Probus Club of Collingwood

The Probus Club of Collingwood is the original men’s Probus club of the Georgian Triangle, and one of the first in Ontario, celebrating its 29th anniversary this year. An informative speaker each month, combined with a membership of over 180 retired and semi-retired men allows us to create a place of enjoyment and fellowship in the community, emphasizing the Probus motto:

Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.”

In addition, we enjoy numerous trips and social events throughout the year, including golf, hiking, theatre, excursions, and tours of businesses throughout Ontario.

Here you will find everything you need to know about the Club for both new and old members alike.

Last Updated: 2016/10/09

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Welcome to the Probus Club of Collingwood!

Where age doesn’t keep us from thinking young!

   Meetings are at the Bear Estate,

Cranberry Village

  The Bear Estate

300 Balsam Street, Collingwood.

Immediately west of the Living Water Resort and Cranberry Marina.

Turn right onto Balsam Street at the light, straight ahead on Balsam,

turn right into the lane with the stone pillars.

*  Visitors and guests are welcome to attend our meetings.   *

Next Meeting,  November 3



June 9, 2016

(Toronto) -- LCBO Chair Edward Waitzer today announced the appointment of Dr. George Soleas M.Sc., PhD, to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the LCBO. 

“Dr. Soleas has successfully led many aspects of LCBO’s operations and built strong working relationships with suppliers and other key stakeholders.  At a time when LCBO faces significant opportunities and challenges, he brings in-depth knowledge of the sector and organization, and a proven record of innovation, teamwork and public service,” says Waitzer.

In 1997, after spending more than a decade working in the Ontario wine industry, George joined the LCBO as Director of Quality Assurance.  Under his leadership the department was transformed into a state-of-the-art, profitable and internationally-endorsed laboratory facility.  This success led to the expansion of his portfolio in 2008 to include Logistics, where he implemented a series of changes to improve the efficiency and safety of Specialty Services and LCBO retail distribution centres.  This included championing the development of LCBO’s patent-pending automatic palletizer technology, which has won domestic and international awards.

In 2013, George was promoted to Executive Vice President, assuming responsibility for Information Technology, Store Development & Real Estate, and Resource Protection. 

The LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) is an Ontario government enterprise and one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol. Through more than 650 retail stores, catalogues, special order services and more than 210 agency stores, which provide cost effective, convenient and socially responsible access for rural consumers, the LCBO offers nearly 24,000 products annually to consumers and licensed establishments from more than 80 countries.


George Soleas is responsible for corporate leadership and providing a forum for consultation and dialogue with the trade on matters affecting the beverage alcohol industry.

He joined the LCBO in 1997 as Director of Quality Assurance, overseeing the laboratory and quality services processes that ensure LCBO products are safe to drink and of a high quality. The LCBO became the first liquor jurisdiction in the world to be doubly accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 130 countries, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

In March 2008, George’s areas of responsibility were expanded to encompass Logistics, which involves procuring and distributing LCBO products. He oversees Customs and Excise clearances, transportation, warehousing and specialty services operations. He also supports supply chain projects to improve the flow of products through the logistics system.

In February 2013, he was named Executive Vice President and his portfolio grew further to include Information Technology, Store Development & Real Estate and Resource Protection.

George received his B.Sc. from McMaster University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His areas of interest have been the biochemical aspects of beverage alcohol constituents and their effect on humans. He trained in oenology at U.C. Davis and spent 11 years with the Canadian wine industry as a Director of Research and Quality Assurance for a major winery and chaired the Technical and Scientific Committee of the Canadian Wine Institute for nine years.

George chaired the National Quality Assurance Committee of the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions for 16 years. He represented the LCBO on many prestigious committees, including the “Expert Committee” of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG), the American Society for Enology and Viticulture technical committee and the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute (Brock University) where he is also a professional affiliate. He was appointed to the Special Graduate Faculty of the University of Guelph in support of the Department of Food Science. George has a masters certificate in Supply Chain & Logistics Management from the Schulich Executive Education Centre – York University where he is also a member of the Advisory Council and is an affiliate of the McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics and member of the Supply Chain and Logistics Management Institute.

In February 2009, George received the Ontario Imported Wine-Spirits-Beer Association’s Industry Partnership Award. In March 2016, he received the Greek Wine Industry Award in Athens for his more than quarter-century involvement in helping Greek wine producers improve the quality and marketing of their products.

His oenological and biochemical research has led to eight book chapters, 51 peer reviewed publications and several national and international industry and scientific presentations devoted to beverage alcohol.



Mission Statement

Protect the important architectural and cultural significance which makes the Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse a significant part of Canada’s Great Lakes marine heritage for the benefit of all Canadians

   Representatives from the Society will give us an update on the Lighthouse status and their efforts to save this invaluable local landmark.