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TheAndrean Fall 2013 Volume 57 Number 2

It’s Academic The core of the well-rounded Andrean

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Contents

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Roy Huang, grade 5


Features 4  Academics at SAC The core of a well-rounded Andrean

12  Inspiring a Love of Learning Middle School program engages boys

15  A Whole School Check-Up Accreditation process a chance for improvement

16  Nous parlons français! Et vous? Graduates receive first SAC Extended French certificates

ST. ANDREW’S COLLEGE 

17  Annual Report 2013

ONLINE Visit www.sac.on.ca

26 W  here in the World are Your Former Teachers? 30  Construction Flashback Why it’s feeling like 1962

31  Fine-Tuning Functionality The ‘Steve Jobs’ of Fujitsu visits SAC

32  From the Archives Unremarkable student to war hero

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Rory McGuire ‘13

Scholarship Score Former Varsity captain accepts NCAA Division l hockey scholarship to Colgate University. www.sac.on.ca/mcguire

30 2 Event Highlights 3 View from the Top 28 Homecoming Weekend 33 Community News 36 Sports Highlights

37 Old Boys’ News 54 Obituaries 56 From the Assistant Headmaster, Strategic Development

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Holiday Heroes A seven-year partnership that’s helped over 1,000 families in need. www.sac.on.ca/holiday-heroes twitter.com/StAndrews1899 facebook.com/StAndrewsCollege youtube.com/StAndrews1899

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Community News Event Highlights NOVEMBER 2013

20 Experience SAC Day 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Register with Admission Office at 905.727.3178 ext. 303 18–23 Fall Play, Lord of the Flies Donald Davis Theatre

DECEMBER 2013 6 19

Carol Service 7–9 p.m., Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto Old Boy Pub Night, Toronto

March 2014 4

SAC Musical Extravaganza, Richmond Hill Theatre call 905-727-3178 to purchase tickets

APRIL 2014 7 12 27 29

Admission Open House 6:30–8:30 p.m. Red & White Gala – “International Stars” Church Parade in Aurora Headmaster’s Parade Old Boy Luncheon at SAC

MAY 2014 2 3 7–9 13 28

50+ Year Club Dinner for Class of 1964 and prior For more information, contact sharen.turner@sac.on.ca Cadet Inspection Focus Festival of the Arts Middle School Music Night & Parent Social Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

June 2014 The Tuck Shop got an update this fall thanks to a generous donation from Richard Goldhar ’02. The gift was made in honour of his parents, Bernard Goldhar and Marlene Oilgisser, “for believing in the values and traditions of St. Andrew’s College.” Richard, together with his wife, Jennifer Shupak, and his parents, attended a dedication ceremony in October.

JANUARY 2014 18 23 31

Admission Open House 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Old Boys Dinner in New York MacPherson Hockey Tournament (until Feb. 2)

FEBRUARY 2014 1–2 1 5 19 20

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MacPherson Hockey Tournament Old Boys Hockey Games (Under 40 & Over 40) Experience SAC Day 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Register with Admission Office at 905.727.3178 ext. 303 Robotics Display & Parents’ Night Out Social Old Boys Ski Day, Craigleith Ski Club

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Grade 8 Graduation Dinner Middle School Prize Day Grade 12 Graduation Dinner Grade 12 Prize Day SAC Association Golf Tournament Emerald Hills Golf Club To book your foursome, contact nicholasweedon@sac.on.ca

Event dates subject to change. Visit www.sac.on.ca for updates.

Admission for 2014–2015 For more information concerning admission to St. Andrew’s, please contact our Admission Office at 905.727.3178 ext. 303, toll-free at 1.877.378.1899 or admission@sac.on.ca.

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TheAndrean

View from the Top

A great school that thinks it’s good

Fall 2013 Volume 57 Number 2 Published by St. Andrew’s College for Old Boys, parents and friends of the School Editor Cindy Veitch Assistant Editor Nicolette Fleming SENIOR WRITER Jim McGillivray Old Boy Correspondent Nicholas Weedon ‘02 Editorial Committee Edna Collins, Scott Hayter, Sue Hayter, Steve Kimmerer, and Michael Paluch Contributors Jim Herder ‘64 Jocelyn Laurence Courtney Stoate Art Direction and Design Fresh Art & Design Inc. Telephone 905.727.3178, ext. 237 Email admission@sac.on.ca oldboys@sac.on.ca theandrean@sac.on.ca Website www.sac.on.ca Front cover: It’s Academic: The core of the well-rounded Andrean. 2014 graduating students (clockwise, top right) Warren Foegele, Graham Sutton, Francois Yoshida-Are, Thai Son Dang, and Tye Walters. Photo: Geoff George Back cover: 25-Year Faculty Photo: Erin Hogue

The Andrean magazine supports the St. Andrew’s College mission to “…develop the complete man, the well-rounded citizen,” connects Old Boys and parents to the School, and is a reflection of St. Andrew’s College’s enduring value to the constituents it serves.

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It takes a village to raise a child. —Ancient African Proverb Two of the greatest measures of school health are low staff attrition and high student retention. It should come as no surprise that St. Andrew’s consistently measures at the top of the charts for both these important indicators of a healthy school culture. This year, we conducted two major surveys: one to our current parents and one to our Old Boys. The results indicate that at the heart of St. Andrew’s is a strong community of students, current and alumni parents, Old Boys, faculty, and staff. It was welcome news that SAC has continued to grow its relationship with our global network of alumni, and that our students and parents are extremely satisfied with the calibre of our faculty and with the challenging course material we offer their sons. I was extremely happy to read that 97% of parents said their son enjoys going to school; there are important factors that form the fabric of our school that contribute to this. Our faculty and staff work tirelessly to ensure the success and happiness of the students, and they push the boys to achieve. St. Andrew’s offers a supportive environment with high standards, but we strive to teach a curriculum that is rigorous and will help the boys succeed beyond the gates. It is our belief in the balance of the three A’s – academics, athletics, arts – that keeps our students engaged. Central to our ‘well-rounded’ education is academics, the theme of this issue. SAC’s stellar academic program, one that extends to include a robust offering of athletics, arts, and

co-curriculars, is explored in an in-depth feature by Jocelyn Laurence starting on page 4. You can also read, on page 15, about the self-evaluation process the School voluntarily undergoes every few years. This month, a team from the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) will visit SAC to examine how well our programs fulfill our mission and measure up against educational standards. This valuable process, for which we have prepared a 240-page report, contributes to our commitment to excellence, ongoing and continuous improvement, and accountability to constituents. At the centre of all we do is a wish for connection. We work hard to cultivate a sense of community. The 2013–2014 Prefects chose a most fitting theme for this school year: Building Community. It reflects not only the construction progressing daily on campus, but also the importance we place on establishing brotherhood and life-long friendships. Over 90% of parents agree that St. Andrew’s offers a strong sense of community for its students. Research has shown that a strong community motivates students academically, encourages them to respect the School’s honour code, think of others, develop the necessary social and emotional skills for current and future success, and instills a sense of self-respect and confidence that helps them avoid behavioural problems. My favourite line, which you have probably heard me say, is that St. Andrew’s is a great school that thinks it’s good. No matter how well we perform, there is always room for improvement. Kevin McHenry, Headmaster www.sac.on.ca 3


(clockwise, top left) Grade 12 students Tye Walters, Warren Foegele, Graham Sutton, Francois Yoshida-Are, and Thai Son Dang. 4 Fall 2013


What’s at the core of the well-rounded Andrean?

Academics How SAC promotes academic excellence through its balanced and robust curriculum By JOCELYN LAURENCE

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t. Andrew’s College prides itself on having outstanding teachers, first-rate facilities, beautiful grounds, and a program that prepares students to go out into the world and make a difference. With a retention rate of 95 percent, it’s apparent that this 115-year-old all-boys boarding school offers an educational balance that works and is valued. As the School’s mission states, SAC seeks to develop “the complete man, the well-rounded citizen.” Indeed, the School’s six mission values— accountability, brotherhood, compassion, courage, integrity, and respect—are the foundation not only of the curriculum but also of the School as a whole. And the central component to SAC’s mission is academics. There’s no question that St. Andrew’s does an extraordinary job academically.

Headmaster Kevin McHenry says, “Over the last 11 years we’ve seen the academic program become more and more robust. No school offers more high-calibre programs that complement each other.” This is achieved by ensuring a mission-appropriate curriculum is first and foremost for students, teachers, and staff. “This is paramount,” says Headmaster McHenry. “It works because teachers model the tenets of the mission statement on a daily basis and that acts as a motivator for students.” Michael Paluch, Assistant Headmaster, Academics, adds, “The faculty are committed educators who engage in regular professional development sessions and participate in the School’s Professional Growth program, a peer-driven reflection process. That continuous cycle of improvement www.sac.on.ca 5


One Andrean, One Experience

Geoff George

Colin Murphy ‘07

I was a boarder at SAC from grades 9 to 12. My family lived in Mexico at the time so I was pretty far from home. I recall my first day on campus vividly. I felt restless, excited, and ready to get on with it. Part of the reason I wanted to go to boarding school was to gain some independence — to be my own master, in a way.  It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes St. Andrew’s such a special place but, for me, the drama and boarding programs are what made my years there so incredible. SAC’s commitment to the arts — especially theatre, under Mr. Scoular’s guidance — was nothing short of astounding. The quality of productions rivaled shows I saw or acted in while a student at Yale. In grade 10, I landed a small part in Kiss Me, Kate. I sat on the top rafters backstage, looking at the spray-painted and carved names of students who had spent their days in the theatre. I felt like a part of SAC history: a long, rich narrative of brotherhood and shared experiences. I look back on my years at SAC as a period when I underwent a drastic change in my outlook on life. When I got into some senseless trouble early in my first year, my advisor posed a question: To whom was I trying to prove myself? To my parents, teachers? To my peers? I realized I had to change — and I had to do it for me. SAC offers its students unparalleled opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and its community is overwhelmingly supportive. But to get the most out of my experience, SAC required me to take a leap of faith, to place trust in myself, and to commit to becoming a better, stronger person. I’m indebted to St. Andrew’s for this. 6 Fall 2013

Teacher Greg Shields guides Matthew Lim ‘16 and Pierre-Louis Vaz ‘16.

makes for supportive, knowledgeable the promotion of a growth mindset. teachers, which in turn makes for “Boys are generally more physically engaged, happy students.” active than girls,” Paluch explains. “They The St. Andrew’s curriculum is chalchafe at having to sit at a desk all day, lenging, exploratory, integrative, and every day. That gender difference has above all, relevant to the real world. informed the way SAC creates and strucThe School believes there is no diftures its curriculum and classes.” For ference between education and life. instance, the desks are often arranged The curriculum, Paluch notes, is built in pods. The teacher isn’t necessarily around finding the best opporat the head of the class but tunities and options for boys’ moves between the pods. learning. “Organization is a In fact, class design was a challenge for many boys, so prime consideration in the new we begin by teaching them academic facility now under how to prioritize their comconstruction. In effect, the SAC mitments, particularly their classrooms mirror today’s workacademic courses.” And the places, where people discuss Michael Paluch, tablet PC used by every stuand solve real-life problems. Assistant Headmaster, dent is a tool that lends itself Over the last few decades, Academics to keeping boys organized. there has been a sea change in the way children are taught. In our Four areas of focus knowledge-rich society the need for rote Academic rigour is top-of-mind as learning has become passé. “Parents faculty design and refresh their courses. must realize that it’s an entirely differThe pedagogical process considers the ent approach to learning than the one latest in educational research and techthey experienced,” says Paluch. nology. The School’s Academic Vision In the digital age, information is at drives SAC to ensure lessons include our fingertips, and educators realize four areas of focus: the inclusion of there is little value in quietly sitting boy-friendly instructional strategies, in rows, answering questions, and collaboration and teamwork, the develmemorizing facts. Learning is now opment of critical-thinking skills, and about collaboration and teamwork.


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“Boys are competitive,” Paluch says, “but if they collaborate, they’re more engaged—and they learn more. Research has shown that problem-solving in a group means students actually retain what they’ve learned.” SAC participates in the U.S.-based International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC), a non-profit organization of independent schools from around the world. The results of IBSC research confirm that boys respond best when technology is ubiquitous and teachers focus on making products, motor activity, role play, open inquiry, and teamwork. Academic integrity, which fosters resilience, character, and leadership, is rigorously maintained at the College. Teachers require boys to submit their work to Turnitin.com, which allows students to see—and learn from—errors in citation or grammar and ensures they represent themselves honestly. SAC constantly challenges its students to go the extra distance in their studies. To that end, the School awarded its first Extended French certificate to a small class of grade 12 students in June. And in September, the School is launching a SAC Diploma, which is complementary to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

The importance of academics can’t be stressed too early, says Sabrina D’Angelo, Head of the Middle School.“It’s a fast-paced environment but the boys clearly thrive.” In fact, the School’s overall Academic Vision has been adapted to meet the unique needs of Middle School boys. It cites the need to create a “challenging, integrative, and exploratory curriculum” within an environment that supports the “socio-emotional needs of pre-adolescent and adolescent boys, while fostering health, wellness, and safety through an active Advisory and Student Leadership program.” The classroom experience at SAC consists of a measured blend of ingredients integral to student success: engaging instruction; a sense of belonging and purposeful work; relevant curriculum and activities; outstanding teachers; good use of technology; and encouraging students to think critically. SAC has partnered with the Critical Thinking Consortium, which supports the inclusion of critical thinking in all subject areas. Boys are encouraged to ask and answer questions that result in hard evidence and facts, not simply an opinion. In the end, says Paluch, “There’s always the potential to grow IQ but it

Jack Kensit, grade 7

One Andrean, One Experience David Banwell ‘03

In the summer leading up to grade 9, I was excited about moving from a public school and felt awed by everything SAC offered, but I was also nervous to be joining a new school and culture as an outsider. Luc Zoratto ’03 likes to tell the story of an overweight younger version of me, decked out in skater clothes, asking if the baggy pants I was wearing would be acceptable. He said yes, but they definitely wouldn’t have been tolerated! I give St. Andrew’s a lot of credit for shaping and moulding me into the man I am. The more you put into the School — academics, sports, arts, and friendships — the more you get back, in multiples. The School piqued a lot of interests that I have explored and developed. SAC offers so many opportunities to develop leadership skills to realize your potential in so many different areas that graduates are primed to succeed. I remember when, through hard work—and thanks to a talk with my Dad—I became a scholar for the first time, and my excitement at getting a scholar’s tie. I remember how excited I was to start the Homecoming football game in my first year. I remember being announced as a Prefect in grade 12. I remember not fully embracing Cadets until my later years, and the regret I had at not carrying a sword while other schoolmates did. The thing I value most from the School are my friendships. I continue to turn to and meet with the guys I graduated with to bounce off ideas and to ask for advice on life decisions. What resonates with me is that my ties to SAC were not severed when I graduated, but they continue to grow and will, I hope, be part of me forever. www.sac.on.ca 7


One Andrean, One Experience

Geoff George

Hayden Beck ‘09

I was at St. Andrew’s for grades 11 and 12. Previously I had attended several public schools in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Initially I wasn’t terribly excited about the idea of going to an all-boys school. I had never met anyone who had gone to a similar school, and I was unsure about what it would be like. My family and I decided to visit the campus in person and decide if it was the right fit for me. I was given the opportunity to “shadow” a student for 48 hours. During that period, it became obvious that SAC was the perfect place for me. My mindset shifted because of the attitudes and personalities of everyone I met, from students to teachers. Without exception, every person was not only incredibly friendly and welcoming, but also remarkably interesting. I had never met so many accomplished people—whether in academics, sports, or a combination— from such diverse backgrounds in a single place. I recall the atmosphere on a typical weeknight in residence, relaxing in the lounge downstairs after study, watching the Habs game in French (with all the Quebeckers shouting loudly), and having an impromptu billiards or ping-pong tournament that always, perhaps inevitably, escalated to an intensely competitive battle. All the while, Mrs. Perrier would be tirelessly preparing that night’s selection of treats in the kitchen. In addition, the semi-official afterparties following major events like Homecoming or the Cadet Formal deserve an honourable mention. They never failed to turn into incredible nights, each becoming its own unique adventure. 8 Fall 2013

won’t happen if students aren’t encouraged to improve. These days we’re reluctant to let kids fail, but there are learning opportunities in failure. The School’s teachers encourage boys to reflect on a task and how they could have done it better, which then leads to tangible improvement.” Another area of focus is the development of a growth mindset. This requires students to embrace challenges, persist despite obstacles, see effort as a path to mastery, learn from criticism, and be inspired by others’ success. It is based on the teaching of Carol Dweck, a world-renowned professor of psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset. Her book represents the latest research in education and has been adopted by SAC faculty since being presented at a professional development session in 2012. St. Andrew’s anchors its academic foundation to two distinct pillars: pedagogy and information technology (IT). The School has been a pioneer in the use of technology in the classroom. In 2003, every student received a laptop

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and in 2009, each boy was given a tablet. Paluch says there’s no doubt that visual and tactile elements help boys to learn. As well, teachers post course material and assignments online, freeing students from taking notes and allowing them to focus totally on what’s being taught. As a result, a student can work on a project or assignment anywhere: in his room during study period, at home, or on the road with a sports team.

