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December 2015 – What’s News?

What’s News?

Key board and Association appointments made


Charlie Sims

Three key appointments were made at the community meeting and Association annual general meeting on Oct. 14.

Charlie Sims ’80 was appointed to the board of governors. He’s a member of the advancement committee of the board and served as a trustee on the UCC Foundation board from 2005 to 2014 and from 2014 to 2015 on its investment committee. He was also a member of the foundation’s audit and finance committee from 2006 to 2014, serving as chair from 2010 to 2014.Professionally, Sims most recently served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Mackenzie Financial Corporation and co-president and CEO of IGM Financial.

Matt JohnsonMatt Johnson ’95 was appointed president of the Association. He has been a council member since 2010. He was a co-founder of the Young Alumni Network and served as chair from 2007 to 2009. Johnson also co-founded the Toronto Old Boy Night Out, which is now in its third year, served as chair of Association Day, supported the Blues Booster Club and has volunteered as a mentor with the Common Ties mentorship program.

Zach Schwartz ’05 was elected a member of the Association Council, replacing Chan Sethi ’03, who stepped down from council but assumed the role of Old Boy chair of the UCC Fund. Schwartz has served on Association Council as an ex-officio member through his role as chair of the Young Alumni Network for the past two years.

Campaign declares victory and celebrates with Luminous


A celebratory feeling in the air became official on Nov. 21 with a community-wide closing party at the Upper School, aptly named “Luminous” to mark the wrap-up of UCC’s unprecedented Think Ahead campaign. The final total is an astonishing $104.2 million, which was raised by more than 7,000 supporters.

Old Boys participated in force, with about 3,300 alumni making donations. Parent participation was at 2,500, and the remaining balance was comprised of gifts from faculty and staff members, friends of the College and grandparents.

With the Hewitt Athletic Centre made over as a sparkling nightclub, attendees dined, danced and were thanked in a campaign impact presentation by 13 students, teachers and Old Boys, headed up by Justis Danto-Clancy ’07.

Says board chair Andy Burgess ’83: “The bulk of the campaign happened while I was chair, and it’s so satisfying to finish my tenure on this high note. There are many achievements to reflect on, and I know the community will continue to be strong and cohesive as we move into a new era of progress and generosity. The Think Ahead campaign has clearly shown that when we galvanize into action, wonderful things happen.”


Thank you to our Luminous sponsors:

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“Ultimate volunteer” Piera Morra earns John D. Stevenson Award


It’s always said of exemplary leaders that they make people feel like they’re the only one in the room. All who’ve worked with Piera Morra would agree she has that talent, and so many more. Morra is the 2015–16 winner of the John D. Stevenson Award for outstanding long-term volunteer service.

“Piera is the ultimate volunteer,” says Matt Johnson ’95, president of the UCC Association Council, which bestows the award.

After two decades of volunteer service, Morra remains a member of the Association Council though her three sons (Marco ’08, Alexander ’11 and Nicholas ’13) have graduated.

“Piera is always full of energy and spirit, demonstrating her wonderful character each time she takes on another role,” says Johnson.

Known for her humour, dedication and willingness to take on the smallest tasks if necessary, Morra has been both the Prep Parents’ Organization vice-chair and chair (2003 and 2004). She’s also been the Parents’ Organization vice-president and president (2009 and 2010). She’s been the Association Day committee chair (2009), a member of the governance review committee (2008 to 2010), and served as a volunteer on the last three UCC galas in 2004, 2007 and 2012. These are only a few of the volunteer roles Morra has held in nearly 20 years of involvement with the College.

Along the way she’s earned respect from parents who value her kindness, consideration and magical ability to find time for everyone. “The real deal” is a popular phrase to describe her.

“Piera’s warmth, dedication and compassionate spirit makes her a great role model for any parent looking to involve themselves in volunteer activity as the school,” says principal Jim Power.

The UCC Association Council established the John D. Stevenson Award in 1993 to recognize individuals who’ve provided outstanding volunteer service to the College over a number of years. It recognizes the exceptional contributions of John D. Stevenson ’47. Nominations are elicited annually from all members of the College community. As always, the award will be presented at Founder’s Dinner on Feb. 10 at the College.

Old Boys are valuable partners in boarding admission


Exploring boarding schools can be challenging, as many families need to navigate the process from a distance without the benefit of face-to-face conversations — and sometimes in a second language. In these cases, we rely strongly on our community members around the world to help us connect and communicate with great families who would otherwise not investigate UCC as a boarding school.

Chris Hickman ’84 has hosted an annual “recruitment reception” at his residence in St. John’s, Nfld. since 2012, facilitating introductions between members of the UCC admission team and inquiring families. Hickman’s contributions have been invaluable to the UCC admission team, as three current boarding students were recruited through him.

