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ou’re probably accustomed to seeing a much more attractive photo on this page, but I’m filling in for Old Times editor Andrea Aster while she looks after her newborn son Sam Elijah during a 12-month maternity leave. While it’s my good fortune to take on this position and oversee Old Times, it’s even more fortuitous that much of this issue revolves around athletics. While my high school was nowhere near as prestigious as Upper Canada College, I played varsity football, tennis, basketball, badminton and volleyball, and played high-level baseball and badminton outside of school. I certainly didn’t consider myself a gifted athlete, but was often able to get ahead by out-thinking and working harder than many of my opponents. Getting the most out of your brain and body are keys to success in sports, and life in general, and UCC’s Athletic Review Committee had this in mind when it set out to examine the role of athletics at the school. The College has an enviable history of sporting success, but is always looking for ways to improve upon that level of excellence while turning out well-rounded young men who also excel academically and socially. While conducting its research, the committee came up with the school’s first mission statement on athletics: “As a vital pillar in the education of boys, athletics at Upper Canada College strives to develop exemplary character through commitment, teamwork and the pursuit of excellence.” The ways in which UCC is accomplishing this goal is outlined in our cover story by award-winning amateur sports reporter David Grossman, who talked to current and former athletes and coaches to get their perspectives on the role of athletics at the College and how it’s balanced with its academic mandate. This issue includes profiles of Old Boys who’ve enjoyed careers in sports as athletes, coaches and executives, and a

look at the new generation of current students and 2011 graduates who are continuing the proud Blues tradition. There’s also an interview with Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, who talks about how exercise promotes learning. UCC’s Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning (CFL) is described by executive director Mary Gauthier as a “fitness centre for the brain,” and you can read about how the CFL has provided organizational support and student-specific techniques to improve boys’ learning skills over the past 10 years. A major public fundraising campaign to revitalize UCC’s boarding program kicks off this fall, and money earmarked for renovations to the College’s two residences, increased scholarships and an expanded range of activities for boarders should help solidify UCC’s position in the upper echelon of boarding schools for boys around the globe. I grew up in Stratford, Ont. and returned there this summer to see Camelot and The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Festival Theatre. Both plays star Old Boy Geraint Wyn Davies ’75, and he told me about his wide-ranging acting career the day after those two stirring performances. Another Old Boy, Craig Cohon ’82, is heavily involved with stage productions as well. You can read about how the man who introduced Coca-Cola to Russia is doing it behind the scenes as the vice-chairman of Cirque du Soleil’s Russian and Ukrainian operations — while living on a luxurious barge on London, England’s River Thames. There’s a lot to learn and catch up on in this issue of Old Times, and I’m confident that my first time steering this ship will live up to the high standards of what readers have become accustomed to enjoying. Steve McLean, Editor

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Recalling the great “battle of the sexes” debate

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tremendously exciting (for us), unprecedented opportunity. This was a televised debate against a team representing the Bishop Strachan girls’ boarding school. I can’t recall the resolution, but it had something to do with male/female capabilities. We won! We took some flak for our “merciless” attack on the ladies, which we might have been spared had the debate taken place post-women’s lib; then, again, we might have been beaten! — John (Jack) Bower ’53


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18 Boarding Forever The public phase of a $14-million fundraising campaign to rejuvenate UCC’s boarding program launches this fall. 20 Geraint Wyn Davies One of Canada’s most respected actors reflects on his time at UCC and his subsequent career. 22 Life’s a circus for Craig Cohon He introduced Coca-Cola to Russia, and now he’s doing the same thing with Cirque du Soleil. In every issue

14 Remember When Take a look back at some of the biggest years in UCC sports over the past eight decades.


24 UCC Today Ted Turner speaks to Class of 2011; Old Boy Loudon Owen’s company wins $290-million legal battle; UCC’s math department is a busy place. 29 Ask an Old Boy Les Nemethy ’75 offers advice on assuring the successful sale of a business. 32 Milestones Marriages, births and passings. 34 Comings & Goings Changes to UCC faculty and staff. 35 Class Notes 55 Where Have They Gone? Find out where the Class of 2011 will be attending university.

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ack in the days when Upper Canada College was created and developed as a feeder system to the University of Toronto, someone thought about developing a sports program at the all-boys independent school like no other. People saw it as a social experience, one of teamwork and learning, which was merged with essential academic requirements to become an integral part of a student’s education. Sports became a school bastion of success with multiple stories of excellence, determination and desire, and UCC continues to be a launching pad for well-rounded students who join the many alumni who’ve made major contributions to society. There’s been no shortage of UCC role models over the years. There have been dozens of leaders, ranging from National Hockey League player Brian Conacher ’61 (the son of the legendary Lionel Conacher, who was voted the top Canadian athlete of the first half of the 20th century) to recent ambassador Dan Bederman ’05, a behemoth offensive lineman on the Vanier Cup-winning Queen’s University Gaels who represented Canada at the International Federation of American Football Senior Men’s World Championships in Austria this summer.

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But evaluations continue to take place and program adjustments are implemented in order to maintain a level of excellence that’s measured by more than trophies and medals. UCC established an athletic review committee to examine varsity and intramural athletic programs that offer about 80 opportunities in sport for students. This task force’s goal is to ensure that programs both meet the needs of students and emphasize the crucial role of mentors and coaches, so that boys benefit from a well-rounded, first-rate athletic experience that should also lead to a positive classroom experience. “Any way you examine it, sports are a huge part of a high school education,” says John D. Eaton ’79, who played football and lacrosse when he attended the College. “I went to UCC because of its history, its heritage and family tradition. Sports brought out a great deal of developing the mind, taking care of your physical appearance and the spirit of the game. I saw sports as the education you got outside of the traditional classroom.” While UCC strives to identify top student athletes with a reputation for excellence, academic success remains of paramount importance — and

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Henry Bloemen ’11

financial assistance is available to all boys who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend. Stu Lang ’70, who won the Herbert Mason Medal of Distinction in his graduating year at UCC and is now the head football coach at the University of Guelph, was asked to return to his alma mater to chair a task force to review athletics. Not short of ideas or opinions, Lang didn’t think the College had it right when it pertained to athletics. He believes UCC students have to be leaders. “The school builds leaders — it’s straightforward,” says Lang, whose success in football with the UCC Blues and Queen’s University led to five Grey Cup victories with the Edmonton Eskimos during a Canadian Football League career that lasted from 1974 to 1981. “To do that, you always have to be making changes to benefit the student, especially when UCC pushes for excellence in everything.” Lang and the 10-member task force, which undertook a broad consultation with members of the UCC community, came up with the school’s first mission statement on athletics: “As a vital pillar in the education of boys, athletics at Upper Canada College strives to develop exemplary character through commitment, teamwork and the pursuit of excellence.” UCC is more than a centre for varsity sports and elite athletes. It’s about education, staying fit, participating, learning from peers and not fearing embarrassment because someone else might have developed athletic skills a touch quicker. Every student has one hour a day set aside for physical education classes, practices for school teams and a compulsory intramural program. “They are physically active with structured programs — nothing less,” says Prep School athletics director Nigel White. “After one hour, the boys know they have been through a workout that’s very beneficial to their health and well-being.” Brent MacKay grew up in New Brunswick, played several sports, graduated from the University of Toronto and knows athletic therapy like the back of his hand. As director of

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athletics for UCC’s Upper School, he’s overseen sports at the College for the past 22 years and plays a key role in selecting, training and evaluating coaches. “It’s good to examine where we are, but to make things real good, you have to have good people,” says MacKay. “It has taken us a while to get a certain kind of coach in all our sports — people who know what they’re doing, care about the students and have the mechanism to help them get to the next level.” UCC won 10 team titles and a combined 17 national and provincial gold medals in the past school year, so some solid staffing decisions have obviously been made. “We’re a teacher-coach model,” says MacKay. “That’s the best way to do it with young people. “I have lots of priorities, but number one is making sure that our students and coaches are viewed as a class act. How they represent themselves and our school is very important.” UCC’s outstanding facilities have also been a magnet for one of the largest school sports programs in Canada. The $17.5-million William P. Wilder ’40 Arena and Sports Complex offers year-round opportunities for physical fitness and Olympic and NHL-sized ice rinks. There are more facilities at the Foster and Bill Hewitt Centre, a swimming pool, a baseball diamond, a cricket pitch, a running track and a turf field for football, rugby, soccer and lacrosse. A sports injury clinic with complete rehabilitative facilities is also on campus. UCC’s facilities are what appealed to Andrew Young, a 16-year-old multi-sport athlete. “When my brothers went to UCC, I had this wish that maybe I would be fortunate and do the same,” says Young, the captain of the rugby team, a forward in basketball and a linebacker in football. “And now that I am at UCC, there is this sense of accomplishment. “You’re always being pushed in the right direction by great coaches and teachers. It’s been good for me, keeps me focused, and I realize how fortunate I am.” Henry Bloemen, who graduated in May and has moved on to Queen’s University to pursue a career in urban planning, will miss UCC. “It’s been an amazing life experience,” says Bloemen, awarded the Alexander Logie Medal after coaches determined that he was the most outstanding athlete in the 2011 graduating class. “Staff helped me, never had a bad coach, they were like mentors and fostered a love for sport. “I won’t kid you, it has been a tough road here, but I worked very hard for my grades. If I had to do it all over again, there is no other place that I would rather be than at UCC.” Bloemen will carry some great UCC sports memories for the rest of his life. He was a midfielder and most valuable player on the soccer team that blanked Appleby 2-0 to win the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association championship. He was dominant at the fly half position in

UCC’s 24-7 rugby win over Appleby for another league title. UCC has had both moments of glory and disappointments over its long sports history. Stop 20 Old Boys, parents, faculty members or fans at UCC events, and the likelihood is you’ll receive 20 different answers to the question: What’s the top highlight in UCC sports history? For me, it was the blast from the past from the hockey stick of Andrew Will ’93, a defenseman with the Blues in 1992. The setting was Port Credit Arena and what would be the first of five provincial high school hockey championships in a span of 10 years. Will took a slap shot from 25 feet out, the goalie from St. Joseph’s/Scollard Hall of North Bay was slightly screened, and the puck hit the back of the net. The Blues were number one. “I remember it very well,” says Will, the admissions director at Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn. “It was pure ecstasy, a great game, but so were my days at UCC. “My parents made huge sacrifices so that my brother and I could go there. It was a tremendous opportunity, to be fortunate to benefit from a robust sports program is what I liked, but also a very memorable experience and a great education.” “At UCC, every student benefits with the entire package,” says White. “It’s very important that we set students up for success, and every mechanism is in place to ensure that studies don’t suffer because a student is involved in a league game

or may be very aggressive in intramural activities.” Efforts are made to schedule games, particularly leading up to Grade 7, after school and on Saturday mornings so students aren’t denied critical class time. Teachers, aware of potential scheduling conflicts, make every effort to help students and put materials online through a service called Blackboard so that they can follow up on what they may have missed. The Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning offers individualized learning support to all students, assists them in developing strategies appropriate to their learning profile and provides a comfortable atmosphere for boys to do their work before and after extracurricular activities. Jim Power, UCC’s principal and an enthusiastic supporter of athletics, says an emphasis on character development and maturity are crucial components stressed by the school administration and carefully adapted by staff and coaches. “We strive for excellence — nothing less. I have great expectations for the boys at UCC and spend a great deal of time working with our staff to find ways to help our students grow, learn and mature. We know we have a great athletic program, but it’s also more than just winning games. “The challenge is always to find the right formula of teachers who have the same passion for a program after school that they do for teaching. As long as that happens, we can’t ask for anything more.”

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any of us know the sense of physical and emotional wellbeing that comes from an intense workout, a long jog or playing a team sport. But what if such activities also made us smarter? That’s the finding of Dr. John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His 2008 book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, continues to have a major impact upon organizations and academic institutions worldwide. In a subsequent article in The American Journal of Play, Ratey and Jacob Sattelmair cited evidence that physical activity “provides physical, social and intellectual stimulation which creates a positive challenge or stress to the brain, which in turn causes the brain to adapt, resulting in healthy cognitive development.” “Exercise helps in three distinct ways to promote learning,” Ratey tells Old Times. “The first is it makes for a better

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learner. It works on brain systems, like the attention system, motivation, the ability to resist impulses and deal with frustration. It also improves the memory network. “Secondly, it prepares the neurocells we have to be in the optimal circumstance for them to grow. We don’t learn anything unless our brain cells grow. Creating the great inner environment that happens when you exercise helps our brain cells grow. The third thing is the one most people focus on. That is what we call neuro-genesis, or the production of new brain cells. Exercise promotes that more than anything else we know.” Mary Gauthier, executive director of Upper Canada College’s Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning, has declared herself a fan of Ratey’s work. “We talk about the Centre for Learning being a ‘fitness centre for your brain,’ so when I read Spark I was thrilled. The Centre for Learning team has just written a second volume to our first book, Centred for Learning. We refer to Spark directly in the book, and we used it to inspire us.” Participation in sports and physical exercise is strongly emphasized at UCC. “Our focus is the whole boy, so health and fitness is critical,” says Gauthier. “The wide choice of sporting activities we offer encourages participation and helps each student find their passion. “We also now encourage the boys to take an active study break. We have made up posters we display around the school that stress the link between what you do in action and what you learn and think.” Both Gauthier and Ratey stress the positive emotional and social results of participation in sports and exercise programs. “The benefits are physical and emotional, in terms of promoting confidence and health and happiness,” says Gauthier, while Ratey notes that “teachers, principals and colleges respond to the fact it makes the students’ brains work better. They log in the information quicker and better and faster. I think people don’t even realize the impact on the emotional side.” A growing number of schools have beefed up physical education and exercise regimens for their students and achieved positive results in alleviating stress and anxiety and reducing aggression. “The first thing that happens is a decrease in discipline problems,” Ratey says. “We helped initiate a program in a Barrie classroom (at Allandale Heights Public School) for their 25 worst bad boys. In just three months with this program, suspensions went down from 95 to five.” The phrase “jog the brain” now has a new and exciting connotation.


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MGM Inc. were clients added during Cohon’s time as head of AudienceView. Cohon keeps in touch with many of his UCC peers and says he learned many lessons in leadership during his time at the school. “It really prepares you for college. How do you step up and be a leader? How do you pick up a teammate when they are down?” Winning on the football field and the camaraderie that arose from those experiences are some of Cohon’s fondest memories of his time at UCC, and he goes out of his way to praise football coach Dave Hadden. “He was a great coach. He was tough in terms of making you run hard plays and work hard. He liked guys who hit hard.” Cohon’s passion for football has carried on to his present role with the CFL. “Fans know that I played the game, and love it,” he says.


Involvement in athletics led to careers in sports for these UCC graduates, who’ve enjoyed success on the field, on the ice, on the water and at their desks.

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Mark Cohon ’85 remembers a UCC experience driven by one of his great passions in life: football. Cohon — the son of McDonald’s of Canada founder George Cohon and the commissioner of the Canadian Football League — played football, tennis, rugby and other sports during his five years at the College. “When you go to UCC, it’s not just about academics,” Cohon says. “It’s about being a steward. It’s about taking international trips. It’s about getting involved in the community. It’s about being engaged in sports. All of those things in totality help create very healthy students who go on to be leaders.” Cohon went on to Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill., where he majored in communication studies and graduated with a bachelor of science degree. He worked as director of corporate and game development with Major League Baseball and with the National Basketball Association, where he was director and group manager of international marketing, managing director of NBA Europe and vice-president of business development. Cohon then became president and CEO of an event ticketing firm called AudienceView before replacing fellow Old Boy Tom Wright as CFL commissioner. The Toronto Blue Jays, the new Wembley Stadium in London, England, Churchill Downs (the home of the Kentucky Derby horse race) and

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Colin Greening ’05 remembers coming to UCC as a young hockey player and leaving the school as a more mature, wellrounded individual. “That was my first time away from home,” says the St. John’s, Nfld. native. “It was a big adjustment for me.” Greening attended UCC for two years before graduating and boarded while he was there. His focus away from academics was hockey, but he says one of the College’s biggest appeals is the wealth of extracurricular activities at students’ disposal in one of the biggest cities in North America. “There are so many opportunities and resources that are given to you. If you are a pure academic, things can get lonely. But there are so many options available that one can’t

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help but be busy. It doesn’t have to be sports. It can be politics, music, arts. “The biggest thing for me was mental growth, learning how to live on my own, and do things like my own shopping, make doctor’s appointments. I learned so much about time management.” Greening recalls the quantity of academic work during his time at UCC, and the expectations to keep his grades up while balancing a burgeoning hockey career. “I thought I did really well staying on top of everything. Once you get behind, it’s very difficult to get caught up. Staying on top of my studies was the key.” Greening played junior hockey in Nanaimo, B.C. for a season after graduation before restarting his academic career and getting top grades during four years at Cornell University. The 25-year-old credits UCC coaches Kent Hutton, Steve McKell, Andrew Will and Brian Green for having a big influence on his development. “The coaches there really helped me build a base for college hockey,” he says. “They helped keep my head on straight, keeping me in check.” Greening split his time this past season between the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators, which won the Calder Cup, and the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators. The 6’3” left winger signed a three-year contract with Ottawa in May after scoring 13 points in 24 games with the parent club and is looking to stick in the NHL throughout this season.


Dave Hadden ’71 was selected in the first round of the 1974 Canadian Football League draft following stellar performances as a running back at UCC and Queen’s University, and spent his best seasons with the Toronto Argonauts. Hadden was a captain and MVP at Queen’s in the football program, and was rookie of the year in hockey for the Golden Gaels. He started the first six games with the Argos in 1975 and 11 games the next season. He played professionally until 1979 and then moved into a teaching career. He was headmaster of Lakefield College School in Peterborough, Ont. for 23 years. Skills honed on the football field during Hadden’s UCC playing days, particularly when it came to teamwork, were invaluable. “It’s one thing for a team to come together, but it’s a whole other thing when you are sharing desks (with your teammates) as well,” he says. Hadden calls boarding at the College as a Grade 7 student the most “formative” year of his life and that boarding made 8  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

Dave Hadden

his time at the school much “richer and fuller.” Today he serves as UCC’s senior advisor to the principal (boarding), and his desire to see more youngsters experience what he did is what drives him. “I just think to be able to at least spend some of your time in an environment like that, where you really have to stand on your feet, is invaluable. One becomes less dependent and more independent and, while that is challenging at the time, it is also strengthening over time.” Hadden admits that going to UCC was demanding, but in a good way. Students go in as boys and emerge from it as business, political, sports and cultural leaders who were molded in an environment where academic, social and athletic standards are high. Hadden says finding your place in an all-boy environment is a challenge, but the camaraderie of the experience and the discipline inherent in UCC’s multi-faceted education program serves individuals well. “UCC is a fast track. Those who go there and participate in the variety of programs with other like-minded and committed people are very fortunate to be doing so.”


Matthew Guinness-King ’99 says one of the factors that propelled him through a successful educational experience at UCC was the influence of the many mentors he met along the way. “UCC really understands what it takes to educate a young person. That’s the key: producing well-rounded leaders … with good morals and values. It’s a complete education.” As a rugby star at the College, much of the mentoring King received was on the sporting field from the likes of Brent MacKay, Derek Poon, Tom Adair and Dave Lougheed, a teammate on Canada’s 2003 World Cup rugby squad. After graduating, King moved on to Canada’s senior men’s

King tries to evade a tackle.

rugby team, where he has 15 international caps. He was a captain of the Canadian senior men’s sevens team and was the most valuable player of that side in 2005. He balanced his rugby career by enrolling in the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also has an educational background in English and biochemistry. King enrolled at England’s Cambridge University, where he’s finishing a master of business administration (MBA) degree, in September 2010. A back injury hampered his rugby, but his passion for the sport has been re-invigorated at Cambridge and he was recently voted captain of its Blues rugby team. He’ll retire from rugby after Cambridge’s big match against archrival Oxford in December, which will coincide with the completion of his MBA. King extended his MBA by four months to write a dissertation that examines the paradox between intra-squad competition and the team concept. Despite an individual’s will and need to excel, players still must do the grunt work to make teammates better and so the team operates as a cohesive unit, says King. This approach can also be applied in the business world. The foundation for acquiring his leadership qualities was laid at UCC, where King took part in a variety of activities that helped him mature from a young boy from Hickson, Ont. into a young man ready to take on the world. “I made sure that I got involved,” he says.


