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January 2013 – What’s News?

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Founder’s Dinner

Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Upper Canada College

Accelerating Leadership:
The Inside Story of James Cameron’s Seven-Mile Dive Into the Mariana Trench

An evening with physician-scientist and author Dr. Joe MacInnis ’56

Join dinner chairmen Stephen ’76, Andrew ’77 and David ’89 Chisholm, as well as UCC Association president Jim Garner ”˜77, in celebrating the founding of our College in 1829 by Sir. John Colborne.

Enjoy an evening of fine dining and fun, and be inspired by MacInnis as he examines the leadership principles that guided Cameron and his team as they embarked on their historic seven-mile dive below the ocean’s surface.

Tickets: $125; Young alumni (1998-2012), current students and staff: $75
Space is limited, so don’t delay. Business attire is suggested.

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

Hugh Innes ’72 to receive John D. Stevenson Award

Hugh Innes ’72 is this year’s recipient of the John D. Stevenson Award in recognition of his outstanding volunteerism at Upper Canada College.

Innes has been a dedicated volunteer since he left the school in 1972 and has served as class president since graduating.  He was on the UCC Foundation board of trustees from 2000 to 2009 after becoming a member of the foundation’s investment committee in 1991. He chaired the investment committee and was responsible for a comprehensive review of the transfer formula. This review resulted in the development of the “Convergence Report” designed to demonstrate the impact of the correlation between investment returns, the transfer rate and tuition fee increases. This report served to increase  awareness among the governing bodies of the College and the UCC Foundation of the  important relationship between the school’s priorities and the growth of the foundation’s assets.

Innes has served on many committees and task forces in support of the UCC Association and has been actively involved in reunion planning and annual giving as a class president.  He recently organized the fundraising effort that allowed College Times and Old Times to be digitized and made accessible to the community electronically.

“I’m thrilled that we could recognize Hugh for his outstanding contributions to the school over the past 40 years. He’s incredibly deserving of this prestigious award,” says UCC principal Jim Power. “Through his role as 1972 class president and the variety of boards, committees and task forces that he’s served on, he’s proven himself to be a very important and valued part of the UCC community whose words and actions carry on the honourable ideals promoted by John D. Stevenson.”

The UCC Association 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 was named to recognize the exceptional contributions of John D. Stevenson ’47. Nominations are elicited annually from all members of the College community. The Association Council reviews the nominations and selects a recipient.

Innes will receive the award during a presentation at Founder’s Dinner on Feb. 13.


Corporate support for UCC events

Developing a relationship with UCC opens a multitude of opportunities for corporate sponsorship marketing and outreach efforts. It offers various vehicles in which to advertise to key target markets and provides unmatched recognition and visibility among the alumni and parent communities. UCC alumni and community events draw approximately 2,500 attendees annually, while its publications and online media initiatives reach more than 11,000 members of the community — including parents, grandparents, donors and friends of the College.

Among the most prestigious gatherings is Founder’s Dinner, which attracts approximately 500 people each February to celebrate the founding of the College and to enjoy student performances, an awards presentation and keynote addresses from influential community members. This year’s event is being held on Feb. 13.

The benefits of sponsoring Founder’s Dinner include:

  • An advertisement or recognition in Old  Times alumni magazine (circulation 11,000, but for the first time the  spring 2013 edition will be circulated through members of the community with medical and law practices in the GTA);
  • Logo recognition in an issue of Old Ties e-newsletter (circulation  7,000);
  • Email broadcasts to community promoting the  event (circulation 7,000);
  • Logo recognition on UCC website (average of 15,000  unique visitors per month);
  • Prominent signage at the event, including multimedia (approximately 500 attendees)

Further information about sponsorship levels and benefits can be found here. Please contact Kathryn Champion at kchampion@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2231.


Congratulations to Association office event manager Maria Karakoulas, and a welcome to Kathryn Champion

Kathryn Champion

Maria and Gregory Karakoulas’ third son, George, was born five-and-a-half weeks early at three minutes after midnight on Dec. 27. He weighed 5.8 pounds and is absolutely beautiful. He’ll spend a few weeks at Mount Sinai Hospital to ensure that his lungs mature and that he’s ready to face life with his big brothers, John and Pano. Congratulations to Maria and Gregory.

Kathryn Champion will serve as acting manager of events in the advancement office during Maria’s one-year maternity leave. We’re very fortunate to have Kathryn join our team. Kathryn founded and operated her own successful catering business for 20 years and, as a Branksome Hall graduate, has worked closely with its advancement office as a volunteer. She’s managed a large number of alumnae and parent volunteers and executed a wide variety of friend and fundraising events.