A balanced education Alongside the School’s stellar academic program, SAC students can participate in both physical and artistic endeavours. Headmaster McHenry says, “SAC’s facilities and staff rival Canadian universities in terms of balancing academics with co-curricular programs.” Co-curriculars are an extension of the College’s academic program, offering numerous opportunities for leadership and character development through athletics, music, drama, and the arts. Sabrina D’Angelo says, “We start mandatory athletics and arts from grade 5. The arts include James Michaelis (left) and Russell Cheng in AP Chemistry 1


One Andrean, One Experience Jared Leslie ‘05

Juan Carlo Velazquez de Leon (right) and Fernando de la Parra Navaroo in grade 8 art.

music, debating, visual arts, newspaper, drama, plus piping and drumming. That way the young students can begin to discover what they love to do.” Life experience is similarly important and just as intellectually challenging. A portion of every student’s education takes place away from his desk, whether it’s School-related activities, community fundraising, charity work, or travelling abroad to learn about other places and people.

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DRAMA

St. Andrew’s students shine on the stage. The annual fall play rivals professional theatrical productions, and the Focus Festival of the Dramatic Arts celebrates 25 years this spring. Students regularly engage in public speaking and debate, as well as compete in local, national, and international competitions and tournaments. In 2015, students and teachers alike will be able to enjoy the world-class facilities of the Wirth Centre for the Performing Arts. The Wirth Centre, part of a new $22-million academic facility, involves enlarging and refurbishing Ketchum Auditorium, which will house music and drama and also be able to accommodate the whole Andrean community in a single gathering place.

The arts

At the Wirth Art Centre students learn not only about the creative process but also acquire the technical skills to make their concepts and ideas a reality. The studios in the Centre are fully equipped for the more traditional arts: painting, sculpture/ceramics, and printmaking. By contrast, Media Arts offers state-of-the-art computer-generated possibilities. Students can direct, edit, and title their own digital movies, and they also create and design the School’s yearbook, The Review. The skills they acquire—personal website design and academic or professional presentations—are extremely useful as they move into the wider world. 

Music

Having received triple-gold status at MusicFest Nationals for three of the past four years, St. Andrew’s Wind Ensemble is one of the best highschool concert bands in Canada. And having competed at MusicFest for the first time last year, the Middle School band has achieved a perfect two-fortwo gold-medal record. These victories are significant achievements that not only highlight the musical talent of SAC students who are introduced

I attended St. Andrew’s for six years, from 1999 to 2005. SAC offered so many possibilities, but in hindsight, I initially had no real idea of just how many opportunities were available. I was privileged to go on many amazing trips, including the European Battlefields Tour, where we laid wreaths on the memorials of past Andreans, scuba trips to the freezing lakes in northern Ontario, and two eye-opening visits to South Africa and Malawi.  Part of the incredible experience at St. Andrew’s is the friends you make. The number of great friends I am still in touch with is remarkable. My memories include everything from sports — some big wins, some heart-breaking losses — entertaining dances and formals, and the Cadet experiences that led, in part, to my current job in the Canadian Armed Forces.  I would be remiss if I left out the teachers and coaches who challenged me and taught me always to expect more from myself. In particular, [the late] Clare Kowaltschuk for her neverending support and amazing spirit, Ann Perrier, who is one of the most amazing individuals I’ve ever met, and Mark Service, who was a great role model.  There were so many meaningful moments during my time at SAC, and I am thankful for all of them. They include winning the CAIS hockey championship, the MacPherson Tournament, and, in my final year, the MidWest Prep League. I also recall my final Carol Service, the Cadet Inspection, and helping to organize the two national CAIS leadership conferences hosted by SAC. I graduated as Head Prefect, and was happy and proud to learn that my two younger brothers, Nick ’06 and Kent ’10, were also elected Head Prefect for their respective years. www.sac.on.ca 9


Annual Cross-Country Run, October 2013

One Andrean, One Experience

Paul Mosey

Radissen Ramoutar ’08

I spent two years at St. Andrew’s, grades 11 and 12. I was an international student from the Caribbean and a boarder. I was incredibly keen to go to SAC. Once it was confirmed I would attend, I read the student handbook—twice. Extremely nerdy maybe, but that’s how passionate I was. I went through the first day on campus, taking it all in, but that night I felt a different emotion: loneliness; I missed home. I couldn’t understand it. I was at St. Andrew’s, the place I had thought about so much, yet I didn’t feel the way I thought I would feel. I think this is something most boarders face on their first night.  But SAC wasn’t a school that left you time to think about how much you missed home. It was a place that kept you so busy that by the time your head hit the pillow, you were focused on resting and recovering to do it all again the next day.  SAC pushed me. I was challenged in a variety of areas: fine arts, science, humanities. Academics were the main focus, but sports were also compulsory, and everyone had to do them. Extracurriculars were just as important. I was impressed the School supported those activities with such fervour. SAC cast me in amazing theatrical productions written specifically for Andreans. SAC placed me on a field commanding over 500 Cadets. SAC sent me to England to compete in an international debating competition. SAC allowed me to meet fantastic friends from around the world. SAC helped me to become independent and to develop my creativity and my life skills. SAC let me learn from passionate and inspiring individuals who really cared about their students. SAC taught me how to excel in everything I did. 10 Fall 2013

to music in Middle School but also underscore the success of SAC’s music program and the skill of its dedicated directors. 

Athletics

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation,” said the philosopher Plato. With the most comprehensive athletic program in Canada, it’s no stretch to say that a lot of learning takes place on SAC’s sports fields. Students can participate in 22 representative sports and a full houseleague program. Its athletic facilities are second-to-none and include a newly opened sports complex with a synthetic turf field and, slated to open in Spring 2014, an arena with an NHLsized ice surface. 

University placement

St. Andrew’s is a university prep school, which means the students are expected to go to university. And they do: the 133 members of the Class of 2013 received 651 offers of admission—an average of five offers per student. SAC chose the Advanced Placement (AP) rather than the International Baccalaureate (IB) program because,

says Stuart Swan, Head of University Counselling, “There’s more flexibility in the AP program with regard to course selection. The program has become the benchmark by which universities measure the potential of their incoming students. It also allows students to specialize by subject, depending on their interests and their university plans. Boys can choose areas in which they are most interested—and therefore most motivated.” As stated on the SAC website, the AP program is the most widely recognized university preparation program in the world. The program operates in 125 countries, with 1.85 million students writing over 3.2 million exams annually. Over 3,800 universities accept AP credits worldwide, and every Canadian university is a member of the AP College Board.  “AP is an excellent way to enrich and extend the Ontario curriculum,” Swan continues. “It accelerates learning by introducing university-level material and pushes students to look beyond the standard high-school curriculum. Participating students distinguish themselves during the university admission process, have an edge during their first year of university, and generally


broaden their intellectual outlook.” includes the Guided Learning Centre, Some changes are afoot with the AP the Writing and Math Centres, an College Board, which has spent over ESL program, and Learning Resource $200 million in an effort to bring the options. Students can come by for acacurriculum in line with best practices, demic counselling and sometimes older including an increase in critical thinking students drop by to help younger fellow and inquiry-driven methods. students. Study skills, course selecTeachers are always availtion, and university guidance able if a student needs advice are also available. And the about his academic future, Mutual Respect program proand there is one-on-one counvides a formal mechanism to selling regarding university deal with issues of bullying placement. Swan says, “In and harassment and resolve terms of getting into univerthem in a positive way. sities, academic standing is The skilled, knowledgeStuart Swan, still the first yardstick. But able teachers and staff work Head of University more and more universities— hard and well to channel Counselling in the U.S., the U.K., and boys’ energy and natural Canada—are looking beyond grades curiosity within a student-focused, to include other achievements, which collaborative, and supportive environis where AP and SAC’s ‘the complete ment that inspires an enduring love man, the well-rounded citizen’ give of learning. graduates an extra edge.” As Headmaster Kevin McHenry says, “We want to nurture and develop Every boy matters creative boys who can perform above At St. Andrew’s, it is the faculty’s goal to and beyond conventional standards. make sure every boy counts. This year Students are our driving force—in there are 352 day and 261 boarding academics, arts, and athletics. It’s students. That’s a lot of boys, but SAC a brotherhood of boys who believe has created safety nets that dovetail in and support one another, in a with the School’s academic program. community that believes in and The Centre for Learning and Teaching supports them.”

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Point Academic Vision

provides the foundation for learning at SAC

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Aligning the formal academic program with the mission of the School: “the development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen.”

E ducating boys to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.

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F ostering within our boys the ability to adapt to the everchanging world.

Developing instructional strategies that create ideal learning opportunities for boys.

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P roviding opportunities for boys to engage with the larger community and to celebrate the value of others.

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Fostering integrity and a strong sense of character, promoting resiliency and leadership.

Implementing technology wisely to enhance learning.

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Tapping into boys’ propensity to problem-solve by cultivating critical-thinking skills so they can make effective decisions based on a broad range of criteria.

7 Brendan Bellaire, Middle School Help Desk, assists grade 7 student Graham Stanley-Paul with his laptop.

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Nurturing creativity and celebrating excellence in performance.

Channeling boys’ energy and curiosity in a student-focused, collaborative, and supportive environment that inspires an enduring love of learning.

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Inspiring a

Love of Learning Middle School program designed to engage boys, ignite passions, and prepare for the real world

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itting in her freshly painted office in Rogers Hall, with student artwork on the walls and a huge jar of sugar- and gluten-free candy on her desk, is the new Director of Middle School, Sabrina D’Angelo. It’s a new look for a new regime, one that is mandated with continuing to grow the Middle School and equipping it with the best learning environment for boys. Sabrina is more than ready for the challenge. After 11 years at St. Andrew’s—six as Assistant Director, she is prepared to lead Middle School into the future. In the following Q&A, Sabrina shares how she intends to continue to develop a Middle School where boys can thrive in the 21st century.

pre-adolescent and adolescent boys, and our dedicated teams are structured to address the unique academic and socio-emotional needs of these two groups of boys. I have established a Middle School Leadership Team which follows the school-wide model. I meet with the new Assistant Director, Trevor Biasi, and the grade team leaders once a week. This provides a venue for consistency of message and communication. It is an opportunity to take on new initiatives, bigger-picture thinking, and idea-sharing. Trevor came from Upper School, so the Middle School environment is a whole new experience for him. He has a positive attitude, he is approachable, and he really loves working with kids.

With the addition of grade 5 last year, how has the Middle School’s vision changed?

What are some initiatives you have introduced?

Our vision is to always provide a school-life program that meets the unique needs of boys. Naturally, the introduction of grade 5 created a vision that is more specific to boys at different stages. Boys are coming to us as young as 9 years old, and in grade 8 some of our Mexican students are 14 —that’s a five year age gap. There is a difference between 12 Fall 2013

Every Tuesday morning, the entire Middle School, students and faculty, gather as a community. We commence each gathering by singing the School hymn and the national anthem. This is a new component to our Middle School program, one that Trevor and I are quite excited about. Although a solid academic program is at the forefront of our planning, we recognize that a strong community is equally important


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to creating a successful school–and there lets students earn one grade 9 math credit while Sabrina D’Angelo with students (l-r) Hunter Kolm, are many lessons that can be learned by our being in the Middle School as well as a grade 9 Dorian Jones, Mark Zhou, younger Middle School students simply by comprehensive arts credit. Our Enriched French and Luke St. John observing our older students and vice-versa. program is a viable option for many of our stuWe also feel parents need support on issues that have dents who come from an immersion setting. It prepares them become more prevalent in this day and age, such as video for the more challenging Extended French program in Upper gaming, online safety, cyberbullying, social media, proper School and attainment of a SAC French certificate in grade 12. nutrition, and health and wellness. I want to offer this support Another area that really sets us apart from other Middle by having guest speakers for parents, and I am going to start a Schools is our robust leadership programs; for instance, Clan blog—Director’s Dialogue—to provide food for thought on variCaptains, Green Team, Outreach, Anti-Bully, and Middle ous topics that are real to the lives of our boys and families. School Council. There is also the opportunity to be a mentor There is excellent literature out there and expert researchers, and to be mentored as well. Leadership development is a such as Dr. Michael Thompson and Rosalind Wiseman, who distinct advantage to being a boy in the Middle School. shed light on some of the most intriguing boys’ issues The more exposure that boys have in this realm of school life, the more impact there will certainly be on their character Academically, what does St. Andrew’s offer boys? development and ability to lead in the Upper School. St. Andrew’s has many things that set us apart. First off, we Describe the Middle School environment. cap class size at 18 for all grades in Middle School. In other I believe it would be hard to find an all-boys boarding schools, there may be 34 students in a classroom. We focus on school with the world-class facilities offered at St. Andrew’s. learning skills that will prepare students for success in Upper The opening of an arena this spring and the completion School and ultimately in life. Our Reach Ahead Math program www.sac.on.ca 13


of new academic facilities and a theatre in 2015 will only heighten the SAC experience. We offer an environment where the faculty really know the students–we work with them in various areas of school life, multiple times a day as teachers, advisors, coaches, and leadership facilitators. Boys coming from public school are used to a home room system, and some find themselves overwhelmed by our School’s increased pace, academic demands, and boarding component. We want to give pre-adolescent boys in grades 5 and 6 an environment that is more comforting. The grade 5s will work with a core teacher the majority of the day, and the grade 6s will have a core teacher except for when they rotate to art, music, and phys ed. Adolescent students in grades 7 and 8 will participate in a full rotary program with specialist teachers for all subjects. Now that there are four Middle School grades, I think the distinction is clearer. I’ve talked to grade 9 students who say the transition to Upper School was easier because they were well-prepared and knew what to expect.

provides the foundation for lifelong learning. We also recognize that there are certain traits that many boys inherently possess, such as lack of organization, so we work on developing these essential skills with tools such as the Fujitsu laptop, agendas, and twice-daily advisory. Although these resources support the boys’ organizational development, our wireless laptop program is a key component to their success. Every student from grades 5 through 12 works from a tablet, which adds another layer of classroom engagement. What are the advantages to a boy completing the full Middle School program?

There are real advantages to starting in the Middle School, beginning with a solid transitional program from grades 5/6 to grades 7/8 and then to Upper School. All our students must participate in sports and the arts. This means that if a boy comes to us in grade 9, he is unsure about being in the play, playing the bagpipes, or what sports he might enjoy— How can boarding enrich there is so much that is the educational experience untried. Contrast this to for Middle School boys? a boy who, for example, The ability for our day boys has been acting, paintto interact with other boys ing, and trying out sports their age from various counsince grade 5. I also think tries is certainly a strength younger students find it Trevor Biasi and Sabrina D’Angelo are dedicated to providing the of our Middle School easier to take those kinds country’s best Middle School program for boys. boarding program. Equally of risks, they are not so afraid amazing is the opportunity to fail. They figure out their our boarders have to experience Canadian culture while takpassions here and take them to the Upper School. All this ing part in a strong academic, athletic, and arts program. The gives them a head start to fulfilling successfully the School’s Weekend Program is certainly a highlight for our international mission of “…developing the complete man, the wellstudents. From basketball games in Toronto to white-water rounded citizen.” rafting in Ottawa and skiing in Mont Tremblant—the boarding It’s important for the community to realize that our vision experience at SAC is second to none. for a larger Middle School means fewer openings in Upper School. In fact, we are reaching the point where the only What is a particular challenge to working with way to ensure a spot in the Upper School is by graduating Middle School boys? from Middle School. The biggest challenge to working with Middle School Going forward, what will be the Middle School focus? boys, ironically, is the thing that I love the most—their Trevor and I, along with our entire team, are dedicated to energy! This is a principal reason why we provide an acaensuring the Middle School remains the leading Middle demic program that is exploratory, integrative, and relevant School program for boys, certainly in York Region, but to the lives of boys. It is crucial that in every component also on a national level. Cindy Veitch of school life they are engaged participants—engagement 14 Fall 2013


All departments collaborated to produce the 240-page CAIS Report. Greg Reid (left) and Michael Paluch review the document with Nicolette Fleming, Communications Officer.