Sports were a huge part of life when Stu Lang ’70 was a UCC student, and they helped forge friendships that he maintains today. Football was where Lang made a significant mark later in life — first at Queen’s University (where he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame after starring in football and hockey)

Lang and his father Gordon with the Grey Cup.

and then professionally with the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos. Lang was a slotback who was part of five Grey Cup-winning teams and played in the 1976 all-star game. Lang fondly remembers rivalries among the Little Big Four and UCC’s games against archrivals Trinity College School, Ridley College and St. Andrew’s College like they were last weekend. “Initially I fought my mom and dad’s decision to send me to a private school,” says Lang, since most of his friends were in the public system. “I balked at it a bit. I didn’t know anyone. But it ended up being the five best years of my life.” Lang was so skilled on the field that he was asked to play for the varsity football team, full of older boys he respected, when he was in Grade 11. “Those guys were almost your idols,” he says of the honour he felt in joining the top team. UCC had experienced a tough loss against Ridley, but it beat the St. Catharines, Ont. school the year that Lang moved up. As the clock was running down on the revenge victory, Lang was overcome by emotion when he prepared to run back a punt. “I remember crying,” he says. “Maybe I shouldn’t admit that, but it was a big deal beating Ridley that day.” Lang became involved in CCL Industries Inc., a specialty packaging company owned by his family and based in Toronto, after football. He was president of CCL Label International prior to his 2006 retirement, and now serves on the company’s board of directors. Lang was named head coach of the University of Guelph Gryphons football team last year after serving as receivers coach for UCC’s varsity squad.


Jamie Rolph ’89 studied psychology at the University of Western Ontario before moving into a career in business, but his early interest in sports always stuck with him.

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Jamie Rolph


He’s aimed for — and achieved — the gold and the silver, and today Barney Williams ’96 is giving back to the sport he treasures most. Williams, a gold medalist at the 2003 world rowing championships in Milan, Italy and a 2004 silver Olympian in Athens, Greece in the men’s coxless four (both attained with teammates Jake Wetzel, Thomas Herschmiller and Cameron Baerg), recently landed the dual roles of freshmen development rowing coach at the University of Victoria and talent development coach for Rowing Canada and Canadian Sports Centres. Williams with teammates at 2006 world championships.

Rolph joined a small, family-owned clothing company in Toronto and worked his way up the ladder as far as he could go before moving to a company that sold licensed professional sports league clothing. It was through hockey that Rolph found his real niche in the work world — first in athlete marketing with Newport Sports Management, one of the largest companies representing National Hockey League players, and then through launching his own company, Athlete Marketing Group. Athlete Marketing Group connects its network of more than 190 athletes — including NHL stars Zdeno Chara, Rick Nash, Duncan Keith, Carey Price and Jonas Hiller, as well as Olympic gold medalist freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau — with opportunities and partnerships in the corporate world. These can range from something as simple as personal appearances to more complicated corporate endorsement deals. Rolph points to his time as a goalie on UCC’s varsity hockey team as an impetus for the career success he enjoys now. “I started on the hockey team back in Grade 5. I could barely skate. I borrowed equipment. But I made the team. I ended up growing up with those guys. The friendships and camaraderie are what I remember the most.” Teacher and coach Mark Hord was an important mentor for Rolph when he started hockey in Grade 5, as were varsity team coaches Brent MacKay and David Turner later on. “They taught people to embrace their roles on the team,” he says. “No one was resentful of the roles they had on those teams.” Rolph entered UCC with high expectations, both for himself and the school, and he learned how to be more independent after he arrived. “You go into UCC with a predisposition that you have an opportunity to become a leader,” he says. “You did a lot of work on your own. You did a lot of your own thinking. That was encouraged.” 10  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

“It’s a really exciting opportunity to work with rowers and help them make that transition from junior to senior ranks, and also identify new talent,” says Williams, born 34 years ago in San Martín de los Andes, Argentina. It’s a full-fledged return, albeit in a different capacity, to a love that Williams thought he’d abandoned when he retired in 2007. After dabbling in sports broadcasting, Williams pondered a career in firefighting until he realized his heart was elsewhere. He transitioned in 2009 to positions of part-time and assistant coach with the University of Victoria until his recent promotion. “There was something within me — a passion for sport — that firefighting wasn’t going to satisfy,” Williams admits. Williams, former president of the Oxford University Boat Club (Oxford is where he earned his diploma in legal studies and his master of science in management research), credits his formative years at UCC and Dr. Michael Eben with giving him the confidence and foundation needed to succeed. “Dr. Eben was a huge mentor. We spent a significant amount of time together because of his roles as a housemaster for me in Martland’s House and as the head basketball and football coach. He had a tremendously positive impact, bottling the idea of excellence. A very successful Canadian Football League slotback receiver, he was very passionate about academics. “That theme of ‘never stop learning, never stop pushing

yourself,’ was something I got from him.” Williams, married with two children and living in Salt Spring Island, B.C., fondly recalls his UCC years. “I was very, very fortunate and really look forward to finding ways to give back to the school,” says Williams.

UFC fighters Jake Shields and Mark Hominick with Wright.


Tom Wright ’71 learned valuable lessons in leadership at UCC and is applying them in a career that has taken him into one of the premier leadership positions in sports: director of operations for Ultimate Fighting Championship Canada. After graduating from UCC, Wright attended the University of Toronto and York University, where he respectively earned bachelor of physical education and master of business administration degrees. His impressive resume includes stints as commissioner of the Canadian Football League (where he was succeeded by fellow Old Boy Mark Cohon), president of both Spalding Canada and adidas Canada, and president and CEO of Salomon North America. Wright wrote the relocation application when Research In Motion co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie attempted to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes National Hockey League team and move it to Hamilton, Ont. He’s involved with several charitable organizations and has held multiple roles with Special Olympics Canada for almost 30 years, including serving as its national board chairman. Wright remembers many mentors at UCC, but one in particular was Latin instructor Terence Bredin. He says he fully realized the life lessons he learned under Bredin later in life. “It’s tough to make a dead language interesting. But he would take something seemingly boring and make it fun. That

was a key takeaway. Regardless of where I worked, I could do business and have fun at the same time. Work doesn’t have to be drudgery.” Bredin also organized prefects in Grade 13 to police smoking in the school’s parking lot. Being a smoker, Wright felt it was hypocritical to take part in the raid, so he warned the smokers before it happened. Bredin later called him on it in class and Wright confessed his discomfort with what he felt was hypocrisy. “It was more important to him that I was honest,” Wright says now. “What it said to me was I have to be true to people, to be honest with people.” What UCC offers, Wright says, is an education that produces well-rounded graduates and a social environment that cultivates life-long friends. “You have so many opportunities for leadership at UCC. It’s the characteristics you develop in that kind of overall educational experience… being able to bring out the best in other people.”

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pper Canada College’s tradition of athletic excellence is being proudly upheld in the 21st century, as a number of 2011 graduates and current students have set high standards that will allow them to stay involved in sports beyond UCC.

“I’ve become really aware of time management skills,” Southey-Gordon says of how UCC has prepared him for the challenge of university. “I’ve become great at managing academics and athletics and trying to excel in both.”

Sash Malowany ’11 was a single sculler on UCC’s national champion rowing team this past year and just spent his second summer participating in the world junior championships with Canada’s national team before studying business and economics at the University of Washington, the top-ranked rowing school in the United States. “I do have Olympic and world championship aspirations,” says Malowany. “This will not be my last time representing Canada on the world stage.”

Neil Tai-Pow ’11 won the OFSAA gold medal in mixed doubles badminton after teaming up with Bishop Strachan’s Rachel Honderich and is looking forward to playing on the team at the University of Western Ontario, where he’ll study math and economics. Tai-Pow has twice competed in the Junior Pan American Games, winning a bronze medal in mixed doubles in Puerto Rico in 2009 and a silver medal in men’s doubles in the Domenican Republic in 2010, but doesn’t foresee continuing at the international level. “Given the situation with funding, it wouldn’t be enough. I think I’ll continue to play a few tournaments on the national circuit, but training to play in the Pan Am Games or Olympics wouldn’t be realistic.”

Turner Southey-Gordon ’11 was a member of UCC’s Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) gold medal-winning golf team with Brendan Ng (who won the individual gold medal), Daniel Luftspring and Jamie Henderson. He’ll play for a Duke University team that lost in the NCAA semi-finals this past year and where he’ll be an Atlantic Coast Conference rival with Ng, who received a golf scholarship to Wake Forest University.

Photo: Liam Sharp

Neil Tai-Pow

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Julian da Silva ’12 and Jake Salsburg ’13 won the OFSAA gold medal in tennis doubles and, as returning students, will be able to defend their title in 2012. “There are a lot of good players and every year the







competition gets better, but I think we have a good chance,” says Salsburg, a 15-year-old entering IB1. “We’re gunning for it.” Like Salsburg, da Silva also plays singles but says he prefers pairing up with a partner. “When I’m by myself, I’m a little bit more reserved. When I’m playing doubles, I’m more supportive and communicate a lot more with my teammate.” The 16-year-old da Silva is entering his final year at UCC and his goal is to receive a tennis scholarship at a U.S. university. Salsburg has the same aim and his first choice would be to play for the Princeton University team that’s coached by Glenn Michibata, who was half of the world’s top ranked doubles team with fellow Canadian Grant Connell in 1991. Peter Hannon ’12 plays on UCC’s rugby, basketball and football teams, and represented Ontario at the Football Canada Cup for players under 18 in July. Hannon will be UCC’s athletic steward in his final year, and he says it’s a responsibility that he takes seriously. “I think my main job is to get people excited about athletics, and that means all people and all sports. I don’t want to just increase attendance at football games. I want to get both students and faculty excited about not only watching sports,






but playing them. It’s my job to make athletics at UCC accessible and fun.” Djordje Todorovic ’16 is part of a fresh crop of boys making the move up from the Prep School to the Upper School. He’s starting Year 1 after spending his summer in Serbia and Portugal. The 13-year-old is an excellent soccer and basketball player who holds Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) records for the 400 metres and 800 metres in the U12 division and for the discus in the U13 division. He also won UCC’s Kraftcheck Bolt race this past year with the seventh fastest time ever recorded. Craig Uyeno ’16, a 13-year-old up-and-comer, was the captain of the Prep cross-country team, co-captain of the lacrosse team and a Prep valedictorian. He plays defence for UCC’s U14 hockey team and with the Toronto Junior Canadians outside of school. “It’s hard, but it’s definitely manageable,” Uyeno says of balancing academics and athletics, which is even more important with the Upper School and varsity teams, and he’d like to continue playing competitively beyond graduation if possible. “I’ll just play it by ear and see how things work out.”

Photo: Liam Sharp

Craig Uyeno

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Remember When

Take a look back at some of the biggest years in UCC sports over the past eight decades and rekindle some fond memories.

By Steve McLean


pper Canada College enjoyed great sporting success during the 2010-11 school year, capturing 11 Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) titles, five Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) gold medals and a national rowing championship. There have been a number of other fine performances by teams and individuals over the years, and here’s a brief overview of some of the more prominent ones:

1948-49 Back in the days when what we now know as football was called rugby football, UCC made school history by going undefeated and winning the Little Big Four championship for the second straight year and then went on to become the interscholastic champion of the Ontario Rugby Football Union. Nearly 3,000 fans turned out for the 21-7 Little Big Four final victory over Ridley College. Bill Hewitt, whose name now adorns UCC’s athletic centre, was a key contributor to the football squad and also captained the hockey team to the College Group championship of the Ontario Hockey Association. The team was coached by Toronto Maple Leafs star and Hockey Hall of Fame member Ted “Teeder” Kennedy. UCC also won the Little Big Four cricket championship.

1974-75 The Little Big Four of UCC, St. Andrew’s College, Ridley College and Trinity College School had evolved into the Independent Schools Athletic Association (ISAA) by this point, and UCC beat all comers in badminton, cricket, football, hockey, skiing, squash and swimming. The hockey team, which was supposed to be the College’s worst in 10 years, finished sixth at OFSAA and registered three wins and three ties in six exhibition games in Sweden. The swim team, nicknamed the Sperm Whales, took its ISAA title for the fifth consecutive year.

1981-82 This was another impressive year for UCC sports, with the badminton, cricket, cross-country, football, cross-country and downhill skiing, soccer, squash, swimming and volleyball teams earning various championships. The downhill skiers were the best in the province. We couldn’t find records of it in The College Times, through our archivists’ research or from a phone call to the CISAA, but an Old Boy with a good memory who graduated that year also recalls championships in track and field, rowing and tennis. If you were a member of one of those teams and can confirm it either way, please let Old Times know.

1989-90 UCC’s badminton, cricket, football, hockey, cross-country skiing, squash, swimming and tennis teams won either (or sometimes both) ISAA or Toronto District Colleges Athletic Association (TDCAA) titles. The hockey team won both championships and was led in goal-scoring by centre Jason Cipolla, who went on to have a lengthy professional playing career. The squash team went undefeated in winning every title that it possibly could, and the tennis players claimed ISAA supremacy for the fourth straight year.


Coach Ted “Teeder” Kennedy addresses players John Addison, Doug Orr, Milt Cork, Doug Kennedy, Ron Chisholm and North Hogarth.

1959-60 UCC’s basketball, football, hockey, rugby, swimming and tennis teams were all crowned Little Big Four champions, with Brian Conacher being named most valuable player of the football team and leading the hockey team before going on to play for the Canadian Olympic team and the last Toronto Maple Leafs team to win the Stanley Cup in 1967.

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Sports didn’t take a back seat as a new century began, with UCC ringing up championships in badminton, cricket, hockey, rugby, swimming and volleyball. The volleyball team won its 10th CISAA title and seventh in nine years, while the rugby side repeated as CISAA and TDCAA champs. The hockey team won the MacPherson Cup tournament and the TDCAA championship while developing centre Brayden Irwin, who played two games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009-10. Do you have a favourite sports memory from your time at UCC? Email it to so he can share it with readers.



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CFL is UCC’s “Brain Fitness Centre”

The Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning has catered to boys’ learning needs and helped them succeed for a decade.

By Michael Benedict


esse Cynamon used to get so nervous when taking tests in Grade 7 that he would “blank out.” Science teacher Lisa Bonney recalls a Grade 8 boy whose exam results didn’t reflect the enthusiasm and knowledge he displayed in the classroom. Both overcame their test-taking difficulties through strategies developed with Upper Canada College’s Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning (CFL), which is marking its 10th anniversary this year. “In recent years, we’ve learned a lot about how boys’ brains develop,” says CFL executive director Mary Gauthier. “Usually when they need help, it’s not because the material is too hard — they need help in how to manage the material or the situation.” The CFL team of Gauthier, Tina Jagdeo, Susan Elliott and Jody McLean — in collaboration with teachers — provides organizational support and student-specific techniques to help boys confront an array of learning challenges, including writing tests. “When I saw other kids finish well before me, I felt rushed,” recalls Cynamon, who’s entering his final year at UCC. “The centre allowed me to do the best I can. Without it, I would be struggling.” When Bonney’s student received similar individualized support, he also began to flourish. But test-taking isn’t the CFL’s only focus. “Every boy has his own story,” says Gauthier. “They all learn differently. Our goal is to help all boys develop to the best of their abilities.” The CFL’s mandate includes understanding the different learning styles and needs of all UCC students. It helps them develop tailored learning strategies, with targeted assistance as required. By offering its knowledge and services to every boy, none are singled out as needing special help. “We connect with all boys,” says Gauthier. “Overall, we focus on managing the ‘hows’ of learning rather than the subject matter. And by working with everyone, we are demonstrating that if a boy needs support, it does not mean he is unable to master the material.” Gauthier, who has led the CFL since it was established a decade ago and has been working on a second volume of its Centred for Learning book along with primary division coordinator Tina Jagdeo and middle division coordinator Susan Elliott, is a myth buster when it comes to boys Mary Gauthier and learning. 16  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

“Common myths are that boys, unlike girls, don’t like to read or can’t organize themselves,” she says. “The truth is that boys respond well to texts that connect to their interests, and they can develop organizational skills through straightforward structures and routines.” The importance of a boy’s relationship to his teacher is another critical aspect in how he learns. “Boys respond well to clear expectations,” Gauthier explains. “They like to be part of the process. That means teachers should be flexible in negotiating how these expectations are to be achieved, taking into account the individual learning characteristics of each boy.” Another CFL mandate is to work with teachers and parents so they better understand boys’ developmental needs and how their brains develop. “We help the teachers identify and recognize and address wobbly areas that can produce stress and hinder performance,” Gauthier says. Teacher Bonney praises the CFL’s emphasis on differentiated learning. “Before, when someone handed in a late assignment, they might be kept after school and/or have their mark lowered. Now we know to take a collaborative rather than punitive approach. That’s fair to all students. And fair does not mean equal. “The centre is a fantastic resource for both students and faculty growth.” Don Kawasoe, who heads UCC’s Prep and Upper schools, credits Gauthier and the CFL for having a “transformational” impact upon the College. “We’ve always provided great opportunities at UCC,” says Kawasoe, who taught at the school for two decades before the CFL was established in 2001. “Boys who did well were amazing, but for some UCC was difficult. They found it tough and may not have found their place. “Now we understand so much more about cognitive and emotional development, and Mary and her team have provided this perspective. We’ve become more open-minded. We now know that learning is not subject-specific, but involves how you do it.” As a result of the CFL’s influence, Kawasoe says, “We now have a more professional learning community and are now reaching all boys. We’re providing them with the tools to success.” Stacey Cynamon, Jesse’s mother, couldn’t agree more. “I don’t know how my boys would have gotten as far as they have without the centre,” she says. “The care and attention are phenomenal. It’s the best part of UCC.”

Photos: Matthew Plexman

Alexander Chow, Thomas Coxford and Jack Fejér dig in UCC’s learning garden, a key initiative of the CFL.

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$14-million boarding campaign will rejuvenate program By Christine Langlois


many ways. “As a kid from Huntsville, I learned a lot about life and responsibility as a boarder at UCC, and I’m committed to seeing it continue — better than ever — for other young men who have the privilege of experiencing this same opportunity,” he says. Serving as head of house for Wedd’s and captain of the ski team gave Hutcheson “early opportunities to lead,” and he hopes other former boarders will see the campaign as a chance to “remember what the school has meant to them and to offer that experience to the next generation or two.” A wide variety of recognition opportunities are open to contributors to the boarding renewal campaign, including the naming of the program, residence complex, study rooms, lounges, scholarships and smaller items. A $1,000 gift allows donors to have personalized plaques installed in a residence room. When the College’s board of governors opened the issue of the future of boarding in 2007, there was a significant uproar in the boarding community. The board set up a task force that recommended that the program should continue, but only with a significant reinvestment in both programs and facilities, which weren’t keeping pace with the rest of the school’s offerings. Hutcheson and his wife Susan have donated a substantial sum and hope that others will follow suit. As one of the Old

Photo: Matthew Plexman

pper Canada College’s boarding program is going through its boldest transformation in more than a century — with an exciting renewal of its facilities and the enhancement of the residential life program, recruitment and scholarships — all brought about by the comprehensive Boarding Forever fundraising campaign. When completed, it will result in one of the best boys’ boarding programs in the world that will comfortably accommodate Canadian and international students and raise the bar for all UCC boys. Blake Hutcheson ’80, chief executive officer of Oxford Properties Group, chairs the boarding campaign that’s launching its public phase this fall. The goal is to raise $14 million, and $9.1 million has been collected so far from gifts ranging in value from five dollars to $1.5 million. Funds will go towards renovating the two boarding residences, Seaton’s and Wedd’s, which haven’t been significantly updated since the 1930s. The remainder of the funds raised will be earmarked for needs-based scholarships to ensure more boys of exceptional ability have the chance to receive a UCC education as a boarder, and to expand the range of after-school and weekend programs for boarders. Hutcheson, who boarded from Grades 11 to 13, is eager to give back to the school and especially the boarding program, which enriched his personal and professional life in

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Notable UCC boarders John Bosley ’64 politician Gordon Cheesbrough ’71 businessman Ken ’93 and Tenniel ’95 Chu golf pioneers George Connell ’47 educator John Julius Cooper (Lord Norwich) ’42 author and politician Henry Duncan Graham Crerar 1904 military leader Geraint Wyn Davies ’75 actor Robertson Davies ’32 author, playwright and journalist Blake Hutcheson ’80: chair of the Boarding Forever campaign and chief executive officer of Oxford Properties Group.

