Past Annual Dinners

The 54th Annual Bishop’s Company Dinner – May 7, 2015

Bishop’s Company Annual Dinner, Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre

Guest speaker Mr. V. Prem Watsa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, speaks at Bishop’s Company Annual Dinner at the Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre, Thursday, May 7, 2015. Photo/Michael Hudson

One of Canada’s foremost business leaders spoke passionately about his faith at the Bishop’s Company Dinner, held May 7 in Toronto. Mr. V. Prem Watsa, chairman and chief executive officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. and a long-time member of St. Paul, Bloor Street, said being a follower of Jesus Christ has shaped every part of his life, including how he built and runs his business.“When a business does well, its customers benefit, its employees benefit, its shareholders benefit and also the communities benefit,” he said. “At Fairfax, we have a saying – Doing Good by Doing Well. We never forget that we have to do well over the long term so that we can do good in our communities.”

He added: “Business has a huge impact in the world, and with the good Lord’s help it can be a calling.”

The Rev. Stephanie Douglas-Bowman, the incumbent of Christ Memorial, Oshawa, and her husband Michael spoke about how funds from the Bishop’s Company Dinner had helped them pay for the educational testing of one of their children in preparation for a move to a new church and a new city. Standing at the podium, Ms. Douglas-Bowman thanked the audience for its support, saying, “What makes the Bishop’s Company so remarkable is the recognition that clergy care doesn’t just mean supporting the priest. It means caring for their families, too.”

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The 53rd Annual Bishop’s Company Dinner – May 20, 2014

People applaud John Fraser, author and journalist, at the Bishop's Company Annual Dinner at the Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Photo/Michael Hudson

People applaud John Fraser, author and journalist, at the Bishop’s Company Annual Dinner at the Marriott Downtown Toronto Eaton Centre, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Photo/Michael Hudson

Mr. John Fraser, the master of Massey College and a lifelong Anglican, wowed the sold out crowd of 480. Mr. Fraser spoke about how various Anglican clerics guided him during the ups and downs of his life. He kept the crowd in stitches through much of his address, especially when he recounted his early life as a chorister at Christ Church, Deer Park, a server at St. Bartholomew, Regent Park, a student at Upper Canada College, and a piano player for a group of down and out men at St. George the Martyr in downtown Toronto.

The Rev. Canon Andrew Asbil, the incumbent of the Church of the Redeemer, spoke about how Archbishop Colin Johnson and the Bishop’s Company helped him after he learned that his sister-in-law had been critically injured during a vacation in Europe.  “Don’t ever underestimate the power of the Bishop’s Company to be a vessel of hope for men and women and children and clergy like me who find themselves in a dangerous position and don’t think they have options,” said Canon Asbil.

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The 52nd Annual Bishop’s Company Dinner – April 30, 2013

Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first woman astronaut, is guest speaker at the 52nd Annual Bishop’s Company Dinner held at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel on April 30th, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Michael Hudson

The Bishop’s Company was privileged to present as the keynote speaker, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Dr. Bondar, who is an Anglican, spoke about her upbringing in Sault Ste. Marie and how her parents nurtured her curiosity about the world around her. She described her flight aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1992 and her work since then, including the creation of the Roberta Bondar Foundation, which helps cultivate a sense of awe, respect and appreciation for other life forms on Earth.

The Bishop’s Company also was pleased to present the Rev. Tim Haughton and his wife Laurie. The couple spoke about how the Bishop’s Company helped their son learn to speak and say “I love you” to them for the first time.

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The 51st Annual Bishop’s Company Dinner – May 7, 2012

The Rt. Rev. Peter Coffin, Anglican Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Forces, speaks at the 51st annual Bishop’s Company Gala Dinner at the Toronto Marriott Hotel on May 7.
Photo by Michael Hudson

Bishop Peter Coffin, the keynote speaker at the Bishop’s Company Dinner on May 7, reminded Anglicans that the Diocese of Toronto has closer links to the Canadian Forces, including its military chaplains, than many people think.

Bishop Coffin and members of the Canadian Forces in attendance received a standing ovation from the 468 people at the dinner. The annual fundraising dinner raised $138,000 to support clergy and their families in need and other causes identified by Archbishop Colin Johnson.

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The 50th Annual Bishop’s Company Dinner – May 9, 2011

The Most Rev. Paul Kwong, Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong, shakes hands with Archbishop Colin Johnson at the 50th annual Bishop’s Company Dinner on May 9 at the Toronto Marriott Hotel, Eaton Centre.
Photo by Michael Hudson

The 50th anniversary of the Bishop’s Company Dinner, one of the highlights of the diocese’s social calendar, held on May 9, had its largest crowd ever – 542 people – and raised $110,000 to support clergy and their families in need and other causes identified by Archbishop Colin Johnson.

The keynote speaker for the evening was the Most Rev. Paul Kwong, Archbishop and Primate of Hong Kong. “We are a small and a new province, so we look to other provinces in the Anglican Communion which can inspire and guide us in our ministry and mission,” he said. “The Anglican Church of Canada, in particular the Diocese of Toronto, is prominent amongst those which have helped and to which we look.”

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