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November 2013 – Special Edition




November 2013

What’s News?


Save the date for Founder’s Dinner on Feb. 10

Get an insider perspective on the television industry in Los Angeles from an Emmy award-winning Old Boy. It’s sure to be an entertaining evening with keynote speaker Leonard Dick ’82.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Upper School Student Centre, followed by dinner in the Hewitt Athletic Centre. The John D. Stevenson Award will be presented to the recipient at the dinner.

Tickets are $125. Young alumni (2003-13), current students and staff are $75. Click here to register today or call the Association office at 1-800-822-5361. See you there.

Speaker biography

Leonard Dick ’82 is an Emmy award-winning television writer and producer who has written for groundbreaking series including Lost, House and The Good Wife. Leonard came to UCC as a new boy in Grade 9. He performed in the Little Theatre, school chorus and concert band, and served as head of Howard’s. At Harvard he graduated magna cum laude in government and was president of its renowned Hasty Pudding Theatricals. After two years at Morgan Stanley in New York, Leonard left and received his MBA at Harvard Business School. He then set off for the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

He began his Hollywood career as a finance executive at Walt Disney Studios, then shed his suits and ties to pursue a career as a television writer. He has written for a variety of
genres — sitcom, drama, sketch-comedy, animation — and in 2005 won an Emmy for
best drama as part of the producing and writing team of the ABC hit show Lost. He has been nominated for an Emmy as a producer in the best drama category five times, and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for an episode of House he co-wrote. He has written for series including The Mentalist, Fastlane and Mad TV. He is currently a writer and an executive producer on the Emmy-nominated drama The Good Wife, in its fifth season on CBS and Global. Leonard is married with three daughters and lives in Los Angeles.

Giving Tuesday makes its Canadian debut

UCC has joined Giving Tuesday — the movement that encourages all North Americans to give back to their communities on the first Tuesday following American Thanksgiving. This year it’s Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Launched in the United States last year, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for millions to come together in support of causes close to their hearts. UCC was honoured to be asked to join the list of partner organizations participating this year in Giving Tuesday’s Canadian debut.

I hope you’ll consider joining this exciting undertaking by contributing to one or more charities of your choice on Dec. 3. And what better way to start, than right here at the College, with a gift to the UCC Fund?

Our goal is participation, so any contribution would be greatly appreciated. All gifts of any size, to any area of life at UCC, will help make a difference to the lives of our boys — not to mention provide you with a donation receipt that will be useful for the coming tax season.

To make a gift to the UCC Fund click here.

For more information on Giving Tuesday click here.

Don’t forget, to qualify for a 2013 tax receipt donations must be received by December 31, 2013.

Thank you for your continued support.

Join us in seasonal song this Sunday, Dec. 1

It’s one of our most popular traditions. Join parents, alumni and friends of the College as we celebrate the seasion with the annual Festival of Christmas Music and Readings, this Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. in Laidlaw Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Reception registration: online, association@ucc.on.ca or

call 1-800-822-5361.

NYC hockey tournament

The UCC young alumni team will play in the eighth annual Canadian Association of New York Hockey Tournament in Central Park on Feb. 15-16. Last year, the team placed first among 14 teams. They look forward to taking the title once again. After the games are over on Sunday, Feb. 16, the team and their families will celebrate at the third annual Old Boys and friends social event at Tacombi in Soho. Tacombi is owned by Dario Wolos ’96, who’s very supportive of the event. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and hopes to welcome all Old Boys in the NY area. Being a long weekend in both Canada and the United States, this is a great opportunity to spend it south of the border.

For more details, please contact Lindsay Tarvit, manager of alumni relations and Common Ties, at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca.

UCC Legal LunchNet welcomes 50 guests

Upper Canada College’s fifth annual “Legal LunchNet,” organized by the Common Ties program, was hosted for the second time by Andrew Matheson ’87 at Toronto’s McCarthy Tetrault LLP on Nov. 22.

These lunches have always been hosted by a member of the class of ’87, a close-knit group that included many lawyers. Matheson co-hosted this year’s event with McCarthy Tetrault colleagues and UCC parents Brian Pel and Godyne Sibay.     

Common Ties Advisory Committee chair Evan Thompson ’73 and committee member (and UCC parent and past parent) John Elias welcomed attendees and thank McCarthy Tetrault for its support. Fifty guests attended, representing a wide range of career stages, with the oldest Old Boy being from the leaving class of 1966 and the youngest having just graduated this past spring.

Common Ties will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2014 and, to mark the occasion, the program will celebrate by hosting 10 events within the calendar year — double what it has ever done before.

Make a skate date

The William P. Wilder ’40 Arena will be offering three exciting programs during the winter break for all to enjoy. The following programs are available on December 23, 27, 30 and 31 and will continue on January 2 and 3. Everyone is welcome.

Stick & Puck Time (for parents and kids)

9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

All participants are required to wear helmets. Full equipment is recommended. A minimum of one adult is required on the ice with the kids. Cost is $2.00 per participant.

Youth & Adult Shinny

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All participants are required to wear helmets. Full equipment is recommended. All participants must be at least 14 years of age. Cost is $2.00 per participant. 

Pleasure Skating

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

All participants are required to wear helmets. No sticks or pucks are permitted. Participants can be any age. Cost is $2.00 per participant.

If you have any questions, please contact Craig Edney at 416-488-1125, ext. 6001 or cedney@ucc.on.ca.

