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About this issue “
here’s no way you’re keeping 500 worms in the fridge.” So said my vegetarian husband when I asked if he’d mind if I did just that. After Googling “bait shop Toronto” and spending an hour on the phone, I had found a wholesaler who would grudgingly sell me fewer than 5,000 of the crawlers. I was slightly crushed but have learned to compromise about the contents of our shared fridge. I guess you have to respect a man who hasn’t eaten meat in 30 years and won’t slap a mosquito. He’s not kidding. So why the worms? Tom Szaky ’01, our cover boy for this issue was, to the best of my knowledge, in the “worm poop” business. All I knew, pre-interview, was that he’d dropped out of Princeton to market a plant fertilizer made entirely of red-worm “castings” and made millions. This guy was an eco-entrepreneurial star and, to illustrate, we wanted to shoot him for the issue, up to his neck in worms. Thankfully, as luck had it, it’s a good thing Charles didn’t let me use the fridge as a worm hotel. Our all-knowing Advancement Associate Paul Winnell ’67 told me Szaky had moved on from worms and his company, TerraCycle, claims to have diverted more than three-billion pieces of garbage from landfill in an ingenious and lucrative way, as you’ll see. Fortunately, Szaky himself provided the wrappers you see on the cover. So went the first of several memorable moments as we attempted to pull together the photo shoot for the cover story of this issue. Patrick Fejér ’92 was another matter. A partner at B+H Architecture and Interior Design, Fejér heads off to Basrah, Iraq this fall to do nothing less than redesign Saddam Hussien’s former palace into a multi-use business and residential centre, intended as a “safe zone” for Iraqi commercial engagement with the world. Uh, that’s kind of impressive. And kind of hard to illustrate editorially. At first our photographer Liam Sharp decided to cut out a suit of blueprints and have Fejér wear it. And we even bought a mini-trampoline to have him bouncing in front of the clock tower in the suit of blueprints. But when he showed up, distractingly handsome, in a Range Rover and beautifully designed, handmade Japanese sunglasses, we ditched that
idea. We didn’t want to make him look too foolish. Luckily, he’s a visual guy, and he thought ahead. He made and brought a big cube covered in blueprints and there was something affecting about having him roll it around Lord’s Field, suggesting he was imagining how he’d pull castles from the air, so to speak. Did I mention how amazingly patient he was on that hottest of hot days? Boldly, we did ask him jump on the trampoline in his fine suit, drenching it. Lucky for us, he was gracious and convinced us it was good fun. Fred Eaton ’82 was easier. Yes, he’s that Fred Eaton, greatgreat-grandson of Timothy, founder of the Eaton’s department stores. Both extremely fragile and strong, the wing Eaton designed for his world-championship winning catamaran is a great photo-op in its own right. And it was one of the best days I’ve had at UCC, watching Eaton assemble the wing in his permanent tent next to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, then trailing him in a speedboat on Lake Ontario as he took it for a sail. I marvelled at its speed and grace while our photographer grappled to get its 40-foot wingspan into a frame. Eaton was extremely patient, explaining all the technical details of the wing’s design process. I must say though, I didn’t recognize him at first, when we met at the school the next day to continue our conversation. He was in a suit and UCC tie, not his spandex sailing gear and harnesses, and it was my good fortune to have had the opportunity to see both the formal and relaxed side of another impressive Old Boy. And Norm Hardie ’85? He gave me, our photographer and his assistant a bottle of his delicious unfiltered Chardonnay as we left his winery after our shoot. I guess I expected a tasting, but his generosity is a hallmark of his character. And all his acquaintances and co-workers who hovered around our shoot couldn’t resist zipping in to whisper accolades and small secrets about Hardie’s legendary largesse. It’s rare to get out of the office and meet so many Old Boys, on their turf for a change, and it was a treat to do so. We hope you’ll keep reading future issues as we continue to profile the Old Boys who practise what we teach: Take risks. Make change. Have fun. Andrea Aster Editor
Cover story 3 Meet the Change Makers They take risks. They’re not afraid to stand their ground. They practise what we teach. Features
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12 Rocco Rossi Hearts Toronto The veteran backstage politico enters the mayoral race for a city he knows and loves.
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4 Boys of Barrow Generations of Old Boys loved UCC nurse “Miss B.” The proceeds of her estate, buoyed by a new video and website, continues to nurture them.
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19 A Passion for Fashion His photo shoots for top fashion brands grace the Paris skyscape. It’s a pity Justin Wu ’04 didn’t go to med school.
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20 Ask an Old Boy Charles Wachter ’93 produced culinary wizard Jamie Oliver’s new show. Oliver taught Wachter how to cook. (Hint: More vegetables than you’d prefer.) 24 Leaders & Legends Gordon “Chees” Cheesborough ’71, first-class financier and friend, left too soon. 26 Comings & Goings Changes to UCC faculty and staff 30 Retirees Faculty and Old Boys pay fond tribute to Michael Miller and Richard Hood. 32 Gracious Gifts Gordon Gibson ’83 was a UCC football star. Now he’s game to nurture star power in other deserving student athletes. 33 Milestones Marriages, births and passings 35 Class Notes 56 Upcoming Events
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UCC teacher A.L. Cochrane remembered In Old Times, winter/spring 2010, p. 2, you note that Arthur Lewis Cochrane’s crowning achievement was founding Camp Temagami, the first boys’ camp in Canada. My father, Edmund Ernest Campbell ’36, attended the camp and was, no doubt, taught proper swimming technique there by Mr. Cochrane. Later that year he travelled to the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a member of Canada’s junior Olympic swimming team. One look at Hitler prompted him to enrol at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. Upon his return, and he spent the Second World
War as a member of the Algonquin Regiment in England and Europe, rising to the rank of major and twice being wounded in combat. After the war he eventually settled in Haileybury, Ont., a town some 40 miles north of Camp Temagami, which both my brother, James Campbell ’71 and myself attended. However, I must point out that Camp Temagami is nowhere near Muskoka. It is in the District of Temiskaming, about twice as far north from Toronto as Muskoka. — Robert Campbell ’73
Correction: In Old Times, winter/spring 2010, “Remember When,” p. 36, Michael Hawke ’59 was misidentified. He is the gentleman on the far right in the glasses.
What the heck are these? Ancient alien writings? Spy-worthy encrypted messages? A map to a lost city? If you flip through this issue of Old Times, you may be scratching your heads over these cryptic square blocks in several of our advertisements. Originally developed in Japan for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR or Quick Response codes, are two-dimensional barcodes that can directly take you to a contact number, email or, in most cases, a Website, to provide you with more information about a place, event or a product. Gaining popularity in North America, the codes are moving into the mainstream in places such as product
labels, billboards, newspapers and buildings, inviting passers-by to pull out their mobile phones and uncover the encoded information. In this issue of Old Times, you’ll be directly linked to specific online registration sites, and in the future, we plan to introduce them editorially, to link you to specific videos or additional information you can only find on the ether. To access the code, users need a mobile phone equipped with a camera and to download a QR reader application, which is freely available online for most devices. Once the software is loaded, just point and click, and the mobile phone will either display the text or ask for permission to launch a browser to display the specific website. Just don’t scan and drive.
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They’re risk-takers and innovators. They’ve had great mentors and they’re generous with their own experience. We admire them. And we salute them.
By Andrea Aster
he more time one spends at UCC, the more one learns that students are taught to answer certain questions in a universal way. For example, “What is leadership?” For the uninitiated or the cheeky, the intuitive answer is “Getting people to follow me.” The other answer, of course, is, “Developing the skills I need to bring out the best in others.” Clearly that’s the right answer. Read about Tom Szaky ’01 and the other change makers we profile on the pages to come, how Szaky is mobilizing millions of people to act on their anxiety about our ailing planet, to collect garbage, piece by piece, dismantling the landfills of the future before they have an opportunity to blight our environment and our hearts. Change making is the ultimate goal of what the “International Baccalaureate” learner profile calls “leadership development.” The College’s educators attempt to promote and instill in its students a commitment to making a change, to making a difference, once they leave these halls. It’s a leap of faith, somehow, to believe that all the things the IB learner profile encourages students to become — risk-taking, principled, inquiring, reflective — will come to pass. Jim Power writes about such issues in a recent blog posting on The Power Point: “As with all virtues, leadership is caught as much as it is taught. In order for leadership to flourish, those in charge
Tom Szaky ’01
Fred Eaton ’82
Norman Hardie ’85 Patrick Fejér ’92
have to create a culture where everyone feels safe enough to disagree. When teammates don’t feel comfortable enough to say, ‘Hey, let me push back here,’ or ‘There is another way we should look at this,’ we run the risk of turning any committee or task force into a legion of lemmings.” Power would be proud of Patrick Fejér ’92, the extraordinary architect profiled here. His is a cut-throat world in which he needs to defend his designs. He credits a UCC art class with giving him the confidence and freedom to push back when required, to strike a balance between summoning the confidence to defend one’s ideas, while not being too married to them. So that’s why in this series of profiles, the first in an ongoing series about UCC’s Change Makers, we chose to focus on those Old Boys who’ve shown innovation in their field, who’ve defended their vision or forged a new path. They are modest and their achievements wide-ranging. For example, Fred Eaton ’82 has no illusions he’s “finding a cure for cancer,” as he puts it. But within the sailing world, his designs are making waves as you will see. Likewise, Norman Hardie ’85 is emerging as one of our province’s best ambassadors to the world. A true risk-taker, who left a cushy job with Four Seasons Hotels to stake his claim in an undeveloped wine-growing region six years ago, his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines have been lauded recently by Jancis Robinson, the top British wine critic and journalist, and he’s the reason locals no longer think $40 is too dear for a homegrown bottle. As this series progresses, we hope to bring you even more examples of Old Boys who embody UCC’s commitment to nurturing active, passionate, lifelong learners. Feel free to suggest themes or nominate candidates for future profiles as we explore change makers in the arts, the sciences and beyond.
Change making is the ultimate goal of what the ‘International Baccalaureate’ learner profile calls “leadership development.” The College’s educators attempt to promote and instill in its students a commitment to making a change, to making a difference, once they leave these halls. Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 3
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Tom Szaky is saving the planet — for real We all have anxiety. He has solutions. By Andrea Aster
ool-Aid may taste great going down. But it’s not cents for each item collected goes to a charity or school of exactly appetizing to dig a hand into a garbage pile choice. The items are then “upcycled” into totebags, knapconsisting of thousands of sticky, cast-off, alumisacks, pencil cases, shower curtains, even kites. nized-plastic drink pouches and energy-bar wrappers. “The key is that mixed [garbage] collections aren’t valuYet that’s exactly what Tom Szaky ’01 is doing, no qualms able; what are you going to do with it?” he says. “It’s all about about it. custom collections and finding a use for them, and we do that Cleaning up Lord’s Field after the photo shoot for this work for the companies.” article is the least of it. Indeed, in the past 12 months, Szaky’s It’s great PR for TerraCycle’s corporate partners to see company, TerraCycle, has collected three-billion pieces of their logos get a longer shelf life in WalMart, with the lustre so-called “garbage,” one eyesore for every other of environmental stewardship to boot, says Szaky. person on this planet. We all wince when we Corporate funding for the brigades from the likes pass a landfill. But who’s going to lead the charge of Kraft Foods, Frito Lay (Pepsi) and Mars Wrig“We all wince to make it go away? ley will top $12 million this year. when we pass It’s not too strong a statement to say the No recent upstart, Szaky has been prepara landfill. But gifted 28-year-old, touted by media outlets ing for such success for half his life. TerraCycle who’s going to worldwide as one of the world’s top eco-entreco-founder Robin Tator, 52, tells the story of their lead the charge preneurs, is doing more to divert waste from first meeting. It was 1999 and Tator had an ice to make it go landfills than absolutely anyone. cream shop in Toronto’s Yorkville. He needed a away?” He arrived for the photoshoot in a BMW web designer and Szaky’s company, Flyte media, convertible, no hybrid in sight, and no, he’s not was recommended. Tator called. a vegetarian. But Szaky has way more karma “Tom said, ‘I’m extremely busy during the points than you. day. Can we meet at night?’ So, this 14-year-old “Innovation means looking at problems not yet solved,” kid walks into this coffee shop on Eglinton [Avenue]. I was he says, referring to no less than the garbage crisis. “What floored” (Szaky got the job — and, with his three employees, will you do when that pen runs out of ink? What about earned $20,000 with his first, high school venture.) that notebook?” Tator stuck with him and was there to co-found TerSzaky, the son of two doctors who emigrated from raCycle in 2001, a risk for which Szaky dropped out of his Hungary in 1987, says it was his UCC friends’ parents who sophomore year at Princeton. Their first product, a plant food sparked his entrepreneurial aspirations. made from red-worm “castings,” or poop, was WalMart’s top“All these parents in successful businesses showed me selling product in its category after just three years. True to all is possible; they opened my eyes in a cool way.” his waste-not values, the prototype experiments involved With $15 million in projected sales this year, his business worms feasting on leftovers from the Princeton canteen. proposition is a brilliant call to arms with his website as the “Tom has always been extremely driven,” says Tator. base camp; Szaky mans the helm of the world’s first truly “Even when he gave me his initial price on Web design for my effective garbage-collection army. ice cream shop, he held his guns. “We make it easy,” he says. To date, 11-million people ‘I will do it for half the price and three times better,’ he in eight countries and counting, including scout troops, said. Tom has always known his work is good. Tom has always churches, temples and schools, have signed up on the Terravalued himself.” Cycle website to collect a chosen “waste stream” for featured Szaky expects to deploy brigade operations in 11 more brands, including chip bags, yogurt containers and cookie countries in the coming year. wrappers. It’s free to ship your cache to TerraCycle and two We salute him. Let’s sign up.
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Tom Szaky ’01 is immersed in his work.
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Fred Eaton is racing as fast as he can After adopting features of his uniquely designed catamaran wing, a U.S. yachting team, won the 33rd America’s Cup, the oldest active trophy in international sports. Fred Eaton ’82 is doing nothing less than revolutionizing the world of sailing. By Andrea Aster
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“We’re competing with the military and Formula One to get access to the lightest, fastest materials,” says Eaton. “No metal or fibreglass can do the job.” It’s clear Eaton’s research and design isn’t just about sailing boats fast. “We’re working at the edges of human knowledge in computer modelling, in aerodynamics and in materials science,” he says. To make a long, technical story short, the wing operates much like an airplane wing coming in to land, with slots and flaps that manipulate wind to advantage. And this wing is as long as they dared to build it before the materials would simply collapse under the sailing loads. Eaton’s international reputation in the broader sailing world was made after his team captured the Little America’s Cup in 2007, at which time his boat represented the limits of wing design. As a result, several members of the American yachting team, BMW Oracle Racing, came to Toronto to sail Eaton’s catamarans. They were impressed enough to develop a 223-feet wing, 20 storeys high and 75 per cent longer than any wing ever built, for their yacht. It went on to take the America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain, the oldest sailing trophy in history. Though the American team’s owner was business magnate Larry Ellison, former CEO of Oracle, the New York Times said the “true star” was the “radical 223-foot wing sail.” Still, Eaton isn’t one to overstate his emerging reputation. Simply he says: “I don’t want to watch someone else having fun. We’re not curing cancer here; we’re having fun and it’s the best toy around.” Old Times went to press before the big race. For results go to www.sailinganarchy.com.
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t’s two weeks before the big race and Fred Eaton ’82 is working on his boat in what he calls his “tent” next to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Toronto Island. But, much like Eaton himself, the words “tent” and “boat” are understatements. Yes, Eaton is that Eaton, the 47-year-old great-greatgrandson of Timothy, Canadian retail royalty, and he now manages his family’s investment company, though that’s all he’d care to say about that. The lean, agile boat builder has recently emerged in his own right as an innovator of international renown and, although he’s not big on small talk, he comes alive to talk about a passion he’s had since he was a child at his cottage. Just as those crazy scuba-like bathing suits redefined Olympic swimming, Eaton’s 40-foot sailing wing — designed from ultra-stiff carbon fibre and then wrapped with, surprisingly, sheets of heat-shrink, clear plastic food wrap — is leaving old-fashioned, fallible, sag-prone sails in its wake. His so-called tent is, in fact, a bungalow-sized, winterworthy tool shed in front of which a summer-long procession of curious picture-takers asks endless questions. And his so-called boat is a jewel, a 25-foot, C-Class catamaran that has a top speed of 23 knots (43 km/h). Quite simply, it’s the fastest small sailing vessel ever built, capable of zipping along in very little wind. Weighing only 129 kilograms, it is so delicate that if it ever tipped over it would shatter. Eaton was the first Canadian to win the international regatta for these boats, the Little America’s Cup, in Toronto in 2007. It’s a rarefied world. Although about 200 C-Class catamarans have been built over the years, only eight are fast enough to compete at this level and Eaton owns three. The big race, at the end of August in Newport, R.I. was to be the first rematch since Eaton’s victory. Seven of those eight boats, with teams from the U.S., Canada, France, Britain and Australia were to compete on the six-mile, 30-minute course. The winner would take it by 10 to 30 seconds. “We’re running out of time to test the controls,” says Eaton as he “skins the wing,” meaning he’s wrapping it with the delicate plastic sheeting. While the first successful sailing wing was designed in 1972, Eaton didn’t start racing catamarans until 2003. The new design represents the pinnacle of its evolution to date. Because they are so specifically engineered, it takes about 2,000 man hours to build a wing. Eaton built his at a Markham, Ont. company that normally makes racing-car shells.
Photo: Liam Sharp
Fred Eaton â€™82 has designed the fastest catamaran ever built.
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Norm Hardie is making world-class Ontario wine Norm Hardie ’85 is a high-spirited risk-taker, farmer, father and Old World winemaker. Meet a man who chose to live life without compromise. By Andrea Aster
t’s surely 35 humid degrees in Norman Hardie Winery and in an hour is the equivalent of a day’s pay back home. Vineyard and the owner is sweating. The photographer for Even five years ago, when you said P.E.C., people thought this article powders Hardie’s nose but it’s harder to blot you were referring to Prince Edward Island, he says. He was one his shirt. We surrender. Farmers are allowed to perspire, even of the three original wine growers on the peninsula just two and for magazine spreads. a half hours east of Toronto. It now boasts cute fold-out tourist “My [five-year-old] son likes me in orange,” he says. And maps dotted with more than 25 pit stops. So long Niagara. it’s true; it is a great colour on him. It matches his spirits — It took Hardie’s keen eye, and a truckload of soil engiradiant, expansive, infectious. Like good wine, it’s a personalneers, to determine that his property’s clay-limestone soil, ity designed to be shared and there’s lots to go around. previously home to less noble crops — winter wheat, soy and The world of wine is aflutter with pretension corn — was pay dirt. Hardie recognized the soil and Hardie — former sommelier and manager of composition was rare outside Burgundy. It was Toronto’s Truffles at the Four Seasons Hotel — can far from a sure thing. Two vineyards, side by side “Clearly he has swirl a glass of wine with the best of them. But and tilled by the same person, can nevertheless convinced lonow he’s respected for more than his University produce completely different wine, he says. cals to pay $40 of Dijon-trained palette. After deciding he’d “The wind must be at a certain angle,” he says for an Ontario tasted enough great wines and was no longer enigmatically. “This is a very specific microcliwine” content to be an “armchair quarterback,” he mate. Three kilometres in either direction and it made his move. might not work.” His pioneering winery in Prince Edward It works. In just five years, Hardie has become County, staked on so-called junk soil, now produces 4,500 cases one of Canada’s best ambassadors. His unfiltered Chardonnay of wines that sell out annually by special order only. Clearly, he and his Pinot Noir have received unprecedented praise from has convinced locals to pay $40 for an Ontario wine. He who Jancis Robinson, revered British wine critic. President Barack risked it all, walking away from a six-figure salary at the Four Obama sipped it at the G8. It was Ferran Adria’s wine of Seasons to “wash tanks” at vineyards in Burgundy, is enjoying choice on a recent visit, he who owns one of the world’s best the payoff. restaurants, El Bulli. “Some guys own wineries but Norm actually is a farmer. He Wines do not sell on taste alone though Hardie’s Melon de does all the work,” says former classmate Simon Burke ’85. HarBourgogne, for instance, developed specifically to pair with die’s fingernails acquired lots of dirt during an intense six-year oysters, does sell out in days of issue. Like all good brands, apprenticeship through vineyards in Burgundy, New Zealand, Hardie’s skills as a marketer help move product. Oregon and California. With a “silent partner” to help fund the He credits former UCC Latin teacher Terence Bredin for venture, he claimed his stake on 30 acres in 2001, operating on the fact people tell him his press releases sing. Hardie, who a cash-flow basis and investing only in the necessities — great moved from South Africa at 14 and was a Wedd’s boarder French vines and barrels, and top-notch equipment. from Grades 9 to 13, credits Bredin’s secret weapon, the lost “Then, this soil was regarded as absolute junk,” says Harart of précis, whereby a student edits, say, 900 words down die, crouching to explain how, lovingly, he buries his vines in to 300. The simple act of keeping one’s sentences tight has earth each winter much as a rose grower would. “The differbeen a great help, he says. ence is we have 24,000 vines of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and And Hardie is looking forward to the legacy he will leave Pinot Gris.” his own boys, Theo, 3, and Lucas, 5. “Lucas has an incredHardie is one of the region’s original pioneers, with an initial ible sense of smell,” says Hardie. He can tell the difference machine-assisted planting of 12,000 vines in 2001 and another between Reisling and Chardonnay.” 12,000 since, with the seasonal assistance of five Thai farmHardie’s love of life and its fruits is apparent to all who ers. Hardie appreciates their expertise with crops close to the know him. Says Burke: “Norm is one of most contented ground, honed on rice paddies. In turn, what Hardie pays them people I know.” 8 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
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Norm Hardie ’85 to Mother Nature: Cheers!
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Patrick Fejér is redeveloping Saddam Hussein’s castle His first project, fresh out of Cornell’s architecture program, was the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. This fall, Patrick Fejér ’92 heads to Basrah to make a former despot’s palace compound a more welcoming place. (Now, what to do about that moat?) By Andrea Aster
atrick Fejér, 36, is the most relaxed over-achiever Before joining B+H in 2005, Fejér worked on the second of you’ll ever meet. He talks and moves calmly, no his landmark projects, the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace BlackBerry in sight. In this era it’s a rarity outside a in Budapest, Hungary, with his late father Béla ’63, a developer yoga class to have the pleasure of being with someone so fully and lawyer who bought the 1907 building, one of the country’s present. Maybe it’s because he’s attentive to his surroundmost treasured landmarks. (Béla’s grandson, Jack, entered the ings. And maybe that’s because he designs what surrounds us, Prep last year.) It took six years and a $140 million investment buildings you’ve heard of, lots of them. to transform it into a luxury hotel. So careful was Fejér, a New Fejér, one of 10 partners with Toronto’s Bregman + York Times article in 2004 reported that he persuaded the Hamann (B+H), heads to Iraq’s cultural capital, Basrah, this Four Seasons to hide the swipe-card handles behind custom fall, to work with a Canadian, Jordan-based brass plates so as not to sully the original doors. developer on nothing less than the utter redeNevertheless, Toronto remains home to most “A lesson velopment of Saddam Hussein’s once opulent of his current work. He’s lead architect on projects learned long “Lakeside Palace,” now battered by the 2003 in development including MaRS Phase II, the lab ago in Robert war. The 400-acre compound includes five paland office complex for the biotechnology and Montgomery’s ace buildings with double-thick exterior walls so pharmaceutical industry, the redevelopment of tanks could patrol the perimetres unseen. The Cumberland Terrace into luxury residential and art class has revamp is intended to offer Iraq a “safe zone” retail space, and he’s the design architect on the had lifelong from which to conduct economic affairs. It will Ripley’s Aquarium at the base of the CNTower. resonance.” include a museum, two hotels, a convention cenHe credits much of his success to his persistre, a marina and yacht club, even an aquarium, tent nature, his ease with taking a counter-intusays Fejér. itive approach to design. For example, for a recent project “Basrah is like Dresden after the Second World War,” says in Ottawa, the challenge was an existing long-term tenant in Fejér, “completely bombed.” He tells an incredible anecdote the building, impossible to remove. about how British soldiers who captured and lived in the “So we grabbed the air rights and decided to cantilever palace in 2003, suffered mortar attacks from Iraqi insurgents the new building over the existing one,” he says. He does who were using our favourite Western survelliance system, wish, however, that more clients would take big risks. Google Earth. “The British tried to sue Google,” he says. “We use our projects in the Middle East and Asia to show So how did Fejér, a Torontonian, capture such a heady Canadian clients what can be done, and they’re excited by the project? For one, B+H has done lots of work in the Middle experimental, but more reluctant to go with it.” That goes for East, with offices in Dubai and Sharjah. And Canadian archiresidential projects too. “Compared to what you see in Los tects are perceived in Iraq as more innovative and neutral Angeles, there are really only about three truly experimental than the British and Americans. A recent project in Sharjah houses in Forest Hill.” was the world’s largest recycling facility. “They go through Innovation is critical to Fejér’s work, but a lesson learned plastic water bottles like crazy,” says Fejér. long ago in UCC art teacher Robert Montgomery’s class Closer to home, Fejér made a name for himself right out of has had lifelong resonance. After spending weeks creating Cornell University, which he left with an award for the highest a series of 10 figure drawings, the art teacher asked Fejér cumulative average in its five-year architecture program. As which was his favourite. Montgomery then ripped it up and an intern at Los Angeles-based NBBJ Sports and Entertainlet it fall on his desk. ment, his presentation videos for the Cincinnati Bengals “We used the ripped bits as a sketch for a large, abstract Football Stadium got credited for winning the project for the painting,” he says. “It taught me to be able to react to critifirm. Less than a year later, he vaulted to project designer for cism. You can’t be married to things too much. Everything is a Los Angeles’ Staples Center, a $250-million project. stepping stone to a larger exercise.”