We’re thrilled to welcome Kathryn to the UCC community. She can be reached at kchampion@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2231.


MeriTALKracy starts conversations about merit

The motto on Upper Canada College’s crest ””Palmam qui meruit ferat” (“Let he who merited the palm bear it”) ”” has inspired a new initiative dealing with all aspects of merit.

MeriTALKracy was founded by RIWI Corporation chief executive officer and Old Boy Neil Seeman ’88 with the intention of promoting wide-ranging discussions about merit. MeriTALKracy aims to explore how merit relates to notions of risk, reward, work, fairness, luck and talent with a wide range of prominent people from UCC and beyond.

Thirteen contributors helped launch the MeriTALKracy website in December, including: Seeman; former Canadian ambassador to the United States and federal Minister of Finance Michael Wilson ’55; and Grand Challenges Canada CEO Peter Singer ’78.

UCC is working with The Huffington Post Canada, which is hosting the series to the public on its site and will consider all MeriTALKracy submissions.

The MeriTALKracy initiative is soliciting new submissions from members of the UCC community. Please send yours to uccmeritproject@ucc.on.ca if you’re inspired to weigh in.


Online car auction raises money for scholarship fund

A 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 442 convertible generously donated by Old Boy Brian Jones ’70 raised $20,199 for the Class of 1970 Scholarship Fund in a recent online auction.

The winning bidder from New York got a bargain since the car was valued at $39,999. Interested bidders could submit offers on the car from Dec. 14 to Jan. 6 in an online auction run by Vonality.

Upper Canada College thanks Jones for his donation and everyone who took part in the auction and kept raising the price. The money raised will help ensure that deserving boys are able to reap the benefits of a UCC education.

Former faculty passings

Michael T. Adamson

It is with regret that I share with you the sad news of Mike Adamson’s passing on January 1, 2013. We have extended to Michael’s wife Sally and their family, our deepest sympathy and heartfelt gratitude for his 26 years of dedicated service to Upper Canada College from 1966 to 1992.

As a graduate of St. Andrew’s College and later as a teacher (1949 to 1962) at SAC and at Lakefield College School (1962 to 1966), Michael made outstanding contributions as a teacher and coach because he understood and valued the independent school experience.

As an expert moderns teacher, a passionate coach of cricket and tennis, senior housemaster of McHugh’s, vice-principal and director of admission at the Upper School, Michael exemplified deep respect and care for students, faculty and staff. He was highly regarded for his sincere, warm, and level-headed approach to the most challenging circumstances when a boy or family required support and guidance. Now, as we strive to create a small school feel at UCC, we would do well to think about Mike as a fine role model, someone who knew how to bring out the very best in each individual and to build character.

As former principal Douglas Blakey noted in a past issue of Old Times, “Michael Adamson is more than a teacher. He is the quintessential schoolmaster, with a deep, genuine and lasting concern for his pupils. He is, in the oldest and truest meaning of the word, a gentleman.”

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan.12 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Anglican Church at 41 Byron St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

–Jim Power, UCC principal


Colin G. Harvey

Harvey was born in Blandford, England on Jan. 29,1934 and died in Toronto on Nov.4, 2012 after a long, stoic battle against skin cancer. He’s lovingly remembered by his family and friends everywhere whose lives he touched. Colin trained for the British Merchant Navy aboard HMS Conway, a flagship of Nelson’s day, at age 14 and travelled the world as a navigating officer before emigrating to Canada in 1959. After three years in the Toronto police force, he trained as a teacher and spent more than 25 happy years at Upper Canada College as math master, cricket coach and finally head of security. Classical music and sailing were his loves, but his passion was cricket. He stood as an umpire and match manager in local, national and international matches, served as treasurer for the Canadian Cricket Association (Cricket Canada) and was a senior member of the Cricket Canada Umpire Certification Committee.

Website password information

Upper Canada College’s new website is being revamped and the Old Boy directory isn’t yet available. Former usernames and passwords used by Old Boys to access password-protected areas of the website no longer work, but new ones will be provided once they’re available to access information.

In the meantime, please contact Samantha Kerbel in the Association office at 416-488-1125, ext. 2239 or skerbel@ucc.on.ca with any questions. You can also keep up with UCC information via Facebook and Twitter.

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January 2013 – Extra! Extra!

Extra! Extra!

