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OLD TIMES w i n t e r / s p r i n g




A look at the arts at ucc david gilmour, jim cuddy, john fraser, galt macdermot and other old boy success stories

dr. peter singer b r i d G i n g t h e h e alt hc a r e g a p b e t w e e n ri ch and poor


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About this issue


pper Canada College has produced some of this country’s top authors, actors, artists, architects, broadcasters, musicians, journalists and others in the arts and media-related fields, so it was high time to produce an arts-focused issue of Old Times. And as Chris Daniels’ arts overview article reveals, a greater emphasis has been placed on these areas over the past 40 years, which means the list of notable Old Boys who’ve decided to travel down such roads is destined to grow much longer. David Gilmour ’68 graces the cover of the magazine, and the Toronto writer told Kerry Doole about how important the craft is to him. His attention to detail has paid off, as he’s become a best-selling author and his breakthrough book, The Film Club, is about to be made into a movie. I’ve written professionally about music and the music industry for 20 years, and booked bands and programmed radio shows before that. I’ve watched Blue Rodeo evolve from playing in small clubs to arenas and amphitheatres while selling millions of records along the way. But even with the large amount of coverage I’ve given the group, which is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this year, it wasn’t until I started working at UCC last May that I learned that singer, songwriter and guitarist Jim Cuddy ’74 once attended the school. He shared reminiscences of his two years at the Deer Park campus and his subsequent career with me the day before he embarked on a cross-country tour in support of his Juno Award-nominated solo album, Skyscraper Soul. Longtime Globe and Mail reporter and columnist Michael Valpy describes John Fraser ’63 as “Canada’s most original journalist,” and his entertaining profile of Massey College’s fourth master leaves little doubt about that claim. A recent Tony Award-winning revival of the groundbreaking 1968 Broadway hit Hair has put its composer, Galt MacDermot ’47, back in the spotlight. But you’ll learn in Nick Krewen’s interview that the man who came up with the memorable melody for “Good Morning Starshine” is much more than a one-hit wonder. We also present shorter profiles of Old Boys Yung Chang ’96, Wai Choy ’04, Ajon Moriyama ’82, Michael Perlmutter ’83 and Angus Tucker ’82, and take a glimpse at 2011 graduates and current UCC students whose names may someday become familiar as prominent musicians, actors, photographers and architects.

The Lind Family Art Fund — which will expand Upper School students’ “awareness and understanding of contemporary art through first-hand encounters” — is just one of the gracious gifts that UCC has received from its boosters. You can read why Phil Lind ’61 and his son Jed Lind ’97 have made their donation. The annual financial report shows that the Lind gift isn't an isolated case; people believe in the school and show it through generous contributions. Dr. Peter Singer ’78 is a change-maker who’s contributing to fighting disease in developing nations and bridging the healthcare gap between rich and poor. Michael Benedict’s article highlights a man with a mission that’s truly inspiring. This year’s Founder’s Dinner featured a keynote address by a former Old Times change-maker, Globe and Mail editor-in-chief John Stackhouse ’81. Holly Miklas received the John D. Stevenson Award for her years of selfless UCC volunteerism at the dinner, and you can read more about both of them and see pictures of the event inside. The previous issue of Old Times had an athletics theme and examined UCC’s rich sports history while looking at some of the top jock graduates and a few boys who are still making their mark with school teams now. This issue outlines the recommendations from UCC’s recently completed athletic review and explains how they should keep fitness and sports as key components of what the College has to offer, while still maintaining an emphasis on academic excellence. Another recent report issued by the College dealt with its Norval Outdoor School. I’m happy to tell you that the committee that studied all aspects of the 420-acre outdoor learning environment northwest of Toronto concluded that it should remain an important part of UCC for years to come. It would be rude of me not to mention our Ask an Old Boy feature, as manners expert Desmond So ’93 answers the important question: Is there a place for etiquette in today’s modern world? There’s even more in this issue that I haven’t got around to mentioning yet, but you’ve probably had enough of this introduction and are ready to get into the heart of things. I don’t blame you. Please read on and enjoy everything that Old Times has to offer. Steve McLean, Editor


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18 Dr. Peter Singer This change-maker is bridging the healthcare gap between rich and poor. 20 Founder’s Dinner Highlights of the annual event.

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22 The Norval report A recently released report says the Norval Outdoor School should remain an important part of UCC. 23 UCC athletics keep moving forward UCC makes recommendations to ensure academics, sports and other co-curricular activities maintain a proper balance. 24 Annual report 2010-11 An overview of last fiscal year’s financial results. 28 Believe in Blue The Believe in Blue Gala and fine wine auction. 30 Meet Ruth Ann Penny A Q&A with UCC’s director of community relations. In every issue

2 Letters 3 The Power Point Commentary from UCC principal Jim Power.

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4 Arts and media at UCC This section focuses on what the College has done with its arts programs and profiles Old Boys (including cover subject David Gilmour) who've made names for themselves in the arts. Features

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31 Ask an Old Boy Desmond So offers advice on etiquette in the modern world. 32 Remember When Take a look at two houses once owned by UCC’s first pupil. 34 UCC Today UCC receives high survey approval ratings; UCC launches boarding campaign; Robert Guo is Ontario’s top fencer. 38 Comings & Goings Changes to UCC faculty and staff. 40 Milestones Marriages, births and passings. 41 Class Notes 52 Upcoming Events Winter/Spring 2012 Old Times  1

Letters The Old Times editorial staff welcomes your letters, but reserves the right to edit them because of space restrictions. Please write to or send mail to: Old Times, Upper Canada College, 200 Lonsdale Rd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4V 1W6.

70-year-old memories I was at UCC from 1937 to 1941. I was in the band and first played the bass drum then graduated to the tenor drum. My partner on the other was William T. Wilder. Bill and I played together for two years, if I remember. I remember only too well one Sunday when we marched to church on Bloor East in the pouring rain. Needless to say our drums sounded rather dumb. My sport while at UCC was swimming. At that time our instructor was Winston McCatty. Together he and I started the Little Big Four in that sport. I hope that it is still going. I had hoped to be able to attend the reunion dinner last year, as it would have marked my 70th anniversary of graduation and also my 90th birthday. I was not able to due to my disability to get around by myself. Travel also is a bit of a bind these days at the best of times. I look forward to getting news of UCC from Old Times. I was not the best of students. After leaving school, I worked for a while and then joined the Canadian army in ’42. I eventually went to Brockville and got my commission. I never got overseas, why I don’t know, and was discharged in ’46. By this time I was married with one child and soon had another. I worked at various places until I decided to return to Nassau, Bahamas, where I was born. I joined my father in business and really have never retired. I have two sons and a grandson in the business, of which I am president. We have two separate businesses: wholesale food importing; and a retail outlet for watches, rings and leather goods. Our store for watches is called John Bull and is rated the finest in the West Indies. We have done well in both endeavours. I look back on my 12 years in Canada and can say that my time was a very memorable one. All of those that I knew at school seem to have disappeared. It is my hope, God willing, that I will be able visit the old school next year, somehow. — Emmett Pritchard ’41

Revenge on the gridiron Your “Remember When” article in Old Times brought back some frustrating and not so fond memories. I was in the Class of ’44 and our major nemesis in football in those days was Ridley. Our football team suffered an ignominious defeat (54-0) mainly due to the offensive threats Bob and Don MacFarlane. I never backed up so much in a game! However, in the fall of ’48 as a member of U of T Blues,

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we defeated U of Western Ontario Mustangs (our nemesis) on two successive Saturdays to win the championship and the Yates Cup (and at home). On the Western team were Bob and Don MacFarlane, so revenge was overdue but very sweet. So my advice is to hang in there and eventually something good will happen. — David Copp ’44

The other big hockey story of 1972

Mark Waxer and the 1971-72 UCC varsity hockey team.

I have a ton of wonderful sports memories at UCC. I graduated (somehow) in ’72. My son Ryan graduates in ’13 and has been there since grade one (the poor kid had to follow in my footsteps). In my day the norm at 3:15 was to play sports and have fun for the remainder of the day as opposed to the rigid homework activities that our kids are undergoing now. Back to sports, I had the privilege of playing football with Stu Lang and Dave Hadden, but “Beasty” was my winger on arguably the best hockey team that UCC ever had in ’71. The next year, ’72, is the hockey year that I want to share. Under the famous Brian Proctor, UCC branched away from the Big Four and joined the CISAA for the first time with the likes of Del, St. Mike’s and a bunch of other powerhouses. That year, we not only won that league championship, we went on to win the entire City of Toronto championship, only to come up a bit short in the Ontario’s. From that year on, UCC took on more outside competition in many sports. I won’t tell you who scored the winning goal in overtime, as I believe we beat Cedarbrae. That’s my story … at least one of many. — Mark Waxer ’72

The Power Point

Commentary from Upper Canada College principal Jim Power


o one knows what 2012 has in store for any of us, but Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her diamond jubilee in February. Her 60 years on the throne is the second longest reign ever by a British monarch and if she continues in her role through 2015 (and why shouldn’t she?) she’ll surpass Queen Victoria as longest reigning monarch in history. Queen Elizabeth also happens to be married to Prince Phillip, who is UCC’s official “Visitor.” The College’s board of governors honoured the prince by naming the area that’s now the student centre after him. It’s where the school displays his portrait, his personal flag and a bronze plaque that commemorates the naming in 1979. As a result, even an outsider like me feels a certain “Bertie Wooster-like” connection to the House of Windsor. In his new book, The Real Elizabeth, Andrew Marr reminds us that world’s most famous woman was only 25 and in Kenya on a state visit when she learned that her father, King George VI, had died at the age of 56. Elizabeth didn’t make a scene. She simply apologized that the tour had to be cancelled and went about her business of becoming a monarch. When her plane returned to England, Prime Minister Winston Churchill greeted her on the tarmac. Since that day, her life has been consumed by the demands of her position. Marr believes that Elizabeth has a religious sense of vocation and it’s worth noting that, while she agreed to have her coronation televised, she insisted that the cameras not film the moment when she was anointed with holy oil by the Archbishop of Canterbury. She wanted the “God moment” to be a private and personal one. As Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and as head of the Commonwealth, Elizabeth II represents one-third of the globe’s population. She’s travelled the world and, even in her eighties, continues to meet with ministers and diplomats on a regular basis. I confess that I’m a late arriving member of the Queen’s fan club. When I was younger, I thought she was a bit stiff, even in a land known for its firm upper lips. (Forgive me.) Over time, though, I’ve come to appreciate the fact that the Queen represents all that’s good about tradition. She’s deliberately untrendy. I like to think of her as the antidote to Paris Hilton, and I’m delighted that I’ve never seen the Queen weep openly with Ellen DeGeneres or watched her bare her soul and reveal her innermost anxieties on Oprah Winfrey’s couch. I’m sure there are times when the Queen weeps. After all, she lost a king, a queen and a princess when her father, mother and only sister passed away, and she’s had to watch as three of her four children went through very public and painful divorces. Through all of this, the Queen has endured. This sense of forbearance is no accident. During World War II, as London was being blitzed, Elizabeth’s father insisted on staying put at Buckingham Palace. Despite the dangers, so did his daughters. No one would have blamed any

of them for moving to a more secure location since 40,000 Londoners perished during the bombing raids. But the Windsors held their ground and, in fact, Elizabeth contributed directly to the war effort by training as a driver and mechanic. I have a “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster in my office. The originals were displayed in London during the blitz as a way of rallying the collective resolve. It’s hard to imagine anyone who more fully embodies this solid and sober sensibility than does the Queen. You don’t need to be a monarchist to have an appreciation for what Elizabeth Windsor has brought to her role as head of state in terms of leadership and service to her people. Over the course of 60 years, the queen has outlasted 12 prime ministers, 12 presidents and six popes. She’s done her duty — and so much more. Being “steadfast” is a wonderfully old-fashioned virtue. It’s about ignoring the tenor and trends of the present, having a spine of steel and possessing an unwavering sense of resolve. In a boys’ school, where we talk quite unashamedly about leadership, we could all learn a lot about this topic by studying the life of a remarkable 85-year-old British woman. I hope that, as we look backward and forward, the Queen might inspire all of us to be steadfast in fulfilling the duty to which each of us is called. God save the Queen!

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the spotlight is growing



ou’ll find boys actively involved in the arts in almost every corner of Upper Canada College. Pop inside David Chu Theatre and you might see a group of students in the throes of choreographed combat as part of rehearsals for a musical production staged every spring. In the creativity centre — a bright, open space with studios and state-of-the-art computer labs — you’ll see sculptures, digital prints and other student-created works of art on display. Outside of UCC, you might come across a group of IB film students at the Film Reference Library at the TIFF Bell Lightbox collecting hard-to-find reading materials on their chosen films of study. UCC is a dynamic and exciting place for the arts, where boys learn how to: translate ideas into visual formats; lead productions in theatre, film and music; and tap into their creative reservoirs to express themselves and tackle problems in inventive ways. It’s not uncommon to hear that UCC has a “school of the arts” within its walls. After all, dozens of current leaders and influencers in the arts, from film and theatre to literature and music, are Old Boys. In 2011 alone: two-time Emmy Award winner Leonard Dick ’82 picked up another nomination for The Good Wife,

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the hit CBS television drama for which he’s a writer and co-executive producer; Christopher Mayo ’99 premiered his musical composition “Of Trees & Fields & Men” at the MATA Festival and received raves in The New York Times; and personal computer game developer and designer Josh Druckman ’89 received significant federal funding for his company Dark Matter Entertainment. UCC faculty member David Matthews has been with the school since 1969 and says he’s watched the evolution of UCC as an institution known for its prowess in academics and athletics to one that also fully embraces the arts. “The teachers who work with the boys deserve a lot of credit for that, but there has been an administrative component to the College’s success in the arts as well. It all started with people at the top, in terms of establishing key priorities, making public statements and providing the financial and human resources to encourage the growth of artistic endeavours.”

Photo: Liam Sharp

Clockwise from bottom left: Teacher David Crawford, Old Boy John Viljoen ’86, teacher Dale Churchward, former teacher Rob Montgomery and teacher David Holt.

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The Art of Change

Arts become ingrained into the curriculum

Former and current faculty members say the incredible growth of the arts at UCC really began in the 1960s and ’70s, a time of incredible cultural change that coincided with new forward-thinking College leadership under Patrick T. Johnson (principal from 1965 to 1974) and, in particular, Dick Sadleir (principal from 1975 to 1988). “Forty years ago, it was a good school with a good crop of students,” says Sadleir. “But in those days if you weren’t a member of a first team or an officer in the cadet corps, your outside opportunities were pretty limited.” After he arrived as principal in 1975, Sadleir recognized the cadet corps had lost its relevance among a new generation of students and made it voluntary rather than a compulsory program. With such little support for it, he quickly disbanded the cadet corps altogether. “Every Thursday had been devoted to the cadet battalion. Nothing else would take place except for boys marching up and down the halls and in and around Forest Hill. So we took those Thursdays and made them all about clubs. Essentially boys could do anything other than athletics. That was an important development, for boys to be able to find a place at the school in activities they had a talent and interest in.” The arts began to flourish through UCC’s co-curricular programs because they were student-created and led. Little Theatre, for instance, moved beyond almost exclusively staging Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to a variety of popular musicals, including Cabaret, West Side Story and Guys and Dolls. UCC also partnered with The Bishop Strachan School so that female roles no longer had to be played by boys. Aside from increasing the dramatic impact of the shows, Colin Lowndes, who oversaw Little Theatre from 1983 until 2000 when he became head of Crescent School’s Upper School, says “the co-ed nature of the program was an important way for boys to interact with girls beyond a dance or social event. They were able to work with girls towards the development of a project with deadlines.” Although Michael Wallace ’86 spent the first 10 years of his career as a stage manager working on professional productions like The Producers and Angels in America, he says “the scale of the productions we did at UCC was pretty significant. It gave me a really great experience in stage management.” Wallace, who’s been executive director of Theatre Museum Canada since 2005, says it was the breadth of UCC’s extra-curricular activities that ultimately enabled him to find his passion. “It wasn’t like I was in the theatre because I wanted a career in it. It’s just that we were encouraged at UCC to expose ourselves to different things, and theatre was something I enjoyed.”

The strong interest in the arts at the extra-curricular level permeated into the UCC curriculum, and vice versa. The school started to attract very talented arts educators, including: trombonist Robert Mee (1977 to 2009), who developed a comprehensive instrumental music program; and painter Rob Montgomery (1978 to 2006), who was a mentor for many students in the visual arts department. “I felt like the arts program had a very structured approach to their teaching,” recalls John Viljoen ’86, a classically trained oil portrait painter whose work hangs in prominent collections in Canada and the United States. “It wasn’t the hippie kind of arts and craft-type stuff you sometimes saw from other programs.” Viljoen credits Montgomery for giving him the motivation to strive for excellence in his craft. “I had a fair amount of natural talent and, in this one particular year, I coasted. Mr. Montgomery came down on me like a bag of hammers and really got my butt in gear. Later, I remember working as hard as I possibly could on this really big painting, an interior of a Chinatown restaurant. After I handed it in, he came up to me, tapped me on the chest with the clipboard and said, ‘Good job.’ It was extremely gratifying.” Viljoen agrees it was like UCC had an arts school within its walls even back then, not only because of the faculty but because of the tight bond formed between students — particularly in the senior years. The introduction of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 1996 also gave a major boost to the arts at UCC, in part because it reinforced the structured, disciplined approach the school had taken with them. The IB Diploma also includes the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) component, whereby even students who focus on science and math have to do something in the arts like join a band or design pages for a student publication. “I was very happy when we discovered there was an international program with international standards written and evaluated by university professors,” recalls Montgomery. “When I read the component for the visual arts, we were already doing 90 per cent of what would be required of the IB. It just felt like a huge validation of the kind of path we had struck on.” UCC had a filmmaking tradition and several graduates went on to the famed film and TV program at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York even before the College introduced IB film to the curriculum in 2009. The first cohort of IB film graduated from UCC last year. “We had two students apply to film school last year, and this year we expect three boys to do the same, which is actually a relatively high number for a school of this size,” says David Crawford, a teacher in the film studies department. “In film, if you’re not organized, you see the results right away. So

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even if a student never works in film, they’ve learned organizational skills that will serve them well in other endeavours.”