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Patrick Fejér ’92 has the blueprint for success.
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As a child he played in Toronto’s extensive ravine system. As a mayorial candidate, Rocco Rossi ’81 is exploring his beloved city once again, leaving no stone unturned in his bid for support.
By Michael Benedict
occo Rossi has returned to his element. The former federal Liberal Party national director and one-time CEO of the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation looks intently at the Portugal Day floats moving past the reviewing stand. Other dignitaries are seated, but Rossi stands, gently waving a small Portuguese flag. His eyes are lasered on the parade. This is a homecoming of sorts for Rossi ’81 who is back in the city of his birth after nearly a year in Ottawa. Rossi wants to be Toronto’s next mayor, and after years in the political backrooms he knows his lack of name recognition is his biggest hurdle. That’s why he’s here today, standing in the sun for two hours in front of St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church on Dundas Street West in Little Portugal. It is the first of eight events this Saturday that began with the daily 7:30 a.m. conference call with key advisers. The 48-year-old candidate approaches strangers on the sidewalk, handing them foldout, business-card-sized schedules for the World Cup. If these potential voters want to gripe about garbage pickup or their local councillor, or anything else, he listens intently. The experience triggers childhood memories. “My parents used to take us to College Street, nearby, to the Italian stores and for the festivals,” Rossi recalls. “But we
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did not live in Little Italy. That’s because my uncle, who was the first in our family to come to Canada, moved out of the area after he heard all the kids speaking Italian, not English, in the schoolyards. So we ended up living at Main and Danforth.” Rossi appreciated that Toronto’s distinct neighbourhoods are one of the features that make the city special. “This is diversity on display,” he says of the parade. “Look at these people: they are proud of their heritage, but fiercely committed to Canada.” For Rossi, there is much else that sets the city apart. He has a direct connection with one unique Toronto hallmark: its extensive ravine system. He explains: “As a kid from an immigrant household without a cottage and that could not afford vacations, Taylor Creek Park was a revelation. And I walked, biked and played from Crescent Town to Edwards Gardens.” Finally, what Rossi loves about Toronto is how it embraces newcomers. “This city offered me and my family tremendous opportunities,” he says. “My people came here with nothing and couldn’t speak English. One generation later, I’m running for mayor.” Asked to sum up what the city means to him, Rossi launches into a description that would sound hackneyed coming from the mouths of most politicians. But not from this
candidate’s lips. “There’s this amazing Hindu temple at Finch and Highway 427,” he says. “It’s made of thousands of carved stone blocks that came from hundreds of Indian villages. All the stones are different. They were sent here and assembled in Toronto like a jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly, these pieces have come together to form something larger and gorgeous. It’s a physical metaphor for the city and the country.” Rossi’s parents emigrated from Puglia in southeastern Italy in the late 1950s. The oldest of five children, Rossi was born in 1962. He won a full scholarship to attend UCC from Grade 10 on. Scholarships also took him to McGill University and to Princeton University for a MA in politics. Says Rossi: “I know first-hand that the public sector can’t do it all. I have lived the benefits of public-private partnerships.” A card-carrying member of the Liberal Party since age 11, Rossi was one of those who urged fellow UCC grad Michael Ignatieff ’65 to return to Canada and federal Liberal politics. Ignatieff then persuaded Rossi to straighten out the party organization. In less than a year, Rossi tripled the party’s membership rolls and increased fundraising by 62 per cent. But politics and Toronto pulled him back. “I missed my family (wife, son, parents and other relatives),” says Rossi, “and I wanted to make a direct impact on change.” No stranger to municipal politics, Rossi managed John Tory’s nearly successful mayoralty run against David Miller in 2003. Still, he acknowledges that the move from the backrooms to the streets contains some surprises. “I had no idea it would be so much fun,” he says. “I love meeting people, experiencing their passion for the city. You can really feed off their energy.” Other aspects of campaigning are more familiar. “UCC prepared me for the candidates’ debates,” he says. “At school, I developed a love of public speaking and critical thinking. It has become incredibly valuable these days.” Rossi says UCC also taught him the value of hard work. “I only know one speed — full-on forward,” he adds. He will
Up close and personal Rocco Rossi lets us in on a few secrets Hero: Leonardo da Vinci Life motto: The difficult choices
in life are not between good and bad but between good and good. Quality I most admire: Courage. No one knows: I was born with three teeth. Most important quality for leaders to possess:
The ability to get the best out of those around him or her. Favourite ice cream: Limone gelato. Favourite movie: Lawrence of Arabia. Ideal family afternoon: Sunday lunch with my entire extended family at my parents’ house eating my favourite dish, my mother’s eggplant parmagiana. Proudest memory: Captaining the UCC debating team to victory in the provincial championships in Grades 12 and 13. Favourite TORONTO restaurants: • Grano: I spend a lot of time there. I
know the owner, and its food is typical of my parents’ region. So when I can’t get to mom’s, we eat at Grano. • Chiado: There’s no better place for fish. It’s Portuguese and a little pricey, but it’s excellent. A rare treat. • Mezes: It’s our favourite Greek place on the Danforth. I’m mostly a vegetarian and their salads are phenomenal.
need to maintain that intensity to make an impression on a voting public that tends to favour incumbents. The last float has passed by, and it is time to join the select group of marchers behind the parade. Ten more blocks and then Rossi will drive across town to Scarborough for event number two, a community picnic. As he walks, Rossi catches the eye of an elderly man seated in a lawn chair on the sidewalk. Rossi nods to him and the man returns the look with a forceful thumbs-up. Smiling, Rossi strides ahead.
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UCC Today By Andrea Aster
Trip to Arctic Circle honours heritage of UCC’s first Nunavut student
John Aziz ‘10 and dad Andrew Aziz ‘80 take an ATV for a spin in Kugluktuk. (Andrew’s father is William Aziz ‘41.)
magine canoeing along the Coppermine River to the Arctic Sea, above the tree line, wearing full-body nets to combat mosquitoes, seeing 10-inch wide bear footprints and eating raw Arctic Char tempered by the wasabi and ginger you were smart enough to bring along. Such was this camping trip of a lifetime, June 27–July 12, a collaboration between the community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut, UCC geography teacher Craig Parkinson ’94, several Old Boys and boarding student Angulalik Pedersen ’11 who comes from Kugluktuk. After countless conversations with Pedersen about the North, Parkinson developed the idea for the trip. It generated interest amongst the broader UCC community, and ultimately, trip members included Andrew Aziz ’80, John Aziz ’10, IB2 students Philip von Hahn and Robert Willoughby, Foundation Year student Charlie Walker ’13, James Raffan (a former outdoor education professor of Prep and Upper School Head Don Kawasoe’s, from Queen’s University), plus Parkinson and Pedersen. As well, four students from Pedersen’s community of Kugluktuk came along. It was a historic trip for that community as they’d never travelled down the nearby Coppermine River by canoe, only by snowmobile in the winter. (They don’t have canoes.) “The trip was an absolute success,” says Parkinson. It was also bittersweet for one of the native students, Katrina Hatogina. She and Pedersen had lost a friend to suicide recently and the news was so difficult she almost dropped out of high school. To qualify for the four spots on the collaborative trip, attendance records were monitored. The promise of the expedition helped keep her on track during her Grade 12 year. “When I was discussing the trip with Mr. Parkinson, we wanted to create a selection process that helped students in
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Kugluktuk succeed and stay in school,” says Pedersen. “As a result the opportunity to participate and be sponsored on the trip created an incentive for students.” After 16 days, the expedition arrived in Kugluktuk for Nunavut Day. During the festivities, both southerners and northerners stood together having accomplished a historic feat. “As UCC strives to ignite boys’ curiosity, imagination and passion and to challenge them to make a difference, students must be exposed to positive community-building opportunities,” says Parkinson. “The UCC community should be proud that its school continues to support such positive programming and experiential learning opportunities, not only for its students, but for its Old Boys and teachers too.”
Student entrepreneur makes the Globe and Mail’s ‘Top 20 under 20’
Aly Kassim-Lakha ’11 is an “ethical entrepreneur” in training.
he Globe and Mail was impressed by Aly KassimLakha, 17. As profiled in its recent “Top 20 under 20,” feature in June, his achievements are eclectic and wide-reaching for someone of any age. He’s president of the Model UN and the Debating Club. He is a Horizons tutor and a Big Brother. And he also casts a wide net when it comes to making a global impact. As a project leader at the Shad Valley summer enrichment program for high-school students, his team’s company researched the development of an anti-malaria mosquito net made of 100 per cent biodegradable coconut fibre. It’s cheaper to produce than the ones currently in use. The project earned interest from an international company wanting to market the net, when Kassim-Lakha graduates of course. “I want to marry my passion for developing innovative business ideas with my personal commitment to ethics,” he says. “I’m passionate about combining entrepreneurship with being an honest, accountable leader.”
Foundation Year English students meet famed director
Prep students interview IB1s about ‘growing up’
Director Bruce MacDonald, brother of Upper School English Chair Gregory MacDonald, shares his tips for cinematic success.
o what’s it like directing Mickey Rourke in a movie? Is he really the enfant terrible portrayed in tabloids? Celebrated Canadian director Bruce MacDonald (brother of Upper School English Chair Gregory MacDonald) shared tales with the Foundation Year Writer’s Craft class, May 28. “I’m trying to develop a culture of [creative] writing at the school,” says English teacher Terence Dick, “so it gets as much attention as theatre and music and art. I think it’s important for the boys to hear from people who aren’t just teachers or who might have chosen different careers than their parents.” MacDonald, whose Hard Core Logo is widely considered one of the best Canadian movies ever, also spoke about This Movie is Broken, a concert film about the acclaimed music collective, Broken Social Scene. He also shared tips about directing: “Making a movie is like ‘jamming’ in a band,” he said. “It’s a social, not a solitary pursuit. So get your crew together — and make sure you’ve got a great story. Even in an age of huge production values, it’s still about creating characters people care about.” The Writer’s Craft course is an optional Foundation Year course that covers different types of creative writing, from memoirs and poetry to short stories and journalism. Other guest speakers in this year’s course have included former Rheostatics band member Dave Bidini. He spoke about his book, For Those About to Write, a writing guide for teens. Terence Dick says his hope is that even one or two students get “blown away” by any particular guest speaker: “My theory is that different boys will be affected by different things and all I can do is expose them to a variety of options.” To view the clip of MacDonald’s visit, go to youtube.com/ uppercanadacollege
Form 1 student Adam Manji interviews IB1 student Shahab Fadavi.
hen Form 1 teacher Jennifer Harper wanted to teach her class about “growing up,” she had an inspired idea. Why not have her students interview some Upper School students about their advice for being a teenager? “Very few of these little boys have regular exposure or the chance to talk to teenagers,” she wrote in a widely sent email to faculty. “The boys would be over the moon to sit down and interview boys at the Upper School.” The response was immediate. Many teachers thought it a terrific idea, and so Harper found herself walking her 18 six-year-olds up to Glen Vance’s IB1 chemistry class for some experiments and interviews, May 28. After the experiment, the Prep students sat down, one to one, and asked the IB1s some good questions: What makes you happy? How do you act with your family, your friends, your teachers? What are you passionate about? Not surprisingly, the older boys were careful to act as role models, suggesting the younger boys act “responsibly, politely and respectfully” with peers and elders alike. “The exercise was part of a unit on teaching the boys to form and justify their opinions,” says Harper. The boys went back to class to write articles about their experience, thrilled at the chance to get a taste of what was in store at the Upper School in years to come.
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Cole Bricker ’11 picked for Canada’s world-champion debating team
Grade 6 math students make their work count
resh from victory at the Hart House Debate Tournament in March, Cole Bricker ‘11 learned he had been chosen as part of Debating Team Canada 2011. He joins illustrious company; this spring in Qatar, the current Team Canada beat Team England to become the World High School Debating Champions, representing the highest level of debate in the world. The 2010 Competition featured 57 teams from countries including Israel, Palestine, India, and China. At the Hart House tournament, Bricker and partner Harris Kaufman ’07 lost only one debate in the entire tournament (seven rounds in all). They even defeated a Halifax team that included one of the members of Team Canada. “I am very proud of Cole making the team,” says coach Michael Muir. “He truly deserves it both in terms of his ability and his huge amount of work this year to improve his debating skills.”
ne way for Grade 6 students to learn about percentages is by doing calculations in math class. Another is to actually help Prep Shop Manager Patti Cawker increase the percentage of eco-friendly products sold in the shop. The students did an impressive amount of research to determine what constitutes a green product, explains Susan Elliott, project leader of the Green School. “This was an opportunity for the boys to extend their learning outside the classroom,” she says. They developed criteria for green products including whether it was locally or internationally produced, if it was an “ethical” company and if the packaging was eco-conscious. They also looked at corporate websites to analyze the companies’ values, for example, if they donate to charities and how they treat their workers. The three-month project also included having the boys speak to 250 peers at a Christmas assembly about buying green presents. They also met with potential vendors in the shop and listened to their presentations. “The project encompassed math, literacy and communication skills,” says Elliott. And the boys raised the percentage of green products in the shop from 14 to 20 per cent. “It’s a wonderful way for the boys to extend their learning; they’re using it,” says Elliott. “They don’t just ‘know’ it.”
Julia Kinnear replaces Michael Miller as academic dean
t is a well-deserved appointment. Upper School History Department Chair Julia Kinnear has been promoted to academic dean, replacing Michael Miller who retired in July after more than four decades at the College. (See article, p. 30.) Kinnear has chaired the History department since 2007, and joined UCC in September 2004. She earned her Ph.D in history from the University of Toronto and taught university courses prior to her arrival. “Julia is a highly decorated scholar and is very aware of the expectations of universities,” says Prep and Upper School Head Don Kawasoe. “She is also a qualified and experienced IB higher-level history teacher and extended essay marker who has demonstrated strong knowledge and interest in all aspects of the IB program.” UCC has emerged as a leader among International Baccalaureate (IB) schools, offering one of Canada’s broadest programs. The academic dean is responsible for administering all aspects of IB Diploma Program at UCC and ensuring its standards are met and maintained. As well, the position requires one to uphold the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education. Kinnear has also been active as an adviser for the World Affairs Conference and as a house adviser in McHugh’s and Wedd’s. She is also eager to help students leverage the value of the IB program as they prepare to graduate. “I am excited about this new role,” says Kinnear, whose familiarity with the university experience will serve students well as they prepare for that transition. “It’s an important opportunity to support the school’s core work of delivering a first-rate academic program that prepares students to undertake the challenges of a university education and, ultimately, to become knowledgeable, responsible, caring citizens of the global community.”
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New outdoor classroom takes learning outside
The Manget Outdoor CLassroom is a breath of fresh air for students.
he sun is shining. Why can’t we be outdoors?” That was a common complaint heard in the spring and fall months from our boys. With the stone seating installed in early March, the Manget Outdoor Classroom has seldom been empty since. The new outdoor classroom was completed in May, the culmination of months of work designing, constructing and landscaping. Thanks to the vision of benefactors Joe Manget and Christina Mauro-Manget, the boys now have a beautiful outdoor space in which to learn, study and just reflect in the sunshine. The space is available to both Prep and Upper Schools, and for boys to eat lunch and spend time studying in this functional learning environment. Designed to reflect the Col-
lege’s green ethos, all of its elements are natural, local and native to the surrounding area. A debt of gratitude is owed not only to the Manget family but also to all faculty who sat as part of the original design charette, and especially to the grounds crew who worked tirelessly to see the classroom to completion. Located right outside the Student Centre, the classroom is another of UCC’s state-of-the-art facilities and will be used and enjoyed by our students for years to come.
UCC students walk the catwalk in recycled clothes
CC students hit the catwalk at Branksome Hall during its first Green Fashion Show, March 26. The students wore recycled garments and other eco-friendly clothing; by using “waste products” creatively, the student organizers encouraged teens and others to think about reducing or reusing waste. The event raised more than $3,000 in support of Greenpeace. “The students’ creations included an outfit made of reclaimed Taco Bell wrappers and a skirt constructed of discarded wire mesh,” she says. “Some of the young fashion designers created clothes made from organic cotton or previously worn clothing found at Value Village and similar resale shops.” Other participating schools included Royal St. George’s College, St. Clement’s School and The Bishop Strachan School.
Manhood and Boys’ School Principal Jim Power often gets asked, “So what do you talk to the boys about?” He thought this Assembly speech, delivered in May, was a good way to illustrate that question.
hree articles have been — as they used to say in those old Law and Order episodes —“ripped from today’s headlines.” First, Lawrence Taylor, arguably the most disruptive defensive player in the history of the National Football League, was arrested on allegations that he raped a 16-yearold girl last week. “LT” is no stranger to the police; this Hall of Famer has failed drug tests before and his rap sheet covers everything from call girls to crack cocaine. Second, the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger, is on the cover of Sports Illustrated and not because of anything he’s done on the gridiron. “Big Ben” — like “LT” has had a number of run-ins with the law, most recently an accusation of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old female in a restroom. SI reports that, when confronted about inappropriate behaviour in the past, Roethlisberger has been able to avoid consequences by asking that endearingly personal question, “Do you know who I am?” (And Ben wasn’t doing credit card commercials, though I fear that part of his problem does relate to the question, “What’s in your wallet?”) Third, last week George Huguely, a 22-year-old University of Virginia lacrosse player was accused of killing his exgirlfriend, the poetically named Yeardley Love. Hugely has also had previous run-ins with the police, and last Monday
he admitted to breaking into Love’s room, grabbing her and pounding her head repeatedly against a wall. George Huguely’s story is an especially painful kick in the gut for me because it strikes close to home. George attended the same all-boys’ elementary school that my own sons attended in Maryland, and he went on to Landon School, another all-boys’ school that, with its great emphasis on academic, artistic, and athletic excellence, reminds me quite a bit of a boys’ school on Lonsdale Road. This third case forces us to take a long hard look — not just at George Huguely, a product of 12 years of boys’ schooling — but at ourselves. We have to ask, “What went wrong?” Landon is so similar in so many ways to UCC, and what happened at UVA could very well have taken place at the University of Toronto. We know a lot of people out there don’t like boys’ schools because they see us as a bastion of elitism and privilege. This issue came up just last week at a meeting for Prep parents, where a number mentioned that, before sending their sons here, they had misgivings. They were worried their boys might become arrogant. These parents were pleased to report their sons were still pleasantly and almost surprisingly down to earth. But for many others, someone like George Huguely — bright, talented, wealthy and athletic, serves as the poster boy for all that is wrong with boys’ private schools, especially because of the perception that our schools worship at the altar of athletics. I wonder if schools don’t inadvertently reinforce this notion of athletic privilege? I have spent most of my life in boys’ schools, and I have never had a crying student tell me the debating team had tormented him in the locker room. There is a danger in stereotyping, but there remains the perception that high-powered athletes have way too much swagger and far too much sway. I need to nuance this a bit because there is a fine line between friendship and exclusion. And sometimes a band of brothers can become just another posse of privilege. I think we do a good job of understanding that difference, but George Huguely reminds us that we can’t take anything for granted. Two years ago, former NFL star Joe Ehrman spoke at Assembly about what he called “three myths of masculinity.” First, the more athletic boys start to marginalize their peers as early as Grade 2. The myth is that masculinity is defined by athleticism. Second, in high school some boys start to view and treat females simply objects of gratification. The myth is that masculinity is about objectifying and using women. Third, in later life, the myth is that financial success and social status define men, implying that only the best-dressed and best-heeled among us are truly masculine. Ehrman pointed out that professional athletes embody these myths because they enjoy athletic superiority, the adulation of women, and stunning financial rewards. In the face of these myths, Ehrman defines the essence of manhood as having the capacity and inclination to care for others. His organization, Men for Others, tries to point out the dangers of our culture’s misguided views of masculinity. I hope as you continue on your trek to manhood, you’ll continue to grasp a more elevated and robust sense of masculinity — one that is neither exploitive nor patronizing.
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For many a young boarder with energy and imagination to spare, the desire to enliven their leisure hours ushered in a bygone era of “boarder plays.”
By Martha Tuff The Prep boarders in this 1895 photograph form a mysterious tableau vivant. Clearly, they are gathered on someone’s bed. They are at ease, save for one alarmed face, his tennis racquet held high to ward off danger. Why do the others remain unperturbed? What does that boy see, beyond the frame, which we cannot? A quick trip through UCC history reveals the Prep boarders in this image are putting on a bedtime play. In an age before electronic media and weekend programs for boarders in our now vibrant city, students were exceptionally resourceful about creating their own fun. Boarder plays enlivened many a dull evening and soothed many a young lad far from home. The plays served to give boarders a heightened sense of a community within a community, distinct yet tight-knit and creative. So what was life like in the boarding houses during the 1890s, in the hours after classes and before bed? Surely sports, homework, clubs and societies easily filled uneventful afternoons for some. But in the early years, especially for the young
What, no YouTube? Informal boarder plays were a key form of entertainment in 1898.
boarders who lived and learned in the Peacock Building, it was necessary to fill many a long, potentially boring afternoon, evenings or weekends. Student Frank Knott, Class of 1898, pictured here with a tennis racquet, can perhaps offer insight. During his stay at UCC, the grounds and the city itself were still evolving. There weren’t any movie theatres or shops to keep young boys out of trouble. They were not allowed to venture offsite without supervision — save for Sunday morning church service. But boys will be boys. So how did they spend their extra energy? Well, UCC boys always have had vivid imaginations and a sense of play. Theatre not only strengthened the bonds between the boarders — it sure beat homework!
