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

Thanks to our readers! Many thanks for sending me an additional copy of Old Times. Excellent issue! Honestly, the quality of content and overall graphic look get better with each edition. Well done! James Deeks ’67 I was thrilled to read the current issue of Old Times. It is an excellent issue — well done! I know how much work and hundreds (if not, thousands) of hours it takes to finalize a 52-page publication. The article (and photo) on our getaway to the NY Jets game read very well. I like focusing on — and thanking — those who gave so generously, and the article accomplishes that. Thank you. Lesley Alboini P’09

Putting names to the faces I am writing to inquire whether I am correct in believing that the photograph on the back cover of the Winter/Spring 2008 issue of Old Times represents mainly members of my class (1953). It seems to me that the three individuals facing the camera are from left to right, Alistair Murray (featured on page 34 in the issue), Jeremy Whatmough and Bob Creasy, while the two people facing away from the camera and seated on the couch are, from left to right, Gary Johnson and Wally King. I am unable to identify the only other person whose face is visible in the photograph, namely the checker player opposite Bob Creasy. John R.F. Bower ’53 Editor’s note — Mr. Bower’s keen eye was correct on all accounts, except one: the person he identified as Wally King is George Steiner ’53.


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Enter UCC’s Third Annual

‘In a Flash’ Photography Contest It’s time, once again, to strut your stuff. We were truly impressed by both the quality and scope of subject matter exhibited by last year’s entrants in our ‘In a Flash’ Photography Contest. So, once again, show us what you’ve got! Our panel of art appreciators will carefully select a grand prize winner, who may be chosen from any entry in the six photo categories listed below. One grand prize winner will receive a XXXX. We have a XXX as the second prize, with other great prizes for four runners-up. The contest is open to all alumni and current students. Sorry, no parents or UCC employees! The deadline is on November 13, 2008. Categories • UCC Campus Life • Action • Humour • Portrait • Nature • Digitally Enhanced Images Contest Rules Clearly state the category in which you’re entering your photo. Include a title and a one-sentence description/explanation for each image. You may submit a maximum of six images — only one entry per category. All entries will be judged on two criteria: technical skill and originality of image. Judges will not see names when picking a winner. Good luck! If you would like printed photos returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please mail photos (high-resolution images on CD-ROM) to: Andrea Aster, Editor, Old Times Upper Canada College, 200 Lonsdale Road Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1W6 You may also e-mail a JPEG image, saved at 300 dpi, to

Last year’s winning entry “Pipes” (far left) by Simon Weisz ’08 and second-place photo by Erik Long, IB1.

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Boarding Lives! Photo: Caley Taylor

After a six-month review by the board-appointed Boarding Task Force, UCC’s Board of Governors has committed to ‘revitalizing’ UCC’s boarding program. So, what’s in store for future boarders? By Andrea Aster and Julia Drake

James P. Stanley Jr. ’75 remembers well the scalding water that would greet any student who was showering whilst another flushed a toilet in Seaton’s House. “If someone wanted to flush, he’d yell out to warn anyone in the showers,” recalls Stanley from his home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Plumbing challenges and academic headaches aside, he remembers his four years in Seaton’s as “among the best years” of his life. “I’d go back in a heartbeat.” Stanley was one of almost 500 UCC community members who sent powerfully worded letters to the school or to the Boarding Task Force in response to last October’s announcement that boarding would be phased out. Most, like Stanley, wrote urging UCC’s board and administration to retain the program. “The experience is an integral part of me,” Stanley wrote. “As a boarder, I feel that my connection to UCC remains one that, perhaps, only those who were boarders can truly appreciate.”


A crucial international link. An opportunity to develop independence. Tradition. These were just some of the compelling arguments cited by those determined to preserve boarding. “I have never been as upset and disappointed as I was reading that boarding will be phased out of UCC,” wrote Tyler Ravlo ’03 back in October 2007. “It was because of the boarding opportunity that I was able to experience the most amazing, fun and challenging learning experience of my life. As a boarder, you don’t just attend UCC, you live UCC.” “With boarding, UCC connects to the wider community of Ontario, Canada and the world,” wrote Simon Burke ’85. “It can be a bridge for rich and poor, rural and urban, east and west, north and south, French and English, Canadian and non-Canadian. It can be a causeway for the talented and ambitious.” “Boarding threw one together with fellow boarders which, I believe, established friendships generally more

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enduring than those of one’s classmates who were day boys,” offered Douglas C. Matthews ’42, who befriended boys from England, the United States, Mexico, as well as from across Canada, while living in Seaton’s. Among the first to oppose the Board’s plan to phase out boarding were current UCC students, boarding and day boys alike. Irate and indignant, they voiced their dismay with the principal, Dr. Jim Power, and, as a public protest to support Wedd’s and Seaton’s classmates, many abandoned their uniforms in favour of black and green garments at the Upper School assembly that followed the boarding announcement in October 2007. Never ones to miss a golden opportunity, members of UCC’s Entrepreneurial Club quickly created an “I love UCC Boarders ♥” button, whose sales went to aid the students’ chosen charity for the year, Free the Children. The Boarding Task Force heard multiple viewpoints, the majority representing a groundswell of opposition, from mounds of letters and during two community forums. After a six-month review of the issues, by May 2008, the Boarding Task Force presented its findings to the Board of Governors, who then deliberated on the next move. “The Task Force concurs with the Board of Governors that the status quo of the boarding program is not acceptable — a view that has been echoed repeatedly by almost everyone in our consultative process, including former principals, current school administrators, faculty, teachers, students and many alumni,” wrote the Task Force in its report to the board. “A very plausible case can be made for closing boarding, as per the board’s original plan, reflecting the long-term decline in the current program and the apparent demographic changes in the marketplace.” Nevertheless, the Task Force — comprising alumni, students, parents, administrators and friends of UCC, and headed by former Board of Governors Chair Andy Pringle ’69 — voted unanimously to retain boarding at UCC, despite its many challenges. “UCC can be a great

school with or without boarding, but to eliminate boarding would be to overlook an important opportunity for the College to fulfil its mission and vision to the fullest,” they concluded. However, “a significant investment must be made in capital, program enhancement and leadership, starting immediately,” the Task Force stressed. Following its review of the Task Force’s report, the Board of Governors voted to accept the primary recommendation: to continue boarding and pursue a plan that would revitalize and enhance the program. For the most part, the alumni community viewed the decision as a victory, breathing a collective sigh of relief when the news was announced June 12, 2008.

Little has changed over the boarding houses’ seven-decade existence.

Boarding: Now a crucial part of UCC’s new Strategic Plan UCC’s Strategic Plan will focus on five key areas over the next few years: • Broaden the range of “big school” opportunities and challenges. • Promote a “small school” culture where every boy is known, in part through the creation of smaller units of students and faculty. • Significantly improve accessibility to UCC for outstanding students who would not otherwise be able to attend the school. • Focus on the development of character and emotional intelligence in our students. • Transform the boarding program into an exceptional, focused program that will better meet the needs of outstanding boys drawn from across Canada and around the world.

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Continued from previous page “I am pleased with the outcome of the lengthy process, and the decision to continue a long tradition (albeit modified to more appropriately respond to current values and cultures) of offering boarding at Upper Canada College,” commented Jeff Laidlaw ’75. “I suspect market forces will, in the longer run, determine the success of this direction/decision, which is much as it should be.” In response to market forces, UCC’s boarding program must change to survive. “The Board of Governors and the administration are committed to moving forward with a revitalized UCC boarding program — a program of the highest calibre that will provide exceptional experiences for our boarders and a positive impact on all students,” wrote Board Chair Michael MacMillan and Principal Jim Power in their community letter of June 12. More specifically, the Board has called for: • moving to a model based on smaller units of students and faculty in order to provide more personal attention and support to each student • improving facilities • enhancing the integration and interaction of boarding and day students • broadening the overall residential life program • expanding our recruitment and marketing efforts across Canada and around the world. “These changes will require a new approach to staffing and a renewed commitment to boarding from the school’s administration,” stated MacMillan and Power in their joint message. And, as the Boarding Task Force had noted, the costs for implementing such changes are “not insubstantial.” What’s ahead? To begin with, the 75-year-old facilities need a major facelift. Very little renovation has taken place over the years. Both houses have their share of heating and cooling woes. For example, the single-pane windows throughout the facilities make for chilly drafts and wasted energy. In the months ahead, we will be “One of the biggest challenges identifying UCC alumni around the is space,” says Andrew Turner, world who are willing to help recruit Director of Residential Life and talented, bright students into the house adviser at Wedd’s. By today’s College’s enhanced boarding prostandards, and compared to many competitor schools, the rooms tend gram. If you would like to help, or to be on the small side, and yet would like to learn more about some must continue to operate as how you might participate, please three-student rooms. contact Tara Wilson at Furthermore, most bedroom or furniture was purchased in the 1-800-822-5361. 1980’s and is in need of repair. “It was built before the influx of

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modern technology to students’ lives, so it’s difficult to have a computer on a desk and write on that desk at the same time,” explains Turner. Long-term plans call for the introduction of wireless technology, improved common areas and, possibly, kitchenettes, where boys can prepare meals. But the need for upgrading extends well beyond bricks and bedroom decor, stresses the Board and senior administration. “The program itself will be enriched with better integration of day and boarding students, as well as improved social events for weekends and evenings, more tutoring and counselling, and additional ESL services for those who need them,” says Jim Power. “We need more resources if we’re going to do this right. We can do better, and we will do better.” The board has also called for the appointment of a senior administrator to champion boarding at UCC as well as an injection of resources into marketing the program. International and national recruitment will be stepped up, and UCC’s global alumni network will be enlisted to assist with recommending good candidates for what will be a challenging, elite program. Moving forward, the College aims to maintain a stable enrolment of about 80 boarding students in the improved program, which will be geared toward highachievers who can thrive in the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. About 90 have enrolled for the 2008–09 school year — a significant achievement for the admission team, given that the program’s uncertainty made recruitment for this year somewhat challenging. Those boarders will benefit from some immediate improvements this September, promises Turner. For example, the orientation program, called New to Blue, is being improved to ensure that new students OLD TIMES summer/fall/08

Photo: Zuzana Hahn

get the best possible introduction to the academic, cocurricular and social side of school life. Twenty IB2 students have signed up to assist as peer counsellors to help during the orientation period. “The improved program will ensure that orientation helps boarding students feel more at home,” Turner says. The College is also introducing new ways to stay in touch with boarding students’ families, who span the globe. An electronic newsletter, Boarding Life, was introduced last year. Now, the College is working out the logistics of Skype – a communication system that will make it easier for advisers, students and parents to communicate with each other using an Internet-based phone service. Boarding administrators are networking with neighbourhood girls’ schools to organize more co-educational weekend programs. They’re also working with staff of the Norval Outdoor School to upgrade and expand weekend programming at UCC’s expansive outdoor education centre with four new weekend excursions. The boarding program recently added three new house advisers (called housemasters in past decades). “This means that our teacher-to-student ratio will improve in boarding — making it easier to work one-onone with students and communicate with students,” says Turner. Joining the existing team of faculty who have advising duties for 10 boarding students each year are Chantal Kenny, the executive director of Admission; Susan Boeckh, school counsellor at the Upper School, and Avia Peacock, the head nurse. In addition, residential staff are upgrading their skills this summer in important areas, including emergency planning. In addition, the College is looking into ways to involve day boys and boarders in a student exchange OLD TIMES summer/fall/08

program, says Turner. “Our goal is to actively engage students in regular exchanges — something that will help all students at UCC understand and appreciate the unique value that boarding brings to our school.” “The future of boarding has ignited a great deal of discussion and debate in the community, and we’ve learned a lot from the experience of the past several months,” says Power. “We have found a way to include boarding in our future, in a way that will complement the other goals in our Strategic Plan,” he adds. “For example, the smaller units that we’re planning for boarding mesh perfectly with our goal to provide more personal attention to our students through a ‘small school feel’ that we want to provide. “The program that we had wasn’t of the calibre that our boys deserve, but I’m convinced we can create a top-notch program that will benefit all of our boys.” More details of boarding’s transformation will be unveiled at the Community Meeting being planned for this fall. Watch for updates on or via e-newsletters.

Boarding Milestones A few highlights of the past 180 years: 1829 first 20 boarders enroll at UCC. 1879 most boarders lived outside the College grounds since boarding house accommodation no longer sufficed. 1895 Principal George Parkin plans for UCC to be a boarding-only prep school with 350 students. 1909 an enrolment crisis forces a plan (unrealized) to relocate to the Norval property in Georgetown. 1920 Principal Grant organizes boarders into two Houses: Seaton’s and Wedd’s. 1932 Vincent Massey grants $400,000 to build the boarding houses used today. 1975 The first recipient of the Quebec Scholarship Program, funded by the R. H. Webster Foundation, is Francois Roy. 1979 Principal Richard Sadleir and the Board announced a unanimous decision to close boarding at the Prep. 2007 Board announces UCC will phase out its boarding program. Boarding Task Force is created. 2008 Board decides to retain boarding and commit to a program of revitalization and investment that will improve and enhance boarding for decades to come.

Boarding students in Seaton’s House common room.


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 question.

Ben Peterson ’96

Ask Fresh out of university and unsure of what path to take in life, Peterson headed off to Africa. The experience profoundly changed him. After witnessing poverty and human rights abuses, he decided to launch Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) in 2002. Today, the non-governmental organization (NGO) trains journalists in 15 countries, providing 20 million people each week with pertinent human rights information, through its media partners. a successful NGO?


It is very difficult to crack the NGO market because of economic constraints, so you have to make sure that what you want to do is new and unique. Look at other organizations, see what type of work they’re doing and speak with them. When I first started, I did a lot of research and discovered that my idea and approach to international development was entirely unique. Whatever your idea is, make sure you really think it through and put it all on paper. It can take months to do this, but you need to put your ideas in a business plan and make sure it includes every single detail, with all your Ts crossed and Is dotted. You must articulate the plan in a way that your supporters and the general public will fully understand. The next step is to register as a non-profit organization, which was relatively easy for us. Getting charitable status is a more complex process and took us over six months. Once all of your papers are in order and your mission is clear, it’s time to raise some money and your profile. I think the key to successful fundraising is having a diversity of supporters. You can’t get all your funds from one source — you need to work with many different people, from big institutions, to the government, to private foundations. It also helps to host fundraisers. When we first started, I got all of my friends to sell tickets for a big party and we raised $20,000. It also helped spread the word about our program.


To keep growing, you need to continue holding fundraising events and soliciting money from donors on every front. We have worked hard at diversifying our funding base and now we are trying to internationalize our efforts, by getting support from British and American foundations. Raising your profile isn’t easy because it’s difficult for non-profits to get positive media coverage. But we have developed a good relationship with the media, particularly because we work with so many journalists. We have sent over 200 journalists to Africa over the past five years. Without a doubt, there will be many challenges along the way. In my case, it was especially hard to start an organization from the ground up when I was very young: a 24-year-old with no track record. You can expect that people will doubt your ability and not be willing to support you. At the time, I was really quite naive and knew very little about the non-profit sector and all that is involved in starting up an NGO. What got me over all the humps was that I really believed in what I was doing. I have passion for JHR and what our organization stands for, and people could really see that passion. If you believe in it, you will be driven to work hard enough and learn to overcome all of the challenges you face. Ben Peterson was interviewed by Adam Michael Segal, a Toronto-based freelance writer. Photo:Caley Taylor

Q: What is your advice for launching and building

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Matthew Richardson ’92

Ask Leaving a career in academia to become a doctor of veterinary medicine, Richardson found himself back at The Animal Clinic in Toronto, where he worked part time during his UCC days. He returned in May 2007 and is now a partner in the clinic

Q: What should I look for when choosing a puppy?

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I usually tell people to take three steps before deciding to get a puppy: 1. Be honest with yourself about your lifestyle and what commitment you are able to give to a puppy. Ask yourself what time you will have to devote to training, socializing and exercising a puppy. Think about what you like to do, and whether a puppy fits in with your activities. You should also think about what your life will look like in 10 years and if a dog is part of the picture. 2. The next step is to decide if you are prepared for a puppy, or if an adult dog is a better match for you. Puppies are a lot like babies and require a lot of attention. Consider the time it will take for socializing and house training. Are you willing to get up in the middle of the night with your puppy and make arrangements for it during the day? 3. If a puppy is right for you, you’ll need to decide on a pure or mixed breed. There are many ways to research the best option. I suggest talking to a vet and to friends with dogs. There are many good books, and breed associations can be helpful, though beware that they may present the breed with a positive spin. I also recommend visiting off-leash parks and talking to dog owners. The next step is getting your puppy. I strongly advise against a pet store because the puppy’s history is uncertain. For pure breeds, go to a breeder — but they can vary widely. Check Dogs in Canada Annual magazine for suggestions, and talk to a vet. The best research is visiting the breeder, so you can see the parents (the dame and sire) of the puppy and judge the conditions of the facility.

By talking to the breeder, you will learn if they are conscientious, and if they are breeding to reduce occurrences of illness and ailments in the breed. You can also sense if they are looking to find good owners for their dogs. Trust your instincts. If you want a mixed breed, check with your local Humane Society or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Matthew Richardson was interviewed by Karen Hammond, a Toronto-based freelance writer.




Board of Governors welcomes new members

Outstanding volunteers enter the ‘Harold A.D. Roberts Circle’

It’s time for some fresh faces on UCC’s Board of Governors. The four new members are Simon Leung, Peter MacGowan ’77, Ken Tanenbaum and David MacDougall ’81. Leung, father of Ryan ’10 and Aaron ’06, is President of Motorola Asia-Pacific. He and his wife, Kit, live in Hong Kong. MacGowan is a Partner at Blakes, Cassel & Graydon, practising corporate and financing law. He also is a member of the UCC Association Council. He and his wife, Yvonne Penning, have one son, Skyler ’11. Tanenbaum is executive vice-president of Kilmer van Nostrand Company, the private- investment holding company with interests in industries throughout North America such as construction operations, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, gaming and real estate. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons at UCC, Jack ’18 and Ethan ’20. Director and Portfolio Manager with MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc., MacDougall becomes president of the UCC Association Council this fall, at which point, he joins the Board of Governors as an ex officio member. Board Chair Michael MacMillan ’74 would like to thank Fred Singer ’81, Loudon Owen ’76 and Rob Parsons ’87, who are stepping down from the Board, for their valuable contribution to UCC.

