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2014 Impact Report

Boundless is intensifying alumni and donor engagement with the University of Toronto’s top priorities and driving new levels of support for students, faculty, research, discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. Thanks to this support, U of T is developing the next generation of leaders to address global challenges.

The Boundless Campaign*



Alumni and friends have made gifts to the Boundless campaign

Made their first gift to U of T during the Boundless campaign


Countries are represented by alumni and friends who have supported the Boundless campaign


67,681 Donated less than $1,000

Donors have given two or more gifts during the Boundless campaign

$448 million In donations for critical infrastructure projects


Critically needed capital renewal projects have begun construction across three campuses thanks to the Boundless campaign



Student scholarships and bursaries are awarded each year during the campaign

Scholarships and fellowships have been created or enhanced through Boundless

$273 million In donations for student aid and experience

60 + Chairs and professorships have been supported by Boundless

*all data as of december 31, 2014

$760 million In donations for innovative programs and cutting-edge research

$176 million In donations for faculty support

Global Reach of Alumni

140,000 + Guests have been welcomed at U of T events in Canada and around the world since the start of Boundless



Alumni events in 57 cities attracted more than 5,700 alumni last year

Alumni branches worldwide


Engaging the city

Lectures featuring some of U of T’s top scholars have been held in neighbourhoods across Toronto over the past year Spring Reunion 2014

6,600 Registrants— a new record



Of attendees are likely to attend Spring Reunion in the future

Of attendees said the events enhanced their sense of belonging to U of T



Events were held across


Of attendees said the Spring Reunion events fostered pride in U of T

Divisions, faculties and colleges

Connecting with Young Alumni

Volunteerism and Mentorship






Young alumni attended the 2014 Spring Reunion SHAKER event

Attendees at Next Steps Conference for graduating students

Of respondents said Next Steps helped them feel more prepared to graduate

Alumni actively mentor students

Volunteers support the University of Toronto and help advance its mission



The largest monetary gift ever made to a Canadian health care initiative, a rising tide of alumni engagement in the life of the University, transformational gifts for Indigenous health and education, record attendance at alumni gatherings, a visionary donation to mental health, growing numbers of alumni connecting with students, vital funding for scholarships and capital projects across our three campuses, a groundswell of support for student innovation and entrepreneurship—these were just some of the highlights for University Advancement in 2014. With support from 86,840 alumni and friends, Boundless: The Campaign for the University of Toronto has reached a new benchmark for Canadian philanthropy— $1.65 billion raised as of December 31, 2014 toward the University’s highest academic priorities and boldest ambitions. The campaign’s success has been bolstered by the tremendous engagement of alumni around the world, who have responded in unprecedented numbers to alumni events, programming and initiatives. The University has seen record attendance at Spring Reunion, as well as at regional events from Montreal to Vancouver and from New York to San Francisco to Hong Kong. Record levels of alumni are getting involved as volunteers, mentors and ambassadors for the University. The key value proposition of staying connected with the University at every life stage is taking root. The narrative of Boundless, which captures the impact of the University, is inspiring greater pride of association and greater understanding of U of T’s mission and case for support. The multiplying effect of this engagement, pride and support is benefiting every aspect of the University and empowering our students and faculty to push the limits of knowledge, challenge convention and tackle the issues that we care about most. In this impact report, we profile the people who have generously given their time, knowledge and resources to help advance the global reputation of the University, strengthen our role as a city-builder, educate the next generation of leaders across a broad spectrum of fields, and catalyze new ideas for healthier, more sustainable and prosperous societies. While we still have important work ahead of us, and many critical targets to reach, the University is grateful for the visionary support of our donors, alumni and friends. This tremendous goodwill is helping ensure that U of T has the resources to compete as one of the world’s best universities, provide an excellent and accessible education for our students, meet today’s global challenges and prepare tomorrow’s global citizens.


The Promise of a Healthy Heart The largest private donation in Canadian health care history will bring together the strengths of SickKids, UHN and U of T in personalized genomic medicine, tissue engineering and advanced cardiac care to address heart failure across an individual’s lifespan.

With the goal to reduce hospitalization for heart failure by 50 percent over the next decade, the University of Toronto, the Hospital for Sick Children, and the University Health Network (UHN) have launched the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, funded by an unprecedented donation of $130 million from the Rogers family—the largest monetary gift ever made to a Canadian health care initiative. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research to life,” said Loretta Rogers, wife of the late Ted Rogers. “We know Ted would have been proud of this bold initiative that will improve heart health for all.” Heart disease represents a considerable economic strain on the Canadian health care system. The annual cost for managing moderate and severe heart failure patients in Canada is as much as $2.3 billion. Today, one million Canadians are living with heart failure, and that number is projected to increase 25 percent over the next 20 years. The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will bring together more than 30 expert clinicians and researchers from across U of T, SickKids and UHN, as well as up to 80 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows who represent the future of the field. This critical mass of expertise will improve treatments for heart patients, and develop entirely new therapies. The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will be a magnet to attract additional research talent from around the world, solidifying Toronto’s—and Canada’s—position as a global leader in cardiac care, noted Professor Meric Gertler, president of U of T. “The Toronto region is home to one of the world’s largest biomedical science and health education clusters,” said Gertler.


“This exceptionally powerful network of researchers and educators is translating exciting ideas, innovations and therapies in stem cell research and regenerative medicine into clinical settings where they will address the most challenging problems across the spectrum of heart disease. With its pioneering spirit and innovative approach, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will be a world-class collaboration and a most fitting tribute to its namesake.” “The generosity and magnitude of this gift, and the transformational effect it will have on heart research, truly reflects the pioneering and innovative spirit of Ted Rogers and his family,” said Dr. Michael Apkon, president and CEO of SickKids. “This powerful, collaborative partnership among SickKids, UHN and U of T will have a global impact. Together we hope to accelerate discovery and cardiac care at an unprecedented pace.” Dr. Barry Rubin, chair and program medical director of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and a professor of surgery at U of T, said the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will be a powerful hub for developing “new therapies that will dramatically improve the lives of patients with heart disease.” The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will have facilities in each of the three participating institutions. It will be the first in the world to bring together research, education and innovation in personalized genomic medicine, bioengineering, stem cell research and cardiovascular treatment and management under one umbrella with a single focus: improving heart health across an individual’s entire lifespan, from childhood to adulthood.



Each institutional partner will take the lead in a particular area: • U of T will focus on combining stem cell technology with novel approaches in cellular and tissue engineering for the regeneration of heart muscle, coronary vessels and heart valves. This cutting-edge research, which is crucial to restoring damaged hearts, will be led by U of T’s Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, one of the many fields in which the University is recognized as a world leader. • SickKids will harness the power of genomic science to decode the genetic foundations of cardiac disease, which will allow for heart disease to be better predicted before it occurs, and will support individualized therapies for children and adults based on the unique genome of each patient. • UHN, through the application of powerful databases, new biomarkers for cardiac disease, regenerative and individualized medicine approaches and state-of-the-art real-time home monitoring and telecommunications technologies, will focus on the translation of research discovery into the delivery of care for patients. Foundational to this approach is a customized cardiovascular data module for a new electronic patient record linked to a biobank that will house a vast array of biologic samples from both adult and paediatric patients. Professor Peter Zandstra, a lead U of T investigator for the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, said young patients with valve disorders, for example, typically need several complex operations during their lifetime to implant larger valves to accommodate the growing heart. They also require drugs to keep the heart from rejecting valve replacements.

“Research at the Centre could one day lead to the regeneration of a valve with the patient’s own cells, eliminating a lifetime of chronic illness,” he said. Cardiac fibrosis is a stiffening of the heart tissue that leads to a variety of cardiac diseases, including heart failure. Zandstra said advances in tissue engineering at U of T will accelerate the discovery of biomaterials that could be used to treat fibrosis, bringing new hope to patients. Research at the University will also enlarge our understanding of how genetic molecular signalling and cellular networks function as the heart develops, opening up the possibility of more effective heart therapies. The establishment of the new centre will enable U of T scientists to create technologies and tools for improved heart physiology monitoring, both in clinical settings and for patients at home. These efforts will lead to more seamless, integrated care for heart patients. The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will also establish a competitive innovation fund to drive discovery and development of next-generation therapies for heart failure, and an education fund to attract the best and brightest students and postgraduates to ensure a deep pool of talent in Canada for cardiac care and research. Over the next decade, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research will help enable more people—adults and children alike, in Canada and around the world—to live long, healthy and happy lives.


Reuniting and Rejoicing at Spring Reunion Spring Reunion welcomes thousands back to campus every year. It’s become a mustattend event for alumni who want to revisit their university experience. Spring Reunion 2014 set a record for attendance, with events such as stress-free lectures, barbecues and social evenings.

Our graduates are the lifeblood of the University of Toronto. We are blessed with extraordinarily engaged alumni across Canada and in 197 countries around the world. Spring Reunion is a prime example of the remarkable energy and spirit of our U of T alumni. Events take place over several days prior to the start of spring convocation. The 12,000 young people who graduate each year are welcomed back the following year to Spring Reunion, ensuring the connection to their alma mater remains strong. At Spring Reunion 2014, a record 6,600 registrants attended 110 unique events held across 25 divisions, faculties and colleges. Returning to campus prompted many attendees to reflect upon their time at the University. Carol Labute (BA 2000 SMC) confessed that the simple act of putting on her name tag brought tears to her eyes, as she felt the pride of being a U of T grad. Labute is a service director with Air Canada and she attended this year’s Spring Reunion at the 06

behest of her husband, Roman Tietz (BA 1983 UTSC), who thought she would appreciate Professor Matt Ratto’s Stress Free Degree lecture on 3D printing of prosthetic sockets. Ratto was one of 15 U of T speakers (professors, alumni and authors) who delivered a record total number of lectures this year. After hearing about Ratto’s ground breaking research Tietz, who is missing one of his legs, is considering replacing his current prosthetic with a 3D version. Labute and Tietz also brought their children Adam (nine) and Olivia (12) to hear Ratto speak. Everyone was so impressed that Labute promised the whole family would be back again next year, “because there is just so much more to do” at Spring Reunion than attending one lecture. Chancellor Michael Wilson (BComm 1959 TRIN, Hon. DSL 1994 TRIN, Hon. LLD 2005), who also attended Spring Reunion 2014, relished the opportunity to reminisce with old football pals about the great Varsity teams of the late 1950s. “Spring Reunion is very important for us, the University, and for graduates, to see


old friends. I know many of them get on the phone to encourage classmates to attend,” Wilson said. At his 55th anniversary celebration Wilson himself reunited with many old friends.

Reunion 2014 was the first time she’d returned to campus since 2008. “I really enjoyed it,” Hou said of the experience. “It was very nostalgic.”

After graduating with a degree in fine arts and visual studies in 2004, Derrick Chow (BA 2004 TRIN) works as a freelance illustrator for newspapers and magazines. Chow attended Spring Reunion in part because he believes that “it’s important to go back, to meet new friends as well as old friends. I loved my professors, the groups I took part in, the extracurricular activities. At U of T I met the most creative, ambitious, and nice people.” Chow had such a good time at the LGBTQ Spring Soirée that he plans to bring his husband and fellow Trinity grad to next year’s events.

These glowing testimonials speak to the growing popularity of U of T’s annual Spring Reunion festivities. With record attendance in 2014, organizers ensured alumni were able to choose from an astounding 110 events hosted by divisions, faculties and colleges across our three campuses. And next year promises to be even better!

Karen Hou (BBA 2008 UTSC) also promised to return next year after hearing the keynote interview with entrepreneur and author Robert Herjavec (BA 1984 NEW) at the Alumni Celebration and Annual General Meeting. For Hou, a graduate of the management co-op program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Spring 07




Spring Reunion by the Numbers:


Celebrating Alumni Engagement Close to 900 guests attended the U of T Alumni Celebration at Spring Reunion. The Celebration featured the University of Toronto Alumni Association’s (UTAA) Annual General Meeting followed by an insightful and entertaining on-stage conversation with TV personality and entrepreneur Robert Herjavec (BA 1984 NEW) and business journalist Danielle Bochove (BA 1990 TRIN). Herjavec spoke candidly about his personal and business experiences as well as what he took away from his time at U of T.

6,660 registrants A record


Increase in registrations over 2013

1,000+ young alumni attended


Recognizing Alumni Leaders in Nursing During Spring Reunion, the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing recognizes outstanding graduates who are making exceptional contributions to the field. Nicole Wagner, one of the recipients, received the Rising Star Award in Clinical and Community Nursing. This award is given to an alumnus who has excelled in the first 10 years after baccalaureate graduation by making significant contributions to community nursing practice early in his or her career. Wagner is the Advance Practice Nurse for the Mental Health and Addictions Program at Humber River Hospital. Her nominators described her as a leading example of the professionalism, integrity and ethical conduct that is needed in the area of addictions treatment. In 2010, Nicole received the Dorothy Riddell Scholarship and The Kathleen Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund.

110 events held across 25 divisions, faculties and colleges

93% Of attendees are likely to attend Spring Reunion in the future


Strengthening Indigenous Health and Education Study after study makes it clear: Canada’s Indigenous peoples do not have the same level of education and health as other Canadians. Three generous gifts to the Boundless campaign—one from Michael and Amira Dan, and two from anonymous donors—are helping U of T address Canada’s systemic disparities in Indigenous health care and education.

Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health For many years health and health care in Indigenous communities have lagged behind the rest of Canada, particularly for such issues as diabetes, tuberculosis, suicide and obesity. Concerned community leaders and other Canadians have been working to address this obvious gap in care and now, thanks to the new Institute for Indigenous Health at U of T, there’s an opportunity to close this gap further. U of T alumni Michael Dan (MD 1984) and Amira Dan (MA 2004) helped to create this Institute with a $10 million gift in 2014 that builds on previous philanthropy at U of T. The Dans are well known for their deep concern for social issues, and they have a history of involvement with Indigenous communities. Now they are making it possible for faculty members and doctoral students researching aspects of Indigenous health in seemingly unrelated disciplines like anthropology and health economics to merge their expertise.


