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A Year in Review 2011–2012


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Preparing Global Citizens at Arts & Science

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A Year in Review 2011–2012

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Spring Reunion

Launching Boundless

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Groundbreaking for the Goldring Centre

Building the Future of Law pg.04 20.11.11

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Celebrating Student Leadership

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Boundless Alumni Connections

Convocation Plaza

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Imagination Unbound at Victoria University

Boundless Promise Matching Program

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Strengthening Alumni Connections in China

Springtime in Paris

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Venus Caught in Transit pg.24 23.05.12

Helping Drive Innovation at UTM pg.23 10.05.12

Reviving Innis Town Hall

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Student Welcome Campaign

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Learning from a Telecom Phenom pg.36 05.09.12

Elevating Rotman

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Recognizing Outstanding Alumni Service

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Opening Night at Music


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Advancing Human Development

Transforming Jewish Studies

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Boundless Community: University of St. Michael’s College

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Celebrating Engineering Innovation

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Transforming 21st Century Health Care at Medicine

Celebrating Our Asia-Pacific Community

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Revitalizing Robarts pg.51 02.10.12

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50 Years of Connections at New College

Advancing Oral Health Care at Dentistry

Educating Future Health Care Leaders at Nursing

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Munk School Officially Opens pg.44 15.09.12

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Building Bridges at Woodsworth

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Advancing iSchool

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Honouring Those Who Served

University College’s Alumni of Influence

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Celebrating Our Alumni Mentors

Changing Lives Through Social Work

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Celebrating Philanthropy at Trinity pg.60 29.10.12

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Afterword

Architecture’s Showcase for Sustainable Cities pg.66 14.11.12

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Volunteer Leadership

A New Era at UTSC

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Michael Wilson Becomes Chancellor

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Transforming Pharmacy


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On November 20, 2012, Boundless: The Campaign for the University of Toronto marked the first anniversary of its public launch, capping a year of momentum-building accomplishments that have propelled the University and its global leadership role and aspirations to the fore as a priority for philanthropy and volunteerism. During the past year, the Boundless theme, and its twin pillars of preparing global citizens and meeting global challenges, have taken root across the University’s divisions and among our global community of alumni. Through a busy calendar of alumni events and programming, campaign launches and milestones, Boundless has created a tide of momentum for the University, communicating a powerful vision of innovation and growth, providing new pathways for volunteer engagement and enhancing alumni pride and affinity. Since the public launch of Boundless, our divisions have hosted 580 events for 33,900 alumni and friends. Spring Reunion — our marquee alumni gathering — was attended by more than 5,000 alumni and friends. The University hosted 117 alumni events in cities around the world. More than 5,300 alumni volunteered their

time and talent for a range of projects, from book sales to speaking engagements to community engagement initiatives. Some 750 alumni mentored students. More than 7,000 alumni and friends attended 27 campaign events over the past year, and 150 joined campaign cabinets. These numbers speak vividly to the strength of our alumni programs and the corresponding engagement of our alumni with the University’s mission and priorities.

you will encounter many examples of alumni who are connecting with students and fellow alumni to share the bonds of the U of T experience and strengthen our institution. At the same time, you will get a glimpse of our divisional campaign launches, the opportunities for transformative growth and the remarkable outpouring of support we have received for faculty, programs, new buildings and, most critically, tens of thousands of U of T students.

The first public year of Boundless was also a record period for fundraising. The campaign surpassed the $1.18 billion mark, thanks to $215 million in gifts from 25,330 donors. This surge of support is opening doors of opportunity for students and faculty across the institution. It is a testament to the commitment of our alumni and friends and their shared belief in the importance of higher education to creating a better world for subsequent generations.

The boundless engagement and commitment of our alumni and supporters continues to elevate U of T and provide us with the freedom to pursue our most ambitious visions for the future. We are grateful for this support and look forward to an even brighter year ahead.

In the following pages, you will read about the people, events and milestones that shaped the first year of Boundless. We have organized our report in a timeline format, beginning with the launch of our campaign on November 20, 2011. As you follow the timeline,

David Palmer Vice-President, University Advancement

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Launching Boundless

On November 20, 2011, nearly 1,000 alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff gathered under the lights of Convocation Hall to launch Boundless: the Campaign for the University of Toronto.

is addressing the global challenges of health care, energy efficiency, the fight against poverty and the development of sustainable cities — all critical priorities for the Boundless campaign.

At its core, the event was a celebration of the University’s community — both its tradition of leadership, past and present, and its potential to enhance that extraordinary legacy for future generations.

The event also showcased the remarkable talents of students. Student performers gave a one-hour concert prior to the formal program, which included a Latin jazz combo, taiko drumming, opera singers and other ensembles. Boundless, the campaign theme, was introduced in a special video showcasing alumni, faculty and students, with a special score composed by Kevin Lau, a student in the Faculty of Music. Recent Faculty of Music graduate Aaron Tsang (BMus 2007; MMus 2009) composed the opening fanfare especially for the occasion.

President David Naylor (MD 1978), in his keynote address, spoke about the “confluence of talent, imagination, dedication and generosity” that built the University into a place of global relevance and impact. He spoke of the talented professors, supported by their students and staff, who developed insulin, discovered stem cells, reinvented literary criticism, theorized modern media and the digital age, and pioneered in fields as diverse as organ transplantation and computer graphics. He also acknowledged the remarkable scope of U of T’s alumni community, noting “there is no continent nor any walk of life where Toronto alumni are not in leadership roles.” Building on this foundation of excellence and impact, President Naylor highlighted the ways in which U of T

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The public launch was a watershed moment, rallying our community around a common vision for U of T’s role and aspirations, and celebrating its global impact and leadership of its alumni, students, faculty, staff and supporters. The occasion generated palpable momentum for the campaign, instilled pride and conviction among our constituents, conveyed the urgency and relevance of our priorities and highlighted the vital importance of alumni involvement.


Professor Gillian MacKay of the Faculty of Music conducts student brass musicians in a fanfare during the launch of the Boundless campaign at Convocation Hall.

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Launching Boundless

Boundless in the Making Before the campaign launched on November 20, 2011, it was clear that the University would need an authentic and powerful theme to convey our excellence and aspirations to the public and our global alumni community. The idea of Boundless emerged from months of research and dialogue with numerous stakeholders, including faculty and staff members, principals and deans, alumni, donors and students. The word Boundless — in all of its simplicity — took hold because it resonated with each of the University’s constituents. Boundless connects to the University’s research and teaching missions, the boundary-crossing nature of our research and the extraordinary creativity of our professoriate and the global impact of their scholarship. Boundless reflects the remarkable diversity of our students and the limitless possibilities before them — a fact most evident in our first-year undergraduate student body, which this year comes from 111 countries and more than 900 municipalities around the world. These students come to U of T for an educational experience that

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expands their horizons and prepares them to lead in a complex world. Boundless speaks to their desire to improve the lives of individuals and societies around the globe. Boundless also resonates with U of T alumni —  our ever-expanding network of talent and expertise that includes more than 500,000 graduates in more than 180 countries. It speaks to the impact they have across a broad range of professions and the leadership roles they play in thousands of communities around the world. Moreover, Boundless speaks to the aspirations of our donors who see the vast potential of our University to address the defining challenges of our times and fulfill Canada’s need for talent, innovation and leadership. Boundless holds up a mirror to the entire U of T community: our values, what we do and why it matters. The Boundless campaign, which is built around the twin pillars of Preparing Global Citizens and Meeting Global Challenges, is a celebration of our community of faculty, students, alumni and supporters, who together have the power to change the world for the better.

The Boundless campaign case for support, released on November 20, 2011, provided an overview of the University’s aspirations and the vital role of alumni and supporters.


On November 21, 2011, we announced Boundless to the general public through ads placed in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star, billboards at Billy Bishop airport and select magazine placements. The first ad, a Boundless “wordle,” conveyed the extensive contributions of our alumni, faculty and students across an impressive spectrum of fields.

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Launching Boundless

Boundless Reach Telling our alumni story, alongside stories of our faculty and students, is a critical goal of the Boundless campaign. More than half-a-million strong, our alumni community includes groundbreaking scientists, artists, designers, journalists, teachers, health professionals, entrepreneurs, athletes, philanthropists, humanitarians, volunteers, public servants, Supreme Court Justices, Nobel Laureates and prime ministers who are making substantial contributions to global society. Through a busy calendar of alumni programs and gatherings, campaign launches and milestone events, stories of alumni leadership and contributions were brought to the fore again and again, vividly illustrating their impact on society broadly, and on the University’s global reputation and footprint. In the telling of this story, we presented alumni with an opportunity to see U of T anew and reflect on the many reasons for greater engagement, pride and affinity. Our newspaper ad campaign for Boundless, featured here, was one expression of our wonderful alumni story.

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29.11.11

Building the Future of Law

There are few starker contrasts in our University, than that between the University’s renowned Faculty of Law — known throughout North America for its excellence and scholarship, high standards and extraordinary graduates — and the Faculty’s severely constrained facilities. For decades, the Faculty of Law has grappled with the challenge of increased enrolment, with more students, more faculty and more activities than Flavelle House, Falconer Hall and its southern extensions could productively contain. As a result, the Faculty has made facilities renewal the centerpiece of Law’s campaign, with a brilliant and enabling new complex designed by Toronto architectural firm Hariri Pontarini, combining the original mansions

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with a new wing of bright classrooms, modern offices and soaring common spaces bathed in natural light. Recognizing this urgency, and the critical leadership role that the Faculty’s alumni and scholars have played toward the practice of law and jurisprudence in this country, Law alumni and their firms have responded with extraordinary generosity. Announced just days after the main Boundless launch, the Law campaign has, since November 2012, raised $32.5 million toward its $36 million private sector goal for the new building. To date, 17 law firms have given to the building campaign, including precedent setting contributions from Torys LLP and Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP.