“This part of the country has traditionally been underrepresented at the College,” says Hickman. “Given my positive experience there and the opportunities that the school could offer others, I thought it fitting to educate other families about the school.”

There are many ways in which the UCC community and especially our Old Boys can help us build a strong and diverse boarding community. Please see the Admission section on the website for boarding admission details and contact dmcbride@ucc.on.ca to inquire about assisting with boarding recruitment.


Kaleem Hawa ’12 is UCC’s 25th Rhodes Scholar


Kaleem Hawa ’12 has received a Rhodes Scholarship, perhaps the most prestigious academic award in the world.

Each year, 89 are awarded internationally. Hawa was one of 11 Canadians, including two from Ontario. (Our archivist is working to confirm it, but with 25 Rhodes Scholars to date, UCC may lay claim to more than any other Canadian school since the program’s inception in 1903.)

In his final year at Trinity College at the University of Toronto, where he studies global health and international relations, Hawa is also a junior analyst at McKinsey & Company. He’ll head to Oxford University in England this fall.

K_Hawa“I’ll be studying new threats to security, including pandemic preparedness and climate change,” Hawa says.

To that end, he’ll undertake two one-year masters degrees: global governance and diplomacy; and integrated immunology.

Though the task at hand is kind of enormous, Hawa is more optimistic than anxious. In a wide-ranging discussion, it’s clear why Hawa impressed the Rhodes judges at an “interview party” for the 13 Ontario finalists at the University Club in Toronto in November. He was a star debater, chair of the World Affairs Conference and much more while at UCC. He also graduated as a Loran Scholar. Hawa is past president of the Hart House Debates Committee, the University of Toronto Liberals and the university’s international relations society.

Looking back, Hawa credits UCC’s International Baccalaureate Programme for setting him up so well. UCC is celebrating 20 years of being an IB World School.

“The IB prepared me incredibly well for the rigours of university life and study,” he says. “The debate program in particular played a seminal role in growing my confidence and strengthening my knowledge base.”

Jon Pearce, Former Prep English head, passes away


Jon Pearce, a UCC teacher from 1975 to 1996, passed away on Nov. 18 at age 78.

He was the former head of the English department, a beloved form master, member of the Quarter Century Club, author, world-class sculler, one of Toronto’s premier squash players and a champion of Canadian literature.

Jon Pearce

“Jon will be remembered as a legend,” said Chantal Kenny, executive director of admissions, in an email to colleagues. “While his achievements are truly distinguished, it is Jon’s commanding presence and wise counsel that will be missed. As a teacher of English, Jon inspired and mentored hundreds of Prep boys, many of whom have become accomplished writers in different fields.”

For his colleagues, Pearce made time for all, Kenny recounted.

“Jon quietly took many of us ‘newbie teachers’ under his wing and taught us how to write concise meeting minutes and no-nonsense report card comments. When you least expected it, Jon would leave sweets on your desk and shared his passion for jazz artists great and small. Students of Form 4P learned how to care for their black polishable shoes and were proud of it. Mr. Pearce will be missed by all who knew him.”

UCC wins first “Battle of the Blues” against St. Mike’s


If blue is your colour and football is your game, the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium should have been your destination on Oct. 23.

The UCC Blues squared off against the St. Michael’s College School Kerry Blues at the home of U of T’s Varsity Blues in the inaugural “Battle of the Blues” varsity football showdown, and UCC emerged with a 35-17 victory. Read more here.

Student collage beautifies construction zone


You can find art in the most unlikely places.

UCC’s very own version of “graffiti alley” was informally commissioned by none other than principal Jim Power. He approached art teacher David Holt with a request for a student volunteer to beautify the provisional back wall of the Bernick Family Foyer while its new atrium is under construction. Click here to see the result.

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December 2015 – Alumni Events

Upcoming Events

Save the date for Founder’s Dinner


Dinner chairmen John Mackay ’90, David Morgenstern ’90 and Maurice Siu ’91 invite you to attend Founder’s Dinner on Feb. 10.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear Old Boy Jameel Jaffer ’90, director of the Center for Democracy at the American Civil Liberties Union, and Michael Duffy, the former general counsel at CSIS and senior general counsel for public safety, defense and immigration at the Department of Justice, discuss civil liberties and national security post-9/11.

Please click here to register.

Young alumni holiday wing night

The UCC Young Alumni Network will host the young alumni wing night for the graduating classes of 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 on Dec. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.
More than 130 young alumni attended last year to catch up with their friends before the Holidays.

Click here to register.

Norval outdoor school winter open house  


Please join the UCC community for a fun afternoon of toboganning, cross-country skiing and winter hiking at UCC’s own outdoor school, Norval. The more, the merrier!

For more details and to register, please click here or call the Association office at 416-484-8629.