They don’t do it for the applause — but it’s nice to get some all the same. UCC’s newest volunteer award was presented to five UCC community members at Volunteer Reception, May 21, 2008. UCC introduced a new Volunteer Award Recognition Program, the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle in spring 2008. Circle membership will be awarded annually for substantial contributions or special service by Association members, those who go "above and beyond" to significantly improve the Association and the College. The Association Council considers such factors as the diversity of roles undertaken and the length of service. This new award program complements the John D. Stevenson Award and expands the College’s ability to recognize outstanding contributions. At the annual Volunteer Reception, the College honoured five very special people in this, the first year of the awards. The 2008 recipients of the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle are Andy Pringle ’69, P’02, ’04; Rhonnie Rossi P’07, William Ng P’08, Hollis Brent ’72 and Andrew Galloway ’87. To read more about each recipient and other honours and awards, visit UCC website at

Harold A.D. Roberts Award recipient, Hollis Brent ’72 (right) with Board of Governors vice chair, Stuart Lazier ’70 (middle) and Foundation Board member, Hugh Innes ’72.


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When UCC’s Boarding Task Force was gathering opinions on the future of boarding, and when College administrators wanted to measure attitudes about increasing accessibility at UCC, they wanted to hear from a cross-section of the UCC community. One of the key sources they tapped into was the UCC Association Council. Likewise, when communications staff sought feedback on some new marketing materials they were developing, they turned to members of the UCC Association Council to gauge reactions to the designs, text and overall tone of the materials. “The council is a natural go-to medium to pass along opinions and ideas, as well as a way to ask questions of the school,” explains UCC Association President Rob Parsons ’87. “Tremendous feedback” came out of these discussions on important issues. “Because of the diverse personalities and backgrounds on the council, you get very diverse opinions. It shows broad representation from constituents.” Just as UCC has evolved, the Association Council has changed. In past decades, the council (called the Association Board at the time) focused mainly on event planning and goodwill initiatives. Today, those important tasks are still part of the Association’s responsibilities, but in recent years, the council restructured to include a multiplicity of perspectives. It now features 21 elected members and ex officio, all alumni and UCC parents, whose job it is to engage the community and provide feedback on College issues. “The role of the Association is still evolving,” explains David MacDougall ’81, who becomes president when Parsons’ term ends this fall. In part, “our purpose is to be a sounding board for the administration of the school and the Board of Governors and a conduit for the community to the administration and the board. “There are a lot of very talented people on the Association Council who do some really great things,” says MacDougall. “It’s a broad group in terms of age, school experience and their reasons for involvement.” McDougall himself has been a College volunteer for several years, starting with his involvement on the Old

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Boys’ Annual Giving Committee, of which he became the chair, and then his role in helping to organize the Class of 1981’s 25th reunion in 2006. Both Parsons and MacDougall have benefited from their extensive engagement with post-grad UCC life. “If I had one message to Rob Parsons ’87. get out to the community, it would be to get involved. It’s a very rewarding experience, not to mention, an absolute blast,” says Parsons. “We want people to become connected with UCC and stay connected,” says MacDougall. “The quality of boys’ education is enhanced by active community involvement,” he adds. “Not everyone will be hyper-interested in getting involved at the Association Council level,” MacDougall points out. But there are myriad opportunities for people to get involved on shorter-term projects, such as organizing or just pitching in at either Association Day or class reunions.

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UCC Association is a ‘go-to medium’

Focus on hot-ticket alumni events What’s the difference between a ho-hum alumni event and one that blows the roof off? That was the big question posed to Old Boys, young and older, at a series of four focus groups held in July at a midtown market research firm. While the Association distributes written Old Boy surveys every few years, these sessions marked the first-ever, live focus groups. The goal was to elicit feedback from Old Boys about events they’d like to see held for their contemporaries, says Tara Wilson, director of the UCC Association. Old Boys, including recent graduates, retirees and mid-career professionals, gave generously of their time, allowing the Association to pick their brains for great ideas for future programming. Stay tuned for invitations to these inspired events!




Assembly guest offers lesson on tolerance It’s an awareness of hate that spurs Dr. Eva Olsson to travel 40,000 km a year. The 83-year-old grandmother has spoken to over one million people so far, including lectures at the United Nations and 180 schools. The Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor added UCC to that list as she spoke of the horrors of Nazi Germany to a hushed Upper School Assembly, April 14, 2008. Olsson and her sister were the only survivors of her entire family of 89 members. “Whenever I speak at elementary schools and ask how many kids have used the word ‘hate’ today, every hand goes up,” she said in a clear, steady voice. “That is the worst word you can use.” The word “bully” came up a lot in Olsson’s talk. She recounted how a boy called her grandson “a stupid Jew” at his school; the teacher just stood by, doing and saying nothing. “Bystanders are not innocent,” she said. “Don’t judge people by their religion, the shape of their eyes or the colour of their skin. After all, everyone has the same coloured blood.”

Boys act up in New York IB1 theatre students had the acting experience of a lifetime when they visited the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (often called The Actors Studio) in New York, April 7–9. The trip was organized by Judith Macdonell, teacher of IB theatre, and included Andrew Musselman ’99, who frequently helps out at the College. The group was initially invited by Sanzhar Sultanov ’07, who attends the institute. “The highlight of the trip was a private workshop with Anna Strasberg ,” says Macdonell. “She carries a legacy from Stanivslavsky to The Group out of New York, which included herself and her famous husband, Lee Strasberg who trained Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. “Anna is probably the only connection to what revolutionized theatre at the turn of the century,” says


Macdonell. “She shared a two-hour workshop with us. By the second half of the session some of the braver boys were doing their own monologues.” Every one of them who got up on the stage was transformed, says Macdonell. “She listened to them, and then zeroed in on what they needed to do to find their own voice, so they weren’t trying to copy anyone. She gave them a fervour and passion to discover their authenticity as actors.”

Groundbreaking year for digital media This year has been a spectacular season of growth for both College Film and the Digital Media Program. The brand new Media Lab and Studio provided a lively home for cross-curricular media programming in subjects including English, French and science. Students, faculty and staff kept the lab humming as they honed their skills. The lab’s eye-popping green screen walls inspired an unprecedented degree of special effects innovation among College Film members. College Film’s production of Smookie, the Association Day spoof, allowed club members to experiment with newly acquired cameras, tripods, body rigs, microphones, and professional LED studio lights. It also provided a forum for the MAK animation group to demonstrate their remarkable skills. In a sense, Smookie served as a training ground for the rest of the year’s achievements. By February, College Film had produced two breathtaking trailers for the stage production of The Duchess of Malfi and, by April, work was finally completed on a groundbreaking and beautiful 12-minute film, MisGuided, representing the most complete production experience ever attempted at UCC and will serve as a benchmark for years to come. The explosion of interest in, and support for UCC multi media, had led to initiatives including a Year 1 Media Literacy course this year and the introduction of IB Film in fall 2009. Thanks to everybody who helped make it happen. — Mark Battley

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UCC forms Blues Booster Club (BBC) UCC is known for the excellent variety of sports and team participation. So it came as a surprise to many parents that attendance at football games was surprisingly low — from both parents and students — especially the Association Day football game. Similarly, the Winterfest hockey game and the hockey “fan bus” that travelled to the University of Toronto had low turnouts. That’s why Dave Shaw, UCC’s head varsity football coach, felt compelled to develop the Blues Booster Club (BBC).

“Many in the community felt that more communication about athletic events and results was needed,” he says. Indeed, a January issue of student newspaper, Convergence, cited a “brazen lack of school spirit plaguing the UCC community…” Comprising parents and staff and students, the Blues Booster Club will boost awareness of athletic events and celebrate athlete performance. Initiatives will include an e-newsletter of sports news and results, promotions and events at specific home games, Prep School team recognition and skills contests at half-time and athlete recognition events. “Hope to see you at the game,” says Shaw.


R E U N I O N Honoured years: 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003.

September 26–27, 2008 Association Day: September 27, 2008

For more information on Reunion 2008, contact Angie Foster at or 416-488-1125, ext. 3357.

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Trio Take

By Julia Drake

‘Top 40’ Honours

innovation and achievement; impact; “I’m not in the market for any real community involvement and contriestate,” the busy boss, Martin bution; and strategy for growth. Couture ’86, tells the caller. “Sir, I’m not from Coldwell Martin Couture is the chief Banker Real Estate. I’m calling from operating officer of Sanimax, a Caldwell Partners, and we’d like to Montreal-based company that transspeak to you.” forms byproducts from the meat and “The headhunters? I’m not food industries into materials for thinking of leaving. But thanks other sectors. For example, Sanimax for calling.” diverts animal byproducts such as “Sir, we really, really need to talk restaurant cooking oil from landfill to you.” sites and recycles them into prodThus began Couture’s rocky ucts such as clean-burning biodiesel, introduction to the news that he had animal feed and soap. been named one of the Top 40 Under In 1990, Couture joined the 40, laughs the somewhat red-faced company — which his grandfather, business executive. Alex, founded in 1939 as Alex A different tale of mistaken idenCouture Inc. — and rose through tity greeted another recent Top 40 the ranks from director of corporate inductee, Brendan Caldwell ’87. development to executive vice-presiWhen he attended a breakfast for dent. He also served as president Ontario recipients of the honour, from 2000 to 2007. He now heads Caldwell’s family name led organizers operations across five units of the to assume that he was the son of Montreal-based business, which the company’s president, Doug employs about 1,200. Caldwell. Let it be known, there are Brendan Caldwell is the presino familial connections. dent and CEO of Toronto-based Eventually, everyone figured out Caldwell Investment Management which Caldwell was which, and who Ltd. Since joining his father’s firm in was calling whom, and three Old Boys 1995 as a chartered financial ana— Couture, Caldwell and Michael D. lyst, he has rebranded the investPenner ’87 — were welcomed to the ment management division as prestigious ranks of 2007’s Top 40 Caldwell Investment Management, Under 40 awards program. becoming its president and CEO. Founded and managed by The He is also president of Caldwell Martin Couture ’86 (top) and Brendan Callwell ’87 Caldwell Partners, Canada’s Top 40 Securities Ltd., executive viceUnder 40 is a national program that president of Caldwell Financial, celebrates young leaders. The provice-president of Caldwell Asset gram honours Canadians who have achieved significant success Management, and the founding president of Caldwell Insurance before the age of 40. These talented Old Boys were selected from Services. Caldwell Financial is chaired by founder Tom Caldwell, over 1,500 nominees by an independent advisory board whose Brendan’s father, and Brendan’s younger brother, Theo ’91, is members looked for five key criteria: vision and leadership; also a senior employee with the firm. Continued on next page


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BRING OUR OLD BOYS HOME Recognize any of these names? Even better, know their whereabouts? If the answer’s yes, we’d like to invite them to their reunion celebrations September 26 and 27 at the College. Please do send their contact details or ask them to get in touch with Director of Advancement Services Kelly Farwell at or 416-488-1125 ext. 3348. Class of

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Kilgour, Ashley G. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ashley Longstaffe, Walter Robert . . . . . . . . . . .Bob Sime, David Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .David Clarkson, Geoffrey Penistone Elliott . . . .Geoffrey Counsell, James Ronald . . . . . . . . . . . .James Spence, John Stewart . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Anderson, Thomas G. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Beith, Andrew James . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andrew Crawley, William Donald . . . . . . . . . . . .Donald Brooks, Bradley Leonard . . . . . . . . . . . .Brad Heintzman, Bradford Flavelle . . . . . . . . .Brad Grierson, David Harry . . . . . . . . . . . . . .David Cernavskis, Andris Peter . . . . . . . . . . . .Andris Mikkila, William Glen . . . . . . . . . . . . . .William Sanders, Paul S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paul Spencer, Victor Grant Airth . . . . . . . . . .Victor Wang, John K. T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Armstrong, Christopher V. N. . . . . . . . . .Christopher Cameron, John Anton . . . . . . . . . . . . . .John Ralling, Denis Keith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Denis Bradley, Stephen Shawn . . . . . . . . . . . .Steve Edwards, Christopher T. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris

Continued from previous page and transformed it into a global sourcing When asked, both Caldwell and Couture company that supplies a wide range of prodacknowledge that working in a family business ucts to major retailers such as Wal-Mart, has its benefits. Target, Sears, the Bay, Loblaws and Sam’s “It exposes you to different aspects of a Club. business much sooner than in another compa“I’m grateful for the honour but fully ny,” observes Couture. And it can help with aware that our success has been a team commitment, too. “You feel you’re putting effort,” says Penner, echoing the words of sweat equity into something,” he says. both Couture and Caldwell about the impor“You push yourself harder when your famitant contributions of their respective business ly name is on the door,” says Caldwell. In additeams. Penner credits the Top 40 Under 40 tion, “one can act with a greater degree of conwith recognizing the “dedication and commitfidence,” he adds. “You have greater access to ment” of his staff at his Cornwall and Montreal contacts and greater freedom.” offices, as well as the “professionalism and Someone who has had no problem pushcommitment to quality of our suppliers in the ing himself in a business that’s not family-run Far East and elsewhere.” is Michael Penner, the president and CEO of Michael Penner ’87. For more details on the Top 40 program, Richelieu Legwear, a manufacturer of socks visit and other hosiery products. He is credited Nominees for the 2008 awards must be under 40 as of December with re-energizing Richelieu since assuming leadership of the 31, 2008 and must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. company in 2002. He changed the company’s strategic direction OLD TIMES summer/fall/08


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Unlikely Friends

Uncommon Ties

As UCC’s Common Ties Mentorship Program celebrates its fourth anniversary in 2008, we look at the programs most inspiring matches. By Adam Michael Segal On paper, the odds of Ted Nation ’74 and Kobi Gulersen ’02 having anything to do with one another would likely be slim. Nation is a 52-year-old baby boomer, while Gulersen is 30 years his junior and hails from very a different cultural background. What brought these two Old Boys together was UCC’s Common Ties Program, a unique mentoring endeavour that connects UCC students, grads, parents and friends. “I signed up for Common Ties because I thought it was a great idea,” explains Nation, president of the Toronto-based advertising agency, Yield. “I like the idea of helping young people better understand their career paths and learning how to maximize their potential.” While Nation was eager to lend a hand, Gulersen was more than happy to grab hold of it. As a burgeoning entrepreneur, he was looking to build up his nascent marketing business — and what better person to get advice from than Nation, a 25year-veteran of the industry? “Ted has a wealth of knowledge about the industry,” says Gulersen. “He gave me some great insight.” About a year after their initial encounter, their casual contact turned into something much more significant. Nation was looking to work with a major bank on a project focused on young adults. This time, the tables were turned and the best person to ask for advice was Gulersen. “Being 52, I was looking for someone to bolster our knowledge of the youth target, so we called up Kobi and asked him and his partner to join us on the pitch,” explains Nation. “We ended up winning the job.” What’s more, after the project’s success, Gulersen was able to land additional work with the client. The two have continued to nurture their relationship by virtue of Gulersen’s company, Kognitive Marketing, sharing office space with Yield. “When I pop into Ted’s office to ask something, he'll drop everything and have a conversation with me,” says Gulersen. “It actually blows my mind that there is such a huge age difference between us, yet there is such a strong connection.”

Another mentor involved in Common Ties is Kevin Clark ’77, vice-president at Scotiabank. When he speaks about mentoring, his passion shines through instantly: “I see mentoring as a very real way to give back,” he says. “It provides young people with guidance, it helps them see their goals, and it gives them a chance to learn from other people. I think it’s a very good way to help young people become leaders,” adds Clark. And it was through Common Ties that Clark recently connected with Josh Farr ’02. A graduate of the commerce program at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Farr is interested in the field of microfinance. After expressing this interest to Common Ties staff, he was put in touch with Clark. “I had a good meeting with Kevin and a colleague of his,” relates 25-year-old Farr. “From our discussion, I learned about the field I was interested in, I learned a lot about Scotiabank and I also got great advice on career areas I could explore.” A short while later — and by virtue of his own networking efforts — Farr landed an interview with Scotiabank, and was subsequently hired to work in the company’s international cash management services division. “I’ve been here for three months, and it’s going very well,” says Farr. “I really enjoy the work and I’m learning valuable project management skills.” For Clark, seeing the fruits of his mentoring labour with Farr is gratifying. “Josh is an example of what the Common Ties program is all about — guiding people, not getting them the job. “I just gave him advice and guidance and it all worked out for him.” For more information on how to get involved with Common Ties, visit and click on the Common Ties link under “UCC Community,” or contact Angie Foster at 416-488-1125, ext. 3357, e-mail: Adam Michael Segal is a Toronto-based freelance writer.

Josh is an example of what the Common Ties program is all about — guiding people, not getting them the job.

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Each issue of Old Times features at least one Old Boy who has made outstanding contributions to the College, the nation or to global causes. In this issue, writer Nate Hendley profiles such a man Eric Lubbock Avebury ’44

Eric Avebury’s stellar report card from graduating year.


He is an Old Boy, a Buddhist, an enthusiastic blogger and an English lord. Eric Avebury — known formally as Lord Avebury — is also a trained engineer, Oxford graduate and a former member of the U.K. House of Commons. Born in London, U.K in 1928, Avebury attended Upper Canada College during the Second World War. He left UCC after completing Middle School exams in 1944. “I was happy at UCC and got on well there. The only subject I wasn’t keen on was modern history, taught by my housemaster, Mr. Biggar. I enjoyed ice hockey and boxing,” recalls Avebury. Modern history aside, Avebury has fond memories of Canada, describing pleasant summers spent at a relative’s house near Lake Simcoe, Ont. Avebury moved back to Great Britain after UCC and studied engineering at the University of Oxford. Upon graduation, he served in the army and worked in the aero-engine division at Rolls Royce. In 1960, Avebury became active in politics, joining the Liberal Party, which had links to the Canadian Liberals. He was elected to the House of Commons at the1962 Orpington byelection. It was a traditional Tory riding, and the result was the biggest humiliation the Tory government had suffered in its 11 years in power. His political allegiance was based on family ties and personal convictions. “I had Liberalism in the blood, I suppose. Both my grandfathers were Liberal MPs. I had a godfather who was a Liberal minister and my great aunt was president of the Women’s Liberal Federation,” says Avebury. “But I am naturally inclined to Liberal attitudes. The Conservatives speak for riches and privilege, while nowadays the Labour Party here seems to have lost all sense of direction.” In 1970, the Tories won back Orpington, but a year later Avebury returned to Parliament, this time as a member of the House of Lords, the U.K. parliamentary upper house. He was founder of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group in 1976 and chaired it for 21 years. Today he speaks for his party on Africa, immigration and asylum and alcohol harm. He is a member of the International Organisations Select Committee, currently looking at work on communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Avesbury keeps a lively political blog that combines chatty observations (“snow on April 6!”), with musings (“Tuesday, I had a visit from the Eritrean Ambassador, H.E. Tesfemicael Gerahtu O …”). A visit to Sri Lanka, to investigate unlawful detentions on behalf of Amnesty International, sparked an interest in Buddhism. A Sri Lankan contact “gave me books on Buddhism and it struck me as a faith based on reason,” recalls Avebury, currently active with a Buddhist prison mission.

