The Scottish Studies "Oor Club" is held each month at noon at the Duke of York pub in Toronto (steps from the St. George subway station). Guests are invited to give presentations on a variety of topics of interest to members of the Scottish Studies Foundation and others interested in the things that Scots in Canada and overseas are getting up to. The presentations usually lasts about an hour (pronounced "oor" in Scots), hence the name. Everyone is invited to attend as the meetings are open to all.

Bruce Simpson

Join us at the "Oor Club" at noon on Friday, April 5 when Bruce Simpson (Scot of the Year 2017) will talk about his life and work and also focus on his belief that Scotland should join Canada, post Brexit. He will build on many of the cultural, historical and entrepreneurial links between Scotland and Canada, and explain why Scotland would be a terrific additional province for Canada.

Originally from Scotland, Bruce is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company, the leading consulting firm, where he has worked for 30 years. He moved to Canada from Paris with his wife Tracy and three sons in 2000. He is a business leader deeply committed to innovation and Canadian competitiveness, and a community leader engaged in the arts, human rights, healthcare, the environment, women's advancement, and other social causes. He was awarded Canadian citizenship in 2015 for services to Canada.

Prior to moving to Canada, Bruce held various leadership roles at McKinsey in New York and Paris. He is active on the Business Council of Canada, and is a keen advocate for Canadian competitiveness in global markets, as well as increased corporate engagement in social causes. He co-authored a chapter on this in the 2016 book Reimagining Capitalism.

He currently serves on the Canadian boards of Catalyst, and the Trans-Canada Trail, where he and his wife Tracy co-chair the Governor's Program. Bruce is also on the global board of Human Rights Watch. He holds an MA and an LLM in Law from Cambridge University, and an MBA and MA in International Studies from Wharton Business School and the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bruce Simpson in Greenland in 1970

Bruce had an incredible childhood — his parents were explorers and his mother is the first woman ever to have crossed the Greenland ice cap from one side to the other, a trip she did with his father in 1966. He spent much of his childhood in Greenland and the Canadian arctic living with the Inuit. Bruce was awarded a Churchill Medallion by Her Majesty the Queen for exploration in China, was a professional ski racer and musician, and is a keen sea kayaker in the arctic. He and his wife Tracy have three sons.

The cost to attend Oor Club is by way of a $10 donation to the Scottish Studies Foundation. Wide selections of pub lunches are available, typically costing between $5 and $15. The gathering begins at about 11.30 am and usually ends by about 2 pm. Everyone is welcome and pleased be assured that you do not have to be Scottish to attend!

For more information you can telephone Pearl Grieve-Nixon at 416-926-7233. or you can email the Foundation at

The Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue,
near the St. George subway station
(Bedford Road exit)
in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Map showing the location of the "Duke of York"