Francois de Gaspé Beaubien ’81 businessman George Drew ’13 politician

Boys who encouraged the school to maintain the boarding program, Hutcheson says, “If I can help, I’ll put my money and my time where my mouth is.” “Boarding is part of the DNA of the school,” says Dave Hadden ’71, who boarded for a year as a Grade 7 student and is now senior advisor to the principal (boarding). “Without it, UCC would be a very good day school in Toronto, but not on the world stage.” Alumni who came to UCC from small Canadian towns cited the chance to live in residence with boys from larger Canadian centres and all over the world as being pivotal in their decisions to attend the College. “The other students were all talented and suddenly I wasn’t the best student or athlete,” says Bob Acheson ’58, now president of Robert Acheson Investments Inc. “It gave me an appreciation for others and their achievements, and as a result made me work harder and be better.” The task force pointed out that boarders from across Canada and around the globe offer fresh perspectives in the classroom and socially. This diversity is a plus for all UCC students, whether they’re day students or boarders. Adam Markwell ’92, an investment advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy, put it this way: “The historical tensions between English and French Canada came to life when I talked to my Quebec boarding friends. When I was reading about the Middle East, I only needed to walk down the hall to get a personal account.” While the goal of fostering independence within a culture of diversity hasn’t changed since the boarding program began, the ways of achieving it has, says Andrew Turner, the director of residential life who has worked in the UCC boarding program for 27 years. One big change is an increase in staffing so that each residence of 44 boys now has two live-in senior house advisors rather than one. Reducing the student-staff ratio ensures that each boarder gets the individual attention he needs and that staff members have the time to communicate with parents about their child more often. The school has committed to talking to and updating parents once a month. “Parents’ desire for communication is much higher than in the past,” says Turner. “Staff needs to take the time to talk about the whole boy — how their son is fitting in with his roommate, for example.”

Bela Fejér ’63 developer and lawyer Brendan Fraser ’87 actor (left before graduating) Dan Gibson ’40 photographer, cinematographer and sound engineer David Gilmour ’68 journalist and author John Strathearn Hendrie 1874 politician Michael Ignatieff ’65 politician, historian and writer Allan Lamport ’23 politician Stephen Leacock 1887 teacher, writer and humorist Eric Lubbock (Lord Avebury) ’44 engineer and politician Raymond Massey 1910 actor James Mavor Moore ’29 director and writer Peter C. Newman ’47 author and journalist John Beverley Robinson 1836 politician Ted Rogers ’51 businessman Andrew Saxton ’82 politician William Wong ’82 businessman

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Photos: David Hou/Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Davies as King Arthur in Camelot.

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Geraint Wyn Davies

Actor Geraint Wyn Davies ’75 has lived and worked around the world, but calls his time at UCC “seven of the best years I’ve ever spent.”

By Steve McLean


avies is a star of stage and screen and one of Canada’s most respected actors, but he was a recent Welsh immigrant of limited means when he started boarding at UCC through one of its last minister’s child bursaries when he was 11. “My chosen profession is such an itinerant way of making a living that you’re constantly bonding with new people, and I think that the combination of Upper Canada and being a minister’s kid is all about that,” a friendly and relaxed looking Davies says less than 90 minutes before taking the stage as King Arthur in Camelot at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ont. early on a Sunday afternoon in June. “You’re constantly representing people where you have to put your best foot forward and you’re in a different world where you have to create your own stability. That happens in the theatre all of the time.” Davies was the student head of UCC’s Little Theatre under the tutelage of English teacher Jay D. MacDonald, and says he was instrumental in having girls from local independent schools play female roles in plays for the first time in the College’s history. Until that 1973 production of The Fantasticks that Davies as Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

he was involved with, UCC boys portrayed both men and women in all plays. Davies briefly studied business at the University of Western Ontario before dropping out to pursue an acting career that soon saw him balancing theatre, television and film work. He appeared in several relatively low-profile movies and starred in the TV series Airwolf in 1987 and in Black Harbour from 1996 to 1999, but probably remains best known for his portrayal of vampire police detective Nick Knight in Forever Knight, which ran from 1992 to 1996. “If you do a series like Forever Knight, which was a vampire show, all of a sudden you get calls from everywhere to do the same kind of stuff,” Davies says of the roles he’s been offered. “So you do that for a while but think that that can’t be right, so you stop. But then the only thing that happens is that less people call you. It’s harder to get back into other genres, so you go back to the theatre.” Davies regrets that he turned down some prime theatre opportunities for more lucrative film and TV gigs earlier in his career, but says he’s learned a lesson and will never do that again. When asked about some of his favourite roles, he cites Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano and Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost, not Allan Devlin in Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman or Tony in Terror Stalks the Class Reunion. The theatre has always been Davies’ first love, and he’s played a variety of roles on stages in Europe, the United States and Canada, where he returned this year to play the dashing Arthur in Camelot and the buffoonish Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. It’s his eighth season in Stratford, where he’s purchased a house with new wife (and actress) Claire Lautier. I saw him perform both widely divergent roles with barely a three-hour gap in between, and he handled them both with poise and assurance. “There’s a physical as much as an emotional or mental approach to them,” Davies explains. “It’s crazy to do them on the same day. “When it’s humid and you’re wearing a fat suit (for Falstaff), even though they don’t weigh a ton, it’s a challenge at the end of the week. But the company is so delightful to be with that it can buoy up any situation.” Davies has resided in a variety of North American and European cities, owns property in Thailand and continues to receive both acting and directing offers from all over, but his favourite place at the moment is Stratford, which he calls his “creative home.” So after he takes some time off once the Festival season wraps up at the end of October, don’t be surprised if you see him on Stratford’s thrust stage again next year. “I used to do too many things at the same time, and now I’m trying to do just one thing properly,” says Davies. “I used to be on a plane more than anything else, so it’s nice to be rooted.”

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Life’s a circus for Craig Cohon

He introduced Coca-Cola to Russia 20 years ago, and now he’s doing the same thing with Cirque du Soleil.

By Karen Bliss


raig Cohon ’82 was never too far from home at Upper Canada College, where he spent Grades 9 through 13. “If I rolled out of bed at 112 Forest Hill Rd., it was closer to my locker in Scadding’s than it was from Scadding’s to the lunch room,” he says over the phone with a laugh. “It was just an extension of my home, basically.” The vice-chairman of Cirque du Soleil’s Russian and Ukrainian operations and chairman of British upcycling company Worn Again now calls a 32-metre barge on London’s River Thames his home, which is more than a few steps to the international business ventures and recreational adventures that have taken him to 80 countries. McDonald’s of Canada founder George Cohon and wife Susan enrolled both their sons at UCC after the family moved from Chicago to Toronto in 1968. “I’m the little crazy one and he’s the more down to earth one,” Craig says of his brother Mark, who is three years younger and the commissioner of the Canadian Football League. While Mark excelled at sports and did better academically, Craig’s strengths were music and the arts, although he also played football and rugby. He was chairman of the arts festival, loved playing saxophone and was most influenced by music teacher Robert Mee, who he says “taught me to use my saxophone as an expression of who I am and what I believe in.” Cohon has no recollection of attending a circus as a kid (“just the parties at my house”) and there was no trapeze in gym class, but he says UCC prepared him for his career choices in other ways. “It taught me the importance of persistence, the importance of broad knowledge early and the importance

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of social interaction.” Unlike some offspring of successful businessmen, the Cohon boys were infused with an impressive work ethic. “There were no trust funds, no early money coming to us,” says Cohon. “Everything we’ve achieved is because of the work that we’ve done. We obviously had a leg up because of the schools that we went to and the great work that my parents have done in the community, but we work hard.” Cohon majored in music at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. and still plays saxophone “once in a while,” but he knew he wasn’t good enough to make a living at it. “Also, I grew up in an entrepreneurial business family and I was predisposed to that type of career,” he explains. “It was more nurture than nature.” Cohon’s first job out of university was as a courier. He then joined Coca-Cola as a sales manager, making $19,000 a year at age 23. He rose through the ranks and remained with the company for 14 years. Cohon took the huge step of leading the soft drink giant into Russia in 1991 before leaving in 2000 to pursue his interests in sustainable international development. He spent eight years building businesses in Africa and India, and is proud to have supplied innovative and affordable stoves to 250,000 households in rural India. George Cohon was asked to help get Cirque du Soleil into Russia, and he quickly got Craig involved because of his passion for “creating something from nothing” and how well he handled Coca-Cola’s introduction to the country. “We started in October 2009 with our first show in Moscow,” he explains. “We then brought another show to three cities: St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kazan. We’ve sold about 520,000 tickets already in just over two years. The big show has been developed for Radio City and the Kremlin, and it’s coming to the Kremlin on February 4, 2012. Cohon plays his saxophone. “It’s a $57-million show. We’re the first entertainment company to ever reserve the Kremlin for a three-month period, so we’re very excited. It’s right in the middle of the presidential elections, so it should be fun.” Cohon is also the first foreigner to be nominated as “Business Man of the Year” in Russia’s GQ magazine. “It’s one of the few free elections,” he quips. Cohon is hopeful of getting Cirque du Soleil to a point where it’s a sustainable brand, and he can focus more attention on Worn Again, “which takes old garments from large corporations and turns them into new products. It’s 100 per cent clean, 100 per cent green.”

Photos: Liam Sharp

Cohon at home: “It’s a 32-metre, fully working 1949 barge that has been retrofitted with three bedrooms, three baths, an outdoor pool and a great sun deck,” he says.

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UCC Today Ted Turner speaks to Class of 2011


ears of hard work turned 143 students into Old Boys on May 24, as members of the Leaving Class of 2011 received their diplomas at a ceremony at Upper Canada College. Academic, extracurricular and other prizes were awarded to top graduates, while special ties were given to the “survivors” who’ve attended UCC since entering Grade 1 in 1999. One of these boys, Christopher Griffiths, gave a valedictory address in which he acknowledged how great an impact that UCC faculty and staff, supportive families, friends and classmates have made in shaping the graduates to become “young men who are ready to take on the world.” Guest of honour Ted Turner, whose grandson John Seydel was part of the graduating class, was interviewed on-stage by Head Steward William Hall. Turner also received the UCC Fellowship in recognition of his many professional accomplishments and commitment to global peace and the environment. Turner has been making an impact internationally since forming a media empire more than 30 years ago that included CNN, WTBS, MGM/UA Entertainment, TNT and Cartoon Network, as well as operating professional sports and entertainment franchises, launching a growing restaurant chain and owning more land in the United States than any other person except one. He was the first media figure to be named Time

Ted Turner takes in the 2011 Leaving Class graduation ceremony.

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magazine’s man of the year in 1991. Turner is just as well known for his philanthropy, which includes donating $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation, founding the Goodwill Games to promote peace through sports, launching the Turner Endangered Species Fund and the Turner Foundation to protect and restore the environment, as well as becoming a major supporter of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Captain Planet Foundation. “All I can do is the best I can,” Turner told Hall and the crowd of more than 800 parents and friends of graduating students. “Don’t waste your time playing electronic games. If you have extra time, think and read.” Video coverage:

Company chaired by Old Boy Loudon Owen wins $290-million Supreme Court appeal


ld Boy Loudon Owen ’76 landed a huge victory when Toronto-based i4i, Inc. won a $290-million legal battle with Microsoft Corp. after the United States Supreme Court rejected the world’s largest software company’s appeal that it infringed an i4i patent. Owen is the chairman of i4i, which was founded in 1993, and helped invent its technology. The legal battle began when i4i sued Microsoft in 2007 and a federal jury awarded it $290

million after finding that Microsoft’s 2003 and 2007 versions of its Word word-processing application infringed i4i’s patent relating to text manipulation software. A U.S. appeals court upheld the award and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office upheld the validity of i4i’s patent. Microsoft disputed those decisions, but removed the contentious features from Word. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the appeals court ruling against Microsoft and rejected its argument to adopt a lower standard to replace the long-standing requirement that a defendant in a patent infringement case prove by clear and convincing evidence that a plaintiff’s patent is invalid. Microsoft claimed that a lower standard of proof involving a “preponderance of the evidence” would make some patents more vulnerable to legal challenge while promoting innovation and competition. Owen has launched, invested in and operated some of Canada’s fastest growing companies over the past 15 years. He’s the co-founder and managing partner of McLean Watson Capital, one of Canada’s pre-eminent venture capital firms, and his expertise includes company building and monetizing intellectual property.

UCC graduate Matthew Walker is first to be accepted to The Juilliard School

Matthew Walker in Romeo and Juliet.


raduating student Matthew Walker will be enrolled at The Juilliard School, one of North America’s best known and prestigious fine arts schools, in September. “I am still in shock,” said Walker after learning of his acceptance. “It was such a huge thrill to be selected.” The prominent UCC actor was one of 40 thespians – out of 1,800 who applied to Juilliard’s drama division – invited to the final round of auditions. He spent two “incredibly excit-

ing and exhausting” days at the New York City school and received the offer of acceptance by phone shortly after his return to Toronto. Juilliard’s drama division has the lowest acceptance rate of any college or university in North America, with a 1.6 per cent rate of admission. The actors in this year’s class range in age from 17 to 30, with Walker being the youngest. Walker also applied to Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown and Princeton, but decided to go with Juilliard, which makes him the first UCC student to be accepted into the renowned institution.

New grad Christopher Griffiths wins digestive disease research award


hristopher Griffiths, the valedictorian of UCC’s 2011 Leaving Class (see the first article in UCC Today), is one of 10 students from across North America to receive the American Gastroenterological Association Research Foundation’s 2011 Student Research Fellowship Award to stimulate interest in research careers in digestive diseases. Griffiths is the only Canadian recipient of the $2,500 award, which is given to support high school students interested in performing digestive disease or nutrition research for a minimum of 10 weeks. “I am absolutely thrilled to receive the award,” said Griffiths. “Last summer I worked in a lab affiliated with The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with gastroenterologist and clinician scientist Dr. Alex Muise as a bit of a deckhand, so to speak, helping out in the lab by doing small experiments to aid others’ work. “I learned a number of different techniques in DNA replication and manipulation, protein production and comparison. I applied for the AGA award earlier in the year, submitting an abstract and bio for the summer, thanks to help from Dr. Muise, and was awarded my own project to research at the Muise lab once again. “Previous research at the lab has identified a gene that could play a role in the development of inflammatory bowel disease, Dr. Muise’s area of expertise, and it is my job to study this gene and find the possible causes for the relationship between the disease and the gene, given the gene’s function. “I would say that it was my work in the Muise lab last summer and Dr. Muise’s help and attention to me that pushed me above the top to receive the award this summer. However, my interest, knowledge and enthusiasm for science and lab work were born at UCC. In particular, I owe thanks to Mr. Richard Turner and Mr. Michael Muir, my IB higher level biology and chemistry teachers in my final two years at UCC. “Thanks to Mr. Muir and Mr. Turner’s inspiring teaching, I have chosen to pursue science and I will be studying at McMaster University next fall in the bachelor of health

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sciences (honours) program and hope to pursue a career as a clinician scientist afterwards.”

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Form 1H media moguls raise money for charity


Christopher Griffiths gives his valedictory address at the 2011 Leaving Class graduation ceremony.

Theatre luminary Ravi Jain ’99 inspires students


ust because people tell you how great you are doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep reaching for challenges. That was the message at a March Upper School assembly featuring an inspiring address by Ravi Jain ’99, artistic director of Toronto’s Why Not Theatre. The boys enjoyed a frank and often funny speech from the actor-director. Jain opened by admitting he was a bit nervous, but was honoured to speak to the boys. “I recognize this is an amazing privilege to be standing before you,” said Jain. His address traced the tale of his life path so far — a story of passion, struggle, success, tough choices and ultimately creative fulfilment. Jain infused his story with key themes and lessons for the boys. He encouraged them to push themselves and to always seek out challenges, “even if everyone tells you how great you are.” Jain described several points in his educational and career path when he wasn’t challenged, despite excelling at his work or being in a reputable environment. A key turning point came when a friend convinced him to run a storytelling and theatre program in Kenya. He was struck by the meaning and purpose of the stories he heard and the participative, community nature of theatre there. After Kenya, Jain went to France to attend L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. The experience challenged him to examine different perspectives about whose stories are told and what voices are heard. He challenged the boys to look critically at situations and seek out different stories. If they can do this, he said, they can shape our culture. Jain continued on this hopeful note, encouraging the boys to recognize their potential and assuring them that they can make positive change in any career — artist, politician 26  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

he boys of Form 1H raised almost $1,000 to build structures for children in Africa and Asia from selling copies of a newspaper they entirely initiated and created and staging a “Non-Motorized-A-Thon.” The ambitious boys sold about 250 newspapers and, while the asking price was 25 cents, many generous customers gave more than that to help the worthy cause and boosted total revenues to $244. “1H News” was also used to promote the class’ May 27 “NonMotorized-A-Thon,” in which the boys circled around the UCC oval by using their legs, roller blades, bicycles and scooters as many times as they could to raise more money for the African and Asian structures that they learned about in class and on a recent trip that took them to countries that are part of those continents. The event brought in the impressive total of $748. “As they were learning in class about structures around the world, the boys realized that some parts of the world are less fortunate than us,” explained Form 1H teacher Jennifer Harper. “It inspired them to raise funds for structures in Africa and Asia. “The boys have conceived and created these initiatives all on their own. The paper has their voices and they’ve done an incredible job.” The students split the money they raised between the Free the Children and Habitat for Humanity charities.

Some of the newsboys of Form 1H proudly show off their creation.

