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The Business of Farming Alumni who work the land show that enterprise and initiative grow in fields as well as in offices.

An Entrepreneurial Spirit 21st-century grads share what motivated them to forge their own paths.


Mark Your Calendars SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016

UTS Open House 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All alumni are welcome to drop by for a tour!

UTSAA Annual General Meeting 1:30 p.m. All alumni are invited to attend the AGM in room 137.

Annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Anniversary Year Celebrations: 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 All years are welcome! The H.J. Crawford Award will be presented, and UTS Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured. Why not begin your festivities earlier and visit the UTS Open House? See above for more information. Location: Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel; 5:30 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony & Dinner. (See page 21) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016

Ted Barris Talk on Vimy Ridge 7:00 p.m. at UTS. This talk will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. (See page 5) THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016

Remembrance Day Service 10:15 a.m. Reception; 10:45 a.m. Service Alumni and alumni veterans are invited to join students and staff for the Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. Alumni luncheon afterwards hosted by Principal Rosemary Evans.


Board of Directors President

Mark Opashinov ’88

Vice President Laura Money ’81


Kristina Bates ’88


Aaron Dantowitz ’91

Honorary President Rosemary Evans

Honorary Vice President Garth Chalmers


Sharon Au ’08

Jonathan Bitidis ’99

Aaron Chan ’94

Nina Coutinho ’04


Holiday Concert

David Dodds ’73

A holiday tradition of student musical performances. Café Blanc 5:00 p.m., Concert 6:30.p.m.

Anne Fleming ’85

To RSVP to any of these events, go to:, or email, or call 416-978-3919.

Peter Frost ’63

Oliver Jerschow ’92

Peter Neilson ’71

Bob Pampe ’63

Tim Sellers ’78


President’s Report


Principal’s Report


UTS Board Report


Advancement Report


Crawford and Hall of Fame Awards 21 Annual Donor Report


The Business of Farming Four alumni who work the land discuss how – and why – they do it, showing that the entrepreneurial spirit grows in fields as well as offices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Alumni News All the latest in the lives of your classmates, including In Memoriam and tributes to the lives of four distinguished alumni. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22


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Above: UTS students Ananya and Mirjana widen their environmental horizons at the farm of Bill Redrupp ’54. On the cover: L-R: A meeting of the generations: Chuck Magwood ’61, Ananya Chadha, Bill Redrupp ’54, and Mirjana Mijalkovic in Creemore, Ontario. Cover Photography: Johan Hallberg-Campbell Our thanks to this issue’s contributors: Jonathan Bitidis ’99, Jeff Boxer ’73, Marian Boxer, Steve Craig ’76, Martha Drake, Rosemary Evans, Mike Farley, Jim Fleck C.C., ’49, Carrie Flood, Adam Gregson, Andrea Ho ’16, Janine Kuzma, Anand Mahadevan, Rick Marin ’80, Robin Michel, Mark Opashinov ’88, Stan Pearl, Jane Rimmer, Mark Timmins, Carole Zamroutian. Publisher: Martha Drake Editor: Diana Shepherd ’80 Staff Writer and Managing Editor: Jane Rimmer Proofreader: Steve Craig ’78 Design: PageWave Graphics Inc. Printed in Canada by Colour Systems Inc.

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A Most Excellent Teacher UTS biology teacher Anand Mahadevan was one of the ten national recipients of the 2015 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. These awards honour exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers for their remarkable achievements in education. Anand, a biology teacher who has also served as Science Department Coordinator, came to UTS in 2004. He was a 2009–10 Fulbright scholar, and more recently was a recipient of a Fulbright Canada and US Embassy Ottawa Community Leadership Program grant, which provides Fulbright alumni with an opportunity to act as community leaders. Anand used his grant to help launch the neuro-science summer program “Bright Lights in the Lab”, run jointly by UTS, the Firefly Foundation, and U of T.

We asked Anand to reflect on the role of a teacher, his teaching practice, and his experience at UTS. Here’s what he had to say: “I think of a teacher as a training wheel on a bicycle. My job is to help my students take risks knowing that if they wobble in their learning, I’m there to help them recover. Just as the training wheels come off as a child learns to ride a bicycle, my role as the teacher diminishes as my students become masters of their own learning. Students have to become lifelong learners in the knowledge economy. My goal is to teach them the skills so that they have the confidence to learn and grow in new and unfamiliar situations long after leaving the hallways of UTS. “UTS students are incredibly passionate and curious. They bring questions and ideas from multiple sources. I share their passion for trying

to make sense of the world, so working at UTS is a dream job for me. As a teacher, I’ve learned that if students are engaged and interested in the learning, the work becomes fun. So we chase after the idea of loving our learning. I trust my students and engage them and, in turn, the students trust me to teach them the skills that will help them grow in ways that they may not necessarily initially appreciate. Passion and persistence are key to success at UTS and in life. The students bring passion to the classroom; I help them value persistence as a virtue and couple effort to their abilities. “I love working with UTS students. I am also fortunate to work with very talented colleagues who are devoted to the cause of our students’ success. We have very high standards and are driven to innovate within the Ontario curriculum. The constraints of our timetable and curriculum feed our creativity and challenge us – students and teachers alike. I also have to make special note of how nice our students are. They are smart and hardworking and ambitious, but they are also very nice kids who look out for each other and build a warm and collegial community of friends that lasts a lifetime. I feel privileged to share in this community.”

Gaudeamus, Vicimus!

UTS teacher, Anand Mahadevan, receiving his 2015 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself. 4

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At the 2016 Ontario Student Classics Conference, the UTS contingent worked wonders once again by winning – for the 21st consecutive time – the Phyllis Morgan Trophy for highest overall tally. About 500 students attend the conference, which comprises more than 100 contests of dizzying variety spanning the academic, creative, and athletic domains: everything from declaiming in Ancient Greek to chariot races, performances and fashion shows,

The UTS Classics contingent basking in the success of their 21st successive victory. Audentes fortuna iuvat – onwards to our 22nd title!

the preparation of a school display, and the construction of models of ancient buildings and artifacts. The study of the Classics is strongly supported at UTS. All F2 (Grade 8) students study Latin – which remains an essential part of the UTS tradition – and this experience introduces them to a culture that grips many with fascination for the rest of their lives. Occasionally, as with Andrea Ho ’16 (a former member of the UTS Classics delegation executive), it fans the flames of an existing passion. However, Andrea allows that “it was my experiences at UTS that really encouraged and cultivated my interests. At the end of F1 (Grade 7), my one goal was to become a member of the Classics contingent.” The dynamic pedagogy of teacher Harry Maynard (at UTS from 1961 to 1988) invigorated the study of Latin and Ancient Greek at the school. He even composed textbooks for both languages! For many years, UTS Classics enjoyed the charismatic leadership of Eugene DiSante, who took the UTS contingent to its first Classics Conference win in 1996, and who thereafter led successive teams to a long string of victories. Upon Eugene’s retirement in 2014, the torch was passed to me and my colleague Chris Carswell.

The Classics co-curricular continues to be a labour of love and a rigorous and inspiring pursuit for our students. It is also a popular one, often significantly over-subscribed, and so our student executive and supervising teachers make selections based on a profile of skills and knowledge. It richly complements the courses we teach and also provides students with experiences beyond the intellectual. “The cycle of mentorship and camaraderie was possibly my favorite aspect,” says Andrea. “I met some of the most inspiring, dedicated, hardworking, and insightful individuals, [and] I had the opportunity, in turn, to take on this leadership role – one of my most rewarding experiences.” Members of the group meet throughout the year – often on weekends, too – working together to hone skills and prepare. When we finally arrive at the Conference, the extensive preparations, adrenalin, team spirit, and love of Classics all converge to power us forward in our competition with our honourable opponents! “You really haven’t seen anything until UTS is announced the winner of the conference, and the entire contingent erupts in our school cheer,” says Andrea. However, she points out that it isn’t the “artificial aspect of winning” that’s

important. Rather, “it’s because we can’t be more excited to see our mentors and friends succeed and be recognized for [their] dedication, persistence, creativity, and athletic ability.” Suavis est victoria, sed laus amicorum et amor discendi suaviores. Victory is sweet, but praise of friends and love of learning sweeter. – Mark Timmins, Classics teacher Note: This year, the UTS Hall of Fame will induct students who earned the Conference’s John Bell Memorial Award for achieving the greatest number of first-place victories in all areas of competition (see page 21).

Remembering Vimy Ridge Next spring marks the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – a subject about which award-winning historian-journalist and broadcaster Professor Ted Barris knows much. In his book, Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9–12, 1917 (Thomas Allen, 2007), we see the birth of our nation at Vimy through the perspective THE UTS ALUMNI M AGAZINE



Photo: Peter Lucas, Wikicommons

The Cohort 21 Program

L: Professor Ted Barris and UTS students will bring the Battle of Vimy Ridge to life in honour of Remembrance Day, 2017. R: The saddened figure of Canada Bereft, also known as Mother Canada, at the site of the Vimy memorial.

of front-line soldiers; as one soldier put it, “At Vimy, I felt my very first sense of nationhood.” Ted has previously written about the crucial role Bob Dale ’39 played in a weather-reconnaissance mission that ended up delaying D-Day from June 5 to June 6, 1944, which helped to ensure the invasion’s success. Ted’s initial interviews with veteran Don Kerr ’39 blossomed into a friendship, and the two remained close until Kerr’s death in 2011. Ted has also developed a friendship with former UTS principal Stan Pearl, who has taken a close interest in UTS “Old Boys” (a bygone term for UTS graduates that changed to “alumni” with the advent of co-education) who served in World War I. In writing “Reflections on D-Day” (see The Root, fall 2014), Stan relied on interviews Ted conducted with UTS veterans. In point of fact, there are several associations that connect UTS directly to Vimy Ridge. Old Boys Harry Walker (who was killed on the Somme front on October 8, 1916, at the age of 20) and Murray Winchester (who fell at the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917, at the age of 19 after just two months in France) are both commemorated there. In addition, the site’s architect, Walter Allward, was the father and grandfather respectively of 6

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Hugh Allward ’18 and Peter Allward ’47.