Join us to cheer on the UCC Blues as the varsity hockey team plays Nichols School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex.

Come back to the school at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 and play in the annual alumni hockey game. Lunch and beverages will follow in the arena lounge. Please click here for more information and to register, or call the Association office at 416-484-8629.


New York City winter social


A group of UCC young Old Boys will once again participate in the Canadian Association of New York Central Park Charity Hockey Tournament in Central Park’s Lasker Rink on Feb. 13 and 14.

NYC Hockey 2015

Ryan Adams ’05, John Thorp ’05, Dario Walos ’96 (owner of Tacombi and El Presidente), Charlie Iscoe ’05, and Hassan Kassam ’06 at last year’s event

The post-tournament celebratory event will be held on Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at El Presidente in the Flatiron District on 30 West 24th St. El Presidente is the second restaurant location for Old Boy Dario Walos ’96, and this will be the fifth year that the Association has hosted this event.

Please click here to register for this event.


Please click here for a full list of upcoming events.

Past Events

Remembrance Day 


“We appreciate your service and are honoured by your presence,” said principal Jim Power at a Remembrance Day assembly on Nov. 11. Veteran guests included Michael Smith ’00, Fraser McKee ’43, John Gillespie ’44, James O’Reilly ’43, Edward Saunders ’43 and Douglas Scott ’47.

Reunion 2015

Reunion 2015 was a well-attended weekend of friendships that go the distance.
Various Toronto beverage establishments were alive with the very distinct sound of Old Boys reconnecting and rekindling lifelong friendships on Sept 25. It was the informal kick-off to a well-attended reunion weekend.

More than 300 Old Boys, ranging from the graduating classes of 1965 to 2010, attended a dinner in the Hewitt Athletic Centre at the Upper School after taking a trip back to their school days with a special assembly in Laidlaw Hall. Good times were had and remembered by all.

Class of 2006 memorial basketball tournament


Members of the Class of ’06 held their annual basketball tournament on Nov. 28 in memory of deceased classmate Tyler Mulcahy ’06, who loved basketball. Old Boys and other friends who participated were encouraged to make a charitable contribution toward Yorktown Family Services in Mulcahy’s name.

Class of 06 Basketball

Old Boy night out


Sixty Old Boys came out for a night of friendship, reconnecting and reminiscing at the Calvin Bar in Toronto’s Trump Tower on Nov. 5. Click here for photos of the event.

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December 2015 – Common Ties Mentorship

Common Ties Mentorship

The Common Ties Mentorship Program saw a big change at the beginning of September with the launch of a new mentor/mentee online platform.

The online database now sits with Firsthand, making it easier than ever to give next-generation talent the opportunity to learn and grow from your experience..

Have you registered with the new platform yet?

How often do you get calls asking for career advice or networking contacts? And how do you find the time? Why not make your mentoring truly count by connecting with your alma mater — a qualified community with a well-earned reputation for high-potential, talented and driven alumni.

No long volunteer training sessions are necessary. In just minutes you’ll be registered and an active member of our network.

Make your volunteer hours count by mentoring with our exceptional community of high-potential talent. After all, one of the most rewarding parts of climbing the career ladder is pulling up those behind you. Wouldn’t it be fun to say you taught the next Steve Jobs everything he knows? Please follow these simple instructions to register:

1. Visit http://commonties.evisors.com and click “Become a Mentor.”

2. If you have a LinkedIn profile, log in using your LinkedIn credentials and your profile will be imported. It’s that easy.

3. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, log in with your preferred email address and create your password. You’ll then be prompted to input your work experience, education and skills.

4. However you register, make sure to identify what services you’ll provide to mentees. Select from career conversations, resume critiques and/or mock interviews.

5. Set your preferred times for meetings and you’re done. Thank you for becoming a mentor.

If you’re interested in participating more actively with Common Ties, please contact associate director of alumni relations Jeff Ball directly by phone at 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 or by email at jball@ucc.on.ca.

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December 2015 – Annual fund

As we wrap up the calendar year, many Old Boys have decided to include the UCC Fund as a priority in their charitable giving.

They’ve directed their gift to areas such as financial assistance, boarding, facilities, arts and athletics.

Annual giving is a vital source of institutional momentum and the primary way that Old Boys, parents and friends can help sustain the special features that set the College apart. It also provides a margin of excellence. More than $1.6 million was raised last year.

As Old Boys who benefitted from a UCC education, our support of annual giving is especially important. The success of the UCC Fund reflects the spirit of shared experience and mutual encouragement, as each generation of Old Boys preserves the legacy of opportunity it received, strengthens it, and passes it on.

We hope you’ll participate in this year’s UCC Fund.