Math department welcomes famed calculus textbook author


ith celebrity guests and math competitions, the Upper School math department is a busy place. One of the most

notable recent guests was James Stewart, an accomplished academic and the author of a series of bestselling calculus textbooks. Indeed, 90 per cent of Canadian university students use his books, as do 70 per cent of American students. “It was really exciting to have him speak for the boys,” said Deirdre Timusk, UCC math teacher and head of the Math Society, which hosted his visit. “In terms of name recognition, he’s basically the Stephen Hawking of the calculus world.” Hundreds of math students have also participated in several contests at the local, national and international level. Senior students Matthew Brennan, Alyf Janmohamed and Simran Ahluwalia even took the initiative to organize UCC’s own math competition on April 1, the first of what they hope will be an annual event. The group prepared lectures and took Year 1 and Year 2 students through contest-style questions and problems. The main goal was to get students excited about math contests and give them skills and tips to use in them. To recognize the boys’ achievements in math contests, the Society has invested in permanent wood award boards that will recognize the top boys in each annual contest. With 500 to 600 UCC students competing in contests every year, they’ll be a fitting tribute to the time and effort the students put into the events. Brennan placed eighth and earned an honourable mention in the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad, Canada’s premier national advanced mathematics competition. He also placed first in Ontario in the American Mathematics 12 contest. He also placed first in Ontario in the American Mathematics 12 contest and was part of the 2011 Canadian International Math Olympiad team that ranked 17th among 101 countries. Brennan was the top bronze medalist and finished 145th out of 553 contestants. Video coverage:

“Where The Wild Things Are” is ready for action


lot of work by Form 7 eco-warriors and other students, staff and faculty members went into preparing for the June 13 official opening of UCC’s “Where The Wild Things Are” garden and wooded area. Students came up with the idea to convert the dead space west of the sports bubble and south of the William P. Wilder Arena, which was overrun with weeds and was of virtually no use to the campus, into an area where boys could play and explore. Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning middle years coordinator Susan Elliott acted as a facilitator, while gardeners Lori Burnison and Edgar Friars helped the boys who took the lead role in the project. Designs were made, land was cleared, weeds were pulled, trees were planted and the space — named after Maurice Sendak’s popular children’s book — started to come to life. Three forts made from reclaimed wood have been built within

The “Where The Wild Things Are” entrance.

the area, including one shaped like a boat that was carved from logs by a chainsaw sculptor along with an armchair and couch. “The eco-warriors have dedicated many recesses and some classes to working on this space,” said Form 7J student Spencer Blackwell. “Our initial goal for the garden was to create a space that could be used by those of all ages at UCC and from outside the school for recreational and educational purposes. “When we arrived at the garden in September, it was basically weed-covered dirt. With lots of help from the UCC staff and some help from classes during Earth Week, we have wood-chopped and cut trails, built forts and cleaned up the area to make it the natural, beautiful playground it now is.” A butterfly and bird reserve — featuring seeds and plants to attract, watch and study them — is taking shape on the east side of the bubble. A berm has been created as a noise barrier and a path will link it with the “Where The Wild Things Are” garden once it’s completed during this upcoming school year. Form 6 eco-ambassadors guided tours, told visitors about the project and collected feedback at the official opening. Making this project part of the curriculum has helped make learning real for the students, who also enjoyed getting their hands dirty in transforming the area. “This is a large part of environmental learning, where you use your school as a learning ground,” said Elliott. “You’re creating a new space that can be used by a lot of people in the community, and it was all done with very little money.”

PPO-funded entrances make Parkin Building more welcoming to students and visitors


he June 22 official ribbon-cutting opening of UCC’s Prep School Parkin Building’s entrances capped off another productive and fun year for the Prep Parents’ Organization (PPO). The PPO’s “wish list” initiative for this year was to

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The Parkin Building’s new north entrance.

refurbish the south entrance of the Parkin Building with a mural, but enough money was raised that painting a second mural at the north entrance was also possible. “This has worked well because there is now a flow between the two spaces, with the south entrance having a more formal feel while the north sports entrance has a fun sports theme,” said PPO chair Jill Adolphe. “We worked in close partnership with the school’s Chantal Kenny, Nigel White, Mark Baxter, Dave Bullock and Allan Smith to ensure we were creating the right atmosphere for each space.”

A videographer was hired to do a time-lapse video of the painting process, which brought the cost for the two entrances to $15,000. “I think these two entrances provide warm and welcoming entrances to the school for the boys as well as visitors,” added Adolphe. “The sports entrance highlights the values and principles the school honours, specifically with respect to athletics, while the south entrance highlights the values and principles the school honours overall with respect to academics and life.” The PPO’s successful fundraising efforts also allowed it to contribute $25,000 towards the new Prep locker replacement and locker room refurbishment project that took place over the summer. “Along with our usual events, including Festive Marketplace, bake sales, used uniform sales, community service events, grandparents’ days, new parent welcome events, nutrition, grad memorabilia and frame sales, used textbook and musical instrument sales, green school activities, as well as specific grade events for the boys, the PPO undertook several new initiatives this year,” said Adolphe. “These included the ‘Blue Ties’ father-son breakfast, the speakers’ series with guest speakers for the whole school community, freezie sales and a uniform labelling initiative. The school was very supportive of these new PPO initiatives and they all proved to be very successful.”

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Ask an Old Boy Ask Les Nemethy ’75 This Budapest, Hungary-based economist and lawyer is managing director of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors Ltd., a firm focused on advising owners of mid-sized firms how to raise equity, find strategic or financial partners, and sell stakes in companies. He’s the father of current UCC student Les Nemethy, Jr. and the author of Business Exit Planning, which was published this year and translated into seven languages. Q: What advice can you give to assure the successful sale of a business?

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the business be worth? I once advised a business owner that every dollar generated in his fledgling online business generated eight times as much value as in his conventional business. He immediately postponed any sale plans and decided to work for a few years on building his online business. Les Nemethy is the author of Business Exit Planning.

A: Only eight per cent of businesses offered for sale are actually sold, primarily because some businesses don’t have value. There’s a wide valuation gap between buyer and seller and there are often risks in a business that a buyer is unwilling to assume. A privately held business is perhaps the most illiquid form of investment and may take many months, or even years, to sell. The best way to maximize the chances of a successful sale is through paying attention to these five areas: Know thyself. There’s often deep psychological resistance to selling a business, particularly for owners facing retirement. Giving up travel, expense accounts and a life with a mission can be difficult, especially if moving to retirement. Some owners may get to the final phase of a negotiation, get cold feet and suddenly withdraw without fully understanding the reasons themselves. Business owners need to understand their own motivations and, when exiting to retire, need to plan and prepare themselves for the subsequent phase in their lives. Understand your objectives. Is the objective to maximize revenue, reach a predefined minimum price, execute a quick transaction or look after future family generations? Objectives can often be contradictory. Maximizing speed, for example, tends to reduce price. It helps to have a written definition of focused objectives and a plan for achieving them. Build scale and profitability. Most people intuitively understand that the more profitable a business, the easier it is to sell. But it’s perhaps counterintuitive to learn that selling a $10- to $20-million business is easier to sell than a $1- to $2-million business. Larger businesses typically have more critical mass and better systems, staffing and governance. Hence there are typically more potential buyers for larger businesses. Build the business from the perspective of an investor. Owners should periodically assess their business objectively from the perspective of an investor, or have an objective outsider ask these questions: Is this a business that would be desirable for investors? Which investors? How much would

I sometimes find businesses that are involved in too many incompatible lines and aren’t of interest to buyers. Such companies generally require a restructuring prior to sale. There’s often a paradigm shift involved when owners who build a business in their own image realize the need to build a business that will survive, most often via a sale, to be of interest to investors. Neglecting this rule can result in a business that’s illiquid or unsellable. Begin exit planning as early as possible. It’s never too early to begin planning a business exit. Too many owners spend decades building a business without planning to get out. It’s then often too late to do estate planning or tax planning, let alone apply all of the principles mentioned in this article. A fundamental reason for the success of the private equity industry is that it takes a very hard look at exiting before investing in a business. You also need to take time to build your internal staff and external advisors (lawyer, accountant, financial advisor, etc.) that will assist you with the transaction. Think of building and selling a business not as two separate acts, but as part of the same continuum. Mountain climbers plan for the descent as well as the ascent when preparing for an expedition. Similarly, a business should be built with an exit or at least succession in mind.

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JOIN US FOR A LITTLE BIT OF RED, A LITTLE BIT OF WHITE AND A WHOLE LOT OF BLUE. Calling all wine lovers…Get a taste for the Believe in Blue Gala at the Fine Wine Auction on April 18, 2012. Mark the date on your calendars!

Wine Auction 18.04.12

The Fine Wine Auction on April 18, 2012, at UCC’s George Weston Hall, kicks off the Believe in Blue Gala festivities. Please join co-chairs Frances and Edward Lee at this special event. 6:30 p.m. Reception, with cocktails, hors-d’ouevres and a silent auction, while you’re serenaded by the UCC Jazz Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Live auction, offering individual bottles and groupings of fine wine for the discerning palate. Tickets cost: $50 The Gala welcomes donations of fine vintage wine for the wine auction. Tax receipts will be issued for donations.

For more information, please contact Maria Karakoulas: 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 or visit us online

ONE BIG NIGHT IS THE START OF A NEW DAY. On May 12, 2012, the Believe in Blue Gala is your chance to show how much you care about our boys and UCC’s future.

Save the date, May 12, 2012, and join Believe in Blue Gala Chairs Pat and Michelle Meneley at this signature night at the Royal Ontario Museum. Don’t forget to purchase your gala raffle tickets ($25 each, or book of 10 for $200), which will go on sale on October 1 at Association Day. Prizes will include a car, jewelry and premium hockey tickets. Proceeds from table and ticket sales, the April 18 Fine Wine Auction, raffle, silent and live auctions, and after-party will all go towards supporting a state-of-the-art science wing at the Upper School, scholarships, boarding programs and facilities. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information, please contact Maria Karakoulas: 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 or visit us online

Milestones Marriages Diano ’97 – on July 13, 2011 in Italy, Enrico Diano to Nikky Soora. Gordon ’10 – on May 28, 2011, Adam Gordon to Victoria Lehman. Graeme ’95 – on July 2, 2011 in Toronto, Ont., Philip Graeme to Margaret Evans. Heer ’96 – in March 2011, Chris Heer to Shauna Ellis. Howes ’98 – on Oct. 16, 2010, Ben Howes to Kim My Hye. Lee ’92 – on May 14, 2011, Tysen Lee to Katie Clifford. Patterson ’96 – on Feb. 25, 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Scott Patterson to Renata Diaz. Matt Twigge ’94, Adam Lazier ’96, Scott Patterson ’96, James Patterson ’94 and Paul Winnell ’67 celebrate Scott’s wedding.

Steinbach ’75 – on Sept. 11, 2010 in Salt Spring Island, B.C., Robert Steinbach to Conny Classen.

Births Berman ’93 – a son, James Milo, on April 15, 2011, to Gary & Sonja Berman. Booth ’91 – a son, Jackson Roland, on May 20, 2011, to John & Jessica Booth. Brasseur ’95 – a daughter, Ella Victoria, on Dec. 16, 2010, to Jeremy & Andreana Brasseur. Deans ’92 – a daughter, Alexis June, on June 14, 2011, to Jamie & Erin Deans. Farb ’96 – a daughter, Talia, on Sept. 17, 2010, to Matt & Suzanne Farb. Green ’94 – a son, Wynn Jeffrey, on May 18, 2011, to Matt & Taylor Green. Klein ’92 – a son, Roen Marek Johannes, on May 11, 2011, to George & Karolina Klein. Karolina and George Klein with their new son.

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Lee ’99 – a son, Oscar, on Jan. 29, 2011, to Loewe & Emily Lee. Lema ’98 – a daughter, Sierra, on Feb. 14, 2011, to Pablo & Christina Lema. Lévesque ’96 – a son, Antoine, on May 29, 2011, to Fred Lévesque & Annie Houle. Lister ’87 – a son, Geoffrey, on May 7, 2011, to Spencer Lister & Patricia Bravo. Magnant ’95 – a daughter, Elodie Lucie, on Feb. 25, 2011, to Francois & Jennifer Magnant. Francois Magnant feeds his newborn daughter.

Mandell ’97 – a daughter, Charlotte, in January 2011, to Ben & Caroline Mandell. McQuillan ’93 – a son, Mickey Connor, in January 2011, to Edward & Rachel McQuillan. Medland ’97 – a daughter, Isla, in February 2011, to John & Jenny Medland. Ngan ’92 – a daughter, Alyssa Madelyn, on June 1, 2011, to Gordon & Helen Ngan. Paisley ’93 – a daughter, Dale Alixe Taylor, in May 2011 to Geoff & Lara Paisley. Reed ’96 – a son, Kyle Michael, on Nov. 19, 2010, to Mike & Kate Reed. Shaw ’99 – a daughter, Louise Elizabeth, on May 20, 2011, to Kip & Elizabeth Shaw. Sonshine ’97 – a son, Brady, on Jan. 15, 2011, to Jonathon & Alison Sonshine.

Passings Allan ’33 – at Scarborough, Ont. on March 24, 2009, William Arthur (Grant) Allan. Beverley ’44 – at Toronto, Ont. on May 23, 2011, W. J. Eric Beverley. Father of Ian Beverley ’78. Clement ’42 – at South Haven, Mich. on March 30, 2011, Dr. Frederick Locke Clement. Cowan ’48 – at Toronto, Ont. on June 21, 2011, Robert Bruce Cowan. Dawson ’48 – at Halifax, N.S. on May 16, 2011, William (Bill) Foster Dawson. Brother of the late Robert (Bob) Dawson ’45.

Ginn ’35 – at Kingston, Ont. on April 2, 2011, Alfred Peter Ginn. Father of George Ginn ’75 & Peter Ginn ’68. Glassco ’50 – at Toronto, Ont. on March 8, 2011, Richard Grant Glassco. Goodyear ’51 – at Port Hope, Ont. on April 21, 2011, David Macbeth Goodyear. Harris ’54 – at Huntsville, Ont. on June 29, 2011, David Goodwin Harris. Hemstead ’50 – at Toronto, Ont. on March 14, 2011, Robert Hemstead. Holdroyd ’51 – on Nov. 21, 2010, Anthony Holdroyd. Brother of Peter ’44. Humphrey ’52 – on July 9, 2009, William E. Humphrey. Hunter ’67 – on Nov. 9, 2009, Geoffrey Donald Hunter. Brother of Andrew ’69 & Bryce ’64. Lloyd ’08 – at Kingston, Ont. on March 30, 2011, Andrew Jeffrey Lloyd. MacLaren ’81 – on May 9, 2011, Ian James Henry MacLaren. Brother of Malcolm MacLaren ’87. Magee ’38 – on June 6, 2011, John Arthur Magee. Pilkington ’43 – at Durham, England on Dec. 13, 2010, David F. Pilkington. Brother of Stephen ’48. Plummer ’51 – at Toronto, Ont. on March 15, 2011, Edward (Ted) Stephen Plummer. Sheard ’33 – on Sept. 21, 2010, Charles Sheard III. Brother of Matthew ’50. Staal ’39 – at Toronto, Ont. on May 5, 2011, Dr. Ralph Axel Staal. Stuart ’38 – at Toronto, Ont. on May 16, 2011, James Edward Douglas Stuart. Father of Timothy J. Stuart ’66 & brother of the late Robert D. Stuart ’34. Sugden ’56 – at Toronto, Ont. on March 27, 2011, Sherwood (Scott) John Sugden. Tovell ’35 – at Victoria, B.C. on March 7, 2011, Freeman Massey Tovell. Father of Peter ’69. Watkins ’67 – on July 8, 2011, Thomas William Watkins. Father of Matthew Watkins ’01. Whitten ’40 – at Toronto, Ont. on May 21, 2009, Charles Edward Whitten. Brother of Jack Whitten ’44, father of David Whitten ’69 & Stephen Whitten ’74.

Birthday boy and UCC boys both receive gifts By Kerry Doole


illiam Rosenfeld’s 75th birthday party was a highly festive occasion, as more than 100 family members and friends gathered in a downtown Toronto venue to toast the man of the hour on Jan. 29. But it’s not just warm memories of the evening that will linger. Thanks to the generosity of the Rosenfeld family and their friends, Upper Canada College also benefited from the occasion in a very positive fashion. “When we threw the party for my father, we knew we weren’t going to do gifts, but rather donate to a cause,” says William’s son, Max Rosenfeld ’99. “We had a family discussion as to what the cause would be. UCC was one of the first things mentioned and the one we decided to go with.” “We thought it’d be a suitable thing to do, as our family has a multi-generational commitment to the school,” adds William, who served on UCC’s Board of Governors from 1989 to 1999. “My father attended, as well as my son and nephews (Harry and Josh Samuel), and I was at the College from 1948 to 1953.” The Rosenfeld attachment to UCC began with William’s father, Joseph Rosenfeld, who graduated in 1921. “My grandfather’s family came to this country at the beginning of the century,” explains Max. “He was able to get a very good education there as a boarder, and that was hugely influential in his life. It set him on a path to higher education that was so important for us.” The family established the Joseph Rosenfeld Scholarship Fund to recognize that legacy in 1995. “We set it up while my grandfather was still alive, so he could appreciate the tribute,” says Max. “He was in attendance at the Founder’s Dinner at which it was announced.” The family is justifiably proud of the impact that the schol-

Tribute Gifts

arship fund has made. “To have a scholarship that grants the same access to other people in the same situation as my grandfather nearly 100 years later is an amazing thing,” says Max. Donations to the fund made in honour of William’s birthday totaled $3,650, and the family is thrilled with the results. “I think birthday celebrations and these kinds of events are a great opportunity for what I call easy philanthropy,” says Max. “It doesn’t take much effort. We sent out paper invitations for the party saying, ‘In lieu of gifts, please consider a donation to the Joseph Rosenfeld Scholarship Fund at Upper Canada College.’ “Email contact information for Carly Ely at UCC was included, so donors could contact the College directly. The school helped make it a very easy process.” If you’d like to do somthing similar, please contact Carly Ely at 416.488.4125, ext. 2233 or

William Rosenfeld ’53, Josh Samuel ’85, Max Rosenfeld ’99 and Harry Samuel ’84 celebrate William’s 75th birthday.

Gifts that celebrate loved ones and special events are a great way to honour friends and family and give back to the school at the same time. Weddings: Consider asking guests to give in honour of your big day. Guests receive a tax receipt, while the happy couple will receive a card informing them of gifts made in celebration of their union. Recognize a teacher: Why not give a gift on behalf of your favourite teachers? They choose where the gift will be directed and receive a card letting them know about your generosity. In remembrance: Remembering an Old Boy or UCC community member by presenting a gift to the College shows that you care enough to support an institution close to that person’s heart. Family members will receive a card from the school with your condolences. To inquire about making one of these tribute gifts, please contact Esther Chang at 416-488-1125, ext. 2000.

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Comings & Goings Quarter Century Club Richard Turner – science teacher, Upper School.

New Employees Charlotte Aust – mathematics teacher, Upper School. Michael Bushey – Form 5 teacher, Prep. Michelle Carvalho – university counselling office coordinator. Heather Crawford – theory of knowledge teacher, Upper School. Mark Ferley – Form 5 teacher, Prep. Rebecca Garnhum-Ryder – Form 4 teacher, Prep. Christie Gordon – primary teaching assistant, Prep. Mary He – residential assistant. Christian Heffernan – mathematics teacher, Upper School. Laura Heyes – senior kindergarten teacher, Prep. Sean Kelly – residential assistant. Steve McLean – manager, communications and marketing, Advancement (maternity leave contract). Lori Rogers – art and theory of knowledge teacher, Upper School (leave of absence replacement). Jill Spellman – archivist. Heather Toope – English and drama teacher, Prep.

Internal Changes Andrea Aster – associate director, marketing and communications, Advancement (maternity leave). Vince Barillaro – Spanish and French teacher, Upper School, Scaddings house adviser. David Brown – moves from WernhamWest Centre for Learning coordinator to science and geography teacher, Upper School. Steve Carr – moves from residential don to Forms 1 and 2 teaching assistant, Prep, and associate house adviser. Lisa Chesworth – moves from Form 4 to Form 5 teacher, Prep.

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Max Dionisio – moves from cataloguer to library technician, Upper School. Laurie Fraser – English and drama teacher, Prep (maternity leave). Reed Jeffrey – moves to chair of science department, Upper School. Maria Karakoulas – moves from event coordinator to manager, events, Advancement. Vesna Krstich – art and theory of knowledge teacher, Upper School (leave of absence). David Matthews – moves from assistant head of the Upper School, University Relations, to associate director of university counselling. Kathryn O’Brien – moves to art teacher, Prep. Craig Parkinson – moves to Year 1 form adviser, Upper School. Katherine Ridout – moves from assistant head of the Upper School, Guidance, to director of university counselling. Andrew Turner – includes university counsellor, Boarding, in addition to continuing as director of residential life.