In recent months, Stan Pearl, acting as a liaison between Ted, the UTS Office of Advancement, and the UTS Canadian and World Studies (CWS) department, has been instrumental in the organization of an event to be held at UTS in November as part of the school’s Remembrance Day commemorations. During the event, Ted will talk about many aspects of army life, military planning and strategy, and how the plans for Vimy nearly came undone days before the main assault. He will be joined by current UTS history students, each of whom will be presenting short biographies of UTS alumni who gave their lives in the Great War. Teacheremeritus and creator of the UTS WWI project, Dr. Paul Moore, has worked with the CWS department and students to flesh out further details of the lives of the alumni being commemorated. Please join us as the past and present collide and we remember the important contributions UTS Old Boys made to the war effort.

“Victory at Vimy: The Story of the Birth of a Nation”

Tuesday November 21, at 7:00 pm. Open to students, staff, parents, and alumni.

UTS is entering its fourth year as part of the Cohort 21 program. Created by Garth Nichols and Justin Medved in 2012, Cohort 21 is a year-long professional development opportunity for Conference of Independent Schools Ontario educators. The program combines face-to-face learning with digital technology to foster community and sharing among its members. The end result is an inter-school professional learning network built on a foundation of collaboration and innovation. One of the key aspects of Cohort 21 is an Action Plan designed and implemented by each educator. UTS teachers have made good use of this opportunity to explore new ideas, innovate, and investigate how to implement their findings in their classrooms. In 2013-14, Canadian and World Studies teacher Mike Farley worked with UTS history teachers to introduce digital games into the F1 (Grade 7) course (see The Root, fall 2013). In 2014–15, mathematics and computer science teacher Adam Gregson explored the possibilities of Google Apps for Education (GAFE), Moodle (an open-source learning platform that provides an integrated system to create personalized learning environments), and the MIT App Inventor. This past year, art and drama teacher Robin Michel investigated boosting creativity in her visual arts courses by focusing on creative transitions in the classroom to engender an environment of calm, wire‑to-wire industriousness. Latin teacher Chris Carswell will represent UTS for the 2016–17 year. Cohort 21 provides a forum for teachers to meet colleagues from other schools who are interested in reflecting on their practice and finding ways to enhance student learning. While educational technology is the theme for the sessions, participants from across disciplines and grade levels discuss all aspects of their experience and identify their areas for growth. “It was great to talk to some teachers from other schools,” says Adam. “Unlike


L: Conversation, collaboration and camaraderie: UTS teacher Robin Michel (far left) participating in Cohort 21; R: The UTS Envirothon team bringing home the win at the 2016 competition.

other conferences, this is a group that meets four times throughout the year, and keeps in touch in between through blogging and microblogging via Twitter. The format engenders longer-term relationships and helps you to stay focused on your goals.” Robin also identified the energetic and supportive participating teachers as a key to the program. “The focus this year on using design-thinking strategies to develop our action plans was very effective,” she notes, “but the conversations and feedback from other teachers throughout the process is what makes the Cohort 21 experience so special.” “Participating in Cohort 21 challenged me and helped me grow as a teacher more than any other professional development program I have been a part of,” says Mike. “I’m very excited for Chris for 2016–17 and for future UTS Cohort 21 participants in years to come!”

The Heart of the Matter The Heartwood Award for Volunteer Service was launched in May 2016 to celebrate members of the UTS community who have contributed to the betterment of the school through their outstanding volunteer actions. Just as the heartwood, the central core of a tree, provides strength to the tree, so, too, do these volunteers provide strength to UTS. The inaugural recipients were:

• Former teacher Ann Unger who, upon her retirement, gave the gift of The Keys Gallery to UTS and continues to curate and steward exhibits by alumni, parents, and staff.

Envirothon 2016: There’s No Place Like Home • Marko Duic ’76, a Branching Out mentor since 2012, who goes above and beyond the scope of the program as a mentor extraordinaire. • Suzanne Martin ’84, a stalwart contributor to the UTS Parents Association; she created and developed UTSPA’s entire operations system. • Anthony Lee ’86, who introduced Taiko drumming to UTS and works tirelessly teaching and rehearsing students; a Branching Out mentor since 2010; host of UTSAA cultural events; has spearheaded class of ’86 fundraising initiatives. • Mark Shuper ’88, who set a 25th anniversary fundraising goal of $250,000 to establish the Class of ’88 Bursary, inspiring other classes to follow his lead. • Former teacher Paul Moore, whose extensive research into alumni veterans has culminated in the World War I Commemorative Project.

Last fall, we reported on how the UTS contingent had fared at the 2015 Envirothon competition in Springfield, Missouri. We noted that “the experience gained – not to mention the home field advantage – augur well for… next year’s international final [which will] be hosted by Trent University in Peterborough, ON!” Augur well it did: UTS once again represented Ontario at this year’s competition, which was hosted by Forests Ontario, and became the 2016 North American Envirothon champions, besting nearly 50 other teams. For teacher Elizabeth Straszynski, a resident of the Peterborough area, the victory was especially sweet and quite literally on home turf! n



President’s Report

Considering “Our Community” Why do so many alumni volunteer their time, their expertise, and their money to UTS?

Mark Opashinov, ’88

President, UTSAA

One of the pleasures of serving on the board of the UTSAA is the frequent contact it affords me with so many UTS alumni. Recently, one such contact made me think about how communities are formed – in particular the UTS community that we so often refer to in these pages. It strikes me that there are several types of community: those of proximity (think of your neighbourhood), those based on shared experiences (members of a sports team, for example), and those united by a common interest (members of a profession, for instance, or advocates for a particular cause). My sense is that we use the phrase “UTS community” to describe all three.

The fact that volunteers serve, in many cases, for literally decades and give profoundly of themselves to the School suggests that choosing to be part of the UTS community in this sense is about more than simply “giving back.” As students, by virtue of spending several years at 371 Bloor Street, we were all members of the UTS “neighbourhood” of close coevals until graduation, when we dispersed into the world. We also have the shared experience of having been educated at UTS – but the community evoked in this context brings together every cohort, even those decades apart, and so is different from the neighbourhood of relative peers. Lastly, “UTS community” also means those with a common interest in UTS – not just alumni


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but also students, parents, and staff, too. Not only does this last sense of the phrase include the broadest range of actors, for alumni it is the only one predicated entirely on voluntary association. That is, the first two senses in which we are members of the “UTS community” happen to us whereas the last happens only by us. And it is that active, conscious decision by so many alumni to pursue their common interest in UTS that intrigues me the most. What is it that makes alumni active participants in the “UTS community” of people with a common interest in the School? What is it that makes so many volunteer their time, their expertise, their money? I would venture that it goes beyond the often-cited rationale of “giving back”. The fact that volunteers serve, in many cases, for literally decades and give profoundly of themselves to the School suggests that choosing to be part of the UTS community in this sense is about more than simply “giving back.” My theory is that those who consciously choose to be part of the UTS community do so in order to ensure that, through their actions, the UTS project of rigorous and humane education of students from all backgrounds united chiefly by their propensity to learn, continues to flourish. But you tell me: do you support the School because of a desire simply to give back or because you want to see UTS continue to flourish in the future? Or is it something else altogether? I would be very interested in your thoughts: please email me at and tell me what motivates you to be an active member of the UTS community. n

Principal’s Report

Affirming Indigenous Solidarity We have increased our efforts to understand Canada’s aboriginal heritage and current realities.

In the lead-up to the publication of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report in December 2015, more than 90 Calls to Action were issued advising all levels of government to work to address and repair the harm caused by residential schools. Among them was a recommendation to “make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students.” UTS heeded the call and, during the 2015–16 school-year, we furthered our efforts to promote understanding of Canada’s Aboriginal heritage and current realities. Sam Levy ’10 provided an initial “way in”; he had met an Aboriginal elder, Cat Mark Criger, and recommended to me that UTS seek his counsel. Cat – who is elder-in-residence at U of T – graciously agreed to become our official elder-inresidence, too. Cat opened our first assembly with a territorial declaration and subsequently attended many school events throughout the year. He spoke to staff about indigenous solidarity, and prompted us to question our assumptions and to rethink our relationships with Canada’s First Nations people. He provided guidance to staff and students regarding the incorporation of Aboriginal perspectives into our curricular and co-curricular programs, and offered teachings that enriched our understanding of aboriginal worldviews. Cat also worked closely with our student Indigenous Solidarity Committee that, under the leadership of then-S6 (Grade 12) student Maddie Elder ’16, hosted an evening designed to deepen understanding of Indigenous relations and appreciation for Indigenous culture. In a panel discussion, Cat joined Dr. Sandra Styres (OISE), Beverly Jacobs (president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada), and

Johl Ringuette (Ashoka “Changemaker”, social entrepreneur, and National Aboriginal Community Mobiliser), to ask: “What role do youth play in Indigenous Relations?” The evening was rounded out by a traditional Anishnawbe dinner, a performance by Red Rhythm drumming group, and a deer-hide sewing workshop led by Tracy Jobin of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. In another initiative, our F1 (Grade 7) students explored the experiences of Aboriginal youth in Toronto through the lens of the Arts, focusing on how the Arts might help youth reconcile Aboriginal identity, practices, and beliefs with the reality of life in modern society. They explored a wide-range of questions such as the issues facing aboriginal youth in Canada, how the Arts might influence attitudes of non-Aboriginal youth, and how the Arts currently are being used to address Aboriginal issues as well as other social issues.