You can donate by:

  • calling us with your credit card number at 416-488-1125, ext. 2000;
  • mailing a cheque payable to Upper Canada College;
  • going online at www.ucc.on.ca/makeagift;
  • directing your gift through the United Way campaigns;
  • providing gifts of publicly traded securities (email jweedmark@ucc.on.ca for more information);
  • and doubling your impact with your gift to UCC and a matching contribution by your employer. Click here to see if your company has a matching gift program.

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

P.S. Get your donation in by Dec. 31 to receive a 2015 receipt for income tax purposes.

Thank you to all Old Boys who’ve made a gift this year.

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September 2015 – What’s News?

Upper School gets renovated first floor

upper school renos

Old Boys returning to Upper Canada College for reunion festivities and other community members visiting the campus for Association Day on Sept. 26 will have a hard time recognizing the Upper School’s first floor.

Much of it was gutted over the summer to make a number of changes and improvements.

The principal’s office was moved to the former Jubilee Room around the corner from the front entrance. The staff common room was moved to the Colborne Room outside of the dining hall. Two faculty seminar rooms and a classroom were added along with a new boardroom. And the main office was opened up to the front hall.

“All of this was done to make sure the administration was more accessible and available to the community,” says facilities executive director Steve Thuringer.

The dated-looking tile walls and the floor in the hallway extending east from the Bernick Family Foyer have been covered with lighter and more appealing wood paneling, while new carpeting and more windows have been added.

“The classrooms were renovated in the same way as those on other floors over the past two summers,” says Thuringer. “They were done in the same fashion as upstairs, with improved HVAC and improved lighting.

“The classroom furniture is all flexible. The idea is to create optimal learning environments.”

While the major renovations have been completed, Thuringer expects the remainder of the work, including extending the foyer, to be completed over the next four to six months.


Reasons 1 -186 to attend A-Day

No. 1 reason to attend A-Day on Saturday, September 26:


No. 2 reason to attend A-Day: Don’t miss the special announcement following Jim Power’s performance at 11:30 a.m.

No. 3 reason to attend A-Day: It’s always fun to watch the UCC Blues Varsity football team go head-to-head against the St. Andrew’s College Saints. See yon on the Oval at 2:30 p.m. Be ready to make some noise!

No. 4 – No. 186 reasons to attend A-Day: Check out the agenda of fun-filled activities


Association Day is on Sept. 26

Zach Schwartz ’05 is delighted to invite all Old Boys, students, parents and friends to join us as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great. Association Day will be a fun-filled celebration for the entire family featuring many new activities as well as great ones you’ve known and loved in the past.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Varsity football, volleyball and soccer games against archrival St. Andrew’s College
  • A-Tunes, UCC’s musical talent show, will be back by popular demand on the main stage under the clock tower
  • Jim Power, principal of UCC and Bruce Springsteen fan extraordinaire will join the faculty band to sing “Glory Days” and more.
  • The Jon Wookey ’08 Memorial Organic Farmers’ Market will have a fresh look and location
  • A silent auction with an amazing selection of items
  • The ever-popular dunk tank
  • Arts Booster Club invites you to jump your way into a photo mosaic and add your creative touch to a community canvas
  • Blues Booster Club information tent
  • Freshly popped Kernels Popcorn
  • The barbecue and Snack Shack with new and delicious nut-free items
  • The Michael Evan Jurist ’03 Memorial Tennis Tournament
  • Da’Kine Coffee donated by Terry Fitzgerald ‘58
  • Hospitality terrace (19-plus)
  • Campus tours to check out the recent main floor renovations of the Upper School
  • Allan Harris Old Boys Soccer Tournament

A-Tunes @ A-Day

Got a group? Got talent? You’ve got to perform. A-Tunes @ A-Day needs you!.

UCC talent will be featured on the main stage from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Old Boys, students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate. Dust off your old guitar, call up your buddies and come and belt out a few tunes.

Interested? Please contact Peter Gray at pgray@ucc.on.ca to register your group.

Click here for a full listing of A-Day events, times, locations and the athletic schedule.

Please contact events manager Maria Karakoulas at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125 ext. 2231 if you have any questions.


Reunion giving challenges

Nothing brings Old Boys together better than a little competition. And when that competition benefits current and future students, we’re definitely game.

UCC launched the reunion giving challenges in 2014. In this ultimate clash of the classes, we continue to pit each class celebrating reunion against one another. Who will come out on top as the most supportive class of the College? Last year the class of 1989, which was celebrating its 25threunion, was victorious with both trophies.

Don’t miss the reunion dinner on Saturday, Sept. 26 to see if your class comes out on top when we present two shiny and new trophies.

One will go to the class with the highest fundraising participation.

·The other will go to the class that raises the most in cash and pledges in a reunion year.

