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Old Times Magazine JUNE 2018




Building a Better World One Project at a Time PAGE 8

How to divert plastic waste? Dennon Oosterman ’09 has a solution. PAGE 12


How to preserve a luxury brand's retail appeal? Chris Beatty ’08 keeps CHANEL on track. PAGE 14


How to find room to live in L.A.? Alexis Rivas ’11 builds seriously small houses. PAGE 10


Building on our tradition of inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs, Design Thinking is a key initiative in our Strategic Directions. The Old Boys profiled in this issue illustrate the value of Design Thinking to help create a better world. It all starts with learning how to take an innovative approach to complex problem-solving. -PRINCIPAL SAM MCKINNEY

(See page 8 and 16 for more on Design Thinking and our Strategic Directions.)

C O V E R S T O“The R Y most important role of the designer is to find the

problems and ask the right questions about why they exist. After that, the solution becomes clear.” -ALEXIS RIVAS ’11 Building a Better World, page 10

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Cover Story



BUILDING A BETTER WORLD Celebrating UCC’s new design initiatives — and our designers in the field.



ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS How Alexis Rivas ’11 is solving problems with his design solutions.


MAKING THINGS BETTER Dennon Oosterman ’09 rethinks 3D printing.


In Every Issue




FROM THE AVENUE Overheard, the Stanley Cup was here, Grads and Dads breakfast recap and more.




UCC TODAY Welcoming a Syrian family, leaving class valedictorian, Model UN takes trophy, staff and faculty news, and more.




FAVOURITE SPACES Naheed Bardai on the great appeal of The Actors’ Court.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS Where we’re headed next.


BOARDERS FOREVER Celebrating a lasting friendship formed at UCC.


AN ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER Barry Hill ’62 is being honoured for his work in agriculture, engineering and mentoring.


ROWERS REUNITE UCC’s dream team returns to the water at the Head of the Charles Regatta.


TIES THAT BIND Remembering the beloved Jack Schneider ’65.


FROM THE ARCHIVES The unsolved mystery of the Prefects’ Cup.


THE PUBLIC GOOD Old Boys invest in Toronto’s green space.

TOP NOTES Chris Beatty ’08 found a home for his design talents at CHANEL.


BACK TO THE CLASSICS John Howard revolutionized design thinking at UCC — and in the entire city.



In this edition we asked our contributors about their favourite examples of good design.

SYDNEY LONEY Writer: Building It Better p. 10

Loney is a writer, editor and journalism instructor whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, Cottage Life and the National Post. “I like designs with history behind them, like my collection of pressed-glass wine glasses that were made in cast-iron molds in the 1800s. They look as elegant on a table as they did hundreds of years ago.”

CALEY TAYLOR Photographer: Favourite Spaces p. 52

“I’m a professional photographer based in Toronto. My favourite example of good design would be the Hasselblad 500C Camera where functionality, aesthetics and style blend seamlessly.”

NAHEED BARDAI Favourite Spaces p. 52

Bardai is the incoming Head of the Upper School. He has particular passion for pluralism and social justice in education. His favourite example of good design is Al-Azhar Park in Cairo: “When I first visited in 2006, I was taken by the thoughtfulness of the design and respect for the local history and environment. As impressive as the park is, the social programs that accompanied its development (in one of the poorest parts of the city) reminds me of the importance of co-creating solutions to challenges that exist in our communities.”





Communications and Marketing Director MARNIE PETERS

Head, Upper School NAHEED BARDAI

Managing Editor SYDNEY LONEY Art Direction and Design ROSE PEREIRA Design LOIS KIM Cover Photo LIAM SHARP


@ConnectwithUCC @ucc_community uppercanadacollege

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Academic Dean JULIA KINNEAR Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing SCOTT COWIE Vice-Principal, Administration and Innovation PATTI MacNICOL Vice-Principal, Advancement and Strategy JIM GARNER ’77


Vice-Principal, Enrolment Management DAVID MCBRIDE


Vice-Principal, People and Organizational Development THOMAS LINDELL



Ex-Officio MATT JOHNSON ’95

ADVANCEMENT, KEY CONTACTS Director, Office of Strategy Management JODY JACOBSON Director, Constituency Relations KATHRYN CHAMPION Manager, Alumni Relations SAMANTHA KERBEL


Head, Primary Division TANYA SWEENEY

Executive Director of Development, Office of Advancement SARAH ROBERTSON Adviser, Advancement and Strategy RODGER WRIGHT

Executive Assistant to the Principal LORRAINE FERNANDEZ Executive Co-ordinator Program Team BARBARA BEECROFT

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In this Issue: Better by Design BY ANDREA ASTER


onsider all the small things in the world that are oft-used, but poorly designed. At the top of my list is the clothes hanger. How many times have I rustled through a shop rack only to have a silky item slip to the floor? Then there are sliding glass doors. How often do those pesky rollers get stuck or derail entirely? In an issue that showcases both Old Boys’ success in design-related fields, and the College’s engagement with design thinking, it’s evident that solutions to complex, real-world problems often start with small innovations that combine to create something truly significant. Take Alexis Rivas ’11, profiled on our cover, for example. He’s seeking a solution to a major social woe — the lack of housing space in major urban centres. But why settle for a backyard hut from Home Depot when you can have a sophisticated “man cave” or an in-law suite from his Los Angeles-based enterprise, Cover Build? Among his small innovations is a ball-bearing-based sliding door (instead of finicky rollers) for smooth traction that’s level with the ground, thus creating sleeker lines. As well, his pre-fabricated, modular design eliminates the fuss of architects and contractors. His discerning client base includes an Oscar-nominated sound editor and, as you can see on our cover, his Cover Build studio, high in the Santa Monica Mountains, is the epitome of laid-back Los Angeles luxury.

Like Rivas’ space-saving design applications, other Old Boys’ actions are having similar societal reverberations. In the leaving class of 2018, valedictorian Vlad Chindea earned a prestigious Loran Scholarship, and, as co-founder of the College’s Amnesty International Club, he has worked passionately to raise awareness about Indigenous rights in Canada. You can read more about the message the club spread through an ambitious contemporary art installation that grappled with key moments in UCC’s history on page 19. Likewise, First Nations’ Old Boy Barry Hill ’62, who worked with UCC on the art installation, is profiled on page 18. The pioneering engineer and agribusiness entrepreneur is being honoured by both McMaster University and the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame this year. As an Indigenous student at the College in the 1960s, he looks back on his professional success, his identity and his impact as a mentor for Indigenous farmers. Chindea put it well in his valedictory address when he saluted the brave and socially relevant agenda of speakers and candid discussions he was privy to at Upper School assembly over the years: “From speakers invited, but especially from students of different cultures and backgrounds who had the courage to walk up on stage at assembly and share about the hardships of their lives, we have absorbed the most impactful and powerful addresses embraced by the walls of Laidlaw Hall: about language, consent, sexual orientation, gender, race, class, privilege and our relationship with the ‘other.’ These invisible barriers continue to unjustifiably divide our society. And I praise this community for the value that it has seen in including individuals having different perspectives within it.” Whether it’s stories about design thinking and innovation, working to eradicate social barriers, or about valuing and finding opportunities to celebrate the lifelong friendships that bloom at UCC, there’s no doubt the Old Boys featured here are working to make the world a better place in so many ways.


Whether it was Michael Wilson ’55 speaking candidly about his connection to mental health issues at Founders’ Dinner, or Vlad Chindea, ’18 leaving class valedictorian raising the bar on great oration generally, we captured the moment for you: https://www. uppercanadacollege/ videos.


Lots to read in this issue about friendships that go the distance. Eight former rowing champs, including Olympians, reunited for the Head of the Charles Regatta. Crew name? “We Used to be Good.” Also, the class of 1965 was there with Jack Schneider until the end.


On the back cover you can check if your class has its reunion this year. But also be sure to save Saturday, Sept. 29 to come on out for Association Day. Cheer on the Blues and have a beer, catch up with friends, check out the new design lab and much more.

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From the Avenue Overheard...

I know guys whose homes are like monuments to their careers – and it’s like, ‘do two people live here?’ [Rena] has made sure that we have time as a family and time just the two of us.”


— Jim Cuddy ’74, musician, Blue Rodeo and the Jim Cuddy Band, on the secret of marriage (to wife Rena Polley), The Globe and Mail, Feb. 20.

Our final year was intense. We dove into the tragedy of King Lear; we pushed through tough speeches, learned to fight with new weapons, wiped away blood and laughed in the snow — onstage snowfall was a first for us. But after our final curtain call, it was over. Like many a great love, our time ran out and we had to part ways.” Katy Harding (née Sems) wrote this piece for She played the role of Lear in the Upper Canada College-Bishop Strachan School production of King Lear in 2006. She attended a performance of this year’s production of King Lear, Feb. 21 to 24.


Straight Ahead

The first “Grads and Dads” breakfast kicked off in the Upper School student centre in April, with dads, grandads, uncles and special mentors sharing “advice they’d give their younger selves.” Here’s Andy Burgess ’83, former board chair, with son Campbell ’18.

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The actual Stanley Cup made a visit to the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex earlier this year for one glorious hour. Prep Dean of Students David Girard took a lucky group of Year 7s over to touch the legendary trophy. (An external group had reserved the lounge and the Cup for a party, which one can do, apparently. Owing to a booking glitch however, the Cup was whisked away, but not before the students got their hands on it.)

It was another special family event as the Arts Booster Club’s fourth annual mother-son dinner theatre presented A Brimful of Asha by Ravi Jain ’99, featuring Ravi, founding director of Why Not Theatre, and his mom, Asha.

Free Parking For … Dr. Molly Shoichet, mother of Emerson ’16 and Sebastian ’19, and a University of Toronto chemical engineering professor, has been appointed Ontario’s first ever chief scientist, charged with paving the way for the next generation of research and innovation jobs in Ontario.

Illustration: Paul Dotey

Two Upper Canada College community members made Waterstone Human Capital’s “Canada’s Most Admired” list. Kevin Wong ’97 (who graced the cover of Old Times in 2015) was included for his work with his company Nulogy. The firm, which creates software for supply chain management and packaging, was one of 10 growth companies recognized for its corporate culture. UCC Governor Dr. Catherine Zahn (pictured with Prince Harry on his Toronto visit) was recognized as one of Canada’s five most admired chief executive officers for her “broader public sector” work at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Congrats to Christian Thomas ’10, member of the 2018 Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team, which earned a bronze in Sochi. A player for the WilkesBarre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, Thomas has played for the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens. Here he is as captain of the U12 hockey team, front row, middle.

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Events MAY 16

Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Awards

Lisa Assaf, Bob Dameron ’75, Jody Howe and Carita Sheehy received the UCC Association’s Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award for exemplary service at the annual volunteer reception, on May 16. It’s named in honour of Roberts, who graduated from the College in 1915 but continued to serve it for more than eight decades. Assaf is the mother of Mohamad ’17 and Zain, who is in Year 9. Dameron and the class of ’75 established a mental health and wellness fund that will soon top $50,000. (See article on page 33.) Howe’s son Jason is in Year 11. Sheehy’s sons are Cameron ’17, Matthew ’20 and Ryan ’15.

Jody Howe, Lisa Assaf, Bob Dameron ’75 and Carita Sheehy received their awards from Bruce Roberts ’82, Harold Roberts’ grandson.

Tara Thompson, Gerry Guilfoyle and Ed Bracht ’55 attended the reception.

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‘Sam’s Wall’ now hangs at Norval’s Stephen House

Norval Outdoor School’s May 6 open house featured an added bonus, as the painting “Sam’s Wall” was unveiled by Canadian nature artist and filmmaker Cory Trepanier in Stephen House. Trepanier spoke to those in attendance about his paintings, Arctic travels, three Into the Arctic films and other projects after the unveiling. Trepanier is also the former neighbour of Alan Harris, who taught at Upper Canada College for 40 years and was instrumental in the founding and building of the Norval Outdoor School and spearheaded the planting of Norval’s Harris Arboretum. “Sam’s Wall” was purchased at a Credit Valley Conservation fundraising auction last fall by UCC Board Chair Russell Higgins ’81, who donated it to Norval.

Norval director Bill Elgie ’82, Norval senior teacher Brent Evans and artist Cory Trepanier unveil “Sam’s Wall” on May 6.


Parents’ Organization Luncheon

Gathered at Sunnybrook Estates on May 4 for the annual luncheon were Outgoing Parents’ Organization (PO) President Kim Enns, keynote speaker Dr. Jean Twenge, incoming PO President Carita Sheehy, outgoing Co-VicePresident Jill Adolphe, incoming Prep Parents’ Organization (PPO) President Connie Carmichael (wife of Michael ’97) and outgoing PPO President Olga Tchetvertnykh.




Branch Receptions

LEFT Chris Cottier ’70, Vancouver branch president, and wife Petra met up with Principal Sam McKinney and wife Rosey, May 1. RIGHT Paul Winnell ’67 and Gabriel Chenard-Poirier ’05 came out for the New York branch reception on April 11. LEFT Richard Saxton ’73, Los Angeles branch president, hosted a reception for attendees including Principal Sam McKinney and wife Rosey, April 25.


Spring Reunion Dinner

Class President Ron De Mara ’50, Robin Logie ’50 and Dick Willemsen ’50 caught up on May 9 at the annual dinner.

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Grads and Dads Breakfast

Special Adviser, Advancement and Strategy Rodger Wright ’70 congratulates graduates Elliott McDermott, Charles Deng and Tristan Vaillancourt-Gauthier, April 18.

Central Park Hockey Tournament

SUNDAY, SEPT. 14 Norval Family Open House 1 p.m., UCC Norval Outdoor Education Centre

NOVEMBER Hong Kong Branch Reception THURSDAY, NOV. 8 Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:30 a.m., UCC THURSDAY, NOV. 8 London, England Branch Reception 7 p.m., Royal Automobile Club WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21 Kingston Branch Reception 6 p.m., The University Club

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 Association Day All day, UCC SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 Association AGM 2 p.m., Laidlaw Hall, UCC

THURSDAY, NOV. 22 Montreal Branch Reception 6 p.m., Le Mount Stephen House

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3 Council of 1829 Reception 6 p.m., Bernick Family Foyer

Founder’s Dinner 2018

The Hon. Michael Wilson ’55 was both the keynote speaker and a recipient of the inaugural Old Boy of Distinction Award at Founder’s Dinner on Monday, Feb. 12. More than 400 community members shared in the evening, helmed by Board Chair Russ Higgins ’81, dinner chairmen Alexander Younger ’89 and Ryan Adams ’05, and Matt Johnson ’95, president of the UCC Association. Max Bruce ’05 received the Young Old Boy of Distinction Award for his work as an explosives technician with York Regional Police. Jill Adolphe, mother of Nicholas ’17, Alexander ’17 and Christopher ’20, earned the John D. Stevenson Award for volunteer service. Principal Sam McKinney took the podium and closed the evening with a sneak peek at UCC’s renewed Strategic Directions: To see Michael Wilson deliver his speech, read the article and watch the video of Founder’s Dinner at


SEPTEMBER 28-29 Reunion Weekend for classes of 1958, 1963, 1968 (50th), 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013

Gabriel Chenard-Poirier ’05, Brent Moffat ’03, Ryan Stoddard ’07, Peter Gordon ’07 and David Phelan ’04 came out for the fun on Feb. 17 and 18.

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Upcoming Events

THURSDAY, NOV. 29 Festive After Dark 6:30 p.m., UCC

OCTOBER London, Branch Reception 6 p.m., The Wave Bar & Restaurant

FRIDAY, NOV. 30 Festive Marketplace 8:30 a.m., UCC Hewitt Athletic Centre

FRIDAY, OCT. 19 Boston, Branch Reception 6 p.m., Harvard Club of Boston

FRIDAY, NOV. 30 Lunch for former faculty and staff 12 p.m., UCC Upper Dining Hall

FRIDAY, OCT. 12 “Battle of the Blues” football game, UCC vs. St. Mikes 7 p.m., Varsity Stadium

SUNDAY, DEC. 3 Festival of Carols and Christmas Music 4 p.m., Laidlaw Hall

Stay Connected TOP Jill Adolphe received the John Stevenson Award from UCC Association President Matt Johnson ’95 and Dinner Chairman Alexander Younger ’89. CENTRE The Hon. Michael Wilson ’55 receives the Old Boy of Distinction Award from Alexander Younger ’89. BOTTOM Max Bruce ’05 receives the inaugural Young Old Boy of Distinction Award from Ryan Adams ’05.

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

Wedding? Birth? Book? Promotion? Fun Night? Send your event photos for the new Old Boys website to lgardner@ucc.onca.

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More beautiful, more efficient, faster, safer, cheaper, smarter … Whatever the solution to a real-world problem, it all starts with an innovative approach to complex problem-solving. With a new design lab set to open this year and advanced design courses, UCC is poised to hand its next generation of leaders a new set of tools for success. BY ANDREA ASTER

PATRICK FÉJER Old Boy architect inspires students to follow in his footsteps BY STEVE MCLEAN

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Patrick Féjer ’92, father of Indie ’24 and Jack ’22, attended Cornell University’s prestigious College of Architecture, Art, and Planning after graduating from Upper Canada College, and he’s been a partner with B+H Architects since 2007. While Féjer has worked on highprofile projects around the world — including the Staples Centre in Los Angeles and MaRS Phase 2 and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto — he hasn’t forgotten about UCC. He took part in its annual career day for Year 10s, featuring Old Boys in a range of professions, to tell students about his job.