They are also smoothing the path for research training programs in Indigenous health, new partnerships between University researchers and Indigenous communities, and open dialogue with respected Indigenous leaders who can advise on directions the Institute might follow. The Institute is based at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health    where there is an existing core of scholars working in Indigenous health. Institute investigators will combine the science that evolves in University labs and libraries with the traditional knowledge of their Indigenous partners, in keeping with U of T’s rich tradition of innovation. This approach will be transmitted to the next generation of researchers through the Institute’s education program, resulting in health solutions that are appropriate for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people —  and are effective and lasting.

Photo credit: Christopher Wahl



“We are excited and honoured to take part in an initiative that will improve the health and well-being of one of Canada’s most marginalized peoples. The Institute will be based at Canada’s leading university and will provide innovative solutions designed to narrow the much-too-large gap between the health status of Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.” MICHAEL AND AMIRA DAN



Strengthening Indigenous Education A new Indigenous Education Initiative at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) will generate knowledge that is relevant to education, and the study of education, in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies around the world. This five-year initiative is made possible thanks to a generous $5 million gift from an anonymous donor. Building on OISE’s existing strengths in this field, the Initiative will help researchers explore the educational needs of Indigenous people and pursue vital avenues of inquiry that will benefit education around the globe. It is also expected to have a significant impact on education policy in Canada. “The University of Toronto is already recognized as a world leader in Indigenous education thanks to the dedication of scholars at OISE who have made Indigenous education a priority,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “This gift affirms that stature and provides the support required to ensure that U of T continues to lead the way.”


The gift, which is the largest donation ever made to a Canadian faculty of education for Indigenous education research, has also established a prestigious fellowship. Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo has been appointed the first Distinguished Fellow of the William A. Macdonald, Q.C. Fellowship in Indigenous Education, and will play a lead role in forging important partnerships between Canada’s Indigenous people and other organizations. “This new Initiative is an important demonstration of the role universities can and must play as places of discussion, partnership and innovation in support of Indigenous education and Indigenous people,” said Atleo.


Improving Access to Education As Canada’s leading public university, U of T is deeply devoted to the principles of access and excellence. In fact, we have publicly pledged that no qualified undergraduate will have to decline admission or withdraw from his or her studies due to financial circumstances. A new $5 million gift from an anonymous donor exemplifies the vital role philanthropy plays in making possible the University’s commitment to supporting great students regardless of their ability to pay for higher education.

in their family to attend university will be matched by the University’s Boundless Promise Program. The result: a helping hand to deserving people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from a university education.

The gift will primarily support scholarships for students from Indigenous backgrounds, and secondarily those whose parents did not attend university or college. A portion of the scholarships for indigenous students will be awarded in partnership with Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people. The remaining portion of the scholarships for indigenous students and students who are the first



Canada’s Voice on the Global Stage The story of the Munk School of Global Affairs—fuelled by generous donations from Peter and Melanie Munk—is one of explosive growth, academic excellence and global impact. In just five years, the Munk School has emerged as one of the world’s top schools of international affairs, leading a global conversation on critical issues that affect us all.

“The world is changing. We want to do our part to ensure that Canada not only secures its place on the world stage but helps create the knowledge that improves people’s lives.”

PETER AND MELANIE MUNK The growth and success of the Munk School of Global Affairs would not have been possible without the leadership of Peter and Melanie Munk. Peter Munk, who built multinational mining giant Barrick Gold Corp., chose U of T as a focus for his philanthropy because his alma mater welcomed him with open arms when he came to Canada in the late 1940s. “Peter Munk is unendingly grateful for the opportunities Canada has given him,” said Munk School Founding Director Janice Stein. “It is his singular wish to give young Canadians those very same opportunities to become truly global citizens.” 15


The remarkable success of the Munk School of Global Affairs begins with the extraordinary vision and generosity of Peter Munk (BASc 1952, Hon. LLD 1995, Hon. DSL 2004) and Melanie Munk (Hon. DSL 2004). Their benefactions to the University, which total more than $50 million, have enabled the University to create a major academic powerhouse in global affairs and attract top students, world-renowned faculty and accomplished mentors. Together, this great constellation of talent is generating knowledge and ideas that have global reach and influence. The Munk School is leading a global conversation on pressing issues such as the shifting balance of global power, the role of innovation in the global economy, the challenges of justice in a world of conflict, cybersecurity, Internet censorship, digital diplomacy, the digital economy and the economic rise of Asia. People around the world are paying attention. Munk School experts are routinely quoted in leading national and international news outlets. Since 2011, in fact, the Munk School has more than tripled its media presence. In 2013, the Munk School was mentioned 1,972 times across online, radio, television and print media platforms. The most significant media attention was focused on two trending Munk School research topics: spyware and Internet censorship, and digital diplomacy and Iran. “There is a lot of excitement about our work,” said Janice Stein, past Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. “Partners from around the world are joining our ever-expanding network, and audiences—both real and virtual—are flocking to hear what


we have to say. Through various channels, our experts are now reaching more than four million people.” The Munk School has also experienced substantial growth in its academic programs. In the past three years, student enrolments have doubled, while the number of applicants to the School has quadrupled. One hundred and sixty students are now enrolled in the flagship Master of Global Affairs Program. The Fellowship in Global Journalism, which aims to deepen the coverage of global issues, is attracting high-calibre candidates from around the world. The new Munk One Program—a first-year program for outstanding incoming undergraduates—is attracting top students with the interest and capacity to tackle global challenges. Exceptional faculty and experts from around the world continue to gravitate to the Munk School. There are more than 130 affiliated scholars engaged in its teaching and research. More than 20 distinguished Senior Fellows have chosen to work at the Munk School and mentor its students. In 2013 alone, the School hosted more than 900 public seminars, conferences and lectures, which attracted 33,000 people.




OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP Recognized as one of the world’s leading thinkers on international issues, Professor Janice Stein has transformed the Munk School from a small academic startup into a multidisciplinary powerhouse over the past 15 years. In January 2015, Stephen Toope, a noted international law scholar and former president of the University of British Columbia, became the new director of the Munk School. “The Munk School has built a reputation around the world for its thoughtful and insightful examination of international issues,” said Toope. “I’m delighted to be a part of this community of outstanding researchers and students working to understand and tackle global problems.”


CHASING GHOSTNET In 2009, Professor Ron Deibert, director of the Munk School’s Citizen Lab, made world headlines when his team published Tracking Ghostnet, a report that uncovered a suspected international cyber espionage network. This seminal study, along with 2010’s Shadows in the Cloud, was among the first public reports to reveal cyber espionage networks targeting civil society and governments around the world—including systems in India and several other countries, the Office of the Dalai Lama and the United Nations. Both reports were featured on the front pages of The New York Times and The Globe and Mail. More recently, the Citizen Lab became the first Canadian organization to win the MacArthur Foundation’s Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, which is worth $1 million. 17

Recognizing Student and Alumni Leadership The Cressy Awards recognize students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. Many Cressy winners continue to give back to U of T after graduation. Indeed, some 40 of these remarkable alumni have also been awarded Arbor Awards—the University’s premier recognition program for volunteerism at U of T. ASHLEY GRAHAM AND DAVID BRONSKILL

Spirit of Giving Back Ashley Graham (MSc 2009) and David Bronskill (BA 1996 TRIN, MA 1997, LLB 2000) are two remarkable individuals whose leadership and commitment to giving back elevates the University of Toronto experience for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Graham and Bronskill were student leaders who have become deeply engaged alumni while also excelling in challenging professional careers. Both are members of a distinguished group of U of T alumni who have won a Cressy Student Leadership Award and an alumni Arbor Award for their longstanding service to their alma mater and to the wider community. As a Master’s student at U of T, Graham served as co-president of the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Student Council and first-year representative for the Graduate Students’ Union. After graduating in 2009 with an MSc in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Graham was hired as an occupational therapist at The Hospital for Sick Children, where she is a member of the Heart Transplant, General Surgery and Respiratory Medicine teams. She has also worked as a subject matter expert with the Children’s Hospital Project in Qatar. Even with such a demanding schedule, Graham continues to place enormous importance on remaining an active member of the U of T community: “I found my niche at U of T and have continued to be involved with the University since graduating. It’s been great to give back. For me, being a volunteer has allowed me to meet amazing people and I have learned so much.” Graham is a member of the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy 18

Alumni Association, where she has been instrumental in creating a social media strategy, helping them to reach and engage even more alumni. For the past two years she has also served as editor of the alumni publication Update, refreshing its design and devoting countless hours to its production and distribution. David Bronskill is a volunteer extraordinaire. A three-time graduate of the University of Toronto, Bronskill likewise found his niche at U of T. “Being a student at U of T provided access to scholars who instilled a sense of love of knowledge…and a responsibility to use one’s education to benefit both one’s own life and the lives of others,” said Bronskill. As a student at Trinity, he played on several sports teams, worked for the school newspaper and participated in student governance. In the years since graduation, Bronskill has amplified his involvement with U of T as well as his service to the wider community. He stayed involved with the Alumni Association of Trinity College and served on Trinity College’s Executive Committee, which he chaired for three years. A partner with the law firm Goodmans LLP, Bronskill devotes his Sunday mornings to supervising the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Feed the Hungry Program. He also sits on the boards of the Artscape Foundation and the Toronto Humane Society, and is on the advisory board of the Toronto Lords Basketball Association, an elite basketball program for teenage girls in the City of Toronto.



Celebrating 20 Years of Student Service

25 Years of Arbor

On November 20, the majestic Great Hall at Hart House served as a fitting backdrop to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards. Established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association and the Division of University Advancement, the Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. One hundred and seventy former Cressy recipients from near and far gathered for an entertaining and edifying evening that celebrated and honoured the importance of leadership and service. Guests were treated to a rousing panel discussion as well as speeches from several fellow alumni and Cressy winners. In the past 20 years, the Cressy Awards have become a benchmark among volunteer student awards in Canada.

The Arbor, or tree—the iconic symbol for U of T— is freighted with meaning. It represents learning, wisdom, growth, fruition, resilience, and immense and enduring strength—all apt descriptions of what U of T stands for in our community and the world. The tree also represents family, and on September 10 the University gathered many of its closest friends and supporters at 93 Highland Avenue to mark the silver anniversary of the Arbor Awards. The awards, which have been conferred on more than 2,000 people since 1989, are the University’s premier recognition program for alumni and friends whose loyalty, dedication and generosity have added substantially to the quality of the University of Toronto experience. Past recipients include prominent figures in public service, education, health care, the arts and the private sector. This extended family of volunteers and supporters continues to strengthen U of T and empower our students.


One Spadina Reborn

Originally the home of Knox College Theological Seminary and later the Connaught Laboratories, which introduced insulin to the world, One Spadina Crescent is one of Toronto’s architectural masterpieces—a historic building occupying an iconic circle within a city dominated by the mercantile grid. A striking new plan from the internationally renowned firm NADAAA will seamlessly integrate One Spadina’s heritage building with a bold new work of contemporary architecture. The new complex will double the amount of space available to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design to more than 100,000 square feet and help consolidate programs in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and visual studies along the western edge of the University’s St. George campus. With more space, the Daniels Faculty will not only respond to growing enrolment demands, but also provide its students with the infrastructure and collaborative research environments that are essential for contemporary design research and education. The heritage renovation will return One Spadina’s interior spaces to their original format and austere beauty. These spaces will flow into a spectacular new facility featuring flexible design studios, lecture and meeting halls, fabrication spaces and research laboratories. A series of pavilions, radiating outward, will house cross-disciplinary research units devoted 20

to addressing the most pressing challenges in urbanization, health care design, sustainability, city building and governance. Through a new, dramatic landscape, the circle will be generously opened to the city for perhaps the first time since the 19th century through a new east– west access, various plazas and seating, bicycle parking and a large south-facing belvedere. One Spadina’s teaching, research, fabrication and presentation spaces will be a hub for creating more sustainable, beautifully crafted and socially just cities. The complex itself will be an exemplar of urban design, showcasing leading sustainable design practices, thus serving as a model of what we strive to teach our students. One Spadina is the largest architecture school expansion ever undertaken in Canada. The project has received substantial support from the University and lead donors, including two generous gifts totalling $24 million from John H. Daniels (BArch 1950, Hon. LLD 2011) and his wife Myrna Daniels, and $1 million from the Daniels Corporation. The campaign for the Daniels Faculty is a $50 million effort. In total, $45 million of this campaign goal will go toward the capital renewal of One Spadina. The remaining $5 million will support student awards. To date, more than two-thirds of the campaign total has been raised.

“With the redevelopment of One Spadina, the Daniels Faculty will be a catalyst for designing better cities and reconceiving architecture and landscapes for the 21st century.” PROFESSOR MERIC GERTLER, PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

U of T in Your Neighbourhood

How does Ebola spread and what can our highly interconnected world expect next from this infectious disease? Does music affect our health? How do children learn to tell lies? What do we know about water security in Toronto? These are just some of the topics covered by U of T faculty experts for the U of T in Your Neighbourhood (UTN) program in 2014. Alumni from around the Greater Toronto Area gathered in community venues such as their local library to hear researchers deliver talks with intriguing titles such as “The Doctor Will Tweet You Now” (Professor Karen Devon, Surgery) and “The Car that Drives Itself” (Professor Raquel Urtasun, Computer Science). “The UTN speakers really are worldclass, and each lecture is very engaging,” said attendee John Maitland (MEd 1981). “The program has renewed my sense of belonging to U of T, 22

and I’m pleased to see that the University has an ongoing interest in its alumni, and our desire to have a lifelong learning experience.” One of President Meric Gertler’s priorities for U of T involves better connecting the University with the city for the mutual benefit of both. The U of T in Your Neighbourhood program plays a valuable part in achieving this goal by making University research easily accessible to graduates living in the region. This past year, more than 1,400 alumni and friends attended 25 thought-provoking presentations offered right where they live. David Fisman is Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with a special interest in infectious diseases. His presentation on Ebola reviewed this year’s crisis in West Africa, discussed why it was different than other outbreaks and provided attendees with recommendations for trustworthy



Twitter handles on this hot topic. “For me as a faculty member, it’s really exciting and fun to share what I’m working on with a group of smart and engaged non-experts from the wider U of T community,” he reflects. “Sometimes working in a highly specialized community can be a bit of an echo chamber and it’s helpful both having to describe our work in plain language, and getting the feedback from folks seeing it through new eyes.”