Remembrance Day 2013

Prep and Upper Schools gathered to pay respect to our Old Boy war veterans, Thursday, Nov. 7. Twenty Old Boys honoured us with their presence at our Remembrance Day assemblies. Not only did they bring alive the history of war to us, but their attendance also reminded each and every one of us of an important life lesson — that our freedom has a price. These Old Boys are an inspiration to our current boys, faculty and staff alike. Their dedication to our country and to the school is remarkable and is acknowledged with sincere appreciation.


Admission applications deadline is Dec. 6

The admission team reminds you that the application deadline date for all September 2014 day applications is Friday, Dec. 6. As an Old Boy, you can help play an important role in our recruitment process by letting talented boys and their families know about the amazing opportunities at UCC, or 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), emailing or filling out the Alumni Referral Form online. The College is also committed to honouring relationships with legacy families and applicants with siblings attending the school. Sons of Old Boys and siblings are granted an interview upon application, but go through the same process as all other applicants. If you or anyone you know is planning to apply but hasn’t submitted the online form yet, please go to our Online Application page to get started.

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

The admission team

Attention all snowbirds

Please join us for a Florida luncheon in Longboat Key for alumni, parents and friends of Branksome Hall and Upper Canada College

Sunday, January 12 at 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by Wendy MORGAN Deeks’66, Past President of the Branksome Hall
Alumnae Association

510 Wedge Lane, Longboat Key

(three miles north of St. Armands Circle on Gulf of Mexico Drive)

Click here to register online or call the Association office at 1-800-822-5361.

Looking for a spectacular Christmas gift

for someone very special?

Limited Edition Crucible Bowl

The bowl is 11” high with an 8” opening at the top.

Handcrafted by renowned
Canadian artist Robert Held

Retail value: $5,500

This stunning original bowl has been generously donated to Upper Canada College by William Ashley in support of Association Day. 

We are conducting a “blind bid” auction starting on Monday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. and closing on Friday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.  Please email your bid including your name and phone number to kchampion@ucc.on.ca.  All bids will be acknowledged by reply email. If you do not receive acknowledgement within 24 hours please call 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 to confirm your bid.  The
highest bid received by 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 will receive the vase.

Please click  here to learn more about this world-renowned artist.







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September 2013 – What’s News?

Saturday, Sept. 28

It’s that time of year again.

Join our entire community of Old Boys, students, parents, staff and faculty members, and friends as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great. It’s a fun-filled day for the entire family featuring tons of new activities as well as ones you know and love. Association Day will include:

  • A very special celebration of the 100th anniversary of Norval
  • Bigger and better Kidzone for the little ones
  • Showcase of homegrown UCC talent on the main stage
  • A “live action” mural painting and visual arts display
  • New parent breakfast
  • The Jon Wookey Market
  • Lots of sports, including the Prep Soccerfest and the varsity soccer, volleyball and football teams challenging SAC, Appleby and TCS
  • Michael Evan Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament
  • Silent auction
  • Barbecue, snack shack, Greg’s Ice Cream, Kernels Popcorn stand and Starbucks coffee
  • Check out plans for Upper School renovations
  • A big UCC announcement before the varsity football game

If you are unable to join us on A-Day to watch the Varsity football game, our live stream of the game starts at 2 p.m. To access the live stream, full A-Day program details and our new Association Day video, just visit our website.

Norval 100th anniversary on Oct. 6

Norval has held a special place in the heart of the UCC community for a century. Class field trips, family open houses and the treasured “Maple Madness” event have all provided fond memories for our boys and their families.

We’re throwing a party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of UCC’s Norval property on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boat races, kids’ games, baseball, tours, bug safaris, bird-banding and tree-planting and Norval favourites the blanket toss, high ropes course and the “Paddle to the Sea” boat launch. Enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch and archival displays and shop at the 100-mile harvest market.

Don’t miss the opportunity to camp out overnight on Saturday, Oct. 5 with an evening campfire, s’mores, storytelling and a fireside breakfast on Sunday morning.

Please visit www.ucc.on.ca/Norval100 for more detailed information and to sign up for the campout and the  picnic. As well, if you are interested in helping out at the event as a volunteer. Please indicate your interest in your registration.

If you’re unable to join us on Oct. 6 but would like to support Norval in this centennial year, please visit www.ucc.on.ca/makeagift.

Get ready for Reunion 2013

These classes are celebrating reunions in 2013: 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008.

By now you’ve received reminders and communications about your upcoming reunion weekend on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. If you haven’t already made plans to attend and join your class, we hope you will. The weekend promises to be a lot of fun, reminiscent of your days at UCC, and a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends.

Class-specific events  planned by your class president and his committees will take place on Friday evening. Saturday is reserved for Association Day, with activities on campus including a variety of sports, the varsity football game against Trinity College School and the ever-popular Old Boys’ hospitality (beer) terrace.

The highlight of reunion weekend is the traditional reunion dinner in the Hewitt Athletic Centre
on Saturday evening. An after-party following dinner is a chance for your class
to continue the celebration.

Visit www.ucc.on.ca/reunion for your full weekend schedule.

Don’t delay. Register today.

Please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca  for further information on your reunion weekend.

News from the admission office

The admission office is hard at work looking for great boys for UCC from across the GTA and around the world.

As an Old Boy, you know the kind of student who would thrive at UCC. It could be your son, a relative, a neighbour or someone you teach or coach. We’d be thrilled to have you make an introduction for us, or to encourage the family to visit us at www.ucc.on.ca/admission/request-information  to request a brochure and register for our bi-weekly admission e-newsletter.