Rosemary Evans Principal, UTS

UTS is committed to continuing to build right relations with First Nations and to embracing the Call to Action issued by Chief Justice Murray Sinclair, author of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. The students were introduced to Aboriginal artists, leaders, and thinkers. They also heard from John Ralston Saul, grandfather of a current F1 student and a dedicated advocate for addressing indigenous issues in Canada. Ralston Saul passionately shared his perspective and his contention that the residential school legacy constitutes the primary social justice issue facing our country today. UTS is committed to continuing to build right relations with First Nations and to embracing the Call to Action issued by Chief Justice Murray Sinclair, author of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. n THE UTS ALUMNI M AGAZINE


UTS Board Report

Building and Bursary Jamie Day Fleck

We are committed to maintaining an undiminished flow of bursary throughout the building campaign.

Jim Fleck C.C. ’49 Board Chair, UTS

At UTS, we are blessed with an alumni body – indeed, an entire community! – that cares deeply about the school and the welfare of its students. It is with these students in mind that alumni have raised questions in recent months about the effect our upcoming building campaign will have on the UTS bursary program. In so doing, they have highlighted two of the most crucial issues confronting the school today: 1. A new building is a fundamental need.

While bricks and mortar do not define UTS, it is obvious that if there is nowhere to house our students, UTS cannot exist. Our vision is to rebuild a school that will provide an environment suitable for the teaching and learning needs of today and tomorrow. Moreover, our affiliation agreement with U of T requires that we have all necessary funds in place for our new facility before we break ground.

Fortunately, we have a very sound endowment that will enable us to maintain our bursary program so that we can focus our efforts on our new home. 2. UTS would not be the school it is without our bursary program – a defining feature

that exemplifies the meritocracy at the heart of our values system. It provides financial support to 18% of our student body and is one of the largest of any independent school in Canada. This level of support does not meet all needs, but it is significant nonetheless. We are committed to maintaining an undiminished flow of bursary throughout the building


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campaign, with adjustments for inflation, and aspire to increase bursary support to 20% of the student body. How can we accomplish these goals with a school income derived from tuition fees and donations? Since both a new building and a robust bursary program are “must-haves”, we have no choice but to work hard to support both these key priorities, by carefully and prudently stewarding the level of tuition fees, and by engaging our community in fundraising efforts. Fortunately, we have a very sound endowment that will enable us to maintain our bursary program so that we can focus our efforts on our new home. The UTS community has never shied away from a challenge! Flashback to 1993: funding was withdrawn from UTS at very short notice. The UTS community rallied, launched the bursary program to sustain and maintain the school, and the “Preserving the Opportunity” drive became one of the school’s greatest success stories. Now as then, students can access a UTS education regardless of financial means – and our students routinely excel and inspire in a wide range of pursuits within the school, in Canada, and at tournaments and competitions around the globe. Merit-based and with an ethnically diverse student body drawn from all socio-economic levels, our school is unique in the GTA and, arguably, across the country. UTS continues to provide some of the most promising young people in the GTA an environment in which they are nurtured to become the best they can be. A donation to the “Building the Future” campaign will help ensure that this is not just our legacy, but also a promise and a commitment to generations of UTS students to come. n

Advancement Report

Leave a Bequest, Live Longer You can live a happier, healthier, and longer life by making a planned gift to UTS! In this age of self-help handbooks, I would like to tell you about a proof-positive way to enhance your sense of wellbeing. Did you know that those with Wills live longer than those without? And, did you know that those with charitable bequests in their Wills live even longer, happier, and healthier lives than those without? It’s true! Inspired by the recent actions of a UTS alumnus and by the many inquiries I have received from alumni at various stages of life about ways to support UTS, I thought that I’d share some information about planned giving that can minimize your taxes and maximize your gift to UTS. The UTS Arbor Society listing on page 37 names alumni, parents, and retired staff who have made a provision for UTS in their Wills. As they know, an advantage of a charitable bequest – beyond my longevity claim – is that you have full control of your gift during your lifetime. A bequest is revocable: you may amend your Will throughout your life. It is also flexible. Your gift may be of any sum and may be a percentage of your estate, a fixed amount, a residual amount, specific property (such as a musical instrument), or it may be contingent upon an event such as the death of your spouse. From a tax-savings perspective, your estate is eligible for a tax receipt that may be applied up to 100% of the income on your terminal (final) tax return, thus reducing estate taxes and increasing the after-tax value of your estate for other beneficiaries. Life insurance is another great way to support UTS. You may transfer an existing or a new policy

to UTS and receive tax receipts for premium payments during your lifetime, or name UTS as the beneficiary of your policy, in which case your estate will receive a tax receipt. As with a bequest, estate taxes are reduced – but unlike bequests, gifts of life insurance are not subject to probate. There are other options such as annuities, charitable remainders, trusts, and gifts of retirement funds, which can be beneficial to you depending on your circumstances. This fall, two alumni decided to start their planned gifts to UTS immediately. One has made a multi-year pledge for our upcoming campaign and is securing it through a bequest, and the other has created a bursary and will add to it through a testamentary gift. They both have cited the satisfaction of being able to see, during their lifetime, the benefit of their donations – as well as creating a legacy for future UTS students.

Martha Drake Executive Director, Advancement

An advantage of a charitable bequest – beyond my longevity claim – is that you have full control of your gift during your lifetime. There are many ways to support UTS, and we are blessed with a caring community that has the will to do so. Thank you to all who support UTS through your financial support, your voluntarism, and advocacy. Please contact me at mdrake@ if you’d like more information about how I can help you live a happier, healthier, and longer life by making your planned gift to UTS! n



The Root asked five 21st-century grads who became entrepreneurs what motivated them to forge their own paths. Their answers reveal a common thread: they saw a problem, and they wanted to solve it.



ntrepreneur. Entrepreneur. As a colleague of mine says, the word gets easier to type as you gain more experience with it – which, if you think about it, is a pretty good analogy for entrepreneurship itself. I have spent far more of my life than I care to admit plugging away at jobs that were unrewarding or stagnant “just to pay the bills.” Only recently have I begun to recognize the rewards of running my own small business – and also to understand the need for entrepreneurship in the current marketplace. An unexpected benefit of my ability to set my own schedule has been the opportunity to volunteer at the Toronto Zoo, where I have come face-to-face with the realization that conservation and sustainability are the two most critical areas for humankind to address right now. I have a soft spot for ventures that – by design or by accident – contribute in some way toward helping to solve those two urgent problems. Solving problems is a common thread between all start-up ventures, no matter how big or how small. From the founding of Ronald McDonald House and Bell’s Let’s Talk initiative to the garagebased humble beginnings of Amazon and Apple, good (and successful) entrepreneurs identify


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a problem and decide that they are the perfect people to find the best solution. This usually necessitates a risky leap of faith; however, with the current trend of many companies hiring workers on contracts (and the global population explosion making full-time jobs harder to find and creating many more problems to be solved), it will likely become ever easier to decide to make that leap. Crowdfunding, microloans, Kickstarter campaigns, social media advertising with instant global reach: all of these relatively new tools and more, freely available to entrepreneurs, mean the time is ripe for people to create their own magic – provided they have the right skill set. Which brings us to the advantages of a UTS education. In the years since I graduated, UTS has made a wonderful transition from an oldschool business mentality to teaching currentera problem-solving skills. As a result, recent graduates of UTS are among the best-equipped anywhere to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity that currently exists to carve out one’s own niche in the world. In the following pages, five young alumni reveal how they benefitted from a UTS education, what motivated them to forge their own paths, and what they think the future holds for them.





CAMERON HOWIESON ’06 (BScE Software Engineering), co-founder/CTO of Opencare

ANTHONY VAZ ’08 (BComm), co-founder of CreditMobile

EMILY LUK ’11 (BComm),

member of growth team for Stripe

VICTOR LI ’11 (BScE Applied Maths/Systems & Robotics), co-founder of Atria, IT Consultant

AISHI JIANG ’12 (BSc in Biology),

former Web Development Lead at Switchboard

How did you get involved in entrepreneurial activity?

CAMERON: A friend approached me with an idea for a “fintech” [financial technology] product. As someone who has always been excited by math and analysis – and knew nothing about investing – I was intrigued. We were very young and had no idea what we were doing, but it was fun and I worked tirelessly in my evenings and weekends (outside of my day job) to bring the idea to fruition. After a year of work, my partner got us into a startup accelerator in Montreal that gave us $25,000 to pursue our product. I realized that this was the time in my life to take that risk so I quit my job, moved to Montreal, and never looked back. I learned more about building companies and startups in those first four months than most people learn in 10 years. You have to take risks in life to get what you want. ANTHONY: I saw a problem. I realized that there was an opportunity for financial services to be run better and to be more accessible, so I cofounded CreditMobile late last year.

EMILY: My parents were entrepreneurs and when I was growing up we often talked about business – both day-to-day problems and business events. My first taste of “entrepreneurial activity” was when I started wholesale sourcing of customized clothing for UTS and U of T back in S5. Upon graduating, I went to work at the BDC IT Venture Fund where I met entrepreneurs on a daily basis and worked on investment deals to back them. VICTOR: I became involved in entrepreneurial activity through joining the Queen’s Innovation 14

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Connector Summer Initiative [QICSI] in the summer of 2015. QICSI is a 17-week incubator that provides training, mentorship, and resources in entrepreneurship. Students launch real ventures and compete for funding throughout the summer. Many companies born in QICSI continue to operate to this day.

AISHI: I got involved with entrepreneurship though the Next 36 program [of which Reza Satchu P ’21 is founding chairman], where they provide mentorship to guide you through the process of starting your own venture, as well as the opportunity for a decent amount of funding. It was a great way of meeting other people who are entrepreneurially minded and have a different subset of skills than you do. What personal qualities or attributes do think are important in order to launch an entrepreneurial venture?