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In the first few decades of the 1900s, informal theatrical productions served to amuse and entertain the housemaster, matron and other staff. The first official performance of Prep boarders, however, began in 1940 with the play Wappin’ Wharf: A Frightful Comedy of Pirates by Charles S. Brooks under the guidance of Housemaster Charles Frederick Carson (1938–45). (These plays had historical precedent in the school’s rich theatrical tradition. The first Prep play, staged in 1909, was scenes from The Merchant of Venice. The following year the Drama Club began, and regular plays have been a part of the academic year ever since.) Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, other Prep boarders productions included Pinocchio (1946–47), The Mikado (1948–49), and The Taming of the Shrew (1953–54). These performances, produced by and for the boarding community, heightened the sense of belonging and fun, akin to a family atmosphere. It also provided boarders with a sense of accomplishment and pride. At the Upper School, Seaton’s and Wedd’s also staged boarders-only theatrical performances in conjunction with the College’s Little Theatre productions. (The latter were open to the entire student body.) Again, this practice united the Houses and gave boarders a welcome distraction from regular school schedules. In College Times (Summer 1961), the “Seaton’s Show” is said to be the only remaining House in the school which continues to put on a yearly theatrical performance: “The skits themselves were executed most realistically and the costumes were picturesque to say the least. Some of the female parts were played so well that a variety of young ladies in the audience felt touched with jealousy.” Wedd’s House also managed to join in: “The Wedd’s chorus supplied a welcome addition to the evening.” Boarder plays are no longer produced at UCC; boarding at the Prep was phased out in 1980 and the Upper School boarders of Seaton’s and Wedd’s are fully involved in school-wide activities. And while something is lost in their absence, I’m sure Frank Knott would be happier to be a boarder today, with all the activities and opportunities given to boys who call Seaton’s and Wedd’s their home. But still, boys will be boys and will make the best of it. So, no, the boy in the photograph is not fighting off invisible enemies, ghosts said to haunt the House — according to Housemaster lore to keep the boys in bed after lights out! He is merely acting a scene of surprise and horror, to amuse, to entertain, to pass the time before brushing his teeth and going to bed. If you can identify any of the other boys in this picture, please email Archivist Martha Tuff at email@example.com.
A Passion for Fashion It was a bold move for Justin Wu ’04 to tell his parents he didn’t want to be a doctor. Here’s how he got from the hallways of UCC to the catwalks of Paris. By Sean Davidson
aris is about 6,000 kilometres from Toronto as the crow flies, but Justin Wu took the long way ’round on his unexpected trek from the halls of UCC to the runways of Fashion Week. But then, it’s fair to say “high-end fashion photographer” is not the most common career in which Old Boys eventually land. And for a long time, little on Wu’s record — biology and pre-med, missionary work in Jamaica — suggested he’d end up hobnobbing with models and designers for a living. Or that he’d do it so quickly. At UCC, Wu was “stuck in a very difficult place, trying to decide whether to go into arts or sciences.” For the usual reasons (money, stability, pleasing one’s parents) science won out. He set aside his camera, sculpting clay and sketch book to chase a medical degree, entering Queen’s University as an undergrad in biology. “I quickly realized it wasn’t for me,” says Wu, an elfin 24-year-old. The emotional stress of dealing with patients — never mind the idea of performing actual surgery — seemed overwhelming and the alternative, research, looked dull. He continued to take photos on the side, and before long, his artistic stills of decaying buildings and the like wound up in local galleries. “I had a long, hard talk with my parents telling them I’d find a way to make a profession of photography,” he says, on the phone from the City of Lights. Which is easier said than done — especially when one has no formal training. He finished pre-med and wrangled his way into the Richard Ivey School of Business. How does going from pre-med into business lead to photography? Normally it wouldn’t, but in Wu’s case it gave him the insight he needed to make a living as a lensman.
Justin Wu shoots the cover of Mykromag, a magazine in Amsterdam.
“Art photography is very, very difficult to enter,” he notes dryly, “and how many artists can make a living off it?” He needed to find a kind of photography that was both artistic and profitable. “The answer was fashion.” While still at Ivey, Wu built a studio in his apartment and worked for the small fashion section of a campus newspaper. His work caught the eye of a local modelling company and, before long, an internship in Toronto connected him to giant agencies like Ford and Elite. His big break came when an exchange program at Ivey sent him to Paris — a golden opportunity to build on connections he’d made in Canada. His connections allowed him to shoot models for free, and to improve his portfolio, while he “dug even deeper” into the industry with a marketing internship under celebrated designer Damir Doma. All of which adds up to a dizzying run of good luck, though he still wasn’t making much money. “There’s not as much money in fashion as you imagine,” he says. “That’s the impression you get from Hollywood, that money just flows. But the really big houses like Dior, they don’t make so much money because they’re so exclusive.” He’s been in Paris since 2009 and has extended his student visa by entering a masters program (again, in business). His work has appeared in L’Officiel, the Mediterranean equivalent of Vogue, in Spain’s Vanity Teen and on a recent cover of France’s Twill magazine. (His blog at http://jwuphoto.tumblr.com/ documents his ongoing work.) Wu is also a regular at the various Fashion Weeks in Paris, London and Milan — and the Mideast. The biggest notch in his belt is a recent ad campaign from high-end brand Axara Paris, now on billboards worldwide. Ads, he explains, are a significant step up from magazines and they pay a lot better. Wu was stopped dead in the street earlier this summer when he saw his photo, of a woman in a gold sequined dress, going up on a billboard in Paris “It was probably my proudest moment,” says Wu. “Nothing prepares you for that.” By chance, he happened to be on his way to a Canadian bar with UCC classmate Jason Rabinovitch ’04. “I looked up and saw my photo and thought, I remember sitting in the UCC hallways wondering what careers we would have. There’s no way I could have imagined myself here.”
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an Old Boy
Need advice? Want help from an expert on an issue that’s puzzling you? We’ll track down an Old Boy who can answer your question.
Ask Charles Wachter ’93 He is an executive producer who has produced over 100 hours of television including NBC’s American Gladiators and ABC’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which just won a 2010 Primetime Emmy for outstanding reality series. A graduate of Yale University and New York University’s graduate film program, Charles credits his time at UCC for his love for learning and the arts. With two young sons, Jack and Ethan, he hopes to continue the tradition some day.
Q: How do you teach a man to cook? A: Until recently, I had no idea how to cook. I was the typical man. My wife once caught me adding bananas to an omelet. In a chili-cooking contest, I thought ketchup would be a great secret ingredient. Who doesn’t love ketchup? It tasted like fish for some reason. I was useless. Then I met celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Since leaving UCC, I have become a television producer in Los Angeles. While the fast-paced life has made for a fun ride, it has taken a toll on my health and weight. My latest series was a show called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for ABC. At first, it was like every other show I have produced: a hard grind punctuated by bad catered food and the odd bit of glamour. It was my first executive producer credit on a network series and I thought the show was going to change my life. It most certainly did, just not in the way I expected. I learned to cook. By a unique quirk of production, I ended up living with Jamie for three months. As he was a chef, we couldn’t put him up in a hotel. He needed a kitchen. (He cooks after all!) The plan was for me, and a few of the other executive producers, to live with him so we could brainstorm over dinner in the evenings. When I first moved into the house, I opened the fridge to find a wall of vegetables and nothing else. I said to a friend, “there is no food in here.” I was serious. I didn’t know how to cook, so all I could see was salad. How wrong was I? Jamie cooked every single night. No matter how long the shoot days, there he would be in his boxer shorts and his backwards baseball cap making some of the greatest meals I have ever had in my life. Day in, day out, he was a chameleon —
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Indian, Thai, French cuisine, all prepared with the unique, fresh twist he brings to his food. It took a celebrity chef to teach me something very simple about food. I discovered that cooking a great meal is not an end in itself; it is a journey with its own detours, discoveries, unforeseen obstacles and hidden delights. What I learned from Jamie was what to pack for the trip. First, throw out your recipes and your Jamie Oliver cookbooks. Instead, fill your kitchen with these basics. In your fridge, you need at least ten completely different types of fresh vegetables, preferably organic. You don’t need a lot
Jamie Oliver (front) taught Charles Wachter ’93 (back right) how to cook on the set of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which Wachter produced.
of each, just a large variety and with as many colours as possible. Clear the center shelf in your fridge and get glass bowls for your vegetables. Do not hide them in the “vegetable” bins. Trust me, you will learn to love them. Second, fresh herbs. You need at least five. Rosemary, thyme, sage, basil and cilantro. Keep them on the side of the fridge in loosely tied plastic bags. In the pantry, you need olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy, grains such as pasta, rice, and as many spices as you can handle. Top it off with some fresh meat of your choice. That is it. This is how you cook a Jamie Oliver meal. Open the fridge and pick an interesting set of vegetables. Cook them. Vegetables are cooked one of two ways Jamie told me. Slow-and-low or fast-and-hot. Once you have that going, add some herbs that fit the world cuisine your vegetables gravitate towards. If you don’t know, follow this rule: counter savoury with sweet, salt with heat. Have some chopped asparagus, onions, garlic and leeks crackling on a high temperature. Throw in some cilantro, soy, and at the last minute, crushed peanuts to give it an Asian flair. Add some cooked rice into the frying pan to crisp it up
and you have amazing stir-fried rice. Or maybe your wandering leads you to a slow-and-low tomato-based sauce simmering with some fun looking eggplant you found. Crush some garlic. Spread it and olive oil on your favorite bread. Toast it in the oven. Add a pan-seared piece of chicken (oil, lemon, rosemary) to the mix, and you’ve got a killer sandwich. Here’s the thing. Can I cook like Jamie Oliver? No, not remotely; however, what I look forward to more than anything is coming home to my family after a long day of shooting, Charles Wachter won an Emmy for opening a fridge full of fresh, “best reality show” for producing Jamie healthy ingredients and cookOliver’s Food Revolution, August 29. ing something for them. Next up for the Wachter family? My wife wants me to produce a series about chocolate and massage therapy.
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Gordon Cheesbrough ’71, financier extraordinaire, true friend to many, passionate advocate for UCC’s boarding program.
fter Dave Hadden ’71 visited “Chees” on the last day of his life, he remembered a dinner conversation they had a few months earlier. “Chees preached to me about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise,” Hadden recalls. “He said he planned on living well into his 80s, and he wanted to make sure that I would still be around to keep him company. He said I had better look after myself so I could be there to share the fun.” Adds Hadden: “That was just like him. He thrived on camaraderie and was always genuinely concerned about the other guy.” Gordon “Chees” Cheesbrough ’71 died on June 23 at age 57, succumbing to a rare and virulent lymphoma cancer that struck him just weeks earlier. His sudden loss was mourned not just by family and friends, but also by the College to which he devoted so much of his life. UCC opened its quadrangle for the postfuneral reception that attracted some 600 well wishers.
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Each issue of Old Times features an Old Boy who has made outstanding contributions to the College, the nation, or to global causes. In this issue, writer Michael Benedict profiles such a man.
Another classmate and lifelong friend, Chris Taylor ’71, tells how Cheesbrough’s attitudes as a UCC boy foreshadowed the tremendous success he would have as an adult. “We were on the football team together,” says Taylor. “I played the line, and he was a wingback which meant that he got to carry the ball. But after every time he ran down the field, he came back to thank the blockers who made the yardage possible.” In later life, Cheesbrough attributed his Bay Street ascendancy to bringing others together to achieve a common goal. “UCC,” he once said, “prepared me for the world of business by teaching me how to build a team out of a group of individuals with varying strengths.” He added, “The key to my success was the realization that winning as a team was more fun than winning individually.” Cheesbrough’s long-time UCC cricket coach Michael Adamson also spotted the same personality trait that allowed “Chees” to flourish as an adult. Adamson says now that he chose Cheesbrough for his cricket team not for his ability, which was “limited,” but because he was a team player. “He was not my first-choice as a player, but he was my first choice as a person,” Adamson remembers more than 40 years later. “His contribution was as one of the gang.” Long after he graduated, Cheesbrough stayed in touch with his former cricket coach, visiting him periodically in Niagara-on-the-Lake where he had retired. Cheesbrough also spearheaded, without telling Adamson, a fundraising campaign that led to the establishment of a UCC cricket pavilion that bears Adamson’s name. Says Adamson: “He was one of the most genuinely likeable men I encountered in 43 years as a schoolmaster.” After UCC, Cheesbrough took philosophy at the University of Toronto and subsequently became an avid booster of the value of a liberal arts education. “An arts education broadens your horizons,” he said. “Well-read people with broad interests, these are our problem solvers.” Upon graduation from U of T in 1974, Cheesbrough landed a job as a bond trader with McLeod Young Weir. Sixteen years later, at just 38, he became its president. In 1998, Cheesbrough led a leveraged buyout of mutual fund manager Altamira Investment Services, becoming its president and CEO. Four years later, he engineered Altamira’s sale to the National Bank of Canada and co-established his own investment house, Blair Franklin Capital Partners that became a leader in the field. Conquering Bay Street, however, did not swell Cheesbrough’s head. “For all his accomplishments and successes, he was always ‘Chees,’ ” says Taylor. Those achievements did, however, make him appreciate the UCC education and experiences that laid the foundation
for his remarkable attainments. At one point, his widowed mother could not afford the school fees, and UCC mentors arranged a scholarship. In later life, he worked hard to return the favour, serving on a number of college committees and its board of governors for seven years, the last five as chair. After his term, the College proposed the abolition of the school’s residential program. Cheesbrough, who boarded at the school after his mother remarried and moved to the United States, joined a lobbying campaign to reverse the decision. He sat on the Boarding Task Force, and the board accepted its recommendation to maintain and enrich the school’s residential program. “He forcefully and vigorously defended his position,” says Rob Prichard ’67 who also served on the committee. “Gord and others challenged us to look at boarding, not as a ‘program’ but as a part of UCC’s core identity as a 180-year-old school,” says Principal Jim Power. Adds Suzanne Heft, secretary to that committee and now the college’s associate vice-principal of Advancement: “He was very tenacious, a real scrapper. But at heart, he was a very proud and committed Old Boy.” Cheesbrough also contributed generously to ensure that the boarding program could continue and recently established a scholarship fund for deserving boys. Says his old friend Hadden: “Chees cared deeply about UCC. He was extremely generous with his time, his talent and treasure. He was a very special person.”
Today, tomorrow and always Gord and Kim Cheesbrough made a leadership gift in 2010 to the Campaign for UCC With a leadership gift of $1 million earmarked for boarding renewal at the College, Gord Cheesbrough was one of the first to step up and, by doing so, inspire others to follow their fine example. “If we believe that UCC should continue to stand among the world’s great schools into the future, we need to actively shape that future,” he said, “not by only hoping, but by ensuring that the best students can come to UCC today, tomorrow and always. The way we ensure that is to invest in it now, with our dollars and with our commitment.” The Gordon Cheesbrough Bursary, in existence for a decade, has supported many boys, most recently Loyan Issa ’12. The new gift means more boarders will be able to attend UCC for generations to come. Above & Beyond With his gifts of time and talent, Gord Cheesbrough left a lasting legacy. • Board of Governors 1995–2002; Chair 1997–2002 • Principal’s Advisory Council Member 2001–10 • Boarding Task Force 2007–08 • Principal’s Advisory Council Member 2009–10 • Governance & Nominating Sub-Committee 2002–06 • Honorary Trustee of UCC Foundation (elected April 2002) • Sir John Colborne Society Member (joined 1993–94) • Russell Square Society Member (joined 2009-10) • Long-Range Planning Sub-Committee 2001-02
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UCC’s Queen Bee A poignant new video and website celebrate College icon “Miss B.” UCC’s head nurse for almost 50 years, Barbara Barrow is affectionately considered our only “female Old Boy.” By Andrea Aster
s someone who’d never met “Miss B,” but walk by her oil-painted likeness in the Upper School’s Memorial Wing each day, it was a revelation to see her, alive, in the new, incredibly moving 25-minute film about her, “A Portrait of Miss B.” The movie is the centrepiece of the Barbara Barrow Foundation’s new website. It’s intended as a place to sustain her memory, and to showcase and maintain connections among the Barrow Scholars — UCC students whom the proceeds of her estate have supported since her death in 1994. (See profiles on next page.) Barrow was UCC’s head nurse from 1938–80. Lincoln Caylor ’87 remembers her dedication to the College and her steel-trap memory for alumni names. Now a lawyer with Bennett Jones in Toronto and chairman of the Barrow Foundation, Caylor recounts an encounter with Barrow, whom he’d never met, while heading home on the public bus, after school in the 1980s. “This little old lady in a nurse’s uniform saw my Prep blazer and asked me who I was,” says Caylor. “When I told her my last name she said, ‘Oh, are you Peter’s or Jim’s son?’ It was remarkable because she hadn’t seen either Old Boy in decades, but remembered their names. It’s even more remarkable when you think of all the students who’d graduated since then.” (Peter ’56 is, in fact, Caylor’s uncle. His father is Jim ’58.) But that’s just how Barrow was, as you’ll see in the film (produced and directed by UCC’s film studies teacher Mark Battley, with music by director Atom Egoyan’s sister, Eve). The daughter of a doctor in the rough wilds of northern Alberta, Barrow came to UCC just before the Second World War in 1938, fresh from graduate studies in nursing at the Hospital for Sick Children. Countless numbers of Old Boys maintained close ties with her after their days at the College, including some who were soldiers overseas during the Second World War. Even after she retired in 1980, until her death in 1994, Barrow continued to write a regular column in this magazine. Upon her death, she left her estate to the College. Her solicitor, Terry Wardrop ’48, established the Barrow Foundation days before her death. Since then, “through the principal left to the Barrow Foundation, and expendable scholarships made since 1995, the College and its boys have benefited in excess of $800,000, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future,” says Caylor. Like every Barrow Scholar, “I didn’t know her, though I am a part of her legacy, as a beneficiary of her generosity and 24 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
devotion to the College,” says J.P. Mackay ’02, now a trustee of the foundation (and son of Jim Mackay who taught at UCC from 1980–90, serving as athletic director, and teaching physical education and science). Nevertheless, all Barrow scholars share a common trait with Miss B. “They are the type of boys who would have come to her attention; like her, they are involved in College life beyond the curriculum.” The group of 19 Barrow Scholars to date meet annually at the College to reunite and celebrate Miss B’s legacy; however, not all are able to attend since many live outside of the province. The website, therefore, serves as a meeting place for past scholarship recipients to stay connected with one another and the foundation. In addition, the site allows those Old Boys who knew Miss B to submit memories of her to help preserve her legacy. “It’s a place for Old Boys of similar calibre and purpose to unite in her memory,” says Mackay. One of the most touching scenes in the movie is the opening one, where Grade 8 art students are asked to interpret the iconic Memorial Wing–portrait of Miss B for an exam. They draw her as they see her, though they’ve never met her, and through their work she comes alive in UCC’s institutional memory once again. Truly, through this new film about her and the ongoing procession of Barrow Scholars who sustain her highest ideals, Miss B and her legacy lives on.
Boys of Barrow Supported by her legacy, this sampling of Barrow Scholars are exactly the sort of Old Boys Barbara Barrow would like to have known.
Jason Hwang ’96 After a stint studying history and literature at Harvard, and then law at New York University, Hwang spent seven years at the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He recently switched to Downtown Manhattan CDC, a non-profit real estate development company providing affordable housing for low income tenants.
Zack Bell ’98 He was the assistant captain of the Varsity hockey team at UCC and “outstanding defenseman” for both Varsity hockey and lacrosse in his graduating year. Bell played for the Varsity Blues at the University of Toronto, followed by a brief stint in professional hockey in the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). He studied journalism at the Atlantic Media Institute in Halifax, N.S. He is now the morning co-host of P.E.I.’s K Rock 105.5 radio in Charlottetown.
Steven Mungovan ’99 At UCC, his half dozen prizes included the General Proficiency Prize. He graduated from Harvard with honors in economics in 2004 and tutored disadvantaged youths in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood. A talented golfer, Steven has competed in many junior and amateur tournaments including the Canadian Amateur Championship. He worked at the Goldman Sachs Group in the investment banking division and the financing group from 2004–08. He studies law at Columbia Law School graduating next June.
Sebastian Borza ’02 He was the special events and athletics steward at UCC and captain of the Varsity hockey team. Among his many awards was the prestigious J. Herbert Mason Medal. Upon graduating, Sebastian was recruited to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Princeton University where he studied computer science. Borza lives in New York where he works for the Goldman Sachs Group as a technology analyst.
J.P. Mackay ’02 He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2006, where he played varsity football and baseball. He is currently an asset manager at RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, managing a portfolio of commercial real estate with a market value that exceeds $1.7 billion. At UCC, he is a member of the Board of Governors Long-Range Planning Committee on Boarding, the Recruitment Advisory Committee, the Boarding Reunion Weekend Planning Committee and is a trustee of the Barrow Foundation, currently the only past Barrow Scholar on its board.
Sebastien Belanger ’04 He graduated from Bowdoin College, Maine, after earning a bachelor’s degree, majoring in mathematics and economics, and minoring in German. At Bowdoin, he was a co-captain of the varsity hockey team in his senior year. He then completed a Master’s of Science Administration, focusing on finance, at Sherbrooke University in Quebec. He took the first two levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst exams and is moving back to Toronto to start his career.
Jason Rabinovitch ’04 He studied mechanical engineering at Yale University where he was a member of the Varsity sailing team and spent a summer as an engineer at the world-renowned European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. In June 2009, he completed a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. His further graduate studies at the École Polytechnique in Paris included a second master’s in fluid mechanics before returning to California to begin a PhD in aerospace engineering. The lofty subject is “hypersonic ablation,” which refers to the heat generated by high-speed spacecraft entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
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Comings & Goings New Employees
Ryan Archer — IT integrator. Lisa Bonney — science teacher, Upper School, part-time. Martha Boyce — Life Skills and Counsellor, Prep. David Brown — coordinator, Intermediate and Senior Division, Wernham & West Centre for Learning, Upper School, (maternity leave for Jody McLean). Steven Carr — residential assistant. David Crawford — teacher, IB Film. Max Dionisio — library cataloguer, Upper School (part-time). Leigh Francescutti — administrative assistant, Creativity, Action & Service Michelle Golfman — senior development officer, Advancement. Christie Gordon — teaching assistant, Prep. Amy Hewson — IB administrative assistant. Charmaine Ing — economics teacher, Upper School. Jody Jacobson — director of constituency relations, Advancement. Peggy Lau — administrative assistant, Advancement. Aaron Lee — residential assistant. Bob MacWilliams — Web database developer. Fiona Marshall — history teacher, Upper School. Jeff McGuiness — senior development officer, Advancement. Justin Murray — residential assistant. Chetan Prasad — math teacher, Upper School. Matthew Sullivan — instructor, Norval Outdoor School.
Michelle Baron — science teacher, Upper School. Jason Blackwood — instructor, Norval Outdoor School. Dave Borden — history teacher, Upper School. Adam de Pencier — English teacher, Upper School. Chris Doner — math teacher, Upper School (part-time). Angie Foster (now Kelly) — associate director, constituency relations & Common Ties, Advancement. Candace Harrison — French teacher, Prep. Richard Hood — IB conference co-ordinator, Upper School, (parttime), (See article, p. 31.) Kim Hotson — phys-ed teacher, Prep. Fariborz Khanzadeh — Web database developer. Mary Kelly — art teacher, Prep (retired). Leanne Mergeles — researcher, Advancement. Eric Maerov — English teacher, Prep, (part-time). Mimi Mendoza — teaching assistant, Prep. Michael Miller — retired (See article, p. 30.) Brendan Munhall — residence assistance. Mike Murphy — manager, Blues Shop. Naomi Nath — IB administrative assistant. Vineeta Nathan — English teacher, Prep, (on contract). Suzanne Newell — Form 5 teacher, Prep. Tavo Rooneem — teacher, IB film. Tim Salter — math teacher, Upper School. Luis Saravia — math teacher, Upper School. M.J. Woolacott — counsellor, Prep.
Castrillon — Hugo Castrillon, database systems manager, and wife Lesley welcomed Adrian Danilo, February 18. Karakoulas — Maria Karakoulas, special events coordinator, Advancement, and husband Gregory welcomed Panos, October 16. McDonald — Gregory McDonald, Chair of English, Upper School, and wife Krishpa welcomed Anita Grace Kotecha, April 25. Singer — Jennifer Singer, senior development associate, Advancement, and husband Barry welcomed Evan Jordan, July 2. Sturino — Mario Sturino, Chair of Physical Education, Upper School, and wife Kelly welcomed Chloe Lynn Marie, April 25.
