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February 2014 – What’s News?

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Forget winter, think Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament

While this winter is the harshest in recent memory for folks in Ontario, and many other parts of North America, it won’t last forever.

Spring is three weeks away and, in celebration of the 80th Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament, tournament chair Gord Gibson ’83 invites all Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of the College to come out and enjoy a day of golf, friendship and good times.


The tournament will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at Copper Creek Golf Club in Kleinburg, Ont.

We’re excited to be able to offer an early bird registration discount before April 1 and further discounts for young alumni who graduated from 1999 to 2013. The cost to play includes a barbecue lunch, golf cart, use of the driving range and dinner.

We encourage those who love UCC and golf to gather your friends and put together a foursome and play at one of the top public golf courses in Canada.

Please click here for more information and to register. Please contact Maria Karakoulas at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca if you’re interested in sponsoring the event or a hole.


Nominate an outstanding UCC volunteer

Do you know a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to College life? If so, the UCC Association needs to know by Wednesday, March 5.

The Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award is given annually in recognition of substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC community, either through short-term involvement or long-term commitment. It recognizes those who go above and beyond the call of duty to significantly improve the UCC Association and the College. The awards will be presented at the annual volunteer reception on Tuesday, May 13.

This award complements the John D. Stevenson Award and expands the ability to recognize outstanding contributions to UCC. The 2013 recipients were Bob Medland ’65, Sandy Mingay, Piera Morra and Linda Pincott-Kitchen.

Nominations are welcome from all members of the College community in written format. They should include some information about the nature and time of the nominee’s volunteer service and the reason for the nomination. Please click here to fill out our online nomination form or email Jody Jacobson at jjacobson@ucc.on.ca.

All nominations will be reviewed by the award committee and the recipient(s) will be selected by the Association Council. Nominations must be submitted by March 5.

Old Boy Dominic Atkinson ’90 told the Toronto Star why he chose Upper Canada College for his son James’ education

Parents do a lot of soul-searching when it comes to choosing the best school for their child. Old Boy Dominic Atkinson ’90 explained why he chose Upper Canada College for son James in a recent Toronto Star article.

UCC’s fantastic extracurricular options and strong academic reputation were key lures for Atkinson, as he explained in the article headlined “Values are priceless when it comes to schooling” in a special section on private schools on Feb. 22. James was in a gifted program at a good public school, but Atkinson thought his potential could be better tapped.

Atkinson praised the music program and the motivating, enriched student experience overall. He also mentioned UCC’s upgraded financial assistance program, which has both spiked the level of diversity and refreshed its image as a “wasp enclave.” Here’s an excerpt from Ron Johnson’s article:

“[My son] is a good student and he is more than happy to put in the work,” says Atkinson.

Although academics were key, the cancellation of extracurricular activities at his son’s public school also played a role in his decision.

“Last year especially, hockey was cancelled, other extras were cancelled, and it was really frustrating,” Atkinson explains. “A school like UCC has such fantastic extracurriculars, it just made it easier. It has a great hockey team; whatever interest a kid has, he can pursue. The music program at the school is fantastic, art, film, theatre, whatever it is, whatever you want to do, you can at the absolutely highest level.”

Atkinson recalls when he and his son visited the school last summer to meet with the music teacher.

“When the teacher talked to James about music, he realized he didn’t know anything,” says Atkinson. “So he said, ‘Here are some instruments’ and James tried a few. He ended up playing clarinet, but I just found it interesting. They really just want the kids to succeed.”

But Atkinson is quick to point out that UCC has changed over the past decades. Like many private schools, UCC has really ramped up its financial assistance program and, as a result, the school is far more diverse, defying the old wasp-enclave stereotypes of a bygone era.

College Times digital collection now available online

Do you have fond but foggy memories of your time at Upper Canada College, but don’t have time to research and clarify who was in your class, on your hockey team or teaching you algebra?

The College Times digital collection, generously sponsored by the leaving class of 1972, may be just what you need. It’s easily accessible, features yearbooks dating from 1894 to 2013 and is intended for the use of Old Boys and students.

Visit the College Times online resource page to access your digital yearbook. You’ll be prompted to log in to Bluenet using your unique name and password. Early editions aren’t available digitally but may be viewed in person at the archives. Contact College archivist Jill Spellman for more information.