We’d also love to have prospective families join us for one of our open houses, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 25. Registration in advance is required and may be completed online at: www.ucc.on.ca/admission/visit-us.

The admission office has a busy travel schedule throughout the fall term. To learn where we’re headed, please visit: www.ucc.on.ca/admission/travel-events-receptions or contact David McBride at dmcbride@ucc.on.ca if you would like to suggest a location, host an event or recommend a boy whom UCC should follow up with.

College Times digital collection

The College Times digital collection was generously sponsored by the leaving class of 1972. This valuable online resource features College yearbooks which date from 1894 to 2013 and is intended for the use of Old Boys and students only.

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.

Nominate an outstanding UCC volunteer

Do you know an individual who has made a significant volunteer contribution to the life of the College? If so, we need to know by Saturday, Oct. 26.

The John D. Stevenson Award for outstanding volunteer service to UCC is awarded each year at Founder’s Dinner to an Old Boy or parent whose commitment to UCC over
several years has been exceptional. Recent recipients of the award include Hugh
Innes ’72, Martha Shaw, Roly Watt ’62, Vivien Cappe and Ted Mills ’81.

Nominations are welcome from all members of the College community in written format. They   should include brief details about the nature and time of the nominee’s
volunteer service and the reason for the nomination. The nomination form can be filled out online here or you can email your nominations to Jody Jacobson at jjacobson@ucc.on.ca.

All nominations will be reviewed by the Association Council before a recipient is selected. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 26.

The John D. Stevenson Award will be presented at Founder’s Dinner on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

UCC annual general meeting set for Oct. 9

Upper Canada College’s annual general meeting is the best place to get a bird’s eye view of all of the school’s top-level goals and recent achievements.

Make a date to attend on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Wilder Arena’s Hewitt Lounge.

The board of governors and Association Council welcome all to come and encourage newcomers to make a night of it. In addition to an update from board chair Andy Burgess and a message from principal Jim Power, you may also join a guided tour of Upper School classrooms and science labs to remind us all why we’re investing so intensively in renovations to those spaces.

Please email Samantha Kerbel at skerbel@ucc.on.ca if you would like to attend.

UCC chapel service on first Wednesday of every month

The long-standing Upper Canada College chapel service in the All Hallows Chapel, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is held at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month during the school year.

An experienced minister or educator leads an opening prayer, delivers a message
and then opens things up for general prayer from those who are gathered. The
service is finished by 8:25 a.m. and interested participants usually have tea
or coffee in the Upper School dining hall afterward.

Everyone is welcome at these monthly non-denominational services, which are generally attended by a relatively small but friendly and open group of Old Boys, past parents, faculty and staff members.

All Hallows Chapel is a few steps down and to the right of the old gym from inside the Upper School. It can also be accessed from the quad.

Please email Brendan Caldwell ’87, Serge Markarov or Kate Brookes  if you”˜d like to be added to the chapel service email distribution list or have any questions or comments.

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September 2013 – Extra! Extra!
ld Boy Drew Taylor had film at TIFF

Drew Taylor

Drew Taylor ”˜01 is a man of many talents.

The son of former Major League Baseball pitcher and Toronto Blue Jays physician Dr. Ron Taylor followed in his father’s footsteps by playing pro ball in the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies organizations and has gone on to become a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

Taylor, who still pitches for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League, can also put film director on his resume. Taylor and Larry Weinstein directed Our Man in Tehran, which premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary offers an in-depth look at former Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor, who facilitated the 1980 escape of six United States embassy workers during the Iran hostage crisis.

Taylor and his girlfriend, actress and former Miss Universe Canada Elena Semikina, have a film and television production company called Film House Inc. that made Our Man in Tehran.

Brandon Ng ’11 has started his third year as a student at North Carolina’s Wake Forest University and a member of its golf team, and he talked to the school’s newspaper about the experience on Sept. 19. You can read his thoughts here.

Allen Champagne ’11 is the recipient of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina, where he plays football for the Tar Heels.  Click here to check out a big tackle the defensive lineman and special teams player made in an Aug. 29 game against the University of South Carolina.

Michael Carter ’98 was named entrepreneur of the year by the Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce for his innovations at Carter Farm Market, an on-farm, locally focused café and boutique specializing in field fresh produce (much of it grown on the 105-acre Carter Farm), honey, preserves, gourmet food items and baked treats. The market’s Bluebird Café offers soups, sandwiches and seasonal patio barbecue food. While picking up fresh items, people can visit the farm’s alpacas, horses, ponies, sheep, goats and chickens.

Justin Yuen ’11 is starting a Terry Fox Run at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. Click here to find out more details or click here to make a donation.

Ottawa Senators forward Colin Greening ’05 has signed a three-year contract extension with an average value of $2.65 million per season that locks him up until the end of 2016-17.

Read an interview with diplomat, historian, writer, television and radio personality, and House of Lords member John Julius Norwich ’48 at http://bit.ly/1a3E6jQ.

Turner Southey-Gordon ’11 was tied for seventh place after shooting a two-under par 68 in the first round of the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline, Mass. before he fell out of contention and missed the cut. Southey-Gordon is a member of the Duke University golf team.

Basim Mirza ’05 is the author of  Your Naked Brand,  which has received a lot of attention and was a best seller on Amazon. As a speaker and trainer, he helps leaders achieve life growth through social networking.