Their contributions represent a new benchmark for Canadian law firm giving. Notable individual donors include Hal Jackman (BA 1953 VIC; LLB 1956; Hon. LLD 1993), David Asper (LLM 2007) and John Schumacher (BA 1975 SMC). By rallying alumni pride and generosity, the Faculty of Law Renewal Campaign will increase usable area in the school by 50 per cent, including lecture halls of 110, 75 and 50 seats and a 210-seat moot court. The modernized Bora Laskin Law Library will be united with Philosopher’s Walk. In both magnitude and quality, the project will create a superb forum for learning, teaching, research and debate.


A Landmark Contribution One of the University’s most generous benefactors, the Honourable Henry N. R. “Hal” Jackman has made the largest donation ever to the law school: $10 million. This former lieutenant-governor of Ontario and former U of T chancellor has been a stalwart friend of higher learning for more than half a century. His donation of $30 million towards the establishment of U of T’s Jackman Humanities Institute was the largest gift to

the humanities ever received by a Canadian university. As a champion of the arts, Jackman has served on many boards and directed grants to more than 200 arts and educational organizations through the Hal Jackman Foundation. This new gift of $10 million to name the Jackman Law Building has helped close the gap on the resources necessary to begin construction in summer 2013.

This latest gift is in addition to the $1 million donation Jackman made at the time of the launch of the Faculty of Law Renewal Campaign, which will commemorate the legacy of Lord Watson and Viscount Haldane — two members of the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, who, in the 1890s and early 20th century, ruled on several influential decisions that determined the relationship and division of powers between the federal government and the provinces in Canada.

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Groundbreaking for the Goldring Centre

The University of Toronto has a proud tradition of excellence in sport — a tradition that will take a giant leap forward with the new Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. The Goldring Centre will be a world-class hub for sport and exercise research, sport medicine and training and competition. Scheduled to open in 2015, the Goldring Centre will house international level basketball and volleyball courts, a relocated and expanded David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic, research labs and a strength and fitness centre accessible to all U of T students. But the new facility is not just for elite athletes; it will also strengthen U of T’s capacity to conduct community outreach and encourage a culture of sport, fitness and health in Canada. On January 31, 2012, 300 alumni, students, faculty and donors gathered for the Goldring Centre’s groundbreaking ceremony under the dome at Varsity Stadium. The event was an opportunity to celebrate student and alumni achievement in sport and to thank the many generous benefactors who have made the Goldring Centre possible. The centre is supported by a lead donation from the late Warren Goldring (BA 1949 UC; LLD Hon. 2003) and his children Blake Goldring (BA 1981 VIC) and Judy Goldring (BA 1987 VIC); Ron Kimel (BA 1966 UC), whose $10 million gift will create the Kimel Family Field House within the complex; the late Gord Stollery, who donated $1 million for the Frank Blackstock Stollery Atrium; and a generous grant from the Province of Ontario. Together, these commitments have contributed $51 million toward the $58 million funding requirements for the centre.

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Rosie the Riveting After turning in a nearly perfect performance in the individual trampoline event, U of T alumna Rosie MacLennan (BPHE 2011) became Canada’s only gold medallist of the 2012 London Olympics. As an Olympian, MacLennan joined a long line of U of T students and alumni who have competed in the Games. The University of Toronto has been represented at every Olympics since the 1900 Paris Games, where U of T graduate George Orton (BA 1893) won gold in the 2500 m steeplechase and bronze in the 400 m hurdles — collecting all of the medals won by Canada that year. For MacLennan winning the gold is just the beginning. In addition to wearing the hat of a world-class athlete, MacLennan has returned to U of T as a graduate student and remains a tireless ambassador for U of T athletics — both at home and abroad. Together with former teammate Sarah Gairdner (BPHE 2009; MSc 2011), MacLennan has helped to raise more than $200,000 for the Goldring Centre and during the London Games, she and fellow U of T Olympian Sarah Wells (BPHE 2012) spoke at a U of T Alumni and Friends reception in London. Beth Ali, Director of Intercollegiate and High Performance Sport, and Bruce Kidd (BA 1965), former dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and former Olympian, were also in attendance.

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Strengthening Alumni Connections in China

The University of Toronto has more alumni in China than in any other country outside of North America and our graduates from China are making important contributions across a broad spectrum of fields. In February 2012, President David Naylor (MD 1978) and a delegation from the University of Toronto traveled to Shanghai and Beijing to strengthen academic, research and teaching partnerships with postsecondary institutions in China and to help raise awareness of the University’s profile in this vital region of the world. During the week-long visit, the president hosted alumni receptions in Shanghai and Beijing. These events helped to deepen the University’s engagement with alumni, friends and parents abroad. They also offered a unique opportunity for President Naylor to highlight areas of active research collaboration with top Chinese institutions in areas such as neuroscience, nanotechnology, political science, biophysics, hematology, critical care medicine, cancer and diabetes. These events also offered a wonderful occasion to recognize the tremendous impact that U of T alumni are making in the region. The presence of U of T alumnus Mark Rowswell (BA 1988) made the Beijing gathering a particularly special occasion. Rowswell graduated from U of T with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese studies in 1988 and was subsequently awarded a full scholarship to continue Chinese language studies at Peking University. More than two decades later, Rowswell is known to hundreds of millions of Chinese people as the performer Dashan. The best-known foreigner living in China, Rowswell is currently serving as Canada’s Goodwill Ambassador to China.

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27.03.12

Celebrating Student Leadership

Leadership Outside the Classroom

Overcoming Conflict

Creating neurology apps, launching Movember campaigns to fight prostate cancer, volunteering legal services to those in need, helping students battle depression through running and fitness… these are just a few examples of the commitment to community of recent Cressy Award winners.

2012 Cressy winner Jothi Shanmugam (BA 2012) came to Canada as a refugee from Sri Lanka when she was seven. Growing up, she found herself questioning her identity as an immigrant and why her life was forcibly uprooted. Her experience as a refugee also gave her a need to understand conflict and how it can be overcome.

On March 27, 2012, the University community gathered at Varsity Centre to celebrate student leadership across our three campuses. More than 180 students received Cressy Awards. Established by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1994, the Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for their contributions outside of the classroom to our campuses, our community and the wider world. Gordon Cressy (MSW 1969), a former University of Toronto vice-president, is the inspiration for the awards. His remarkable career included leadership roles at United Way Toronto, the Learning Partnership, Canadian Tire Foundation for Families, Ryerson University and the Toronto District School Board, to name a few.

“I had too many unanswered questions about conflict resolution because it is close to my heart, it’s part of my identity, it’s who I am,” says the criminology and peace and conflict studies graduate.

Alumni Relations coordinates the award ceremony as well as the selection process, which includes input from every University division. Since the award’s inception, more than 2,600 graduates have been honoured with a Cressy Award, epitomizing U of T’s ever-growing community of passionate, talented and engaged global citizens.

For her passionate pursuit of these questions, both academically and through international volunteer work, Shanmugam was recognized with a Cressy Award and the Dean’s Student Leadership Award in the Faculty of Arts & Science. She has co-written a policy paper on Sri Lanka that was presented to representatives of the Canadian, British and Swiss governments, among others, and helped create an organization that is building wells in waraffected areas of northern Sri Lanka. On another project in Kenya, where she spent four months running public health and HIV-AIDS workshops, she learned of the desperate need for glaucoma and cataract treatment. She responded by coordinating efforts between a local eye hospital and the health ministry to provide the eye care to more than 1,000 Kenyans.

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Preparing Global Citizens at Arts & Science

Preparing students for success in a more interconnected and globalized world is the core of what the Faculty of Arts & Science is about. Arts & Science is a university within a university, with 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 930 scholars and scientists and nearly 200,000 active alumni in more than 160 countries. This diverse and rich array of talent crosses three major fields of study — the humanities, sciences and social sciences — to create a crossdisciplinary hub for research, innovation and learning that is the envy of other universities in Canada and around the world. The $250 million campaign for the Faculty of Arts & Science — launched in the Great Hall of Hart House on March 28, 2012 — will increase the Faculty’s capacity to prepare global citizens and meet the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century, from understanding our place in the cosmos and finding solutions to environmental and energy issues to advancing human health and fostering creative, prosperous and just societies. The cornerstone of this unprecedented initiative is a $75 million component that will advance the Faculty’s innovative undergraduate programs by promoting interdisciplinary thinking, first-year learning communities, international learning experiences and research opportunities.

U of T student Rajin Singh took part in a comparative politics course at Fudan University in Shanghai, led by Professor Joseph Wong, Canada Research Chair in Democratization, Health and Development and director of U of T’s Asian Institute. The campaign for the Faculty of Arts & Science will support international learning experiences for students. 18 / BOUNDLESS: A Year in Review 2011–2012


Pamela Wong is a PhD student in ecology and evolutionary biology studying the genetics of polar bears in the Arctic. The campaign for the Faculty of Arts & Science will support the education, field work and research of students like Wong.

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Imagination Unbound at Victoria University

Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award winner Akash Goel (BSc 2011) is former president of the Victoria University Students’ Administrative Council and co-founder of the Scientists in Training Undergraduate Program, a peer mentorship program for life science students.