“We get so consumed in our own world and in our day-to-day, and it was eye-opening and a fresh reveal to have students ask questions in terms of what would happen on an average day,” says Féjer While knowledge of math and physics is important to an architect, Féjer became involved because he learned how to draw with perspective while studying art at the College. An interest in art is also what drew Gorden Kung ’18 to hear Féjer speak. “Before his career day presentation, I had never considered architecture as a potential field,” says Kung. “Patrick was telling the students about working on the Four Seasons

DRIVEN BY DESIGN hat is “design thinking” and how is it about to invigorate the curriculum at UCC? Simply put, it’s an innovative methodology for creative problem-solving, first developed in the mid-20th century for designers and businesses, and now gaining traction for everything from classroom projects and new product development in the business world to new services for customers. “Complex problem-solving is a skill that all our boys need as they grapple with the challenges our societies face — today and in the future,” says Head of the Upper School Naheed Bardai. “Design thinking will equip our students with the technological tools, creative thinking skills and entrepreneurial spirit to tackle these challenges.” Indeed, the ability to solve complex problems is the top skill for success, says a recent report from the World Economic Forum. To that end, UCC is about to embark on two key initiatives. First, the Upper School will open a new purpose-built design lab by the end of 2018. It will feature new tools and technologies, including laser cutting, 3D printing and collaborative project spaces. The goal is to foster exploration, technological innovation and creative confidence in a hands-on space that will allow students’ designs to come to life. The basic premise is to start with a set “cycle.” First, empathize with the person who will use the product or service. Then define the problem to be solved. Brainstorm or “ideate” solutions. Finally, develop a prototype, test it and generate a series of continual improvements until a solution is found. Second, the design lab is really an extension of the International Baccalaureate’s Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Years 6 to 10, where design is a required subject. UCC is in the process of adopting the MYP. Years 6 through 8 are already taking MYP design courses in digital media design, coding and programming, and innovative product design. For Years 9 through 12, we’re phasing in an advanced design course to allow more intensive concentration in any one these streams. Hence, the lab will be a hub of discovery. To prepare for this shift, in March seven faculty and staff members travelled to seven Asian schools that are raising the bar in the area of design. Using these worldclass examples, the College is forming design working groups to explore five pillars anchoring the program: partnerships; purpose-built space; innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship; incubator; and technology.  It’s an exciting time for the College as design thinking moves to the forefront of curriculum priorities. As Ryan Archer, Middle Years design teacher, says: “This space will be an amazing resource for the boys to incubate ideas and contribute to the new innovation economy.” There's plenty of time to get involved in the community effort to be a supporter of the Design Lab, with continued fundraising and opportunities to be recognized as a supporter of this exciting initiative through next year. For more information, contact Executive Director of Development and Stewardship Sarah Robertson at; 416-488-1125, ext. 2238.

Gresham Palace in Budapest. I remember thinking to myself, ‘That’s the type of design-driven career I want to have.’” Kung got in touch with Féjer almost two years after that presentation. He showed the architect his portfolio and essays, and received valuable feedback. “I was honoured and taken aback by his initiative to reach out to me and ask for help, and I was delighted to provide advice,” says Féjer. “Gorden’s a very conscientious, self-motivated individual.” While Kung wasn’t accepted into Cornell, he’ll attend the California Polytechnic State University College

of Architecture and Environmental Design in September. It’s the secondranked undergraduate architecture program in the United States. “I’m looking forward to focusing intensely on an architecture education,” says Kung. “There will also be a lot of studio time, which I know I like from my experience at UCC taking higher level visual arts and being the editor of College Times.” To participate in a future careers day or to become a mentor or mentee through the Common Ties Mentorship Program, please contact Samantha Kerbel at or 418-488-1125, ext. 2239.

From theme parks and urban planning to acoustical design, here’s a sampling of our Old Boys in the field. This list is far from exhaustive and focuses predominantly on architectural design. Please let us know about some great Old Boys we’ve missed and we’ll be sure to feature them in upcoming issues or on our social media pages. JOOST BAKKER ’63, principal, Dialog, Vancouver, urban design; projects include Granville Island, Richmond City Hall, UBC student union GREGORY COLUCCI ’75, principal, Diamond & Schmitt Architects, Toronto; projects include Bridgepoint Health, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, York University (Markham campus) NEIL HRUSHOWY ’90, manager, City Design Group at San Francisco Planning Department; projects include Better Market Street and other public realm designs JEFF MCNAIR ’67, principal, Forrec Limited; projects include Expo 86, Universal Studios Florida, Canada’s Wonderland, West Edmonton Mall Waterpark AJON ’82 and JASON ’80 MORIYAMA, Moriyama & Teshima Architects (father and co-founder Raymond), projects include Ontario Science Centre, Bata Shoe Museum, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto Reference Library TATEO NAKAJIMA ’88 Arup, acoustics and theatre design; projects include La Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Musikkenshus concert hall in Aalborg, and the Salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris THEO RICHARDSON ’02, director of development, Rich, Brilliant, Willing, New York; high-end lighting fixtures; clients include Boston Library, Wimbledon Centre Court, Cadillac House (N.Y.) DAVID SISAM ’63, founding principal, MontgomerySisam, Toronto; projects include The Granite Club, Toronto Botanical Garden

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For Alexis Rivas ’11, architecture is about asking questions — and his answers are proving that good design can change the world. BY SYDNEY LONEY

lexis Rivas drew his first floorplan in Year 1 and, for a class project at the Upper School, developed a landscaping design for his grandparents’ home in Greece. “I didn’t get the best grade on it. The backyard worked well. In the front — let’s just say I sacrificed function for aesthetics,” says the co-founder of Cover, a Los Angeles-based company that designs, manufactures and installs custom backyard homes. “For instance, instead of designing a direct path from the driveway to the front door, I created a path that was significantly longer and less convenient.” Even so, when his landscape design was actually implemented, it marked the shift from class project to full-on actualizations of his blueprints — and it changed everything. “It was the fi rst time I saw a design I made built in full scale. I got to see the real impact of design and how people live in it; it was no longer just this theoretical thing.” Rivas’s art teachers at Upper Canada College remember the landscaping project well. It was one of many that set him apart. “Alexis distinguished himself early on as a curious and imaginative student,” says David Holt, UCC’s Upper School visual arts co-ordinator. “He was particularly interested in experimenting with technique and materials and he was always asking, ‘What if we did this?’” One year, Rivas laboured over an all-white painting, playing with texture just to see what he could do without colour. It was one of his favourite school projects. “I used a lot of paint,” he laughs. “It took several months to dry because it was so thick.” But, in the end, the age-old question, “Can you create a painting with no colour?” was answered: Yes, yes you can. Rivas, a financial aid student, credits his teachers for giving him the space to ask these kinds of questions, and for 1 0   Old Times | JUNE 2018

There’s a massive need for more housing in areas with very little vacant land, like in L.A.

DESIGN DETAILS FAVOURITE DESIGNER: Antoni Gaudí UNEXPECTED PLACE TO GET INSPIRED: By the ocean. ADVICE FOR FLEDGLING DESIGNERS: Question a lot of the things you’re told are rules of design.

Photo: Liam Sharp

HOW YOU DEFINE GOOD DESIGN: Good design follows its own logic. It’s complete. There’s a tendency in the architecture and design world to mimic or copy as opposed to creating your own thing, and that’s not good design. PERSONAL APPROACH TO DESIGN: Modern. It’s about looking at something and trying to boil it down to the essence of each part and what it achieves. If it doesn’t serve a purpose, it shouldn’t be there.

being patient with him while he searched for the answers. “UCC was a place where I could test ideas, try things out and get feedback from my teachers and peers,” he says. “I had a lot of freedom and I was given a lot of opportunity to learn.” In fact, his teachers were instrumental in getting him on the next stage of his career path. “We tried to nurture his passion for design and architecture,” says Anne Kaye, the Upper School art teacher who took him to New York on a class trip in Year 11 and planted the idea of his attending the city’s prestigious architecture, art and engineering college, Cooper Union. Rivas did just that, graduating with a bachelor of architecture, then interning at several architectural firms before starting his own company in 2014. The idea for Cover, Rivas says, stemmed, naturally, from a series of questions. The first was: “How, as a small company, can we make a big impact?” The answer? Backyard homes. “There’s a massive need for more housing in areas with very little vacant land, like in L.A.,” he says. “We thought, ‘What if we use under-utilized space to create thoughtful, well-built homes for everyone?” The first step, Rivas says, was understanding traditional building models of design and construction — and asking, why is it done this way? Could it be done a better way? He thought it could. Another question he had was: Why aren’t homes built more like cars — as in with pre-fabricated design options that can then be customized? The end result is that Cover’s backyard homes are like sleek, efficient and aesthetically pleasing automobiles. Rivas uses a LEGO analogy to describe them. “We mass-produce high-tech, life-size LEGO blocks, from floors and ceilings to windows and wall components,” he says. “The parts are standardized, but the homes aren’t. You can create an infinite number of customized homes.” It’s the high-end detailing that sets the homes apart. For example, sliding doors aren’t affixed to rollers, as is common, because they create a two- to three-inch elevation from the ground. For a sleeker, more minimalist feel, the laser-cut doors attach to a ball bearing that makes the doors look as though they’re sinking into the ground. Meanwhile, radiant coiling, built into ceiling panels along with all the electrical and mechanical outfitting, eliminates localized drafts. A well-known sound editor in L.A. discovered the homes on Google and had to have one of his own as his personal — and very glamourous — study. (His property is featured in this article.) The backyard studios are tailored to the needs of the person inhabiting them, whether they’re being used as granny suites, guest houses or inspired spaces in which to dream up the next Academy Award-nominated sound mix. “We consider everything from how people use the space to how the light travels across the yard,” Rivas says. “The goal is to enhance the environment and improve the lives of the people who live there.” Rivas hopes the concept will catch on and benefit other cities facing a shortage of space. His company’s mission, he says, is an example of how design thinking is more about the problem than the solution. “The most important role of the designer is to find the problems and ask the right questions about why they exist. After that, the solution becomes clear.”

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Dennon Oosterman ’09 loves taking things apart almost as much as he loves building them. By inventing a technology to reuse 3D-printing waste, he’s enabled design thinkers like himself to save money, protect the planet and keep on creating. BY MEGAN EASTON

One of our main drivers is environmental sustainability and the fact that plastic waste is a huge problem.

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ennon Oosterman ’09 was mesmerized when he first saw a 3D-printer in action back in 2011. “I couldn’t take my eyes off it, and I mean for hours,” he says. A University of British Columbia (UBC) engineering physics student at the time, Oosterman soon began printing parts — a lot of parts — for class projects, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) club and his own creations. “I’d just keep clicking print, going through 10 iterations or more at a time, because the technology allowed it,” he says. But his imperfect, broken and rejected designs started piling up, sparking an “a-ha” moment. It took years, but he and two UBC classmates eventually developed a desktop recycler that grinds waste 3D-printer plastic, melts it down and creates new filament — the “ink” of 3D printers (which can get expensive if you use a lot). The ProtoCycler is now sold by ReDeTec (short for Renewable Design Technology), a start-up based in Toronto. Oosterman is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. “One of our main drivers is environmental sustainability and the fact that plastic waste is a huge problem,” says Oosterman. With plastic pollution in the headlines right now and policymakers proposing bans on single-use items like straws, the 3D printing community recognizes it needs to clean up its act. While Oosterman tapped into resources like the MaRS Discovery District for developing the business side of ReDeTec, he needed no help with the innovation side. From the moment he received his first LEGO set at age three, he was a maker. At six he disassembled and reassembled his parents’ broken lawnmower. “It still didn’t work, but I was super excited to be working on something real, not a toy.” He says he chose Upper Canada College, where he started in Year 5, purely because of the LEGO robotics program and was “just lucky it was actually a great school.” James Weekes, an Upper School physics teacher, gave him access to his classroom for the fledgling robotics club and afterschool passion projects, like building a high-voltage tube guitar amplifier and designing a six-metre, jet-powered wooden boat. He’s been making that boat for the past decade and hopes to have it on the water this summer. “If you are on Lake Muskoka, look for a 300-foot rooster tail,” he says. Apart from fine-tuning the boat, most of Oosterman’s time these days goes to ReDeTec. He says the company is still on the “start-up rollercoaster” but has had some big wins, like raising $100,000 U.S. with the international crowdfunding website Indiegogo, securing crucial patents and being a finalist in business magnate Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge — where the ReDeTec team pitched to Branson on his private Caribbean island. ReDeTec’s customers include some major corporations, but also many schools. “We’re empowering unlimited creativity by removing the economic and environmental limits on 3D printers, so that kids — and anyone — can be free to fail 10 times before they succeed, just like we did in developing our technology. It’s about making design thinking effortless.” The next step for ReDeTec is to expand the types of plastic — including regular household plastic, like water bottles — that can be recycled into filament. Long-term, the company hopes to scale up the technology to make a much bigger impact on plastic recycling. Thinking big is what Oosterman has always done, even if some of his ideas didn’t work out in the beginning, and he wants today’s maker kids to do the same. “There was a poster in James Weekes’ class that basically said, ‘Shoot for the moon, and if you miss you’ll still be among the stars.’ That’s the only way to go.”

Photo: Liam Sharp


DESIGN DETAILS FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECT: Architecturally I’d say the CN Tower. It’s simple, iconic, literally decades ahead of its time, and timeless. HOW CAN GOOD DESIGN CHANGE THE WORLD? I think it’s the only thing that does change the world. Even the least “sexy” piece of infrastructure has an important impact and requires good design to function appropriately. It’s easy to think of things like the iPhone revolutionizing how we communicate and use our phones, but it’s important to remember that design exists in all facets of life and can be equally impactful everywhere. FAVOURITE DESIGNER: It’s Tony Fadell, creator/designer of the iPod, iPhone and Nest thermostat. Jonathan Ive — Apple’s current designer — is lauded for his design work with Apple. But it was Tony who actually created it and brought it to life. UNEXPECTED PLACE TO GET INSPIRED: IKEA, seriously. People love to hate on how hard it is to put together, how you get trapped in the store, etc. But the fact is they’re a worldwide design juggernaut in every facet — from how their furniture looks and how efficiently it ships to, really, how easy it is to assemble. WHAT YOU LOOK FOR IN GOOD DESIGN: The total, integrated package. A Ferrari isn’t just a fast car that handles well. It sounds immaculate, looks incredible, fits you like a glove and is an absolute pleasure to drive (so I’m told). LEAST FAVOURITE STYLE OF DESIGN: Fashion; being an engineer and a bit of a techie, I generally have a harder time appreciating everything that goes into fancy clothing. PRIZED POSSESSION THAT ILLUSTRATES YOUR DESIGN SENSE: The boat I’m currently building. It’s a one-off, 20-foot mahogany runabout with a jet drive and almost exclusively custom components. DREAM POSSESSION THAT ILLUSTRATES YOUR DESIGN SENSE: I’d love to own an original Ditchburn boat or Greavette Streamliner … or both.

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Some of the pop-ups included screens for viewing the campaign video starring actress and CHANEL model Kristen Stewart and small doors that opened to reveal each of the four flowers in the scent. These are the kinds of crucial details he produces. More broadly, Beatty says his job is to figure out what should happen when “brand meets space” — whether that space is a flagship store in New York or a Macy’s in Virginia. Beatty (whose father is David ’77) has lived and worked in New York since his first year at the Parsons School of Design, a school he may never have applied to if it weren’t for the encouragement of Anne Kaye, Upper Canada College’s Upper School art teacher. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without her mentorship.” Chris Beatty ’08 applied to design Beatty also credits Robert school in New York at the urging of his Montgomery, former head UCC art teacher — and never came of UCC’s Upper School art home. Today, he works at one of the department, for sparking his interest in digital design in world’s most famous luxury brands. Year 9. “He taught us programs BY MEGAN EASTON like Adobe Illustrator that a lot of people my age didn’t learn until university,” he says. henever Chris Beatty is travelling, At Parsons, where Beatty earned a he makes a point of dropping by bachelor of fine arts in industrial and product the local department store to check design, he also connected with teachers out the beauty and fragrance section. These who recognized his potential. One helped are no idle shopping trips, though. They’re him land a summer gig at MAC Cosmetics, professional missions to see firsthand how the which later brought him to the attention displays he designs for CHANEL products of CHANEL. In between, he worked as an are faring out in the real world, far from his industrial designer at Landor, a global brand Manhattan office. consulting and design firm. His first project “I get photos of the installations, but it’s there threw him right into the deep end: not the same as walking into a store and helping to rebrand the World Trade Center. experiencing it like a customer,” says Beatty, As that project was wrapping up, Beatty went who was recruited to CHANEL in 2015 and is back to Parsons as an assistant professor. now the lead, store animation and experience Just as he was settling into that new life, design. Shortly after taking on this role, the CHANEL called. He held down both jobs for iconic brand created a new fragrance and almost two years. Though he readily admits tasked his team with creating all the in-store that “perfume is not the most important temporary architecture to showcase it. “The thing in the world,” he focuses on the bigjuice [insider lingo for perfume] was 15 years picture value of his work. “Women need to in the making, so it was a moment where we feel confident. They also need to be inspired needed to pull out all the stops,” he says. And by things and dream a bit. I’m participating they did. in something that allows them to do that.” 1 4   Old Times | JUNE 2018

DESIGN DETAILS FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECT: I really love the Glasgow School of Art. The original building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is a complete masterpiece, even the library furniture. UNEXPECTED PLACE TO GET INSPIRED: A huge dollar store (RIP Honest Ed’s) OBVIOUS PLACE TO GET INSPIRED: Museums and galleries LEAST FAVOURITE STYLE OF DESIGN: Memphis Design [Look it up; you’ll likely agree] FAVOURITE STYLE OF DESIGN: Shaker furniture WHAT I LOOKS FOR IN GOOD DESIGN: Pride in workmanship, integrity of materials and process, distinctive look and feel, durable and functional PRIZED POSSESSION THAT ILLUSTRATES YOUR DESIGN SENSE: My 1970s lugged steel road bike CORE WISDOM OF DESIGN THINKING: Recognize that good ideas can come from anywhere. Paper the walls with sketches of possible solutions. Keep iterating, experimenting, making models and trying things out SOME EXAMPLES OF GOOD DESIGN: Tizio task light, Bialetti espresso maker, Emeco navy chair, Parentesi lamp DREAM POSSESSION THAT ILLUSTRATES YOUR DESIGN SENSE: Verner Panton’s Visiona sofa

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UCC’s first “geometric drawing master” was none other than John Howard, Toronto’s first architect, one of its first city planners and the donor of High Park. BY ELAINE SMITH

esign classes at Upper Canada College are as old as the school itself; drawing was offered as an optional subject at 10 shillings per quarter when UCC opened its doors on Jan. 4, 1830. The subject had an illustrious start at the school. When its first drawing master resigned in 1833, the College began a 23-year association with the first architect to hang his shingle in Toronto, John George Howard (1803-1890). Howard and wife Jemima had recently arrived from England, and Howard presented his portfolio to lieutenantgovernor and school founder Sir John Colborne, who handpicked all the masters. Soon, Howard was employed as the geometrical drawing master, teaching

John Howard surveyed Toronto Harbour, laid out St. James Cemetery and built most of the city’s sewers and sidewalks.

architectural drawing, drafting and surveying as a required subject to students in Years 3 through 7. With the approval of UCC’s principal, Reverend Joseph Harris, he taught from 10 a.m. to noon each day, which allowed him to spend the remainder of his time on his architectural business, assisted by Jemima. “Since Howard’s tenure, drawing and design have remained central components of the art curriculum at UCC, with students going on to attend some of North America’s top design and architecture programs and many Old Boys working as highly regarded professionals in these fields,” says David Holt, Upper School art department head. Howard taught students design skills that came in handy as the country went through the Industrial Revolution — he also provided them with practical experience. As his architectural career blossomed, he put UCC students to work surveying land and assisting in planning building designs. He also served as Toronto’s city engineer and surveyor. It was Howard who surveyed Toronto Harbour, laid out St. James Cemetery and built most of the city’s sewers and sidewalks. His growing prominence led to opportunities to design numerous public buildings, as well as private homes and commercial properties. Howard designed the Chewett Block, the first office block in Toronto; the infamous Provincial Lunatic Asylum that stood at 999 Queen St. W. until 1976; and the Bank of British North America (none of them remain today). The City of Toronto recently showcased Howard’s designs in an exhibition, Innovation Circa 1867, as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations at Colborne Lodge, a summer cottage Howard designed and built. It’s now a historic home furnished with many of his possessions and watercolours. Howard and Jemima retired to Colborne Lodge, on the High Park land that Howard bequeathed to the city upon his death (on the condition that it remain parkland), and lived there until their deaths. “City builders John and Jemima Howard and their engagement with 19th century Toronto — through art, architecture, design, parks and all that was new and evolving at the time— provide a wonderful lens to explore contemporary issues in our city,” says Elizabeth Nelson-Raffaele, the curator for Colborne Lodge. “The introduction of the Middle Years Programme’s new design thinking and digital innovation curriculum (see page 16) is proof that Howard’s design legacy lives on at UCC,” Holt adds.

