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The Empire Club Foundation

The Foundation preserves, publishes, and distributes the speeches of the Empire Club to Canadian schools, colleges and universities and is primarily focused on educational activities.

The Empire Club Foundation

Who We Are

The Empire Club of Canada set up a foundation 53 years ago, in 1969, to further the reach of the Club through various educational programs. It most notably collects, curates, publishes and distributes the speeches and panel discussions hosted by the Club to a wide cross-section of Canadian schools, universities, and other organizations through its research archives which constitute a very extensive digital library. The Foundation operates as a separate entity from the Club itself, with its own Board of Directors and bylaws. The Foundation works to make available the events of the Empire Club and other similar events, to achieve the common objectives of promoting informed discussion and debate. The Foundation operates as a charity and is focused specifically on educational activities.

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Our Teacher Guides:

Canadian Women in War

The Story of the World War 2 Special Operations Executive (SOE)

2021 Nation Builder of the Year

The Purpose of the Foundation

The purpose of the Empire Club Foundation is to receive and maintain funds and to draw on these funds for charitable purposes of an educational nature, to be applied throughout Canada. This may involve the promotion of interest in current and public affairs of both national and international importance through research, publication, and education. It also involves the maintenance of a significant source of archival information relating to historical and contemporary comment on economic, social, cultural, political and other aspects of Canada and Canadian affairs. This archival information is distributed proactively to educational institutions and other organizations on an annual basis and at no cost.

The Digital Library

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The Empire Club of Canada Foundation has published and distributed every speech of the Empire Club going back to 1903.

The honour of speaking at the Empire Club was, in previous years, best exemplified by the electronic publication of the Annual Red Book, which was published by the Empire Club of Canada Foundation. Each Red Book contained all speeches delivered that season (Fall through Spring the following year). In recent years, it was determined that the publication of the Red Book was no longer necessary as all speeches ever delivered to the Club are already contained in the research archives, known as the Digital Library.

This resource includes a search function allowing researchers to easily access the specific speaker or theme they are seeking. As a critical source of first-hand information, it is an invaluable research tool, providing granular and often unique insights into issues of public and policy significance.

With the objective of this information reaching as wide an audience as possible, the Empire Club Foundation ensures that the content is compatible with education and research. This ultimately contributes to the larger goal of ensuring better-informed debate, discussion, and policy creation.

Empire Club Foundation Annual Report 2021-2022

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For more information, please contact the Empire Club Foundation.

The Empire Club Foundation Board of Directors


Dr. Gordon K. McIvor


Empire Club Foundation


Verity Sylvester

Vice President

Empire Club Foundation


Karin Treiberg


Empire Club Foundation


M.J. Perry


Empire Club Foundation


Gareth S. Seltzer

Board Director

Empire Club Foundation


Captain. Dr. John Niles, MSM

Board Director

Empire Club Foundation


Michel Fortier

Board Director

Empire Club Foundation


Nicole Miller

Board Director

Empire Club Foundation


Barbara Jesson

Board Director

Empire Club Foundation

Charitable Income Tax Registration Number: 132157108 RR 001