a showcase for the Arts For the arts to truly thrive, however, faculty members and parents have had to understand that student work needs to be showcased. That’s why, for instance, students in IB film have their seven-minute movies screened at TIFF Bell Lightbox. In addition to securing outside venues for screenings and other projects, UCC has made capital investments in infrastructure to help bring arts more to the forefront over the past 15 years. The College completed a five-storey addition to the Upper School, today known as the creativity centre, in 1999. “This building was originally designed to promote synergies between and among the arts,” says art chair David Holt. “But it has also helped bring academia together with the arts.” Art today isn’t simply about the craft, says Holt, but in gaining an understanding of theory and conceptual development, historical context and self-expression. A visual arts assignment, for instance, might incorporate elements of history, geography and even mathematics. “People who graduate on to arts programs at universities really need to have a good set of skills today,” explains Holt. UCC created a dedicated, state-of-the-art and flexible space for theatre in 2000. UCC Theatre director Dale Churchward says The David Chu Theatre has “provided hundreds of students with opportunities to develop all aspects of their theatre endeavours. It has encouraged innovative and aggres-

sive set and stage designs and underlain many, many extraordinary performances.” With these spaces, the College has made a bold statement about its commitment to the arts. Parents of UCC boys are also playing a significant role in helping bring awareness to the great work being done at the school. “There is truly a pool of highly talented boys here, similar to what you would find in an arts-specific high school,” says Arts Booster Club (ABC) chair Marsha Copp. The ABC is comprised of parents of UCC boys and is dedicated to promoting the arts through newsletters, events and other endeavours. The biggest event is the annual Spring Arts Festival — now dubbed Nuit Bleue — in which roughly 250 students at the Upper School showcase their talents as musicians, artists, writers and filmmakers. This year’s festival will take place on April 12. “It has been a very successful festival, and our plan is to try and build on that and make it more successful by drawing out even more kids and ensuring different aspects of the arts are involved this year,” says Copp. Nuit Bleue has come to represent the breadth and depth of performing and visual arts at UCC which have been thoughtfully cultivated over the last 60 years. “I realized if I never stepped out of my office, the athletic program would thrive,” Sadleir recalls of his days as principal. “But the arts needed more obvious support and patronage to get it where it is today.”

a sampling of old boys in the arts AND media This issue of Old Times features interviews with several UCC Old Boys who’ve made names for themselves in artistic and media-related fields. Here are other prominent alumni members who’ve also distinguished themselves: Broadcasting: Douglas Bassett CFTO-TV founder & CTV president; Tom Clark television reporter & anchor; Francois de Gaspé Beaubien Telemedia co-owner; Bill Hewitt radio & television sportscaster; Foster Hewitt radio & television sportscaster; Jeffrey Kofman television reporter; Avi Lewis television host Literature & Journalism: Robertson

Davies author, playwright & journalist; Andrew Heintzman author, editor & Shift magazine founder; Stephen Leacock writer & humorist; Peter C. Newman author, journalist & editor;

John Julius Norwich author, editor & television host; John Stackhouse journalist & The Globe and Mail editor-in-chief Music: Del Dako jazz musician; Mark DuBois opera singer; Dan Gibson Solitudes creator; Christopher Mayo composer Theatre, Film & Television: Chris Angel director; Daniel Brooks playwright; Marcello Cabezas actor, producer & writer; Nicholas Campbell actor; Geraint Wyn Davies actor; Leonard Dick television writer & producer; Brian Doherty Shaw Festival founder; Melvyn Douglas actor; Barrie Dunn actor & producer; Robert Flaherty documentary filmmaker; Brendan Fraser actor; Ravi Jain writer, director & actor; Roger Larry director, producer & writer; Michael MacMillan Alliance Atlantis

chief executive officer; Raymond Hart Massey actor; Peter Meech writer, producer & director; Peter Mettler film & television writer & director; James Mavor Moore theatre & television actor, director, writer & producer; Andrew Musselman actor; Charles Wachter television producer Visual Art & Architecture: Edmund W. Burke architect of Toronto’s Prince Edward Viaduct & Simpson’s flagship store; Frank Darling architect of Toronto’s Convocation Hall & Trinity College; Patrick Fejer architect; Sir Edmund Wyly Grier portrait painter; Paul Kane painter; Michael Snow multimedia modern artist; Éugène-Etienne Taché architect of Quebec parliament building; Justin Wu photographer & videographer

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David Gilmour

The novelist and television host now turns his attention to film.

By Kerry Doole

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Photo: Caitlin Andrews


est-selling author David Gilmour ’68 is quick to credit Upper Canada College with placing him on the right career path. Though not the poster boy for good behaviour at the College, he recalls his days there with deep fondness and gratitude. “My father, uncle and older brother all went to UCC, and I started at Grade 4 there back in the ’50s. I was there until the end of Grade 12, when I was expelled. That was done in a very empowering way, though, thanks to a great principal, Patrick Johnson.” The turbulence of Gilmour’s Grade 12 year began when he was placed in boarding, a situation he now admits “was terrible for a free-spirited young man raised in a free-spirited home. I ran away and hitch-hiked to Mexico for three months. I was readmitted and told I had to walk the line, but a few months later I was caught in the dorm at Bishop Strachan School.” Gilmour defied the subsequent house detention by sneaking out to meet his girlfriend. “I got back one evening to find my junior housemaster at Seaton’s House, Dick Ainsworth, sitting on my bed. I was covered in leaves from rolling around in the lower fields. Dick said, ‘I’m not going to tell anyone this happened, but don’t be stupid. Don’t lose your year.’ I took his advice and finished the year, then I got a letter saying, ‘You belong in university, not UCC.’ They weren’t saying I was a bad guy, but that it was time to move on. It was a non-scarring experience.” Gilmour has another reason to thank Ainsworth. “Early in my grade 12 year, he said to me, ‘You really should be a writer. You’ve got brains and you seem angry all the time.’ That was an extraordinary thing for him to do, and that’s why I hold him in mentor-like regard.” The two men reconnected last fall when Ainsworth showed up at a bookstore reading, prompting Gilmour to be “so moved that I burst into tears. I felt like that guy saved my life.” Gilmour studied French literature and comparative literature at the University of Toronto and the University of Toulouse, graduating from U of T with a bachelor of education and an honours bachelor of arts in French. He’s now happily back in academia as the Pelham Edgar professor of literary studies at U of T’s Victoria College. “I walked into a university classroom and it was like my first audition for television,” he says. “I instinctively knew how to do this.” While honing his skills as a novelist, Gilmour rose to national prominence as an arts journalist — first as a film critic for CBC’s The Journal and then on his own Gemini Award-winning CBC Newsworld show, Gilmour on the Arts. “I liked being on television and the minor celebrity it gave me, but I also felt it was insubstantial, like eating tinfoil,” says Gilmour. “It did give me the time and money to write novels, though.”

David Gilmour reunited with his former junior housemaster, Dick Ainsworth, at a book reading last fall.

Gilmour is routinely praised for the clean and elegant style of his prose, but he stresses the work involved to achieve that. His 2005 novel, A Perfect Night To Go To China, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. But he claims it took 17 rewrites before completion. “I want every sentence to have the right meter, the right flow, to be clean and ageless. I want people to pick up one of my books in 100 years and it won’t seem dated.” Gilmour has written eight books over 25 years, the last being 2011’s well-received The Perfect Order of Things. “The fact these books exist in the world makes me feel my life has not been mis-spent,” he reflects. “Even if I’d only squeaked out eight books for the smallest publishing house, at least they’d have got done. Writing is when I am most alive because that is when I am most present.” The author’s commercial breakthrough was 2007’s reallife memoir, The Film Club. The insightful and entertaining account of a father home-schooling his son through the medium of classic world cinema became a huge international hit that was translated into 24 different languages and sold 250,000 copies in Germany. A German film studio recently bought the rights for a very lucrative sum and Gilmour will fly there later this year to assist on the adaptation. The movie will star a famed German father and son acting duo. Gilmour describes The Film Club’s unexpected success as “the gods saying, ‘You’ve suffered enough. We’ll give you one freebie, but don’t expect two.’ I’m having a lucky few years. I know it won’t last forever, but I’m very grateful it’s happening now.”

Jim Cuddy just wants to make music

Career milestones continue for the Blue Rodeo member.

By Steve McLean


ormer Upper Canada College students have racked up impressive achievements and accomplishments over the school’s long history. But, come April 1, Jim Cuddy ’74 will be the first to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Cuddy, 56, spent grades 9 and 10 at UCC before transferring to North Toronto Collegiate because his family could no longer afford to keep him at the College. While the Blue Rodeo member and solo artist was only at UCC for two years, he says it marked a turning point in his young life. “I always liked academics, but by the time I got there I was so used to not paying any attention. But at UCC there was no stigma to being accomplished at school and you weren’t looked at as being an idiot browner because you did well in school. I got my appreciation back for it.” Cuddy cites former English teacher Jay MacDonald — who he describes as a “very smart, creative and kind man” — as an important person in easing his transition from a public to a private school. And Cuddy is still thankful that former principal Patrick Johnson showed compassion and let him stay at UCC after he was caught smoking marijuana at an offcampus party. “He was kind and put it to me in terms of, ‘Do you want to stay here? If you do, you can’t ever do this again.’ I said, ‘No problem. I don’t ever want you to yell at me again.’” UCC’s forgiving nature and admiration for Cuddy was evident when he was named a fellow of the College in 2006. Fellowships are given to “national or international leaders who’ve made outstanding contributions to their communities through service, voluntarism and philanthropy” and serve as

role models for students. Cuddy received his first guitar at age 10 and sang at home, but didn’t yet have the courage to show off his talents in public during his UCC days. That changed once he reached his twenties and formed bands with friend Greg Keelor while living in Toronto and New York City. Success was initially hard to come by and the Queen’s University graduate applied and was accepted to Columbia Law School, but deferred for three years and returned to Toronto to build props for film and television productions during the day while playing music at night. Things changed dramatically with the release of Blue Rodeo’s 1987 debut album, Outskirts, which spawned a hit single in the Cuddy-sung ballad “Try,” won two Juno Awards and went on to sell more than 400,000 copies in Canada. The country rock group hasn’t looked back, releasing 12 gold, platinum or multi-platinum-certified studio albums, two live records and a greatest hits collection. Blue Rodeo has sold more than four million albums, won 11 Junos, toured extensively and has firmly established itself as one of the greatest Canadian bands ever. “We worked hard at our music and tried to be as fresh and innovative as we could be, but there’s no way to analyze why people like you or stick with you,” Cuddy says of the early struggles and subsequent prosperity he’s encountered while doing what he loves most. “I feel my best when I’m writing, recording or playing music. That’s my job and I feel satisfied at the end of the day when I’ve done that. I don’t crave rest. I certainly crave more time with my family and my wife, and I’m happy to take time to do that. I don’t want to sit around and write a book. I don’t want to sit on a beach for a month. That doesn’t appeal to me. I want to make music and I’m lucky that I get that opportunity.” Cuddy has released three well-received solo albums, the most recent being last year’s Juno-nominated Skyscraper Soul, which was supported by a six-week Canadian tour that ended on Valentine’s Day at Toronto’s Massey Hall. It was the beginning of a big year, as Blue Rodeo’s first five records will be remastered and released with bonus tracks and a new album will be recorded this summer and issued in the fall. And of course there’s that aforementioned Blue Rodeo Canadian Music Hall of Fame induction and performance that will take place during the Juno Awards ceremony in Ottawa. “It’s not something that you ever think about, but, when it’s offered to you, you realize that it’s something very significant,” says Cuddy. “It’s being offered by your peers and the industry and people congratulate you for your whole body of work, not just your latest record or your latest single. “This is the one that really got the band chuffed. Everyone is really amazed and excited about the prospect of it. They might not admit it, but they are.”

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John Fraser

Canada’s most original journalist defends the monarchy.

By Michael Valpy


ohn Fraser ’63 began his journey toward artful strategic thinking and a profound understanding of metaphysics and the sublime qualities of the ordered Tory society while a boy at Upper Canada College, specifically in the allbut-constructed chapel in the main Upper School building in the early 1960s. The site was carpetted with workers’ cigarette butts, its atmosphere a permanent pall of tobacco smoke. The ingeniousness of male adolescence had identified it as the perfect place for 15-year-olds to gather at the lunch hour to indulge their forbidden smoking habit while the workers were away. And it was there, on a sunny autumn day, that young Fraser found himself trapped by the sudden appearance of principal Dr. Cedric Sowby and an accompanying elderly gentleman. With lightning speed, Fraser stamped out his cigarette, dropped to his knees, faced the altar and pressed the palms of his hands together in supplicating prayer. Dr. Sowby and the gentleman remained for a moment, conversing in lowered voices so as not to intrude on the penitent’s devotions, and then moved on. An hour later, Fraser was summoned to the principal’s office to be informed that the gentleman accompanying Dr. Sowby wished it known that he was pleased to see a boy at prayer. The gentleman was His Excellency, the Right Honourable Vincent Massey, C.H. (Companion of Honour, Queen Elizabeth II’s personal honour), recently retired as Canada’s first native-born governor-general — the sovereign’s constitutional representative — and donor of the chapel. There are two reasons for telling this story. First, it illustrates that every experience is a learning (and likely writeable) moment for Fraser. And second, it’s further evidence that he’s Canada’s most original journalist. Fraser’s career has embraced: addressing a crowd of 25,000 Chinese at the Xidan Democracy Wall in Beijing; sunburning his bum while interviewing a leading Canadian ballerina at a nudist beach in Jamaica; being instrumental in the dramatic Toronto defection of Mikhail Baryshnikov from the Soviet Union’s Kirov Ballet; endearing himself to Pierre Trudeau when encountering the former prime minister in his underpants and observing waspishly that he wasn’t wearing Stanfields; turning up third on the list to replace Michaëlle Jean as governor-general; schmoozing with royalty, the world’s artistic colossuses and most of the other inhabitants of the rarefied apexes of society; and deftly and splendidly being the fourth master of University of Toronto’s Massey College (the gift of the same Massey hitherto mentioned) for the past 17 years. Massey College’s founding master was novelist and fellow Old Boy Robertson Davies ’32. Fraser has now written a book on the monarchy in Canada titled The Secret of the Crown: Canada’s Affair with Royalty, which will be published in March by House of

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Anansi. It’s a project born from Fraser having been prodded by renowned historian Michael Bliss last year into publicly debating the role of the monarchy in Canada, a debate they’ll reprise in March at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Que. Fraser won the first round with a majority of votes. Maclean’s editor Ken Whyte, who was in the audience, immediately asked him to write a couple of essays on the monarchy and sent him to London to report on the wedding of William and Catherine — which he revelled in doing. At one point, he emailed me from St. Paul’s Cathedral saying he was playing the organ. Anansi commissioned the book following the Maclean’s articles. I should mention here that my conflict of interest in writing this article is massive. Apart from every other connection I have with Fraser, his book is jointly dedicated to Bliss as “historian, Conservative and republican,” and to me as “journalist, socialist and monarchist.” But how many other people know he sunburned his behind interviewing a nude ballerina? In any event, Fraser says that prior to “being driven into debate” by Bliss, he had contented himself with defending the monarchy surreptitiously. The debate changed things. “I had a ball. I won. And I decided I don’t care anymore,” he says of his reasoning for coming out full-throttle in defence of the monarchy. “I’ve run this institution [Massey College] for 17 years and I understand how symbolic things are.” Indeed, the annual introduction of students to the college’s rituals — gowns, port, snuff and Latin grace — has been dubbed “A Night of Pretension.” But no student refuses to take part. Fraser’s books aren’t ordinary. They’re colourful and wise. And what he’s done is traced the thread of the monarchy through four centuries of Canada’s history, written about it as a symbol of aboriginal empowerment, explored the difference between the Crown as person and the Crown as constitutional concept, defined the Crown as an expression of Canadian collectivity, “as something greater than ourselves,” and rounded everything out with wonderful anecdotes that — like Fraser — float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

Photo: Liam Sharp

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UCC principal’s son makes beautiful music

Award-winning musician Galt MacDermot ’47 is still composing at 83.

By Nick Krewen


y contributing the score to Hair, the hit 1968 Broadway musical that was successfully revived to Tony Award-winning stature in 2009, Galt MacDermot ’47 helped define a generation. The musical, which logged a combined 3,900 performances in its inaugural Broadway and London West End theatre runs, covered all the hippie counterculture concerns of the Woodstock era: free love and the sexual revolution; drug experimentation; environmentalism; racism; nudity; profanity; the generation gap. “It was an anti-war show in a way,” says MacDermot of the work he wrote with Gerome Ragni and James Rado. “Both of those guys were far-out, liberal-minded guys, and I was of the same school. “Not that I had anything to do with what the show was about, but they were into all of that stuff — freedom at all costs — and it suited me to be involved in that.” MacDermot wrote the initial score in two weeks and added new songs as Rado and Ragni handed him lyrics. “I work from the author,” MacDermot explains. “I don’t write tunes and give it to the author. When a guy comes to me with the lyrics written, I sit down and finish the songs.” Bolstered by MacDermot’s knack for memorable melodies, Hair’s 32 songs proved to be so popular that the soundtrack sold more than one million copies, won a Grammy Award and dominated the 1969 Billboard pop charts with hits “Easy To Be Hard” (Three Dog Night), “Good Morning Starshine” (Oliver), “Hair” (The Cowsills) and The 5th Dimension’s #1 rendition of “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In.” Academy Award-winning director Milos Forman adapted Hair for the silver screen in 1979, and the musical captured the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for best revival of a musical in 2009. For four decades, Hair has been — and continues to be — staged in places as diverse as France, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Israel and Japan. Although MacDermot also co-wrote the Tony-winning, Shakespeare-inspired rock musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, his influence extends far beyond Broadway. His early ’60s and ’70s jazz/funk work re-emerged in the ’90s, with pioneering hip-hop trio Run-D.M.C. sampling his track “Where Do I Go?” for its 1993 chart-topping hit “Down With The King” and Busta Rhymes borrowing “Space” for his 1996 smash, “Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check.” MacDermot’s first triumph was “African Waltz,” a 1961 composition covered by British bandleader John Dankworth and American jazz trumpeter Cannonball Adderley, which netted him a pair of Grammys for best original jazz composition and best instrumental theme.

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The initial seeds of that success were planted when MacDermot attended Upper Canada College during his formative years. His father, Jamaican-born Terence MacDermot, was a Rhodes Scholar who became principal of UCC in 1935. “My father was a very good piano player,” the younger MacDermot recalls. “I played the violin back then, and he and I used to play music every morning when I was at Upper Canada — classical and popular music.” It wasn’t until MacDermot’s post-UCC tenure at Bishop’s University, and an evolving affection for boogie-woogie and Duke Ellington, that the Montreal-born composer and musician switched from violin to the piano that’s helped him write more than a dozen musicals, a handful of ballet and dance scores, the scores for five films (including the hit 1970 blaxploitation flick, Cotton Comes To Harlem) and 65 recordings. When MacDermot’s father was appointed high commissioner to South Africa from 1950 to 1954, he seized the opportunity to enroll in Cape Town University, where he earned a bachelor of music degree and delved into his niche. “That’s when I really started to study African music,” recalls the father of five. “That was fantastic. I loved that. I could have spent my life down there, but I said, ‘Well, if I do that, I’ll do nothing else.’ So I did the three years down in Cape Town.” After returning to Montreal and working as an organist for seven years, MacDermot relocated to England to take advantage of the popularity of “African Waltz,” but didn’t have much luck. He decided to give New York a try. A meeting with Rick Shorter, the cousin of jazz-rock band Weather Report founder Wayne Shorter, led MacDermot to record demos for a living. He’s called Staten Island home ever since. MacDermot’s fondest memories of his five years at UCC involve the numerous sports taught by the late Winston McCatty. “They had a good sports program. We played cricket, football and hockey. That was taken seriously by everybody, and we had a lot of fun doing that.” The 2009 Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee isn’t slowing down at 83. He’s working on his latest musical, Gone Tomorrow. “I like keeping busy,” MacDermot concludes.