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Forging Ahead On Strategic Directions


he College’s road map for the future, Strategic Directions: Towards 2029, launched in February at our annual Founder’s Dinner. “It’s our history of bold and progressive thinking that has inspired the College’s renewed Strategic Directions,” says Principal Sam McKinney. Developed in extensive consultation with our community, the plan sets the course for the next decade and articulates a renewed Vision, Mission and Values, focusing on inspiring boys to be their best self and delivering transformational learning experiences. The College is making progress and working to deliver on the near-term initiatives outlined in this plan. At a meeting with the Board of Governors on June 5, the senior leadership reported on its progress to date. Additionally, over the summer, our senior leadership team will continue to evolve the plan and set priorities for the next academic year. The initiatives are clustered under three key goal pillars: Best Self, Flourishing Community and Bold Future. Here is a brief review of activity related to our Strategic Directions since the February launch:


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ensuring organizational effectiveness, these new appointments will take effect on July 1 to replace the current divisional structure. Tanya Sweeney has been appointed Head of the Preparatory School and Naheed Bardai has been appointed Head of the Upper School. (See UCC Today on page 32 for more on these two appointments.) As well, Senior Division Head Scott Cowie has been appointed Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing. At the Upper School, Fiona Marshall will be Assistant Head, Student Affairs and Deirdre Timusk is appointed Assistant Head, Operations. Tom Babits is now Director of Community Service, Clubs and CAS. At the Prep, Gareth Evans is appointed Assistant Head, Middle Division and David Girard to Assistant Head, Primary Division. FACULTY AND STAFF RESEARCH TRIPS

In March, seven faculty and staff members travelled to seven leading-edge Asian schools that are raising the bar in the areas of Design and Design Thinking. Using these world-class examples as a springboard for inspiration and insight, the College is forming Design working groups as we continue to develop our Signature Design Program. The working groups will explore the five pillars anchoring the program: Partnerships; Purpose-Built Space;


Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship; Incubator; and Technology. As well, in April, a team comprised of six faculty and staff members travelled to four different cities in Australia to consult with independent schools that are globally recognized as leaders in the field of wellbeing. They observed approaches to addressing student wellbeing in the different schools they visited, some of which have experience in this area for a decade. The team also attended the Positive Education Schools Association National Conference. While there, the UCC team had a number of exclusive consultations with leading experts in wellbeing theory and education. The team is poised to incorporate the valuable insights gained on their trip into the process of developing UCC’s unique approach to embedding wellbeing throughout the

College from Kindergarten to Year 12. CAMPUS MASTER PLAN

Following a rigorous selection process, Fielding Nair International (FNI) has been chosen as our facilities planning partner. Our new master plan will focus on learning spaces and ensuring our facilities can accomodate 21st century learning, creating a framework to guide our future enhancements and help us address our needs and challenges. FNI is an award-winning leader in education planning and architectural design, with extensive experience with Canadian and international independent schools. FNI visited the College in January to observe the school in action and engage with faculty and staff, and they were back in March for a community information session you can view here:

Building Bonds as Boarders


hris Cruz ’02 remembers meeting new roommate Adrian de Valois-Franklin ’02 in room 312 of Wedd’s House on their first day of Year 9 in 1998 as if it was yesterday. “It was a memorable moment because Adrian is significantly larger than I am,” says Cruz. “As a 14-year-old boy who was probably 100 pounds and very small to be partnered up with a Dutch hockey player was a surprise.” Cruz and de Valois-Franklin remained roomies at Wedd’s for the duration of their time at Upper Canada College and forged such a strong bond that they went on to live together for another four years when they attended Western University’s Ivey Business School. And, just for good measure, they continued to cohabitate for another two years when they both found themselves working in San Francisco after graduation. “We were both pretty well-rounded and interested in the wide variety of things that the College had to offer through sports, arts and the academic curriculum,” Cruz says of the time the two boys spent together at UCC. However, while de Valois-Franklin excelled as an athlete, tended goal for the junior varsity hockey team and was on the fencing team, Cruz was fiercely dedicated to house sports for Wedd’s. And whereas de Valois-Franklin was interested in chemistry, physics and math, and expressed himself artistically through painting, the more extroverted and outspoken Cruz was into

The friendship these Old Boys formed as roommates in Year 9 is as strong as ever today, 16 years later.


English, history, environmental studies and theatre while also serving on the board of stewards as the head of Wedd’s and co-founding the Improvisation Comedy Club. “What always struck me about Chris and Adrian was the strength of their friendship despite the fact that they had very different personalities and interests,” says director of university counselling Katherine Ridout. “Of course, when I taught them both in Grade 9 history, what was most apparent was the contrast in their sizes. Chris was one of the smallest boys and Adrian towered over his peers. It was a real Mutt and Jeff pairing.” “I really don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Chris,” says de Valois-Franklin. “He’s the type of person who makes friends very quickly and really connects with people.” De Valois-Franklin was focused on attending Ivey since it could start him on a career path in investment banking. Cruz originally planned to go to Western because his sister did, but his roommate educated him about Ivey and they were both pre-accepted into the business school. They lived together in the Elgin Hall residence during their first year and in an off-campus apartment for the next three. “Chris was a natural leader and had sales charisma — I don’t think finance was his first thought, but eventually, after he spent some time learning more about the industry through an internship, he really got into it,” says de Valois-Franklin. “Ultimately we both ended up getting full-time jobs in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions straight out of undergrad.” Both landed jobs in San Francisco, with de Valois-Franklin at Goldman Sachs and Cruz at UBS. Not only were they roommates for two years, but their jobs were in the same building — though on different floors. They also travelled in Asia together for two weeks to unwind after their respective stints ended in 2008. De Valois-Franklin is now chief executive officer of Castle Ridge Asset Management in Toronto while Cruz is managing director for Searchlight Capital in New York City. He visits his former hometown about four times a year and the longtime roommates get together for dinner and drinks every time he does. “Even if it’s been months, we don’t skip a beat and it’s like no time has passed,” says de Valois-Franklin.

Chris Cruz ’02 and Adrian de Valois-Franklin ’02 built a lasting friendship as roommates at UCC — and beyond.

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Banner Year for Barry Hill

It’s been a year of professional honours for Barry Hill ’62, an Indigenous Old Boy who navigated the culture of UCC in the 1960s. He attributes his multi-career success to elbow grease and parents for whom “failure was not an option.” BY LESLEY YOUNG

Barry Hill ’62 and artist Cathy Busby stand beneath “WE CALL: Upper Canada College”, an art installation inspired by UCC’s past and Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It’s now permanently installed in the student centre thanks to a gift from the principal’s fund. Come check it out.


ast summer, First Nations Mohawk Barry Hill ’62 — lauded engineer and agriculturist — decided to walk to the local store near his home on Six Nations territory in Ohsweken, Ont. “It was a hot day and I’d been working on a piece of machinery. I was sweaty and there was oil on my pants. I thought, ‘A nice cool soda would be great.’ So there I was, nearing the store, when a lady comes out tugging a little guy with her. She points at me and says, ‘Look, there’s an Indian! I told you you’d see one if you came!’” “‘Jesus Murphy” Hill thought. “It’s still gonna take a long time to get past that kind of attitude,” he says, referring to the nation’s reconciliation agenda. It’s certainly an attitude he’s encountered all his life. While deeply jarring, he says it’s never truly injured him, not even when he was a minority during his time at Upper Canada College, then at McMaster University and even later when he 1 8   Old Times | JUNE 2018

pioneered solutions for Ontario Hydro for 26 years, including the design of the Lakeview, Nanticoke and Darlington generation stations. “I don’t know, maybe I was too dumb to let it bother me,” he says. And yet, ironically, he admits he’s never felt more like a poster boy. Hill is being honoured by the faculty of engineering at McMaster this summer, as one of the top 150 graduates since its founding in 1958. He’s also being inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame for his work creating a multi-million-dollar, 2,000-acre farm and mentoring Six Nations’ agrientrepreneurs. “It’s probably good now that the Indigenous are finding their voices and there is more awareness,” he says. “But back then we were individuals. We didn’t wear our ‘Indianism’ on our sleeves. I didn’t grow up having something to prove.” Indeed, Hill attributes all that he’s achieved in his 75 years to good old elbow grease, an insatiable curiosity and a schoolteacher mother and farmer father for whom “failure was not an option.” The “embarrassingly nerdy kid” remembers heading into Toronto for the Santa Claus Parade one year and seeing boys playing outside at UCC. “I thought that would be a neat place to go.” So he wrote his UCC scholarship exams. (His future physics teacher James Coulton reveled over Hill’s eight-page description of the inner workings of a combustion engine.) He landed the Gordon Hamilton Southam Scholarship and left home for the first time in his life — but not before making the front page of the local newspaper with the headline, “Indian boy wins scholarship.”

“As head of Seaton’s House in 1962, Hill is a remarkable story for UCC because I cannot, in 1962, imagine a much WASPier institution,” says Derek Ground ’81, a Toronto-based lawyer who practises First Nations law. “Even when I graduated, to say it was not diverse is an understatement. Then, for Barry to come out of UCC and have a great career as a mechanical engineer at [Ontario] Hydro and then to reinvent himself again as a farmer — Barry just seems to forge ahead with what he wants to do, not letting anything slow him down.” Hill certainly hasn’t allowed any overt discrimination to trip him up. Much of it, he maintains, was unintentional. One UCC classmate said, “Barry, you’re a great guy, but you’ll never date my sister.” Then, while at Toronto Hydro, he was required to self-identify by the provincial New Democratic Party government’s employment equity legislation passed in 1993. “I was Barry Hill, dressed in three-piece suits,” he says, though when the numbers were crunched and he learned he was the .01 per cent Indigenous fraction of the company, the lack of diversity struck him hard. Eventually, he led a sustainable development policy that included establishing a native circle for the growing pool of Indigenous employees. However, the 80-hour work weeks and heavy responsibilities of management took a toll. Around the same time, having bought a log cabin back in Ohsweken, an entirely different, newly discovered passion beckoned — growing food. “I was selling my tomato plants door to door when I thought, ‘This is ridiculous. I shouldn’t garden. I should plant a crop,’” he says. He enrolled in crop-farm correspondence courses from the University of Guelph and planted a soybean field. Today, he and his wife Cheryle run that 2,000-acre grain and oilseed farm. “People say I ended up being a farmer. This is actually a multi-million-dollar business,” notes Hill. “And starting any business from scratch on a reserve is tough when you are not bankable,” he adds. That’s why, today, he helps local Indigenous financial institutions, lending his business expertise to those with entrepreneurial dreams. It’s also why, over the years, he’s helped Six Nations grow agribusiness by introducing new crops and organizing fellow farmers into the First Nations Agri Group co-op for bulk seed and fertilizer purchases. He also founded the $150-million Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative Ethanol Plant in Chatham, Ont. “with no help from the boys on Bay Street,” he says. And he’s headed up the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, the Brant County Federation of Agriculture and the Two Rivers Community Development Fund — hence the Hall of Fame award. Hill is finally slowing down, but only fractionally. When not toiling on his farm, he may be found playing the organ in Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, originally built by the Crown as Upper Canada’s first Protestant church. “I’ve come to history late in life,” he says. (Hill played a key role in the chapel’s recent restoration and wrote a 78-page history book.) When he examines his own history, the conclusion he draws about his success comes down to hard work, a little luck and determination. Sometimes I think that when it comes to discrimination, it’s about not letting it bother you.”


Barry Hill ’62 is being honoured by the faculty of engineering at McMaster University and is also being inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Three colourful panels of text now hang permanently in the Upper School student centre. But take a closer look. The sentences grapple with complicated moments in UCC’s own past, including the original purchase of the Norval property, from Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations, in 1818. One of the three frames is a timeline that tells the UCC story with Indigenous peoples, but also highlights its progress as an institution over the past 189 years. Spearheaded by UCC’s visual arts department and its Amnesty International Club led by students Vlad Chindea and Shaan Hooey, with the support of the Lind Art Fund, the two collaborated with Vancouver artist Cathy Busby for a work called “WE CALL: Upper Canada College”, presented during Truth and Reconcilliation Week at the College, on April 27. The words on the panels refer to actual Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (The mandate of that organization is to inform Canadians about the truth of those personally affected by the Indian residential school experience.) Former students Barry Hill ’62 and Derek Ground ’81, Indigenous rights lawyer, also helped facilitate the project. “We hope that our acknowledgement can lay the groundwork for future conversations and collaborations with Indigenous communities as we continue on the path towards reconciliation,” says art teacher and curator Vesna Kristich.

He also thinks people need to be reminded that the differences between races aren’t so extreme. “We make jokes about ourselves, but there are six PhDs living within three miles of me who’ve taught at the University of Toronto and McMaster.” In other words, we’re reminded to look far deeper than three-piece suits and oil-stained pants when measuring fellow human beings.

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Rowers Unite

What happens when a former dream team of Olympians and world champions decides to recreate their A-game for the Head of the Charles Regatta? BY CHRIS DANIELS

The UCC Old Boys reunite on the water at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

Our crew name for the race was ‘We Used to be Good.’

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t’s one thing to be training for a rowing competition in your teens and 20s. It’s quite another when you’re in your 50s. “I had aches and pains every single day for six months,” says Jim Relle ’80, who laughs about it now. “The fun part of rowing is certainly not the training; it’s sharing the misery with your teammates.” It’s especially fun when your teammates are fellow Old Boys and Olympic or world champion rowers: Peter MacGowan ’77; Tim Turner ’77 and his brother Pat Turner ’80; Ted Gibson ’80; Bruce Ross ’81; John Houlding ’81; and Barney Williams ’96. One by one, they took Relle, a surgeon and partner at the Michigan Institute of Urology, up on his invitation to row together for old times’ sake. The venue: The Head

of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest competition for the sport, in Boston. The event: Senior-Master Eights with another UCC rower serving as coxman, Jeff Collins ’17. Many of the crew members, including Ross and Tim Turner, hadn’t picked up an oar in 30 years, nor were they in the kind of shape that would challenge teams on the competitive rowing circuit. Still, given this much athletic accomplishment in one boat — and a little prep time in the gym — they did themselves proud. With an average age that exceeded the 50-year-old minimum in their event by a few years, the UCC Old Boys placed 22nd out of 57 crews in the roughly five-kilometre course last October. “In the first half-minute

Where are they now? THIS ROWING DREAM TEAM HAS MOVED ON TO OTHER THINGS PETER MACGOWAN ’77 1984 Olympic bronze (men’s quad); gold in grand master singles men’s, Head of The Charles Regatta in 2010. NOW: Partner, Blakes Law Firm. TIM TURNER ’77 Bronze, 1981 World Rowing Championships; winner, Henley Royal Regatta, 1981; 1984 Olympics (men’s four with Ted Gibson ’80). NOW: Group Chief Risk Officer, African Development Bank.

of the race you feel like you’re back in your mid-20s,” says Relle. “The next 16 minutes are a lot harder; you realize this isn’t so easy in your mid-50s!” Of course, the get-together was as much about reuniting with old classmates, teammates and friends as it was about competition. They had come from around the world. Tim Turner flew in from Africa’s Ivory Coast, where he works at the African Development Bank. Ross, who is group head, technology and operations for the Royal Bank of Canada, travelled from London, England, where he was having a meeting. Their old UCC coach Boris Klavora, now living in Vancouver, was also there to watch. Gibson, who never considered himself an athlete until being welcomed by the rowing coaches at UCC, says of Klavora: “He was great. All the coaches at UCC were extremely supportive of random people like me just starting in the sport.” It’s no coincidence UCC produced so many future Olympic rowers under Klavora, adds Relle. “He was a small man and so he was a real inspiration to all of us rowing at UCC, because we never really had a big oarsman.” After the race, Gibson hosted a party for the Old Boys, their spouses and families. “Even though many of us hadn’t seen each other in about 30 years, getting back together instantly felt easy,” says Relle. “We really enjoyed each other’s company.” The race reignited a passion for the sport for some of the Old Boys crew. Relle, Pat Turner, Houlding and Ross will compete together at the 2018 Head of The Charles Regatta, again in the eights. “Rowing is like a viral disease,” jokes Relle. “You catch it and it’s very hard to shake.”

TED GIBSON ’80 Bronze, 1981 World Rowing Championships; winner, Henley Royal Regatta; 1984 Olympics (men’s four with Tim Turner ’77); winner, Oxford/ Cambridge Boat Race, 1981. NOW: Tenured professor of Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology PAT TURNER ’80 1984 Olympic gold (men’s eight); bronze, 1981 World Rowing Championships; winner, Henley Royal Regatta, 1981. NOW: Emergency physician in Prince George, B.C.