Internal Changes Monika Kastelic — moves from part-time to full-time Norval Outdoor School instructor.
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Made in Manhattan The New York branch of UCC’s Alumni Association has flourished over the past decade, thanks to its charismatic president, Fabio Savoldelli ’80. By Andrea Aster
hat if you held an alumni branch event in Manhattan and no one came? That’s exactly what happened 21 years ago when the UCC Association attempted to revive that branch with invites to its first social event in many years. Invites went out to Old Boys in the city that never sleeps. That night at least, everyone was home in bed. Things have picked up since then. At the vibrant, annual reception at the storied Knickerbocker Club on the Upper East Side last April, varied success stories were shared — everything from Wall Street dealings to opening Mexican restaurants. Then it was off for a steak dinner, the official meal of Old Boys everywhere. But, being New York, the venue of choice wasn’t The Keg. It was the Sparks Steakhouse where mafia boss Paul Castellano and mobster Thomas Bilotti were gunned down, near its entrance, in 1985, under orders from John Gotti. New York is larger than life, as is its branch president of 10 years, Fabio Savoldelli, former chief investment officer for Merrill Lynch Investment Alternative Strategies, now chief investment officer at Optima Fund Management. Since he took the helm of the New York branch, membership has swelled from 22 to close to 150, making it one of the Association’s biggest. Moreover, many who know Savoldelli remark on the staggering numbers of Old Boys in Manhattan to whom he has offered career mentoring, even jobs. (And his twin sons, James and Hugh, 12, are Gladwellian “connectors” in training. At a recent dinner he and wife Gabrielle hosted, with Principal Jim Power, in Savoldelli’s Upper West Side home, the boys, in grey flannels and blue blazers were there to host and shake hands, faultlessly.) With modesty, Savoldelli himself credits the rise of the New York branch to the largesse of the Long family. Hampton ’95 and his father Michael host the annual reception at the Knickerbocker. “The Longs are really the key to the whole thing,” he says. Others might differ, or at least add to that. Russell Higgins ’81 is a member of UCC’s Board of Governors and has been friends with Savoldelli for 35 years. When Savoldelli received his pilot’s licence this summer, his threehour maiden voyage was from Charlottesville, VA to Higgins’ cottage on Stoney Lake. “Fabio is hypersocial,” says Higgins. “His charisma pulled the New York branch together and now it has a life of its own. Because of his charm and persuasive powers he tends to get things done.” Indeed, Higgins recounts a tale from their university days when Savoldelli told Higgins to “grab your passport.”
The Milan-born Italian speaker had scored tickets to the Formula One race in Detroit that weekend, and “Fabio had arranged for us to work as translators for the French and Italian teams at the event,” says Higgins. “Unbelievably, the two of us plus one other guy were the only translators. I had exactly two semesters of college Italian. Fortunately, no one died as a result of our efforts and a great time was had by all. This is Fabio all over: “Mr. Can Do.” Savoldelli’s can-do attitude is legendary among New York– based Old Boys. Thirty per cent of all UCC alumni in the U.S. are in New York and he’s there to give them a leg up. They include John McCarthy ’91 who worked with Savoldelli at Merrill Lynch and is now at Carlson Capital managing hedge funds, and James Morrissey ’95, now a vice-president doing likewise at BlackRock. “I never fail to be impressed by the Ivy League schools and the companies represented, when we all get together — Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs,” says Savoldelli. “For a small school it’s a disproportionate list of success. In part, the reason is our Canadian guys have an international perspective, growing up with both English and French, and multi-ethnic communities. You don’t see that in non-metropolitan American cities.” New York–branch reception attendees have included a wide swath of those making their mark in New York — Andy Chisholm ’77, a managing director at Goldman Sachs; John Thompson ’60, former vice-chair of IBM Worldwide; investor Bernie Gustin ’65; and past-parent Dan Sullivan, Canadian Consul General. Indeed the branch has come a long way since then-presidents Peter Meltzer ’69 and Kevin Clark ’77 had the good sense to attempt to revive it in 1989, says Savoldelli. Some things, however, never change. He says: “Despite all the success in the room, calling out a rival House name still elicits catcalls.”
(l-r) The Savodellis, James, Fabio, Hugh and Gabrielle vacation in Gabbio, Italy.
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Association Day Activities 8:15 a.m. – New Parents’ Breakfast 9:30 a.m. – Prep Soccerfest – UCC Market 10: 00 a.m. – Michael E. Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament 10: 45 a.m. – Alan Harris Old Boys’ Soccer Tournament 11:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies – celebrating Class and Boarding Reunions 11:30 a.m. – Silent Auction Opens – Barbecue Lunch Opens – Kidzone Opens – St. Jamestown Steel Band – Popcorn and Ice Cream Stand Opens 12:00 p.m. – Family Skate (William P. Wilder Arena and Sports Complex) – Varsity Soccer vs. Ridley – Varsity Volleyball vs. Villanova 12:30 p.m. – Hospitality Terrace Opens 2:00 p.m. – Farewell to Paul Winnell 2:30 p.m. – Varsity Football vs. Villanova For a full schedule of Association Day events, visit: www.ucc.on.ca/ADay2010
Commemorate the Past, Present and Future of the UCC Boarding Program Friday, September 24 9:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. – Reunion Golf Tournament 5:30 p.m. – Reception for all past and present Boarders and their families Saturday, September 25 All day – Association Day 11:00 – Opening Ceremonies 11:30 – 2:30 – Boarding Reunion Festivities 7:00 p.m. Reunion Dinner for all Boarders Sunday, September 26 11:30 a.m. – Breakfast for all Boarders and their families 1:00 p.m. – Wedd’s vs. Seaton’s Sports Day (frolf, shinny hockey and soccer). For a full schedule of Boarding Reunion events and to register, visit: www.ucc.on.ca/BoardingReunion 28 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
Welcome back to UCC honoured classes: 1961, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 Friday, September 24 9:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. – Reunion Golf Tournament Evening – various Class Reunion events (venues across Toronto) Saturday, September 25 All day – Association Day 11:30 a.m. – Class of 1961, 50-Year-Tie Presentations & Family Reception 12:00 p.m. – Class of 1985, 25-Year Tie Presentations & Family Reception – Class of 2000 Basketball Game & Shinny Hockey – Class of 2005 Dodgeball – Class of 1975 Ball Hockey Game 4:30 p.m. – Class of 1990 Shinny Hockey – Class of 1985 Shinny Hockey 7:00 p.m. Reunion Dinner for Honoured Classes To make a gift to UCC in honour of your Reunion milestone visit: www.ucc.on.ca/makeagift For a full schedule of Reunion 2010 events and to register, visit: www.ucc.on.ca/reunion
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Retirees Michael Miller, Assistant Head, Upper School, International Baccalaureate Coordinator Only a few rare individuals have contributed as much as Michael Miller to the UCC community. Joining the College in 1969 as an instructor in the Upper School and as a junior housemaster, Miller retired in July as the College’s academic dean and coordinator of the IB Program. During his remarkable 41 years of service here, Miller’s participation and direction was integral to virtually all aspects of College life. Most notably, he was a housemater (Mobray’s, Wedd’s, Martland’s, Orr’s), a coach (football, basketball, cricket, badminton and sailing) and an avid academic who principally taught history and economics. Miller’s numerous contributions have been integral in steering the College to its current position of preeminence amongst Canadian independent schools. His legacy will endure at the College for years to come. We’d like to share our fond memories and thoughts of Miller from our experience as members of Wedd’s, at the outset of his 12-year tenure as senior housemaster. During this pivotal period of our lives, we grew to respect, trust and admire this fine gentleman, and we each became better men for having had this privilege. Miller joined us in Wedd’s in 1987. Although many of us knew him from the classroom or the sports field, we also knew the position of boarding housemaster was unique among other roles. With our livelihood squarely in his hands, we embarked on our new relationship with uncertain expectations. We learned quickly that Miller was a man of balance and wise compromise — a pragmatist. For the Wedd’s community, this was a fresh and modern philosophy which would prove — in time to be most welcome. With soft understatement and a gentle “hands-off” approach, Miller forged an environment of trust and respect — and of high importance to these authors — a strong belief in the concept of a “second chance.” Miller believed in redemption for us Wedd’s boys, no matter what the transgression. In hindsight, and as parents now ourselves, we can better understand what Miller knew then; we are all works in progress. What we remember to this day is that Miller always believed in us, and much like a parent, held high hopes for each of our futures. Now 20 years removed from UCC, anecdotes have a way of fading from our broader memories. However, as anyone who experienced Wedd’s during the Miller years knows, he can generate some lasting memories. A favourite will always be his regular evening and weekend house patrol during
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which he customarily sported a uniform consisting of his blue terrycloth bathrobe, white t-shirt, no socks and slippers. During these slow ambling patrols, he would often pause in the doorways of certain select individuals — rarely enter — but be certain to make eye contact with each inhabitant. At the time, we had no doubt that part of his intended message was that he was always watching (and he was). But perhaps more relevant looking back is the other part of this message; he was always available to anyone at any time (and he always was). Miller understood better than anyone else that a boarding house will slip into chaos without an understood and enforceable set of rules and principles. But he also appreciated that raising 55 boys was not without nuance. He — along with the support of his fine associate housemasters — deftly achieved a sustainable balance between adherence to rules, granting necessary opportunities, and enjoyment, which is fundamental to nurturing young men. Miller recognized that the best boarding environment must be more than just the sum of its parts. It was one where an informal living environment of trust and respect would engender
We highlight this year’s long-serving retirees, Michael Miller and Richard Hood, with tributes by their students and colleagues.
a sense of family and ultimately a sense of pride to be part of something so special. We thank you for so much, Mr. Miller. We think of you often, and on behalf of the entire UCC community, past and present, we wish you the very best for a successful and fulfilling retirement. This tribute by David Morgenstern ’90, John O’Mahony ’90, Mark Hayman ’89 first appeared in the 2009–10 edition of College Times.
Richard Hood, International Baccalaureate Conference Co-ordinator When I first came to the College in 1983, Richard was one of the first people on staff to befriend me. He took me out to dinner just a few weeks after I arrived. I can’t remember what we talked about; there have been many conversations since — at UCC, around our family dinner tables, in Tuscany, New York, London, South Africa, and on innumerable runs together — about every topic imaginable. Richard is a great and true friend. Richard is also a natural teacher. He loves to teach; he loves to do it; he loves to think about it; he loves to talk about it. What I have always most admired is his restless, curious habit of mind. Whether in front of a Renaissance masterpiece in the Uffizi, discussing a novel, watching a play, teaching a poem or planning curriculum, Richard shows his characteristic infectious enthusiasm and celebration of the creative act. It is this love of culture — its history, its process its products — that drives his desire to probe, to analyze, to ask tough questions, whether in conversation with friends and colleagues, or in front of a class. He is a great teacher because he is an insatiable learner. In his time at UCC, Richard has coached multiple sports, directed (and written) plays, provided strong guidance and leadership as a senior housemaster and made a valuable contribution to the way the College thinks about student leadership. He challenges students not passively to accept responsibility but actively to take responsibility for the quality of their lives at UCC, and through this experience, to develop the habit of engagement that might serve them and others well throughout their lives. The declaration, “We believe in boys,” reflects the way Richard has always done his job; he meets the boys every day where they are, both literally and figuratively, and holds out
for them a vision of their best selves. Then, in the time-honoured way of a natural teacher, through thorough planning, strong execution, clear intuition and considerable accumulated wisdom, he helps them chart a path to get there and travels it with them. Richard may be retiring from UCC but he will continue to teach: formally as an internationally popular teacher trainer for the International Baccalaureate, and informally, simply as a man who loves ideas and people equally. As an institution that has traditionally held commitment to ideas and to people at its core, he will be missed. This tribute by Colin Lowndes, former assistant head, student life, now deputy headmaster/head of Upper School at Crescent School, first appeared in the 2009–10 edition of College Times.
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Gracious Gifts A former UCC football star donates $700,000 to help make another extraordinary student’s dreams come true. By Michael Benedict
ordon Gibson ’83 was revisiting the College one day last year when a chance encounter led to an opportunity for him to open UCC’s doors to boys who could not afford entry. During a school tour, the former star football player ran into Dave Shaw, the College’s current gridiron coach. Shaw, who also teaches math and helps out as a senior admission counselor, acknowledges he effectively “hijacked” Gibson’s campus visit being conducted by another faculty member. “We talked about football and then I took him to the new fitness centre,” Shaw recalls. “I told him of our aspirations to hire a full-time strength and conditioning coach. Gord was immediately enthusiastic. But that was only the beginning.” Within months, Gibson made a $700,000 gift, most of which Solitudes, a music label featuring nature sounds from birds is to provide a needs-based scholarship in perpetuity that to waves. carries his and his father’s name. “It’s a real privilege,” Gibson Gordon Gibson joined his father’s firm after graduating says, “to be part of the school’s commitment to attract the best with a BA from the University of Western Ontario, where he students, regardless of means. I’m really excited to be able to also played football. But the company hit a rocky patch, and provide an extraordinary break to extraordinary kids.” Gordon reached out to his lifelong friend and UCC buddy Gibson played varsity football for four years, from Grades Andy Burgess ’83. As partners — Burgess became president 10 to 13, when almost all his teammates were in their last and CEO, Gibson chief creative officer — the two young men two years of school. “He was one of the best players I ever soon turned the firm around. Says Burgess ’83, now vice-chair coached,” says Dave Hadden ’71, now senior adviser to Prinof the College’s board of directors: “We transformed a small cipal Jim Power. “He was also a leader, someone who led by family business to a $100 million public operation.” example and through enthusiasm.” Of his friend’s recent donation, Burgess Nearly two decades later, Gibson says: “Gord has a real sense of fairness now wants others to learn the lessons he and socioeconomic realities. He believes in picked up on the College’s athletic fields. UCC and how it can help people reach their “Playing football or any team sport,” he potential, whether in sports, arts or other says, “teaches you interdependence, fields. He feels privileged to have had a UCC which is pretty important in life, especially education and wants to help others have in business. It also teaches you about that experience. Gord made an extraordicollective motivation, how to deal with nary contribution while he was at school and Gord Gibson ’83 was one of the best players difficulties and unfairness, and how to is now making an extraordinary contribution coach Dave Hadden ’71 ever had. control your emotions.” years later.” Because he valued his UCC athletic experience so much, For his part, Gibson says making a difference for others is Gibson wants his scholarship to go to a deserving student personally rewarding. who also excels at football. “I want the boy to be a student “There are so many worthy causes and worthy people who athlete,” he explains. “I was a good athlete and I’m looking for don’t have the best luck or circumstances,” he adds. “It’s a someone to be a better student than I was.” genuine pleasure to have made this gift. Giving is one of the Gibson considers himself very lucky, especially to have most important things in life. I only wish I had more to give.” had supportive parents, and to have attended UCC. “My dad Gibson’s son Liam now is in Grade 1 at UCC, and Gibson would have loved the idea of this scholarship,” he says. expects his newborn boy will also follow in the family school His father, Dan Gibson ’40, played football just one year, tradition. “I’m ecstatic that my son is at this great institution,” a season cut short by a broken ankle, but became a big suphe says, “and that I will help some deserving boy also to have porter of the team when his son played. Dan Gibson was a that opportunity.” trailblazing nature filmmaker who at age 59 founded
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Joseph Torzsok married Kirsten Saganowski, March 27 at the Argonaut Rowing Club in Toronto.
MARRIAGES Chan ’01 — on June 12, 2010, in Toronto, Justin Chan to Sarah Toy. Chow ’02 — on May 1, 2010, in Long Island, N.Y., Oliver Chow to Lisa Chin. Dameron ’75 — on Oct 24, 2009, in Toronto, Bob Dameron to Shannon Hayles. Dhirani ’98 — on July 31, 2009, in Ecuador, Ray Dhirani to Trini Arcos-Godesteanu. Glionna ’00 — on March 6, 2010, in Montreal, Joe Glionna to Maude Michel. Gransden ’98 — on October 16, 2009, in Toronto, Al Gransden to Vivianne Garneau. Laidlaw ’03 — on October 11, 2009, Mark Laidlaw to Connie Dayboll. Magnant ’95 — on May 8, 2010, in Ann Arbour, Mich., Francois Magnant to Jennifer Thomason. (See photo, p. 46.) Medland ’95 — on August 22, 2009, in Toronto, Andrew Medland to Jeanne Adeland Narayan ’86 — on May 29, 2010, in Tofino, B.C., Michael Narayan to Heidi Petrie. Picher ’92 — on September 6, 2009, in Cantley, Que., Jean-Michael Picher to Valerie Poulin.
(l-r) Gathered in San Diego, Calif. for the wedding of Ruth Rankin to Kris White ’00, July 9, were Mike White ’90 (brother of groom), Axel Kindbom ’86 (bride’s brother-in-law), the groom and James Lill ’00 (best man).
Sharpless ’00 — on September 25, 2009, in Vancouver, B.C., Brent Sharpless to Anna Murray. Shaw ’99 – on April 25, 2009, in Vero Beach, Fla., Kip Shaw to Elizabeth Mitchell. Siegelberg ’00 — on June 12, 2010, in Algonquin Park, Ont., Torsten Siegelberg to Megan Baxter. Smith ’99 — on June 12, 2010 in Valletta, Malta, Jamie Smith to Martine Mangion. Torzsok ’93 — on March 27, 2010, in Toronto, Joseph Torzsok to Kirsten Saganowski. Webster ’01 — on May 15, 2010, in the Cayman Islands, Jason Webster to Amanda Bodden. White ’00 — on July 9, 2010, in San Diego, Calif., Kris White to Ruth Rankin.
BIRTHS Abell ’81 — a son, Benjamin Martin, on June 9, 2010, to Martin and Kim Abell. Abreu ’93 — a son, Luke Rafael, on February 23, 2010, to Derek and Cathy Abreu. Atkins ’98 – a son, Chase Jagger, on April 13, 2010, to Lucas and Hayley Atkins. Beatch ’92 — a son, Bo, on June 2, 2010, to Lance and Lyn Beatch.
(l-r) Class of 2002 members Vincent Siu, Christopher Wai, Kevin Leung, Bryan Ng, (bride) Lisa Chin, (groom) Oliver Chow, Carl Cheung, Vincent Leung and Alan Chan celebrate in Long Island, N.Y., May 1.
Burns ’92 — a son, Joshua, on January 12, 2010, to Jonathan and Christy Burns. Finkelstein ’96 — a daughter, Lily Olivia, on January 10, 2010, to Andrew and Trish Finkelstein. Flynn ’96 — a girl, Elizabeth Grace, on May 5, 2010, to Matt and Raili Flynn and wife Raili Martin ’92 — a daughter, Melissa Amara, on June 7, 2010, to Craig and Laura Martin. Medland ’97 — a daughter, Claire Elizabeth, on April 7, 2009, to John and Jenny Medland. Mesbur ’92 — a son, Sota Joshua, on February 22, 2010, to James Mesbur and Emi Yamanashi. Park ’87 — a daughter, Olivia, on March 3, 2010 to Craig Park and Valerie Gagnon. Parkinson ’89 — a daughter, Olivia, on November 23, 2009, to Jim Parkinson and Charla Cusinato. Pottow ’89 — a son, John William to John Pottow and Reshma Jagsi-Pottow on Feb. 26, 2009. Ross ’92 — a son, Alexander Donald, to Cam and Sandra Ross, May 23.
Jason Webster ’81 gets a round of applause at his wedding to Amanda Bodden at Pedro St. James Castle in the Cayman Islands, May 15.
Ross ’96 — a girl, Ryley, on December 4, 2009, to Chris Ross and Carolyn Davidson. Sonshine ’97 — a son, on July 10, 2009, to Jon and Alison Sonshine. Young ’92 — a son, Osborn Macbeth, on February 18, 2010, to D’Arcy Young and Lyssa Orchid.
DEATHS Cheesbrough ’71 — at Toronto, on June 23, 2010, Gordon Cheesbrough. (See article, p. 22.) Davidson ’45 — on July 8, 2010, Derek Davidson. Grant ’73 — at Kanata, Ont., on March 18, 2010, Ian Grant. Lang ’40 – in February 2010, Vernon Lang. Lavelle ’48 – at Abilene, Texas, May 2, 2010, Eric Lavelle. Malcolm ’48 — at Oshawa, Ont., on May 26, 2010, Donald Malcolm. Northwood ’39 — in October 2009, Edward Northwood. Osbourne ’47 — on June 3, 2010, John Osbourne. Pady ’52 — on August 9, 2010, Walter James Pady. Wallace ’50 — in June 2009, Clarke Wallace.
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The Farewell Tour Next year is Paul Winnell’s last at the College. (Just don’t use the word “retirement” around him!) The Class of ’67 Old Boy and 23-year veteran UCC employee will be out at each and every branch event for the 2010–11 year. (See page 56 for complete listings.) On the dawn of his “farewell tour” we asked him to recap some of the highlights of his favourite place. What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the 23 years you’ve worked here? I get asked that question a lot. But I don’t think much of what makes UCC special has changed at all. The academic program evolves, the facilities improve — but the boys are still the same. Mischievous, hard working, with a great zest for life. Why are you retiring and how do you plan to spend your time? Geeez, I am not retiring. I’m just going to party somewhere else! I have moved into a great condo in downtown Toronto and I am in the process of buying a place in Rio de Janeiro. I hope to spend about five months a year in RJ, a month or so each year travelling with friends, and the balance here in Toronto. With both the World Cup (soccer) and the Olympics coming to RJ in the next few years it’s going to be a blast. I love Brazil! How many Old Boy Facebook friends do you have? Around 1,600 I think. Facebook is obviously a great way to keep in touch with Old Boys and follow their activities, sometimes too closely! I have to be pretty careful about what I put on Facebook! I understand you receive a lot of invitations to Old Boy weddings. Tell us about a few of the most notable ones? They are all special. But I will mention four out-of-town ones. Hampton Long’s (’95) Manhattan wedding was a blast. Unbelievable. Stefan Garcia’s (’95) wedding at an estate outside Barcelona was incredible. A beautiful setting. Greg Michener’s in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and not just because I love Brazil! It was very special. And Gerasimos Efthiamiatos’ (’93) in Las Vegas....with the actual ceremony at three in the morning at the Elvis Presley Wedding Chapel near the Vegas strip! I understand you’ve attended a lot of UCC events in 23 years — from theatre to sport and music. Tell us about a few standout ones. Whoa. This answer will get me into trouble. The top “events” are all Varsity hockey games. In 1995 we won the St. Andrew’s College tournament beating Shattuck–St. Mary’s (a power-
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house U.S. team) in overtime on Charlie Clark’s (’95) goal. Great game. And two games in 2004; the gold medal game at the Lawrenceville Academy tournament (the best Prep school tournament around), defeating Taft 3-1 in an amazing game. Taft was incredible, going for their fifth straight tournament championship and we stoned them. Roly Watt ’62 was there and he’s the most reserved person I know, and even he was excited, pacing, hollering. And finally that same year, the gold medal game at the Tabor School tournament against the New England Junior A Coyotes. Our boys played 60 minutes at the highest intensity possible. Not a single shift wasn’t at an incredible pace. Zach Saunders ’05 was in goal, nursing a bad knee. He stopped about 50 shots and we won 3-1. Unbelievable. The 2003–04 team was without a doubt the best team I have ever seen at UCC, and I suspect it was the best team the College has had in many years. Who will you miss most at UCC? I will miss lots of people. Old friends like former teachers Terence Bredin, John Symons, Dick Sadleir, Vern Mould and Colin Harvey. And several current longtime faculty members, Andrew Turner and Brent Mackay in particular. And of course I will miss everyone in Advancement, especially Innes van Nostrand who is the smartest guy I have ever met. Huge brain! And I will miss Roly Watt ’62, Doug Blakey and current Principal Jim Power. I will miss Jim’s humour and his Monday morning words to the boys in Assembly, always thoughtful and thought-provoking. Who’s the most memorable Old Boy you’ve met? Joe Cressy ’31. The finest gentleman I have ever known. He founded the Old Boy golf tournament and attended every one, into his late 80s. I will never forget his thoughtfulness and sincerity. I miss him. Any advice for your successor, Jody Jacobson? Make every Old Boy happy about maintaining their connection to the College, one at a time.