Future artists and visionaries By Nick Krewen


istinction in the arts has always been a primary concern to Upper Canada College, since music, theatre, photography, dance, design and other related disciplines offer important contributions to society and culture. Here are some current UCC students and 2011 graduates already making sustainable inroads in the world of the arts. Elliott McMurchy ’13 is a triple threat — not only as a violin and viola player for the UCC String Ensemble, but last year he also brandished the tenor saxophone in the Senior Jazz Band. An alumnus of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Young Artist Performance Academy, McMurchy is an elite member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra who has performed regularly at such major venues as Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall and the George Weston Recital Hall. He’ll travel to British Columbia for a tour this spring. But music isn’t McMurchy’s first love; it’s research and genetics. “Both my grandfather and my uncle are doctors, so it’s always been my dream in the end to go into medicine,” he declares. “But I’m always going to keep up music as my hobby.” Akeil Zarudny ’15 has already dipped his toe into the music business, selling his personal brand of hip-hop music through iTunes while carrying on his dad’s legacy. With the support of his father Adam, who made a name for himself in the Toronto rap scene as Vengeance, Zarudny has released a single titled “Never Goin’ Back (Watch Out World)” and a remix of A Milli’s “My Chick Bad.” While music is an exciting sideline, Zarudny has intentions of playing professional soccer and obtaining a law or business degree. “Then after that at some point, when I retire, I could do something with music. For me, it’s more of a hobby.” Matthew Walker ’11 is the first UCC student to be accepted into New York City’s prestigious The Juilliard School, for good reason. “He’s one of the most talented students we’ve seen in theatre, as an actor and director, based on my experience here dating to 1996,” states UCC Theatre director Dale Churchward.

Walker was one of 18 applicants chosen out of a field of 1,800. He underwent two weeks of auditions in Chicago and a few classes at Julliard before discovering he’d made the cut. Walker was also accepted by the eight other schools he applied to, including Harvard University, and says UCC’s “academic rigour and competitive spirit” helped train him for his 14-hour Juilliard days. “It totally tested my stamina,” he says. Angut Pedersen ’11 is a Nunavut native who attended UCC on scholarship and departed with a new career ambition: photography. “When I first went to UCC, I wasn’t into photography,” Pedersen recalls. “But once I stayed late after art class and Miss Kaye got me to take pictures for the yearbook. It just grew from there.” Pedersen now works as an employment officer for Kitikmeot Inuit Association, a company that manages Inuit-owned land and leases it for mining and exploration, and intends to attend university for environmental sciences. But photography remains his passion. “A friend of mine here has his own studio, travels the world and just does photography,” he says. “That’s what I want to do.” Xavier Alexis Rivas ’11, one of UCC’s top student artists, is realizing his dream of studying architecture at New York City’s esteemed The Cooper Union. “Since I was really small, I’ve had an interest in buildings and building environments,” explains the editor-in-chief of the 2011 College Times yearbook. “By far my greatest interest is in the field of architecture.” Rivas says he’s looking forward to his current semester project, which includes designing the ideal home. “It’s not even a home as you usually think about it in terms of having bedrooms, a kitchen and all that. It’s more of a space for humans to dwell in, an ideally powerful space, I suppose.” Rivas enjoyed his time at UCC, particularly a trip to a rural school in Kenya that involved donating solar-power laptops and Internet access to students. “UCC has given me a lot of exposure to a lot of different things that I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten to know,” he concludes.

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Old Boys in the arts

These five men may have varying careers now, but they all got their starts taking arts courses at UCC.

Yung Chang makes films about real people By Karen Bliss

Yung Chang ’96’s latest documentary, China Heavyweight, is about a coach, a master and two students in China that he followed for two years during their quest to become professional boxers. Speaking on the phone from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where his film was in the world documentary competition, the former UCC boarding student says it in some ways reflects the influence that some of his teachers had on him. Chang, who went by the first name Jason at UCC, was heavily involved in the photography club and college film, where he developed his writing and editing skills while making experimental videos. The Oshawa, Ont. native also created the opening film for the World Affairs Conference, which involved editing together old movies into a montage about the end of the world. “I was interested in film to begin with, but I think it was really fostered with the time and resources I had at UCC to be able to explore — and with the support of good teachers,” says Chang. Chang attended Montreal’s Concordia University, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in cinema production. His first medium-length documentary, 2002’s Earth to Mouth, was produced by the National Film Board and followed migrant labourers tilling, planting and harvesting Asian vegetables. Chang’s first feature film, Up the Yangtze, became one of the top-grossing documentaries in the world in 2008. The movie took three years to make and explored the lives of young cruise ship workers whose family homes were going to be flooded by the construction of the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges Dam. “Documentaries are not about making lots of money,” says Chang. “It really is about the art and the desire to tell stories that touch people.” Chang’s next film is The Fruit Hunters, about people obsessed with exotic fruit, which he says should be ready by the fall.

Wai Choy moves from Mean to behind the scenes By Andrea Aster

It’s not every day you hear a delicious piece of celebrity gossip first hand, but Wai Choy ’04 co-starred with Lindsay Lohan in her starmaking turn in the 2004 comedy Mean Girls. He auditioned seven times and beat out hundreds of actors, landing the role of “mathlete” Tim Pak in the film’s climactic scene.

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Choy was on the Toronto film set for 15 days and never had a problem with Lohan, but he could tell she was headed for trouble and thought she was very full of herself. When a stylist came to spray her hair, he says Lohan refused and “took the hairspray and sprayed it in the stylist’s eyes,” which closed down the set for a half hour. Having had a taste of big-time film acting, Choy has no intention of becoming a one-trick pony. “I’m committed to the industry, but want to approach it from many angles,” he says. Choy is in his last semester at University of Pennsylvania Law School on a Levy Scholarship and wants to pursue technology, media and intellectual property law. He’s drafted acting contracts as a summer associate at Marvel Studios in Los Angeles and worked at the Proskauer Rose law firm in New York City. He also received a bachelor of fine arts degree in film and television production with a double major in journalism from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2008. This Is Life — a film he wrote, directed and starred in — screened internationally that same year. There will be no waiting tables and dreaming of stardom for Choy. One gets the sense he’ll rise to the top wherever he goes, and his mantra is a good life lesson for all who aim to succeed: “I’ve always endeavoured to be well-rounded and multi-faceted.”

Ajon Moriyama has built a fine career By Andrea Aster

Renowned architect Ajon Moriyama ’82 was just four when, while blowing bubbles at the bottom of a swimming pool, he had an inkling about the “oneness” of time and space. He credits the experience with birthing the sensibility that informs his oeuvre of award-winning projects. “There’s an essential unity to beautiful, classical design which transcends trends and time,” says Moriyama, partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, the revered firm his father Raymond founded in 1958. Its projects, from the Bata Shoe Museum to the Canadian War Museum and the Toronto Science Centre, represent Canada’s most prominent urban landmarks. Moriyama is currently charged with the 15-year, $32-million redevelopment of the Toronto Reference Library, which his dad originally built. “I always tell my team, ‘If we’re fighting the design, we’re in the wrong place. Anything beautiful looks easy,” says Moriyama. But it’s not easy to win international design competitions and five Governor General’s Awards for architecture. Consider Moriyama’s challenge in designing the National Museum, the first in Saudi Arabia’s history, which opened in Riyadh in 1999. The general public had little concept of museums, and he had just 23 months to build it. But no-one told him

the Saudis used a lunar, not a solar, calendar. By the time the team recalculated, they’d “lost” two months. “It was a great life lesson,” says Moriyama. “Rules change with the culture.” Closer to home, Moriyama has spearheaded work for Havergal College, Toronto French School and the reference library — which posed some unique challenges. When the project started in 1999, integrating then new-fangled computers into the design was a piece of his puzzle. The full effect, including a tiered computer hub and vigorous cultural programming, debuts next year. Moriyama recently spoke at a UCC Upper School assembly, which he says helped him realize that both he and the College have come far since he graduated.

Michael Perlmutter serves an entertainment niche By Kerry Doole

It’s a vivid demonstration of his success as a music supervisor that I located Michael Perlmutter ’83 just days after his triumphant first visit to the Sundance Film Festival. He was there as a key player with one of the fest’s best-received new films, the Richard Gerestarring Arbitrage. This is just one highlight of a busy and varied show business career. When Toronto-based Perlmutter attended UCC, however, he was more interested in scoring goals for the varsity soccer team than in films. Perlmutter praises his UCC education “for instilling discipline, dedication and loyalty.” He put those skills to work effectively after graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. A stint on the Toronto film set of Short Circuit 2 gave Perlmutter the showbiz itch. As an executive for Echo Advertising, he worked with Concert Productions International, one of the world’s biggest concert promoters. After a short stint at EMI Music Publishing, he was snapped up by leading music entertainment company S.L. Feldman & Associates as its music supervisor. A music supervisor finds music to fit scenes in TV shows, commercials and feature films, while also negotiating with the artist, publisher or record label for the rights and coming to terms on a fee. As the record industry crumbles, artists increasingly need the exposure provided by such placements. After eight years at Feldman and landing songs for such TV shows as Catch a Thief, Due South, Queer As Folk and DeGrassi, Perlmutter established Instinct Entertainment in 2006. He’s worked with TV series’ The Bridge, DeGrassi, The L Complex and Debra! along with films The Harvey Weinstein Project, High Chicago and Beat The World. Another accomplishment was creating a unique music event called The Side Street Project which featured Emm

Gryner, Holy F*ck and Buck 65 collaborating on cover songs. The resulting TV special has been a hit on SuperChannel. Perlmutter is somewhat of a cultural nationalist and boosted the careers of such artists as Broken Social Scene, Royal Wood and City and Colour by giving them early placements in Queer As Folk and DeGrassi. “The most satisfying part of my job is finding music you love and want other people to hear,” he explains. “A great way to do that is to pop it in a television show, film or commercial.”

Angus Tucker makes advertising fun By Andrea Aster

Clever humour is difficult to pull off in advertising, but it’s enabled John St. to become one of Canada’s most award-winning and buzzgenerating ad agencies. Consider its hilarious piece of self-promotion, “Catvertising,” with 1.5 million hits on YouTube and coverage from major media. It’s both a spoof of marketers leaping indiscriminately on every latest social media craze and a tribute to the fact that we all guffaw over silly cat videos. “We wanted to show we knew what we were doing in the new world of communications,” says co-creative director Angus Tucker ’82. “We could have showed a bunch of successful cases, but that would have been pretty boring.” The video purports to launch John St.’s new catvertising agency, the first in the world. “Cat videos provide an excellent return on investment,” Tucker deadpans in the high-production spot that features cats swinging from fans and pouncing on flashlight strobes before flailing down walls. While discussing his work, Tucker is more like a cynical consumer than a slick ad guy, which is probably a clue to his phenomenal ability to create ads that resonate with a jaded public. “The first hurdle you have to get over is the fact that most people hate advertising,” he says. “And I’m the first to hold up my hand on that point.” The Stanfield’s clothing company had zero online mentions until John St. dreamed up an online marketing stunt called “the guy at home in his underwear.” It enlisted testicular cancer survivor Mark McIntyre to spend 25 days streamed online in his briefs in exchange for a Stanfield’s donation of $25,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society. It earned huge media coverage and kudos for Stanfield’s. Tucker has been at the top of his game for more than a decade. He met partner Stephen Jurisic in 1998 at Ammirati & Puris, where they became one of the top creative teams in Canada, before leaving to start Toronto-based John St. in 2001. Maple Leaf, Heinz, Kraft Foods, Wiser Whiskey and War Child are among the company’s clients, and its string of awards includes a bronze at the prestigious Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

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Gracious Gifts: The Lind Family Art Fund By Karen Bliss


hil Lind ’61’s appreciation for art didn’t begin until he was in university. Now, the vice-chairman of Rogers Communications is a private collector, sits on the board of the Art Gallery of Ontario and Vancouver Art Gallery, and is one of Upper Canada College’s biggest arts donors. The 42-year veteran of Rogers and his son Jed ’97 most recently pledged $1 million to establish The Lind Family Art Fund at the College. “Although it isn’t totally paid out yet, young people who are interested in art will get a huge leg up in terms of understanding art,” says Lind. “They’ll be visiting art exhibits across North America, perhaps in Europe. “Visiting artists will be dropping in at UCC and the art room will be significantly changed, including having a tremendous amount of art books that are generally not available. So a person who really digs art, especially painting and graphic arts, will have a real head start at UCC.” The Lind Family Art Fund’s express purpose is to expand Upper School “students’ awareness and understanding of contemporary art through first-hand encounters.” Students may be given the opportunity to visit: important international exhibitions, such as Documenta and Venice Biennial; major art centres, including New York City, Los

Phil Lind and his son Jed.

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Angeles, London, Paris and Berlin; or geographic regions of historical significance in the art world. Travel may also include site-specific workshops or art-related projects. Visiting artists, critics, designers or architects may be invited to work with students on presentations and critiques, class projects or other initiatives. The fund could also allow specialized workshops in sculpting, printmaking, black-andwhite photography, conservation and restoration. Lind attended UCC in the 1950s for Grades 7 through 9 before transferring to Ridley College. But he wasn’t involved in the arts at all. In fact, he doesn’t recall anything of particular interest about those years, not even a favourite teacher. “They were just three average years,” Lind says. “They weren’t terrific. I don’t think UCC was any way then what it is now.” So how did a man, whose time at the College was just a blip in his life, come to serve as a senior volunteer of UCC’s campaign cabinet and as a member of the principal’s advisory council, in addition to setting up a large financial endowment fund? “It has a lot to do with my son Jed,” says Lind, whose brothers Geoffrey and Ronald also attended UCC. “I was not a great fan of private schools. I wasn’t a fan of Ridley for that matter either, but when I saw what opportunities are made available to UCC students nowadays and the genuine pluralistic society — both of what they represent in terms of the students and the amount of subjects and the general interest that the school makes available to everybody — it’s really quite outstanding. “UCC now, and UCC for the past 10 years or so, under [former principal Doug] Blakey and [current principal Jim] Power have really stepped ahead.” Lind isn’t sure where his son got his artistic talent (his daughter Sarah worked in film before she married). He and his late wife were interested in art, but weren’t artists. Jed, however, graduated from UCC in 1997 and now lives in Los Angeles where he makes his living in sculpture, film, video and photography. One of his sculptures — a stack of seven refined, painted steel 1979 Honda Civic cars rising six metres above the ground, titled “Gold, Silver & Lead” — is on display in Toronto’s Sculpture Garden until Sept. 30. The art room at UCC’s Upper School was named after him thanks to an earlier donation from the Linds. “I think we did something in the Prep first, and then the Upper School when Jed left,” Lind recalls. “I don’t know if my wife was still alive at the time, but we gave some money to expand the art room and to put more facilities in the art room.” Lind’s $1-million endowment is a means to “strengthen the calibre of visual arts education at the College in perpetuity” and reinforces his belief that the school has come a long way since his time there more than 50 years ago.

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Dr. Peter Singer

This change-maker is bridging the healthcare gap between rich and poor.

By Michael Benedict


t takes a truly inspired innovator to see the healthcare potential of smelly socks. Dr. Peter Singer ’78, the chief executive officer of Grand Challenges Canada, certainly qualifies. A doctor in Tanzania had noticed that a pile of socks from soccer-playing youth attracted mosquitos, the bearers of a largely preventable disease that still kills some 650,000 people annually — many of them children in Africa. The doctor was able to isolate the scent and use it as bait as part of a trap to kill mosquitos with insecticide. Now, thanks to a grant from Grand Challenges Canada, he’s developing a way to produce affordable, life-saving “mosquito boxes.” “The smelly socks is a terrific example of a bold idea with a big impact,” says Singer. “It’s exactly the sort of health innovation that Grand Challenges is designed to support. We need simple ways of delivering health care combined with scientific medical advances.” Singer’s dedication to helping bridge the healthcare gap between rich and poor is rooted in a lifelong commitment to bioethics inspired by an Upper Canada College term paper. For his last-year biology class, then teacher and later school principal Douglas Blakey asked students to write about bioethics — a subject neither part of the curriculum nor an area of much public interest at the time. Says Singer: “Doug Blakey was one of several creative teachers at UCC who pushed students to think independently. They taught me that one does not have to follow traditional career paths. As a result, I’ve never taken a position that was a position before I took it.” Singer wrote about the ethics of human experimentation and says, “It made me realize that to really improve people’s lives, you have to couple science with ethics.” Blakey remembers the paper well. “It was exceedingly well-researched and gut-wrenching,” he says. “I told my wife, ‘Wow, this kid really went to town on the topic.’ I’m pleased it opened the door for his future work.”

Melinda Gates and Hillary Clinton joined Peter Singer last March at the Saving Lives at Birth launch in Washington, D.C.

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The two men remained close, and Singer helped Blakey as principal when UCC introduced the International Baccalaureate program. “That opened my eyes to the global community,” says Singer. At the time, Singer was practising internal medicine and establishing an international reputation for his bioethics work at the University of Toronto. He helped bring the subject into the medical school curriculum and developed a new model for living wills. “I wanted to improve the end of life experience from the perspective of the patient,” says Singer. “I wanted to define a ‘good death’ from the point of view of the dying, not the practitioners.” It wasn’t much of a leap from that to what Singer calls the “mother of all ethical challenges — the inequities in health care.” He adds: “How can we justify a situation where our average lifespan in the West of 80 years is half that in the developing world? How can we justify that 90 per cent of medical research is for the benefit of 10 per cent of the population? And how can we justify that 90 per cent of the deaths in the developing world are preventable? “We have to do things differently, be innovative. Otherwise, we will continue to get the same results. All people have the same right to a full life.” Much of Singer’s outside-the-box approach is described in The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village, which he wrote with colleague Dr. Abdallah Daar. Grand Challenges, which is entirely funded by the federal government, last year teamed up with the United Statesbased Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank and the Norwegian government in a $50-million initiative to stem newborn deaths. Some 1.6 million infants and 150,000 mothers in the developing world die in the first 72 hours after birth. Many of those deaths can be prevented with innovations such as sleeping bags acting as incubators. Grand Challenges and the Gates Foundation launched a $32-million program in December to develop point-of-care diagnostic tools that could be used in remote communities to test blood for disease. In backing such projects, Singer also sees potential benefits for the West. “Escalating healthcare costs are one of Canada’s biggest problems. Imagine a world where we could bring low-cost innovations from the developing world to Canada that bring down our costs and yet maintain quality. That would be really cool.” Singer was known for his dedicated studying at UCC, and today he says: “You have to be passionate about something to work hard at it, and I’m passionate about helping people in the developing world.” That passion was recognized last year when Singer added to his long list of honours by being appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. “He has made a huge contribution,” concludes Blakey. “But I know there’s more to come. It’s not over yet.”

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Founder's Dinner focuses on leadership and volunteering By Steve McLean


ounder’s Dinner — an evening held in honour of what Sir John Colborne did for Upper Canada College in 1829, and a school tradition for more than a century — turned its latest page on Feb. 15. A cocktail reception with a variety of tasty appetizers in UCC’s student centre preceded an excellent dinner in Lett Gym, which got under way with accompaniment by the Prep Senior Band and the singing of “O Canada” by Grade 4 student Alexander Dreger. The father and son team of Bob ’65 and John Medland ’97 acted as dinner chairmen and masters of ceremonies, and Association president John O. Cape ’87 introduced the recipient of the John D. Stevenson Award: Holly Miklas. The award recognizes outstanding volunteerism at UCC, and Miklas is fully deserving of it for all the time and effort she’s put in on behalf of the school since her son Adam enrolled in 1999 and son Matt followed a year later. Miklas was obviously touched by the honour, and was gracious and humble in her acceptance speech. “I believe that our parents, past and present, and our Old Boys are leading by example to inspire the boys here at UCC to embrace volunteering as an essential and vital part of life,” she said. “The lasting friendships I’ve found with fellow parents and the opportunity to see my boys and their classmates grow into young men who have acquired an appreciation for character and giving back to their community has been the greatest gift.”