Some of the other presentations that took place throughout the year included: • The Curious World of Probabilities — Jeffrey Rosenthal, Statistics • Water Security in Toronto — Jennifer Drake, Engineering • How Children Learn to Tell Lies — Kang Lee, Institute of Child Study, OISE • Unlocking the News: Empty Newsrooms and the Bright Future of Our Media — Robert Steiner, Munk School of Global Affairs • How to Balance Work–Life Commitments — Scott Schieman and Sarah Reid, Sociology • What’s Going on in the Arctic? — Dick (W.R.) Peltier, Physics • The First 2,000 Days of Life — Stephen Lye, Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development • From Fundamental Science to Societal Benefits: Entrepreneurship at U of T — Cynthia Goh, Chemistry 23

$273 million For student support

The University of Toronto offers a highly supportive environment for its undergraduates through innovative learning communities and generous student financial aid. Boundless is building on this commitment to accessibility and outstanding education by raising $273 million to date in support of student aid and programs that foster smaller learning environments and nurture excellence inside and outside the classroom.




ONE PROGRAMS One of the distinguishing characteristics of U of T is the remarkable breadth, depth and diversity of our academic community. What makes our undergraduate experience great is the presence of close-knit, small learning communities within this larger academic universe. Undergraduates can choose from a remarkable range of programs and courses, while also having access to top faculty in small learning environments. These faculty are leading thinkers who are defining and solving some of the greatest challenges of our time. So while the U of T universe might be large, it’s not impersonal. The One Programs at U of T were created to foster intimate learning experiences for first-year students. Pioneered by Victoria College, One Programs enable firstyear students to explore their interests and engage with the local community through theme-based courses, co-curricular events and experiential learning opportunities within small group environments. One Programs are now offered by all seven colleges in the Faculty of Arts & Science, as well as the Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T Mississauga and U of T Scarborough. These distinctive first-year programs are an essential part of U of T’s efforts to foster critical thinking and develop essential university skills such as writing and intellectual independence among first-year students. Many of the programs also include a community-building component which fosters leadership and civic-mindedness.



FOUNDATIONAL GIFTS TO ONE PROGRAMS A number of generous supporters have come forward to support the University’s One Programs. Victor Dodig (BComm 1988 SMC) and Maureen Dodig and their family gave $500,000 to St. Michael’s College’s SMC One: Cornerstone Program. Together with University matching funds, the gift helps the program offer a powerful examination of social justice, allowing students to explore the concept from a number of viewpoints and work with classmates to implement a service-learning project. Rose M. Patten (Hon. LLD 2009), former Chair of the University’s Governing Council, continued a lengthy history of contributions to U of T by giving generously to Woodsworth One. This program explores concepts of law and order through seminars, community-building activities, student leadership events and other initiatives. The desire to help students motivated a gift by James Mossman (BComm 1981 UC) to University College. “The idea of having more direct contact with a great professor in an intimate classroom: I see the power of that. I want kids to have that opportunity.” Mossman is the founding donor for UC One, which offers a set of courses that address different aspects of Toronto, such as its communities and their place in Canada, and the performing arts scene. Richard Rooney (BA 1977 NEW) provided a $1 million gift to the program at his alma mater, New College. New One: Learning Without Borders gives firstyear students a chance to take part in small learning communities and weekly plenary sessions, and have one-on-one interaction with faculty members. Anne Steacy’s (BA 1976 TRIN) love of science and learning was at the heart of her $1.5 million gift to the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program. Her gift established two new streams in the program. The Anne Steacy Biomedical Health Stream will offer students a look at how science is executed and interpreted to provide new insights into the scientific process. The Anne Steacy Health Science and Society Stream is designed to provide students with insights into ways scientific discovery impacts society and how society perceives global health and public policy.






HONOURING A PRESIDENTIAL LEGACY Two major entry scholarship programs were established in honour of U of T’s 15th president David Naylor (MD 1978) at the conclusion of his term last year. The C. David Naylor University Scholarships for undergraduates and the C. David Naylor University Fellowships for graduate students are aimed at attracting the brightest students and supporting their development as leaders in an increasingly global environment. The undergraduate scholarships are valued at $20,000 each and are among the top entrance awards in North America. The six inaugural recipients began their studies in Fall 2014. The fellowships, valued at $30,000, will support outstanding candidates from Atlantic Canadian provinces who are admitted to graduate programs across the University. Alumni and friends stepped forward to create the awards, inspired by visionary commitments from Arthur Scace (BA 1960 TRIN, Hon. LLD 2003) and Susan Scace (BA 1963 TRIN, Hon. DSL 2003 TRIN, Hon. LLD 2013) and the Henry White Kinnear Foundation, who each supported the undergraduate awards, as well as Sandra Irving (MA 1966), Arthur Irving, and the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation, who permanently endowed two graduate awards.

INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF INNOVATION LEADERS David Scrymgeour (BComm 1979) provided a $1.5 million gift to endow the Building Canadian Leaders Matching Scholarship Program. Scrymgeour, the current Executive-in-Residence for the Rotman Commerce Program, had already established a scholarship aimed at students who demonstrate both academic excellence and an involvement in sports and extracurricular activities, community engagement and an entrepreneurial spirit. The new scholarships will also be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and athletic involvement, along with a focus on community engagement and leadership potential, with a preference for students in the management, finance and economics specialist streams. Under the Building Canadian Leaders Matching Scholarship Program, donations of $25,000 or more to establish endowed scholarships at Rotman Commerce will receive a 1:1 matching amount.

BOUNDLESS PROMISE The campaign introduced an innovative new program to help our generous donors level the playing field for talented students in financial need. The Boundless Promise Program matches the impact of donations of $25,000 or more in support of needs-based awards at the University (see page 32).


“Educating a girl means educating the whole society.”

Born into poverty to teenage parents, MasterCard Foundation Scholar Emmanuela Alimlim’s dream is to reduce rates of teen pregnancy and improve access and quality of education in Africa, especially for girls. The second-year finance and economics major is on her way to realizing her aspirations. Emmanuela has developed a girls’ education and training program in her home country of Kenya called Penda Dada (Swahili for “love your sisters”). Recently she was awarded a UNESCO Clubs Youth Multimedia Competition award for her video entry highlighting the Penda Dada Initiative: “I want girls to lean on my shoulder. To see that there is somebody who cares for them. I want to empower them. I want to mentor them…to change the lives of young girls through education.”


Changing Africa One Student at a Time There is cause to celebrate Africa’s economic growth and improvements in education over the past decade. Yet progress remains fragile. Young Africans continue to face significant barriers to higher education and good jobs. U of T is proudly partnering with the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program in one of the most ambitious education initiatives in Africa. Together, we are developing Africa’s next generation of leaders.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is building a global network of partners, including the University of Toronto, to provide comprehensive support to talented young people pursuing secondary and university education. Over the next 10 years, an estimated 15,000 young women and men will be given the opportunity to complete their education at top universities and secondary schools around the world. The Foundation’s aim is to move toward achieving education for all in a way that creates opportunities for bright young minds to become the next-generation leaders in their communities. Sixty-seven MasterCard Foundation Scholars will study at the University of Toronto over the next five years. Nine Scholars have already arrived, joining more than 430 students from 31 African countries now studying at the University of Toronto. These remarkable young women and men bring a great deal of experience and creativity to the University of Toronto community.

In addition to their academic studies, the Scholars are engaged in a wide range of speaking engagements and activities across campus and the wider community, including a dynamic presentation to the Governing Council in 2014. These young leaders will play an important role in Africa’s continuing development and will be lifelong bridge-builders between their countries and Canada. When they graduate, the Scholars will return to their home countries where they will apply their education and experiences gained at U of T to help to build Africa’s infrastructure, economies, universities and schools, medical establishments and cultural institutions, and play an important role in the life of their communities, countries, continent and world.


Engaging with Alumni Around the World


When Alexandra de Freitas (MBA 2008) moves to a new city, she’s found the best way to meet people is through alumni connections. So when IBM recruited her to work for its Calgary office as a project executive in 2010, she reached out to U of T and the Rotman School of Management to find out if there were any alumni events in the area. “I wanted to immerse myself in Calgary life and knew from past experience that fellow alumni would help connect me to the city and all that it has to offer,” she said. Soon after, Alexandra became a regional alumni representative for U of T and the Rotman School; for the past four years she’s helped to organize events aimed at bringing Calgary-based alumni together, such as lectures, pub nights and networking for young professionals. A recent outing saw a U of T team compete in a softball tournament against alumni from other universities. In 2014 regional volunteers like Alexandra organized 74 events in cities around the world where U of T has an alumni presence. Such events—which include dinners, book clubs and talks featuring notable alumni—help alumni maintain connections with old friends, network, find out what’s happening at their alma mater and discover ways to remain involved. These more casual 30

gatherings complement alumni events organized by the University, which aim to bring thought-provoking content to U of T graduates no matter where they are in the world. The University events are typically hosted by the President, the Chancellor or a faculty member conducting innovative research, and help to strengthen U of T’s international partnerships and presence, a priority for President Meric Gertler. Since taking office just over a year ago, he has visited almost every major alumni branch on four continents, travelling more than 56,000 kilometres. Over the course of 2014 he has also held round tables in Vancouver, New York, Ottawa and London (UK) where he solicited feedback from invited alumni on his priorities. Alexandra feels that alumni branches are of immense value, particularly for people living outside the Greater Toronto Area, and would encourage her fellow alumni to get involved. “My experience has been that U of T and Rotman alumni are very inclusive. And because there are fewer alumni in locations like Calgary it tends to be more of a close-knit community,” she explained. “You get to make contacts, not only professional, but social. And these connections are with like-minded individuals. There’s an instant familiarity that comes with meeting people from the same university, often the same program—they share the same institutional culture and pride.”



Alumni branches worldwide


Alumni events in 57 cities attracted more than 5,700 alumni last year; 74 of these events were organized by regional volunteers

x 4 Over the past six years, alumni attendance at regional events has more than quadrupled

Since 2008, the number of cities hosting alumni events has increased from 12 to 57 BELOW: CHANCELLOR MICHAEL WILSON SPEAKS TO ALUMNI IN LONDON (UK).


Promising Opportunity for All In a time of increasing inequality, our generous donors, in partnership with U of T, are helping to level the playing field for talented students in financial need. The Boundless Promise Program doubles the impact of gifts of $25,000+ in support of need-based awards at the University.




Since 2012, more than 100 donors have established scholarships under the Boundless Promise Program. The University of Toronto educates the best and brightest students from Canada and around the world. We have a proud legacy of nurturing future leaders across a broad spectrum of fields; our graduates apply their talent and resolve to improving lives and communities. As a leading public university, we are committed to ensuring that every person accepted to U of T will receive a world-class undergraduate education, regardless of their ability to pay for it. This dedication to accessible excellence sets U of T apart from peer public universities in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Our donors have made U of T’s remarkable commitment to accessibility possible. We are extremely proud of the fact that U of T supports more students from lower-income households, and allots more dollars from our operating budget to bursaries and scholarships, than any other Ontario university. Through the Boundless Promise Program, the University of Toronto has committed to supporting—in perpetuity and on a matching 1:1 basis—the annual income generated by new endowed donations of $25,000 and up, which are designated for undergraduate need-based financial awards. The first

Boundless Promise scholarship was created in memory of Lynd Forguson, who served as Registrar, Vice-Principal and then Principal of University College from 1989 until 1997. The scholarship is directed toward students pursuing the discipline of philosophy, which was Forguson’s passion. “This is not only to celebrate my husband’s life of intellectual exploration, but to promote student interest in critical thinking,” said Georgiana Forguson. Daniel Haas, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, established the George and Olga Haas Scholarship in memory of his parents, who placed tremendous value on higher education. “Students are the future of dentistry,” said Haas, “and their futures bring better health to the people of Ontario, Canada and the world. Providing financial aid is a tangible way of showing our students we support them, recognize their commitment and hard work, and understand the financial pressures associated with studying dentistry.” For Dr. Roslyn Herst (MD 1958) and her husband Dr. Murray Herst (MD 1955), the Boundless Promise Program offered an exciting opportunity to support tomorrow’s health leaders. Through their financial support, U of T medical students are finding their own paths that lead to successful careers. “We both had interesting and successful careers,” said Roslyn, “and we wanted to give something back to the Faculty that helped us along our path.”


$176 million For faculty support

$760 million For programs and research

The Boundless campaign has to date raised $176 million in support of chairs and professorships and $760 million for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. These investments are helping U of T attract some of the world’s most talented thinkers, inventors, innovators and educators, while providing the resources our faculty needs to advance knowledge and make critical discoveries for a healthier, more sustainable, prosperous and secure future.




EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE The Dunlap Institute is home to one of the world’s most significant endowments dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. Generated by the University’s sale of the 190-acre Dunlap lands in Richmond Hill in 2008, the endowment builds a legacy from the original gift from Jessie Dunlap in the 1930s in memory of her husband, David, an amateur astronomer. Since its establishment, the endowment has enabled the Dunlap Institute to become a worldleading centre fostering investigation into the most fundamental questions about the universe. The Institute consolidates the University’s international reputation as a pioneer and world leader in astronomical research and education by focusing on research, teaching, advanced training and public outreach in astronomy and astrophysics. The Institute is also developing scientific instrumentation for world-class observatories and fostering major national and international research collaborations. “What the Dunlap Institute has achieved in the few short years it has been operational is a testament to the ingenuity, passion and tenacity of the leadership of our astronomers who are forging collaborations with the international astronomy community,” said Prof. David Cameron, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. “It is also a testament to the belief and vision of the Dunlap family, who have supported this enterprise since its very conception.” Just this past year, the Dunlap Institute launched the Long

Wavelength Laboratory, designed to test and develop microwave detectors destined for a telescope at the South Pole. Soon, researchers at the Institute will be able to track the evolution of large-scale structures within the universe, the accelerating expansion of space and, using infrared technology, explore ways to potentially detect intelligent life across the cosmos. The Dunlap Institute is also extending the University’s reach by cementing strong partnerships with like-minded organizations committed to public education, and by designing and hosting large-scale events and innovative programming that brings many in the broader community to campus. Last spring, the inaugural Dunlap Prize in Astronomy and Astrophysics was awarded to renowned American astrophysicist, cosmologist and author, Neil deGrasse Tyson. The high demand for his public lecture—many times the capacity of Convocation Hall—was one indication of the innate thirst for knowledge of the cosmos across all generations. The endowment has also supported highly qualified fellows in astronomy and astrophysics, including internationally renowned Prof. Bryan Gaensler as the Institute’s new director.


