The 2021 Conference Committee is building a list of informative and exciting speakers.  Check below for individuals who will widen your horizon and provide more insight into your Rotary family.

More speakers will be added frequently.  Check with us regularly to see the latest.  Again, much more to come.

Judith Diment has held many senior positions in marketing and communications including Head of PR for the Natural History Museum, London.
 
A dedicated Rotarian, Judith has worked as an advocate for polio eradication for more than 20 years. She is currently the Coordinator of Rotary International Polio Eradication Task Force and a member of Rotary International Polio Plus Committee (IPCC). She chairs the IPPC Grants sub-committee, which recommends grants to WHO and Unicef up to $150 million annually.  

Judith holds or has held many other distinguished positions for Rotary including Dean of the Rotary Representative Network to the United Nations and other agencies, Rotary International Representative to the Commonwealth, UK National Advocacy Advisor for Polio, Vice-Chair of the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery and member of the International Advisory Board for the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health. In 2016 she helped set up the Commonwealth Women’s Mentoring Program.

Judith has organized polio fund raising events at Windsor Castle, Houses of Parliament, European Parliament and Chatham House.  She organized the projection of ‘End Polio Now’ on the House of Commons, which led to the adoption of the phrase ‘End Polio Now’ for promoting polio eradication globally.

She has received numerous awards and distinctions including: The Institute of Public Relations Pride Award for the Rotary Stroke Awareness Campaign, a Rotary Presidential Citation for Public Image achievement, the Rotary International Service Above Self Award, an Honorary fellowship by the University of Aberystwyth in Wales, and in December 2019Judith was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for services to charity..

Judith is an experienced lecturer Speaker and published author. She also completed a charity cycle ride from London to Paris, enjoys skiing, sailing golf, tennis, theatre, opera, ballet and singing in the Marlow Community Choir. She has been termed a Woman of Excellence and we are honored to have her join our conference.
 

Dr. Paul Dhillon – “Work, Life and Rotary”

 

Dr. Paul Dhillon with son Darragh

Dr. Paul Dhillon is a family physician, ER doctor, medical officer in the Armed Forces reserves, author, educator, manager of Canada’s Men’s Medical Soccer Team, husband, father… and Rotarian. 
 
At Conference 2021, Dr. Dhillon will share how the concept of Rotary Family helps him find life balance while he pursues his multiple avenues for Service Above Self.   
 
His journey has taken him to Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic to now the frontlines of the Covid pandemic here at home.  As part of the BC Covid-19 response, Dr. Dhillon was recently Vancouver Coastal Health’s lead Medical Planner for the Vancouver Convention Health Centre, a 271-bed extension of VGH. 
 
After completing his medical studies at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland he completed a Master's degree in Disaster Medicine and studied at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
 
Outside of his civilian career, he is a Reservist Medical Officer and Captain with 12 Field Ambulance, Canadian Armed Forces, in Vancouver
 
He has been recognized on multiple occasions by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Medical Association for his leadership and educational endeavours. 
 
A passionate educator he teaches across the country and is the author of multiple books including, most recently, the “Surprising Lives of Small-Town Doctors”.
 
Currently working at a medical clinic on the Sunshine Coast and at Sechelt Hospital, Dr. Dhillon credits our late District Governor Dave Hamilton for introducing him to Rotary Family nearly two decades ago. 
 
 
Note: Video was recorded prior to the passing of District Governor Dave Hamilton.
Lorelei Higgins is a Métis Canadian Cultural Mediator, a Rotary Peace Fellow and Positive Peace Activator as well as a Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Program alumna. She has worked on community-based projects both locally and internationally with government agencies and the non-profit sector. These projects have been centered on peace and conflict transformation, with a focus on Indigenous human rights, and have been based across the globe in Asia, South America, Europe and North America. 

In Lorelei’s current role as an Indigenous Relations Strategist with The City of Calgary, she is working to advance The City’s commitments to Truth and Reconciliation and to develop the Calgary Indigenous Relations Office.

Lorelei has an MBA, with a specialization in leadership, and she facilitates asset-based community development sessions utilizing an Indigenous appreciative inquiry lens. Lorelei is also a consultant with Mediators Beyond Borders International.

Lorelei is passionate about creating bold, open spaces for building peace through cross-cultural learning and the establishment and nurturing of enduring, positive relationships. As Mrs. Canada 2020 and a Women in Need Foundation Ambassador, Lorelei is leading efforts to increase female leadership in peacebuilding efforts locally and globally.

 She is often found adventuring around the world with her two young children.
 
 
 
Dr. Todd Jenkins currently serves as the Senior Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation Leader in Corporate America at a Fortune 400 company and as a Global Inclusion Trainer, Strategist, and Speaker with Bowtie Leadership, Inc. As a consultant, he has worked with several companies such as Walmart, Google, Facebook, American Airlines, Deloitte, etc., oil and gas companies, small and large non-profits, and entrepreneurs. He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina with two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, obtained a Master of Science from Illinois State University, and Doctorate from the University of Arkansas. His research area focused on minority professionals, retention, and perception of their supervisor within the workplace. Currently, he is enrolled at Harvard University, completing post-doctorate studies as Harvard Fellow. Also, Dr. Jenkins serves as a faculty member for the Executive Institute on Inclusion and on the Diversity Business Journal Review Board.
 