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Tu r n a B l i n d E y e

Jared Ament ’00 brings the gift of vision to one of the world’s most destitute regions By John Carson Most of us take our sight for granted, but if we do get problems, we have easy access to great ophthalmologists. Those in the developing world are not so lucky, but an Old Boy is working to change that. Jared Ament ’00 spent two weeks in Ethiopia in March 2008 performing surgery and educating people on eye care. More specifically, he introduced them to the sight-saving technology of the artificial cornea. “The trip came together rather serendipitously,” he says. “I am finishing my master’s in public health at Harvard and happened to have been to Ethiopia as a medical student.” Ament is a physician at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. While there, he has been working on a locally-developed artificial cornea with the hopes of restoring vision to the millions of patients with corneal disease. “This was the second time I’ve been to Ethiopia, but this time it was a Harvard-sponsored trip with an artificial cornea developed here by Claes Dohlman, the ‘father of corneal medicine,’” explains Ament. “It’s called the Boston Keratoprosthesis and is now probably the most-used artificial cornea worldwide.” It is made of clear plastic — in the shape of a button — with excellent tissue tolerance and optical properties. The device is inserted into a corneal graft, which is then sutured into the patient’s cornea. In the last decade the prosthetic corneal transplant

Jared Ament ’00, treating a patient at a clinic in Ethiopia.

theatre has become more successful, with low complication rates. The retention rate over five years is around 95 per cent in non-autoimmune patients. “With the recent domestic success, we decided that the developing world was an ideal candidate for this type of technology,” says Ament. “Around 10-12 million people worldwide are unnecessarily blind due to corneal disease, according to the World Health Organization.” Ament says he spent a few months developing an international protocol designed for the Boston Keratoprosthesis and its use in the developing world. “We chose Ethiopia for two reasons: I’d already visited there and so was familiar with the resources available on the ground, and because it is one of the most destitute places on Earth. If we can make it work there, then the potential is really endless.” One of the biggest hindrances he found was getting patients to comply with the follow-up procedures. “The surgery was the easy part,” he says. “We spent a lot of time developing diagrams, translating documents, working with the local health-care teams there, so the patients understood the importance of medication compliance, face washing and follow-up visits.” Ament says that Dohlman makes no profit off sales of the Boston Keratoprosthesis; it all goes into a research fund that pays for future development and trips such as Ament’s.

Continued from previous page Now a political elder, Avebury maintains a progressive outlook. He believes the biggest problem currently facing the U.K. is, “How to achieve a society of greater equality: of wealth and incomes through the tax system; of access to education, health and other public services;

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of opportunity for individuals of different gender, race and sexual orientation.” Eric Avebury’s blog can be found at at: He currently resides in Camberwell, England, 15 minutes drive from the House of Lords.


The Gift of a Lifetime Alan Harris lived to 104 and taught at UCC for 40 years. His gift to the S. Alan Harris Bursary ensures his values will live on even longer.

Estate gifts help your College build for the future. They also ensure your values and principles live on to benefit generations to come. Alan Harris made plans to ensure his life’s work at the College would endure. In his long and fulfilled life, he was a beloved teacher to a generation of Old Boys (1925–65). He is remembered in many roles — math teacher and coach of many sports, including cricket, soccer, hockey and boxing. Among his proudest accomplishments, however, were his contributions to the Norval Outdoor School. A passionate naturalist long before it was fashionable, he understood the value of reforestation. He was personally responsible for planting hundreds of thousands of trees on the property. Norval’s arboretum, which he helped establish, was eventually named in his honour. A great bird lover, he stocked the bird feeders surrounding his Caledon home with about 450 kilograms of seed each year. “He was a kind and very generous soul who found it difficult to accept a favour, yet, without the slightest hesitation, would offer anything and everything to someone in need,” says Chip Coombs ’69, Alan’s friend and former student. Alan’s impact as a teacher to multiple generations was never in greater evidence than at his 95th birthday, at UCC in 1996. There, he was swamped by good wishes from former students, virtually all of whom he remembered, says Coombs. With the trees he planted — and by a generous gift through his will — Alan’s life-long commitment to UCC lives on, benefiting future generations.

For information on bequests and planned gifts, contact: Dyanne Ostrander Director of Gift Planning Office of Advancement 200 Lonsdale Road Toronto, Ontario M4V 1W6 416-488-1125, ext. 2229 All inquiries are confidential.

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Letter from Stuart Clay Campbell 1918 to “Herb” Stuart Clay Campbell (1901–89) was born in Chicago, and raised and educated in Toronto, where he became fascinated with makeup and exhibited a talent for drawing and sculpture. After working briefly at a printing establishment and later in the insurance business, Campbell accepted a position with the Oakes Wax Factory in Los Angeles, where he worked for 10 years, creating and casting faces on wax figures. In 1932 the company supplied figures for The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). This brought Campbell to the attention of Perc Westmore, who headed Warner’s makeup department. Westmore, who had also lived in Toronto, hired Campbell as his assistant. Campbell eventually left Warner Bros. to head the makeup departments at 20th Century-Fox, and later Columbia. In 1966, after 34 years as a makeup artist, he retired at age 65. Campbell worked on a variety of films, including Stanley and Livingstone (1939), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Son of Dr. Jekyll (1951), Salome (1953), and The Werewolf (1956). Among the actors he worked on were Bela Lugosi, Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Al Jolson, and Tyrone Power. It’s been a long time since 1918 when I upped and left UCC hoping to get work in a munitions factory, and never made it. — To California in ’21 and still here. All the while missing the Toronto I grew up in. Bruce Evans has kept me posted, and I’m sorry to hear his health is giving him a hard time right now, but he seems to be recuperating A sketch of the College as it stood at Deer Park Campus, circa 1918, very well. It would be nice to hear from you. I had hoped to get to UCC by Clay Campbell. last spring and wound up in the hospital instead. Steve tried to get in touch with a Wilfrid Thomas (UCC ’07–’17) who lives less than a mile from me here in C.D.M. but the phone is as close as we have gotten so far. He seems to be awfully busy. We built a studio-gallery last summer that houses my painting and printing, and I am having a grand time. I spend most of my time (since retiring in ’66) in the studio, printing and framing prints for shows. I also make my own frames. The UCC print is an etching of the old school as I remember it, with the help of a couple of old snapshots. Hope it comes through the mail OK. You seem to be having a lot of trouble with the mails lately. I think I may hold this till I check at our post office about the situation in Canada. Hope you are enjoying good health, and that if you should come west, drop in on us. Sincerely, Clay Campbell October 25, 1975

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ne in eight Canadian men will develop prostate cancer, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. Among older men, prostate cancer is the most common form of the disease, and the deadliest, after lung cancer. And still, many men are reluctant to educate themselves about prostate health or have annual checkups. “There’s a huge amount of silent Dr. Shafiq Qaadri suffering going on with regard to prostate cancer,” states Dr. Shafiq Qaadri ’82. “It is a massively common issue — people need to learn about it, and learn what their treatment


that can be detected in blood tests. An elevated PSA level is often a sign of prostate trouble. Starting next year, the province of Ontario will pick up the cost of PSA tests for men 50 years and older. The funding decision followed lobbying efforts by Qaadri and others. Doctors who detect elevated PSA levels now have the option of referring patients to the Gale and Graham Wright Prostate Centre at North York General Hospital in Toronto. Opened in July 2007, the pioneering centre aims to be a “one-stop shop” for prostate care. “It’s unique in that it provides a central place where all of the disciplines involved can be found in one place,” explains Watt, who was the chief fundraiser for the facility. “Everything from the initial diagnosis to [treatment] planning can be done at the centre, right up to, and with the exception of, the actual surgery or radiation.” It currently takes about 13 weeks to get a definitive diagnosis of prostate cancer in Ontario. Medical staffers at the Prostate Centre want to reduce that to about four weeks. Watt helped raise nearly $3 million for the project — all from private sources. A lawyer who handles estate work with Toronto law firm Mills and Mills, Watt is chairman of the UCC Foundation and co-chair of Prostate Centre fundraising for North York General Hospital. He has a personal stake in the campaign against cancer. “I have prostate cancer and was treated by many of the doctors who are now involved with the centre,” says Watt, who underwent brachytherapy (a form of radiotherapy in which tiny radioactive rods are placed into or next to a tumour) two years ago.

“ prostate?” Nice day. How’s your

Prostate cancer isn’t the easiest topic for men to discuss. These Old Boys want you to open up to your doctor — now — while you’re still symptom free. By Nate Hendley

options are.” A family physician, medical writer and Liberal MPP for Etobicoke North, Qaadri is eager to increase awareness of the disease. Roland (Roly) Browning Watt ’62 has the same goal in mind. A cancer survivor himself, Watt helped raise funds for a new medical centre dedicated to prostate health in men. While they work independently, Qaadri and Watt share a school and a cause. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland containing seminal fluid under a man’s bladder. As men age, their risk of getting prostate cancer increases. Frequent urination and discomfort are two indicators of prostate problems. Many men “essentially think they are destined to this,” explains Qaadri, who wrote a book about men’s health called The Testosterone Factor. “They think, ‘Oh, I’m an older fellow, so I’m supposed to get up and urinate three times a night. That’s my destiny. What can I do?” Plenty, if Qaadri has anything to say about it. He encourages men to get annual checkups for prostate specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate


There’s a huge amount of silent suffering going on with regard to prostate cancer.

Of course, avoiding problems in the first place is the best option. In his book, Qaadri covers the ground on preventative measures and other medical issues associated with prostate cancer. “Millions of baby boomer men are grappling with the physical, emotional and sexual challenges presented by midlife,” he says. OLD TIMES summer/fall/08

Qaadri, who has written over 700 articles for publications such as the Medical Post and given countless interviews, traces his interest in men’s health to childhood. “My mother is a gynecologist, so I grew up learning all about female menopause, female hormones and female issues like bone weaknesses and osteoporosis,” he says. “When I became a physician myself, it occurred to me that a lot of these same issues seem to be happening in men, because their master hormone of manhood — testosterone — goes through a decline at middle-life, age 40 or over.”

The doctor urges men to pay more attention to their health in general. “The saddest thing is when I see a man who has prostate cancer, but that cancer has left home and metastasized to the spine or elsewhere,” he says. “Something in your brain goes off, saying, ‘If someone had just taught this fellow or directed him to come in, five years, 10 years earlier, he probably could have avoided all of this.’” Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance writer

Team UCC overcomes uphill struggle at Harry’s Run Congratulations to Team UCC members who ran Harry’s 5K at High Park in support of prostate cancer. April 5 was a beautiful day for a run, that’s for certain. The route was nice — with the exception of the massive uphill finish! Team UCC had 28 runners in total: a mixture of current students, faculty, Old Boys and parents. Special congratulations to our father and son team who ran: student Matthew Michael Caminity, grade 6, and father, Marco. Caminiti, who starts Grade 6 in September, and his father, Marco. A special mention, too, to Harold Murphy ’78, who got into the spirit of things, running in pink shorts, long socks, jacket and tie! "Matthew was running for both his grandfathers who have suffered through prostate cancer," says Marco Caminiti. "Matthew himself had a rough winter, fracturing both heels in January in a freak ski accident, and was in a wheelchair until midFebruary and on crutches until mid-March. He ran the 5K in 29 minutes!" The College looks forward to making Harry’s Run an annual event at UCC, and hopes you will participate next year. Maybe next year’s event will include a breakfast at a local diner after the race, so that the UCC community can all have a chance to meet and share race stories. Congratulations again to all of our runners, and looking forward to next year’s race! Family members after the run.

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Comings & Goings

NEW EMPLOYEES MATT BADALI — Form 5 teacher. KATHRYN BROOKES — history teacher, Upper School. REBECCA CALDWELL — outdoor education instructor, Norval. JOHN-PAUL CAVALLUZZO — residential assistant and on-call teacher. MEG DAVIES — Form 5 teacher. AIDA FAHOUM — Form 3 teacher. KEITH FLEMING — French teacher, Upper School. JORDAN FOLEY — residential assistant and on-call teacher. PEGGY FOSTER — outdoor education teacher, Norval. AMANDA GUILFOYLE — SK teacher. SMRITI KAPOOR — manager of Annual Giving in the Office of Advancement. JIM LAPLANTE — director of Information Technology, formerly IT director at Havergal College. GILLIAN LEVENE — English teacher, Upper School. ALLISON MACRAE — math teacher, Upper School. SCOTT MANNING — Form 6 teacher. MIMI MENDOZA — Primary teaching assistant. SUSAN NEWELL — Form 5 teacher. CYNTHIA RIVERA — nurse, Upper School. TAVO ROONEEM — film teacher and media technician, Upper School. MARTHA TUFF — archivist/library technician. ALI WADEE — business and computer science teacher, Upper School. JEFF WOODROFFE — math teacher, Upper School. INTERNAL CHANGES ANDREA ASTER — returns as communications manager. IRFAN BAIG — Upper School computer science teacher, will take a leave of absence for the 2008–09 school year. DAVID BORDEN, ’99 — is taking a oneyear leave to teach English literature in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


MEG DAVIES — Form 5 master, moves to the Prep School Centre for Learning for the next school year as the Prep coordinator for Grade 6 and Remove, filling in for Susan Elliott. SUSAN ELLIOTT — co-ordinator for the Prep School Centre for Learning, was granted a year’s leave of absence to pursue continued learning at York University. She will stay connected with the Action Research and Writing Group throughout the year, and will return in the fall of 2009. LARA JENSEN — Form 3 master, moves to senior admission counsellor and PYP coordinator while Dianne Jojic is on maternity leave. MARIA KARAKOULAS — UCC Association events co-ordinator on maternity leave after she and husband Gregory welcomed baby John on April 15, 2008.

John Karakoulas

JULIA KINNEAR — History teacher, Upper School, is on maternity leave. Sandi Laine — accepted the temporary position (replacing Maria Karakoulas who is on maternity leave) of special events co-coordinator. Laine was a member of the Office of Advancement for over 15 years and we are very pleased to welcome her back. GINA SUVA — Health Centre nurse has been appointed as full-time nurse at the Prep. Suva has been working on a parttime basis at the Prep and Upper School Health Centres since September 2007.

MOVING ON…. THE FOLLOWING EMPLOYEES RECENTLY LEFT UCC SHELLEY BARTON — resigned from UCC to teach in Hong Kong. Barton spent seven years as an Upper School math teacher, three of those as chair of the department. JOHN CARSON — left in April after filling in as acting communications manager. MARTIN CLOUTIER — left UCC after three years at the Prep and one year at the Upper School as a French teacher. He will teach French immersion in Kingston, Ont. AMY CURTIS — Norval outdoor education instructor, has left to teach in Mexico next year with JON HOLMES, who was a Prep teaching assistant. PETER LECAIN, ’01 — residential assistant. GRANT LINNEY — opted to retire as a full-time Norval teacher. He will have more time to continue his passion to support the value of outdoor experiential education (OEE) as he works with others to organize a course, sponsored by the Ontario College of Teachers, for teachers interested in OEE. He will return to Norval part time this fall. GORDON MIDDLETON — network administrator, resigned from UCC in March to move on to new IT challenges. Middleton had been with the College for almost 10 years. AMIT MORRIS — residential assistant. KEN PEGLAR — retires after five years of teaching art, philosophy and TOK at the Upper School. JAMIE PROCUNIER — retires from the Upper School Math Department, but will return to teach a couple of math classes this year. (See p. 26 for tribute.) VANESSA RICHARDSON — Upper School math teacher, resigned from UCC after two years to move to California. She has been a coach of volleyball and basketball and a Bremner’s house adviser.

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JIM SMITH — a nurse in the Prep Health NATTALIE SMITH — manager, Annual Centre, will remain a part of the UCC Giving, left in July to work at a school in Health Care Team in a part-time capacity. Connecticut. She extended her involvement with UCC beyond Advancement: she While he is not providing care at the College he will be pursuing a career in was an adviser in Mowbray’s House and music. Smith signed a deal with Canadiancoached the U-15 soccer team. MARIAN SPENCE — UCC’s archivist, retired after 30 years at the College but returns part time in the Macintosh Library, where her UCC career first began. (See p. 27 for tribute.) GUILLAUME TREMBLAY, ’03 — residential assistant. ANDREW WILL, ’93 — Upper School math teacher, left to teach at a school in Connecticut. Will coached varsity hockey and lived in Wedd’s House. Jill Stewart with husband Blake Ross Parkinson Steve Thorne CONGRATULATIONS MARIA (PERENTESIS) KARAKOULAS — UCC Association events coordinator, married Gregory Karakoulas in June of 2007. SAMANTHA KERBEL — UCC Association administrative assistant, married Elly Bendavid on May 29, 2008.

owned music publisher ole in March. JILL STEWART — director of Primary, married Steve Thorne on April 12, 2008. BIRTHS CARRICK — Prep teaching assistant Catherine Carrick and husband Mike

welcomed a Leap Year baby, daughter Sophie, February 29, 2008. CLOUTIER — former (see “Moving On” above) French teacher Martin Cloutier and his wife, Julie, welcomed a son, Simon, on May 29, 2008. MA — Prep science teacher, David Ma, and his wife, Lisa Lee, welcomed their first daughter, Indigo Sohyun, March 13. PARKINSON — Upper School geography teacher Craig Parkinson and wife Danelle are the proud parents of Blake Ross, born February 8, 2008, and weighing in at 7.7 lb. ROTCHELL — Prep science teaching assistant Trevor Rotchell, and wife Michelle, welcomed their first baby, Lachlan Jonathan Clarke, on April 13, 2008. PASSINGS ORDÓÑEZ — at Coral Gables, Fla., on February 26, 2008, José Ordóñez, former faculty member at UCC from 1950–52.

Show yourinface our new online community! Facebook is the number one social networking site on the Web… for now. But things change fast in the online world, and UCC is making sure we’re involved every step of the way. You’re an Old Boy. You still remember banging the backs of the Laidlaw Hall seats in assembly. Cheering on “The Blues” at the Oval. Sighing as Mr. Miller tells you to tuck in your shirt. So come and show your face to your former classmates by joining the official “Upper Canada College Alumni Group.” New members are joining every day, and we bet you a House Tie that there are people on there you already know.

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For their long service to UCC, the community thanks these latest inductees into the Quarter Century Club. A dinner to honour them for their long service was held May 26, 2008 at the College. Pam Love, Prep Librarian

Pam Love

“Thoughtful, caring, organized, intelligent, a great reader, funny, a doorway to the imagination” are just some of the words Prep students use when asked to describe Pam Love. Walk by the Wilder Library and you might see a group of little boys crowded around Pam, captivated by her storytelling talents. Or, perhaps you'll see a Grade 4 class giggling as Pam reads Roald Dahl’s hilarious tale of the dyslexic Vicar of Nibbleswicke. Or it could be Pam teaching research skills as the Removes work on the Foundation unit, discovering that there is another Madonna besides the one seen on MTV. Whatever the moment, the boys are engaged as Pam works her special kind of magic, a magic that has instilled thousands of boys with a lifetime gift: a love of reading. As current Grade 5 teacher Kathryn O’Brien wrote, “Mrs.