The UCC Wind Ensemble and the UCC Jazz Band played during and after dinner, and their performances were followed by the introductions of members of the graduating class of 1962 who were in attendance. Principal Jim Power addressed the audience and outgoing vice-principal Innes van Nostrand (who will become principal of Appleby College this summer) received a standing ovation when he was thanked for his years of valuable service to the school. IB2 student Kaleem Hawa gave a knowledgeable and confident introduction to keynote speaker John Stackhouse ’81, the editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail and father of Year 2 student Matthew. Stackhouse’s speech focused on three points: The Globe’s “Time to Lead” campaign to encourage readers to build a better Canada; the one-per-cent movement, and why he thinks it’s missing the mark; and growing waves of philanthropy and volunteerism, which he believes are fuelled by technologies that have connected humans like never before. In keeping with that theme, social media was incorporated into the evening. Guests could submit questions (which appeared on a large on-stage screen) via text, Twitter or a website and have them answered by Stackhouse during his talk. “Don’t for a second believe social media is only for the young and only for the frivolous,” Stackhouse said near the end of his address. “Along with philanthropy and volunteerism, it’s the greatest agent of social change we’ve seen in our generation.”

Bob Medland ’65, Sally Medland, Jenny Medland and John Medland ’97

Adam Miklas, Holly Miklas, Paul Miklas and Ashley Miklas

John Cape ’87, Holly Miklas and John D. Stevenson ’47

Teacher Justin Murray and Ryerson Symons ’85

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All photos by Caley Taylor.

Kaleem Hawa ’12

Alexander Dreger ’20 and Bob Medland ’65

UCC parents Michele Power, Neera Chopra, Frances Lee and Piera Morra

Amrithal Bachra ’12, Bilhar Bachra, Manjit Bachra and teacher Derek Poon

Simon Benattar, Danny Fleisher, Brenda Benattar, Laurel Linektsky-Fleisher, Andy Burgess ’83 and Beth Burgess

Reginald Stackhouse, Jim Power, John Stackhouse ’81, Matthew Stackhouse ’15, Mary Power, Pat Meneley and Michelle Meneley

Ron De Mara ’50 and Donald Johnson

Peter Dotsikas ’81, Anne Langford Dotsikas, David MacDougall ’81, Joanna MacDougall, Rocco Rossi ’81, Bartlett MacDougall, Gus Dotsikas ’81, Russ Higgins ’81 and Johanne Dotsikas

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Norval will remain an important part of UCC By Chris Daniels


pper Canada College is sending more students than ever to its Norval Outdoor School, a 420-acre outdoor learning environment northwest of Toronto. First used as a “classroom” for science students in 1939, UCC today uses Norval to help broaden boys’ understanding of curriculum in science, geography, math, art and other subjects. The outdoor school helps boys develop an awareness of the environment, and their ethical responsibility to it, in addition to outdoor skills. Still, a recently released report says UCC can — and should — make more and better use of the property, located just outside the hamlet of Norval along the Credit River, only a 45-minute drive from UCC’s main Deer Park campus. “In recent years, there’s been a lack of certainty about where the College wanted to take Norval because of concerns about urban sprawl,” says Norval director Bill Elgie. The region of Halton, for instance, has proposed construction of a Highway 7 bypass around the hamlet. Following consultation with various stakeholders, including the UCC community and third-party experts between May 2010 and April 2011, the Norval Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) concluded Norval is large enough to withstand the pressure of urban encroachment. “Everything on the table was considered, even the idea of relocating the property,” says Norval LRPC chair Russell Higgins ’81. “We just couldn’t see how we could replicate the value of the property within such close proximity to the main campus that would allow for both overnight and day trips.” The 12-member committee represented a cross-section of UCC stakeholders, including governors, Old Boys, parents, and faculty and staff members. Three members of the committee had no direct affiliation with UCC, but brought considerable expertise to the table: Deborah Martin-Downs, director of the ecology division of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; Bob Henderson, professor in outdoor education at McMaster University; and Geoff Cape, co-founder of Evergreen, a non-profit organization dedicated to making cities more liveable. The LRPC not only recommended keeping the Norval property, but enhancing and protecting it as an outdoor environmental experiential education site. “Thinking big about Norval and having a conversation about it was a very important exercise,” says Don Kawasoe, an LRPC member, head of UCC’s Prep and Upper Schools and Norval’s director from 1983 to 1987. “I think it’s prudent for us to protect both the natural and financial assets of the property.” One of the LRPC’s recommendations was to improve and expand Norval’s facilities to accommodate a broader range of programs and a greater number of students, particularly on an overnight basis. A survey of Prep boys found that they

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bonded at Norval in ways that are hard to replicate in a classroom, whether it’s sitting around a campfire, playing hide-and-seek or tag in the dark or helping to pitch a tent. “Aside from the outdoor educational aspect, Norval creates a real bonding experience for UCC boys, given they sometimes stay overnight for several days,” says Higgins. “I know a lot of Old Boys, myself included, have warm memories of Norval because of that. And we can see Norval playing a bigger bonding role for students, particularly boys in Grades 5 and 7, which are intake years at UCC.” With expanded facilities, the LRPC says the College could increase the number of paying groups that use the property. It also recommends that Norval be offered on a pro-bono basis to local public schools and through Horizons, a program UCC started to support inner-city youth at publicly funded schools. “We are very fortunate to have what we have, and to be able to share the property for broader use is a very powerful thing,” says Kawasoe. UCC has been asked to consider a strategic educational partnership with a nearby university, which would help establish Norval as a site of enhanced research and field studies on the sustainability of natural environments in the face of urban encroachment. “A university would have free access to the property for their students to conduct research studies, and those studies could be integrated into the UCC curriculum at Norval,” says Higgins. “Master’s students, for instance, could share some of the work they’re doing with UCC students. It would kick Norval’s environmental curriculum up a notch.” The LRPC has also suggested that the College start planning celebrations to commemorate the impending 100th anniversary of the school’s acquisition of Norval. UCC brought the property for $62,750 in 1913. It has appreciated enormously in value since then, but, given its unique topography (including meadows, forests and the Credit River) and history, Kawasoe says it’s truly one of UCC’s most valuable assets. “Graduates end up developing an affinity not only for the outdoors, but the property itself.”

UCC athletics keep moving forward By Steve McLean


Photo: Liam Sharp

thletics are “a vital pillar in the education of boys” which strive “to develop exemplary character through commitment, teamwork and the pursuit of excellence,” according to Upper Canada College’s new athletic mission statement. With that in mind, an athletic review committee comprised of parents, past parents, alumni, a student, faculty and senior administration members has made a series of recommendations that should ensure that UCC students can enjoy and excel in physical activities while still focusing on academic excellence and taking part in other co-curricular activities for years to come. “There are few programs at Upper Canada College that ignite the excitement and emotion of boys and their parents like athletics,” says committee member Don Kawasoe, head of the Prep and Upper Schools. “It’s a strong rallying point for the school and is certainly a focus for school spirit. But what we’re trying to do is balance support for all of our cocurriculars.” Prep athletic director Nigel White and Upper School athletic director Brent MacKay have more clearly defined roles and responsibilities, coaching manuals have been revised and aligned between schools, and consistent communication to parents and students regarding team selection, commitment and philosophy will be stressed. Changes to the overall College website will include improvements to the athletics section. Whole school co-ordination of multi-team sports is being developed to help streamline transitions as boys progress through the system. “We need to find out what’s going on at the Prep and what they’re learning that’s age-appropriate versus when they get up here and how we’re going to continue to develop that piece of their abilities,” says MacKay. “Once we get sports coordinators in place, then we’ll have someone with the time and expertise to be able to have a look at each sport in a bit more depth.” Streamed physical education classes similar to the standard and higher level academic courses offered at the Upper School are under consideration, while intra-school, intramural and Upper School House sports programs will be reviewed annually.

Athletic directors have become part of the hiring process, with an eye towards developing teacher/coaches, and strategies are being developed to recognize the workload of faculty members. Where required, resources are being provided to bring in coaches with strong technical sport-specific skills and an approach that’s consistent with the school’s athletic mission. External service providers in a variety of sports, with aims and strategies that share the College’s values and focus, will be identified and supported. The full implementation of the Positive Coaching Alliance program — including professional development opportunities for coaches, athletes and parents — will continue, and a code of conduct for these same people will be established. An Upper School team captains’ council now meets at least once a term. UCC’s athletic directors and director of recruitment and enrolment will continue to develop recruiting strategies and resource allocation in an effort to attract the best students — academically and athletically — to the College, while staying true to its overall mission and philosophy. A UCC director of hockey position will be filled by September since that sport is in the most competition with outside organizations that vie for some of the same players. The feasibility of an improved College-based hockey program that remains more consistent with its values than what’s offered by the Greater Toronto Hockey League is being explored. Starting this year, the varsity hockey team will be established in the spring, boys will further develop their talents over the summer and a skills camp will be held just before school starts in September. Practices will be scheduled at exclusive times so there won’t be conflicts for academically sound and organized boys who want to play another sport in addition to hockey in the fall, when hockey tournaments and exhibition games will be played on some weekends. The relationship between UCC and the parent-established Hanlon Boat Club will be clarified as the school continues to support the demanding and rigorous sport of rowing. A new swimming pool and the re-introduction of squash courts are on the College’s wish list, but appear to be quite a few years away from materializing. While the Blues Booster Club does a great job of generating enthusiasm for school teams, community input is being sought to determine the feasibility of recognizing long-term athletic excellence via a hall of fame or similar initiative. After all of the research and consulting that the committee members undertook, White emerged from the process satisfied with the state of the union and believes that minor tweaking will make something good even better. “The athletic review exposed that we have a top-notch athletic program here. There’s always room for improvement, but we have one of the widest varieties of team experiences and one of the greatest levels of participation in our athletic program compared to other schools.”

Craig Uyeno ’16

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UCC annual report 2010 –11


pper Canada College experienced another successful year, as its boys excelled in the classroom, community initiatives and other extra- and co-curricular activities. The inspiring accomplishments of students, led by topnotch teachers and supported by the school’s hard-working staff, enabled UCC to continue to attract large numbers of potential students and maintain its leadership role as one of the most respected independent boys’ schools in North America. But it’s more than the people who spend each weekday at UCC who contribute to its achievements. Numerous parents and Old Boys freely give of their time in volunteer roles, while also impacting the bottom line with generous gifts to maintain

and improve the school’s operations and facilities, as well as: needs-based scholarships; boarding; and academic, arts, athletic and community service programs. Generosity knew no bounds, as UCC donors committed $11.6 million in the 2010–11 fiscal year, an increase of $1.6 million over the same period 12 months earlier. These generous contributions raised the UCC endowment by almost $9 million to $55.6 million and will help ensure that the College stays at the head of the pack and continues to offer the best educational opportunities possible for its boys. For complete lists of volunteers and donors, please visit

Upper Canada College Financial Statements Balance Sheet As at June 30

Statement of Operations and Changes in Net Assets 2011 2010 $ $

Year ended June 30

2011 2010 $ $

Assets Revenue Current Cash and cash equivalents

Fees 13,777,587 8,567,034

5,131,682 5,038,038 1,320,687 1,328,328

Accounts receivable

568,778 362,717

Food services


249,747 275,941

Investment income

Total current assets Investments Capital assets, net

14,596,112 9,205,692

Unrestricted donations

20,856,542 20,184,957

Donations designated for specific purposes

39,610,666 40,111,833

Amortization of deferred capital contributions

75,063,320 69,502,482

34,508,387 33,498,175

Summer programs and other operations

827,415 229,637 390,912 486,478 2,681,586 2,330,543 1,840,421 1,770,481 46,701,090 44,681,680

Expenses Academic and extracurricular activities

23,845,269 23,091,513

Liabilities and Net Assets

Facilities operating and maintenance

4,379,134 4,479,321


General and administrative

4,887,893 4,846,485

Summer programs and other operations

2,545,705 2,632,344

Boarding and meals

3,429,925 3,412,785

Financial aid

1,873,974 1,500,771

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities Unearned revenue Deferred summer program revenue Due to The Upper Canada College Foundation

Total current liabilities Deferred capital contributions Other deferred contributions Accrued post-employment benefits

Total liabilities

5,120,727 4,971,069 14,693,370 13,033,984 2,122,538 2,036,095 32,415 27,093

21,969,050 20,068,241 28,815,524 28,215,430 865,300 553,588 4,519,694 4,571,094

Amortization of capital assets Excess of revenue over expenses before the following Non-pension post-employment benefits expense

Excess of revenue over expenses for the year Net assets, beginning of year

Net assets, end of year

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3,102,096 2,037,853 (302,473) (280,988)

2,799,623 1,756,865

56,169,568 53,408,353

Contingent liabilities

Net assets

2,637,094 2,680,608 43,598,994 42,643,827

18,893,752 16,094,129 75,063,320 69,502,482

16,094,129 14,337,264



The Upper Canada College Foundation Financial Statements

As at June 30

2011 2010 $ $

The Endowment

Thank you to our donors for their generous support of the UCC Endowment. (in thousands)

Due from Upper Canada College

32,415 27,093

55,603,368 46,872,100


Liabilities and Fund Balances Liabilities




51,906,625 44,730,730


3,664,328 2,114,277

Investments, at market value


Cash and cash equivalents




Balance Sheet

18,370 21,172

Accrued charges

Total liabilities



Fund Balances 7,608,276 6,259,391

General Fund

6,909,940 6,249,916

Restricted Fund

41,066,782 34,341,621

Endowment Fund

Total fund balances

55,584,998 46,850,928 55,603,368 46,872,100

Statement of Revenue and Expenses and Changes in Fund Balances Year ended June 30





Total Giving to the College by Fiscal Year in millions

2011 2010 $ $


Donations and bequests

5,795,509 3,845,740



Investment income

6,777,596 2,516,189

New commitments: $9,406 Receipted gifts: $7,310

New commitments: $10,027 Receipted gifts: $6,319


2010–2011 (Current)

New commitments: $7,097 Receipted gifts: $7,885

New commitments: $11,646 Receipted gifts: $7,977

New commitments: $8,190 Receipted gifts: $4,620 Revenue

Transfers from Upper Canada College

39,158 92,677



Expenses Annual grant to Upper Canada College

2008–2009 New commitments: $7,949 Receipted gifts: $4,534

1,891,871 1,830,550 486,322 95,523

Administrative and general Transfers to Upper Canada College

1,500,000 — 3,878,193 1,926,073

Excess of revenue over expenses for the year


Fund balances, beginning of year

46,850,928 42,322,395

Fund balances, end of year


4,528,533 46,850,928

The 2010–11 annual report and a complete list of UCC volunteers and donors are available online. Please visit

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Old Boys Old Boys

Estates & Former Foundations Estates Current & Former Foundations Current Faculty & Staff Faculty & Staff

Where the Gifts Were Directed Contributions to the UCC Foundation $5,825,930.45

Contributions to the UCCUCC Foundation Contributions to the Foundation $5,825,930.45 $5,825,930.45

$1,526,310.65 $1,526,310.65 General Endowment General Endowment

$11,016.71 $1,212,735.47 $11,016.71 $1,212,735.47 Endowed Programs Endowed Programs OtherOther

Contributions to the College $2,151,857.47

Contributions to the College Contributions to the College $2,151,857.47 $2,151,857.47

$527,590.28 $108,969.21 $527,590.28 $108,969.21$177,293.71 $177,293.71 Expendable Scholarships College Priority FundFund Expendable Scholarships OtherOther College Priority & Bursaries & Bursaries

$2,416,376.46 Parents, Parents of Alu Grandparents, Grandp $46,949.19 Other $157,816.06 Governors $474,454.00 Corporations $1,020,277.02 Old Boys $1,179,215.40 Foundations

$14,303.91 Current & Former Facu $2,668,398.88 Estates

$137,621.89 $137,621.89 Endowed Prizes Endowed Prizes

$2,938,245.73 $2,938,245.73 Endowed Student Financial Assistance Endowed Student Financial Assistance

$1,338,004.27 $1,338,004.27 Facilities & Programs Facilities & Programs

Gift Highlights

Contributions to the UCC Foundation and the College Gift Highlights

Total Giving to the College by Constituency Total Giving to the College by Constituency $7,977,787.92 $7,977,787.92

Total Giving to the College By Type of Gift Total Giving to the College By Type of Gift

$7,977,787.92 Total$7,977,787.92 contributions to the COLLEGE$92,769.28 $1,136,911.16 $1,222,907.00 $1,222,907.00$92,769.28 $1,136,911.16 Planned GiftsGifts OtherOther Planned

Annual FundFund Annual


Total Donors By Type of Gift $2,416,376.46 $46,949.19 Total Donors By Type of$157,816.06 Gift Parents, Parents of Other Governors 1,474 1,474 Alumni, Grandparents, Grandparents of Alumni 62 62 6 6 55 55 MajorMajor GiftsGifts Planned GiftsGifts OtherOther Planned

$474,454.00 Corporations

Total contributions to the Foundation


$1,020,277.02 Old Boys

$5,526,200.48 $5,526,200.48 MajorMajor GiftsGifts

$1,179,215.40 Foundations

$14,303.91 Current & Former Faculty & Staff

$2,668,398.88 Estates

1,351 1,351 Annual FundFund Annual

For year ended June 30

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Contributions to the UCC Foundation




Total Giving to the College By Type of Gift $7,977,787.92

Total Total Giving Giving to the to the College College By Type By Type of Gift of Gift

$7,977,787.92 $7,977,787.92

Total Donors By Type of Gift 1,474

Total Total Donors Donors By Type By Type of Gift of Gift 1,474 1,474

$92,769.28 $1,136,911.16 $1,222,907.00 $1,222,907.00$92,769.28 $1,136,911.16 Planned Planned GiftsGifts OtherOther Annual Annual FundFund

62 62 6 6 MajorMajor GiftsGifts Planned Planned GiftsGifts

$5,526,200.48 $5,526,200.48 MajorMajor GiftsGifts

55 55 OtherOther

1,351 1,351 Annual Annual FundFund

Parent ‘Best-in-Class’ Annual Fund Participation

Old Boy ‘Best-in-Class’ Annual Fund Participation

By Participation

By AF Dollars Raised

By Participation

By AF Dollars Raised

Preparatory School

Preparatory School

Non-Reunion Year

Non-Reunion Year

Grade Participation


Amount Raised

Class of Participation

Class of

SK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62%

Grade 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45,312

1962 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23.5%

1962 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $37,022

Grade 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45%

Grade 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . $41,384

1982 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.0%

1981 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30,842

Grade 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44%

Grade 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . $39,536

1979.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.7%

1978 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26,900

1983.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.0%

1982 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $22,154

1988.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.6%

1987 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20,779

1981 & 1992.. . . . . . . . . . 12.5%

1983 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20,309

Amount Raised

Upper School

Upper School

Grade Participation


IB2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39%

IB2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $83,444

Y2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30%

FY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $66,212

Reunion Year

Reunion Year

Y1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28%

IB1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $65,955

Class of Participation

Class of

1985 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23.6%

1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $72,983

Amount Raised

Amount Raised

Overall (Prep & Upper)

