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Photo Contest Winners Goldman Sachs’s Andy Chisholm ’77 Talks Financial Crisis with the Globe & Mail’s John Stackhouse ’81 UCC Turns 180 Obama’s Old Boys

About thisIssue As a junior reporter at the Saint John Times-Globe in New Brunswick, my beats were the ones nobody else wanted — car accidents, weekend desk and town hall meetings. As one especially tedious public forum dragged into its third hour, a bleary but sagacious local oldtimer leaned over to me and whispered, “Opinions are like [unmentionable body part]. Everybody has one.” It still makes me smile to remember both the content and the wonderfully grumpy delivery of that comment. Luckily for me, I have a wonderful slate of opinion leaders to boast about in this issue of Old Times. It’s not every day I can get Goldman Sachs’s Managing Director Andy Chisholm ’77 to sit down with the Globe & Mail's Report on Business Editor John Stackhouse ’81 for an illuminating tête-à-tête about the flailing economy. Like many a genuine expert, Chisholm wears his wealth of experience lightly. He speaks eloquently and quietly about having been only “humbled” by the downturn. Likewise, Guilliaume Tremblay ’03 may also be considered an opinion leader. In “Older Just Got Better” we learn about his surprising career decision to establish Zen Homecare, a caring support service for the elderly and disabled. He’s at the vanguard of a new generation of young people who don’t shy away from the issue of an aging society and its ensuing vulnerability. Andrea Aster Editor

I’m also fortunate that I don’t have to look too far to find other opinion leaders, attending class even as I write this. “The time has come to set aside childish things,” said President Barack Obama in his inaugural address. Head Steward and IB2 student Marco Cianflone was one among the Upper School students who filled Laidlaw Hall to watch CNN’s coverage of the historic event. Marco is not someone who needs to be reminded of that directive. In a recent assembly speech of his own, he spoke of a visit to a friend whose father had taken his own life. He spoke about his apprehension about making that visit, about a fleeting thought to cancel and just call. Instead, he did show up, with another friend and a good meal, “some excellent mac and cheese and an Italian panettone. “It was then that I realized that one’s presence is at times more powerful and perhaps even more appropriate than words,” he said. “To see Alyssa smile again blew me away. No words over the phone or in a card could have had the same effect.” Marco made the hard, mature decision to turn from “childish things”; from the knee-jerk compulsion to put one’s own needs first, no matter what. And hearing him say so was an excellent reminder of what it takes to be a decent person in both public and private life. UCC aims to teach students that community service is a lifelong commitment. And sometimes the big lessons are embodied by the simplest actions. Sometimes it’s just a matter of showing up.



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180 Years of UCC

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In the first of a two-part series celebrating UCC’s 180th birthday, these eclectic top-10 lists are sure to teach you a thing or two about your College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

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Who kept the presidential candidate’s trains running on time? Event planners Ali Merali ’02 and Jean-Michel Picher ’92 helped Barack Obama stay on track . . . . . . . . .32

Simon Avery ’85 Jim Deeks ’67


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Alan Telfer ’47 remembers more great men In the Summer/Fall 2007 issue of Old Times, Alan Telfer shared memories of UCC hockey history. He wrote us again with memories of the fates of several players in the Old Boys’ game of 1939, which pitted UCC’s first team against alumni. The most anticipated event of the year was the Old Boys’ hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens. And so in November 1939, I journeyed to the Gardens with my aunt Phylis Logie to see her husband Alec ’26 play. My uncle Alec scored in the first period. In October 1944, as a major in the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, he was killed by a German sniper in Kapellenbosch, Belgium. Philip Seagram (middle, far left), who married my cousin Martha Telfer, is seated on the ice (second from right). On March 8, 1941, he was killed by a bomb dropped on central London. At the time he was a captain in the 48th Highlanders. I played tennis with Ken Turnbull ’38 (back row, fifth from right) 20 years later. I would play squash with Pep Hunter ’36 (front, far right) 30 years later. Standing at the far left is the referee, the legendary Foster Hewitt (’21). Alan Telfer ’47

UCC treasures in the attic In the Summer/Fall 2008 issue of Old Times, John Carson wrote about Stuart Clay Campbell 1918, a makeup department director for 20th Century-Fox and Columbia. Campbell’s sketch of UCC is part of the UCC Archives. Mr. Stuart Clay Campbell 1918, who sketched the UCC building, was a classmate of my father, Herbert Hyland. My father was very excited and touched when he received the sketch from his former classmate along with a letter which summarized his activities since he’d left UCC. My father treasured this sketch and passed it on to me shortly before his death. Recently, I moved from a house into a condominium. As part of that process, I cleaned out the dark corners of closets that I hadn’t looked into in years. I found the sketch and was fascinated by it. I remembered how meaningful it was to my father. With that in mind, I passed it on to my son, Geordie ’95. He wisely felt that it would be appropriate for us to give it to the College and therefore he sent it to you. Bob Hyland ’63

Boarding program set to thrive Once again, receiving my copy of Old Times has proven to be a joy. I enjoyed the article “Back from the Brink.” I am grateful to have been included as one of the “Boarding Milestones,” although it was more of a milestone for me than it was for Boarding. [Roy was the first recipient of the Quebec Scholarship Program.] Two corrections, however, need to be made. The first and more important is that the scholarship which allowed me to go to UCC, the most formative years of my life, was given by Shell Canada, not the R.H. Webster Foundation which, I believe, started the Quebec Scholarship Program after I left the College. Now for the second correction: I, in fact, arrived at the College in September 1972. François Roy ’74


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Main prize winner Marc Bright-Chochlekov, IB1, strikes a pose with his winning entry.

It was a tough one. From glorious vacation vistas to intimate portraits, the UCC e-mailbox was jammed with multi-megabytes of contest entries. We had 110 photos submitted by 73 Old Boys. The Nature category was most popular, with 42 photos, followed by Portrait with 20 submissions. (Funnily enough, eight of you submitted a “portrait” of your dog, more evidence that canines truly are considered family members.) Note: To ensure unbiased judging, names were not included with images. It is coincidence (or perhaps the force of the winners’ talent) that two entrants took two prizes each, Jeff Ngan ’99 and Erik Long IB1.


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Congratulations to our winners in the third annual

Michael Clancy: There’s a distinction between a photograph and a snapshot. I don’t want eye candy. I want it to be easy to say ‘Write me a whole story about this picture.’ Anne Kaye: I’m looking for an image I want to keep looking at, maybe something weird, unusual. Only then will I look at composition, contrast and colour. Caley Taylor: I want something I haven’t seen before. It doesn’t have to be technically perfect. The main thing is you’re not copying someone else’s style.

Judges: Andrea Aster, editor, Old Times Anthony Chandler, Remove form master Michael Clancy, Creative Director, Brandworks International, UCC parent Anne Kaye, Upper School art teacher Caley Taylor, Caley Taylor Photography

Grand Prize: $250-gift package from Belkin Judge Michael Clancy helps pick a winner. OLD TIMES winter/spring/09


Main Prize Winner Marc Bright-Chochlekov IB1 “Self-portrait” “I’m on vacation with my family in Cayo Coco, Cuba, in my room after turning on the TV, seeing a man and trying to copy him at a moment’s notice.”

Runner-Up Jeff Ngan ’99 “Muse Swing” “My muse doing what she does best — inspiring me.”


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Second Prize Winner Christian Peterson ’06 “Florence in Waiting” “I set out to create images that would blend the romanticism of Italian film and the elegance of high fashion. After a half day of continuous shooting, my beautiful model suddenly looked right into the lens. This was not the emotion I had been seeking; it had a different intensity. It seemed too honest, too simple. At the same time though, it said it all.”

Runner-Up Karim Rahemtulla IB1 “Dew Drops” “This photograph was inspired by a rainy day in the city, and was reproduced inside and photographed.”

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Runner-Up David Beatty ’59 (former chair of UCC’s Board of Governors, 1992–97) “Lilac-breasted Roller” “I was in the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, on safari in 2007 with David Richardson ’59, his wife, Kathy, and (former UCC principal) Doug Blakey and his wife, Cheryl. The Lilac-breasted Roller is an extraordinarily beautiful bird seen from Capetown to northern Kenya.”

Honourable Mention Erik Long IB1 “Falling for SoCal” “A-Day catches football fever”


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Honourable Mention Gordon Tang IB1 “Curiosity or Frenzy?” “Fish swimming towards the glass wall of an indoor aquarium”

Honourable Mention Erik Long IB1 “Mayfly” “An Upper Canada College thespian awaits in earnest his moment on stage.” [By sheer coincidence, the “thespian” in this picture is Main Prize Winner, Marc Bright-Chochlekov.]

Honourable Mention Jeff Ngan ’99 “Wedding Dress Bet” “When you lose a bet the day after your wedding, you have to wear the dress.” OLD TIMES winter/spring/09



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Goldman Sachs’s Andy Chisholm ’77 creates financial plans to save some of Wall Street’s oldest names. He sat down to discuss the financial crisis with John Stackhouse ’81, editor of the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business. t an age when adjectives like “legendary” and “patrician” begin to attach themselves to Wall Street stars like moss to an aging maple, Andy Chisholm still bounds into a room, his boyish sweep of hair only a tad thinner. There’s no pause to his step. No hesitation in his impish half-smile, the one he used to carry into morning assembly in the 1970s. No apology for the cottage sweater and duck boots that seem alien to the gilded downtown Toronto office of Goldman Sachs. It’s a disarming image. At 49, Chisholm is among a handful of people in the eye of a financial hurricane, working for the past year to prevent an economic Armageddon that many believe his industry helped create. History will decide if his work helped stave off or exacerbated a crisis that has since touched — and pummeled — millions of lives. Many of his kind have lost their jobs, companies and reputations. He’s lost a chunk of his Goldman Sachs fortune. In calm and measured words, he says only that it has been “humbling.” Chisholm graduated from UCC in 1977, after seven years as a scholarship student, finishing as head of McHugh’s House and member of the football, hockey and cricket teams. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s University, where he played four years of Varsity hockey, and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, before starting a career at Goldman Sachs that became one of the more successful on both Wall Street and in the City of London. In Britain, in the 1990s, he orchestrated some of Europe’s biggest banking deals. Moving back to New York in 2003, with his wife Laurie and two daughters, Chisholm took over Goldman’s global financial institutions business, putting together hundreds of billions of dollars worth of deals. Now he’s dealing with the aftermath, creating financing plans to help save some of Wall Street’s oldest names. Many of his most revered clients have teetered on


the brink. Some have disappeared. His own firm barely survived the market calamity of last autumn. Chisholm sat down in Toronto for two hours just before Christmas, to discuss the global crisis, its roots, the role of Wall Street in the crash of ’08, the role of UCC in his life and the outlook for a new generation.

Let’s start with the crisis. Did you ever imagine? Certainly not the scale of what’s happened. There are probably very few people who can lay claim to really anticipating the full scale of what has transpired. Many had identified excesses and the possibility of failure or collapse in individual areas of the financial world but nobody really fully added up all the constituent parts of the story and fully saw the breadth of implications. Further, many commentators believed that markets operate on the basis of perfect information, and that markets are self-correcting. I recently read a piece by [financial speculator] George Soros, who has his own views, and one aspect is that markets are not necessarily self-correcting.

Is the hope for self-correcting markets dead? I start with the premise that markets work and over time self-correct. So while I believe it would be wrong to lose our faith in markets — and their ability to self-correct — my heretofore blind confidence has been tempered a bit by this experience.

Soros also argued this was the end of a 60-year supercycle. Was there something greater than a market panic at play? There were contributing factors such as a long period of global growth with relatively low inflation, resulting from an enormous expansion of productivity that occurred over many years, in part related to the great tech boom that occurred. When the tech bubble collapsed, policy makers were anxious naturally to keep the economy moving, and rates were kept relatively low for some period of time. Another offshoot of this was the rise in low-cost manufacturing, and the wealth creation and a build-up of reserves occurring in some foreign markets, in particular China, which then got recycled back into Continued on page 10

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Continued from previous page the mature markets, particularly the U.S., mostly through investments in U.S. Treasuries. All of this had an impact on interest rates, liquidity and availability of low-cost funding in the U.S. and other markets which in turn had important effects on behaviour with regard to investment, savings, house prices and beyond.

What were the warning signs? There were warning signs, and there were many commentators who had individually stuck their neck out to talk of the potential severity of a correction. But there were many other theories to the contrary: that a correction would come but could be managed; that risk was widely distributed and could be absorbed; that the financial markets and the global economy had evolved into a new “decoupling” paradigm whereby the U.S. could go through some pain, but the growth in the emerging economies would keep the global economy afloat.

What did the market miss? The price of credit and the price of risk diminished to historic low levels; the market missed how unsustainable this was. The amount of leverage in the system reached unprecedented levels; the market missed the compounding effect of multiple layers of leverage from the home buyer through the lender and the mortgage repackager and the special purpose vehicle where it went to, and the investors behind that vehicle — and the implications of the unwind that resulted. The size of private equity deals reached unprecedented levels in terms of size and leverage; the market missed that those risks were being concentrated in relatively few hands. The market missed the dangers of the reliance on credit default swaps as a means of measuring and protecting against counterparty risk.

Why didn’t the market see these problems and adjust much earlier? Arguably the market saw these issues over time but didn’t fully see their compounding effect, believing or hoping in sequence that each issue individually could be contained. It was very clear there was a subprime mortgage problem, for example. In the spring of ’07 a lot of people thought of this as only a subprime problem, and that it could run its course, and that contagion could be managed. Then in the summer of ’07, after a couple of high profile bankruptcies and failures in the commercial paper markets, there was a funding crisis and risk of contagion — but nevertheless a measure of calm followed so that in late ’07 and early ’08 there was still a belief that the contagion could be controlled, in part through greater transparency that would come from the disclosure of year end accounts. But that proved unfounded.

How? In part because illiquidity caused wide discrepancies and differences of opinion as to what the value of


different assets and securities were, and in part because accounting directives, for banks in particular, are such that if you are holding assets to maturity you can put them on the books at an appropriate value and hold them at that value until they become impaired or until maturity — even if short term market prices for those types of assets are diminished.

So the market misjudged the accounting impact of mortgage losses? Initially the market misjudged the economic impact of mortgage losses given the nature of accounting for banks. But later investors found it hard to think through the complexity, in particular the differences and the connections between short term market prices and underlying fundamental performance of the mortgages, as well as between illiquidity and insolvency of the institutions holding the assets.

And with the collapse of Bear Stearns, a panic of sorts set in? Certain events transpired for certain institutions that converted uncertainty into a near total loss of confidence. At that point no one was willing to let money out of their sight. Funding dried up. Waves of forced asset liquidation ensued throughout the system driving prices down and leading to a spiral of illiquidity, insolvency and fear of more to come.

Does all that suggest a need for more regulation? Whether or not anyone believes more is needed, more is coming and we should assume that just as this crisis had broad roots, the response will be wide-ranging.