A whole school check-up

Accreditation process chance for reflection and growth

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very seven years, St. Andrew’s College undergoes a rigorous accreditation process. The exercise is undertaken voluntarily to ensure SAC meets and exceeds national standards in all areas of program and operations through continuous assessment, self-reflection, peer review, and measurable goals. The evaluation is led by CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools), a national organization of which SAC is a member, and whose mission is the development and promotion of educational excellence, school improvement, and leadership in independent schools. The benefits of being a member are significant; SAC is closely allied with other CAIS schools with respect to our athletic programs, and many of our teachers engage in professional development through this body. A large part of the process involves the creation of an internal report in which our faculty and staff reflect on and report our own practices. Then, CAIS sends a team of school leaders from other accredited member schools across Canada to review our programs and reaffirm our standing as an accredited CAIS school. The College has made extensive, year-long preparations for the November 17–20 visit by the CAIS accreditation team. Led by Internal Evaluation Coordinators Michael

Paluch, Sabrina D’Angelo, and Greg Reid, faculty and staff have been reviewing the guidelines for their respective departments and commenting on the strengths of the Andrean experience. “It’s been an exhaustive process, but a vital one,” says Michael Paluch, Assistant Headmaster, Academics. He and his team have compiled a comprehensive report that examines every aspect of SAC’s health, including governance, finance, admissions, risk management, curriculum development, and delivery. Early in 2014, the CAIS visiting committee will submit comments on their findings and make suggestions and recommendations to contribute to ongoing school growth. “This process strengthens our school,” states Paluch. “We have the opportunity to learn about best practice, engage with like-minded educators, and have a self-written report with benchmark measures and recommendations to build upon.” It also illustrates SAC’s commitment to go beyond what provincial guidelines require. Anne-Marie Kee, CAIS’ executive director, hopes that as parents are made aware of the benefits of CAIS they will appreciate the measures that schools such as St. Andrew’s take to “punch above their weight through these higher standards and greater rigour.” Cindy Veitch www.sac.on.ca 15


Nous parlons français! Et vous? Graduates receive first SAC Extended French certificates

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hen Arya Ashoori ’13 graduated in June, he was among the first class to receive the new St. Andrew’s Certificate in Extended French. Issued by the Ministry of Education, it is awarded in addition to the Ontario Secondary School and Andrean Diplomas. Arya was among a small class of 2013 grads to complete the full four-year comprehensive language program first offered in 2009, the year he came to SAC. “This program has meant a lot to me, especially being part of the first graduating class,” says Arya. He now considers himself fluent in three languages: Farsi (his parents’ native tongue), English, and French. Admitting he knew only “basic verb conjugations” when he enrolled in the program in grade 9, his talent for languages and his desire to expand his French knowledge “not just orally, but culturally as Ayra Ashoori ‘13 was among the first recipients of the Extened French Certificate, seen well” served as motivation to take the more challeng- here with Program Coordinator, Nicholas Day, and teacher Emma (Jakubovic) Porter. ing and experiential path to learning French. The Extended French program is part of a comprehenexcursions and exchanges such as trips to Quebec, where students sive French curriculum that begins in Middle School with learned to apply French-speaking skills in real-life situations. Enriched French, a program launched in 2008 as an alterAuthentic experiences such as these help to build language native to Core French. proficiency and speaking confidence, a reason why an internaFor other program graduates such as Mac McIntosh ’13, tional exchange component is being considered for inclusion it offered a viable alternative to immersion, which he attended within the next couple years, says Nicholas Day, the Upper for eight years prior to coming to SAC. “The Extended French School French teacher who helped launch the program and program gave me an opportunity to become bilingual even establish the curriculum. As Program Coordinator, he believes though I wasn’t studying at a French school anymore,” says the future of this program is bright, and it is still evolving. Mac. He now attends Western University where he studies “One of the things I’m most pleased about is the palpable political science and business, but he will also take some progression the students have made over the four years. French courses to have an edge when he enters the workforce. Some students started as strong writers or speakers, but Students who take Extended French are challenged in all are leaving as very well-rounded language students.” their knowledge, language skills, cultural understanding, This is certainly the case for Aaron DeGagne ’13, who and world experience through a combination of study, field graduated top in the class with a 97% average and received trips, and exchanges. The SAC curriculum is structured so the George Etienne Cartier Medal in French. His mother, that students can take some mandatory subjects in French Corinne, believes the Enriched French program was an and not lose elective subjects. “added bonus” in Aaron’s SAC education. “We were so “The class atmosphere has always been fun,” says Mac, who pleased that as a French immersion student, Aaron was able feels moving through the four years together as a group made not only to continue in a second language, but also to sigit even more enjoyable. Program highlights are the cultural nificantly improve all his French skills.” Cindy Veitch

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2012

5,295,718

3,419,965

Interest & Dividends

789,118

761,109

Realized Gain/(Loss) on sale of Investments

741,777

379,558

$6,826,613

$4,560,632

738,644

733,643

Unrestricted Donations

509,486

493,355

Other Designated Gifts

335,292

411,340

4,852

21,288

4,467,156

2,383,660

DONATIONS

REVENUE Donations

Total Revenue

DISTRIBUTIONs Scholarships & Bursaries School’s Priority Needs & Designated Gifts

Gifts in Kind Capital Projects (CMP & Major Renovations) Total Distributed to St. Andrew’s College

Capital

Annual Giving

Endowment

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16.3%

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DONATIONS BY CONSTITUENCY Old Boys

Current Parents

Other

55%

34%

11%

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$6,055,430

$4,043,286

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DISTRIBUTIONS Capital Projects

School‘s Priority Needs & Designated Operating Items

71%

12.8%

Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards

Investment & Planned Giving Expense

12%

4.2%

Other DISTRIBUTIONs Investment & Custody Fees

123,611

111,170

Planned Giving Expense

144,302

140,850

$267,913

$251,020

$6,323,343

$4,295,306

503,270

265,325

23,054,806

23,640,357

1,571,303

(850,876)

$25,129,379

$23,054,806

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Excess (Deficit) of revenue over expenses for the year Fund Balances Beginning of Year Unrealized gain (loss) on Investments Fund Balance End of Year

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Statement of Operations

SAC Revenues

The breakdown of expenses and revenues is shown in graphical format on the right. For internal purposes and for the purpose of setting tuition fees, the Board does not budget for depreciation; however, we do allocate $800,000 toward major expenses on plant repairs and maintenance in any given year.

Actual 2012–2013 8% – Ancillary Incomes

86%

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Tuition & Mandatory Fees

SAC Revenues 2012–2013 Tuition revenues and mandatory fees are the primary revenue source. Ancillary revenue is comprised of interest income, housing rentals, summer program revenue, Campus Shop revenue, and rental of facilities. Donations toward operating costs include $900,000 from the SAC endowment Funds as well as annual giving from Old Boys, parents, and staff.

SAC Expenses Actual 2012–2013

19% 10% 9%

SAC Expenses 2012–2013 The expense chart depicts expenses based on a functional division. Salaries and wages represent approximately 60% of our total budget but are included within the functional areas. The percentage of expenses in each category is very stable year over year. Academic and co-curricular expenses refer to all student program activities including athletics, Cadets, library, and resident support services. Buildings, grounds, and maintenance expenses include utilities, insurance, repairs, and replacement of small capital items. Financial Aid represents $2 million in bursaries and scholarships.

Academics & Co-Curricular

46%

7%

Buildings, Grounds & Maintenance Administration Food Services Financial Aid

5% Advancement 4% Admission

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Dollars Raised

Participation Rate

1. 1957...... $672,010 2. 1979...... $414,665 3. 1977...... $247,300

1. 1934...... 100% 2. 1950...... 55% 3. 1941...... 50%

4. 1964.......... $232,908

4. 1943.......... 50%

5. 1985.......... $209,210

5. 1944.......... 44%

6. 1959.......... $152,550

6. 1953.......... 39.13%

7. 1983.......... $110,250

7. 1945.......... 37.50%

8. 1943.......... $50,200

8. 1954.......... 37.50%

9. 1954.......... $48,250

9. 1970.......... 35.29%

10. 1986.......... $31,625

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omehow it is fitting that the classroom dedicated to former teacher Dick Gibb, a man who cared deeply for the School and its students, is nestled between academics and athletics and surrounded by art. Dick spent 37 years on the faculty of the College, and the classroom in his honour is where he last taught geography. The room is located at the end of McLaughlin Hall, where the work of the Headmaster’s Art Awards winners graces the walls, and the last stop before the Bedard Athletic Centre. Just around the corner is the gym and a few steps further, Walden Pool, so named for John ’71, one of his former students, and later, a fellow faculty member. Dick was a consummate educator and coach of the first order. He spent nearly four decades at St. Andrew’s. And like most memorable teachers, he is remembered fondly by the hundreds of students he helped turn into men. Mr. Gibb was a man who was respected not just by Old Boys, faculty members, and friends of the School, but also by the legion of young people who travelled with him. These boys 20 Fall 2013

“He enriched my life and I will always be grateful. Judging by the success of his scholarship fund, many others share my opinion.” —Robert Jones ’67 and girls who travelled to Europe with Gibb-Macfarlane tours and on the “shipwrecked trips” to the Bahamas were known as “Trippers,” “Rudesheimers,” “Walkers,” and “Bikers.” He was no shrinking violet. As one of the first teachers to sit on SAC’s Board of Governors, he once spoke at a board meeting about the importance of the School’s visual arts program. If he felt strongly about something, he let everyone in the room know his opinion.


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When Dick passed away suddenly in 1985, Old Boys wanted to do something in his memory. That something soon evolved into a scholarship endowed in his name. The Scholarship Committee of Wendy Little, Stan Macfarlane, Jake Omstead ’52, and Tom Bosley, along with assistance from Gayle McPherson, John Walden ’71, David Dunlap ’56, and Dick’s eldest son, Richard Gibb ’61, tracked down as many travellers and admirers as they could find. The original solicitation letter for the Dick Gibb Scholarship stated that the “scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in need who demonstrates honesty, sportsmanship, a sense of humour, and who excels in geography, cricket and/ or sailing—the kind of young man who would be a welcome mate on board Dick’s boat.” The response was generous and, frankly, overwhelming. Over 400 donations were received from that initial mailing. From an original goal of $60,000, the fund has grown to over $700,000, and dozens of Old Boys and other supporters continue to contribute every year, 28 years after its creation. Outside his former classroom now hangs a donor plaque, a tribute in Dick’s honour.

2012–2013 Gibb Scholarship Recipient The scholarship that bears Dick’s name has been increased in recent years to several annual awards. To date, 37 Old Boys have received support from the Gibb Fund, the latest being William White ’13. William grew up in Bermuda and was attending Saltus Academy when he met Headmaster Ted Staunton (SAC’s Headmaster from 1997–2009). Ted suggested that St. Andrew’s would be a good fit for William, and the Gibb Fund seemed to be tailor-made for him. William arrived at St. Andrew’s in the fall of 2010 and graduated this past June. William says he was a laid back student in Bermuda who needed more focus academically and athletically. He was assigned David Manning as his advisor, who is Head Coach of Varsity Soccer and Hockey. “Coach Manning quickly identified that I had the continued on page 22

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ability to play at the next level in soccer, but my work ethic was very low,” recalls William. “He brought me around the First Hockey team, and asked me to be their manager. I was amazed at how hard those student athletes worked in practice, in games, and in the classroom, not to mention their dedication completing assignments and homework, whether it was on the road, in a bus, or in their dorms.” William not only acted as manager that first year, but continued for all three years he was at the School. David Stewart was his Housemaster in Flavelle, someone William says “was very influential in the development of what I now call ‘the Canadian work ethic.’ I plan to carry that mentality with me into the future.”

William was a cricketer for two years, and MVP once, and his team claimed the CISAA championship this past season. His SAC soccer team won back-to-back CISAA championships as well. He played on the Bermuda U19 national team in 2013. William accepted an offer from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he now studies business and plays soccer. In time, the Old Boys who knew and respected Dick Gibb will fade from the scene, but what will remain is his scholarship, created and funded in perpetuity by his former students and friends. What will also remain is the extraordinary tribute of providing future young men with a St. Andrew’s education. And for that he would be most proud. JIM HERDER ’64

Every dollar counts: monthly donors do make a difference

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rom the mortar that holds the bricks in place to the carpet on the floors and the doors on the classrooms, the generous contributions of Andreans have made St. Andrew’s College what it is today. St. Andrew’s relies on the financial support of its alumni, current and alumni parents, and friends of the School to continue to offer an exceptional St. Andrew’s experience and rigourous educational opportunities. Malek Smith ’05 is one Andrean who demonstrates the importance of supporting his former school by pledging a monthly donation to the Not An Ordinary Place capital campaign. He feels it’s the least he can do for an experience he describes as life-changing. Malek Smith ‘05 “From Cadets and sports to living in residence, the School helped me build a solid core of skills that really became the foundation for my future success in university and in my career.” As Malek began his career, he started to realize how much of an impact St. Andrew’s had on his success, and he wanted to give back to the School that gave him so much.

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While he knows that current and future students will have their own SAC experience, Malek understands that for the School to stay at the forefront of independent education, it requires the assistance of the entire Andrean community. “I think it’s important to support initiatives such as new buildings and sports facilities, so the School can continue to be on the leading edge.” As the director of sales and marketing for Mass Insurance Brokers Limited in Markham, Ont., Malek feels all Old Boys should give back, urging them to “really think back on your experience at St. Andrew’s and what it did to help you grow as a person and a leader. If you want other young men to experience the same thing, then you should contribute.” “Every gift makes a difference, regardless of amount,” agrees Scott Hayter, Executive Director of Advancement. “Our younger donors strengthen their lifelong relationship with SAC by engaging in and supporting the current and future needs of the School.” Monthly donations can be set up online or through the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office by contacting Ryan Bryce ’05 at ryan.bryce@sac.on.ca or 905-727-3178 ext. 322. NICOLETTE FLEMING


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Help us reach our goal!

$37 Million

$29.7 Million REASONS TO CELEBRATE! Phase

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Yuill Family Athletic Complex Opened May 2012

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14% to go!

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Goal:

$22 million

21% to go!

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La Brier Family Arena Completion date: Spring 2014

Goal:

$8.5 million

22% to go!

The Not An Ordinary Place Campaign, launched publicly in 2012, has now raised $29.7 million in pledges. This is extraordinary for a school of our size and demonstrates the commitment and strength of our Andrean community. While we celebrate this success, we also know that the School has $7.3 million left to raise to reach our goal. We must continue to look to our Old Boys and parents, past and present, to help St. Andrew’s College meet its target. This will ensure that SAC has the facilities necessary to achieve its mission and remain one of the most outstanding boys’ independent schools in the world.

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Appointments to SAC Governance New International Advisory Committee

Michael Sifton ’79, Chair, St. Andrew’s College Board of Governors, has announced the establishment of the International Advisory Committee. The committee will inform and counsel Board members about matters relating to the School’s international students and their parents. Its goal is to provide the most advantageous educational opportunities and to build strong bonds with Andreans from around the world. The following Andreans have been appointed members of this inaugural committee. Michael Choi ’99 – Korea and Asia Michael is the International Admission & Relations Officer for St. Andrew’s College. Michael oversees admission needs in the largest boarding market in the world, China, as well as in Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. He will also assist in some Advancement initiatives and parent/student relations relative to his recruitment territory. In today’s very competitive market, the experiences Michael is able to share as an Old Boy have proved invaluable in building our international boarding population. Mike Edwards ’79 – East Coast USA Mike has a long family history of involvement with SAC. Both his father, Burley ’31, and his late brother, Charlie ’70, also attended SAC. An active volunteer with the School, Mike, along 24 Fall 2013

with Don MacKay ’70, organizes an annual golf tournament in his brother’s memory to support a SAC bursary. Mike is founder and president of Matrix Group Benefits in Falmouth, Maine, where he lives with his wife, Kathy, and their sons. Nathan Luo, current parent – China Nathan is father to current student, Owen ’16. The Luo family has offered invaluable support to the Headmaster in his travels to China, and Nathan continues to volunteer his time and efforts to further the objectives of the School. Nathan is a project manager for a large construction company in Beijing. He lives with his wife and son in Aurora. Andrew Mahfood ’84 – Jamaica and the Carribean Andrew is an Old Boy of the School and parent to Jake’15 and Joshua ’13. For many years the Mahfood family has supported Admission efforts and alumni relations activities in Jamaica. Andrew is the finance director of the Wisynco Group, a leading Jamaican distributor and manufacturer of high quality goods. Myles Pritchard ’77 – West Coast USA Myles is President of the California Chapter of the Old Boys Association. He has organized several alumni events in his home town. In addition, he represented the School at a recent CASE event in

California. Myles is founder and owner of MAP Strategic Wealth Management and has worked for many years as an investment advisor. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two sons. Alfredo Solloa ’83 – Mexico Alfredo is president of SACMEX, the Old Boys Association branch in Mexico. In this role, he and his family have provided direction, assistance, and support for both the Admission and Advancement teams in their activities in Mexico. Currently, two of his sons attend SAC: Jorge ’19 and Alfredo ’15; and many extended family members have attended over the years. A CPA, Alfredo is a partner in the accounting firm of Solloa Contadores Publicos S.C. He resides with his wife and family in Mexico.