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In April 2012, Victoria University President Paul Gooch announced a bold plan for its $60 million “Imagination Unbound” fundraising campaign, which will seek support for scholarships and bursaries, academic programs such as Vic One, international learning experiences and enhancements to student life, as well as the new Goldring Student Centre — a much-needed hub for student activity on campus. Seventy per cent of the goal had already been raised by the groundbreaking in May, including a lead gift of $4 million from Blake Goldring (BA 1981) and Judy Goldring (BA 1988).

in 2013, will be a home away from home where they can exchange ideas and socialize. At the launch, Kate Bruce-Lockhart, U of T’s 2012 Moss Scholar, said Vic has given her “a myriad of opportunities to grow in both an academic and personal capacity” and that a Vic education means caring not just about GPAs “but the world around us.” The campaign also has ambitious plans for Emmanuel College, Victoria’s theological college, including expansion of the Master of Pastoral Studies to initiate a Muslim Studies Program, the first of its kind in Canada.

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Boundless Alumni Connections

The University of Toronto and our worldwide network of regional alumni representatives played host to 117 alumni events outside of the Greater Toronto area in 2011–2012. The events reconnected graduates, inspired pride of association and featured thoughtprovoking presentations by some of the University’s most distinguished professors. Events were held in cities such as Jerusalem, Keserwan (Lebanon), Kingston (Jamaica), San Francisco and Taipei. In addition, Engineering, Rotman, Medicine and Law hosted numerous alumni events around the world. In April, U of T hosted alumni gatherings in Vancouver, Calgary, Moncton and Washington. The events showcased the talents and expertise of alumni and world-renowned U of T researchers. University of Toronto Mississauga Principal Deep Saini hosted events in Calgary and Vancouver, where Professor Robert Reisz spoke about his multi-year program of exploration and research at a nesting site in South Africa that yielded the oldest known dinosaur eggs and embryos. In Washington, Professor Ray Jaywardhana (right) talked about planets beyond our solar system. In Moncton, alumni participated in a Frye Festival discussion on the role of the critic in modern society. For many alumni, the events were the first opportunity to hear from U of T representatives about the Boundless campaign and the University’s vision and aspirations for the future.

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An Expanding Global Network The University of Toronto has about 90 regional alumni representatives around the world. This global network of volunteers helps organize activities that connect alumni and ensures that our graduates remain engaged in university life.

Regional Events Survey • 96% of attendees stated events exceeded or met expectations • 94% said events fostered pride in U of T • 84% said events fostered an intellectual connection to U of T • 85% said events fostered a sense of belonging to the U of T community


10.05.12

Reviving Innis Town Hall

On May 10, 2012, alumni Nathan Morlando (BA 1992) and Allison Black (HBA 1998) returned to campus to screen their award-winning film Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster to a full house of students, faculty, alumni and friends at the Innis College Town Hall. Based on the true story of a WWII vet and family man turned bank robber, the film won the Best Canadian First Feature Film at TIFF 2011, launching Morlando and Black into the big leagues of the international film community. The Edwin Boyd screening was one of approximately 400 events that take place at Innis Town Hall each year. In an age where people watch movies across a diversity of platforms, the Town Hall offers a space where film-lovers can come together to share the cinematic experience. The Hall welcomes more than 50,000 community visitors each year for film festivals, receptions, workshops, symposia and public lectures. In October 2011, Innis College launched a campaign to revitalize the Town Hall. The renovations will elevate the hall to a first-class facility with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, enhanced comfort and versatility, a revitalized lobby and improved accessibility. In addition to renovating Town Hall, Innis College is seeking support to strengthen student life and learning through new scholarships, programming, lectureships, professorships and capital enhancements.

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23.05.12

Helping Drive Innovation at UTM

The region surrounding University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) has emerged as a pillar of Canada’s knowledge economy — with the campus firmly situated as its hub. In Mississauga alone, there are 1,300 multinational corporations, 61 Fortune 500 companies, and a growing number of high-tech businesses in financial services, life sciences and other areas. UTM’s transformation builds on this growth through a model of intense engagement with the community that has paved the way for dramatic advances in management, biotechnology, healthcare and other areas. Celebration of these relationships was the order of the day on May 23, 2012, as the campus launched its $60 million campaign as part of Boundless, with the proposed new Institute of Management and Innovation as its flagship initiative. The evening celebrated UTM’s 40,000 alumni, its collaborative and supportive relationships with industry, and the important role the Institute and other campaign initiatives will play in advancing Canada’s leadership and innovation. UTM’s accomplished alumni are joined by a passionate community of friends and supporters. These include: Terrence Donnelly and Carlo Fidani who led the way toward creation of the Mississauga Academy of Medicine and the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex; Vasu Chanchlani (MBA 1986), who enabled creation of the Centre for South Asian Civilizations; and Amgen Canada, which is supporting a fellowship in biotechnology and a professorship in health system strategy.

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Artistic rendering of the proposed Kaneff Centre expansion. The centre will house the new Institute of Management and Innovation, which combines innovative business education with sector-specific expertise.

Engaging South Asia Entrepreneur and philanthropist Vasu Chanchlani’s visionary gift of $2 million to create the Centre for South Asian Civilizations will strengthen ties to the local South Asian community and help connect students to one of the world’s most dynamic economic and cultural powers. Chanchlani’s gift supports student exchanges, interdisciplinary research as well as a lecture series featuring South Asian scholars, artists and public figures.

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31.05.12

Spring Reunion

For most graduates, the memories of their university days are cherished and irreplaceable — a once-ina-lifetime experience. Every June, Spring Reunion brings thousands of U of T alumni back to campus to relive those memories through an inspiring weekend of events, social gatherings and lectures featuring U of T’s brightest stars. As the University’s marquee alumni event, Spring Reunion is where alumni rekindle old friendships, meet new people and reconnect with their alma mater. This year’s Spring Reunion was one of the most successful on record, with more than 5,000 alumni and friends registered for some 100 events on all three campuses. The SHAKER event, where young alumni network and connect with fellow U of T grads, attracted a record 613 guests. The Chancellor’s Circle Medal Ceremony presented 250 alumni with medals to honour the occasion of their 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th, 75th and 80th anniversaries of graduation. Alumni celebrating their 50th anniversary of graduation were recognized at a ceremony hosted by President David Naylor (MD 1978). Organized by Alumni Relations, and divisional alumni offices, along with the University of Toronto Alumni Association, Spring Reunion is one of many ways in which the University is providing alumni with opportunities to express their pride and maintain lifelong connections to U of T.

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Stress Free Degrees One of Spring Reunion’s main attractions is the StressFree Degree, a lecture series presented by noted U of T professors, graduates and authors. The program provides opportunities for alumni to engage in lifelong learning and hear what the brightest U of T minds have to say on a whole host of issues, trends and topics. This year, 15 top U of T thinkers lectured on a wide variety of subjects. Professor Milica Radisic of the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering spoke about the emerging field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a professor in global health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, explored the possibility of peace and reconciliation in the Middle East by reflecting on his own experience of losing loved ones to conflict; Professor Ron Baecker of U of T’s TAGlab discussed the many ways technology can be used to help people age gracefully.

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Spring Reunion

University of Toronto Alumni Association The University of Toronto’s Alumni Association’s (UTAA) annual general meeting is the culmination of Spring Reunion events. Each year, the UTAA works to encourage alumni participation in the life of the University, through a network of alumni volunteer, groups, councils and committees. UTAA has a renewed mission and is expanding its work through focused committees and working groups aimed at providing alumni with meaningful experiences and lifelong connections with U of T. These initiatives include: community engagement, awards and scholarships, and partnerships with student life and alumni relations on alumni mentorship programs.

Dr. Samantha Nutt, a 2000 graduate of the Post-Graduate Medical Training, Family and Community Medicine Program at U of T, was the keynote speaker at this year’s annual general meeting of the University of Toronto Alumni Association. Professor Nutt is founder of War Child Canada and author of Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid. She spoke about the impact of war and the problem of getting aid to those who need it, and suggested it is time to formulate a new international development model to change the way aid is provided to war-ravaged countries around the world.

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Boundless Engagement The UTAA’s Community Engagement initiative brings together alumni interested in having a positive impact on their communities. The UTAA facilitates this effort by profiling alumni and their community work; helping alumni connect with each other and the University around common interests; and providing support and education to help alumni be most effective in their community-based activities. During the past year, the UTAA highlighted the community work of numerous alumni. Here are some examples (clockwise from top): Gideon Forman (BA 1987) is fighting for environmental protection across Canada as the leader of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) — an award-winning group of 5,400 doctors and concerned citizens working to protect human health by protecting the planet. Anne Kerubo (BA 1998) (centre) is supporting and advocating for people affected by mental health issues through her volunteerism at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Over seven years of volunteering, Kerubo has spent time with patients at the drop in centre, provided spiritual care services and supported recreational and special events. She is currently a board member of the Volunteer Association at Ontario Shores. Sara Dolcetti (BASc 2009) believes in the importance of developing value-based health care systems — both nationally and internationally — and was recently in Haiti on a volunteer project to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Haitian HIV healthcare delivery.

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This was a new element of Convocation Plaza, a marquee gathering place for graduates and their guests following their convocation ceremony. Open throughout convocation, the venue serves as a welcoming space and offers new graduates an opportunity to learn about the myriad benefits and alumni programming available to U of T alumni as well as the many opportunities to stay engaged with the University after graduation. The experience of Convocation is a special bond uniting all U of T alumni. A joyful celebration and time-honoured tradition steeped in rituals dating back to medieval times, the event marks the culmination of years of hard work as well as an important rite of passage, which for U of T students, means becoming members of a global alumni community over half-a million strong.

