Our 2020-2021 International Service Director, Chris Gates
Director Chris Gates exemplifies the spirit of Rotary: service, service, service!
Retired in 2015, Chris holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University. For over 40 years Chris held a variety of professional positions in municipal government, the Ontario government, the oil and gas industry and as a private consultant.
Some highlights from Chris' professional career:
  • 1978-1982     Land Use Policy Planner, Peel Region Planning Department
  • 1982-1988     Energy Conservation Program Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Energy
  • 1989-1998     Senior Consultant, Renewable Energy In Canada (REIC) Limited
  • 1998-2001     Program Manager, Demand-Side Management, Enbridge Gas Distribution
  • 2001-2008     Manager, Sustainable Energy, Enbridge Gas Distribution
  • 2008-2015     Senior Manager, Climate Change Policy, Office of the Environmental             Commissioner of Ontario
International Service
Our 2020-2021 International Service Committee:
Chris Gates – Chair
Wilf Wilkinson - Past Rotary International President
Norm Grant - Member
Alistair Scott - Past President
Shane O'Shaughnessy - Member
Grant Southwell - President
Rika Wilkinson - Honourary Member
Chair Chris Gates can be reached at funding@trentonrotary.ca
The Rotary Club of Trenton International Service Committee's general mandate is to conduct charitable activities on behalf of the Club. 
This mandate is normally charitable projects outside Canada.  In formulating its plans and making its decisions,
the International Service Committee keeps the Rotary International’s six (6) Areas of Focus in mind:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development.
In addition, the International Service Committee is responsibility for the Club’s activities associated with the Rotary Foundation initiatives,
communicating the club’s international service initiatives/successes to the district and enhancing the public image of the club’s international
service success to the local community.
We are currently supporting the following initiatives:
International Service Projects
  • Addis Ababa Education Bureau - the Girl's Literacy project, funds for the children and particularly the girls in Ethiopia.  
  • Shelter Box – purchased $1250.00 - Rotary Club of Trenton awarded Bronze Hero on 24th October, 2018, for supporting Shelter Box
  • Polio Day – October 24th –  Banner over downtown Trenton representing National Polio Day
  • Guatemala Literacy projects – A $1000.00 donation has been requested to support the enormous degrees of illiteracy by providing textbooks and computers and a need for teacher training as well