Amanda Guilfoyle – senior kindergarten form master, Prep. Suzanne Heft – associate viceprincipal, Advancement. Mary Kelly – art teacher, Prep. Aaron Lee – residential assistant. Ellen McDonald – administration coordinator, Upper School. Michael Muir – science teacher, Upper School. Chetan Prasad – mathematics teacher, Upper School. Martha Tuff – archivist. Michele Villegas-Kerlinger – Spanish and French teacher, Upper School. Ali Wadee – business and computer science teacher, Upper School. Renata Wiecek – manager, facilities office services. Donna Wilkinson – library technician, Upper School.

Births Aster – Andrea Aster, associate director, marketing and communications, Advancement, and husband Charles welcomed son Sam Elijah, May 30.

Moving On Arnold Amedume – sous chef, Aramark Food Services. Mark Battley – head of digital media and college film supervisor, Upper School. Wendy Burness – science teacher, Upper School. Caitlin Campbell – Forms 1 and 2 teaching assistant. Peter Colasante – operations manager. Deb Douma – executive director of people and organizational development. Jordan Foley – athletic performance coach, SAS Fitness Centre.

Andrea Aster’s newborn son, Sam Elijah.

Macrae – Allison Macrae, form adviser, Upper School, and husband Nick welcomed daughter Taylor Elizabeth, June 23. Preston – Nancy Preston, art teacher, Prep, and husband Paul welcomed son Dexter Ocean, May 19.



’47 Bob Johnston, Class President

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Bill Leckie, Dave Gossage, Fred Hadden (who died in February and is much missed), Art Whealy and John Stevenson have been getting together for lunch five times a year. Bill recently found a photo of the five prefects of McHugh’s House in 1947 (the same five guys that get together for lunch more than 60 years later) and house masters Willie Orr and Normie Sharpe. Send Bill an email at bill.leckie@ if you want a copy of the photo. Humphrey Gilbert turned 81 and is still working full-time.

ful and reasonably priced A.Y. Jackson-type sketches. Peter Dalglish is at Strawberry Hill in Grafton, Ont. operating the Inn in the Village, which offers accommodation and fine dining with produce from his farm. He’s only a gas station and perhaps a post office away from being elected mayor by acclamation. Hugh Franks has conducted a canoe run for more than 15 springs down the mighty Nottawasaga River to Georgian Bay (martinis included), followed by a sumptuous repast in his Hillfield Farm barn with an after-dinner guest speaking on interesting topics.

’50 Ron De Mara, Class President

’55 Ed Bracht, Class President

Ron’s thankful that he’s still here and ready to golf, play tennis or take a walk most anytime in Toronto, Muskoka or Florida because Dr. Bruce Taylor at Toronto General Hospital performed liver surgery on him last June. He’s been feeling better every day since then. The Feb. 16 UCC Founder’s Dinner — where Ron sat with Bob Borden, John and Bernice Birrell, and Humphrey Gilbert — was absolutely packed with lots of young and old UCC Old Boys. The 50-year April event was well-attended with Jim McKinney, PJ Lewis, Bobby Borden, Dick Willemson, John Richardson, John Birrell and Robin Logie, to mention just a few. It was great chatting and remembering our happy UCC days with Buddy Pritchard, Bill Leckie, Colin Mason, Howie Rober, Bob Baldwin and Toby Hull.

John Ireton has been inducted into the University of Toronto Athletics Sports Hall of Fame for squash. Dr. Tom Godwin published his memoirs in a book titled A Doctor’s Notes Taken from Both Sides of the Bedsheets.

’51 Dave Walker, Class President The class of 1951 had a separate reunion of 16 on April 27 in conjunction with the gathering of Old Boys who are 50 years out. Bill Crossin is healthy and happy, surrounded by children and grandchildren. Toby Hull remains active at the office and continues his life-long interest in the College. He was the largest producing life insurance agent in Canada for 20 years, and sometimes sales leader of two life companies in the same year. Bill Leak resides on a farm near Collingwood, Ont. and is an avid fisherman in the area and in San Destin, Fla., where he and Pam spend winters. David Ross has been an enthusiastic cyclist for years in Toronto and Naples, Fla., where he winters with Kathy. Golf and tennis are second loves. Gord West is a geophysicist who describes himself as 30 per cent employed while doing a large amount of technical consulting. Dave Walker and Eleanor have skied near Jasper this year and will cruise the Danube in the fall. Richard Wilson is a retired lieutenant commander from the Royal Canadian Navy. Robin Cumine is gradually winding down his practice. Baseball and gardening are his two infatuations. Dr. Ken Baxter is a general practitioner in Barrie, Ont. He played first team soccer at the College and looks as if he could join the team today.

’56 Michael Vickers published A Nation Betrayed: Nigeria and the Minorities Commission of 1957, a book which recounts the British decolonization of the African country.

’61 Peter Comber, Class President The class’ 50th reunion celebration during the 2010 Association Day weekend included a Friday golf tournament followed by a dinner at the Rosedale Golf Club organized by Ted Nixon. Each of us was assigned a class member to tell a story or two about, and some of our extracurricular antics were really memorable. A luncheon at the College on Saturday included a 50-year tie-giving ceremony. Many of us attended the annual reunion dinner at the College that evening, and attendance was more than anticipated thanks to the efforts of Ted, Skip Wilson, Brian Conacher, Bob Parsons, Ken Andras and others.

’62 Doug Mills, Class President

’53 Hugh Franks, Class President John Rumble has a horse ranch north of Nobleton, Ont. and is looking great. Dr. Bill Franks practises medicine in Collingwood, Ont. and continues to paint and sell his colour-

Roly Watt ’62, Peter Meltzer ’69 and Wai Choy ’04 were part of the New York branch reception on April 7 at New York City’s Knickerbocker Club.

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Class Notes This is the class’ 50th year reunion and it’s hoped that everyone will be at the various planned events on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Mike Matthews is enjoying semi-retirement, grandchildren and catching Toronto Blue Jays Grapefruit League games with Dave Hosie. John Hermant is on the reunion committee and is trying to keep up with his three daughters who live in British Columbia, Chicago and Holland. Shane Curry and wife Margot recently returned from a trip to New Zealand, where they narrowly missed the earthquake in Christchurch. Peter Benjamin returns to Toronto from Latvia periodically and is seen in the company of Jay Richardson, who continues to gain expertise in the mining industry through various directorships and senior management positions. Jim Beatty still toils at Trinity Capital and is active on the reunion committee. Peter Bryce enjoys retirement in Ontario’s Georgian triangle and can be seen at numerous local functions. Doug Carr continues to travel the world looking for a safe haven. Graeme Clark dropped by a few months ago with his wife Jill. He’s gradually winding down his practice and is turning to more interesting pastimes. Gord Hill has returned from Bermuda and lives and pays taxes in Ontario. Barry Hill spoke recently to the Brantford Rotary Club. Tim Lash called last summer, but we were unable to connect either in Muskoka or on his way back to Ottawa. Doug Mills spent a great two days with Mike Spector in Phoenix, where he thrives on the Arizona weather and culture. David Taylor has retired as a partner from KPMG and is active on various boards when not on the reunion committee or travelling. Dr. Mike Robinette is still a regular at Toronto General Hospital and is doubtless seeing many classmates. Craig Watt came up from Grosse Pointe, Mich. for the Founder’s Day Dinner. He’s semi-retired, travels and reports that his son’s wife recently gave birth to twin grandsons. His daughter still lives in Scotland. Malcolm Black called and is looking forward to reunion activities. Roly Watt recently stepped down as chair of the UCC Foundation after a stellar tenure which will be difficult to equal. Brian Watson has retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs and spends his time as a docent at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum, co-chairing a major genealogical conference in Ottawa this fall and working for Oxfam, where he raises funds through his expertise in philatelic exhibits and sales. Brian and wife Janet have two daughters and two grandchildren in Toronto.

’63 John Parsons, Class President Mike Gardiner, John Glassco and Tony Chisholm had an inspiring bicycle adventure in Santa Barbara, Calif. last April involving countless miles of secluded bike paths and quiet roads (many uphill) through gorgeous mountains and wine country.

’64 submitted by Bryce Hunter Bill Patrick is the new executive director of the Canadian Seniors’ Golf Association. Ian Smart and Sandy Miller in Toronto, Greg Parchello in Calgary and John Bracken in London seem to play the game on a full-time basis. Graham

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Fraser is still terrorizing Ottawa language attitudes. John Bosley is trying to govern Rwanda. Long lost Jim Duncan professes at Cambridge University and various warmer climes. Someone saw Scott Hall, and apparently there’s a lot of him to see. Tom Radford reappeared in Victoria driving a red Healey. Monk Marr and Crawford Spratt continue their 47-year search for Costa Papaske. In recent months we’ve sadly lost Ian McCart, Peter Deeks, Tommy Smythe and Ross Freeman.

’65 Bob Medland, Class President We celebrated our 45th reunion last September with a dinner at the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto attended by 30 classmates and organized by George Dickson, Alan Ely, Dave Keeley, Jim McAlpine, Bob Medland, John Moore, Peter Salloum and Tom Spragge. John Brower, Dave Carnegie, John Clappison, Andy Clark, Grant Cotrell, Jim Coulton, Jamie Davis, Howard Heath, John Hughes, Rob Jennings, Barry Kay, Chris Laing, Mike Leverty, John Lownsbrough, Fred McGarry, Don Ross, Bill Schyven, George Swan, Jim Swan, Reg Walsh, Peter Westaway and Tom Wilson also attended. Eight people also attended a dinner at the College. John Hughes, Peter Salloum and John Moore attended the doubles squash world championship at the Toronto Cricket Club in May as spectators, not participants. Tom Spragge and John Clappison had a golfing holiday in Scotland in May. Grant Cotrell winters in St. Augustine, Fla., spends his springs and summers on Ontario’s Balsam Lake, and travels the world in the fall. Jamie Davis is a partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto. Michael Ignatieff has been appointed senior resident at the University of Toronto’s Massey College. Michael will teach in the university’s faculty of law and the political science department, as well as at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy and Governance. Rob Jennings is retiring from Jennings Capital Inc., the firm he founded in 1993, which now has 100 employees and offices in Calgary, Toronto and Halifax. Rob is active on four outside boards and chairs the Prostate Cancer Foundation in Calgary. He’s also starting a software company, taking up fly fishing and is eager for more powder skiing, while looking at business opportunities. He has two children and one granddaughter, as well as a wonderful wife, Elizabeth. In addition to his day job as a political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Barry Kay writes monthly columns in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record and is an election analyst for Global Television. Bob and Sally Medland have welcomed two granddaughters (one in Dubai and one in Toronto as a sister for James and Claire) over the past year. Bob enjoys working at the Canadian National Stock Exchange and serving as a director of three not-for-profit organizations: Canadian Professional Sales Association, Via Salzburg and CIVIX. He’s played hockey at UCC on Saturday mornings each winter since 1974, when the Patrick Johnson Arena was built. His plan was to sail in Finland in July. Doug Musgrave joined Fettes Travel (a member of Virtuoso) at 1300 Yonge St. in Toronto as a travel advisor. His email address is Don

Ross is a partner at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and splits his time between Toronto and New York. Peter Salloum is still enjoying Connor, Clark & Lunn (Investments). His son John ’97 is with Heenan Blaikie and his daughter Katherine is with Dow Canada in Calgary. Reg and Pam Walsh celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in June. They live in Niagaraon-the-Lake, Ont. and have joined the Buffalo Canoe Club on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie, where they plan to power boat, dinghy sail and sea kayak.

’66 Doug Plummer, Class President Adam Hermant is retired and chairing the steering committee of his regiment, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. He’s president of The Queen’s Own Rifles Trust Fund and plays as much golf as he can. Rod Lawrence lives with his wife Diana in Grafton, Vt. They have two sons and he’s part-time chair of Stevenson, Kellog in Toronto as well as a full-time partner of MoneyMachine LLC in Houston, Texas. Doug Plummer’s financial planning practice is growing as more people retire. He plays as much tennis as he can. The 45th reunion event will be on Oct. 1 at the College and Bill and Gail Szego are having a cocktail party at their home on Sept. 30. There will be more information on both of these events later.

’67 David Caspari, Class President Terry Gervais sold Embers Restaurant in Toronto a few years ago, but continues to operate Gervais Party and Tent Rentals. Terry spends his leisure time at his 8,000-tap maple sugar bush near Napanee, Ont. and playing bridge (thanks to lessons from Terrence Bredin). Jim Deeks serves as executive director for two national business associations — one in financial services and the other in healthcare. He’s also the 2011 president of the Rosedale Golf Club and writes a regular column and blog for Fairways Magazine. Ken Ludlow is with RBC DS in Calgary and is too busy to retire. He recently celebrated 35 years with the firm. Ken has two grandchildren in Calgary. His son Stephen lives in New Westminster, B.C. and his parents, both 94, live in Toronto. John Gullick works for the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons as manager of government and special programs. John’s wife Vicki (formerly Pearse, Branksome Hall class of 1966) is an occupational therapist and they live in a century home outside Peterborough, Ont. Paul Winnell has retired after 24 years at UCC, but continues to write for Old Times. Paul spends half the year at his downtown Toronto condo and the other half at his home in Rio de Janeiro with his partner and their two children, Ryan (6) and Evelyn (11). David Caspari practises medicine at the Medcan clinic in Toronto and spends his free time with an ever-increasing number of grandchildren and riding his motorcycle around Toronto and the world.

’70 George McNeillie & Allen Meredith, Class Presidents After spending the last 20-plus years in Florida, Peter Brown and his wife Valerie have returned to Toronto and will do the “snowbird” thing. Peter is a partner with Landmark Communications, a Toronto corporate communications company, and has other entrepreneurial ventures on the go as well. Christopher Cottier suggested that classmate Paul

Biggin and wife Peggy visit Chris’ homeland last February. They saw the best and worst of life in South Africa, which added to their understanding of Africa after a previous trip to Tanzania. Paul and Peggy climbed down rotten cliff ladders on their coastal trek during which they saw no other people for five days (Chris didn’t tell them that there was no medevac available). The coast where two oceans meet, the mountains and wine country were stunning. Paul recommends that South Africa be included on everyone’s bucket list and that Johnny Clegg should be in everyone’s music collection. David Coatsworth has produced two new films. Larry Crowne with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts opened on July 1. He’s just finishing Underworld 4 in 3D with Kate Beckinsale, which will open in January. David splits his time between Los Angeles and Toronto, depending on business and weather. Tim Godfrey, now a downtown Toronto condo dweller, wrote: “Just got back from dodging tornadoes in Alabama and celebrated the dreaded large-numbered birthday — thanks for all the calls and emails. Beats pushing up the daisies. Off to see Hangover II.” David Howard develops student apartment buildings in Waterloo and actively supports the class of 1970 initiative to endow a scholarship fund for the College. He also spends too much time in sports bars with other members of the class of ’70 (including Roland Cardy, Tim Godfrey, Scott Irwin, Stuart Lazier, George McNeillie, Allen Meredith, David Scoon and Keith Townley). Joe Howard recently finished an LL.M. in public international law at the University of Leiden and continues to do freelance consulting on peacekeeping, military and legal issues to the United Nations, government agencies and academe. Scott and Heather Irwin celebrated their 35th anniversary in July with a 400-kilometre canoe trip on the Keele River in the Northwest Territories. Stuart Lazier is the managing partner of Axia Corporation, a private equity and real estate investment company in Toronto. His wife Victoria is a certified life coach and his son Michael recently joined Raymond James Investment Bank’s real estate group. George McNeillie has received a personal grant of arms from the Canadian Heraldic Authority (an office of the Governor General) and was recently appointed captain of the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants. He’s also a director of The Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto. His day job is in communications, and he’s also corporate secretary at the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Allen Meredith will spend the next few years frequenting Boston, as his son Eddie graduated from St. Andrew’s College and has been offered a football scholarship at Boston College. Eddie was also on the Toronto all-star team. Keith Townley is the senior staff officer at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, a stone’s throw away from his tennis club and home in Toronto’s Deer Park. Keith is married to Susan and they have two sons. Tristan is a photographer in London, England and Nick teaches outdoor education in Vancouver. Andrew Verney and his wife Beverley have lived in Ottawa for many years and were excited to travel to Calgary in June for the wedding of their son Michael to Miranda (both Queen’s engineering grads). Their daughter Allison graduated from McGill this year with a master’s degree. We extend our condolences to Keith Townley,

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Class Notes whose mother died earlier this year, and to Mark Dalton and his brother Brett ’71, whose sister Beverley died in May.

’73 Dundee Staunton & Evan Thompson, Class Presidents

strongest of all years present. In conjunction with the reunion celebrations, the class of ’75 decided to establish an endowment fund to help UCC deal with the timely issue of mental health for the emerging adult, and in particular to take a leadership position in The Jack Project at Kids Help Phone ( The class fund is well over halfway to its goal and has had some excellent operational progress reports from both UCC and The Jack Project. The class was also represented in May at the Peter Oyler Spring Classic Ride which resulted in more than $100,000 being raised for the Jack Windeler Memorial Fund at Kids Help Phone. A number of class members have also been instrumental in the Michael Miller Scholarship Fund initiative.

’77 Jim Garner, Class President

Dave “The Beast” Hadden ’71 and Richard Saxton at UCC’s Los Angeles branch reception.

Jeffrey Kofman moved to London, England after 10 years in Miami as an ABC News correspondent for Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. He covers Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

’78 Alan Eaton, Class President Richard Saxton sent photos from UCC’s Los Angeles branch reception last April. Richard is the L.A. Old Boy chapter president and was the first football manager in 1970 when Dave “The Beast” Hadden played 41 years ago. Richard writes: “After 30 years in broadcasting, I turned to technology business development five years ago.” John Saywell is mayor of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, a rural Quebec municipality with only 3,000 residents one hour from downtown Montreal on the Ottawa River. Evan Thompson is a founding partner at Thompson, Wiley + Associates. The Toronto firm creates customized marketing programs for financial advisors, lawyers and other practice professionals. James Werry lives in New York and works with Nat Findlay at an e-health business for doctors. David Dixon teaches post-graduate students who intend to qualify as solicitors at Cardiff University. He’s a member of the governing council of the Law Society of England and Wales and was appointed chairman of its Wales committee. He still loves cricket and, though too old and arthritic to play, attends all five days of two Test matches each summer and watches Glamorgan, his local first class county cricket club. He’s a season ticket holder for Cardiff City Football Club in the winter and hopes to live long enough to see it promoted to the premiership for the first time in 49 years.

’74 Jay Gillespie & Grant Irwin, Class Presidents Nat Findlay lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. and runs an e-health business for doctors.

’75 Andrus Wilson, Class President Last fall’s 35th class reunion celebrations were well-attended. Approximately 40 class members attended Cary and Julie Solomon’s Friday evening event and then a similar number were at the College for the Saturday dinner and the somewhat more boisterous post-dinner festivities at Scallywag’s. Thanks to the reunion committee of Rob Bell, Bob Dameron, Gary Davis and Cary Solomon for coordinating our part of a very successful event. Our class turnout was, as always, one of the 38  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

Donald Van de Mark lives in California and has authored a new book titled The Good Among The Great, which profiles the best and brightest leaders that he’s interviewed in his more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist at CNN and CNBC. The book weaves the successful traits of good leaders with pioneering psychologist Abraham Maslow’s research into individuals with exceptionally healthy and happy psyches.

John Hogarth reads The Good Among The Great, the new book by classmate Donald Van de Mark.