Love takes time for every reader, the enthusiasts and the reluctant ones.” What is in the magic that Pam weaves? A unique blend of keen listening skills, a wonderful sense of humour, kindness, a love of learning, an encyclopedic knowledge of children’s literature and a passion to help every boy. And Pam’s magic extends beyond the library, as she works with a classroom teacher or perhaps a parent looking for that “perfect book.” She might even be found singing and dancing on the Weston Hall stage, as Reverend Mother in the recent musical Oliver with a Twist And she has been known to don a Viking helmet and cape in her spirited support of her colour house. While much has changed since Pam started at the Prep, she has adapted with grace and ease and made the Wilder Library part of the lifeblood of the Prep. We are lucky to have such a skilled and understanding colleague, and a wonderful friend. — Adrienne Fisher

Jamie Procunier, Math Teacher, Upper School Ecce homo, sui generis: Behold the man. One of a kind. And thus we have “the Proc”: a man for all seasons; world traveller; mathematician of many variables; ultimate resource on all things basketball; erstwhile leader of the infamous House of Mo(bray’s); fierce loyalist to UCC’s 40 acres of green; ongoing supporter of many a round ball; a zebra and the book of rules; 40-foot winding putts and


drives averaging, at the very least, 296 yards; six love and top-spin backhands; and, lest we forget — hot yoga. But “J” can also play a piano tune, build a bench and renovate his beloved northern homestead. More importantly and lastingly, he knows how to laugh and be a good friend. Ours is a friendship of 21 years, a friendship which includes our partners in life, our children, even our pets.

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Here we highlight this year’s UCC retirees through tributes written by colleagues and friends. For a write-up on fellow retiree Jamie Procunier, please see the Quarter Century Club inductees on the bottom of this spread. Marian Spence, Archivist Marian Spence could not have known how much she would contribute and achieve at UCC when she first joined the College in 1979 as the Upper School librarian. But she had the spirit, tenacity, ingenuity and personality it would take to make her career here. If being one of a small number of women on the faculty at the time was difficult, it was not obvious. Instead, it was her good humour, confidence and fortitude that shone through. Marian has always been ready to take on a challenge, take a risk and throw herself into a new venture with enthusiasm and impressive effort. Marian’s first task was to ensure that the Macintosh Library reflected the changing demands of the modern curriculum. This work involved more library advocacy and consultation with faculty in curriculum development and resource selection. Under her leadership, the Macintosh Library played a more central role in the academic enterprise at UCC than it had in the past. In 1994, I had the good fortune to be able to turn to Marian Spence to ask her if she would be willing to take on a new challenge — College archivist — to oversee the massive collection of information and artifacts that are the institutional memory of UCC. Her role would be to ensure that the past and present events were documented and available to future generations at UCC as well as to the public. In September 2004, the UCC Archives was formally recognized by Heritage Canada — the

My last words are framed by a couple of reminiscences. Now, surely some of you have watched Jamie apply jam to a piece of toast. No art is more meticulous, dare I say, more anal, than this undertaking. Take him out for breakfast and watch the drama unfold. “J” and I shall always be bonded by the scar on his forehead. In our 20-plus years of coaching together, my sense of exuberance has often expressed itself on my pal’s unsuspecting

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only independent school archives in Canada to achieve the government’s honoured “Category B” designation. Under her direction, the materials in the archives have been scrupulously preserved and maintained, and provide a living, ever-expanding history of our storied institution. Throughout her career at UCC, Marian has been involved with students in the extracurricular life of the College. She coached the swim team and squash team; she helped the boys prepare their Remembrance Day assemblies, and she will be remembered for her fascinating displays exhibited in the front hall. Marian has always demonstrated what it means to “pitch in” at the College. As she contemplates retirement, I am sure she plans to continue her significant contribution to the world of figure skating in Canada, of which she has been a part for many years. She is probably dreaming of more time for travel and golf with her husband, David. Marian Spence has contributed and achieved a great deal in her career at UCC. She has made some great friends and has inspired many of us with her spirit, her dedication to her work, her loyalty to the College and with her good humour. I am sure I join everyone in the UCC community in wishing her a long, thoroughly enjoyable and well-deserved retirement. Doug Blakey, UCC Principal, 1991–2004

person. In horror at one particularly poorly called basketball foul, I lept to my feet, brandishing a clipboard, which ultimately mashed itself against Jamie’s face. Seconds later, and much to my surprise, I caught myself wondering at the blood pouring from his head as he slouched forward, holding his face. Jamie, I thank you for your commitment to teaching, for your caring and, most importantly, for your unremitting friendship. Dr. Michael Eben




MARRIAGES ATKINS ’98 — on February 24, 2008, in Paradise Island, the Bahamas, Lucas Atkins to Hayley Schwartz. BELL ’98 — on August 18, 2007, in Summerside, P.E.I., Zachary Bell to Ashley Keough. BRACZEK ’99 — Enjoying the wedding of Lucas Atkins are (l-r): Aaron Rotenberg ’98, Matt Lenczner ’98, on November 7, Lucas Atkins ’98, Anthony Garcia ’98, Ben 2007, Paul Braczek Geddes ’98, Sunir Chandaria ’98. to Amanda Esford. CURRIE ’89 — on June 29, 2008, at Park Corner Beach, P.E.I., Trevor Currie to Clara Leung. GILLESPIE ’94 on August 18, 2007, in Ottawa, Neale Gillespie to Jennifer Wright. MIK ’95 — Joe Mik to Natalie Stadelhofer ROSCOE ’91 — on May 31, 2008, in Toronto, James Roscoe and Melanie Burns. THADANI ’94 — on June 14, 2008, in Chicago, Derrick Thadani to Erin Chapman. WILHELMY ’02 — on August 2, 2008, in LaChine, Que., Sylvain Wilhelmy to Magdalena Gasiorek BIRTHS BRACZEK ’99 — a daughter, Isabella, on February 13, 2008, to Paul and Amanda Braczek. BRUUN ’94 — a daughter, Lila, on February 4, 2008, to Fred Bruun and Cawthra Burns. CARMICHAEL ’97 — a daughter, Mackenzie, to Michael and Connie Carmichael.


CHARLTON, ’89 — a son, Wyatt, on May 21, 2008, to Ian and Sara Charlton. DESCHAMPS ’97 — a son, Nicholas, on March 28, 2008, to Fred and Beth Deschamps.

Fred Deschamps ’97 and son Nicholas

McCOWAN ’88 — twin sons, Graham Patrick and Andrew Scott, on March 7, 2008, to Sean and Vicky McCowan. McDONALD ’89 — a daughter, Thea, in October 2007, to Jamie and Pamela McDonald. MEDLAND ’97 — a son, James, in February, to John and Jenny Medland. PARKINSON ’89 — a daughter, Sloane, on December 23, 2007, to Jim Parkinson and Charla Cusinato. PEN ’89 — a son, Madix James on February 24, 2008, to Andrew and Alison Pen. ROY ’95 — a daughter, Evangeline, on May 23, 2008 to Sebastien and Aphrodite Roy.

GOLDENBERG ’95 — a son, Jackson, on January 18, 2008, to Jeff and Marnie Goldenberg.

Madix James Pen, son of Andrew Pen ’89

Jeff Goldenberg ’95 and son Jackson

LOGAN ’52 — a daughter, Grace Beatrice Anne on April 7, 2008, to Robyn and Ron O’Hare, granddaughter to Canon Logan ’52 and Gail Varey. MACDONALD ’91 — a daughter, Jasmin Macdonald-Bliss, on July 24, 2007, to Andrew Macdonald and Sally Bliss.

STEVENSON ’85 — a son, Griffin Hamilton on May 30, 2008, to John Stevenson and Joy Birch. WELSH ’89 — a son, Andrew, on April 5, 2008, to Chris and Belinda Welsh. YAJIMA ’94 — a daughter, Sophia, on April 15, 2008, to Jun Yajima and Sara Neumueller. YOO ’91 — a son, Gavin Connor on February 4, 2008, to David and Mimi Yoo.

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PASSINGS ALLEY ’40 — at Sidney, B.C., on March 31, 2008, Brenton (Brett) Alley. BAINES ’34 — at Markham, Ont., on January 4, 2008, Richard (Egerton) Baines, brother of Robert Baines ’32, uncle of Peter M. Baines ’63 and Robert Baines ’68, greatuncle to Richard Baines ’98. BELL ’64 — at Toronto, on June 15, 2007, Leslie Richard Bell. BRADSHAW ’46 — at Toronto, on April 11, 2006, William Bradshaw, brother of James Bradshaw ’49 and Melville Bradshaw ’66, uncle of Timothy Bradshaw ’82 and Benjamin E. Bradshaw ’88. BROCK ’52 — at Toronto, on December 12, 2006, Peter Brock. BUCHANAN ’58 — at Vancouver, on May 18, 2008, David Buchanan.

CHISHOLM-FEICK — at Toronto, on July 7, 2008, Rosemary Chisholm-Feick, mother of Brian Boxer ’67, grandmother of Blakely Willson ’01. COX ’35 — at Toronto, on April 23, 2008, Wallace (Peter) Cox. DALY ’32 — at Toronto, on June 29, 2008, Richard (Dick) Daly Jr., father of Patrick Daly ’69. FEJER ’63 — at Toronto, on June 26, 2008, Bela Fejer, brother of Imre Fejer ’61 and father of Patrick Fejer ’92. MANNING ’40 — at Winnipeg, on July 7, 2008, Henry (Barry) Manning. PASSY ’66 — Phil Passy, in March 2008.

GALL ’28 — at Toronto, on June 3, 2008, Cameron Gall, brother of the late George Gall ’29. GORDON ’00 — at Montreal, on November 21, 2007, W. Fraser Gordon, son of Duncan Gordon ’49 and brother of James (Dick) Gordon ’97. GRAHAM ’35 — at Toronto, on April 21, 2008, Barry Graham, uncle of Peter Allen ’73. IRWIN ’41 — at Meaford, Ont., on April 11, 2008, Garth Moore, father of John Moore ’65 and grandfather of Jacob Irwin ’01. MULCAHY ’06 — at Port Carling, Ont., on July 3, 2008 in a tragic car accident, Tyler Mulcahy. PASSY ’66 — at Toronto, on February 22, 2008, Phillip Passy.

ROBERTSON ’63 — at Richmond Hill, Ont., on June 13, 2008, Duncan R. Robertson. SCOTT ’41 — at Como, Italy, on March 8, 2008, Hew Scott, brother of Charles Scott ’44. SPENCER ’45 — at Delta, B.C., on March 3, 2008, John Spencer. STEWART ’43 — at Nelson, B.C., on December 4, 2007, John Stewart, brother of Peter Stewart ’44. STOCKWOOD ’58 — at Toronto, on March 7, 2008, David Stockwood, father of Andrew Stockwood ’83. WASTENEYS ’36 — at Ottawa, on May 31, 2008, Geoffrey Wasteneys. WHYTE ’36 — at Toronto, on June 11, 2008, Lt.-Col. John (Jack) Whyte, brother-in-law of John Jarvis ’40.

‘Life-changing’ Old Boy remembered

David Buchanan

CHAPPLE ’64 — at Calgary, Bradley Chapple

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The College lost a distinguished and committed Old Boy June 26. Bela William Fejer ’63 died in Toronto after a valiant struggle with leukemia. He entered Prep boarding in 1956, became a Seaton’s prefect and, in his graduating year, was on the First Football team and 2nd Hockey team, and was assistant captain of the First Soccer team. He was in the jazz and ski clubs and a Battalion sergeant — not to mention his multiple first-place finishes in track and field. Fejer practised law in Toronto before becoming a developer in Hungary. In Budapest, he developed the former world headquarters of the Gresham Insurance Company into the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel, now ranked as one of Europe’s finest hotels. Bela was a great supporter of the College: he was a Renaissance XXI campaign volunteer and a longtime trustee of the UCC Foundation. He also funded the Bela Fejer Hungarian Scholarship for his homeland students in 1992. “Bela was friendly from the very first minute,” says Andras Karpati ’05, two-time scholarship recipient. “He checked in on the Hungarian boys regularly. UCC changed my life entirely, thanks to Dr. Fejer.” “Bela was always fun to be with,” says classmate Chip Barrett ’63. I am fortunate to have lived at UCC alongside such a great man.” Bela is survived by wife Dianne, two children, Christine and Patrick ’92, three grandchildren and brother Imre ’61. — Paul Winnell


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John Northwood is still active in the field of geophysics, primarily as an adviser to the Japex Geoscience Institute. He is healthy and still lives in Tiburon, Calif. He usually attends the annual UCC San Francisco reception.

Nineteen members of the class held a 60th reunion dinner at the College in December (the same number that attended the 50th reunion!). In attendance were Jim Bacque, Dave Coates, Jim Colley, George Connell, James Douglas, Humphrey Gilbert, Dave Gossage, Doug Harvey, Bob Johnston, Bill Leckie, Derek Little, Walter Massey, Michael Meredith, Lang Moffat, John Stevenson, Doug Stewart, Alan Telfer, Philip Wiegand and Jim Wood. There was general agreement that the class should not wait until the 70th reunion to congregate again! Humphrey Gilbert is still working full-time in the investment business in Toronto. Jim Bacque’s novel, Our Fathers’ War, has been published and is doing very well.

1944 John Speakman has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a professor, clinician and volunteer ophthalmologist who has provided comprehensive eye care to First Nations people in Canada’s north.


David McLauglin ’44 and Alex Tapscott ’04, stop by to watch a rugby practice in May.

David Williams celebrated his 50th anniversary last year — in Miami for the last 32 years — still having a ball as a commercial real estate broker and sometime investor. He has three grown kids and six grandchildren. He can be contacted at Jeremy Whatmough says it’s difficult to believe that it is 56 years since he left UCC, but it is. The Town of Longboat Key, Fla., has term limits for elected officials, and he was term-limited this past March as both a commissioner and the mayor. He is casting about to find new mountains to climb. This should be no problem as there is always a lot to do. Jeremy and his wife Myrna saw Wally and Francis King and Alistair Murray and wife Ginny this past season in Florida. Wally, Alistair and Jeremy were in Seaton’s, and Francis was in Wedd’s. John W. Graham is married, has three children (long out of the nest) and lives in Ottawa. Following a career with External Affairs and international organizations, he is now chair of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas.

ClassNotes 1955 ED BRACHT, CLASS PRESIDENT John J. Jennings is a judge of the Superior Court of Ontario, sitting mostly in Toronto. He also served as president of the Canadian Bar Association. He lives in Toronto but spends his spare time between Muskoka and Naples, Fla. Michael Taylor lives in Waterloo, Ont. He owns a business building and maintains squash courts and flooring for athletic facilities. Fred Beck retired as director of physical plant at the College and is enjoying retirement at Shanty Bay, Ont. Ross Mason is well and enjoying a healthy and relaxing life. Michael Wilson is the Canadian ambassador to the U.S. living in Washington, D.C. Colin Kerr has been in the forestry industry and moved from B.C. to Dartmouth, N.S. His tree harvester was a major innovation to the industry. John Ridpath, our past class president, is retired as a professor at York University but is a member of the board of directors of the Ayn Rand Institute. John Carew moved last summer to Bobcageyon, Ont., close to his relatives in the Lindsay area. Ron Walbank continues to run Swallowdale summer camp near Huntsville, Ont. Dr. Hugh Walker is still active as a consulting health economist for the National Cancer Institute at Queen’s University. Peter Sisam is a vice-president


for IMG and Transworld International, involved in telecasting major sporting events. Ben Wright lives in Thunder Bay, Ont., and is retired as an associate from the Northern Centre for Accident and Injury. Dick Todgham, after retiring from Champion Road Machinery, travelled to many exotic mid-east countries as a consultant promoting trade, but now lives permanently in Dwight, Ont. He recently had a reunion of exEstonians, including Bob Mackle, who is retired in Carleton Place, Ont. and Peter Caylor, who lives in Hawesville, Ky. Jim Baillie continues as a partner at Tory’s. Jay Bradshaw is in the investment business with his firm Bradshaw Management. John Elder is still practising ophthalmology in Don Mills, Ont., but has retired as head of the ophthalmology department at North York General Hospital. John Gray has retired from the Globe and Mail, is doing some freelance journalism and recently wrote a book on Paul Martin. Stay tuned! Gordon Duckworth lives in Victoria, B.C., and is a representative of various food lines when not organizing golf at Olympic View GC. Craig Kamcke, after retiring as principal of Trafalgar Castle School, lives in Whitby, Ont. Howard Marks is still practising chartered accountancy in Toronto. Harry Otterbein is retired and babysitting grandchil-

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dren in Wilmington, N.C. and Palmer Swanson lives in Arlington, Mass. Both have attended recent UCC functions. Ed Bracht volunteers in many organizations and is active in the administration of squash and cricket. He is still active in squash competitions, where he has won many doubles provincial, national and world championships in his age category. He is now taking up golf.


1956 Peter Eby is semi-retired and is a director of George Weston Limited.

1960 Mike Eby is in the insurance and brokerage and benefits consulting business in Toronto.

1961 PETER COMBER, CLASS PRESIDENT Brian Conacher published a book in late 2007: As the Puck Turns.

Common Ties hosted a Finance Lunch at ScotiaPlaza June 9, 2008: Ken Thomson ’97, John Medland ’97 and dad Bob Medland ’65.



The Class of 1964 has undergone a process of rediscovering their strong College connections recently! Sadly, two members of the class passed away in the last year: Brad Chapple and Rick Bell, joining Rick Harris and Tony Barrett. The class has made strong contributions to the political scene in Ottawa, with John Bosley and, more recently, Graham Fraser. The religious community is stronger thanks to two members of the class: Rob Brennan and Steve Sniderman. Several members are residing in Western Canada: Scott Hall, Bob Arthurs, Norm Hotson, Scott Arthurs, Greg Parchello, Alan Cooper, John Kingsmill, Ron Lind, George Orr, Tom Radford, Brian Pollick and Doug Stephenson. Living in the U.S. are Jim Leahy, Scott Junkin, Jeremy Kinney and Denis Coleman. Rural Ontario is blessed with the presence of John Thomas, Dave Gunn, Jim McCabe (well, London, Ont. — not really that rural!), Ray Ash, Andy Clements, John Coombs, Bill Jennings, Bill Lowell, Norm Moffat, Charlie Style, Allen Wilcox, Tom Wood and John Bracken. Members of the class have many interesting stories to tell, including those from the inspirational Tommy Smythe. Pete Bunnett ( also has some interesting tales! The great mystery of the class is the whereabouts of Costa Papasake — where did he go?