Can you talk about your role through the spring and summer of last year as the market collapsed? Our group has had as clients an enormous number of the companies that were dramatically affected by the turmoil and the crisis. And indeed our own firm has had its own experiences during this period. Throughout the year there were a series of capital raises, mergers and restructurings that occurred for U.S. companies such as Countrywide, Washington Mutual, Wachovia, AIG and National City where we were either advising or raising capital or trying to assist with risk or crisis mitigation strategies. Similarly in Europe there were RBS and UBS and a large number of others. That was a very busy period from the spring through to the fall that reached a real crescendo during September and October where literally every weekend brought a new industry defining crisis. I remember during that period I had this stack of newspapers that were collecting at the foot of my desk because I had never had the chance to read them, all with almost unbelievable headlines, day after day, week after week. I’ve decided to throw them all in a box and pull them out many years from now, because we truly are living through historic moments. OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

There are many old lessons that need to be relearned, and which undoubtedly will continue to need relearning. For one, trees don’t grow to the sky. New paradigms need to be treated with curiosity but equally with a degree of suspicion. There’s always a new paradigm — like “risk has been spread through derivatives and we don’t need to be so concerned.” Another lesson: Bubbles usually burst rather than deflate; you don’t always see it coming and have the chance to adjust course. So live within your means — professionally and individually. Also, predictive models are very useful but by definition are always wrong, and therefore strict reliance on the model is dangerous. Practical, intuitive judgment almost always trumps the model. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right.

That’s a pretty good indictment of Wall Street’s culture over the last number of years. Different institutions applied those aspects to varying degrees. Nobody was perfect. Some were better than others. But everyone has learned lessons through this.

Has this been humbling? Tremendously. A lot has been learned. The consequence of miscalculation or misjudgment has been enormous and far reaching, sometimes fatal, and the financial system has been changed, perhaps irrevocably. Jobs have been lost. People have lost their homes. I’d like to believe that a degree of humility was always there, but it has been an experience that has shaped everybody to a tremendous degree.

Is investment banking as we knew it dead? I’m always a little bit confused by that question, which gets asked a lot rhetorically. Obviously, Bear [Stearns] and Lehman [Brothers] and Merrill [Lynch] are gone or are part of other organizations. Morgan [Stanley] and Goldman Sachs have a different standing, after changing their regulatory status to being bank holding companies. So there’s a huge change in the industry structure. But the structure of this industry has always evolved. The functions at the heart of the industry haven’t changed — advisory, capital raising, market making, trading, transferring risk, investing. The demand for those functions hasn’t changed. The question is how the demand will be met. So, will our industry change? Yes. The investment banking industry, by nature, is Darwinian. The survivors have always been the ones who have proved to be adaptable.

How long will it be before we see signs of a bottoming, and how much longer after that before we see a return to normal? My predictive capability has already been proven to be poor. Having said that, I’d like to believe that during

Photo: Tina Shore

What will you tell your kids about last autumn?

Andy Chisholm ’77 and John Stackhouse ’81 share a smile despite the weighty topic.

the course of ’09 the cost and availability of credit will meaningfully improve, and people will again take on counterparty risk and the financial markets will begin to anticipate a kind of bottoming and restrengthening of the global economy — even if that bottoming takes until 2010 to emerge. If so, equity prices should start to improve again in anticipation of future improvements in the economy. When exactly, I don’t know. I’d like to believe it could occur mid-year, when it feels like there’s some sort of turning point. But let’s not underestimate the enormity of the whole process from here. Full recovery will take many, many years.

Let’s go back in time. What got you hooked on investment banking? Coming out of UCC, I was inclined toward financially oriented courses. So at Queen’s I pursued a degree in economics and then business. After working in the family business for a short time, and travelling for a long time, I went back for an MBA at Ivey, where for the first time I understood what an investment bank was.

What was your family business? It is an international food merchant, a business my grandfather, Ronald A. Chisholm started in the 1930s. It was subsequently taken over and expanded by my uncle Tim [’56], who sold it to a group of employees including my brother Steve [’76], who run it now. It has become very prominent in its field.

So at Ivey you discovered investment banking? I tried it out for a summer in Toronto and found it very appealing but I decided that if I were to pursue this business I wanted to see whether I could get hired on Wall Street, and was fortunate enough to con Goldman Sachs into hiring me.

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Continued from previous page time, was far less international as an organization. It has evolved tremendously, to become one of the most international of all companies, but at that time I was seen as unusual and they were quizzical about my background. I had worked for my family’s business and travelled for a while in Asia. I have no idea what they saw, but I count my lucky stars because it has been an organization that has been very good for me, and I’ve been very aligned with Goldman Sachs's business principles and standards and how the firm goes about its business.

I had a great experience at UCC. I was challenged academically. I built great friendships. I was given lots of opportunity to pursue athletics, play on teams, share experiences and deal together with the ups and downs, have responsibility toward others, the spirit and the camaraderie. And I’m very, very fortunate to have been pushed to strive for achievement or excellence, but always in a manner that one can be proud of.

Talk a bit about the 1990s in London. You arrived at the tail end of the Thatcher era, and the great opening up of the City.

It probably did. I don’t know if goalies are born or if they evolve. They say you have to be a little bit crazy to be a goalie.

I remember when I first arrived in ’87, I found practical living quite difficult because grocery stores would shut at noon on Saturday, as did drycleaning and other things you worry about when the hours at work are long. Service levels were low. Even getting water pressure in the shower — if there was one — and finding cupboard

You don’t seem crazy. There’s the Ken Dryden kind of goalie, and the Patrick Roy kind.

“I think on the part of management, very typically, there is a slow appreciation of the real state of the world when it starts getting adverse.” space in your flat was a challenge. You had to beg someone to assist you in a shop. Nobody cared. Competitors had carved up the business opportunities in the City and two hour lunches at the wine bar seemed common. But there was a great transformation that occurred in the ’90s and all in all London once again became a highly attractive place to live and work.

You’ve been out of the country for more than 20 years, but you’ve kept your Canadian citizenship. Why? It’s where I’m from. You are who you are, and I believe a certain amount of who you are gets formed at an early stage of your life — by your family, your friends, your surroundings, your school, your environment.


What at UCC helped form you?

And being a goalie — did that have an effect?

I’m sure it’s helped me through the past year, which has been incredibly intense, with so many ups and downs. It does create a certain amount of mental toughness. You learn to deal with disappointment or failure, which can be very personal and acute, and still will yourself to keep on marching. And while individual performance is very, very visible, it’s in the context of the rest of the team. You want to hold up your end and hate to let the team down, and you realize you just have to do the best with the role that you have. After UCC I played on the Queen’s team for four years, but in first year I played in only one game. It was against UofT, which had a very good team, and we were down 8-1 when they put me in. We lost 15-1. Being able to keep one’s head in the game when all around you seems to be going from bad to worse has been very important.

You see competition from around the world. What are today’s grads up against? UCC helps to create people who truly can be successful in any context. But living in Toronto, going to a great school with many opportunities given to you — you probably have some appreciation for the importance of the U.S. but can run the risk of missing that there are some major shifts of economic and social and political power that are likely to take place over the next decades, in particular the rise in the strength and importance of China and India and other countries. The world is very interconnected, and the talent pool that can be attracted to any particular opportunity is now much more diverse, comes from many more places and often with people who are very hungry for success, with backgrounds where they’ve had to fight for things a little harder. Current graduates of the College will experience that evolution and the interconnection of the world to a far greater degree than any previous generation. So using the great foundation that the College provides, but being very inquisitive, hungry and open-minded as it relates to how one pursues those opportunities, will be very important. OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

180 Ye a r s o f U C C

As the College celebrates its 180th birthday this year, we offer you — well — 180 reasons to celebrate.

Researched by our new UCC archivist, Martha Tuff, we offer you the first in a two-part series of UCC “top 10 lists.” (The second part will appear in the Summer/Fall 2009 issue of Old Times.) We strive for accuracy but are not infallible. If these lists neglect to include someone you believe deserves recognition, or if you have suggestions for future lists, please drop us a line:


Old Boys and Faculty Who Became Principals Paul Bennett, head, Halifax Grammar School, Halifax, N.S. Robert Brennan ’64, president, Loyola High School, Montreal, Que. David Brooks, former head, Glenlyon Norfolk School, Victoria, B.C. John Godfrey ’60, head, Toronto French School and former president, University of King’s College, Halifax, N.S. Christopher Hugh Grieve ’80, head, Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School, Kelowna, B.C. Steve Griffin, headmaster (designate), Royal St. George’s College, Toronto. David Hadden ’71, former principal, Lakefield College School, Lakefield, Ont. Stephen Johnson, head, St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg, MB. Tam Matthews, head, Ashbury College, Ottawa, Ont. Tom Matthews, head, Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, Ont. Robert Prichard ’67, former president, University of Toronto. Michaele Robertson, principal, University of Toronto Schools. Ian Robinson, head, Sterling Hall. Mark Schoeffel ’84, Upper School head, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pa. Ted Staunton ’65, principal, St. Andrew’s College, Aurora, Ont. David Thompson ’70, head/adviser, Lakefield College School, Lakefield, Ont. and former principal, Greenwood College School, Toronto. Barry Wansbrough ’54, former head, Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, Ont. Ian Watt ’83, principal (designate), Bishop’s College School, Lennoxville, Ont. Rodger Wright ’70, head, Collingwood School, Vancouver, B.C. and former head, Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ont. OLD TIMES winter/spring/09



Famous Boarders Peter Dalglish ’76, founder of Street Kids International, a Toronto-based organization that helps poor children around the world François de Gaspé Beaubien ’81, former co-owner of Telemedia Corporation, the Montreal media giant Dan Gibson ’40, naturalist, creator of the Solitudes music label, featuring wildlife sounds Michael Ignatieff ’65, Liberal Party leader Stephen Leacock 1887, master humorist, author Raymond Massey ’10, Academy Award–nominated actor Peter C. Newman ’47, prolific journalist John Beverley Robinson 1836, lieutenant-governor of Ontario (1880–87) Edward (Ted) Rogers ’51, Rogers Media mogul (See Milestones, p. 39.) Fraser Simpson ’80, creator of cryptic crosswords for publications including the New Yorker Clockwise from top: Stephen Leacock 1887; Fraser Simpson ’80; Ted Rogers ’51; Peter C. Newman ’47.


Facts About UCC Libraries As part of the tradition of Leaving Class pranks, Bill Chalmers ’86 drove his car into the

From top: Upper School librarian Marian Spence receives the “longest overdue book list ever,” in a spoof photo for College Times, (1982); Pam Love reads to Prep boys in the Wilder Library (1988); Still reading!


Macintosh Library — much to the dismay of librarians Marian Spence and Donna Wilkinson! Prior to the Prep’s renovation in 1995, the corridor joining the Peacock Building-Eaton Building and the Parkin Building ran right through the centre of the Prep Library. It’s no wonder the first request for the newly-designed space was to run the hall outside the library. On the second day of Marian Spence’s new job as school librarian in 1979, students wanted to make a memorable first impression. That they did. A dissected cat from the biology lab mysteriously appeared in the book drop. The most enduringly popular books in the William P. Wilder Library are the Asterix series, the French comic strips illustrated by Albert Uderzo and published in 1959. The Macintosh Library is named after Maitland Macintosh, former chairman of UCC’s Board of Governors (1957–62) at the time of the old school’s demolition in 1958. The Wilder Library is named after William P. Wilder ’40, business icon and Second World War veteran. He is also lead donor on the newly opened William P. Wilder Arena & Sports Complex. (See p. 17.) Canadian novelists who have recently spoken to UCC students at the libraries include Governor-General’s Prize winner Vincent Lam and M.J. Vassanji. During the 2007–08 school year, students borrowed 13,697 books from the Wilder Library. On average, the Macintosh Library has 820 visits per day from students and faculty. Prep students learn to love books. Each class, from Kindergarten to Grade 4, visits the library twice every eight days. The Macintosh Library’s book collection contains many eclectic finds including authorsigned editions such as Lawrence Hill’s award-winning Book of Negroes, and graphic novel versions of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jack London’s Call of the Wild. OLD TIMES winter/spring/09


Environmental Alumni Anthony Barrett ’64, founding director of Pollution Probe, Canada’s first environmental advocacy organization.

Charles James Stewart Bethune 1856, co-founder of the Entomological Society of Canada and editor of its journal, the Canadian Entomologist, for almost 30 years. James Henry Fleming 1892, Canada’s top ornithologist; upon his death, the Royal Ontario Museum inherited his enormous collection of more than 30,000 bird specimens and thousands of his bird-related books and periodicals. There is a historical plaque dedicated to him in Toronto’s High Park. James George ’36, Canadian High Commissioner to India (1967–72) and Ambassador to Iran (1972–77), and co-founder of the Threshold Foundation, a non-profit granting agency; George convinced the International Whaling Commission to ban all whaling in the Indian Ocean and the Antarctic. Leonard Gilday ’67, award-winning cinematographer and producer; worked for the CBC on David Suzuki’s The Nature of Things for almost 20 years; producer for National Geographic Channel. Paul Kane 1830, founding father of Canadian art; first Canadian painter to have an international bestseller, a travelogue entitled Wanderings of an Artist Among the Indians of North America. Joseph MacInnis ’56, a doctor and deep-sea explorer, MacInnis was a leader on the daring dive to film the Titanic in IMAX; led the team that discovered the HMS Breadalbane, the world’s northernmost shipwreck. Tom Szaky ’01, co-founder of TerraCycle, a plant food made from worm excrement and packaged in reused pop bottles, now sold in Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Joseph Burr Tyrrell, 1878, dinosaur expert who accidentally discovered 75-million-year-old dinosaur bones in Alberta’s Red Deer Valley in 1884. Alfred Charles Seymour Wright ’33, worked tirelessly to protect the fragile rainforests of Belize, specifically the Columbia River Forest Preserve.

UCC’s 1952 production of The Mikado; Robertson Davies as Malvolio (1932); a rehearsal of West Side Story (2005).

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(clockwise) Paul Kane 1830, self portrait; Joseph MacInnis ’56; Tom Szaky ’01.


Facts About UCC Theatre The Prep’s first dramatic production was William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in 1909.

Organized theatrical activity began in 1918 at the instigation of Principal William “Choppy” Grant who hired Leslie Harris, an English drama teacher to form the first “Dramatic Club.” In 1929, drama teacher Freddy Mallett began the tradition of the winter musical, Pirates of Penzance, a comic opera. The Dramatic Club was renamed “Little Theatre” in 1945 by drama teacher Jay MacDonald. Director Nigel Barber’s 1980 production of Oliver! took its student actors on a tour of England and the West Coast. Robertson Davies ’32 starred as Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 1930. Colin Lowndes took over Little Theatre in 1983 from Nigel Barber and continued in the role until 2000 when he became the deputy headmaster at Crescent School and Dr. Dale Churchward took over the role. The most performed play is The Mikado which has been staged eight times. The first performance was in 1924; the most recent in 1971. Hundreds of boys have been involved in theatrical productions as actors, stage crew, producers and directors. Since 1909, 12 Shakepearean plays have been performed. The most popular? The Merchant of Venice.