JIM RELLE ’80 Bronze, 1981 World Rowing Championships; winner, Henley Royal Regatta, 1981; 1983 winner, Harvard/Yale Boat Race; 1984 Olympics (men’s pair with John Houlding ’81). NOW: Surgeon and Partner, Michigan Institute of Urology. JOHN HOULDING ’81 1984 Olympics (men’s pair with Jim Relle ’80); 1980 Word Rowing Junior Championship (with Bruce Ross ’81 and Ted Gibson ’81); 1998 Olympics (Men’s four). NOW: President, promotional marketing agency Cotton Candy Inc. BRUCE ROSS ’81 1980 World Rowing Junior Championships (with Ted Gibson ’80 and John Houlding ’81). NOW: Group Head, Technology & Operations, RBC (and named Canadian CIO of the Year in 2017). BARNEY WILLIAMS ’96 Gold, 2003 World Rowing Championships (men’s four); silver, 2004 Olympics (men’s 4); winner, Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race, 2005 and 2006. MOST RECENTLY: Head Coach, Cornell Women’s Rowing.

FROM LEFT Ted Gibson ’80, Bruce Ross ’81, John Houlding ’81

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The School Ties That Bind

Helicopter powder skiing in the Monashee Mountains in B.C., Jack Schneider is holding his cowboy hat, which he always wore (hence he was known as “Texas Jack” by his ski buddies).

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The Class of ’65 had a lifelong bond. One key player was the beloved Jack Schneider, an early champion of UCC’s “Duke of Ed” program. and a life long supporter of it.

here wasn’t much that could come between Jack Schneider ’65 and a good adventure, certainly not a three-year battle with cancer, which, sadly, came to an end last September. He was too sick to fly to Muskoka from Calgary for an annual summer reunion with an Upper Canada College friend and their respective families. No problem. Schneider hung out in an RV while his family took turns driving. “It took us three days each way and he was a trooper. He didn’t complain once,” says wife Pam Schneider.


And while not a word of final farewell was spoken at last summer’s reunion, it included a reception so longstanding friends — many of them having met 57 years prior at UCC — could spend time with the bed-ridden Schneider. “I wore the cowboy hat Jack had given me and I felt like a dufus, but it was important to me to be there and to wear it,” says Grant Cottrell ’65, who grew up with Schneider in the Toronto neighbourhood of Leaside, and entered UCC in Year 9 along with him. Cottrell’s gesture was a testament to the deep bonds Schneider forged with all he loved — sports, adventure, philanthropy, the West and, of course, his family (wife Pam and sons Jack and Mark and daughter Julie). And, as a lifelong champion of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program who was instrumental in establishing it permanently at UCC and throughout Canada, his values were forged at UCC. “UCC was the making of Jack,” says Pam, adding that he came from a poor, first-generation Canadian family who emigrated from Hungary in 1929. “He was always telling stories from his UCC days and a core of lifelong friends grew out of that school.” The Old Boys from that

group remember Schneider as an all-star athlete and a tremendous leader, but most of all, as someone who exuded a generosity of spirit that transcended superficialities. To this day, Alan Ely ’65 isn’t sure what drew them together at UCC. “Jack and I did radically different things,” he says. Schneider was captain of the football team and a commander in UCC’s Battalion. “I sang in musicals. But it just didn’t seem to matter.” For the athletic Schneider (who later tried out for the Montreal Allouettes), UCC also helped establish his gift for giving back. And over the years, that giving back would take the form of encouraging and promoting, says Pam, thanks to UCC mentor and teacher Don Maskell. “Don was tremendously influential on Jack,” says Pam. “He introduced him to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.” Schneider was among five boys from UCC who were some of the first 18 students to receive “Duke of Ed” Gold Awards in Canada, in a program that creates opportunities for young people to experience adventure and provide service to others. They were presented in person by His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at a March 22, 1966 ceremony in Ottawa.

Subsequently, a Maskellled trip to Western Canada for the Duke of Ed program solidified his love for the region and inspired his move in 1982. The experience led him to give back in similar ways. He partnered with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to bring the award program to youth in remote communities, and to the Calgary Stampede by engaging the youth in the Stampede’s showband. “Volunteerism was huge in our family,” says Jack Schneider Jr., especially when it came to the Stampede, to which Schneider devoted a lot of energy to increasing the level of respect and representation for First Nations’ peoples. The vibrant “Indian Village” (named as such to this day) is a result of Schneider’s original proposal in 1995 to revitalize and expand the event to teach tourists about First Nations’ history. A self-described “serial entrepreneur,” his professional

accomplishments included operating an authentic teepee village in southern Alberta and developing patented technology in the mining and oil sector, as well as in wastewater treatment. Those who attended Schneider’s service in Calgary weren’t surprised by all the connections he’d forged. “Nobody walked over Jack,” says Bob Medland ’65. (The two met their future wives on a double first-date at UCC’s Battalion Ball in 1963.) His loyalty was also legendary. When Schneider’s best friend Tony Taylor ’65 was ill in 2006, Schneider moved into the Taylor house to help look after him. “He put his life on hold so Tony could die in his own home. That was huge,” says Peter Salloum ’65, to whom Old Boys attribute the survival of the Willy Orr Invitational Squash Tournament. Schneider helped create it back in his UCC days, named after long-serving classics teacher

The Class of ’65 attended its reunion dinner at the College in 2015: FRONT Bob Medland, Howard Heath, Jim Coulton, Rob Jennings, Mike Taylor, Alan Ely.

Harold “Willy” Orr. Over the years, the tournament evolved into an excuse to get together. At one such event before Schneider passed, everyone donned “Game on!” T-shirts, made a few years earlier when they got news Schneider’s cancer had spread. (The words were exclaimed by his daughter upon hearing the diagnosis.) The crew would send random shots of themselves wearing the shirts to

MIDDLE John Hughes, Bill Schyven, Doug Musgrave, Fred McGarry, Tom Spragge, Bob (Red) Smith. BACK John Kidder, Peter Salloum, Jack Schneider, George Dickson, Reg Walsh, John Clappison, George Orr.

Schneider from wherever they might be. “Jack would literally weep when he got those,” says Pam. “He honestly didn’t know the impact he had on people.” Ely sang Schneider’s request, “What a Wonderful World,” at his funeral. “He appreciated friends,” says Ely. “He understood that when friends shake hands and say, “How do you do?” they’re really saying, “I love you.”

Toronto is renowned as one of the most multicultural cities on the planet, and we’re proud that Upper Canada College reflects that diversity. Our students represent 44 different countries through their country of birth and citizenship, many of whom now call Toronto their home. In boarding alone, UCC students represent 24 different countries. Old Boys have always played a crucial role in recruiting and referring new students. Thank you for helping us keep our international community of learners strong.


Fond Farewells DEREK POON

The following faculty members retired in June.

Despite the various contributions he’s made and roles he’s held, the title that captures Derek’s essence best is “coach.” He was a very successful varsity coach for both the tennis and volleyball teams for many years, capturing countless championships, including winning the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s gold medal for volleyball in 2008. Derek’s impact as a coach extends far beyond the realm of athletics. He’s mentored and supported the growth and development of students, faculty and staff members throughout his entire career. Derek has introduced many faculty and staff members to the joy found in playing sports, particularly tennis. Those fortunate enough to have taken lessons from him will have experienced great improvement in their forehands and backhands, but more importantly will have grown in spirit thanks to his incredible warmth and endless encouragement. Derek brings out the best in people, inspiring them to play fair, to graciously accept failure and to be good teammates in the ever-challenging, yet always rewarding, game of life. Love is a commonly used tennis term, and it appropriately applies to one of the game’s true aficionados. Derek loves people and people love Derek. Coach D, may your days be filled with serves you can return, nets you can jump and calls that go your way. You will be greatly missed by all of us. –Julia Kinnear and Scott Cowie

EVAN WILLIAMS DEREK POON Game, set and match. After 34 years of dedicated service to Upper Canada College, Intermediate Division Head Derek Poon has decided to retire. Since joining UCC in 1984, Mr. Poon, “coach” or “D,” as he’s affectionately known by many here, has had a tremendous impact on our community. Derek began his career at the College as a physical education teacher and eventually served as chair of the department. He was a dedicated senior house adviser of McHugh’s from 1999 to 2008, served as assistant head to student affairs – advising and counselling – and was assistant head of Upper School Middle Years prior to his current role. He was instrumental in supporting many transformative initiatives, including the Healthy Relationships Program and the Gay Straight Alliance. He’s also been a core member of key committees that have shaped leading practice and policy at the College.

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I’ve known and worked closely with Evan Williams for the past 31 years. He’s been first and foremost a gifted teacher — primarily of senior chemistry — but also of general science and theory of knowledge. He was an excellent hockey, volleyball and varsity lacrosse coach for many years. He was also a much-loved boarding associate housemaster in Wedd’s for 10 years and senior housemaster of Martland’s for five years. He was chair of science for several years and then shifted from the lab and classrooms to administration as dean of students. This all-encompassing position comes with a list of responsibilities that wouldn’t fit on this page. In short, he’s worked closely with students, teachers, staff members, administrators, Old Boys, parents and the wider community. I don’t know anyone who has worked harder or who has been more capable in his various positions than he has. Invariably, if you wanted the job done right, you gave it to Evan. More than anyone else I know, he’s the type of person who will pause whatever he’s doing to ask about you or to help with whatever you’re doing. The foundation of his conscientiousness and proficiency is a deep-rooted passion for education and a full-hearted caring for others. Evan is a multi-talented, boundary-breaking risk-taker. This selfconfessed city boy helped lead a group of students on a six-day hiking trip along the West Coast Trail, one of Canada’s most challenging wilderness trails. His campfire couscous was delicious. The talented guitarist joined a student-led group called The

Mudslide Blues Band that performed at the College and venues around Toronto, including El Mocambo. Evan will say that he can’t sing, but don’t believe him. He’s Mozart with metaphors and, with his brilliant wit, he flourishes the pun with Salvador Dali-esque creativity and Usain Bolt-like speed. And the fact that he’s a die-hard Maple Leafs fan is evidence of his eternal optimism. Evan has provided the UCC community with 30 years of outstanding service, and the College is deeply indebted to him. I have been, and always shall be, his friend. –Richard Turner


KEVIN OLDS Kevin Olds is nothing less than an icon of some of the best aspects of our school. His friendly demeanour, legendary fist bumps and amazingly executed Halloween costumes were defining traits. But, above all else, Mr. Olds is a dedicated, highly knowledgeable and supportive individual in all aspects of the lives of those who know him. I knew Mr. Olds as the Robotics Club faculty supervisor in my early years at the College. Our club met every day after school, often ending at 6 p.m. Mr. Olds was always KEVIN there, ready to help us out with whatever we OLDS asked, giving us sage advice. When we went to practice with The Bishop Strachan School, his “Oldsmobile” was always ready. And when we went to competitions in St. Catharines or Brampton, he woke up early in the morning and cheered for us into the night. As I leave the College, I recognize that Mr. Olds was more than just a club adviser. He’s been a great mentor and a great friend. He checked in on me when times were tough and has always supported all of my personal endeavours. He’s also been that great mentor and friend for countless other students, whether or not they were part of a club he supervised or in his class. Mr. Olds is a classic example of the teacher who goes above and beyond his job description to enhance the well-being of his students, and of all students at the school. It’s been nearly 30 years since he joined the College in 1989, and I have no doubt that during that time he’s made the life of each and every student he’s interacted with immeasurably better. He’ll be missed dearly here, and we wish him the best of luck with whatever he chooses to do next. –Matthew Wang ’18

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BLAIR SHARPE It’s truly a challenge to measure Gordon Blair Sharpe’s impact on Upper Canada College. As his 28th and final year at the College closes in, Blair will leave behind a footprint that’s had a great impact on the students, his colleagues and UCC itself. Blair arrived at UCC in the fall of 1989 after a seven-year teaching career at Rosseau Lake College, which was instrumental in forming who he is as a teacher, coach and mentor. He now sits on the board of governors of his first school, which speaks volumes about his time there. UCC just provided a bigger stage. It was clear from the beginning that Blair was more than willing to roll up his sleeves and get things done both inside and outside the classroom. Many times I’ve heard him say, “Why would anyone want to do anything different than be in the classroom with the boys?” Blair was always in his classroom, whether he was teaching English, coaching or mentoring. Over his career, Blair has taught a full load in his English classroom and coached the College’s junior varsity hockey and junior varsity rugby teams every year. He was an assistant housemaster in Seaton’s for his first seven years, was head of Mowbray’s for 12 years, and then an associate house adviser in Jackson’s. He’s finishing off his final year as one of the Year 8 form advisers. Blair’s true impact at the College, however, has been his relationship with the students. Whether he taught, coached or mentored them, each student will have lasting memories of “Sharpie.” Blair has been a tremendous advocate for students. Quite often he would, without fanfare, find the best in 2 6   Old Times | JUNE 2018

every student when others couldn’t. He worked tirelessly to try and help each student reach his potential and, most importantly, wanted them to be good citizens of the school and solid human beings. I know that scores of Old Boys still keep in touch with Blair to this day, whether they graduated last year or 25 years ago. At the same time, Blair never hesitated to have tough conversations with a student, and at times with his parents, if he felt it was in the best interests of the boy. Parents respected his insights and realized that he was doing what he felt was the best thing for their son. Sometimes it took a while to accomplish, but Blair always got there. As his final year at the College comes to an end, Blair will be sorely missed by the boys and his colleagues. Whether those colleagues were teachers, administrators, support staff or opposing coaches, everyone will remember his smile and the way that he was able to make them feel like they were important and valued. I know that Blair will miss everything about UCC, but I also know that he’ll make the most of his retirement years. As a creature of habit, it won’t be hard to find him in one of three places: his home in Lakefield; his cottage on Lake of Bays; or his favourite vacation spot, Hopetown, Bahamas. In addition to having more time for his interests and hobbies, Blair will get to spend more time with his girls, wife Debbie and daughter Maggie, wherever their travels take them. Best wishes from us all in your retirement, Gordo. You’ve enriched the lives of everyone that you encountered here at the College and our memories of you will last our lifetimes. –Brent A. MacKay

ADRIENNE FISHER If you were to pop your head into the Wilder Library on any given weekday morning over the last 19 years, you would have had the pleasure of enjoying a stimulating conversation with Adrienne Fisher. Topics of discussion might have included current brain science research, boys and reading, mindfulness in education, or a thoughtful inquiry about your family. Simultaneously, Adrienne would be revving the library up for the day and greeting each boy by name. An Australian by birth, Adrienne’s family moved to Toronto when she was 13. In her adopted country, she graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in economics and political science. She then attended Western University, where she received her masters of library science degree. Meeting her husband Derek Fisher ’75 cemented her life in Canada. With her sons James ’03 and Ian ’07 attending the Prep, Adrienne became a dedicated volunteer in the Wilder Library. She was asked to join the Prep team as assistant librarian in 1998. In her librarian role, Adrienne distinguished herself in countless ways. She’s an expert in children’s literature (and literature in general) and


The Unsolved Mystery of the Prefects’ Cup What happened to the little lady on the top of the 80-year-old trophy?


ADRIENNE FISHER has extensive knowledge of the systems that keep our library humming. She’s a gentle, patient and knowledgeable teacher with the ability to know every boy — and often the book or series they’re reading. She’s a collaborative team member who listens carefully and offers thoughtful insights and ideas. Adrienne is the kind of person who will tackle any job that needs doing. In her tenure at UCC, Adrienne has always had the interests of the school community at heart. Whether transitioning Year 8 students to the Upper School, sitting on the advisory committee to plan the one-toone laptop program, or contributing to the school’s strategic directions through the lens of well-being, she’s shared her common sense and keen judgment. Adrienne has been at the forefront of bringing student and staff wellness to the Prep by leading initiatives, such as her weekly mindfulness sessions, and offering in-class support to teachers. Never one to pass up something fun, Adrienne sang, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and danced on a rickety scaffold in the Prep musical, Oliver with a Twist. It’s with gratitude for her work every day with the boys and staff, and for her humour, her kindness and her friendship that we send Adrienne off on her well-deserved retirement. –Pam Love As Old Times went to press, it was announced that, after 41 years of dedicated service to the College, Mary-Michaele Lowndes is retiring. As a dedicated member of the modern languages department, she has fundamentally shaped the French program, and remains a loyal and trusted friend to many colleagues within, and beyond, her department, in addition to having made a positive impact on several generations of Old Boys. An extended tribute will appear here in a future issue. CHECK OUT THE DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE FOR A FULL LIST OF COMINGS AND GOINGS.


his mystery might not be quite worthy of Sherlock Holmes’ attention, but it’s certainly waiting to be solved. The intrigue revolves around the Prefects’ Cup, the trophy given annually since 1940 to the house that accumulates the most points in interhouse competition throughout the academic year. It appears that, sometime after the 1971 cup was awarded, it underwent a bit of a metamorphosis. Originally, the figure atop the trophy was a woman holding a laurel wreath; today, it’s a man holding a laurel wreath. In addition, the engraved sleeve containing the names of the winning houses from 1940 to 1971 has disappeared. The cup now only commemorates the winning houses from 1972 (Seaton’s) — onward. The situation came to light in February. Archivist Jill Spellman was preparing an exhibit for Founder’s Day in the Bernick Family Foyer’s display cases — donated, coincidentally (or not) by the Class of 1972 — and decided to exhibit the cup as one of the centrepieces. While researching the history of the cup, she realized the original looked quite different from the current version. “Not a lot of archival records refer to it,” Spellman says, “and nobody I’ve spoken to even realizes that it’s different.” So, what happened? Nobody seems to know. “It was probably something simple,” says Evan Williams, dean of students. “Someone probably dropped it and it broke, so they had it repaired.” But, is it that simple? Could it be the result of a prank that was never mentioned? Did someone take a fancy to her and steal her away? Hugh Innes, president of the Class of 1972, says it’s the first he’s heard of the missing names and the exchange of a female statuette for a male version. “If this is a prank, it would be mild compared to some of the other things that did happen,” says Innes. “I’m sure she resides in some member of the Class of 1971’s basement,” he adds with a chuckle. “I mean, I’m sure she’s not being held hostage. I’m confident she’s in good, safe and careful hands.”

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Hugh and Bill Franks from the Class of 1953 were both members of Mowbray’s House, the Prefects’ Cup winner that year.