Read a Toronto Life profile of artist Michael Snow ’48 at http://bit.ly/17k6Z8V.

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September 2013 – Alumni Events

Friday, Oct. 4 promises to be a great night of football under the bright lights as UCC takes on St. Andrew’s College.


The junior varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game follows at 7:30 p.m.

Bring your family and friends and relive old times.

Please let us know if you plan on attending. Email the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca.



Register now! Online or call the Association office

at 1-800-822-5361.

Fall branch events

If you’re travelling or living in any of the cities below, we hope you can join us at one of the fall branch events. All are welcome to attend. Click here for more details and to register.

Thursday, Sept. 26
Branch reception in Kingston
7 p.m., The University Club

Wednesday, Oct. 2
Branch reception in Halifax
7 p.m., Dalhousie University Club

Saturday, Oct. 19
Branch reception in Boston
7 p.m., The Harvard Club

Friday, Nov. 8
Branch reception and dinner in London, England
6 p.m., The Royal Automobile Club

Saturday, Nov. 9
Branch reception in Montreal
7 p.m., The University Club

Old Boy sports

For those who still enjoy playing hockey, soccer or basketball, the Assciation offers alumni the opportunity to use our facilities on a weekly basis. Please feel free to attend.

Mondays: Old Boy basketball from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Hewitt Athletic Centre

Tuesdays: Old Boy soccer from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the oval (under the oval bubble from November to March)

Wednesdays: Old Boy pickup hockey from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (until June 11, 2014)

Please contact Samantha Kerbel at skerbel@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions.

Family pleasure skating

The UCC Association is happy to announce that family pleasure skating for the UCC community is back for the 2013-14 school year.

Family skating runs every Sunday until April 13, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex.

Family skating is free and all are invited. Feel free to bring your friends and family.

Please contact Samantha Kerbel in the Association office at skerbel@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2239 if you have any questions.

Everyone skating is required to wear a CSA-approved helmet.

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September 2013 – Common Ties Mentorship

The Common Ties Mentorship Program looks forward to another exciting year of industry events.

The fifth annual Legal LunchNet will kick things off on Wednesday, Nov. 20and will begin a calendar of events that will include industry representation from real estate, medicine, finance, communications and the arts.

The Common Ties program will see a change in leadership this fall as chair Kevin Clark ’77 hangs up his hat and transitions responsibilities to Evan Thompson ’73. Clark enhanced the Common Ties program during his two years at the helm and was integral in increasing the program’s outreach to Old Boys and UCC community members living outside of the Greater Toronto Area. Thompson will help the committee stay on this trajectory as well as seeing the program through its 10-year anniversary celebrations in 2014.

John Elias, Katherine Ridout and John Stackhouse joined the committee in the spring.

Elias is a parent of two Old Boys, Gavin Elias ’11 and Justin Elias ’13, and Darren Elias ’16. He’s a partner at Fasken Martineau and has played an important role in the success of both the Finance and Legal LunchNet events in the past two years.

Ridout, as some of you remember, serves as director of UCC’s university counselling. She’s worked closely with the Common Ties Link program for the past several years, where IB1 and IB2 students receive interview and resume workshops and make connections with university students.

Stackhouse, editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, graduated from UCC in 1981 and is the father of Matthew Stackhouse ’15.

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

Old Boys and students intern with TerraCycle

Nine lucky Upper Canada College students spent the summer as the first-ever high school interns at TerraCycle, one of the world’s most innovative eco-employers.

TerraCycle chief executive officer and Old Boy Tom Szaky ’01 has rallied more than 35 million people in 22 countries to collect package waste that his company turns into new products like backpacks and pencil cases.

“We are committed to providing every intern the opportunity to lead and develop several major projects of their own,” says Szaky, whose Trenton, N.J.-based company also has a North York, Ont. office where the UCC students interned.

The interns had positions in business development, marketing and video production and Szaky says they had the opportunity to “see the initiative through from inception to fruition, enabling them to realize their results and truly understand the impact of their efforts.”

TerraCycle has been a media darling since it launched in 2001 by producing fertilizer made from “worm poop” packaged in reused containers. It now enlists more than 20 large companies — including Garnier, Maple Leaf and Old Navy — which benefit from the good publicity involved with the collection and upcycling of its refuse. The New York Times has featured Szaky as a guest blogger on small business issues and he’s a guest industry expert on CNBC Prime’s reality competition television series, Crowd Rules.

“I like TerraCycle because they are a very innovative company, constantly finding new methods to deal with challenges,” says UCC internship recipient Winker Xiao ’13. “It is the only company in its field  due to such a high level of innovation.”

Bruce Chi ’13 wrote this about his TerraCycle experience:

“I had the privilege to intern at TerraCycle Canada, an innovative recycling and upcycling social enterprise that strives to eliminate the idea of waste from planet earth. It has been truly a fulfilling experience. Working in a dynamic setting filled with innovative upcycled decorations, having the freedom to initiate and implement outreach projects, learning from inspiring and talented coworkers, working toward a righteous cause that is making a huge impact in the world, we could not have expected anything more.

“Most of the interns were involved in at least one of the three aspects of the company, marketing, account management and business development.

“As marketing interns, we came up with our own outreach project and persuaded organizations to participate in TerraCycle’s recycling program. Take the summer camp outreach project as an example. Three interns worked on that project. We came up with a general outreach plan, email script, phone script and designed posters and other promotional resources. After that painstaking process, we would then start calling camp counselors. In good times, we could get a few camps to sign up, which boosted our confidence. But in ‘rainy’ days, out of one hundred summer camps we called, none would sign up. Despite our disappointments, we learned a lot about how to deal with failures. We learned not to be distracted from defeats and focus on the work for the future.