UCC Firsts The first day of class was Monday, January 4, 1830. UCC’s first female teacher was Mary Tucker, who taught science from 1918–45. She liked to wear a red gingham jumper and taught the boys how to properly plant tulip bulbs! The first cricket game was played in July 1836 against the Toronto Cricket Club. The first meeting of the Old Boys’ Association was August 29, 1891. The first carol service at the Prep was in 1939; the first carol service at the Upper School was in 1941. The first mention of “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven” as the school hymn was in 1911. The first IB diplomas were granted in 1998. Ice skating was recorded for the first time in the 1883 edition of College Times. Hockey was first played in 1888, when a rink at the old school on King Street was flooded. (The first actual UCC team played in 1890–91.)

(below) UCC’s first Old Boys’ Association (1891); (right) a student’s sketch of Mary Tucker (1934).

Now an annual event, the first Founder’s Day Dinner to celebrate John Colborne’s birthday was in 1942. (See photos of this year’s festivities, p. 18.)


Facts About UCC’s New William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex

Illustrations: Sandy McClelland

The Olympic-sized ice rink is one of only four in Ontario. The arena uses the geothermal heating and cooling loop, installed under The Oval in


2006, to extract the earth’s energy to heat and cool some portions of the complex. The arena will allow more boys to have time to practise and play — not just on teams, but as part of the core athletics program. With two ice pads, there are more opportunities for junior house hockey, tournaments and community efforts like Horizons’ hockey program. The arena is certified by the green building rating system, Leadership in Environment and Energy Design (LEED). The arena uses 40% less energy than a conventional arena complex. The arena roof is white to reflect, not absorb, the sun's rays which works to reduce “heat island effect,” a contributing factor in climate change. Rainwater, collected from the arena roof, will be directed to internal plumbing, i.e. toilets, in an effort to reduce water consumption. Grounds are “zeroscaped,” meaning they use only indigenous, hardy plant species and no irrigation system is required.

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UCC celebrates Grand Opening of the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex

It was a historic day at UCC — not to mention a whole lot of fun. The William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex held its Grand Opening ceremonies Friday, February 6. Lead benefactor William Wilder ’40 — whose $5 million gift is the largest in the College’s history — was characteristically modest, though clearly enjoyed the evening. “I compliment the Arena Steering Committee and its Chair Stu Lazier ’70 for getting the job done,” said Wilder. “Bill, you are now and forever a legend in the UCC community,” said UCC Board Chair Michael MacMillan ’74. “In a [previous] interview for Old Times, Bill said, ‘One can’t take out of the soil without putting something back.’ The boys today and in future generations will learn about teams, sports and skill in this arena — but most importantly as they walk through the main doors and see your name on it — they will know that someone before them had the foresight to give something back to the soil.” Arena donors were honoured with appreciative remarks, including the late George Mara ’41, for whom the Olympic rink was named. His children George ’67 OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

and Diane were in attendance. “[He] was one of the greatest athletes in the history of the College,” said MacMillan. (Mara was captain of the Canadian Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1948.) John C. Eaton ’57, for whom the NHL-sized rink was named, was also celebrated. “He has always answered UCC’s call with a sense of enthusiasm, duty and loyalty,” said MacMillan. Of course, the evening also included two hockey games. UCC beat both Greenwood College School Junior Varsity (4-3) and Ridley College Varsity (4-0). Earlier in the day, a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of another much-anticipated athletics facility at the College. Funded by an anonymous donation from a UCC Old Boy, the Strength, Agility and Speed (SAS) Centre at the Upper School will serve the fitness needs of students, elite athletes and staff alike.

(clockwise from far left) William P. Wilder ’40 sees his dream become a reality; IB2 student Pritpal Atwal cut the ribbon at the SAS Centre and was the first boy to work out; IB2 student John C. Eaton enjoys the night with grandfather John C. Eaton ’57; Principal Jim Power celebrates with Diane Mara, daughter of the late George Mara ’41.




Keynote speaker Michael Wilson ’55 makes his “appearance” at Founder’s Dinner.

Foggy evening makes for an eventful Founder’s Dinner

Prep students Patrick Wilson and Jai Kawale deliver the Grace.

Two Prep students stole the show at Founder’s Dinner, well before dinner got underway, February 11 at the College. In an ecumenical salute to the diversity of the audience, Remove student Jai Kawale and Form 6 student Patrick Wilson said the blessing before the meal in four languages, and with great aplomb — English, French, Hebrew and Sanskrit. Patrick is the grandson of the dinner’s keynote speaker, American Ambassador Michael Wilson ’55. Due

to the extreme fog, Wilson was unable to catch his plane to Toronto. Thanks to some last-minute technical prowess, Wilson was able to address the 600 guests via a live video-feed. “I’m sorry I missed you [Patrick] speak,” he said. Wilson’s speech was an incisive and sweeping overview of American politics, peppered with personal anecdotes, including a recent experience of head-table dining with first lady Michelle Obama. “Personal integrity is your most important attribute,” he told alumni. He related President Obama’s directive to “nourish a sense of responsibility” back to UCC’s mission statement, to nurture students of strong character and to “give back to their own community.”

We Are the Champions UCC soccer players claim two CAIS national championships It was a tremendous achievement for UCC’s soccer players. Both the Varsity and the U13A teams — undefeated in all their games — claimed trophies at the Canadian Association of Independent Schools’ (CAIS) National Championships at Trinity College School (TCS) in Port Hope, Ont. and at Crescent School in Toronto. The U13A soccer team, coached by Bernard Lecerf and Johnny McGrath, played outstanding soccer in an intensely disputed semi-final against Collingwood School, before beating Hillfield Strathallan College 3-0 in the final, October 25, 2008. Year 1 student Nick Lombardo, Varsity “The boys demonstrated excellent soccer captain, savours victory. individual skills and teamwork,” says Lecerf. “They played with passion, creativity and determination throughout the tournament.” This superb achievement came one week after UCC’s Varsity team won their age group’s national


tournament at Trinity College School. UCC defeated St. Andrew’s College 1-0 in the semi-final, October 19, to advance to the championship game the same day. UCC played defending champions St. George’s School in the final game. With no score in full-time play, UCC prevailed in a penalty shootout.

Varsity volleyball team serves up OFSAA gold Coaches Derek Poon and Michael Murphy deemed it “the greatest moment in UCC volleyball history.” UCC’s Varsity volleyball team took the championship game against Ottawa’s Beatrice-Desloges, three sets to one, at the 20-team Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Associations’ (OFSAA) AAA tournament in Kingston, Ont., November 21 and 22, 2008. It was the first medal ever for the team — and that medal happens to be gold. “The Blues rode their fans’ energy to a thrilling 3-1 victory,” says Poon. “The team played amazing defence and attacked relentlessly. On the way back in the bus, there was a lot of whooping and hollering and singing. It might have been the best bus ride we’ve ever had.” OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

New book shares insights from UCC’s Wernham & West Centre for Learning

Vivien Cappe celebrates her award with husband Leslie.

Vivien Cappe receives John D. Stevenson Award at Founder’s Dinner Volunteer extraordinaire Vivien Cappe was presented with the John D. Stevenson Award at Founder’s Dinner, February 11, 2009. The UCC Association established the John D. Stevenson Award in 1993 to recognize individuals who have provided outstanding volunteer service to the College over a number of years. The award is named in honour of the outstanding contributions of John D. Stevenson ’47. It’s impossible for Vivien to make it across the full length of a UCC hallway without interruption; either she has stopped to talk with you, or she’s being hailed by someone. Everyone loves a good talk with Vivien and everyone feels comfortable in her presence — students, parents, staff and faculty. Vivien is a natural community builder. Vivien is the mother of eight, including Jesse ’03 and Tyler IB2. Most recently, Vivien was Association Day Chair in 2008 and President of the 2007–08 Parents’ Organization. On her initiative, the Spring Arts Festival became a annual event and the “Making a Difference” Speakers’ Series welcomes inspiring people to the UCC stage. “Vivien’s involvement at UCC has been a life altering experience for her and for her family,” says her husband, Leslie. “Vivien has only one way of approaching any task, large or small — with heart, with feeling and with care for all her peers.” OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

If “men are from Mars,” consider the Centre for Learning’s new book an indispensible flight manual. It’s called Centred for Learning: A Guide for Weaving an Inclusive Learning Centre and is authored by the Centre’s Executive Director Mary Gauthier and Coordinators Susan Elliott, Tina Jadego and Roberta Longpré. UCC’s Centre for Learning develops best practises and resources for boys’ learning. The book is basically a training guide for schools looking to open a learning centre of their own. Sixty copies are already in use by schools, including St. John’s-Ravenscourt in Winnipeg and Barker College in Melbourne, Australia. “It was part of the Wernhams’ wish [when they donated the Centre] that we share our work with other schools,” says Gauthier. The book, to be published later this year, has already been endorsed by Michael Thompson, the popular UCC guest speaker, psychologist and boys’ learning expert. “The Centre for Learning at UCC is pioneering new ways to integrate the academic standards of boys’ schools with new brain research and best practices for boys,” he says.

“Fitness balls help boys, like Grade 5 student Benjamin Caldwell, stay focused and have been reported to help with student engagement,” says the Centre for Learning’s Executive Director Mary Gauthier.




UCC Association Branch Events The Boston Branch Reception at the Harvard Club, Saturday, October 18, 2008, brought out (l-r) Kevin Lee ’02, James Kwok ’04 and Ativ Ajmera ’02.

The Montreal Branch Reception at the University Club, November 7, 2008, allowed Head Stewards, past and present, to regroup. (l-r) Hugh Meighen ’01, Devin Hart ’07, UCC’s first Head Steward, former UCC Association President and longtime Branch President Ian Gray ’54, Zheng Wei ’08, IB2 student and current Head Steward Marco Cianflone, Principal Jim Power.

Mixing at the London, U.K. Branch Reception at Canada House, Friday, November 21, 2008: (back l-r) William Mowbray ’44, Ken Miller ’43, Mark Decelles, UCC Foundation Chairman Roly Watt ’62; seated (l-r) Shirley Mowbray, Betty Miller, Karen Decelles.

Remembrance Day 2008 UCC saluted its Old Boy military men — including veterans who served in the Second World War — back for a moving Remembrance Day ceremony and luncheon, November 11, 2008. (l-r front) James O’Reilly ’43, Alan Wilson ’49, Graeme Adam ’33, Everest Munro ’43, Don Simpson ’41, Geoffrey Smith ’41; (l-r middle) Alexander Stuart ’42, Hassan Khan ’93, Norm Rogers ’39; (l-r back) Charles Whitten ’40, Peter Shenstone ’44, John Farquharson ’44, Auguste Bolte ’44, David McLaughlin ’45.

Transcript Requests Old Boys who require transcripts for educational or employment purposes are encouraged to submit the online Transcript Request form which is available on the website through UCC Community/Old Boys /Transcript Request. This is the most efficient method for obtaining documents. In most cases, the University Placement Office requires a minimum of five working days to accommodate transcript requests.


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A UCC teacher’s journey of empowerment Reem Aweida-Parsons, UCC’s chair of the History Department, was the keynote speaker at the Toronto Newcomers Club, January 30, 2009 in celebration of International Women’s Day. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Aweida-Parsons has lived in five countries on three continents. She defines herself as “a global woman on the move.” Newcomers Clubs took root when women who had themselves experienced the problems of long-distance moves decided to help each other. Aweida-Parsons spoke about her childhood during the Lebanese Civil War, life in Kuwait as a teenager, and her experiences as a foreign student at Colorado State University. In 1990, she immigrated to Canada where she earned her teacher’s degree and married her American husband. For six years, they lived as expatriates in Paris and she taught at the Lycee International of St. Germain-en-Laye. Her adventure continued when she moved to Cape Girardeau, Mo., her husband’s hometown of 35,000, and the challenges she faced as an Arab woman in a small midwestern American town! “War has taught me that peace is the only viable option,” says Aweida-Parsons. “It shocks me that in today’s world, knowing what we know, people still stereotype and judge a person’s character by the clothes they wear, the accent they have and the god they pray to. The only place that I have ever felt truly accepted is Canada. Because of this, it is now my home.”

“Environmental Studies 101: Building Green,” by Duncan Payne, former science teacher; and “Economics 101: Voluntary Exchange, Choice, Happiness and the Death of the Rational Economic Man,” by Larry Lajeunesse, economics teacher. “Why do films take so long to make and why are they so expensive?” Battley answered those questions by talking about lens choice, camera motion, shot size, framing, editing, lighting, colour and sound — all being manipulated by huge teams of professionals. Payne’s workshop examined why we should be building environmentally responsible homes and the basic building concepts — from foundation to roof. Lajeunesse talked about studies indicating that human beings may be hardwired to behave in ways that do not always optimize their happiness. “This was a fantastic event!” enthused Trevor Stephenson ’88. “I honestly felt like I was back in high school because of the teachers and being in an original classroom. As well as being an incredibly nostalgic experience for Old Boys, it is also a great tool that should be used for current parents to illustrate exactly what they are paying for.”

School’s out? Not yet! Old Boys had the chance to head back to UCC’s classrooms in November for the “Back to School Series,” an opportunity to brush up on their knowledge with current and past faculty (plus a free brown-bag lunch). The three lessons were “Film 101: How to Read a Film,” by Mark Battley, head of Digital Media; OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

“Question authority,” Theo Caldwell ’91 (shown here with John McCain) told Upper School students at Assembly, November 17, 2008. The president of Caldwell Asset Management and popular columnist touched down at UCC to weigh in on the new American president, predictions about his foreign policy and what it all means for Canada. A full transcript of the speech is in the news archive at Follow the links from the homepage.



Photo: Nick West

Today UCC congratulates Olympian Jon Beare ’92.

UCC community members receive philanthropy awards It was a fitting honour for Michael and Kelly Meighen, and members of the UCC community including Principal Jim Power, were there to pay them tribute. The Meighens received the “Outstanding Philanthropist Award” at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Philanthropy Awards Luncheon, November 26, 2008 in Toronto. As well, Ana Paula Lopes, communications consultant and parent of Alexander ’04 received the “Outstanding Volunteer Award.” She is the first female director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors, a cabinet member for the Centre for Addiction The Association of and Mental Health and the former director of the Fundraising Professionals Sunnybrook Foundation, among countless other duties. honours Michael In addition to other critical roles at the College, and Kelly Meighen. Kelly Meighen is vice-chair of UCC’s Board of Governors. Additionally, the T.R. Meighen Foundation and the Meighen family made a leadership gift that established UCC’s award-winning Horizons program which provides peer mentoring to hundreds of innercity students across Toronto. The Meighens have two sons, Hugh ’01 and Max ’07. Over the past 40 years, the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation has granted more than $31 million to projects in the fields of education, health, culture, social welfare and environmental conservation. The Foundation has also supported numerous scholarships. The Meighens are also generous supporters of organizations including the Nature Conservancy, Princess Margaret Hospital and the Stratford Festival. “Kelly and Michael have an exceptional ability to make a difference in communities both national and local,” says UCC’s Executive Director of Advancement Suzanne Heft. “So many have benefited from their immense generosity. It’s a well-deserved award.”