New Foundation Trustees Appointed David Lawrence, SAC Class of 1981, and Bruce Chin, SAC Class of 1990, have been elected as Trustees at the Annual General Meeting held September 19, 2013. David Lawrence attended SAC from 1978–1981, and earned an honours BA in political science and economics from McMaster University in 1985. David is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, a Canadian Investment Manager and a Certified Financial Planner. He began his career in retail banking with Royal Bank in 1985. At present, he is with CIBC Wood Gundy as an


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Retirement After 31 years of unparalleled service, David Rea ’53, announced his retirement from the SAC Foundation Trustees’ Board in June 2013. David has served as a member of the SAC Foundation since 1982 and he chaired

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Generations of Andreans embrace the mission of St. Andrew’s College to “develop the complete man, the wellrounded citizen.” It is these Andreans who have passionately supported endowed scholarships, bursaries and awards,

this very active volunteer board for 12 years from 1991-2003. Under his leadership the endowment fund grew exponentially with the engagement of Jarislowsky Fraser as investment counsel, the institution of ‘The Andrean Legacy’ insurance program to encourage planned gifts, and the development of individual family funds.

ensuring the very best in education for students who they may never know. The Governors and Trustees, along with the Headmaster and his staff, are truly grateful for this high level of commitment and trust in the School and its future.

John Rook ’64, Chairman of the SAC Foundation says: “David’s knowledge and experience were critical to the success of the Foundation. As Chair, his leadership and insightful comments on investments and the importance of the Foundation to SAC inspired confidence and reaffirmed our belief that the Foundation is an invaluable asset to the School.”

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Where in the World are your former teachers?

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ll those years ago, I remember Headmaster After I retired, the Harris government’s economies in Bob Coulter collecting me in Aurora and Ontario caused an exodus of French teachers. The phone driving me onto the School campus. I would ring and I would be asked to ‘please come back and said to him, ‘It’s like coming home.’ That finish the semester’ for one or another French immersion says it all. I feel blessed to have lived teacher. About then, I also started volunteering at a local there as a family, to have taught, and to nursing home, trying to help patients who were lonely or have coached there, and it is as a family that we will always depressed at the loss of their life partners. remember our time at St. Andrew’s. Power Squadron work as a training officer led me to take For me, the classroom, the rugby field, and Flavelle up sailing again. I became a member of a group of Wayfarer House are all still vivid sailors, spending two in my mind. It was with weeks a year sailing either sadness that I made Georgian Bay or Lake the decision to leave the Nipigon. Two to a boat, we College in 1970. took all the food and water For the next twenty-odd (and beer) needed for two years, I taught French and weeks on an uncharted refereed rugby, mostly in lake, sleeping aboard. Halton County in Ontario. I had a half-share in Teaching in a public higha forty-foot wooden boat school system provided designed by John Alden and enlightenment when I built at Graves Shipyard in encountered the equal Marble Head in 1938. Now devotion and scholastic fibre-glassed over, she sailed Courtney Stoate and his wife, Jean, achievements of my new like a dream. In 1939, I met with sons Tim ’73 (left) and Chris ’71. colleagues. Be it said that Jim English at grammar their brave determination school; we have now been to improve conditions and salaries benefitted friends for 74 years. He lives in Spain and until Courtney Stoate all independent-school teachers equally. recently came over each summer, and he often Years at SAC I also went on to teach navigation as a sailed with me on Chesapeake Bay. 1962–1970 lieutenant commander in the Burlington Jean and I enjoy life, and our cottage is the Position: Power and Sailing Squadron using my old base in the summer where we all gather when French Teacher, RAF knowledge. During this time I served on we can. My guess is not many have ever heard of Flavelle Housemaster a couple of panels with the Ontario Modern Lake Weslemkoon. We live in Ottawa near our 1963–1970 Languages Teachers’ Association and reviewed daughter, Jocelyn, and her husband, Michael. a French grammar book. One paper I presented Our sons, Chris ’71 and Tim ’73, and their was requested for publishing and was taken up by the teaching families are in Oakville and Toronto, witnessing their own childepartment at Lethbridge University, followed by placement dren bitten with the wander bug which engrosses adventurers. on the ERIC search, the world’s largest digital library of I was honoured to be asked to return to St. Andrew’s a education literature. For a number of summers, I was principal few years ago to give a speech at the Robbie Burns’ night of an intensive French conversation course, run in Quebec dinner and to hand out clan colours. All those years later, for Ontario French teachers. I still felt I was back home. Courtney Stoate

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Acadia University Khiari Lespere Anglia Ruskin University Alexander Kharouk Brock University Brandon Cercone Taylor MacLean Michael Munro Carleton University Brett Tomlinson Joseph Bruccoleri Malcolm Carter Cornell University Evan Moon Dalhousie University Jonathan McConnell Evan Sheridan Dartmouth College Dylan Sikura PG (GAP) YEAR James Elder Curtis Harvey Jacob Kearley Liam Neuman John Stirling Humber College Kyle Zacharuk Huron University College at Western Daniel Chalifour John Joseph Mitchell Universidad Iberoamerican Ciudad de México Gerardo Gadsden Gonzalez Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo De México Estanislao de la Torre Garcia McGill University Louis Kwok Curtis Lai Joel Lat McMaster University Roland Hynscht Othman Mullick Christopher Wong Michigan State University Tyler Topolinski Middlesex University Jose Artigas Pereznieto Purdue University Angus Lee

University Destinations

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2013 Grads (l-r) Jay Mackie, Dylan Sikura, Devon de Langley, Adam Moodie, Scott Wood

Queen’s University William Allen David Anderson Jordan Dunin Young Woo Jin Liam Killops Thomas Little David McMillan Connor Ritchie Marc Romanin Keaton Ward Burke White Felix Wong Rice University Peter Godber Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Buban Firoz Muhammad Salyani Royal Military College of Canada Scott Wood Ryerson University Marc Gallo Sewanee: The University of the South William White Skidmore College Jack McDonald Syracuse University Jack Park

The Ohio State University Michael Hastings-Grgas Toronto Film School Hunter Robertson University College London Douglas Lee University in Germany Felix Hadasik Fritz Schildt University of British Columbia Brandon Benoit Sean Huang University of Chicago Matthew Chan University of Edinburgh Michael Chiang University of Florida Robert A. Henriques University of Guelph Humza Elahi Matthew Guizzetti University of King’s College John Sandham University of Leeds Justin Wong University of Notre Dame Aaron DeGagne

University of Ontario Institute of Technology Walid Siyam Jonathan Tse University of Pennsylvania Andy Lee University of Southern California Jackie Wong University of Toronto Darien Arscott David Asbury Arya Ashoori Aiden Carnegie Taylor Carnegie Grant Jeong Wayne Ji William Liang Dilip Ojha William Qiu Raymond Ruan Stefano Scaini Peter Xu Elliott Ye Tom Yuan University of Victoria Jay Mackie Rory McGuire Adam Moodie

University of Waterloo Donald Carswell Dong-Geun Cho West Ochocinski Luc Wise University of Windsor Mario Chiodo Western University Graeme Allison Mackenzie Baker Andrew Begg Robert Bertani Devon de Langley Ricardo De Sequeira Justin Ford Nicholas Fournier Zain Hemani Andrew Keenleyside Rahim Ladak Aaron Leung Jason Lo Joshua Mahfood Mackenzie McIntosh Ibrahim Moustafa Ryan Neiman Jack O’Neill Austin Pugliese Conner Rowntree Alexander Seto CJ Sifton Cole Sopik Justin Tang Kenny Wu Peter Wu Wilfrid Laurier University Adam Darvay-Canavor Mathew Durisin Reese Foegele Spencer Harris Lucas Hussey Aman Nasser Jackson Redmond Chance Rodin Christian Settino Ryan Shotbolt Thomas Sinclair Nicholas Whitelaw York University Sajjad Akbar Erik Kimmerer www.sac.on.ca 27


Homecoming

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2013 The Andrean spirit was rekindled in September as hundreds of Old Boys and their families, current and alumni parents, students, staff, and friends returned to campus for annual Homecoming celebrations. Festivities kicked off on Friday evening with the Old Boy Reunion Dinner for classes celebrating milestone anniversaries, and continued Saturday with a soggy, but fun-filled line-up of sports, games, shopping, and food. To view more photos, check out www.sac.on.ca/homecoming2013

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Great Hall

New Academic Facilities

To view progress on both building sites, or to make a donation, visit www.sac.on.ca/ construction

Looking Back

Campus Building Boom feels much like 1962

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alf a century ago, the School undermaintain the School’s reputation as one of Canada’s finest went a huge period of growth, adding all-boys boarding schools, the College must not only improved dining facilities, additional deliver the best education possible to future Andreans, but classrooms, and a theatre. Fast forward also offer first-rate facilities. 50 years and these are With Shaping Our Future: St. Andrew’s Colthe same needs the lege Strategic Plan 2011–2016, as its guide, College has today; and save for an arena, the the School launched a $37-million campaign same projects are now underway on campus! to add new academic centres of excellence for In 1960, the Board of Governors and music, engineering and robotics, and business Headmaster Robert Coulter began a massive and leadership. This facility, which will open fundraising campaign to address a long list of in 2015, will also house a new centre for the needs. Included in this were a single dining performing arts with an enlarged auditorium hall, additional academic facilities, and a theand thrust-stage theatre. The dining hall is atre. In 1962, the School opened a new dining being modernized with a major refurbishment. hall, which accommodated all students and And this spring, St. Andrew’s will open the faculty. The same year, Coulter Hall was built, doors to the La Brier Family Arena. October 1961: Head Prefect adding three stories of classrooms, along with History often repeats itself, or so it seems at Christopher Hovey ‘62 and Ketchum Auditorium. St. Andrew’s College. However, it can also be J. K. Macdonald, Chairman, By 2011, SAC was once again in need argued that the more things change, the more Board of Governors, turn sod for new buildings. of these same enhancements. In order to they stay the same. Jim Herder ’64

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Fine-tuning Fujitsu Functionality SAC’s students help guide product improvements

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ryce Neil swivels his computer so teachers don’t have to transition from screen to screen right then left, finally screen or window to window to complete a task. laying it flat against the laptop’s Steve Rush says it is important that technolkeyboard. He pulls the pen stylus ogy not impede student learning, so the School has from its compartment, ready for adopted a three-minute rule: if it takes more than class to begin. three minutes to get everything running, then the Shuto Yang Observing this is Shuto Yang, a visitor in Justechnology will be abandoned and something else tin Chau’s grade 6 classroom, who has come specifically to will take its place. It currently takes six-minutes to load see how SAC’s students and faculty use technology. Bryce everything on the dual projectors in one pilot classroom. is unaware that this morning’s guest played a major role Mr. Yang has noted this and returned to Silicon Valley, in integrating the digitizer that makes his tablet work so determined to find solutions for SAC to ensure seamless beautifully. projection of an extended desktop to dual projection as well Mr. Yang is senior director, ubiquitous business stratas wireless projection to any display screen or TV. egy for notebook and PC business at Fujitsu headquarters in Meanwhile, Bryce Neil and his classmates are unaware that Sunnyvale, Calif. He finds ways to give users the functionaltheir use of technology today may impact the use of technology ity they need from his products. He’s come to the right place. for everyone in the not-so-distant future. NICOLETTE FLEMING SAC is at the forefront of technology within the independent school system in Canada. St. Andrew’s has over 700 Fujitisu LifeBook T902s in the hands of students and faculty members, as well as classrooms where technology is fully integrated into the curriculum. “Shuto Yang is the Steve Jobs of Fujitsu,” says Steve Rush, Director of IT at SAC. “For him to come visit our school to observe how we use our technology is a tremendous acknowledgement that we are doing an effective job integrating convertible tablets into the classroom.” Mr. Yang spent a day at SAC in October. One of his goals was to see if computer use was natural and interaction seamless. If too many steps are required to execute a function, he and his team of engineers will find a better way for the software and hardware to flow effortlessly together. “I feel very proud to be working at Fujitsu and being able to work with such an excellent partner,” said Mr. Yang, noting SAC provided a lot of inspiration and motivation to develop and deliver applications that will further advance the integration of technology in education. Four SAC classrooms are furnished with dual projectors to increase screen real estate. In two teaching rooms, student collaboration space is centered around a 40-50” TV. Several faculty members have requested to become part of these pilot projects that started in September 2012. The dual projecGrade 6 student Bryce Neil’s favourite tablet function is the swiveling screen. tors show two different pages or applications at one time, www.sac.on.ca 31


Student to War Hero Lt-Col. Robert Junkin, Class of of 1907

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obert Junkin’s undistinguished career as a student at St. Andrew’s College gave no hint of the decorated war hero he would one day become. Junkin, who was born in Brockville, Ont., in 1890, attended St. Andrew’s from 1902–1907. Although he spent five years at the School, there is no note in his record of any sports or positions of responsibility; he appears to have been an unremarkable young man at the time. His education continued at the University of Toronto, from where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering. His long military career began in 1914, at the beginning of the Great War, as part of the 5th Field Company, which

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“Junkin is the only Andrean to have been awarded the Memorial Cross.” joined the CEF overseas in 1915. In 1916, he was awarded a Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and resourcefulness at Courcelette on the Somme. His Military Cross citation reads, “For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He built a strong point by day under heavy shell fire and in difficult circumstances. On another occasion he wired the front when the enemy was only 60 yards distant. He has done other fine work under fire.” Junkin was decorated by King George V at Buckingham Palace. Towards the end of the war, as a lieutenant in the Canadian Engineers, he was wounded at Amiens— the opening battle of the One Hundred Days’ War—and was hospitalized in England until he returned to Canada for demobilization. During the Second World War, Junkin took the 2nd Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers overseas. Suffering from a war-related injury, he was hospitalized throughout 1944–1945 and ultimately deemed unfit for service. After the war, Lt-Col Junkin was engaged in northern oil exploration, and in building and marine construction. He carried out geological surveys in the Arctic Circle, around the Fort Norman and Great Bear districts. It is believed his death on June 21, 1952 resulted from his war injuries. Consequently, his widow, Loris Junkin, was awarded the Memorial Cross in October 1952. 32 Fall 2013

Robert Junkin’s Memorial Cross, recently acquired by the SAC Archives, is held by Major Brian McCue, Commanding Officer of the #142 Highland Cadet Corps at St. Andrew’s.

The Memorial Cross has been granted since 1919 to the loved ones of Canadian armed forces personnel who died in service or whose death was attributed to their service. It is granted by the Government of Canada and is also referred to as the Silver Cross. The School’s archival records indicate that Junkin is the only Andrean to have been awarded the Memorial Cross, a remarkable honour. Junkin’s Memorial Cross was recently acquired for the SAC Archives and is a wonderful addition to our collection. SUE HAYTER Visit St. Andrew’s Archives at http://archives.sac.on.ca


CommunityNews Kim Braithwaite was appointed full-time Accounts Payable in February. She has worked part time in the Business Office for seven years. Kim lives with her husband, Larry, and their two children, Tristan and Chase, in Bradford. Bob Bedard tossed the coin for the final match of the Rogers Cup men’s tennis finals held in Montreal this summer. The former SAC Headmaster (1981–1997) is a three-time Canadian Open tennis champion and was the last Canadian to win the national tournament in 1958. Milos Raonic, who was defeated by Rafael Nadal, was the first Canadian since Bob to even reach the finals. With his 55-year record unbroken for another year, the 82-year-old tennis great was widely sought after by media for comment. In an interview with CTV National News conducted in both French and English, Bob explained that tennis is totally different from his day, where unpaid amateurs played in front of maybe 500 fans, versus the thousands who now fill big stadiums to watch the pros play for multimillion-dollar prize money. Despite expressing disappointment over Raonic’s loss, Bob is pleased to see that the game he loves—and still plays three to four times weekly—is on its way up in Canada. In a November 6 ceremony, Bob was one of seven inaugural inductees named to Aurora’s Sports Hall of Fame for bringing excellence to the sport of tennis and the Town of Aurora.