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05.06.12


05.06.12

Venus Caught in Transit

More than 5,000 people at Varsity Stadium, wearing special glasses, looked up in awe on an early evening in June, witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime event — the transit of Venus across the sun. Students, faculty, alumni and other amateur astronomers watched as a small black dot crept across the sun. Venus makes a visible trek across the sun twice a century, eight years apart. The last one was in 2004 and it means the next pair will not happen until 2117 and 2125. There have been only seven transits of Venus since the invention of the telescope in 1610. In the 1700s and 1800s, the transits gave astronomers their first accurate measurements of the distance to the sun. Today, transits are used to find planets orbiting stars other than the sun. In addition to glasses, the University provided guests with solar telescopes and door prizes. U of T astronomers were also on hand to answer questions. The event was organized by Alumni Relations, the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Arts & Science. Alumni Relations produced 3,000 “Boundless Vision” glasses for distribution at Spring Reunion headquarters, Varsity Stadium and regional events. Dunlap produced 43,000 for distribution across Canada.

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26.06.12

Boundless Promise Matching Program

The University of Toronto enjoys a high standing among the world’s leading universities, based on the excellence of its programs, faculty and students. Compared to our peers, U of T may also be one of the last great universities that remains publicly accessible. Excellence and accessibility are at the core of the University’s values. For more than a decade, we have been explicitly committed to making a U of T education available to any student who merits acceptance, regardless of his or her means. As a result of this commitment, we welcome more students from lower-income households than any other university in the province and allocate more of our operating budget to bursaries and scholarships than the average of other Ontario universities.

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Further fueling this commitment to accessibility is a new program to stimulate gifts for financial aid. The new Boundless Promise Matching Program will match disbursements from endowed donations of $25,000 or more in support of needs-based awards, doubling the impact of the gift. These matching funds go above and beyond what the University already commits to student financial aid annually. Funding student needs-based scholarships connects our alumni and friends to today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders. A commitment to student aid is a vote of confidence in the rising generation of Canadians. Once they graduate, these bright young people will be poised to give back to their own communities, further multiplying the impact of the donations that made their education possible.


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Springtime in Paris

International philanthropist Dr. Helen Vari (Hon. LHD 2011) convened a two-day series of events for U of T alumni in Europe, including a dinner for 100 people at her home in Paris, a private tour of the National Museum of the Legion of Honour and a reception at the Canadian Embassy in Paris. Alumni traveled from Austria, Canada, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland and the United States to attend the events, reconnect with their alma mater and hear about the University’s progress. The Hon. David Peterson (LLB 1967; Hon. LLD 1994), together with his wife Shelley Peterson, attended the events. The trip was Peterson’s last official trip as chancellor of U of T, after six years of remarkable service. The Legion of Honour tour had special resonance for Peterson, who is a knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour of France, and Vari, who was recently made an officer of the Legion of Honour in a ceremony at her Toronto home.

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05.09.12

Student Welcome Campaign

The Boundless Campaign, with its themes of boundarycrossing opportunity, openness, inclusion, and impact, has resonated strongly with students who see in it a reflection of their own values and aspirations. The campaign has been the grateful recipient of student generosity across many faculties, in response to the campaign’s significant emphasis on student life and learning. On September 5, 2012, the University launched a Boundless poster and banner campaign for returning students to draw attention to the incredibly diverse environment of choice available to students at U of T for both curricular and extra-curricular activities. With more than 700 undergraduate programs and more than 800 student clubs, U of T offers many different opportunities for students to find their niche, build friendships and feel a sense of belonging. The bold images and playful copy were designed to resonate with student sensibilities and inspire them to discover the amazing depth of the U of T experience on all three campuses.

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05.09.12

Elevating Rotman

A shiny glass cube perches above a red brick heritage house on St. George Street, north of Hoskin Avenue. The unique structure is the spacious new addition to the Rotman School of Management. The merging of different architectural styles was deliberate, intended to reflect visually the business school’s commitment to Integrative Thinking. The building — the cornerstone of Rotman’s $200 million campaign — officially opened on September 5, 2012. The addition more than doubles the school’s existing footprint, placing Rotman’s 11 research centres all under one roof for the first time and providing much needed space for a planned 50 per cent expansion of the MBA program and 30 per cent expansion of the PhD programs. The expanded Rotman School also provides a networking and career-building hub to connect the school’s more than 12,000 alumni to boundless opportunities for professional development both in Toronto and around the world. Rotman’s expansion was made possible through generous contributions from many donors including landmark benefactions from Joseph L. Rotman (MCom 1960; Hon. LLD 1994) and Sandra Rotman (BA 1975; Hon. LLD 2007), Marcel Desautels (Hon. LLD 2003) and an anonymous donor. Both the Rotmans and Desautels have made transformative gifts to the school over the years, helping to put Rotman on the map as one of the world’s most innovative business educators.

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06.09.12

Learning from a Telecom Phenom

Just one year before Anthony Lacavera (BASc 1997) launched Globalive Communications, he was a computer engineering student at the University of Toronto hoping to make an impact on Canada and the world. In September, 2012, Lacavera — who now also heads independent wireless carrier and powerful industry competitor WIND Mobile — returned to campus to speak to 1,400 members of this year’s entering class of engineers. During his inspiring talk, he spoke about how humility, persistence and hard work got him to where he is today: head of two of the fastest growing companies in Canada. He urged students to enjoy their time at U of T Engineering and build relationships, telling those in attendance to introduce themselves to the person beside them — and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. A member of the Engineering campaign cabinet, Lacavera is an example of the growing number of alumni who are returning to campus to encourage students to carve out paths as innovators and entrepreneurs. He has a lot of experience to share: Lacavera was recently named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and CEO of the Year for 2010 by Report on Business Magazine.

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11.09.12

Opening Night at Music

Every September, Dean Don McLean of the Faculty of Music unveils a season schedule of more than 400 performances, lectures and master classes to a select group of faculty, alumni, donors and friends. But this year’s unveiling of the season schedule went beyond classes, concerts and conferences as Dean McLean described a new strategy for Music based on “three i’s”: extend the interdisciplinary reach of the Faculty, heighten its international profile and make infrastructure improvements to the 50-yearold Edward Johnson Building. Interdisciplinary initiatives will be expanded through the new Music and Health Research Collaboratory, a centre devoted to music therapy and sound-related research in neuroscience, psychology, sociology and teaching. Internationalization will come about through new fellowships and funding formula modifications. And Dean McLean gave those in attendance a “sneak preview” of infrastructure renovations under consideration. “This was a state-of-the-art facility when it opened,” McLean said of the music building. “But that was 50 years ago.” Basic renovations are underway, he said, and there are now plans under consideration to renew the building’s distinctive lobby and remake the 815-seat MacMillan Theatre into a 1,000-seat “contemporary training room that looks, feels and — most importantly — sounds like a great opera house.” The Boundless campaign will support each of these important initiatives.

Faculty of Music alumnus Aaron Tsang (BMus 2007; MMus 2009) composed the opening and closing fanfare for the launch of the Boundless campaign. Throughout the past year, U of T music students performed the composition at various campaign launch events.

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12.09.12

Recognizing Outstanding Alumni Service

Every year hundreds of University of Toronto volunteers give their time, expertise, professional advice and financial support to the University. U of T is enriched by their many and diverse contributions and honours them at the annual Arbor Awards ceremony. Created in 1989 to recognize volunteers for their outstanding personal service, the awards acknowledge the commitment of those alumni and friends whose loyalty, dedication and generosity enhance the quality of the U of T experience for students, faculty and staff members and alumni. The 2012 ceremony took place on October 12 at the president’s residence at 93 Highland Avenue where 92 people received awards. More than 450 guests attended the event. Volunteers representing 24 faculties, colleges, schools and other U of T divisions were honoured, as were many engaged in multi-divisional and University-wide initiatives such as Hart House, Senior Alumni, Soldiers’ Tower and other activities of the Division of University Advancement. They were recognized for their work as advisors, mentors, class leaders and organizers, members of the central and divisional alumni associations and networks, guest lecturers, coaches, lab instructors, fundraisers and other roles.

Françoise Ko (BSc 1997; MSc 2001; PhD 2006) received a 2012 Arbor Award in recognition of her contributions as chair of the UTAA’s College of Electors. Dr. Ko presided over the re-election of Chancellor David Peterson (LLB 1967; Hon. LLD 1994), the subsequent election of Chancellor Michael Wilson (BA 1959 TRIN; Hon. LLD 1994) and the election and re-election of the alumni members of Governing Council.

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13.09.12

Transforming 21st Century Health Care at Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine has a record of discovery that has changed the world, from the discovery of insulin and stem cells to the identification of the genes responsible for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Building on this tradition of innovation and impact, the Faculty is developing future health care leaders, contributing to the well-being of our community and improving the health of individuals and populations in Canada and around the world. On September 13, 2012, more than 300 students, alumni, benefactors, volunteers, faculty, staff and members of the medical community gathered at the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research to celebrate the launch of the $500 million campaign for U of T’s Faculty of Medicine, a cornerstone of the University’s overall $2 billion Boundless campaign. The largest-ever fundraising initiative for a medical school in Canadian history, the Faculty has already secured more than half of its campaign goal.