Jon Beare ’92 nabs bronze in Beijing It was a glorious day for UCC, not to mention for the whole country. Canada’s lightweight men’s four team,


including UCC alumnus Jon Beare ’92 and fellow crew members Iain Brambell, Mike Lewis and Liam Parsons, won Olympic bronze, August 17. They crossed the finish line at Shunyi Olympic rowing park, near Beijing, with a time of five minutes, 50.09 seconds. Denmark took gold and Poland, silver. “It goes without saying that coming away from the games with a medal is an incredible feeling,” wrote Beare, from Beijing. “I am full of pride with how the Canadian Rowing Team represented our country at this regatta, and am looking forward to sharing this with all those who’ve supported and cheered along the way.” Beare has been a member of the National Rowing Team since 1995. Beare and his teammates came fifth in the same event in Athens in 2004, and seventh in the Sydney Olympics in 2000. “It was also quite unique to have my ‘little brother’ from Martland’s, Barney [Williams] commentating the races for the CBC, who four years ago won Olympic silver in the men’s four,” added Beare. In late 2007, Williams ’96, retired from the National Rowing Team and provides expert commentary on rowing events.

New McLeese Chair looks forward to lively debates “Debating is alive and well at UCC, with boys getting the opportunity to learn the skills of debate as early as Grade 3,” says Carolyn Bennett, the new McLeese Chair of Canadian Debating. “The focus is to teach students how to develop, research and properly support their arguments, and to develop communication and speaking skills.” Bennett says that students have the chance to debate in classes, and can also participate in debating clubs at both the Prep and the Upper School. “Some recent debating topics have included terrorism, corporate responsibility, technology and Canadian foreign policy,” she says. “In an age of rapid technology the ability to process information and speak effectively are skills that need emphasis and practise. Through a generous grant from Willis S. McLeese (father of Rob McLeese ’71) debating is encouraged throughout UCC as well as in communities across the country.” OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

We believe…

Annual Report 2007–08 To view a complete version of the Annual Report, refer to under the “UCC Community” section.

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Message from the Board of Governors’ Chair

We believe there is more to a great education than simply books and tests. While my experience at Upper Canada College gave me the confidence and inspiration to dream of, and then pursue, a career in film and television, it also taught me to believe in myself, my capabilities and my potential. As a realist as well as a dreamer, I believe it is a critical time to demonstrate our collective belief in our students and their capabilities as they embrace a world of complexity and change. Our boys face a future in which technology and media reduce geographical distance, giving them a working familiarity with other cultures unfathomable even a decade ago. It will be a world in which environmental and political challenges will compel our boys to become engaged and connected members of both local and international communities. Tomorrow’s leaders and thinkers will be those equipped with the judgment and skills required to actively contribute to a world of diverse perspectives, cultures and backgrounds. As we teach our boys to navigate this changing world, the College plans to increase accessibility to UCC so that even more outstanding students, regardless of financial means, will receive an exceptional education. The cornerstone of the plan is an ambitious effort to greatly increase the level of financial assistance available, from a current level of approximately six per cent, to 20 per cent over the next decade. Equally exciting is the College’s renewed commitment to the revitalization of the boarding program which will see the development of an exemplary and focused residential program that will better meet the needs of outstanding boys drawn from across the country and around the world. Our belief in our students unites us as a community and drives us to offer our support to the school. This past year, the College was fortunate to have received more than $7 million in total donations. On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our donors for their generous gifts, for volunteering their time and talents, and for demonstrating their belief in, and commitment to, both the UCC educational experience and to our boys. — Michael MacMillan ’74

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Message from the Principal

In today’s world, memorization of facts and figures is no longer considered a central facet of a balanced education. While an encyclopedic memory may help at Jeopardy, we believe it is our mission to graduate students who possess strength of character and who are able to effectively navigate change while managing ambiguity. That is why UCC’s new Strategic Plan, announced in October 2007, placed a renewed focus on character development and integrity. Our goal is to graduate students who can grasp and analyze the scope of global challenges; students with emotional and practical intelligence; students with the skills required to respond and adapt to a world in flux. In essence, we aim to support the development of young men who demonstrate sound intellect, personal integrity and a deeper understanding of, and compassion for, the world in which we live. Global and community outreach work continues to play a central part in our efforts to produce world citizens equipped with the skills required to problem solve tomorrow’s dilemmas. Indeed, over the past year, UCC students have tested their mettle by connecting with communities both locally and globally. Highlights from the past year include: • A children’s book drive, held at the Prep, by Form 1 students in October 2008. Books collected were then shipped to a YMCA in Liberia. • An excursion made by eight Upper School students to one of the poorest regions of Mexico where they helped to build village cabanas. In addition, 21 students spent March Break in the Amazon, helping to build a school. • The continued evolution of the Horizons’ Program saw more than 100 gifted inner-city students spend two weeks with its new media studies program, test-driving and developing programs for sturdy, child-friendly laptop computers, some of which were shipped for use in developing world classrooms. So, we have a lot to feel good about. However, sitting on our laurels is not our way. We are always striving to improve UCC, and I’m confident this coming year will be an even better one. While these initiatives broaden students’ perspectives outside the classroom, the new Strategic Plan also aims to widen the scope of student experience closer to home. In an effort to offer “big school” opportunities in a “small school environment,” UCC will continue to expand and enhance its programs and facilities. The entire UCC community will benefit from the newly-opened double-pad William P. Wilder Arena & Sports Complex, while students will enjoy more “small school” experiences with the introduction of smaller, seminar-style classes that have been designed to address the learning needs of different age groups. We are always looking to see how we can be better tomorrow. For our boys, focused on their school experience, tomorrow may seem worlds away. Through the dedicated efforts and support of teachers, parents, Old Boys and friends, we are able to arm our students with the skills they will need to engage and connect with an increasingly globalized world, regardless of the path they choose in the future. — Jim Power OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

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Upper Canada College Financial Statements

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Total Giving to the College by Constituency

Estates $417,363

Total: $7,885,598 Foundations $661,406

Governors $281,986 Current & Former Faculty & Staff $17,989 Corporations $2,395,000

Other $942,677 Parents, Parents of Alumni, Grandparents, Grandparents of Alumni $1,332,906

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Net assets, end of year

Total Giving to the College and the UCC Foundations (in Millions) 2003-04



New Commitments: . .$4,021 Receipted Gifts: . . . . .$6,398

New Commitments: . .$8,190 Receipted Gifts: . . . . .$4,620

New Commitments: . .$7,097 Receipted Gifts: . . . . .$7,885



New Commitments: . .$4,054 Receipted Gifts: . . . . .$3,921

New Commitments: . .$9,406 Receipted Gifts: . . . . .$7,310

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The Upper Canada College Foundation Financial Statements Balance Sheet As at June 30

2008 $

2007 $

Assets Cash and cash equivalents Investments, at market value Due from Upper Canada College









Liabilities and Fund Balances Liabilities Accrued charges



Total liabilities





Fund Balances General Fund Restricted Fund Endowment Fund

Total fund balances









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

2008 $

2007 $





Revenue Donations and bequests Investment income Transfers from Upper Canada College





Annual grant to Upper Canada College



Other grants to Upper Canada College



Administrative and general




Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses for the year Fund balances, beginning of year

Fund balances, end of year

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Old Boy ‘Best-in-Class’ Annual Fund Participation By Participation Non-Reunion Year

By Dollars Raised Non-Reunion Year




Amount Raised*

Class of 1933 . . . . . . . . . . .56%

Class of 1940 . . . . . .$2,983,768

Class of 1929 . . . . . . . . . . .50%

Class of 1974 . . . . . . .$281,913

Class of 1921 . . . . . . . . . . .50%

Class of 1969 . . . . . . .$218,940

Class of 1936 . . . . . . . . . . .43%

Class of 1957 . . . . . . .$216,247

Class of 1945 . . . . . . . . . . .33%

Class of 1989 . . . . . . .$193,572

Class of 1940 . . . . . . . . . . .32%

Class of 1970 . . . . . . .$157,250

Reunion Year

Reunion Year




Amount Raised*

Class of 1982 . . . . . . . . . . .25%

Class of 1982 . . . . . . . .$89,406

Class of 1987 . . . . . . . . . . .25%

Class of 1977 . . . . . . . .$54,885

Class of 1962 . . . . . . . . . . .23%

Class of 1962 . . . . . . . .$43,379

Class of 1972 . . . . . . . . . . .19%

Class of 1997 . . . . . . . .$36,352

Class of 1977 . . . . . . . . . . .17%

Class of 1987 . . . . . . . .$30,041

Class of 1967 . . . . . . . . . . . .9%

Class of 1972 . . . . . . . .$10,598

Where the Gifts Were Directed For the year ended June 30, 2008 Total Contributions to The UCC Foundation and the College. . . . $7,885,598 Contributions to the UCC Foundation

Contributions to the College



UCC Foundation Unrestricted Funds * $27,233 Endowed Programs $175,542

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Other $9,747

Endowed Prizes $3,418 General Endowment $1,350 Endowed Student Financial Assistance $1,279,676

Expendable Scholarships & Bursaries $290,696 Other $1,120,101

College Priority Fund $227,002 Facilities & Programs $4,750,833

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We believe… …in a vision of educational excellence that began over 175 years ago. Our definition of excellence is constantly evolving, yet the fundamentals remain. Our goal is to equip boys with the skills and values they will require — to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world — while also nurturing strong character development. This Annual Report reflects our community’s belief in the UCC experience. Each gift of time or financial support reveals a shared commitment to an educational experience that will help shape tomorrow’s thinkers, creators, dreamers and leaders. It is this collective belief that sustains the school’s vision and safeguards the College’s legacy. For this belief in our boys and their future, we thank you.

$6,388,632 $7,885,598

Total to the College Total to the Foundation and the College

Total Giving to the College by Type of Gift

Total Donors by Type of Gift

Other $156,074

Planned Gifts $750,652

Major Gifts $5,964,944

Major Gifts 51 Donors

Planned Gifts 7 Donors Annual Fund 1,422 Donors

Other 168 Donors

Annual Fund $1,013,928

Total: $7,885,598

Total: 1,648

(in thousands)

The Endowment Thank you to our donors for their generous support of the UCC Endowment.

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2002–03 2003–04

2004–05 2005–06

$29,959 $37,137



2006–07 2007–08



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Each issue of Old Times features an Old Boy who has made outstanding contributions to the College, the nation or to global causes. In this issue, writer Wendy Reid profiles such a man.

William Hyslop 1888, Canadian Bicycling Champion If alive today, William Hyslop would probably be a strong advocate for bicycle lanes on Toronto’s roads. More than a century ago, he was Canada’s fastest cyclist, competing internationally against his rivals while selling bikes and operating a bike racing team through his family’s successful Toronto store. Toronto in the late 1800s looked much different; bicycles were a primary mode of transportation and the model of choice for discerning Torontonians may have been from Hyslop Brothers. Owned by William Hyslop Sr., a Scottish immigrant who came to Canada in 1868, the downtown bicycle store provided his son with a base from which to participate in competitive bicycling. Enthusiastic about all sports, Hyslop was an avid competitive swimmer at UCC. During the mid-1880s, Hyslop Sr. operated a successful dry goods and clothing business on Front Street. Several years later, he returned from a buying trip to Europe with a bicycle kit from England. The store began selling bicycles and his son’s love of riding began. Hyslop joined the Toronto Bicycle Club in 1891 where he launched his racing career, competing against other local clubs. Before long, he was drawing crowds of enthusiastic onlookers at locales such as Hanlan’s Point where he competed in quarterand half-mile bicycling competitions. With the number of successful races mounting, Hyslop earned the title of Canadian Bicycling Champion in 1892. As a result of his celebrity, rivalries developed, none more intense than between Hyslop and Arthur “Zimmy” Zimmerman of the New Jersey Bicycling Club. In August 1893, Hyslop travelled to Chicago for the World’s Fair and competed for Canada against seven countries in the International Bicycle Race. He placed fifth, behind first-place winner and rival, Zimmerman. The following year, Hyslop trained and travelled, to Georgia and closer to home, Syracuse, Sarnia and Winnipeg. Newspapers chronicled

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his achievements and reported that he continued to break Canadian bicycling records. After marrying, Hyslop set off on a six-month trip to Europe to attend bicycle meets and to purchase bicycle kits for assembly in the family’s store. In 1895, after several highly successful years of competition, he retired and joined the family business. His passion was channelled into the store, now renamed Hyslop, Son and McBurney. While no longer racing, Hyslop continued to judge or be a timekeeper at local races. Now boasting its own racing team, the store advertised a riding academy and, in the same year, the Hyslops published a bicycling song entitled “Blooming on the White Rimmed Wheel.” The store imported bicycles that were shipped in by train, assembled at the store’s 209-211 Yonge Street location, and sold by the thousands, with many supplied to bicycling clubs across Canada. Hyslop sold bicycles into the 1890s and, with his father’s retirement in 1898, took over the business and changed the store name to Hyslop Brothers. In 1902, demonstrating tremendous foresight and entrepreneurial vision, Hyslop also opened Toronto’s first Cadillac showroom at the corner of Shuter and Victoria Streets. While car sales increased, the demand for bicycles remained strong. The Hyslops exhibited their wares annually at the Canadian National Exhibition and bid for the government contract to supply the Canadian Regiment with bicycles during the First World War. With bicycles a secondary focus, the Hyslops expanded their automobile offerings to include Oldsmobile and the French-manufactured Darracq. In 1919, Hyslop, like millions worldwide, succumbed to the influenza pandemic. The business was sold and while the store and dealership no longer exist, it’s testament to Hyslop’s drive, commitment and passion for both racing and business that Hyslop Brothers holds a place today in Toronto cycling history.


Backstage Pass

Ali Merali ’02 dropped everything to join Obama’s campaign.

Two Old Boys hit the ground running to deliver Barack Obama to the White House. As his event planners, the presidency relied on precise timing. By John Carson Barack Obama made history on November 4, 2008, when he was elected as the first African-American president of the United States. It was especially memorable for two Old Boys who made sure Obama’s schedule ran without a hitch. Jean-Michel Picher ’92: Career changes usually happen later in life. But Jean-Michel Picher ’92 couldn’t keep away from the adrenaline-spiking rush of election politics. Picher had been involved in previous American political campaigns, including John Kerry’s 1996 Senate campaign. That venture led him to a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., then to law and business school at the University of Western Ontario — but politics came calling again. “In 2002, when John Kerry said he was running for president, I reassimalated myself into his world,” says Picher. “I was planning and executing his events, whether it was for a small town hall, a conference or


rally. I was leading the sites, so if anything was going on in that particular location, it would be my responsibility.” Picher then came home to Canada, working first for Paul Martin, then helping to run Ken Dryden’s Liberal leadership campaign. “Organizing large-scale events isn’t something I came to via schooling or anything — it’s all been by experience,” he says. “When the Obama campaign started I just knew I wanted to be a part of it.” For the Obama campaign, Picher moved from sitespecific work to organizing trip stops. So, if Obama went to a town for an event, Picher would oversee his entire trip team at that point — anywhere from five to 15 people. “I was the lead for the New Hampshire leg of Obama’s announcement tour in 2007,” says Picher. “We did a stop at a diner and at a house party where people had the chance to talk to political and opinion leaders.