Michael Carroll and his wife, Sarah, welcomed their first child, son Mackenzie Michael, on August 12, 2013. Michael teaches Upper School science and

Jane Errington (left) presented a portrait of her godfather, Don Davis ’46, to Edna Collins, Associate Director of Advancement.

coaches Varsity Football, while Sarah is a chartered accountant and manager for Ernst & Young. The family, including dog Fenway, lives in Memorial House, where Michael is in his second year as Housemaster. Wendy Coates joined the Admission Office as an Admission Associate in August. Wendy has worked at SAC for nine years and has gained a wealth of administrative experience across many departments, including Reception, the Campus Shop, and the Admission and University Counselling Offices. Wendy has a deep passion for the School and has become well acquainted with many of the students and SAC families in her previous roles. Wendy and her husband, Steve, live in Aurora.

Jane Errington was on campus in July to donate a portrait of her godfather, Don Davis ’46, namesake of the Donald Davis Theatre. The framed portrait depicts Don as a young man and is a simple line drawing with a monochrome wash. The artist is unknown. Jane, a professor of history at Queen’s University and professor Emerita, RMC, explained that “the delightful rendition” was hanging in Don’s home until his death. It was then given to Jane’s father, Bill Errington ’46, Don’s former SAC classmate and lifelong friend. When Bill passed away, the portrait went to his son Robert Errington ’74 (Jane’s brother). When Robert died very suddenly this past January, none of the siblings—John ’72, Jamie ’76, or Lindsay ’79—had a place for it in their home. “I know that SAC has a very active theatre program, and it seems fitting that the School should have a portrait of one of the School’s Old Boys who was also an internationally renowned actor,” said Jane. The Donald Davis Theatre at SAC is a small “black box” theatre that is used extensively by our Head of Drama, William Scoular, both for teaching and for performances. Don Davis’ sister, Barbara Chilcott, attended the opening of the theatre in 2008 and spoke to guests about her brother and their mutual love of the theatre. www.sac.on.ca 33


Community News comes to the role with her master’s of communication degree from Brock University and several years of experience in the marketing industry. She lives in Bradford with her husband, Ryan, and two-yearold daughter, Ireland.

Justin Chau, and his bride Cherie, extended a wedding invitation to all his students, seen here with (l-r) Bill Starke ’19, Owen Laffey ’19, and Josh Osborne ’19.

Hanson photo: Paul Mosey

Justin Chau married Cherie Gosse on August 10, 2013 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Markham, Ont. Justin has taught grade 6 core and visual arts in the Middle School since joining St. Andrew’s in September 2012. This year Justin continues to teach grade 6 core, as well as grade 5 health and physical education. He also coaches U12 Soccer and U13 Basketball, and runs the MS Robotics Club. Justin holds a B.PhEd honours degree from Brock University

and a B.Ed honours degree from Western University. Prior to coming to SAC, he taught with the London District Catholic School Board and overseas in Hong Kong at Delia School of Canada, a private school offering the Ontario curriculum to international students across Asia, Europe, and Australia. The newlyweds live on Masters’ Row on campus. Nicolette Fleming joined SAC as a Communications Officer in August 2012. Nicolette

Mike Hanson retired as Director of the Middle School in June after 32 years at St. Andrew’s. His students and the faculty wanted to do something special for him, so the entire Middle School posed for a photo in front of Mike’s favourite spot on campus—Memorial Chapel. The photo was signed and framed and presented to him at Prize Day, where he was clearly touched by the gesture. He vowed it would have wall space in his home, despite any “decorating objections” he might get from his wife, former SAC teacher Diane Austin. Mike and Diane met at SAC, married in the Chapel, and raised their two sons on campus: Mark ’05 and Josh ’07. The couple purchased a bed and breakfast four years ago in Picton, Ont., and will now run it together. We wish them well. 34 Fall 2013

Betty Hamilton passed away on August 12, 2013. Betty was an active participant at SAC for more than 40 years. She was an elegant woman who demonstrated love, courage, a sense of humour, and a zest for life. Betty’s late husband, Jim Hamilton ‘33, was Executive Director of the SAC Foundation and Secretary-Treasurer of the SAC Old Boys Association from 1965-1986. He passed away in November 1989. Betty will be missed by family, friends, and the Andrean community. A celebration of life was held in Memorial Chapel on August 16. She is survived by her daughters, Linda, Cynthia, and Jocelyn; seven grandchildren, including Old Boys Ryan Windeler ‘91, Thomas Torokvei ‘97, and Stuart Manchee ‘03; and nine great

Mike Hanson accepts a framed and signed photo of the entire Middle School at Prize Day in June from Filip Grantcharov ’17 (left) and Luca Zadra ’17.

grandchildren. Betty is predeceased by her sister, Joan; brother, Jack; and parents, Delbert and Pauline. Julie Lamb passed away May 27, 2013 in Bradford, Ont. Julie worked in the Business Office for 26 years (1987–2013). She worked in Student Accounts from 1987–2010 and then in Accounts Payable until she became ill. Julie is survived by her husband, Gary; children,

Darryl (Heather) and Ryan (Holly); granddaughter, Lily; mother, Anne; sisters, Joan and Glynnis (James); and brother, Howard. She is predeceased by her father, Harvey. Sean Ludwig and Whitney Elliott welcomed their first child, a daughter named Avery Harper Elliott Ludwig, on April 1, 2013. Sean is a teacher in the Upper School, and Whitney teaches grade 6 in the Middle School.


Jamie MacPherson ’99 and Michele Derwin welcomed their first child, a boy named Kingston, on August 11, 2013. Jamie was appointed 13th

Housemaster of Flavelle House in Sept­ember. Both he and Michele teach in the Middle School; Jamie, physical education and English and Michele, physical education and science.

Moffat-Lynch and Stewart photo: Geoff George

Wendy Marshall accepted the position of Receptionist in August, in addition to her work with Cadets. She is a parent of two Old Boys, Jeffrey ‘97 and Ross ‘01, past member of the Ladies Guild (now Parents Guild), and has held various positions at the School. Her personality, knowledge of school history, and ability to make quick decisions make her an asset to the College. Jim McGillivray spent an afternoon in May shooting a segment of Storage Wars Canada, a new north-of-the-border version of the hit U.S. reality series. Premiering on OLN, the show sees bidders buy up the contents of abandoned storage lockers then research the value of the items found in them. In this episode, bidders seek expert advice from St. Andrew’s Director of Piping on a set of bagpipes found in their locker (hint: not very valuable). Of

course the cast milks the skirling bagpipe schtick for all it’s worth. The show began in August, and Jim’s segment aired September 17. The piece was shot in the West Annex Piping Centre at SAC. Joel Morrissey married Hannah Franson on August 4, 2013 at Oakview Terrace in Richmond Hill. Joel joined SAC in September 2011 and currently teaches grade 9 science, and coaches Varsity Hockey and Lacrosse. Hannah taught history and French at SAC last year and

now teaches French full time at Branksome Hall. The couple reside in Toronto. Emma Porter (née Jakubovic) married Jeff Porter on August 17, 2013 at Bond Head Golf Course. Emma taught Advanced Placement (AP) and Extended French in the Upper School last year, and this year teaches French in the Middle School. She and Jeff live in Bradford. David and Natascia Stewart moved off campus this past summer after 13 years of

Dolly Moffat-Lynch retired in July as Associate Director of Admission after 23 years of dedicated service to St. Andrew’s College. She is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement and spending more time with her husband, Paul, her children, and grandchildren. Dolly began her career at SAC in 1990 and assumed the role of second-in-charge with the late Aubrey Foy. Early on, she built a strong relationship with Mexican families and over the past few years “has been the calm, reassuring, and trustworthy voice for prospective Middle School families,” said Headmaster Kevin McHenry during his speech at Dolly’s retirement party. The entire Andrean community benefitted from Dolly’s leadership and kindness, and she was known as the backbone of the Admission Office. “She leaves a legacy of thousands of boys she had admitted that have gone on to great careers,” says Michael Roy, Director of Admission, Marketing and Business Development. “She’s touched a lot of lives.” All of us at St. Andrew’s will greatly miss Dolly and will not soon forget her contribution to the School. living in residence. Dave came to St. Andrew’s College in 2000 as Resident Don of Macdonald House. A year later he was appointed Assistant Housemaster and in 2007 became Housemaster of Flavelle. Dave is the Department Head of History and Social Sciences, runs the annual Battlefields Tour, and coaches the U16 Football and Hockey teams. Natascia has worked in the Admission Department for the past 10 years, and in August was appointed Associate Director of Admission. The Stewarts live in Newmarket with their two children, Conor, 8, and Hannah, 5. Matthew Trevisan married Andréa Stanger on July 13, 2013 at McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg, Ont. Matthew joined the

St. Andrew’s faculty in 2010 as an English teacher in the Upper School. Andréa is a special education teacher with the Peel District School Board. The newlyweds live on campus, where Matthew is Memorial House’s Assistant Housemaster. Rebecca Williams is now employed as Receptionist and Upper School Administrative Assistant. These full-time dual roles commenced in September. Rebecca joined SAC in August 2011 as part-time Receptionist and quickly became a valuable employee, greeting guests in a professional and welcoming manner. Her strong work ethic and aptitude to learn new tasks and software programs have prepared her for this new challenge. www.sac.on.ca 35


Sports Update

Baseball Varsity: Silver

Tennis Varsity: Doubles Silver

Golf Senior Boys: Silver

Triathlon Overall: Gold

Senior Boys: 1 Gold 2 Bronze

Junior Boys: 1 Silver 2 Bronze

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It was an unprecedented year for athletics. With 29 Canadian Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) medals won in the fall and winter term sports, and 28 in the spring (10 gold, 14 silver, and four bronze), the Saints earned an incredible 57 medals in the 2012–2013 school year. Teams advanced to OFSAA in Track & Field, Varsity Lacrosse, Golf, and Football.

Rugby Varsity: Gold

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Lacrosse Varsity: Silver

Badminton Varsity: U16: 2 Gold 2 Gold 3 Silver 5 Silver 36 Fall 2013

U14: 1 Gold

Track & Field Senior Boys: Silver Junior Boys: Gold

Cricket Varsity: Gold


OldBoys’News 1934 Bill Neal graduated from SAC 79 years ago and is one of the School’s oldest Old Boys. He has visited the campus numerous times over the years, but it wasn’t until this past May, while attending the 50 Year+ Reunion Dinner, that he was finally presented with his 50-Year tie. Bill was actually eligible to receive the tie in 1984 and the School is happy that this 29-year oversight has now been rectified.

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Tom Chipman and Liam O’Brian ‘46 were honoured for their long service with the 48th Highlanders at the infantry regiment’s annual dinner in May. Tom and Liam have been volunteers with the 48th Highlanders for 62 years.

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John Crosbie retired as lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland in March. John replaced Ed Roberts ‘57 in 2008. John and his wife, Jane, have moved out of Government House and into their home in Hogan’s Pond, Nfld., which they have owned for 25 years. John is keeping himself busy in retirement by writing a column of his views on various topics, which appears

every Saturday in The Telegram, a newspaper in St. John’s. John and Jane celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2012.

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Coulter Osborne retired as Associate Chief Justice of Ontario and is now engaged in alternative dispute resolution matters. He received the Order of Ontario in 2011. He was also awarded the Osgoode Hall Alumni Gold Key for public service in 2013 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Coulter lives in Toronto with his wife, Barbara.

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David Parker published his first novel, Florida Land Grab, in July 2013 after years of writing articles in trade publications and several books on residential marketing. Dr. Parker is now at work on a second novel, Beyond The Pyramids, based on his three years living in Egypt planning and initiating development of Sadat City in the reclaimed desert between Cairo and Alexandria. David lives with his wife, Marilynn, in Atlantic Beach, Fla., where he has been a consultant to large-scale property developers in 32 states and 16 foreign countries.

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cemented his place in history as one of the principal architects of Canadian aviation. In a moving ceremony at Ottawa’s Canada Science and Technology Museum in November 2012, McCurdy, Canada’s first pilot and the first man to fly in Canada and the British Empire, was inducted posthumously into the prestigious Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. McCurdy graduated from the University of Toronto in 1906 with a degree in mechanical engineering. At the time, he was the youngest student to be admitted to the university. McCurdy served as lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia from 1947–1952 and at the time of his death in 1961, he was the world’s oldest living pilot. McCurdy was buried in his birthplace of Baddeck, N.S., with full military honours facing the waters of Bras d’Or Lake from where he made his historic flight in the Silver Dart. On hand at the ceremony to accept his award was his grandson, Honorary Colonel Gerald P.J. Haddon.

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John Swinden continues to be the director and audit committee chair of Infrastructure Ontario and is serving as board chair at Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, Ont. Tennis Canada ranks John and his partner the No.2 senior mens doubles team in the 75-79 age category. John and his wife, Helen, live in Loretto, Ont.

Alf Wirth was granted the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for his philanthropic support to a number of charities, including the Royal Ontario Museum, SOS Children’s Villages, St. Andrew’s College, and University Health Network.

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Profile Alfred Chuang ’79

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Alfred Chuang ’79 was at St. Andrew’s for only one year, in 1978, but even then the newest technology was the norm in the form of a Data General Nova computer. One of few SAC Asian students and not yet fluent in English, Alfred spent hours “talking to the computer and becoming addicted to programming.” He quickly developed skills that would later serve him as a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur. “At the time, St. Andrew’s was scary,” he recalls. “It was my first time away from home. It seemed quite regimented and strict, and it was all boys. I actually thought I’d been put into a school for troubled Canadian kids.” For a young boy from Hong Kong it was a crash course in Western culture. “It was like North America on steroids,” he recalls. “But it was just what I needed.” A chance visit to San Francisco just before his grade 13 year resulted in early acceptance to the University of San Francisco. There, Alfred’s academic skills flourished. He studied computer science as an undergrad and then became a graduate student at the University of California at Davis, before being recruited by the then-fledgling Sun Microsystems in 1986. “Sun was a magical place,” he recalls. “Age was not an issue, and you could do whatever you wanted as long as it was good for the company.” He rose in the ranks, developed his business and systems-integration acumen, and became a vice president very quickly. But grander things awaited. After nine years with Sun, Alfred formed BEA Systems with two partners. They specialized in software to help developers create large-scale distributed enterprise 38 Fall 2013

applications. “Our timing was perfect,” he says. “Server technology was at exactly the right point, and the company took off. We were able to make distributed networks act like one big computer. It was the beginning of the end for the mainframe.” Founded in January 1995, BEA Systems went public in 1997. Alfred became CEO in 2001, and in 2008 he sold the company to Oracle Corporation for $8.5 billion. At the time of the sale, BEA had 35,000 clients and one million software developers using its products worldwide. At this point, some might have called it a career and settled onto a California beach. But just as Alfred foresaw the trend from mainframes to desktops, he then saw a trend from desktops to handheld devices. Enter Magnet Systems Inc., a cloud-based technology start-up he founded in 2009 and still runs today. The goal: bring untold computing power to that gadget in your pocket so you can use it for every kind of application, including the most mission-critical ones. Why another company? “Simple,” he says. “I love technology, I love working with technologists, and I love to work on changing the world.” Alfred credits his education— including his brief but significant time at St. Andrew’s—with his success, so this is an area to which he ardently gives back his time and money. In 2003, he won the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Philanthropist of the Year for his work in higher education. Alfred lives in San Francisco, and his new company is located in downtown Palo Alto, in the heart of the Silicon Valley. JIM McGILLIVRAY


Old Boys’ News

1961 Brian Armstrong Classmates from 1960 attending the Cadet Inspection on May 4 included (l-r) Tom Hays, R. David Armstrong, Tom Hickey, Chris Brand, Rupert Dobbin, Chris (Chips) Campbell, and Hugh Robinette.

1960 Tom Hays (above) was unable to attend the 50 Year+ Reunion Dinner on May 3, 2013, so he got together for lunch with a group of former classmates who then attended the Cadet Inspection together May 4. During the course of the afternoon they made a call to their friend and classmate, Andrew Wood ’60, who lives in Germany. They want to persuade all their classmates to attend next year’s dinner on May 2, 2014.

1970

Sandy Munro and his wife, Lynn, welcomed the birth of three grandchildren in the space of one month. On June 5, Oscar Thomas Hall was born to Sandy’s step-son, Jason; Sandy, holding his grandson Andrew, says he looks forward to him attending SAC in about 10 years.

on June 18, grandson Andrew William was born to his eldest daughter, Kim; and on July 2, Sandy’s youngest daughter, Alex, gave birth to Blythe Alexandra Stodgell McElya. The family has a long history with St. Andrew’s College: Sandy’s grandfather, Elmer, graduated from SAC in 1908; Sandy’s father, Bill, was Governor of the College from 1980 to 1986; Sandy was a Foundation Trustee from 1995 to 2007 and has served on the Board of Governors since 2008, the same year his son Scott graduated from SAC and exactly 100 years after his great grandfather.

retired as executive vice-president and chief legal officer of Bruce Power after 12 years with the company. Brian was the recipient of the Canadian Corporate (left) Brian Armstrong ‘61 Counsel Association’s R.V.A. Jones Award in recognition of exceptional contribution to the development and promotion of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Bar and Community. He currently serves as a director of Easter Seals Canada and as vice-chair of Easter Seals Ontario and the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Brian and his wife, Heather, live in Alliston, Ont.

