Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies (WIHS) formally launched December 9, 2010 at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The University of Waterloo is pleased to present the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies (WIHS). Building upon a departmental research focus in this burgeoning field, the Institute aims to become an international node for scholarship and education in Hellenistic studies by fostering especially inter-disciplinary and collaborative projects“.

Please visit the University’s web page for more information: http://wihs.uwaterloo.ca/

Hellenic Canadian media covered the Waterloo Institute of Hellenistic Studies (WIHS) formal launch.

HCAAO General Meeting and special presentation on “Greek Painting in the 20th Century”

The HCAAO General Meeting for 2010 took place on Sunday December 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (200 College St., Wallberg Building, Room 215, (416)-978-1093) at the UofT campus. The General Meeting was open to paid members only.

Following the General Meeting,  artist painter Ilias Toliadis gave a special presentation on “Greek Painting in the 20th Century”, followed by Q&A (6:00-7:00 pm). Ilias’ most recent work, created while he was in residence at the Toronto Island Artscape in Gibraltar Point, was on display.

For more information on the Artist, please visit his website: www.iliastoliadis.gr and/or view his Professional Resume: Ilias Toliadis-CV.

European Union Film Festival-Nov 18th to 30th

The EU Countries organize the 6th European Cinema festival in Toronto:

The Greek Consulate General in Toronto is pleased to announce the show of the movie by Christos Georgiou “Small crime”, on Friday 26 November 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Royal movie-theatre 608 College Street West, Free entrance.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus presents Cyprus’ participation in the 2010 European Union Film Festival and invites you to attend the screening of the contemporary movie “Hi! Am Erica!”, Directed by Yiannis Ioannou, Wednesday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m., The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street West, Toronto. Admission free, 18 yrs. +

For full listings of movies, please visit http://www.eutorontofilmfest.ca

A Collection of Poems “T’Anthropina” by Kostas Tsotsos

By Kostas Tsotsos

This book collects the poems of the author, Kostas Tsotsos, written during World War II, plus adds his new epic poems written between 1990 and 2000. Many of the older poems were first published in now inaccessible sources and appear here for the first time since 1956. Originally in Greek, both Greek and English translation versions are included. The poems deal with life, love, patriotism, sorrow, death and the virtues and vices of the human condition.

Proceeds from the sales of this volume support the Kostas Tsotsos Graduate Award in Modern Greek History at York University, Canada.

Visit the following website to purchase the Poem Collection:


HCAAO Distinguished Guest Speaker Series 2010: Professor Pandermalis

Dr. Dimitrios Pandermalis, President and Curator of the Acropolis Museum in Athens, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural event of HCAAO’s annual Distinguished Guest Speaker Series on Thursday, March 25, 2010, 6:30 pm at the Royal Ontario Museum. The title of his talk was “The Acropolis Museum in Athens: Architecture and Collections”. The talk was followed by a Q&A session and a reception.

This HCAAO event was organized in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum, the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, the Consulate General of Greece in Toronto, and in collaboration with the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History at York University.

The event was a great success by all accounts. The enthusiastic feedback we received from both Greeks and non-Greeks following the event is testimony of the value we managed to create in the community at large. Dr. Pandermalis’ visit to Toronto has helped increase people’s awareness and appreciation of the new Acropolis Museum, its architecture and collections and contributed, like nothing else could, to the cause of the re-unification of the Parthenon marbles. Also, TVO’s broadcasting of Pandermalis’ interview with Steve Paikin brought his visit to Toronto to its full potential as it took his message across Ontario.

Dr. Pandermalis is a Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and has also served as President of the History and Archaeology Department and as Dean of the Philosophical School. He is also the supervisor of the Archaeological site of Dion, Pieria since 1973. From September 1996 to March 2000 Dr. Pandermalis served as a Member of the Greek Parliament. After leaving the Greek Parliament in May 2000, he was appointed President of the Organization for the Construction of the new Acropolis Museum, and oversaw the building project between 2003 and the official opening of the museum in June 2009. He now serves as the first President of the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

For further information on the new Acropolis museum please visit the following site:


Slide Show (Courtesy of the Acropolis Museum)

New Acropolis Museum_Presentation_Canada_ March 2010

Video Highlights (Courtesy of Acropolis Museum)

Acropolis Museum Construction from HCAAO on Vimeo.

Video Highlights (OMNI TV)

HCAAO Distinguished Guest Speaker Series 2010 from HCAAO on Vimeo.


Program flyer

Pandermalis – DGSS – ROM – 2010 – Program-2

Invitation flyer

More on the Parthenon Marbles:
Dr. Pandermalis’ interview with Steve Paikin on TVO (The Agenda with Steve Paikin)

Coverage of Professor Pandermalis’ visit to Toronto by Hellenic-Canadian organizations and news media:

Opening Remarks By Prof. Theodore Tolias, President, HCAAO, at DGSS 2010

Professor Pandermalis,

Distinguished guests,

Dear colleagues and students,

Dear friends and volunteers,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the inaugural lecture of the Distinguished Guest Speaker Series, organized by the Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario.

As you all know, the topic of tonight’s lecture is “The Acropolis Museum: Architecture and Collections” and the speaker is Professor Pandermalis, President and Curator of the new Acropolis Museum in Athens.

In the audience here tonight are political and consular dignitaries, leading academics in the fields of Classics and Archaeology from across Ontario and beyond, Ontario university leaders, distinguished members of the Arts & Culture community, patrons of the Arts, prominent journalists, students, volunteers, and notable members of the community at large.