Please contact Samantha Kerbel if you’re an Old Boy and don’t have an account on Bluenet. Please email helpdesk@ucc.on.ca if you know your login but have misplaced your password.

Dr. Catherine Zahn is appointed as new UCC governor

Dr. Catherine Zahn is the newest appointee to Upper Canada’s College’s board of governors.

Zahn is president and chief executive officer of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and a UCC past parent (Michael Zahn ’01 and William Zahn ’09).

“I’m extremely honoured to be involved once more with UCC,” says Zahn. “My sons benefitted enormously from their experience, and it’s time for me to give back and contribute to College life through this appointment.”

Zahn has been a driving force behind the transformation of Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. This includes CAMH’s ambitious redevelopment public education efforts to challenge the stigma attached to mental illness and addictions.

“Catherine’s appointment is a tremendous asset for the board of governors and, by extension, for the direction of the College and the boys’ experience,” says principal Jim Power.

Zahn was previously executive vice-president of clinical programs and practice at the University Health Network, where she held various senior leadership roles for 12 years. She’s a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a professor at the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine.

“UCC is delighted to have Catherine on the board and looks forward to working with her to achieve the College’s strategic objectives and outcomes moving forward,” says board chair Andy Burgess.

2014 reunion activities will be better than ever

Reunion and Association Day activities will keep Old Boys busy and entertained on Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27.

This is the reunion year for the graduating classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Class presidents from those years, along with their planning committees, are hard at work on this year’s activities.

Events kick off with class-specific evening events on Sept. 26. Association Day and the reunion dinner take place on campus on Sept. 27. This reunion isn’t to be missed. It’s an opportunity to catch up with classmates and revisit the old times you shared at UCC.

Visit us online for more information. See you in the fall.

Please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca if you’re interested in getting involved with the planning of your reunion.

What’s new with the Young Alumni Network

The Young Alumni Network (YAN) has had a leadership change in the last six months and has a lot of momentum to build on.

Zach Schwartz ’05 has taken over as chair from Blair Guilfoyle ’99, who held the position for two years. Schwartz will work with Ryan Adams ’05, who will serve as events chair, and Gord Cheesbrough ’01, who will serve as communications chair. They’ll make up the executive of YAN and work with a small group of other Old Boys spanning a 15-year age range.

With a refocus on giving back to the school, more communications will be developed to increase participation in the Crown Links Society. This society recognizes Old Boys who’ve cumulatively given $500 back to the school in their first 15 years out of UCC. To commemorate their inclusion, a set of crown cufflinks are presented to them at the “Old Boys Night Out” in the spring.

YAN co-hosted “Under the Rainbow: Gay Rights at Sochi 2014” with Branksome Hall and The Bishop Strachan School in January. The event was a panel discussion with Olympians Lucie LaRoche (UCC parent) and Martha Henderson (Branksome ’87), human rights lawyer Katherine Pollock and TSN producer Mike Farrell. The panel was moderated by Heather Wright, a reporter with CTV Barrie. We welcomed 25 Old Boys to the event, with 75 in attendance from all three schools. This is the second panel event hosted by YAN and plans are already being made for next year’s.

The annual Old Boys Night Out event will be held in early June again this year. The location and exact date are still being determined, but a save-the-date will be sent shortly.

Please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit by phone at 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 or by email at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca if you’re interested in further information regarding YAN or want to get more involved.

Registration for UCC summer camps is open

UCC summer day camps are celebrating their 36th year of outstanding summer camps for children aged four to 16.

The camps strive to offer young people exciting learning opportunities in a variety of disciplines. They concentrate on participation, cooperation and fun. Please visit here to register and find out more information.

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February 2014 – Extra! Extra!

Young alumni profile

The Young Alumni Network (YAN) is working hard to increase the profile of our outstanding alumni. We’ll feature a new profile of one of our young alumni, who are less than 15 years out of UCC, in each edition of Old Ties. This month we feature Ryan Adams ’05, who sits on the Young Alumni Network and Common Ties Advisory Committee.