OUR FIRST 2,000 DAYS Evidence is mounting that what happens to us in the first 2,000 days of life—from conception to age six—can be critical to our long-term well-being. However, as a society we still don’t do enough to provide every child the opportunity to get the best start in life by optimizing this important developmental period. The Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development (FMIHD) is a bold and necessary response to this challenge. The FMIHD has made the University of Toronto a leading centre of research in early human development. The first of its kind in Canada, the Institute brings together University of Toronto researchers from a variety of disciplines—such as education, medicine, psychology, biology and social work—to connect in new ways and combine their knowledge toward the study of early human development.


The FMIHD has supporters from Canada and around the world. To date, more than $4.5 million has been raised toward an initial $20 million goal, thanks to the generous support of key supporters including the Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain (BA 1955, Hon. LLD 1996), Dr. Eric Jackman (BA 1957, MA 1962, Hon. DSc 2013), former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, Eb and Jane Zeidler, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the Lawson Foundation, among many others.




The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” Brian Lawson (BA 1982 TRIN) and Joannah Lawson (MIR 1989) have long been committed to nutrition and advancing the health and well-being of children. To help realize their goal, they have made a $5 million donation to nutritional sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. The Lawsons’ gift supports the work of the Centre for Child Nutrition, Health and Development. It has set the stage for establishing an endowed chair in nutrition; advancing research and education; creating an expendable fund to advance the cause of good nutrition as a public policy priority; and establishing a term chair in microbiome nutrition research (microbiomes are the community of microorganisms that inhabit the human body).

Madeleine Albright, Lloyd Axworthy, Jean Chrétien, Bob Rae (BA 1969 UC, LLB 1977, Hon. LLD 1999) and John Turner are just a few of the household names to visit the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. The Hon. Bill Graham (BA 1964 TRIN), Chancellor of Trinity College, who for two years represented Canada on the world stage as Minister of Foreign Affairs, made a historic $5 million gift to Trinity to support scholars of recent international history. Graham’s gift to the Centre for Contemporary International History —  the largest ever to Trinity —  has allowed the Centre (established in 2011) to expand, forge academic partnerships abroad, and bring diplomats, elected officials and others involved with public life to U of T to share their behind-the-scenes knowledge of international affairs. The Centre ,  which examines global events since the Second World War,  is a joint venture between Trinity College and the Munk School of Global Affairs.

HARBINGER OF HUMAN HEALTH The health of our ecosystem is tied to the well-being of Canadians and people around the world. From adequate food and water to disease regulation, our health depends on resources derived from the natural environment. The Krembil Foundation has provided a $1.6 million gift to U of T Scarborough in support of basic research that explores the intricacies of aquatic ecosystems. The generous contribution will fund state-of-the-art equipment that will allow researchers Myrna Simpson, Andre Simpson and George Arhonditsis to study how the metabolisms of daphnids —  tiny freshwater crustaceans, just five millimetres long —  are affected by pollution and other stressors. Results of this research will be used to develop tests that give early warning signs of environmental damage based on physical changes experienced by the tiny daphnids.

ADVANCING BRAIN RESEARCH Brain injuries and stroke affect 80,000 to 100,000 Canadians every year and are the leading cause of disability worldwide. Survivors often have difficulties with daily activities and participation in their communities due to mobility, communication, cognitive and perceptual impairments, and only about half are able to return to work. March of Dimes Canada and the University of Toronto have signed a $1.5 million agreement to advance research in recovery from brain injuries and stroke, making the donation to the University the largest by the national charitable organization in its more than 60-year history. With this donation, March of Dimes Canada is acting on its mission to “maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with physical disabilities” by establishing the March of Dimes Canada Early Career Professorship in U of T’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

BOOSTING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE U of T’s School of the Environment has received a significant boost to its educational and research capacities thanks to a generous gift from the Beatrice and Arthur Minden Foundation. The Foundation’s activities are currently managed by the children of Beatrice and Arthur, who share a vision to support solutions to ecological problems. For this reason, they have established the Beatrice and Arthur Minden Graduate Research Fellowship, which will strengthen research on environmental issues by providing opportunities for PhD students to participate in conferences, summer schools, fieldwork and collaborative visits to research groups across Canada and around the world. They have also established the Beatrice and Arthur Minden Symposium on the Environment, which will enable the School to bring together international researchers and cross-disciplinary scholars to discuss the most urgent environmental issues. “We hope that this annual event will catalyze meaningful new collaborations on key environmental issues, leading to new ideas and insights, proposals for workable solutions and plans for future interactions,” said the school’s director, Kimberly Strong.


Building Alumni Communities As a university of neighbourhoods, U of T offers alumni a great diversity of ways to connect with their alma mater, build social networks and contribute to the future success of the University. The University of Toronto Chinese Alumni Association and the Senior Alumni Association are just two examples of the 130 alumni groups which are helping graduates express pride in the University and give back time, knowledge and support to U of T.

When Michael Shang, President of the University of Toronto Chinese Alumni Association (UTCAA), thinks of the time and work he puts into being a volunteer, he remembers the inspirational words of Chinese businessman Kai-Fu Lee. In an interview, Shang quoted Lee as saying: “If you want to prove your value to the world, imagine a parallel world without you and consider the difference.” Shang, 24, said, “I like to be that difference – it’s all about adding value.” Shang (BComm 2013 INNIS) became president of the UTCAA last May. It is still a fledgling organization, founded less than three years ago by several Chinese alumni and students. But despite its young age, the association has been extremely busy organizing events and already has 983 members in its Facebook group and more than 800 people on its email data list.

While the focus is obviously on Chinese alumni, Shang said “we really don’t want to target just Chinese, we want to connect with everybody, to have more collaborative dealings with other organizations,” pointing to a meeting with the Indian Alumni Society. The association also has several community partners, including Asians Without Borders, the Bay Street BBS, the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals and the North American Association of Asian Professionals. Shang said future plans include “engaging more senior Chinese alumni. We are thinking of forming an advisory board that would include more senior graduates, so we can become more of an influence in the community and organize more meaningful events.”

“We target young alumni,” said Shang, who came to Canada from Beijing six years ago. “That’s why we have such large crowds attending our events. The feedback is very positive.”

One such meaningful event was the association gala held in Markham in November, which attracted 150 people and included a 10-course meal. Shang also hopes to have another Spring Reunion event in 2015. UTCAA’s SHAKER event two years ago was a great success, he said.

It is important, though, that the association reach out to a broader community, Shang said. At association events, people have met new mentors, found jobs and even begun personal relationships. “One girl told me she met her boyfriend at one of our events.”

Shang said the association would not be succeeding except for the tireless work of his executive committee—Shawn Xiao, Lavender Zhang, Jeffrey Ma, Faye Ding, Meiling Cheng, Raymond Diep, Ella Wang and Ashley Liang.

The association’s major event in 2014 was a Marketing Yourself conference in March, aimed at new graduates (one to three years) and grads who had established themselves in their profession. Former NDP MP Olivia Chow spoke to the conference, which attracted 130 people. Shang is planning another session in 2015.

The association is also considering starting a mentoring program. “I have had my share of difficulties too,” Shang said. “I would really like to help others. It’s really just about giving back.”





The Senior Alumni Association (SAA) was established almost 40 years ago to help graduates 55 and over reconnect with the University of Toronto, and people such as Maureen Somerville (BA 1969 UTSC, BEd 1970) are helping it flourish today. Somerville, who was a member the Governing Council for nine years, is President of the SAA and heads an executive committee that meets 10 times a year at 21 King’s College Circle. The lifeblood of the association, which has about 500 members, is the Canadian Perspective Lecture Series. Last year there were 29 lectures, most of them given by U of T professors. One of the benefits of the lecture series, Somerville said, “is the whole concept of keeping the brain alive. The more you shove into it, the more you remember and the more likely you are to stay mentally healthy.” She notes that some people in their nineties are regular attendees. The association’s members are also regular volunteers at such events as Spring Reunion and conduct tours of such places as Robarts Library. They have even volunteered to act as patients for first-year nursing students. The SAA also funds student awards including scholarships at Woodsworth College and University College.


100 Years of Social Work Homelessness. Aging. Cyberbullying. Mental health. Poverty. Domestic violence. Social workers are on the front lines of the most serious challenges facing today’s society. Thanks to a remarkable gift from Lynn Factor and Sheldon Inwentash in 2007, Canada’s first school of social work, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014, is helping to transform lives and communities in Canada and around the world.


Passionate about social justice, Lynn Factor and Sheldon Inwentash (BComm 1978, Hon. LLD 2012) believe that an effective way to assist society’s most vulnerable is to ensure that those with vocation and talent graduate as social workers from one of the world’s most highly respected schools. 40


The women and men most eager to complete their graduate training in social work demonstrate great potential, but sometimes money can get in the way. Fifty scholarships established through a gift of $15 million from Lynn Factor and Sheldon Inwentash to U of T’s Faculty of Social Work in 2007 make it that much easier for these talented students to become highly skilled social workers. This gift also endowed five research chairs, ensuring that the Faculty can attract and keep in-demand researchers and educators with specialties in health care and mental health; children’s mental health; the development, welfare and protection of children; social work in the global community; and law and social work.

Seven years later, as we celebrate 100 years of social work at U of T, society is reaping the results of the couple’s significant investment. Newly graduated social workers apply what they’ve learned in communities across Canada and further afield. Some doctoral graduates are going on to teach others and initiate studies in areas of emerging concern. And the research carried out by the Factor–Inwentash chairs is making influential contributions to global knowledge, approaches and policy —  and to the lives of children, youth and adults everywhere.

Lynn Factor, a social worker for 25 years, knows from frontline experience the importance of equipping members of her profession with the knowledge and skills needed to help clients. Sheldon Inwentash learned from Lynn Factor just how valuable social work can be, and was seeking an opportunity to give back to his alma mater in thanks for his success in business. U of T’s Faculty of Social Work seemed the ideal recipient for their donation, which at the time was the largest of its kind in North America. The Faculty was named the Factor–Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in their honour.


Caring for Mind and Body The statistics are staggering: as many as 1.3 million Ontarians suffer from combined physical and mental illness. Our health care system, which is primarily geared toward addressing physical illness, often fails to detect and treat underlying mental health issues. The new Medical Psychiatry Alliance, generously supported by an anonymous gift of $20 million, is dedicated to closing this gap through reforms to the entire health care system.

The scenario is all too familiar. A patient in physical pain visits a doctor’s office. In an effort to treat the patient, our health care system focuses on treating the physical symptoms, without exploring potential underlying causes such as depression, addiction, isolation and other debilitating mental health issues. The problem is that the system is designed to focus on either physical or mental illness, but not both at the same time. As a result, diagnoses, tests and treatments often miss the mark and result in prolonged suffering and multiple medical visits. Health care professionals can readily cite examples, such as the case of a teenage girl with numerous health issues who suddenly stopped eating. After an MRI and other tests, doctors realized she wasn’t eating because she simply couldn’t decide what to eat, an unforeseen symptom of her obsessive compulsive disorder. One estimate places the cost of such misdiagnosed cases in Ontario at $2.75 billion. A remarkable $20 million donation from an anonymous donor set the wheels in motion for the creation of the Medical Psychiatry Alliance to address these issues. The alliance is building dedicated 42

care models for those with combined illness and will ensure longterm change throughout the system based on research and new approaches to educating health professionals. Professor Trevor Young, former Chair of U of T’s Department of Psychiatry and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, hailed the creation of the Medical Psychiatry Alliance: “We are confident that this is one of the most clear and direct opportunities to improve health care in Ontario.” A historic partnership between four founding institutions will carry out this ambitious agenda: University of Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Hospital for Sick Children and Trillium Health Partners. The gift was matched by a $20 million investment from the Ontario government, while the four partners also agreed to contribute $20 million collectively. U of T President Meric Gertler acknowledged the widespread impact made possible by the anonymous donor: “While the countless individuals who benefit from your generosity will not know you by name, you will be a crucial source of healing in their lives. For that we are all deeply grateful.”


“The Medical Psychiatry Alliance will enable a convergent, integrated approach to teaching and research in medical psychiatry that will radically change how medical students and allied health professionals think about, and care for, individuals with simultaneous mental and physical disorders.” PROF. TREVOR YOUNG DEAN, FACULTY OF MEDICINE

THE IMPACT OF BALANCED CARE By driving new approaches to care, the Medical Psychiatry Alliance expects the following outcomes: • Reduction in hospitalization for patients with both physical and mental illness • Increased adherence to drug regimens, resulting in dramatically reduced use of medical resources for issues such as depression and high blood pressure • Decreased mortality due to heart failure • Reduction in unnecessary or multiple diagnostic tests and assessments • Health savings of more than $75 million annually as new care models spread throughout the province • Significantly reduced social costs and income inequality through improved work and school performance


Building a Global Leader in Jewish Studies For five decades, the University of Toronto has been home to a highly regarded program in Jewish studies, with outstanding faculty and students, and innovative interdisciplinary programs. Today, the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies is poised to be the global leader in Jewish thought, society and culture, and an intellectual cornerstone for one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in the world, all thanks to outstanding donor support.