Don’t delay. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 25. Reunion weekend begins that day with class-specific events and a boarding reunion at UCC. The weekend culminates with the reunion dinner (for Old Boys only) at the College on Sept. 26.

Please click here for a full listing of the weekend’s activities and to register.

See how your class is doing by clicking here.

Please click here to participate in this year’s reunion giving challenges.

Reconnect with your boarding classmates

Our boarding community has plenty to celebrate this year. Not only do we have updated residences, we’re thrilled to have surpassed our $14-million fundraising goal. Join your fellow boarders for a special cocktail reception to reconnect with old friends and tour our newly renovated spaces.

The event takes place in Massey Quad on Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Register for this event by calling 416-488-1125. ext. 2226 or clicking here.


Spotlight on support

We’re having a very special Think Ahead campaign celebration that’s not to be missed on Saturday, Nov. 21. Donors of more than $1,000 and Crown Link Society donors (Old Boys less than 15 years out of the College) of more than $500 are invited to attend.

If there was ever the right time to donate to Think Ahead, it’s now. Click here to contribute today. Not sure of how much you’ve given? Contact Joanne Weedmark at jweedmark@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2000.

Mark your calendars for this unique celebratory event.


We want Old Boys to help find new boys

We have begun accepting applications for September 2016 entry, and our annual admission open house will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 29.

As an Old Boy, you can help play an important role in our recruitment process by telling talented boys and their families about the amazing opportunities at UCC, or by letting us know about talented boys. Contact us directly about a prospective student by calling the admission office at 416-488-1125 (SK to Form 7, ext. 4123; Upper School, ext. 2221) or emailing admission@ucc.on.ca.

The College is also committed to honouring relationships with legacy families and applicants with siblings attending the school. We will interview any sons of Old Boys and siblings upon application.

Thank you for being a proud UCC ambassador and helping your alma mater find great boys.


Invitation to share your thoughts on the role and mandate of UCC’s next principal

There are several opportunities and ways to share your thoughts and opinions about the role and mandate of the next principal of Upper Canada College, including listening sessions and online submissions.

The listening sessions provide an opportunity for you to share your feedback with members of the advisory council who are responsible for soliciting feedback from consultations with the UCC community. The advisory council will summarize and share the feedback from all consultations with the principal search committee. Using this feedback, the principal search committee will prepare the role profile for the next principal. Feedback received won’t be attributed to any individuals.

You’ll have an opportunity to sit and share your perspectives with one or two members of the advisory council and/or the principal search committee at these listening sessions. Although they’re scheduled in conjunction with parent curriculum nights at both the Prep and Upper School, Old Boys and other community members are invited to attend. Your individual representatives — including Old Boys, parents and employees — will be on hand to receive your feedback.

Additional sessions will be scheduled as required. We’ll also arrange one or two sessions especially for Old Boys (likely using a webinar format to enable attendance for alumni from outside Toronto) and additional sessions for employees, as requested.

Listening sessions:

  • Monday, Sept. 21, 6 to 7 p.m., Macintosh Library
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 to 7 p.m., Prep, room E121

Here are some questions to guide discussion at the sessions:

  1. What are two or three particular strengths upon which UCC should continue to build? (Alternatively, you may wish to describe what about UCC makes you proudest.)
  2. What challenges, opportunities and/or priorities do you see for UCC and the next principal over the next several years?
  3. What experience, credentials, competencies and/or attributes should UCC be seeking in the next principal?
  4. Are there any individuals you would suggest should be invited to consider this role? Alternatively, is there someone you would like to suggest who wouldn’t be a candidate, but who exemplifies the leadership attributes UCC should be seeking?

Any discussions and all feedback will be strictly confidential and not attributed to any individuals. Your feedback will be gathered and summarized by the consultant and the advisory council and shared with the principal selection committee.

If you aren’t comfortable sharing or expressing your views at one of the listening sessions, or if you’re unable to attend, you’re welcome to go to the Principal Search web page and submit your thoughts through the confidential feedback form. We also encourage you to visit that page for ongoing updates on the search process.

You’re also more than welcome to contact consultant Heather Ring at uccprincipalsearch@caldwellpartners.com.

Thank you. We look forward to your participation in the principal search process

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September 2015 – Alumni Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming branch events

Thursday, Sept. 17

London branch reception

7 p.m., London Club


Thursday, Sept. 24

Kingston branch reception

7 p.m., University Club


Wednesday, Oct. 7    

Barrie branch reception

5 p.m., Barrie Country Club


Thursday, Oct. 8  

Kitchener-Waterloo branch reception

5 p.m., Hacienda Sarria


Saturday, Oct. 17 

Boston branch reception

7 p.m., University Club


Thursday, Oct. 22     

Halifax branch reception

7 p.m., Garrison Brewing


Friday, Nov. 6   

London, UK branch reception

7 p.m., Churchill War Rooms


Friday, Nov. 13   

Montreal branch reception

7 p.m., TBD

Young Alumni Network’s epic night

More than 130 young Old Boys from the classes of 2000 to 2015 came out for a night of fun at Old Boys Night Out, which was hosted by the Young Alumni Network (YAN) at Toronto’s El Caballito restaurant and tequila bar on King Street East, which is owned by Old Boy Andreas Antoniou ’02.

