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Mary Warner is a communications professional with a love of learning and lunch. About two years ago, Mary combined these interests and embarked on a blogging adventure. She reaches out to the people she wants to learn something from -- and asks them out to lunch. The result is “Lunch with Mary -- Free lunches and open minds."

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My Lunch With a Newly Published Harlequin Author

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 6:02 PM

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The company:
Jennifer Hayward is Harlequin's newest author. Her new novel, The Divorce Party, was just released as an eBook and will hit stores in paperback later this month. Jen and I used to work together until she...

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Lunch with Meteorologist Claire Martin

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 10:41 AM

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The company:
Claire Martin is the senior meteorologist for the CBC. Her background is incredible. She is trained as a meteorologist, not as a television personality and has insisted in her time at CBC that the News Weather...

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The Radio Station Building Peace in Uganda

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 6:44 AM

The company:
David Okidi is a journalist in Northern Uganda and was the station manager at Mega FM, a radio station in the northern Ugandan region of Gulu. He recently joined the board of directors of Farm Radio International. Farm Radio International (FRI)

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Talking Opera with Arts & Crafts Record Label President

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 5:11 PM

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Date of lunch:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The company:
Jeffrey Remedios is the co-founder and president of Arts & Crafts, a record label and production company. Its first album that really helped to launch the label was 2003's...

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A Tour of TTC Transit Control

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 8:15 PM

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Andy Byford and me at TTC Transit Control

Tour background:
As a follow-up to my lunch with TTC CEO Andy Byford and my extreme transit nerdiness that was on full display in my post, Andy invited me for a tour of...

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Lunch with Mary: Transit CEO Talks Floods and Having No Car

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 3:46 PM

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The company:
Andy Byford is the new (as of March 2012) CEO of the TTC, the Toronto Transit Commission. There was definitely a lot of news around Andy's appointment as his predecessor, Gary Webster, was fired...

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An Illuminating Lunch with Luminato's Artistic Director

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 7:40 AM

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The company:
Jorn Weisbrodt is the artistic director of Luminato. For those who don't know, Luminato is an arts festival that takes place all across Toronto. It encompasses all kinds of arts. In its sixth year, Luminato begins...

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After a Tweet and a Train Ride, Lunch with Former Mayor David Miller

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 8:27 AM

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The company:
David Miller is one of the more well-known people I have taken out for lunch. It is a bit strange when everyone in the restaurant recognizes the person you are lunching with. So if you don't know who David Miller...

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Hitting a Homerun Lunch with Drunk Jays Fan

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 12:50 AM

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The company:
Andrew Stoeten is one half of the Drunk Jays Fans blog and podcast. Dustin Parkes, the other half, was planning to join us but was unfortunately not feeling well. Drunk Jays Fans started as...

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Dispatches From Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2012 | 8:25 PM

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The company:
Mike Landry is a physiotherapist, Division Chief in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University, former professor at University of Toronto, and a 15-year veteran of...

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Lunch With... Leading International Climate Scientist Dr. Ian Burton

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 1:00 PM

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The company:
Dr. Ian Burton's resume is incredible and beyond impressive! He is a scientist emeritus with the University of Toronto's Adaptation and Research Section at the Centre for the Environment and was formerly a senior...

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Penguin Canada Publishing Director Lynne Missen

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 5:01 PM

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The company:
Lynne Missen is publishing director of Penguin Canada Young Readers, its children and young adult program. Lynne has been an editor for over 20 years. Prior to joining Penguin Canada, she was executive editor...

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Lunch With... TIFF Bell Lightbox Artistic Director Noah Cowan

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 1:44 PM

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The company:
Noah Cowan is the artistic director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the incredible new facility at King and John Streets in downtown Toronto. He drives the curatorial vision for the year-round programming. Noah has been a part of TIFF...

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Lunch With... Member of Parliament Andrew Cash

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 11:44 AM

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The company:
Andrew Cash is my MP. He is the Member of Parliament for Davenport in Toronto. A few years ago, I was able to take out Andrew's NDP colleague Olivia Chow for lunch, who was...

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Lunch With... Chef Massimo Capra

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 11:05 AM

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The company:
Massimo Capra is a well-known chef. Many people will know him from his appearances on The Food Network's Restaurant Makeover. He is the owner of Mistura and Sopra in Toronto....

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Lunch With... CAMH Psychiatrist Dr. Steven Cohen

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 3:38 PM

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The company:
Dr. Steven Cohen is a psychiatrist at CAMH (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) in Toronto. He has also worked with Doctors without Borders in both Chad and Sudan....

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Lunch With... Dr. Benjamin Neel, Director of the Ontario Cancer Institute

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 3:52 PM

The company:
Dr. Benjamin Neel is the director of the Ontario Cancer Institute at the University Health Network and Princess Margaret Hospital. He has been in this post for over four years, coming from Boston where he had been working for over 20 years. Specifically, Dr. Neel is the...

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