will take
place Friday, September 29, 2017
at 12:15 pm



GTLLI Members
Please Log In (on the main menu above) to identify yourself as a member.
u will then have access to GTLLI's AGM documents under Resources on the main menu above.


Welcome to the 2017-18 Season

  • Founders' Lecture tickets may be purchased for $10 cash at Perspectives lectures, and at Clerkson's Home Store, 85 Hurontario in Collingwood. We are unable to sell tickets online. 

  • Regular courses are held at the New Life Church in Collingwood (see Venues above for a map)

  • Car pooling is recommended. Please cooperate with the parking attendants.

  • Starting time is 10:00 am. Attendees will be seated after 9:35 when the lecturer has set up and sound checks are completed.

  • Your personalized tickets for the entire season, with attached lanyard, will be available at the Registrar's desk at the first lecture you attend. The lanyard with ticket must be worn for entry to each lecture.

Perspectives Series, 10am Sept. 8, 15, 22, 27

Lecture 3 Sept. 22:  GUTS … THE INSIDE STORY
Factors that interfere with the delicate ecological balance of the ‘gut microbiota’ are creating an epidemic of chronic disease leading to a new paradigm in restorative medicine, Microbial Ecosystem Therapeutics. This lecture is an update on the micro-ecology of the human gut, emphasizing its importance to health and introducing some surprising recent findings.

Emma Allen-Vercoe, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph.  She is a microbial ecologist who has created the “Robogut’, an in vitro model of the gut.

Lecture 3 - Sept 22: GUTS ... The Inside Story
Dr. Allen-Varcoe's handout is available to logged-in members under Resources (above).
Lecture 2 - Sept 15: Wrongful Convictions Revisited
Lecture 1 - Sept. 8:  Canada In The World In 2017
Dr. Chapnik's website and handout are available to logged-in members under Resources (above).


2017 Founders’ Lecture Oct 10 – State of the Nations

Our 2017 speaker is The Honourable Michael H. Wilson.

BARCLAYS FP HIGH RES - WilsonMichael Wilson, a retired parliamentarian, served in the Mulroney Conservative Cabinet for ten years.  His career as an accomplished businessman made him well qualified to become Minister of Finance and later Minister of Industry, Science and Technology.  Notably, he was successful in negotiating and creating the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1989.  From 2006 to 2009, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United States.  Now as an active contributor to many professional and community organizations, Mr. Wilson continues a life of service.

Time: 7 pm
Topic: State of the Nations
Location: Craigleith Ski Club
(see Venues above for a map)
Tickets Available:
to members and non-members
At New Life Church at each Perspectives Lecture - cash only
At Clerkson's Home Store at 85 Hurontario St., Collingwood - cash only

For a list of previous speakers, and the story behind the lectures read more.......


A Message from the Chair on the Start of a New Season.

Dear Members of the GTLLI for the 2017 - 2018 Lecture Series,

Let me begin my message by applauding the hard work of John Miller - Director of Registration, Angela Keller - Associate Director of Registration and Gayle Smithson Director of On-line Registration and Communications.

When our site unexpectedly crashed during the July registration period, this trio of Superheroes went to work to manually make things right. They negotiated for more seats at the New Life Church, they worked with our website developer to sort things out and they manually did their best to fill ALL the member requests. They all spent countless hours massaging spread sheets, e-mailing and negotiating on the telephone. Not one of them expected this disaster and not one of them complained. Such is the quality of our volunteers!

When you join us on September 8 for the first lecture of the season, you will find that you are not alone!
All four lecture series are sold out with an average of 436 seats sold per series.

Since the seating capacity for the large hall at the New Life Church is 441, you know that seating will be cozy and that carpooling will most certainly be appreciated.
Such is the price of success!

In the past, for reasons unknown, we have had light sales and light attendance during the Winter Series. Not so this year!

The credit for strong sales in all four series goes to the Curriculum Committee since they have once again produced a program without equal. This team consults with other Lifelong Learning Organizations in Ontario, negotiates with speakers and orchestrates the best possible lectures for our members. Please take a moment to thank them individually when the opportunity presents itself.

We hope that you will join us at the Founders’ Lecture on October 10 at the Craigleith Ski Club. Our speaker will be the Honourable Michael H. Wilson who will speak on the topic of the “State of the Nations.”
Please consult this web site for more details.

Finally, let me welcome you to the 2017 - 2018 Lecture Series. You are in for a treat!

Norbert Pirk
Chair, GTLLI


GTLLI on Video

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GTLLI plans to make the 2017-18 course on Religion available on-line to those unable to attend in person. 
This fall,
an unlimited number of ‘video tickets’, by the course and by individual lecture will be sold on-line.
Watch this website for details



2017-18 Season

perspectivesPerspectives  Sept. 8 - 29   Sold Out  

. Canada in the World in 2017
.Wrongful Convictions Revisited
.Guts... The Inside Story
.The Architecture of Power: Building Rome's Basilica of St. Peter

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Fall Course   Oct. 13 - Nov. 17   Sold Out
INSIDE ARCHAEOLOGY:  Tracing our Complex Past

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Winter Course    Jan 12 - Feb 16    Sold Out

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law 2Spring Course    Apr. 6 - May 11     Sold Out
THE LAW TODAY:  Things to Know About

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