CAMERON: I think the most important quality is trust in yourself – something every UTS student and alumnus should possess. Intellect and wellroundedness will take you leaps and bounds in any direction you choose, and you should never be afraid to truly pursue your dreams. Being an entrepreneur creates a significant amount of uncertainty in your life, but after the first few ups and downs you can find comfort in that uncertainty. You learn that you can survive situations that seem daunting to most people. Once you begin to trust yourself to figure these things out, you become stronger and more confident, and the impact that you’re able to have on the world becomes much larger. ANTHONY: You need to be passionate about a problem, curious about a solution, and probably a little crazy. Startups are hard and most fail, even venture-backed ones. If you aren’t passionate about the problem you’re trying to solve, it makes it that much harder to work through the major hurdles and challenges any startup faces. You also have to be willing to incorporate feedback, realize when you’re wrong, and change as needed. The crazy part? In all startups the odds are stacked against you, and you just need to ignore them until you change them in your favour.

VICTOR: Grit: starting a company is like riding an endless emotional roller coaster. A key quality is being able to persevere through the down times,

learn from your failures, and apply those learnings the next time around. Risk-tolerance: there are so many things that can and will go wrong in a startup. Some you can anticipate and plan for, others are out of your control. You don’t necessarily have to be risk-seeking, but you have to be able to perform under the pressures of uncertainty. Focus: you quickly find out that there are myriad things to do but only so much time to do it all. Prioritize your tasks. Passion: this will keep you working intelligently through the distractions. This does not have to be passion for the idea; you can be passionate about the problem, solution, team, business potential, etc. 

What motivates you?

EMILY: I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunities that I have, and very fortunate to have been at the right place at the right time. I don’t want to waste that. I want to be part of the exploration of figuring out what is possible – or what can be made possible. VICTOR: I am motivated by the concept of building products or services that can positively impact somebody’s life (even if it’s just one person). I like to start with a personal problem when brainstorming solutions; that way, even if nobody else has the same problem, I’ll at least have one customer in myself!

AISHI: I’m motivated by the thought that I could

ANTHONY: UTS taught me how rewarding taking on difficult challenges can be and really made me appreciate putting together a team with perspectives, skills, experiences, and viewpoints very different from my own – and that’s been invaluable. You need to work with people who will take a different approach and disagree with you, because doing so always leads to better results. EMILY: It never appeared as if there were “rules” or clear definitions of what an “Arts” or a “Science” student ought to study. This helped foster a “why not?” mentality that is fundamental to engaging in anything entrepreneurial. It also provided a foundation for adversity and humility. I quickly realized that I was not going to be the student with the highest marks; instead, I had to figure out how to learn quickly from others. I had to put in more hours than some of my classmates to achieve similar results, and what I learned was the importance of work ethic, and strategies to work smarter. AISHI: During S6 (Grade 12), the passion a lot of people had for academics outside of school rubbed off on me. I ended up going to the International Biology Olympiad, and made a really close friend there who got me really excited about starting my own venture. What’s next for you?

come up with solutions to the problems I see around me, and improve people’s lives on a large scale.

CAMERON: Opencare is expanding quickly in Toronto and to the US in 2017. You’ll be hearing a lot more from us in the next few months!

In what ways did your time at UTS influence what you have done in the entrepreneurial realm?

ANTHONY: Hopefully growing CreditMobile for

CAMERON: Entrepreneurship is demanding on all parts of your brain and being. You need to be analytical and creative, you need to have breadth and depth, you need to alternate focus between technology and people. UTS made me well-rounded and taught me to push myself to the limits of what I can accomplish. UTS also gave me the skills to understand the world from a variety of perspectives and to open my mind to what is possible. The world is a very malleable place: we don’t just need to conform to the way things are today, we can actually have a big role in shaping it.

the next long while!

EMILY: Continuing to work at Stripe in San Francisco and make angel investments. I’m not sure where my journey will take me, but I’m excited to see! VICTOR: I am now working as an IT consultant – an interesting change of pace. I want to learn as much as I can in my current position, but I plan to return to the startup life – through starting another venture or joining an existing one. 

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Business of Farming Can small, family-run operations compete with today’s mega-farms – which have more in common with industrial factories than bucolic homesteads? Four alumni who work the land discuss how – and why – they do it, showing that the entrepreneurial spirit grows in fields as well as offices. By Diana Shepherd ’80 Photographs by Johan Hallberg-Campbell

The business of farming has undergone radical changes over the last half-century or so, with the number of small family farms declining as large, factory farms buy them out – or drive them out because the small farms simply can’t compete in the marketplace. For better or for worse, megafarms have become the largest food producers in the 21st century. Agriculture is both a lifestyle and a business for most farmers – but is it possible to operate a family farm today without subsidizing it with earnings from an outside “day job”? Chuck Magwood ’61 owns Four Wheel Farm in the Creemore-Stayner area. He has a few hundred acres of cash crops (soybeans, wheat, hay, and canola) in partnership with another farmer, and he also has a five-and-a-half acre commercial vineyard and a commercially-licensed winery,

and a large market-garden where he grows fruits and vegetables. “I also produce maple syrup and honey, so it’s a pretty broad range,” he says. His interest in life on the farm started when he was a young boy – his grandfather’s farm made an indelible impression on Chuck. “Even during my professional career, I had a passion to go back to the land. Over 30 years ago, we bought a hobby farm, and we’ve had our current farm for about 25 years.” While at UTS, he remembers having: “a creative desire to do something different: to build something or to be part of the landscape,” adding that he has always enjoyed “getting out there and taking a risk. A lot of this attitude came from my upbringing and where I went to school. The new UTS will nurture a new generation of innovative spirits… As an alumnus, it’s incredibly exciting to see change go in the way that it should go.”

Opposite: Chuck Magwood ’61 and Bill Redrupp ’54 in front of the barn at Four Wheel Farm, owned by Chuck, in Creemore, Ontario.



The Science of Farming Justin Ma ’03 is currently completing his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics at North Carolina State University. In February, he will be starting a position as a soybean germplasm breeder, where his goal will be to maintain genetic diversity. Justin enjoys using new technologies to address economic, social, and environmental problems. “Plant breeding is fundamentally very simple: we generate variation, select the best, then release it to farmers. Rinse and repeat. But it has evolved greatly over the last century,” he says, adding that his team combines cutting-edge technologies with techniques that have been practiced for millennia. “We have been gathering enormous amounts of data for years, but the volume has been exploding with better computers, sensors, drones, and GPS. Integrating and making useful decisions based on that data is a huge opportunity and challenge. Thankfully, we’ve got some experience with it: modern statistics were first developed to analyze agricultural data, and bio-informaticians have been working with large genetics data sets, long before ‘Big Data’ became a catchphrase,” he concludes.


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Challenges and Opportunities Chiara Meneguzzi ’06 “fell into” farming

because she met and married a farmer. Her role at Bluewater Organic Farms (located on Georgian Bay near Owen Sound) is managing beef sales, and she also contributes to the dayto-day farming operations. “I’ve always been interested in environmentalism and sustainability, and there’s a strong correlation between that interest and farming – especially from an organic perspective,” she says. “My husband co-manages a thousand-acre cash crop farm, and we also raise 80 head of grass-fed beef cattle as part of the farming operation.” Two generations ago, she notes, everybody grew up on a farm, or lived near a farm, or knew a farmer. “Because of the way technology has changed farming over the last 50 years, and because we have changed from being an agricultural society to an urban society, most people aren’t exposed to the realities of farming today.” Technology and the mega-farms have dramatically changed those realities. At a thousand acres, Bluewater is about as big as an organic operation can be because it’s so labourintensive. “But with a conventional operation, which uses industrial fertilizers and weed killers, you can get 10 or 20 times that size,” Chiara points out. “They’re appropriating smaller, more sustainable operations to meet the demand for cheap corn and soy.” Mechanization has made it possible for megafarms to produce low-cost food and still turn a profit, so consumers can suffer from sticker-shock when presented with foods from organic farms. This is a “huge challenge” for Chiara: “People don’t want to pay what they need to pay to be able to get pasture-raised beef.” She believes that people are becoming more interested in where their food comes from, but sees that there’s still a very large disconnect between the consumer and the producer. “Agriculture, farming, and food production in general has a large role to play in sustainability and questions of environmental management.” If more people started making educated, ethical choices about their food purchases, they could really impact the environment on a large scale, she asserts. At Four Wheel Farm, Chuck attempts to use the sprays and fertilizers that are “least-offensive to the environment.” He says that developments in technology are of little use in his market garden.

“At the end of the day, you really have to work a lot by hand. And I like that: it’s the spiritually uplifting part of farming.” On his cash-crop farm, Chuck uses modern technologies and cooperative practices to be competitive. “Farmers now sharecrop and operate on huge plots; unless you have at least 2,000 acres, you can’t survive as a farmer,” he asserts. “You’re working other people’s properties because of the cost of the equipment – the tractors, combines, spray equipment, etc. You need to be a big operation, and a lot of that’s done on a cooperative basis by farmers in our area.” Meg (Margaret) Wheatstone ’80 and her husband own Waiteko, a 1,200-hectare traditional sheep and beef cattle farm on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Most of the property is “quite hilly”, but they also grow cash crops – mainly feed barley – in their flat fields. Meg sees “big opportunities” for modern farmers because of new technologies – such as electronic animal identification and automated handling, the use of drones and satellites for land management, and increasingly advanced farm‑management software.

all hybrids: a mix between a Labrusca, a native grape, and something that can be grafted to it. We grow Baco Noir, Marechal Foch, and Vidal for ice-wine, which are fairly well-suited to this kind of climate. The vinifera, the finer European grapes, don’t belong up here – but with climate change, they’re starting to work.” He is currently experimenting with almost all the vinifera to see if they can survive a Creemore winter, and whether they have enough growing days to produce a grape that will yield a good wine. “We’re having success with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet Franc – and we’re now testing Syrah, the Shiraz grape. And we’re doing this farther north that anyone probably anywhere on the planet would think of trying to do it. But it’s looking like some of these will make it – and with each year, it becomes easier.” Chuck notes that last winter was very mild, which makes a big difference to his vines. And this summer’s drought is very hard on crops and fruit trees, but the grapes “are doing just fine. They love the abuse, they love the trying times.”