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And there was a big town hall meeting at the University of New Hampshire for 3,000.” The usual drill was this: Picher and his team arrived at a location with a lead time of four to five days, then spoke to headquarters to get a sense of what the stop hoped to accomplish. “I was responsible for some of the program in Chicago for election night and the backstage movements of the Biden family. That was great!” he says. “I think everyone has a sense of what Obama is like as a person,” says Picher. “The guy you see on camera is very much the guy I experienced. I think the only difference is, when he’s not at the podium, he’s very relaxed, likes to deal with people and keep it fun. “He’s a very disciplined and aware individual. Very gracious. He would go out of his way to express thanks or to shake hands with a janitor.” At press time, Picher was already working on the plans for Obama’s January inauguration: “I am deputy director of ceremonies and events; ultimately I am responsible for executing the Sunday events prior to inauguration which include the large opening-ceremony concert at the Lincoln Memorial,” he says. “There will be several hundred thousand people in attendance and a lot of A-list talent.” So, what’s next for this Old Boy? What can top the Obama experience? “These transitions take a little time, so the question is whether an appropriate opportunity will open up to me down here with the administration,” he explains. “If not, I have a great home in Toronto and hope to put my legal and business training to work there. “Of course, it would also be a real treat to be involved in a potential Canadian visit by President Obama!” Ali Merali ’02: Sometimes a last-minute decision can change your whole life’s journey. Ali Merali ’02 was in India working with a non-profit when he initially got a call from a fellow Cornell University alumnus, urging him to volunteer for Obama’s campaign. “It was an interesting toss-up as I had the huge opportunity to join the campaign as a volunteer, but I had to leave my job,” explains Merali. “I decided to do that, specifically because I liked what Obama stood for so much, and it would be a great learning experience.” Merali started out in Philadelphia in March 2008 with the field team for the Primaries — they were responsible for reaching out to voters via telephone, information pamphlets and rallies. As field organizer, he determined how people would be approached. “Each group would be knocking on 50 to 100 doors every time they went out,” says Merali. In April he became a member of the campaign staff and worked with the National Finance Team in Chicago

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to raise money. The strategy was similar to the field approach: strengthen the grassroots support. “It’s not until you get to that point that you realize how much the Obama team concentrated on getting everyone involved — bringing in a lot of mostly small donations as opposed to the larger ones,” he recalls. “We were also extraordinarily busy doing the high-end fundraisers; the maximum being $2,300 per person for the Primaries.” In July he got sent to Toronto as the director of the Americans Abroad Canada program to help Obama’s half-sister Maya set up fundraisers. (Maya’s husband is originally from Ontario.) “We had a lot of Canadians asking, ‘Can we please attend? Can we please donate?’ I had to politely explain it was only for Americans!” says Merali. The next step was as deputy director of transporta-

“The guy you see on camera is very much the guy I experienced.” tion for the Democratic National Conventional Committee in Denver, Colo. “There were 400 volunteers, 150 vehicles, and we had to transport everyone you could imagine; as well as campaign staff, people like [former U.S. secretary of state] Madeline Albright and [singer] Mary J. Blige,” he says. Merali was responsible for the motorcade duty. The minute Obama’s plane touched the ground, all his transportation became Merali’s responsibility. “If he wanted to go to the gym at 6 a.m. we had to be there two hours before to ‘sweep’ his car.” The Old Boy met Obama for the first time when Obama addressed campaign staff at headquarters. “You’re surrounded by the smartest people around,” he says. “Age wasn’t an issue; most of Obama’s campaign was run by people under 35 who were brilliant at what they did.” Merali has this message specifically for Old Times readers: “One of the most important reasons I joined this campaign wasn’t to get involved in U.S. politics — it was more about the ideal of governance, the diplomacy that Obama continued to talk about, the call for dialogue, the cause of fighting with education as opposed to ammunition, and being involved in a movement that really can make a difference.”


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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.

Jonathon Sherman ’02

AskThe new owner and CEO of Steelback Brewery, Sherman relaunched the Tiverton, Ont. company as a premium craft brewery in May 2008. With a five-beer offering, Steelback has won eight major awards.

Q: We know about pairing wine with food, but how do you pair beer with food — other than nachos and chicken wings?

“Don’t rule out serving dessert with beer. Dark beer and chocolate cake is a great combo.”


Photo: Steelback Brewery


There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a beer with nachos or chicken wings, but beer can be paired with any food. Unlike the wine crowd however, the beer crowd is more easygoing about its pairings. If I see a guy in a restaurant and I notice his beer, I’m never going to say to myself, “Oh my God, what is he doing drinking that beer with that meal?” It’s really about what you like. Don’t get hung up that only certain beers go with certain foods. Experiment. The big thing to keep in mind is that the beer should not dominate the food. Think about wine pairing. It’s accepted that white wine goes with chicken and red goes with steak. It’s pretty much the same with beer. Light coloured beers taste lighter than dark coloured beers. There’s no big mystery to figure out. Lagers are the most popular beers in Canada and they go with a variety of foods. From pizza to spicy ethic dishes they are a great choice because they’re clean tasting, with no bitter aftertaste. Mellow, they don’t interfere with food. So for a light cream pasta dish, choose a light coloured beer such as a lager. If steak is on the menu, a darker beer is the way to go. It’s more complex and has more of an aftertaste. With dark beer, different people taste different ingredients. Some people taste the vanilla, others taste coffee or caramel. It depends on your palette. If you were to serve a dark beer with a spicy dish, you may not taste the beer’s complexity, because the food would already be jumping around on your taste buds. But serve a dark beer with steak and you have a good pairing. Don’t rule out serving dessert with beer. Dark beer and chocolate cake is a great combo. They’re two big flavours

that work surprisingly well together. Honey-brown beer is also a dessert beer because it has a sweet taste. For our honey-brown beer we add real honey from a local bee farmer at the end of the filtering process. We don’t use preservatives; that’s something you want to make sure you look for. Don’t choose beers that use a lot of sugar, preservatives or additives because it will affect the taste of the beer and you’re more likely to feel it the next day. Our bodies process natural products more easily, so go natural with your beer. And remember that you don’t have to serve each person a bottle of beer. You can offer them a taste in a glass. If I’m doing a beer tasting, I start with the lighter beers and progress to the darker beers because they taste stronger. Some people avoid beer because they think it’s fattening. I think beer has received a bad rap. Moderation is key. Don’t drink too much and don’t drink beer only with nachos and chicken wings. That’s more likely to lead to a big belly. The hardest part of pairing beer and food might be introducing the idea to friends. Not everyone thinks beer is right for a dinner party, but you can change attitudes by offering a choice. I like to bring a few of my favourite beers with me when I’m invited to someone’s house. You don’t show up at someone’s house with a case of wine, so don’t show up with a 2-4 of beer under your arm. Show up with a six pack.

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Photo: Caley Taylor

Yale Fox ’03

Ask The author of a research paper, “Inside the DJ Booth: How Strategic Track Selection Can Enhance Experience, Foster Loyalty and Boost Profits,” Fox is working on his master’s degree in sociology at the University of Toronto. A working DJ, he is also director of research and a partner at Obladi Research, which studies the variables that affect drinking behaviour in nightclubs.

Q: How do I pick party tunes to ensure a fun and lively party?


To keep your party going, pick your playlist in advance. You don’t want to be in the middle of your party when suddenly the dancing stops and everyone is staring at you while you fiddle with your iPod. Pick a format for your songs and make sure you have enough. When I DJ at a night club, I can go through 500 tracks, because we don’t play entire songs. We mix tracks because the crowd is young and they only want to hear the chorus. For a party playlist though, you play the entire song. Keep in mind, a work party is different than a “frat kegger.” Young partiers like a mix of songs, but crowds over 30 usually like to hear an entire song. They might lose their minds having to listen to so many songs in a short period of time. For a party, you’ll need between 150 and 200 songs. Not everyone shares your musical taste. It doesn’t matter if you play new or old music. The important thing is to keep mixing up the genres; you keep the crowd happy and the dancers rotating through the night. When people arrive at a club or party they have what I call “first drink syndrome.” It’s a compelling urge to obtain that first drink and it doesn’t matter what music is playing. Once they have a drink, the music can make people comfortable. Start with up-tempo music to set the mood, like “Womanizer” by Britney Spears. It’s good to play music that’s familiar to your crowd.

For the middle, I like to play clubby stuff such as “Disturbia” by Rihanna. You want music that gets people up dancing and singing. I might play tracks that are 125 beats per minute versus the 75 beats per minute of slower music. There is software available for the iPod that allows you organize your music by beats per minute. Or you can go the low-tech route — use your ears. Play faster tempo music. You also want to gender balance the tracks you’re playing. Guys aren’t likely to dance to Beyoncé, but they will hit the dance floor for Akon, who sings in a higher register and is not sexually challenging. When your party is in full swing, mix it up. Play many different genres. I might play a lineup that starts with the reggae duo, Chaka Demus & Pliers’ song “Murder She Wrote,” followed by Motown legends Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s classic “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” and then pop-rock newcomer Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.” Play anything recognizable, but mix it up. Watch your crowd to see if they’re having a good time. Don’t worry if one or two people are staring at the ground. Ignore them and watch the larger crowd. If your party has various ages, don’t worry about the younger crowd. You’d be surprised how many know older music from their parents. They may not know the artists, but they will know the words to many songs. To wrap up the party, play slower music. If you’ve taken the crowd for a ride all night you don’t want to just dump them by playing something cheesy. It’s better to mellow it out with R&B tracks like Alicia Keys’s “Karma” and Lemar’s “50/50.” Both interviews by Karen Hammond, a Toronto-based freelance writer.

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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 lifelong 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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Older Just Got


Thanks to Zen Home Care and one young man’s special calling, the elderly and disabled have a friend in Guillaume Tremblay ’03. or Guillaume Tremblay ’03 the start of his “caregiving journey” as he half-jokingly describes it, began in his second year of McGill University’s nursing program. He had picked up a part-time job helping a Montreal senior who’d suffered a stroke. Tremblay met the man through a nursing school volunteer program. When the program ended, the senior asked Tremblay to stay on, for pay. He eagerly accepted. “I took him swimming, for a drive to get a haircut, tried to get him to exercise,” says Tremblay. “It occurred to me then, that I had a knack for making people feel comfortable and well taken care of.” Hence the seeds of his current business venture were sown. Launched this past fall, Zen Home Care in Toronto provides non-medical, in-home services for seniors, disabled people and convalescents. These services include shopping, driving, assisting with personal hygiene, doing laundry and meal preparation. The company takes its name from the Japanese word for “peace of mind,” says Tremblay. Zen Home Care is a unique provider of 24-hour care and live-in help, if needed. As of mid-December 2008, the fledgling business had eight caregivers and five clients. Tremblay is aiming high, however, and hopes to hire 20 more staff and attract anywhere from 100–200 clients in the near future. “I saw there was a growing need for caring services at home,” says Tremblay. “I also wanted to be in a position where I could manage other caregivers. I like the idea of creating a business environment that makes caregivers feel they are part of something, that their work is appreciated and noble.” Tremblay attended UCC from 2001–03: “I was a boarder. I came from Montreal. I decided to come to UCC [because of its reputation for] academic excellence and its wonderful sports program.” At UCC, Tremblay played varsity hockey, football and rugby, and did some tutoring and team coaching. As a senior, he was one of a handful of older students placed among younger students in residence, to help the latter adjust to boarding school life.


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Tremblay credits a UCC resident don who was “a bit of a grassroots kind of guy” for broadening his social consciousness. He fondly recalls a friend from the UCC cafeteria staff who provided him with thought-provoking literature. After finishing at UCC, Tremblay attended McGill University. While backpacking through India in the summer of 2006, he deepened his interest in Zen meditation and yoga. Tremblay’s compassionate nature led him to major in nursing. He graduated from McGill in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. That summer, Tremblay took a job as a Registered Nurse (RN) at Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto and as a resident don at UCC. Tremblay launched Zen Home Care with money he earned from these two jobs. A week before launching Zen Home Care, Tremblay got married. His wife is currently finishing her nursing degree and is pregnant with their first child. Tremblay says he tries to live “a very peaceful life” in accordance with Zen principles and he meditates daily. For all his interest in nurturing people, there is a pragmatic side to Tremblay as well. He says UCC was a great learning experience for a budding entrepreneur. “Being at UCC, you’re exposed to a lot of successful business people,” he notes. Like any good businessman, Tremblay recognizes the importance of boosting his bottom line. To this end, he’s been putting together a presentation for seniors’ centres, churches and retirement homes on the topic of “The Art of Aging.” These presentations will “include information on nutrition, exercise, mental and emotional well-being as it pertains to the elderly,” explains Tremblay. “At the end I talk about Zen Home Care and its services.” Services provided by an Old Boy with an eye for business and a passion for helping others.

Photo: Zuzana Hahn

By Nate Hendley

Guillaume Tremblay demonstrates the art of “juicing.”

Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based freelance writer.




Justin Klein ’97 with bride, Amy.

Charles Park ’95 with bride, Eileen.


MARRIAGES BARBER ’97 — on June 21, 2008, Robert Barber to Sarah Lind. KLEIN ’92 — on July 26, 2008, in Woodstock, Ont., George Klein to Karolina Rusinowski. KLEIN ’97 — on August 31, 2008, in Toronto, Justin Klein to Amy Lichtman. LINTON ’98 — on September 13, 2008, in Toronto, Matt Linton to Stefanie Ince. MICHENER ’94 — on January 10, 2009, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Greg Michener to Carolina Soares Porto Fonseca. (See photo of guests, p. 47.) PARK ’95 — on October 26, 2008, Charles Park to Eileen Lee. TREMBLAY ’03 — on October 4, 2008, Guillaume Tremblay to Amy Grant. (See article p. 37.) BIRTHS CONACHER ’89 — twin sons, Brian (Bobby) Robert and Davis Lionel, to Sean and Caroline Conacher. DORNAN ’83 — a daughter, Marley Isabella, to Anthony (Tony) and Kirsten Dornan. EATON ’82 — a son, William, on May 7, 2008, to Fredrik and Christina Eaton. FURNESS ’86 — a son, David Anthony, on July 26, 2008, to Colin and Amy Furness. GIGGS ’83 — a daughter, Mathilde, on October 27, 2008, to Simon Giggs and Hanne Jakobsen-Giggs. GREER ’94 — a daughter, Julia Shaughnessy, on September 26, 2008, to

Jonathan and Valerie Greer. HWANG ’96 — a daughter, Leah Yeh Eun, on June 28, 2008, to Jason and Sooyoung Hwang. KAWAJA ’95 — on August 19, 2008, a son, Quinn Warren, to Chris Kawaja and Michelle Hageman. KAWAJA ’94 — on October 2, 2008, a daughter, Grace, to Steve and Jennifer Kawaja.