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Through this exciting initiative, the Faculty of Medicine aims to transform health care — for Canadians and people across the globe — by training future health care leaders and putting scientific discovery into action. Speaking at the launch event, Dean Catharine Whiteside (BSc 1972; MD 1975; PhD 1984) highlighted the key role that philanthropic efforts play in advancing the Faculty’s research and education objectives. She acknowledged the generous support of individuals like Campaign Cabinet Chair Michael Dan (MD 1984), Paul Dalla Lana, Terrence Donnelly, Carlo Fidani, Mark Tanz (BA 1952; Hon. LLD 1990) and Stuart Tanz, and the Eaton family, who have made transformative gifts to the Faculty of Medicine. Philanthropist Paul Dalla Lana, whose historic gift established the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, also spoke at the event. In his remarks, he praised the contributions of alumni and volunteers. “These individuals represent the legacy of the Faculty with their leadership, impact and service around the world,” he said.


A Noteworthy Milestone First-year residents Jeff Alfonsi (MD 2012) and Joshua Levitz (MD 2012) announced an exciting $2 million gift from the student group Toronto Notes (TNotes) to the Boundless campaign. Toronto Notes was created by students for students nearly three decades ago. Today it has become a globally popular study guide. TNotes intends to continue supporting the campaign, helping to address the financial burdens facing U of T Medical students through bursaries as well as upgrading facilities and improving student health and wellness. Jeff Alfonsi received a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award in 2012.

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Transforming 21st Century Health Care at Medicine

Making Life-changing Breakthroughs With our aging population, few Canadian families today remain untouched by neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Neurodegenerative diseases could surpass cancer as the second leading cause of death by 2040. Thanks to the pioneering vision and pathbreaking philanthropy of individuals like Mark Tanz (BA 1952; Hon. LLD 1990) and Lionel Schipper (BA 1953 UC; LLB 1956; Hon. LLD 2000), we have every reason to be optimistic. Medical breakthroughs such as those being made at U of T’s Tanz Centre have the potential to halt or at the very least significantly slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Under the direction of Peter St George-Hyslop (right), an international authority on the genetics and mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders, the Tanz Centre has been the setting for many crucial discoveries related to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other devastating conditions. The Tanz Centre is one of many priorities for U of T Medicine’s campaign. The Faculty’s goal is to raise $31 million in support for the centre’s continuing international effort to understand the causes of neurodegenerative disease. Tanz Centre scientists are preparing to add a new generation of investigators and move to a state-of-the-art facility at the Krembil Discovery Centre at UHN’s Toronto Western Hospital. With new skills, new ideas and new tools, Tanz will be at the leading edge of research and treatment of some of the most devastating neurodegenerative diseases affecting Canadians today.

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Sharing Opportunity Experiencing a diversity of cultures, travelling to other countries and meeting new people are formative parts of a well-rounded educational experience. As a graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Faculty of Medicine, Nael Al Koudsi (BSc 2004; PhD 2010) had the opportunity to travel widely — Ottawa, Montreal, Austin, Orlando and Prague — to attend global research gatherings where he met experts in his field and was able to share ideas and hone his presentation skills. When Koudsi graduated with his PhD in 2010, he felt compelled to make a $10,000 gift to enable other students to gain invaluable cultural experience and career development through travel to academic conferences and research meetings.

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15.09.12

Celebrating Engineering Innovation

Throughout its 139-year history, U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has earned a reputation as Canada’s leading school for engineering research, teaching and innovation. U of T engineering students are a diverse and talented group whose average entering mark this year was more than 92 per cent — the highest in Canada. Faculty members are among the world’s best, pushing the frontiers of engineering research in all its disciplines, while alumni comprise some of this country’s most visionary entrepreneurs and innovators. On September 15, 2012, the Faculty kicked off its $200 million campaign with an “Afternoon of Engineering Innovation” that showcased the Faculty’s strong industry links, its global excellence and innovation, and the tremendous potential of its students. Attended by more than 600 members of the Engineering community, the event featured lectures, industry panels with alumni and dozens of student exhibits. At the event, Dean Cristina Amon announced the success to date of the Faculty’s campaign, which had already secured more than $80 million towards its goal — the largest-ever fundraising initiative for an engineering school in Canada. The campaign aims to engage the faculty’s global network of alumni and friends to nurture a new generation of engineers — technically deep, globally adept and business savvy — to address some of the most pressing and complex issues of our time.

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Building a new Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a core priority of the engineering campaign. Located on St. George Street, beside Simcoe Hall and Convocation Hall, the centre will be a landmark U of T building and a nerve centre for the Faculty’s collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research. Several members of engineering’s campaign executive committee along with early supporters, have rallied behind the vision for this new building, committing more than $10 million to help accelerate plans to build it. These supporters include George Myhal (BASc 1978), chair of the Engineering Campaign Executive Committee and senior managing partner of Brookfield Asset Management. Myhal made a $5 million gift to the new centre and closed the plenary session of the Afternoon of Engineering Innovation with an inspiring personal perspective on how his success grew out the opportunities provided by his U of T education. Other major donors to the building include Peter Allen (BASc 1962), who was motivated by Dean Amon’s striking vision for the centre to make a $1 million gift; Kathleen and Bill Troost (BASc 1967), whose $2 million gift will build space for the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead); alumnus Walter Curlook (MMS 1950; MASc 1951; PhD 1953) who provided a $1 million gift towards much-needed lab renovations; and Paul Cadario (BASc 1973) who donated $1 million for the Centre for Global Engineering as well as graduate fellowships.


Ever since Leonardo da Vinci sketched the first humanpowered ornithopter in 1485, engineers have attempted to build an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings. Recently, U of T Engineering students made aviation history when they developed and piloted the first human-powered ornithopter ever to achieve sustained flight. In 2012, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), which is the worldgoverning body for aeronautical world records, certified the flight as a record first.

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Celebrating Engineering Innovation

Engineering Success George Myhal’s (BASc 1978) ties — as a student, alumni, donor and volunteer — to U of T Engineering span five decades. In that time, the field of engineering has evolved, but the importance of a firstrate education has remained constant. “I received an outstanding education from U of T that I am thankful for,” said Myhal, who serves as Chair of the Faculty’s Campaign Executive Committee. “Given changes to technology and its impact on our lives, engineering will have a higher profile and more importance in the world than when I was a student. It’s important for the Faculty to play a part in this new era for engineering.” Now chief operating officer and senior managing partner of Brookfield Asset Management, Myhal’s visionary $5 million gift to the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship will help ensure that U of T stays at the leading edge of technical expertise while responding to the growing need for well-rounded, global leaders.

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20.09.12

Munk School Officially Opens

Canada is well-positioned to reassert its place on the world stage as an interlocutor between the existing and emerging global powers. The building dedication for the northern flagship of the Munk School of Global Affairs was a chance to celebrate this opportunity and to recognize two of Canada’s outstanding philanthropists. On Sept. 20, 2012, the official ribbon-cutting took place at the newly-renovated and restored heritage building at 315 Bloor Street West. Expanding from its existing site at Trinity College, the building hosts the Munk School’s Master of Global Affairs program. It also doubles the space for students, faculty and staff, and is home to the new Canada Centre for Global Security Studies. The Munk School building dedication gave the University community an opportunity to recognize a remarkable gift of $35 million by Peter and Melanie Munk — the largest individual donation in the history of the University of Toronto. The Munks are two of Canada’s greatest supporters of higher education, research, and health care, and have long been champions of this world-class hub of teaching and scholarship. Both the federal and the Ontario governments also made significant contributions to the Munk School. Said President David Naylor at the ribbon cutting: “Only with outstanding intellectual leadership can the advantages of globalization be maximized, and the threats constrained. Thanks to the prescience and generosity of Peter and Melanie Munk, Canada’s leadership capacity has been greatly enhanced.”

Left to right: Meric Gertler, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science; Graham Smith, Master of Global Affairs student; Janice Gross Stein, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs; Leonel A. Fernández Reyna, former president of the Dominican Republic; John Baird, Canada’s foreign affairs minister; Melanie and Peter Munk; U of T President David Naylor; and Judy Goldring, vice-chair of U of T’s Governing Council.

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Munk School Officially Opens

Naomi Williams’s love for international places, people and cultures started at an early age. Being a Master of Global Affairs student at the Munk School of Global Affairs means there will be a continuation of that love affair well into the future. Williams was born in Calgary and moved with her family to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when she was eight. She attended the International School of Kuala Lumpur allowing her to study with students from all over the world. After returning to Canada, she went to the University of Waterloo, graduating with a degree in economics. She developed her business skills working at Scotiabank and BlackBerry, before working for a small software firm in Toronto. Her interest in photography led to her winning a competition to participate in the UN-Habitat Safer Cities and Crime Prevention Summit in Durban, South Africa in 2008. And in 2010, she attended the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, helping to launch a youth-based online network platform. “These experiences are what sparked my passion for international development and I decided I wanted to find a way to combine my professional skills from the private sector with my passion for work in the global arena,” she says.

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During her first year, she was involved in pioneering the MGA Student Ambassador program and did an internship with the World Bank in Washington, working with the Civil Society team. After her internship, she studied at Sciences Po Paris, giving her the opportunity to strengthen her alreadyexcellent French. The new MGA program at the Munk School encourages input from students. “Our opinions and ideas are valued and the director, staff and faculty have created a program that is innovative, dynamic and well-suited to the students’ interests.” Williams graduates this year and plans a career in the international arena. The Munk School was launched in 2010, building on the great foundation of the Munk Centre for International Studies and a continuing partnership with Trinity College. It has very quickly gained a reputation as one of the world’s premier academic sites for innovative, interdisciplinary research and education on the forces of globalization that are fundamentally transforming societies and nation-states, and reshaping how we engage with one another in the 21st century. The Munk School graduated its inaugural MGA class in 2012.