Young Old Boys Night Out brought together classmates who hadn’t seen each other in a few years and had everyone revisiting a memory or two. To increase the nostalgia, UCC faculty members Don Kawasoe, Evan Williams, Scott Cowie, Deirdre Timusk, Lisa Bonney, Carl Beaudoin, Brent McKay and Blair Sharpe were also in attendance. It was a wonderful opportunity for Old Boys to reconnect with their past teachers and impress them with their accomplishments.

YAOBNO May 2014

YAN committee members Gord Cheesbrough ’01, Kaleem Hawa ’12, Ben Gilbank ’04, Justin Wasser ’07, Nick Tory ’04, Zach Schwartz ’05 and Ryan Klein ’08.

No formal remarks were given at the event, but the number of people in attendance speaks to the tremendous growth the network has experienced since its inception in 2009. YAN now boasts three events per year and a very active committee which strives to increase the profile of all their activities, including the Crown Links Society. This society acknowledges young Old Boys who make a cumulative gift of $500 or more to UCC. Each member receives a set of UCC cufflinks designed by Old Boy Alan Chan ’02.

Zach Schwartz ’05 finished his term as YAN chair in June and passed the torch to Ben Gilbank ’04. Gilbank’s goals for his term are to increase the reach of YAN among young Old Boys, raise the profile of YAN within the greater UCC community, and spread YAN’s mandate via the three key pillars of visibility, accessibility and engagement.

YAN wishes to thank Schwartz for the incredible leadership he showed to the group. He truly helped to further cement YAN in UCC’s fabric by increasing its visibility around the school.

For those young Old Boys living in New York City, please keep Sunday, Feb. 14 in mind for our annual young alumni social at Tacombi in Soho. This event culminates a weekend of activities for Old Boys playing in the Central Park Hockey Tournament.

Please contact Lindsay Tarvit at 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 or ltarvit@ucc.on.ca to learn more about this great program.


Up for a good battle? Get your tickets for UCC v. St. Mike’s at Varsity Stadium

Who’s got the better Blues? Upper Canada College or St. Michael’s College School? You know the answer, and on Friday, Oct. 23, we want all of Toronto to hear it loud and proud.

Join us at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium at 7 p.m. for a fun-filled football event. Cheer on your UCC Varsity Blues as they take on their St. Mike’s rivals in a fierce but friendly “Battle of the Blues” game.

While the kick-off may be weeks away, the competition starts right now. The school with the most fans at the game will be honoured during a special celebration at the event. We’ll be updating our community every week with ticket sales progress, so get your tickets now and spread the word; we wanna be number one!

Tickets are available online for the low price of $5 for students or $10 for adults. Registration at the site is required before you can purchase tickets; use the buttons at the top-right corner of the site to register and log in.

Go UCC Blues go!


Remembrance Day services

UCC will hold its traditional Remembrance Day services at the Prep and Upper Schools on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Our students and staff commemorate the Old Boys who served in the military, particularly those who made the supreme sacrifice, each year. The services are solemn but imaginative programs that include music, readings and a performance. Old Boys who served are invited back to the College to participate in the day’s events. A formal invitation will be sent shortly.

Please contact the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca for more information.

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September 2015 – Common Ties Mentorship

September 2015

Common Ties Mentorship

The Common Ties Mentorship Program looks forward to an exciting year of growth and continued success with our industry events.

The Common Ties program will see a change in leadership this fall as chair Evan Thompson ‘73 hangs up his hat and transitions responsibilities to Dr. Arvin Hariri ‘98. Thompson was an integral part of seeing the program through its 10-year anniversary celebrations in 2014. Hariri has been a member of the committee since the fall of 2012 and was influential in re-establishing networking events for the medical community. Hariri will work closely with appointed vice-chair Michael Carmichael ’97 during his term of two years.

One of the biggest changes the program will see very shortly is the launch of a new mentor/mentee online platform. UCC went through a rigorous process to select a new platform and we’re excited to announce that the Common Ties database will sit with Firsthand. Mentors and mentees had their first opportunity to register with the new platform on Sept. 8. An invitation will be sent directly to your inbox. Watch for it.