THOMPSON ’88 — a son, Brodie Robert, on February 22, 2008, to John and Tara Thompson. TZEMBELIKOS ’97 — a daughter, Eve Sassa Lea, on October 2, 2008, to Dean Tzembelikos and Katrin Hannusch. WHITE ’90 — a daughter, Grace Sofia, on February 20, 2008, to Michael and

(l-r) Steve Kawaja ’94 shares time with daughters, Grace, five weeks, and Sadie, 2, brother, Chris ’95 and his son, Quinn, three months, and brother, Andrew ’92 with his son, Luke, five months.

McKECHNIE ’93 — a daughter, Evelyn Margaret Grace, on July 13, 2008, to Dave McKechnie and Catherine Maule. MERCHANT ’93 — a daughter, Ishani, on December 2, 2008, to Niral and Shefali Raja Merchant. MESBUR ’92 — a son, Issa Justin Paul, on November 21, 2008, to James Mesbur and Emi Yamanashi. SONSHINE ’93 — a son, Benjamin, on April 12, 2008, to Daniel and Shelley Sonshine. TANG ’91 — a daughter, Rylyn, on January 7, 2009, to Peter and Joyce Tang.

Annette White. ZACKHEIM ’99 — a son, Jacob Isaiah, on January 6, 2008, to Michael and Lisa Zackheim.

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PASSINGS ANDERSON ’62 — at Kananaskis, Alta., on June 21, 2008, Ian S. Anderson, brother of R. James (Jamie) Anderson ’72. CALVERT ’64 — at Toronto, on May 2, 2008, James E. Calvert. CARNEGIE ’49 — on July 23, 2008, Thomas J. Carnegie. CHISHOLM ’56 — at Muskoka, Ont., on September 1, 2008, Timothy A. Chisholm, brother of Ronald (Ron) Chisholm ’49 and Peter Chisholm ’53, uncle of Steven Chisholm ’76, David Chisholm ’89 and Andrew (Andy) Chisholm ’77, greatuncle of Geoffrey Chisholm ’08. FIELD ’40 — at Southampton, Ont., on September 7, 2008, Arthur E. Field. FISHER ’62 — at Toronto, on August 16, 2008, Peter J. Fisher, brother of Hugh A. Fisher ’67. GARTSHORE ’43 — at Toronto, on September 13, 2008, John A.H. Gartshore. GIFFORD ’36 — at Kingston, Ont., on May 31, 2007, John M. Gifford. GOODERHAM ’44 — at Toronto, on February 4, 2008, Peter S. Gooderham, grandfather of Charles G. Nadherny ’02. GORMAN ’57 — at Toronto, on November 8, 2008, Michael F.J. Gorman. HEINTZMAN ’41 — at Toronto, on November 16, 2008, William Douglas Heintzman, father of Timothy Heintzman ’67 and Jeffrey Heintzman ’69. HUBBS ’49 — at Toronto, on November 24, 2008, Robert (Bob) Allen Hubbs. JARVIS ’40 — at Toronto, on OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

October 29, 2008, Arthur (John) Mountain Jarvis, grandfather of Brent Sharpless ’00 and Stephen Sharpless ’02. JORDAN ’38 — at Huntsville, Ont., on June 8, 2008, James Jordan ’38. LEWIS ’51 — on June 13, 2008, Frederick (Aird) Lewis. MANNING ’40 — at Winnipeg, Man. on July 7, 2008, H.W.B. (Barry) Manning. PROWSE ’45 — at Toronto, on August 2, 2008, Edward (Ted) Prowse. SHIRRIFF ’40 — at Toronto, on October 24, 2008, William David Shirriff, father of William (Bill) C. Shirriff ’69, grandfather of David Shaw ’98, Christopher (Kip) Shaw ’99, Stephen Shaw ’01 and Nicholas Shaw 2009, and uncle of David Reid ’67. SIMPSON ’42 — at Toronto, on September 19, 2008, Peter Lewis Simpson. SUTHERLAND ’81 — at Barrie, Ont., on November 27, 2008, Douglas S. Sutherland, brother of Stephen Sutherland ’78. TUCK ’56 — at Toronto, on November 10, 2008, Douglas (Doug) Keith Tuck. TUCKER ’43 — at Ottawa, on May 1, 2008, John B. Tucker. TURNBULL ’38 — at Orangeville, Ont., on September 14, 2008, Kenneth Turnbull. TYRRELL ’44 — on Jan. 18, 2009, Joseph M. Tyrrell. WALLACE ’58 — at Toronto, on August 17, 2008, Malcolm Barton Wallace. WEIGHTMAN ’36 — at Watlington, U.K., on August 3, 2008, Kenneth K. Weightman.

WHITE ’21 — at Lake of Bays, Ont., on May 4, 2008, Paul Sanson White Sr. WOOD ’01 — at Toronto, on November 30, 2008, John David Wood, brother of James Wood ’04.

Edward Samuel (Ted) Rogers ’51 (1933–2008) The UCC flag was at half-mast following the news that Canadian broadcasting lost one of its founding giants with the passing of Edward Samuel (Ted) Rogers ’51, at age 75. He died at his Toronto home, surrounded by loved ones. Rogers attended UCC from 1941–51. He was a member of Seaton’s and then McHugh’s House and was active in the Travel, Radio, Current Events, and Commerce & Finance clubs. His stepfather John Graham ’30 was a pivotal influence on Rogers after his father died. In fact, the beginnings of Rogers’ empire may have started at UCC. As he said at Founder’s Dinner 2000: “In my case, the seeds of Rogers Cable were born here when I was in boarding at Seaton’s House. Television was just beginning, but there was no TV reception for the boarders. So I snuck up to the roof and installed a TV antenna pointing at Buffalo and installed wires down the side of the building to my room. “One of these was on a pulley — so from my room at night, I could pull up the antenna — and then later, after watching the television with other fellow boarders, I would let it slide back flat across the roof so it wouldn't be seen during the daytime. “All good things come to an end, Ted Rogers as he appeared in and subsequently, in an ice storm, Old Times in 1988. the pulley got stuck — and the whole apparatus went crashing through the junior Housemaster’s window when he was reading at his desk,” he said. While at UCC, Rogers won the Wallace Rankin Nesbitt Cup for Extempore Speaking (1951) and the UCC Prize for Public Speaking (1947). He was a member of the 1947 Seaton’s boxing team as well as the 1947 combined Wedd’s & Seaton’s junior rugby team. At the Prep in 1946, he was a boxing team finalist. Rogers was made an honorary trustee of UCC’s Foundation in 1994 and a UCC Fellow in 2003.



G r a c i o u s

BIG SPIRIT on Campus A UCC teacher leaves behind a scholarship, a variety show, a pair of trees and a legacy of learning. By Nate Hendley n early January 2007, John Thomas — a UCC history teacher, football coach and sports buff — penned a note for friends and family. Thomas explained, matter-of-fact, that he was dying of cancer. He detailed his medical condition, gave thanks to loved ones then offered a largely upbeat commentary about his life and existence in general. “I have a choice now. Shall I be critical of life or shall I celebrate it?” wrote Thomas. Thomas chose the second path, and informed readers he didn’t want a memorial service. Instead, he requested that “an oldfashioned variety show” be held in his honour, “when the time is right and laughter comes easily … it will be at UCC: an afternoon or evening of stories, of merriment and music,” added Thomas. Thomas died on March 14, 2007, from cancer of the neck and tongue. Two months later, the variety show he spoke of in his farewell letter was held at UCC. It featured songs, skits and testimonials from people who’d known Thomas throughout his remarkable life. Thomas left behind funds to pay for the show and for a party afterwards. He bequeathed the bulk of his estate to UCC to endow a scholarship for a day student. Thomas also asked that a tree be planted in his memory on campus. It was an elegant finale for a distinguished teacher. “John was ‘old school,’” notes David Shaw, a fellow UCC teacher, football coach and close friend. “He would have been very comfortable in the 1940s, with his sensibility and how he treated people. He really cared about being a gentleman.” Thomas was born March 30, 1951, in Toronto. His mother Clara Thomas was a renowned English professor at York University. His father Morley Thomas worked for the Meteorological Service of Canada. “We were a sports-minded family,” recalls Morley Thomas, who says his son played hockey, football and baseball. “We had



Toronto Varsity football season tickets for over 50 years. John began going when he was very small and regularly saw all of Toronto’s games for decades.” Watching football games was a habit Thomas maintained for his entire life. He also forged close ties with Camp Kandalore, a summer camp where he worked at as a counsellor in his teens. “Thomas was an excellent teacher, who could talk about municipal Ontario politics in the 1880s, and make it sound interesting,” says Shaw. Before final exams, Thomas would show his students a video of a 1992 college basketball game between Duke and Kentucky, in which the former scored an improbable basket in the dying seconds to win by one point. To reinforce the point Thomas would write on his chalkboard “never, never, never give up,” recalls Shaw. Thomas also put his energy into coaching football at UCC, and was delighted when his Varsity squad won the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association championships in 2005. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with cancer. Thomas continued to teach and coach until December 2006. The scholarship Thomas established will pay the school fees of a day student who has shown leadership, academic ability, financial need and a love of football. This spring, two trees will be planted in Thomas’s memory — a white oak (paid for by UCC faculty, staff and friends of the College) and a white pine (donated by the Leaving Class of 2007). Both will likely be planted close to the football field, as per Thomas’s request. “It’s like his spirit is really strong, because I think about him all the time,” says Shaw. “In the fall I would look at a tree, and I could just picture him, walking across [campus]. I could see his lope and everything. He was just one of these guys who was very unassuming, who would never impose his viewpoint on you, but has a very powerful legacy.”

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R e m e m b e r

Receiving a Bronze Medallion is a rite of passage for many a student lifeguard. But did you know 18 UCC students were the first Canadians to receive the award in 1896 — more than one century ago?

By John Carson Cochrane also taught himself to become an CC was the birthplace of and incubator for excellent swimmer and diver and “imparted much the Lifesaving Society in Canada. The of his skill to the boys.” school remains an Affiliate Member of the However, he thought that his students needed Society. Today, more than seven million Canadians more motivation to excel physically. In June 1895 he have come to hold the Lifesaving Society’s awards. established a UCC branch of the Royal Lifesaving Here’s how it happened. Society called the “Upper Canada Life Saving Corps.” In 1894, Arthur Lewis (A.L.) Cochrane, the UCC Bursar Arnold Morphy 1883, was recruited “Honorary Representative” of the Lifesaving by Cochrane to help form the first official provincial Society, founded in London, U.K., three years earbranch of the society in Canada, in December 1908. lier, arrived at UCC as a temporary drill instructor. Morphy became the first president; Cochrane was In 1896, the UCC pool (then the “swimming the second. bath”) produced the first Bronze Medallion As well as teaching gymnastics and swimming, Awards in this country. Cochrane also trained his students to box. When he The first nine Old Boys to receive those arrived at UCC, he began to train a group of students awards were John Creelman 1900, Albert Gillespie Former UCC teacher A.L. Cochrane is the godfather and in 1896 he organized the first boxing tournament 1896, William Jackson 1899, Alan MacDougall of Canadian lifesaving. ever held at the College. 1896, Alex Peaslee 1899, Arthur Rigby 1896, Cochrane’s and Morphy’s portraits hang in the society’s James Roaf 1897, John Rogers 1900 and Edwin Thomas 1898. Ontario office in Cochrane Hall. Cochrane’s gold pocket watch The Society records that, when Cochrane arrived, UCC did adorns the wall of its national office in Ottawa as the society’s not have a physical education instructor. UCC built a new gym in “official timepiece.” 1891 and Cochrane was asked to supervise all gym activities — The society will convene its centennial annual general despite the fact he had no formal training. When he accepted the meeting at Toronto City Hall, March 27, 2009, and the following job, his first step was to purchase several textbooks so that he night will celebrate its centennial anniversary gala at the could have some theoretical knowledge. Arcadian Court in Toronto. He also spent long evenings at the school practising gymnasEditor’s Note: Thanks to Adrian Herscovici and Ed Bean tic stunts because, as a teacher, he would never let a boy try a from the Lifesaving Society in Toronto for assistance with stunt that he himself could not perform. this article.


New UCC video documents 50th anniversary of old school’s demolition 2008 marked the 50th anniversary of the demolition of the Upper School’s main building, erected in 1891. A video documenting the demolition is now posted in the media gallery at and was also shown to Old Boys at the 50-Year Reunion Luncheon on Sept. 27, 2008 at Association Day. (To read more about this milestone in UCC’s history, check page 39 of the Winter/Spring 2008 issue of Old Times.) As well, you can now view more of UCC’s archival treasures online under the “Discover UCC/Archives & History” tag. Until now, only those passing through the building would be able to take a peek at them. However, by digitizing a sampling of what’s on display, the Archives are able to bring these remarkable materials to our greater community.

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Comings & Goings

NEW EMPLOYEES & INTERNAL CHANGES Hugo Castrillon — database systems manager. John-Paul Cavalluzzo — history and geography teacher at the Prep, replacing Richard Vien. Meg Davies — Prep co-ordinator, Wernham West Centre for Learning, replacing Susan Elliott on leave. Carly Ely — manager of donor relations, Advancement. Bina Evans — math teacher, Upper School, returns from maternity leave. Paul Faggion — 4F Form Master replacing Jennifer Harper on maternity leave. Lorraine Fernandez — executive assistant to Jim Power, Upper School. Keith Fleming — returns as French teacher, Upper School. Amanda Guilfoyle — returns from maternity leave to SK Form teacher. Suzanne Heft — director of Advancement, is appointed executive director of Advancement. Amy Hewson — administrative assistant, Prep, replacing Crystal Arruda, on maternity leave. Jeff Hill ’98 — English teacher, Upper School. Kim Hotson — phys-ed teacher, Prep, replacing Paul Faggion. Lara Jensen — PYP co-ordinator and senior admission counsellor, replacing Dianne Jojic — on maternity leave. Smriti Kapoor — manager of annual giving, Advancement Office. Peter Labancz — Form 5 teacher replacing Jill Alexander on leave. Patti MacNicol — vice-principal, finance, is appointed chief administrative officer. Marilyn McMonagle — attendance administrator, Upper School. Brendan Munhall — residential assistant, Upper School. Mike Musiychuk — director of security, stationed by Intercon Security at UCC. Rob Mutiger — network administrator. Johnny Nunez — residential assistant, Upper School. Alex Roberts — teaching assistant, Forms 1 and 2, Prep, replacing Catherine Carrick on maternity leave. Katie Sawatsky — from Prep receptionist to administrative assistant, Office ofAdmission.