L-R: Chiara Meneguzzi ‘06 and her husband Justin on the family farm in Owen Sound, Ontario; Meg Wheatstone ’80 on her farm in New Zealand. Meg, who has been riding since her UTS days, shares this passion with her daughter – who recently represented New Zealand at the International Tetrathlon Exchange in Ireland.

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Climate Change and Farming

Bill Redrupp ’54 owns and runs Greenmantle

“We run approximately 4,000 sheep and 400 cattle, although it fluctuates depending on the weather,” says Meg. “Last year was a drought and our numbers were much reduced. New Zealand agriculture is very vulnerable to climatic extremes, and there are certainly fears for increasing climatic variability under global warming – which is likely to bring more frequent and severe droughts to our region.” For Chuck, climate change is actually offering new opportunities to grow products that were impossible 10 or 20 years ago. His vineyard is a prime example: “We are very far north in terms of growing wine-making grapes,” he says. “There are certain varietals that can survive here, and they’re

Farms, 275 acres about two kilometres from Chuck’s farm. He has been raising Hereford cattle for more than 50 years; he also grows cash crops (alternating between corn, soybeans, and winter wheat), and 50 acres of his farm is a white pine and spruce forest. “With climate change, you have crop and livestock farming moving into northern Ontario’s great clay belt: New Liskeard, Timmins, and Cochrane. The depth of clay is up to 300 feet, so it’s a new and challenging horizon,” says Bill. To meet these new challenges, seed companies are developing new varieties of seeds – many of which are genetically modified – that can produce better crops for the northern climate. “I’m very much in favour of GMO seed. From a health THE UTS ALUMNI M AGAZINE


standpoint, nothing has ever been proven to be wrong with it – far from it,” notes Bill. Bill notes that there have been significant improvements in equipment since he first started farming. “Equipment is bigger, faster, and more powerful and accurate. For example, planting is now computerized, so if you’re planting corn seeds, each one is going into the ground at exactly the right depth.” He even has plans for futuristic equipment: “On my land, we’ll soon be using a drone to fly over the fields, and if a field is not growing well, the drone will report back that the field needs additional fertilizer, for example.” About five years ago, he set up a bale-grazing system to winter his herd of cattle outdoors. The round bales are bound with bio-degradable sisal twine, and the cattle move from the pasture field to the hay field from about December to April. This means Bill doesn’t have to move the hay into a barn for storage, and then move it again to feed the herd on a daily basis. “I don’t even have a tractor anymore – I don’t need it,” he says. “The manure goes right on the field, which fertilizes the field for the next year, instead of into a barnyard, which I’d have to pick up and then spread on a field later. There is some wastage, but there’s seed in the trampled hay, which enriches the soil for the next summer.” The other advantage to bale-grazing is that his herd is healthier since they started living outdoors 12 months a year. “When cattle are brought into a barn, you lose a lot of calves to disease. Since I started bale-grazing about five years ago, I haven’t lost one animal to illness,” he says.

Thinking Green at UTS One doesn’t have to look far to find UTS students who are passionate about the environment and sustainability! Ananya Chadha (M3/Grade 9) (top) and Mirjana Mijalkovic (S5/Grade 11) were excited to visit farms owned by Chuck Magwood ’61 and Bill Redrupp ’54 in August. Both are active members of the UTS Sustainability and Environment Action Committee (USEAC) – Mirjana as co-president – that seeks to raise environmental awareness at UTS through various school-wide events. USEAC also has been instrumental in UTS “achieving a gold certification from Ontario EcoSchools” for three years in a row, points out Ananya. This year, Mirjana – who has participated in the Envirothon since entering UTS – is researching biological ways to reduce food wastage and spoilage.


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Life on the Farm Chiara says she finds farm life very meaningful. “It’s a lot of work, but at the end of the day, we’re growing food and we’re helping to feed people, which is pretty important. However, it’s a tough lifestyle, and you can’t do it unless you’re really invested in it. Farming is labour-intensive, knowledge-intensive, and money-intensive,” she says. “but it’s a beautiful lifestyle in many ways.” She encourages interested students to “start out as an unpaid intern where you get room and board and you can learn how to run a small farm.” “I had always associated farms with riding and summer holidays,” says Meg, “so I suppose I had a tendency towards the rural life, even though I grew up in Toronto.” She studied economics at university, and did post-grad research into agricultural policy because she found it to be an interesting application of economic theory. “I met my husband-to-be at University in NZ where I had gone to study because of their radical agricultural policies at the time. Got married and have been farming ever since!” Meg is very motivated to succeed in their business. “I take pride in producing meat and wool in a way that is more ‘natural’ and eco-friendly than the average Western farm operation,” she says. “I also enjoy seeing the application of what I learned in theory applied in practice, and getting involved in the policy side of agriculture through part-time consultancy work.” For Chuck, the most fulfilling part of farming is seeing the fruits of his labours. “Harvesting is exciting, and it’s very satisfying to see some good-looking vegetables and fruits go out the door… Whether you think of agriculture as a vocation or a hobby, it’s a worthwhile pursuit,” he says. Chuck recommends that students who are interested in agriculture visit farms that will allow them access – or take an interest in their families’ backyards. “My children and grandchildren are so aware of the food they eat, they’re so conscious and sensitive about where it comes from, it dazzles me.” He thinks that schools can play a role in developing a big-picture understanding of environmental, agricultural, and sustainability issues. Through programs like the Envirothon, the Maximum City urban development curriculum, and an active UTS Environmental Action Committee, UTS is already making important inroads in this area. n

H.J. Crawford Award UTS is excited to announce that Al Fleming ’54 is this year’s recipient of the H.J. Crawford Award. Over the course of five decades, Al has assumed many roles at UTS: student, alumnus, teacher, coach, and principal – as well as being an expert on UTS history! As a student, Al excelled academically and athletically; he was the goalie for the hockey team that eventually became TDIAA champions. Al returned to UTS in 1961 as a math teacher, and also coached hockey, tennis, baseball, and volleyball – and nearly 30 years later, he became the school’s seventh principal. As both a teacher and principal, his leadership inspired hundreds of students. In the final months before his retirement in 1994, when UTS was rocked by significant cuts to funding, Al provided a steady hand at the helm, holding the school together during a difficult and challenging time. Since his retirement, Al has remained engaged and active in the life of the school. This includes rarely missing an alumni event. He can be found behind the bench coaching at the Alumni Hockey Match, teeing off at the Alumni Golf Tournament, showing his respect for our alumni veterans during the Remembrance Day assembly, and reuniting with former students and colleagues at the Annual Alumni Dinner. Please join us when we honour Al at the 2016 Annual Alumni Dinner. For tickets, call 416-978-3919 or go to

Hall of Fame In the words of Pheidippides, who ran 26 miles with the news of Athens’ victory over the massive Persian invasion at Marathon: “Rejoice, we have conquered!” The UTS Classics team has won first place at the Ontario Students Classics Conference for 21 years in a row (See “Gaudeamus, Vicimus!”, p. 4). This year, the UTS Hall of Fame will induct students who earned the Conference’s John Bell Memorial Award for achieving the greatest number of first-place victories in all areas of competition: Sujit Roy ’99 (1999), David Lizoain ’00 (1998), Carl Shulman ’01 (2000, 2001), Leon Grek ’04 (2001), Mackenzie Tan ’05 (2005), Rafael Krichevsky ’08 (2007, 2008), Jeremy Zung ’08 (2007), Jenny Gu ’09 (2005, 2006, 2009), Jessica Zung ’12 (2009, 2011, 2012), Joshua Zung ’14 (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), Zhenglin Liu ’15 (2011, 2014), and Spencer Zhao ’16 (2013) – as well as former teacher, Eugene Di Sante, who was instrumental in the school’s success at the conference during his 25 years at UTS.


Annual Alumni Dinner Saturday, October 22, 2016 Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay Street, Toronto 5:30 p.m. Reception • 6:30 p.m. Dinner

All alumni are welcome – especially those celebrating anniversary years:

1936 • 1941 • 1946 • 1951 1956 • 1961 • 1966 • 1971 1976 • 1981 • 1986 • 1991 1996 • 2001 • 2006 • 2011 As part of our dinner program, the seventh H.J. Crawford Award will be presented and UTS Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured. Come early to attend these events at the school: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.: Enjoy a tour and meet staff and students at the UTS Admissions Open House. 1:30 p.m.: Attend the UTSAA AGM in Room 137.

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Interested in joining the Branching Out program and mentoring senior UTS students? Contact Carrie Flood for more details:



Alumni News


Former teacher and hockey coach Bruce “Nails” MacLean celebrated his 105th birthday in February by once again hosting a lunch for residents and friends of Evangel Hall Mission in Toronto.

to Elizabeth Joy Clarry, Jack’s wife, for “her unwavering commitment and dedication to [the club] and its support of elder homeless, marginally-housed and socially-isolated men.”

The Good Neighbours’ Club has created The Clarry Award in honour of John (Jack) Clarry ’38 and his family for their steadfast support and commitment. It pays particular tribute

Photo: Courtesy Ontario Heritage Trust

The 2016 John R. Evans Lectureship in Global Health, which honours the late John Evans ’46, was held at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T, in June. John’s son, Tim Evans ’78 – who is Senior Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Health at the World Bank – participated in the panel discussion following the lecture which was given by UTS Board Member Dr. Prabhat Jha O.C., P ’16, ’20.

Clockwise from top L: Bruce MacLean, host extraordinaire once again at Evangel Hall; Thomas Symons ’47; John (Jack) Clarry ’38 with The Clarry Award.


