Current Officers

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President Bill Sayers

Bill Sayers is a recent member to The St Andrews Society of Toronto.

Born in Edmonton in 1957 to an Irish father and a Scottish mother. Bill’s great, great, grandfather Archibald Hall came from Jedborough, Scotland to Galt, Ontario in 1827. George Hall was their only son. He was a lay minister in the Presbyterian Church and died reading scripture in a church service in April 1887 in Galt. From Galt some of the Hall clan moved to Neepawa Manitoba. Bill’s Grandfather was born there. He married Elizabeth McNab and Bill’s mother was born in Neepawa. During the depression Wilbur Hall moved to Gull Lake, Saskatchewan and ran the local dairy until his retirement. Bill’s mother grew up in Gull Lake.

Bill graduated from University of Western Ontario in 1979 with a BA in Political Science. Upon graduation he moved back to Toronto. (He grew up in Etobicoke) He has lived in Toronto since then. Bill remarried to Joy in 2014 and has four children. The family has a cottage on Georgian Bay and spends as much time as they can there, from the time the ice is out and before the ice returns!

Bill’s father was always proud of his family heritage both Irish and Scottish. He traced the family roots back to the early 1800’s and made sure each of his children had copies of the family tree. As a United Church minister the family grew up with celebrations of Robert Burns and the pipes and drums were part of a few church services each year.

For the past 12 years Bill has run his own sales consulting practice. His work takes him across Canada and into the USA and Europe.

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Immediate Past President Rory Sinclair

Rory Sinclair is a familiar figure at Sinclair Clan Gatherings and Highland Games, and at many Toronto area events. Born in Toronto in 1946, he is the third son of Edward and Roselma Sinclair  He is acutely proud of his Scottish ancestry and is the current President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto.

Rory graduated in 1968 with a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Economics from Trinity College, University of Toronto and from 1971 to 1979 lived in Malaysia as an owner-operator of a fabric and clothing exporting business.

Over the years Rory has been a keen supporter of the Clan Sinclair Association of Canada. From 1995 to 2001 he was its Secretary and Newsletter Editor and from 2003 to 2011 its President.

During the years from 1979 through 1988, Rory was a member of a collective that was involved in the freeing of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter from jail. Carter was an American middleweight boxer wrongfully convicted of murder and later freed via a petition of habeas corpus after spending almost 20 years in prison. Rory was a director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC).from 2000-2014.

He has also been active in his downtown Toronto neighbourhood as a board member of the Harbord Village Residents Association since 1992, holding the position of Chair from 2000 to 2011.

He plays the Great Highland Bagpipe — competitively for 10 years and now in several bands in Toronto — and also plays small pipes, guitar and bass. Since 1988 until the present day, Rory has been the owner-operator of Sinclair-Cunningham & Associates, a firm primarily involved in renovations, additions and restoration in older homes in downtown Toronto.