Overall (Prep & Upper)

1970 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22.8%

1985 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $37,375

Grade Participation


Amount Raised

1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21.4%

1980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18,815

SK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62%

IB2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $83,444

1965 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.2%

1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17,959

Grade 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45%

FY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $66,212

1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19.7%

1970 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $13,523

Grade 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44%

IB1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $65,955

1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.6%

1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,552

For year ended June 30

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Believe in Blue and live it up this spring By Steve McLean


groupings of fine wine for the discerning palate, will follow. alas don’t happen at Upper Canada College too often, “A lot of work, a lot of effort and a lot of time has been put so a lot of work has to go into them to make sure that into the fine wine auction,” says Meneley. “It’s going to be a they stand out as spectacular events. That’s why inispectacular, not-to-be-missed event.” tial planning for the sold-out Believe in Blue Gala, which will The Believe in Blue Gala will feature fine dining, cocktails, be held at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum on May 12, began dancing to a DJ, silent and live auctions, and a raffle draw that more than a year ago. will include such great prizes as a 2012 ChevroMichelle and husband Pat Meneley were let Volt extended-range vehicle (which is already named gala co-chairs and helped put together Many unique items sold out at dealerships until mid-2013), an 18K a steering committee of approximately 50 and experiences white gold puffed heart diamond pendant, two enthusiastic people. They had their first will be on the auction Platinum-level Toronto Maple Leaf tickets and a meeting last April and have since broken into block, including a round gift certificate to Real Sports Bar. various sub-committees that have been getMany unique items and experiences will ting together regularly ever since. They have of golf and lunch with be on the auction block, including: a round of their work cut out for them to top 2007’s Blue actor Hugh Grant in golf and lunch with actor Hugh Grant in SurTies Gala, 2004’s Ice Blue Gala and 2000’s Surrey, England rey, England; stays at luxury homes, villas and Shades of Blue Gala, but Michelle Meneley is resorts in scenic locations around the globe; confident that her team of parents, past pardinner with Rush singer Geddy Lee at Barberian’s Steakents, Old Boys and UCC advancement and communications house; tickets to the 2013 Super Bowl and other top sporting staff members can pull it off. events; gourmet meals; and dozens of other enticing options. “We want to make this a very unique and special event “It’s going to be a great community and friend-raising and, if you had it every year, I think you would lose that. We event,” says Meneley. “There aren’t a lot of opportunities want to keep it fresh, keep it new, keep it exciting. for the community to get together and celebrate what’s “My intention is that everybody feels very much a part of great about the school and to celebrate our boys. It’s going this event and everyone is welcomed and encouraged to parto be a lot of fun.” ticipate and provide whatever they can in terms of resources, The fun will last for one night, the memories will live on ideas and support. We’re always very receptive to feedback, forever and the funds collected from the Believe in Blue Gala and that’s what’s made working on this steering committee will benefit the College for years to come. Money raised will particularly rewarding.” go to: increasing needs-based scholarships to ensure that all The Believe in Blue Gala will be preceded on April 18 by deserving applicants have the opportunity to experience the a fine wine auction at UCC’s Weston Hall. The $50 admission benefits of a UCC education; enhancing boarding facilities and event will include a reception featuring wine tasting, hors programs; and renovations to the Upper School science wing. d’oeuvres, silent auction items and music from the UCC Jazz Meneley points out that Grant was offered a scholarEnsemble. The live auction, offering individual bottles and ship to a private boys school in his youth and went on to attend the University of Oxford, and “the fact we’re raising money for needs-based scholarships resonated with him and other donors who don’t have direct connections with the school.” As final preparations for the fine wine auction and Believe in Blue Gala reach the home stretch, it seems apparent that the five-year wait between events will be well worth it. “You’re going to come out and have a great time and you’re going to feel great about being part of the UCC community,” concludes Meneley. “You’re going to meet up with old friends and hopefully make some new friends, and you’ll do it in a way where you feel good about being able to support the school and making a difference in its future.” To find out more details about how you can play a part in all of this, visit the Believe in Blue Gala website Pat and Michelle Meneley at

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THINK BOARDING. HELP BUILD THE FUTURE. Upper Canada College’s unprecedented $14-million campaign to revitalize its boarding facilities and programs and increase the availability of needs-based scholarships has begun. Show your support and be a part of the UCC boarding renaissance. “I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend UCC in 2007, and boarding here has been a huge part of my life as I’ve become a more responsible, openminded and well-rounded person. I’ve met guys from all over the world and it sometimes seems like I’ve learned as much from them as I have in the classroom. Whether it’s from playing sports, taking part in various clubs, spending time with friends in the House or exploring Toronto, I’ll take valuable things with me from UCC that will last a lifetime.” Loyan Issa ’12, Head of Wedd’s House For more information on the UCC boarding campaign, and on how to make your commitment to this milestone project, please contact:

Linda Barnett Campaign Director Upper Canada College Office of Advancement 200 Lonsdale Road Toronto, ON M4V 1W6 416-488-1125, ext. 3308 Winter/Spring 2012 Old Times  29

A Q&A with UCC’s first director of community relations


uth Ann Penny was named Upper Canada College’s director of community relations in December. This new customer relations-focused role came out of the recommendations made by the governance review committee last spring and is unique to the independent school sector. This interview provides a good idea of Penny’s responsibilities, but please feel free to contact her directly at 416-4881125, ext. 3808 or with any questions or concerns. Q: What’s the main goal of the job? A: There are two big goals. The first is to reach out and help families, alumni and others whom the College serves to understand College practices and to facilitate the resolution of problems that may arise between the College and its community members. So, to listen with an open mind, offer impartial advice and help resolve problems, all in the interest of building consistent fairness and accessibility. The second goal is to work with the College leadership to strengthen its practices at the high administrative level. I observe, analyze and make recommendations about how processes and policies might change so that the partnership between the College and its community is as strong and open as possible. Q: When should someone come to you for help? A: If someone, I would think most often a parent, has tried to resolve a problem involving his or her child but has arrived at a point where frustration is still high and the inequity they feel exists is still not addressed, they might consider contacting me. I may be able to help them reframe the problem, I may redirect them or I may work directly with them to resolve the issue. The director of community relations receives concerns in total confidence and reacts impartially. Q: Who should, versus who shouldn’t, come to you? A: I’m ready to listen to anyone at any time because I believe everyone has some insight to offer the College through me. Life here is terrific, but schools are complex places. I’ve been a teacher and administrator in independent schools for decades, and I’m the parent of two independent school graduates, so I feel a strong bond with people who are part of a community like this one. Having said that, I hope that those people who come seeking redress will have an issue of fair weight and complexity on their hands. The College has many extremely fine avenues in place for informing and working with its community in the normal course. In other words, I don’t believe folks should come to me in order to avoid the more obvious, direct or appropriate avenues that exist for them, or that they should come just to criticize rather than participate in finding a solution.

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Q: How does the community find out about the results of your work? A: I’ll report to Dr. Power and through him to the board of governors regularly. The board may ask for a direct report from me from time to time. I envision including not only qualitative observations, but some hard data on concerns that have been brought forward, as well as recommendations for change if need be. I’ll also prepare a summary report of the year’s work that I hope will become part of the annual report of the College to its community. I’m busy building a presence on the website, and I intend to use it to report informally and to offer helpful tips to folks, perhaps by way of a FAQ page. Q: Do you foresee that your work can offer UCC any particular advantages? A: I think that any institution that begins an authentic journey toward greater transparency and accountability is bound to grow stronger and to be praised for taking the risk to do so. Independent schools, especially top tier ones like UCC, have the unfortunate reputation for mystery, cloistered behind the walls of tradition, money and power. People new to the school are often nervous about raising concerns in the face of such apparent power, or feel the College won’t listen to them because it doesn’t have to. The reality is that being dependably open and fair, entering into conversations with those you serve, and seeking to be honourable in all things is something I’ve learned quickly that the College believes in doing and has always believed in doing. My job is to assist in polishing up those practices in all corners of the school and making them relevant to today’s constituents. Q: Do you have any early observations about UCC as a school community? A: It’s filled with such outstanding educators. That hits you immediately when you start walking around. There’s tremendous pride here among students, alumni, parents and staff, from SK to IB2. I’ve interviewed more than 30 community leaders and presented to more, and their devotion is strong and constant. I’ve also learned that people are aware there’s work to be done. There’s a good base of humility and, since they’re all educators, willingness to learn.

Ask an Old Boy

Need advice? Want help from an expert on an issue that’s puzzling you? We’ll track down an Old Boy who can answer your query.

Ask Desmond So ’93 Desmond So founded consulting company Not Just The Right Fork (NJTRF) in 2008 after a two-year tenure at Citigroup’s Private Bank in Hong Kong, which isn’t the first place that jumps to mind when contemplating likely locations for incubating the idea for a business that teaches people how to “behave properly.” He started NJTRF with the vision of helping individuals and companies improve their confidence through the practice of etiquette and effective communication. Q: Is there a place for etiquette in today’s modern world? A: Mention “manners” and some people immediately think of a prim and proper southern grandmother cautioning her granddaughter to “sit like a lady” or else she won’t find a worthy husband, or a mother telling her young son not to talk with his mouth full at the dinner table. In our fast-paced, technology-centric society, where getting things done quickly seems to be prized above all else, is there even a need for etiquette and manners? Are these dated vestiges from a bygone era? Things get done over the Internet these days and “traditional” forms of human to human communication are obsolete. Making small talk with the teller at the bank just holds up everyone else in line. If I can afford to eat at a four-star restaurant, who cares how I eat? From my Citigroup days, it was apparent that even among international bankers, wealthy clients with investable assets of $10 million or more and job candidates I helped interview, there was much room for improvement in the areas of etiquette and communication. I met colleagues who wouldn’t know how to dress appropriately for the office, interviewees who didn’t understand the importance of eye contact and clients who weren’t aware that trust can be gained through a strong, firm handshake (or lost through a listless “dead fish” one). Being able to communicate properly and behave decently is more essential than ever precisely for the reason I mentioned above: today’s society moves at breakneck speed and is heavily dependent on technology. Wires and interconnectivity have reduced the need for human to human interaction. People have online relationships (I’m not talking about the romantic variety here) but don’t feel the need to see each other. The result? People don’t know how to utilize basic communication tools like speech, voice, eye contact and body language. When they don’t get what they want because they fail to express themselves clearly, they don’t understand why. Face to face interaction? Some people don’t even like to pick up a phone, relying on emailing or text-messaging. So it’s no wonder that some people don’t have basic phone manners like identifying oneself on every call or smiling when speaking to the person on the other end (yes, you can hear a smile). Another casualty of modern technology is that many people have forgotten how to write formally or never learned

in the first place. When was the last time you wrote a “real” letter? Never? You’re not alone. Electronic correspondence these days is punctuated with LOLs and TTYLs. I frequently see people sign off on formal business emails using “BR,” “Cheers” and “Thank you and talk to you later.” Blaming technology is silly. Smartphones don’t make people rude. The speed at which technology is advancing is partly responsible since people don’t have time to adapt to one technology before another emerges. If you thought it was rude for people to keep their mobile phone ringers on instead of switching to vibrate mode, I have bad news for you. The newest generation of smartphones spews an endless stream of beeps, clicks, pings and dings that can challenge your sanity and the patience of those around you. But to blame the phone would be more mad. A phone’s owner needs to realize when it’s appropriate to switch off different alert modes. The solution has to do with etiquette, common sense and being considerate much more than technology. I consider myself very polite, but I don’t consider myself perfect. Etiquette is all about practice, practice, practice. It’s being mindful of a set of rules so that those rules eventually become second nature. Only through consciousness and practice can one effect change and achieve success. Is there a place for etiquette in today’s society? Absolutely. To date, our company has helped multinational corporations, individuals seeking to improve their lives and university students making the transition from the world of academics to the professional workplace. Helping people achieve goals as a result of being able to communicate effectively is highly satisfying, and I’ve never been happier professionally. To find out more about Desmond So and Not Just The Right Fork, please visit

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Remember When

Take a look at two houses once owned by UCC’s first pupil.


enry Scadding was the first student enrolled at Upper Canada College on Jan. 4, 1830. He tutored school founder Sir John Colborne’s sons after graduation and later returned to the school to teach as a classical master from 1838 to 1862. His legacy was recognized in 1960 when UCC’s Scadding’s House was named in his honour. But it’s two other Scadding houses, neither affiliated with the College, which this article focuses on. The property most associated with Henry Scadding is at 6 Trinity Sq., nestled between the iconic Toronto City Hall across Bay Street to the west and the Eaton Centre, which looms over it just to the east. Scadding moved into the townhouse upon its completion in 1862 and lived there until his death in 1901. The structure is adjaScadding House cent to the Church of the Holy Trinity, where Scadding served as rector from 1847 until 1875 after being ordained to the Anglican priesthood in 1838. Scadding left the house to the parish in his will and it’s gone through various incarnations over the past 111 years. It was occupied by a corset manufacturer for a few years following his death, was vacant for a few years early in the next decade, and was occupied by churchwardens from 1914 to 1952. The building went commercial in the mid-’50s and tenants included a wholesale wallpaper company, a vinyl products and surfaces company, and a jeweller. Some of those same tenants were there later in the ’50s and through the first part of the ’60s, when a church sexton and a teacher also lived there with their respective wives. The building was partially vacant in the mid-’60s and the commercial tenants were gone by 1967. Tenants in 1970 included Rev. C. James Fisk, the Theatre Toronto Foundation office, a dental lab and a teacher. Inner City Angels, a group dedicated to bringing culture to city core children, helped save the structure from the wrecker’s ball during the mid-’70s construction of the Eaton Centre, according to a June 17, 1975 Toronto Star article that mentioned $350,000 in renovations to restore its 1860s feel and house an art gallery on the first floor, art workshops on the second, a children’s library on the fourth and an auditorium in the basement. Scadding House, owned by the Diocese of Toronto

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on land owned by the City of Toronto, was designated a heritage property in 1977 due to its architectural value and historic interest. The building was used for a variety of purposes after Inner City Angels left and before it again landed under the care of the church. Church of the Holy Trinity now operates Scadding House, which has an assessed value of $1.425 million, and rents space to registered charitable and not-forprofit organizations. But all isn’t well and some people have proposed boarding the building up, according to honorary assistant priest Jim Houston. “The building has become increasingly a financial burden and drain on the parish. The rents we can charge the nonprofit tenant organizations do not even cover the expenses. We have begun incremental phased-in increases, but several of the spaces are vacant. Our efforts to bring in larger organizations who could, say, take over the whole building have consistently failed because the house is not easily accessible. It needs an elevator." While the future of Scadding House may be in some question, a lesser known house owned by Henry Scadding in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. is being “lovingly restored and sympathetically expanded” by the family of UCC IB2 student Justin Keller-Hobson. Justin’s parents, Doug and Kathleen Keller-Hobson, purchased the property known as Delatre Lodge in 2010. Scadding bought it for £1,050 in 1858 and sold it for £1,200 in 1865. While Doug Keller-Hobson has seen documentation that Scadding gave sermons and lectures in the region during that time, he hasn’t found any that reveals what he used the house for. The original two-storey clapboard house is thought to have been built between 1844 and 1847, and four additions were made after that. Keller-Hobson demolished everything but the original house, which is carefully being restored as much as possible to its original state, and is “adding a new section to it for modern-day family living.” Construction will continue Delatre Lodge through this year on what will become the Toronto-based family’s retirement property. “My son is in Martland’s House and I told him at the time we bought the place that it would have been quite the coincidence if he’d been in Scadding’s,” says Keller-Hobson.

Photo, Scadding House: Steve McLean; Photo, Delatre Lodge: Doug Keller-Hobson

By Steve McLean

Boarding builds men. Men Build Boarding. Adam Markwell, Seaton’s ’92

Boarding Forever. The global call. The cycle forges on, thanks to generous Old Boys like Adam Markwell (Class of ’92), who is spearheading our campaign to revitalize boarding facilities and raise money for scholarships. To date, more than $9.4 million towards our $14-million goal has been raised. UCC takes its Boarding Forever campaign on the road this year with celebrations in Montreal, New York, London, Hong Kong and beyond. Come out and support us, or show your passion for boarding with a donation.

Get details and dates at

Adam Markwell, Vice-President and Investment Advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy Co-Chair, Boarding Campaign

Upper Canada College 200 Lonsdale Rd. Toronto ON M4V 1W6 Office Of Advancement: 416-488-1125, ext. 2000

UCC Today


tudents and parents alike continue to be quite satisfied with Upper Canada College’s program and delivery, facilities and overall performance, according to the results of two comprehensive surveys. UCC received a high or very high general satisfaction rating from 81.5 per cent of students and 82.7 per cent of parents. The results show an improvement from the last survey done in 2007 and reflect an overall upward trending in positive responses from both constituencies. The student survey results showed strong and consistent increases in school culture ratings, including relationships with administrators, peer relations, sense of community and safety. There were also improved indicators of individual attention being given to students, co-curricular engagement and a love of learning and expression. UCC’s program and delivery received high or very high ratings from 88.2 per cent of boys attending the College and 82.2 per cent of their parents. The school’s facilities were ranked high or very high by 86.7 per cent of students and 91.3 per cent of parents. An impressive 90 per cent of boys rated their overall educational experience high or very high. They were also enthusiastic about UCC’s academic facilities (84 per cent high or very high ratings), athletic facilities (89 per cent) and arts facilities (80.3 per cent). The College’s technology resources received an 80.2 per cent high or very high approval rating. Boys are also appreciative of what UCC has to offer outside the classroom, as the school’s co-curricular program (sports, arts, clubs, service activities and more) received high or very high ratings from 80.6 per cent of them. The quality of a UCC education received an 87.4 per cent high or very high approval rating from parents, who were also impressed with the College’s academic facilities (86 per cent high or very high ratings), athletic facilities (90.5 per cent) and arts facilities (86.3 per cent). While the survey findings are generally positive, UCC administrators, faculty and staff members are continuously striving to make improvements at the College to further solidify its position as one of the most respected independent boys’ schools in the world.

UCC is a world leader in Terry Fox runs


he Upper Canada College Forest Hill Terry Fox Run has raised more than $6.3 million for cancer research since it began 1981, and the 2011 edition boosted that impressive number even higher. More than 1,000 people showed up at UCC on the warm and sunny morning of Sept. 18 to take part in the run, and $125,000 was raised for the cause on that day alone. Subsequent online donations brought in much more. 34  Old Times Winter/Spring 2012

That success shouldn’t be a surprise, however, as UCC has consistently been ranked in the top three and has often been the biggest fundraising site in the world among the Terry Fox Runs that are held around the globe each year. More than 100 volunteers helped out, about half of them UCC students and the rest from the local community. There was also great support from College staff and faculty members. More than 75 members of UCC’s boarding community were among the participants who walked, ran or rode either a five- or 10-kilometre course, and then enjoyed some relaxation with their peers, friends and family members on the campus. UCC students took part in a Terry Fox run of their own on Sept. 30 as a lead-in to Association Day on Oct. 1. The run was preceded by a school-wide assembly on the Prep playing field that featured guest speaker Luke Coles, a strong promoter of the Terry Fox Foundation whose stepson Russell attends UCC. Students were asked to donate to the cause after the assembly and before taking part in a run along the Beltline Trail.