We are delighted that you were able to join us tonight to learn more about this spectacular new museum and its collections. We apologize for not been able to recognize each one of you by name because of time constraints.

This event was put together in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum, the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, the Consulate General of Greece in Toronto and in collaboration with the HHF Chair of Modern Greek History at York University. Without them, this event could not have taken place. Thank you.

Also, this event would not have taken place without the generous support of several organizations, businesses and individuals listed in the program flyer. We are grateful to all of you. Thank you.

The Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO) was established in 1991 and is the Association of Canadian Academics of Hellenic descent working as faculty members in 14 Ontario Universities.

A core part of our mission is to facilitate communication, collaboration, exchanges and partnerships between Canadian and Greek Academics, professionals, students and people of Letters, Arts & Culture.

We know that in acting as enablers and catalysts in this way, we are helping to create value in this diverse and cosmopolitan community of ours here in Toronto and beyond.

In its long history, Hellenism has been relevant only to the extent that it was cosmopolitan and outward looking. Cosmopolitanism is also Canada’s brand and it is recognized as such worldwide. Tonight’s event brings these great traditions together for the benefit of all. It brings together two great ambassadors of universal values and traditions: The Royal Ontario Museum and the Acropolis Museum.

We are grateful of the ROM’s warm reception, hospitality and generous support of this event. We are also grateful to Professor Pandermalis for accepting our invitation.

Thank you.

Canadians of Hellenic Descent fellows to The Royal Society of Canada

August 2010

TSOTSOS, John K.  Computer Science and Engineering, York University


John Tsotsos is Canada’s premiere interdisciplinary vision scientist. His research investigates how the human brain processes what the eyes see, as well as how to use that knowledge to develop innovative robotic systems that can see and understand the visual world in the performance of complex tasks. One of his major achievements is to define the selective tuning theory of vision: it has inspired new discoveries regarding the function of the human visual system as well as a new autonomous, intelligent, wheelchair for the physically challenged. His leadership in Canada is second to none, having built world-class vision groups and networks and leading major scientific activities internationally in both computer and human vision science.


VENETSANOPOULOS, Anastasios – Electrical & Computer Engineering, Ryerson University

Anastasios (Tas) Venetsanopoulos is an internationally recognized leader in telecommunications, signal and image processing and biometrics. His pioneering applications have found numerous applications in digital media, biomedicine, geophysics and biometrics.

CHAMBERLAIN, Savvas – Engineering, DALSA Corporation

Savvas Chamberlain can be characterized as a scientist, inventor, professor and entrepreneur. His research on semiconductor devices, his basic charge transfer theories on CCDs and time-delay integration-imager, and the transfer of his technology to commercialization, are all well recognized internationally. Founder of DALSA Corp and growing it to more than 1000 employees are also noted achievements.

August 2009

ELEFTHERIADES, George. Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering, University of Toronto


Professor George Eleftheriades has made seminal contributions to the new subject of meta-materials. These are man-made materials that have electromagnetic properties not found in nature. Specifically, Professor Eleftheriades pioneered the use of transmission lines to synthesize meta-materials. He and his students implemented and experimentally demonstrated many forms and applications of these materials, including the first isotropic lens with a negative refractive index at microwave frequencies that overcomes the diffraction barrier of conventional lenses. The developed devices have unlimited applications and potential to revolutionize the state of the art in various disciplines, including nanotechnology, wireless telecommunications, radars, and microwave and medical imaging.

4th Annual Conference Global Hellenic Medical & Biosciences Network- New York (Dec 3-4, 2010)

The Hellenic Medical & Biosciences Network invites you to their4th Annual Conference taking place in New York December 3-4, 2010.

For more information, please visit: http://ghmbn.weebly.com/

2nd Lecture at EUROPEAS: “EUCE Seminars in European History, Culture and Society” 2010

EU Turkey flag

As the second lecture in the series “EUROPEAS: EUCE Seminars in European History, Culture and Society”, EUCE York was pleased to present Prof. Sakis Gekas (Assistant Professor, History Department, York University) and “Global History, Regional Integration and the Politics of Exclusion in the case of Turkey’s accession to the EU” on Wednesday, November 17th from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in Room 626 York Research Tower.

This event was posted at http://euce.apps01.yorku.ca/2010/10/lecture-global-history-regional-integration-and-the-politics-of-exclusion-in-the-case-of-turkeys-accession-to-the-eu/

Please visit the EUCE website for future event listings:


Professor Sakis Gekas is a member of the HCAAO Executive.

University Studies Orientation Day 2010

This was an annual event organized by the Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario in cooperation with the Greek Community of Toronto. The goal was to help high school students applying for university studies make better and informed choices.

Event details:

Date & Time: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: Polymenakeion Cultural Centre (upper level), Greek Community of Toronto, 30 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto

Contact phone number: 416-425-2485

Greek Community of Toronto Web page: http://www.greekcommunity.org/


The Hellenic Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO) and the Greek Community of Toronto (GCT) are pleased to invite you to the third annual University Studies Orientation Day (USOD) on Saturday, October 30, 11:00am-1:00pm at the Polymenakeion Cultural Center.

This is a unique opportunity for high school students to meet with academics from universities across Ontario and get valuable advise and guidance. If you are a high school student (grade 11 and 12) planning to pursue university studies, this event is for you. Come meet the professors and feel free to ask them questions. They will be very happy to talk to you about their academic discipline, the things you should expect as well as some of the do’s and don’ts for success. Come join us in this friendly and informal event and get answers to your questions from the insiders.