Brian Porter has remarried and lives in the ancient city of York, in England. He is director of alumni relations at the University of York. Randy Taylor lives with his wife Wendy in Waterloo, Ont. He retired from the corporate world several months ago and spends his time helping his daughter build her retail jewelry store, Casa Latina, in St. Jacobs, Ont. George Beatty is still presiding in the criminal court, is past president of his judges’ association and is director of the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges. He lives in Bracebridge, Ont. and has a cottage on Lake Rosseau a few minutes away. George also added sadly that he was with his dear friend Graham Vicars before he died of cancer in December. Peter Salloum has been with Connor, Clark & Lunn for about five years in the institutional sales market for pension funds. Doug Plummer has an expanding financial planning business and plays as much tennis as possible. On a sad note, Phil Passy died in March 2008. Doug Plummer and Roger Ashton were at his memorial service, where Roger gave a very meaningful eulogy.

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1967 DAVID CASPARI, CLASS PRESIDENT Doug Hall still runs Camis Inc. in Guelph, Ont. which provides turnkey IT solutions to government park systems throughout North America. He gets to interact with a number of UCC Old


ClassNotes Boys in his position as president of the Pointe au Baril Islanders’ Association. Class President David Caspari still practises medicine with Medcan in Toronto and he and Jane recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. George Mara is fine and living in North York. David Reid lives in Cuba. Pat Crean is publisher and editor of Canada’s oldest family-owned book publishing company, Thomas Allen & Son, founded in 1916. Pat lives in Toronto with his wife, novelist Susan Swan. Rick Allen has lived in Hong Kong for the past 16 years. He and his wife Wendy are now semiproficient in Mandarin, as well as in reading and writing Cantonese. Rick is president of Asia Pacific Brodeur, overseeing its regional network for public relations and marketing. Ken Ludlow is with RBC Dominion Securities in Calgary, enjoying the oil boom, but not particularly looking forward to turning 60 this year! Jim Deeks reports that he has absolutely nothing to report! Ian Urquhart is still with the Toronto Star, editorial page editor again (a job he last held in the 1980s!). Mike Orr is still with IBM, currently working as a management consultant in the area of IT strategy. He continues with his running therapy, having participated in his fourth Boston Marathon this past April, and he is looking forward to his fifth New York City Marathon in November. Rex Hagon continues to conduct his successful


executive communication seminars across the country. He serves on the board of the Toronto Children’s Aid Society and passionately plays on his djembe drums with his kids. Paul Winnell is in his 20th year working at the College!

1968 DENNY EDWARDS, CLASS PRESIDENT Denny Edwards is busy helping plan the class 40th reunion in late September. His son is at the Prep.

1970 GEORGE MCNEILLIE, CLASS PRESIDENT George McNeillie and his wife Joan Peters spent a pleasant weekend in February with Stuart Lazier and wife Vicki, Tim Godfrey and wife Barb, and David Scoon and wife Ann Kerr at the Laziers’ country place in Creemore, Ont. Tim was on his way to a Club Med later that month to provide the musical entertainment (and they actually pay him for that!). David Thompson wrote to say that he is stepping down as head of Greenwood College at the end of June to become headmaster of Lakefield College School, replacing David Hadden ’71. Thompy will also assume CEOship of the school’s foundation in about a year’s time. He and his wife have two boys, John (9) and Matthew (7), both keen cross-country skiers. Rodger Wright wrote (is that

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right?) to say that he is headmaster of Collingwood School in West Vancouver and that Chris Cottier’s two kids attend the school. “Douglas and Anna Cottier are terrific young people who, thankfully, take after their mother exclusively,” said Le Chat. He is happy that Rich Jones has joined other class members Cam Anderson, Cottier and Mike Levenston in Vancouver. It was fascinating to read about Mike Levenston’s environmental accomplishments in a recent issue of Old Times. Nick (a.k.a. “Norm”) Campbell did a star turn in the recent CBC TV miniepic The Englishman’s Boy. With his grizzled chin (and chiselled grin), Nick stole the show as an aging cowpoke. David Coatsworth is based in Toronto and is still producing films, mostly in the U.S. Recent projects include Grey Gardens and the TV miniseries John Adams. Gary Howsam stepped down as CEO of Peace Arch Films, where he had been producer of the successful miniseries The Tudors. Class President George McNeillie said a brief “hello” to David Howard at the B&R recently. He also sees Scott Irwin and wife Heather occasionally on the tennis courts (and was saddened to learn that her father, the Hon. Garth Moore, died). In his genealogical pursuits, George has discovered that he is fifth cousin twice removed to Allen Meredith through the Jarvis family. Last fall, George gave an address before the Canadian Mayflower Society on “Skeletons in My Family Closet” (Al was not one of them!).

1972 HUGH INNES CLASS PRESIDENT Allan Bonner has published two new books so far this year: Tough Love at the Table and Speaking, Writing, and Presenting in SOCKOS. Del Dako and his ensemble recorded an awesome piece of music, the slow movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony! And he’s a jazz musician!

1973 DUNDEE STAUNTONAND EVAN THOMPSON, CLASS PRESIDENTS Taylor Teasdale practises law in Detroit. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Royal Oak, Mich. Charley Scrivener operates two specialized finance businesses within CIBC Retail Distribution. He reaches the 30-year service milestone in a few months. “Egads!” he reports. With 14 years in the consulting engineering business, Ian Ross provides professional project design, project construction and overall project management services. “I am still in Waterloo, Ont., with Diana, my amazing and accomplished wife of 28 years, and Angela, our 13-year-old youngest daughter. Our eldest, Jennifer (24), is living in our condo in Toronto (lucky kid — nice deal) completing her final course of a BA in English and communications and working full-time for Mosaic Experiential Marketing as a product manager.” Hugh C. Larratt-Smith is managing director of Trimingham in the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Trimingham is a corporate responsibility officer and advisory firm

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with other offices in San Francisco and London. Rory McLean was photographed at Somerset House, London, signing the Royal Society of Literature’s “Roll Book” — with Charles Dickens’ quill! “I was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, founded by George IV in 1820, to ‘reward literary merit and excite literary talent.’ Coleridge was an early Fellow, as were Yeats, Shaw, Kipling and Hardy. Am I the first UCC boy to be so honoured?” asks Rory. His early years in the Prep with ink-stained fingers, mastering a fountain pen, were clearly not wasted! Thorpe van de Mark writes, “I moved to Raleigh, N.C., in 2001 and found it to be one of the best kept secrets in the country. The weather is awesome, and I have started my own business called Campus Ad and represent a number of universities selling publication support advertising. The longer I am here, the more I like it, and I hope it does not get too big.” Dundee Staunton is president of Waterloo, Ont.– based Taylor & Grant Specialties Ltd. The company produces imprinted, personalized candies and chocolates in a variety of promotional gift packs for the advertising specialty and food service industries. “I liked the candy so much I bought the company,” says Dundee, who recently returned from a trade mission to China. He and his wife Patch are closing in on the 30-year milestone as a married couple and have three daughters, Alanna, Mary and Shelagh. Evan Thompson is a founding partner of the firm Thompson, Wiley and Associates. They help wealth managers and other practice professionals build affluent client loyalty while attracting new ones using customized marketing strategies, including websites, newsletters and unique client experiences. Evan and his wife Deirdre live in Toronto. His daughter Elizabeth is graduating from the University of Waterloo. Robert Bell and his wife Jennifer live in Toronto with their two boys, Matthew (13) and Jeremy (8). Matthew is now in Grade 7 at UCC. Until this fall, Rob had been working for almost two decades as an in-house counsel with various life insurers (which included a three-year stint in Saskatchewan with Crown Life). He is still in law, but in the fall started a new role focused on legal “knowledge management” and professional development with RBC Law Group. He can be reached at Alan Bone and his wife Mary Kutarna live in Don Mills, Ont. He has five children: Jamie (22), Leslie (21), Michelle (19), Chris (17) and Kimberley (8). Alan currently works for Royal LePage Real Estate as a broker specializing in industrial commercial and investment properties. In addition, he and his wife operate a small property management business. He enjoys and makes the most of the flexibility this career offers. He can be reached at Rob Campbell lives in Montreal. Derek Fisher lives in Toronto. He and his wife Adrienne have three children: James (23), Amy (21) and Ian (18). Derek reports having had a great family trip to Italy this past Christmas. He can be reached at David Harquail is


ClassNotes returning to Toronto after a six-year stint in Denver with Newmont Mining Corporation. He runs Franco-Nevada Corporation, a resource royalty company trading on the TSX. He can be reached at Chris Neal is still slogging it out as a local civil servant; he is employed by the Toronto police (detective in the homicide squad) and in his 27th year. (P.S. Way too many cop shows on TV — the Barney Miller series was probably the most realistic.) Chris can be reached at Les Nemethy is owner and CEO of EuroPhoenix Ltd., one of the largest firms focused on mid-market M&A transactions throughout Central Europe. He lives in Budapest and can be reached at Andrew Stewart is helping with city-wide preparations for the bicentennial of the War of 1812, which include an ambitious capital program for Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto. Please contact him at — he could use your help! (An early sketch of Fort York done in 1840 by a UCC pupil was discovered recently in the UCC archives: see

swimming competition. He still skis and cycles quite a bit. Mike Svensson is with Credit Suisse in New York and has a daughter Anna (18) from a previous marriage and three boys: Sam (12), William (7) and Nicholas (4).


1974 JAY GILLESPIE, CLASS PRESIDENT Gordon Sheard plays and teaches piano in Toronto.

David Toyne ’78 with John Finken ’78.

1975 ROB BELL, CLASS PRESIDENT Greg Colucci is with Diamond & Schmitt Architects and is currently working in Bulgaria and Russia. The second generation of Coluccis is enrolled at UCC: William ’12 and Thoreau ’14. He can be reached at Alec Walsh lives in Basking Ridge, N.J. He and his wife Sally have three kids: daughters Sarah (24) and Mary (19) and son Allie (16). He works for Harding, Loevner Management, a money management firm focused on non-U.S. investments as a portfolio manager and an analyst (healthcare). Work is good, kids are doing well at their endeavours and everyone is healthy. He still plays hockey during the winter. His skills are fading at an accelerating rate, but the beer afterwards tastes as good as ever! Alec remembers his years at UCC fondly. Alec can be reached at Jean-Guy Brunelle sends greetings from Atlanta, Ga. His new address is 5675 Habersham Vly, Suwanee, Ga., 30024; email: Jeff Smith is president of Winters Instruments, a global industrial instrumentation manufacturer in Toronto. His three sons have now all graduated from UCC: Gareth ’03, Bryan ’06, Matthew ’07. He can be reached at Kent Stewart retired from KPMG Bermuda and spends his time with wife Ginnie travelling between Bermuda and Chicago. François Grant-Maison is still living in Montreal and has four kids, all still at home. Daughter Valeria will be in Beijing in September for the Paralympic


1980 PETER NORD, CLASS PRESIDENT Peter Mordy lives in Brisbane, Australia, where he is working on a master’s degree in applied linguistics with his friend Taeko Tanaka. He has been on the move, recently visiting Scotland digging into family history. Peter Nord is working with the UCC Foundation folks, trying to see if the Class of 1980 can raise funds for a section of seats in the new arena. He writes: “Loving living in the city not far from UCC, with Tracey, Dillon (14), Carter (12) and Hunter (10); especially enjoying mountain biking in the Don Valley trail system. Trying to balance administrative and clinical duties at Providence.” Fred McCutchen is an investment adviser, having seen the light and left a career at the Bar, with GMP Private Client in Toronto. He has four kids: two boys and two girls. Fabio Savoldelli writes: “Hosting a UCC Common Ties event at my place in New York City to bring younger and older Old Boys in finance together May 1 . Professionally, left my job as chief investment officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Management’s hedge fund investment unit to become CIO of Optima Fund Management. Domestically, still happily living in Manhattan with my wife and 10-year-old identical twins.” Sean Languedoc informs us that “I have moved from the software business (which Chris Clark and I started) to the next oil — water. I am a partner with Ayus Technology, a company that helps water perform better in industrial and

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commercial applications. At home, we (family of three kids) take full advantage of living close to Whistler. My eldest son (13) won the provincials in snowboarding this season. Sandy MacLean lives in Louisville, Ky. with wife Sara and two teens, John and Stuart. He writes: “We have spent some time over the past several years in England and Scotland, and enjoy our summers on Cape Cod. It would be great to see any Old Boys who might be passing through Louisville. Do let me know what is going on in your lives by e-mail ( or on the “Class of 1980 Facebook page.”

1984 JAMES BERIKER, CLASS PRESIDENT Mark Schoeffel is head of the Upper School at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Penn. He and Laura have three kids: Ellie, Henry and Lucy.


1987 JOHN CAPE AND GREG CONNOR, CLASS PRESIDENTS After six years in the U.K., Terry Doyle and his wife Amy moved to San Francisco in September 2007. The Bay area offers a welcome antidote to the grey skies of London, while giving Terry more time to sail. Terry is still with British Telecom, working in an M&A role for its global services group. When not staggering up a mountain after Amy, Terry can be found walking their six-month-old yellow lab named Lola. Scott Sullivan lives and works in Manhattan with his wife Elana, Arielle (5), 10month-old son Trevor and dog, Snoopy (10). They call the Upper West Side home, although they escape from the city on weekends to the Berkshires of Massachusetts frequently and the Catskills of New York occasionally. Scott has kept active by running, having completed nine marathons, and he just played in a college alumni rugby game (not recommended). Scott left the world of magazine publishing in 2001 and now works as the director of Stony Brook University’s Manhattan satellite facility.

Bateman baits the “Yuks” No stranger to comedy clubs, Lyle Bateman ’85 competed in the Great Canadian Laugh Off at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, in April 2008. A resident of Medicine Hat, Alta., Bateman bills himself as “pro-am comic, who still has a day job doing geek work at CFB Suffield.” He was invited to participate in the national contest for amateur and professional comedians at Yuk Yuk’s Richmond Street location. Against some stiff competition, including a kilt-wearing Scotsman, Bateman failed to walk home with the $25,000 grand prize. But he continues to do well on the comedy scene. He has gigs planned this summer in Calgary and he’s running an online comedy club: yup, online. “So, what’s the secret to comedic success?” Old Times asked Bateman. “You need to know an audience to know what material to do, but if you don’t have timing, it won’t matter what material you pick,” he says. “But it’s really about interaction with an audience in one way or another — you can go farther with average material and very good stage presence than you can with wickedly funny material and average performance skills.” Lyle Bateman ’85 competes for comedic glory.

1986 JOHN ANDERSEN, CLASS PRESIDENT Bill Plaxton and his wife Emma Wakin live in Waterloo, Ont., and have three kids: Brynn (6), Reese (4) and William (11 months). Bill is director of the critical care medical program in Waterloo at Grand River Hospital. He has also launched a private health care firm called Sapphire Healthgroup which provides medical data management services and customized corporate health management. John Andersen added a left-winger to his lineup last winter when he and his wife Candace welcomed their third boy, Matthew John. He joins Dylan (5) and Jake (3) on the roster. John is working at Country Day School north of Toronto as athletic director.

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Spencer Lister lives in Vancouver, raising three children, Graeme (5), Robin (3) and Owen (1) with wife Patricia Bravo, and is still playing hockey (sworn off golf for the moment). Drew Allen has joined the Toronto law firm Macleod Dixon LLP, where he practises in the private mergers and acquisitions area. He and Susan have three kids: Matt (5), Meredith (3) and Wesley (18 months). He is also in training for his second triathlon season! Ted Karon is a registered portfolio manager for Jones Collonbin Investment Counsel Inc. He and his wife Lesley live in North York with their two kids, Rebecca (4) and Amy (1). Ted is an active volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, as cancer has touched his family in so many ways.


ClassNotes 1988 WILL LAMBERT, CLASS PRESIDENT Geoff Eby is a vice-president with Perimeter Financial in Toronto. Jeff Seltzer recently established a private real estate investment firm in Santa Monica, Calif. The company has purchased about $40 million in commercial properties, all in California, and they are now looking in other areas for investment opportunities.

Sean’88 and Vicky McCowan celebrate UCC’s first Family Day at the Toronto Zoo with twin their two sets of twins

1989 MARK HAYMAN AND JIM PARKINSON, CLASS PRESIDENTS Nico Cape and Jamie Shulman are co-chairing this year’s UCC Association Day, September 27. Ian Charlton and his wife Sara had a baby boy, Wyatt, on May 21, 2008. Wyatt joins his older sisters Abigail and Lucy and older brother Sam. Trevor Currie and Clara Leung were married on June 29, 2008, at Park Corner Beach on Prince Edward Island. Trevor and Clara are living in Toronto. Jim Parkinson and his wife Charla had a baby girl, Sloane, on December 23, 2007, their first child. Rob Colcleugh and his wife Rae are living in Calgary with their daughter Avery (5). Rob is managing director of Tristone Capital. Gawain Smart and his wife Aslihan have recently returned from New York City to Toronto. Gawain is vice-president, legal, of Oxford Properties. Chris Welsh and his wife Belinda had a baby boy, Andrew, on April 5, 2008. Andrew joins his older brother Nolan, who turned 2 on April 11. Chris is a client executive at a technology recruitment firm and lives with his family 10 minutes from the College. Andrew Long and his wife Gina and their children Molly (6) and Simon (5) recently moved to the Beach in Toronto. Andrew is the owner of a team-building provider named Critical Pathfinders. Dan Kolber and his wife Jen are the proud parents of two daughters, Lauren (4) and Alexandra (2). Dan is currently vice-president, asset management, at Retrocom REIT. Will Andrew is keeping himself busy training for marathons — most recent being the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon held in Washington, D.C. Will is still president of Elevate Sport, which will be the activewear licensee for the 2010 Vancouver Winter


Olympics. Will’s son Liam turns 2 in June. E. David Smith and his wife live in New Jersey with their five daughters. David has his own law firm located in New York and New Jersey, where he practises corporate law. He is also a practising rabbi. Steven Chiu recently returned to Toronto after 15 years living and working in China, most recently for The Economist. Steven is starting up a Web 2.0 Internet business with fellow ’89 grad Sam Goodman. Sam Goodman is still in Beijing and enjoying being a dad to Sophie. Sam has finished negotiating with Westinghouse Nuclear on their power plant bid in China and has returned to his entrepreneurial roots opening (with Steve Chiu) an operation called Me-2-B, a place for people to find work. Lorne Taylor lives in Vancouver with his three children and is slowly going crazy working as a Web designer. Jamie McDonald moved back from Seattle to Toronto at the beginning of 2005 with his wife, Pamela, and their daughter Thea. They had a recent addition to their family in October 2007 with the arrival of a little sister, Nina. Professionally, Jamie has started a software company with Jamie Shulman.

1990: IAN KENNISH, CLASS PRESIDENT Ian Kennish is still with Yahoo L.A. He and his wife Jane and their son, Jack (1), live in Menlo Park, Calif.

