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And I said, what about Breakfast…in Toronto

With a new national mandate here at the Museum, we are all working to reach out to Canadians across the country—to share the Canadian immigration story with you! We are excited about new opportunities for you to get to know us, without having to make the trip to Halifax (although we hope that you can visit us onsite someday too). We are working on ways for you to connect with us online and to participate in events being hosted in your community.

In my world of development fundraising, reaching out means hitting the road for the first time with our Breakfast with a Fascinating Canadian fundraiser. For over a decade, we have had the pleasure of hosting some pretty inspiring speakers here at the Museum. Some of these heavy-hitters have included Chief Constable Jim Chu, General Rick Hillier, Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, Peter Mansbridge and Senator Romeo Dallaire, just to name a few.

Every speaker brings a unique personal or professional perspective on immigration in Canada. Over the years, one thing they have all shared is their appreciation for the significant impact that immigration has had, and will continue to have, in shaping Canada. So many of us, myself included, can trace our own personal experience or family roots to an immigration story. Immigration really is one of the ties that bind us as Canadians.

This March is the first time that we are bringing our signature Breakfast with a Fascinating Canadian event ‘On the Road.’ And Torontonians, you are up first! As one of Canada’s most culturally diverse cities, yours is definitely a fitting place to have another thoughtful conversation about immigration in our country, spearheaded by a truly fascinating Canadian.

So, come out and join us on Thursday, March 27 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Yes, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, get inspired by a great speaker with a meaningful message, and still make it to the office on time! For this first Breakfast ‘On the Road’ we are thrilled to be hosting Gordon Nixon, President and CEO of RBC Royal Bank, as keynote speaker. Mr. Nixon will talk about the value of a diverse workforce and the role immigration plays in developing an innovative economy—something he has a unique perspective on from his years of experience at the helm of RBC.