These donors are recognized as founders on the donor wall, which also pays tribute to individuals and foundations that gave $500,000 or more to Jewish studies in the past, including Andrea and Charles Bronfman, Tony and Elizabeth Comper, Senator Jerry S. Grafstein and Carole Grafstein, Milton Shier and family, Dorothy Shiff and family, the Tikvah Fund, Chancellor Emerita Rose Wolfe and The Sam and Ayala Zacks Foundation, as well as friends who have given $50,000 and more to Jewish studies over the years. President Meric Gertler said: “We can proudly claim to be home to one of North America’s most comprehensive Jewish studies undergraduate programs, and we are on a trajectory to establish the Centre as one of the world’s premier forums for Jewish thought, Israel studies and Jewish cultural studies.” President Gertler went on to point out that U of T is the only postsecondary institution in Canada with the resources to become a global leader in Jewish studies. No other program comes close to matching the quality of the University’s teaching and research in this discipline, as well as the impact of its public programming. LARRY AND KEN TANENBAUM

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies officially opened on November 17, marking a major milestone in a philanthropic endeavour to foster education and research in Jewish studies at U of T. An event was held at the Jackman Humanities Building to celebrate this achievement, during which a donor wall was unveiled that pays tribute to the outstanding community support for Jewish studies. Larry Tanenbaum and Ken Tanenbaum co-chaired the $18 million community campaign. The Centre was named in memory of their grandmother and mother, Anne Tanenbaum, a major supporter of U of T and a passionate champion of education. “My mother, Anne Tanenbaum, was a tireless advocate and supporter of educational institutions. Throughout her life, for nearly a century, she strove to advance teaching in the sciences and in Jewish thought, history and culture. Our family is so pleased to see her legacy honoured with the naming of this Centre,” Larry Tanenbaum told attendees at the event. “Today is a celebration of vision, leadership and partnership.” The Lawrence & Judith Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation and the Estate of Anne Tanenbaum made generous leadership gifts to help create a new home for the Centre and to strengthen the Centre’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Building on this support, several members of the Jewish community contributed gifts of $1 million or more: Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky-Gluskin, Ralph and Roz Halbert, Joseph Lebovic, Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman, Isadore and Rosalie Sharp, Edward and Fran Sonshine and the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

“We are here to promote, at Canada’s leading university, new research into 3,500 years of the history and culture of the Jewish people, and to turn that research, through education, into greater cross-cultural understanding,” said Jeffrey Kopstein, Director of the Centre. The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies not only offers a leading undergraduate program, but is also home to collaborative graduate programs at the Masters and PhD levels, providing a framework for training and increased scholarly dialogue across historical periods and geographical regions. Graduate students and faculty members based at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre currently work in every language of Jewish civilization, across all periods in history and in fields as varied as the production and interpretation of sacred and other canonical Jewish texts, and the context of contemporary Jewish life, drawing on diverse perspectives from cultural, gender and post-colonial studies, as well as the visual and performing arts. President Gertler, Professor Kopstein and David Cameron, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, all acknowledged the critical role that community support has played in shaping the Centre’s worldclass programs. “The impact of the community’s support will be reflected, today and in the future, in the accomplishments and influence of the faculty, students and alumni who have the privilege to be associated with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies,” David Cameron said.


The Rewards of Mentoring Mentorship is one of the most rewarding ways alumni can give back directly to the University and its students. At U of T, there are more than 30 mentorship programs across 18 divisions, and some 1,892 mentors working closely with students. For long-time mentor Tom Enright, the work is immensely satisfying.

When Tom Enright, chair of the UTTA mentorship committee, attended the second annual mentor recognition event at the Gardiner Museum last February, he spent a lot of time chatting with people whose volunteerism was being celebrated that night. “What summed it up for me,” he said, “was talking to a lady who said to me: ‘I have to tell you I didn’t become a mentor for any type of recognition, but the fact that the University puts on this event makes me feel so important.’” Enright (BSc 1976 UTSC) said her comments “spoke volumes. It was fantastic to have President Meric Gertler there to thank them personally.” Enright, now Chairman of Enright Management Coaching and Consulting Services, has been a mentor for many years, and was the first honorary chair of the UTSC mentorship program, which began more than a decade ago. Last October he began mentoring Ray Ma, a fourth-year finance student at UTSC. They established a series of goals for her, which culminated in a one-on-one session on campus where Ma gave a 10-minute mock presentation to a non-profit organization.


The presentation “gave her a base out in the business world, where the approach is different than in the academic world,” Enright said. “There is always some kind of ‘ask’ in the business world, whether it is a budget or getting a plan approved. It was a big hurdle to get across but Ray was terrific.” Their mentoring experience showed “how mentoring has progressed over the years,” Enright said. “I spend the winters in Florida, which years ago would rule me out as a mentor. With technology now you don’t need to be face to face to have a meaningful experience.” They used Skype and e-mail to work together. Enright said the University of Toronto Alumni Association is promoting the idea to alumni about how easy it is to become a mentor even if you are not in the GTA. “There is a fantastic knowledge pool out there and it is a shame not to take advantage of it.” Alumni can have “some level of engagement, a mentoring experience, even if they are not in the same time zone or country” by utilizing technology.



Ma said when she first began working with Enright “I was just looking for someone with experience in the working world, but it became much more than that. The advice and soft skills I learned are so important in the business world.” Ma was born in Shanghai and came to Canada four years ago from the Philippines. Mentoring, Enright said, is becoming more recognized “as an important way to attract students and contribute to their success as they move through university and into their careers.” The UTAA considers mentoring and asking alumni to participate one of its highest priorities. “We are centrally positioned with regard to all the mentoring programs” in the various faculties, divisions and other groups that have such programs, Enright said. “So instead of them re-inventing the wheel, we can help by sharing the best practices” for engaging alumni.

One of the real keys to successful mentoring, he said, is getting the right match between student and mentor. A lot of programs are spending a great deal of time ensuring that the right match is made. Enright stressed that alumni don’t need to be in a program to get involved. Speed mentoring—an alumnus simply spending one evening with students is valuable as well. A lot of alumni can’t afford the time to mentor in the traditional way, Enright said, so instead of ongoing one-on-one mentoring they donate one evening, “to see if they like it or not.” Once you get involved, Enright said, “it gives you such a positive push. The students have so much energy it’s contagious and you can’t help but feel great. You want to do more, because you’re hooked.”

The UTAA, along with program co-ordinators from the various faculties and divisions, is developing a guide to be published in 2015. “It will help existing programs and help to build new programs,” Enright said. The guide will also be online.


$448 million For critical infrastructure

The Boundless campaign has raised $448 million for critical infrastructure projects across our three campuses. More than just bricks and mortar, these capital projects are crucibles for societal impact, bringing leading thinkers together and offering vital spaces for research, teaching, discovery and learning.




Reflecting its growing influence, the Munk School of Global Affairs expanded to an additional location in a heritage building at 315 Bloor Street West. The expansion was made possible by a gift from Peter Munk (BASc 1952, Hon. LLD 1995, Hon. DSL 2004 TRIN) and Melanie Munk (Hon. DSL 2004 TRIN). This elegant sandstone building was once home to one of the earliest national observatories.

U of T Mississauga’s Innovation Complex houses the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI), a new business school training leaders for the health care, biotechnology, professional accounting and environmental sustainability sectors. The Institute, which will receive $10 million in support from the City of Mississauga over the next decade, will help drive innovation and economic development in the region.

The Jackman Law Building, named after its lead donor, the Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman (BA 1953 VIC, JD 1956, Hon. LLD 1993, Hon. DHL 2011 VIC), will be a spectacular multi-storey addition overlooking Queen’s Park Crescent and Philosopher’s Walk. The building will double the law school’s teaching and learning space and deliver important renovations to the Bora Laskin Law Library and historic Flavelle House.


Highland Hall will create a new home for social sciences departments and serve as a focal point for student services and community engagement at U of T Scarborough. The new space will support the academic, technological and social needs of today’s students through state-of-the-art learning environments, an enriched curriculum and expanded research opportunities. A gateway to the UTSC campus, Highland Hall will be a vibrant gathering and event space for students, faculty, staff and the greater Scarborough community.

The Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex is home to the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, a partnership between U of T Mississauga, U of T’s Faculty of Medicine and Trillium Health Partners aimed at addressing the critical shortage of physicians and other health professionals in Ontario. The new complex, made possible by transformative gifts from Carlo Fidani and Terrence Donnelly, is providing world-class educational and laboratory facilities for students and researchers.



The Rotman School of Management’s landmark expansion was made possible by generous donations from alumni and friends, as well as critical investments by the Province of Ontario. The new space has doubled the school’s teaching, research, study, presentation and special event space, and is providing the platform for Rotman’s ambitions to redesign business education for the 21st century.

Innis Town Hall—the heart of cinema studies at U of T—will be revitalized as part of the Boundless campaign. Renovations will bring the facility up to modern standards and help it meet the high demand for public and academic programming for years to come.

The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport will nurture elite athletes, provide outstanding fitness facilities for students and the broader community, and drive research in support of healthier, more active lifestyles for everyone. Gifts from the Goldring, Kimel and Stollery families, along with those of many other supporters, have created the Goldring Centre and revitalized the historic Varsity sports district.



A generous donation from Ed Clark (BA 1969 UC, Hon. LLD 2012) and Fran Clark (BA 1969 UC, MA 1990, PhD 2002) will help restore University College’s iconic West Hall. This impressive interior has played a central role in Convocation for thousands of graduating students as an assembly space for donning cap and gown. It has also served as an exhibition space for the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Generations of students remember Hart House Library with affection as a special place on campus to spend a few hours, for the love of reading. A recent anonymous gift will triple the library’s resources, providing much-needed funds to enhance the space and support collections, programs and publications.


The Robarts Common, which has received generous support from Russell Morrison (BA 1947) and Katherine Morrison (PhD 1979), will be the signature project of the Robarts Library renewal. The five-storey structure will add more than 1,200 study spaces to Robarts and create a more inviting, accessible and productive environment for students.


Plans have been unveiled for a research, exhibition and performance facility at prestigious 90 Queen’s Park, site of the long-vacant McLaughlin Planetarium. Planned features include a 250-seat hall for U of T Music and other academic programming, as well as a gallery space for the new Jewish Museum of Canada. Funds are being raised jointly by the University and the museum under the leadership of Isadore Sharp (Hon. LLD 1994) and Rosalie Sharp.

Slated to open in 2016, the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship will serve as the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s primary vehicle for collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research. The building will feature interactive spaces for learning and design, as well as a number of multidisciplinary research centres and institutes—all thanks to generous support from alumni, students and friends.


Going for Gold More than 80 U of T athletes have won Olympic medals since 1900. Thanks to the gifts of visionary donors, there are sure to be many more. The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport has strengthened a sector of the St. George campus historically devoted to athletics and created a new crossroads of training and research that will serve the U of T community while generating benefits to all.






The northern limits of the St. George campus have echoed with the roar of sports fans for more than a century. Not so long ago, the site where 30 Grey Cups were played seemed in peril as Varsity Stadium fell into disrepair. The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport is the capstone of a major capital plan that preserves this legacy and magnifies it many times over for future generations. Combining training facilities with state-of-the-art laboratories and a magnificent basketball and volleyball court, this impressive structure on Devonshire Place is the culmination of a comprehensive plan that saw the creation of the new Varsity Stadium and Varsity Pavilion as well as renovations to historic Varsity Arena. Its opening signals the arrival of an international athletic destination in the heart of Toronto. The Goldring Centre gives a major boost to U of T’s athletic infrastructure while enhancing Canada’s potential to produce medal-calibre athletes. The signature strength of the Goldring Centre is to unite sport and the study of sport under one roof. For athletes, students and community members, the multi-storey complex features an international-class court for basketball, volleyball and other team sports as well as a strength and conditioning area and sports medicine clinic. These facilities will add immeasurably to U of T’s capacity in high-performance athletics while supporting intercollegiate and intramural programs and providing opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities, to be more physically active.

At the same time, graduate students and researchers studying human performance will have access to cutting-edge laboratories that are integrated into Canada’s premier health sciences network. This network includes the University’s six health science faculties as well as 10 fully affiliated hospitals and research institutes. The result will be a crucible of innovation in areas of importance to athletes and non-athletes alike. Heart function, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics and motor learning are only a few of the subjects to be addressed. The Goldring Centre was made possible through the generosity and vision of the Goldring family and leadership support from the families of Ron Kimel (BA 1966 UC) and the late Gordon Stollery (MSc 1972). The Kimel Family Field House and the Frank Blackwood Stollery Atrium were named in honour of the Kimel family and Gordon Stollery’s grandfather, respectively. The Goldrings and U of T have a long history of friendship. Judy Goldring (BA 1988 VIC) is Chair of Governing Council while her brother Blake Goldring (BA 1981 VIC) is a member of the Boundless campaign executive. Their father, the late Warren Goldring (BA 1949 UC, Hon. LLD 2003) initiated the family’s support for the Goldring Centre. “When the opportunity came up to do something transformative for athletics, it took root with him,” said Blake. “It was an opportunity to build not only a much-needed facility for students and faculty, but a place to train tomorrow’s athletes, trainers, coaches and Olympians.”


Canada’s Startup Powerhouse The University of Toronto has launched more startup companies than any other university in North America over the last three years.* Donors have played a key role in U of T’s emergence as a global innovation hot spot. Gifts have helped create accelerators, incubators, labs, institutes and other innovation hubs that enable a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Engines of Innovation

Entrepreneur Francis Shen (MASc 1983), a graduate of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and a member of the Boundless campaign executive, has committed a $1 million donation to establish a new entrepreneurial incubation program at UTIAS called Start. The purpose of this program is to provide mentorship, networking and funding to graduate students with promising ideas for commercial ventures.

Across the University’s three campuses, researchers and students receive entrepreneurial guidance and mentorship in seed capital, intellectual property protection, market strategies and other key supports to commercializing breakthroughs. This map outlines the innovation hubs at U of T that offer such services.

The Heffernan Hatchery at U of T Engineering helps students refine product ideas and provides critical support including legal, accounting, marketing and intellectual property guidance to help them realize their goals. In 2014 Gerald Heffernan (BASc 1943) continued a legacy of support with a $5 million gift to fund new fellowships and name the Hatchery.

