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Upper School gets renovated first floor

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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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