Class Notes are compiled by the College and Class Presidents. Some published material is the result of information directly received by the College. Please note that material submitted by Class Presidents may be edited. Next issue’s deadline is December 15, 2010.
The Murphy family, resplendent in their vintage school blazers, attended the Los Angeles Branch Reception, April 18. (l-r) Christopher ’83 with wife Vanessa, and Don ’51 with wife Ann. “Lew Gunn ’37 hustles to flatten his J22 with Spinnaker up on Nantucket Sound,” writes his son Elliott ’76. “At 92, Lew is still very active and never takes a day for granted.”
Vic Spencer is in great shape, living in Vancouver. As everyone in the class knows, Vic is a very special Canadian with an incredible history. His adventures and career have encompassed professional football (Hamilton Tiger Cats), hockey, retailing, the founding of the B.C. Lions, and other adventures too numerous to mention.
’50 Ron De Mara, Class President
Ron De Mara is recovering after a successful operation and expects to be back in full swing soon. Out of the blue (and diligently performing his role as class president) he telephoned Ted Warren in Colorado, whom he had not spoken with since being at UCC! They had a great chat reminiscing about UCC days and the great gang they were — and in some cases still are — friends with. The Class was honoured at UCC’s Seniors’ Dinner last spring, celebrating 60 years since graduation). It was a good turnout with 11 members of the class attending the dinner. They were Bob Borden, Fred Hamilton, Bill Hinder, Charlie Lennox, Peter Lewis, Robin Logie, Jim McKinney, John Richardson, Doug Schatz, Bob Stupart and Dick Wilemsen. Hopefully we will see others at Founder’s Dinner, February 16.
’51 David Walker, Class President
Bill and Julie Deeks have been married 51 years. They have 11 grandchildren — about to be 12! Bill is a former longtime College volunteer, president of the Old Boys’ Association and then chair of the College’s Finance Committee for 18 years, retiring in 1988. David Walker climbed Cascade Mountain in Alberta in July, followed by six days of trail riding. He recently travelled to Marrakesh followed by a Mediterranean cruise. Joan MacNab (wife of Michael Levenston ’70), Vic Spencer ’43 and Tony Molyneux ’80 catch up at the Vancouver Branch Reception, April 30.
’47 Bob Johnston, Class President
Peter Patton celebrated his 80th birthday recently and is still happily married, plays tennis almost every morning and enjoys watching hockey, reading and get-togethers of his military associations, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and the Canadian Intelligence & Security Association.
’52 Bruce Thomas, Class President
Bruce Thomas still practises law, trial and appellate litigation in Toronto. John Graham is the chair, emeritus, of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas, a member of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter and ex-Canadian ambassador to various places. He lives in Ottawa. Steve McDonough has resided on Kilbarry Road for the last 46 years! He has two married children and four grandchildren. He retired from Time magazine after 25 years and started his own business, selling alarm systems to hospitals and nursing homes. Joe Aziz, son of Salim ’22, and father of Joe ’82, operates Dophes, a textile Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 35
Class notes company that is one of Canada’s oldest, founded by grandfather Joe in 1895. He has eight grandchildren. Boa Burns is retired but active in the Church of the Ascension in Don Mills. David Secord is retired in Edmonton. He has three daughters and five grandchildren. David has been active in the Rotary Club for 42 years and enjoys spending time at the Muskoka cottage. Frances Dunne practises family medicine in Barrie and has been married to Donna for 51 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.
’55 Ed Bracht, Class President
The Class of 1955 is alive and well. Michael Taylor is active in Advantage Sports in Waterloo, Ont., providing squash courts and sports floors. Dick Todgham, Bob Mackle and Peter Caylor and respective spouses had their annual fall gathering at Lake of Bays and dinner at Bartlett Lodge in Algonquin Park. They are all thriving in retirement. Dick hopes to move to Huntsville, Ont. in 2012. Ross and Karen Mason enjoy retirement, travel extensively in France and plan to travel through central Europe this year once he passes his blood test. Their visit last year to Vimy Ridge was a moving experience. George Leggett retired from dentistry some years ago and is conducting a thorough family genealogy. This has taken him on a tour of cemeteries from Ontario to B.C., locating the history of his ancestors. He has also become a caretaker of an old church cemetery. Well done George; just stay on the upper side of ground! John Ridpath, our past class president, retired as a professor from a turbulent York University, spends summers at his cottage in Algonquin Park, winters in Westwood Village in the UCLA area of Los Angeles and travelled in France visiting the Normandy invasion beaches. He is still active in the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, CA, and writing a paper on intellectual history, “Ayn Rand vs. Friedrich Nietzsche.” Ernst Kaars Sijpesteijn, who now permits me to call him Joe, lives near the North Sea coast, north of Amsterdam, is very active in alpine skiing and hiking, and is a regular at the opera and concerts. He collects contemporary art, particularly by young artists. He attended Trinity College at UofT where he met and married Constance Harvey from Thunder Bay and as a result makes his annual trek there, and meets up with Ben Wright who, reportedly, is having serious health problems. Ernst became a neuropsychologist in Holland hospitals until retiring in 1997. Nicholas Ross is a merchant banker and chairman and CEO of Rover Capital Corporation. He remains active in golf, tennis and fishing. Craig Kamcke and wife Mary moved to Ottawa to be close to his daughter and grandchildren. He has been busy publishing a book, To Stand and Fight, poems about Canada at war. He is in close touch with Palmer Swanson who, after spending 30 years at the Polaroid Corporation moved to M.I.T. heading the Cambridge Partnership for Public Education. He and Margo have the travel bug, sold their getaway home in Cape Cod and travelled to Provence, and as members of a home exchange, have stayed in the U.K., Chile, Sonoma, Malibu and Manhattan. In a recent roast for his 70th birthday, they co-opted Principal Jim Power to do a take on Palmer’s UCC career, leaving little doubt Palmer should have been expelled from UCC. Geoff Boone keeps in 36 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
touch with Palmer and recently reunited at Empress Island of Pointe au Baril, 62 years after Palmer had been a guest of the Boones. I met Michael Wilson at a UCC governance meeting. He looks terrific in spite of the arduous but enjoyable task as [former] Canadian ambassador to Washington. He is now poised to become board chairman of Barclays Capital. Hard to keep a good man down. Tom Godwin writes that he and Andy Hutchison retired, but a former head “honcho” for the Anglican Church of Canada attended the UCC reunion in Vancouver. Tom has become a fundraiser for the Royal Columbian Hospital. Bob Richards practises medicine in Toronto and Hugh Walker practices in Kingston. Bill Turville practises law in Newmarket, Ont. John Carew retired in Bobcaygeon, Ont. Ed Bracht continues to volunteer in various organizations primarily in cricket and squash administration. John Elder helped Ed improve his vision and refocus on serious squash doubles competitions. He won many championships and represented Canada in the CA-AM and Lapham–Grant matches vs. the U.S. He also regained his No. 1 ranking in North America for his age category. He is on the UCC Boarding Organizing Committee. John White retired from corporate law in Toronto and moved to Huntsville, Ont. He cottages at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park where he meets up with Sandy Lewis, Alan Powell, Ian McLeod and John Ridpath.
’61 Peter Comber, Class President
Can you believe it? Next year marks 50 years since graduation from the College. (See p. 28 for details.) Mark down the dates and plan to attend! Your reunion planning committee is Peter Comber, Skip Wilson, Ted Nixon, Ken Andras, and Brian Conacher. Ted Nixon retired from his actuarial practice and pursues his stamp collecting interests at the V.G. Green Philatelic Research Foundation in Toronto. Brian Conacher, now fully retired, enjoys his grandfather status with a granddaughter and twin grandsons, children of his son, Sean ’89. Peter Comber continued his hobby of impressionistic oil painting since his days at the College, and his first showing will be at the Women’s Art Institute, September 17–19 in Toronto. Sandy McIntosh, a grandfather nine times over, divides his time between Florida and Toronto, mostly playing golf and fishing.
’62 Doug Mills, Class President
Barry Hill is president of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the founder of First Nations Agrigroup. He was a founding director of a farmer-owned ethanol plant near Aylmer, Ont. and grows grain on 200 acres. He still manages to find time to play the piano and is the organist at the Mohawk Chapel in Brantford, Ont. Tom Paterson has completed a “hat trick” of careers including the military, tourism and municipal government. He expects to stay in the Yukon where he has children and grandchildren, with another set in Germany. Arizona beckons in the winter. Mike Spector continues to live in Phoenix and has recently written a book based on life in Canada and UCC. He is looking for an agent/ publisher. George Biggar has slowed down activities at the Law Society and plays more golf. He was awarded the Law
Society Medal last fall. Terry Coughlin missed the Freedom 55 window and continues in the development business. He is a new grandfather and baby Taya has all four great-grandparents still around to spoil her. Russ Woodman is in the wine and spirits business. Representing wineries from 60 countries keeps his geography knowledge current. Derek Coleman is an ecologist and environmental planner, spending increased time at his cabin near Killarney. He recently walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain and received an Arbor Award from UofT for his volunteer support of the Faculty of Forestry. Tim Lash also consults in ecological and environmental matters in Ottawa and had a showing of his photography. Dave Taylor sits on boards, plays golf and indulges his grandchildren. John Hermant similarly continues to try and keep up with his active family who live all over the continent. Mike Robinette is still plumbing and doubtless reacquainting with some of us. Bill Humphries continues to thrive in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Georgian Bay. Craig Watt made his annual pilgrimage from Michigan to Founder’s Dinner; he is semi-retired and is a new grandpa. Doug Mills is semi-active commercially and active on local organizations in the Creemore area. Lastly, a review of our class photo reminds me of several of our members who have graduated from this world cum laude. The most recent was Barry Grant, a great organizer, friend and College supporter; he is sadly missed by many.
’63 John Parsons, Class President
Certain teachers had a special high regard for the Class of ’63, and classmates reconnecting years later comment on some kind of bond that is difficult to explain. One characteristic of the class is its commitment to community and public service. Al Rennie and wife Marsha have been foster parenting for 21 years and most recently are treatment parent therapists, namely working with kids with significant needs. Al taught for 32 years, was president of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society and a recipient of the Governor General’s Medal for community service. Bill Stewart left Price Waterhouse years ago to run Goodwill Services in London. He does volunteer work with the Glencairn Community Resource Centre and is on the capital campaign for the local YMCA. David Sisam’s architectural firm has always been committed to public work, particularly chronic care facilities. David’s firm is a recipient of a June Callwood Award for meals provided at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health. They are also architects for a new Ronald McDonald house, the largest in the world, for out-of-town families with seriously ill children. Over the next two summers, David will make two fundraising walks on behalf of the building’s art campaign, in P.E.I. and England. David also won a UofT Arbor Award for volunteerism. Another recipient of a June Callwood Award is the St. Michael’s Hospital Philippine Mission in which Bob Hyland and his wife Cathie participated for the second time. They provided medical services in remote communities where remarkably high levels of tuberculosis, diabetes and high blood pressure were prevalent. After 15 years, Bob stepped down as chief of medicine at the Wellesley and St. Michael’s Hospitals but continues his respirology practice and lifelong commitment to teaching. Bob is the new chair of SMH’s
Research Ethics Committee. Two awards have been named after him for “Teacher of the Year” at SMH and “Excellence in Mentorship” at UofT’s department of medicine. John Mills also has a history of volunteer work. Bob Stapells has served on the boards of Tall Ships Nova Scotia, Neptune Theatre, the John Howard Society and the Halifax Foundation. Bob is active in fundraising for the largest men’s shelter east of Montreal, a local children’s hospital, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. George Pepall is president of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, the national stamp collectors’ organization, and should be contacted by any Old Boys who share his interest. George recalls Mr. Collie, sponsor of the UCC Club in our time, reminding them always to, “Make a fair trade, boys.” Walter Tedman has resumed his political organizer role for a councillor in Kingston, Ont. and supports animal welfare organizations. Peter Turner is assistant dean (administrative) for the College of Architecture, Cornell. Wally Seccombe visited and gave a lecture on “local food economy.” Wally is involved with organic and sustainable farming, specifically through the nonprofit, Everdale Farm. Joost Bakker’s architectural firm had involvement with many Olympic venues in B.C. and, along with partner Norm Hotson ’64, merged the firm in January with another. They now have studios in Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary. Joost has made “eye-opening pilgrimages” in India and Japan, following his wife Marlee’s new world of Buddhist chaplaincy. Al Gooderham and Tony Chisholm are into semi-retirement. Tony is involved in planning Niagara-on-the-Lake’s many events celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Tony did another cycling trip to Majorca with John Glassco, “one guy who has not slowed down,” says Tony. Norm Bracht wants to sponsor bike tours and contact bike clubs in North America as he has moved back to his hometown of Pasto in south Columbia, a mountainous and beautiful area. For a brief period Norm was president of a first division soccer team. Rob Woodroofe finds the infomercial business tough due to changing TV viewing habits. Rob travels a lot, this year to the U.K., skis out west and retreats to his cottage on Georgian Bay. Mike Porter retired and home is supposed to be Collingwood, Ont. but he moves from there to Palm Beach and his cottage in Georgian Bay, depending on the season. Tom Leverty finally retired and is an instructor in Iyengar yoga and has travelled to India. His wife Heidi has two pieces of photo art on exhibition in the Canadian pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair. Finally Don Carveth continues teaching at York University, practises psychoanalysis and helps run the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis.
’65 Bob Medland and Tom Spragge, Class Presidents Alan Ely, George Dickson, David Keeley, Jim McAlpine, Bob Medland, John Moore, Peter Salloum, and Tom Spragge are pulling together our 45th Reunion, September 24 at the Badminton and Racquet Club, and September 25 at the College. For more information contact Bob Medland at firstname.lastname@example.org. John Clappison and Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 37
Class notes Lynn welcomed grandson Sam on June 1, 2009 in Toronto, a son for Sarah and Peter Claydon. On May 23, 2009, John and Lynn’s daughter, Susie, was married in Toronto to Neil Blair of Edinburgh, Scotland. After an exemplary career in senior positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, John took early retirement to concentrate on his future role as a corporate director. He is a director of Sun Life Financial, Cameco Corporation, Rogers Communications and Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust, and is the chairman of several of their audit committees. He still has enough time to hone his golf game! Bob Medland and Sally welcomed granddaughter, Claire Elizabeth, on April 7, 2009 in Toronto, a daughter for John ’97 and Jenny. On August 22, 2009, Andrew ’95 and Jeanne Adeland of Montreal were married in Toronto. Andrew and Jeanne live in Dubai. Bob continues as CFO at CNSX Markets Inc., a new Canadian stock exchange in Toronto. Doug Musgrave has been married to Mary (Ruse) for 37 years this summer. Daughter Katie works at DDB Canada in Toronto. Son Charlie ’00 has master’s in real estate development from Columbia in New York and works at CBRE. Doug is a travel consultant in Toronto and has arranged and escorted tours with Mary to Italy for the last 15 years. Peter Salloum is with Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group (Institutional Sales) with no end in sight. His daughter lives in Calgary. (I’ve warned her about Schneider.) His son in Toronto is a lawyer whose hourly rate he cannot afford and lovely wife Lynda is taking painting to a new level. He is still playing doubles squash and cricket, which Mr. Bredin would endorse. He volunteers with the Fred Victor Centre helping homeless people integrate back into the community. Peter Westaway is vicechairman and CFO of Legacy Private Trust, Toronto. With wife Brigitte, he restored the Old Cut Lighthouse at Long Point on Lake Erie. They live at the lighthouse and at homes in Toronto and New Zealand. Tom Wilson left the firm he started in Barrie 35 years ago, and has set up a new law practice in downtown Barrie with daughter Alexa, who had a baby girl, Brooke Mary-Lin, January 27. As a result, Tom’s partner has yet to show up for work at the new firm.
’66 Doug Plummer, Class President
Bill Szego has a successful portfolio management practice with BMO Nesbitt Burns. Daughter Terri recently joined the investment group. He and wife Gail have three grandsons. Bob Davies is semi-retired. He and wife Carole have switched from Freedom 55 to Freedom 95. He teaches part-time at Seneca College and coordinates the Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting Program, leading to the Certified Insurance Professional designation. He is in the middle of a major fraud investigation. He continues to search for new challenges and thanks the Almighty for folks like Lord Black, as it puts food on the table. They have four grandchildren. Doug Plummer’s financial planning practice has grown considerably since the strenuous ’09 year. He and wife Sandy have three sons. He plays tennis as much as possible.
’67 David Caspari, Class President
Leighton Reid is senior counsel at CIBC Legal Department, married for 36 years to Nancy (Graham). They have 38 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
one daughter, Patricia. Leighton plays a lot of golf and has recently taken up curling. John McIntosh and Rosemary live in Toronto but spend much of the summer in Creemore, Ont. and winters in Florida. They have two grandchildren. Tim Heintzman moved to Montreal and has some new projects with Jamie Bateman. Ron Layton runs Chatsworth Property Management and enjoys travelling with wife Joanne, especially to Switzerland where two grandchildren live. Their son is in the Canadian military and returned safely from Afghanistan in the spring. Drew Smith is a headhunter in education and health services in Toronto. He is renovating a Victorian house. Chris Turnbull consults for a local VOIP company. His daughter is a physician in Montreal and his son is a software developer in Ottawa. Dave Stovel sold his brokerage business and is now division director for Macquarie Private Wealth in Toronto, working with son Craig and daughter Suzanne. Pat Crean still edits and publishes books. Ian Urquhart is editorial page editor at the Toronto Star. John Pepall’s latest book, Against Reform, is due out in October. Jon Matthews spends his summers sailing and his winters in Florida. John Gullick still works for the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron, now part-time. He also writes about boating safety issues. Jim Deeks is in the advertising business. His two sons, Charlie ’00 is in Toronto with Oxford Properties, while Colin ’02 lives in London, U.K. working for Price Waterhouse. Rick Allen is still in Hong Kong, semi-retired, spending time at his vacation home in Koh Samui, Thailand. He is almost fluent in Mandarin. Rex Hagon shares his passion and coaching experience in the spoken word, working with some of Canada’s top executives. He is also a grandfather! David Caspari continues to work as a physician at the Medcan Clinic in Toronto. He and Jane do a lot of unique travelling. Paul Winnell is in his 23rd year at the College, now part-time with full retirement looming. (See article p. 34.) Brian Rogers continues to practise media law and to teach it to journalism students at Ryerson. He was involved as counsel in recent Supreme Court of Canada cases that reshaped libel law and protection for journalists’ sources and is now on a panel for the Attorney General to look at legislation to deal with SLAPP suits (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation). His wife, Jessica Hill, is CEO of Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, and his kids are still in university — Emma at Lund University in Sweden (M.Sc. in environmental management and policy) and Ben at Concordia University (Hons. B.A., Liberal Arts College). He can’t afford to retire but loves spending time at his place in Grey County.
’69 Bill Shirriff, Class President
On behalf of us all, thanks to Andy Pringle for hosting the Friday night dinner at our 40th reunion. It was a wonderfully relaxed night and, with the weather cooperating, we were able to spend most of it outside. It was great to see all the regular troupers again and to hear some really funny stories, some of which I had heard for the first time. My thanks to Gavin Arton, Andy Hunter and John Simpson for making a special trip. It was a great night and as Gil Labine writes, “We need another ’69 reunion.” Jock Howard is a technical consultant at Syncrude in Edmonton. His daughter got married
in June and his son graduated from university in August. Andy Hunter is a 50-year cricketer, which all began at the Prep in 1960. He has played for UCC, ISAA All Stars, the Canadian Colt Tour in the U.K., B.C. Games and has won five knockout champions and five league titles, among many other achievements. Great stretch Andy. (If Harold Smith had known this, he would have left you the tuck shop in his will.)
’70 George McNeillie, Class President
Stu Lang ’70 is the new head football coach for the University of Guelph’s football team, the Gryphons. He previously spent two seasons as UCC’s receivers coach and continues as chair of the Athletic Task Force and a member of the Principal’s Advisory Committee and Finance Committee.
’72 Hugh Innes, Class President
Bob Hutchinson is alive, well and retired in North Bay. He says he is doing “nothing” and likes it, but we think he is doing more than he lets on. Brian Peterkin is near Midland, Ont. and retires from a long and successful career with the Regional Conservation Authority next year. Neville Taylor has switched employers but remains in the aircraft leasing and finance business. Peter Rekai is chair of the Drs. Paul & John Rekai Centres in Toronto, a pair of long-term care facilities, while also maintaining his practice of immigration law. Richard Clayton was remarried in July and visited Canada in August with his new bride.
24 and 25. Munson McKinney’s West Coast roots have taken hold and are flourishing. He’s enjoying coastal living and a huge Olympic hangover. Son Malcolm graduated from high school this year and will play his second year of Junior A Hockey while at Capilano University part-time. Daughter Hannah is going into Grade 9 and will travel to Australia for an exchange program. He is building a house and busier than two Tasmanian Devils doing the two-step. Kent Stewart continues to spend half his life in Bermuda and half in P.E.I. When the loonie heads down again (or one of his rich classmates offers him a Canadian dollar loan) he will build a home in P.E.I. Now semi-retired from the IT business (still some clients in Bermuda), he gives back by serving on both the telecommunications and energy commissions of the Bermuda Government. He will attend our 35th and looks forward to seeing you. Bob Dameron married Shannon Hayles on Oct 24, 2009. Jeff Smith travels globally on business while his four kids and wife keep his family life very active. Jeff’s three sons have all graduated from UCC, Gareth ’03, Bryan ’06 and Matthew ’07, and daughter Caleigh from Havergal ’08. Running and cycling keep Jeff fit and he is still able to run his age in a 10K. Summers are spent on Lake Muskoka and winters seem to be shifting to Naples, Fla. Andrew Stewart is chair of the Fort York Foundation, working with Andy Pringle ’69, who is putting together a campaign cabinet, to raise $6 million towards a $40-million capital investment in Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto’s founding place. This revitalization includes a visitor interpretation centre to open for the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Neither remembers learning about any of this from Dr. Bassett but figure it’s not too late to earn some extracurricular credit to offset the risk of any surprise questions on the final exam.
’77 Kevin Clark and Jim Garner, Class Presidents
’75 Rob Bell, Class President
Dave Stauble was a slave to corporate life for way too long, to finally get son Michael through U.S. college, and wife Maria through homeopathy college. Now Dave has escaped the evil corporate empire and has embarked on the entrepreneur’s journey to find true fulfilment, though maybe not fame and fortune. But little six-year-old princess Maddy is really cheering for the fortune part. Any Old Boys with dogs can help by buying the world’s greatest (and dearest) dog food when it arrives in a special place near you. Robert Bell is indebted to UCC staff (Angie Kelly and Esther Chang) and fellow 35th Annual Reunion committee members (Bob Dameron, Gary Davis, and Cary Solomon) who are doing all the hard work to prepare for a terrific reunion weekend September
Jeffrey Kofman ’77, an ABC News correspondent, spoke to Upper School students at Assembly in April about his adventures. Here he is seen, on camera, covering the Chilean earthquake in February. He was on the country’s main highway, travelling to the epicentre in Concepción.