1991 TOBIN DAVIS AND ADAM BEKHOR, CLASS PRESIDENTS Phil Berberian lives in Miami doing some songwriting, renovating houses and generally enjoying life.In late June Andrew Macdonald, manager of social enterprise for Eva’s Phoenix, was honoured with a Vital Ideas grant from the Toronto Community Foundation. Last year, the same foundation honoured the program itself, which offers at-risk youth a trade that can launch them into self-sustaining careers.

Paul Toyne ’74, left, and Martin Russocki ’91 show “Perfect Sense.” See sidebar next page.

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Old Boy becomes a player By John Carson It was a boring plane ride from Europe that sparked an idea in Martin Russocki ’91 and turned him into a player. He wanted a piece of the action … of board games. A series of lucky breaks enabled this Old Boy to switch from designing buildings to designing board games. “I lived in New York for eight years, and landed a job with Robert Stern, a well-known architect,” says Russocki. (He was living in Park Slope, Brooklyn with Old Boys Jeremy Edney ’92 and Charles Wachter ’93.) “I took a pay cut to work with the famous name. But, the firm had about 120 architects with a lot of hierarchy, so that was a bit frustrating.” Looking for creative release, he started sketching people on the subway. “One day I sat next to the editor of an arts magazine who saw my sketch. ‘Maybe I can publish it,’ she suggested.” One thing led to another and since then he has built up a portfolio, including a painting of Edward “Ted” Rogers ’51 which hangs in the lobby of Rogers Communications in Toronto and a piece for the Prince of Wales Foundation. Russocki was on a boring plane trip from Poland when he dreamed up his board game. It was called Perfect Sense, and based on the senses of the human body, something which hadn’t been exploited much in games. “I started to network in the industry, and was introduced to Paul Toyne ’74, creator of Balderdash,” he explains. “I met Paul, presented my idea. He gave me a really good deal, saying I’d be introduced into the board games industry at Hasbro, Mattel and at toy fairs.” That promise turned out to be true: Patch Products in Wisconsin licensed Perfect Sense in 2007. “I couldn’t have come so far without Paul’s mentorship,” says Russocki. He has plans in the works for another board game and an animated film based on the concept.

1992 GEORGE KLEIN AND JEFF CHONG, CLASS PRESIDENTS Paul Trites lives in Washington, D.C., and works for the International Monetary Fund. He and his wife Loretta have a 19-month-old daughter.

1993 HASSAN KHAN AND DEREK KNOP, CLASS PRESIDENTS Dan Borins was featured last winter in the Toronto Star’s “10 People to Watch in 2008” for his artistic and entrepreneurial initiatives. Robin Neinstein is back living in Toronto and still working in the film business. Last year he was nominated for an Emmy for a show he produced, and he’s now working for the CBC, overseeing shows such as The Tudors.

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1994 JAMES PATTERSON AND OLIVER FULLER, CLASS PRESIDENTS Chris Eby is a star with CTV news in Toronto. Poku Forson lives on the Caribbean island of Nevis, working for a trust company. He is married with two daughters. Ned Palmer is back in Korea teaching school. Olivier Fuller is a very successful art appraiser in Toronto. Zach Math lives between Toronto and Los Angeles and produces television commercials. Dave Hammer is in the destruction business in Toronto. Greg Michener is still being educated, in Austin, Texas, and will be married in Brazil next January. Jonah Bekhor is producing films in Los Angeles. James Patterson, in the IT business with Resolver Inc. in Toronto, is engaged! Neal Gillespie is working with the Canadian Coaching Association in Ottawa. Ben Andrews is with Capital Canada in Toronto. Marton Benedek is working for the EU in Brussels, with the Bureau of European Policy. James Carter is with the Regional Power Corporation in downtown Toronto. Ron Jagdeo is a financial analyst with Kraft Canada. Jay Bryant has left the teaching world to go into the financial business in Toronto. Fred Bruun is doing really well with McFarline Gordon Securities in Toronto. Ashlin Halfnight is acting in New York. Arjun Taneja is with TD Bank in Toronto. Jun Yajima is with ScotiaMcLeod in Vancouver. Shawn McFadden has moved back to Moncton, N.B., where he teaches school. Mark Hill lives in Vancouver and working with Webnet Converged Wireless in the software area. Jon Durbin is still in New York at Steve Mooallem is also in New York, the executive editor at Interview, the art and culture magazine founded by Andy Warhol. Greg Huang has moved to Houston. He’s working on a joint venture project between his dad’s Toronto company and the Houston airport system. Jamie Drayton is in Toronto with Adconion Media, an online advertising network.

1995 JEFF GOLDENBERG, CLASS PRESIDENT Ben Shore has finished his fifth year as chief orthopedic resident at the University of Western Ontario. In July he travelled to Australia to work at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for a year. After that he will be in Boston to work at the Harvard/Boston Children’s Hospital. Darren Yuen was married this summer and just moved into a new house in uptown Toronto. He recently won a Kidney Foundation of Canada threeyear fellowship to support his PhD at UofT. Paul Todgham still works for the Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco, where he was recently promoted to principal. He also leads the office’s recruiting efforts. Joe Mik married Natalie Stadelhofer from Germany this past spring. Joe and Natalie live in London, England. Cody Beales is back living in Toronto after several years in Vancouver. He is working with Morguard Investments in the real estate rental business. Andrew Tischler and his wife


ClassNotes Roxanne recently celebrated their youngest daughter’s first birthday. They also have a 3-year-old daughter. Andrew is back in Toronto after getting his law degree from McGill, working as an associate with McKinsey & Company. Alex Farjo survived the Bear Stearns debacle in New York and is back in Toronto with Morgan Stanley. Jay Horwitz is dividing his time between Toronto and New York and still working on his PhD. James Khamsi has been living in London for the last three years. He’s been working at Foreign Office Architects, and has worked on the master plan for the London 2012 Olympics, a mixed-use development in Sheffield. Starting this summer, he will be the project architect for the New Street Station in Birmingham, U.K. Phil Graeme has a television script in development with CBC. Sebastien Roy has a second daughter, Evangeline, born on May 23, 2008. Everyone is doing great. Jeff Goldenberg and his wife Marnie are celebrating the birth of their first child Jackson, born on January 18, 2008. He is also working tirelessly on the committee of Ante Up For Africa with Don Cheadle and Annie Duke, raising money and awareness for the victims in Darfur.

1996 BRANDON ALEXANDROFF AND ALEC ST. LOUIS, CLASS PRESIDENTS Ben Peterson recently had an internship writing Ghana’s reports to the United Nations on various human rights treaties in 2000.


1997 JOHN MEDLAND, CLASS PRESIDENT It has been a busy year for our class since the reunion in the fall. This year marks a turning point for many as we start to turn 30, and I am sure that there will be some terrific celebrations to mark these occasions. Jenny and I added to our family in February with the birth of our son James. As a result, I have not been in contact with as many people as of late. A brief run-down on what I have heard from folks and what has turned up on Facebook is as follows. Justin Burul got engaged this spring in Dubai and will be tying the knot in the fall of 2009. Ken Thomson is getting married this fall at the Rosedale Golf Club, which promises to be a terrific party. Michael Carmichael and wife Connie added to their family in June with the birth of Mackenzie, who is happy that her brother John is there to show her the way. Johnny Rogers got married in June, and Dave Beeston was the best man, who, from all reports, planned what was an epic bachelor party. Johnny and his bride are living in the Yonge and Eglinton area, and he is working for Weston Bakeries. Daryl Ching has founded his own consulting company, Clarity Financial Strategy, to help companies and hedge funds with asset-backed paper. Neil Kennish and wife Kersta purchased a house in Houston, Texas, where he is working for the Houston Rockets. Adrian Heilbut is working on one more degree in bioinformatics at Boston University and will finish up next year.

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Matt Murl and wife Kristi are due to add to their family this summer. Darren Tse is in Ottawa doing his otolaryngology residency. Hugh Eastwood lives in Denver and is working for the Democratic party to elect the next U.S. president! He is running a $10 million ten-state campaign with a Yale buddy, targeting about 1.5 million “swing” voters. Cam McNiven is in Chisnau, Moldavia (at press time), teaching business to university students. Fred Deschamps and his wife Beth welcomed their first child, Nicolas, last March! Steve Villeneuve is a registered physiotherapist in Montreal. He runs (with a partner) a chain of physiotherapy clinics. He is also (with David Desjarlais) copresident of the UCC Association in Quebec.

1998 JEFF HILL, CLASS PRESIDENT Chris Rauenbush is a flight attendant with WestJet and lives in Calgary. Jeff Hill will be starting a full-time job teaching at UCC next month. Nii-Apa Lamptey has graduated from the Rotman School of Business with his MBA and has started a job with UBS Securities in Toronto. Martin Green lives in Washington, D.C., with his fiancée, Catherine Weiler. Their marriage is planned for next summer. Ryan Grimes is still living in Hong Kong and enjoying life — he is brokering Asian bonds and credit default swaps for a living. Mike Carter is working for Apoquindo Minerals Incorporated in Lima, Peru. Yuri Baklanov, his wife Elena, and son Phillip welcomed baby Daniel to their family this winter. Jordan Caspari is loving life in California. He is working in San Francisco with Liquid Realty Partners. Vahan Ajamian is married and working in Toronto with TD Securities. Zach Bell is a co-host and newscaster for the morning radio show on KROCK 105.5 in Charlottetown, where he lives with his wife, Ashley. Chris Burkett is a lawyer and has been working in London, England. Tom Dole and his band the Ethers are gaining acclaim playing frequent shows in Toronto. Arvin Hariri is a radiology resident at UCSD hospital in San Diego. Karl Keating is a marketing specialist for Adidas. Andrew Kilgour runs his own music production company. He produces and makes killer beats as Fresh Kils, working with numerous artists and touring all over the world. Matt Portner works for GreeneStreet films in New York City. Adam Radwanski writes for the Globe and Mail editorial board in addition to writing on sports, music and politics for a number of other publications. Harpreet Sangha is a physician in London, Ont. James Tjan and his wife Alice are currently scouting locations for their new specialty dumpling restaurant in Toronto.

1999 DAVID ANDERSON, CLASS PRESIDENT Matt McCormick spent the winter term working at KPMG in audit and is now returning to a second set of classes for his master’s in management and professional accounting at UofT. Paul

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Ross is in New York and recently started a new group at Bridgewater Capital, focusing on portfolio and market research for institutional clients He is also working with an amazing charity called Orphans of Rwanda (, and he travelled to Rwanda in July to meet some of the students in the program. Paul is also taking a photography class at the ICP this summer. Lee Kane, his wife Mary, daughter Sophia and son Luca moved to Ottawa from Geneva this past winter. He is a trade commissioner at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He would love to hear from classmates who travel to Ottawa. Brandon Cook ended his professional hockey career in Germany after the 2006 season. He then completed his MBA through the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and Temple University in Philadelphia, graduating last September. He has now joined RBC Capital Markets in New York as an associate in the Global Debt Capital Markets group. Andrew Bunston has been hired into the securities and capital markets group as an associate in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His articling term ended at the beginning of June, and he spent July in Spain and London before starting work full time in September at the firm. Tyler Scott is doing a lot of travelling, living in both Bakersfield, Calif., with his fiancée and at his permanent home in Washington, D.C. He played pro hockey this past winter in Grenoble, France. At press time, his plans for hockey this coming season were not finalized. The wedding is slated for the summer of ’09. Greg Lui moved to Singapore last summer. He is doing extensive travelling across Asia. He would welcome visitors anytime. Erik Kalins is working at the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara as assistant director of audio/visual services. Andrew Musselman recently starred in and produced a play, Catalpa, which is touring Eastern Canada in August and then will run at the Diesel Playhouse in Toronto, September 18 through October 5. He is also doing some part-time teaching at UCC. Elliot Morris lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, at the global headquarters of InBev, the world’s largest beer company, where he manages corporate responsibility strategy. Alex Iscoe has left Goldman Sachs in New York and is spending some time travelling and contemplating his next move.

2000 HUGH MCKEE, DAVE SPEVICK AND DEREK RICHARDSON, CLASS PRESIDENTS For the class of 2000, the past year was a time for sorrow, jubilation, personal discovery and professional excellence. It is with a heavy heart that we note the passing of Fraser Gordon. His charm and humour continued well beyond our days at UCC, and those closest to him will always remember his kindness and unwavering friendship. As we celebrate the life of our classmate, the class of 2000 wishes to send Fraser’s family and friends our


ClassNotes condolences and support. Toronto remains home for many of our alumni. David Tichauer continues to work as a data analyst in a research lab at the University of Toronto and now performs improv comedy at The Second City theatre. After getting married in the summer of 2006, Charles Kassardjian has nearly graduated from medical school in Toronto and will soon start his residency in neurology at a nearby hospital. Brent Sharpless graduated from the business school at UBC and now plans to work for a consulting firm in the city. Julian Low is marketing director at Porter Air, the new carrier on Toronto Island. Fraser McKay is working at a commercial real estate firm called Ashlar Urban Realty for his second year, where he deals with both investment sales and office leasing, with a focus on the downtown core of Toronto. Brett Twaits, who lives with Fraser McKay, now works at the commercial real estate firm Avison Young. Paul Matthews, Andrew Feindel and Alex Herman just completed their book Kickstart, which is a fascinating account of how some highly successful Canadians in a variety of fields started their careers and moved on to greatness. They plan to launch a nationwide tour to promote their book. Andrew also continues to work as a financial planner with the Investors Group in Oakville, Ont. while preparing to write his Level 3 CFA in his spare time. Alex is working his way through law school at McGill University. After finishing his law degree at Ottawa University, Gerald Griffiths looks forward to finishing his year of articling at McCarthy Tetrault. Kegan Winters had a great time with Simon Hermant, Hugh McKee and Charlie Musgrave climbing the Great Wall of China, spent four months at Hong Kong University and has now graduated from the Rotman MBA program at the UofT. Tim Tutsch is halfway through the Rotman program and aspires to be more studious than in high school — keeners beware. Following his work in Nepal, Matt Sachs aims to complete the final requirements of

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his MBA at the Schulich School of Business and looks forward to his summer internship in the marketing department of PepsiCola. Kris White manages 10 employees at his two companies, International Web Development Corporation and The System of Things Inc., which specialize in Web development and rich Internet applications. Mike Wilson recently returned to Toronto after working for Yahoo! over the past three and a half years in New York and was spending three months travelling to Fiji, New Zealand and southeast Asia. While he is now involved in interactive consulting, he plans to take the summer off in Algonquin and return to the real world in September. David Spevick left his post as marketing and publishing coordinator for Strategy magazine this spring to pursue an MBA at Boston University in the fall. Derek Richardson is preparing to defend his thesis for his MPA and looks forward to pursuing a career in Asian international relations. Michael Smith is finishing the fourth and final year of his JD/LLB law program at the University of Detroit/ University of Windsor and will begin work at Bell, Temple in Toronto after writing his bar exams. James Obaji is in his final year of medical school and plans to start his family medicine residency in July 2009. Robert Domagala is now an account manager for MyThum Interactive, a mobile marketing company, after spending three years with Universal Music. Chris Denda is a commercial real estate broker for DTZ Barnicke and is well on his way to becoming a licensed pilot. Charlie Deeks is a senior analyst at the Altus Group, a commercial real estate consulting firm. David Barnes is working at Queen’s Park as a senior adviser in economic development and trade, where he works with key companies in the information and communication technologies sector to increase their investment in Ontario. Chris Campbell is with Nesbitt Burns in Toronto. While many in our class enjoy life in Toronto, many others have left the city to pursue their academic and professional careers. Andrew Thompson has just finished his second year at Queen’s law school and will be on exchange to Capetown in the fall after working for Blakes in the summer. Matt Irwin will finish his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business at UWO in August and plans to move to Vancouver for the next couple of years. Mark Goldhar remains in Halifax (eight years and counting) and is now the finance manager for the Canadian operation of Landsbanki Canada, a new public bank based in Iceland. Mark loves his work so far and looks forward to travelling to Iceland. Outside of his career, Mark is also highly active with local charities. Not only is he currently writing the financial internal control and capital campaign policies for the Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society, but he is also the treasurer for his local shul (Beth Israel) and frequently volunteers at the Feed NS food bank. Steve Tilley graduated in May from medical school and will start his residency in internal medicine at Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L. Todd Hunter led 10 troops through a live fire exercise in April and is now OLD TIMES summer/fall/08

conducting a four-month armoured crew commander’s course for recon operations. The second lieutenant will begin his final training course in August; if successful, Todd will either enter a regiment or teach a training course for new recruits in 2009. David Lavallée has been busy at accounting firm Guimond Lavallée and participating in Habs-related riots in Montreal. Brandon Bell works for the Accenture technology consulting firm in Vancouver but travels back to Toronto six days a month. Richard Yu loves living in Los Angeles and is excited to see his small design and development firm growing one client at a time. Marc Weiner finished a year at BCG Mumbai (India) and is heading to Harvard in September to complete an MBA along with Tom Kalvik and Ali Jaffer. Tom has spent the last couple of years working for Goldman Sachs in New York City. Ali, on the other hand, has spent the last year travelling through Central Asia, eastern China, Africa and the Middle East while volunteering for the Aga Khan Academies program. This organization builds a network of approximately 20 high-calibre residential schools and is affiliated with the Aga Khan Development Network. Scott and Geoff Gregoire now live together in New York City, where Scott continues to work in institutional sales and Geoff trades for RBC. Due to his previous work with alternative energy investments for Goldman Sachs, Will Deng recently moved to the Clinton Foundation in New York City to work on climate initiatives. Hugh McKee finished his exchange at the University of Hong Kong with Kegan Winters and plans to work in New York City for Mayer Brown LLP in their corporate finance practice division after graduating from law school this spring. Jehad Verjee works in London, England, in property business and frequently travels to Brazil to invest in the local markets. Gavin McTavish is also living in London but is currently on assignment in South Africa. After achieving a Queen’s law degree in 2005 and pursuing a medical degree in Sydney, Australia, in 2006, Derrick Wong spent 2007 completing his law articles in Toronto. He has now returned to Australia for his second year at medical school. Congratulations to Jared Ament on the birth of his son, Etai. Jared now looks forward to pursuing a career in medicine while enjoying family life in Israel. See article p. 19. Charlie Musgrave loves his new home in Hong Kong after transferring out of Toronto with his company, CB Richard Ellis. Simon Hermant currently creates socio-economic analytical country reports on emerging markets for a communication agency. This job requires Simon to travel to a new country every three to five months to research local markets and interview heads of state, ministers and prominent business leaders. He has already travelled to China, Indonesia and Tanzania, and now works in Tel Aviv. Shawn Sindelar, after working in financial services in London’s Canary Wharf area, is now studying law at Oxford in hopes of practising international law in Europe upon graduation. OLD TIMES summer/fall/08

2001 PETE MCFARLANE AND ELLIOT PASZTOR, CLASS PRESIDENTS Ashiq-Aly Aziz lives in London and is pursuing a career as a conductor. Alex Batler spent the past two years in Korea where he taught English, playing in the only Korean hockey league! He now speaks fairly fluent Korean. Alex is also considering a move into law school. Thatcher Bell’s NHL dream had ended due to his chronic back problems. However, he is playing in the East Coast Hockey League for the Phoenix RoadRunners. Michael Bonner is doing a crazy master’s in some dead language/civilization in England and is spending the summer in Iran. He climbed Kilimanjaro last summer. D’Arcy Coolican, after graduating from McGill, went on to continue the school life at Stanford and is currently enrolled at Columbia. He has also been travelling in Greece and Bosnia. Andrew Dunlop has taken to accounting and is in Toronto working for Arthur Kwok ’01 represents Canada at the ITV Deloitte. Jake Irwin is Triathlon World Championships. engaged to be married this summer to his high school sweetheart. He continues to run his popular city bike tours Sights on Bikes and will begin law work this summer. Stafford Lawson continues to enjoy life snowboarding and surfing regularly and is currently attending Columbia University. Howard Li lives in the U.K. and practises law and races his BMW down the streets of London. Kenneth Prichard is studying law at UofT. Andrew Schwartz is living in Toronto, working at RBC Capital Markets. Dave Thornton has taken to a life in politics and has moved up in the Liberal ranks quite quickly. He is currently special assistant to the Premier of Ontario. David still enjoys the simple things in life, like poker and watching baseball. Matt Watkins relocated to New Zealand, where he is studying for a master’s in environmental policy. He is still skiing and shooting photography. Arvid Yung is finishing his second year of medical school in Augusta, Ga. Pat Young directed the play Acis & Galatea, a baroque multimedia “masque of love,” at the Factory Theatre in Toronto. Rob McNeil lives in Beloeil, Que., with his girlfriend and her son and working on his MBA at Concordia. Dave Psutka is living in Toronto and writing for the Globe and Mail.