“As business development interns, we researched different companies that have the potential to collect for TerraCycle, mined for contacts of their brand managers, and drafted emails to those brand managers for partnership. Through these, we learned about the marketing techniques of different companies, the importance of speaking their business language, and all other strategies to successfully approach potential business partners.

“As account management interns, we designed and customized presentations to TerraCycle’s clients, such as GoGo squeeZ. For each presentation, we brainstormed creative activities, such as Eco-Product Design Contest, to engage collectors and TerraCycle’s business clients.

“Overall, we learned so much from TerraCycle Canada. We learned that it is not about what your company can do for you, but what you can do for the company; we learned to always try our best at whatever we do and exceed other people’s expectations; we learned to never be picky about the jobs we are given as long as they can make contributions to the team; we learned that despite the challenges ahead, we should always remain optimistic and hopeful.”

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September 2013 – Annual Fund
Lock up a locker location with a $5,000 donation

Do you remember sitting in front of your football locker psyching yourself up before heading on to the field to play a big game?

Here’s  your chance to be a part of the team again. You can have your name added to one of 30 lockers with a $5,000 donation.

Don’t fumble this opportunity to relive some of your gridiron glory.

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

Go Blues go!

Surf City: Here I come

It’s cherry and so very … make your online bid to strap your board to this classic Chevy.

Thanks to a donation from Old Boy Brian Jones ’70, this 1956 Chevrolet Deluxe 210 Handyman Wagon could be yours ”” with all proceeds going towards the Class of 1970
Scholarship Fund.

The auction runs until Sat. Sept. 28 at ucc.vonality.com.

Visit with this sweet ride at City Buick (www.citybuick.com) and at UCC on Association Day.

Contact annual giving manager Joanne Weedmark at jweedmark@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2000 for more information.

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June 2013 – What’s News?
Welcome new Old Boys
The Association hosted a leaving class dinner on May 22 where Association Council president Jim Garner ’77, Young Alumni Network (YAN) vice-chair and incoming chair Zach Schwartz ’05 and YAN events chair Andrew Reburn ’06 welcomed the graduating students to the Old Boys’ club.
The evening included musical performances by 2013 grads Charlie Walker, Nicholas Yeretsian, Akash Pasricha, Othniel Cundangan, Thomas Sauvé-Lafrance and Alexander Gagliano, as well as a song by dean of students Evan Williams and teachers Julian Bauld and Richard Turner.
Leaving class students and parents generously donated funds to purchase the leaving class gift, a rapid-fill water fountain that counts the number of plastic bottles saved. The fountain will be installed over the summer by the locker rooms. Thanks again to everyone who contributed to this amazing gift.
Last but not least, congratulations to Zachary Mahon ’13, who was elected leaving class president.
Leaving class president Zachary Mahon ”˜13 makes a toast to the College.
Please click here  to view a complete photo gallery and video footage from the leaving class dinner and graduation.

Association Day on Sept. 28
This year marks the 100th anniversary of UCC’s ownership of its Norval, Ont. property, and we’ll kick off the celebrations with an interactive Norval experience at Association Day.
Join the entire UCC community at A-Day and you’ll also enjoy: watching a soccer game; enjoy eating  a barbecued lunch; grabbing a coffee and muffin from the snack shack; playing in the Old Boy tennis tournament; watching  members of the class of 1978  challenging the class of 1983 to a game of ball hockey; bidding on an item in the silent auction; dumping a teacher in the dunk tank; relaxing in the hospitality area while watching the varsity football game; or just wandering around the campus and soaking in the community spirit.
A few new and exciting changes for this year include: a bigger and better “Kid Zone” in a new location; Starbucks coffee; a “UCC Has Talent” show featuring members of the College community; living art murals; and an expanded offering of nut-free foods.
We hope to see you there.

Reunion 2013 will take place on the weekend of Sept. 27 and 28 for the graduating classes of 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968 and 1963.  
Class presidents and reunion committees are taking an active role in organizing individual class reunions in conjunction with the Association office. Please contact manager of alumni relations and Common Ties Julia Melnikova at jmelnikova@ucc.on.ca to connect with your reunion class if you haven’t been contacted by your class heads about your reunion or if you need general reunion information. Formal invitations will be sent shortly, so please keep an eye out for them.

Norval turns 100

UCC’s unique 420-acre outdoor campus, the Norval Outdoor Education Centre, will
celebrate its 100th anniversary this year on Sunday, Oct. 6 with a fun day filled with activities for the whole family almost 100 years to the day after the first Old Boy picnic was held there. More details and a schedule of events will be available at a later date.

Generations of Old Boys have enjoyed Norval over the years, and
you’re invited to share those special memories and photos with College archivist Jill Spellman. Let’s bring Norval’s rich and interesting history to life together.