A group of classmates assembled for dinner at the venerable steakhouse emporium, Senior’s, for a casual dinner. Tim Falconer is the author of three books (so far). He also teaches magazine journalism at Ryerson University. Jim Garner, after many years in healthcare/life sciences in the private sector,
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Class notes joined SickKids in 2008 as executive vice-president of corporate services. He is married with two daughters. Rob Little practises law in Toronto at Hicks Morley. He has three children in university. Andrew MacLean is vice-president of sales and marketing for Reuven International. Andrew has been married for 25 years, yikes, and has two children. Dave Paterson, following several years heading up government, media and investor relations for companies in the U.K. and Canada, is now senior vice-president of public affairs for Manulife Financial in Toronto. Brodie Townley is in Nassau and is managing director of Scotiabank Caribbean Treasury Limited and deputy treasurer of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is married with a son and a daughter.
’78 Alan Eaton, Class President
Geoff Dashwood practises real estate and estates law in Toronto and has attended way too many 50th birthday parties for members of the Class of ’78. He has two boys aged 16 and 20 and has been happily married for 25 years. For a pastime he follows his wife to remote locales in Africa while she pursues her profession as a political scientist. Hugh DesBrisay is back lawyering and litigating at Blake Cassels and Graydon after 10 years as a partner in a boutique litigation firm. He is surrounded by accomplished women, wife Catherine and daughters Amy and Claire, and lives his life in constant awe of them. John Embiricos is trying to save the world’s rainforests by driving an integrated agro-forestry land management plan. He has been active in Indonesia for five years (www.ecorescue.com) and is working with the California government’s policy-making core team including the Woods Hole Research Centre of Massachusetts from whom President Obama hired their head scientist to be his chief. He also co-launched a hedge fund in Geneva. John and his wife live in a forest above Verbier, and have a son, 18, studying aerospace engineering at Stanford and a daughter, 13, at the Rosey school in Switzerland. David Fleck is president of Mapleridge Capital Corporation, an alternative investment manager with an international client base. He is also president of Dignitas International, founded in 2005 by Dr. James Orbinski, the former international president of Doctors Without Borders. The organization works in Malawi, Africa for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and related diseases. He is also on the board of the Soulpepper Theatre company and is a member of the development committee for the Art Gallery of Ontario. Chris Lyne practises urology in Pittsburgh, Pa. with wife Susan. He enjoys the Penguins and Steelers and keeps busy with his three lacrosse and hockey playing boys ages 13 to 20. Doug McIlroy is vice-president of Claymore Investments in Toronto and is married to Tanya. They have two children, Lauren,7, and Ryan, 5. Bill Nesbit coaches parents and teens within the context of “honoring conversations, focused on co-creating a brilliant future together.” John Puskas is chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. He especially enjoys directing the clinical research unit. He has been married for almost 24 years to Jane Chase Puskas who practises general dentistry. The oldest of their three children, Alex, will attend Williams College in the fall. Younger sisters, Jillian and Caroline “will 40 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
continue to have Daddy wrapped around their fingers for a few more years.” Donald Van de Mark lives in the Sonoma Valley, Calif. and is “trying like hell” to finish a book about the personality traits of admirable human beings and frequently speaks on the subject. He spent over 20 years reporting political and business news from New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco for CNBC, CNN and the Nightly Business Report.
’79 Tim Leishman, Class President
Bob Deeks is president of RDC Fine Homes in Whistler, B.C. and president of the Whistler Home Builders Association.
’81 Peter Dotsikas, Class President
(l-r) Hugh Ryder ’81, John Fortin, David MacDougall ’81, Trish Marek-Fortin and Bart MacDougall (former UCC governor and UCC Association president) are exhilarated at the end of the Ride to Conquer Cancer for Princess Margaret Hospital, having raised $35,000 towards the $16 million total. The ride ran from Toronto to the Niagara Falls, in June.
Mark Aitchison continues to live in Manaus, Brazil and owns/operates Swallows and Amazons Tours, taking tourists along the Amazon into the rainforest. (See article in the winter/spring 2010 issue of Old Times.) David MacDougall and his dad, and Hugh Ryder completed the Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer last spring.
’82 Tad Gacich, Class President
Jon Welstead is in the family business at Amherst Crane. His son Matthew completed his first year at Queen’s in the Commerce Program. Brett Smith is enjoying his cottage on Lake Simcoe and leading the ultimate bachelor life. Dave Hart moved to Kawartha Lakes and enjoys cottage life while working from his home in the data list business. Dave and his wife Alex have two girls, Morgan and Kennedy. Andy McAlpine and wife Carolyn enjoy the nice winters in the Caymans. However, they make an annual trek to Muskoka to enjoy our great summers along with daughter Chloe. Steve Aziz is in Cincinnati, Ohio and enjoying the stay-home life looking after son George, 1. Steve is married to a lawyer and politician, Leslie Ghiz. Dick Davidson still looks like he is 29, although I’m told he has the odd grey hair. Peter Ely lives in L.A. with his wife Karen but still summers in Muskoka. Telfer Hanson’s business raises money for junior mining companies. There are still no confirmed sightings of Eardley Wilmot. Tom Heintzman is president at Bullfrog Power.
Marty Sims has left HSBC and is enjoying his summer. Andrew Diamond is the adjudicator for the Bankruptcy Court and Human Rights Tribunal. His eldest son Josh just graduated from UCC. Frank Pottow is with Greenhill Capital Partners in New York and vacations on Lake Rosseau. Bill Deeks is in the construction business in Collingwood and coaches skiing at Craigleigh. He has three boys, twins Hunter and Alex, 14, and Jake, 11. Finally, Tad is enjoying a relatively relaxed life in suburbia, playing golf and doing benefit and insurance consulting for business owners in the GTA.
’83 Andy Burgess, Class President
The Class of ’83 table for this year’s Founder’s Dinner included Gordon Gibson, John Waldie, James Kim and Andy Burgess. Terrence Bredin was supposed to join us and Dave Hadden managed well as his substitute; they have a lot more in common than I realized! For next year’s dinner, please join our table with your spouse or partner for an enjoyable and edifying evening. Tony Parker recently had his first baby while Gordon Gibson just had his fourth. A number of classmates are now proud parents of UCC boys, including Dave Kingsmill, Simon Alberga, Mike Sales and Gordon Gibson. Joel Thompson has added more brands to his portfolio of imported wines. Ian Bacque is now heading up government affairs for the Ontario Dealers Association. Charles Bird is in Toronto running the Earnscliffe Strategy Group for government affairs and strategic communications.
’85 Paul Andersen, Class President
Nick de Pencier lives in Toronto with his wife Jennifer and their two children, and creates and produces documentary films. Kevin McLaughlin is founder and president of AutoShare, Toronto’s first car-sharing network. Ted Willcocks is vice-president with Manulife overseeing their real estate investment portfolio. Dr. Fed Sanchez and his wife Darlene returned to Toronto. Fed continues to enjoy photography, environmental activism and working with some of Toronto’s neediest individuals. David Shepherd and wife Nada continue to partner on making waves in the fashion world. The Nada 3-D All Action Interactive Fashion Show caused a sensation prior to Toronto Fashion Week. David also makes waves of another kind (J Class). David van Wees and his wife Mimi are in Ridgefield, Conn. and are busy every weekend driving to every hockey tournament on the U.S. eastern seaboard with sons Teo, Simon and Kees. Daughter Truus is a four-year-old tennis dynamo. David is the cofounder of Latis Imports and markets some of the best independent Belgian beers, including Palm and Steenbruggen, across North America. Simon Burke and wife Magrelys live at York University. Simon is a civil servant and leads Ontario’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Rob Scott continues to prosecute criminal cases for Ontario’s Crown Attorney in Newmarket, Ont. Matt Bryden and his family now live in Kenya, after several years in Somalia. He has worked with the International Crisis Group and Médecins Sans Frontières. He is currently leading an effort to combat piracy off the Horn of Africa. David Smith and his young family are in Manhattan. Joseph Lee of Boston will attend both the Boarding Reunion
and the 25th Reunion. Ryerson Symons and wife Michele have repatriated to Canadian soil after being in London, U.K. for almost two decades. Their son Wilson and daughters Leighton and Ava are now die-hard Leafs fans.
’86 John Andersen and Neel Hira, Class Presidents
Vivek Rao has been promoted to Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto where he holds the DeGasperis Chair in Heart Failure Surgery and continues to lead the artificial heart and transplant program. Robin Gambhir owns and operates the Fair Trade Jewellery Company in Cabbagetown, producing ethical bridal and engagement jewellery using fair trade certified (or recycled) gold and platinum, and Canadian diamonds. Bryce Conacher has joined Offsetters Clean Technology as regional director in Toronto. Bryce and Trisch have three kids. Hubert Lai is in Vancouver and Whistler with wife Laura and their two kids. Hubert is the general counsel to UBC. Michael Narayan married Heidi Petrie last May. They had a fantastic beach wedding at the Wickaninnish Inn at Tofino, B.C. While the days before and after were wet and rainy, the sun came out for the wedding — clearly a good omen! Other Old Boys in attendance included Hubert Lai (best man), Bob Heddle, Peter Wong and Jonathan Mousley. Bill Brown has been at BMO Nesbitt Burns for 14 years, and has been managing the Etobicoke branch for four years. He has been helping Axel with his new cottage renos, backbreaking work! Bill has taken up canoe tripping with his son. Bill has three children: Lauren, 15, who enters Grade 10 at BSS; Andrew, 13, who starts Grade 9 at Crescent and Kennedy, 5. He will celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary with wife Sandy next year on a trip to France. Dominic Rodrigues and wife Chantal have lived in Las Vegas since 2000. They have four children: Kashmira, 8, Sheridan, 6, Rania, 4, and Haydn, 2. Dominic has been making venture capital, private equity and public company investments during this time. Lately, he has been managing the family office and private investment firm, Rhisk Capital. Earlier this year, he joined a Toronto-based hedge fund called Visum Capital, where he oversees quantitative- and algorithm-based trading strategies and funds, and special investment projects. As a result, he comes up to Toronto monthly and re-established ties with Graham Jones at CIBC. Andy Houghton is president and general manager of a construction equipment
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Class notes dealership and rental company in Barrie, Ont. He is married to Laura (Tweedy) Houghton and has two boys, Max, 7, and Ashton, 5. They reside north of Toronto in a small town called Mt. Albert. Timothy Young is in Toronto with his wife Emily and daughter, Meredith, 4. He works at the Toronto Wildlife Centre. A registered charity supported entirely by donations, TWC has grown into Canada’s busiest wildlife centre. Andrew Cumming is engaged to Shannon Price. Seriously. James Ramsay lives in Toronto with wife Vanessa. After 15 years in the healthcare and pharmaceutical marketing world he switched careers and is now a commercial photographer working in the areas of product, food, and corporate portraiture (www.jamesramsay.ca). When he’s not taking pictures he can usually be found on his bike, training with the Mattamy Homes/Racer Sportif cycling team and competing in Ontario Cup road races. John Andersen continues to teach at The Country Day School, where he is director of athletics and a Grade 11 physical and health education teacher. He planned to spend as much time this past summer with his three boys, Dylan, 7, Jake, 5 and Matthew, 3, and wife (Candace) camping and fishing in Massasauga and Algonquin Provincial Parks. After nearly 10 years overseas in Nepal, India and France, Ian Pringle returned to Canada to take up post as a media program specialist for the Commonwealth of Learning, an inter-governmental organization in Vancouver. He helps groups use media to learn about community development. He has finished a master’s in communications, new media and society from the University of Leicester and is president of the Community Radio Fund of Canada. He lives in a great neighbour in east Vancouver with his partner and has a son, 8, who lives in Montreal with his mother.
’88 John Thompson, Class President
Erik Schatzker is an anchor and editor-at-large at Bloomberg television in New York, where he hosts the morning show. He lives in Brooklyn with wife Susan and their two daughters.
Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics, was released, to be followed by his fifth book, Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives (Vol. 2), in October. Blake spends the rest of his spare time keeping stats for his 10-year-old son Luke’s baseball team. Sean Conacher and his wife, Caroline, have added a breezeway to their yurt on Georgian Bay. Their daughter, Magnolia, is almost four and their twins, Bobby and Davis are almost 2. PJ Darling and family continue to enjoy life living in the Scottish countryside. Mark Hayman and his wife Jennifer are in Toronto with their twin girls Kathryn and Megan, 2. Andrew Long and wife Gina Mollicone-Long run the Greatness Group which reveals greatness in people, teams and organizations. They have two children, Molly, 8, and Simon, 7, and live in Toronto. Jim Parkinson’s wife, Charla, gave birth to their second daughter, Olivia, at the end of 2009. Olivia is little sister to Sloane, 2. Andrew Pen is on tour with the Backstreet Boys and is designing Linkin Park’s next world tour. He still jumps out of airplanes, over and over again and on purpose. His sons are 2 and 5. Gary Porter and his family are happily settled in Houston. Alisa is a stay-home mom. Jude, 5, was looking forward to “big boy school” (a.k.a. kindergarten) and Nathaniel, 17 months, is busy emulating his big brother. At work at Waste Management, with the title of vice-president, operations strategy and analysis, his focus is technology development of enterprise solutions. John Pottow remains on the law faculty at the University of Michigan and is pleased to announce the recent birth of his son, John William Jagsi Pottow (Jack), born on Feb. 26, 2009. Dan Steiner recently joined the partnership at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Vancouver. His son Ben is 9 and daughter Bella is 6 years, finishing Grade 1 and Grade 3, respectively, at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver. Lorne Taylor recently moved with his wife Natasha and three kids, Jasmine, 10, Zachary, 7, and Kieran, 5, to Comox on Vancouver Island. He is now the proud owner of a John Deere mower that he has never used, preferring to watch the grass grow instead. Alexander Younger is running Toronto-based marketing firm Design Lab, and he and Sarah Richardson have two great little girls, Robin and Fiona.
’92 Adam Markwell and Jamie Deans, Class Presidents
(l-r) Jim Smith ’87, Cary Hurwitz ’90 and Andrew Rankin ’83 with their children
v attended the Los Angeles Branch Reception last April.
’89 Mark Hayman and Jim Parkinson, Class Presidents Will Andrew is president and COO of Trimark sportswear group and recently enjoyed participating in the Winter Olympics as a product licensee. Blake Bell’s fourth book, Fire and 42 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
(l-r) Bill Englebright ’43 and wife Susan, with Hazel Kawaja, mother to four Old Boys including Andrew ’92, attended the branch reception in San Francisco at Michael and Hazel Kawaja’s home, April 16.
Lance Beatch and wife Lyn welcomed Bo Beatch June 2. He is healthy and appears content. It will be interesting to see what
big sister Brook thinks of her baby brother stealing her thunder. Jonathan Burns and his wife Christy had a baby boy, Joshua, born Jan 12, 2010. He joins brothers Nathan, 5, and Oliver, 3. Jonathan runs strategycube.com, a web consulting business. They live in Burlington, Ont. Andy Bush resides on Hilton Head Island and recently founded Inspired Tech Solutions, offering effective and state-of-the-art web design. Theo Caldwell claims to be part of the Class of ’91 and as such will not comment in this forum. Matt Carr and wife Holly continue to work in Washington, D.C. to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. Daughter, Mariel, 3, and son, Ezra, 1, recently celebrated birthdays. Rob Cunjak is still at Bain Capital in Boston covering the energy and utility sectors. Rob and wife Susan have three kids: Liam, 4, Caitlin, 2, and Killian, 7 months, so things are hectic. When they can, they get to Toronto and NYC to visit their families. Despite residing in Boston, the Leafs winning a Stanley Cup remains on Rob’s wish list. Peter Danczkay is in Houston while travelling the world, building airports. Jamie Deans and wife Erin celebrated their son Hudson’s first birthday in June and are still trying to get the hang of this parenting thing. Jamie wrapped up a five-year run with the Raptors media relations department having taken on a new corporate communications role at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Matt Fouse is in Las Vegas. Matt’s an orthopedic surgeon and has been practising for almost three years. He is married to a Québécoise he met in his residency at McGill and they have three great kids; the most recent is a four-month-old girl. She’s joining her fiveyear-old sister and three-year old-brother. Cory Goldberg is a cosmetic plastic surgeon in the west end of Toronto working out of Trillium Health Centre. He recently returned from a volunteer mission with Operation Smile doing cleft lip and palate surgery on children in Egypt and hosted a large fundraising event for Operation Smile on May 18. Cory and his wife Tara Nikain have two boys Kayvaun and Nika, ages 5 and 3. Tom Hong has been working with a client in Toronto, a welcome change as it has given him plenty of family time with newest addition, Charlie, who joins Sammy and Stella. Suresh John owes over $200 to the 407/ETR and recently completed principal photography on The Last Jinn for SyFy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel) and Harvard Medical School for The CW Network. Andrew Kawaja and family are living the dream in San Francisco. He’s married to a wife who is smarter than he; Dokleida has three master’s degrees, manages venture investments for a medical device company and won sharp shooting contests in high school. He works in his family adhesives business and spends free time trying to help raise their two young children, Luke, 2, and Sofie, 1. The local education system has intensified his appreciation for UCC and Canada’s education system. His biggest dream these days is that his kids pass the interviewing process to get into preschool. Sean Leighton is a manager at Cisco Systems and lives in the Bloor-Spadina area. Talley Leger works for Barclays Capital (legacy Lehman Brothers) as the vice-president of U.S. portfolio strategy. Luckily, he has the same job, desk and building. The only thing that changed was the logo on his business card and the color of the carpeting (from Lehman green to Barclays blue). Joseph Ma is back in Toronto. He is an eye surgeon, having completed his surgical training at Harvard and stayed for another two years as associate staff while complet-
ing a fellowship. Currently he is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, trying to get some work-life balance. Adam Markwell is still at CIBC Wood Gundy but more importantly, he and his wife are expecting their third child in November. Adam is also president of Blessings in a Backpack, a charity that feeds school kids on weekends www.blessingsinabackpack.ca. Craig Martin has been in Bermuda since 2005. He and his wife Laura welcomed their first child June 7, Melissa Amara Martin, who dad proudly proclaims is “absolutely perfect.” James Mesbur and family welcomed their second son, Sota Joshua Mesbur, on February 22. Aaron Pape and wife Anastasia are bracing themselves as four-year old daughter Daniela prepares for kindergarten. That’s not the only change for the defending Class of ’92 golf champ; he was recently appointed vice-president, senior investment adviser at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Jean-Michel Picher married Valerie Poulin in September 2009. Old Boys Andre Picher, Gregoire Picher, Andrew Richards, Craig Martin, Marc Elmer, Marko Sijan, George Klein and Jon Kozman all made sure it was a festive and memorable occasion. Dylan Powell was there in spirit, patching in a class of students in Taiwan by phone to wish the groom well on the big day. Barry Price is in Los Angeles, writing web comedy for BrevityTV.com. Steve Reynolds is in Vancouver with wife Jen, a doctor as well, and their two kids Clare, 6, and Quinn, 4. Cam Ross moved into a new pad in Moore Park with wife Sandra and their 2-year-old daughter just before the arrival of their first son, Alexander Donald, May 23. Mike Shore is head of marketing on Porto Montenegro, an awesome new village and ultra-modern marina on the Adriatic Sea, www.portomontenegro.com. Alex Stewart, wife Kimberly and their two sons William and James are living it up in Halifax. Alex recently moved over to Johnson Insurance where he is the regional marketing manager. Mike Uyede is back working in golf and is operations director, Asia, for the European Tour. Mike is the event director of the World Cup of Golf and Hong Kong Open, and also assists with the management of the Scottish Open and Ryder Cup. Mike now has two children, Ella, 4.5 and Tyson, 2. Andrew Wilson was elected partner this year at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, a boutique litigation firm in New York. D’arcy Young and his wife welcomed their third child into the fold, Osborn Macbeth, February 18. Jason Kotler started a clean technology venture. NIMTech Inc. specializing in non-invasive measurement technologies, and won the 2010 Gowlings Innovation Award for Outstanding Product Achievement. NIMTech was also a finalist for the TSX Emerging Technology Prize presented by the CATA Alliance at their 25th annual Innovation & Leadership Awards Ceremony. Jason and wife Allison live in Toronto with their three children.
’93 Derek Knopp and Hassan Khan, Class Presidents Joe Torzsok was married to Kirsten Saganowski in March. Joe hosted the third annual UCC Zoo Day at the Toronto Zoo this spring and participated in his third Lake Ontario 300 yacht race in July. Joe and Kristen recently moved into their new home in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood. John Bartucz and his wife Michelle and their daughter Annika will be Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 43
Class notes returning to Rochester, Minn., after a stint in Baltimore, MD. John will be launching an Internet and technology consultancy for non-profit organizations in 2010. John and Michelle welcome connecting with Old Boys living in Minnesota or the upper Midwest. Gary Berman was married to Sonja Knezic in May in Barbados. Gary was named president of Tricon Capital Group and spearheaded the company ‘s initial public share offering this spring. Gary and Sonja are enjoying life as newlyweds in Toronto. Derek A’breu and his wife Cathy welcomed the birth of their son, Luke, in February. Derek was made partner at his firm Bell, Temple. Derek looks forward to catching up with old friends and classmates. Geoff Paisley and his wife Lara welcomed their second daughter, Alixe, in May. Alixe joins sister, Chloe, and brother, Malcolm; both are very happy with their new baby sister’s arrival. Geoff teaches Grades 1 and 2 at Lady Evelyn Alternative School in Ottawa. Max Krangle has moved back to Toronto with his family after being in the U.K. for the last 17 years. He is managing director and general counsel for ABS Energy. Gerasimos Efthiamiatos was married in Las Vegas last April. He lives in London. Dan Borins had his art displayed at the Arbright Know Gallery and at a show in Switzerland. Hassan Khan served with the Canadian military for over a decade and is now living in Toronto working with McKinsey & Company.
He’s always looking for authors so if you or anyone you know is thinking about writing a book, please get in touch. Jamie Drayton works for Yahoo! in Toronto. He got married last summer to Jennifer. Harris Eisenstadt lives in New York City with wife Sarah and recent son Owen. Harris teaches music and is involved with multiple jazz projects and tours. Olivier Fuller lives in Toronto and is heavily involved in the art world. He works with private collectors and the Georgia Sherman Projects Gallery. He was in Basel, Switzerland, representing Dan Borins ’93 at one of the world’s largest art fairs. Justin Papazian is in Toronto. He worked with his uncle but decided to return to law school. Dave St. Louis was teaching at Ridley College in St. Catherines. He planned to leave and look for work closer to Toronto. Ralph Lee is a doctor at the Ottawa Hospital. Take Ishiwata owns the Basho Restaurant and Lounge in St. John’s, Nfld. If you have updates for “Class Notes,” contact us at jamesp955@yahoo.
’95 Jeff Goldenberg, Class President
’94 Olivier Fuller and James Patterson, Class Presidents James Patterson got married in Italy last summer. He lives in the Annex area of Toronto with his wife and was expecting his first child. Jay Bryant and wife Jen were also expecting their first child as were Chris Eby and wife Ariel. Congrats all! Chris also left his position in front of the cameras at CTV to take a job at a corporate communications consulting company. Scott Sandler and wife Sasha were expecting their second child. Matt Green planned to get married to his longtime girlfriend Taylor. Dave Hammer is in the scrap metal business and is looking for investors. If you’re interested, contact him through http://scrapsolutions.ca/ or join his 700-plus friends on Facebook. Ned Palmer is back in Toronto after another stint in Korea fighting the propaganda battle with the North. He is now teaching part-time and painting. Hayden McKellar is in Toronto raising his son Finley. Greg Michener finally graduated from university. He finished his PhD and will live full-time in Rio de Janerio with wife Carolina. Look him up if you’re in the area. Zack Math is in L.A. directing TV commercials and other projects. Jonah Bekhor got married last summer and lives in L.A. with his wife Danny. He has his own production company and collaborates with Zack. Adam Cipolla moved back to Toronto from Thunder Bay. He’s a real-estate appraiser and part-time base camp supervisor. Gavin Chen is a realestate agent in Toronto. Speaking from first-hand knowledge, he does an excellent job. As his business is largely referral, I strongly recommend him to any of you looking to buy, sell or rent. Jon Elek is still in London, England, where he regularly cheers against England in all soccer matches. He’s a literary agent working on a memoir by a fashion model turned actor.
