Wilf Wilkinson of Trenton, Ontario will be the first Canadian in 55 years to serve as RI President.


Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Ontario, District 7070, has been confirmed as the president-nominee of Rotary International. No challenges to the nomination were received by Jan. 1, 2006.
Wilf Wilkinson will be the first Canadian President of Rotary International in 55 years.
Wilf Wilkinson has held the following positions in Rotary:
  • Trustee The Rotary Foundation 1997-2001 /2002-2003
  • Vice-President of Rotary International 1993-94
  • Director of Rotary International 1992-94
  • District Governor 1971-72
  • President of The Rotary Foundation (Canada)
Wilf Wilkinson was a founding partner of Wilkinson & Company, Chartered Accountants. In 1994, he was granted the appellation CFE by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, based in Austin, Texas. He is a Past Treasurer of both the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and has served as President of the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario.
Wilf Wilkinson was the founding Chairman of the Belleville Cheshire Home for Physically Handicapped Adults. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Loyalist College and as President of the District Council of the Boy Scouts of Canada. After retiring from the practice of public accounting in February 2000, Wilf accepted a position as the part-time Executive Director of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, as well as being the Canadian Coordinator for the National Association of Forensic Accountants. A Rotarian since 1962, he was a Health, Hunger and Humanity Program volunteer to India and has visited that country for Rotary on seven occasions. He has also had Rotary assignments in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia and Pakistan as well as the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and many parts of the United States and Canada. He has served on numerous District and International committees as well as chairing several conferences. In 1997, he participated at the National Immunization Days in Kenya and Tanzania, in 1999 in the slums of New Delhi, India and in March 2002 administered polio drops to children of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
Wilf was an International Assembly group discussion leader, consultative group member, committee member and chair, task force member, Foundation trustee, director, and RI vice president. Most recently, he was chair of the 2005 Chicago Convention Committee and vice chair of RI's Afghan refugee relief project.
He is currently a member of the PolioPlus Partners Task Force and a member of the PolioPlus National Advocacy Advisors.
He married Joan Hogan in 1953 and they have four sons. In 1961 he moved to Trenton, Ontario to establish an office for the practice of public accountancy.