The Institute for Management and Innovation at U of T Mississauga takes an innovative approach to business education by fusing management skills with specific disciplines such as biotechnology, forensic accounting and sustainability. The City of Mississauga is investing $10 million over 10 years to help launch the Institute.

*Source: Association of University Technology Managers



The Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management nurtures tech ventures with high growth potential. Any post-grad from across the country can apply. The centrepiece of the program is intensive mentorship and goalsetting by a group of established entrepreneurs. Ventures from the first two years have created over $130 million in equity value to date. MaRS works with an extensive network of partners to launch and grow the innovative companies that are building our future. MaRS startup clients have created 6,500 jobs and, in the last three years alone, have raised $1 billion in capital and generated $500 million in revenue.

The Hub Ideation + Experiential Learning Centre at U of T Scarborough allows students and faculty to come together to develop new and creative ideas, anything from innovative social media sites to killer mobile apps to unexpected businesses, technologies and social innovations.

The Banting & Best Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship houses companies that have been spun out of research done at the University in addition to organizations dedicated to the process of commercializing research. The Centre also supports aspiring entrepreneurs turning research discoveries into innovative products and companies. The University of Toronto Early Stage Technology Program helps passionate U of T entrepreneurs transform an idea into a product at a stage which is typically too early for traditional technology incubators. It’s a joint initiative of the University of Toronto, the Connaught Fund and MaRS Innovation.

The Innovations & Partnerships Office helps build successful partnerships between industry, business, government and the University of Toronto research community, and manages U of T’s portfolio of intellectual property, turning ideas and innovation into products, services, companies and jobs. The Impact Centre in the Faculty of Arts & Science operates at the nexus of chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, materials science, nanotechnology and photonics. It harnesses the expertise of the University community through partnerships and research projects with industry, entrepreneurship training for students, and accelerated commercialization of University inventions and technology.


Groundbreaking Startups

OTI LUMIONICS Founded by Michael Helander (BASc 2007, PhD 2012), OTI Lumionics is unlocking the full potential of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) through materials and processes aimed at reducing the technology’s cost, making flat-panel displays and lighting more efficient and affordable than ever. In 2011, Michael and his colleagues built the world’s most efficient flexible OLED on plastic. In 2014, the company manufactured the aerelight, the world’s first consumer OLED lamp.

BIONYM Karl Martin (BASc 2001, MASc 2003, PhD 2010) is the founder of Bionym, which has developed the Nymi  , a wearable wristband that eliminates the need for passwords, PIN codes and other identifiers by using electrocardiogram (ECG) signals to authenticate identity. The Nymi addresses identity in the digital world by communicating a secure, digitally signed identity credential via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to smart devices.

XAGENIC Prof. Shana Kelley of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is the founder of Xagenic, a lab-free diagnostic platform that can test for cancer and infectious diseases with results that are available in 20 minutes. The technology involves chipbased sensors made from nanomaterials that take precise measurements at the molecular level. The technology will dramatically improve patient care and reduce health care costs.

BEMUSED NETWORK Margaret Lam (MI 2011) is the founder of BeMusedNetwork.com, an online platform designed to help performing artists build insightful audience connections. BeMused Network’s growing suite of business and psychographics tools is becoming a vital foundation for a sustainable artistic career. For audiences, it is a marketplace of artistic experiences and related services. This startup was inspired by Margaret’s Master’s research in Professor Matt Ratto’s Critical Making Lab (iSchool).



DNNRESEARCH Google is using speech recognition, computer vision and language understanding technology developed at U of T to improve its services. Acquired by Google in 2013, DNNresearch has thus far enabled the search engine to build its highly acclaimed Google+ Photo Search. CHIPCARE CORPORATION A cell analyzer that could be a game changer in the fight against HIV and other diseases, ChipCare Corporation is commercializing a technology to enable a portable, hand-held device to analyze patients’ blood on-site instead of at a clinic. Lab-on-a-chip technology like this is crucial in developing countries where health care access is severely limited. MEDSAVANT A high-performance search engine that enables physicians to search for genetic information about an individual’s risk of developing a disease, this technology promises significant health and economic benefits, including early detection and treatment. CROWDMARK A scalable educational assessment system that through proprietary technology creates an efficient labour market for exam marking, allowing instructors to cut grading time in half and educational institutions to reduce grading costs.

Between 2009 and 2011, U of T researchers created

476 inventions in more than 38 fields.

U of T was the fastest-growing major startup cluster among North American universities between 2009 and 2011.

More than two-thirds of all inventions at U of T include a student or post-doc as co-inventor.

THOTRA Thotra software uses a novel set of algorithms to transform hard-to-understand speech, making it fluent but still in the speaker’s own voice. GRANATA DECISION SYSTEMS Granata’s state-of-the-art optimization methods enable the effective gathering of preferences, and the ability to trade off objectives against one another to maximize value. They can be applied to a wide range of corporate, consumer and social group problems. SPONGELAB An online community devoted to accessible scientific information aimed at educators, students, administrators and science enthusiasts that uses cutting-edge technology and stunning interactive media.

U of T holds more U.S. patents than any other Canadian university.

Startup Genome ranked Toronto as the world’s 8th best ecosystem in the global startup revolution.


Connecting with Young Alumni and Students From social events to networking and mentoring opportunities, Alumni Relations is providing thousands of students and recent graduates with critical skillbuilding and networking opportunities to plan their future, set themselves up for professional success and make the most of their U of T degrees.

SHAKER Professional

Backpack to Briefcase

For more than a decade, SHAKER has been the signature event series for young alumni to come together to celebrate, connect and have a good time at some of the trendiest venues in Toronto. SHAKER is held twice yearly (November and May) and occasionally in other cities as well.

Through a carefully designed set of career-oriented networking activities, the Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program at the Faculty of Arts & Science provides meaningful opportunities for alumni to engage with U of T and build communities and networks of support for students as they transition from university into working life.

This past year, U of T introduced the SHAKER Professional series—SHAKER PRO—in response to demand for professional networking opportunities that carry the exclusive and on-trend vibe of the SHAKER brand. Dubbed as “SHAKER’s more serious sibling,” the events consisted of a professional development session followed by a networking session. SHAKER PRO considers the venue itself a critical programming detail, holding the event in exclusive private clubs and venues that most young graduates would not have the opportunity to visit otherwise, and in which networking is an intrinsic component of the clubs themselves. This year, U of T hosted two SHAKER Professional events, and each attracted upward of 350 attendees. The first event was held in June at The Carlu and featured Albert Lee (MSc 1984), bestselling author of How to Meet the Queen: Ask Good Questions—Get Good Answers. In October, the venue shifted to the University Club of Toronto where Caroline Cole (MEd 2011) spoke on the topic “Getting Ahead at Work.”


The program grew substantially this past year: participation increased from 26 to 34 academic departments and units, and the number of events grew, from just eight in 2012 to 58 in 2014. These events, which take the form of alumni career panel discussions, Career Centre workshops, mentorship meals with alumni and speed networking events, attracted 217 alumni volunteers, who acted as hosts, speakers, panellists and networking guests, as well as more than 1,300 students. In November 2014, U of T hosted the all-new b2B Industry Night where alumni working in professional fields such as law connect with other alumni and Arts & Science students who are considering a similar career path. As an added benefit, b2B participation can now be included on students’ Co-Curricular Record (CCR), a new initiative that tracks student participation in activities across the institution to demonstrate the core competencies they gain through activities beyond the classroom. The b2B program is also integrated with the Faculty’s STEP Forward, a new initiative aimed at ensuring students are well prepared for life after university.






Next Steps Conference The annual Next Steps Conference is an intensive and energizing two-day conference for students in the Faculty of Arts & Science and recent graduates. Part career exploration, part preparation for life after graduation, the conference—held every spring— features a U of T graduate as the keynote speaker and provides practical advice on personal branding, finances and networking from subject matter experts. “For graduating students, it provides valuable information about career options as well as how to get the most out of their alumni experience,” said Barbara Dick, Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations. “For students who haven’t graduated, it provides insight and strategies on making the most of the crucial final year of university.” The 2014 keynote address was by Gloria Roheim McRae (MA 2008), author of BYOB: The Unapologetic Guide to Being Your Own Boss. Her talk centred on entrepreneurship and building your personal brand, a topic that resonated well with the eager crowd at Convocation Hall.

Dinner with 12 Strangers Now in its ninth year, Dinner with 12 Strangers (D12) continues to build a stronger university community. As part of the program, U of T students attend a dinner party hosted by a U of T graduate. Since the program’s inception, D12 has led to many lasting friendships and mentoring relationships between alumni and students. The program started in 2006 with five dinners and now regularly exceeds 30 events annually. It has also expanded to more than just dinners, with alumni choosing to host a range of events including nature hikes and games nights.


Cindy Ross Pedersen, President-elect of the UTAA, has hosted dinners for five years. She said bringing students together through conversation and food fosters friendships and makes the university more welcoming. “At these parties, we exchange stories, we cook together, I do some mentoring and the students offer each other advice,” said Pedersen. “It’s a wonderful way to help students feel at home at U of T and to let them know alumni care about them.”

Convocation Plaza One of the great milestones in life, convocation is both a time of celebration, reflection and transition for graduating students. Working in close collaboration with the Office of Convocation, the Office of the President and every faculty and division across our three campuses, Alumni Relations plays an important role in organizing Convocation Plaza, a marquee tent on King’s College Circle, designed to deliver a memorable day for the newest members of our alumni community. Open for spring and fall convocations, Convocation Plaza provides a celebratory atmosphere for the thousands of graduating students and their families and friends during convocation. Inside the marquee, graduating students and their guests can take advantage of the U of T Bookstore’s diploma framing service, shop for alumni apparel and gifts, enjoy a light refreshment at Convocation Café, and watch the convocation ceremonies on two large screens. The venue also offers new graduates an opportunity to learn about the various benefits and alumni programming available to U of T alumni, as well as the many opportunities to stay engaged with the University after graduation.




Driving Regional Prosperity To sustain its remarkable trajectory of growth, Mississauga will need to continue to reinvent itself and develop new industries that attract talent from around the world. UTM’s new Institute for Management and Innovation, with generous support from the City of Mississauga, is placing the study of innovation and sector-specific training at the heart of its bid to develop leaders for the city’s emerging knowledgebased economy.

Mississauga’s exponential growth and prosperity goes handin-hand with University of Toronto Mississauga’s (UTM) evolution from a small liberal arts college into a leading centre of education, research and innovation. One report by KPMG pegs UTM’s annual economic impact on Peel Region at $1.3 billion—overwhelmingly the product of the knowledge, skill and entrepreneurial energy of its graduates. This finding underscores the importance of nurturing and attracting innovators who can lead change and capitalize on opportunities and emerging trends across Mississauga’s diverse economy. As a key strategy in these efforts, the city is investing $10 million over 10 years to support a cutting-edge institute at the University designed to educate a new kind of business and organizational leader. The Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI) has designed a discipline-first regimen that fuses the latest approaches to management education with specific sectoral knowledge in fields such as biotechnology, accounting and environmental 64

sustainability. The result is industry leaders with enormous credibility who possess both the strategic capacity and technical expertise to inspire and guide their organizations toward innovation and growth. The benefits also extend far beyond individual organizations. The Institute will generate new knowledge through interdisciplinary project clusters and help build significant competitive advantage for regional and national industry in key areas such as technology assimilation. With such far-reaching implications, the city’s investment already appears remarkably forward-looking and is yet more evidence of the singular importance of UTM to one of Canada’s most vibrant and fastest-growing economic regions.

“It is imperative that we take a proactive role in growing and nurturing a highly skilled and talented labour force that promotes and supports innovation in business and education. The result will be a community with an international profile and a reputation that will draw expertise and investment from around the world.” HAZEL McCALLION MAYOR OF MISSISSAUGA, 1978–2014


Educating Tomorrow’s Engineer The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship—U of T Engineering’s new home for creativity, invention and impact—is continuing to win support from hundreds of donors, thanks to transformative gifts from George Myhal, Paul Cadario, Gerald Heffernan and others, who understand that new teaching, research and industry spaces are critical to the future of engineering education.

TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED CLASSROOMS The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) will feature six technology-enhanced active learning (TEAL) rooms, critical to supporting the design work that has become integral to engineering courses. The rooms feature movable chairs and group tables served by multiple screens that allow for a variety of configurations and easy movement.



From airplane turbines to automobile engines, from cell phones to the Internet, engineers develop the technologies and design the systems that shape our world. Engineers not only provide solutions to the most complex problems, they invent new possibilities for humanity through their ingenuity and creativity. Today’s engineer is called upon to do more than ever before. Engineering is driving economic development, biomedical innovation and environmental technologies. As a result, engineers are increasingly working in partnership not only with other kinds of engineers, but also with individuals across business and industry, medicine, public policy and beyond. More than ever before, innovation demands collaboration. The CEIE will reflect the sweeping changes taking place in engineering. The Centre will feature dynamic, flexible environments that break down barriers between disciplines and foster collaboration, active learning and entrepreneurial exploration. Students, researchers, alumni and industry partners will all converge at the CEIE to get great ideas off the ground. The building will house some of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s most accomplished and globally oriented research centres and institutes. These include the Centre for Global Engineering, which examines issues of global concern such as sanitation, alternative energy and clean water; the Heffernan Entrepreneurship Hatchery, a program providing resources and mentorship to turn ideas into successful startup companies; the Faculty’s Engineering Leadership Institute, ILead; and other

leading institutes focused on critical global issues such as water, sustainable energy, infrastructure, robotics and more. Taken by the CEIE’s spirit of innovation, George Myhal (BASc 1978), chair of Engineering’s campaign executive committee, provided an early, pace-setting $5 million gift toward the building. “We need more innovative spaces that embrace new ways of teaching and learning,” he said. Another early supporter, Paul Cadario (BASc 1973, Hon. LLD 2013), immediately saw the potential impact of the CEIE and made a $1 million gift to the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) within the building. “CGEN is a great contribution to building prosperous, sustainable and peaceful societies,” said Cadario. Alumnus Gerald Heffernan (MASc 1943) directed half of his $5 million gift to provide space for the Entrepreneurship Hatchery within the CEIE. In his honour, the innovation incubator will be named the Heffernan Hatchery. The other half of his contribution will fund the Heffernan Commercialization Fellowships. Together these donors, along with many others, including Bill Troost (BASc 1967) and Kathleen Troost, Lee Lau (BASc 1977, MEng 1982) and Margaret Lau, as well as the student-led Engineering Society and the Singapore–Malaysia Alumni Group, are building a new environment for U of T Engineering that will foster creativity and inspire 21st-century learning and innovation. The ideas, solutions, inventions, startups and leadership that will emanate from the building will benefit Canada for decades to come.