ClassNotes 2002 PHIL D’ABREU, CLASS PRESIDENT Fraser Abe is working in sales and trading at Magna Partners, which is a one-year-old sell-side broker/dealer in Toronto focusing on low-commission trade execution and corporate finance with macro research. He has just successfully finished a bunch of CSI courses and will be taking the Partners, Directors and Officers course. Andrew Binkley is finishing his second year of law school at UofT and has recently been elected Don of Hall of Massey College. This summer he worked for Blake, Cassels and Graydon in Toronto and Ropes and Gray in Boston and New York. After graduation, Andrew will clerk for Justice Ryer of the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa. Sebastian Borza is working at Goldman Sachs in data recovery engineering. Jacob Bregman is finishing his two years in the Princeton admission office and heading to Washington, D.C., next month for a job in healthcare. Jamie Cameron continues to work at Lovat Inc. in Toronto (they design and build tunnel-boring machines) and recently became a project leader in the engineering department. He also hopes to start a part-time MBA in the fall. Oliver Chow is in New York City finishing up his second year of medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He’ll be starting clinical rotations this summer and is looking forward to figuring out what field to enter in the coming years. Life in New York City has been a great experience, and he’s become part of a great community at a church near Columbia called Emmanuel Presbyterian, which has been a great support through the more challenging times of medical school. Chris Cruz is excited to be moving down to Los Angeles in August, where he’ll be working in the Private Equity (Buyouts) group of Oaktree Capital Management alongside fellow Old Boy Andreas Antoniou. This summer he spent time travelling in Asia and around the U.S. Philip D’Abreu moved to London, England, and continues to work with Lazard in mergers and acquisitions. Adam Dawson is

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working at RBC Capital Markets in investment banking in Toronto. Adrian de Valois-Franklin is working in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and enjoying life in San Francisco. He is looking forward to exploring Tokyo, Hong Kong and Thailand this summer before making a visit back to Toronto. Salim Dhirani finished his second year of medical school at Western. He travelled to the U.K./Morocco this summer before starting clerkship rotations in September. Erik Dreff was at the University of Chicago finishing his first year of a master’s in the history of Jewish thought and was spending the summer learning Latin and canoe tripping in the Canadian north. After spending eight months in a law library on the shore of Breezy Lake, Ont., Adam Freedman is passing the off season in a suit on Bay Street and in a Ghanaian kente in western Africa. Kobi Gulerson is still an owner at Kognitive Marketing and recently launched a new media division. He lives in Toronto. He recently joined the UCC Young Alumni Association Committee. Will Hertha is teaching English in Yangzhou, China. He’s travelling, relaxing, language-learning and seeing what sort of deranged expats exist on this side of the world! Craig Hill is extremely busy trying to break his way into the Canadian music business. He’s been working for a year and a half at a music marketing company called the MuseBox and DJs most weekends in Toronto at various clubs. Craig hosts a monthly party at Supermarket called Rollin’ & Scratchin’ and runs his own music news website of the same name ( On top of all that, he is managing an electronic act called TMDP. Matty Hontscharuk is working in Toronto in BMO’s M&A group and is getting married this summer to Elzabeth Ferenc. Congrats Matty! Carl Hung lives it up in Hong Kong/China right now. E-mail him at if you’re in town and wanting to party. Larry Lau is now working in the PMO of Bell Sympatico as a project coordinator. In his alternate personality, he’ll be running the district competitions for the international championships for Collegiate Acappella in Toronto next year ... a first for the city! Kevin Lee is at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. This past Christmas, he completed his second clinical rotation in Toronto and passed part one of the National Board Dental Examination. Simon Leith is working in corporate tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. Jon Leung has finished his political science degree at Western and has just started working at a bank in downtown Toronto. He is keeping an open mind and exploring options as he looks for future opportunities. Graham Matthews is in Toronto at Ipsos Camelford Graham as a qualitative market researcher, and looked forward to playing lots of music and Ultimate Frisbee this summer. Andrew Michalik is at IBM in Toronto and was at the EuroCup 2008 in Austria/Switzerland this year. Zack Newton is half finished the JD/MBA at UofT and was looking forward to spending a few weeks in India before working at a firm in Toronto this summer. OLD TIMES summer/fall/08

Bryan Ng is graduating with a master’s from MIT and will work at LEK Consulting next year. Jesse Mighton recently returned from playing professional volleyball, representing Lithuania in the Baltic Shenker League. He looks forward to resuming his studies at UWO’s faculty of law in the fall. Joey Pratile is continuing his postgraduate degree in chiropractic medicine at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Marty Rabinovitch has completed his second year of law school at the University of Windsor, where he was a Zuber Moot finalist and argued a case before Justice Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada. He was working in Toronto for the summer. Donald Summerville is doing an MA in economics at UofT in the fall and planning a trip to India in 2009. Adam Tischauer is working in sales for Thomson Reuters in New York City. Andrew Binkley is living in Boston working for the law firm Ropes and Gray. Grorgy Dobak got his MBA from the Technical University of Budapest and is now with Raiffeisen Real Estate in acquisitions. Adam Sheikh is in Paris working for the British embassy, doing a 10-month stint with the ambassador’s team managing protocol and visits by U.K. ministers and members of the royal family.

2003 MIKE ANNECCHINI AND CHAN SETHI, CLASS PRESIDENTS John Cameron graduated from Ivey (Western) last year, and is currently working as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney in Toronto. Sam Acton finished school in the summer in Waterloo, then moved back to Toronto to start work at Greenhill & Co. Mac Allen was moving to San Jose, Calif., this summer to play semi-pro roller hockey. In the winter, he lives in Edmonton playing in the National Lacrosse League for the Edmonton Rush. Mike Annecchini is working at TSN as a sports editor for Sportscentre. He is also taking his first step toward getting his MBA, writing his GMATs this summer. After graduating from Queen’s in commerce, David Brent moved last summer to London, England, to work in leveraged finance at Bank of America. Outside of work, he’s taken up endurance racing and will be doing his first triathlon and first marathon soon. Varun Shah is working for a large and up-and-coming retailer called Reliance Retail, a branch of Reliance Industries in India. He lives in Delhi. Graham Brown was at Queen’s Park this summer and will be at law school in the fall. Matthew Campbell finished his first year of graduate work in politics at Oxford, and is taking a break from rowing. This past summer he was an intern reporter at the Globe and Mail in Toronto. Keith Chan is currently working for FL Smith Inc. in St. Louis as a field engineer. He is supervising the installation of the world’s largest cement plant. Derek Cheung started work with Colt Engineering in June. He was on his grad trip this summer in Europe, visiting many different countries. Panos Christakis is attending Yale Medical School in hopes of being cast in the TV show House. Joe Cianflone is completing his master’s in financial economics at OLD TIMES summer/fall/08

Oxford. While travelling through India and Southeast Asia, Nicholas Clarridge found out that he was accepted to University College Cork in Ireland. He is starting a four-year medical program. Daniel Davids is doing an honours degree in medical virology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where he is currently working on a new HIV vaccine concept. Yale Fox graduated with a biology degree and is pursuing a career as a professional DJ. Check out his thesis, in which he wrote about how a DJ’s track selection affected bar sales and successfully optimized a nightclub in Kingston. The nightclub is now projecting tremendous growth for the upcoming years. Jordan Glicksman is doing research this summer in London, Ont., and continuing his studies in medicine at UWO next year. Daniel Goldbloom is currently working for the National Post comment section as the intern cum associate editor. He writes, edits and lays out pages, splitting time between the print and online aspects. He will be starting at UofT law school in the near future. Amir Heinitz is doing his master’s in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University Jerusalem. Rob Jackman lives in Madison, Wis., and works for a company that builds software for hospitals and clinics. Tim Jones is living in Dawson City, playing softball on the frozen Yukon River and working as artistic director of the Dawson City Music Festival. Geordie King is touring Asia from India to Singapore, all the way up to Northern China. When he returns, he will resume his job as associate director of Jet Direct, and acting on two TV shows on HGTV as well as getting his MBA at Queen’s. Christopher Kololian lives in London, England, and works in investment banking for RBC Capital Markets. Michael Korzinstone is working at Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm in New York City. Mark Laidlaw is in Victoria training fulltime with the national rowing team, currently part of the Olympic team camp. In his spare time, he’s been playing guitar, singing and writing as much music as he can. Cameron Lounsbery is working on the trading floor at RBC Capital Markets as an FX trader. “Work hard, play hard is still the name of the game.” Dan Maev is working in M&A at National Bank and writing his CFA Level 2 in June. Bryce Marshall finished up his senior year at Columbia and is looking for a job in New York City. Wesley McDonald planned to hike the entire 800 km of the Bruce Trail in August. Having graduated from the University of Toronto in last June, Andrew Nobrega is now the director of research and design at the sustainable design and business management firm Ecovert in Toronto. Geoff McLeese is working toward his CA at Ernst & Young and will be transferring into tax in October. Taylor Morassutti is finishing off his master’s at the London School of Economics and will be working at Fengate Capital in Toronto. Andrew Ramsay contributed to the implosion of Bear Stearns and is currently seeking other employment. Tyler Ravlo finished up his senior year at the


ClassNotes University of Southern Maine, majoring in exercise physiology, and finished his last year of hockey. He is at graduate school in Halifax. Jonathan Sachs has started a two-year master’s degree in health policy at McMaster University. He is working in Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian Ministry of Health for the summer. Curtis Westman is working in an advertising studio at Publicis Toronto and is currently in the process of pitching a television show to Halifax Film, along with Owen Craig ’02. Christopher Yeung is still at BlackRock, Portfolio Analytics Group and is now in the financial institutions team. Jorge Prieto-Davo has finished the first year of a master’s in France at Sciences Po Paris and is now working part-time in real estate. His office is next to the Louvre museum. Sophocles Voineskos has completed his second year at McMaster medical school. Alex Richardson is in China, working for a management consultancy firm in Shanghai. Ronny Ha is working at KPMG as an editor and studying to achieve his CA designation. Graham Brown is working at Queen’s Park in Toronto and starting law school next month. Shaun Schwarz has finished his business degree at Western and has moved to Israel. Andrew Lee is an analyst with BMO Capital Markets in Toronto.

2004 MIKE BIENSTOCK AND ANDREW KIRKPATRICK, CLASS PRESIDENTS JF Boucher has graduated from Yale and will be playing hockey in Germany (Berlin) this coming season. Dan Faria lives in Philadelphia. Jens Allerdissen is working for Turtle Entertainment (Electronic Sports League) as a PR manager in Cologne, Germany. Simon Ayotte is currently working for Elk Valley Coal in a coal mine in B.C. He is spending the summer in the Rockies and then heading back to McGill in September to finish his mechanical engineering degree. Alex Archibald graduated from Queen’s University and is starting at KPMG in Toronto in September. Benjamin Banks works for an aerospace company that repairs jet engines based out of Mentor, Ohio. He will be heading back to Queen’s University to continue his mechanical engineering degree next month. Ramy Behman is at medical school in the Caribbean (Grenada). Scott Barter is doing business management at Ryerson University and chilling at the cottage this summer. Brooker Belcourt has returned to Toronto from an exchange in Milan, Italy, at Bocconi School. He will begin working in New York permanently for Goldman Sachs in investment banking. Mike Bienstock returns to McGill for a comeback season and returned as director of UCC Leadership Camp this summer. Alex Bishop is finishing writing his honours thesis at UofT and applying to law schools. He was working for the Ontario government this summer. JeanFrançois Boucher graduated from Yale University with a BA


in political science. Next year he will be heading to Germany with his brother to play pro puck. David Canella is currently an intern at Dundee Wealth Management in marketing and e-business. He will be returning to McGill in September to complete his BSc in psychology. Clifford Chiu graduated from Sheridan College’s bachelor of applied arts (animation) program. He is currently looking for work in Toronto. Stephen Choy will be attending the Schulich School of Medicine at Western. In the meantime, he was enjoying his last summer vacation ever and seeing friends in California and New York. Robert Chen is doing research over the summer at the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at UofT. Wai Choy graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in film & television. He has finished shooting his thesis film, This Is Life ( and will be in New York acting and directing next year. Adam Cooper is taking a year off after four years at Dalhousie and hopes to attend Ryerson for its film production program in 2009–10. Spencer CrowleyGross is working in Montreal at Just for Laughs. He will be returning to Concordia’s John Molson School of Business. Faraaz Dawood graduated from Queen’s with his honours BA and has begun his master’s at UofT doing a joint MBA and MPA. He is also pursuing his CA designation. Will Dick is a research analyst at nGenera Insight, a think tank run by Don Tapscott. He is a regular contributor to their blog ( He returns to Queen’s this fall to complete his honors thesis in economics. Guenadi Elenkov is in a band and working on local gigs. He is looking forward to another year at UofT and applying to the RCMP. Daniel Faria graduated from Penn and was moving to New York in August to start law school. He is hoping to study international law. Luke Field graduated with distinction from Queen’s University with a BAH in history and politics and was starting at Osgoode Hall Law School in September. Eric Estey is working at Deustche Bank as an investment banking analyst in New York City. Nigel Harper-Fong obtained his BSc from McGill and is applying to medical school for fall 2009. Jeremy Frank finished his applied science degree at Queen’s and is excited to start work at Bain & Company in Toronto. Max Gostelow is continuing studies in a master’s program in finance. Jacob Gofman is partaking in a Catalan/Canadian culinary exchange and then going to law school at Western. Also, he has found out that he is second cousins with Ginger Spice, a.k.a. Geri Haliwell. Peter Hand graduated from Queen’s with an honours BSc. in biology and was travelling around Southeast Asia. He is returning to Queen’s to pursue a master’s in molecular genetics in Dr. Ian Chin-Sang’s lab. Amar Hathiramani is in Nigeria working for his father and planning on hopefully reaching out to OLD TIMES summer/fall/08

Toronto. Jan Hesseling was working at ING Frankfurt in financial markets again this summer and finishing up a bachelor’s degree in economics. Jeff Harris is working for Google in San Francisco as an associate product manager. Michael He is moving to L.A. more or less for the next couple of years to do a master’s in architecture at the school SCI-ARC. Chris Horkins graduated with a BAH in political science and English and will be going to law school at Queen’s in the fall. Peter Irwin, after graduating from Queen’s University with an honour’s BA in geography, moved to Hong Kong to work in the toy industry on the production side of the business, managing various different items and factories. He will be moving back to Toronto to continue working in the toy world as a sales rep. Khurrum Islam is in his last year of computer engineering at the University of Waterloo and will be graduating May 2009. He was back in school for the summer and will be going back to NVIDIA corporation in Santa Clara, Calif., in the fall for another internship as a part of his co-operative degree at the University of Waterloo. Andrew Kirkpatrick graduated with a BComm. from Queen’s University and is sad that the number-one Aberdeen legacy is over. For the summer he was director of the UCC Hockey Camp before entering a marketing agency at the end of the summer. George Lace graduated with a double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton, and is starting a job in the engineering department of SA Armstrong. Clarence Lau is coaching a house league soccer team, learning Mandarin and might be going to graduate school in Australia to study physiotherapy in November. Arthur Law is doing a practical training course for lawyers in Hong Kong. Jaewoo Lee just finished a two-year (mandatory) military service in Korea. He is planning to continue where he left off with two more years in college. Geoffrey McLeod graduated from Ivey with an HBA and is working as a first-year analyst with JPMorgan in investment banking in Toronto. He also qualified for the Canadian university golf team for the second time in three years. Scott Nowers founded a fashion watch company, Flud Watches, which was the only watch company to be recently crowned as one of the top 10 new brands in the world by the prestigious Who’s Next trade show. He has one more year at Columbia until graduation. Ikenna Osuji is currently on internship at Honda manufacturing in Alliston — an electrical engineering internship, which seems like a 16-month paid vacation: wonderful weather (now), open country, beautiful sunrises and sunsets (now). He is loving it and getting ready for his last year. David Pepall graduated from Queen’s University with a BComm. and started at S&P as an analyst. David Phelan graduated and is now working with Goldman Sachs. Douglas Reid graduated from Queen’s University with an honour’s BA in economics. He was enjoying summer travel OLD TIMES summer/fall/08

ling around, going to California and Calgary and splitting time between Toronto and Muskoka before getting a job in September. David Reisman was working at a small private equity company in Toronto for the summer, then travelling to southeast Asia for six months. James Ricci is still running an eco-friendly detailing company (Thornhill AutoSpa) at car dealerships and golf clubs around the GTA. He was doing some web consulting for Roy Foss Motors for the summer and was in the process of developing CRM software to manage Internet leads. He will be heading to London School of Economics to undertake his master’s in media, communications and management. Christian Rice graduated from Queen’s University and is heading to the University of Arizona to get his master’s in fine arts. Holla! Steve Robinson finished his degree in computer engineering this spring and was touring east Asia for the summer. This fall he joins the D.E. Shaw Group in New York in their systems group. David Spencer graduated from McGill University in management with a BComm. and was lifeguarding again for the summer. David Steinbach is backpacking southeast Asia for the next six months and graduating from international relations at UBC next April. John Spence will be graduating next year with an honour’s BA in theatre studies from Dalhousie. He was working this summer as a camera assistant and assistant editor at Smashing Pictures, a TV production company in Toronto. Hudson Sullivan graduated from Notre Dame. Alex Tapscott is travelling to Thailand with his darling girlfriend, Amy Welsman, and then off to Kenya to slay some lions with the family. Jeffrey Taylor graduated from Queen’s University and was working at a museum in New York this summer. Christian Walsh graduated from Queen’s last spring and was attending “accounting camp” this summer and working in an accounting firm. Ian Wildgoose-Brown graduated from Queen’s University and is attending law school next year. Justin Wu had the opportunity to exhibit at a gallery in Toronto during the Contact: Toronto Photography Festival. He is currently working in the pharmaceutical industry as a marketing strategist and is entering his final year at Ivey. Looking forward, he’s excited to go on exchange at HEC Paris in 2009 and expand his business and artistic horizons. Michael Wu will be starting a two-year master’s degree in the department of pathology and molecular medicine at Queen’s University (yeah, can’t get enough of the place), but for now, he is simply working as a pool manager/lifeguard/swim instructor and travelling as much as possible, though nothing overseas. James Wood finished his engineering degree at Queen’s, where he was also spending the summer doing research. This fall, he will be heading to the University of Oxford to do his master’s work in applied math and numerical analysis.



