflecting his interest in local history. He lives on the riverfront a few miles east of Kingston.
The luncheon will be held at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, Banquet Hall, Kingston. It will start with a cash bar at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12 noon.
The Canadian Club is an apolitical community-based organization that arranges monthly meetings at which distinguished speakers address its members on subjects of national or international significance. It typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month, from October to May. Each luncheon meeting features a speaker on a current topic of special interest to Canadians.
Members of the public are welcome. Cost of this luncheon is $30 for members and $38 for non-members. Reservation for the luncheon is required and can be made by either responding to the email for the particular luncheon, or telephoning the Canadian Club Kingston at 613-530-2704, preferably one week before the day of the luncheon.
Please note that payment can be made only by cash or cheque (i.e. neither credit nor debit cards can be accepted).
For information on joining the Canadian Club, please call 613 530-2704 (Marg Kubalak), or visit the Membership Application webpage.
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