Networking events that will take place this year are:

New York City Common Ties Finance LunchNet – Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Hosted by Frank Pottow ‘82 and Jason Chang ‘96


Seventh annual Legal LunchNet, Toronto – Fall 2015

Hosted by Stephen Kerr ‘87


Upper Canada College Careers Day – Thursday, Oct. 28, 2015

Upper Canada College; targeted to Foundation Year students


Second annual Real Estate LunchNet – Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016



10th annual Finance LunchNet – May 2016


If you’re interested in registering as a mentee or a mentor, please contact alumni relations associate director Lindsay Tarvit at 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 or ltarvit@ucc.on.ca.

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September 2015 – Annual Fund

September 2015

We’re having a very special Think Ahead campaign celebration that’s not to be missed on Saturday, Nov. 21. Donors of more than $1,000 and Crown Link Society donors (Old Boys less than 15 years out of the College) of more than $500 are invited to attend.

If there was ever the right time to donate to Think Ahead, it’s now. Click here to contribute today. Not sure of how much you’ve given? Contact Joanne Weedmark at jweedmark@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2000.

Mark your calendars for this unique celebratory event.



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April 2015 – What’s News?

What’s News?

Search begins for new board chair Man Smiling

A committee of Old Boys, parents and senior volunteers has been struck to find and nominate the next chair of the Upper Canada College board of governors to succeed Old Boy and parent Andy Burgess ’83, who concludes his term in January 2016.

The committee will meet with key stakeholders and past and current governors in its search for a new chair over the next several months. The committee includes: Michael MacMillan ’74 (board chair from 2004 to 2009 and former Foundation trustee); Roly Browning Watt ’62 (Foundation chair from 2001 to 2008); Richard Phillips ’85 (Foundation chair from 2009 to 2014); Jill Denham (governor and current parent); David MacDougall ’81 (former governor and Foundation trustee, and current parent); Sue Guichon (governor and past parent); and Burgess.

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UCC Military History Immersion Program

Upper Canada College announced the creation of a new Military History Immersion Program at a student assembly on March 30.

The program is the direct result of a generous leadership gift to UCC’s $100-million Think Ahead Campaign from John and Pattie Cleghorn (grandparents of Grade 8 student Jamie Cleghorn) and their family.

The program will immerse student participants in the First and Second World War experiences of Canadian soldiers, with a special focus on the more than 400 UCC Old Boys who gave their lives in the conflicts. Its centrepiece will be an eight-day tour of European battlefields, including Ypres, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe and Juno Beach. There will also be a significant research component to the program that takes advantage of UCC’s many archival resources relating to the First and Second World Wars and the conflicts’ impact on the College community.


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Association Day & Reunion 2015

This year’s Association Day will be on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Click here for further details about Association Day and other alumni events.

Attention classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010: this is your reunion year. Your reunion committees are hard at work planning an amazing weekend. More information and details will come. Please email the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions.

Volunteers in the spotlight

Founder’s Dinner was a huge success.

More than 450 Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of the College enjoyed a wonderful dinner catered by O&B and a captivating keynote address by current parent Reza Satchu, the co-founder of The Next 36.

Founder’s Dinner isn’t a fundraising event, but we count on sponsorship for our community to help offset the cost of the dinner. This years’ dinner chairmen, Charles Field-Marsham ’87 and current parent John Francis, did an outstanding job in obtaining sponsorship for this event. Thank you for ensuring that Founder’s Dinner was a success.

Charles Field-Marsham ’87, Reza Satchu and John Francis at Founder’s Dinner.

Old Boy open sports schedule


Basketball in Hewitt Athletic Centre, 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all year)


Soccer on oval (in the bubble during the winter), 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all year)


Winter shinny hockey in arena, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., until June 10 (returns Sept. 2)

Summer shinny hockey in arena, 6 to 7 p.m., from June 17 to Aug. 26

Lacrosse on New Field, 6:30 to 9 p.m., from July 8 to Aug. 27


Ball hockey on sports court, 12 to 5 p.m., from April to October

Tennis on outdoor courts only, 12 to 5 p.m., from late June to August


Family pleasure skating in arena, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., from September to April. The last skate is on Sunday, April 19. Check the next edition of Old Ties for the 2015-16 dates.

Please contact Association coordinator Courtney McNeillie at cmcneillie@ucc.on.ca for more information.

Association staff update

Please join us in welcoming Courtney McNeillie as the acting Association Coordinator in the advancement office. Courtney is Samantha Kerbel’s maternity leave replacement until May 2016.

We are thrilled to welcome Courtney to the UCC community. She can be reached at cmcneillie@ucc.on.ca or at 416-488-1125 ext. 2239.

The UCC Association

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April 2015 – Alumni Events

Alumni Events 

Spring branch events

All are welcome to attend. If you’re on vacation or business in any of the cities below, we would love to see you there. Please click here to register. Please contact the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions.