Prefects’ Cup Facts Initially called the Inter-House Trophy Presented in 1939 by the graduating class as a leaving gift First winner: Wedd’s in 1940 2018 winner: Orr’s Most frequent winner: Wedd’s, 16 times (one of the original houses, established 1920) Fewest wins: Bremner’s, 1 (newest house, established 1983) Sources: Jill Spellman, Evan Williams

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Of course, at this point, it’s all speculation. However, amateur sleuths may want some background information. The Prefects’ Cup, originally called the Inter-House Trophy, was donated by the graduating class of 1939 as a leaving gift. Most students thought a painting would be appropriate, and the boys duly purchased a painting, “St. Fabien,” by A.Y. Jackson, a member of the Group of Seven. However, Richard Howard, then head of Jackson’s House, had another idea — a cup honouring success in an annual inter-house competition, with points accrued incrementally throughout the year, representing all fields of school activity. The prefects held a general collection among students to purchase a trophy. Five head prefects presented it to the school at the leaving class dinner — and a tradition was born. Originally, points for the cup were calculated proportionally for four areas of activity: 40 per cent each for academics and athletics and 10 per cent apiece for battalion and clubs. Currently, boys in Years 8 through 12 earn points based on athletic competition and special activities, such as the annual Terry Fox School Day Run. (In 2013, a similar weekend competition was established for the boarding houses. The Rao Family Cup is awarded to the winner.) Suspense builds throughout the year. Williams tallies the points as the months tick by; he maintains a website ( of the competition. The winner is announced on the morning of graduation at the Spirit of Athletics assembly. “The assembly closes with the presentation of the Prefects’ Cup,” says Williams. “I go to the podium with a slide show that reveals the bars on the graph one by one, starting with the house with the fewest points. There are huge cheers and a couple of houses are always pretty close. “The winning Head of House comes up and grabs the trophy as the crowd chants, “Hoist!” So where have the pre-1972 names gone? And what’s behind the statuette’s disappearance? Bring your detective skills to bear and help UCC discover the truth. Anonymous hints are also welcome. Please contact archivist Jill Spellman,

The Public Good

Photo: Yuula Benivolski for Evergreen.


ndy Chisholm ’77 was born in Toronto, but it wasn’t until he returned to the city after an almost 25-year absence working abroad that he came to appreciate his hometown’s lush ravine system. Accounting for 90,000 acres of the city’s geographic footprint, the system connects diverse neighbourhoods with forests, streams and wildflower meadows. “One of the first things I did when I got back to Toronto was hop on my bike and go through some of the trails in the ravine,” says Chisholm, who spent most of his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York City and London, U.K. before retiring. “It struck me how rare it is to have an asset like this in the middle of a big city — and that it was being underinvested and underappreciated seemed like a major juxtaposition.” This is why blue-chip donors, including Chisholm, have started going green. Private donors have provided $5 million in seed money for the Don River Valley Park project to revitalize the green space. The project is being led by environmental non-profit Evergreen Brick Works (headquartered in the Don River Valley) in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Chisholm and wife Laurie Thomson are among the donors, via Goldman Sachs Gives, the company’s donoradvised fund for awarding grants to non-profit

organizations. They’re listed as “major patrons” with fellow philanthropists: the Jackman family, including Duncan ’84; Judy and Wilmot Matthews, parents of Don ’86; Kelly and former senator Michael Meighen, parents of Hugh ’01 and Max ’07; and Trans Canada Trails. Frances and Tim Price, parents of Matthew ’01 and Robert ’93 are “foundation patrons.” Upper Canada College Governor Ken Tanenbaum is also an adviser. Chisholm is also on Evergreen’s board of directors and, according to Evergreen founder and CEO Geoff Cape, is the visionary the project needed. “His leadership has been so important,” Cape says. “He has led a small group of private donors and staff at Evergreen to help develop a remarkable vision for Toronto’s ravine system.” It’s a vision that’s coming to life in the Lower Don with access, trail improvements and spectacular art installations. The first such installation, “Monsters for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality,” is a series of 14 concrete sculptures by Omaskêko Cree artist Duane Linklater.

We’ve always been a private school with a public purpose. Now Old Boys are investing in Toronto’s green space. BY CHRIS DANIELS

Andy Chisholm ’77, Chair of the Don River Valley Park Campaign, speaking at the official reopening of the Lower Don Trail and launch of the Don River Valley Park Art Program, September 2017.


Well-funded , well-cared for greenspaces can spur economic development in tourism and real estate and improve public health outcomes. Yet municipalities are grappling with constant budget stress amidst swelling populations. This is where private donors can play a significant role, Chisholm says. “A segment of the population should feel responsibility for public spaces the same way they do for hospitals or museums,” he says. “A public space is something to be enjoyed, which makes it a worthwhile investment.” As an example of the benefits, he cites New York City’s Central Park. In the 1970s, the park was neglected and considered unsafe, but now it’s home to inviting biking trails, gardens, fishing ponds and even a zoo thanks to the Central Park Conservancy, which was created in 1980 as a public-private endeavour. By studying examples like this around the world,

Evergreen and the City of Toronto are working on a governance structure to show private donors that their money is being spent to augment existing funds, Chisholm says. He isn’t the only Old Boy involved in the project. Andy Pringle ’69, former chair of UCC’s Think Ahead Campaign, co-chaired along with Thomson, and Pringle is also the current chair of the Toronto Police Services Board. He has offered both his expertise and his financial support. “Getting people to donate can be a hard sell at first, but thanks to the leadership behind this project, people are understanding the value — it is really about city building,” Pringle says. Chisholm adds they’ve only just begun to realize the potential for Toronto’s ravine system. “The amount raised so far is nowhere near what’s needed,” he says. “We’re really hoping to expand the vision of what the Don River Valley Park can be for Toronto.”

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Giving A Syrian Family A Fresh Start

CIS Ontario Women’s Network Launch At UCC a Huge Success

The Upper Canada College-sponsored Syrian refugee family finally arrived in Toronto and was greeted at Toronto Pearson International Airport on May 14 as part of the College’s “warm welcome” initiative. UCC started raising funds to sponsor the family in 2016, but almost two years of paperwork delayed Samia and Mohamed Farastaki’s arrival with their children: Baraa, 5; Ahmad, 7; Kenana, 14; Amani, 16; and Abdullah, 18. Mohamed Farastaki is a trained chef who has ambitions to start a restaurant. He and his family plan to learn English so they can adjust more easily to their new homeland. “UCC is eager to show the Farastaki family a warm welcome and, with the continued support of the UCC community over the next year, start them off successfully in their new lives,” Principal Sam McKinney wrote in a letter to members of the UCC community. “Whether it’s a week’s worth of groceries or school supplies, we’re asking for your support to get the family settled and off to a fresh start here in Toronto.”

UCC students also did their part through a variety of activities, including creating welcome baskets brimming with useful items. Year 6 classes made themed quilts for the Farastaki children. The squares were sewn together by Middle Division art teacher Nancy Preston, who led the project, and Middle Division coordinator Barb Kawasoe. UCC parents and grandparents helped the boys in the classroom by showing them how to thread needles, stitch, embroider and sew. More than 30 UCC community members volunteered to assist in the Farastaki family’s relocation effort. “I would like to thank the UCC community for their warm-hearted support of this initiative,” wrote McKinney, “one of the first of many initiatives that demonstrate our Strategic Directions values of learning, community, service, pluralism and wellbeing.” Suggestions or queries about assisting the Farastaki family can be submitted by emailing

The Farastaki family arrived safely in Toronto in May where they were welcomed by members of the UCC community.

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Faculty members Allison Macrae, Deirdre Timusk and Tina Jagdeo — along with Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Executive Director Sarah Craig — have created the CIS Ontario Women’s Network. The initial event on Feb. 27 was a huge success, with more than 200 attendees coming out, triple the forecast. “It was created as we saw a need for women to have a place to find mentors and network,” says Macrae, an Upper School math teacher. “You don’t have to be in a formal position of leadership to make a difference. It is valuable to lead from the middle.” The inaugural CIS Ontario Women’s Network kicked off in UCC’s student centre where UCC’s Vice-Principal, Administration and Innovation, Patti MacNicol, St. Clement’s School Principal Martha Perry and University of Toronto School Principal Rosemary Evans spoke about the role that mentors and networking played in their careers. They also offered advice on how women can create their own mentoring and support networks. Macrae added that UCC Principal Sam McKinney “has been incredibly supportive and excited about this initiative, and we are grateful for his support and guidance.”


Model UN Takes Trophy at McGill For Unprecedented Fifth Year Running UCC’s Model United Nations (MUN) team took the Best Large Delegation trophy and many individual awards at the McGill MUN conference in Montreal in November. More than 1,500 students from schools across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean participated. This victory represents the fifth time in a row UCC has taken the best delegation title at McGill. Team captains were David Niddam-Dent ’18 and Adam Rothman.


Leaving Class Valedictorian Vlad Chindea Earns Loran Scholar Award Boarding student Vlad Chindea ’18 has received the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in Canada. He was also the leaving class valedictorian. (You can read a transcript of his speech and watch his address at Chindea was one of 34 students selected, from an initial pool of more than 5,023 applicants, to be a Loran Scholar. Recipients go through the most comprehensive and thorough scholarship selection process in Canada. The scholarships are valued at $100,000 over four years. “Even though I believe that the perseverance and work ethic that I have come to develop over the years were key in my application, the interview process mainly discussed what is the most meaningful to me: the love that I have for the most important people in my life; my passion for filmmaking; my keen interest for human rights that I have cultivated since an early age; and the challenges that I had faced, especially when taking the risk to move away from home — from my family and closest friends — when coming to UCC. I stayed true to myself.” Chindea had the highest academic average of any UCC Year 11 student last year and has received the College’s

English and Literature Prize, Film Prize and Environmental Systems and Societies Prize. Among many achievements, Chindea is the head of College Film and has supervised film workshops at UCC. Chindea co-founded UCC’s Amnesty International Club, and along with Shaan Hooey, engaged in efforts to raise awareness about Indigenous rights in Canada. They teamed up with visual arts teachers Vesna Krstich and David Holt and English teacher Celia Bowker at the beginning of this academic year to spread that message through contemporary art, which led to the creation of “WE CALL: Upper Canada College.” (See page 19.) Chindea will attend the University of British Columbia and is thinking about majoring in international relations while remaining active in producing films and studying French literature. While he plans to explore his range of interests in university before deciding upon a career path, at the moment he’s considering the fields of film- and documentary-making, journalism, human rights, international law and diplomacy. Past UCC Loran Scholars include Kaleem Hawa ’12, Aly Kassim-Lakha ’11 and Allen Champagne ’11.


Theatre Takes Centre Stage Among the many theatrical performances staged during the school year were coproductions of Vimy (above) and The Addams Family in which UCC and The Bishop Strachan School students acted together.


Spring Sports Day Great weather and great turnout meant fun times for the annual Spring Sports Day on May 27. Old Boys played current members of the varsity lacrosse, cricket and soccer teams. Lacrosse team member Quinn Perren ’20 joined coach and dad Max Perren along with Gigi Realini ’91 and son Dano ’19. For more photo galleries of recent Old Boy events, visit

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Tanya Sweeney and Naheed Bardai Appointed Heads of Preparatory and Upper Schools Principal Sam McKinney has announced the appointments of Tanya Sweeney as Head of the Preparatory School and Naheed Bardai as Head of the Upper School. Sweeney and Bardai will assume their roles on July 1 and will be members of the College’s Senior Leadership Team. These new positions will replace the current divisional structure, with dedicated Heads of the Primary, Middle, Intermediate and Senior Divisions. “I’m incredibly excited to join UCC and to embrace the challenges and joys that will come with leading the

Preparatory School,” says Sweeney. Sweeney brings to the College significant international leadership experience. She has spent the past six years at the American International School in Hong Kong, where she is currently finishing her term as Assistant Head of the School and Elementary School Principal. Bardai has been Head of the Middle Division for three years. Prior to joining UCC, he spent 10 years with The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, as the Principal of Senior School and Diploma Program Co-ordinator.


Read English Teacher Julian Bauld’s Poem for the Leaving Class Upper School English teacher Julian Bauld is also the school’s poet laureate. One of his roles is to write and recite a poem at UCC’s leaving class ceremony. This year’s version, “A Well in a Field,” was about a well. “There are many metaphors for a school, but today, think of this school as a well,” Bauld says of his latest poem. “Knowledge, like water, wants a place to be and you carry it. Like water, it has

no beginning and end, and without it we cannot survive.” In part it reads: “We carry with us what we know/and soon will put it down/ within the many rooms that learn our name/though when struck with thirst/ recall when first/you were drawn to a well in the field.” To read the poem in its entirety visit

SK Students Spend Time with Seniors in Rewarding Exchange Program Eighteen Upper Canada College Senior Kindergarten students and 11 seniors from Christie Gardens Retirement Residence took part in a recent exchange program in May. “The boys were inquiring into the central idea that living things grow and change when their needs are met,” says SK teacher Laura Heyes. “This intergenerational opportunity allowed the boys to experience empathy and to develop a lifelong mindset of responsibility and ability to make change in the world.” The boys’ hour-long visit to Christie Gardens included serving tea to the residents, sharing their learning about life cycles, stretching and exercising, and having the seniors share important artifacts. The boys were then responsible for planning an hour-long return visit to UCC by the seniors. The boys served the seniors tea in the Bitove Lounge, shared personal artifacts, decorated plant pots with their visitors and transplanted pansies into the pots so the seniors could take them as a parting gift.


We Are the Champions UCC captured several Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletics Association (CISAA) athletics championships and medals through three seasons. The Blues won six out of a possible seven soccer championships, and three volleyball and three cross-country titles in the fall. UCC teams won CISAA championships in all four winter sports — swimming, squash, basketball and hockey — earlier this year. On the spring sports front, the varsity cricket and golf teams won CISAA spring season championships, as did the U14 lacrosse and U12 6A softball teams. The varsity track and field team won nine CISAA titles and the junior team finished first in its division. For full details, visit 3 2   Old Times | JUNE 2018



UCC welcomes incoming governors Nina Abdelmessih and Karen Hacker Nina Abdelmessih and Karen Hacker are the newest appointees to Upper Canada College’s Board of Governors. Abdelmessih is the chief of operations and external relations for Boston Consulting Group’s Canadian practice. Her sons are Jackson ’18 and Troy ’20. “With the development and launch of the new strategic plan, it is a really exciting time for UCC and I look forward to contributing meaningfully through this appointment. It is a real privilege to be able to give back in this capacity.” Abdelmessih has more than 20 years of experience at Boston Consulting Group as part of a unique career path that spans both client service and leadership of global and national practices. She holds a bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University and an MBA from Ivey Business School. Karen Hacker was also appointed this spring. “I am delighted to be joining the board of UCC,” says Hacker. “My sons have both benefitted from an exceptional education at the College and, with this appointment, I hope to be able to contribute to the educational success of future generations of boys.” Hacker and her husband Irv are parents to Old Boys Sean ’11 and Mattie ’13, and daughter Robin. Karen Hacker’s legal and executive career spans more than 30 years. After 10 years practising law at Goodman and Carr in Toronto, she held senior roles at some of Canada’s most well-known companies, including Cineplex Odeon Corporation, Irwin Toy, Spin Master Ltd. and St. Joseph Communications.



FROM LEFT Liangchi Zhou ’18; Pete “Furious Pete” Czerwinski, YouTube personality and closing speaker; conference founder Surya Pandiaraju ’18.


Student Launches Synapse Conference On Mental Health And Neuroscience A student idea that germinated last May and was put into action in September culminated on April 24 with The Synapse conference. Some 300 high school students from the GTA attended the conference at Upper Canada College, which focused on mental health and neuroscience. “Having been exposed to a variety of messages about mental health awareness over my time at UCC, I strongly feel that stories of personal encounters with mental illness resonated with me and my peers the most,” says Year 12 student Surya Pandiaraju, who founded the conference. “In addition, as someone who has explored neuroscience outside of the classroom and also finds the brain to be absolutely fascinating, I believe that integrating neuroscience in messages about mental health has a lot of potential when it comes to instilling the legitimacy and importance of mental health in society.” (Pandiaraju won the Toronto Brain Bee competition at the University of Toronto on April 12. The written, knowledge-based competition for high school students in the GTA tests their knowledge of neuroscience. Five UCC students were among the 130 participants.) Pandiaraju is a fan of Canadian YouTube celebrity, competitive eater and fitness guru Peter “Furious Pete” Czerwinski, who had battled anorexia as a teen. Conference organizers were able to book him for the closing address with financial assistance from the UCC leaving class of 1975, which has a fund that supports mental health education at the College. Dr. Jeff Daskalakis (father of Taso Daskalakis ’17), Dr. Brandon Walters and Dr. John Cunningham also spoke at The Synapse. “I was also lucky enough to be able to secure a call with UCC governor, past parent and CAMH president and chief executive officer Dr. (Catherine) Zahn,” says Pandiaraju, who was able to connect me with other CAMH researchers that who were willing to do poster presentations during our lunch break.” Thank you to the following members of the UCC community for generously supporting this initiative: Lead Sponsor Dan Andreae ’72; Speaker Sponsors Members of the Class of 1975; Event Sponsors Kevin and Melanie McCreadie, David, Barbara and Zachary ’05 Schwartz.

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Class Notes Class Notes are compiled by the College and class presidents. Old Boys are invited to send news to, or online at The next issue’s deadline is Oct. 1 and includes notes from EVEN-numbered graduation years.


James G. Jones ’34 in Mississauga, on April 2, 2018. John Smart ’35 in Sarnia, Ont. on Oct. 3, 2017. Wharton Hood ’37 in Toronto on Jan. 4, 2018. Sidney Soanes ’40 in Nobleton, Ont. on Feb. 21, 2018. Emmett Pritchard ’41 in Nassau, Bahamas on Jan. 30, 2018. Ross Dobson ’44 in Newmarket, Ont. on Jan. 30, 2018. Colin Shirriff ’47 in North York, Ont. on Aug. 28, 2017. Robin Fraser ’48 in Toronto, on January 2, 2018. Edward (Sandy) Morgan ’52  in Kitchener, Ont. on Feb. 21, 2018. Edward (Ted) Stephenson ’52 in Toronto on Jan. 4, 2018. William (Bill) Warren ’52  in Burlington, Ont. on Oct. 4, 2017. Jack (John) Bower ’53 in Davis, Calif. on Dec. 5, 2017. John Brebner ’55 in Toronto on Sept. 23, 2016. Ed Deratnay ’55 in Toronto on Sept. 30, 2016. Michael Taylor ’55 in Kitchener, Ont. on Feb. 8, 2016. Ben Wright ’55 in Thunder Bay, Ont. on July 8, 2016. Burton Tait ’58 in Toronto, Ont. on Sept. 26, 2017. David Kerr ’65 in Head of Jeddore, N.S. on Sept. 11, 2017. Jack Schneider ’65 in Calgary on Sept. 1, 2017. James (Jamie) Smith ’67 in Alliston, Ont. on Aug. 1, 2017. Geoff Arnoldi ’75 in Toronto on Jan. 14, 2017. Joe Magnotta ’00, on May 25, 2018.