27.09.12

Advancing Human Development

The launch of the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development (IHD) on September 27, 2012, firmly established University of Toronto as a leading centre of research in early human development. IHD is the first institute of its kind in Canada, bringing 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 make the most of the early years of human development. The institute is named for renowned early childhood advocate Dr. Fraser Mustard, who first envisioned it. His concept for the centre, which holds true to this day, was for a body that would bridge academic disciplines and also bring scientists together with policy makers and practitioners in a grand collaboration. The fundamental understanding was that human development in the first 2,000 days of life is so complex and varied that true progress can only be made through an approach that considers all factors in a child’s development. Lending particular immediacy and excitement to the IHD’s work is the rapid growth in understanding of the interplay between genes and the environment and how they influence health, learning and social functioning. The kickoff event at the MaRs Discovery Centre was attended by members of Dr. Mustard’s family as well as key supporters including the Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain (BA 1955; Hon. LLD 1996), Dr. Eric Jackman (BA 1957; MA 1962), Mats Sundin, Eb and Jane Zeidler, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the Lawson Foundation.

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29.09.12

Boundless Community: University of St. Michael’s College

Boundless Community aptly describes the spirit and the objectives of the University of St. Michael’s College. For 160 years, St. Michael’s has been a tight-knit community, committed to the pursuit of knowledge, service and social justice. On September 29, 2012, St. Michael’s launched a $50 million campaign to build on these progressive traditions. Speaking at the launch, SMC President and Vice Chancellor Anne Anderson announced that $24 million had already been raised thanks to the extraordinary commitment of alumni and friends. The campaign will seek support for five key priorities: revitalizing campus learning and living spaces; modernizing the John M. Kelly Library; establishing the SMC One Cornerstone Program for first-year students; strengthening the hallmark undergraduate programs in Book & Media Studies, Celtic Studies, Mediaeval Studies and Christianity & Culture; and increasing scholarship and bursary support for undergraduate and graduate students. SMC Student Union President Mike Cowan announced gifts of $1 million from James McGovern (BA 1955 SMC; BEd 1963) and his family in support of the Chaplaincy Program; $150,000 from Philip Armstrong and his family for the Celtic Studies program; more than $30,000 for new computers and furnishing from the Friends of the J. M. Kelly Library; and a gift from St. Michael’s Collegium Hugh MacKinnon (BA 1981 SMC) of materials, books and manuscripts relating to the British novelist and religious thinker G.K. Chesterton.

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02.10.12

Building Bridges at Woodsworth

It was a year of celebration for Woodsworth College as it marked anniversaries for key programs: the 45th anniversary of the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program; the 40th anniversary of the Summer Abroad Program; and the 50th anniversary of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. The timing couldn’t have been better as all three areas are funding priorities within Woodsworth’s $7 million Boundless fundraising campaign. Events for two of these anniversaries also served as launch events for the campaign on October 2 and October 18, 2012. Woodsworth is one of seven colleges serving the students of U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science. The campaign for Woodsworth and its 6,000 students will raise funds for scholarships and awards, the new Woodsworth ONE program to support first year students; access programs such as the Bridging Program; and the Summer Abroad Program that encourages international experience.

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02.10.12

Revitalizing Robarts

Natural light, seating near windows, access to computers, outlets for laptops, universal wireless access and tools to facilitate collaborative learning such as white boards — these are the amenities of the ideal study space in a 21st century research library. In recognition of the central importance of the library to higher education, the University of Toronto has launched a multiphase revitalization of Robarts Library — Canada’s largest academic library. With the help of our visionary benefactors, the expansion and renovation will reinvent Robarts for a new century, dramatically increasing the quantity and quality of study spaces and reconfiguring them to support the needs of students, faculty and researchers in today’s digital age. Thanks to the generous support of friends and donors, including lead gifts from Russell Morrison (MA 1947; Hon. LLD 2004) and Katherine Morrison (PhD 1979; Hon. LLD 2004), phase one of the Robarts renewal is now complete and phase two is underway. On October 2, 2012, U of T libraries and the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation officially opened a newly renovated space on the fourth floor that includes new study areas and the addition of an electronic teaching lab. The exciting next step in the revitalization is Robarts Common — a five-story pavilion that will be the new face of Robarts, opening up the library’s west side to the street, permitting a flood of natural light to the lower floors and making the overall environment more inviting, accessible and productive for students. Most significantly, the new wing will add 1,200 new work and study spaces to Robarts, bringing the total number of spaces in the library to more than 6,000.

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04.10.12

Transforming Jewish Studies

U of T’s highly regarded program in Jewish Studies attracts some of the most talented scholars and students working in the field. This past October, the Centre for Jewish Studies launched a public campaign to enhance its impact as an intellectual cornerstone in Toronto and one of the most vibrant centres for Jewish studies in the world. The centre has identified more than $36 million in aspirations to advance Jewish studies. In a unique collaboration, the University has partnered with the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto to raise a minimum of $18 million toward those aspirations in a community based campaign, led by co-chairs Larry Tanenbaum (Hon. LLD 2012) and Ken Tanenbaum. The Tanenbaum family — through the estate of Anne Tanenbaum and the Lawrence and Judith Tanenbaum Family Charity Foundation — has led the community campaign with a generous $5 million gift to support students, fund new programs for the University and the greater community and support day-to-day operations. Roz Halbert (BA 1954 UC) and Ralph Halbert’s (DDS 1954) $1 million donation to the centre through the UJA Federation’s Community Campaign, will build on the Halberts’ generous support of academic programs that foster collaborative research between scholars at U of T and those at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Early eighteenth-century scroll of the Book of Esther, illustrating the festival of Purim, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.

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13.10.12

Celebrating Our Asia-Pacific Community

Building Bridges, Crossing Boundaries The University of Toronto has deep roots in the Asia-Pacific region that span more than a century of collaboration, exchange and achievement. From Norman Bethune (MD 1916), the wartime surgeon who became a household name in China, to Mark Rowswell (BA 1988 UC), the comedian who is known to hundreds of millions of Mandarin speakers as the comedian Dashan, U of T has educated thousands of alumni who have built bridges between Canada and the Asia-Pacific. Today, our graduates are found in leadership positions across the region in fields such as medicine, business, education, technology, art and culture, government and academia. On October 12, 2012, more than 250 alumni and friends gathered in Hong Kong to celebrate the vitality of U of T’s Asia-Pacific community. The gala

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event, co-hosted by President David Naylor (MD 1978) and Daisy Ho (MBA 1990), chair of the University’s Hong Kong Foundation, served as the official launch of the Boundless campaign in the Asia-Pacific region. The University announced more than $6 million in new gifts from Asian donors — including a $2 million gift from Ho — and praised the extraordinary commitment of the Hong Kong Foundation to providing needs-based scholarships for students bound for U of T. The gala was the final stop in a series of U of T events, including a science and technology forum in Kyoto, an alumni gathering at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and a keynote address by David Naylor to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. These events highlighted U of T’s profile in the region and demonstrated the many connections between Toronto and this dynamic part of the world.


Boundless Connections • Every year, more than 6,000 students from the Asia-Pacific region study at U of T. • More than 10,000 U of T alumni live in the Asia-Pacific region. • U of T partners with more than 100 institutions worldwide, including some 30 in the Asia-Pacific region. • Through the Next Stop U of T series, new students and their families are welcomed to the University community at events hosted by alumni and the Asia Pacific Alumni Office. This past year, events held in Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong drew close to 900 participants. • Since 1996, the University has held convocations in Hong Kong, allowing families to celebrate the accomplishments of their loved ones closer to home.

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Celebrating Our Asia-Pacific Community

A Remarkable Community With more than 10,000 alumni, the Asia-Pacific region is home to the largest concentration of U of T graduates outside of North America. This active and vibrant community has maintained close ties to U of T and contributed to our growth and profile in the region. U of T alumni and friends support the University in numerous ways, such as hosting dinners, mentoring students, welcoming newcomers and their parents, reconnecting with each other and giving back with their time, expertise and financial support. In no small measure, our standing as a great, global university is a reflection of their commitment and generosity.

In Their Own Words During the last year, the University interviewed some of our most prominent alumni in the Asia-Pacific region as part of our ongoing Alumni Portraits series. A compilation of these portraits was screened at the Boundless campaign launch in Hong Kong and is available for viewing on the U of T Alumni site. alumni.utoronto.ca/about/alumni-portraits

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Leading the Way Proud alumna and volunteer, Daisy Ho (MBA 1990) chairs the University of Toronto Hong Kong Foundation, serves on the Boundless Campaign Executive and the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Rotman School of Management. In 2012, she made a $2 million gift to support an Award for Emerging Leaders that will attract some of the brightest international visiting academic fellows to the Rotman School. The gift will also create a major new undergraduate program to encourage and support student research projects on contemporary China and student exchanges with Chinese institutions.