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In March 2016, Thomas Symons, C.C., ’47 was reappointed Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust. He joined the Board of Directors in 2006, and became Chairman in 2010. He was the Founding President of Trent University, serving as its President and Vice-Chancellor from 1961 to 1972; since that time, he has served as a Vanier Professor and Professor Emeritus. In June 2016, Jeffrey Simpson ’67, O.C. retired after 43 years at The Globe and Mail and 32 years as a national affairs columnist. Over the course of his career, he wrote thousands of columns, published eight books, and won all three of the nation’s leading literary awards: the Governor General’s Award


L-R: Lawrence Hill ’75; David Sherman ’75; Susan Opler ’79, City of Toronto Ombudsman.

for Discipline of Power (University of Toronto Press, 1996); the National Magazine Award for political writing; and the National Newspaper Award for column writing. He also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism as well as the 2012 Donner Prize for Chronic Condition (Allen Lane, 2012). The Illegal (HarperCollins Publishers, 2015) by Lawrence Hill ’75, will become an eight-part TV miniseries, following the path of his earlier work, The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins Publishers, 2012). The CBC will produce the miniseries in conjunction with Toronto‑based production company Conquering Lion. Tax lawyer and author David Sherman ’75 continues to publish new editions of his many tax reference books. These include The Practitioner’s Income Tax Act, 50th Edition (Carswell, 2016), and


The Canada GST Service (Carswell, 1990, 20 Vols. filed to date), the definitive commentary on the GST/HST. David and his wife Simone enjoy visiting their four children and eight grandchildren, and taking cruises – more than 60 over the past 10 years! In July 2016, the City Council voted unanimously to appoint Susan Opler ’79 P ’14 Ombudsman for the City of Toronto, effective September 12. The Ombudsman works to ensure that the City treats the public fairly, and services are provided in a fair and equitable manner for all. “As Ombudsman, Ms. Opler’s role will be to protect and serve the City’s residents and businesses by making sure complaints about the City government are investigated,” said Mayor John Tory ’72. Susan has had a varied and accomplished legal career spanning nearly 30 years. She has been a litigation partner with McCarthy Tétrault; a prosecutor with the Ontario Ministry

of the Attorney General; an adjudicator on the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario where she has served as Vice Chair, senior lawyer member, and leader; and an adjudicator on the Law Society Tribunal. She is also a lead instructor for the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. In 2014, the Law Society of Upper Canada honoured her with the Laura Legge Award. Kevin Crowston ’80, a professor at

Syracuse University, was recently awarded a research grant from the US National Science Foundation. The grant will support development of theory and tools to improve the coordination of groups of geographically-dispersed individuals working together over time towards a common goal. The project will study free/libre open source software (FLOSS) developers to understand how stigmergic coordination works and to develop a system to enable its use in other settings.

April Wong ’04

LEAKS Exhibiting this fall Opening reception: October 5, 7-9 p.m. The Keys Gallery is located in room 137 at UTS. Please e-mail inquiries to




L-R: Paul Tough ’85; Lisa Valencia-Svensson ’86; Ian Worland ’86.

In July 2016, Jeff Nankivell ’81 was named Consul General in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China). Jeff joined the Foreign Service in 1988 and has served in various capacities in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). He was posted to Beijing on several occasions, including as minister and deputy head of mission from 2008 to 2011. Most recently, he served as the director general of development programming for the Asia Pacific Branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Development and Trade (now Global Affairs Canada). In his new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), Paul Tough ’85

examines what can be done to improve the lives of children growing up in adversity. The New York Times said, “Tough is adept at translating academic jargon into precise, accessible prose”, while NPR noted that the book is packed with “research-based insights into addressing students’ core social and emotional needs.” The new publication compliments How Children 24

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Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). In Migrant Dreams, a new feature documentary produced by Emmy award-winner Lisa Valencia-Svensson ’86, a group of

migrant women farm-workers dare to resist the systemic oppression and exploitation from their brokers, employers, and the Canadian government in small-town Ontario. A Maclean’s article noted that, “More than anything… the film asks one

key question that Canadians should contemplate: Why must these workers be temporary? If they are filling a genuine labour gap, why aren’t they given the opportunity to fill it permanently?” The film premiered at Hot Docs – North America’s largest documentary festival – in Toronto in May 2016. Ian Worland ’86, a principal at Legacy

Tax + Trust Lawyers in Vancouver, will complete his two-year term as immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP Canada) in June 2017. STEP is a multi-disciplinary worldwide organization for trust and estate professionals; its members help families and family businesses with

trust, estate, and succession planning, both domestically and internationally. Ian joined the board of STEP Canada in 2007 first as Vancouver branch chair, subsequently serving as secretary, deputy chair, and chair. He also has been a member of the Board of Governors of Quest University Canada since 2008, serving as Chair since 2011. (See “Making a Difference”, The Root, spring 2013). Sarah Staples ’88 won gold, silver,

Jason Fung ’90

followed up his bestselling first book, The Obesity Code (Greystone Books, March 2016), with The Complete Guide to Fasting (Victory Belt Publishing, October 2016), co-written with Jimmie Moore. Jason earned his medical degree at U of T, and undertook a fellowship in nephrology at UCLA. He currently practices as a kidney specialist in Toronto. His experience treating thousands of patients led him to found the Dietary Management program. The books outline his unique treatment approach for type 2 diabetes and obesity that uses effective dietary changes rather than focusing on medications to treat patients.

JJournalist Sarah Staples ’88 (centre), bundled up at a fat-bike training camp on Lake Winnipeg. She was trying to get a feel for conditions in Antarctica for an upcoming story for Sharp magazine. Elizabeth (Allan) Wilson ’91 and David

Wilson are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Keira Leigh Wilson. Keira was born on March 21, 2016, at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Big sister Serena is thrilled with the new addition to the family. Keira’s great-grandfathers were James Gilbert Falconer ’19 and Blandford Meredith Eliot Allan ’27.

the winners of various categories – she won the International award – by a panel of previous NNA laureates. The panel recognized that her “reporting also played out against the backdrop of a Canadian election in which refugee issues featured prominently. In short, Slater’s reporting was timely, significant, deeply moving and memorable – the exemplars of great journalism.”

At the National Newspaper Awards in May 2016, Globe and Mail foreign correspondent Joanna Slater ’93 was named Journalist of the Year for her coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe. She was selected from among

A small silver notebook containing a birding list, left to Alex Eddington ’98 by his mother, proved to be the inspiration for Life List – “a storytelling bird-watching walking tour”. Created and performed by Alex at the 2016 Toronto Fringe festival, it

Photo: Courtesy The Globe and Mail.

and bronze, and received a further finalist nod, in the 2015 North American Travel Journalists Association awards for excellence in travel-writing and photojournalism, PR, and social media. The awards recognize stories published in Sarah’s monthly “Frequent Flyer” column in Air Canada’s in-flight magazine enRoute. The column took the overall silver medal in the “Travel Series – Magazine” category. Over the years, Sarah, a former Canwest News Service senior writer, has won 22 prizes from NATJA and other organizations for her journalism.

L-R: Baby Keira, daughter of Elizabeth (Allan) Wilson ’91; Journalist of the Year, Joanna Slater ’93. THE UTS ALUMNI M AGAZINE


Photo: Kourosh Keshiri

Photo: Andrew Gaboury


L-R: Alex Eddington ’98 on the hunt for a white robin; Nicholas Hune-Brown ’00; Emma Jenkin ’03 and family.

was described as a “beautiful, immersive experience” by the Toronto Star. It was selected as a Fringe Critic’s Pick by Now Toronto for being a “thoughtful and creative tribute… [that] encourages you to stretch your legs and imagination on a guided tour in search of an elusive white robin.” Alex is a Toronto-based theatre artist, musician, and composer; he also taught music and drama at UTS from 2010-2011 and 2015‑2016. In June 2016, Toronto-based writer and editor, Sarah Liss ’98, won a National Magazine Award in the category “Service: Family, Health & Personal Finance” for her Chatelaine magazine article on bullying, “The Shame Game”. Sarah’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Walrus, The Grid, The Hairpin, Maclean’s, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve, and CBC. ca. She is the author of Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro (Coach House Books, 2013). Toronto-based journalist Nicholas Hune-Brown ’00 has been nominated more than a dozen times at the National Magazine Awards. In 2016, he garnered five nominations – more than any other individual writer: one in the Words and Pictures category, one in the Health and Medicine category, one in the Profile section, and two in the Columns section. 26

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His writing has appeared in Toronto Life, Hazlitt, Sharp, Reader’s Digest, and The Walrus, among others. UTS Marketing Communications Coordinator Emma Jenkin ’03, along with Dale Rioux and their son Heath, welcomed baby Adelaide to the family in July 2016. In May 2016, Emily Ross ’03 and Rahim Noormohamed ’09 (Associate Principal and Business Analyst respectively) hosted a group of senior students from UTS at the offices of McKinsey

& Company. In order to highlight a possible career path, Emily devised a workshop for the students that she co‑delivered with Rahim. The American Academy in Rome named Leon Grek ’04 among the 2016–17 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows. Selected by independent juries through a national competition, these artists and scholars are “invited to Rome and provided with the time and space to think and pursue their individual work as part of a unique

Emily Ross ’03 and Rahim Noormohamed ’09 guide UTS students through a specially-designed workshop.

Photo: Danny Bright


L: American Academy in Rome honoree, Leon Grek ’04, and (R) with the entire contingent of 2016–17 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows.

and dynamic international community.” Leon, who is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, was awarded the 11-month Paul Mellon/Frank Brown Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

encounters. Kat is also currently one of three members of the inaugural CFC/ eOne Adaptation Lab, and is adapting a past play, Rock, for television. In her second season at the Stratford Festival, Cynthia Smithers ’06 played the role of Diana Morales in the musical, A Chorus Line. The Toronto Star identified her as one of the performers who “show off triple-threat qualities and shine.” The review went on to note that her “delivery of the song, ‘Nothing’ is filled with convincing introspection.”

