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January 2015 – What’s News

What’s News?

Founder’s Dinner 2015

David Walker ’51 earns John D. Stevenson Award for extraordinary volunteer service 

In an age of “robocalls” from various charitable causes, it takes a special person to get on the phone to 1,000 fellow UCC alumni and have a wide-ranging personal conversation about the school with every single one.

It’s exactly this passion and belief in the power of grassroots support that earned David Walker ’51 the UCC Association Council’s John D. Stevenson Award for 2015. The honour is given to 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 (who, coincidentally, was Walker’s head of house in McHugh’s).

Click here to read more about Walker’s accomplishements.

Don Kawasoe to retire in June

After 35 years of invaluable service to UCC, I’m both saddened and happy to announce that Don Kawasoe, head of the Prep and Upper Schools, has set his sights on a well-deserved retirement at the end of the school year to spend more time with his family and on a number of creative pursuits.

It’s difficult to sum up Don’s many achievements and accomplishments over his many years of service at UCC, but he’ll always be remembered for his passion for teaching and learning, and his unwavering commitment to the boys.

Don began his career at UCC in 1980 as a part-time Form 5 science and math teacher. His time at the Prep has included several roles, including: Seaton’s assistant housemaster; basketball and soccer coach; and Form 5, 6 and 7 form master, with a focus on teaching math and geography.

Don became the first full-time, on-site Norval director in 1988. Thanks to his leadership, the Norval program has expanded to offer the current total of 55 days of outdoor education to boys from Senior Kindergarten to Year 2. He took on the role of assistant head of student life at the Prep in 2001 and, in 2005, was named head of the Prep School.

In 2009, Don was named to his current role, where he oversaw UCC’s move to the Primary, Middle, Intermediate and Senior divisional structure as part of the current strategic plan’s goal to provide a smaller school feel and environment for the boys.

Please stay tuned for more information and future announcements as we plan Don’s retirement celebration, which will be sure to attract many friends, former and current colleagues, Old Boys, parents and community members.

— Jim Power, principal

Thank you for sharing

Thank you to everyone who completed the Old Boy comprehensive survey.

This wasn’t a quick survey, as feedback indicated it took some of you close to 15 minutes to complete. We know how busy you are and truly appreciate that you made the effort. We had an astounding 19.2-per cent response rate, which is just one more indication of the immense support we receive from our community of Old Boys.

The results of the survey will inform how we adjust our current programs and services and how we plan for the future. We promise to share a more comprehensive report in the near future, but here are some of the preliminary findings:

  •  UCC Old Boys are highly engaged relative to other schools
  •  Distance to the College and time constraints are the biggest impediment to staying connected
  •  Connecting with your former classmates matters the most to you
  •  You believe in the current UCC leadership
  •  You understand that Old Boy support is critical to UCC’s success

Special congratulations goes to Nick Jaine ’93, who won the draw for the iPad Air.

Alexander Younger elected Association Council president to succeed Jim Garner

Alexander Younger ’89 was elected Association Council president for a one-year term at the council’s annual general meeting on Oct. 15.

Younger replaces Jim Garner ’77, who stepped down from his Upper Canada College volunteer roles after being named special adviser to the principal.

Younger is the founder and chief executive officer of Design Lab, a full-service marketing and advertising firm with clients including The Beer Store and RBC. He sits on numerous boards and is vice-chairman of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, a national awards program. He completed the Canadian Securities Course after attending King’s University and has been an active pilot for 26 years.

Younger has served on the Association Council for six years and has been vice-president for the past two. He’s a dedicated volunteer and passionate about UCC.

Who was your “iconic UCC teacher”?

Larger than life? A teacher who believed in you like no other? The spring issue of Old Times is paying tribute to iconic UCC teachers, past and present—and we want your nominations. Send them directly to the Old Times editor asap, along with a few sentences about why they deserve this honour. We’ll showcase the top nominees, and please be prepared to be contacted for an interview should your selection make the cut. Thanks in advance. Email Andrea Aster, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at aaster@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 3171.