Adams graduated from UCC in 2005 as a proud varsity hockey player, and he’s maintained a close relationship with the school since graduation. He went on to Queen’s University and obtained an honours bachelor of arts degree in English literature. He graduated in 2012 with a master’s degreee in public service and administration from the Clinton School of Public Service in Arkansas. 

Adams has spent significant time both domestically and abroad working on community conservation initiatives in northern Kenya. He’s spent close to 18 months working at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Northern Rangelands Trust, serving a number of roles that built capacity and capabilities for projects ranging from community development to access to water to wildlife management. Adams is passionate about wildlife conservation and its role as a catalyst for development in East Africa.

Adams’ commitment to global initiatives has dictated very interesting career moves. He’s associate director of Canadian business development at Free the Children Canada and is integral in the strategy behind forming public-private partnerships with leading corporations across Canada to further move the needle on the world’s most pressing social issues.

Free the Children believes in a world where all children are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. An example of this is We Day, which is held in nine cities across Canada and reaches more than 120,000 youth. These young people raised $11 million for 1,000 local and global causes, collected 875,000 pounds of canned food, and volunteered more than four million hours of time in 2013.

Adams worked as a communications associate for McKinsey & Company’s social sector office prior to Free the Children. He was a driving force behind the ideation, launch and management of the firm’s new online and print publication, Voices on Society, which brings together external thought leaders from around the world to weigh in on pertinent social issues.

Adams has demonstrated a clear interest in leaving this world a better place and is actively working to do so. He remains committed to doing the same for UCC. With a career that’s started out this strong, we can only look forward to even better things to come.

Do you have someone who should be profiled here? Please send suggestions to alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca.

While we were all celebrating Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey gold medal victory, we saw a performance by Russia’s Cirque du Soleil, whose vice-chairman is Craig Cohon ’82.

Congratulations to University of Toronto student and UCC Old Boy David Riley ’12, who won a silver medal in the 400-metre individual medley at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport swimming championships at U of T.

A team of UCC Old Boys lost in the final of the Canadian Association of New Yorkers Hockey in Harlem Tournament. Read more at bit.ly/1fAfOOu

UCC Fellowship recipient Ted Turner hosted a recent fundraiser to support his Captain Planet Foundation and honour environmental activists, including TerraCycle founder and Old Boy Tom Szaky ’01. Szaky and Turner are on the left in this photo along with Erin Brockovich, Captain Planet, David Suzuki and others.

True Patriot Love, founded by Shaun Francis ’88, will launch a second expedition this April. Their destination is the magnetic North Pole. Click here to read more.

We’re bowled over by the success of Old Boys Michael ’11 and Tyler Topolinski ’12, who won the Rose Bowl football game with the Michigan State Spartans.

Congratulations to Allen Champagne ’11, who won the Belk Bowl football game with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Congratulations to UCC Fellowship recipient Margaret Norrie McCain, who’s been named a Companion to the Order of Canada, and Old Boy Jim Cuddy ’74, who’s been named an Officer to the order.

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February 2014 – Alumni Events

Upcoming Alumni Events

Maple Madness open house at Norval on March 23

As days grow warm and sunny and winter gives way to spring, it’s a sure bet that maple syrup season is right around the corner. Find out more about how sap is transformed into syrup at a maple syrup open house on Sunday, March 23 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Norval Outdoor School.

Visitors will have the chance to tour the sugar bush and learn how trees are tapped to collect sap using buckets and tubes. They’ll also be able to see an evaporator demonstration and learn how sap is boiled into syrup. Taste tests of sap, syrup and maple fudge will be offered.

Pancakes and sausages, with real Norval maple syrup, plus an assortment of other goodies will be served in Stephen House. Best of all, admission is free. All members of the UCC community are welcome, and feel free to bring family members and friends. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Remember to wear appropriate footwear for walking outdoors.

Please contact Samantha Kerbel at association@ucc.on.ca or 416-484-8629 to register the number of people attending .

Directions to Norval: Take Highway 401 west to Winston Churchill Boulevard. Follow Winston Churchill north and go through the village of Norval. Continue straight ahead. The entrance to the Norval property is on your left, 1.2 kilometres north of the village stoplight. The drive takes about 50 minutes from UCC in light traffic.