Sherry Simpson — from part-time Prep receptionist to full-time Prep receptionist. Jill Stewart — moves from director of Primary to Prep French. Bonnie Wace — part-time receptionist, Prep.

counsellor and PYP coordinator and husband, Derek Rutherford, welcomed daughter Isla in November 2008. Kinnear — Julia Kinnear and husband Ross Harwell welcomed daughter Georgie


on September 5, 2008.

Len Bates — director of human

nurse, and husband, David, welcomed twin

resources, has left to pursue a new

girls, Honor and Anouk, on Hallowe’en 2008.

Peacock — Avia Peacock, Upper School

consulting venture. Monifa Colthurst — admissions administrative assistant at the Prep, has left to pursue a career in communications. Julia Drake — director of communications, is the new director of communications and marketing at Branksome Hall. Robyn Gertzbein — attendance adminis-

Honor and Anouk Peacock

trator, Upper School. Julia Rhodes — executive assistant to

Roughneen — Mari Roughneem, librarian,

Principal Jim Power.

Macintosh Library, and husband, Greg

Rick Vien — history and geography

Tessaro, welcomed daughter Isabel Maura,

teacher, Prep, is teaching history and

January 30, 2009.

philosophy at Country Day School.

BIRTHS Arruda — Crystal Arruda, administrative assistant, Prep, and husband, Roberto, welcomed daughter Divya Grace on October 20, 2008. Crippin — Carly Crippin, Primary

Mari Roughneem with husband Greg and daughter Isabel Maura

teacher, and Michael Mirkovich, Upper School math teacher, welcomed their

Sharpe — Science teacher Tom Sharpe

second child, Diana Madelaine,

and Math Department Head Sarah Barclay

July 23, 2008. Denstedt — Terry Denstedt, Upper School geography teacher and wife, Stephanie, welcomed son Shea, January 14, 2009.

welcomed their first child, Alexander, on

Grey — Peter Grey, Prep teacher and

comed their first child, Patrick Eugenio

Hilary McKinley welcomed Thomas

Howard, on August 8, 2008.

June 13, 2008. Sturino — Upper School phys-ed teacher Mario Sturino and his wife, Kelly, wel-

Joseph, December 12, 2008. Jojic — Dianne Jojic, senior admission

Isla Jojic

PASSINGS Simpson — at Toronto, on August 26, 2008, Walter (Tom) Thomas Simpson. Upper Canada College former staff member (1979–2004). He was the Prep’s superintendant and then worked in facilities and the physical plant at the Upper School. OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

New Executive Director of Recruitment to promote UCC’s boarding program

One of the bittersweet tasks UCC principals regularly face is bidding farewell to outstanding colleagues as they take on leadership roles at independent schools across this nation. There is a remarkable list of UCC Old Boys and faculty alumni who serve as heads of Canadian schools. (See list p. 13). As of this summer, another will join these ranks when Steve Griffin will become headmaster of Royal St. George’s College in Toronto in August. Griffin is best known as head of the Upper School, the first person to have served in this amalgamated role. However, his service to UCC stretches far beyond his current role. He came to UCC in 1995 and worked in the computer science and mathematics departments (serving as chair of the latter). He has been a housemaster/adviser in Wedd’s, Jackson’s and Mowbray’s, and also the International Baccalaureate Coordinator. Over his tenure, Griffin has coached basketball, football, track and golf, and advised the Computer Club, Blazer and Investment Club. “I count Steve as a trusted and valued colleague who has made great contributions to the College,” says UCC Principal Jim Power. “I have been particularly indebted to him for his work restructuring the Upper School administration, enhancing our focus on the individual needs of students, improving communication with parents and helping guide us towards our renewed commitment to boarding.” UCC congratulates and thanks Griffin and sends its very best wishes as he joins the RSGC family.

UCC has appointed Struan Robertson as the Executive Director of Recruitment & Enrolment. As part of UCC’s commitment to revitalize boarding, the College is placing increased emphasis on its student recruitment program both nationally and internationally. “We are delighted to have been able to attract to the College a recognized Canadian leader in the area of boarding recruitment,” says Vice-Principal Innes van Nostrand. Robertson brings to UCC over a decade of national and international experience in recruitment and enrolment management. As co-director of admissions & marketing at St. Andrew’s College (SAC), then as an assistant head, Advancement (including admissions) of Pickering College, he has represented boarding and day, co-ed and single-sex programs from Kindergarten to Grade 12. “We are taking this step because we understand how critical recruitment will be for UCC, in general, and the boarding program, in particular,” says van Nostrand. “This has been identified by many, and highlighted by the Boarding Task Force and the Board of Governors. Struan comes to UCC with a commitment to help make the UCC boarding program, and our overall recruitment approach, among the very best in our peer group internationally.”

Photo: John Carson

Photo: Globe and Mail

Steve Griffin to become headmaster at Royal St. George’s College

Show your face in our 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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ClassNotes Class Notes are compiled by the College and Class Presidents. Some published material is the result of information directly received by the College. Please note that material submitted by Class Presidents may be edited. Next issue’s deadline is May 15, 2009. 1962 DOUG MILLS, CLASS PRESIDENT The Class held a 45th reunion at the York Club last May, attended by 30 of 80 in the class. Long-distance attendees included Peter Benjamin (Latvia), Mike Spector (Phoenix) and Craig Watt (Michigan). Other attendees were James Arthur, Bill Bateman, Jim Beatty, Mike Bennett, George Biggar, George Bourke, Peter Bryce, Doug Carr, Derek Coleman, Terry Coughlin, Shane Curry, Barry Grant, John Hermant, Dave Hosie, Bill Humphries, Mike Matthews, Doug Mills, Burt Retter, Jim Richardson, Dave Taylor, Dave Warren and Roly Watt. The ever-busy Mike Robinette made a cameo onedrink appearance before returning to a medical meeting on the next floor! After dinner, Spector and Hosie were seen organizing the traditional pub crawl — fortunately everyone apparently made it home safely. Gord Hill was one day late returning from Bermuda and was unable to attend. Regrets were also received from Garth Burrow and Don Marshall. Sad news that Bill Boddington passed away last spring.


Name that grad.

UCC congratulates Michael Ignatieff ’65 on Liberal leadership

Old Boys played hard at the Alan Harris Cup tournament at A-Day, September 27: (back row) Innes van Nostrand ’82, Doug Pollitt ’86, Bruce Taylor ’79, Richard Patterson ’92, Terence Bredin, D.J. Philbert ’06, Charlie Bracht ’61, David Ross ’98, Sophocles Voineskos ’03, Sam Finkleman ’98, Cody Beales ’95, Michael Sgro; (front row) John Tinker ’78, Alan Eaton ’78, Kevin Clark ’77.


Michael Ignatieff ’65, Liberal MP for EtobicokeLakeshore, was acclaimed party leader after Bob Rae — his last rival in the race — dropped out December 9, 2008. “UCC is extremely proud of this new phase in his illustrious career,” says Principal Jim Power. “Mr. Ignatieff embodies so many of the values we aim to instill in our boys — strength of character, a global perspective, tenacity, a passion for public service and a willingness to take on leadership roles, no matter the challenges.” The UCC alumnus is a Harvard-educated historian, journalist, author and lifelong Liberal. When he was keynote speaker for Founder’s Dinner in January 2007, Ignatieff paid tribute to his “great” teachers at UCC, including Latin teacher Terence Bredin, whom Ignatieff credited for instilling in him the love of language. “I’ve been a university professor all my life, and the only teachers whose names I remember are from this school,” he said.

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Terence Bredin ‘gets better with age’ An “In Appreciation” dinner was held November 13, 2008, for former classics teacher, Terence Bredin, who taught at UCC from 1959–95. “We met for dinner to honour and thank one of the greatest teachers ever — TB — for all that he did for us, both during our time at the College and for setting us on our individual journeys through life,” says Brian Jones ’70. The highlight of the evening was Terry reminiscing about his times with us in the late ’60s. Terry is like a good bottle of wine — he only gets better with age — and as always, he is first and foremost a real gentleman,” adds Jones.

(l-r) Kingsley Graham, Dave Scoon, Al Meredith, Paul Biggin (Battalion uniform), Peter Szatmari (back row), George McNeillie (glasses), Stu Lazier (back row, tallest), Terence Bredin (front), Mike Wills (back row behind), Brian Jones (back), Brian Foster, Scott Irwin (seated), Steve Miles (standing at back), Randy Pendrith (leaning, with glasses), Mark Dalton (leaning, front), Chris Woods, Roland Cardy.

1978 ALAN EATON, CLASS PRESIDENT Alan Eaton writes: Our successful and well-attended 30th reunion provided the opportunity to reconnect with one another. More recently, a number of us attended the ’70s Night at Jump and our Annual Christmas Lunch, so ably organized by James Cowan and Geoff Gouinlock. Doug Warrington, Tim Wright, Sandy Logie and outgoing Class President Harold Murphy kicked off the reunion by winning the trophy for the lowest scoring foursome at the golf tournament. David Fleck’s dinner party that evening felt like a sophisticated remake of those great parties we used to enjoy, with nearly 100 guests. Jim Langston wore his OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

home team Tampa Bay Lightning colours to our reunion ball hockey game the next day, but took a fall in the slippery conditions and separated his finger for the cause. After the game, a large group of us joined him in the infirmary and celebrated our massive victory with some cold refreshments. While several people travelled great distances to join in on the fun, honourable mentions go to Ian Richmond who “crossed the pond” from England, to Dave Duff from his new teaching post at UBC’s law school, and to Fred Fryer who caught a last-minute flight in from California. The ’70s Night at Jump strategically coincided with American Thanksgiving, which enabled Leif Bersagel to


ClassNotes join us from Phoenix, where he works at the Mayo Clinic. Grant 1984 JAMES BERIKER, CLASS PRESIDENT Burns arrived at the Christmas Lunch all the way from Calgary. Norman Hermant is a freelance videojournalist in Bangkok for He is involved in artistic endeavours there, including the Calgary organizations including Australian network television and the Folk Festival. A play he wrote was showcased this past fall at CBC. He is married to former Newsworld reporter Karen Percy, Soulpepper in Toronto. While Steve Hughes works with the the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s correspondent in Silicon Valley Bank in sunny southern California, he hasn’t lost Thailand. Anthony Leonard had been living in Singapore (with touch with his Canadian roots. He has been coaching his daughfamily), managing a new investment fund with Allco Finance ter’s elite-level minor hockey team, travelling great distances to Group. The global financial crisis was not kind to the firm so destinations as diverse as Alaska and Providence, R.I., in search Anthony has returned to Sydney. of worthy competition. He’ll be in Toronto in April and in June for tournaments. Robert Zeidler is the new commanding officer of 1985 PAUL ANDERSEN, CLASS PRESIDENT the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and is a former CO of the UCC Battalion. Please e-mail me at The top dogs of Prince Edward County to receive future invitations and share your news.

1979 ANDY BARNICKE AND TIM LEISHMAN, CLASS PRESIDENTS Rob Gordon is still an orthopaedic surgeon in Toronto — and is pleased to consult with Old Boys. Tom Pridham is in the technology field in northern California. He and Barb have three kids.

1980 PETER NORD AND SANDY MACLEAN, CLASS PRESIDENTS Sandy MacLean retired from landscape design and formed Tempus Fugit Services, a personal assistant and concierge service. He lives in Louisville, Ky. with wife Sara and two teenage sons.

1981 PETER DOTSIKIS, CLASS PRESIDENT Normand Brunelle returned from a stint in Brazil and is a project procurement manager at Rio Tinto in Montreal.

1982 TAD GACICH, CLASS PRESIDENT Andrew Saxton was elected Conservative MP for North Vancouver and was promoted by the prime minister to parliamentary secretary for the Treasury Board president. Duff Conacher is still co-ordinator of Democracy Watch in Ottawa. He also works with the Democracy Education Network which promotes civics education. Shafiq Qaadri is a family physician, a Continuing Medical Education (CME) lecturer, medical writer and broadcaster. He writes a monthly column for doctors in the Medical Post and has logged more than 1,000 hours on radio and television shows across Canada.

1983 ANDY BURGESS, CLASS PRESIDENT Doug Kennedy runs the Turkish operation of ABN AMRO Bank in Istanbul.


By John Carson Andrew Hunter ’85 and good friend Andrew Mackenzie ’87 opened a small restaurant called Buddha Dog in Picton, Ont., on July 1, 2005. They served only two items at the time — a four-inch hot dog and a classic lemonade. “It doesn’t sound all that impressive, but everything in that hot dog was not only locally sourced but made by local talent,” recalls Hunter. Months earlier, the duo had travelled around Prince Edward (l-r) Andrew McKenzie ’87 and Andrew Hunter County explaining their vision ’85 sell good food. to people — to create a unique product made by those who lived and worked locally. They called it an experiment in “community economics.” Buddha Dog’s products are all locally sourced, says Hunter. Its hot dogs are made by a third-generation butcher in Wellington; a baker, just two blocks away from the restaurant, produces the buns; Black River Cheese in Milford supplies the cheese; the sauces are mostly made by local chefs. At an event called “Taste the County” in 2005, Buddha Dog won two awards; one for “Best Booth” (a 1966 Airstream trailer they had renovated), and another for “Best Menu Featuring Local Ingredients.” “In 2007 we opened a Toronto location in the Roncesvalles Village,” says Hunter. “We have almost become unofficial ambassadors for Prince Edward County here in the city as we still serve the same dog as our Picton shop does. We were also named as ‘The Best Hot Dog in Canada’ by Readers Digest.” Note: In other County news, Norman Hardie ’85 happily announced the release of his excellent 2007 Pinot Noir. He says 2008 was a landmark year for the Norman Hardie winery. His 2007 Melon de Bourgogne and Pinot Gris sold out almost instantly and his County Chardonnay and County Pinot Noir both received 4.5 stars out of 5 from Chris Waters, the chief editor of Vines magazine.

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1986 JOHN ANDERSEN AND NEEL HIRA, CLASS PRESIDENTS David Chalk moved to Paris two years ago with his wife and two children. Both kids are outstanding soccer players, under contract to a pro club called PSG. He started a French hedge fund, focusing on Japanese equities.

1988 WILL LAMBERT AND JOHN THOMPSON, CLASS PRESIDENTS Mike and Mary McKee moved to France; Mike is an IT VP at the PTC University. John Thompson is VP of technology at Kitchen Stuff Plus. His second son, Brodie, is nine months. Someday he’ll have to learn more about the SK program at the Prep. David Anderson is working on his EMBA at Rotman, serving as a governance adviser to an international clientele and beginning his fourth year writing a column on corporate governance for the Institute of Corporate Directors’ magazine.

1990 IAN KENNISH, CLASS PRESIDENT Craig Perlmutter finished his 20th year with Camp Tamakwa, where he is director and co-owner.