John Hogarth ran an emerging markets team in London, England at James Capel (HSBC) and then Peregrine (U.K./ Hong Kong) for 13 years before returning to Canada with his British family in 2000. His son Richard graduated from UCC last year and is at the University of Western Ontario. His daughter Lauren is at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and his youngest son, Jack, is at Crescent School. John and wife Susie live in Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood, and he works in the high net worth wealth management branch at ScotiaMcLeod. He’s been president of his ratepayers association, served on the board of Ballet Jorgen

Canada and is on the board of TCS. He’s involved with various UCC activities and been part of the mentoring program for five years. Thomas Dalzell, wife Jill Adams and their three daughters (Rosalind, Gwyneth and Isobel) divide their time between Pickering, Ont. and Fredericton, N.B. Thomas still enjoys the outdoors and has twice camped his way from Toronto to the east coast by bicycle. He recently launched his trimaran, In Between Days, which is a long-term project. The rest of the family has some interest in sailing, but the general preference it to use it as a tow boat for wakeboarding or a platform for diving and sunbathing. Bruce MacLaren has been with RBC for more than 20 years and is head of credit risk and was chairman of the bank’s 2010 United Way campaign, which raised record donations. His kids, aged 12 and 14, are avid ski and snowboard racers, “so at the tender age of 50 I took up snowboard racing to try and stay relevant to my daughter. We just returned from the 2011 U.S. nationals in Colorado, where we both finished top 10 for our age categories.” Bruce Pratt has worked at Petro-Canada since graduating from Queen’s with an MBA in 1985. He’s been married for 19 years and has two young daughters. He coaches a soccer team and his wife and daughters play soccer year-round for the Toronto High Park Football Club. Brian Roberts celebrated 25 years of marriage to Tracy last fall. They have three boys: Jamie (24), Mike (20) and Dave (16). He trades equities at National Bank, stays active with curling and tennis, and loves spending time at De Grassi Point, Ont. Sean Trueland has been with BMO Nesbitt Burns for 25 years and is managing director of its Brampton, Ont. branch. He lives in Caledon, Ont. and has a daughter

and son in university. When he’s not working, he hunts, fishes, golfs, skis, bikes and travels. After practising law in banking, corporate and international investment areas, Franklin Zee returned to Hong Kong and China to start a company involved in the electronics and environmental arenas. The company has since successfully expanded into the renewable energy and resources domain and is manufacturing unique equipment that provides a commercial solution for converting waste into energy.

’80 Sandford MacLean & Peter Nord, Class Presidents

New York branch president Fabio Savoldelli addresses the audience at the April 7 reception at New York City’s Knickerbocker Club.

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Class Notes

Tim Willings and his family show that England’s Liverpool Football Club shares UCC’s affection for “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Tim Willings and fellow Queen’s University graduate Theresa (nee Sheehan) Willings lived in Toronto until 1998, when they moved (via the Carolinas) to Florida. Tim is based in Orlando and works for MMM Group, a Canadian engineering company offering building engineering services for luxury hotel and resort properties in the U.S. and abroad. Theresa is a senior vice-president of human resources for Darden Restaurants (Orlando’s only Fortune 500 company and one of the Fortune 100 best companies to work for). Their two sons are students at Lake Highland Preparatory School and enjoy playing both club and high school soccer almost year-round. Connor (17) plans to study medicine and play soccer in college when he graduates in 2012. Ethan (18), as captain and goalkeeper, led his high school team to a fourth final four appearance in the state championship. He’s accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Contact Tim if you’re in or about Orlando at 407-701-6126 or willingst@mindspring. com. John Sandford Fleming MacLean lives in Louisville, Ky. with his composer wife, Sara Buchanan MacLean. They celebrated their 10th anniversary on June 21. Their son, Stuart James Ellison MacLean, will begin his freshman year at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., where he’ll continue to play lacrosse. Older son John S.F. MacLean, III finished his sophomore year at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Md., where he’s majoring in art history. He intends to pursue a career in law.

’83 Andy Burgess, Class President Simon Fothergill has been appointed assistant Ontario’s deputy attorney general, litigation with the Department of Justice. He oversees all civil litigation involving the federal government and all criminal litigation that’s not conducted by the director of public prosecutions. Doug and Lynn Kennedy and kids Scott (12) and Robin (10) are finishing their first year in Moscow after four great years in Istanbul. They spent the summer in Kingston, Ont. to slow down from the pace in Moscow. Doug is working with the Royal Bank of Scotland following the acquisition of ABN AMRO Bank with a responsibility for Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Turkey. Nick Pemberton and his wife Shelley Spence live in the Beaches area of Toronto with their three 40  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

kids: William (14), who is at Greenwood College; Alec (12), who is at Brighton School; and Rachel (11), who is at Voice Intermediate School. Nick works in software development while Shelley is a chartered accountant with far more work than she can keep up with. Charles Bird is the proud father of Matthew Lincoln Bird, who weighed in at nine pounds even. Rob Harley lives in Mainz, Germany, where he’s a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. Rob and his partner Erik have been traveling around Germany and trying without much success to learn how to speak German. Joel Thompson manages a growing wine company called Chalk, Slate, Gravel. He has three products listed with Vintages of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and has confirmed another six listings by this fall. One of these is Albert de Montaubert & fils 25 year old Armagnac XO Excellence for $185.95, if any of you are so inclined. His company also represents Grand Khaan Vodka from Mongolia. John Kennedy and Gordon Gibson competed in the Rosedale member guest golf tournament and were barely respectable in both their attire and performance. Years of lingering “injuries” are taking their toll. Simon Alberga’s oldest boy just completed his Foundation Year at UCC and enjoyed the school. Dan Duic lives in Toronto and has a two-year-old boy named Ben. John Kaplan’s eldest daughter was married on June 16 and another daughter was wed in August. It was obviously an expensive summer for John. Andrew Rankin has been happily married to Eva since 2006. They live in southern California with two great children, Aiden (4) and Elsie (2). Andrew runs a real estate development company and also renovates mid-century houses with friends.

’85 Paul Andersen, Class President Steve Aube married Stephanie Menard in June 2004. They have two children, Emilie (4) and Philippe (2), and live in Boucherville, Que. Steve is an investment banker with BMO Capital Markets and enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and snowboarding in the winter. Philip Benson lives in Toronto with his wife Amanda. They recently welcomed a daughter named Samantha. Philip is the director of investment banking with Fraser Mackenzie. John Brezina lives in Scarborough, Ont. with his wife Carolyn and daughters Emma (6) and Lily (3). John is the operations manager for a software development company called Keal Technology. John enjoys playing online poker and road hockey in his spare time. Matt Bryden resides in Kenya with his three children: Mire (12), Ayaan (11) and Geedi (7). Matt works for the United Nations’ department of political affairs as the coordinator of the Somalia/Eritrea monitoring group. He’s also a doctoral candidate at King’s College London’s department of war studies, researching contemporary jihadist movements in Somalia. Simon Burke lives in Toronto and is happily married to Magrelys Rodriguez. They have two grown children, Shane (25) and Cristina (21). Simon is executive officer and director for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Todd Dalglish and his wife Linda live in Toronto with their three boys: Matthew (11), Andrew (9) and Carter (7). Todd is treasurer for Sears Canada and enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and sports. Nicholas de Pencier mar-

ried Jennifer in July 1998. They have two children, Mangus (10) and Anna (7), and live in Toronto. Nicholas is a producer/director for his own film company, Mercury Films Inc. Morten Fogh and his wife Deborah live in Mississauga, Ont. with their two children, Sarah (13) and Curtis (11). Morten owns a small retail company and enjoys running marathons. Patrick Garrow is an actor who lives in Toronto. He can be seen in many recent films and television shows — including The Listener, Summit, Regenesis and Missing — but his real passion is in live theatre. Brian Hardie works as a home inspector for Elements Home Inspection in Toronto, where he and his wife Nancy also own an art gallery called Rouge Concept at Queen and Broadview. John Langford and Eva, his wife of 14 years, reside in Toronto with children Ben (11) and Ana (8). John is a tour operator for Voyageur Quest and Langford & Company and likes to fish, windsurf and coach hockey. Scott Littler and his wife Cynthia live in Toronto with their son Edmund (Teddy). Scott owns Can Source Foods and enjoys squash, golf, fishing and hunting. Steve Lowden, wife Heather and children MacKenzie (10), Hayley (9) and Charlie (7) live in Toronto. Steve is the founder and creative director of Bang Marketing and enjoys spending time with his family at his cottage and playing a variety of sports. Kevin McLaughlin and wife of nine years Marie-Elisabeth live in Toronto with their son Leo. Kevin is a self-proclaimed “Transit Geek” and is inspired to make things in Toronto move more efficiently. He enjoys spending time with his son and is learning to speak French. James Morehead and wife Mary live in Dublin, Calif. with children Emily (15) and Evelyn (10). James is the vice-president for He’s also very active in the local education system and runs an education-focused website ( and a poetry website ( featuring his own poetry. Doug Pearce and wife Kimberley live in Oakville, Ont. with sons Benjamin (8) and Charlie (6). Doug is manager of estimating and business development for Tri-Phase Environmental Inc. He enjoys sailing at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Andrew Philip and wife Margaret live in Coquitlam, B.C. with daughters Amanda (8) and Rebecca (6). Andrew enjoys skiing and hockey in the winter, baseball and golf in the summer; and teaching his girls the sports so they can join him. Patrick Scace lives in Toronto with his wife Carrie and their two boys. He works for TD Securities. Philip Smith and wife Maria live in Toronto with children Madeleine (9), Oliver (7) and Christian (3). Philip works in the banking industry for Scotia Capital Inc. He enjoys his family, cycling and municipal affairs. Rob Steen resides in Ottawa with his wife Jennifer and they’re expecting their first child. Rob is a lawyer for Solace Systems. John Stevens is a pilot for Air Canada. He and his wife Maura live in Collingwood, Ont. with their son Bradley (2). John volunteers for the ski patrol in his free time and has raised more than $128,000 for various charity organizations. John Stevenson and his wife reside in London, Ont. with sons Owen (10), Nolan (5) and Griffin (2). John is a volunteer track coach for London-Western Track & Field Club and enjoys photography, politics and his children. Paul Swanson married Victoria in 1997 and they have three daughters: Laurieve (2), Rheanna (5) and Adele (8). Paul

is a lawyer with BDO Canada LLP and enjoys playing sports and travelling. Richard Tattersall and wife Alessandra live in Toronto with sons John (12), Sebastian (9) and Oliver (6). Richard is a portfolio manager with Heathbridge Capital Management and enjoys spending time with his children, sports and sailing. Geoffrey Taylor lives in North York, Ont. with his wife Eva and daughter Alyson (9). He’s associate portfolio manager for Investment Planning Counsel. David Turner lives in New York with wife Martha and son Henry (5). David is general manager for the Stuart Thompson Productions Theatre. David van Wees lives in Ridgefield, Conn. with wife Mimi and sons Matteo (11), Simon (9), Kees (8) and Truus (4). David is the founder of a beer importer called Latis and coaches his boys’ sports teams in his spare time. Ted Willcocks and wife Pam live in Toronto with sons Christopher (10), Teddy (8) and Harrison (5). He likes to spend time with his family, travel and play sports.

’86 John Andersen & Neel Hira, Class Presidents Jonathan Mousley had his third child, a daughter, and moved to a new house in central suburban Toronto. He’s enjoying time off on parental leave, which he wouldn’t trade for anything. Chris Stanley reports that work is going well. He’s coming up on 10 years at Syncronet in Vancouver, which has branched into Cisco IP Phones. Chris and his wife spent all of May 2010 in England. He took in London, Paris, Edinburgh (his favourite), Northumberland, northwestern Scotland and Cornwall. The highlight of the trip was a westbound transatlantic crossing to New York aboard the Queen Mary 2. Chris then spent some time in New York and Toronto before returning to Vancouver in mid-June. Robin Gambhir is co-founder of the Fair Trade Jewellery Company, North America’s first fair trade-certified jeweller. It specializes in wedding bands, engagement rings, custom jewellery and school rings using fair trade-certified gold and platinum and certified recycled metals with Canadian diamonds. The company, founded in 2007, helped bring fair trade certification for gold and platinum to Canada and continues to lead the global jewellery industry in making certified, traceable and ethical products. The company operates from a flagship store in Toronto’s Cabbagetown and is seeking investment for expansion into Vancouver, Montreal and San Francisco. Contact Brian Sharwood is president of HomeStars, an online community with reviews and ratings of local home improvement professionals, which is quickly growing across North America. Brian lives in downtown Toronto with his wife Melinda Medley and runs a local blog called Bill Plaxton is a life support specialist working at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ont. He’s also the founder of a Waterloo, Ont.-based information technology firm called Sapphire Digital Health Solutions, which provides customized global electronic health records and innovative digital health solutions to individuals, companies and the insurance industry. Bill is married to Emms, an obstetrician, and they have three kids: Reese (7), Brynn (10) and William (4). Mike Valihora is head of legal and compliance at BNP Paribas Investment Partners. He’s married to Brianna Caryll and has four “mostly good” kids.

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Class Notes ’88 Will Lambert & John Thompson, Class Presidents

Glenn Mah ’89, Craig Fingold ’89, Paul Winnell ’67, Jonah Bekhor ’94 and Clarence Mah ’88 were brothers in arms at the April 17 Los Angeles branch reception.

’89 Mark Hayman & Jim Parkinson

Members of the class of ’89 hit the ice for a game in May.

’91 Marcello Cabezas & Tobin Davis, Class Presidents Marcello Cabezas continues his focus as a culture producer, with recent successes including the Woody Harrelson written and directed play Bullet for Adolf and Hope Rising, a benefit concert featuring Alicia Keys and K’Naan. He produced the Open Roof Festival, a one of a kind film and music festival, this summer with fellow Old Boy and former chairman of the UCC Board of Governors, Michael MacMillan.

Culture producer Marcello Cabezas.

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UCC vice-principal Innes van Nostrand ’82 and Carlos Ho at the March 15 Hong Kong branch reception.

Mike and Mary Beth Burkett and kids Brady (4) and Elizabeth (2) recently moved from their north Toronto home southeast to the Beaches, a short walk to the home of ’91 classmate Mark McCain, his wife Mary and kids Hunter (7) and Darcy (5). Mike works at Stikeman Elliott LLP as a partner specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Davis Yoo recently sold his golf business and is returning to the management consulting industry. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two kids: Avery (7) and Gavin (3). Chanze Gamble is in Vancouver, where he attended the first game of the Stanley Cup final and is general manager of New Relationship Trust. Andrew Guilfoyle’s middle son Charlie started at UCC’s SK, joining Jack, who’s in Grade 1. Chris Healy, after many years growing early stage ventures, launched Tiny Briefcase last fall to provide operational support to start-up companies and small businesses. Chris and his wife, Jodi Gallagher, married in 2010 and live near the heart of Toronto’s Danforth. Chris O’Neil, wife Christina and their two kids, Jack (5) and Molly (3), have moved back to Toronto. Chris is managing director of Google Canada. He spoke at UCC last spring in morning assembly and then again at a special boarders’ dinner.

’92 Jamie Deans & Adam Markwell, Class Presidents Jonathan and Christy Burns celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on June 12 and have three boys: Nathan (6), Oliver (4) and Joshua (1). They live in Burlington, Ont. and Jonathan does online marketing consulting at StrategyCube. Tom Hong’s family now includes three children (Sam, Stella and Charlie). He does technology consulting for asset managers. Suresh John shot CBC’s Mr. D in Halifax this summer. James Mesbur and his family recently moved to Cliffside Park, N.J. and are busy chasing their 15-month old around the house. Mauro Nunez left his commercial diving position at Global Industries to move back to Whistler to train and attempt to qualify for a spot on the Spanish ski half-pipe team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Barry Price lives in Los Angeles writing television, feature and web scripts and runs a professional group for writers working in the industry. Martin Watier and his partner got married last

summer, giving birth to a Martin/Martin couple. He still acts, produces and writes, which treats him well. George Klein is president of Orontas, which specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of oil-related products.

’93 Derek Knopp & Hassan Khan, Class Presidents Gary Berman is learning to juggle his role as president of Tricon Capital Group with the more exciting challenges of fatherhood. Michael Bernstein and his wife live in Toronto and have their hands full raising two lovely children, Farah and Jaspar. Michael works as staff gastroenterologist at Sunnybrook Hospital. Geoff Paisley is recovering from extensive knee surgery and took a leave of absence from teaching elementary school in Ottawa to spend time with his growing family. He’s also been writing and performing with his rockabilly band, Hey Buster ( Joe Torzsok is chairman of the board of management at the Toronto Zoo and lives in Toronto with wife Kirsten. When not sailing on Lake Ontario, Joe is director of strategic alliances at Telus Communications. Edward McQuillan is vice-president at The McQuillan Group. Des So lives in Hong Kong and runs two successful businesses.

’94 Olivier Fuller & James Patterson, Class Presidents Chris Eby and wife Arielle celebrated the birth of their son Peter. Jamie Drayton and wife Jennifer have a new daughter named Chloe. Scott Sandler and wife Sasha welcomed their daughter Ali Rae. Jay Bryant and wife Jennifer are parents of a son named Jack. James Patterson and wife Jennifer rejoiced at the birth of their son Axel. Cam Langs and wife Lyn celebrated the birth of their son Rowan and are moving to Vancouver. Cam works in film and television special effects. Matt Green and wife Taylor welcomed their son Wynn. Gavin Chen got engaged to longtime girlfriend Elena. Both work in real estate in Toronto and referrals are always welcome. Jon Elek is in the publishing business in the U.K. Ned Palmer is doing another tour of duty in the Koreas. Hayden McKellar sells software in Toronto. Dave St. Louis is a teacher in Toronto. Greg Michener lives in Rio de Janeiro with wife Carolina. Greg finished his doctoral thesis in transparency in government in Latin American countries. Jonah Bekhor lives in Los Angeles with wife Dani. Jonah works in movies and TV with longtime heterosexual life partner Zach Math. Dave Hammer is working in the scrap metal business in and around Toronto. Jason Latremoille is finishing a degree at Trent University. Harris Eisenstadt lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with wife Sarah and son Owen. Harris continues to produce soulful jazz music and had his first piece for orchestra, “Palimpest,” read by the American Composers Orchestra last June. Harris was one of eight composers chosen from 33 in the class of 2010. Olivier Fuller lives in Toronto and works in the art business as the director of a new Chelsea gallery backed by Turkish businessmen and women. The class of ’94 is well represented on Bay Street these days. Fred Bruun, Matt Green, Jay Bryant, Scott Sandler and Ben Andrews all work in some kind of finance-related jobs in Toronto. Ashlin Halfnight is a teacher in New York and the father of one of his students is an Old Boy. Jonathan

Schwartz lives in Niagara Falls and returned to school to take courses in anthropology, astronomy and biology. Alan MacInnis teaches at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ont.

’95 Jeff Goldenberg, Class President

Hampton Long ’95 welcomed Justin Sandler ’14 and UCC Upper School athletics director Brent MacKay to the April 8 American Foundation Board of Trustees Breakfast at New York City’s Links Club. Justin was awarded the College’s American Foundation Scholarship, a scholarship awarded annually to a UCC student from the U.S.

Jeremy Brasseur and daughter Ella Victoria.

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

Rowan Paul and Mike Reed gave the thumbs up to the April 15 San Francisco branch dinner hosted by Michael and Hazel Kawaja, the parents of Carl ’83, Andrew ’92, Steve ’94 and Chris ’95.

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Class Notes Rowan Paul is a sports medicine physician in an orthopedic group in San Francisco with quite a few UCC Old Boys as patients. He’s also the physician for the San Francisco Ballet and one of the doctors for the Oakland Athletics. Brock Jones is an assistant crown attorney in Toronto. He and his wife Lisa have a two-year-old son named Luke and were expecting a baby girl in June. Chris Heer got married in March to Shauna Ellis. Terence Woods was the best man and Brock Jones was the MC. Aly Lakhani and Ryan Morris ’97 were among the guests. Chris and Shauna live in the Beach in Toronto. He works as an intellectual property lawyer at Bennett Jones LLP. Brandon Alexandroff works with Canadian wireless company Mobilicity. He, his wife Jojo and daughter Macey recently welcomed Ty to the family. Alec St. Louis lives in Toronto with wife Katie. He recently started a new job as a sales representative at Pointstreak Sports Technologies. James Flannery is in medical school at Saba University in the Caribbean. Toronto is still his home and he spends a large part of his student loan travelling back and forth to see his wife and child. James should be somewhere in upstate/western New York for his clinical training beginning in August 2012. Matt Beadon lives in San Francisco. Chris Ross is married with two kids and lives in Toronto. He’s senior vice-president of Strathallen Capital Corporation.