Managing Complexity Success in today’s global business landscape hinges on quickly adapting to volatile, complex and ambiguous environments. The Rotman School of Management is Canada’s top business school and the world’s leading centre for integrative and innovative management leadership. And astounding generosity from donors is the reason why.

The arena of business education is a competitive one, but the Rotman School of Management stands out. Intellectually curious students vie to take part in its programs; the world’s top minds are drawn to work in its halls. This is hardly surprising. Since U of T alumni Sandra Rotman (BA 1975, Hon. LLD 2009) and Joseph Rotman (MComm 1960, Hon. LLD 1994) began supporting the school in the early 1990s, it has marched from strength to strength. The Rotman School is ranked ninth worldwide for research output, eighth for its PhD program and sits in the top 10 for finance. This global heavyweight has also quadrupled its endowment, tripled its faculty and physical footprint, and seen 300 percent growth in enrolment. And by grounding its learning and teaching in integrative thinking, the Rotman School is graduating problem-solvers equipped to consider the big picture, resulting in revolutionary new ideas that can truly improve our world.


Sandra and Joseph Rotman’s ongoing support of the Rotman School has, quite obviously, transformed it. As well as jumpstarting the School’s endowment, they have funded important components such as conferences, awards and research chairs. And they are not alone. Another business leader who has played a significant role in elevating the school to the world stage is Marcel A. Desautels (Hon. LLD 2003). His major gift in 2000 created the Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking. The first centre of its kind, this world-leading hub of research, teaching and outreach encourages novel approaches to complex business concerns. In the years since, Desautels has funded scholarships and helped to expand facilities. A spectacular event space , used for lectures and special programming, was named Desautels Hall to recognize his generous contributions. These donors and others saw potential and acted on it. Thanks to them, the Rotman School of Management ranks as one of the world’s best, and will continue to ready its graduates for success in the global business landscape.


Creating Opportunities for Women in Finance A gift from CIBC to the Rotman School of Management in 2014 is helping to address an ongoing challenge facing the financial services industry: encouraging women to take on and excel in leadership positions. The CIBC Women in Financial Services Scholarships are particularly powerful because scholarship recipients are given the opportunity to be mentored by senior female executives at CIBC and to attend the bank’s networking and professional development events for women.

The scholarships, each valued at $25,000 per year, are given to three students annually who may also be offered summer internships and possibly a permanent position at the bank upon the completion of their MBA. Tiff Macklem, who began his term as Dean of the Rotman School in July 2014, said: “The CIBC Women in Financial Services Scholarship initiative is providing critically important financial support to promising students completing an MBA, who will become tomorrow’s business leaders in Canada and around the world. This investment shows our joint commitment to advancing women in financial management and leadership positions.”


Lest We Forget

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a record-breaking 1,700 students, faculty, staff, community members and veterans gathered at U of T’s Soldiers’ Tower to honour Canada’s fallen soldiers. The Service of Remembrance is an integral part of University life. This year’s ceremonies took on special meaning, marking the centenary of the start of the First World War and 75 years since the beginning of World War II. The deaths of two Canadian soldiers on home soil just weeks before Remembrance Day also weighed heavily on the minds of those present. The impressive turnout was due in large part to efforts by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, a subcommittee of the UTAA. Situated at the western end of Hart House and standing 143 feet tall, the Soldiers’ Tower is a proud memorial to the 628 members of the University of Toronto who gave their lives while on active service in 1914–1918 and to the 557 men and women lost from 1939 to 1945. It was built in 1923–1924 using funds raised by the UTAA. In recent years, more than 10,000 alumni have contributed to annual fund appeals to fully restore Soldiers’ Tower. This year’s service included the recitation of the poem “In Flanders Fields” by UC alumnus John McCrea, the singing of traditional hymns, readings, laying of wreaths, the Last Post, the Lament, Reveille, and the Royal and National Anthems. A reception in the Great Hall of Hart House followed the service, and the Memorial Room in the Soldiers’ Tower welcomed visitors to the museum on the second level of the tower, which includes a collection of medals, photographs and the great memorial stained glass window.



Sharing U of T’s Story with the World

Boundless, the compelling communications platform developed by University Advancement, reflects the essence of U of T, instilling pride, awareness and conviction among the University’s many varied stakeholders. Through Boundless, U of T is asserting its excellence, global leadership, impact and relevance in a manner that is unique, robust and personally engaging.

During the past three years, Boundless has been consistently adopted across the University at its three campuses, allowing each division to advance its distinctive priorities and voice within an overarching narrative framework. Boundless succeeded to unite U of T’s multiple faculties and divisions and its diverse audiences by reinforcing the unique brand identity of the University of Toronto while providing a flexible platform to express individual Boundless stories. The Advancement Communications and Marketing team has become a highly sought-after partner in the University, helping to elevate the quality and consistency of divisional advancement communications and, more importantly, the impact of their messages and outreach. Annually, the Advancement Communications team produces thousands of divisional proposals, cases, brochures, e-communications, website pages, videos, alumni portraits, speeches and presentations, invitations, programs, cards, citations, advertisements, magazine stories, stewardship materials and other marketing materials. This activity generates millions of positive impressions among our external stakeholders and helps present the University as a priority for philanthropy and volunteerism. Today, the Boundless campaign is perceived as the leading campaign in the country in terms of scale, distinctiveness, sophistication and dollars raised. The campaign’s galvanizing communications platform, which is setting a new standard for campaign marketing and communications internationally, is a major part of this success.


Award-Winning Advancement

Awards In 2014, University Advancement and its divisional partners earned numerous industry awards for writing, design, videos and alumni events from both the international Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE). CCAE • Gold: U of T Magazine (Best Print Magazine) • Gold: “Iron Man,” U of T Magazine (Best Writing–English) • Gold: Gift Planning Kit (Best Brochure, Newsletter or Flyer) • Silver: The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Building Innovation (Best Fundraising Case Statement) • Silver: “Club/Course for That” Video Series (Best New Idea: Creativity on a Shoestring) • Silver: The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship Video (Best Use of Multimedia) • Bronze: Boundless Campaign Milestone Event (Best Development Event) CASE • Gold: “Iron Man,” U of T Magazine (Best Articles of the Year) • Bronze: “Screen Time” (Illustrations) • Bronze: The Campaign for University College (Case Statements)

BOUNDLESSLEADERSHIP The University of Toronto is fortunate to benefit from an extraordinary group of dedicated volunteers. These leading members of the University of Toronto community have demonstrated long-standing commitment to the University through contributing their time and energy, and their personal generosity.



Honorary chairs provide invaluable counsel to the University’s campaign executive and broader cabinet in support of the campaign’s highest priorities. They are among the University’s most long-standing champions and esteemed benefactors.

The campaign executive partners with the University’s executive, academic and advancement teams. Members oversee strategies to engage the University’s diverse, international base of alumni, donors and friends.

Avie Bennett

John Cassaday

Sonia H. Labatt

(HON. LLD 1995)

(MBA 1981)

(BA 1960, MA 1990, PHD 1995, HON. LLD 2011)

Leslie Dan

W. Edmund Clark

Anthony Lacavera

(BSCPHM 1954, MBA 1959, HON. DSC 1997)

(BA 1969 UC, HON. LLD 2012)

(BASC 1997)

Marcel A. Desautels

Paul Dalla Lana

George Myhal

(HON. LLD 2003)

Michael D. Dan

(BASC 1978)

The Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman

(MD 1984)

Rose M. Patten

(BA 1953 VIC, JD 1956, HON. LLD 1993,

Terrence Donnelly

(HON. LLD 2009)

HON. DHL 2011 VIC)

(HON. LLD 2003)

The Hon. David R. Peterson

The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain

William Downe

(LLB 1967, HON. LLD 1994)

(BA 1955, HON. LLD 1996)

(MBA 1978)

Melinda Rogers

Peter Munk

Carlo Fidani

(MBA 1997)

(BASC 1952, HON. LLD 1995,

Blake C. Goldring

Susan Scace


(BA 1981 VIC)

(BA 1963 TRIN, HON. DSL 2003 TRIN,

Joseph L. Rotman

Donald A. Guloien

HON. LLD 2013)

(MCOMM 1960, HON. LLD 1994)

(BCOMM 1980)

Francis Shen

Steve (Suresh) K. Gupta

(BASC 1981, MASC 1983)

New York

Daisy C.F. Ho

Honey D. Sherman

John H. Daniels

(MBA 1990)

(BA 1969, BED 1970)

(BARCH 1950, HON. LLD 2011)

Clay Horner

Ken Tanenbaum

and Myrna Daniels

(LLB 1983)

The Hon. Michael H. Wilson

Sheldon Inwentash


(BCOMM 1978 NEW, HON. LLD 2012)

HON. LLD 2005)

Hong Kong Stanley Ho




N. Jane Pepino

Elias Kyriacou

(BA 1967 VIC)

(BASC 1976) Porcia Pui Yi Leung (BA 1998) Joan F. London (CBUS 1982 WDW, BA 1992 WDW) Andrew B. Lubinsky (BA 1979 SMC, MBA 1981) Kathleen Emily MacDonald (MIST 2009) Alexander Douglas Mackay (MFE 2007) Casey Mak (BCOMM 2005 WDW, MA 2008) Melissa McEnroe (MSPL 2009) Andrew E.C. McFarlane (BA 1993 TRIN, MA 1995, JD 1997) Joane Siu-Wai Mui (BA 2006) Jeffrey Anthony Myers (MA 2007, PHD 2013) Sandra Clarie Newton (MA 2004) Michael Nathan Noble (MSPL 2008) Cameron Dale Norman (PHD 2005) Jiyoung Park (BSC 2006 WDW, MA 2007) Paula H. Paunic (BPHE 1984, BED 1985) Amit Puri (DDS 2000) Leigh L. Revers Randy Steven Sa’d

Serving on Governing Council, alumni governors have the exciting opportunity to provide the University with strategic insights to help guide the growth and success of this internationally renowned teaching and research institution.

Melinda M. Rogers

Harvey Botting


(BA 1967 VIC, MBA 1985) David Norris Bowden (BASC 1979, MBA 1989) Gary D. Goldberg (BA 1972 UC) Nick F. Kuryluk (BSC 1989 UTM) Nancy Carolyn Lee (BA 1982 VIC) W. John Switzer (BA 1970 UTM) Andrew M. Szende (BA 1967 UC) Keith Thomas (BASC 1987, MA 1989) LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL GOVERNORS The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario appoints members to Governing Council, where they provide guidance to the governance and affairs of the University. Jeff Collins Janet L. Ecker Judy G. Goldring, Chair of the Governing Council (BA 1987 VIC) Zabeen Hirji Shirley Hoy, Vice-Chair of the Governing Council (BA 1973 VIC, MSW 1975) Claire M.C. Kennedy Paulette L. Kennedy R. Mark Krembil (BA 1988 UTSC) Brian D. Lawson (BA 1982 TRIN) Gary P. Mooney (MA 1970) John Paul Morgan (BASC 2001, MASC 2005)

(MBA 1997) Mark Henry Rowswell (BA 1988 UC) Howard L. Shearer

The Council of Presidents (COP) comprises the presidents of constituent alumni associations, the UTAA board of directors and the alumni governors of the Governing Council. Chaired by the President of the UTAA, the COP is a forum for sharing information and discussing University-wide issues. Edna J. Becker

Premal Harikrishna Brahmbhatt

(BSC 2010 WDW) Adrian R.H. Brown (BSC 1984 NEW, MD 1990) Stephen D. Brown Sadia Butt (BSC 1988 UTM, MFC 2002) Joy Rebecca Clubine

(BSC 2006 VIC, MHSC 2008, MA 2014) M. Gerald Devlin (BA 1955 SMC) Gloria Epstein (LLB 1977) Althea C. Fernandes (BSC 2007 UTSC) Jodeme E. Goldhar (MHSC 2001) Kevin C. Goldin (BA 1984 UTM) Melanie Dawn Guenette (BSC 2009 TRIN, MSC 2012) Anthony Hanbidge (1995 MED) C.M. Victor Harding (BA 1970 TRIN) Jessica Barrett Horwitz (BA 2007 UC) Sean Ingram Anita L. Kapustin (BA 1995 VIC) Peter A. Kopplin (MD 1963)

(BCOMM 2003 VIC) Michael Shang (BCOMM 2013 INNIS) Edward H. Shaul (MSW 1987) Dale Stuart Skinner Sanjeev Sockalingam Maureen J. Somerville (BA 1969, BED 1970) Colin J. Swift (BSC 1980 NEW) Vladimir Tasevski (BCOMM 2007 WDW) Maria Topalovich (MUSB 1974, MUSM 1975)


Rajesh Uttamchandani

(BSC 1992, MIR 1998) Katherine Valiquette (BA 2007 WDW) Thomas Michael Vogl (MPP 2012) Fiona A. Wallace (BSC 1993 INNIS) Gaye Walsh (BSC 1977) Lucinda Elizabeth Williams (BA 2006 WDW) Peter J. Wismath (BA 1994 TRIN) UTAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The UTAA operates through a board of directors comprised of 14 directors. Each board member participates at UTAA board meetings, and is actively involved in one or more of the board’s working groups or initiatives. Board members also serve as ambassadors for U of T and its alumni, both on and off campus. Lenna M. Bradburn

(BA 1982 VIC) Kai Lilaka Chan (BSC 1999 TRIN) Dario Di Censo (BCOMM 1988 UTM) Thomas S. Enright (BSC 1976 UTSC) Susan B. Gillmeister (BA 1981 VIC) Josh Hunter (LLB 2003, MBA 2003) R. Scott MacKendrick (BASC 1982 APSC) Cindy Ross Pedersen (BCOMM 1981 UTM) Ines Lucia Fernandez Valdivieso (BASC 2010) Geeta Yadav (BA 2003 UC)



The U of T Chinese Alumni Association aims to continue the University experience for alumni by building an active community through ongoing activities, social events and professional networking opportunities.