1991 TOBIN DAVIS AND MARCELLO CABEZAS, CLASS PRESIDENTS Luke Kolin runs the Internet side of the local weather channel in Atlanta. Jay Thompson is at Brookfield Asset Management in Toronto, after eight years in Boston. He and wife Allison have a one-year-old, Erik.

siblings. First-born Ben is now 11. Tim’s a lobbyist in the natural resources sector, focusing on environmental policy. Joe Burke joined Goldman Sachs in N.Y. as a VP of technology. He lives on Long Island with wife Nancy and two kids, Julianne (3) and Thomas (2). Kerry Sokalsky relocated last summer to Boynton Beach, Fla. Attending the UCC Association’s Budapest Dinner at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel, October 2, with wife Sharon and 2008, in honour of the late Bela Fejer: (bottom) sons Max (5) and Bela’s son Patrick Fejer ’92 and wife Kai; (above) the first two benefactors of the Dr. Bela Fejer Benji (2). He is still a Hungarian Scholarship, Levente Albert and Csaba solutions consultant at Manyai, both ’93. Varicent Software. Viet Dao-Huy moved from London to San Francisco to work in his firm’s new office. Viet notes the culture shock. For one of his first meetings with a leading consumer electronics company Viet wore a navy suit and tie; his counterpart was wearing shorts and sandals.

1992 JAMIE DEANS AND ADAM MARKWELL, CLASS PRESIDENTS Jean-Michel Picher worked closely with Barack Obama as his “events” man in the last election — and apparently did a great job. (See article, page 32.) Randy DeCarlo is a senior account executive with Navigata Communications in Calgary, a SaskTel company. He and his girlfriend have a daughter, Olivia Jane.


1993 HASSAN KHAN AND DEREK KNOP, CLASS PRESIDENTS Desmond So is back in Hong Kong but left Citibank, and hopes to be his own boss in some future business. Dan Sonshine is a principal at TorQuest Partners, a private equity firm in Toronto. Dan and Shelley have three kids — Bayley, Sarah and Benjamin. Bryan Walsh moved from Ericsson to become an escalation engineer at Network Appliance, still near Pittsburgh. Tim Kennedy welcomed son Abram, joining six older

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Senior Advancement Associate Paul Winnell ’67 took a trip to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to attend the wedding of Greg Michener ’94, January 10, 2009. (See Milestones, p. 38.) (l-r) Zach Math ’94, Carl Michener ’91, Greg Michener, Paul Winnell, Andrew MacDonald ’91.




Charles Park works for LG Electronics in marketing in Seoul. (Also see Milestones, page 38.)

Martin Green is deputy chief of staff for a member of the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. Chris Burkett practises law in Toronto with Lenczner Slaght LLP. Andrew Wallace took a leave from the Investment Banking Group at National Bank Financial to join the prime minister’s office in Ottawa. He will be a policy adviser on finance, industry and infrastructure and looks forward to the challenge.

1996 BRANDON ALEXANDROFF AND ALEC ST. LOUIS, CLASS PRESIDENTS Michele Coceani finished his training in cardiology and works in Pisa, Italy. Jason Chang is still new in Manhattan, still in the finance industry, and still spends a lot of time sailing and rowing. Rowan Paul finished his family medicine residency at Stanford University and is now doing a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He works with the sixth ranked Utah football team and the U.S. Olympic Nordic Team.

More acclaim for Old Boy’s documentary Up the Yangtze, Jason Yung Chang’s documentary about the building of the Three Gorges Dam in China, has been named best documentary at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan in December 2008. They are the Chinese equivalent of the Oscars. Montreal director Yung Chang said he set out to make a film about the “surreal cruises” ferrying Westerners to see ancient landscapes about to be flooded, but discovered the real story was below decks where young workers were adapting to a rapidly changing China. It has also earned a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award, the U.S.’s best-known awards for independent movies, one of five films in the running. Michael Siu ’02 was the production supervisor for the documentary. Editor’s Note: Old Times wrote about Yung Chang in the winter/spring issue, when he won the best Canadian Documentary Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival 2007.

Is it your reunion year? Get ready to unite! Association Day is on September 26 and it’s your day in the spotlight. Plan to attend the always popular Reunion Dinner. In addition, some classes are planning events on September 25. Check the “Community” section of the UCC website for more details at, or contact Angie Foster, manager, Common Ties Mentoring Program, at 416-488-1125, ext. 3357. See you there! Reunion years are 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004.


1999 DAVID ANDERSON AND ELLIOT MORRIS, CLASS PRESIDENTS Andrew Dennison finished his MBA in Boston and moved to London, U.K. Chris Masefield is working on his MBA at the University of Southern California.

2000 HUGH MCKEE, DAVE SPEVICK AND DEREK RICHARDSON, CLASS PRESIDENTS Brent Sharpless got his MBA and works at Mezzanine, a management consulting firm in Toronto. Marriage is also in the planning stages! Dennis So works in PR for Ogilvy and Mather in Hong Kong.

2001 PETE MCFARLANE AND ELLIOT PASZTOR, CLASS PRESIDENTS Clement Koo is in the commercial real estate at DTZ in Toronto, specializing in retail. Ben Iscoe is a freelance writer for film and television. Rob MacNeil is at McGill working on his MBA. Richard Lam works at the same firm as Old Boy, Dan Sonshine ’93, in Toronto.

2002 PHIL D’ABREU AND MATT HONTSCHARUK, CLASS PRESIDENTS Kevin Lee is in third year of dental school at BU in Boston. Andrew Joyner works for a private equity firm in the real estate and infrastructure group in London, U.K. Chris Cruz is at Oaktree Capital Management in L.A. Pete Schwartz is a senior reporter for Forbes in New York, primarily covering sports business. He also contributes to ABC News and ESPN. Dan Langer graduated from McGill and lives in London. Nick Malouin is working on a non-profit Facebook application, Volunteer Connect, in N.Y. Adrian de Valois-Franklin is with Goldman Sachs in San Francisco. Adam Sheikh is at the British Embassy in Paris. He’s been lucky enough to take a few holidays on the side. Usually he spends two weeks on the road with all the U.K. ministerial and royal delegations that come to France. “In November 2008 I got a real kick travelling with Prince Charles and Camilla on a little tour of Alsace and Lorraine near the German border. I think that’s my highlight trip so far,” he says. He plans to start law school at the University of Ottawa in September. OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

tracking application. Check it out at Michael Jurist attended UCC from 1993-2003. Amongst his accomplishments, Mike was head of McHugh’s house and the captain of the Varsity tennis team. In honour of Mike, a tennis tournament will be run annually at UCC. (See box below for details.) “Mike’s love for tennis and dedication to UCC is the reason we created this tennis tournament in his name,” says Class President Mike Annecchini. “We hope many of you can come out and share in a great day to honour his memory.”

First Annual Charity Tennis Tournament to benefit the Michael Jurist ’03 Fund Saturday, June 13, 2009 1 a.m.–5 p.m. Outdoor Tennis Courts, Upper Canada College Old Boys, parents, faculty, students and friends are invited to attend.


(l-r) Charles Brill, Alex Williams and Theo Richardson ’02 reinvent your furniture at wittily named design firm, Rich, Brilliant, Willing.

Old Boy sitting pretty in New York The wooden benches in Laidlaw Hall may not be the most comfortable memory for a UCC student, but one Old Boy is trying to change the perception of furniture at its simplest concept. The Manhattan-based design firm of Theo Richardson ’02, Charles Brill and Alex Williams run a collaborative studio under the name Rich, Brilliant, Willing. The trio showed their minimalistleaning products, including a floor lamp and a bench, at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair weekend in May 2008. “The press response has been great,” says Richardson. “When we were featured in the New York Times it was like icing on the cake. We’d already received interest from publications including Dwell and Nylon. They’re all saying we’re one to watch, with great potential and on the cusp of something new.” Rich, Brilliant, Willing was also named among the top 40 emerging designers by I.D. magazine.

Ben Gilbank is in real estate finance in Toronto. Wai Choy is doing well, acting and directing in N.Y. Check out

2005 RYAN ADAMS AND JOHN ROZEHNAL, CLASS PRESIDENTS Mark Goldfinger does post-production work in L.A. Dan Bederman made the 2008 Canadian College Football All-Star team. Alex Koppel is doing a marketing internship with PetroCanada. Amin Lalani did an internship with Goldman Sachs in

2003 MIKE ANNECCHINI AND CHAN SETHI, CLASS PRESIDENTS Olivier Bouchard plays professional hockey in Nybro, Sweden. Alex Richardson did a post-grad year in Beijing and is now with L.E.K. Consulting in Shanghai. Rob Lam was part of TMobile’s multi-million dollar launch campaign for the Google Android phone, after he and his team won the Global Google Android competition. They developed an eco-friendly/carbon OLD TIMES winter/spring/09

Ryan Adams ’05 at the West Gate Conservancy Project managing the construction of a community water tank and 10 km pipeline in northern Kenya.


ClassNotes L.A. and is back in London at UWO. Jared Walker is in his final year at Columbia University studying political science. During the recent U.S. election, he served as New York State co-ordinator for Obama’s student wing. He now co-ordinates the “One Vote” program at Youthline America, which focuses on political education and youth involvement.

Club gets to play Ball The University of Western Ontario’s Economic Students’ Association (ESA) was languishing in 2006 with only 22 members and no recognition on campus. Something needed to be done. Thanks to Matthew Ball ’06 and a few friends, the ESA is now Western’s third biggest club, with just under 600 members and greater respect. “We have developed an impressive job placement program, hosted a speaker event with former prime minister Paul Martin and recently started publishing Western’s only approved club newspaper and journal, the Economic Outlook, explains Ball. “The club is still receiving thousands of dollars in donations from troubled financial banks and institutions, and has received considerable media attention from both national and local media outlets,” adds Ball. “Since leaving UCC there’s nothing I’m more proud of than the ESA.”

2006 ARTHUR SOONG, CLASS PRESIDENT Andre Fedor studies new media at Ryerson.

2007 ALAIN BARTELMAN AND JUSTIS DANTO-CLANCY, CLASS PRESIDENTS Simon Sostmann is a pre-med student at the University of Tampa.

2008 DAVID MARSHALL AND CALUM MEW, CLASS PRESIDENTS Geoff Chisholm studies business management at the University of Western Ontario. He played on the Varsity lacrosse team in the fall semester. Eric Vehovec is at Middlebury College, plays on the tennis team and takes economics, international studies and French. Andrew Pel is at the University of Western Ontario. He acted in a production of The Laramie Project and sits on the First Year Council at Huron University College. He plans to major at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Calum Mew is at Queen’s University. He was in intense rehearsals for Queen’s Musical Theatre’s winter show, Jekyll and Hyde, which ran from January 13–18. He was also cast in the spring musical, Man of La Mancha. He is VP of the 2012 Arts and Science Undergraduate Year Society. Mike Young is at USC. He’s on the rugby team, pledged into a frat and majors in economics. Andy Han has finally realized why people call the University of Chicago “where fun comes to die” and why the university T-shirts say, “If I wanted an A, I would’ve gone to Harvard.” Andy is a consultant at the university consulting group and is really enjoying it. Otherwise, he has sleepless nights worrying how he’s going to get through the two years of mandatory army service in Korea that he’ll serve after freshman year. Andy misses all of the Class of 2008! Adam Jutha exercised his option to pursue a gap year by deferring his enrolment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until August 2009. Over the summer, he volunteered at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, and took a month-long, 350-km sea kayaking expedition through southeast Alaska’s archipelagos islands. Adam recently traveled to Singapore and is volunteering in the areas of health care and education in Angola, Kenya and Tajikistan. He’s keeping a blog of his experiences at

Adam Jutha ’08 performs a checkup on a girl, 4, in the pediatrics ward at the Centro Evangelico de Medicina do Lubango in Angola. (See Note above.)


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What they have in common is the opportunity to dream great things. With your support, the Upper Canada College Annual Fund helps boys realize their dreams — whatever they are, wherever they lead.




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Robertson Davies, Class of 1932, author, editor, professor Jamaal Hunte, Class of 2009, aspiring doctor Sir Charles Seymour Wright, Class of 1904, Arctic explorer, physicist Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn, Class of 1881, war hero, Victoria Cross recipient Erik Kuld, Class of 2006, liberal arts student, Harvard University David Basu Roy, Class of 2006, engineering/music major, University of Western Ontario Stephen Leacock, Class of 1887, humorist, author, professor

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Upcoming Events 2009 Thursday, February 26

Little Theatre Alumni Reception: The Trojan Women David Chu Theatre

Thursday, March 12

Common Ties Montreal Finance Event Mount Royal Club

Sunday, March 29

Maple Madness at Norval 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Thursday, April 2

Branch Reception in New York 6 p.m., Knickerbocker Club

Saturday, April 4

Harry’s Spring Run-Off to Fight Prostate Cancer (Old Boys Team)

Ready for Action The new William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex is open for your skating pleasure: Old Boy Shinny Hockey Wednesday (to April 22), 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Family Pleasure Skating Sunday (to April 19), 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

10 a.m., High Park (Making a Difference) Speakers’ Series —

Alexandre Trudeau 7 p.m., Student Centre, Upper School

Friday, April 24

Branch Reception in San Francisco 7 p.m., St. Francis Yacht Club

Sunday, April 26

Branch Reception in Los Angeles 3 p.m., Jonathan Beach Club, Santa Monica

Thursday, April 30

Branch Reception in Calgary 7 p.m., The Petroleum Club

Friday, May 1

Branch Reception in Vancouver 7 p.m., Terminal City Club

Wednesday, May 6

Seniors’ Spring Reunion Dinner 6 p.m., Upper Dining Hall

Thursday, May 14

Old Boys Night Out hosted by Young Alumni Advisory Committee 7 p.m., The Academy of Spherical Arts

Wednesday, May 20

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

Friday, May 22

Leaving Class Dinner 6 p.m., Student Centre

Sunday, May 24

Old Boys’ Spring Sports Day 11 a.m.–2 p.m., various fields

Wednesday, May 27

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day Noon, Grade 5-Remove, Prep

Saturday, May 30

Old Boys’ Habitat for Humanity Day 8 a.m., location TBD

Sunday, May 31

Spring Open House at Norval 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day Noon, SK-Grade 4, Prep

Tuesday, June 16

Sir John Colborne Dinner 6:30 p.m., Garden at Grant House

Wednesday, June 24

Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m., location TBD.

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


Old Boys and parents are also welcome to use the College facilities throughout late-winter and spring for the following: Open Volleyball Monday, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Hewitt Athletic Centre Open Soccer Tuesday, 6:30–9 p.m. Hewitt Athletic Centre Open Basketball Wednesday, 6:30–9 p.m. Hewitt Athletic Centre

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R E U N I O N Honoured years: 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004.

September 25–26, 2009

Remember when life was simple, before you had a mortgage, paid taxes and worried about the impact of the markets on your retirement savings? Times have changed, but if your leaving class year ends in a ’4 or an ’9, you can reminisce about the “good old days” at Reunion 2009! Mark the weekend of September 25 in your calendar TODAY! Reunion activities include a golf tournament, class events and the traditional Reunion Dinner for Old Boys at the College on Saturday evening. For more information on Reunion 2009, contact Angie Foster at or 416-488-1125, ext. 3357.

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Association Day: September 26, 2009

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