1971

John Cross married Montserrat Marimon at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Nobleton, Ont., on April 27, 2013. Old Boys in attendance included his brother David ‘68 and nephew Bradley ‘98. John and Montserrat live in Oakville, Ont.

1972

Sandy Hart and the extended Hart clan, including twin brother Colin ‘72, gathered at the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery in Oliver, B.C., to

1971 John Walden

proudly poses in front of the newly named Walden Pool, an honour bestowed by the School for his 33 years as a master and swim coach. John retired as Assistant Headmaster in June 2012; however, he has not been a stranger on campus, returning to celebrate several SAC events this past year, including retirement parties for Dolly Moffat-Lynch and Mike Hanson. www.sac.on.ca 39


Old Boys’ News the Jim Hamilton Trophy. Rick and Taylor also won closest to the pin on two separate holes. The fatherson duo won the tournament in 2006, and Rick Sr. won it in 2000.

1977 Myles Pritchard

is president of the Los Angeles SAC Old Boys Association Chapter and arranged an inaugural Pub Night in June for Old Boys in the LA area. (l-r) Jim Wyse ’57, Sandy Hart ’72, Colin Hart ’72

celebrate the 90th birthday of his mother. The winery is owned by Jim Wyse ‘57. Sandy lives in Chilliwack, B.C., with his wife, Inga.

1973 (l-r) Headmaster Kevin McHenry, Jack Popiel ‘01, Carl Ingwalson ‘61, Paul Perrier ‘01, Peter Snell ‘57, Scott Hayter, SAC’s Executive Director of Advancement, Dan Nelles ‘92, and Myles Pritchard ‘77.

1978 John Stewart

was the guest speaker at the Class of 2013 Graduation Dinner in June. He said it was an honour and privilege to be “back home” and specifically thanked the parents for “giving St. Andrew’s” to their sons. He spoke about his “five wonderful years” here and how the things he learned at the School, in addition to being part of the “Andrean clan,” continue to be a big part of his life today. He told the graduates that although they may be leaving the physical building, St. Andrew’s will never leave them. To listen to John’s speech in its entirety, visit www.sac.on.ca/john-stewart.

Jamie Macdonald retired from Realstar Management in May 2010. He was encouraged by numerous friends to take up creative painting in his retirement and since January 2011 has been improving his skills and confidence through weekly art classes. In November 2012, Jamie displayed 35 of his paintings at an art show and sold 22 of them. “Who would have thought an accountant could become an artist?” mused Jamie, who lives with his wife, Cathy, in Toronto. Rick Reininger along with son Ricky ‘04, Taylor Irving ‘04, and Al Baker were the winning foursome in this year’s Old Boys Association Golf Tournament, held June 20 at Emerald Hills Golf Club. The group scored a remarkable 12 under par to claim

1984

Michael Koopmann and wife, Stephanie, welcomed their second child, Josephine, on April 23. Josephine is a sister to big brother Frederik, 5. Michael and his family live in Frankfurt, Germany. Michael welcomes former classmates travelling in the area to get in touch—as well as fellow Andreans living in and around Germany/Central Europe.

1989

Shane Marshall visited the campus in May with his family for the first time since graduating. He has remained in close contact with Sean Callender ‘89, Alistair Cowper ‘90, and Chris Armaly ‘90. Shane is senior vicepresident for Raymond James & Associates in Boca Raton, Fla.

1988 Anthony Reid

and his wife, Amber, welcomed son Kohlson Henry on June 1, 2013, a baby brother for sisters Brielle and Janiaya. Anthony and his family live in Edmonton, Alta. 40 Fall 2013

(l-r) Rick Reininger ‘73, Taylor Irving ‘04, Ricky Reininger ‘04, and Al Baker.

(l-r) Shane, Bella, 5, Jennifer, and Jack, 9


Profile Dr. Jack Stanborough ’79

Speaking for the dead to protect the living

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Jack Stanborough ’79 was born in Venezuela, and in 1967, at six years of age, was diagnosed with leukemia. In those days, most children died from this form of cancer. Jack’s father, a Canadian citizen, decided at that point to move the family back to the Sarnia area. Jack survived. Now, more than 45 years later, he saves lives as a career. That’s not what you might expect from his job title: regional supervising coroner; but ultimately, much of his work saves lives, and it all stems from his childhood leukemia. “My experience with the medical profession when I was six convinced me that was what I wanted to do,” he recalls. He studied medicine at McMaster University and surgery at University of Toronto, worked as a GP for some years (he and former wife Gayle started the first walk-in clinic in Hamilton), and then studied emergency medicine, practicing this specialty in emergency rooms and trauma units for seven years. Emergency work is perfect experience for a coroner, and in 2003 he was recruited to do investigative work for the Coroner’s Office in Hamilton. In 2006, he was named regional supervising coroner for West Ontario, working out of London. Today he holds the same position in the Hamilton office, overseeing a staff of 32 coroners and investigating 2,000 deaths a year. “I’ve done emergency life-saving work and I’ve delivered babies,” he says. “But the most rewarding work I’ve ever done is in the Coroner’s Office. It’s the intersection between law, investigations, and medicine, and that intersection is a fascinating place. “We deal with a lot of families around non-natural deaths, or natural deaths with complex elements. Now, I don’t

believe that anyone ever comes to grips fully with losing a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly, but at least we can answer important questions and offer some closure to help the family deal with their tragedy.” As the supervisor, Jack might bring together the police report, the toxicology report, the coroner’s report, the pathologist’s report, and other investigative reports to arrive at a conclusion. “My job is to make sure we get the right answer from lots of varied input, often for the sake of an investigative agency, but most often for the sake of the family.” He says that a major part of his office’s remit is to determine whether a death might have been prevented. “We may initiate a public inquest,” he says. “Out of these inquests, laws might be changed.” He cites graduated drivers’ licenses and recommendations regarding the use of force by policing agencies as examples of changes initiated by public inquests from the Coroner’s Office. “The work we do is a tool for change. As our motto says, ‘we speak for the dead to protect the living.’” Does he have difficulty with the emotional side of death in all its facets? “Coroners are doctors, and they’ve dealt with death, trauma, and tragedy,” he explains. “Most have learned how to deal with it. But some coroners deal with depression. One of my goals in the Coroner’s Office is to develop more recognition and assistance for coroners who may be feeling stress and difficulty.” Jack also is involved in teaching death investigation to medical students, physicians, and investigators at Aylmer Police College. Dr. Jack Stanborough still lives in Burlington, where he worked as a family doctor. He sometimes works with Dr. Rick Mann ’75, regional coroner for London. JIM McGILLIVRAY www.sac.on.ca 41


Old Boys’ News

1989

1993

Rod Boothby

Nathan Smeenk and his wife, Jeanna, welcomed Cecilia (Coco) Apolonia Smeenk on

hosted an event at his home in June for Old Boys in and around San Francisco.

England in Maine. Jason is currently in his fourth year of residency for orthopedic surgery in Detroit.

(l-r, back) Headmaster Kevin McHenry, Scott Nirenberski ‘83, Rod Boothby ‘89, Jack Bang ‘10, and Scott Hayter, SAC’s Executive Director of Advancement. Standing in front, Neil Bruce ‘94.

1992

Nov. 17, 2012. The family lives in Uxbridge, Ont.

1994

Andrew Beach and his wife, Megan, welcomed Alice Catherine on May 9, 2013,

Mike DeAngelis

and his wife, Lori, welcomed their second child, Jackson Christopher, on April 17. Jackson’s sister, Bella, 3, is excited to have a younger brother around. The family recently moved to Newmarket, Ont., where Mike works for Remax Realtron Realty Inc., Brokerage. Mike is a long-serving executive member of SAC’s Old Boys Association.

1994 (l-r) Ryan Lawlor ‘94, Will McGuigan ‘94, and Shawn Christie ‘94 with the Tower of London and Tower Bridge behind them.

Will McGuigan

and Ryan Lawlor ‘94 were in London, England, this past February and caught up with classmate Shawn Christie ’94, who has been living in London for almost 10 years. Will and his wife, Lisa, and their children Emma, 9, and Wyatt, 5, live in Toronto while Ryan and his wife, Tralee, and their son Ben, 6, call Sharon, Ont., home. 42 Fall 2013

1996

Tim Campbell won the 2013 Stanley Cup as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks coaching staff. Tim is entering his fourth season with this NHL team. Kam Chan and his wife, Rebecca, welcomed their third child, Grace Lily, on July 2, 2013. Baby Grace is a sister for brother Isaac, 2, and sister Emily, 4. Kam and his family live in Mississauga, Ont.

a little sister for their 2-year-old daughter, Lucy. Andrew and his family live in Toronto where he works as an investment advisor at Toll Cross Securities. Jason Reid was the guest speaker at the Varsity Hockey banquet in May. Jason is a former Varsity Hockey captain and Edmonton Oilers draft pick who played hockey in the East Coast Hockey League for three years. He graduated from the University of Vermont, and after working for Merck Pharmaceuticals for a few years, enrolled in medical school at the University of New


Profile Eric Jackson ‘90

Using activist investing to effect corporate change

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It has been a bit of a circuitous route, but Eric Jackson ’90 has managed to combine a BA in English literature and a doctorate in business management to strategically form a thriving hedge fund based on the little-known principle of activist investing. Activist investing is about unlocking the value of underperforming companies by lobbying for changes in how the company is run. “You find a company that appears to have a strong business model, but which is being held back by a complacent management team or board,” explains Eric. “You invest in the company; you lobby management—privately at first, but then publicly if needed—for changes that will help the company realize its underlying value.” Though an English major, Eric developed his interest in business after he joined his father’s management consulting firm, Jackson Leadership, fresh out of undergrad at McGill. After three years there, he earned a doctoral degree from Columbia University Business School in New York. In 2006, after reading and studying the activist investing process, he saw a company he thought would make a great activist investment target. “I had been reading and talking to people about Yahoo,” he recalls. “Their CEO was tremendously overpaid and the company seemed to be sitting back and letting the competition pass them. I began to write about them and lobby fellow disgruntled Yahoo investors. I posted a manifesto on my blog and we pooled together about $60 million worth of stock. To make a long story short, I ran with it, talked up our plans with the media, and met with the biggest institutional investors, urging them to vote out several members

of the board. Eventually this all contributed to the ousting of the Yahoo CEO. I earned a lot of the credit for that and people immediately started asking me what companies I was going to pursue activist investing against next.” That was the beginning of his 2008 launch of Ironfire Capital LLC, a hedge fund he now runs with partner Jacky Chan ’94, who attended SAC from 1987-89 and now works with two fulltime analysts in Hong Kong. Eric is currently establishing a permanent office in Toronto. The firm is still heavily involved with Yahoo as their largest investment, mainly because of a stake they still own in a private Chinese company called Alibaba Group, which will likely hold an IPO later this year. Eric says his undergraduate work as an English major and his love of writing are significant tools in activist investing. “I write regularly for Forbes and TheStreet.com,” he says. “That’s partly how I formulate my thoughts on where things are going in technology. I’m always amazed how many people read my stuff online. In the age of Twitter, writing is an increasingly lost art. If you can do it well—and then talk about it later on TV—you can really stand out.” Eric confesses that his involvement in outside activities has been curtailed somewhat in recent years, not just by the business, but by fatherhood. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two young boys and had twin daughters in October. “I try to get to the gym when I can, and I like to spend time with the kids,” he says. “But often, just getting groceries can be the extent of my time off!” The Jackson family has lived in Toronto since 2011. JIM McGILLIVRAY www.sac.on.ca 43


Old Boys’ News

1996 Brent Spence

married Elizabeth Armstrong in the Memorial Chapel on February 25, 2012. The couple has two daughters, Ainsley, 2, and Bryn, who turns 1 in January. Ainsley was baptized in the Memorial Chapel in October of 2011. Bryn was baptized by SAC’s Rev. Bruce Roffey. The family lives in Newmarket, Ont.

Martin Landry and his wife, Hero, welcomed Michael Glenn Ross on February 22, 2013. Martin recently joined Ferrovial Agroman Canada Inc. as director of busi-

ness development and has relocated his family from Calgary to Toronto.

(l-r) Brian Spence Jr ‘93, Trevor Redvers ‘95, Robert Biggar ‘96, Scott Sutton ‘96, Elizabeth Armstrong (bride), Michael Ralph ‘96, Brent (groom), Adam Tattle ‘96, and Carl Zank ‘96.

1997 Israel Espinoza M.

and his wife, Sara, baptized their first child, Julian Espinoza (future Andrean in 2024), on February 9, 2013. Classmate Pierre-Alexandre Filion ’97 visited Mexico City for the ceremony and is their son’s godfather. Israel and Pierre, former roommates in Sifton House, have remained friends since their time at SAC. Despite the long distances (Pierre lives in Brazil), they have remained in close contact and plan on enjoying the 2014 World Cup together in Brazil. Israel works for Promotora Lindavista and lives in Mexico City.

Sarah and Israel Espinoza ’97 hold their baby Julian, with godfather Pierre-Alexandre Filion ’97 on the right, and godmother Andrea Salcedo, Sarah’s sister, on the left. 44 Fall 2013

Alex Wood took part in the German Championship of Handicapped Golfers at the Treudelberg Golf Club in Hamburg for two days in August. Alex says he enjoyed the competition and his caddy, father Andrew Wood ‘60, was of great assistance. Alex finished fourth in his category and 22nd overall in the B class. Alex works for Elbe-Werkstätten GmbH and lives in Hamburg.

1999

Michael Choi has been appointed International Admission & Relations Officer at St. Andrew’s College. He has represented the College as an educational consultant in the Asian market for the past two years. In his new role, Michael will continue building the School’s international boarding population on a full-time basis. Michael and his wife, Aimee Park, live in Toronto. Dan Near was named to the Top 40 Under 40 by Sporting Goods Business magazine in honour of industry profes-

sionals who exemplify leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, and energy. Dan, 33, has been in the sporting goods industry for seven years and is currently director, consumer products licensing for the National Hockey League. His office is located in New York City where he is responsible for retail marketing and global development in all channels of distribution for the NHL’s consumer products business. The magzine states that Dan has “played a pivotal role in making the NHL’s consumer products business reach more than $1B in annual retail sales.” Dan and his wife, Lori, live in Morristown, N.J., with son Charlie, 3, and twin daughters Haley and Taylor, 2.

2000

Mitch Smith graduated from the University of Windsor in 2008 with a master’s in marine biology. He then moved

to Australia to study law at Bond University. While there he connected and lived with Jordan Ross ‘03, who was also studying law. Mitch married Canadian Beth Rideout in Australia in March 2008. Mitch and Beth now live in Toronto where he works for Hicks Morley practicing litigation.


Profile Robert Leckey ’93

Lit and law find a home in teaching

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Robert Leckey ’93 resisted the legal profession at first. His sister was in law school. He’d been a debater at St. Andrew’s and at Queen’s University from 1993-97. Debaters tend to gravitate towards law. But he was a literature major at Queen’s, graduating top in his class. He worked in public affairs for former SAC Headmaster Tom Hockin, at the time president of a lobby group for mutual funds. Law did not appear to be on the horizon. When it came time to move on from the position with Hockin, Robert began to realize that he liked the way lawyers thought and he liked the things they did. He thought law might be a profession he could enjoy and one at which he could succeed. His hunch proved prescient. Despite encouragement from his undergraduate professors to pursue post-graduate work in literature, Robert studied law at McGill from 1998-2002. After a clerkship at the Supreme Court of Canada, he pursued a doctorate in the field at the University of Toronto with the help of a Trudeau Scholarship, a Canadian equivalent to the Rhodes scholarship. Next step the law office? Not quite. Robert moved back to McGill, and the one-time literature major joined the Faculty of Law in 2006. “I started working in academia because I knew I loved research and writing, but I hadn’t really taught and didn’t know how I would like that,” he recalls. “I’d coached debating a bit at SAC and elsewhere, but that was pretty much it. The surprise was how much I love teaching.” He received tenure and a research chair there in 2011. However, his background in literature and writing was far from forgotten. For a tenured professor, publishing is a professional requirement, and it fits into Robert’s personal goals

as well. President of Egale, Canada’s gay and lesbian rights organization and chair of its legal issues committee, he has published extensively on the legal issues of gay rights. “I teach family and constitutional law, so issues of recognizing same-sex relationships and parenting for same-sex couples lie at the crossroads of these fields,” he notes. “But I’ve also written about more mainstream family law issues, federalism, and law and language.” He doesn’t restrict himself to academic journals. Robert publishes op-eds several times a year, in English or French, in papers such as The Globe & Mail and the Ottawa Citizen, and in Montreal’s Gazette and La Presse. “It’s important to me to reach a wider audience as well,” he says. “I enjoy writing in all sorts of formats. I’m working on a book right now, but short pieces keep me nimble and help me develop my teaching skills as well.” The goal of Robert’s first five years was achieving tenure, and he is now able to focus on longer-term goals. “Over time, you gradually develop a lot of strong professional relationships and I increasingly have opportunities to collaborate internationally and with people in other fields,” he says. But teaching remains a passion, and over time its rewards are deepening. “Being part of people’s journeys in this way is such a privilege,” he explains. “As I’ve been teaching for seven years now, people I taught on their first day of law school are now professionals. When I run into them or hear from them, it’s wonderful to realize that I may have contributed a little to their lives.” Robert’s husband, José Navas, is a professional choreographer and dancer. They live in Montreal. JIM McGILLIVRAY www.sac.on.ca 45


Old Boys’ News

2001 Cameron Steed

and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their first child, Jack Taylor Steed, on December 8, 2012. Cam is currently the director of reporting and analytics for Sysomos, a social media monitoring company based in Toronto, where he and his family reside.