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23.10.12

Educating Future Health Care Leaders at Nursing

For nearly a century, U of T has helped shape nursing education, research, practice and policy in Canada and around the world. Today, Bloomberg Nursing continues to blaze a trail. On October 23, 2012, nearly 400 students, alumni, family, donors, friends and faculty celebrated the launch of the $25 million multiphase campaign for the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and to recognize student achievement through the annual Student Awards Ceremony. Dean Sioban Nelson announced the ambitious multi-phase initiative that will enable Nursing to provide even more support for its students and faculty, continue to provide outstanding programs committed to the student experience, increase development opportunities for students through global initiatives and advance the Faculty’s international leadership in nursing education and

research. “The first phase of our campaign raised $15 million in donor support,” said Nelson. “Financier and philanthropist, Lawrence S. Bloomberg brought a $10 million gift in 2007 — the largest donation ever made to a Canadian nursing school or faculty.” Dean Nelson also spoke about the important role that charitable giving and philanthropic efforts play in the lives of U of T Nursing students and faculty and acknowledged the generous support of the late Bluma Appel (Hon. LLD 2006), Byron Bellows, Patrice Merrin and Lawrence S. Bloomberg (Hon. LLD 2009). With a strong focus on students — the nurses of tomorrow — the campaign for Bloomberg Nursing will help to ensure Canada has the talent and leadership to meet the challenges and opportunities facing health care in the 21st century.

2012 Cressy winner Nisa Mullaithilaga (BSc 2010) wants to become a paediatric nurse. With a BSc in biology and an MSc in pathology under her belt, Mullaithilaga is well prepared to achieve her dream. With support from generous alumni, Mullaithilaga enrolled in Bloomberg Nursing in the fall of 2012 and is on her way to making a meaningful contribution to nursing and paediatric care.

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24.10.12

50 Years of Connections at New College

New College turned 50 in 2012. With student registration at an all-time high and more alumni and friends getting involved than ever before, this momentous milestone encouraged the New College community to look back at past accomplishments and reflect upon goals for the next half century. Since opening its doors, New College has been preparing young women and men for lives of intellectual engagement, service and accomplishment, grounded in the principles of equity and social justice. Today, the College is embarking on an exciting new chapter, launching a $6 million campaign as part of Boundless: the Campaign for the University of Toronto. The campaign will focus on scholarship support, program diversity and enhancements to a building that remains a landmark of modern collegiate architecture. The newly established 50th Anniversary Alumni & Friends Scholarship will ensure that New College students — the professionals, community partners and global citizens of tomorrow — have access to the education they require to succeed. To date more than 200 friends, alumni, faculty and staff have shown their support for New College students by contributing to this fund, creating a permanent scholarship that will allow future generations of students to focus on what matters most: their education.

New One’s “without borders” pedagogy forges educational partnerships with local communities while giving students the opportunity to think through the complexities of social justice as they practice global citizenship in different contexts. In their directed wandering around Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market area, New students were able to pursue questions arising from their specific courses, while at the same time, gain a deeper understanding of the history of the market, its peoples and purposes.

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29.10.12

Celebrating Our Alumni Mentors

The first-ever University-wide mentor recognition reception took place on October 29, 2012, at the Faculty Club. More than 750 mentors from 21 divisions across the University were invited. Alumni Relations and the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) hosted and David Naylor (MD 1978) thanked the mentors on behalf of the University. Encouraging mentorship is one of the key initiatives of the UTAA. Along with the UTAA, Alumni Relations and Student Life are working together to encourage alumni to participate as mentors, developing educational training and support materials for them. UTAA President Matt Chapman (MBA 2000) said the association has worked over the past year to enhance mentorship programs, including holding workshops to discuss issues such as attracting and retaining mentors. The UTAA has a new website that lists all the mentoring programs. Mentors at the reception received a pin in the shape of an acorn, an iconic U of T symbol. Acorns only appear on fully mature oak trees, and thus represent the potential that mentors cultivate and encourage. Some of the mentors at the event said it was the first time they had been in the same room as other mentors and that it really made a difference to know that U of T recognized their efforts.

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02.11.12

Celebrating Philanthropy at Trinity

Trinity College is blessed with a generous extended family that demonstrates its unwavering support of the College year after year by providing funding for students and academics, the College’s spectacular campus, and the many programs and activities that shape life at Trinity. On November 2, 2012, Trinity students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered to unveil a new donor wall, which celebrates the generous contributions of alumni and donors. It is an inspiring list, containing the names of great friends of the College going back to its foundation. The earliest benefactors include not only the future King Edward VII, who came to Canada as the first heir to the throne to visit North America, but also the Duke of Wellington. Located in Trinity’s main entrance area, opposite the Porter’s Lodge, the wall is a striking testament to the decades of support that have lifted the College and enriched student life.

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05.11.12

Advancing Oral Health Care at Dentistry

Every year, thousands of people turn to University of Toronto dentistry clinics for oral care they would not otherwise be able to afford. Supporting these patients through its Access to Care Fund is one of two immediate fundraising objectives for the Faculty of Dentistry. The Faculty, which launched an $18 million campaign on November 5, 2012, has also made financial support for students a priority. Increasing financial aid will provide more opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to excel in their studies.

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09.11.12

Honouring Those Who Served

The Soldiers’ Tower, built by the generous donations of alumni, is a memorial to the students, alumni, faculty and staff who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars. Every year, the University holds a Service of Remembrance to honour their bravery and sacrifice. More than 800 people attended the service in 2012. Major David Platt, chair of the University’s Soldiers’ Tower Committee, welcomed guests. “Today, as we honour all those who died fighting in Canada’s wars, we especially remember the 1,185 men and women of this University’s community who were killed in service and whose names are inscribed on our memorial walls,” Major Platt said. The Soldiers’ Tower Committee — a dedicated group of 25 alumni, students and others — organizes the Service of Remembrance and oversees the tower’s Memorial Room Museum and carillon. Since 2002, the committee, with major support from the University of Toronto Alumni Association and the assistance of the University’s Annual Fund, has raised more than $1 million to restore the tower.

The Memorial Room’s defining feature is a striking stained glass window commissioned for Soldiers’ Tower and dedicated November 6, 1995. The window’s symbolism is based largely on John McCrae’s (BA 1894 UC; MD 1910) famous war poem “In Flander’s Fields.” One of four panels depicting the men and women of the services, the sailor taking a sextant sight (right) represents the need for selfappraisal in changing times. Across the bottom of the window are written the words: Service, Sacrifice, Peace, Freedom.

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12.11.12

Michael Wilson Becomes Chancellor

The Honourable Michael Wilson (BA 1959 TRIN; Hon. LLD 1994) was installed as the 33rd Chancellor of the University of Toronto on November 12, 2012, succeeding the Honourable David Peterson (LLB 1967; Hon. LLD 1994), who served for six years. Wilson began his term by presiding over his first convocation that day. At a special welcome reception at Hart House on November 21, 2012, hundreds of alumni and friends warmly celebrated Wilson’s appointment. President David Naylor (MD 1978) said “Even by the standards of his illustrious predecessors, Michael Wilson is brilliantly suited to represent this University, at home and abroad.” Wilson is a former federal minister of finance and Canadian ambassador to the United States. He said “it is hard to think of anything more inspiring” than to speak on behalf of the University and its community of students, faculty and alumni. Wilson is the ceremonial head of University of Toronto Alumni. UTAA President Matt Chapman (MBA 2000) said the association, which elects the chancellor, went through a rigorous process before choosing Wilson. When the call for nominations went out, it stated that the ideal candidate would be a distinguished person with a record of demonstrated excellence in his or her field and in service to the community. Those qualifications, he said, fit Wilson to a tee.

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14.11.12

A New Era at UTSC

Impressive new infrastructure and the imminent arrival of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in 2015 are heralding a new era of excellence for University of Toronto Scarborough. It was in the midst of this atmosphere of excitement and promise that the campus launched its $35 million Boundless campaign on November 14, 2012. “We have been focused on building strong academic and research platforms and the facilities needed to support them,” said Principal Franco Vaccarino. “Now, we are building on and enhancing UTSC’s elevated place on the global scene.” The campaign launched having already reached 40 per cent of its goal with help from several recent generous gifts. These include $1.25 million from an anonymous donor to support practicum placements for psychology students and a gift of more than 200 paintings and 6,000 pieces of memorabilia valued at $3.8 million from the estate of celebrated artist Doris McCarthy. In addition, members of the Tamil community came forward with a gift of $455,000 for Tamil Studies. Building on the generous support received to date, the campaign will seek funding for student scholarships, international study and work placements, student leadership development, experiential learning and a visiting scholars program. It will also seek support for emerging areas of scholarship in international studies, management, mental health, environmental science and world hunger.

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Protecting the Rouge “There are more than 700 species of native plants here,” says UTSC alumnus Jim Robb (BSC 1978), co-founder and general manager of Friends of the Rouge Watershed. “There are more than 50 species of fish in the river system and the Rouge has more than 95 per cent of all the tree species that occur in Ontario — and this is just a tiny sliver of the province.” Jim Robb‘s 25-year battle to protect the Rouge watershed is an inspiring example of persistence, hard work and community engagement paying off in the end. Environmental science is a hallmark program at University of Toronto Scarborough and a major focus of the UTSC campaign. This past year, an historic agreement between University of Toronto Scarborough and Parks Canada was signed, which boosts UTSC’s renowned status as a centre for environmental science. The campus is now the primary education and research partner with the government agency as it transforms nearby Rouge Valley into Canada’s first national urban park. The valley will become a living laboratory on UTSC’s doorstep for researchers and students to pursue scholarship and experiential education. The benefits are particularly acute considering that field trips internationally or to field stations in Ontario represent a significant financial barrier for many students. Proximity to the Rouge eliminates this barrier allowing all students to gain important field experience in their own backyard. Now that Parks Canada is on-board, Robb’s enthusiasm has only grown — his vision for the future of the region is nothing short of spectacular.