Spring branch events

If you’re travelling to any of the cities listed below for vacation or business, please feel free to attend a UCC branch event. All are welcome along with family members and friends. Please contact the Association office at 1-800-822-5361 for more information or to register, or register online at www.ucc.on.ca/events.

Thursday, April 10

New York branch reception

6:30 – 8:30 p.m., New York Athletic Club

Thursday, April 10

Vancouver branch reception

6 p.m., Terminal City Club

Sunday, April 27  

Los Angeles branch reception

3 p.m., Jonathan Beach Club

We won’t hold an event this year in San Francisco, but will definitely be back next year. We hope you can make it to the Los Angeles reception.


Spring reunion dinner

The College’s annual spring reunion dinner, honouring the leaving classes up to and including 1963, will take place on Wednesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. in the Upper School. The reception will be held in the Bernick Family Foyer and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the upper dining hall.

Tours of the College are available from 5:30 to 6 p.m. RSVP by May 2 to the Association office at 1-800-822-5361 or association@ucc.on.ca if you’re interested in attending.

Spring Sports Day

You can participate in a friendly game of lacrosse, soccer, cricket or ice hockey as part of the College’s Spring Sports Day on Sunday, May 25. There will be a UCC Alumni Association lunch after the games.

All games will begin at 11 a.m. and be followed by lunch and beverages at 12:30 p.m. in the Foster Hewitt Foundation Lounge of the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex.

Please contact Samantha Kerbel in the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca or 1-800-822-5361 if you’re interested in participating or have any questions. Please indicate what sport you wish to play.

Game locations:

Ice hockey: arena

Lacrosse: oval

Soccer: North prep field

Cricket: To follow up from the 150th anniversary last year, a very special day is planned at UCC with Old Boy vs. XI and Old Boy vs. Old Boy matches and high tea. Please email Kathryn Champion at kchampion@ucc.on.ca if you would like to play on one of the Old Boy teams or you require further information. More details to come.


Past Alumni Events

Founder’s Dinner empahsized giving and creativity

Things have changed a lot at Upper Canada College since Sir John Colborne first came up with the idea for the school and it opened its doors in 1829, but two things have remained hallmarks over its history: an atmosphere of generous giving; and talented alumni. Both of those were celebrated at the annual Founder’s Dinner in honour of Colborne hosted by UCC on Feb. 10. Click here to read more and view pictures.

Varsity Hockey Alumni Game

UCC hosted an alumni hockey game and lunch on Jan. 25, and all reports indicate that everyone had a good time. The members of the blue team might have had a better time, since they came out on top, but everyone got to eat afterward no matter what.

Old Boys who played were Mike Annecchini ‘03, Cody Beales ‘95, John  Brezina ‘85, Jay Bryant ‘94, Connor  Bullock ‘13, John Cassels ‘05, David Chubb ‘06, Adam Cipolla ‘94, Dick Davidson ‘82, Matthew Eden ‘13, Ben MacNicol ‘13, Jeffrey Morash ‘04, Brendan Morrison ‘02, Andrew Reburn ‘06, Jared Ross ‘04, Trevor Stephenson ‘88, Dan Tkaczuk ‘98 and Matthew Wheeler ‘09.

Young Old Boy hockey tournament in Central Park

A team of Upper Canada College Old Boys set out to defend its title in the Canadian Association of New Yorkers Hockey in Harlem Tournament on Feb. 15 and 16 after claiming the championship in its first two years of entry.

Mother Nature got the best of the tournament on Friday night, as New York received so much snow and then rain that the rinks in Central Park weren’t in any condition to be skated on and all of the games were cancelled. Ice crews were able to repair things on Saturday and UCC was able to play a mini-tournament on Sunday.

The team won its first two games by scores of 7-1 and 3-1, but lost steam in the final and came out on the wrong end of a 7-1 decision. That didn’t stop the guys from celebrating, however, as 45 Old Boys and friends gathered at Tacombi in Soho (owned by Dario Walos ’96) on Sunday evening.

The Old Boy team was composed of John Thorp ’05, Hudson Sullivan ’04, Greg Lowman ’04, Jeff Taylor ’04, Ryan Taylor ’00, Pat Taylor, Brett Moffat ’03, Ryan Adams ’05, Andrew Reburn ’06, Gord Cheesbrough ’01 and Yu Tanebe ’05.