’97 John Medland, Class President Sean Driscol is executive vice-president at Sentry Investments. Kevin Wong and his wife were expecting a baby in the early summer. Matt Denton, wife Pam and son Nate are expecting a baby in October. John Medland and wife Jenny welcomed their third baby, Isla Medland, in February. Ben Mandell and wife Caroline welcomed their first baby, Charlotte, in January. Ben recently joined the mergers and acquisitions group at RBC Capital Markets. Neil Kennish and wife Kersta are expecting twin boys this fall. Enrico Diano opened a new motorcycle sales and service shop called Mototecnica in Vaughan, Ont. and remains involved with the Compass360 Racing Team. Enrico got married on July 13 to Nikky Soora in Italy. Hendrick McDermot and wife Kristina expect their second daughter in October. Hendrick works for NBC Universal’s international mergers and acquisitions group. Jon Kwan lives and works in Singapore as a career counselor and life coach. Ken Thomson and wife Laura were expecting their second child in August. Andrew Turnbull joined CIBC in May as managing director of strategy and business development, wealth management. Josh Smith, wife Erin and daughter Quinn were eagerly awaiting the arrival of a baby boy. Josh recently joined the mining and metals investment banking team at BMO Capital Markets. Vikram Karnaker moved to Philadelphia for his MBA at the Wharton School of Business and stayed to work for STEC Inc. as a director of corporate development in the hardware division. Jed Lind and wife Jessica had a baby last spring. Fahad Ismail lives in Washington, D.C. and is a senior consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ banking and capital markets advisory division in McLean, Va. Jonathan Sonshine is assistant vice-president, asset management at RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.

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’98 Jeff Hill, Class President The third annual Old Boys Night Out, presented by UCC’s Young Alumni Advisory Council, drew 134 Old Boys to TIFF Bell Lightbox’s Malaparte on June 1. Malaparte is the newest event space opened by Oliver and Bonacini, and the lead sponsors were City Buick and Ludwig Financial Recruitment.

Mike Carter ’98, John Medland ’97 and Dan Tkaczuk ’98 discussed old times at the YAAC event.

Elliott Choquette ’08 and Peter Gordon ’07 checked out Malaparte along with other Old Boys.

After completing his master’s degree in hospitality management at Cornell University’s hotel school, Josh Aaronson is joining the management team at the Four Seasons in San Francisco, Calif. Ben Howes has lived and worked in Asia for the past six years and is now in Seoul, South Korea working in public relations as a consultant for a Korean firm. He’s also done marketing for hospitals in the growing medical tourism industry. He married Kim Mi Hye on Oct. 16. Pat Gossage lives in South Africa, where he’s completing his MBA from the University of Cape Town’s graduate school of business. He’s applying for a South African work visa and looking for work in the energy and renewable energy sectors. Zach Bell hosts the morning show on K ROCK in Charlottetown, P.E.I. and he and his wife Ashleigh were expecting their first child this

challenge. Aleem Visram is co-owner of Multi Insurance Retirement & Financial Planning. Trevor Jenvenne is an RCMP constable with more than 10 years of service and is stationed at the Lac du Bonnet, Man. detachment. Neil Goldenberg graduated medical school and started his residency in anesthesiology at U of T in July. Jeremy Spevick is in residency in neurology in Toronto.

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summer. Pablo Lema graduated from business school last May and moved back to San Francisco with his wife Christina. His daughter Sierra was born on Valentine’s Day. Pablo has been working with a partner on a start-up company (www. after years in banking and is enjoying the new

Ryan Grimes reminisces with UCC’s Paul Winnell ’67 at the March 15 Hong Kong branch reception.

’99 David Anderson & Elliot Morris, Class Presidents Carson Chan has been in Berlin, Germany for the last six years since finishing graduate school at Harvard University. He opened a non-commercial art and architecture exhibition space and has been working as a critic and curator. Matt King finished his MBA at the University of Cambridge in December and is considering a career in strategy or management consulting. Chris Masefield lives and works in Singapore. Matt Elek lives in London, England and runs Vice Media Group for Europe. Dave Borden teaches at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ont.

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Class Notes ’00 Hugh McKee, Derek Richardson & Dave Spevick, Class Presidents

Greek restaurant called Volos at the corner of York and Richmond streets. Adam Tichauer is director of Chelsea Piers BlueStreak and president of the Pencils of Promise New York City leadership council. Adam Sheikh is in law school and enjoyed a summer break working at the Commonwealth Bank in Jakarta, Indonesia and travelling around Asia.

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

UCC vice-principal Innes van Nostrand ’82 chatted with Peter Cheung, father of Edwin Cheung ’00 and Dason Cheung ’02, at the March 15 Hong Kong branch reception.

Andrew Thompson is engaged to be married to Jen Kelly. David Lavallée’s accounting business moved into new offices in Brossard, Que. last October and his Guimond Lavallée Inc. firm now has its name on the building right off the Champlain Bridge. David Spevick has split time between Boston, Mass. and San Francisco, Calif. working as a business operations specialist for, a daily deal couponing website. Michael Smith is a captain in the Canadian Forces. After completing basic training in February and French training in June, he was posted back to Toronto as a deputy judge advocate. Hugh McKee is on secondment to Credit Suisse in New York, serving as a negotiator. Hugh planned to summit Mount Kilimanjaro this summer before returning to Mayer Brown to practise law in September. Drew Morrison is engaged to marry Joanna Slezak this fall in Muskoka. Brent Sharpless finished his first year of law school at the University of Calgary and spent his 1L summer at Blakes in Calgary. Thobey Campion is cultivating a fantastic moustache in Brooklyn, N.Y.

’01 Pete McFarlane & Elliot Pasztor, Class Presidents Jamie Desjardins has become an international rock sensation and just finished a European tour. Don Lilly works as a barrister in London, England. Michael Koutsaris is studying to become a dentist. Chris Hale leases retail properties at DTZ Barnicke in Toronto. Alexander Mimran started a website company called that enables users to store daily journal entries. Nevin Singh has moved back to Toronto from Vancouver and is investing in real estate and doing mortgage brokerage for the recently formed Clifton Blake Realty Advisors. James Sutton is territory sales manager for Google Enterprise. Blakeley Willson moved to the private client group of Scotiabank. Dave Psutka is a musician using the stage name Egyptrixx after graduating with a master’s degree in journalism from Ryerson University. Warren Psutka is an executive recruiter in Vancouver. Arthur Kwok finished his MBA at Wilfrid Laurier University and joined TD Securities as a sales and trading associate. Andreas Antoniou is back in Toronto and has opened a 46  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

Joey Pratile graduated from chiropractic college last spring with his doctorate and worked for the summer as a spokesperson for Shockwave Canada. Andrew Binkley is an intellectual property and technology lawyer at Ropes & Gray in Boston, Mass. He was at Chris Cullen’s bachelor party and wedding last summer and then spent time in Canada at the family cottage. John Blickstead has lived in Los Angeles for two years. He’s developing a television pilot for NBC and took a job writing for one of NBC’s new sitcoms, “Best Friends Forever.” Sebastian Borza works at Goldman Sachs as a senior analyst within the hardware engineering team. He’s pursuing an MBA from New York University while allocating time for the odd bit of fun. He competed in the Warrior Dash race in upstate New York last August. Jacob Bregman graduated from Harvard Business School with fellow Old Boys Chris Tam, Kyle Brack and Farhan Merali ’01. He moved to Denver, Colo. to start a full-time job in healthcare services at DaVita last September. Michael Cheng works in Hong Kong as a senior analyst at an Asia-focused due diligence firm called Blue Umbrella Ltd. He’s in charge of the international and India teams and was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Ted Christakis finished medical school and is an ophthalmology resident at the U of T. His interest is in high altitude medicine and he travelled to Nepal to train in wilderness and expedition medicine at Everest base camp. Philip D’Abreu lives in London, England and works for KKR. Adrian de Valois-Franklin is helping build the private equity strategy for the $150-billion Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Adrian has enjoyed reconnecting with the Toronto UCC community after spending four years in San Francisco working for Accel-KKR and Goldman Sachs. Adrian is also developing a new healthcare technology startup company. Colin Evran has returned to school after a few years of working at Bain Capital, a private equity fund based in Boston, Mass. He’s pursuing an MBA at Stanford University’s graduate school of business in Palo Alto, Calif. and travelled Europe last summer. Adam Horodnyk works with the family business and enjoys poker in his spare time. Ryan Gallagher is working towards a PhD. in synthetic biology at Yale University. Zack Gans is a software trainer at Apple Computer, developing three short films and pursuing his MBA at U of T’s Rotman School of Management. Geoff Gregoire works at RBC in New York. Craig Hill is director of artist management at 2 + 2 Management in Toronto. He represents bands that tour Europe and Asia and play many American festivals. Karim Gillani works for Research In Motion’s mergers and acquisitions team in San Francisco and looks at early-stage start-ups for investment and acquisition. He previously worked on projects in developing countries, including Kenya, Botswana, Trinidad and Sri Lanka. Kobe Gulersen

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Class Notes is director of digital marketing at MasterCard Canada and is very involved with the UCC Young Alumni Advisory Committee. Simon Leith is entering his final year at Osgoode Hall Law School and will spend a semester abroad in the fall at the National University of Singapore. Andrew Michalik returned to London, Ont. to complete his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business in July. Ryan Marthinson and his wife Diana have been in California while he studies for his master’s degree in divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. He’ll graduate within the next year and then look for youth pastor positions. Ryan Morris is growing his investment partnership, Meson Capital Partners, and digging deep into smaller underfollowed companies. He moved to Santa Monica, Calif. in July to work closer with some colleagues. James Nairne is an associate director at an UHNW investment management firm in downtown Toronto. Peter Roberts lives in Toronto and is the head coach and owner of the CrossFit Quantum strength and conditioning centre. Dave Rosen is doing a master’s degree in real estate finance and investment at New York University. He spent the last few years working in hotel finance and valuation. Peter J. Schwartz, a fellow at New York University School of Law, is completing his master’s program this fall. His first book, Baseball as a Road to God, was co-written with NYU president John Sexton and Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant. It’s published by Penguin’s Gotham Books.

and is training to be an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat surgeon). Amir Heinitz is exploring Cairene kiosk culture. Michael Korzinstone is a senior associate at Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm in New York. Geordie King is growing a building material supply company (GBM) and a software development firm (ICON). Mark Laidlaw is in Victoria, B.C. training with the national rowing team and pursuing a master’s degree in leadership at Royal Roads University. Kevin Leung graduated from medicine at Queen’s University and will work as a resident in urology at McGill University. Alex Richardson is geting his MBA at the Wharton School, spiced up with a China-flavoured master’s degree. Chan Sethi spent a summer clerking for a justice of the Supreme Court of India and working for Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Hong Kong before returning to finish his final year at Osgoode Hall. Tyler Ravlo has a master’s degree in physiotherapy and works at a private clinic in Halifax, N.S., where he and Kate purchased a home. Matt Campbell is in Paris, France writing for Bloomberg. Yale Fox is a DJ working in venues around the world and has launched a marketing/talent agency. Yale’s home base is divided between Las Vegas, Nev. and the Cayman Islands. Andrew Best lives in Shanghai, China, is fluent in Mandarin and runs the marketing operations of a high-end residential real estate company. He also manages the business side of two magazines, one luxury lifestyle and one woman’s fashion.

’03 Mike Annecchini & Chan Sethi, Class Presidents

’04 Greg Lowman & Dave Reisman, Class Presidents

Mark Salzman, Cameron Brien, Arthur Shum and Chan Sethi at their fourth Princeton University reunion on May 28.

Mike Annecchini completed a master’s degree in sports management at New York University. Keith Chan works in Brazil, close to a city called Florianopolis, for a company called Votorantim Cementos. Panos Christakis completed his fourth year of medical school at Yale and is returning to Toronto for a year of clinical research prior to starting his residency. Joe Cianflone lives in Bermuda and heads the trading research group and manages the European trading team at Orbis Investment Management when not becoming an avid sailor. Daniel Davids graduated from the master’s of biotechnology program at U of T and works for Roche Canada in sales and marketing. Jordan Glicksman is one year into his residency at the University of Western Ontario 48  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

Jeff Taylor works for New York City-based communications and advertising firm LaPlaca Cohen, which specializes in museum and performing arts clients. He plays beer league winter hockey with fellow NYC Old Boys. Christian Walsh is undergoing naval officer training in Victoria, B.C. Alex Frechette is training staff, merchandising stores, doing demonstrations and staging events for Oakley. Dave Phelan married Kelly Hayles and they’re living in New York. Jeremy Frank finished his third year at Bain and is in Philadelphia doing his MBA at Wharton. Clifford Chiu works in London, England for Playfish, a games company under the EA umbrella. He backpacked through Europe for three months before getting to London and had the time of his life. He also got engaged to his boyfriend. Scott Nowers graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor of arts in economics in May 2010 and sold the Flud Watches accessories and apparel company that he started in 2007. He does non-profit work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and lives in New York City’s Harlem district. Kevin Maggisano hopes to graduate from engineering and medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 2012. Chris Horkins graduated from law school at Queen’s University and is articling in Toronto at Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP. Michael Chua left Morgan Stanley Private Equity to continue his career as a concert promoter. He’s organized concerts featuring The Strokes, Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, The National, TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene, Trey Anastasio, T.I., T-Pain, All American Rejects and Gym Class Heroes, among others. He works as a talent buyer at the Venetian Macao, focusing on routing major



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Class Notes western acts through China. He’s pursuing an MBA in media and entertainment at UCLA Anderson. Mike He graduated from grad school at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in September and plans to stay at least another year or two working in Los Angeles. Martyn Gostelow is pursuing a doctor of medicine degree at Duke-NUS graduate medical school in Singapore. Scott Barter has finished his third year at the Ted Rogers School of Business, where he’s majoring in human resources. David Reisman works at Livia Capital Management, a Toronto boutique private equity shop, and is in the process of obtaining his CBV designation. Greg Lowman works at the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C. Conor McBroom is in Toronto at Slate, a real estate private equity and asset management company with investments in Canada and the United States. He’s working towards the CFA designation and a decent golf game. Alex Tapscott splits his time between Toronto and New York City. David Young works for the family business, The Hamilton Group Inc., in Toronto. He’s involved in various areas, including mid-ticket leasing, venture capital and investing in publicly quoted securities. Jeff Morash works at Brookfield Management in Toronto. Brooker Belcourt lives in New York City. Max Torokvei is a mining analyst at Dynamic Mutual Funds. Sebastien Belanger completed his master’s degree in finance and is an economist for the Canadian Department of Finance in Ottawa. He participated in the global investment research challenge, where he represented the Montreal CFA society at the Americas regionals. David Pepall left his role as an analyst in the Toronto office of Standard & Poor’s and is enrolled in the master’s in finance program at London Business School. Derrick Leung left Goldman Sachs in New York after three years and, after a summer of travel and managing an online nonprofit apparel company he co-founded with his roommates, he moved to Boston, Mass. to pursue an MBA at Harvard University. AJ Jamani launched an online shop with Christian Rice inspired by their UCC bond. Check out Sean Senthilnathan graduated from medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago and returned to Toronto start his residency training at U of T. Hudson Sullivan’s love affair with Mountain Dew marketing continues at Pepsico in New York City. He’s been working on his dance moves under the tutelage of roommate and dancefloor prodigy Brooker Belcourt. James Ricci is the starting goaltender for the CougarLife Cubs. Jon Pezim works as a commercial real estate advisor at Newmark Knight Frank Devencore, Canada’s leading tenant advisory firm, working exclusively for the corporate space user. Matt Cowie has moved to Boston, Mass. to do his MBA. Alex Bishop is at Queen’s Law School and has worked in the legal department at BMO Capital Markets. Pete Irwin works in the toy business and manages major accounts in the U.S. and Canada, as well as opening up accounts in non-traditional retail channels. Andrew Kirkpatrick works within BMO’s antimoney laundering and terrorist financing unit. Justin Wu is a fashion photographer stationed in Paris and Belgium and has completed his master’s degree in international business management. Check out 50  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

’05 Ryan Adams & John Rozehnal, Class Presidents Dan Bederman played for Team Canada at the fourth International Federation of American Football Senior Men’s World Championships in Austria in July. Mike Finley is at McGill University’s Faculty of Law after working for a summer at Davies Ward Philips and Vineberg in Toronto. Matt Ianucci studied Hebrew in Jerusalem and is doing a PhD. in politics at Brandeis University. John Rozehnal works in a cardiovascular biomarkers lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. John Thorp works for a small private equity firm in New York, mostly in renewable energy. He’s surrounded by Old Boys and plays as much hockey as possible. Ryan Adams finished his first year at the President Clinton School of Public Service, completing his master’s degree in public administration and public service. He’s at the social sector office at McKinsey & Company in Washington, D.C. David Gray Donald worked on contract for McGill University’s office of sustainability. Brayden Irwin graduated from the University of Vermont’s marketing program in 2010 and returned to Toronto to play hockey for the Marlies. Charlie Iscoe left J.P. Morgan’s investment banking division in New York to work for Goldman Sachs’ private equity group. He plays weekly hockey games with other UCC Old Boys living in New York. Matt Dennis works in New York as an analyst at Optima Fund Management. Imran Pirani lives in Oakville, Ont. working as a broker at Debit Credit Canada. After finishing his bachelor of commerce degree in 2009, he finished a master’s degree in international business at Queen’s University. He spent five months in Italy last year for his master’s program. Alex Koppel works in Toronto in mergers and acquisitions advisory. He switched from Canaccord Genuity to National Bank Financial the week after Dan Maev ’03 left. Ryan Campbell works in the Toronto Blue Jays’ baseball operations department doing statistical analysis and other general office administration. Johnny Cassels is bombing around in a Viper, getting nine miles to the gallon, listening to Whitesnake and loving every minute of it. Francois Cadieux is pursuing a PhD. in aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California. Elliot Coombe did a six-month contract with WWF-Canada and then started TSP International Inc., which has partnered with artist organizations from Toronto and New York to put on a new festival called Atomic Lollipop. Jeremy Campbell finished his second year at Harvard Law School and then worked at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. He plans to go back there after he graduates. He worked the prior summer as a legal intern in the commissioner’s office for Major League Baseball. Cam MacNeil lives in Toronto and works in brand marketing for Molson Canadian. David Leith graduated from the JD/HBA program at the University of Western Ontario’s faculty of law and the Richard Ivey School of Business and is articling at Torys in Toronto. Geoff Dittrich finished his first year of law at the University of British Columbia and spent a summer working with Phil Noelting’s start-up business. Ben Sharpe produces commercials at Taxi in Toronto. Max Bruce finished his first year on the force at York Regional Police. James Giroday finished his second year at Yale University, completing his master’s degree in architecture. Ken Lam is in Windsor at the satellite campus of the University of Western Ontario’s medical school.

’06 Arthur Soong, Class President Jimmy Ding went through some troubled times when he was at UCC and almost didn’t graduate. He dropped out of university and underwent more personal problems before finding a new focus that helped him get accepted into the University of Western Ontario, where he says he’s now excelling. “I flew by first year as an honour roll student, was formally recognized as the top contributor in my business class in second year and, as a result, got accepted into the Richard Ivey School of Business in my third year. I completed my first year there and researched sports analytics with a professor this summer.”

Aaron Leung, girlfriend Andrea Cheung and their dog, Taylor Cheung-Leung.