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15.11.12

University College’s Alumni of Influence

On November 15, 2012, the founding college of U of T focused on 100 of its most distinguished graduates of recent times by bestowing the first annual UC Alumni of Influence awards at the Eglinton Grand in Toronto. Nearly 400 guests, including 58 of the 100, assembled at the art-deco theatre for the event. Among them were HIV/AIDS crusader Dr. Stephen Lewis (BA 1959 UC; Hon. LLD 1991) and his wife, journalist Michele Landsberg (BA 1962 UC; Hon. LLD 2008); computing pioneer Calvin Carl Gotlieb (BA 1942 UC; MSc 1945; PhD 1947; Hon. DSc 1996); Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella (BA 1967 UC; LLB 1970; Hon. LLD 1990); prominent economist David A. Rosenberg (BA 1983 UC); and contemporary artist Charles Pachter (BA 1964 UC; Hon. LLD 2010). Alumni speakers included Treasury Board President, the Honourable Tony Clement (BA 1983 UC; LLB 1986), U of T President David Naylor (MD 1978) and UC Principal Donald Ainslie. As well as a testament to the loyalty of UC alumni, the evening was an occasion to unveil renderings of a proposed revitalization of the University College building, which include improvements to the beautiful East Hall and West Hall as well as the Quadrangle and Croft Chapter House. Standards of accessibility throughout the college are to be raised to a level in keeping with UC’s tradition of openness. The UC campaign will be about programming as well as infrastructure. Late in November, Principal Ainslie announced an anonymous gift of $4 million to UC to establish the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies.

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16.11.12

Advancing iSchool

The academic priorities of the Faculty of Information (iSchool) align with the most pressing concerns of our time. These issues are not confined to the mechanics of information access and management; they include the need to uphold democratic principles while protecting the creators and proprietors of information. We need look no further than the latest well-publicized leak of consumer data or diplomatic communication to understand that the stakes are enormous. The $7.5 million campaign for the iSchool will focus squarely on our capacity to address these issues. The Faculty is seeking support for students through scholarships and experiential learning initiatives; for programs and faculty to heighten academic capacity; for expanded research and industry collaborations; and for infrastructure that will meet contemporary needs. An immediate priority is to renovate the famous McLuhan Coach House to provide a fitting home for the McLuhan Program for Culture and Technology. This project will confirm the University’s respect for the legacy of Marshall McLuhan, one of its greatest thinkers. The iSchool celebrated the centenary of McLuhan’s birth in 2011 with a wide array of events, and aims to continue this momentum through creating a lively setting for international workshops, intensive seminars and progressive debates on digital media. The iSchool, dedicated to the study of information in all its forms, fittingly launched its campaign online on Nov. 16, 2012. Growth will be fostered by the core iSchool values of ethical practice, transparency, accountability, collaboration and methodological diversity.

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16.11.12

Transforming Pharmacy

U of T’s Faculty of Pharmacy has grown from a small village into a vibrant city since Dr. Leslie Dan’s (BScPhm 1954; MBA 1959; Hon. DSc 1997) transformational gift in 2001. Undergraduate enrolment has doubled and graduate enrolment has tripled and the Faculty has doubled in size. Together with colleagues in pharmacology, faculty members out-publish every university in Canada and all public universities in North America. The Faculty educates 20 per cent of pharmacists in Canada which means that alumni are working in community pharmacies, hospitals and other health care settings, tending to the needs of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. These facts, combined with the expanded scope of practice for pharmacists in Ontario and other provinces, demands a strategy to ensure that the Faculty can respond quickly to industry, student demand and opportunities for innovation. It was within this spirit that the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy held its inaugural campaign executive meeting in November to launch its $40 million campaign, focusing on developing programs and services that enhance the scope of practice and ultimately, the role of the pharmacist in the health care system. The Faculty aims to be one of the top pharmacy faculties in the world by engaging its community of alumni and friends in three areas: shaping student life and learning; advancing groundbreaking pharmaceutical research; and expanding programs, services and infrastructure to meet the needs of a changing profession.

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20.11.12

Changing Lives Through Social Work

On November 20, 2012, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) launched an ambitious campaign to realize the vision set out in Towards a Better Society, its academic plan. The campaign will propel FIFSW to new heights, building on the Faculty’s existing strengths in education, research, practice and policy innovation. Led by an executive committee of distinguished friends of the Faculty, chaired by Dr. Sheldon lnwentash (BComm 1978 NEW; Hon. LLD 2012), the campaign will enable FIFSW to increase the number of endowed chairs in emerging areas such as child and human development; establish new needs- and merit-based scholarships; build a state-of-the-art simulation lab where students will interact with clients played by actors in realistic settings; and develop international research programs in Brazil, China, Haiti and Thailand. By mobilizing the resources necessary to meet the needs of students, alumni, researchers, the profession and the institutions and communities in which social workers serve, the campaign will respond to new and existing problems, such as poverty, homelessness, child abuse, cyber bullying, sexual assault, mental illness, unemployment, aging and chronic illness. The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is already one of North America’s top-ranked schools. With the support of its visionary benefactors, volunteers and alumni, it will further enhance its standing in the coming years, leading the way to the development of more successful societies in Canada and around the world.

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20.11.12

Architecture’s Showcase for Sustainable Cities

Thanks to a landmark gift from John H. Daniels (BArch 1950; Hon. LLD 2011) and Myrna Daniels in 2008, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design has embarked on a trajectory of growth and transformation. During the last four years, the Daniels Faculty has reintroduced an undergraduate major in Architectural Studies, revamped its Master’s programs and launched plans for a new PhD program in Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Enrolment has doubled and is on track to triple within the next three years. Public and industry engagement has expanded through a dynamic calendar of lectures, fora, symposia, and conferences. In recent years, Daniels faculty, students, and alumni have won more peer-reviewed awards and prizes than all of the other Canadian schools of architecture and design, combined. The Daniels Faculty, in short, is on a roll. Building on this momentum, the Faculty has set its sights on becoming one of North America’s top schools for architecture and design in the next decade. This vision rests on the realization of a new home at One Spadina Crescent. The site will create a far more visible platform for the Daniels Faculty and double the amount of space available to students and professors. With more space, the Daniels Faculty will be able to strengthen and expand its research, sustain the growth of its curricular programs, build dynamic, flexible learning environments for students and nurture the next generation of leaders in the field. These young people will develop the ideas, solutions and practices for advancing architecture, cities and better ways of living.

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Originally the home of Knox College and later U of T’s Connaught labs, One Spadina is one of Toronto’s most prominent and historic addresses. The new home for the Daniels Faculty will integrate the original heritage building with a new, state-of-the-art complex on the north end of the circle. The revitalized site will be an urban design exemplar and world-leading venue for studying, conducting research and advocating for sustainable urbanization.


Volunteer Leadership

The broad embrace of the Boundless campaign is a testament to the outstanding community of volunteers who are making the University of Toronto a priority in their lives. Through their involvement and leadership, they are strengthening our institution and providing the support our students and faculty need to sustain U of T’s excellence and global impact. The volunteers who serve on the University of Toronto Alumni Association and our divisional alumni associations and alumni bodies play a vital role in U of T’s success by lending their expertise to governance, supporting efforts to build lifelong alumni experiences with the University and helping create new avenues for alumni to support the University’s goals. Over the past 12 months, more than 250 volunteers have joined the ranks of campaign executives and campaign cabinets across the University to help divisions build momentum and intensify their outreach to alumni and donor communities.

These volunteer leaders, by endorsing our most exciting academic plans and visions, serve as powerful voices of influence and outreach for University. Their involvement at U of T lifts sights and inspires others to consider greater levels of engagement and support. Through their diverse connections, they deepen the University’s ties with communities at home and abroad and help connect our students and faculty with leaders across a broad range of professions. Since the Boundless campaign launched, they have contributed more than $230 million to the University’s highest priorities. We are truly fortunate to have such leadership and generosity. As the Boundless campaign seeks to reach greater levels of alumni engagement and donor support, volunteers — whether they give their time, expertise or financial support — will continue to be a vital, catalytic resource for U of T.

Across the University, a diverse group of volunteers has assembled to advance U of T’s most important ambitions. Pictured above is the campaign leadership for the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

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Afterword

During the 12 months since the public launch of Boundless, we witnessed new levels of alumni engagement and volunteerism, as well as record levels of giving. Through a myriad of alumni events, initiatives and programs, the University is drawing more alumni into the life of the institution as volunteers, advocates, mentors, lifelong learners and supporters. From Shaker events for recent graduates to new community engagement and mentorship opportunities, we are creating multiple pathways for alumni to pursue their interests, connect with like-minded alumni, celebrate alumni success and strengthen their bonds to U of T. Boundless has helped create a narrative for alumni that captures the wide range of opportunities for involvement at U of T.

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At the same time, the Boundless campaign has rallied our community around a common vision for U of T’s role and aspirations, inviting donors to explore the tangible impact of their generosity by supporting the unlimited potential of our brightest minds. Over this period, Boundless has lifted the profile of the University as a priority for philanthropic and volunteer leadership while raising $215 million in new commitments from 25,330 donors. As we look forward to next year, we are buoyed by the strength our alumni community and the outpouring of support we have received for the Boundless campaign thus far. Our students, faculty, alumni and friends are passionate about the University’s mission to prepare global leaders and meet the most complex global challenges of our time. Together we have an opportunity to accomplish extraordinary things for U of T and the communities we serve.

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