150th anniversary XI vs. Old Boys cricket match
Cricket’s rich legacy at Upper Canada College was recognized on June 1 with a celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the XI vs. Old Boys match.
Team photos were taken, introductory statements from event chair Edgar Bracht ’55, UCC board of governors chair Andy Burgess ’83 and principal Jim Power were made, and there were handshakes all around before the white-clad cricketers took the pitch to begin play.
The turnout of almost 40 Old Boy players ”” ranging from the leaving class of 1954 to 2012 graduates ”” was so large that two matches were held using a 20/20 overs format. Two Old Boy squads squared off against each other (with Squad C defeating Squad B 93-84) while a third played the current varsity squad, whose members were nattily attired in new blazers before they lost a 117-102 decision.
Non-playing Old Boys, staff and faculty, and other members of the UCC community were on hand to cheer for their favourites, admire an historical cricket display put together by archivist Jill Spellman and enjoy afternoon tea at 2:30 p.m. in between the two matches.
An evening reception was held in the Upper School’s Bernick Family Foyer and awards were presented. These included a cricket bat used by Peter Wessel ’49 (who flew in with his wife Marlene from Los Angeles for the weekend to attend) to score a century back in his UCC playing days and another bat signed by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and UCC’s official visitor. All of the participants then sat down to dinner and more reminiscing in the student centre.

What does “merit” mean to you? Those who’ve submitted essays to the MeriTALKracy project so far have included a Second World War veteran from the class of 1943, a former NHL hockey player, a former federal minister of finance, renowned scientists and UCC faculty members, along with many others.
Visit www.meritalkracy.com  to view other essays or to comment on the essay below. Please send your submission to uccmeritproject@ucc.on.ca.
by Eric Meerkamper ’87
I have always believed that individual initiative, effort, perseverance, and risk-taking should be encouraged and rewarded, and that these characteristics strongly correlate with success and achievement on most measures. We revel in rags-to-riches stories, overcoming the odds, and the “self-made” person.
  However, I also believe that to truly understand, appreciate and celebrate what has been achieved, what is genuinely a product of our extraordinary efforts and unique contributions, it is essential to begin with humility and recognize that much of what we have “merited” is often not only due to our own efforts.
Our achiever-fuelled society generally doesn’t like to recognize this, and some might think it mocks the core beliefs and values upon which society is built: witness the ferocious negative reaction to President Obama’s recent “You didn’t build that” campaign comments on July 13, 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia.
Regardless of where we started, I believe we have to properly set the sticks if we are going to measure what we have, in fact, achieved and merited.
I had the privilege of being the Chair of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, which produces the excellent Who’s Hungry report. One thing that struck me the most from this and other poverty research, is that while there are many reasons why people might come to need the support of a food bank or other social services, a primary differentiator between those who temporarily stumble and get back up quickly vs. those who get caught in the poverty cycle, is the strength of their social “safety net”, and the resources of those around them, which to a large extent are a function of one’s circumstance, and not something necessarily built, or earned.
Recognizing what we have been given, and what others have not, doesn’t undermine achievement. Recognizing the contributions of those before us and around us that have allowed us to achieve that much more, only deepens our understanding of what merit is.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton
Eric Meerkamper is president of the RIWI Corporation and chair of the Centre for Social Innovation. He can be reached at eric@riwi.com.

UCC’s “Think Ahead” campaign wins three awards
Upper Canada College won silver and bronze awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)’s North America-wide competition and a silver Prix D’Excellence from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE).
The Think Ahead fundraising campaign launch held on Association Day last September won bronze from CASE for special events, tying with Indiana University and the University of Toronto in a category with 81 entries.
UCC’s “Defining Moment” campaign video, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer, won a silver award from CASE along with Emory University and the University of British Columbia in the 95-entry fundraising video category. You can watch the video here.
CASE is a Washington, D.C.-headquartered professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.
The silver Prix D’Excellence was presented for a case for support for Upper School renovations as part of the Think Ahead campaign. It was awarded by CCAE, a volunteer-led organization that promotes excellence in educational advancement.

UCC volunteer service recognized at reception  
Volunteerism is one of the things that makes the Upper Canada College community special, and the school recognized the contributions made by many parents and Old Boys at a reception attended by 140 volunteers in the garden at Grant House on May 15.
“This year we have just over 1,100 boys studying at the College,” said principal Jim Power. “By coincidence, we mailed over 1,100 invitations to volunteers to attend tonight’s reception.
“So in essence, for every student here, we have a member of our community who is volunteering his or her time in some way, shape or form. How very lucky we are that you care so much about this place and about our boys.”  
Power introduced UCC Association president Jim Garner ’77, who in turn introduced Brian Roberts ’78 to present the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Awards, which were named after his grandfather and recognize substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC Association, either through short- or long-term commitments.
Four people received awards: Bob Medland ’65, father of Andrew ’95 and John ’97; Sandy Mingay, mother of Andrew ’09 and Michael ’11; Piera Morra, mother of Marco ’08, Alexander ’11 and Nicholas ’13; and Linda Pincott-Kitchen, mother of Andrew ’09 and Adam ’12.
Medland is a class president who has set a high standard for others in keeping his classmates connected to one another and the College. He’s served on various committees and chaired signature UCC events, including Association Day and Founder’s Dinner.
Mingay has been a volunteer since her boys were in the Prep and, though they’re now in university, she continues to serve UCC as vice-president of the Association Council. She’s a past president of the Parents’ Organization (PO) and served as a volunteer on the Blues Booster Club (BBC) board, with Horizons, admissions, the library, galas and in many other ways.
Morra has been a role model in serving as president of both the PO and the Prep Parents’ Organization (PPO).   She has volunteered with many school events, including three galas, and is a member of the Association Council.
Pincott-Kitchen’s volunteer work at UCC began more than 14 years ago and continues today even though her sons have both graduated.   She’s served as chair of the PPO, on the PO executive committee, on the BBC board and on three gala committees. She’s also opened her home to many UCC events, including the PO’s annual faculty and staff appreciation tea for more than 12 years. She was one of the originators of UCC’s Spring Arts Festival (now known as Nuit Bleue) and a strong advocate of Winterfest’s return to the school.