Dr. Jenkins is a proud Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, Arkansas; he has served as the former Rotaract Advisor, Interact Sponsor, RYLA presenter, Youth Services Chair, two terms on Club Board of Directors, and graduated from his District and Zone Leadership Academy. Dr. Jenkins is currently one of the youngest Youth Exchange District Chairs in Rotary International. He has had the honor to speak at various Rotary districts, zones, and international conventions. Dr. Jenkins serves on multiple boards locally and internationally in education, business, and inclusion initiatives.  He has recently been selected and appointed to serve on the first Rotary International Committee- DEI Taskforce to align Rotary's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion assessment, strategy, goals, and initiatives.
 
Today he is known as Dr. "Bowtie Todd," who has given inspirational talks and education to audiences of all sizes and backgrounds throughout North America, Asia, South America, and Europe. Dr. Todd Jenkins is a proud husband, author, servant leader, and conversationalist who believes in his philosophy "bowtie" it all together, serve and simply be a gift unto the world!
 
Feel free to connect with Dr. Jenkins on social media outlets Instagram/Facebook @dr.bowtietodd , www.bowtieleadership
 
 
Multi-talented and award-winning actor Neal McDonough can be seen in a multitude of stellar productions in 2019. In addition to just wrapping his second season on Project Blue Book, he also gave a lightning rod performance in Paramount Networks' Yellowstone opposite Kevin Costner.
 
He can also soon be seen in his second season of Van Helsing as well as the Netflix hit series, Altered Carbon and as Sean Cahill in the final season of the USA hit TV series, Suits.
 
He also recently finished a season on the CW series The 100.
 
Next up is reprising his role as Damien Darhk on Legends of Tomorrow.
 
In addition to starring in six top-rated TV series this year, he is also starring (as the hero) and executive producing the new western feature film, The Warrant.
 
He has just wrapped the film Redstone as star and EP.
 
Not limited to TV and feature films, McDonough has also recently finished stage runs as Daddy Warbucks in Annie and Willy Wonka in Vancouver.
 
Other credits in his past also include Band of Brothers, Minority Report, Captain America, Justified, Desperate Housewives, Captain America, Walking Tall and more. More recently, he starred in the award-winning film, Greater, 1922, for Stephen King and Game Over Man for Netflix.

Mediator, Architect and Social Entrepreneur

Dedicated to Sustainability and Peace Building. 2017 Rotary International Peace Fellow

As a Landscape Architect, Martin led large projects domestically and around the world, including Dubai and India. A love of travel and languages has guided him to live/ explore more than 70 countries and sparked a split from designing traditional gardens to a passion for the larger landscape of peace.

Martin is a Founding Member of Mediators Beyond Borders Int. (MBBI) and former Co-Leader of the Rwanda Team; working with survivors of genocide and sexual abuse to develop training in Trauma-Informed Mediation. Martin is currently the Global Partnerships Manager and Co-Founder of the Peace Conversation Program which is system for addressing intra-group conflict through dialogue and facilitation skill building.
 
In his free time, Martin designs Restorative Justice programs in schools for students and educators, is a volunteer mediator for the Juvenile Courts’ Victim/Offender Program, facilitates community dialogues and training for the LAPD and the Institute for Non-Violence LA, and works in prisons system with the Truth Project to help rehabilitate men- including violent crime and sex offenders. Most recently, Martin lead on a UNDP-funded training for youth leaders in Liberia ahead of their national elections.
 
In 2008, Martin founded The Living Christmas Company, a social benefit company which rents living Christmas trees as an alternative to cut or artificial trees. The company worked directly with Veteran Affairs, Los Angeles, to employ veterans to care and deliver the trees. In 2012, the billionaire investor Mark Cuban joined the team after a successful run on ABC’s Shark Tank.
 
2017 Rotary International Peace Fellow, Martin received a certificate in Conflict Resolution from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, is completing a Master of Arts in Peacebuilding, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from California State University Dominguez Hills and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM). 
 
 

Vice President Rotary International, 2020-21
Rotary Club of Anaheim California, USA

Johrita Solari was selected as Vice President of Rotary International by RI President Holger Knaack.
 
A Rotarian since 1993, She is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Anaheim, California, USA. She currently represents Zones 26-27 on the RI Board of Directors.
 
Johrita  is board chair and chief visionary officer of Solari Enterprises Inc., a property management company with 300 team members specializing in affordable rental housing. The company, which she co-founded with her husband, Bruce, was inspired by Rotary’s guiding ethical principles. “The Four-Way Test hangs in our lobby, and every team member sees it as they come into work,” Solari says.
 As governor of District 5320, Johrita organized the district’s first million-dollar dinner fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation and helped it become the second known district consisting of 100% Paul Harris Fellow clubs. She has served on the committee for the Foundation’s Peace Major Gifts Initiative.
 
The Solaris are members of the same Rotary club and support the Foundation as Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and members of the Arch Klumph Society. During Solari’s second year as director, her daughter Gianna will serve as a district governor, making it the first time in Rotary history that a mother and daughter have served in these two leadership roles simultaneously..
 
Johrita is the fourth woman to serve as Vice President of Rotary International.

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