Thursday, April 23

New York branch reception
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
New York Athletic Club


Friday, April 24

San Francisco branch reception
6 to 8 p.m.
Home of John ’89 and Lisa Hockin


Sunday, April 26

Los Angeles branch reception
3 to 5 p.m.
Jonathan Beach Club

Join us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stephen House at the Norval spring family open house 

Norval’s spring open house will be held on Sunday, May 3 from from 1 to 3 p.m.

We’re often asked: “Why don’t you offer some of your fun Norval programs for parents and families?”

Our seasonal open houses are just that: a chance for families to come and try some of the great Norval activities that your boys have been talking about. Come join us and try out some of our favourites.

1.  Try our photo scavenger hunt. We’ll give you photographs of certain places or things at Norval, as well as a list of items to find. The idea is to find these things and take their picture. Use your own camera or borrow one of ours.

2.  Come visit the new Norval garden. The boys have worked hard to create this appealing and educational garden that includes herbs, flowers and vegetables. Speak with our resident gardener, Ms. Livingston, about tricks you can use to spruce up your own garden.

3.  Did you know there are three kinds of crayfish that live in the Credit River? Help us catch (and release) some of them and see what we find. Please bring rubber boots for this activity, as you’ll have to wade into the river a little bit.

We’ll have food, refreshments and displays in Stephen House. There’s no charge and friends, family members and dogs on leashes are all welcome. This May marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Stephen House at Norval by R.A. Laidlaw from the class of 1904. We’ll mark this special anniversary by enjoying stories of appreciation from past Norval directors and members of the Laidlaw family, a photo display of Stephen House’s construction and a really big birthday cake.

Please email Courtney McNeillie in the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca to register. Please indicate the number of people attending.

Directions to Norval: Take Highway 401 west to Winston Churchill Boulevard. Follow Winston Churchill Boulevard 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 reunion dinner for the young at heart

The College’s annual spring reunion dinner, honouring the leaving classes up to and including 1964, will take place on Tuesday, May 5, at 6 p.m. in the Upper School. A reception will be held in the main foyer and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Dining Hall.

Tours of the College will be available from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Please contact the Association office at 1-800-822-5361 or click here to register online if you’re interested in attending.

Old Boy spring sports day

Celebrate the arrival of spring and participate in friendly games of cricket, lacrosse, soccer or ice hockey as part of the College’s spring sports day on Sunday, May 24. All skill levels are welcome.

There will be lunch and beverages in the Foster Hewitt Foundation Lounge of the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena and Sports Complex after the games at 11 a.m. for soccer players and noon for all other participants.

Please click here to register. Please contact Courtney McNeillie in the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca if you have questions.

Game locations and start times:

Soccer: Oval (10 a.m.)

Lacrosse: Oval (11 a.m.)

Ice hockey: Arena (11 a.m.)

Cricket: Cricket pitch (11 a.m.)

81st annual Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament

The 81st annual Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 3.

Please contact events manager Maria Karakoulas at 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 to reserve your spot or obtain more information, or click here to register online. Sponsorship opportunites are available.

Association Day is on Sept. 26

The entire community of Old Boys, students, parents and friends are invited to come and join us as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great on Saturday, Sept. 26.

It’s a fun-filled day for the entire family featuring tons of new activities as well as ones you know and love.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • the fun-filled Kidzone will have exciting new attractions
  • varsity football, volleyball and soccer games (Go Blues!)
  • the A-Tunes music fest will be back by popular demand on the main stage
  • the Jon Wookey Market will have a fresh look and location
  • the silent auction will feature an amazing selection of items
  • the ever-popular dunk tank
  • BBC information tent
  • Kernel’s Popcorn
  • the barbecue and snack shack with delicious, new nut-free items
  • the Michael Evan Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament
  • the hospitality terrace (19+)
  • campus tours to check out recent renovations of the Upper School and boarding houses

The next edition of Old Ties will have more details and surprises that will take place on A-Day.

Please contact events manager Maria Karakoulas at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 if you have any questions.


Young Alumni Events

Young Old Boys Night Out

The seventh annual “Young Old Boys Night Out” will be on Wednesday, June 10 at El Tequila Y Tacos.

The restaurant is located at 220 King St. W. and owned by Andreas Antoniou ’02.

Young Old Boys Night Out is an annual, exclusive downtown Toronto gathering of young alumni who’ve graduated within the last 15 years (2000 to 2014). The event provides a great opportunity for Old Boys to get together and rehash tales of their glory days at UCC. Young Old Boys Night Out is sure to bring together classmates who haven’t seen each other in a few years (or since last weekend) and get everyone revisiting a memory or two.

Young Old Boys Night Out is hosted by the Young Alumni Network. Please click here to register.

Please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 for information about the event and the Young Alumni Network.

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