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February 2014 – Extra! Extra!

Young alumni profile

The Young Alumni Network (YAN) is working hard to increase the profile of our outstanding alumni. We’ll feature a new profile of one of our young alumni, who are less than 15 years out of UCC, in each edition of Old Ties. This month we feature Ryan Adams ’05, who sits on the Young Alumni Network and Common Ties Advisory Committee.

Adams graduated from UCC in 2005 as a proud varsity hockey player, and he’s maintained a close relationship with the school since graduation. He went on to Queen’s University and obtained an honours bachelor of arts degree in English literature. He graduated in 2012 with a master’s degreee in public service and administration from the Clinton School of Public Service in Arkansas. 

Adams has spent significant time both domestically and abroad working on community conservation initiatives in northern Kenya. He’s spent close to 18 months working at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Northern Rangelands Trust, serving a number of roles that built capacity and capabilities for projects ranging from community development to access to water to wildlife management. Adams is passionate about wildlife conservation and its role as a catalyst for development in East Africa.

Adams’ commitment to global initiatives has dictated very interesting career moves. He’s associate director of Canadian business development at Free the Children Canada and is integral in the strategy behind forming public-private partnerships with leading corporations across Canada to further move the needle on the world’s most pressing social issues.

Free the Children believes in a world where all children are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. An example of this is We Day, which is held in nine cities across Canada and reaches more than 120,000 youth. These young people raised $11 million for 1,000 local and global causes, collected 875,000 pounds of canned food, and volunteered more than four million hours of time in 2013.

Adams worked as a communications associate for McKinsey & Company’s social sector office prior to Free the Children. He was a driving force behind the ideation, launch and management of the firm’s new online and print publication, Voices on Society, which brings together external thought leaders from around the world to weigh in on pertinent social issues.

Adams has demonstrated a clear interest in leaving this world a better place and is actively working to do so. He remains committed to doing the same for UCC. With a career that’s started out this strong, we can only look forward to even better things to come.

Do you have someone who should be profiled here? Please send suggestions to alumni relations and Common Ties manager Lindsay Tarvit at ltarvit@ucc.on.ca.

While we were all celebrating Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey gold medal victory, we saw a performance by Russia’s Cirque du Soleil, whose vice-chairman is Craig Cohon ’82.

Congratulations to University of Toronto student and UCC Old Boy David Riley ’12, who won a silver medal in the 400-metre individual medley at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport swimming championships at U of T.

A team of UCC Old Boys lost in the final of the Canadian Association of New Yorkers Hockey in Harlem Tournament. Read more at bit.ly/1fAfOOu

UCC Fellowship recipient Ted Turner hosted a recent fundraiser to support his Captain Planet Foundation and honour environmental activists, including TerraCycle founder and Old Boy Tom Szaky ’01. Szaky and Turner are on the left in this photo along with Erin Brockovich, Captain Planet, David Suzuki and others.

True Patriot Love, founded by Shaun Francis ’88, will launch a second expedition this April. Their destination is the magnetic North Pole. Click here to read more.

We’re bowled over by the success of Old Boys Michael ’11 and Tyler Topolinski ’12, who won the Rose Bowl football game with the Michigan State Spartans.

Congratulations to Allen Champagne ’11, who won the Belk Bowl football game with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Congratulations to UCC Fellowship recipient Margaret Norrie McCain, who’s been named a Companion to the Order of Canada, and Old Boy Jim Cuddy ’74, who’s been named an Officer to the order.