Class Notes deadline for even-numbered graduating classes is Feb. 1

The next issue of Old Times is scheduled to be printed in the late spring. Old Boys from even-numbered leaving classes with news to share are asked to submit information to their class presidents by Feb. 1. You can also email news to classnotes@ucc.on.ca.

Launch of UCC Remembers website

UCC Remembers was created in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. It pays tribute to the UCC community’s role in the conflict, with a special focus on the approximately 1,100 students, faculty and staff members who enlisted as well as the 179 who fell in service.
Take a moment to discover the stories of Old Boys who lost their lives in active service. See history come alive as you read testimonials, diary entries and biographies. Remember the price paid by previous generations for the freedom we enjoy today.
UCC Remembers will continue to grow with your assistance. If  you have memories or family histories to share relating to the First World War, please contact College archivist Jill Spellman. Your contributions may be shared (with your permission) through UCC Remembers.

Thank you to Doug Hall ’67 and Denison Edwards ’68, who graciously contributed information that’s now reflected in UCC Remembers.

The UCC Remembers site is dedicated to all the Old Boys who served, and continue to serve, in Canadian and allied forces. These Old Boys are an inspiration to today’s students, faculty and staff members. Their dedication to our country and the school is remarkable.


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January 2015 – Extra! Extra!

January 2015

Extra! Extra!

There’s no difference between a billionaire and a soldier when your plane drops you on a sheet of ice in Canada’s farthest north and you need to build a latrine and windwall for several nights -before skiing 125 kilometres to the north magnetic pole.

Medcan Health Management executive chairman Shaun Francis ’88 spoke at a recent Upper School assembly about his True Patriot Love Expedition, a 50-strong contingent of former soldiers (many wounded) and business leaders whose two-week Arctic trek raised $1.5 million for military families and former soldiers’ mental health. The assembly also included: Hassan Khan ’93, a graduate of Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Ont.; Robbie Francis, an assistant professor at RMC who spoke about military careers; and Andy Chisholm ’77, the managing director for Goldman Sachs in New York and an expedition participant.


UCC’s resident crayfish expert, Dr. Premek Hamr, has had his research featured in the same journal that originally published Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Click here to read more.

Congratulations to Hudson Sullivan ’04, who placed 14th on Business Insider’s list of “30 most creative in advertising under 30.” He’s director of brand strategy at KBS in New York. Click here to read more.

Click here to read a Jan. 5 Toronto Star article about Old Boys Ken Thomson ’42 and David Thomson ’75 and their legacy of cultural philanthropy.

Another great UCC character development project linked Grade 9 students with seniors for art therapy. Upper School character integrator Craig Parkinson ’94 worked on the initiative with Paul Elia ’69, the father of Grade 10 student Emilio Elia. Click here to read more.

With commemorative “Hadden moustaches” in hand, 50 Old Boys and UCC community members gathered at halftime during the Friday Night Lights football game to celebrate their contributions to the new David J. Hadden ’71 Scholarship Fund for financial assistance. A cheque for $452,570 was presented and a clearly moved Hadden thanked all of those who contributed and attended the reception — which coincided with the 50th anniversary of him entering the College. Click here to read more.

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January 2015 – Alumni Events

Alumni Events

Founder’s Dinner is on Feb. 11, 2015. See the What’s News? section for details and to register.

UCC alumni hockey events


Join us to cheer on the UCC Blues as the varsity hockey team plays Nichols School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23 in the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex. There will be a VIP reception starting at 7 p.m. in the Foster Hewitt Foundation Lounge for all former varsity hockey players. Please contact Sarah Cheesbrough at scheesbrough@ucc.on.ca for more information or to register.

Come back to the school at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 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 email Samantha Kerbel at skerbel@ucc.on.ca.

Alumni hockey tournament and social in New York City

A group of UCC young Old Boys will participate in the Canadian Association of New York Central Park Charity Hockey Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 15 at Central Park’s Lasker Rink.

A post-tournament celebratory event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at El Presidente in the Flatiron District at 30 West 24th St. El Presidente is the second restaurant location for Dario Walos ’96, and this will be the fourth year that the Association has hosted this event.

All are welcome to attend. Please register here.