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’47 Bob Johnston, Class President UPDATES

Liam O’Brian lives in a retirement residence in Ottawa after moving from Toronto in 2014 to be near his daughter Cynthia and her husband Charlie. His wife passed away in 2011. He has three children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Henry Wright ’46 and his wife Anna recently moved into the same retirement residence. Harry Meredith ’49 lives nearby and also has a house in St. Sauveur, Que., where he still skis. O’Brian talks to Tom Chipman in Toronto often. The two of them were in the army in Germany together. The Gesellschaft fuer freie Publizistik in Germany awarded Jim Bacque the 2017 Ulrich von Hutten Medal for services to freedom of expression. He launched his book Spirit Builders, which was published in January 2017, last spring in Midland, Ont. Publishers’ Weekly gave it a positive review that can be found on his website, Bacque addressed students at Trent University about his book in August. He completed the first 300-page section of his memoirs, titled Nice Light Work, which includes some fun stuff about the UCC Battalion. Bacque and his wife Elisabeth live in a cottage beside Georgian Bay near Penetanguishene, Ont. She received and completed a commission for a new painting in the Bahamas, where the couple went on holiday last winter. They have four children, 10 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Bob Johnston reports that a group of Old Boys meets occasionally for lunch in Toronto and engages in nostalgia. The group members were originally all from McHugh’s House, but as numbers declined a few from other houses were allowed to join. Dave Gossage is in charge of phoning people to remind them about the meetings. FROM LEFT Class of ’47 members Bob Shaw, John Stevenson, John Wardrop, Humphrey Gilbert, Don Grant, Bob Johnston, Dave Gossage and Michael Meredith at one of their occasional meetings.


’55 Ed Bracht, Class President UPDATES

Founder’s Dinner keynote speaker Michael Wilson ’55 enjoys dinner with wife Margie. See article on page 7.

’51 David Walker, Class President UPDATES

David Ross spends his winters in Naples, Fla. and summers in Port Hope, Ont. He does lots of bicycling and plays tennis and golf. Next year he and Cathie will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. His three children and three grandchildren are well. A son and grandson are UCC graduates. Julie and Bill Deeks have moved from Whistler, B.C. and live in Collingwood, Ont. They’re active at the Craigleith Ski Club with three of their five children and 10 grandchildren, so life is good. Deeks is chairman of Pacific Booker Minerals, which has a porphyry copper mining project in B.C. His son Bob Deeks ’79 builds net zero houses in Whistler. Jamie Deeks ’82 is in construction in Collingwood and Doug Deeks ’86 runs solar power systems in Toronto. The family gets together at Craigleith at Christmas and on Minnicognashene Island, Cognashene, Geogian Bay in the summer. Liz Deeks is married to David Ross ’79 and Adie Deeks, a silversmith, owns Ruby Tuesday Accessories in Whistler. Grandson Taylor Ross ’07 married Kathryn Thibeault in Bathurst, N.B. last August. Dave Jagger and wife Sue enjoy living at Wellings of Picton, a residence for seniors in Picton, Ont. Alec Pathy obtained degrees in engineering and law. He was married in 1955 and had daughters Barbara, Carolyn and Diane. His wife Marilyn, known as Marnie, died in 2015. He’s retired and lives in Toronto.

Michael Wilson received the inaugural Old Boy of Distinction Award at UCC’s Founder’s Dinner on Feb. 12. He was also the keynote speaker and gave a memorable speech on giving back to society and volunteerism ( He’s very active in contributing to mental health issues. He’s chancellor of the University of Toronto, chairman of Barclays Bank and was recently appointed to the board of the Deloitte Canada accounting firm. Class of ’55 members attending Founder’s Dinner were: Fred Beck, who lives in Barrie, Ont. and enjoys a penthouse view; Peter Sisam, who’s still active in sports promotions consulting with IMG; John Elder, who’s now retired from his ophthalmology practice and living in Balantree, Ont. He spends his leisure time at the cottage golfing and gardening; and Ed Bracht, who’s retired and continues play competitive squash and volunteer in eight organizations dealing with fostering sports, particularly cricket and squash. Palmer Swanson and wife Dawn are retired in Barrie. He’s an ardent supporter of the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts and is on the board at St. Peter’s Church Cemetery in Churchill, Ont. George Leggett lost his wife to cancer but has connected with a female friend from his teenage years. He has four children and six grandchildren. Leggett enjoys retirement at his cottage home in Massachusetts, and he and partner Barbara have annual gatherings with their families. ’59 Neil Norris, Class President UPDATES

John Flatt semi-retired to Kingston, Ont. 23 years ago, only to re-establish a property ownership and management business. He left Thunder Bay, Ont. after a 27-year teaching career at Confederation College. Flatt and his wife Joan fully retired and moved to a downtown Kingston condominium last year. Family members and friends join them for short visits. Father David Graham Scott moved to St. Catharines, Ont. to be closer to St. Ignatius of Antioch Antiochian Orthodox Church, which he pastors full-time. When he can get away, he visits his married kids and five grandkids in Barrie and Mindemoya, Ont., and his sister in Jupiter, Fla. His shih-tzu poodle mix Tim keeps him company at home. David McMurtry lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California with his wife Phyllis, who’s a retired teacher and an active artist. After 32 years with IBM, he came out of retirement to co-found a medical device company called Fibralign that’s

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developing a cure for secondary lymphedema. He finds Silicon Valley exciting, Santa Cruz wacky and the skiing great. Jim Hayhurst lives on 10 acres near Clarksburg in The Town of The Blue Mountains, Ont. He returned a year ago to lead an expansion drive as chair of Trails Youth Initiatives, a successful 25-year-old program to challenge and equip vulnerable boys and girls from at-risk areas to become contributing members of the community. Hayhurst and classmates Chris Dobson, Neil Norris and George Deratnay have gathered for lunch at least once a year for decades to remember that “the older we get, the better we were.” David R. Beatty spent a decade managing Weston Foods. Over his career he’s served on 39 different boards of directors in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and England. He’s been chairman of nine public companies. He’s McKinsey & Company’s global adviser on corporate governance and joint ventures and a founding member of the McKinsey mergers and acquisitions council. He was the founding managing director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance from 2003 to 2008. The organization represents 50 institutional investors with $2 trillion of assets under management. Beatty is a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, where he teaches corporate strategy and corporate governance. He’s the creator of the Canadian Directors Education Program (DEP) and remains curriculum overseer. The DEP has trained approximately 5,500 Canadians in partnership with 11 other Canadian universities in a rigorous 12-day course. Beatty teaches corporate governance around the world, from Saudi Arabia to China. In 2013 he was inducted into the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour, for his contributions to corporate governance. He was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in 1994 for his services to Papua New Guinea (PNG). The PNG government awarded him the Independence Medal and the 30th Year Independence Medal. ’61 Peter Comber, Class President UPDATES

Anthony (Tony) White and wife Catherine enjoy life on 38 acres in the Northumberland Hills, northeast of Cobourg, Ont. He visited his son and family in Tasmania for four weeks last fall. His second son and wife, both army captains, serve in the Middle East. White looks forward to the 60th annual trip of chasing pickerel in Northern Ontario with Bob Parsons, Mike Kergin and the rest of the Balvenie Clamfisher Society. Sandy McIntosh is retired and married to Jennifer. He lives in Toronto and spends 3 6   Old Times | JUNE 2018

winters in Boca Grande, Fla. He has four children and 10 grandchildren, three at UCC. Barb and John Jeffery live in Muskoka, Ont. in the summer and travel around southern France in the winter. They’re enjoying life. David Lloyd-Jones is learning Chinese and hopes to go to China for university. Charles Bracht is married with two children and one grandchild. He’s officially retired but still dabbles in commercial real estate. He’s lived in north Toronto for 40 years. John Godfrey resigned his seat in the House of Commons in 2008 to become headmaster of Toronto French School for six years. For the past three years he’s worked full-time as special adviser for climate change to the government of Ontario. His wife Trish is a real estate agent with Chesnut Park and Christie’s. They ski in Whistler, B.C. in the spring and spend August in Nova Scotia. ’63 John Parsons, Class President UPDATES

To the question of whether he’s retired or semiretired, Bob Stappels says he’s “semi-bored.” John Mills turned over his business to his son David and serves on a few boards. Stappels and Mills enjoy being grandfathers. Bob Allen and Tim Allen retired from practising medicine. Not so for Guy Leveaux in West Virginia and Eric Lenczner in Montreal, who spends more time in Ontario for family and recreation. Several architects from the class moved to British Columbia early in their careers: Chip Barrett, Martin Golder, Monty Wood and Joost Bakker. While Bakker’s partner since 1977, Norm Hotson ’65, has retired, Bakker continues “full tilt.” They merged their firm into DIALOG, a large integrated design firm. The Architectural Institute of British Columbia recently awarded the pair a lifetime achievement award. Ross Wilson works in Philadelphia and David Sisam is retired in Toronto after spending a lot of time recently in Cambridge, Mass. following his wife’s career. Sisam has authored two architectural books. Peter Turner followed his wife from Cornell University to the University of Georgia, where Cynthia is director of bands in addition to her teaching responsibilities. They’ve been travelling with and enjoying the great success of the Bulldogs football team, which won the Rose Bowl and lost in overtime in the national championship game. Turner is on the conservation committee of a land/trust conservancy in Georgia. He’s resuming cycling after a run-in with a dog and significant back, neck and shoulder injuries. He wants to ride again with classmates Tony Chisholm and the now retired John Glassco. Since moving to Niagara-on-theLake, Ont., Chisholm has immersed himself in the community and its history on a grand scale. Besides being president of “The Friends of Fort George,”


Ross McLean ’69 was presented with his coat of arms last September by Dr. Claire Boudreau, Chief Herald of Canada, in Ottawa. Perrin Beatty ’68 was in attendance with his wife Julia.

he volunteered with a Niagara-on-the-Lake group in the worldwide Communities in Bloom competition. It won at the provincial, national and international levels, beating out villages in Ireland, the United States, Croatia and Italy. For Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, Chisholm arranged for two tall ships to visit, with mooring barges towed across the lake and free entry for 4,200 visitors. He has a rental cottage that some classmates have already used. Chisholm’s latest trip was on the world’s largest full-rigged ship, the Star Clipper, in the western Mediterranean. Wally Seccombe is deeply involved in giving back with Everdale, the slow food movement and the Black Creek Farm in Toronto. His daughter is doing community work and learning Spanish in Guatemala, the land of her birth. Rob Woodroofe has four granddaughters graduating from university and one grandson in his final year at UCC. He arranges adventure trips, this year a cruise to Iceland via the Shetland and Faroe Islands, along with Bob Hyland and others. Woodroofe has been skiing with the same friends since 1960, and for 41 years they’ve skied Sun Valley, Idaho. Hyland travels to Florida a couple of times a year to see two of his four grandchildren and also skis. Ted White and John Parsons, while members of different travelling ski clubs, ended up skiing together one day. Parsons also went to Panorama and Kicking Horse in the Canadian Rockies. Mike Gardiner spends the winters in Australia, the birthplace of his wife Heather and where they have a house. Bill Stewart has travelled to many countries, mostly on hiking trips, including the Canary Islands, Great Britain, Portugal, Peru, Croatia, Greek islands and Italy.

’65 Bob Medland, Class President UPDATES

Robin Black was recognized by the Engineering Institute of Canada with the Canadian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal in 2017 for many years of leadership and service by members of the societies within the institute at the regional, branch and section levels. He’s retired and lives in Victoria, B.C. Alan Ely is retired and lives in Beaverton, Ont. He and wife Marsha are enjoying their first grandson and planning to travel more this year. He sings and volunteers at the College. Barry Kay teaches political science at Wilfrid Laurier University, including a course on the American government in the age of Donald Trump. He and wife Betty travel as much as they can. This past year’s destinations included Japan, South Korea, Spain, Israel, Costa Rica and Hawaii. Bob Medland enjoys retirement with his family, friends, volunteer work and sitting on an independent review committee. A 1,530-kilometre sailing race from Antigua to Bermuda was interrupted 320 kilometres south of Bermuda last May as the boat he was on sank. Thankfully, all six on board made a safe transfer to Esprit de Corps IV, another boat in the race. Medland and wife Sally spent two weeks in June sailing on the west coast of Sweden, which was preceded by a week of travel in Norway from Bergen to Oslo. They sailed on the coast of Maine out of Southwest Harbor in July and celebrated Sally’s birthday with a visit to Bonnieux in Provence, France. Doug Musgrave and wife Mary live at Yonge and St. Clair in Toronto and in Muskoka. He’s in the travel business and loves spending time with granddaughter Mary-James. Richard Reive is in his last year of teaching high school in Kitchener, Ont. He enjoys life. Mike Taylor spent part of 2016 cruising the Stockholm archipelago. Last summer was exceedingly hot, so he fled Florida and hit the road up the United States east coast and then Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ontario. He covered 10,460 kilometres in six weeks and got home just in time for Hurricane Irma. The house lost a few shingles, although they fled to Nashville to watch from a distance. The British Virgin Islands are the next destination. This summer the plan is to truck a race boat to Toronto and spend the summer there. An application has been submitted for a slip at Royal Canadian Yacht Club and the plan is to compete in summer races and renew old friendships. He enjoys flying and friendship in Spruce Creek, Fla. Older son Geoffrey lives in Sacramento, Calif. and is a senior design engineer with Stantec, working on the Alyeska pipeline. Stephen lives in Sunnyvale, Calif. and is a design engineer with semiconductor manufacturing equipment company KLA-Tencor. Val teaches computer science courses for De Anza College.

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LEFT The class of 1967 got together for their reunion last September. RIGHT Richard Zuckerman ’71 and his first granddaughter, Victoria Skye.

’67 David Caspari, Class President ’69 Bill Shirriff, Class President UPDATES

Ross McLean is enjoying life selling waterfront properties in Muskoka, Ont. during the summer and leading tours to exotic places in the winter months with his wife of 45 years, Lucy. Andrew John Hunter is the chair of O’hara Nation, a family/ fan-based campaign to promote William Alexander O’hara as a builder candidate for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 class. Retirement beckons for Bill “Hinky” Harris at the end of September after he became a grandfather this year. He had a passion to get an ice rink built in Cambridge, and it’s now rising out of the ground. Andy Pringle made a contribution to the cause. Doug Peckover looks forward to returning to Canada after spending most of his career working in other countries. He plans to move to the Kingston, Ont. area to start a sailing centre for disabled athletes. Tom Brown is a part-time chief financial officer for investment dealers. Family, golf and choir singing also keep him busy. Paul D. Phelan is working on a new edition of his book, The Water’s Edge, about the evolution of mankind and how it civilized the world. It claims that physiological studies indicate that humans are terrestrial dolphins and not aquatic apes, and the world was civilized by sailing for many tens of thousands of years before conventional history thought it was possible. David Holmes splits his time between his wife Judy’s midtown Toronto condominium and his home in Collingwood, Ont. across from Blue Mountain Resort. He works three days a week in real estate management in the Greater Toronto Area with his daughter, Melanie Holmes. His other daughter, Jessie Wilkin, owns Pilot Coffee Roasters 3 8   Old Times | JUNE 2018

in Toronto along with her husband Andy. His son Michael Holmes ’02 lives in British Columbia near Whistler, where he grows hops for local craft brewers on his farm. ’71 Bruce Batler, Class President UPDATES

Rob McLeese is in the power generation business and involved with Cobble Beach Golf Resort community, where the annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance is held. He has three sons, two daughters-in-law, a wife and a grandson. Alan Hibben is retired but chairs the board at Hudbay Minerals and serves on the boards of DHX Media, Extendicare, Home Capital Group and Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. He advises the Ontario government on a wide range of challenging files, but says high hydro bills aren’t his fault. He and wife Annie, two dogs and two horses live in Etobicoke and Mulmur, Ont. He has grandchildren. Richard Zuckerman has fun working at Doubletex in Montreal and travelling to homes in Miami and New York. Alan Cox is an economist in San Francisco after completing his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He primarily provides analysis and expert testimony in contested matters related to antitrust and intellectual property. Paul Findlay retired from Borden Ladner Gervais, where he practised securities law for 35 years, four years ago. He plays a lot of golf and other sports and spends his winters in Arizona. Gary Mottershead wrote a book titled Guanxi, The China You Never Read About last year. It’s about his experiences working with Chinese factories and the people he met along the way.