Photo: Courtesy Stratford Festival

Kat Sandler ’04 won a Dora Mavor Award for Best New Play for Mustard – billed as “a whimsical story about loss, family, growing up, and our need to belong” that centers around a teenager named Thai and her imaginary

friend, Mustard. Tarragon Theatre presented Mustard in February 2016. Kat’s company, Theatre Brouhaha, has premiered 11 of her original plays since 2011, all of which she has also directed. Theatre Brouhaha staged another of Kat’s plays, Bright Lights, at the Toronto Fringe in summer 2016; it completely sold out and won Best of Fringe and Patrons’ Pick at the festival. Bright Lights focuses on the dissent, fear, and paranoia that emerge when a new member joins a support group for people who have experienced alien

L-R: Prolific playwright Kat Sandler ’04; Cynthia Smithers ’06 (inset) on the far right of the lineup for A Chorus Line at Stratford Festival. THE UTS ALUMNI M AGAZINE


Top L-R: Class of 2008 golfers, winners of the D.R. Jolley Memorial Trophy; Sue Lawson, Laurie Graham and Audrey Marton from the class of 1978 with Principal Rosemary Evans (centre) and Len Marton ’76 at the golf tournament. Bottom L-R: UTS on ice at the annual hockey game; alumni share their wisdom with UTS students during the arts trip to New York City.

In the Event There was a great turnout at Varsity Arena for the fifth annual UTS Alumni Hockey Game. UTSAA President Mark Opashinov ’88 took care of the ceremonial puck drop. Team Althouse and Lewis took on Team Crawford and Cody, and alumni players and fans closed out the evening at the Duke of York pub. More than 40 alumni hit the green for the UTSAA Annual Golf Tournament at St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Club and later gathered in the club for dinner and awards. Results as follows: Hargraft Trophy for low gross – Brett Henderson ’08; UTSAA President’s Trophy – John Collins ’68; Past President’s Trophy – Doug David ’58; Don Borthwick Legends Trophy – Jim Mills ’58 and Peter Frost ’63; Sue Lawson ’78 had the lowest gross for a female golfer; D.R. Jolley Memorial 28

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Trophy – Jamie Besant, Ryan Bradley, Andrew Chan, Brett Henderson (Class of 2008); Don Kerr Trophy for most honest golfer – Audrey Marton ’78. During the annual arts trip to New York City in April 2016, a group of senior students had the opportunity to hear a panel of alumni speak about their unique career paths and how they have melded different disciplines into

their lives. The panel was moderated by Principal Rosemary Evans, and included Jim Fleck C.C. ’49, P ’72, Stephanie Cuskley ’78, Kim (Ritchie) Persky ’80, Winsome Brown ’90, and Andrew Rowat ’95. Other NYC alumni were in attendance, too. In May 2016, UTS took part in Doors Open Toronto. The steady stream of visitors throughout the day included

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Top L-R: Together again at reunions for the classes of 1949 and 1956; Bottom L-R: The Class of 1946 gathering; out in force to share insights at the M4 (Grade 10) Careers Day.

many alumni returning to check out their former classrooms and the auditorium. The day’s programming included an alumni vs. current students basketball game in the UTS gym.

Class Reunions There were several festive reunions during 2016. The Class of ’49 met at UTS in January and was joined by Principal Rosemary Evans as well as then-S6 (Grade 12) students Danielle Privé ’16 and Luke Volpatti ’16, recipients of W. Bruce MacLean Mathletic Award, which was established by the Class of ’49 in honour of their former math teacher. The Class of ’46 held a luncheon in June at the York Club to celebrate their 70th anniversary and were joined by Principal Evans and Martha Drake, Executive Director, Advancement. Finally, there was a large turnout at the Faculty Club

for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Class of ’56. Principal Evans and former teacher Bruce MacLean attended the event.

Alumni Visitors UTS is so appreciative of our alumni who return to the school to share their expertise and to spend time with our students! In March 2016, at the M4 (grade 10) Careers Day, Mark Reimers ’74, Jill Copeland ’85, Danielle Goldfarb ’93, Hilary Masemann ’95, Calum Tsang ’95, Jeff Hall-Martin ’97, Norman Farb ’98, Monica Lavers ’98, Andrew Roberts ’99, Albert Tang ’99, and Rian Dewji ’08 – as well as parent Myron Faust P’18, ’21 – talked about their career paths from high-school graduation to the present day. At the Ontario Philosophy Teachers’ Association Conference – which was

hosted by UTS – Lauren Bialystok ’98 spoke on how feminist contributions to philosophy can be woven into the Ontario philosophy curriculum; former diplomat and politician Chris Alexander ’85 spoke with the World Issues class; and UTS teacher Jon Bitidis ’99, along with Abi Ferstman ’10, and Jessica Zung ’12, were chaperones to the UTS contingent at the 2016 classics conference (see “Gaudeamus, Vicimus!”, p. 4). During the summer months, Jonathan Downar ’93 gave an engaging lecture on his research into the science behind depression for participants in the Bright Lights program; and Charline Wan ’12, and a fellow OISE teachercandidate, organized an exciting sightseeing program for students visiting from China who were at UTS for the speech and debate and Maximum City programs. THE UTS ALUMNI M AGAZINE


Photo: Al Kay

(L-R) Recently retired teachers, Catherine Hannon, Fraser Simpson and Judy Kay

Three Remarkable Educators Retire from UTS At a retirement party in June 2016, accolades came fast and furious as UTS bade adieu to three extraordinary educators with upwards of 75 years combined service to the school. Fraser Simpson joined UTS in 1993 to teach math and also became renowned as the “Reach for the Top” coach who took the UTS team to two consecutive national victories. Mila Smithies ’02 credits him with “teaching me to think carefully and creatively, and encouraging me to pursue a career that I love… He cared about all of his students and wanted us to excel – not only at the lesson at hand, but in our broader lives.” For his part, Fraser “loved working among so many brilliant, interesting people, both staff and students,” and feels lucky “to have had so much of my career at the best school I can imagine, a school that allowed me to develop and improve each year.” Expressive Arts teachers – Judy Kay (music) and Catherine Hannon (drama), at UTS since 1995 and 2004 respectively – also joined the alumni ranks. “It is impossible to summarize 23 years of music-making, experiences, and relationships at UTS,” Judy noted. However, she truly believes she has been “the luckiest music-teacher ever to have spent virtually all of my teaching career at this remarkable school.” The Levy brothers – Samuel ’10, Alexander ’13, and Benjamin ’15 – acknowledged that learning music with Judy also meant 30

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“becoming leaders, with the confidence and acumen to realize our goals… She was demanding of us, without demanding a thing,” they said, and went on to thank her “for giving us the tools to improvise in music and in life.” Catherine most valued “the openness to student and teacher innovation and collaboration, and the freedom and encouragement to explore and create,” at UTS, and looks forward to “following the continuing adventures of the outstanding students and teachers who shared and shaped the Drama program with me over the last 11 years.” Fellow drama teacher, Gabrielle Kemenyi, said that: “As a calm but determined force for our artistry, she built a foundation of integrity and excitement for theatre in this school,” going on to note that among the many theatre traditions Catherine built at UTS was her establishment of the Mavor Moore Award for excellence in theatre. All three of these educators established themselves as forces for excellence in teaching at UTS. We wish them much luck in their future endeavours.

In Memoriam Donald Boxer 1921–2016 BMO Nesbitt Burns sent a nationwide press release to all their employees on the recent passing of one the firm’s forefathers, the legendary Don Boxer ’38. Don exemplified ethics that permeated the culture of not only Nesbitt Burns but also the many boards on which he served professionally. As a tribute to this patriarch, one of the major boardrooms at the head office in Toronto’s First Canadian Place has been named in his honour. Don’s parents, Reginald and Oda Orr Boxer, instilled great values in him and his brother, Richard ’36, and the Reginald N. Boxer Scholarships are

still awarded to two UTS students every year. Don’s personal values were further developed and nurtured at UTS, where he was well known as a star student and an even greater athlete: he was a fast, tough hockey and football player. The leadership skills Don acquired at UTS served him well while he served Canada as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Navy during WWII. At age 20, Don graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce, having been captain of the hockey team and quarterback of the football team his graduating year. Don was proud he won a medal in actuarial science as well. UTS inspired Don academically, and he went on to attain his Master of Commerce and an MBA, also at U of T. His passion for athletics, developed at UTS, became a lifelong enjoyment and pastime. He was the runner-up for Ontario Juniors Golf in the 1930s, played squash for Canada in the 1950s, and played hockey with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday mornings for many years. He was a gifted golfer who, in his 70s, built a home with his wife Marian in Ireland in order to indulge his favourite sport as a lifetime member of Ballybunion and Tralee Golf Clubs. Don is survived by his wife Marian, daughter Gayle Duncanson, grandchildren Blakeley Willson and Tiffany Willson, nephews Richard Boxer ’67 and Jeff Boxer ’73, and his niece Shelagh (Boxer) Taylor.

