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Michael Wilson ’55 and Max Bruce ’05 to receive Old Boys of Distinction Awards; Jill Adolphe to receive John D. Stevenson Award

It’s a point of pride that Upper Canada College has graduated Old Boys of distinction who’ve made their mark on every facet of public life for close to 200 years.

The UCC Association will officially unveil its new alumni recognition program, the inaugural “Old Boy of Distinction” and “Young Old Boy of Distinction” awards, at Founder’s Dinner on Monday, Feb. 12.

The Hon. Michael Wilson ’55 and Max Bruce ’05 will be the first recipients. Wilson will also deliver the evening’s keynote address.

Michael Wilson“Michael H. Wilson is a distinguished Old Boy who has contributed greatly to his school, community and country,” says Ed Bracht ’55, UCC class president and head of the peer group that nominated Wilson.

“Michael certainly has exemplified the principles and values of the College throughout his life. His father, Harry Wilson ’22, former chair of the UCC Board of Governors from 1962 to 1967, would have been very proud of him.”

Wilson is chairman of Barclays Capital Canada, a former chairman of UBS Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada. In the political realm he was, most recently, Canadian ambassador to the United States. He was minister for international trade, minister of industry, science and technology, and minister of finance before that.

After retiring from Washington, he became chancellor at Trinity College and then the University of Toronto. That appointment ends this year. Among many volunteer activities, he’s most closely associated with his outstanding work on the issue of mental illness, with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as vice-chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and as chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Wilson has honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, York University, Trinity College at the University of Toronto and an honorary doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Max BruceBruce is an explosives technician with York Regional Police. After joining the force in 2010 as a front line uniform officer, he worked his way up to the emergency response unit, where he’s responsible for high-risk search warrants, weapons calls, hostage rescue and terrorism response.

Bruce was designated one of nine members of the explosives disposal unit last year. He received the Lightning Bolt Award for saving a man’s life while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

“What has impressed me about Max since his time at UCC is his willingness to follow his own path,” says university counselling director Katherine Ridout in her nomination.

Bruce combines his career with service work with Ontario Special Olympians and the Southlake Regional Hospital in Newmarket, Ont. He frequently mentors young people who are interested in a police career and coaches football in and outside of the UCC community.

“His gentleness and caring personality is equalled, if not surpassed, by his strengths — his physical strength, but more importantly his strength of character,” says Bruce’s godfather, Vahan Kololian ’73.

Jill Adolphe to receive John D. Stevenson Award

Capping off more than a decade of volunteer service to UCC, Jill Adolphe has earned the 2017-18 John D. Stevenson Award. She was nominated by 20 peers who unanimously agreed that everyone in the UCC community benefits from her hard work.

The Parents’ Organization’s co-vice-president is also the incoming PO co-president for 2018-19. The mother to twins Nicholas and Alexander ’17 and Christopher ’20’s dedication to the College has been an inspiration to many for 11 years.

“Volunteering at the College has been a privilege,” says Adolphe. “It has provided me the opportunity to: partner jillwith fellow parents, many of whom I am fortunate to call my friends; collaborate with school administration and staff; and engage with students on initiatives focused on enhancing the overall student experience for the boys.”

Adolphe has been both a form and year representative, a team parent, and a committee member for the Prep Parents’ Organization, PO, the Blue Ties Gala and Grandparents’ Day. She was Association Day committee co-chair twice and both vice-chair and chair of the PPO. Under her leadership, the Prep locker rooms and entrance hallways received a long-awaited facelifts. She introduced and chaired the Blue Ties Breakfast and co-chaired the inaugural Grade 7 graduation committee at the Prep. She was a member of Association Council for six years.

“She’s a true leader who always has a smile and is ready to take on any challenge brought her way,” say her nomination. “No volunteer job is too big or too challenging for her.”

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. Last year’s winner was Louden Owen ’76. Past parent winners have included Piera Morra and Holly Miklas.

Please register at events.ucc.on.ca to join us at Founder’s Dinner.

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Founder’s Dinner


Alexander Younger ’89 and Ryan Adams ’05, Dinner Chairmen,
Matthew Johnson ’95, President of the UCC Association,
invite you to attend
Founder’s Dinner
Monday, Feb. 12
Reception: 6 p.m., Upper School student centre
Dinner: 7 p.m., Hewitt Athletic Centre

The keynote speaker will be UCC’s inaugural Old Boy of Distinction
Award winner, The Right Honourable Michael Wilson ’55.
He’s chairman of Barclays Capital Canada and a former U.S. ambassador
and federal finance minister.
Max Bruce ’05 will receive the inaugural Young Old Boy of Distinction Award.
Jill Adolphe will receive the 2017-18 John D. Stevenson Award.

Tickets: $125
Young alumni (2003-17), current students and staff: $75
Complimentary tickets for class of 1968.
RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 7 to the Association office at
416-484-8629 or events.ucc.on.ca
Please note any dietary restrictions.

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84th Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament

Charlie ’00 and Colin ’02 Deeks, co-chairs of the 84th Joe Cressy Memorial Tournament, invite all Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of Upper Canada College to enjoy a day of golf, friendship, networking and good times on Thursday, May 31 at an exciting new venue, The Granite Golf Club at 2699 York Durham Line in Stouffville.

Watch for your invitation and don’t miss out on the early bird registration.

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Catch up with Old Times Magazine

The newest issue of Old Times Magazine features:

An interview with Toronto Mayor John Tory’s chief of staff, Chris Eby ’94.