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Celebrating the wedding of Francois Magnant ’95 in Ann Arbor, Mich. last May were (l-r) Sebastien Roy ’95, Fred Levesque ’96, the groom and Benoit Morin ’96.
(l-r) New York Association Branch President Fabio Savoldelli ’80 with Michael and Catey Long (parents of Hampton ’95) and U.S. Foundation Trustee Roly Watt ’62 (between the Longs) attend the annual branch reception in New York last April. See article, p. 27.
Troy Daniels is in the media wholesale business in Toronto (DVD, music, etc.). Francois Magnant is in the wine business in New York. Chris Shiki owns/operates the Harbord Room restaurant in Toronto at 89 Harbord Street. Drop by!
’96 Brandon Alexandroff and Alec St. Louis, Class Presidents Jeff Brown had his second daughter last September. Andrew Borden is still finishing his residency in anesthesia at UofT, living in Toronto with his wife Lea and 16-monthold daughter Siri, and has finally retired from rowing. Hugh Eastwood is a lawyer in St. Louis, and also a political adviser to elected officials on both sides of the aisle. Brian Bastable is a vice-president at Brookfield Financial in Toronto. Willy Grant recently became a father to Austin. He continues to be a menswear buyer at Holt Renfrew. It’s crazy to think it has been almost eight years now. James Flannery is entering his last year of a BSc. in genetics at UofT and wrote the MCAT in July. He lives in Toronto with his fiancée Linsey. It just so happens that Linsey is Andrew Borden’s sister-in-law, which means that Borden and James are going to be related somehow. You have to admit nobody was angling to be voted “most likely to be related to Borden” upon graduation. James will work for the Canadian Forces as as reserve infantry officer. Richard Meloff is the proud father of two boys, Joey, 2, and Rafe, 7 months. He works as the director of corporate development at Ubequity Capital Partners, a Toronto-based merchant bank, focusing on early and growth stage technology and clean-tech investments. Jason Chang recently moved from Morgan Stanley investment banking to restructuring advisory at Conway Del Genio, a distressed specialist,
also in New York; Brandon Alexandroff had a baby girl, Macey, last summer. He works for Mobilicity, a new Canadian wireless telecommunications company. Cameron Davies got married to Kristen Dickson and is now senior vice-president at TMX Equicom in Toronto. Cam is a member of the College’s young Old Boys committee. Andrew Finkelstein and wife Trish had their first baby, Lily Olivia Finkelstein, on January 10, 2010. Adam Lazier and wife Cristin had their second daughter, Paige Alexis. Gord Woods continues to practise management-side labour and employment law in Toronto. As part of his practice Gord represents a NHL team in salary arbitrations. Ashley Beales has been happily married for three years, lives in Toronto and runs the Canadian operations for Berkley Professional Liability, LLC. He still plays hockey and soccer, and was cheering for England in the World Cup. Chris Ross had a baby girl, Ryley, born December 4, 2009. Chris is in the commercial real estate business in Toronto; Nick Superina lives in Bermuda, works for Roche and played in the 2009 Caribbean 7’s Rugby Championships in Mexico City. Alec St. Louis lives with wife Katie in Toronto. He is general manager at StL Diagnostic Imaging. Charlie Clark is an account director at TAXI Advertising and Design. Matt Flynn and wife Raili had their first child, Elizabeth Grace, May 5. Matthew still works on the sales desk at Morgan Stanley; he sits next to Alex Farjo ’95. Rowan Paul is happily married and operates a sports medicine practice at the California Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in San
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Class notes Francisco. Dario Wolos has a new restaurant in New York called Tacombi (Mexican food, of course!). He hosted a very well attended pre-opening special evening for Old Boys in June.
’97 John Medland, Class President
(l-r) Geoffrey McLeod ’84, Ken Thomson ’97 and Matt Hontscharuk ’02 caught up at the Young Alumni “Boys Night Out” in June at Oliver and Bonacini in Toronto.
Our class seems very busy as we settle into our 30s. Alex Singh married Dixie Ho last fall. Professionally, he recently moved to West Face Capital, a Toronto-based investment management firm, as Counsel. Rob Barber moved to Victoria, B.C. Justin Klein and wife Amy purchased a shiny new house. Justine left the confines of Procter & Gamble to assume a role as shopper marketing manager at Unilever Canada. Jon Sonshine and wife Alison welcomed their first child, a son, on July 10, 2009. Jon was recently named assistant vice-president, asset management at RioCan REIT. John Lee is now on faculty at the University of Toronto, Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, based out of St. Michael’s Hospital. Dean Tzembelikos in Hong Kong welcomed Andreas, his second child. Jack Sun is completing his cardiac surgery residency at McMaster University and will start a transcatheter cardiac surgery fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s hospital, one of the Harvard academic hospitals, in Boston. Mahdad Taheri is in NYC. No wife. No kids. Lots of fun! He runs an interactive agency he started eight years ago, www.tvidesigns.com. He visits Toronto frequently for work. If you get in trouble give Norm Stanford or Alex Ejsmont a call as they have opened a criminal defense practice in Yorkville. Andrew Wallace returned to the National Bank’s investment banking group after 16 months at the Prime Minister’s Office in Ottawa.
’98 Jeff Hill, Class President
Matt Portner moved to North Carolina in August to pursue a MBA. Brendan Taylor is engaged to Barbora Vokac, who he met at UCC summer school. He is working on a film called Hanna in Finland, Germany and Morocco, and he looks forward to coming back to Toronto. Martin Green is married and splitting his time between Washington D.C. and Toronto. Ray Dhirani was married July 31 in Ecuador to his fiancée of five years. They are moving to London where Ray will start a master’s at the London School of Economics in environmen46 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
tal and development economics. He’d love to meet up with anyone travelling or living around London. Mike Carter was married in August. Al Gransden was married to his beautiful wife Vivianne October 16, 2009 in Toronto. Together there is no stopping them. Pablo Montagnes has finished his PhD in Economics at Kellogg/Northwestern and is a tenure-track professor at the University of Chicago. He and his wife are excited to be in Chicago for at least the next seven years. Ben Gunn was married in August. Chris Potter, Ian Speigel, Marty Green, Ben Gunn, Pablo Montagnes, and Andrew Shoom-Kirsch all travelled to Malta for Jamie Smith’s ’99 wedding in June. Ian Speigel got married in February. Karl Keating works for Adidas in Oregon and was married in August. Jaron Yau finished his residency in radiology at McGill and started a fellowship in interventional radiology at the UofT. He looks forward to moving back to Toronto. He is engaged to Diana Paczesny with the wedding set for 2011. Andrew Turnbull moved back to Toronto together with wife Melody and daughter Sloane. He continues to work at the management consultancy, Oliver Wyman. Jeff Hill planned to marry his longtime girlfriend Nancy. Chris Burkett and wife Ariel welcomed their new daughter Natalie. Josh Aaronson left his job at the NYC City Council to pursue a master’s of management in hospitality at Cornell University. Tony Garcia married his fiancée Dana in August. Pete Carr is in Pittsburgh at Disney’s new research lab. (See article, winter/fall 2010 issue of Old Times.)
’99 David Anderson and Elliot Morris, Class Presidents Kip Shaw married Elizabeth Mitchell on April 25, 2009 in Vero Beach, Fla. Kip and Elizabeth live and work in Toronto, Kip at Cidel Financial Group and Elizabeth at Kohai Educational Centre. Michael Zackheim is a fourth year associate, practising corporate and securities law at Torys in Toronto. Michael’s son, Jacob, 2, is doing well. Lee Kane and family (Mary, Sophia and Luca) will move back to China this year as he’s a trade commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. They’ll have plenty of room and would love to hear from any of the guys passing through the Middle Kingdom. Paul Braczek is a corporate law associate at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in Toronto, working primarily in mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, and just purchased a townhouse in the east end. Hussein Hirji married last January, is with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa, but is currently in New York at the United Nations representing Canada’s interests in one of the committees that convenes during the General Assembly. Qasim Daya is with Brookfield Properties as a senior investment analyst in Toronto. Adam Hutton is still at Healthscreen with Shaw, Marty and Belo. Abhi Sud has a family medicine practice in Toronto.
’00 Hugh McKee and Derek Richardson, Class President Scott Gregoire is going strong in NYC, living with his brother and working at ISI Group. Hussain Karimbhoy is at
a hedge fund in New York managing fixed income securities and has recently been appointed to the board of directors of a non-profit, Out Against Abuse. Will Deng continues to work at the Clinton Foundation in New York as a senior associate for clean energy, and is doing an excellent job of maintaining his elite frequent flier status, although business school may be on his horizon. Thobey Campion is overseeing digital business development and film production for Vice Media, a company that has grown from a punk magazine out of Montreal into the largest youth media company in the world with circulation in 29 countries. Charlie Musgrave graduated from Columbia with his master’s in real estate development and continues to live in Manhattan. Jason Camelford is in Miami at the state attorney’s office as a prosecutor, getting married and moving back to New Orleans. Dave Spevick completed his MBA at Boston University. In Toronto, Chris Campbell is an associate investment adviser in his fourth year at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Andrew Stirling finished his master’s in law at Oxford and made the natural jump to “Scotch Camp” where he refined his scotch-making skills. He’s now practising tax law at McMillan LLP. Charles Kassardjian finished medical school and is doing his residency in neurology. Julian Low ran the Ottawa Marathon and raised a boat-load of money for cancer research. Chris Denda was doing a little moonlighting as a business columnist for Toronto publication Eye Weekly. David Tichauer works at UofT in a genetic research lab and performs sketch comedy with Shoeless, a troupe nominated for a 2009 Canadian Comedy Award; they lost. They performed in the Just for Laughs Festival this summer. Torsten Siegelberg was married in June in Algonquin Park and is in Toronto at Rogers as a senior networks engineer. Dave Barnes is in government relations as vice-president of Canada’s largest high-tech sector industry group. Pete Jensen moved back to Toronto after three years in eastern Ontario, mostly at the Wellington Street Theatre in Kingston Ont. and The Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque Que. Since moving back to Toronto he has appeared in three shows at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre and will soon appear in one of Big Time Productions’ touring shows. Also in Toronto, Mike Reid and Neil Rahilly started Atomic Contacts to take all the hassle out of keeping your address book up-to-date. Matti Irwin is at Optimize Asset Management Inc. in Toronto and is sailing regularly. Matti and Fraser McKay completed a 40-km paddle and portage in June raising money to share the gift of summer camp with underprivileged kids. Jordan Page is finishing law school and started practising at Blaney McMurtry LLP. Mark Tozer was called to the Ontario bar and is practising at Goodmans LLP in Toronto. Matt Leverty is teaching in Toronto, still an avid baseball enthusiast and was engaged to be married this summer. James Obaji finished his first year of family medicine residency in Winnipeg and plans to go into private practice in Toronto after completing his residency in July 2011. Brandon Bell is a consultant with Accenture in their Vancouver office. Mark Goldhar is still in Halifax, loving life on the East Coast and is getting married this month. Steve Tilley is the chief medical resident at Memorial University out east on “The Rock.” Derrick Wong is finishing up his
medical degree at the University of Sydney and is planning to stick around Australia for his specialty training. Jared Ament finished his master’s of public health at Harvard and is training to become a board certified neurosurgeon. He was on a humanitarian medical trip to Haiti, where he performed basic medical care in the towns surrounding Port-Au-Prince. Marc Weiner finished his MBA at Harvard along with Ali Jaffer and Tom Kalvic. Marc works for Tandem Expansion in Toronto, a new venture capital company investing in small growing Canadian tech companies. Ali is heading back to McKinsey Dubai and Tom starts at the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board in private investments. Gerald Griffiths crossed two big life milestones in the last year, getting engaged and buying a house. Matt Schwartz is still in south London, working in corporate finance with Penfida Partners LLP, and is playing in the Rawlings National League, the top amateur baseball league in the U.K. John Hucker just finished writing CFA Level 3 and is headed overseas for his MBA. Adam Peterson married Sabrina Mallick this May at a beautiful ceremony down in Texas. Brent Sharpless also tied the knot with Anna Murray in another gorgeous ceremony out in Vancouver last fall. Alex Herman finished up at McGill law school and lives in Montreal, writing short stories and poems. Mark Coatsworth is in the “computer science” business in Toronto. Joe Glionna is married with a baby boy on the way, living in Montreal.
’01 Pete McFarlane and Elliot Pastzor, Class Presidents J.J Chan got married in June to Sarah Toy, also from Toronto. They will move to Boston, and he will start an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jeremy Dietrich continues to work at BMO as an algorithmic trader. He’s actively involved with St. Michael’s Hospital helping to throw the Dodger and Giver events each year. Derek Ha is with Barclays Capital following its acquisition of Lehmans. He is with his wife in Toronto and had a new son in October — a future UCC-er potentially! Drew Halfnight is reporting for the National Post, where he smokes all day between swigs of bourbon and calls everybody Chief. Wesley Jin is working towards a PhD in computer engineering/security at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. His research focuses on applying high-performance computing to virus detection. He loves to run every day. David Kordalewski is in Toronto again in his last year of a bachelor degree in computer science. Phil McKee completed a degree in theatre direction in Montreal. He has been actively, directing, and producing theatrical productions and has moved back to Toronto. Tom McNeil works in Toronto for BMO. He is an account executive in the small business banking and lending group. Matt Price is in London, U.K. and has found the love of his life. He is also working for Capita Symonds on large building projects. Matt continues to also be an avid runner, participating in numerous marathons. Daniel (the Doctor) Rosen is in Miami finishing his joint MBA and law degree at the University of Miami. DR is enjoying the fun in the sun but is still terrible Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 47
Class notes at fantasy football. Ben Simon is living in Kampala, Uganda as the Agence France-Presse correspondent for that region. Ben reports daily on the news and they are fed to news distribution networks around the world. Ben still enjoys a good Scotch when he can get one. Jason Webster is down in the Caymans. He has been there, back home, for almost four years now and is a policy analyst for the government. He just got married in May. Mike Zahn is an architect in Los Angeles at the Office of Mobile Design and Studio Pali Fekete Architects. He makes a painting every once in a while to entertain himself. Ben Iscoe recently did a comedy show in Toronto and is going through the painful grind of trying to develop new material. Send good jokes his way!
’02 Phil D’Abreu and Matt Hontscharuk, Class Presidents
(l-r) Peter Schwartz ’02, Matt Frisch ’02 and Giles Carmichael ’02 mingle at the New York Branch Reception in April.
Andrew Binkley spent the past year articling at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa. In November, he starts as a lawyer at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. Highlights this year include becoming a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, passing three bar exams and getting lots of fresh air in Ottawa. John Blickstead moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue a career in writing. He’s developing a comedy pilot for NBC. Sebastian Borza transferred to a new role within Goldman Sachs and is responsible for hardware engineering and testing for the firm. He was recently admitted to New York University to pursue his MBA. Jacob Bregman is in the middle of a two-year MBA program at Harvard, along with fellow Old Boys Chris Tam and Kyle Brack. He was in L.A. this summer and interned at a healthcare firm called DaVita. Jamie Cameron just passed the halfway mark of his part-time MBA at Schulich, and he continues to be an engineering project leader at Lovat. Gavin Cheung got engaged in February and started work at National Bank in August. Oliver Chow married Lisa Chin, a kindergarten teacher in Manhattan, May 1. Having graduated from medical school, he will start a general surgery residency at New Jersey Medical School. Eric Crawford finished his second year of medicine at UofT and worked in neurology at Sick Kids for the summer. Chris Cruz is loving life in sunny Santa Monica, Calif. and continues his work in private equity at Oaktree Capital Management. He’s getting ready for his wedding 48 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in October. Chris Cullen is in higher-ed publishing at McGraw-Hill Ryerson in Toronto as a developmental editor. He will be getting married next summer. Philip D’Abreu changed companies and is now at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in London, U.K. If any Old Boys are in town, get in touch! Adrian de Valois-Franklin is a private equity associate with Accel-KKR in Silicon Valley, a joint venture between the leveraged buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and venture capital firm Accel Partners. When Adrian isn’t busy investing in technology companies, he spends his weekends backcountry skiing and mountain biking in Lake Tahoe. Colin Deeks works in FS Advisory for PwC in London, and was cheering on England in this summer’s World Cup. He welcomes any former classmates to get in touch if ever passing through London. Salim Dhirani graduated from medical school at Western in May and moved back to Toronto for a two-year residency in family medicine at the Scarborough Hospital. He also purchased his first house. Colin Evran is at Bain Capital in Boston. He has also tried a few entrepreneurial start-ups in the past year, one of them a successful mobile app start-up in the photography space — with one of our good UCC friends Samir Shah. The company had a full spread in the Wall Street Journal in the end of 2009, and made it to the top 10 iPhone apps globally. (See article in winter/spring 2010 issue of Old Times.) If anyone is passing by Boston let him know! Ryan Gallagher is finishing his master’s at Oxford and soon starts a PhD in molecular biology at Yale. He’s excited to be moving back to North America and to have discovered a way of avoiding the real world for another half decade, at least. Kobi Gulersen bought a condo in downtown Toronto and moved in August. He’s acting as the chair of UCC’s Young Alumni Advisory Committee (YAAC) and working at MacLaren McCann on digital strategy for Nestle USA, MasterCard Canada and Hewlett Packard. William Hertha is back to Canada from China but will return to Shanghai shortly. Carl Hung got married in Hong Kong on January 31, 2010. Jarred Positano, Phil D’Abreu, Michael Cheng, Doug Irwin and Mike Thorburn were all there to witness the occasion. Carl graduated from Richard Ivey’s EMBA program in May. After moving to NYC two years ago with Royal Bank of Canada, Jamie Hull is an analyst in the hedge fund industry. He looks forward to moving back to Toronto this summer and a similar position. Michael Konviser finished his second year of medical school at Queen’s University. He spent the summer in NYC in the medical oncology department at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Daniel Langer works in politics in Ottawa. Alvin Lau is an associate in the mid-market leveraged finance group at CIBC. Ricky Leiter is in Chicago, studying at Northwestern. He’s halfway through combined MD/MA degrees in medicine, and medical humanities and bioethics. He was married over Labour Day Weekend in New York. Kevin Lee graduated from Boston University School of Dental Medicine, and started residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Simon Leith studies law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Jonathan Loh was travelling in Asia for the summer before starting his year of articling at Fraser Milner Casgrain in Toronto. Graham Matthews was
in Toronto, working in Qualitative Market Research with Ipsos Camelford Graham and was on a two-month work exchange with Hamburg. Outside work, he’s fiddling with synthesizers, reading science fiction and embracing the weekends. Ali Merali relinquished his responsibilities with the White House and headed to grad school in August to pursue a master’s in public policy at Havard’s Kennedy School of Government. Andrew Michalik continues to work for IBM in Toronto. He was married in July. Morgon Mills teaches English literature at Memorial University and is gearing up for the Newfoundland Chess Championship this September. Ryan Morris is working on his investment partnership that he started in 2009, Meson Capital Partners. Things are growing fast and he’s spending most of his time in New York and Ithaca. Cameron Norgate is in San Francisco. He recently took up surfing, and is back into running again, hoping to run a sub-four minute mile one day. He works for Intuit as a product manager in its financial services division. Drop a line if you’re on the West Coast (email@example.com). Andrew Parkes finished the first year of the MBA Program at the Schulich School of Business and will attend the Copenhagen School of Business this fall for an exchange semester. He was a summer associate for Infrastructure Ontario in its project delivery group, which manages large infrastructure projects for the provincial government. John Reid completed a master’s in planning at the London School of Economics and is a planner and developer for Minto Properties. Peter Roberts is loving life in Toronto. He opened a new training centre in Leaside called CrossFit Quantum where he’s forging elite athletes with a hybrid system of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and track and field training. Dave Rosen has worked in the hotel business for two years for Horwath HTL, valuing hotels, resorts, and golf courses. He moved to New York this fall to do a master’s in real estate. Jonathan Schachter moved back to Toronto from Trinity College Dublin with the following letters: M.A., M.Litt., Grad.Dip.(Stats). He has finished year one of three at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. Peter J. Schwartz, a senior reporter at Forbes, was awarded the inaugural Lisa Goldberg Fellowship at the New York University School of Law, where he begins a master’s program this fall. Samir Shah is back in Toronto for the summer and will pursue a MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the fall. Adam Sheikh finished first year law school in Ottawa and spent his summer between Toronto and Malta as an intern at Borden Ladner Gervais. Alex Sherrington finished his second year at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago and heads to Kellogg School of Management in September. Fahad Siddiqui completed a master’s in international law from SOAS and is head of desk for North Africa and Sudan at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. He returned to graduate school at Osgoode this fall. Jonathan Tong completed his articles at Heenan Blaikie LLP and will return as an associate in the firm’s securities group this fall. Mike Thorburn is studying a master’s in teaching at the University of Melbourne and plays hockey for a travelling team. Adam Wexler works for Olympus Canada in the marketing department of its medical services group. This fall he returns
to York University’s Schulich School of Business to finish his MBA. Adam Tichauer is director of the BlueStreak Sports Training Center at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. He also heads up fundraising events for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit which builds schools to increase educational opportunities in the developing world. Craig Hill is director of artist management at 2+2 Management in Toronto. He is also president of YYZ Records, a record label in Toronto. Adam Freedman completed his articles and has been called to the Bar of Ontario. He is now a corporate lawyer in Toronto. Joey Pratile is a clinic intern at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.
’03 Mike Annecchini and Chan Sethi, Class Presidents Mike Annecchini finished his first year at New York University, obtaining his master’s in sports business. He also shares an apartment with very former UCCer Simon Disher ’04. Cameron Brien is in the middle of a career change in New York, moving from a technology start-up back into the financial sector. He’s still into racing triathlon and competed in his third Ironman this summer in Lake Placid, N.Y. After the better part of a decade, Adam Cheung has finally become a doctor in Leeds, U.K. Joseph Cianflone is a research and trading analyst for Orbis Investment Management in Bermuda. Yale Fox is the resident DJ at Tao Nightclub inside the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Jordan Glicksman completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario and started residency in ear, nose and throat surgery. Daniel Goldbloom spent the summer saying things like, “A moment’s indulgence, Your Honour,” and “What would you say if my client were admitting guilt, which he totally, 100 per cent isn’t, right now?” He also occasionally goes to court. Daniel only has two more years of law school before a year of articling and a lifetime of regret. Amir Heinitz has been travelling in Eastern Europe, picking grapes in Luxembourg and was moving to Egypt this fall. Desmond Ho is teaching English in Seoul, Korea and is pursuing a career in ESL. He expects to marry his girlfriend later this year. After wrapping up a master’s in cultural policy at the University of Chicago, Tim Jones is back in the Arctic, running the 32nd annual Dawson City Music Festival. Rohan Karunakaran is at a healthcare consulting firm in Toronto but is (slowly) plotting his move to southeast Asia to study Eastern meditation. Geordie King started his own business this past year and has never been happier. This summer was to be fairly active for him, with three product launches and one short film shooting with MuchMusic in August. Mark Laidlaw got married on October 11, 2009, to Connie Dayboll. Mark is now rowing full-time with the National Team. Cam Lounsbery is coming up on three years at RBC Capital Markets on the trading floor and enjoys the walk to work from his new place in downtown Toronto. Dan Maev got promoted to associate in the mergers and acquisitions group at National Bank Financial in January. Bryce Marshall moved out to sunny Los Angeles and will attend law school this fall. Taylor Morassutti is an analyst at Cresford Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 49
Class notes Developments, a residential condominium development group in Toronto, where he is responsible for site acquisition and financing of projects. Kenny Ng is finishing up his articles at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon, getting called to the bar in June, and then travelling in southeast Asia for two months. Andrew Nobrega is undertaking a MSc. in environmental change and management at the University of Oxford, U.K. He travelled to the rain-forests of Sierra Leone this summer to perform research on forest carbon for his dissertation. Julian Pomfret-Pudelsky is working in FX Algorithmic Trading at Deutsche Bank in London. Tyler Ravlo is finishing his master’s in physiotherapy at Dalhousie University and has made the switch from goalie to forward in ice hockey. Alex Richardson is in Shanghai with L.E.K. Consulting doing private equity advisory, and would love to connect with any Old Boys in China. Chan Sethi wrapped up his first year of law school at Osgoode Hall and split his summer between Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg in Toronto and J Sagar Associates in New Delhi. Christopher Yeung joined BlackRock where he helped complete the acquisition of Barclays Global Investors, and now works in equities. Phil Tozar works in the food and beverage business in Shanghai. With his dad, they also market their own brand of hockey equipment and are involved in green energy and sourcing and consultation about sustainable building products. Andrew Best and Andrew Elelberg are also in Shanghai — not sure what they are doing though! Andrew Lee is in investment banking with BMO Capital Markets in Toronto. Andrew Nobrega spent the summer at Oxford finishing his MSc. MacAllen continued to play pro lacrosse, this past year in Rochester. He also played for Team Canada this past summer.