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June 2013 – Extra! Extra!
Old Boy launches DUCC at Duke University
Duke University Canadian Club (DUCC) was started last year to connect Canadians on campus and establish a network of Canadian Dukies past and present.  
Old Boy Graham Vehovec ’11 and his friend Dustin Ashley rounded up the Canadians they knew at the Durham, N.C. university for a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner last October and thought it would be a good idea to establish something official to keep the group together. DUCC includes Old Boys Tim Nixon ’08, Robert Mihalik ’09 and James Stevenson ’12.
DUCC (note the convenient “UCC” in the acronym) will be in full swing this fall as a university-recognized student organization with a growing membership that will include non-Canadians. The club plans to host social events and guest speakers, establish a Canadian Duke alumni database and, of course, hold the annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Duke enjoyed visits from Canadian ambassador to the United States Gary Doer and Old Boy Michael Ignatieff ’65 (pictured here with Vehovec and Ashley) this year.

Jonny Wookey Memorial Hockey Game
Four hundred spectators attended the Jonny Wookey Memorial Hockey Game between the University of St. Andrew’s and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, which was won 6-3 by St. Andrew’s.
Wookey, a UCC Old Boy from the class of 2008 who passed away last year, had his number 16 jersey retired by St. Andrew’s. Old Boys Matt Wheeler ’09, Cal Robinson ’09 and Cam O’Neil ’10 played for St. Andrew’s. Fenner Dalley ’10 and Andrew Shen ’10 helped organize the game, which will be held annually to claim the Jonny Wookey Memorial Trophy.
The April 9 game raised $4,000 for the Jonathan Wookey Memorial Fund, which will provide a lasting legacy for Wookey through the Typhoons hockey club that he helped establish at St. Andrew’s. You can watch highlights of the game and the trophy presentation here.

Tom Szaky ’01 kicks butts in recycling cigarette waste
TerraCycle chief executive officer and Old Boy Tom Szaky ’01 returned to Toronto on June 19 to talk about Imperial Tobacco Canada’s support for his company’s cigarette waste recycling program, which was launched in May 2012 and has collected five million cigarette filters which have been transformed into various products.
Butts, inner foil, outer wrap, unused tobacco, ashes and other elements that comprise cigarette waste ”” the most littered item in Canada and worldwide ”” can all be recycled. Filters and packaging are used in plastic products for industrial uses, while ash, leftover paper and tobacco are composted according to industry guidelines. The profits from the sale of the plastic products are re-invested into TerraCycle, allowing it to grow its national and international programs.
TerraCycle and Imperial have set a goal of surpassing 10 million cigarette filters collected and recycled this year through contributions from the “Cigarette Waste Brigade,” which incentivizes Canadians by offering money for each pound of cigarette waste collected that can be directed to registered charities. About 50,000 Canadians have helped out, with participation shared almost evenly among individuals, companies and non-profit groups. Those interested in taking part can register at www.terracycle.ca.
Trenton, N.J.-based TerraCycle’s revenues are expected to reach $18 million in 2013. Its various recycling programs have raised more than $7 million for charities around the world.  
“Several years ago, in the spirit of our vision of eliminating the very idea of garbage, we set our sights on tackling cigarette waste,” says Szaky, who has become a media darling in the past few years after launching TerraCycle in 2001 and appearing on the cover of UCC’s Old Times magazine in 2010.
“Cigarette butts are one of the planet’s most ubiquitous waste streams. We are delighted that Imperial Tobacco Canada and its employees shared our dream to provide Canadians with an alternative to cigarette waste. With such a successful first year under our belts, we’re urging all Canadians to consider joining us in 2013.”
Nine students from UCC are working as interns in TerraCycle’s Toronto office this summer. Although Szaky said he hadn’t yet met them, he’s heard positive reports and looks forward to continuing and perhaps expanding the UCC internship program in the future.

Robert McLeese ’71 brings prestigious automobile event to Canada
Georgian Bay is set to become the backdrop for the newest edition of Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of the world’s finest cars.
This prestigious international event has finally found a worthy home in Canada: Cobble Beach. Location has always been paramount for the most elite concours’ around the world ”” from the esteemed Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif. ”” and the McLeese family’s Cobble Beach golf resort community offers a stunning coastline on par with this tradition of excellence.
Proceeds raised by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will go to Sunnybrook Foundation to fund a state-of-the-art helipad on the rooftop of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. About half of the 1,000 patients who are treated for life-threatening traumas at the hospital each year arrive by helicopter. The helipad is about 500 metres from the trauma room and transferring patients adds time to treating them when every second counts.
Concours date back to 17th century French high society as a parade of horse-drawn carriages, but they’ve been transformed into the most venerated display of antique and classic automobiles in the world. The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will exhibit more than 100 years of beauty and innovation represented in more than 10 different categories. Even Old Boy Fred Eaton ’57 has entered his prized 1938 Ford Woody station wagon into this competition which showcases the preservation and history of these rarely seen vehicles.
Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance general admission tickets range in price from $25 per person to $75 for a family, including two adults and up to four children under 16. A limit of 200 VIP admissions at $250 include gourmet breakfast, lunch, VIP parking and access to the VIP clubhouse, which will have a wine bar available throughout the day.
For the utmost convenience, the $1,100 VIP flight package includes VIP admission plus a round trip with Porter Airlines to and from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and a shuttle to Cobble Beach. The VIP flight package will also provide a $300 charitable donation receipt from Sunnybrook Foundation.
Please visit www.cobblebeachconcours.comor call 416-366-4820, ext. 228 for more details, participant information and to purchase tickets.