Old Boys promote Spirit Challenge Cup

The National Hockey League lockout of players by team owners has ended, and so has the possibility of the Stanley Cup being presented to the best amateur hockey team playing in Canada.

With the NHL season potentially in peril, Upper Canada College Old Boys David Burt ’67, Loudon Owen ’76 and their shinny-playing pals Gard Shelley and Tim Gilbert came up with the idea for the Spirit Challenge Cup to reward “the Canadian amateur team that best reflects the goals, and embodies the spirit of fair and skillful ice hockey competition, according to the wishes of Lord Stanley, the Patron Saint of ice hockey.”

According to Gilbert, as part of a settlement agreement reached with the NHL in 2005, “the league agreed that if the NHL failed to mount a competition in any particular year, the trustees can award the cup to a non-NHL team. We believe the Spirit Challenge Cup lives up to the intentions of Lord Stanley.”

The Spirit Challenge Cup organizers launched a website and Facebook and Twitter pages to promote the concept, and their proposal received media attention, but the newly ratified labour deal means that victorious professional players will again hoist the Stanley Cup this year ”” though probably not in UCC’s hometown.

New film from Yung Chang ’96

The Fruit Hunters, the latest documentary by Old Boy Yung Chang ’96, premiered at the Reel Asian Film Festival in Richmond Hill, Ont. on Nov. 17 before opening more widely six days later.

The film tells the tale of several fruit fanatics, including actor Bill Pullman, and the lengths they go to in order to find and preserve rare specimens and satiate their passion. The Fruit Hunters interweaves the colourful stories of these modern-day obsessives with glimpses through history of humanity’s long love affair with fruit.

Chang is a former UCC boarder who went by the name Jason while he was at the school. The Montreal resident received critical praise and multiple awards for his first feature documentary, 2008’s Up the Yangtze. He followed that earlier this year with China Heavyweight, which follows the lives of a boxing coach and two fighters in China. Chang is preparing a feature fiction film called Eggplant that revolves around a Taiwanese wedding photographer in China.

Upper Canada College Cadet Corps legacy

The Cadet Corps of Upper Canada College paraded with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada for 127 years. The corps is gone now, but its legacy is a proud part of the regiment’s traditions.

Read about the history and legacy of UCC’s cadet corps at http://bit.ly/TXuTlm.

Have a look at UCC’s recent “College Hockey Experience” at Cornell University at http://bit.ly/VN9ZZS.

Learn about knighted scientist and UCC Old Boy Charles Seymour “Silas” Wright1904 in this Globe and Mail article: http://bit.ly/RxjDL7.

Congratulations to UCC Old Boy Matt Cartwright ’79, who won Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district for the Democrats in the United States general election in November. Read more at http://bit.ly/XjFESC.

UCC Old Boy and TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky ’01 offers tips on great slide presentations in this New York Times article: http://nyti.ms/TU8UbO.

See and hear the work of experimental artist and UCC Old Boy Michael Snow ’48 in this tribute to an “original creator” at http://bit.ly/X5Hsdl.

Congratulations to CFL commissioner and UCC Old Boy Mark Cohon ’85, who ranked seventh on CBC’s list of the most influential people in Canadian sports in 2012.

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January 2013 – Alumni Events

Alumni Events

Winterfest and alumni hockey game

Join us on Friday, Jan. 18 at Winterfest to watch UCC’s winter sports teams, including the UCC Varsity Blues hockey team taking on the St. Andrew’s College Saints at 7:30 p.m. in the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena and Sports Complex. The game between the rivals will be streamed live here and taped for later broadcast by Rogers TV. Veteran sports journalist and broadcaster David Grossman and Upper School athletics director Brent MacKay will provide play-by-play and colour commentary for the game.

Then come out to play in the Old Boys alumni hockey game on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. Full equipment is required. Referees will be provided. Lunch for all Old Boys will follow the game in the Foster Hewitt Foundation Lounge. Please watch the game and join us for lunch if you don’t want to skate.

RSVP to the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca to reserve your spot in the alumni game.

Norval winter open house

Please join us for our annual winter family open house at the Norval Outdoor School on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Stephen House will be open, with food and refreshments available. These seasonal family open houses at Norval are held on Sunday afternoons in October, January, March and May, and are free of charge. The idea is to open up Norval to UCC community members and offer a variety of outdoor activities for you, your family and friends to enjoy. There will be a wide variety of activities, including:

1. Cross-country skiing – Bring your own or use ours. We have lots of skis and boots in all sizes. We’ll have instructors to teach beginners and take them for a tour. More advanced skiers are welcome to follow one of our marked trails. Please note that the trails are not track-set.

