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University of Toronto
Toastmasters

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At UofT Toastmasters, we create a supportive environment where everyone can improve their public speaking and leadership skills. 

We originally began as an engineering student club in 2004, but today our members are students and non-students! Since then, we've helped hundreds of students rise above their fears, grow into incredible speakers, and live as stronger leaders. We want to help you realize your potential too!

 

Associated with Toastmasters International, we are open to all guests and welcome everyone to visit our regular meetings.

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Meetings

Meetings

We're hybrid! Join us in-person* in Bahen Centre, Room 2175, or online on Zoom (Meeting ID 333 666 1729)

*Location subject to change.

Until April 3rd, 2024, our weekly meetings will alternate between Wednesdays and Thursdays. Based off the semester week system:

Odd (weeks 1, 3, 5...): Wednesday

Even (weeks 2, 4, 6...): Thursday

*Reading week meeting day is considered to be Week 5, and so will be on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024.

Subscribe to our digital calendar for accurate meeting info!

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President's Welcome

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On behalf of the executive team and club members, Welcome to U of T Toastmasters! We aim to provide a supportive environment for our members which allows them to build and improve their public speaking and leadership skills. Above all else, though, we work with each and every single member with one aim in mind - to help them get ever closer to becoming the Toastmaster.

What is the Toastmaster? Simply put, the Toastmaster can be defined in any way you see fit, but it all describes one thing - the complete public speaker. The Toastmaster is an adaptable creature that can deliver any speech, whether humorous, serious, or educational, to any kind of audience, whether it's a group of children or a large crowd of academics, under any circumstance. They wow the audience with their control, mesmerize with their words and convince with their message. The Toastmaster is a public speaker without fear, a leader whom others look to, an evaluator who can provide support and tips to their peers, and a teammate who helps their family improve.

The Toastmaster is no mythic figure, but one that we can all work towards. Within our family, that means supporting each other in our speaking and life goals and helping build upon each other's aims. Within our lives, that means changing our worldview and being persistent with our learning, effort, and growth. We can all be the Toastmaster because we've come from the same place - having this childhood fear of speaking in front of an audience. We are all conquerors, Toastmasters, and leaders in our way - it is only for us to discover. We believe we can help you on this road of discovery, and we invite you to join our meetings and become part of our wonderful Toastmasters family!

Adham Ragab

President, University of Toronto Toastmasters

President's Welcome

Meet the Executive Team

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Tan Lin

Secretary

I'm your kryptonite. Hi, I'm Tan, the person who walks up into your corner of the room and starts talking. Why? Because I was a quiet introvert tired of getting left out and going unheard. Toastmasters has helped me become more confident/eloquent and a better leader. I recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Statistics, Economics, and Philosophy. I have an interest in Geographic Information Systems and Journalism as well as hobbies in running, rock climbing, and reading (+ any Game by Riot.) I'd love to meet you and hear about what you are passionate, or mildly interested, about!

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Jason Jiang

VP Education

Hey all, I'm a recent life sci graduate, and I'm excited to continue with Toastmasters! I joined Toastmasters to supercharge my communication skills, and I'm excited to help you on your journey with us. I'm always down to chat science, books and music (especially 90s indie rock.)

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Adham Ragab

President

I am an engineering student going into my last year of undergraduate studies. This is my second stint as Club President, and I hope to share all that I know about this club and public speaking with each and every one of you!

 

I have a passion for public speaking and firmly believe that with the right environment, support, and coaching, anyone can derive fun and enjoyment from public speaking and become the Toastmaster - the complete public speaker. My background is in debating and Model United Nations, but have been a part of Toastmasters for the last 4 years. This world has given so much to me, and I hope it gives as much to all of you!

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Angela Yu

Treasurer

Hi I’m Angela and I will be the Treasurer of the club! I’m an ECE 2T4 + PEY. This is my fist time being on the executive team. Excited to meeting everyone!

 

Fun fact: my last name has the same pronunciation as fish. That’s why I’m using a photo of cat holding two fish!

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Samantha Dudra

VP Membership

Hi, my name is Sam and I am a graduate student in Chemistry. I joined Toastmasters to improve my presentations skills, and to feel more comfortable when speaking in front of others. I am super excited to be joining the executive team as VP Membership. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you want to learn more about joining our club!

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Praveen Jayakumar

Sergeant At Arms

Praveen is a graduate student at UofT with varied academic interests. Praveen joined toastmasters in the summer of 2023 to improve his communication skills with a goal of conveying and teaching ideas effectively. Praveen enjoys running, biking, baking, and writing poems and short stories when not lost in thought. If you ever need a favour, Praveen accepts almond milk mocha or vegan ice cream as payment in return.

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Jennifer Mah

VP Public Relations

Hi! I'm Jennifer, ECE 2T4 + PEY, and I'm excited to be your VP PR this term. I joined Toastmasters to meet new people and develop my conversational and humor skills. 

Meet the Executive Team
Membership

Join our community!

We have different types of attendees, including free and paid options:

Guest

Always Free

  • Take on all Meeting Roles (e.g. Table Topics Master) except Evaluator roles

  • Deliver Table Topic speeches

Student Member

Requires UofT Student Status, free membership

  • Practice Non-Toastmasters Speeches (For External Events/Assignments)

  • Plus all Guest abilities

Toastmasters International Member

Requires paying Toastmasters International Membership Dues @ $10 USD/month

  • Deliver Toastmasters Speeches (prepared speeches)

  • Evaluate speeches

  • Plus all Guest and Student Member abilities

To join us as any of the above, fill out the form below!