LEFT Richard Saxton ’73 was honoured at the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame’s 40th anniversary of CKVU Sports Page exhibit as one of the original on-air sportscasters. Saxton hosted one hour nightly at 11 p.m. for five years. RIGHT Collector Steve Plunkett, Rob McLeese ’71, Rosemary and Heather McLeese, and the creator of the auto sculpture at the 2017 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

’73 Dundee Staunton and Evan Thompson Class Presidents ’75 Bob Dameron, Class President UPDATES

Thirty members of the leaving class gathered in early December for some Christmas cheer. Some travelled a great distance to see old friends at the December meeting. Munson McKinney from Vancouver made the longest trip, followed by JeanGuy Brunelle from Florida, Kent Stewart from Bermuda, Geraint Wyn Davies from Stratford, Ont. and David Moody from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. Giles Fenn from Vancouver, Martyn Forshaw from Nova Scotia, Gary Davis from New York City and Paul Robbins (who splits his time between Thailand and Goodwood, Ont.) have attended in the past. This group calls itself the Senior Executive Lunch Club (SELC), and it now includes 50 class members. It meets for dinner every three to five months at various Toronto locations. Colin Carter will come from Chicago. If you would like to join SELC and receive meeting notices, email Bob Dameron at The class established a mental wellness endowment fund in 2010 to promote the issue at the College. A committee has begun to build plans and create a formal dialogue with UCC to integrate the initiative more closely with UCC’s new strategic plan. Members of the committee are Bob Dameron, Giles Fenn, Kent Stewart, Rob Quartly, David Crean, David Dickinson and Chris Neal. Ten classmates donated a total of $5,000 last year and the fund now sits at $55,000. The money is used for events during UCC’s annual Mental Health Awareness Week. Martyn Forshaw has retired to live in Nova Scotia after a long career in the financial services industry in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and

South America. Bruce Rhodes, whose wife has early onset dementia, volunteers with Alzheimers Canada and Saint Elizabeth to create user-friendly tools for caregivers and people with dementia to support strong collaborative relationships with healthcare providers. Andrew Stewart is the long-serving chair of the Fort York Foundation, which raises funds for improvements at the Fort York National Historic Site. Kent Stewart and wife Ginnie split their time between Bermuda and Toronto. He’s self-employed in the information technology and management consulting world, but is eyeing retirement. Alan Bone and wife Mary are first-time grandparents but, with five kids, more grandchildren are likely to follow. Bone leases and sells commercial and investment real estate and does some property management work. He enjoys the flexibility of this career so retirement isn’t in the near future. Stuart Cottrelle and wife Cindy had their third grandchild on Dec. 29. They live in Oakville, Ont. Cottrelle is the founder and president of Bayshore HealthCare, which provides homecare, therapy and specialty pharmacy services across Canada. Munson McKinney and wife Liz live in West Vancouver and split their recreation time between Whistler in the winter and sailing on the west coast and spending lake time in Muskoka, Ont. during the summer. Son Malcolm graduated in May from the University of Vermont with a degree in entrepreneurism. Daughter Hannah is in her final year of civil engineering at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. Jolyn and Jean-Guy Brunelle live in West Palm Beach, Fla. but spend several months at their “off the grid” cottage just south of Mont Tremblant, Que. Brunelle doesn’t work as many hours these days and is looking to retire from National Bank in a few years. Colin Carter lives in the Chicago area, where he’s been for 31 years. He has a son in high school and a daughter in her first year of university. He’s been divorced for five years and spends way too much time on a road bicycle. After 20 years of

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’79 Andy Barnicke and Jeremy Fleming, Class Presidents BIRTHS

Andrew and Hendrie Wallace, a son, Blake, in 2017. UPDATES

owning and operating Happy Tails Dog Spa and Daycare on Mount Pleasant Road in Toronto, Jerome Pascaris sold his business in February 2016. He’s on sabbatical and researching new ideas while touring California in his recreational vehicle for his first winter away. Daniel Gogek lives in Toronto and has two kids in their teens and one who’s nine. He’s worked and researched at the intersection of health and law, with a particular focus on the global fight to end the non-communicable disease crisis (including cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease), for the past three years. Peter Irwin is president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Professional Sales Association. Shannon and Bob Dameron welcomed a new daughter-in-law when son Craig married Lisa in Italy in September. Dameron promotes MobilityView, a globally unique mobile cost/analytics/cloud technology, along with five other UCC alumni from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. ’77 Jim Garner and Kevin Clark, Class Presidents BIRTHS

David Liu and Helen Law, a son, Justin Landon on April 16, 2016.

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Peter Graburn has lived in Calgary for more than 25 years with his wife Karin and boys Eric and Matthew. He’s the managing senior lawyer of the Calgary office of MacLean Law, a Vancouver-based family law office. He looks forward to expanding the firm nationally and to travelling more with his wife to Europe and the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Mark Steele is married with two daughters, aged four and seven. He operates The Empress of Canada cruise boat in the Toronto harbour and supplies restaurants and nightclubs with point of sale solutions through Matrix Integrated Solutions in Markham, Ont. John D. Gilham retired on June 1, 2015 after working 35 years as a paramedic in Ontario. He’s busy gardening, volunteering with pandas at the Toronto Zoo, photographing trains, being a part-time medic at the Budweiser Stage, golfing and enjoying life. His wife, who he’ll be married to for 25 years in 2029, will retire in 2020. Andrew Wallace and wife Hendrie welcomed son Blake last summer to join daughter Windsor and son Freddie. He’s head of real estate investment banking at National Bank. Rimes Mortimer is celebrating 18 years at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, where he leads innovation for emerging technologies like blockchain and smart cities. His eldest daughter Christina joined Microsoft’s office division. Daughters Sarah and Rachel are at Washington State University.

TOP The December meeting of the class of ’75’s Senior Executive Lunch Club. BOTTOM LEFT David Liu ’77 lives in San Francisco with wife Helen and son Justin Landon. BOTTOM RIGHT Class of ’79 members John Grant and Mike O’Dwyer each received Arbor Awards from the University of Toronto for outstanding volunteer service at the same ceremony. They received their awards from Old Boy and U of T chancellor Michael Wilson ’55.


LEFT Class of ’81 members John Arnoldi, Jordan Elliott, Derek Ground, Russell Higgins, Leslie Marlowe and Rocco Rossi, and Marty Sims ’82, attended Randy Dalton’s speech at the Wake Up Call Breakfast in Toronto in October. RIGHT Class of ’83 members John Hetherington, Nicholas Smith and Steven Yan enjoyed skiing at Blackcomb during the Christmas holidays.

’81 Jordan Elliott, Class Presidents

’83 Chris Holland, Class President



Mark Aitchison is completing a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. He lives in Cape Cod, Mass. with his wife Tania. They’re about to welcome a second grandchild to augment the one he already has: Achilles. Francois de Gaspe Beaubien is doing great personally and professionally. Randy Dalton joined the board of Prostate Cancer Canada and gave a brave speech concerning his experience as a cancer survivor at the Wake Up Call Breakfast in Toronto in October. In attendance, as evinced in the attached unfortunate picture, were John Arnoldi, Jordan Elliott, Derek Ground, Russell Higgins, Leslie Marlowe, Marty Sims ’82 and Rocco Rossi. Rocco Rossi became the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s president and chief executive officer in January. In what can best be described as a bloodless coup, Jordan Elliott has replaced Derek Ground as class president. Ground practises law, primarily representing First Nations. He lives in Toronto’s Little Portugal and teaches hospitality law at George Brown College two half days a week. Neil Guthrie is director of professional development, research and knowledge management at Aird & Berlis LLP. His second book, Guthrie’s Guide to Better Legal Writing, was published by Irwin Law in December. David Hannah went on his honeymoon. Russ Higgins is chair of UCC’s board of governors. He visited Stewart Roberston on a recent foray to England. Former Old Times cover boy Craig McClure, a recent recipient of the Order of Canada for his international work on HIV education, moved back to Toronto with his husband and settled in the west end. Adam Protter is a chef in Whistler, B.C. with an interest in good barbecue and good bourbon, the order dependent on the situation.

Joel Thompson is a wine agent in Toronto. Simon Fothergill was appointed a judge of the Federal Court in late 2014. John Kaplan and wife Julie live in Toronto and have eight children, three who are married. They were blessed with their sixth grandchild this year. Julius was born to eldest son Yosef, who lives in Jerusalem with his wife Ahuva. Simon Rankin and Alex Opekar are developing an industrial mineral property. The mineral has several advanced environmental applications in electric cars and carbon sequestration. Ian Simmons is a partner at the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP. He’s co-chair of the antitrust and competition practice, has been recognized by Chambers and Who’s Who as a leading antitrust lawyer, and holds a leadership position in the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association. He spent four years at the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. Simmons is married to Lee Tiedrich, a partner at Covington & Burling, where she specializes in intellectual property transactions. They have a son named Alistair (15) and a daughter named Joyce (14). Gordon Forstner lives in Toronto and plays music with a few UCC friends. He lived in Calgary for 10 years and then Burlington, Ont. for 10 years when he was with Dofasco. He’s the principal in Forstner Group, a national communications and public affairs firm. His son started university in mathematical physics and is doing his masters in public policy at University of Toronto. His daughter did her BSc at the University of Ottawa and now works in aviation safety with Air Canada Jazz. They enjoy summers sailing and cottaging on Ontario’s Georgian Bay. After 16 years working for international environmental organizations in Budapest, Vienna and Copenhagen, Paul Csagoly

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LEFT Philip Smith ’85 tried skydiving recently. RIGHT Google product manager James Morehead ’85 launched a new product called Bulletin.

works in Ottawa for Canada's Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. He’s been married for 21 years to his Hungarian wife Orsolya and has two kids, Adam and Anita. David T. Wong is ophthalmologist-in-chief at St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, researching retinal surgeries, macular disease and diabetes. He’s the father of Robert Wong, who graduated from UCC in 2017 and is studying engineering at Northwestern University. ’85 Paul Andersen, Class President

is at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Arizona after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. Evelyn is a senior in high school who’s been accepted into several Canadian universities. Morehead is a Toronto Blue Jays fanatic and an avid hiker and survived Yosemite National Park's Half Dome day hike and cable ascent to the summit. ’87 Andrew Matheson and Rob Parsons, Class Presidents MARRIAGES


Mark Cohon is chair of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which oversees the Juno Awards, and Toronto Global, which helps attract foreign investment into the Toronto region. His day job is as executive chair and partner of Georgian Bay Spirit Company, which produces Georgian Bay Gin Smash and Georgian Bay Vodka, the winner of the San Francisco Spirits Competition. He’s been married for 15 years to Suzanne and is the father of Parker (12), who attends Branksome Hall. Philip Smith lives in Toronto with his wife Maria and three kids. He’s worked at Scotiabank for 24 years. He climbed a mountain in Antarctica in 2016 and tried skydiving last year. Morten Fogh and wife Debbie celebrated their 25th anniversary on May 15. Their kids Sarah (20) and Curtis (18) are at university. He owns and works at Fogh Marine and Fogh Boat Supplies, two marine stores in the Greater Toronto Area. He ran in his ninth Boston Marathon in April. James Morehead is a product manager at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. He recently launched a new product called Bulletin, an experimental storytelling tool for anyone interested in capturing happenings and events in their communities. He and wife Mary are proud of their daughters. Emily 4 2   Old Times | JUNE 2018

James Ker We to Janet Kim in Toronto on May 13, 2017. UPDATES

Rob Parsons lives in Toronto and has spent the last 15 years as a partner at Arrow Capital Management. He and wife Diana recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have two kids, Caitlin in Grade 8 and Cole in Grade 9. Cole is at UCC and is the first third generation Scaddings boy. They have a pet cockatoo named Rosey and a white rat named Michael Miller. Christopher Hickman’s oldest son Thomas Hickman ’17 is in his first year at Western University’s Ivey Business School, and youngest son Alex, Class of 2019, plays varsity rugby and hockey at UCC. Hickman and wife Donna are spending more time in Sarasota, Fla. Matthew Doull lives in Hong Kong, where he runs the digital media practice for pan-Asian investment banking boutique firm, BDA Partners. He does yoga. James M Ker We married at the York Civic Centre in a small ceremony for family. His wife Janet is the senior director for gift planning at the University of Toronto. His first wife Miki worked on the UCC advancement team until 2008. Dennis Garces is the new president of Amercanex International Exchange, which focuses on compliance and anti-money laundering software


TOP LEFT James Ker We ’87 at his wedding with his wife Janet Kim, and his daughters from his first marriage, Emma (11) and Kate (13). TOP RIGHT Matthew Doull ’87 with his kids.

BOTTOM LEFT Anant Nambiar ’87 with wife Hema and son Kumar. BOTTOM RIGHT Rob Parsons ’87 with wife Diana, and kids Cole ’21 and Caitlin.

for the cannabis industry. Anant Nambiar lives in Larchmont, N.Y. with wife Hema and three teenagers. Eldest son Kumar is a junior pitcher for Yale University. Second son Sachin will pitch at Amherst College next year. Daughter Simran is being recruited to play soccer in college. Nambiar is senior vice-president of strategy for Synchrony Financial. ’89 Jim Parkinson, Class President UPDATES

Brennan Carson has lived and worked in Oakville, Ont. for 20 years. He’s vice-president of STYLUS Asset Management, a high-net worth boutique investment firm responsible for client relationship management and business development. He has a son at Wilfrid Laurier University and another son and daughter are in high school. Ben Richardson lives in London, England with partner Hannah and five kids aged two to 12. He’s managing

partner of Carnall Farrar, a company dedicated to improving healthcare. Ben and Hannah will marry this summer and be joined by brother-inlaw Alexander Younger. Steven Chiu has lived in the suburbs of Paris, France for five years after 20 years in Beijing. His eldest is headed to university this fall. John Balkansky is a chiropractor in Toronto and opened a location in the west end of the city two years ago. It’s been 20 years since he obtained his professional license and he celebrated the achievement with members of his graduating chiropractic class last May. He mentors students at his clinic and is affiliated with the department of kinesiology at the University of Toronto and Trios College. After a long and successful run in the promotional apparel industry, Will Andrew sold his interests in Elevate Sport and Trimark Sportswear in late 2016. This year, along with his past partner, he founded Lumify Inc. and acquired a platform lighting business that specializes in large format back lighting for retailers and large architectural elements.

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LEFT Steven Chiu ’89 (far left) and his brother Peter met Andrew Peters ’89 (far right) for beers in Toronto’s Kensington Market last summer. RIGHT Geoff Paisley ’93 and family are taking a sabbatical.

’91 Marcello Cabezas and Tobin Davis, Class Presidents MARRIAGES

Chris Ritchie to Maria Beatriz Abello in 2017. UPDATES

Andrew McDonald spent the past five years as a stay-at-home dad and a consultant to non-profit organizations that generate revenue through business. Scott Cattran enjoys living in Ohio with wife Karen, daughter Zoe and son Max. He’s president and chief executive officer of an 800-person architecture, engineering and geospatial company called Woolpert. He led the firm to complete a minority recapitalization with New York private equity firm Long Point Capital in 2017. He also graduated from Duke University with a global executive MBA. Dan Leblanc has lived in San Diego, Calif. for 14 years. In October he launched Daasity, a data as a service technology startup that helps e-commerce companies become data-driven organizations. Chris Ritchie lives in the Philippines and is general manager of Reckitt Benckiser. He married second wife Maria Beatriz Abello, a lawyer from Colombia, last year. He expects his fourth child in the spring. Matt McGovern lives in Bangkok, Thailand and is the head of the middle school science department at ISB Bangkok. He teaches seventh grade science and middle school robotics engineering. His wife Lisa Foran, a former Upper School English and theatre teacher at UCC, teaches 10th grade and IB English at ISB. They had two sets of twins two years apart who are doing great and love spending time in Ontario every summer for cottage life and camp. Tobin Davis was named office leasing broker of the year at the 2017 Society of Industrial and Office Realtors commercial real estate industry awards for Toronto. Marcello Cabezas lives in Toronto 4 4   Old Times | JUNE 2018

and advises venues and real estate developers locally, nationally and internationally on programming and placemaking in all aspects of urban lifestyle, including food and beverage, retail, arts and culture, wellness and community engagement. ’93 Derek Knop and Hassan Khan, Class Presidents MARRIAGES

Stuart W. Statton to Sarah Bade in Iceland on July 6, 2018. UPDATES

Tariq Kassum lives in Boston and is founder and chief operating officer of a venture-backed biotechnology company. He enjoys fitness, motorsport and subjecting his wife to his guitar playing. Geoff Paisley and his family are taking a sabbatical at the end of June and will spend the following school year in Europe and southeast Asia. They prepared for the trip last summer by driving across Canada. Eric Brock, his partner Pauline and their three kids live in Toronto. Son Isaac will starting at UCC in the fall. Brock is chief operating officer of PNC Bank’s Canada branch and is working on his master of laws degree at the University of Toronto. Edward T. McQuillan is president of The McQuillan Group. He resides in Toronto with wife Rachel and two children. ’95 Jeff Goldenberg, Class President MARRIAGES

Cody Beales to Penelope Savoie in Toronto on June 17, 2017.


LEFT Justin Burul ’97 with wife Nicole and son Zachary. CENTRE Josh Smith ’97 RIGHT The families of Joshua Smith and Hendrik McDermott ’97 continued an annual vacation tradition and got together for a European trip via the beaches of Bordeaux, France.

’97 John Medland, Class President

’99 Dave Anderson and Elliot Morris, Class Presidents


Andrew and Lindsay Angus, a son, Scott, in July 2016 MARRIAGES

Mahdad Taheri to Shaffali Miglani in Turre, Spain on April 28, 2017. UPDATES

Andrew Turnbull is head of business banking at CIBC. He and wife Melody live in Toronto with kids Sloane (9), Blake (7) and Quinn (5). Mahdad Taheri is moving to Orange County, Calif. after 17 years in New York City. He’s designing a new sport called bubbleball and building its governing body and league. Justin Klein lives in Toronto and will soon celebrate his 10th anniversary with wife Amy. They have daughters Samantha and Chloe. Klein has spent close to four years at Salesforce. com. Justin Burul moved back to management consulting this past year, joining Accenture’s finance and risk practice. He lives in Toronto’s Baby Point area with wife Nicole and two-year-old son Zachary. Michael Carmichael lives in Toronto. His son John is in Year 6 at UCC and he has a daughter named Mackenzie (9). He sold his business in 2016 and just started a new auto retail business. He still rows. Jack Sun is a faculty member at the University of Southern California and the medical director of cardiothoracic surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He and his wife live in Redondo Beach. Dan Cantin and his wife travelled to Morocco in March and in June will explore Italy with the kids. David Adams is happy, single and has no kids or pets. He’s the owner and creative director of Art & Mechanical, a small creative agency in downtown Toronto focused on branding and design.