Kevin Barford graduated from McGill University in 2010 and celebrated by spending the summer golfing and travelling through Europe. He’s since moved back to Toronto to work for Rio Novo Gold Inc, a junior gold producer with properties in Brazil. David Basu Roy completed an honours specialization in music at the University of Western Ontario and will complete programs in green process engineering, social justice and peace studies. He spent time working with communities in El Salvador and Guatemala, investigating the negative impacts of Canadian mining corporations operating in the region. James Binckly successfully completed both his degree in religious studies and his internship at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. He’s looking for a job in Toronto in public relations or communications while working part-time as a sous chef and travel writer. Christopher Birks is studying for a master’s degree in intelligence and international security at King’s College in London, England. Colin Brown graduated in 2010 from the Richard Ivey School of Business and works in advertising at DDB Canada in Toronto. Nick Chan works at Ernst & Young and is pursuing his CA designation. Jeff Chen graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business and started at Goldman Sachs in New York. Simon Choy started a company that helps charities. Nikhil Daljeet is pursuing a career in dentistry and writing for Maple Leafs Hot Stove. Aamer Javed works at PWC in Toronto. Jonathan Jeong works at a media agency called OMD. Ricky Kang

works in real estate tax in KPMG’s New York office. Hassan Kassam graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in finance and accounting. He’ll have his master’s degree in accounting before starting work in the tax division at Ernst and Young in October. Mike Kim finished his studies at New York University and started work at Citi in the city. Matthew Kupfer is pursuing a master of journalism degree at Carleton University. He was an intern and contributor at Toronto’s Eye Weekly. Tom Lace works at PWC. Henry Lau is studying for his master’s degree in operation research. Nathan Leader is becoming a doctor in Australia. Charles Lee enjoys PwC HK and took two months off work during the summer for a conversion program before writing his first set of CPA exams in December. Ricardo Lee works at Xerox as an operations analyst and is working towards his CMA. Aaron Leung is getting his master’s degree at the University of British Columbia. Richard Martin is back in Toronto after four months of backpacking in southeast Asia with Sanders Lazier and Felix Cornehl. He works at PwC and is studying for his CA exams. Dom Owen graduated from McGill University and will travel throughout Asia on his way to Australia, where he hopes to work flying helicopters for a year. Reid Pauly moved to Palo Alto, Calif. to work on nuclear weapons policy at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Mark Phelan will spend his fall semester at HEC in Paris, France and the spring semester at FGV in Sao Paulo, Brazil in pursuit of a combined MSc/ MIM. Andrew Reburn works at IBM Canada. Arthur Soong works at KPMG and is pursuing his CA designation. Simon Sostmann went back to Germany to conclude his medical studies. Jonathan Tam will begin his second year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Massey College. Jonathan To is at KPMG pursuing the CA designation. Clarence Tso works at Microsoft in Seattle. Charles Wong finished his first year of medicine at McMaster University and went to Angola for the summer to work with a general surgeon. Jason Young is pursuing his master’s degree in biology. Nathan Leader is at the University of Melbourne’s medical school in Australia. Tommy Heng works in Cambodia. Hussein Kapasi works for KMG in Singapore.

’07 Alain Bartleman & Justin Danto-Clancy, Class Presidents Alain Bartleman worked at Statistics Canada and a law practice over the summer and is now at the University of Geneva to get a master’s degree in international relations. Omar Madhany worked at the crown attorney’s office over the summer before heading to the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mike Tatham is studying engineering at the University of Waterloo. Rhys Jubb is back from France and beginning his final year at Rice University. Dan Webster is finishing his degree at Queen’s University and working at the Bank of Nova Scotia. Tim Lai is in the School of the Orient’s African studies program following a summer at Christie’s. Zach Meyoriwtz is at Brandeis University. Ben Loh is taking steps to become Toronto’s top restaurateur and will finish his degree in the fall. Paul Phelan graduated from Dalhousie University and has a beard. Travis Ritch graduated from UCL and works in the Cayman Islands. Andrew McLean is at

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Class Notes U of T’s faculty of law with Donny Szirmak. Sean Mehta is starting at U of T’s faculty of medicine with Michael Ching. Rikesh Tanna has finished four years of his pharmacy program and is eagerly awaiting the next two. Andrew Mihalik is at the London School of Economics. Matthew Spencer is taking a victory lap at U of T. Justin Jin is cadaver spelunking at the University of Glasgow’s faculty of medicine. Brandon Park is an investment banking analyst at Citigroup. Fabio Schweitzer is studying medicine in Germany. Harty Pitfield was at Chubb Insurance and is set to graduate from QComm. Adrian Kwok graduated from Princeton University and will start as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in New York City. David Kepes is going after his master’s degree in global affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Brian Law graduated from the University of Miami. Kevin Lee is a thermal engineer at Facebook and working on its open computing program. David Garland graduated from the mathematics program at the University of Michigan. Pascal Visentin has finished a summer of cycling around France and a degree in biology. Matt Nicol is modelling in New York. Bradley Rose spent his summer on the soccer field and is graduating from Yale University. Will Pollit and Vicar Rizvi are at U of T bickering over English liberalism in the late 19th century. Alex Treiber worked in Toronto over the summer. Julio Koch is a translator in New York City after graduating in economics from Cornell University. Ishan Parikh is a McGill University graduate at large. Martin Shen moved to San Francisco to work at Sanzhar Sultanov is producing his new crime drama, The Archetypes, for a fall 2012 release. Aron Zaltz is beginning graduate studies in English at U of T. Dan Szirmak graduated from Cornell and is at law school in Toronto.

man by Martin McDonagh next winter to cap off their final year at the University of Western Ontario. The four of them have been working together since IB2 theatre. Pel will finish his specialization in English language and literature as an exchange student at the University of St. Andrews next year. Adrian Wangerin finished his third year of medical school in Tübingen, Germany. He lives in a liberal and social fraternity, mostly because it feels so much like boarding at UCC. He looks forward to being back in Canada shortly.

The Class of ’08 extends its most heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of one of our boys, Andrew Lloyd, who passed away earlier this year. Andrew was a great friend to many, and he will truly be missed. Andrew enjoyed his community service trip to Lewa while at UCC, and a memorial fund has been created in his name to establish a school in Kenya. This great project is but one of the ways in which Andrew’s memory will live on. Memorial donations may be made to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Canada) in memory of Andrew J. Lloyd. They may be sent via mail to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Canada), 283 Oriole Parkway, Toronto, ON, M5P 2H4; or through the Canada Helps website at

’08 Dave Marshall & Calum Mew, Class Presidents TJ Cook has completed his third year of a history degree at Adrian College in Michigan. He plays field lacrosse for the college’s Division III NCAA team and helped bring it a conference win. The team was selected to play in the national tournament, where it was defeated in the first round. TJ earned a high grade point average and was named to the dean’s list. Stephan LeBlanc is in the University of Ottawa’s combined law/MBA program. Siddharth Fresa graduated with distinction in law and management from his Italian university and is in his second year at the University of Reading’s law school in the U.K. He’s the editor-in-chief of the University of Macerata Student Law Review and worked this summer with the presidency of the Italian Republic. Adam Jutha interned at the National Academy of Social Insurance in Washington, D.C. before starting his junior year in the health policy and management track at the University of North Carolina. Adam is a resident advisor, teaching assistant and student body secretary. Karim Ladak is at the Mayo Clinic doing a medical research internship in cardiology, trying to develop new stem cell diagnostics and therapeutics to combat heart failure. Mike Ricci worked at CTV’s etalk for the summer. After Andrew Pel directed Ricci and fellow Old Boys Markus Liik and Andrew Cannon in Glengarry Glen Ross in February, the same group plans to present The Pillow52  Old Times Summer/Fall 2011

’09 Nicholas Lombardo & Karim Pabani, Class Presidents Taheer Datoo finished his second year at McGill University working towards a finance and economics degree. He spent the summer working at the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan. Johnny Henderson is studying international relations at Trinity College at U of T and was elected vice-president of the Kappa Alpha Society. He worked this past summer in the office of the executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. Jules Koifman had a great second year in Queen’s University’s commerce program and then worked for a solar energy financing firm in Toronto. He travelled to Sanya, China with the non-profit consulting group he founded this past

year to complete its first project in August. Jules will spend the fall semester on exchange at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Nicholas Lombardo finished his second year as an economics major at Yale University and spent the summer working at JFP Holdings, an investment bank in Beijing, China. Marc Roper had a great season playing Junior A hockey in Prince Edward Island last winter and hopes to play at university this year. Luis Orozco is going into his second year at the McGill School of Architecture after spending last summer studying at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. He was a graphic and web designer in Toronto and continued his architectural studies in Greece in the summer. Matt Stevens ran the Toronto Marathon as a result of a bet.

’10 Tony Drivas, Class President Robbie Albino spent his summer away from the University of British Columbia working in the Yukon as a soil sampler. Derek Chan completed his first year in the faculty of arts and science at U of T and hopes to complete a double major in psychology and cognitive science. Derek returned to Kenya this summer to continue work with One Laptop per Child that he started at UCC, and he’ll begin teaching yoga at Moksha studios by next year. Jonathan Chiang enjoyed his first year at Dartmouth College and will play for the school’s lacrosse team next year. David Choo Chong completed his first year in the faculty of health sciences at McMaster University. He enrolled in organic chemistry and natural disasters courses for the spring/summer semester. David hopes to travel to Peru for volunteer work later this summer. Graham Cowan finished his first year at the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, received his Duke of Edinburgh gold award and worked at the Oakdale Golf Club over the summer. Jonathan Cupillari is majoring in computer science and business as part of the double degree program between the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. Antonis Drivas is studying business management and organizational studies at Western and is a recent addition to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Jean-William Dumont joined a rugby club team at the University of Miami. He was a financial analyst at Scotiabank in Montreal over the summer. Eric Eaton is in the faculty of arts and a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the University of British Columbia. He spent his summer in Vancouver. Kevin Fu enjoyed his first year at Queen’s University and will live with Old Boy Trevor Wong next year. Kevin took the Canadian Securities Course over the summer. Owen Gaffney is studying in the faculty of social sciences and is a member of the Princeton University rowing team. He studied in Germany during the summer. Adam Gordon studies computer science at U of T’s Trinity College. Adam tied the knot with Victoria Lehman on May 28 and chose Old Boy Derek Chan to be his best man. Ben Green is studying Canadian-American relations at Western and worked at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for the summer. Geoffrey Harricks is studying history and advertising at U of T’s Trinity College and DJs under the alias Kasel at Toronto clubs. Benedict Hicks and Samuel Hicks graduated from Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where they were nominated for having the best hair in the school’s

yearbook, and will play junior hockey in Atlanta. Douglas Higgins is at Queen’s University and went to Australia with friends for the summer to help build and work at a llama farm. Justin Jeong had a great first year at Western and will continue rooming with Old Boy Nolan Jarvis next year. He worked in Toronto at the Investors Group over the summer. Harris Kaufman studied first year law at England’s University of Bristol and is on the school’s hockey team, which was top-ranked in the country. Jeffrey Kong was co-president of his residence hall council at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He now has an apartment and stayed in Michigan over the summer. Simon Lee is majoring in architecture and finance at U of T’s Trinity College and he joined the Alpha Delta Phi literary society. Ryan Leung enjoyed his first year at Western and spent the summer working in Hong Kong. Jeffery MacDonald was a member of the University of St. Andrews’ rugby team in Scotland and climbed Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the U.K.) with other Old Boys who study at the school. David MacNicol was a member of the Western Mustangs varsity lacrosse team. Cameron O’Neil continued his lacrosse career at the University of St. Andrews and played in several tournaments with the golf team. He also took advantage of the easy access to several European countries and travelled all over Europe with new friends and some fellow Old Boys. Christopher Ostojic balanced his studies at Western with his professional StarCraft II career. John Park is majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University. He’s a hiking trip leader for outdoor freshman orientation and plays on the men’s rugby team with Old Boy Nick Lombardo. John acquired a gun license to protect himself from polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, where he did ecological research this summer. Adrian Pel will leave U of T’s Trinity College to study geography at Cambridge University this fall. He hopes to row for the Cambridge lightweight team. Mike Pierratos is studying mechanical engineering at Queen’s University. He’s very active in his faculty and has been selected to be a frec (frosh leader) in the fall. Andrew Morrison is at Hamilton College. Alexander Morsink is in Queen’s University’s commerce program and has an avid interest in finance. He worked for a private equity firm in the U.S. this summer. Warren Moysey played for Western’s varsity rugby team. Karim Rahemtulla is majoring in urban planning at the University of Waterloo. He was invited to attend the International Scholar Laureate Program Conference on International Relations and Human Development in China as a student delegate representative of Canada in the summer. Colin Rhind enjoyed his first year at Western and worked at TD Securities over the summer. Paul Rozehnal is at the University of British Columbia and stuck around Vancouver finding his way around the kitchen working as a line cook over the summer. Paul will live with Old Boy Robbie Albino in the fall. Andrew Shen played for the University of St. Andrews’ lacrosse team and was its treasurer. He competed at the British national lacrosse championships as a member of the Scottish under 21 team. Ryan Taylor is studying media information and technology at Western. He was second in rookie scoring and the recipient of the Lax Bro of the Year award for the Mustangs varsity lacrosse team. Ryan

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worked at College Pro Painting while balancing practice and games for his box lacrosse team over the summer. Connor Woodside enjoyed his first year at U of T’s Trinity College and worked at a summer camp in Nova Scotia for the summer. Trevor Wong will transfer from the science faculty to the economics faculty in the fall at Queen’s University. Trevor has taken a large interest in the stock market and planned to create his own portfolio over the summer. Abby Vaidyanathan gained membership into U of T’s Kappa Alpha Society and

Departing math teacher and varsity basketball coach Chetan Prasad bids farewell to class president Graham Vehovec.

spent his summer working on Parliament Hill for the Conservative Party of Canada. Eric Vanderbeek is specializing in political science at U of T’s New College. He’s a member of the varsity swim team and has qualified for the nationals. Jens Zentil spent his summer away from Williams College learning to be a plumber.

’11 Graham Vehovec, Class President

Allen Champagne, Hassan Abdul and Ben Jakobek let a bit loose after the graduation ceremony.

Call 416-488-1125, ext. 2000 or visit to sign up today.

A LITTLE BIT MONTHLY GOES A LONG WAY. Join the newly launched monthly giving program, The Clock Tower Club, and help bring sustainable growth and enhancement to UCC. (As a side bonus, you’ll no longer receive annual solicitations from the College.)

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Canada: 89 USA: 42 Europe: 6

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Upcoming Events 2011 Sunday, Sept. 11

New Family Open House at Norval

1 p.m. to 3 p.m., UCC Norval campus

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Branch Reception in London, Ont.

7 p.m., Moxie’s Classic Grill

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Meeting of the Association Council

6:30 p.m., UCC Student Centre, 3rd Floor

Thursday, Sept. 22

Branch Reception in Kingston, Ont.

7 p.m., University Club

Monday, Sept. 26

Council of 1829 Reception

6:30 p.m., UCC Grant House garden

Friday, Sept. 30

Reunion Golf Tournament

9 a.m. or 11:15 a.m., Lionhead Golf and Country Club, 8525 Mississauga Rd., Brampton, Ont.

Reunion Class Events

 Various times and locations for honoured years (1962, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006) celebrating their reunion Saturday, Oct. 1

Association Day (all day)

For all members of the College community

Reunion Dinner

 Classes of 1962, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 7 p.m., Hewitt Athletic Centre Wednesday, Oct. 12 UCC Community Meeting and Association Annual General Meeting

7 p.m., UCC Upper School

Sunday, Oct. 16

Norval Fall Open House

1 p.m. to 3 p.m., UCC Norval campus

Saturday, Oct. 22

Branch Reception in Boston

7 p.m., The Harvard Club

Tuesday, Oct. 25 Common Ties Mentorship Program with Canadian Football League commissioner Mark Cohon

7 p.m., Hewitt Lounge, UCC

Saturday, Nov. 12

Branch Reception in Montreal

7 p.m., University Club

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Common Ties and YAAC: MBA Admissions Tips & Tricks

7 p.m., UCC

Friday, Nov. 18

Branch Dinner in London, England

7 p.m., The Royal Automobile Club

Friday, Dec. 2

Lunch for Former Faculty and Staff

Noon, UCC Upper Dining Hall

Friday, Dec. 16

Downtown Christmas Lunch

Be a recruitment ambassador. We travel to recruit great students. If you’d like to introduce a family to UCC, contact executive director of recruitment Struan Robertson about activities in your area at or 416-488-1125, ext. 2220.

Recruitment Events National 2011 Nov. TBD: Montreal, Que. Nov. TBD: Quebec City, Que. Nov. 27: Vancouver, B.C. Nov. 29: Calgary, Alta. Nov. 30: Saskatoon, Sask. Dec. 1: Winnipeg, Man. 2012 January/February TBD: Halifax, N.S. TBD: Moncton, N.B. TBD: Charlottetown, P.E.I. TBD: St. John’s, Nfld. International (Please note that exact dates are subject to change and are provided for purposes of connecting prospective families to admission representatives while they’re in a particular city, region or country.) Sept. 19-24: TBD, Brazil Sept. 25-27: Bogota, Colombia Sept. TBD: Cali and Medellin, Colombia Oct. 15: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Oct. 16: Doha, Qatar Oct. 18-24: Saudi Aramco Schools, Saudi Arabia Oct. 26-30: Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey Nov. 1-3: Bermuda Nov. 5: Tokyo, Japan Nov. 7-12: Munich, Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Duesseldorf and Hamburg, Germany Nov. 8: Hanoi, Vietnam Nov. 10: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Nov. 12: Bangkok, Thailand Nov. 14: Budapest, Hungary Nov. 15-17: Barbados Jan. 23-25: Lagos, Nigeria Jan. 27-28: Abuja, Nigeria Jan. 30: TBD, Morocco Feb. 15-19: TBD, Mexico

Time and Location: TBD

Thursday, Dec. 22

Wing Night for Classes of 2008, ’09, ’10 and ’11

7 p.m., Scallywags

2012 Friday, Jan. 20

Stay connected

Winterfest and Winter Sports Night

7 p.m., UCC

Sunday, Jan. 22

Winter Open House at Norval

For more information, please contact the Association office at 416-484-8629 or 1-800822-5361 toll-free anywhere in North America. Email Register online for UCC Association events at in the “Community” section.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m., UCC Norval campus

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Founder’s Dinner

6 p.m., UCC

Saturday, Feb. 18-19

YAAC Hockey in Harlem Tournament

New York City, New York

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Boarding Forever. The global call. The cycle forges on, thanks to generous Old Boys like Blake Hutcheson (Class of ’80), who is spearheading our campaign to revitalize boarding facilities and raise money for scholarships. To date, $9.1 million towards our $14-million goal has been raised. UCC takes its Boarding Forever campaign on the road this year with celebrations in Montreal, New York, London, Hong Kong and beyond. Come out and support us, or show your passion for boarding with a donation.

Get details and dates at

Blake Hutcheson, CEO Oxford Properties

Upper Canada College 200 Lonsdale Rd. Toronto ON M4V 1W6 Admission Office: 416-488-1125, ext. 4123

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d. f.


h. g.

Spot Wally in the crowd of former classmates and friends at Reunion 2011 September 30 – Reunion Golf Tournament and Class Events October 1 – Association Day and Reunion Dinner HONOURED CLASSES: 1962, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986,

1991, 1996, 2001, 2006. Mark your calendars today. Visit to register for reunion festivities. For more information or to get involved, contact Lindsay Tarvit at or 416-488-1125, ext. 3357. Answer: (a) J. Wallace ’81 (e) S. Wall ’01 L to R: (b) A. Soong ‘06 (c) J. Andersen ’86 (d) D. Webb ‘76 (f) B. Alexandroff ‘96 (g) D. Mills ’62 (h) D. Plummer ’66

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