Norval winter open house on Jan. 18

Please join us for our annual winter family open house at the Norval Outdoor School on Sunday, Jan. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Stephen House will be open and food and refreshments will be available. These free open houses are held on Sunday afternoons in October, January, March and May. The idea is to open up Norval to UCC community members and offer a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy, including:

  1. Cross Country Skiing: Bring your own or use ours. We have lots of skis and boots in all sizes. Instructors will teach beginners and take them on a ski tour. More advanced skiers are welcome to follow one of our marked trails. The trails aren’t track-set.2.Tobogganing: Zoom down our popular toboggan hill in the arboretum. Bring your own or use one of our many carpet sleds.

    3. Winter hiking: Winter is a beautiful time to go for a guided walk around the property, and feel free to wear a pair of our snowshoes.

Come explore Norval at this beautiful time of year.

Please RSVP the number of people attending to Samantha Kerbel at association@ucc.on.ca.

Norval Maple Madness will take place on Sunday, March 22. More details will follow.


Spring branch events

If you’re living, working or on business in one of the amazing cities listed below, please join us to catch up with your fellow UCC mates and hear what’s happening at the College.

All are welcome to attend. More information and registration details will follow.   


Tuesday, April 14 

Calgary branch reception

Location and time to be determined


Wednesday, April 15  

Edmonton branch reception

Location and time to be determined


Thursday, April 16

Vancouver branch reception

Terminal City Club at 6 p.m.


Thursday, April 23

New York branch reception

New York Athletic Club at 6:30 p.m.


Friday, April 24

San Francisco branch reception

Home of John and Lisa Hockin at 6:30 p.m.


Sunday, April 26

Los Angeles branch reception

Jonathan Beach Club at 3 p.m.


Early birds catch the worms. Click the image below to register before April 1.

Young Alumni Network

Wing night draws biggest turnout ever

The UCC Young Alumni Network hosted the young alumni wing night at Scallywayg’s for the graduating classes of 2011 to 2014 on Dec. 19.

More than 130 members of these classes attended to catch up with friends before the holidays.

Young Old Boys Night Out

The ever-popular “Old Boys Night Out” is scheduled for June and the exact date will be announced shortly.

Sponsorship opportunities for this event are available. Please contact alumni relations associate director Lindsay Tarvit for more information at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 3357. Last year’s event welcomed more than 125 Old Boys from the classes of 1999 to 2013. This year’s will be for Old Boys from the classes of 2000 to 2014.

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January 2015 – Common Ties Mentorship

Common Ties Mentorship

Common Ties mandate

The UCC Common Ties Mentorship Program provides a robust platform on which Old Boys and senior students can benefit from sharing academic, career and life experiences across our active international network.

The program supports alumni as they enhance the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in their professional and interpersonal relationships.

Please contact Lindsay Tarvit at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca for more information about the Common Ties program or to become a mentor or mentee.

Connection to the legal industry

More than 50 people in the legal industry attended the sixth annual Common Ties Legal LunchNet on Oct. 29 at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

The event provided a great networking opportunity for Old Boys, parents and friends of the College who are working or interested in legal or related industries. It was generously sponsored for the second time by Borden Ladner Gervais partner Ira Nishisato ’89.

The class of 1987 has been a steadfast supporter of the event since its inception and past hosts have included Lincoln Caylor at Bennett Jones LLP, Stephen Kerr at Fasken Martineau and Andrew Matheson at McCarthy Tetrault LLP.

Common Ties networking events

Thursday, Jan. 22: Real Estate LunchNet (Register)
Thursday, May 21: Finance LunchNet

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January 2015 – Annual Fund

April 2015


If you’re an Old Boy who has graduated within the last 15 years, you can become a member of the Crown Links Society by making a cumulative donation of $500 or more.

You can help ensure that the traditions and values that have shaped the lives of so many young men will continue. You’ll receive an exclusive pair of UCC crown cufflinks in recognition of your generosity.

We all wear our pride differently, so celebrate the links you have with Upper Canada College.

Please contact Joanne Weedmark at 416-848-1125, ext. 2000 for more information.

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