(l-r) Jimmy Healey ’02, Jim Herder ’64, and Jim Herder Jr. ’90

2002 Jimmy Healey

returned to his native Newfoundland in July to visit family and friends. While there, he played a round of golf with former Director of Advancement, Jim Herder ‘64, and Jim’s son, Jim Herder Jr. ‘90. Jimmy works as relationship manager - VP for TD Bank in Boston and volunteers as a goalie coach for the Merrimack College Warriors, his alma mater. Jimmy lives in Melrose, Mass., with his wife, Laura. 46 Fall 2013

2001

2002

Gord Birkett

Jason Bayley

and his wife, Sarah, welcomed Jack Thomas Birkett on November 6, 2012. Jack was baptized June 16, 2013 by SAC’s Rev. Bruce Roffey. Gord and his family live in East Gwillimbury, Ont.

married Lee-Anne Rogers on May 4, 2013 in the beautiful gardens of Kendal Sporting Club in Barbados, followed by a reception at the same venue. Old Boys in attendance included brothers Bruce ‘79 and Simon ‘01, Joshua Delmas ‘02, and Daniel John ‘03. The couple reside in Barbados.

Vincent Leung is a compliance manager at Sun Life Global Investments. He is responsible for overseeing various regulatory aspects of the mutual fund company to ensure the company and its operations meet the required industry regulations. After earning his CFA charter in 2011, he continued to take his career to the next level; he was accepted into the master of finance program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, a vigorous program that provides in-depth theoretical and applied finance training. Vincent recently completed the master’s program and graduated on the dean’s list; he was also awarded the prize of Top Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager in the program.

Jordan Dudley married Sarah Scruton in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico, on April 28, 2013. Old Boys in attendance

included Jordan’s brother, Sean ‘99, and classmate, Graydon Stock ‘02. Jordan works for Porter Airlines as a pilot. Jordan and Sarah live in Halifax, N.S. Carlos Giron visited SAC in May and was impressed with the upgrades to the campus. He has been working in the media industry in Mexico for the last several years. His


first job as a TV host was with Mexico City’s Cultural Government television and radio in 2009. He currently hosts the reality show Los 15 que soñé POP for Mexico’s Televisa Networks. Carlos lives in Mexico City.

2003

Brian Harvey is in the master of public administration, health policy and management program, at NYU Wagner. He was the recipient of the NYU Wagner Public Service Scholarship, which is awarded to a limited number of students based on the contributions the graduate admissions committee believe the applicant can make to the school community. Having worked as a strategy consultant in health care for four years (at in-sync strategy), Brian decided he wanted to work at the intersection of business and government in an effort to curb the rising costs of health care in ways that also lead to a better quality of care. He says that NYU offers one of the top public policy programs in the United States and is ranked sixth in the U.S. among all schools of public affairs, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Ryan Hiscox has been appointed area sales manager at Rogers Communications. Ryan will be driving growth for OutRank, the newest and fastest growing division at Rogers, which provides search engine marketing solutions for small- to-medium-sized businesses across Canada. Ryan lives in Toronto.

Armen Khajetoorian recently accepted an associate position at Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., a New York City real estate law firm. His practice continues to involve all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, financings, acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing. He has represented borrowers and lenders in a variety of transactions, including real estate financings, and he also advises landlords and tenants on commercial leasing transactions. Armen has been living in New York City since 2007. He is involved with the New York chapter of the SAC Old Boys Association and remains in touch with all of his closest friends from St. Andrew’s. Sebastien Manigat has completed his MBA with a concentration in marketing at McGill University. Upon graduation, Sebastien joined C2-MTL as host and facilitator. This event, in its second edition, was developed by the people behind creative agency Sid Lee and Cirque du Soleil. It has become Montreal’s premier conference on innovation and creativity. This year’s speakers included Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, and Elle MacPherson as well as the founders/CEOs of Whole Foods, Toms Shoes, and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Justin Ramlochan graduated from Humber College in business management in 2007 and went on to study business administration at the University of Guelph with a major in marketing. Before graduating from Guelph in 2010, he began his career with International Telephone Products (ITP) where he assumed a management

2002 Graydon Stock

married Karin MacDonald in front of family and friends at Berkeley Church in Toronto on October 13, 2012. Old Boys in attendance included groomsmen Ross Marshall ‘01, brothers Jarryd ‘03 and Darryl ‘04, and guests Tim Birkett ‘04, Dan von Diergardt ‘04, Jordan Dudley ‘02, Jeff Ovens ‘01, Jeff Marshall ‘97, Tom Birkett ‘74, Geza von Diergardt ‘74, and Doug Kane ‘73. Graydon and Karin live in Toronto.

2003 Adam Hoffman

married Jannina Wroblewski on July 20 at Hart House, University of Toronto. There were 12 Old Boys in attendance. Adam works as director of business development at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ont. The newlyweds live in Toronto.

(l-r, back) Adam Ford ‘04, Dan von Diergardt ‘04, Brendon McCullough ‘03, Darryl Stock ‘04, Matt Gnyp ‘04, Liam Farrell ‘03, Jameson Tipping ‘07, (front row) Rev. Bruce Roffey, Matt Suddaby ‘06, Jesse Tipping ‘03, Jannina and Adam, Jonathon Suddaby ‘03, and Tim Birkett ‘04. www.sac.on.ca 47


Old Boys’ News role with an equal equity partner. In 2011, Justin purchased his partner’s interest in ITP and now has full controlling interest of the company. Justin lives in Etobicoke, Ont.

2004

2004 David Del Zotto

married Gillian Berger on August 3 at the Swan-E-Set Bay Resort in British Columbia. Old Boys in attendance included his brother, Michael ‘08, Anthony Greco ‘04, Matthew Gnyp ‘04, Clinton McCullough ‘05, and Ryan Bryce ‘05. David and Gillian live in New York where David is assistant vice-president for Markit.

2005 Ryan Marek

married Laura Traquair on May 26, 2013. The ceremony took place at Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill in Waterloo. Old Boys in attendance included Duncan Giel ‘05, Michael Genin ‘05, and Braden King ‘05. Ryan and Laura currently live in Kitchener where Ryan is in his sixth year with Manulife Financial.

Erik Bornstein recently left Sherwood Custom Homes where he has worked over the past 10 years to form a partnership with Mazenga Building Group. He says Mazenga is a young, dynamic Toronto-based building company with extensive experience in all aspects of building projects. As a developer for new community projects and individual custom homes, Erik is excited about the launch this fall of several projects, including a modern town house development at Bayview and Eglinton called The Core. In addition, he is working on the redevelopment of a concept restaurant located on King Street and a new-age custom semi-build for retired baby boomers. Erik lives in Toronto. Richard Colton graduated from Queen’s University in 2008 and started his career with Manulife Financial. He has since moved back to Kingston, Ont., and started his own financial services company, Infinity Financial Solutions (IFS). IFS offers solutions to clients’ mortgage, insurance, and investment needs.

2005

Basim Mirza is the bestselling author of Your Naked Brand. As a speaker and trainer, he’s been actively 48 Fall 2013

helping leaders achieve growth through social networking. His book has received much attention and has achieved #1 best-seller on Amazon. He’s going across North America for a speaking and book tour. Basim has spoken at the Schulich School of Business, ScotiaBank, University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier, and many other established organizations. He has also been interviewed by CBC Radio and featured on CityTV, Virgin Radio, and Yahoo Pulse.

2006

Tyler Munro has completed a master’s degree in fine arts in creative writing from the New School. He is living in New York City and says he is working on “the Great Canadian Novel.”

2008

Timothy Drager entered Oxford University in September to obtain a MSc. in financial economics. Tim graduated from the University of Ottawa with a honours BSocSc and MA in economics. During his studies, Tim played varsity hockey for the University of Ottawa GeeGees and the Queen’s Cup champions McGill Redmen, where he attended university for two years.


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Eric Tozzi ’05

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ollowing my graduation from St. Andrew’s College in 2005, I attended Queen’s University and finally fulfilled my dream of growing a beard. University life proved to be similar to my experience at SAC, with time management playing a crucial role in my success. In my last two years at Queen’s, I studied at the University Biological Station where I realized that I not only wanted to focus my studies on plants, but that I also wanted to pursue a career in academia as a professor. In 2009, I graduated from Queen’s with a BA Hons. in biology and immediately began an MSc at the University of Guelph. A year into my research, I transferred to the doctorate program focusing on the evolutionary ecology and biology of herbicide resistant weeds. I will earn my doctorate by December 2013 and have accepted an offer to continue my career at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where I will continue my research and teaching. In October 2012, I married Heather Giroux, whom I met while performing in the St. Andrew’s production of Kiss Me, Kate. Several Old Boys were groomsmen including: Jared Leslie ’05, Sinclair Bean ’05, Scott Giroux ’07, and my brother, Jonathan ’07. St. Andrew’s College prepared me well for my career as a student and as an academic. It provided me an environment that rivals that of a university and taught me the life skills to make me confident both in and out of the classroom. However, what I value most from my experience at St. Andrew’s are the friendships I made.

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Andrew Wallace ’08

t seems like just yesterday that I packed my bags and headed back to Nova Scotia after the 2008 Prize Day. I went home with mixed feelings: the sadness of knowing that I would miss SAC, but also the excitement of starting the next chapter of my life. I wasn’t sure how things would pan out at the time, but looking back on my journey to date, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. It’s no secret that hockey has always been my passion, but academics have always been extremely important to me as well. My profile aligned perfectly with the lifestyle of an NCAA Division 1 student athlete. So, I pursued my dream and packed my bags once again for B.C. I spent two years playing for the Surrey Eagles in the British Columbia Hockey League before committing to Bowling Green State University (BGSU) on a hockey scholarship. I’m now in my fourth year, working towards graduating with a double major in finance and economics this coming spring. I’ve spent every semester on the dean’s list, while enjoying tremendous success as a checking forward on the hockey team. I hope to begin a career in investment banking after graduating. I sincerely believe that I would not be where I am today without SAC. Above all else, the School taught me to be myself, and to pursue my dreams with passion; it also gave me a relentless work ethic while enjoying the journey along the way. For that, I am truly thankful.

2006

Paul Ross hosted a group of Old Boys at National Pines Golf Club September 13–14 for their inaugural Saints Cup. David Amadori ‘03, Jeff Johnstone ‘03, Scott Johnstone ‘06, and Paul organized the two-day tournament. The group of 15 Old Boys (and one guest) were divided into two teams and competed in a Ryder Cup format. The Red Team, captained by Scott, took home the Saints Cup, winning by half a point.

(l-r) Brendon McCullough ‘03, Logan Hurst ‘06, Jarryd Stock ‘03, Lennon Sweeting ‘05, Tyler Hurst ‘03, Matthew Mitchell ‘03, Jeff Johnstone ‘03, Scott Johnstone ‘06, Paul Ross ‘06, Stephen Wong, Jordan Ross ‘03, Adam Zoratto ‘05, David Amadori ‘03, Luc Zoratto ‘03, Nathan Rothwell ‘03, Chris McFarlane ‘03 www.sac.on.ca 49


Old Boys’ News Adrian Eng recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BMath specializing in finance. He is now working at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa doing interesting research on the well-being of the Canadian financial markets.

2007 Alexander Sutherland

married Jennifer Vander Eyken on June 16, 2012 in Aurora. Graham Hynds ‘07 played the bagpipes at the ceremony, and Old Boys Jamie Walker ‘07 and Scott Genin ‘07 were in attendance. Alexander worked for a few years in the electronics engineering field after graduating from St. Andrew’s and is currently studying electronics engineering technology, control systems, at Seneca College. Alexander and Jen live in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Eugene Ma graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was on campus in May assisting Director of Drama, William Scoular, with Focus. Eugene was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category of Outstanding Music in a Play for his work in The Man Who Laughs. The Drama Desk Awards are the only major New York theater honours for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway compete against each other in the same category. He competed against Steve Martin but lost out to Glen Kelly. Eugene is pursuing a teacher-training apprenticeship and serves as teaching assistant in physical comedy for master teacher and director Christopher Bayes at

(l-r) Patrick Yan ‘08, Tiffany Russell, SportsEh Office Manager, and Zechary Miller ‘08.

2008 Patrick Yan

founded SportsEh earlier this year while pursuing his master of science degree from the Michael Smurfit School of Business in Dublin. It is Canada’s first sports-enabled website to focus on amateur sports at the high school, club, college, and university levels. He was later joined by Andreans Zechary Miller ‘08, who serves as vice-president, Darcy Pelosse ‘08, who builds ideas from the ground up, and John Lee ‘12, intern. Patrick and his team have seen many successes since launching in July, including presenting the first university football training camp tour highlighting the details and story lines behind training camps around Ontario. SportsEh has since merged with Top Prospects Canada Ridley Scouting, a company that brings a great deal of knowledge to the recruiting aspect of the business. 50 Fall 2013

the Juilliard School and Yale School of Drama’s graduate program. Eugene will also be acting in some of America’s finest regional theaters in the 2013–2014 season. In October, he appeared in Goldoni’s classic comedy Servant of Two Masters at the Seattle Repertory Theater. In December, he will be in

Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Yale Repertory Theater, then next March and April at the Berkeley Repertory Theater.

2009

Ryan Besse graduated with a BA in economics from McGill University in May. During his final year, his varsity lacrosse team won the Harry Griffith team of the year award for McGill following their 7-6 double-overtime win over the Western University Mustangs in the national championship game. Ryan now works for CI Investments in Toronto.

(l-r) Jeff O’Neill ‘08, Ryan Besse ‘09, and Leland de Langley ‘11 at the McGill University Athletics banquet.

A.J. Masson was one of two recipients of the 2013 Wasson Athletic Prize, awarded by the University of Vermont to the senior male and female student-athletes who demonstrated a high level of athletic achievement and maintained the highest standard of academic scholarship. A.J. served as captain of the NCAA Vermont Catamounts lacrosse team in 2012 and 2013 after being named the team’s most valuable player in 2011. In September, A.J. began his master’s in biology at U of T where he will also play for the university’s varsity Blues lacrosse team. This fall, he


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his past April, I completed my undergraduate studies at Desautels School of Management at McGill University. I received a bachelor of commerce degree with a major in international management and a minor in East Asian cultural studies. During the summers, I held a variety of consulting and finance internships at Humber River Regional Hospital, CI Financial, Cambridge Advisors, and Signature Global Advisors. During the winter semester of third year, I spent six months studying abroad in Beijing, China. The bilateral exchange was with Peking University, where I studied Chinese business culture and the future of the Chinese economy while improving my Mandarin. I was excited to hear that St. Andrew’s started a Mandarin program, and I hope they continue to grow that program, as I feel that China will become an increasingly integral part of the economic and social fabric of Canada’s future. Since graduating, I started a menswear clothing line with a friend from university. The line is called esntl. apparel (pronounced “essential”) and our first line of t-shirts is selling very well. In light of all the troubling news that has surfaced about the garment manufacturing industry overseas — especially in Bangladesh — we decided to have all our clothes made right here in Toronto. I’m excited about all the opportunities the future will bring.

was drafted 12th overall in the NLL’s (National Lacrosse League) 2013 draft. A.J. was selected by the Philadelphia Wings.