Márta J. Ecsedi

(BASC 1976) Jean Griffin Elliott (BA 1961 TRIN) Sean Ingram James Janeiro (BA 2010 VIC, MPP 2012) Matthew Stephen Jurczak

Xijun Deng (BSC 2010 UC, JD 2014) Raymond Diep

(BA 2009 TRIN) Lieutenant Colonel Gerhard Knopf (BASC 1957) Christopher T. Lea (BARC 1983, MED 2011) Gordon Neil MacKinnon (BA 1956 VIC, MA 1971) Malcolm F. McGrath (BASC 1954) Paul C. Nazareth David Platt Michah Rynor Kristine E. Thompson

(BCOMM 2008 INNIS) Yufei Ding (BCOMM 2011 UTM) Guangyu Fu (PHD 2006) Qiang Guo (BCOMM 2011 TRIN) Jeffrey Ma (BCOMM 2011 NEW) Michael Shang (BCOMM 2013 INNIS) Gang Wu (MSC 2007, PHD 2014) Shawn Xiao (MENG 2011) Luyang Yan (MASC 2011) Lavender Yixiao Zhang (BASC 2012)

(BSC 1968, MSC 1970, MBA 1980) Heather Thornton (BA 1997) Dimitrios Panagiotis Tsirgielis (BA 2010 UTM) Ted Wheatley (BASC 1985, MBA 1987) Richard Tinning Wilson (BSC 1961 UC)



The Soldiers’ Tower Committee plays a pivotal

The Senior Alumni Association brings together U of T alumni who are 55 and over to take advantage of opportunities to learn and grow through a variety of programming, including the Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series, a set of dynamic talks led by industry experts and University faculty.

role in administering and preserving various aspects of Soldiers’ Tower, a proud monument to the sacrifices of Canadian servicemen and servicewomen. Helen W. Bradfield

(BA 1960 TRIN) Gerry Campbell Glenn H. Carter (BA 1965 NEW) Maurice R. Cooke (BA 1951 TRIN) Richard P.K. Cousland (BA 1954 VIC) Karolina Dejnicka (BA 2012 VIC)

Gloria C. Buckley

(BA 1948 SMC) Beverley J. Coburn (BSCN 1954) Laura Cooper Dianna C. Craig (MED 1980) Irene Devlin (BA 1988 WDW)


Dagmar Southam Falkenberg

Stan Gasner

Joanne Thanos

(BA 2002 WDW) W. Donald Forsey (BCOM 1959 VIC) John B.A. Lang (BA 1967 SMC) John E. Lang (BSC 1964 VIC, MSC 1966, BA 1996 VIC) D. Jean Orpwood (BA 1962 SMC, BLS 1963, MLS 1971) June L. Pemberton (BA 1950 UC, BED 1976) Ihor V. Prociuk (MSC 1976) Maureen J. Somerville (BA 1969, BED 1970) Wendy H. Talfourd-Jones (BA 1989 WDW, CBUS 1998 WDW) Kristine E. Thompson (BSC 1968, MSC 1970, MBA 1980) Mary Williams Vohryzek (TESL 2000 WDW)

(BASC 1964) Marian D. Hebb (BA 1961 VIC, LLB 1976) J. Rodney Hurd (BA 1970) David T. Jaeger (MUSM 1972) Layan Kutob (BASC 2013) Francesca La Marca (BA 1998 SMC, MA 2000, PHD 2005) Christine Leduc (BSC 2011 INNIS, MFC 2013) R. Scott MacKendrick (BASC 1982) Aly Madhavji (BCOMM 2012 UTM) Paul Malozewski (BASC 1983, MBA 1993) Ivan O. McFarlane (BA 1964 TRIN, MA 1982, PHD 1995, MSL 2007) Peter M. Murchison (MSW 1974) Jeffrey Anthony Myers (MA 2007, PHD 2013) Kirk Franklin Perris (MED 2000, PHD 2012) Peeter Poldre (MD 1978, MED 1990, EDD 1998) Lesley E. Pollard (DDS 1987) Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (DCS 1974, BA 1977 NEW, MA 1980) Lesley Renee Riedstra (BA 1995 NEW) Peter A. Rogers (BA 1968 SMC, BLS 1969 FIS, 1974 FIS, BED 1975) Lindsay K. Shaddy (BED 1994) Margaret E. Shaw (DOT 1949) Mary Shenstone (BA 1981 TRIN) Valerie A. Story (BA 1970 VIC) Ho Kyung Sung (BSC 1980 UC, BARC 1986)

(MHSC 2005) Edward Thompson (BA 1967 VIC, MED 1973, PHD 1979) Elizabeth Louise Trotter (BSC 2004 WDW, MA 2008) Joanne E. Uyede (BA 1969 INNIS) Judith Watt-Watson (BSCN 1967, MSCN 1984, PHD 1997) Lucinda Elizabeth Williams (BA 2006 WDW) David T. Windross (BSCP 1975) Grant Worden (LLB 1998) Bing Young (BASC 1986, MENG 1993) Kenny Yu (BSC 2005 UTSC)


The College of Electors, established by the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, is a group of members representing the constituent alumni associations of the University of Toronto Alumni Association. College members are responsible for electing the Chancellor and the alumni governors of the Governing Council. Michael Keith Amos

(BA 1991 UTM) Jeannie An (BA 1989 UC, MIST 1999) Fariba Anderson (MBA 2004) Professor David K. Bernhardt (MA 1958 VIC) Mary-Ellen J. Burns (BA 1970 SMC) V.M. Antoinette Clarke (BA 1984) Monifa Colthurst (BA 1998 UC) Tye S. Farrow (BARC 1987) Themesia Esperanca Fernandes (BSC 2001 UC, MSC 2002 UC)


The U of T Black Alumni Association recognizes academic achievement and excellence among students and alumni, and creates a place of mentorship and networking for students from various academic disciplines. Sandra Clarie Newton


The U of T Finance Alumni Network is aimed at alumni who are interested in networking and connecting with fellow business professionals while exploring insights on emerging Canadian and international economic trends. Guangyu Fu

(PHD 2006) Hailey Frances Vasyliw (BCOMM 2014 TRIN) Gang Wu (MSC 2007, PHD 2014) Ying Wu (BCOMM 2014 VIC)



The U of T Indian Alumni Society serves as a forum for uniting and engaging the Indian alumni community at the University. Its prime objective is to provide these graduates with a lifelong way to build meaningful relationships with their fellow alumni and the U of T community, and continue to celebrate their U of T experience. Premal Harikrishna Brahmbhatt


The University works with alumni representatives around the world to design and execute meaningful social and educational activities, networking events and community service opportunities to stay connected with fellow graduates in their region. Mark R. Adam

(BLA 1985 ARCLA) Soomie L. Ahn (BA 1993 TRIN) Zaheer Anis (BSC 2008 NEW) Rutha Victoria Astravas (BA 2001 SMC) Weshan Aziz (BA 2013 SMC) Kirran Bakhshi (BSC 2010 INNIS) Catherine Balao (BSC 1986 ERIN) Hima Batavia (BSC 2007 SMC) Andrea M. Bell (BA 1998 TRIN, JD 2002) Richard Joseph Berman (BA 1992 TRIN) Elizabeth Louise Bernhardt (MA 1998, PHD 2007) Stephanie Starr Bouris (BSC 2004) Conrad Cheuk-Hang Budd (BSC 2009 NEW)


Christine Buske

Sung Kwan Patrick Han

(BSC 2007, PHD 2013) Joseph Chan (BSC 2008 WDW) Kai Lilaka Chan (BSC 1999 TRIN) Vivek Chawla (BASC 1996 WDW) Yi Chun Chen (BCOMM 2012 UC) Vene Wing Ni Cheng (BSC 2008 UC) Louise Chiu (BCOMM 1999 UTM) Jin Young Choi (BA 1988 VIC) Joseph Shiu Wing Chow Tara L. Connolly

(BA 2006 NEW) Sean Astley Henry (MA 2009) Kallia Ho (BSC 1991 NEW) Taimoor Ali Isani (BASC 2009) Mikki Tomoeda Ishii (BSC 1989 UC) Melanie L. Jackson (BA 1978 VIC) Frederick K.C. Kan (BASC 1964, JD 1967 LAW) Gary Kaufman Keiko Kerr

(BPHE 2007) Noah H. Craven (BA 2007 UTSC, JD 2011 LAW) Christopher J. Cronin (MIST 2002) Raluca David (BA 2008 TRIN) Alexandra De Freitas (MBA 2008) Peter Denyer (BASC 1972) Anuka Dey (BSC 1999 ERIN) Lucy Dong (BSCN 2010) Joanne Duma (EDD 1992) Jeremy Andrew Dutton (BA 2005 TRIN) Rim El-Kamali (BA 1991 UTM) Shamindra Fernando (BSC 2004 VIC, MHSC 2012) Maria Gallo (BA 1998 SMC) Jessica K.W. Gan (BCOMM 1997 VIC) Iulian Gheorghiu (BCOMM 2009 UC) Romona Vivica Goomansingh (PHD 2009) Megan Edina Pond Hall (BA 2009 UC)

(BA 1960 UC) Elizabeth C. Kuehn (MUSB 1998, ACP 2000) Kevin Yuk-Ming Lam (BSC 1992 UTSC) Victoria-Ann Cheuk Ying Lam (BA 2006 WDW) Andrew Fong Long Lee (BSC 2003 VIC) Michael C.T. Lee (BASC 1974) Kevin Leung (BASC 1998) Porcia Pui Yi Leung (BA 1998 UTSC) Michael Eric Li (MHSC 2006 MED) Vicki Liu (BA 2012 UTSC) Stefan Mailvaganam (BASC 1992) Tony Matharu (BA 1993 UC) David S. Mathews (BA 1996 VIC) Meaghan McConnell (JD 2009) Maria L. Mckay (BA 1992 VIC) Stephanie Jasmine Migchelsen (BSC 2006 UTM) Tracy Moniz (BA 2001 UTM)

(BASC 2006, MENG 2007) Shiro Kiyohara


Ian P. O’Briain

Shoma Sinha

(BA 1989 UTM) Luckron B. Palmer (BA 1994 WDW) Adam K. Panasiewicz (BA 2006 SMC) Trupti Panchal (BSC 2008 NEW, MSC 2012) Karen Aline Papazian (BA 2002 INNIS) Steve Soo-Hong Park (BA 1983 UC) Paige Paterson (MBA 2013) Genandrialine L. Peralta (MASC 1994, PHD 1997) Maira Botelho Perotto (MSCH 2009) Trevor Persi (BA 2012 UC) Stephen Giancarlo Piron (BSC 2003 VIC) Lori A. Podnevar (BA 1990 UTSC) Teri Prince (BSC 1970 UC, MSC 1971) Waleed Ghassan Qirbi (MBA 2001) Eric Quon-Lee (BA 2004 WDW, MBA 2009) Grace Rocha (BA 2013 UTM) Ranjan D. Rupal (BSCP 1991) Mayrose Ramos Salvador (PHD 2007) Nupur Saxena (BA 1993 SMC) Marianne Sciolino (BA 1973 SMC, MA 1976) Karen M. Seraphim (BA 1992 UTM) Kevin Shen (MENG 2005) Hsiuchih Gigi Shui (BCOMM 2001 TRIN) Natasha Natalie Sideris (BCOMM 1999 UTSC) Sameer Singh (MBA 2011)

(BASC 2006) Evgenii Skrynnyk (BCOMM 1999 INNIS) M. Elizabeth Snow (MA 1968) Radha Subramani (BA 2003 VIC) Yan Shirley Sun (BCOMM 2010 WDW) Kira Celeste Tarabelli (BED 2009) Sujitlal Thottarath (BASC 2006, MASC 2010) John Tishbi (BA 1999 UC, MA 2000) Tony Pan Chung Tsui (BASC 2007, MASC 2009) Sharon Vadakepeedika (BASC 2013) Jens Van Vliet (MUSB 1985, BED 1986) Heleen Van Weel (BA 1993 VIC, BSCN 1994) Alice Varkey (BASC 2001) Er Kwong Wah (BASC 1970) Gary Zhe Wang (BSC 2005 SMC, MSC 2008) Jill P. Monney Warhurst (BA 1982 VIC) Linda A. Weslowski (DCS 1987) Evelyn S. Wong (BSC 1972 NEW, MBA 1974) Timothy Wai Mun Wong (BASC 2009) Vincent Wing Hong Wong (BCOMM 2001 INNIS) David Wu (BASE 2009) Sang Eun Yi (BCOMM 2003 TRIN) Jung Kyun Alex You (BASC 2001) Jasmine Tsun Wing Yuen (BSC 2007 UC)


“The bricks and mortar are but the bones: the community must provide the spirit.” Vincent Massey spoke these words nearly a century ago in a ceremony marking the official opening of Hart House, named for his grandfather Hart Massey. Massey’s words resonate today as we honour and celebrate our remarkable students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who are the spirit of this great institution. Within these pages, we have attempted to convey the depth and breadth of the passion and commitment shown by our diverse and ever-growing U of T community. Scores of successful alumni events and programs, in many cases boasting record attendance, demonstrate a strong sense of pride and engagement among our graduates around the world. Similarly, the outpouring of support for the Boundless campaign is placing the University on a trajectory of growth and impact, and setting new benchmarks for philanthropy in Canada. U of T’s strong global reputation has been built by our outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni and, of course, the steadfast generosity of our donors. Looking forward, we have cause to feel tremendous optimism. Together we will continue to realize U of T’s vast potential to address the issues we care about most and strengthen the communities we serve.

David Palmer Vice - President, University Advancement


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