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Annual General Meeting

Each year, YURA holds an annual meeting of its members. While this is a constitutional requirement of our Association, the event has normally provided an opportunity for members to listen to a dynamic, sometimes provocative speaker; engage in a period of questions and answers with the speaker; enjoy a lunch with former York co-workers and colleagues; and participate in a business meeting of the Association.

The business of the AGM generally includes:

• Minutes of the previous year's meeting
• Report of the Nominating Committee and affirmation of officers
• YURA finances
• York pension information
• Retiree benefits information
• Activities and events sponsored by YURA
• Student awards sponsored by YURA
• Other matters relevant to York University retirees


2023 YURA Annual General Meeting, Friday, October 27

Guest Speaker, Dr. Eileen de Villa

Dr. Eileen de Villa

Dr. Eileen de Villa is the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, leading the largest local public health agency in Canada, providing public health programs and services to the city’s nearly 3 million residents. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Dr. de Villa has actively contributed to various fields of scientific research by authoring, publishing, and presenting studies on a variety of subjects. Her research encompasses areas such as public health considerations in city planning and emergency preparedness, control of communicable and infectious diseases, and the development of public health policies. She has been at the forefront of public health efforts in Toronto, most recently guiding the largest immunization campaign in the city’s history, advising political leaders, and providing residents with the tools and information they need to safeguard themselves and their communities.

Dr. de Villa received her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Health Science (MHSc) degree in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding leadership and accomplishments, including, in 2022, a York Alumni Award for outstanding achievement.


Click here for background reports and to view the slide show from the business meeting.

Recent AGM Guest Speakers

2022 AGM guest speaker,
Dr. Irvin Studin,
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher
of Global Brief magazine;
President of Institute for
21st Century Questions

Photo of Dr. Brian Goldman, 2021 AGM guest speaker
2021 AGM guest speaker,
Dr. Brian Goldman,
veteran ER physician and an award-winning medical reporter.

Photo of Royson James, guest speaker at the 2020 AGM
2020 AGM guest speaker,
Royson James,
retired Toronto Star reporter
and columnist
2019 AGM guest speaker,
Anna Porter,
writer, publisher and founder of
Key Porter Books.
Photo courtesy Doug Forster

Photo of Doug Sanders, 2018 AGM guest speaker
2018 AGM guest speaker,
Doug Sanders,
author and Globe and Mail
International Affairs columnist.
Photo of Audrey Macklin, 2017 AGM guest speaker
2017 AGM guest speaker,
Audrey Macklin,
legal scholar, author and director of the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at U. of T.
Image of David Crombie, 2016 AGM guest speaker
2016 AGM guest speaker,
David Crombie,
politician, professor and consultant; former Mayor of Toronto
and federal MP.