A behind-the-scenes look a documentary on The Tragically Hip produced by Nick de Pencier ’85.

A lovely tribute to 88 years of Old Boy friendship from Bruce McLeod ’46.

A talk with Fear Factor producer Charles Wachter ’83.

You may also notice the work of a new designer and see some subtle design improvements. There will be more to come in future issues.


Didn’t receive a hard-copy of the latest issue? Stay up to date with all things UCC by updating your contact information here.


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Record number of day applications for September 2018 entry

Upper Canada College saw a 13 per cent increase in applications for its 2018 day program, continuing a positive five-year trend of year-over-year increases.

There’s no doubt it’s a good sign, but the school is by no means resting on its laurels or taking the goodwill for granted.

“We can’t lose sight of the fact that this is an incredibly competitive market,” says David McBride, Vice-Principal of Enrolment Management. “It’s exciting that so many Toronto families are choosing independent school education for their children, but the number of excellent schools in the GTA is also extraordinary.”

With day applications now closed and interviews and assessments in full swing, recruitment efforts continue for boarding. McBride has already spent three weeks travelling to other cities and countries looking for the best boys the world has to offer. He met Old Boys and friends of the College who’ve actively participated in the recruitment process by connecting him to promising candidates in China, Hong Kong, Mexico and Vietnam — to name some of the countries he visited in the fall.

Boarding applications for 2018 entry will be accepted through April. If you know of a great boy who would be a good fit for UCC, the school wants to hear from you. Contact David McBride at dmcbride@ucc.on.ca or use the Old Boy Referral Form.

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Reunion weekend and Association Day

We’re looking forward to celebrating another group of Old Boys at reunion weekend on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29. Old Boys celebrating this year are from these graduating classes: 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013. Keep a look out for more details and registration information from your class presidents and the College.

For Old Boys who aren’t celebrating a reunion year, Association Day is always a great event that celebrates Upper Canada College as a vibrant and thriving community with a wide variety of sports and activities for the the whole family. Association Day is on Saturday, Sept. 29

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Job postings and summer internships

Is your company or business hiring? Send your job postings and we can share them within the UCC Alumni LinkedIn group.

Many Old Boys who are still completing their undergraduate degrees are also looking for valuable summer jobs and internships in various capacities and would benefit greatly from any opportunity that may come their way.

Please contact alumni relations manager Samantha Kerbel at skerbel@ucc.on.caif you have any questions or would like to post a job opportunity.

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Stay connected through Common Ties

We live in a time of unprecedented access to people and opportunities through online networks. But the Common Ties Mentorship Program offers the irreplaceable connection that comes from a one-on-one interaction with someone who shares your values and experiences.

Common Ties isn’t a job placement service. It’s a vibrant network of UCC students, Old Boys, parents and friends of the College community. The program offers an opportunity for mentees to better understand and realize their personal goals. Its purpose is to foster the personal development of UCC alumni as they make their way in the world. Common Ties allows you to stay connected and informed.

We encourage all alumni to attend the annual legal, finance and real estate networking lunches that are generously hosted by fellow Old Boys at offices throughout the year. An exciting new addition to the Common Ties event schedule will be an entrepreneur panel discussion and networking event in the early spring.

Here are other ways to stay connected and involved:

  1. Update your contact information
  2. Join the Common Ties Mentoring Platform
  3. Join the Official UCC Alumni LinkedIn Group

Please contact alumni relations manager Samantha Kerbel at skerbel@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions or need more information.

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Lang Scholar update


Lang scholars image for old ties

In its sixth year, the Lang Scholar Program continues to recognize boys who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in athletics and academic excellence.

There are 12 Lang Scholars this year. Throughout the year these fine young men will be given multiple opportunities to further develop their leadership skills. They’re each matched with an Old Boy mentor on whom they can rely on for guidance and advice.

The Lang Scholars and mentors had an opportunity to meet over breakfast in October and, in addition to another formal meeting in the spring, will continue to stay in touch throughout the year. The Lang Scholars participated in a lunch and learn session with Old Boy Josh Goldin ’96 in December. Josh is co-founder of ACG, one of the leading consumer growth investment funds in the United States. He was also named a “40 under 40” by Fortune Magazine and one of the “25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail” by Forbes.

The Lang Scholars will have another lunch and learn session with an influential Old Boy and join Stuart Lang ‘70, the program benefactor, for a dinner that will include a wide-ranging and lively discussion on the meaning of leadership.

The Lang Scholars are planning an eight-week volunteer program for Grade 7 and 8 students at Toronto’s Winchester Public School that will focus on healthy lifestyle options and incorporate exercise and nutrition. The Year 11 Lang Scholars will participate in the annual McKinsey leadership forum with incoming stewards and prefects.

Please contact Kathryn Champion at kchampion@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2202 if you would like to receive further information on the program or are interested in being a Lang Scholar mentor.

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UCC Annual Fund

Thank you to all Old Boys who’ve made their annual donation to Upper Canada College. 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.

As Old Boys who benefitted from a UCC education, your 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 they received, strengthens it, and passes it on. We hope you’ll participate in the 2017-2018 UCC Fund.

You can donate by:

  • calling 416-488- 1125, ext. 2000 with your credit card number;
  • mailing a cheque payable to Upper Canada College;.
  • and going online at giving.ucc.on.ca to receive a Canadian tax receipt and www.ucc.on.ca/usgiving for all international gifts.


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, including gifts of publicly traded securities.

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