Frat’s the way I like it Old Boy saves ailing frat By John Carson Just like the infamous Animal House, Brown University’s Delta Tau House was in trouble a few years back, with only a handful of members. Matthew Dennis ’05 stepped in and turned things around. Dennis is a junior at the university in Providence, R.I., studying economics and architecture. “It started when I was a freshman, looking for a place,” explains Dennis. “When I heard about Delta Tau, it only had four members left, and they were pleading for people to take it over.” Dennis and a few friends took it upon themselves to do some of the administrative work to make sure that if they did take it over, the house would be theirs. “Delta Tau is one of the oldest houses, but unfortunately it came across rough times,” says Dennis. “After we took the frat over, we recruited our friends. The hook was that we could make the fraternity what people wanted it to be.” The frat wasn’t as welcoming to all facets of the Brown population, he says, so it was a pretty enticing opportunity to change things. They were able to recruit kids who normally wouldn’t want to join frats. They now boast 80 members. Dennis was elected president of Delta Tau in his sophomore year and his team has created its own self-governance system. “Next year I’m going to pass on the knowledge of what it takes to make things happen, so when I leave, they’re left to their own devices to figure things out.” Matthew’s dad, Jeff Dennis ’76, is understandably proud: “Delta Tau has gone from being defunct to being the hottest frat on campus, with the best parties and a community service legacy.”

Amin Lalani completed his first year at the Richard Ivey School of Business and was spending the summer interning at Goldman Sachs in Los Angeles in the Investment Banking Division. Colin Gray was finishing up his third year at St. Francis Xavier University, and was spending the summer working for KPMG in Moscow, Russia. Johnny Cassels, after finally finishing his first year at McGill University, was spending the summer with TBS, in the Steve Harvey division. Charlie Steers finished his first year at the Richard Ivey School of Business, and after spending the summer in Brazil will be travelling to Barcelona on exchange next year. Geoff Dittrich has just finished his second co-op with Research in Motion, where he has been doing the AT&T carrier marketing for BlackBerry. He was studying throughout


the summer. David Leith has finished his first year at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Matthew C. Dennis finished his junior year at Brown University, and was spending the summer in Washington, D.C., interning at Kaiser Associates. Matthew has also spent a large portion of the year travelling, and has been seen in England, the Czech Republic, Kenya and France. Teddy Rekai-Nuttal spent the summer on the show-jumping circuit, and is preparing for his final year and dissertation for his BSc in equine sports science. Charlie Iscoe has finished his first year at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He was travelling through southeast Asia for a few weeks before beginning an internship at JP Morgan Investment Banking in New York City. He will be on exchange in Barcelona in his final year, and will continue to be a ladies’ man. Michael Fu is majoring in chemical engineering at Columbia University and is applying to medical school. Mike Finley was finishing his last year at Cambridge University and graduating with a degree in English. He played for the university volleyball team, which finished second in the country, and is also playing in National League Volleyball for the city. After graduating, Mike will be taking a year off to travel and can be seen starring in a wakeboarding movie sponsored by Apple. Ryan Adams has spent the year working at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, and will be returning to his studies at Queen’s University in the fall. He was interning at McLean Budden Investment Firm this summer in Toronto. Max Bruce, after transferring to the University of Manitoba in the summer, went on to win the Vanier Cup in his first season with the football team! He spent the summer in Toronto training for the coming year and interning at CIBC Wood Gundy. John Rozenhal took the second term off from Brown University and is volunteering in Kenya with a community development project, KOMAZA. Later on, he will be working for Ryan Adams at a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. Nick Sucharski had a very successful season as a junior on the Michigan State varsity hockey team. He was spending the summer in Toronto training and completing an internship in the financial business. James Giroday deferred his studies from Hamilton College this year to work at an architectural firm and travel throughout Australia. John Thorp was finishing his third year at Middlebury College and spent the 2008 spring semester on exchange in New Zealand. Jared Walker is the New York State coordinator for the student wing of the Obama presidential campaign. He was spending the summer with Obama as well as doing some grassroots organizing on behalf of the Democratic Party in New York City. Mike Cameron was completing his degree at Dalhousie University. Oliver Terry is working for the City of Toronto Planning Division. He is going into his final year of geography at Queen’s and is also the new operations manager at the Tea Room (an environmentally sustainable student-run café). Cam MacNeil

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batics team. Reid Pauly continues to row on the Cornell varsity crew team, was going to Hong Kong this summer and will be studying in Washington, D.C., in the fall. Aris Economopolous completed a year filled with art shows, athletics and philosophizing. Jonathan To had another great year at UWO, expanding extracurricular and academic pursuits. Clarence Tso had a fun year at UPenn. In addition, he has been working throughout the year at the same online advertising startup (Invite Media), where things are really starting to pick up. Christian Peterson spent his last year “working” as a nightlife photographer in Montreal (yes, he got paid for it) and “occasionally” attending classes at Concordia University (yes, he still did well). Jonathan Tam is studying English and American literature at Harvard University. Charles Wong was preparing to write the MCAT and will be applying to medical school. Jeff Chen had a successful year studying at UWO and was working in Hong Kong over the sum2006 ARTHUR SOONG, CLASS PRESIDENT mer. Simon Choy completed his second year of studies at UWO Jayme Moore, at Queen’s, had the dream summer job — crewand plans on playing a lot of tennis. Nicky Chan had a great ing on the iconic Bluenose II. Jayme is spending the summer on year taking 90 percent math courses and is looking forward to the boat travelling the Great Lakes and the east coast of the the next year. Aaron Leung became one of the captains of the Maritimes and the northeast U.S. Erik Kuld played varsity volUltimate Frisbee teams at UWO. Henry Lau had a successful leyball for Harvard, and spent his summer in Asia, where he was year at Columbia while competing in car competitions. He was doing developmental biology research in Kobe, Japan, and working at a hedge fund this summer in New York. Nikhil watching the Olympics in Beijing. Jonathan Jeong is studying Daljeet had another great year at UWO and will be studying for marketing and finance at New York University’s Stern School of his MCATs. Jimmy Ding is transferring to Western. David Basu Business and currently trains with the New York freestyle acro Roy, at Western, worked in the UCC Advancement Office for the summer. Nick Paterson is on a tree-planting mission for his second year in a row. Nathan Leader is prepping for the Australian national lacrosse team. Benny Morgentaler was in Montreal going into third year at McGill. Vinny Wong had a great year at Queen’s and was working at Sunnybrook Hospital in research for the summer. Arthur Soong completed his second year at UWO and worked for Frito Lay Canada as a taste tester this summer. Jon To is Class of 2006 students from the University of Western Ontario attend a show featuring the artwork of Aris still at Western, “expandEconomopoulos and the music of Tafsir Diallo. From left to right: Aris Economopoulos, Felix Cornehl, David Basu Roy, ing his extracurricular and Richard Martin, Sanders Lazier, Tafsir Diallo, Aaron Leung, Nikhil Daljeet and Jeff Chen. academic pursuits.” still goes to Queen’s and loves it. He is on exchange in Belgium and is travelling Europe in between classes. Matt Ianucci has finished third year at UofT and was spending the summer travelling across the U.S.A. David Gray-Donald is the sustainability coordinator for the student society at McGill. Phil Noetling completed his third year at Babson University and has used his entrepreneurial skills to start an online business, Knetwitt. Mike Tang will be entering his final year at the Ivey School of Business in London and for the summer he was interning at GE Capital in Toronto. Charlie Iscoe and Charlie Steers were both off to Barcelona next month for a one-term exchange from Western. Cedric Duvinage is in Germany, doing a master’s in law and business. Gilles Hickey, at McGill, was working at Research in Motion in Waterloo for the summer.

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ClassNotes 2007 ALAIN BARTELMAN AND JUSTIS DANTO-CLANCY, CLASS PRESIDENTS Justis Danto-Clancy is at the University of King’s College, where he played varsity rugby and won a strength and determination award. He was also active in the King’s Theatre Society. This summer he was doing the “Explore” French program in Nova Scotia, on the south shore at L’Université Sainte-Anne. In

Class of 2008 Head Steward,“Zee” (left), with Dean of Students, Evan Williams.

August he was guiding canoe trips in Temagami and Quebec. Hartland Pitfield spent a busy year working in Banff, travelling in Oceania, as well as working in the Dominican Republic and volunteering in Peru. He was starting at Queen’s in commerce in September. Alain Bartleman successfully completed his first year at Trinity College, UofT, and was elected the first-year head of athletics. He studies international relations and economics and was spending a Stakhanovite summer studying at UofT, working full-time at UCC and establishing a conference on international development. Pascal Visentin has finished his first year as a medical sciences student at the University of Alberta


and is now working as a carpenter in Edmonton. He planned to take a road trip for A-Day in the fall. Dan Chong has spent the year slogging his way through the life sciences program at UofT, and was volunteering in Ghana as a medical aid intern and soccer instructor over the summer. He intends to do a double major in sociology and human biology. Vicar Rizvi is studying political science at the UofT, and helping to set up a UofT branch of the nationwide patriotic society the Monarchist League of Canada, along with Alain Bartleman. Ryan Stoddard had an awesome year playing Junior A hockey on the East Coast. His team won the Eastern Canadian championships and advanced to the Royal Bank Cup tournament. He is also taking university courses in Halifax. Jerry Zhan finished his first year in economics and philosophy at Trinity College, UofT. He hoped to move out into his own pad over the summer. Dan Webster spent the year playing hockey for the Smiths Falls Bears. Kevin Lee was at the University of Waterloo completing the second half of first-year mechanical engineering. He was on co-op at Niagara Falls at Can-Eng Furnaces International. He was a part of the research and development team and was able to implement ideas on existing furnaces. Zhi-Bai Tang is studying with Kevin at the University of Waterloo, and also studies mathematics. Fortitudinous in the face of adversity, Max Campbell is now searching the deep coffers of Craigslist for a job and a home after finishing up his first year in English cultural studies at McGill. Any offers of employment in the field of janitorial assistance or waste management would be gladly welcomed. This past year, Grant Boyle played Greg Kinnear’s son in Flash of Genius. He then moved out to L.A. for a couple of months and wrote a screenplay for film that has been signed and is under production in Toronto. Anton Kobzev is starting up an export business for nutritional supplements to Russia. He hopes to start operations in the near future. Alex Treiber has spent the last year at the University of Toronto. He hopes to study political science. He will be volunteering in Peru over August with the UofT club, Students for International Development. Dean Aviolotis spent the year at York University, studying music. He also plays in a number of bands outside of class. Andrew Mclean spent the last year studying a joint degree in international relations and history at the London School of Economics. He planned on travelling around Europe with Dorion Positano and Donny Szirmak, followed by working in construction. Donny Szirmak has finished his first year at Cornell and is touring Europe. Dorion Positano is at Queen’s studying commerce. Derek Weaver is studying medieval studies and Gaelic languages at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Wendhall Mascrenas is at York University in life sciences, majoring in biology and achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in his first year. He aims to study in a professional faculty. Sanzhar Sultanov is currently halfway

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continued his interest in rowing. through his directing program at Currently, he is trying to put on the Lee Strasberg Theatre and weight, get fit and find a job. Next Film Institute in New York. He is year he wants to join the triathlon also in pre-production for a Sony club, make the rowing team (as a Records music video, XBox Rock rower!) and make the hip hop Band commercial, and is currently team as well! Julian Cupilari is developing the script for his sumat Queen’s. Mihai Stenescu is at mer 2009 movie project. Adrian Queen’s in the commerce proKwok has successfully finished gram. Fabio Schweitzer is up a full first year at Princeton enjoying a very fulfilling gap year studying operations research and in Germany. Sadiq Hassan has financial engineering. He is also finished his first year at the Stern a member of the number-one School of Business and is expanddebate team in the U.S. and ing his travel agency service. swimming at the club level. In James Graham is continuing his whatever spare time he has, he drama career at Northwestern volunteers as a tour guide. He University. Andrew Binet is in worked this summer in Toronto Scotland enjoying the fresh Fife at TD Bank Financial Group in air at the University of St. the business banking program Andrews. He studies international of Technology Solutions. Peter relations. David MacDonald is Park has published a CD with his studying at Princeton. Marco a cappella group at Duke and Romero is studying at the was recently elected its music University of North Carolina director. Despite giving up playing (Chapel Hill) on a four-year grant the clarinet, he remains commitfrom the Morehead scholarship. ted to music. Nico Epstein is Matt Nichol is back on the majoring in art history and Adam Friedenthal gives his valeditory address to the leaving streets of Yorkville after a first humanistic studies and minoring class of 2008. year at Western. Tim Lai is in music technology at McGill. spending the summer in Hong This summer he was designing his Kong after finishing up his first year at the University of Western studio in the penthouse of his apartment, which he shares with Ontario studying economics. four other guys. The company he is starting is called Peel Street Studios, named after the street he lives on in Montreal. The company specializes in private events and club DJing for the 2008 DAVID MARSHALL AND CALUM MEW CLASS PRESIDENTS electro, house and hip-hop genres. He’s taking microeconomics this May and going to his house in Italy in July. Brandon Park studied at NYU Stern School of Business, and had a blast exploring New York City. He is studying finance and international business, and in the future hopes to work in New York. This summer, he was working in Seoul, Korea as an intern at Ernst & Young. Andrew Mihalik is playing volleyball at Duke University and working out. A lot. Will Pollitt is studying at New College at UofT. He hopes to work either in mining or finance. Omar Madhany, finishing up his first year at Western, is now working with the C.D. Howe Institute and the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity. Justin Wasser is in the Ivey David Marshall (left) and Calum Mew. AEO program at Western. Michael Bulger just finished his first year of health science at the University of Western Ontario and

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Upcoming Events 2008

Fun and games


Old Boys and parents are welcome to the use the College facilities throughout the fall for the following activities:

Sunday, September 7

New Family Open House at Norval 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Norval

Thursday, September 11

Council of 1829 Reception 6:30 p.m., Grant House garden

Thursday, September 18

Branch Reception in London (ON) 7:00 p.m., London Club

Thursday, September 25

Branch Reception in Kingston (ON) 7:00 p.m., University Club

Friday, September 26

Reunion Golf Tournament 11:00 a.m., Pheasant Run, Newmarket

Reunion Class Events Various times and locations Classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003

Saturday, September 27

Association Day (all day) for all members of the College community

Open Volleyball Monday, 6:30–9 p.m. Prep Gym Open Basketball Monday, 6:30–9 p.m. Hewitt Athletic Centre Open Soccer Tuesday, 6:30–9 p.m. Oval Field (Lett Gym if raining) Open Ball Hockey Saturday, Noon–5 p.m. Sports Court

Reunion Dinner Dinner for the classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 7:00 p.m. Hewitt Athletic Centre

Tuesday, October 7

Open Touch Football Sunday, Noon–5 p.m. Lords Field

Common Ties Real Estate Networking Cocktail 4:30 p.m., Downtown Toronto (Location TBD)

Wednesday, October 15

UCC Community Meeting and Association AGM 6:00 p.m., Student Centre

Saturday, October 18

Branch Reception in Boston 7:00 p.m., Harvard Club

Saturday, October 18

Back to School Seminar Series 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the College

Sunday, October 19

Norval Fall Open House 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Norval

Friday, October 24

Branch Reception in Ottawa 7:00 p.m., The Rideau Club

Saturday, October 25

Branch Reception in Halifax 7:00 p.m., Location TBD

Saturday, October 25

Habitat for Humanity 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Location TBD

Friday, November 7

Branch Reception in Montreal 7:00 p.m., University Club

Friday, November 21

Branch Dinner in London (U.K.) 7:00 p.m., Canada House

Friday, December 12

Lunch for Former Faculty and Staff noon, Upper Dining Hall

2009 Sunday, January 25

Winter Open House at Norval 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Norval

Wednesday, February 11

Founder’s Dinner 6:00 p.m., at the College

For more information, please contact the Association Office at 416-484-8629 or 1-800-822-5361 toll-free anywhere in North America. Or e-mail Register online for UCC Association events at in the Community Section.


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Ten totally unrelated news bytes which might surprise you… History and English teacher David Borden ’99 cycled from Mexico City to San Jose, Costa Rica,

– 2,000 km in 50

days, in the summer of 2004.

1870 – Year the College’s first clock tower was erected on

XXXXX – kilos of

the King Street campus. The

organic produce from the Prep

Prep nurse James Smith is an accom-

Learning Garden donated to


local food banks each fall.

whose music has been featured on hit television shows such

songwriter songwriter

tower’s cast iron bell is now the College’s oldest feature, resting atop the UCC Chapel.

as Dawson’s Creek, Joan of Arcadia, Party of Five and, more recently, The Hills. He recently signed a contract with Among the oldest items in the

ole, a Canadian music publisher.

UCC Archives are the Indian

arrowheads dug up at Norval.

Upper School music teacher Peter Smith was a full-time professional musician until he went back to teachers’ college, and still performs regularly. He’s released

3 and 2 indie recordings.


3.73 – hours Common Ties and Alumni Programs Manager Angie Foster took to complete her first full marathon. She ran

Assistant Director of Athletics

1993 – Year Mario Sturino, chair of Physical and Health

Bart Badali was a bullpen catcher

Education at the Upper School, won the Vanier Cup. He was

Toronto Blue Jays long before he came for the

the ING Ottawa Marathon in May, 2008.

the Toronto Varsity Blues’ starting quarterback for the game against the Calgary Dinos.

to coach and teach at the Upper School.

1 of only 4 Olympic-sized ice rinks in Ontario will be found at UCC’s new William Wilder Arena & Sports Complex. The grand opening will take place at Hockey Night, January 2009. An Olympic rink measures 30 by 60 metres.

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