Prep locker rooms receive facelift

Photo: Caley Taylor

UCC receives high survey approval ratings

Anton ’19, Sergei, Maxim ’24, Andrei and Olga Tchetvertnykh prepare to cut the ribbon in the renovated Prep locker rooms.


rep School boys have a much more welcoming and comfortable atmosphere in their locker rooms after a refurbishment that significantly upgraded the basement facilities with new lockers, equipment cages, lost and found boxes, fresh paint and murals. The new locker rooms were officially opened at a Sept. 6 ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by students, parents, teachers, staff members, and principal Jim Power and Prep and Upper School head Don Kawasoe, who both spoke to open the proceedings.

The occasion was used to recognize the Prep Parents’ Organization (PPO) and these families for their generous donations that made the renovations possible: Geoffrey and Nancy Belsher, parents of Graydon ’20; Albert and Wanda Imbrogno, parents of Saverio ’16 and Luca ’17; Lou and Marisa Rocca, parents of Alessandro ’20; Sergei and Olga Tchetvertnykh, parents of Anton ’19 and Maxim ’24; and the PPO, represented by president Jill Adolphe. The honoured guests jointly cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the locker rooms and will be remembered in perpetuity for their commitment to the College on a plaque that will hang there next to the UCC crest.

Jennifer Harper’s Literacy Smarts

IB1 student Matthew Hong wins global Chinese proficiency competition in Chongqing, China

Jennifer Harper shows off her Literacy Smarts.


The awards presentation ceremony at the Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students.


pper Canada College IB1 student Matthew Hong and teammates from two other schools finished first in the fourth annual Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students. Hong earned the right to go to the world championship by winning an initial competition on his own in Toronto last April. He was then placed with two teammates, a student from Toronto’s Lycée Francaise and another from Montreal, and practised with them for a few hours each night for two nights while in Chongqing, China before the three-round competition began. Scores from each round were added together and Hong’s team ended up on top of 47 other teams from 43 countries. Each member of the winning team received a four-year scholarship to any university in Chongqing. Hong’s not yet sure if he’ll take advantage of the prize, but he definitely wants to continue learning Chinese as a third language to complement his native Korean and English.

pper Canada College Form 1 teacher Jennifer Harper has become the latest author among faculty members with the publication of her book, Literacy Smarts. Harper wrote the book with Brenda Stein Dzaldov to illustrate creative and innovative uses of interactive whiteboards — large interactive displays that connect to a computer and projector so that the computer’s desktop is shown on the board and users can control it directly from there — in education. All of the classrooms in UCC’s Prep School are outfitted with these boards, and Harper’s effective use of them in her language centres drew significant praise and helped convince her to share her insights in print. She solicited and demonstrated examples of creative interactive whiteboard use by other Prep teachers and credited them in Literacy Smarts. “It ended up being a bit of a celebration of what’s going on in the Prep,” says Harper of the 144-page book, which advocates for student-centred learning and describes how interactive whiteboards can enable teachers to help students grow as learners as they think, interact and engage with a wide variety of texts across content areas. Literacy Smarts is available in UCC’s Prep shop, and the profits from all copies sold there are being donated to the school. The book can also be purchased from the Pembroke Publishers website and, and Harper expects it to be sold at a variety of teaching conferences and workshops.

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UCC Today

Poppy display honoured UCC’s fallen soldiers


n a patch of grass outside Upper Canada College’s Prep School, rows upon rows of poppy signs quietly appeared on the Sunday night before Remembrance Day. But the impact on the community was just as resounding as a billboard on Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway. The poppy display was the brainchild of UCC physical education instructor David Bullock, who wanted to do something special to commemorate Remembrance Day. Through working with UCC archives, UCC Press, history and art teachers at the Prep, he created 305 poppy signs with the names of each UCC Old Boy who lost his life in World Wars I and II. “I thought it would be an ideal way of honouring all those families who sacrificed so much for our country and the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Bullock. “And, for the many young students at our school who have never experienced war, I thought this would bring a sense of reality to the number of men UCC lost in both great wars.” Bullock was pleased by the “overwhelmingly positive” community reaction to the poppy display, which was mentioned at the Prep’s Remembrance Day ceremony. Bullock was also interviewed on CBC Television and CBC Radio’s Here and Now.

Movember moustaches at UCC

Krause to support the Movember cause. The boys raised $6,833 from friends and family members, with IB2 student Daniel Luftspring being the top campaigner with $1,592 in donations. Form 1 and 2 teaching assistant and Wedd’s associate house adviser Steve Carr oversaw a team of more than a dozen UCC employees who raised $2,070 in donations by not shaving the hair under their noses for 30 days. Music and theory of knowledge teacher Myles Crawford led the way by bringing in $357 on his own, and Carr believes he also pulled off the best ’stache.

Barton Lecturer Cheryl Perera aims to break chains of child sex slavery around the world with OneChild


heryl Perera is living proof that high school students can make a major difference in the world. Perera — who gave the annual Barton Lecture on community service during Upper Canada College's principal's assembly on Nov. 28 — was appalled when she learned about the child sex trade in Bangkok, Thailand during a civics class. But her disgust soon turned into action as she convinced her parents and school principal to allow her to go to Sri Lanka on her own for three-and-a-half months when she was 17 so she could see what was happening first hand with child sex slaves, and ended up going undercover in a sting operation to arrest a sexual predator. “I was able to put myself in the shoes of a child,” said Perera, now 26. “And even for that short time, I was able to understand what it’s like to have your childhood commodified. That gave me a whole new resolve to do even more.” Perera founded OneChild, an organization to inspire youth to take action against child sex slavery, in 2005. It’s estimated that 1.2 million children around the world are sold into slavery every year, and that two million children are involved in the global sex trade. OneChild raised $187,000 to build two rehabilitation centres for victims of the child sex trade in the Philippines, and more awareness is being created through its “Break the Chains” program that can easily be introduced into schools.

UCC starts book club for parents

Some of UCC’s Movember participants (from back row clockwise): Myles Crawford, Rich Turner, Mario Sturino, Carl Beaudoin and Premek Hamr.


healthy contingent of Upper Canada College students, staff and faculty members risked ridicule for a good cause when they grew (or at least tried to grow) moustaches in November as part of the Movember campaign to raise funds and awareness in the fight against prostate cancer. It may have been difficult to tell with some boys, but more than 20 of them joined team captain and IB2 student Henry

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pper Canada College’s Wernham West Centre for Learning (CFL) has launched a book club as another way of marking its 10th anniversary and engaging with parents. The UCC Parent Book Club met for the first time in November and chose Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The Psychology of Success as the initial book it discussed at its January meeting, where it also selected to read the full Adam Cox report on “Locating Significance In the Lives of Boys” next. The book club is open to parents of all UCC students, and there’s been a good cross-section of grades represented so far. “I think it really helps us develop an understanding of the

school in terms of what our goals are and what our hopes are and what our challenges are,” says CFL executive director and book club organizer Mary Gauthier. “It takes us out into the world beyond ourselves, and that’s the thing that’s so wonderful about this.” Gauthier says the books they’re looking at “aren’t necessarily about boys and education, but there’s a connection there.”

Robert Guo is Ontario’s top fencer


Robert Guo prepares for his next opponent.

Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association or the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations, but the fencing club entered its first tournament at Toronto’s Bedford Public School on Jan. 14 and almost went undefeated. It won the gold medal after defeating St. Andrew’s College 45-33 in the final. “I think the overall first impression is a good shock to SAC and everyone else that the UCC fencing club is to be reckoned with,” says Guo.

Ages 4-16

he boy who may be Upper Canada College’s most successful athlete has largely been flying under the radar, but that appears to be changing. Foundation Year student Robert Guo began fencing less than two-and-a-half years ago and has already won multiple provincial championships. The 15-year-old is ranked: first in Ontario in the under 17 division; in the top five in the under 20 rankings; and in the top 15 among all fencers in the province. Guo is part of the Quest for Gold Ontario Athlete Assistance Program that provides funding to enhance access to high-performance coaching and competitive opportunities and services for Ontario athletes. Guo specializes in épée (foil and sabre are the two other swords used in modern fencing) and has set a goal to become an Olympian, but he’s also used his passion to influence other UCC students. He founded the College’s fencing club two years ago and says membership has ranged from five to 15 boys. There’s no inter-school fencing league sanctioned by the

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Comings & Goings New Employees

Internal Changes

Linda Barnett – campaign director, Advancement. Jeanette Cepin – part-time receptionist, Prep. Kassandra Dwarika – McLeese Chair in Canadian Debating coordinator. Eleni Gransden – supports Year 1 communications technology course and IB film program, and works in Upper School Centre for Learning. Fred Heinola – chemistry teacher, Upper School (temporary leave contract). Lara Koretsky – executive director of people and organizational development. Lydia Lubinski – French teacher, Upper School. Monica McSheim – Senior Division administrative assistant. Caroline Pawlowski – information technology department co-op student. Bonnie Penman-Chung – Primary Division administrative assistant (maternity leave contract). Ruth Ann Penny – director of community relations. Sarah Robertson – director of development, Advancement. Zulay Rodriguez – Spanish and French teacher, Upper School. Tracy Samuel – French teacher, Upper School (temporary leave contract). Raymond Tai – manager of advancement services, Advancement (maternity leave contract). Matthew Verboom – coordinator of Strength, Agility, Speed Fitness Centre. Lulu Wang – Intermediate Division science and Senior Division chemistry teacher.

Crystal Arruda – Primary Division administrative assistant (maternity leave). David Brown – moves to form adviser, Upper School. Madison Grainger – moving from office administrator/scheduler to general manager, William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex. Kelly (Farwell) Langerfield – advancement services director, Advancement (maternity leave). Ken Kloutsouniotis – moves from security officer to assistant account director and night supervisor. Christine Kouremenos – French teacher (leave of absence). Gareth Sayce – moves from security department assistant account director and night supervisor to account director. Josh Suteir – moves from science tech to science and chemistry teacher, Upper School. Glen Vance – chemistry teacher, Upper School (leave of absence).

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Moving On Nessa Gayle – boarding house laundress. Michael Horodenka – William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex general manager. Mike Musiychuk – security department account director.

Brooke (Farwell) Langerfield hugs her recently born sister London Charlie.

Ferley – Mark Ferley ’96, Form 5F teacher, Prep, and wife Katie welcomed son Tatum Mackenzie Laurie on Nov. 18. Griem – Matt Griem, economics and civics teacher, Upper School, and wife Melanie Martin-Griem welcomed daughter Elsa Olivia on Nov. 20. Kerr – Tom Kerr, grounds crew member, and wife Tanya welcomed daughter Addison Ava, in October. Thompson – Paul Thompson, information technology department, and wife Sarah welcomed daughter Elizabeth Emily, Sept. 14.

Births Arruda – Crystal Arruda, Primary Division administrative assistant, and husband Roberto welcomed daughter Rayann Marie on Oct. 7. (Farwell) Langerfield – Kelly (Farwell) Langerfield, advancement services director, Advancement, and husband Brian Langerfield welcomed daughter London Charlie on Sept. 24.

Mark Ferley ’96 brought his newborn son Tatum to class to meet his students.

Scadding’s wins The Great House Challenge


pper Canada College’s Scadding’s House laid almost twice as many virtual bricks as second-place Bremner’s to win Boarding Forever: The Great House Challenge in November. There were 291 bricks laid on behalf of Scadding’s on the Upper Canada College Old Boys Facebook page, which more than 800 people now like. The challenge raised awareness for the Facebook page and UCC’s recently launched boarding campaign, which aims to raise $14 million to improve facilities, enhance residential life, expand recruitment and increase needs-based scholarships. The Scadding’s tie was worn by Sir John Colborne in the Facebook page profile picture for the remainder of the year and is now on a cardboard stand-up of the College’s founder in the front foyer of the Upper School. That wasn’t enough for current Scadding’s boys, however. They wanted more recognition and took it into their own hands by climbing the Colborne statue in the quad and placing a Scadding’s tie around its neck. It wasn’t easy, but they finally did it, as you can see in a video at

The 2009 and 2011 classes laid the most bricks, and participants ranged from the class of 1958 to students who graduated last year. The top individual bricklayers from each class over the past 25 years will receive either a UCC logo-emblazoned folding chair or pen. “I believe in everything that UCC stands for and I am proud of the way that it has helped to shape me as a person and a man,” says Mark Laidlaw ’03, who laid more bricks than anyone, of his inspiration for taking part. “Despite the fact that I attended UCC as a day boy, I was able to see the benefits that the boarding experience provided for the entire community — not just the boarders themselves. The boarding program creates a diversity within the school that would not be created otherwise, and it deepens the already strong sense of community that exists at UCC. I believe in protecting such valued programs and maintaining the culture and tradition of the College.”

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Milestones Marriages Crosbie ’73 – on Sept. 10, 2011 in Dundas, Ont., Stephen Crosbie to Catherine Sellens. De Merlis ’02 – on Sept. 10, 2011 in Toronto, Ont., Adam de Merlis to Keila Dunn. Shore ’95 – on Aug. 28, 2011, Benjamin Shore to Elizabeth Ross. Wickramasinghe ’96 – on April 22, 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif., Shan Wickramasinghe to Hsu Wei Chow.

Births Allen ’94 – a daughter, Isabelle, on April 7, 2011, to Chris Allen & Cindy Fan. Isabelle Allen

Brebner ’97 – a son, Damon Antony, on Oct. 2, 2011, to David & Terianne Brebner. Bryant ’94 – a son, Jack, on Nov. 25, 2010, to Jay & Jennifer Bryant. Currie ’89 – a daughter, Rae-Lee Ella, on Aug. 28, 2011, to Trevor Currie & Clara Leung. Greer ’94 – a son, Oliver Sydney Shaughnessy, on July 6, 2011, to Jonathan & Valerie Greer. Hutchison ’98 – a daughter, Julia Mae, on Sept. 20, 2011, to Jack & Allison Hutchison. Kennish ’97 – twin sons, Griffen William and Kilner Niklas, on Oct. 19, 2011 in Houston, Texas, to Neil & Kersta Kennish. Ketchum ’86 – a son, Anton James Ormsby, on Aug. 13, 2011 in Bucharest, Romania, to John & Edit Ketchum. Langs ’94 – a son, Rowan John, on April 11, 2011 in Adelaide, Australia, to Cam & Lynne Langs. Linton ’98 – a daughter, Alexandra Grace Margaret, on Sept. 20, 2011, to Matthew & Stefanie Linton. Park ’87 – a daughter, Gisel, on Aug. 23, 2011 in Montreal, Que., to Craig Park & Valerie Gagnon. Smith ’97 – a son, Beckett Cantwell, on 40  Old Times Winter/Spring 2012

June 11, 2011, to Josh & Erin Smith. Steiner ’00 – a son, Logan Douglas, on Oct. 10, 2011, to Josh Steiner & Tristan Domelle. Thompson ’91 – a son, James Brock, on Sept. 14, 2011, to Jay & Alison Thompson. Thompson ’97 – a daughter, Sophie Elizabeth Anne, on Aug. 2, 2011, to Ken & Laura Thompson. Todgham ’95 – a son, Matthew Caleb, on Aug. 4, 2011, to Paul & Mary Anne Todgham. Xia ’03 – a daughter, Myla Grace, on Sept. 27, 2011, to Andrew Xia & Lucy Walker. Lee ’99 – a son, Oscar, on Jan. 29, 2011, to Loewe & Emily Lee. Lema ’98 – a daughter, Sierra, on Feb. 14, 2011, to Pablo & Christina Lema. Lévesque ’96 – a son, Antoine, on May 29, 2011, to Fred Lévesque & Annie Houle. Lister ’87 – a son, Geoffrey, on May 7, 2011, to Spencer Lister & Patricia Bravo. Magnant ’95 – a daughter, Elodie Lucie, on Feb. 25, 2011, to Francois & Jennifer Magnant. Mandell ’97 – a daughter, Charlotte, in January 2011, to Ben & Caroline Mandell. McQuillan ’93 – a son, Mickey Connor, in January 2011, to Edward & Rachel McQuillan. Medland ’97 – a daughter, Isla, in February 2011, to John & Jenny Medland. Ngan ’92 – a daughter, Alyssa Madelyn, on June 1, 2011, to Gordon & Helen Ngan. Paisley ’93 – a daughter, Dale Alixe Taylor, in May 2011 to Geoff & Lara Paisley. Reed ’96 – a son, Kyle Michael, on Nov. 19, 2010, to Mike & Kate Reed. Shaw ’99 – a daughter, Louise Elizabeth, on May 20, 2011, to Kip & Elizabeth Shaw. Sonshine ’97 – a son, Brady, on Jan. 15, 2011, to Jonathon & Alison Sonshine.

Passings Appleby ’54 – at Toronto, Ont. on Oct. 18, 2011, John Charters Appleby. Bracj ’63 – at Medellin, Colombia on Sept. 21, 2011, Norman Bracht. Brother of Charlie Bracht ’61 and Edward Bracht ’55, and uncle to Andrew Bracht ’95. Daly ’36 – at Montreal, Que. on Sept. 18, 2011, Thomas Cullen Daly. Finlayson ’60 – on Aug. 17, 2011,

Fraser S. Finlayson. Brother of the late Ian Finlayson ’67. Fraser ’40 – at Mississauga, Ont. on Aug. 13, 2011, Hugh Rumball Fraser. Hanson ’56 – at Toronto, Ont. on Dec. 12, 2011, Gordon Telfer Hanson. Harvie ’43 – at Orillia, Ont. on Nov. 12, 2011, Peter Michael Rose Harvie. Hewetson ’45 – at Toronto, Ont. on Dec. 11, 2011, John Russell (Russ) Hewetson. Hunter ’28 – at West Palm Beach, Fla. on July 23, 2011, E. Robert Hunter. Irwin ’58 – at Toronto, Ont. on Feb. 5, 2011, Peter John Irwin. Lawson ’47 – at Cobourg, Ont. on Nov. 17, 2011, Andrew M. Lawson. Leishman ’77 – at Singapore on Aug. 20, 2011, Christopher M. Leishman. Son of McGregor Leishman ’51 and brother of Tim Leishman ’79. Matthews ’82 – at Toronto, Ont. on March 9, 2011, Christopher Osler Matthews. Brother of John Matthews ’83. Miller ’48 – at Thornhill, Ont. on June 19, 2011, Earl Miller. Nichols ’56 – at Toronto, Ont. on Sept. 21, 2011, Mark Edgar Nichols. Ratt ’43 – at Toronto, Ont. on July 16, 2011, J. Gordon Pratt. Religa ’68 – at Ottawa, Ont. on Sept. 10, 2011, John Edward Religa. Selby ’49 – at Toronto, Ont. on Aug. 22, 2011, David Alan Selby. Shirreff ’71 – at Picton, Ont. on Nov. 26, 2011, Duncan John Shirreff. Brother of Bruce Shirreff ’70. Tate ’37 – at Halifax, N.S. on Nov. 24, 2011, Robert Somers Tate. Townley ’43 – at Toronto, Ont. on Nov. 18, 2011, Peter Gordon Townley. Father of Keith Townley ’70. Turner ’60 – at Sechelt, B.C. on Nov. 7, 2011, Alexander Campbell (Cam) Turner. Virro ’01 – at Toronto, Ont. on Oct. 10, 2011, Andres Alexander Virro. Watt ’48 – at Toronto, Ont. on Aug. 4, 2011, George David Leslie Watt. Father of Stephen Watt ’77 and Ian Watt ’83. Young ’42 – at Toronto, Ont. on Feb. 28, 2011, David Miller Young. Grandfather of Michael Young ’08, David Young ’04 and Andrew Young ’13.