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FAQs

FAQ

  • When do you meet?
    We meet once a week during fall, winter and summer semesters, except exam seasons. The seasonal meeting days are posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages (as well as right below). We post about our weekly meeting and what we've done in them! You can follow who we are, what we believe in, and what we are proud to share as a family. If you want to see some of our speeches, then check out our YouTube Channel. In the mean time, feel free to sign up for our email list on this website, and you will be able to receive our newsletters to update you on our meeting details.
  • What topic can I speak about?
    As a guest, you are welcome to participate in the Table Topics sessions where you will give a short improvised speech on a randomly chosen topic. As a member, you will have access to the education program Pathways by Toastmasters International. There are 11 paths for you to choose from, and each path focuses on a specific aspect of public speaking and leadership skills, such as Dynamic Leadership, Engaging Humor, Persuasive Influence, etc. You will receive training materials for each project and deliver speeches to improve your skills.
Complaint Policy

Policy on Complaints

As an U of T Engineering Society-affiliated club, and in adherence to EngSoc policy (see document attached), any general complaints that cannot be handled through our internal review process (see our constitution) should be directed to the EngSoc Ombudperson via email at ombudsperson@g.skule.ca.

Constitutional Amendments

Constitutional Amendments

Proposed Constitutional Amendment - Vice President Internal

 

Hello U of T Toastmasters,

As our club continues to evolve and grow, it is imperative that our governance structures and roles within the club adapt to meet the changing needs and challenges we face. Over the past eight months, we have witnessed significant growth in our membership base, an increase in collaborations, and a more dynamic interaction with external entities. Our club's membership has grown by an impressive 150%, a testament to the vibrant community we are building together.

 

In light of these developments, the club's executive team has conducted a thorough review of our operational and communication needs. It has become evident that the current distribution of responsibilities among our officers needs refinement to ensure our club not only maintains but also enhances its functionality and the value it delivers to members.


 

Proposed Amendment to the Club Constitution

To address these needs, we propose an amendment to the Club Constitution, specifically to Articles 6 and 7, concerned with defining officer roles and duties, to introduce and define a new officer role, the Vice President Internal. This new role is designed to manage our internal club communication infrastructure, including meeting announcements and the club server. Additionally, the Vice President Internal will take on responsibilities for social media and website management, working closely with the Vice President Public Relations to ensure a cohesive external and internal communication strategy.


 

Revised Article 6: Officers

The section on "Officers" outlines the officers of the club.

Old: 

"The officers of this club shall include, to the extent possible, a Club President, a Vice President Education, a Vice President Membership, a Vice President Public Relations, a Club Secretary, a Club Treasurer, a Sergeant at Arms, the Immediate Past Club President, and a Club Ombuds.

All positions should be filled if possible. However, a club must have a minimum of three (3) officers: the Club President, a Vice President (either Education, Membership, or Public Relations), and the Club Secretary, and each of these offices must be held by a different person.

In addition, the Club President and the Treasurer cannot be the same person.

All club officers, with the exception of the Immediate Past President and Club Ombuds, must be registered students of the University of Toronto."

 

New: 

"The officers of this club shall include, to the extent possible, a Club President, a Vice President Education, a Vice President Membership, a Vice President Public Relations, Vice President Internal, a Club Secretary, a Club Treasurer, a Sergeant at Arms, the Immediate Past Club President, and a Club Ombuds.

All positions should be filled if possible. However, a club must have a minimum of three (3) officers: the Club President, a Vice President (either Education, Membership, or Public Relations), and the Club Secretary, and each of these offices must be held by a different person.

In addition, the Club President and the Treasurer cannot be the same person.

All club officers, with the exception of the Immediate Past President and Club Ombuds, must be registered students of the University of Toronto."


 

Revised Article 7: Duties of Officers

The section on "Vice President Public Relations" outlines the officers of the club. This section has been modified, with the addition of a new "Vice President Internal" section.

Old: 

"Vice President Public Relations: The Vice President Public Relations is the fourth-ranking club officer and is responsible for developing and directing a publicity program that informs individual members and the general public about the club and Toastmasters International."

 

New: 

"Vice President Public Relations: The Vice President Public Relations is the fourth-ranking club officer and is responsible for developing and directing a publicity program that informs individual members and the general public about the club and Toastmasters International. The Vice President Public Relations is also responsible for managing communications surrounding workshops, collaborations, and potential sponsorships with external entities.

 

Vice President Internal: The Vice President Internal is responsible for managing internal club communication infrastructure, including meeting announcements and club server. The Vice President Internal is also responsible for social media and website management under the advisement of the Vice President Public Relations."


 

Rationale for the Amendment

The introduction of the Vice President Internal role aims to provide a clearer definition of responsibilities within the executive team and lessen the burden on individual executives. This amendment will also reallocate tasks previously managed by the Vice President Membership, President, and Vice President Public Relations to roles where they are more aligned with the officers' core functions. This change is a strategic move to streamline our operations, ensuring that we can continue to offer an enriching experience to our growing membership while effectively managing our external collaborations and communications.


 

Invitation for Feedback and Discussion

We value the input of every member and invite you to share your thoughts, questions, or concerns regarding this proposed amendment, either via email, Discord, or at our next regular meeting. Additionally, you can have a look at our current constitution here. Your participation and insights are crucial to ensuring that our club continues to thrive and serve the needs of all its members.


 

Conclusion

The proposed amendment to the Club Constitution is a forward-looking initiative aimed at adapting to our club's growth and the evolving responsibilities of our executive committee. By introducing the Vice President Internal role, we aim to enhance our internal and external communications, streamline our operations, and continue providing a supportive and dynamic environment for all our members.

We look forward to your support and active participation in the discussion of this proposed amendment.


 

Warm regards,

The Executive Team

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