Dave and Emily Borden, a son, Hugh, on July 12, 2017. Elliot and Andrea Morris, a son, William, in December 2017. Paul and Christina Ross, a daughter, Wren Linda, in July 2017. Mike and Lisa Zackheim, a son, Lev Zachary, on Feb. 23, 2018. UPDATES

Dave Borden teaches economics at UCC. Eric Oh is a family/emergency doctor in Guelph and Elora, Ont. He has children aged one, four and seven. Mike Zackheim and wife welcomed Lev Zachary to join Jacob (9), Sophie (4) and Olivia (3). Zackheim is a partner at Torys LLP who practises corporate and securities law. Cam Gilbert is a cardiologist at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. He and wife Olivia have children named Emily and Andrew and had their third in April. Andrew Bunston joined George Weston Limited as vice-president, legal in October after practising law as a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where he led the private equity practice. He and wife Gillian Wilkins have sons named Jack (5) and Charlie (3). Vir Kashyap’s company,, is India’s largest online blue collar job marketplace. It was acquired by Quikr. com in 2017. He’s lived in Bangalore, India for 10 years and is figuring out his next adventure. Paul Ross has been at Bridgewater for 14 years. He leads the client service and marketing team after a couple of years overseeing the investment engine. Scott Malcolm moved back to Boston this past summer with his wife and young son after a two-year role in Switzerland. He works at a small international consulting firm. Elliot Morris and wife Andrea

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welcomed their second son in December. Morris works for Boston Consulting Group in Toronto. Anthony Wu lives in Toronto and is in his second year as an independent art consultant and certified art appraiser. ’01 Ben Kizemchuk, Gordie Cheesbrough and Peter McFarlane, Class Presidents MARRIAGES

Jonathan Graham to Alexandra Wetzel in September 2017. BIRTHS

Ryan Altschuler, a daughter, Eden, on April 27, 2017. Mike and Rachel Bascom, a daughter, Evelyn Ruth, on Nov. 28, 2017. Michael and Amrita Blickstead, a son, Monte Michael Singh, on Nov. 9, 2017. Chris and Jill Hale, a son, George. Peter McFarlane and Sarah Segal, a daughter, Alexandra, on Jan. 15, 2017. Cesar and Justyna Kupfer Jarmin, a daughter, Zofia, on March 8, 2018. Alexander and Sweetie Mimran, a daughter, Theo. Samuel and Gen Vaillancourt, a daughter, Rosalie, in February 2018. Steve and Stacey Waugh, a daugher Chelsea and son Aiden. UPDATES

Ryan Altschuler opened a new audio and music production facility in Toronto. Chad Bars is a portfolio manager at Citadel’s New York City office. His kids are five and seven. Mike Bascom is going on 12 years at Labatt. After a year in the department of history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge, Jordan Bimm is back in Toronto finishing work on his NASAfunded book project, Anticipating the Astronaut. This year he’s published work on space-related topics in Technology’s Stories, Nach Feierabend: Der Kalte Krieg and the Toronto Star. Sasho Bitove is a vice-president at CI Investments in Toronto. Jacob Cohl lives in New York with his wife Safe and two kids, Blue and Wiley. Blair Driscoll and his family recently sold their Sentry business to CI Financial. He has four kids. Andrew Farbcomb and partner Dan LaForest are growing their adviser and private equity business. Farbcomb lives in Toronto with his wife and two kids. Jonathan Graham and wife Alexandra live in London, England. Derek Ha lives in Toronto and works at Barclays. His two boys are eight and five. Chris Hale, wife Jill and son George live in Toronto. Daniel Hassell and his wife have two boys, LJ and Zebulun. Mike Hurwitz is married to Irina Bazik, a concert pianist. He lives 4 6   Old Times | JUNE 2018

in Los Angeles and scores films on Danny Elfman’s music team. Jake Irwin is a partner at McCarthy’s in Toronto. He has three kids with his wife Karen. He spent most of December in the South Pacific. Ben Leith lives in Toronto with his wife and two kids. He works at McCarthy’s. His practice focuses on real estate financing and he leads the firm’s commercial mortgage lending initiative. Peter McFarlane had his third daughter in 2017. He works at Fiera Properties. Stephen Shaw recently started his own production business called Round Room. He lives with his wife and two kids in New York City. Ben Simon recently moved with his wife from Nigeria to Geneva, Switzerland. He writes and works for AFP. Mate Sipos is married with three kids (Blanka, Mark and Lena) in Budapest, Hungary. He works for British Petrol as a senior financial analyst. David Thornton lives with his wife and daughter in Toronto. He’s a manager of stakeholder relations at EDF EN Canada Inc., a utility company focused on renewable power production. Samuel Vaillancourt and wife Gen have a newborn daughter named Rosalie and a three-year-old son named Henri. He’s an emergency and trauma physician at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. David Webb has lived in London, England for a few years. He runs a frontier and emerging markets private equity fund. Jason Webster lives in the Cayman Islands with his five-year-old daughter. He’s the deputy director of the policy coordination unit in the cabinet office. Blakeley Wilson changed jobs in December and works in strategic projects within Scotia Wealth. ’03 Chan Sethis and Mike Annecchini, Class Presidents MARRIAGES

Keith Chan to Morgana Kemper in Itapema, Brazil in December 2017. Amir Theilhaber (formerly Heinitz) to Karla Hoess in October 2017. BIRTHS

Mike Annecchini and Kate Cassaday, a daughter, Leah Kathleen, on Feb. 13, 2018. Mark and Connie Laidlaw, a son, Parker Jackson, in 2017. Dan Maev and Jeanette Boltyansky, a son, Adrian, in June 2017. Shaun and Kaila Schwarz, a son, Yehuda Aharon, on Jan. 2, 2018 in Jerusalem. Amir Theilhaber (formerly Heinitz) and Karla Hoess, a son, Adin Konrad, in Berlin on Feb. 9, 2018.


LEFT Keith Chan ’03 got married last December to Morgana Kemper on the beach in Itapema, Brazil. CENTRE Mike Annecchini ’03 and Kate Cassaday welcomed Leah. RIGHT Mark Laidlaw ’03 and wife Connie welcomed Parker Jackson.

RIGHT Amir Theilhaber ’03 (formerly Heinitz) spent time with Sacha TessierStall and his son Matvei at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel in January.


Mike Annecchini works at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment as a manager in global partnerships. After getting married in 2016, Tibor Barna and his wife have decided to travel before starting a family. Over the next year, they’ll bicycle around both islands of New Zealand before flying to Vietnam and then biking across Asia to Hungary. The journey will take most of the year and they hope to be home around November. Graham Brown is a litigator in downtown Toronto. He’s getting married in September and recently bought a house in Toronto’s Riverdale neighbourhood. Daniel Davids and wife Evelyn live in San Francisco. Their 2017 highlight was going to the Burning Man gathering in Nevada. Davids is in marketing at Genentech and recently helped to launch Ocrevus, a transformative new therapy for multiple sclerosis. Jorge Prieto Davo does consulting work with Oliver Wyman. After a year that had him working on projects in Slovakia, Italy, Croatia, China and Australia, he’s taken on a new project that will keep him in Bangkok, Thailand for a year. Russell Fernandes is finishing his cardiology residency at the University of Manitoba and will start an echocardiography

fellowship in July at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Yale Fox lives in New York. He’s operated Rentlogic, a service that provides data-driven ratings for every apartment building in New York, for the past four years. Daniel Goldbloom runs his own Toronto law practice specializing in criminal defence and professional liability. He’s married to Humber College professor Jessica Duffin Wolfe and has a two-year-old son named Wolf. Amir Heinitz changed his last name to Theilhaber. Sacha TessierStall is head of political affairs at the Canadian embassy in Moscow, Russia. Mark Laidlaw and wife Connie live in Calgary with their one-year-old son, Parker Jackson. Laidlaw was the head coach of the Alberta rowing team that earned nine medals at the Canada Summer Games, a record high for Alberta, in 2017. Andrew Lee lives in London, England, where he’s vice-president of PJT Partners’ strategic advisory division. While he focuses broadly on mergers and acquisitions execution, he’s spending more time in the industrial and power and utilities sectors. Dan Maev works in mergers and acquisitions at CIBC in Toronto. Andrew Ramsay was voluntarily ejected from the United States by the new presidential administration after 10 years of working on Wall Street in New York City. He joined RBC Capital Markets in Toronto this year and lives in the Queen West area. Shaun Schwarz lives in Israel and is manager of marketing infrastructure for Nu Mark Innovations, a marketing services company. He and wife Kaila recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary and welcomed their fifth child. Chan Sethi is in his third year in Washington, D.C., where he’s a litigator at Williams & Connolly. His practice over the past year has included a threeweek patent trial in Sweden and criminal cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He’ll marry Kevin Wilson, his boyfriend of three years, in October.

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’07 Rhys Jubb, Class President MARRIAGES

Bradley Wong to Rebecca Ma in Toronto on March 26, 2016.

School of Medicine at McMaster University. Bradley Wong lives in Toronto with wife Rebecca. He and Ivan Hui look forward to being groomsmen for William Kwok’s wedding later this year. Andrew McLean works in Toronto as a corporate securities lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He’s marrying Sarah Zupnik in November.

Sanzhar and Ellie Sultan, a son, Adam, on Dec. 23, 2017.

’09 Nicholas Lombardo and Karim Pabani, Class Presidents



Justin Wasser is a product manager at FreshBooks, a finance and accounting software for small businesses. He stays involved with UCC as chair of the Young Alumni Network, which has a mission to engage Old Boys who’ve graduated in the last 15 years and keep them connected with the College. Brandon Park has worked in finance in New York City since 2007. He had a brief stint managing a family office in Boca Raton, Fla. for two years before returning last year to join a startup company. After discovering Gary Vaynerchuk less than a year ago, Jonathan Yim is changing his path in life. He's working for and learning from entrepreneurs for free and improving his mental health. Adrian Goodgoll splits his time between Chicago and Toronto as vice-president of DDB Design, the newest brand design division of DDB North America. He works with American and global brands, helping them grow by strengthening their identity, narrative and visual language. Martin Shen is moving back to Toronto after nearly 11 years in the United States to do another startup. Nico Epstein lives and works in London, England’s Mayfair area. He’s an art adviser and curator and a director of the art advisory firm Artvisor. His book on Susan Sontag was recently published by Routledge. He teaches at Christie's Education. He plays soccer and enjoys yoga. He travels to Italy frequently for work and to visit his better half. Shaun Mehta is entering his third of five years as an emergency medicine resident physician at the University of Toronto. He’ll pursue a master of laws degree in innovation, law and technology this fall at U of T and is passionate about discovering technological solutions to issues facing healthcare. Edward “Teddy” Festeryga injured his back playing professional hockey. As a result, he’s now practising law in Houston, Texas. Hugh Underwood is finishing at Harvard Business School and looking forward to moving back to Toronto for the fall. Cody Dolgay is an associate at Torkin Manes LLP, practising commercial and insurance litigation. He plans to spend many nights at Max Meighen’s new brew pub, Avling, when it opens soon. Hun-Je Park works in Hamilton and Burlington, Ont. as a palliative care physician and teaches at the Michael G. DeGroote

Taylor Ross to Kathryn Thibeault in Bathurst, N.B. on Aug. 19, 2017.


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Scott McCain and Nicholas Shaw canoed the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories last summer. The wild river tossed them into the frigid waters once. Fortunately, Steve Thuringer, UCC’s director of facilities, was on the trip and pulled them to safety. Dennon Oosterman runs ReDeTec, his startup in the 3D printing and recycling space. The company just turned four, has shipped its first 100 orders and is looking to raise its next funding round this year as it approaches the $1 million revenue mark and begins to scale its sales and marketing efforts. Oosterman snowmobiles around Ontario’s Collingwood and Muskoka areas in the winter and builds a vintage wooden race boat in Muskoka in the summer. Alfred Nataprawira spent the last two years in Thunder Bay, Ont. Bobby Houston plays music, with hopes of global success, and works at Snapchat in Toronto. Zayn Khamis completed his MSc in molecular biology and submitted a patent application for the vaccine he developed. He moved back to the Greater Toronto Area and works at Kraft Heinz. Colm Kenny lives in Toronto and works in CIBC’s real estate finance division. After returning to Toronto for a year, Alex Pierratos moved to San Francisco to work as a data scientist at Facebook. Luis Orozco has lived in London, England’s Putney area for three years. He’s a computational designer at HKS Architects in Fitzrovia. After two Henley Royal Regatta campaigns, he’s taken a break from rowing to sit as a director of London Rowing Club. He’s trying to pass his architecture licence exams. He’ll be at the Burning Man gathering in Nevada for the third time this summer. Graham Pinchin is in Edinburgh, Scotland getting his MSc in brewing and distilling. Ian Li is at Cornerstone Research in New York City, living in Brooklyn with his girlfriend and cat. Jules Koifman is with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s private capital group. Jacob Citron is back in Toronto and works in sales at Telus Communications. He toured Thailand with his choir, Univox, in February. He attended Taylor Ross’ wedding with a few


Class of 2011 members Kunal Jain, Alex Kryshtalskyj, Jony Rodriguez, Justin Yuen, Adam Miklas, Neil Tai-Pow and Tim Wong went on a golf trip in 2017.

Old Boys in New Brunswick last August. Having worked in various roles in the clean energy sector in the United States and elsewhere, Paricha Duangtaweesub returned to school and is in the first year of graduate study in design at Stanford University. He met UCC classmates Alex Pierratos and Preston Chin by chance. Christian Mulvihill lives in Calgary and works in pipeline integrity. He enjoys skiing, biking and golf in the Rocky Mountains. Anders Jorgen and a partner started an international think tank called Brainflora to solve the world’s problems, especially procrastination. After growing a digital currency portfolio from $1.2 million to $16 million over the past year, Jon Lister founded BlockEquity as a brokerage and custodian for high net worth individuals and institutions. By generating private keys offline in vaults, BlockEquity is able to offer clients secure storage, with deposits insured up to $800 million. ’11 Graham Vehovec, Class President UPDATES

Kunal Jain finished his third year of medical school at Queen's University. He travelled to San Francisco, sipped wine in California’s Napa Valley and played with elephants in Kenya and Tanzania. Grant Cottrelle recently returned home after a year of travelling abroad. Highlights included the Australian east coast, India and a trek to the Mt. Everest base camp. He’s developing his skills as a UX designer in Toronto and seeking opportunities

to get more involved in the industry. Harry Jarvis and Matt Scoon are completing their M.Sc in global affairs degrees at New York University and living down the street from Graham Vehovec, who enjoyed a trip to Asia, where he reconnected with Christian Webster in his hometown of Shenzhen (with jaunts to Macau and Vietnam) and Sam Pivnick in Hong Kong. After finishing two years of banking at Lazard, Frankie Lam moved to Boston last August to work at a hedge fund called Matrix Capital Management. He frequently visits New York City. Ciaran Lee is mid-way through his third year of teaching in the United Kingdom. He enjoys the long vacations and travelled to South America last summer. He and a few friends explored the salt flats in Bolivia and Machu Picchu in Peru. Fredrick Martyn is a third year medical student at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He writes poems and dabbles in open mics. Sam Pivnick recently attended the National University of Singapore on a law school exchange and enjoyed travelling throughout Asia. He’s back in Toronto for his final semester of the JD/MBA program at the University of Toronto. Brandon Sit started the third year of his PhD program at Harvard University, where he’s researching the infectious disease cholera. He enjoys preparing meals and catching up with friends when he’s not in the lab. Dylan Toyne works with an early stage technology startup company in Toronto. Chris Tugman moved to London, England to help launch Hubdoc’s United Kingdom office as the sales lead. Old Boy and Hubdoc country manager Max Marcus ’06 joined him.

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Samuel Morin ’17 (second from right) took a gap year to play hockey in Switzerland.

’13 Zach Mahon, Class President UPDATES

Bruce Chi graduated from the University of Chicago and works at McKinsey as a consultant in Detroit. Sebastian Colville-Reeves enjoys working in New York after graduating from Middlebury College with an economics degree. Evan Coulter graduated from McGill University and is back in Toronto working for TD Securities in investment banking. Aamir Dawood got engaged in September 2016. He recently completed his degree in statistics and mathematics at the University of Toronto. He was president of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity in his fi nal year and is now on its alumni board. He started a real estate development company. His fi rst residential project is slated to break ground this spring. Justin Elias graduated from Queen’s University after writing a thesis on innovation processes and Uber's impact in Toronto. He works in Scotiabank’s global banking and markets group. Matt HackerTeper graduated from Northwestern University with a dual degree in biological sciences and French literature. He’s completing a masters degree at McGill that focuses on health policy reform in primary care settings across Québec. Zach Mahon graduated from Yale-NUS College in Singapore and stayed there to work for a technology startup company that’s working to improve access to healthcare around the globe. Matt Soper graduated from Ivey Business School and is a commercial real estate adviser at Colliers International. Trevor Thorburn graduated from McGill with a major in fi nance and is undertaking a year-long MSc in economic history at the London School of Economics. Elliott McMurchy attends the Schulich School of Medicine at Western University. He’s a singer in the med school band. Jeremy Wu graduated at the top of his year in mathematics at Imperial College London in 2017. He's at the University of Cambridge doing part three of the master of advanced study mathematics program. He'll return to Imperial next year to do a PhD in math focused on partial differential equations.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Miles Hoskins, ’17 (right)

’15 Philippe Archambault, Class President

Sevion DaCosta ’17 (first row, second from the left) began working at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College as a research assistant, working alongside fellow UCC grad Joe Noss ’16.

Shak Lakhani moved to Mountain View, Calif. and is taking his Avro Life Science startup company through Y-Combinator.

Fasial Agbonhin (middle) joined the Canadian Asian International Student Association fashion show as a model and participated in its annual student-run event to benefit the Children’s Health Foundation. He was also a model for the ASA African Student Association.


’17 Sevion DaCosta, Class President UPDATES

After providing UCC’s varsity hockey team with advanced statistics during his final year, Miles Hoskins has gone on to run the hockey analytics department at Queen's University, where he studies commerce. He provides the head coach of the men’s team with details about player performance. He recently presented his work at the Vancouver Hockey Analytics Conference in front of other hockey analytics fans, analysts from junior and seven NHL teams, and members of other professional sports leagues. Sevion DaCosta works at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College as a research assistant alongside UCC graduate Joe Noss ’16. DaCosta presented a project on the relationship between the unemployment rate, enrollment and dropout rates in California high schools. He’s working on the Miller-Rose initiative and is part of the technology team. He’s a part of the college’s football team, Christian Athletes program, Mock Trial Club and Black Student Affairs organization. Kyung Phil Ko took a gap year and did an internship in two departments at TerraCycle, working alongside fellow Old Boy Andrew Friedenthal ’08. He worked with the UCC Sustainability Council (formerly known as the Green School) and TerraCycle to launch a new UCC green initiative that’s in its demonstration period. He’s working at Old Boy Johnny Cassels 05’s firm and pursuing his goal to play lacrosse in college.

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Favourite Spaces NAHEED BARDAI, HEAD, UPPER SCHOOL Naheed Bardai stands before a collection of programs and playbills documenting the Prep’s memorable theatrical productions, dating from 1934. Notably, the collection features works by Robertson Davies (1913-1995), famed author, journalist and professor. Davies attended UCC from 1928 to 1932 and wrote two plays for the Prep: A Masque of Aesop and A Masque of Mr. Punch.

I see this space as an intersection. At 8:45 a.m., if you stand here with the students coming upstairs and across the halls, it’s like being at the crossroads of Yonge and Dundas. It’s also a space that unites the past and present. It’s a reminder for the boys that they stand on the shoulders of great Old Boys, as they themselves will one day be the inspiration for future generations.

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