2011

Graeme Goodfellow and a group of Wilfrid Laurier University students ventured to China for three-and-a-half weeks to teach business and leadership conferences at private high schools. The conferences ran from Monday to Thursday, and Graeme

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Jiho Han ’09

fter graduating from St. Andrew’s College in 2009, I went to Columbia University to study applied mathematics. In my second year, I realized that I had a greater interest in medicine and taking care of others. Throughout my undergraduate years, I explored various aspects of the medical profession. I took advanced biology classes, participated in a research project, and volunteered at a hospital in New York City. I would especially like to thank Dr. William Long ’93 for providing me the opportunity to observe orthopedic surgeries and to learn about a surgeon’s daily endeavours. Last year, I spent the summer at the University of Toronto participating in a research program in mathematical medicine, where I learned how mathematics can be fruitfully applied to medicine. I graduated from Columbia this May and will attend Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for the next four years. I am excited to take the next step on my journey to becoming a physician. Looking back, my experience at St. Andrew’s taught me to become independent and to take initiative. The boarding program at SAC allowed me to discover the joys of engaging in new environments and learning new cultures. I believe the lessons I learned at St. Andrew’s will be a real asset to my future practice as a physician.

travelled around on his days off enjoying the sights China has to offer. The group conducted three conferences while in China. Graeme is in his third year at Laurier studying business. Alex Harris has been working hard over the past year at developing a leather goods start-up called WellNorth Goods. The company focuses on delivering premium leather goods through their e-commerce website. In addition, WellNorth provides www.sac.on.ca 51


Old Boys’ News custom promotional goods for domestic and international businesses. Alex is now in his third year at Dalhousie University studying business management.

2012

2012 Graham Joiner

enjoyed a great summer working at Fort Henry after finishing his first year in the School of Business at Queen’s University. A large factor in getting the job was the fact that he had been a Cadet at St. Andrew’s College. Half of his work included giving tours and performing interpretive duties, while the rest of the time he participated in parades and re-enactment drills. His squad also participated in twice-weekly sunset ceremonies. Firing blanks from their rifles and cannon was an exciting part of the job. The Rideau Canal and Kingston Fortifications are now a World Heritage Site managed by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. Graham is now in his second year at Queen’s and sharing a rental house with former classmates Craig Haisler, Jon Cannon, and Dylan Hussey.

2013 CJ Sifton

took a break from his studies at Western University to attend Homecoming in September and caught up with 12 of his 2013 classmates who had the same idea.

(l-r, front) Dylan Sikura, Ryan Shotbolt, Nick Whitelaw (l-r, back) Marc Gallo, Graeme Allison, David Anderson, Connor Rowntree, Jack O’Neil, Andrew Begg, CJ Sifton, Liam Neuman, Jonathan McConnell, Christian Settino. 52 Fall 2013

Mike Mildon was the winner of an online video contest that earned him $5,000 worth of filmmaking equipment. Mike, who is now in his second year of the Media, Theory and Production program at Western University, created a 1:38 minute

(l-r) Luke Mitchell ’12, Mike Mildon ’12, and Cameron Kearley ’12

video this summer and submitted it to the 2013 Adblock Plus Creative Writing Challenge. His “Ad Mania” video takes a humorous look at how annoying ads can be and was among 73 entries received worldwide. Mike pulled in some favours from friends Cameron Kearley ‘12, Luke Mitchell ‘12, Brett Wilson ‘10, and Stephen Townsend ‘12 who helped out with acting, filming, and editing. “It took almost a full day to shoot the office scenes, then I found myself filming a lot of the scenes in the other locations by myself, including me popping a bottle of champagne in an empty house, spilling champagne all over my mom’s computer,” says Mike. “I love film, and I love comedy, and to be able to combine the two is so much fun.”

2013 Patrick Fuentes has been accepted to the University of Navarra School of Engineering Tecnum where he will study telecommunications systems engineering. He was one of 90 students accepted to the program, which had 350 applications. Patrick is also continuing his hockey career with his home club from San Sebastian, CHH Txuri Urdin. In addition, he was selected to represent Team Spain on both the U18 and U20 teams at the World Junior Hockey Championships Div. II B and the World Junior Hockey Championships Div. II A, respectively. During the U18 championships, Patrick was the top scorer of the tournament (15 points in 5 games) and was named the top player on his team. Nick Moutrey was drafted in the 4th round, 105th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL Entry Draft. Nick finished the 2012-2013 season with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League with 43 points in 65 games. In May, Nick was granted special permission by Headmaster Kevin McHenry to attend what would have been his graduation formal with his classmates.


(l-r) Mitchell Arnold ‘09, Alexander Seto ‘13, Andrew Knox ‘64

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overall competing in grade 2 light music and first overall in intermediate amateur piobaireachd (placed first in four events and second in two). In total, he entered 24 solo events and medaled in 17 of them. He placed 1st seven times, 2nd six times, and 3rd four times. Alexander was instructed by Jim McGillivray and Ellen Mole. He is now attending Western University and will be joining the grade 1 Toronto Police Pipes and Drums next year.

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Alexander Seto attended the North American Highland Games in August along with fellow Old Boys Andy Knox ‘64, Andrew Douglas ‘03, Robbie Beaton ‘08, and Mitchell Arnold ‘09, all of whom are former SAC Pipe Majors. Alexander competed in six highland games this past summer with the White Heather Pipes and Drums of Aurora (grade 5), as well as solo competitions. Alexander finished second

Taylor Walker ‘07 Richard Shouldice ‘07 Adel Ratansi ‘07 Rahim Damji ‘04, Jonathan Tozzi ‘07 Cameron Tait ‘07 Kevin Richards ‘00 Brook Dyson ‘98 Michael Duder ‘73 Darcy Montgomery ‘92 David Offen ‘79 Oladipo Onayemi ‘07 www.sac.on.ca 53


Old Boys’ Obituaries 1937 John Spence Dr. John “Jack” Bruce Spence passed away on February 8, 2013 in Thunder Bay, Ont. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1934–37 where he served as Prefect and played 1st Hockey and 1st Rugby. After graduation, Jack went on to study medicine, joining his father and brother in the development of the Spence Clinic. He is survived by his brother C. Ellwood Spence ’42 (Joan), numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, including Old Boy Charles E. Spence ’65. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary, and brothers, Peter and Donald ’37. 1940 Deryck Thomson

Deryck Ian Archer Thomson passed away on May 14, 2013 in Sidney, B.C. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1936–39 where he was on the Boxing, Fencing, Swimming, Track, and Cross-Country teams, as well as editor of The Review. Deryck was a radar mechanic in the Second World War and later earned his BA from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University), and his master of social work from the University of Toronto. He was instrumental in forming the BC Association of Social Workers and was its first president. Deryck is survived by his wife, Patricia; 54 Fall 2013

his children Malcolm, Hilary, and Christopher; his sister, Diana; three nephews; and five grandchildren. Milton Wilson Milton Thomas Wilson died on March 22, 2013 in Toronto. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1932–40 where he played 1st Cricket and was Head Boy as well as editor of The Review. Milton went on to graduate from the University of Toronto and later earned his doctorate from Columbia University. Milton was a professor at U of T, spent 14 years as editor of Canadian Forum, and authored many anthologies. He was an accomplished pianist and a mentor to Canadian poets. He is survived by his wife, Joanna; children, Barbara, Katherine, Gregory, Victoria, Timothy, and Anthony; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 1941 Mack Williams James Richard Mackenzie Williams passed away on January 19, 2011 in Toronto. Mack attended St. Andrew’s from 1936–38. He earned a BSc in forestry and a master of science from the University of Toronto, then spent his career as a professional forester. He was a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry for 62 years and a tremendous advocate for living schoolyards and teaching children the value of nature. He is survived by his wife Angela; children David, Rosemary, and Paul; and three grandchildren. 1945 Joseph Taylor Joseph Watson Taylor died on May 22, 2013 in Collingwood, Ont. He attended St. Andrew’s from

1940–45 where he was a Prefect and played 1st Cricket, 1st Rugby, and 1st Football. After graduation, Joseph went on to study at the University of Toronto and had a career that included, among other things, sports editor at the Toronto Star, wire editor for the United Press, and editor of various magazines, articles, and periodicals. For 30 years he was editor and publisher of the Fitness Report, later the Active Living Report. Joseph was predeceased by his wife, Veronica. 1946 Ernest Frey Ernest Causton Frey passed away on February 6, 2013. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1943–46 where he played 1st Cricket, 1st Rugby, and 1st Hockey; he was also a boxer. After graduation, Ernie went

on to study at the University of Toronto. He was retired from Pfizer Canada Inc. He is survived by his wife, Jane; his five children, Ernie J., Eric (Sandra), Martha (Yves), Brenda, and Andrea (Peter); his sisters, Frances (Jim) and Shirley (Jim); and nine grandchildren. 1949 Allan Thaxter Shaw Allan Thaxter “Tack” Shaw died November 25, 2012 in Peterborough, Ont. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1943–45. After SAC, Thaxter became a fire fighter with the Canadian National Railroad and

later became an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police until his retirement in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne (Bunny); children Debora, Catherine, and Susan (Larry); eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brothers Charles Shaw ’42 and Brackley Shaw ’45. 1950 C. Anthony Browne Cecil Anthony “Tony” Liege Brown passed away on May 19, 2013 in Jamaica. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1944–48 where he was captain of 1st Cricket and also played 1st Basketball. He is survived by his wife, Judi, and his three sons, Michael, Christopher, and Simon. 1955 Irving Lusher Irving Spencer Lusher died March 12, 2013 in Bermuda. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1948–52 where he played 1st Football, 1st Soccer, 1st Cricket, and 1st Basketball; he was also on the Track and Field team. Irving is survived by his wife, Dorrie; son, Stephen ’76; and brother, William ’51. 1957 Graham Muirhead Graham Douglas Muirhead passed away July 13, 2013 in St. Catharines, Ont. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1954–57 where he was Prefect, captain of the Track team and 1st Football, and a member of 1st Swimming and 1st Hockey. After graduation, he attended the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) to study business administration. He is survived by his wife, Sandy, and sons, Andrew and Michael.


John Stollery John William Fairfield Stollery passed away July 23, 2013 in North Vancouver, B.C. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1950–56 where he was Drum Sergeant and played 1st Football. After leaving SAC, he

attended the Haileybury School of Mines and later earned his engineering degree from Michigan Tech. He had a career in mineral exploration in B.C. and the Yukon. He is survived by his wife, Linda Jennie; three sons, Christopher (Alana), Geoffrey (Chanelle), and Mark (Melanie); and three grandchildren. 1958 Claus Eversbusch Claus R.G. Eversbusch died March 30, 2013 in Mexico. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1953–57 where he was on the Swimming and Track and Field teams, and was a member of The Review staff. After leaving SAC, Claus attended the University of California, graduating with a degree in economics. He is survived by brother, Jock ’57.

Ian Veitch Ian Alexander Martin Veitch passed away September 7, 2012 in London, Ont. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1954–57 where he played 1st Football. After leaving SAC, Ian went to work for his father’s engineering firm as a draftsman and later for Bell Telephone. In 1969, Ian became a teacher with the Thames Valley School Board, where he worked until his retirement in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Diane; their children, Brenda (Paul), Valerie (Rodney), Gregory (Christa), and Allison (Medhi); and ten grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother, Henry. 1960 Harry Sterne Harry Walter Sterne passed away February 18, 2013 in Brampton, Ont. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1956–57 where he received the General Proficiency Prize. He is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Karry (Debbie) and daughter, Laura; granddaughter, Avery; and several nieces and nephews. 1961 Patrick Eagar Patrick Harris Alexander Eagar passed away on October 13, 2008 in Pembroke, Ont. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1953–57. He served for 33 years with the Canadian Armed Forces. Pat is survived by his wife, Cathy; children, Sheilagh (Peter) and Sean; step-children, Sonja (Shawn) and Kyla (Brad); and ten grandchildren. 1971 Andrew Ballard Dr. Andrew Malcolm Ballard passed away on August 10, 2013

in Bracebridge, Ont. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1967–71 where he was Prefect and Cadet Pipe Major. Andrew played 1st Football and was awarded the General Proficiency Prize. After leaving SAC, he attended the University of Toronto and Western University. For 25 years, Andrew was dedicated to the practice of family and occupational medicine. He loved to golf, ski, and cottage in Muskoka with his family. He is survived by his wife, Gail; daughters, Heather and Samantha; sister, Kathryn (Michael); five nephews, and two nieces. He is predeceased by his brother, James ’69, uncle, Ronald Mackinnon ’46, and mother, Joy. 1977 J. King Howell John King Howell passed away April 11, 2013. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1971–77 where he was a member of the Pipes & Drums, Varsity Football and Tennis. After leaving St. Andrew’s, he attended the Ontario College of Art. He was a talented artist and had an avid interest in cars. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; son, Jake; mother, Carol; sisters, Annie and Robin; a niece, and three nephews. 1979 Christopher Frost Christopher Carey Frost passed away March 19, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. He attended St. Andrew’s

from 1974–78 where he played Football, Tennis, and Basketball. Chris went on to study economics, finance, and computer science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Business. In 2005, he joined the National Australia Bank as senior business analyst and for the last five years was manager, solution delivery. Chris is survived by his wife, Sandie; children, Alexander and Justine; and father, Allen. 1981 James van Nostrand James Langdon van Nostrand passed away on April 15, 2013 in Abbotsford, B.C. He attended St. Andrew’s from 1976–81 where he received the Reeves Art Prize and was on the 1st Cross-Country

Ski team. After graduation, James went on to study at the University of Toronto and worked at Western Canoeing Inc. He was an innovative designer and boat builder, sculptor, and photographer. He loved to work with his hands and loved to be on the water. Jim is survived by his wife, Lynn; sons Benjamin and Jacob; parents, Peter and Janet; in-laws Isabelle and Dennis; siblings, John ‘80 (Paula), Sarah, and Peter ‘88 (Jennifer); nieces, Rebecca and Charlotte; and sister-in-law, Gwen. www.sac.on.ca 55


From the Assistant Headmaster, Strategic Development

The Leadership Possibility Curve

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I recall having a conversation about ten years ago with Robert McEwen, Class of 1969, at a school reception, during which we discussed leadership at SAC; he remarked that back then he knew nothing about leadership—neither the practice nor the principles—until he entered the MBA program. In the 1960s, the opportunities for leadership at SAC were limited. Since then, the School has undergone significant changes, as most of you will know. In my 15 years at St. Andrew’s, I feel privileged to have been part of a school on the cutting edge of almost every educational innovation. Developing the leadership capacity of our young men has been an area of significant growth, one that honours School traditions while addressing 21st century demands. The Robert McEwen Business Leadership program, hugely popular since its launch in 2007, is a perfect example. As a successful businessman, Rob understands the value of leadership education, and his financial support for the program has been vital to creating leadership opportunities for our Upper School students. In this ever-changing world, where flexibility, creativity, and ingenuity are important for success, SAC has made it a priority to ensure that we develop these skills in our young men. Today, SAC has more than 200 formal leadership positions for Upper School students and a further 50 in the Middle School. Many more student-led clubs are also available. The SAC leadership process builds upwards, increasing more in responsibility, in complexity, and in importance to the School, and, most particularly, in the lives of students. Senior students have many opportunities to mentor and lead younger students—one of the most valuable elements of the leadership program at SAC. We believe that leadership is an active process of engagement, not simply following direction. Students are challenged to plan, prepare, act, and reflect on the work they do within their leadership portfolios. Faculty and administration are available to guide and assist. The successful development of young leaders is evidenced every year in the cover letters and résumés of our Prefect 56 Fall 2013

The 2013-2014 Middle School Council members include (l-r, back) Will McHenry, Ewan Fox, Austin Brett, Jorge Chedraui, (front) Ryan Collis, Dalton Lehman, Kevin Kuan, Saajan Sethi

candidates, some 40-50 of them, who write proudly about their leadership successes at SAC. Leadership, of course, also extends beyond the gates of our campus, as students travel locally and internationally to participate in community service projects. As they graduate as ‘complete men and well-rounded citizens,’ our students recognize that leadership is a necessary, valuable, and cool part of their SAC experience. Much has been written about the ongoing crisis in boys’ education. Media are quick to focus on problems with this generation of young men. I am pleased to say that at St. Andrew’s, boys do not suffer through this ‘crisis in confidence’ but learn valuable skills that will allow them to make a profound impact on the lives of others, not only through their work and in their community, but in their personal lives as well. St Andrew’s places young men on a curve of possibilities; as they advance along the curve, our young men are increasingly prepared to take on the challenges of leadership. And they succeed. COURTENAY SHRIMPTON


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Faculty members who have served for 25 years or longer gathered on the Quad prior to the start of Prize Day in June. Pictured from left to right are: David Dawson, David Josselyn, Stuart Swan, John Clements, Tino Paolini, Steven Rush, Marke Jones, Mike Hanson, Stephen Kimmerer, William Scoular, Gregory Shields, and David Galajda.


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