(l-r) Geoff McLeod, Dave Reisman, Alex Archibald catch up at a Blue Jays game, organized as a night out for 2004 graduates.
’04 Greg Lowman and Dave Reisman, Class Presidents Samuel Bail is completing a master’s in financial economics at Oxford and, upon finishing, will start an investment banking job at Lazard’s London. Scott Barter finished his third year at the Ted Roger’s School of Business majoring in human resources, and for the summer stayed on his hustle, working back at camp enjoying the outdoors. Sebastien Belanger has 50 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
been enrolled for the past year at the University of Sherbrooke in a master’s of finance program, and has started the process of becoming a CFA candidate. Alex Bishop completed his first year at Queen’s law and worked for the legal group at BMO Capital Markets this summer. François Bellemare is a mechanical engineer for CAE in Montreal, building full-flight simulators. He spent July in Istanbul for the installation of a new Boeing 777 device for Turkish Airlines and planned to move back to Toronto in September to start a new job with Oliver Wyman. Ian Wildgoose Brown starts his third year at Harvard Law School. Wai Choy is a Levy Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. This past summer he worked as an associate at Marvel Studios in Los Angeles. Chris Doucet completed his MBA in Finance at Queen’s School of Business in April. Later this year he will complete his Juris Doctor before articling in corporate law in 2011. Daniel Faria finished his first year at Columbia Law School and worked at the Center for HIV Law for the summer. Alex Frechette is still working for Oakley as a technical sales rep driving around from store to store, resort to resort, event to event. Mike He was in Shanghai visiting family and the Expo, then went to South Africa during the World Cup. He was back in Tokyo for a semester abroad and then back at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in L.A. for two more semesters. Matt Herrndorf spent the past two years in Paris. He works for the International Herald Tribune. Chris Horkins completed his second year at Queen’s Law and worked at Cassels, Brock and Blackwell LLP for the summer. He’s spending the fall term on exchange in the Netherlands before finishing law school at Queen’s in 2011. Greg Lowman is in Washington, D.C. at the Financial Services Roundtable, an industry lobbying firm. Dane Marshall plays hockey for the Mississippi RiverKings of the Central Hockey League. He will probably play in Europe next year. Kevin Maggisano is finishing his second year of a medicine degree at the Schulich School of Medicine, UWO. Conor McBroom is in Toronto at Slate Properties, a private equity real estate and asset management company. Geoff McLeod moved from investment banking into institutional asset management at J.P. Morgan in Toronto. He also became a digital ambassador at Redseven Charitable Foundation, where he uses social media to help generate awareness about Redseven’s events and causes. Dave Phelan headed down to NYC in July to join Goldman Sachs’ private equity group. He sends best wishes and asks you all to reach out when you come to town. Jason Rabinovitch finished up a year in Paris, and headed back to California in late August to start his PhD. Dave Reisman is in Toronto at Livia Capital Management, a boutique private equity shop. James Ricci spent the better part of 2009 in the U.K., completing his master’s in new media management at the London School of Economics. Since returning to Toronto, he has been rebranding and expanding his car care company, Autospa.com. Christian Rice has been getting his MFA in visual communications from the University of Arizona and running Handsome Clothing Co. along with AJ Jamani. Sang Ik Song is finishing his master’s in East Asian studies with a focus on the political and social history of North Korea at UofT. David Spencer is an investment consultant with TD Bank Financial Group in Toronto. He is enrolled in the
CFA Program and training for a marathon. Alex Tapscott is keeping the dream alive with the Balmy Beach Rugby Club. Jeff Taylor is in New York working in membership and individual development with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He was hoping to get back to Muskoka a few times this summer but, failing that, would be available for Central Park Frisbee sessions most weekends. Michael Wu is completing his M.Sc. thesis in pathology at Queen’s University, 80 pages to go. David Pepall is in Toronto at Standard & Poor’s as an analyst. Pete Irwin is at I-Toys USA Ltd. as the North America sales manager. Jason Morris is an account executive at SunGard Availability Services and still squeezing in at least five rounds of golf a week. Andrew Kirkpatrick is enjoying his second year within BMO Financial Group’s anti-money laundering financial intelligence unit. He recently came out of retirement and is back to playing summer puck as well as enjoying time out on the golf course. Sam Danniels competed in the Vancouver Paralympics last winter.
’05 Ryan Adams and John Rozehnal, Class Presidents
(l-r) Colin Greening ’05, Omar Kanji ’09 and Eric Axel ’09 were all members of Cornell University’s “Big Red” varsity hockey team in 2009–10.
Brayden Irwin ‘05 signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Irwin played the past four seasons with the University of Vermont Catamounts. While at UCC, Irwin played on a line with Colin Greening ‘05 (above), who was recently signed to the Ottawa Senators.
(l-r) 2005 classmates Zachary Feldman, Rob Wainstein and Zachary Schwartz catch up at “Boys Night Out” at Oliver and Bonacini in June.
Cam MacNeil graduated from Queen’s last year, then did an overland trip to Africa covering seven countries and 13,000 km in two months. After a month off, he started work in a marketing and sales job with Molson in Toronto. Teddy Rekai-Nuttall finished his honours BSc in equine sports science last May. He has been training and competing horses for Small Spark Farm Performance Horses and is the head of North American sales and distribution for the British based Quantum Saddle. Chris Dale had the luxury of spending a couple months out West during the Olympics and touring around beautiful British Columbia. He is back in Toronto as an account coordinator and a field manager for Free For All Marketing, a product and event marketing agency. Ryan Campbell is doing his master’s in sports business at New York University and worked this summer for Bloomberg Sports on their new baseball analytics offering. Billy Singleton became a full-time employee at Cisco Systems in Toronto and his rotational training started in August. He planned to spend the summer in France, Amsterdam and Greece, and volunteer as a football coach for the Junior Argos with Dan Bederman. Michael Fu finished his first year of medical school at Yale, and had a fellowship from the American Brain Tumor Association to do cancer research this summer. Geoff Dittrich is an absolute hero, cycling across Australia for Macro for Micro, a fundraising and awareness campaign he built. David Leith is going into his last year of the combined JD/HBA at Western Law and Ivey, and worked at Torys LLB for the summer. Alex Koppel successfully survived his first nine months in a mergers and acquisitions advisory with Canaccord Genuity. So far he’s nervous-breakdown free. Aakash Dheer is a self-employed day trader and is also raising portfolio funding for his newly launched investment firm, Monolith Capital. Aakash splits his time between San Diego and the East Coast. He is at Stanford for graduate school this fall. François Cadieux is pursuing a PhD in aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Ryan Kitchler finished the first year of an MFA in theatre and production management at Boston University. He also spent the year working in development and patron stewardship at Opera Boston. Matt Dennis graduated with a BA in Economics from Brown University and works at Optima Fund Management, hedge funds that invest on behalf of both retail and institutional clients, in New York. The CIO of the Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 51
Class notes firm is Fabio Savoldelli ’80. Max Bruce has been accepted for the York Region Police and is in training. James Giroday completed his master’s in architecture at Yale University. Upon graduation, he has promised to build a house for Matt Dennis, a cottage for Ryan Adams and a moon base for John Rozehnal. Nick Sucharski graduated with a degree in international relations from Michigan State University. In his final year, he was named co-captain of the MSU hockey team and skated his face off in the NCAA Division 1 Skills Competition. Ryan Adams completed his BAH in English Literature at Queen’s University. He will complete his master’s of public service at the President Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas. Charlie Iscoe works at JP Morgan in New York. John Rozenhal graduated from Brown University and is part of a research team working on nextgeneration vaccine delivery systems in Providence, RI. He is considering moving to his castle in the Czech Republic. John Thorp is living the dream in New York City. Phil Noelting is running his business, Skillter, in Boston.
Matt Ball ’06 (middle) and Jem Arnold ’06 (right) were travelling in Peru in June 2010. Matt writes: “When we reached the top of Wayna Picchu (the mountain temple which overlooks the Machu Picchu ruins, and only accepts 400 visitors per day, we ran into Jordan Glicksman ’03 (left). Of course, we naturally thought that a photo was needed! Of all the places...
Class of ’06 friends Henry Lau, Henry Chan, Clarence Tso and Jeffrey Chen catch up at the New York branch reception in April.
’06 Arthur Soong, Class President
Nick Paterson finished his fourth year in kinesiology at Queen’s. He spent the summer tree planting and next is another crack at the MCATs. He will likely take a year off and work with an orthopaedic surgeon at the University Hospital 52 Old Times Summer/Fall 2010
in London, Ont. Jon Jeong graduated from NYU. Richard Martin graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Following graduation he travelled for three months in southeast Asia with Sanders Lazier and Felix Cornehl. He is pursuing his CA at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. Reid Pauly finished his history and government honours degree at Cornell University, where he trained hard for his final season on the heavyweight crew team. Felix Cornehl joined Monitor Group as a consultant in Zurich. Mark Phelan finished his last semester at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, did some travelling and plans to go back to school to get a master’s in international management. Jayme Moore finished his degree at Queen’s and has postponed his next academic endeavour to work and experience the world, simultaneously. He is headed to Valencia, Spain in January to crew aboard a large schooner yacht called Adix. Pictures will come up on Google. Shamir Dawood graduated last summer with a BA (Hons.) in English literature and drama from the University of Sussex, and is training as an actor at the Birmingham School of Acting. Jeffrey Lui graduated from the University of Chicago, started studying for a master’s at the London Business School, went to India for Christmas, and was getting tired of doing job apps. Christian Peterson lives in downtown Toronto and seeks work as a freelance photographer and filmmaker. He hopes to reconnect (i.e. have drinks) with many of the ’06 boys soon! Nicholas Chan has graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business and has started work with Ernst and Young. Jeffrey Chen is bbming on his phone with his homies but can’t seem to reach one homie all the time, so he goes through his gf. Arthur Soong graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business and started at KPMG. Daanish Afzal finished his BA in economics and is looking to pursue a career in investment management. Alan Li graduated from Cornell with degrees in mathematics and economics, and will be in NYC next year starting a career in finance. Jason Chen spent the summer in Hong Kong doing an internship at a social enterprise called Dialogue in the Dark. He has now returned to UBC to finish his degree. Mike Kim went backpacking around the world for a year, and is now back in school with one last year to go. Quinn Hu finished his third year of mechanical engineering at UofT and was on an internship with Siemens in Hamilton, Ont. His plan is to finish his last year and graduate in 2011. After that, travel is in the plan. Ricky Cheng has not completely decided, but he is either going to med school in the Caribbean or doing his master’s in physiology at UofT for two years. Jason Tang worked at Soberman LLP this summer and wanting to get through a master’s of accounting at the University of Waterloo. Curtis Wang was involved in some physiology research work with the Canadian military. He graduated from UofT and took a year off to work as an official remixer for an upcoming Chinese-Canadian singer as part of his production team. He’ll be back at UofT for grad studies in 2011. Angus MacLellan spent the summer working on his graduate diploma in accounting at Queen’s, and moved to Ottawa to work for PWC. Jonathan Tam is at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law as a resident junior fellow of Massey College. Josh Booth graduated from Queen’s with a
major in economics and started work as a corporate finance associate at Paradigm Capital. Oliver Watt-Meyer worked as a research assistant for a physics professor at McGill and plans to go travelling in South America this winter. Ben Chung is doing a PhD in chemistry at the UofT. Jon Chan is at medical school. Jean-Francois Picard is changing the world, little by little. Ryan Tran transferred to George Brown and finished his first year in graphic design. He interned with Fab/Xtra publications for the summer. As well he danced for a few events on the side. Joe Tobias graduated last May with a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard. After a summer in Morocco as a travel writer for Let’s Go guides, he will move to New York City on a year-long public service fellowship and work in the psychiatry department of the Montefiore Medical Center with substance abuse patients. When he grows up, he wants to be a poet, an English professor, and a psychiatrist — one or all of those three. He still misses UCC.
ing fit. Rhys Jubb is at Rice University majoring in political science. Brian Law is taking a break from life at Miami University where he is pursuing a BA in Architecture and was on a cultural heritage trip around China, working on a farm in Cape Breton and studying a semester in Rome. Justin Tang was in Australia for the summer and is now in Miami for an apprenticeship with a club owner. Aron Zaltz is completely immersed in studying English literature and rowing at Robinson College, Cambridge, U.K. Sanzhar Sultanov’s new film is Burning Daylight. Watch for it.
’07 Alain Bartleman and Justis Danto-Clancy, Class Presidents Alain Bartleman was biking from Spain to the Spanish Coast after finishing a year at the Paris Institute of Political Science. Andrew McLean was graduating from the London School of Economics and travelling across Ireland, Malta and the U.K. with Dorian Positano. Daniel Webster is working at Scotiabank after finishing his second year at Queen’s. Ali Khan was in summer school in New York City, with plans to travel to Bangladesh. Julio Koch spent the summer in Spain after having spent a year at Sciences-Po, Paris. Tim Lai was interning at RBC Dominion Securities. Donny Szirmak was working for the Canadian Immigration Office, Zahron Mitchell is in Hong Kong and Shanghai, having graduated from University College London. Jon Watson, recent Sheffield graduate, was working in London, and spending vacation time in Dubai. Omar Madhany has work at the Martin Institute and plans to graduate from the Ivey School of Business in a year. After working at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice last summer, Nicolas Epstein was working in New York City this past summer at an art gallery, Mitchell-Innes and Nash. He also spent an exchange semester at the University of Nottingham, and is currently DJing under the moniker of DJ Phonix. Adrian Kwok, Princeton ’11, was interning at the Monitor Group in Toronto. Jerry Zhan was doing research on the Chinese semiconductor industry and is working at Accenture as a technology consulting analyst in Toronto. Ben Loh worked at Oliver and Bonacini over the summer and was working at S-trip as the campus leader for University of Guelph. Wendall Mascarenhas has finished his first year of dental school and was doing research at the UofT dentistry department, playing soccer and watching the World Cup (though not necessarily in that order). Hart Pitfield was spending his summer in brand research at LEVEL5 Strategic Brand Advisors in Toronto. Paul Phelan is at Dalhousie and was working and studying in Toronto over the summer. Brandon Park is at Barclays Capital and performs equities analysis between bouts of weightlifting. Dylan and Taylor Kain are climbing mountains and stay-
Eric Vehovec ’08 was an elated member of Middlebury College’s mens’ tennis team, which won its second National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Men’s Tennis Championship, May 27, with a 5-1 victory over Amherst College at Oberlin College in Ohio. The Panthers end their season with a school-record 23 wins against just two losses.
’08 Calum Mew and David Marshall, Class Presidents Eric Vehovec was part of the NCAA national champion tennis team at Middlebury College this past spring, and planned to spend the fall semester studying in Paris. Adam Jutha travelled back to Angola for a medical internship this summer before beginning his sophomore year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Carolina, he will serve as the health policy center co-director and southern regional coordinator for the Roosevelt Institute, a national student policy think-tank. Adam will also be a teaching assistant for an international studies course and a residence hall adviser. He is pursuing a biology major and Islamic studies minor. Karim Ladak is studying medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, but this year is taking an exchange to the brand new campus located in Bahrain. He is amazed, yet again, at how much of an eye-opener travelling and living somewhere else in the world can be, and loving it. Cian O’Neill-Kizoff finished his second year in civil engineering at Queen’s University and worked there this summer as an undergraduate research assistant for a professor in hydrology. He is a member of the Queen’s Sailing Team and the Queen’s Concrete Canoe Team. Markus Liik founded a creative writing publication called The Philistine at the University of King’s College and has successfully published its inaugural issue. Evan Lewis returned from a highlight-reel weekend in Chicago with fellow Old Boys Ed Cottingham and Andrew Friedenthal and their dads. Evan finished up his second year at Western and hopes to be starting at the Ivey Business Summer/Fall 2010 Old Times 53
Class notes School. He worked in Toronto for CI Financial in sales and marketing for the summer and looked forward to a great few months of PBHL at the sports court and shinny at the new UCC rink, as well as post-work cocktails with other Old Boys working downtown.
’09 Nick Lombardo and Karim Pabani, Class Presidents
which has kept him busy. This past summer he planned to relax, train and work a marketing position for the Argonauts. Adam Woodland finished his first year at Dalhousie University and played junior hockey in St. Margeret’s Bay, N.S., where his team was one win away from an Atlantic Championship. He’s coming back to UCC for the Seaton’s Reunion in September, where he and his fellow Seatonians will reunite for the first time in too long.
’10 Tony Drivas, Class President
Tom and Irene Mihalik, parents of Andrew ’07 and Roy ’09, seen with Principal Jim Power, attended the New York Branch Reception in April.
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(l-r) Ishan Kumar, Andrew Morrison, Calvin NG and John Higson say goodbye to UCC.
Tying the knot? Whatever your plans, make a UCC tie part of your future. Coming soon. Shop UCC online this fall. Choose from silk ties, leather notepad folios and money-clip holders, PGA Tour magnetic golf-head covers and more. You can also purchase these products and more at Association Day, September 25. Show your school pride! Watch for it this fall:
Photo: Model is Georgie King ’03
Calum Agnew, much to his own consternation, spent the first months of the summer taking a Latin course. Afterwards, he planned to attempt to bike from the top of Scotland to the bottom of England, before making his way back to Toronto for work. Calum returned to University of King’s College, in the pursuit of a degree in the history of science, combined with English, history, Classics or something completely different! Colm Kenny just completed his first year at the University of Western Ontario and had a great time. He spent his long summer working at GMP Securities, partying and enjoying cottage country. Mike Kim has completed first year of university and will start working at a Dementia research facility in South Korea after numerous lazy days back home. Jules Koifman finished his first year at Queen’s commerce and spent the summer doing an internship at RBC and running a computer tutoring business. Ian Li finished one awesome year at Columbia. He was in New York over the summer to make websites for the school. Nicholas Lombardo finished his first year at Yale and headed to Beijing this past summer to study Mandarin. Scott McCain finished his first year at Western, and worked in Kenya for the summer. Alfred Nataprawira started Lotus HiMetal, an import/export company. He produces resistancewelding electrodes and plans to expand into moulds. He has also joined a dragon boat team and planned to participate in the Dragon Boat Festival over the summer. Alfred took the year off food critiquing and has since been working on a standup routine in his free time. If all goes well he plans to have his first gig at UWO by the end of the year. Luis Orozco finished his first year as an art history and linguistics double major at McGill, and headed to Waseda University in Tokyo to study Japanese Language and Culture over the summer. Blake Pinell spent the summer after graduation representing Canada at the CanAmMex regatta in Tennessee. He pledged Sigma Phi Epsilon, rows and is a history major at Columbia University
The most asked question when members of the Class of 2010 contact the school is,
“Where is everybody?” Boston College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Victoria
University of Bristol
University of Waterloo
University of British Columbia
University of Western Ontario
University of Guelph Wilfrid Laurier University Universitiy of King’s College
New York Film Academy Dalhousie University
Williams College University of Miami
New York University Dartmouth College
Yale University University of Michigan
Princeton University Denison University
University of Nottingham
Taking a year to travel, do service work, or pursue other initiatives:
Queen’s University Durham University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto
Unknown at time of publication:
Ryerson University Macalester College Sheridan College
University of St Andrews
Canada: 108 USA: 18 Europe: 9
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Upcoming Events 2010
Saturday, September 11
UCC Annual Montreal Golf Tournament 10:30 a.m., Club de Golf de l’île de Montreal
Sunday, September 12
New Family Open House at Norval
Tuesday, September 21
Council of 1829 Reception
6:30 p.m., Grant House garden
Wednesday, September 29 Meeting of the Association Council
6:30 p.m., Student Centre, 3rd floor
Friday, September 24
Reunion Golf Tournament
9:00 or 11:15 a.m., Pheasant Run Golf Club, Newmarket, Ont.
Boarding Reunion Reception
5:30 p.m., Massey Quad, UCC
Reunion Class Events
Various times and locations for honoured years celebrating Reunion
Saturday, September 25
Association Day (all day)
For all members of the College community
Classes of 1961, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and Boarders 7:00 p.m., Hewitt Athletic Centre Sunday, September 26
Boarders’ Breakfast and Sport Day
11:30 a.m., Upper Dining Hall, UCC
Thursday, September 30
Branch Reception in London, Ont.
7 p.m., The London Club
Thursday, October 7
Branch Reception in Kingston, Ont.
7 p.m., University Club
Wednesday, October 13
UCC Community Meeting and Association AGM
7 p.m., Upper School
Sunday, October 17
Norval Fall Open House
1 p.m –3 p.m.
Saturday, October 23
Branch Reception in Boston
7 p.m., The Harvard Club
Saturday, November 13
Branch Reception in Montreal
7 p.m., University Club
Saturday, November 27
Branch Dinner in London, U.K.
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: srobertson@ucc. on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2220.
2010 Sept 22–24: Timmins/Sudbury, Ont. Sept. 29–Oct. 2: Boston, Mass. Oct. 30: London, Ont. Oct. 7: Kingston, Ont. Oct. 17–25: Brazil, São Paulo Nov. 10–15: Bermuda Oct. 28: Rigaud, Que. Nov. 2: Tokyo, Japan Nov. 4: Manila, Phillipines Nov. 7: Bangkok, Thailand Nov. 10: Hanoi, Vietnam Nov. 11: Jakarta, Indonesia Nov. 14: Mumbai, India Nov. 15: Mannheim, Germany Nov. 16: Barbados Nov. 16: Paris Nov. 18-21: Moncton, N.B. Nov. 27: London, U.K. Nov. 27–29: Halifax, N.S. Dec. 5–7: Miami, Fla. 2011 Jan. 20: Istanbul, Turkey Jan. 24: Barcelona, Spain Jan. 27: Nairobi, Kenya Jan. 31: Abuja, Nigeria Feb. 3: Lagos, Nigeria April 28: Eaglebrook, Mass.
7 p.m., The Royal Automobile Club
Friday, December 3
Lunch for Former Faculty and Staff
Noon, Upper Dining Hall
Winterfest and Winter Sports Night
For more information, please contact the Association Office at 416-484-8629 or 1-800-822-5361 toll-free anywhere in North America. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Register online for UCC Association events at www.ucc.on.ca in the Community Section. Please check the “Old Boys” section of the UCC website regularly for news and more events to be scheduled throughout the 2010–11 year.
2011 Friday, January 21
Sunday, January 23
Winter Open House at Norval
1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Wednesday, February 16
6 p.m. at the College
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reunion without a little sibling rivalrY? Boarding Reunion, and see if your House spirit still measures up. We want to see which House — Seaton’s or Wedd’s — produces the largest attendance. The statue of Sir John in the Massey Quad will wear the winning House’s tie all weekend as acknowledgment of ultimate victory. Boarding Reunion September 24-26, 2010
For a full schedule and to register for events taking place all weekend long, call 416-484-8629 or visit www.ucc.on.ca/boardingreunion
Register now! Join our Facebook group “UCC Boarding Fans” to earn extra points or to see which house is in the lead. (Scoring closed as of September 24 at noon.)
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