Old Boy and UCC supply teacher Andrew Musselman ’99 was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in the outstanding male performance in independent theatre category for Catalpa, which he previewed at the College last fall.  Old Boy Phil McKee ’01 (who has led a variety of workshops in IB theatre at the College) recently directed an adaptation of King Lear titled Lear, in which Clare Coulter played the titular character. Coulter was nominated for a Dora in the outstanding female performance in general theatre category.
The Dora Award is presented annually by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts to honour the city’s best theatre, dance and opera productions. Dora Mavor Moore helped establish Canadian professional theatre in the 1930s and ’40s and her son, Mavor Moore, graduated from UCC in 1938.

Did you ship your pants? Old Boy Zach Math ’94 wants you to. Read why at http://bit.ly/17OBWTO.

Read about Old Boy David Hutchison ’85’s @InGoalMedia hockey magazine (http://ingoalmag.com/) at http://bit.ly/15UprrA.

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June 2013 – Alumni Events
Fall branch events
We hope that all Old Boys attending university or working abroad plan to attend the branch events coming up in the fall. All are welcome to attend. Please keep an eye out for formal invitations to register.
Thursday, Sept. 19
London, Ont. branch reception
7 p.m., The London Club
Thursday, Sept. 26
Kingston branch reception
7 p.m., The University Club
Saturday, Oct. 19
Boston branch reception
7p.m., The Harvard Club
Friday, Nov. 8
London, England branch reception and dinner
6 p.m., The Royal Automobile Club
Saturday, Nov. 9
Montreal branch reception
7 p.m., The University Club

Save the date”¦

Coming this November”¦.a brand new event for Old Boys.

The Toronto Old Boy Dinner
Thursday, November 21
The York Club

Join fellow Old Boys for a ”˜not to be missed’ night out.   Further details will be available soon, so mark your calendar and call your friends!


Young Alumni Network
Epic night
More than 120 young old boys from the classes of 1997 to 2012 came out for a night of fun at the Old Boys Night Out, which was hosted by the Young Alumni Network (YAN) at Toronto’s Kultura restaurant and lounge on King Street East.
YAN chair Blair Guilfoyle ”˜99 spoke about the tremendous growth the network has experienced since the first event at the Academy of Spherical Arts in 2009.
YAN programming now also includes an annual hockey game in New York City’s Harlem, followed by an after-party in Soho that’s generously hosted by Old Boy Dario Wolos ”˜96. This year the network also organized the first joint UCC/The Bishop Strachan School young alumni networking event in Toronto.
Guilfoyle also highlighted the importance of the Crown Links Society, which acknowledges young Old Boys who make a cumulative gift of $500 or more. The new members of the Crown Links Society were announced at the event, and we thank all of them for their generous contributions. There are 184 members who’ve received a set of UCC cufflinks designed by Old Boy Alan Chan ’02.
Please contact Joanne Weedmark at 416-488-1125, ext. 2000 or jweedmark@ucc.on.ca  to learn more about this great program.
YAN vice-chair and incoming chair Zach Schwartz ’05, YAN chair Blair Guilfoyle ’99 and YAN events chair Andrew Reburn ’06 enjoyed their event.
Please click here  to view a complete photo gallery of the Old Boys Night Out.

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June 2013 – Common Ties Mentorship
Spring event highlights
The Common Ties Advisory Committee (CTAC) hosted three amazing events this spring.
The season was opened by the first Common Ties Nuit Bleue reception  for Old Boys connected with the arts, media and theatre that was held in conjunction with UCC’s spring arts festival in principal Jim Power’s office on April 11.
More than 40 alumni came out for this great networking opportunity and to meet the guest speakers: the co-founders of newly launched, Toronto-based Know Rules Media, chief executive officer Loudon Owen ’76 and filmmaker/development and production vice-president Sanzhar Sultanov ’07.
The guests stayed after the reception to enjoy an evening of inspiring entertainment as UCC boys and faculty members showcased their talents as musicians, actors, artists, writers, debaters and filmmakers.
The second Common Ties event took place on May 14 in The Foster Hewitt Foundation Lounge at the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena and Sports Complex. It was hosted by business development coach, networking expert and CTAC vice-chair Evan Thompson ’73, and focused on proven tips for effective networking in cyberspace and face-to-face. All attendees received a complimentary reference guide with tips on harnessing the power of social media and how to develop effective personal networking skills. Please click here to  find a copy for download. Video footage from the event will be available exclusively to Old Boys on the Upper Canada College Alumni LinkedIn page.
Last but not least, Common Ties hosted the seventh annual Finance LunchNet on June 13 at Fasken Martineau LLP. This event presented an excellent networking opportunity for those working in or interested in finance and related industries. The event was attended by close to 90 people who listened to speaker Kevin Clark ’77, Scotiabank Global Transaction Banking senior vice-president of sales and CTAC chair.
Please contact alumni relations and Common Ties manager Julia Melnikova at jmelnikova@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 for more information.

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