’51 David Walker, Class President David Walker recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of his initiation into the Zeta Psi Fraternity at the University of Toronto’s Trinity College and received a plaque from the international fraternity.

’62 Doug Mills, Class President

President Doug Mills did a great job in bringing members of the class of ’62 together to receive their 50-year commemorative ties at Reunion 2011.

While the Euro-mess raged, United States Congress dithered and Dalton McGuinty plea-bargained for re-election, a minor, yet significant, historical event occurred in Toronto: the UCC class of ’62 gathered at the Badminton & Racquet Club of Toronto 50 years from the first weeks of entering the Upper School to reconvene at a more liquid reception than might erstwhile have taken place at the now-defunct tuck shop. Although the bash was held from 6 to 8 p.m., Terry Coughlin ordered the first drink at precisely 5:42 p.m. — having just toured the hallowed halls of the school after “pre-obtaining” his 50-year tie. He was followed by the bearded and handsome Peter Benjamin, recently arrived from Latvia, with Dr. Michael Bennett from Boston. They were trailed in quick succession by Prof. Jim Arthur, Ed Hyatt, John Deeks, Bill Humphries, Jay Richardson, Don Cooper (Penetanguishene, Ont.) and Brian Watson (Ottawa). Gord Hill (Perth, Ont.) arrived with Terry (“the name is Terence”) Bredin in tow, while John and Margaret Symons and Dick and Joan Sadleir arrived via another door. In an instant, the room went from moderately quiet to the high decibel range expected for such functions. Roly Watt and Craig Watt (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Dave Warren, Guy Stanley (Montreal), Burt Retter, Dave Pady (Guelph, Ont.), Mike Matthews, Bill Johnston, John (“Lurch”) Hermant, and Dave Hosie joined the fray. Shane Curry (Caledon, Ont.), Peter Bryce (Collingwood, Ont.) and George Biggar arrived fresh from the golf tour-

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nament at Lionhead Golf & Country Club and were followed by Dave Cameron (Millbrook, Ont.), Doug Carr (King City, Ont.), Graeme Clark, Malcolm Black (Glen Williams, Ont.), Jim Beatty, Derek Coleman (Waterloo, Ont.), Bill Bateman, Tony Patt and Peter Baines, who each added their voice to the gathering din. Dr. Mike Robinette was the last to arrive, sporting shirtsleeves and hospital security pass, direct from the Toronto General Hospital operating room. Russ Woodman was a regrettable late scratch due to business obligations. Greetings were read from Mike Spector (Phoenix, Ariz.), Don Marshall (New York City) and Tom Paterson (Whitehorse, Yukon). Their absence was lamented, but their salutations were well-received. A memorial toast was raised to those who are no longer with us, also known as the class of ’62 life graduates: Dick Allen, Ian Anderson, Charles Bing-Zaremba, Bill Boddington, Fred Elliston, Peter Fisher, Barry Grant, Tom Hutton, Paul Liphardt, Peter Lockyer, Dave MacNamara, Barry McKague, Peter Miller, John Watson and Warren Wright. When the “Cash Only” sign was posted on the bar, air leaked cheaply from the revelry. Some headed home, some to local bistros and some 15 or so hardy souls to the club dining room. An 8:15 p.m. telephone call from Tim Lash (who had left Ottawa at 2 p.m.) confirmed he was at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and we simply had to await his arrival and celebrate such persistence. Watt generously ordered wine. Bredin was called upon to say grace … in Latin. He agreed on the proviso that any interruption would result in his beginning again. After several unintelligible sentences he concluded with an “Amen,” which brought a round of cheers and raucous comment, to which Bredin said, “I’m not finished.” More Latin and translation ensued, by which time we were famished and the food was chilly. More wine, remembrances, stories and fables were tossed on the tables, with alumni Mannie Humphries, Marc Des Tombes and David (Tower Scribbler) Beckinsale receiving honourable mentions. Sailing stories were overheard from the next table (understandable given Black’s slacks and the frequency of visits there by the bar staff). Lash arrived around 9:45 p.m. He was spectacled, bearded and carrying a rucksack; a veritable fashion plate for Ottawa deportment. He was roundly greeted and a meal was ordered for him despite staff protestations that the kitchen was closed. More wine flowed. When the club lights were turned out (we took the hint), the final six survivors of what was now dubbed “October Madness” convened to Scallywags bar, formerly owned by the late Rob Cook ’61. Saturday brought Association Day, and the varsity football team won convincingly. Cocktails were served to the class of ’62 at 7 p.m. in the master’s common room, followed by the 50-year tie presentation, a class picture and buffet dinner with the

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Class Notes other five-year classes from 1962 through 2006. Richardson was called out for trying to sip wine during the class photo. Those in attendance Saturday who missed the Friday shenanigans included: Garth Burrow, Barry (“Fingers”) Hill (Brantford, Ont.), Ian (“Digitizer”) Masters (Brooklyn, Ont.) — who considerately distributed historic recordings — and last, but certainly not least, Brian McLean. There being no further business and no reported injuries, the weekend was deemed a success. Don’t forget the class of ’62 endowment fund.

Current UCC boarding students Carl Andre Potier, Kai Zhang, Loyan Issa, Nick Deng, Kein Bojko, Alexis De Brouchoven de Bergeyck and Victor Ying surrounded Michael Ignatieff ’65 at the Churchill Society Dinner.

’67 David Caspari, Class President

’71 Bruce Batler, Class President Rob McLeese and his late father Willis (who passed away in January at age 97) received the 2011 Stephen Probyn Prize for their achievements in the clean energy business, and for their work on climate change and sustainable development on Nov. 15. It included a $10,000 donation to GRACE, the charity chosen by the recipients. The award recognizes an individual or organization for “significant advances and achievements in financial markets, public policy or science and technology which promote action on climate change and sustainable development.” The father and son team began developing a portfolio of sustainable energy projects in the 1980s and broke into the Canadian market in the ’90s by providing small and medium-sized companies with the funding and development support needed to invest in environmental projects. Willis was committed to helping young people learn the craft of persuasive speaking and generously endowed the UCC-based Willis S. McLeese Chair in Canadian Debating in 2002 to bring young people across the country into this activity. Rob is president and founder of Access Capital, a company dedicated to independent power project financing. He’s a past president of the Independent Power Producers’ Society of Ontario and past chairman of the Toronto Board of Trade Electricity Task Force. Rob’s son Paul graduated from UCC in 2001, while twin sons Stephen and Geoffrey graduated from the College in 2003.

Mike Sainsbury ’67 and Mike Mackey ’67 renewed a rivalry with Trinity College School alumni David McCart and George Strathy, who graduated the same year, on the golf course last August.

After a 50-year association with UCC as a student, Old Boy and 24-year employee, Paul Winnell has retired. He thanks all those members of the class of ’67 who attended his farewell reception at the College last June. He’ll spend most of his retirement time in Rio de Janeiro with his partner Marcelo and their kids, Ryan (6) and Evelyn (7). Members of the class planning a trip to Brazil are encouraged to contact Paul at

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Class of ’71 Old Boys Rob McLeese, Chris Taylor and John Carmichael shared a moment with former UCC geography teacher Neil Mens at Reunion 2011.

Class Notes ’72 Hugh Innes, Class President Noel Salmond came to Toronto from Ottawa in October, which occasioned a dinner with Hugh Innes, Paul Harricks and Dr. Dan Andreae. Noel is a professor at Carleton University. Paul is a senior partner at Gowlings and working on the Churchill Falls power project, among other matters. His son Geoffrey graduated from UCC in 2010 and attends U of T. Dan has received several distinguished awards for his outstanding efforts in various fields, including: the Ontario Medal of Citizenship; the Champion-of-Change Award; the Professor of the Year Award in Psychology at University of Guelph-Humber; and the Faith and Culture Gold Medal at Windsor’s Assumption University. Dan was also named one of Wilfrid Laurier University’s “100 Alumni of Achievement” out of more than 80,000 alumni. Neville Taylor hosted a gathering at his cottage in the fall which was attended by Bob Hutchinson, who was in from North Bay, Ont., where he resides with his wife Wendy in his retirement. Mark Coates, who works in camps in northern Alberta keeping chaps in the oil and gas exploration teams well fed, was also there. There was a moment’s silence to remember friend and classmate Dr. Bruce Milne, who sadly passed away last February. Robert Carsen was in Toronto in the fall to direct Iphigenie en Tauride at the Four Seasons Centre, which drew rave reviews in the press. He then sped back to Europe (where he lives) to prepare for the grand reopening of the La Scala opera house, where his production of Don Giovanni was the opening opera of the season. The event was attended by Italian premier Mario Monti and president Giorgio Napolitano. According to press reports from Milan, “Carnations showered on the performers while the audience applauded for 10 solid minutes.” Rein Lehari is a director with Silvermet, a mining company headquartered in Toronto with operations in Turkey and elsewhere. He lives in Uxbridge, Ont., where he and his wife Gwen have a horse farm. Doug Grand completed his

two-year term as golf captain at Rosedale Golf Club. He says it didn’t help his handicap much but, rest assured, he continues to play a very good game. Doug is president and owner of Toronto’s Sescolite Lighting and also keeps busy with wife Carolyn raising their three daughters. Michael Berlis and his lady Ellen spent last spring on a three-month “wine tour” of Italy. He’ll tell you that this is “all work,” for he’s a qualified sommelier and needs to keep up his “research” into new products. Mike and Ellen reside in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., where he works part-time for the Inniskillin Winery. You should know that Mike pours extra large samples for his old classmates during tours. Geoff Mills and his wife Joanne are now grandparents. Geoff continues his work in the healthcare industry and is treasurer of the Ontario Medical Association.

’77 Kevin Clark & James Garner, Class Presidents

ABC News correspondent Jeffrey Kofman ’77 covered Moammar Gadhafi’s downfall in Tripoli, Libya.

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Class Notes “Arab Spring” and was in Tripoli when the Gadhafi regime fell in Libya. He and his partner Michael bought a house in London.

’78 Alan Eaton, Class President

the Leafs’ streak of futility.” After 35 years, Hank Karpus reports that he’s reconnected with Nigel Protter, who lives in Pemberton near Whistler, B.C. “We both discovered on LinkedIn that we’re pilots. Nigel has flown for years. I just recently earned recertification as a private pilot after letting my currency lapse for decades. My eldest daughter is now working full-time at ALIVE magazine as an assistant editor, and my younger is in second year at Ryerson University’s dance program in Toronto.” Lloyd Perlmutter joined the team at Mexx Canada as chief executive officer this past year and is commuting to Montreal weekly. He loves the challenge of rebuilding a global brand.

’80 Sandford MacLean and Peter Nord, Class Presidents

Dr. Carlos Del Rio ’78 with his wife Jeannette Guarner and children Vicente and Victoria.

Steve Powell is a bond trader who lives with his wife and four sons in Connecticut. He recently published his second book, Charlie. Tim Allen incorporated a company and now acts as a sales agent for a variety of organizations. He lives in Toronto with his wife Laurie and his daughter has just started in an arts and science program at Quest University in Squamish, B.C. John Andras is a director of Mackie Research Capital and co-chair of the capital campaign to raise $1.5 million for Sketch to fund the renovation of the new home of Artscape’s YOUNGplace. Charley Best writes: “My family is doing well. My two daughters are in university (Brock and UBC). My wife and I are growing our business internationally. You can learn more at” After Yale University and a career in investment banking, including at HBS, Richard Burston moved to London, England in 1988 and started an Internet business. He bought a small broadband company in Sweden that he ran for four years before selling it. He invested and stays active in a Toronto mobile machine-tomachine network business that has become an international market leader. He’s “married with three children, one at Yale and the other two in high school in London. House in France, Canadian dog and all well. Still can’t skate.” Carlos Del Rio is the chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health at Atlanta’s Emory University and spends a lot of time flying around the world working on a variety of projects. He’s happily married to a physician colleague, Jeannette Guarner. His son Vicente graduated from Emory with joint degrees in economics and Spanish and works at JP Morgan. His daughter Victoria is a junior at Emory. Larry Grafstein is head of mergers and acquisitions at Rothschild in New York and chairman of The New Republic magazine in Washington. He writes: “Megacongrats to our classmate Peter Singer on receiving the Order of Canada. Unfortunately there is no Order of the U.S., or much order in the U.S. these days either. Even so, Rebecca and I feel very grateful for our three wonderful sons and the excitement in our lives. Please look us up if you’re ever in town. We miss just about everything about Toronto except 44  Old Times Winter/Spring 2012

Peter Mordy ’80 and his wife Taeko.

Peter Mordy is in the Republic of Korea with his wife Taeko. He’s the head coordinator for native English teachers in Gyeongsangnam Province and plans to go to Xi’an, China this year to be an English as a foreign language lecturer at a university.

’86 John Andersen & Neel Nira, Class Presidents

Members of the class of ’86 received 25-year commemorative ties at Reunion 2011.

Graham Powis has been in the U.S. since graduating from UCC. He works at Lazard in New York City and is married with a boy who’s about to turn 11 and a girl who just turned seven. John Andersen is athletics director at Country Day School north of Toronto. Brian Sharwood was in Spain

Class Notes during last fall’s class reunion, but wished he could have caught up with old classmates. He lives in Toronto’s Ossington neighbourhood with his wife, Melinda Medley. He’s president of HomeStars, an online community for homeowners and home renovation experts. Brian writes a blog called “Ossington Village” for his neighbourhood in his spare time. Don Matthews, after four years of running the Canadian division of a global consulting firm, realized he had no patience for a broken status quo, so he quit and took the entire summer off to catch snakes and frogs with his kids. He started his job search in earnest on Labour Day and felt like a fish returned to water, fully energized by the many exciting opportunities out there. Matthews’ marriage and three kids are all fantastic. He had a blast reconnecting with lots of folks at the 25-year reunion and wishes the class could get together more often.

often. Terry Doyle continues to live the life in Marin County, Calif. and is trying to keep up with his wife Amy as she scales the seven highest summits in the world. Andrew Galloway is hot on the heels of Brendan Fraser’s stardom as the head interventionist on the hit television show, Intervention Canada. Chris Hickman is proud that his new St. John’s, Nfld. restaurant, Raymond’s, was voted one of the top new restaurants in 2011. David Beauroy recently toured wine country in France and continues to work at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, so make sure to solicit his expert advice. Greg Connor recently moved houses and now lives around the corner from UCC. He’s next-door neighbours to good friend John-Paul Benson. The class of ’87 is looking forward to the big 25-year reunion next year, so keep your contacts updated in Bluenet and be ready to spread the word.

’87 John Cape & Greg Connor, Class Presidents

’88 Will Lambert & John Thompson, Class Presidents

Jim Hayhurst has been in Victoria, B.C. longer than in Seaton’s. Despite that, Jim, Beth and the kids still see ’87ers on frequent Ontario and Naples trips (plus a recent Thanksgiving with Andy Franks). Jim’s company, Triton Logging, continues to harvest trees underwater around the world. He makes a point of checking in on Linc Caylor, Dave Turner, Greg MacMillan and Charles Field-Marsham’s offspring during frequent Toronto layovers. Brad Pielsticker and wife Irina are expecting their first child in June, and we hope that’s a good excuse to get him to come back from Moscow more

Scott Reynolds recently moved to California’s Silicon Valley with his wife and nine-year-old twins. He’s working at PayPal, skateboarding and trying to remove the word “dude” from his vocabulary. Dan O’Dwyer is married to Dawn Creber (Havergal ’88). They live in Toronto and have two children: Colin and Erin. Dan works with his three brothers — John ’86, Bill ’83 and Joe — in their full-service fleet-leasing and transportation business. Ken Beatty is in the fishing business and has lodges in Haida Gwaii and Panama. He still hangs out with Chris Hakes. Jeremy Chan married in July

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Class Notes and is the owner of Toronto’s Jonah Group, which offers a full range of digital enterprise solutions. Kenneth Tan’s flagship project in Malaysia finally broke ground in August, and he’s on his way to creating what’s hoped to be a benchmark residential neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur. He’ll be there for some time and says, “Old Boys travelling through the region are most welcome to drop by for a visit.” Azam Dawood is at Flying Colours International. Dan Thomson is a partner at The Right Mountain with Jim Hayhurst.

’96 Brandon Alexandroff & Alex St. Louis, Class Presidents

’91 Marcello Cabezas & Tobin Davis, Class Presidents Phil Berberian owns and operates a music store in Miami, Fla. He also spends a lot of time writing music and enjoying life. Luke Kolin and his wife Lynne live in Atlanta, Ga., where Luke is director of system architecture at The Weather Channel.

’92 Jamie Deans & Adam Markwell, Class Presidents Marko Sijan is in Montreal blogging for the Huffington Post. James Mesbur is the senior voice interactive designer at Speech Cycle in Cliffside Park, N.J. Moon Kang is manager of enterprise online initiatives for the Royal Bank in Toronto.

’93 Hassan Khan & Derek Knop, Class Presidents Deepak Jain (who goes by the stage name Nick) still enjoys life in sunny Los Angeles, where he continues to work and train as an actor. Recent credits include ABC Family’s Nine Lives of Chloe King and ABC’s Scandal, a mid-season replacement show starring Kerry Washington. Dave Cadeau and his wife Lisa live in Toronto. Dave is a senior producer at Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

’94 Olivier Fuller & James Patterson, Class Presidents Poku Forson and his wife Nicole live in St. Barts in the French West Indies. Poku works with the Edinburgh, Scotland-based Edinburgh Business School of Heriot Watt University, teaching its MBA, MSc and executive training programs in such Caribbean destinations as Bermuda, Cayman Islands, St. Maarten and Anguilla. Neale Gillespie is getting his master’s degree in human kinetics at the University of Ottawa and working as a coaching consultant in policy development at the Coaching Association of Canada. Tim Jancelewicz is back in Toronto as a pediatric surgery fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children. Oliver Roup lives in San Francisco and is the founder and CEO of VigLink. Sebastien de Grandpre works at Arborite as an analyst/ programmer in Montreal.

’95 Jeff Goldenberg, Class President Sean Litteljohn is senior editor of The Bay Street Bull magazine. Will Raham left his teaching position at Appleby College to go back to school for his master’s degree in education. He continues to be very involved at Appleby as a house director and looks forward to working with his new principal (UCC’s Innes van Nostrand ’82) next summer. David Leung moved back to Toronto about six years ago after graduating from University of Pennsylvania. He’s a periodontist, teaches at U of T and will open a new practice in Richmond Hill, Ont. in the spring. He’s not married, has no kids and is happy. 46  Old Times Winter/Spring 2012

Class presidents Brandon Alexandroff and Alex St. Louis and their committee of Gord Woods and Matt Flynn helped generate record attendance for the class of ’96 reunion.