Here are photos from the tournament:

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February 2014 – Common Ties Mentorship

Common Ties Mentorship

Common Ties celebrates 10 years

The Common Ties Mentorship Program has become the flagship alumni relations program at Upper Canada College, and this year marks its 10th anniversary as such. The program was created in 2004 by Old Boy David Caspari ’67 to formalize something that has always taken place: discussions between Old Boys about their professional lives.

The program has seen almost 700 Old Boys register as mentees and 350 Old Boys register as mentors to date. These numbers are made even more impressive by taking into account those who’ve participated in the program through our networking events, the Link Mentorship Program, and all IB1 and IB2 students who now benefit from annual resumé and interview workshops.

In celebration of the program’s 10th anniversary, a feature article will appear in March’s Old Times highlighting the strong relationship between Sanzhar Sultanov ’07 and Louden Owen ’76. The program is also hosting 10 networking events in 2014 that will take us on the road to Vancouver, Boston, London, England and New York, as well as many events in Toronto. Check out these exciting opportunities:

Thursday, Feb. 13 “Future of Journalism in Canada” with John Stackhouse ‘81 Vancouver
Thursday, March 27  “Medical Dinner with 12 Strangers,” Toronto
Wednesday, April 9  Finance networking reception, Boston, Bain Capital Consulting
Thursday, April 10  Nuit Bleue: Old Boys in the arts reception, Toronto, UCC
Thursday, April 24 to
Sunday, May 4
Hot Docs film and reception
(exact date and location to be determined)
Thursday, June 12  “Finance LunchNet,” Fasken Martineau, Toronto
Tuesday, July 1  UCC celebrates Canada Day, London, England
September 2014 Old Boys in real estate networking reception
(exact date and location TBD)
October 2014 “Legal LunchNet”
(exact date and location TBD)
November 2014 Tom Szaky ’01 “Upcycles to Success” speaker and networking reception, New York City
(exact date and location TBD)

Please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit by phone at 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 or by email at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca if you’re interested in registering in any of the above events or joining the program as a mentee or a mentor.

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February 2014 – Annual Fund

Top 10 reasons to support the UCC Fund

10. Create a lasting impact today. A donation to the UCC Fund has the potential to produce immediate and far–reaching results such as facilities, academic and co-curricular programs, financial assistance and more.

9. Double the impact of your donation. Many companies have a matching gift program. Visit our website to see if your company has a matching gift program.

8. Give anywhere and everywhere. It’s up to you. You can direct your gift to support a specific area that’s of interest to you. Donate online here.

7. It’s a community affair. All members of the UCC community — including parents, grandparents, faculty and staff members — are asked to participate.

6. Giving is easy. You can join our monthly giving program, the Clock Tower Club, or simply make a multi-year commitment to the UCC Fund. It’s easy to donate in manageable increments that make a big impact over time.

5. Support two causes with one donation. You can make a donation to the United Way and UCC at the same time.

4. Give and get recognized. UCC recognizes all donors who support the UCC Fund each year in the annual report published online.

3. You’re in good company. There are six yearly giving society levels within the Council of 1829. They are:

·         Joseph Harris Society: $50,000 to $99,999

·         Stephen Leacock Society: $10,000 to $49,999

·         Harold A.D. Roberts Society: $2,500 to $9,999

·         Founding Society: $1,829 to $2,499

·         Patron Society: $1,000 to $1,828

·         Crown Links Society (Old Boys up to 15 years out): $500

2. Call it creative giving. You can make your gift by donating stocks and appreciated securities. Turn a potential tax bill into a tax deduction.

And the number one to give to the UCC Fund (drumroll please):

1.  Your support is priceless. Participation is what counts. All gifts are appreciated and make a difference.

The success of the UCC Fund depends on the active participation of every member of the UCC community. Donating to the UCC Fund demonstrates your support of UCC’s values, mission and continued pursuit of excellence in education.

Thank you to the members of the community who’ve generously donated to the UCC Fund.

Please contact annual giving manager Joanne Weedmark at jweedmark@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2000 to donate or receive more information.


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