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Monthly Meetings

Meeting picsMonthly meetings provide an informal environment for members share the latest news and to show off recent acquisitions.

Nov 2015 - Special Event

**FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm **
Guest Speaker:
Gregory Fraser, Gem Carver, Chan-Fraser Design 

Join us as our newest members celebrate the achievement of obtaining their Fellowship and listen to our guest speaker Gregory Fraser.  Our evening will start with a reception and cash bar at 5:30 pm with an opportunity to view our silent auction items before dinner at 6:30 pm.  Our graduation ceremony will follow with the awarding of Preliminary Certificates, Professional Diplomas and Fellowship Certificates and our guest speaker.  Registration is required for this special event evening gala dinner and graduation ceremony.  Please register early as tables fill quickly. 
**NOTE: This special event on Friday November 13 replaces the regular 3rd Wednesday monthly meeting. Registration is required.

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October 2015 - Monthly Meeting

Amber Money Clothesline 2Topic: Anti-Money Laundering Compliance for Canadian Jewllers & Gemmologists
Wednesday October 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, Suite 105, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Amber D. Scott, MBA, CIPPC, CBP, CAMS

Amber has broad-based financial compliance experience that includes insurance, mutual funds and banking. In addition to being a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) Amber is also a Certified Privacy Professional (CIPP). She also holds a mutual fund sales designation from the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) and a first level Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI). She is also a Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP).

Amber completed her undergraduate studies at the university of Waterloo. Her academic interests have always included law and criminology. As a teaching assistant she assisted in the development of the university’s first applied psychology course on criminal profiling. She has also received an MBA from the University of Aspen.

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Sept 2015 - Monthly Meeting


logoWhen: Wednesday September 16, 2015 at 7:30 P.M.
CGA Classroom, 55 Queen Street East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto

Speaker: Detective Douglas J. Bedford, York Regional Police, Organized Crime Bureau – Synthetic Drug Team

Detective Doug BEDFORD# 964

Is an 18 year member of York Regional Police at rank of Detective and assigned to the Organized Crime Section, Drugs and Vice Unit, Synthetic Drug Team. Alumni of the Hold Up Squad where he investigated retail, financial, home invasion robberies, and carjackings. He has been the lead investigator on two projects involving South American Organized Crime groups that have targeted the jewellery industry, and assisted other investigations involving South American Organized Crime across Canada.

Detective Bedford and his team and were the recipients of the 1st Annual Jewellers Vigilance Canada, Law Enforcement award of Merit, for the arrest and ongoing prosecution of South American suspects in relation to home invasion robbery in the city of Vaughan in May of 2010.

He sits on the Jewellers Vigilance Canada Board of Directors as a Law Enforcement advisor.

Guest Lecturer on South American Organized Crime and Robbery Awareness that target travelling jewellery wholesalers and retailers:

RCMP Headquarters Custom and Excise March 2011

COCPA (Central Ontario Crime Prevention Association) April 2011

Western Canadian Robbery Conference (Edmonton Alberta) May 2011

Canadian Police College Organized Crime Course May 2012

Jewellers Vigilance Canada (Cardinal Watch Company) May 2012

Eastern Canadian Robbery Conference (Richmond Hill) 2012

Canadian Jewellers Expo’s (Toronto, Edmonton) 2013

Guest appearance:

Global Television 16X9 Investigative Report – Diamond heist January 2013

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June 2015 - Monthly Meeting

Pot luck food 4When: Wednesday June 17, 2014 at 6:30 P.M.
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Summer Pot-luck

Members, students and friends, please join us for a casual end-of-term get-together to network and chat about all things gemmological.
Please note our one hour earlier start time.

Read more: June 2015 - Monthly Meeting

May 2015 - Special Event

events masters-of-dreams nocreditTopic: Master of Dreams film documentary
**Thursday May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm **
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Ken McGrath

Gemmologist and filmmaker Ken McGrath joins us to talk about the making of his documentary Master of Dreams series that goes behind-the-scenes to investigate legendary jewellery brands.

**NOTE: This special event on the 4th Thursday of May replaces the regular 3rd Wednesday monthly meeting. RSVP required.

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April 2015 - Monthly Meeting

Ozin photoTopic: The Opal and Beyond
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Geoffrey Ozin, University of Toronto

One of the founding fathers of nanochemistry, Geoffrey Ozin, will discuss the nature and creation of colour. Using the natural diffraction grating of opal as a model, Professor Ozin and his team have developed "a new class of active photonic crystal with the distinctive ability to electrically, mechanically and chemically tune colour from structure."

Professor Ozin will show how the spectacular "play of colour" of precious opal can now be instantly produced and infinitely varied at will.

Read more: April 2015 - Monthly Meeting

March 2015 - Monthly Meeting

Beads 2Topic: Tucson Debrief with Show & Tell
Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Duncan Parker & Karen Fox

Early each year, Tucson, Arizona draws crowds of gem lovers, rock collectors, cutters, beaders and would-be paleontologists to an overwhelming assortment of shows scattered through convention centres, tents, motels and parking lots across the city.

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February 2015 - Monthly Meeting

Lee RockTopic: Appraising - How to Get Started
Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto

One of the most common questions heard in the CGA office is, "How can I become an appraiser?". Take this opportunity to learn from a jewellery industry professional with over 25 years experience, and find out what's involved.

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January 2015 - Monthly Meeting

JONP PIC 500x500Topic: Diamonds - Profits, Pundits and Problems
Wednesday January 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Jon Phillips, CG (AGS), GG
Divisional Manager for Canadian Diamonds at Corona Jewellery Company, Ltd.

Read more: January 2015 - Monthly Meeting

December 2016 - Monthly Meeting

Xmas potluck PC251058 300pxWhen: Wednesday December 14, 2016 at 6.30 P.M.  note early start time
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
Holiday Season Pot-luck


Note the 6.30 pm start time and that it is scheduled for the second week instead of the third week of December, to avoid the last-minute Christmas rush. 

All members and students are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings. Join us for an informative evening with your gemmological colleagues.

Sept 2014 - Monthly Meeting

Thai children in costumeWhen: Wednesday September 17, 2014 at 7:30 P.M.
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto
A Journey to Visit the Emerald Buddha

Jennifer McKercher, CGA Professional Course Instructor

Read more: Sept 2014 - Monthly Meeting