Ben Shore is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treating children with cerebral palsy at Childrens’ Hospital Boston (the top-ranked pediatric orthopaedic hospital in the U.S.) and teaches at Harvard Medical School. Shan Wickramasinghe and his wife live in Los Angeles. Shan works at a digital interactive agency called GENEX and plays a lot of tennis. Dario Wolos is in Manhattan running his successful Mexican restaurant called Tacombi while contemplating opening additional locations.

’97 John Medland, Class President David Brebner remains a senior manager in PwC’s audit and assurance group. His wife Terianne left PwC to start an Italian restaurant called Trichilo’s Ristorante in London, Ont. last February. Terianne gave birth to son Damon Antony last October. Fahad Ismail is in Washington, D.C. after graduating from the University of Maryland. Wayne Leacock is a consultant with Investors Group in Toronto. Neil Kennish still lives in Houston but left his job with the Rockets basketball team to become marketing director of Cigna Global Health Services. Dean Tzembelicos, wife Katrin and family live in Hong Kong, where Dean owns and operates Basic Toy Concepts. Kevin Wong reports that Nulogy is firing on all cylinders, with expansion in Europe and Australia. Kevin lives in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood with his wife and new son Declin, who was born last June. Wesley Leuing is at the University of Indiana School of Medicine in advanced endoscopy. David Adams is a partner and creative director of CLEAN in Toronto.

’98 Jeff Hill, Class President Pat Gossage works for a resource management consulting company in Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in June and recently got a visa to be able to work there for a few years. Karl Keating and wife Courtney live in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Karl works for Nike. Shawn Zeytinoglu lives in Toronto with his pet turtle and works primarily in advertising by directing television commercials for Radke Films.

Class Notes ’99 David Anderson & Elliot Morris, Class Presidents Martin Ross is at graduate school doing the Johns Hopkins SAIS IR program. He spent the last year in Bologna, Italy and just started his second year in Washington, D.C. Nital Jethalal is in his second year of a PhD program in food agricultural and resource economics at the University of Guelph.

Muskoka in September. Brett Twaits is in Abu Dhabi working as editorial director of Oxford Business Group, a global publishing, research and consultancy firm that publishes economic intelligence and investment guides on the markets of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

’00 Hugh McKee, Derek Richardson

’01 Pete McFarlane & Eliot Pasztor, Class Presidents

& Dave Spevick, Class Presidents Will Deng is at MIT’s Sloane School of Management in New York after leaving his job at the William Clinton Foundation. Jakob Richardson is at St. George’s University. Charlie Musgrave moved home to Toronto from New York City a year ago and has taken a job with Cadillac Fairview managing leasing at the TD Centre. He also completed the Muskoka Half Ironman and intends to race in his first Ironman triathlon this summer. Chris Denda is director of corporate real estate services with DTZ Barnicke in Toronto. Scott Moffat works at Citibank in New York. Ross MacMillan recently finished his MBA at the EDHEC Business School in Nice, France and is pondering his next move. Julian Caspari is engaged to Courtney Irwin and will be married in June. Adam Peterson, after three years with a Dallas, Texas real estate developer, has returned to New York City to join JEN Partners. The private equity firm invests in residential assets and operates companies throughout the U.S. Drew Morrison and Joanna Slezak were married in

Jamie Biggar is executive director of LEADNOW.CA in Vancouver. Steve Wall is a reservoir and exploitation engineer for the Cenovus oil company in Calgary. Steve Shaw is an entertainment producer in New York City. He builds live events on and off Broadway and produces entertainment tours internationally. Nevin Singh works in real estate with Clifton Blake Realty Advisors in Toronto. Ryan Altschuler has his own sound editing and music production business in Toronto. Michael Blickstead has moved to Australia and continues to work in private equity. Rumour has it that he’s met a nice Australian lady. Michael Bonner lives in Paris and recently finished a degree and a book. Matt Clare works in the structured product group for CIBC Capital Markets and is in between women. Gord Cheesbrough recently left the marketing world and has joined Scotia McLeod as an investment advisor. He lives with his girlfriend Katie. David Dickson works as a water technologist for Toronto Works at Ashbridges Bay. He lives with his girlfriend of

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Class Notes seven years. Jeremy Dietrich is vice-president of algorithmic trading at BMO. He enjoys the fast-paced world of finance and thinks he’s reached “baller status.” Andrew Graham-Hussey DJs in clubs. Alex Heywood started a charity called Kid Power that’s focused on educating impoverished youth. Vince Hsu recently married. David James is a developer for Google in California. He says he rarely leaves because the food is really good there. James Kitchen recently changed jobs and is working in investment banking for Harris Brown. Hart Lambur works as a trader of fixed income at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Stafford Lawson works in real estate development and recently launched a Toronto condominium project called The Downtown at Wellington and Portland with his brother. Ben Leith is an associate in the banking and financial services practice group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Brendon Magee joined the Ontario Provincial Police in Caledon, Ont. Hugh Meighen moved from The Hague to Dubai to work for a firm specializing in international litigation. Robert Mills works for Raymond James in equity sales. Jay Mintz works for Trade Finance Solutions. Chris Parkes works as in-house legal counsel for Osler Health Centre. Daniel Rosen recently completed his MBA/law degree at Miami University and joined Tom Szaky at Terra Cycle. Andrew Short is a librarian and still loves playing ball hockey. Stephen Waugh works for TAXI as an account director on Canadian Tire’s House of Innovation. Geoff White works for Job Chart International with his parents. David Winnell is an investment broker for Union Securities.

Juma spent a few years in London, England designing social media strategies for both big and small brands in the fashion industry. He then worked on the Coca-Cola Olympic project team, helping to design and bring the company’s pavilion at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics to life. Khaleed has relocated back to Toronto to work as an associate creative director at Mosaic. He designs experiences for a variety of clients, ranging from Diageo and AB InBev to TD and Kraft/Cadbury. Marco Parsons recently graduated at the top of his class and received the Deans Award in Hotel Management. He’s enrolled in the bachelor of applied business program focusing on hospitality operations at George Brown College. Marco has had various jobs, most notably at Taboo Resort Golf and Spa. Alfonso Tupaz is in Nigeria working in corporate finance and procurement of major materials for the largest aluminium can manufacturing plant in Africa. He relaxes by sailing at the Lagos Yacht Club every Saturday. Adam Tichauer works at Playbutton in New York. Anders Hemmingsen is with HSBC in Toronto.

’02 Phil D’Abreu & Matt Hontscharuk, Class Presidents

’04 Greg Lowman & Dave Reisman, Class Presidents

Brent Tweddle ’02 and Lindsay Hays were among the numerous attendees at the Boston branch reception.

Jamie Cameron finished his part-time MBA at Schulich and is mechanical design manager at Caterpillar Tunneling, the company building the machines to dig the new Spadina and Eglinton TTC tunnels in Toronto. Joey Pratile is a chiropractor in Toronto. Adam De Merlis specializes in strategic sourcing and procurement at KPMG. He works with east coast-based healthcare providers to help optimize and reduce costs. He represents Caledon in the Alpine Ontario masters series of ski races. Khaleed 48  Old Times Winter/Spring 2012

’03 Mike Annecchini & Chan Sethi, Class Presidents Geoff Higgins is at ScotiaCapital in Toronto. Andrew Xia is still in London, England. He and his partner Lucy welcomed their first child, daughter Myla Grace Xia, last September. He was appointed a director of a healthcare/pharma/biotech consulting company called Medaxial that same month. Dan Davids works in marketing and sales at Hoffmann La Roche in Toronto. Nick Cadrin works for the engineering firm Roche Itee in Montreal.

Runners-up David Young ’04 and Dave Reisman ’04 lost to David Webb ’01 and Ben Sinclair ’04 in the final of the Michael E. Jurist Tennis Tournament on Association Day.

James Alofs, after a thorough marketing training experience at P&G Canada, has moved back to China to make his dreams of becoming a Mandarin language actor and producer a reality. Jared Ross plays professional hockey in Weisswasser, Germany. John Cox is at medical school at Ross University in North Brunswick, N.J. Alex Archibald spends his working hours counting beans with KPMG in Toronto. Dave Steinbach works in the Northern Region of Ghana as a climate change research officer for the SEND Foundation of West

Africa. He’s conducting vulnerability assessments with farmer’s co-operatives which will feed into livelihood adaptation programs in the next few years. He travels a lot for stakeholder consultations and meetings with various government departments. Mike Chua is at the University of Southern California’s Anderson School of Management. Alex Rouleau and Efrossini live in Montreal, where he’s in sales with Zerofail.

Matt Dennis live in New York and work side by side at the Optima investment firm. Their boss is Fabio Savoldelli ’80.

’06 Arthur Soong, Class President

’05 Ryan Adams & John Rozehnal, Class Presidents August Murphy-King, after completing his studies at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, freelanced for two years before deciding to go back to school. Last fall he started a master’s of music composition degree at U of T. Wai Choy is enjoying his final year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and commuting to New York City two days a week to intern at Marvel Entertainment. Wai will practice corporate law in New York at Proskauer Rose LLP after graduation. Aaron Chiu is finishing his third year of law school at the University of Southern California and will start at a law firm called Crowell & Moring in Los Angeles next fall. He plans to travel to southeast Asia for a month or two after completing the California bar exam. He’s been hanging out in L.A. with UCC guys Francois Cadieux and Calvin Lee. Calvin works at Goldman Sachs and enjoys the job, nightlife and beaches. Nick Sucharski plays professional hockey in Krakow, Poland. Imran Pirani has moved to downtown Toronto from Oakville, Ont. and works in corporate sales at Tyler Ravlo lives in Halifax with Kate, who he’s engaged to marry in August. He’s a physiotherapist at a private clinic and coaches high school hockey. Charlie Steers works in management education at Global Alliance in London. Sam Yorke is in his second year at the U of T Faculty of Law and received a Donner Research Fellowship to work at War Child Canada last summer. Gabe Chenard and

Current and former UCC staff and faculty members gathered with graduates of the class of ’06 at Reunion 2011.

Christian Peterson works full-time as a freelance videographer and creative director for Blue Silence, a boutique production company in Toronto focusing on wedding and events imagery. He enjoyed seeing everyone at the five-year reunion and hopes you all get married soon. JS Delorme works in corporate accounts for Canon Canada and is building his web hosting business at the same time. Jonny Jeong graduated from New York University and is still in New York City working in digital marketing and analysis at OMD. Mike Kim graduated from NYU and is still working in New York City as an investment banker with Citibank. Charles Wong is in his second year of medical school at McMaster University. Calvin Chan is a program manager with Microsoft in Seattle. Nick Paterson teamed up

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Class Notes with Bryan Smith to successfully overcome the recession in Ireland and revive the “Celtic Tiger” one Guinness at a time. Nick is in his first year of medical school at Trinity College Dublin, where he says “life is grand.” Justin Wu is in Paris and wowing the world of fashion photography across Europe. Raj Khatri is in his final year of engineering at U of T and recently finished his 16-month software developing internship at IBM. His goal is to go into video game developing after a few years of working experience in the field. Jason Young is a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Felix Cornehl lives in Zurich, Switzerland and is a consultant at the Monitor Group. David Chubb will graduate from Queen’s University in April with a degree in biology, and hopes to play professional hockey somewhere. If that doesn’t work out, he’s off to Australia for dental college. Simon Choy started ConnectAd, a Toronto company that helps charities develop their online presence for awareness and fundraising purposes.

’07 Alain Bartleman & Justis Danto-Clancy, Class Presidents Martin Shen started a business in San Francisco called UpOut after raising funds from a few venture capital firms. UpOut is a website that helps people find fun activities and events. The mobile app is finished and Martin is focusing on events and activities happening “right now.” At the time of writing, he was hiring. Dave Garland is taking film and media studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Dave graduated in screen arts and culture from the University of Michigan this past November. Wendall Mascarenhas is at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Ilya Rodionov graduated from London Metropolitan University and is back in Tomsk, Russia working in the family construction/property development business. Brad Rose finished his last semester at Yale University this past fall and played his senior season on the men’s varsity soccer team. Zach Meyerowitz is studying at Tel Aviv University as part of a study abroad program at Brandeis University. Ryan Stoddard is in Halifax working on his co-op finance degree and playing varsity hockey at Dalhousie University. He also volunteers with the Nova Scotia Special Olympics hockey team. Matt Nicol is a model with Ford Model Agency in New York City. Greg Wilkin is a technician at BikeForce in Littleton, Colo.

Abid Ladhani is taking his HBA at the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Sid Fresa is studying law at England’s University of Leicester and is this year’s president of the ELSA Leicester. Ryan Klein just finished his last semester at UWO/Ivey and moved to Singapore for a final semester on exchange at NTU. Jeff To is at Western in the honours economics program. Evan Lewis is in the entrepreneurship stream of his fourth year at Ivey. He launched and is trying to capture the attention of the hockey world. Alex Bedrosyan studies political science at Columbia University in New York City. Mike Ricci apparently had a blast, along with several classmates, at his 21st birthday party in Las Vegas. But no details were provided, following the Vegas rule: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Nicholas Kim and his brother Michael Kim ’09 volunteered in Kenya over the summer and are now back at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. James Jenkinson is majoring in journalism during his final year at King’s College in Halifax.

’10 Tony Drivas, Class President

Arnold Chee ’10 and Josh Rhee ’10 caught up with UCC senior admission counsellor and director of residential life Andrew Turner at the Montreal branch reception.

’08 David Marshall & Calum Mew, Class Presidents

Members of the class of 2010 enjoyed an evening at the Royal Automobile Club for the London branch reception.

Brothers Nicholas ’08 and Michael Kim ’09 did volunteer work in Kenya last summer.

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Karim A. Rahemtulla is studying urban design in his second year at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning. He attended a global student summit on international relations and human development in China and Hong Kong and is a finalist for a design competition to redesign part of Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks. Adam Seaborn is at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. and completed his second season playing varsity lacrosse. John Higson studies engineering physics at Queen’s and had an exciting, busy summer at MDA Space Missions in Brampton, Ont. His work there entailed a detailed analysis of 30 years of Canadarm on-orbit operations during space shuttle missions. John met and discussed his work with American astronaut Drew Feustel, who flew on the second-to-last shuttle mission last summer, when he visited Queen’s (his alma mater) in the fall.

’11 Graham Vehovec, Class President A report from Allen Champagne: “Well, things are pretty busy here in Chapel Hill. I am on the varsity football team here at North Carolina which takes a lot of my time. It is an extreme honour for me to be part of such an incredible program. On top of my football career here, I am involved in the community government of my residence as well as being a Team Captain for the dance Marathon at UNC, which is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for the N.C. Children Hospital. It should be a blast. I am also starting to

plan my summer enrichment program with the MoreheadCain foundation. This summer is a public service trip and I am looking to go to Africa to do some work in hospitals and schools. It should be amazing, if everything works out.” Justin Yuen studies law at the University of Kent in England. He joined Kent’s law clinic, which is one of the most prestigious in the U.K. Sanjay Zimmerman is at Babson College in Boston. He’s an avid member of the varsity tennis team and occasionally runs through the Babson forest spotting turkeys. He’s on the e-board for the Babson Investment Banking Club and the Babson Corporate Finance Club. Noting the lack of digital media at Babson, Sanjay founded the Babson Media Club, which seeks to bring back Babson TV and run a creative centre. Sanjay and four accounting students finished first in the PwC xACT case completion. He’s completed the Bloomberg Certification Program, given tours of the college and volunteered at various events in his spare time. Colby Harris is at the University of British Columbia and loving it. Kabir Vassanji is at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management. Joseph Linzon won the new social entrepreneurship track and $10,000 in the University of Virginia Entrepreneurship Cup for PowerSole, a shoe that generates power by converting kinetic energy into electrical energy, which can ultimately be used to charge electronic devices. He’s filed a provisional patent for his concept and has been in contact with Nike about licensing the technology.

Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament Blair Guilfoyle ’99, chair of the 79th annual Joe Cressy Memorial Tournament, invites all Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of the College to come out and enjoy a day of golf, friendship, networking and good times. Friday, Sept. 28, Copper Creek Golf Club, 11191 # 27, Kleinburg 10:00 a.m. Registration Networking & coffee Driving range opens 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start (boxed lunch on the cart)

5:00 p.m. 5:45 p.m.

Cocktail reception & networking Dinner and prizes

Fees for early bird registration on or before May 31: $175 for single golfer $125 for young alumni golfer (limited spots available for classes of ’97 – ’11) Fees for registration after May 31: $225 for single golfer $175 for young alumni golfer (limited spots available for classes of ’97 – ’11) To reserve your spot, or for more information, contact the Association Office at 416-484-8629. Or register online at in the “UCC Community” section.

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Upcoming Events 2012 Sunday, March 25

Maple Madness

1 to 3 p.m., UCC Norval campus

Wednesday, April 18

Mad for Blue Fine Wine Auction

6:30 p.m., Weston Hall, UCC Prep

Thursday, April 19

New York City branch reception and dinner

6 p.m., University Club

Thursday, April 26

Vancouver branch reception

7 p.m., Terminal City Club

Friday, April 27

San Francisco branch reception

7 p.m., Home of John Hockin

Sunday, April 29

Los Angeles branch reception

3 p.m., Jonathan Beach Club

Sunday, May 6

Spring open house at Norval

1 to 3 p.m., UCC Norval campus

Wednesday, May 9

“Seniors” reunion dinner

6 p.m., UCC Upper School main foyer and upper dining hall

Saturday, May 12

Believe in Blue Gala

6:30 p.m., Royal Ontario Museum

Wednesday, May 16

College volunteers’ reception

6:30 p.m., Garden at Grant House

Tuesday, May 22

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

1 p.m., Grades 6 and 7, UCC Prep

Wednesday, May 23

Leaving class ceremonies

4 p.m., UCC Lett Gym

Sunday, May 27

Spring Sports Day

11 a.m., UCC

Tuesday, May 29

New parent reception

5 p.m., UCC Student Centre

Wednesday, June 6

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

1 p.m., SK to Grade 5, UCC Prep

Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29


Reunion Weekend 2012

Saturday, Sept. 29

Association Day


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Use our facilities If you wish to organize a sport not currently available, please contact Samantha Kerbel in the Association office at Please be sure to book well in advance. Basketball Mondays: 6:30 to 9 p.m. (until May 28, excluding May 21) Hewitt Athletic Centre Soccer Tuesdays: 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all year, weather permitting) The Oval (until March 13) Indoor field bubble Ball Hockey Saturdays: 12 to 5 p.m. (April to October) Outdoor sports court Touch Football Sundays: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (late June until first snow fall) Lord’s Field Summer Shinny Hockey Wednesdays: 6 to 7 p.m. (June 20 to Aug. 29) William Wilder Arena & Sports Complex Winter Shinny Hockey Wednesdays: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (until June 13) William Wilder Arena & Sports Complex Family Pleasure Skating Sundays: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (until April 29) William Wilder Arena & Sports Complex Lacrosse Wednesdays: 6:30 to 9 p.m. (July and August) New Field Tennis Saturdays: 12 to 5 p.m. (late June to August) Outdoor courts

Stay connected For more information, please contact the Association office at 416-484-8629 or 1-800-822-5361 toll-free anywhere in North America. Email Register online for UCC Association events at in the “Community” section.

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Old Times Winter/Spring 2012  

Old Times, Upper Canada College's alumni magazine is published twice a year.

Old Times Winter/Spring 2012  

Old Times, Upper Canada College's alumni magazine is published twice a year.