2. Tobogganing – Bring your own or use one of our many carpet sleds at our popular toboggan hill at the arboretum.

3. Winter hike – Winter is a beautiful time to go for a guided walk around the Norval property. Feel free to wear a pair of our snowshoes for the hike.

Come explore Norval at this beautiful time of year.  Kids of all ages will enjoy the day.

Please RSVP the number of people attending to Samantha Kerbel at association@ucc.on.ca or 1-800-822-5361.

Spring branch events

April 18: New York branch reception and dinner. Reception at the University Club at 6:30 p.m. Dinner to be determined.

There will be branch  events in Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles that are in the process of being planned for late April or early May. Formal invitations to Old Boys living in and around each city will be sent shortly.


First UCC and BSS young alumni event in GTA

The UCC Young Alumni Network hosted a joint networking event with The Bishop Strachan School on Nov. 21at Fasken Martineau. The event was a tremendous success, with more than 60 guests in attendance. It featured a panel discussion on the results of the American election and its impact on the Canadian economy and public policy. The panel moderator was BSS alumnus and Business News Network anchor Pamela Ritchie Levitt ’92. Panel speakers included: Philip Smith ’85, Scotiabank’s chief financial officer of global banking and markets; Hon. James S. Peterson P.C., Fasken counsel; and Howard Hampton, Fasken counsel.

Classes of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 wing night

The UCC Young Alumni Network hosted “Young Alumni Wing Night” for the graduating classes of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 at Toronto’s Scallywags on Dec. 20. More than 80 young Old Boys came out to catch up with friends before the holidays.

Upcoming events

Feb. 16 and 17: Young alumni hockey at the seventh annual Canadian Association of New York Central Park Charity Hockey Tournament

April 19 to 21: Young alumni hockey at Stanstead College Alumni Hockey Tournament

June 6: “Young Alumni Network Old Boys Night Out” at a location to be confirmed

Please contact Julia Melnikova at jmelnikova@ucc.on.ca for more information.

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January 2013 – Common Ties

Common Ties Mentorship

Common Ties Mandate

The UCC Common Ties Mentorship Program provides a robust platform through 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.

Connecting to the legal industry

More than 50 people from the legal industry attended the fourth annual Common Ties Legal LunchNet on Nov. 23 at McCarthy Tétrault 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 by McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Be sure not to miss the Common Ties LunchNet event dealing with finance on Wednesday, June 12. Please see the upcoming events section below for other Common Ties events.

University mock interviews success continues

We’d like to give a big thank you to all volunteers who participated in university mock interviews. Your time and commitment to this program was greatly appreciated, as IB2 students were able to practice their interview skills in preparation for university interviews and future employment opportunities. Most importantly, the students were able to connect with Old Boys, parents and university students to ask important questions about their career choices.

The program saw significant increase in participation numbers from both volunteers and students in 2012. Nine interview presentations were delivered to IB2 students in October and November. More than 80 IB2 students signed up for mock interviews and 57 volunteers, Old Boys and parents were recruited to deliver them. Volunteers were paired with IB2 students for a 45-minute to one-hour mock interview over the phone, in person or over Skype with volunteers from outside Canada.

The next stage of the program is to deliver resume workshops to all IB1 students this month and next.

IB1 and IB2 resume and interview workshops were delivered by Common Ties in partnership with UCC’s university counselling office.


Upcoming Common Ties events


Creating a Powerful Personal Presence

May 14, The Foster Hewitt Foundation Lounge, UCC


Finance LunchNet
June 12, Fasken Martineau LLP

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January 2013 – Annual Fund

Annual Fund

Thank you for 2012-2013 annual giving contributions

The initial response from Old Boys to the 2012-2013 annual giving appeal has been tremendous. Thank you. We’re extremely grateful to the many Old Boys who’ve already made a donation to the campaign.

Old Boy support of annual giving grows each year, reflecting your continued commitment to Upper Canada College. Your participation is what counts, and all gifts make a difference.

There’s still time to participate in this year’s campaign. You could even double your gift.

Did you know that many companies offer a matching gift program to their employees? It’s true. Companies will match the gift made by any employee to a non-profit organization. With an employee matching gift program, the impact of your gift could be doubled or even tripled.

Click here to find out if your or your spouse’s company has a matching gift program and what you need to do to take part in it.

Don’t miss out on doubling or tripling your gift.

Donations can be made online at www.ucc.on.ca/MakeaGift. 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.

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