Kenneth Charles Brown 1925–2016 Kenneth Charles Brown ’41 passed

away peacefully in his 92nd year, at the Rideau-Perley Veterans Home in Ottawa. His long, illustrious career started at UTS. When he graduated at 16, The Twig said of him, “Ken did everything with gusto – we all remember his energetic work at the piano. His experience in tennis competitions and his achievements in track and field may have been

ALUMNI NEWS responsible for the way in which he slashed through the June finals and carried off a Moderns scholarship.” The third generation of Browns to attend Victoria College (4T5), he studied modern history and modern languages (and eventually spoke five). He was also a member of the COTC, enlisting in 1944 and serving in the Canadian Forces Intelligence Corps until 1946, when a Rhodes Scholarship took him to Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied politics, philosophy, and economics. While at Balliol, he found himself on the hockey team as Oxford’s goalie – mostly because he was Canadian and knew how to skate – touring Europe and even playing in the Spengler Cup. In 1948, he joined the Department of External Affairs, launching a 40-year career as a diplomat that began with UN conferences in Geneva and Paris, continued with postings in Havana, Berne, and Washington, and culminated with appointments as Canadian Ambassador to Cuba, Haiti, and Sweden. Among his brushes with history, he was in Cuba for the arrival of the FLQ after the 1970 October Crisis in Canada. He played tennis until his 80s when his heart and memory began to fail him. He leaves his wife Ruth (whom he met in a first-year French class at Vic and married in Balliol Chapel), four children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren

– all of whom will remember him as a brilliant, curious, and kind man with a gift for putting people at their ease that served him so well both in his life abroad and at home. – Rick Marin ’80

Clare Morrison 1927–2016 Clare Morrison ’44,

WW II Veteran, retired judge of the Ontario Provincial Court, Criminal Division, and Senior Council (Special Prosecutions) Government of Alberta, died peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Center, Newmarket on April 18, 2016 at the age of 89 years. Flags were flown at half-mast at Georgina, Ontario facilities to honour the former town councilor (1988 to 1991) and Sutton resident. Clare was well respected, and was known for his larger-thanlife personality and his legacy of great accomplishments. Classmate Claude Cornu ’44 remembers him as someone who “enjoyed life, participated in numerous activities and pursuits, and above all, did it his way. My friend of 78 years never lacked in vim, vigor, and vitality.” He notes that Clare was fiercely proud of his Scottish heritage. Clare was

UTS and the UTSAA extend their condolences to the families of those alumni who passed away recently. Crawford Anglin ’37

Kenneth (Ken) Radcliffe ’44

JUNE 1, 2016

APRIL 18, 2016

Donald Boxer ’38

John Beckingham ’47

MAY 9, 2016

APRIL 7, 2016

William (Bill) Waugh ’39

William Abbott ’48

APRIL 8, 2016

APRIL 12, 2015

Kenneth (Ken) Brown ’41

William (Bill) McIlroy ’50

JUNE 24, 2016

MARCH 6, 2016

Marcus Rotenberg ’43

George James ’51

JULY 8, 2016

NOVEMBER 5, 2015

Clare Morrison ’44

Sonya Van Veen ’01

APRIL 18, 2016

MAY 7, 2016

also remembered by his many comrades at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 356, Sutton, and the 429 Georgina Wing of the RCAF. Known locally as “Judge,” he was renowned for his wit, passion, lively conversation, and laughter. Clare remained connected to UTS and was a regular attendee at Remembrance Day assemblies up until 2014. He leaves his partner Barbara Fuller, children Ian, Janet Morrison (Darwin), Mark (Michelle), and Paul, as well as grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, and is remembered by the mother of his children, Margaret.

Kenneth (Ken) Radcliffe 1926–2016 Ken Radcliffe ’44

passed away just two months shy of his 90th birthday. Upon graduating from UTS, Ken attended U of T for one year of electrical engineering, then he joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he received training at Millard, Ontario. Following his discharge, he rejoined his family, moved to Montreal, and entered McGill University where he completed his electrical engineering degree. There he met his future wife, Lois, with whom he had two children, David and Jane. He spent his entire professional career at GE Canada. Despite becoming a left-knee amputee at the age of 62 and a right knee amputee at the age of 81, he never let his physical challenges slow him down. He was passionate about helping others, in particular children. Ken was very much involved in the Grandparent Program that concentrates on specialneeds children and children of recent immigrants. He strongly believed that he could make a difference and help a child to integrate better and more quickly into society. Ken was a faithful donor to UTS as well as to other organizations. He will be remembered as a man who was constantly giving and helping others. He will be missed by his family and as a loyal friend to UTS. – Janine Kuzma THE UTS ALUMNI M AGAZINE


Annual Donor Report

THANK YOU! To the almost 900 alumni, parents, staff, students and friends who collectively donated an astounding 2.8 million dollars this year to support UTS students – thank you! These pages celebrate your generosity and honour Arbor Society members

who have shown their dedication with a planned gift. In this report we acknowledge donations made from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 – and recognize, with appreciation, your commitment to the ongoing strength of our school. – Rosemary Evans, Principal

This report recognizes gifts to the Annual Fund and other UTS projects for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

1936–1942 Donors who have given for five consecutive years ♥ Monthly Donors

Anonymous ’46 (2)

John G. C. Pinkerton

John E. Crawford

Bruce C. Bone ’46

George H. Stowe

George A. Fierheller, C.M.

Robert C. Dowsett ’46

John W. Thomson

J. Alexander Lowden

Fraser Fell ’46, P ’73

Ian S. Wishart

T. Gordon McIntyre

H. Donald Guthrie ’46


George W. Rayfield Peter H. Russell, O.C. ♥

Joseph B. McArthur ’46 Total: $1,953

P. Kingsley Smith ’46


William W. Stinson

Geoffrey M.C. Dale ’36

David G. Watson ’46

Total: $361,184

Guy W. Upjohn

John A. Bennett ’38

Peter Webb ’46

William H. Angus ’49

William E. Wilson

John H. C. Clarry ’38

David H. Wishart ’46

Gordon M. Barratt ’49

Anonymous (3)


James C.C. ’49 & Margaret Fleck P ’72


Total: $3,825

Robert E. Logan ’49

Total: $6,200

William I. M. Copeland

Richard D. Tafel ’49

Gerald A. Crawford

Michael A. B. Fair

Gilbert E. Alexander Jr. ’50

Gordon G. Goodfellow

T. Douglas Kent P ’73, ’79, ’82

Thomas E. Armstrong ’50

Peter J. Harris

Roger G. Crawford ’50, P ’82 

John C. Hurlburt

John A. Rhind ’38, P ’68, ’71 Peter H. Aykroyd ’40 Ernest C. Goggio ’40 The Late Kenneth C. Brown ’41 W. H. Frere Kennedy ’41 ♥ J. B. Seaborn, C.M., ’41 A. Cal Wilson ’42


Tracy H. Lloyd Richard & Joan Sadleir Thomas H. B. Symons, C.C.

Total: $2,500

John N. Shaw ’50

Edward B. Cross Kenneth Culver

Philip L. Arrowsmith

Frederick J. F. W. Weatherill ’50

John A. Bowden P ’79

Gordon E. Weese ’50

James C. Mainprize

Meredith Coates

Anonymous ’50

Alan E. Morson P ’79


C. Derek S. Bate ’44, P ’71, ’73, ’75

Total: $23,120

Leslie Coleman ’44 Peter H. Ridout ’44 George A. Trusler ’44 William R. C. Blundell, O.C. ’45 David Graham ’45, P ’73, ’76, ’78 32

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The Late William J. McIlroy ’50

Total: $1,081,385

Gordon S. Cameron ’44

Henry N. R. Jackman, O.C. ’50

William J. Saunderson

Albert P. Fell Norman D. Fox P ’75


William B. Hanley

Total: $211,337

Fergus Kyle

John Catto

Reginald L. Perkin

William J. Corcoran

William P. Lett

Gordon W. Perkin, O.C. William E. Rogan Robert E. Saunders Douglas R. Wilson

1954 Total: $7,364 Robert S. Baker David K. Bernhardt H. Donald Borthwick Douglas G. Brewer Michael M. Cassidy James A. Cripps G. Alan Fleming Robert Gibson John M. Goodings E. John Hambley Robert L. Joynt Kennedy, A. O. Hart James R. Lowden James I. MacDougall Gordon A. MacRae D. Keith Millar John D. Murray Desmond M. O’Rorke William R. Redrupp John S. Rodway Gordon R. Sellery John H. Wait Gabriel I. Warren Anonymous

1955 Total: $2,175 Harold L. Atwood


Arthur R. Scace, C.M.

Brian R. Hayes

James P. Stronach ’59

The Late Roderick J. Carrow


Bruce E. Houser

Ian C. Sturdee ’59

David L. Ingram

Tibor A. Szandtner ’59

John R. Gardner William T. Hunter


William G. Leggett

James F. Dingle ’60

Martin Jerry

Total: $51,871

Robert E. Lord

John R.D. Fowell ’60

Howard D. Kitchen

The Late Murray A. Corlett

James R. Mills

Robert N. McRae ’60

Anthony Morrison

Robert M. Culbert

Kit Moore

John P. Mills ’60

H. Thomas Sanderson

Robert A. Gardner

David P. Ouchterlony ♥

Peter C. Nicoll ’60

James D. Graham

Douglas G. Peter

Robert J. Tweedy ’60


Bruce M. Henderson

J. Garnet & Susan Pink

Total: $56,340

Terence Johnson

James M. Spence P ’88


Peter A. T. Brieger P ’92

Stephen A. Otto

Joseph A. Starr

Total: $86,308

Robert G. Darling ♥

Alan B. Perkin

Michael B. Vaughan

John C. Coleman

John L. Duerdoth

Robert W. Waddell

William R. Weldon

David J. Holdsworth

Barry N. Wilson

Richard S. Ingram

David M. Flint Peter & Shelagh Godsoe


David W. Kerr

Total: $28,321


Peter B. MacKinnon

Ryan R. Kidd

Douglas I. Brawley

Total: $2,725

Paul N. Manley ♥

John Liphardt

George M. Carrick

Donald G. Bell ’59 ♥

Owen D. Moorhouse

Stephens B. Lowden

Douglas A. C. Davis P ’87

Alexander A. Furness ’59

Michael Schwartz

Gary Magee

Arthur D. Elliott

W. L. Mackenzie King ’59

James E. Shaw

James McCartney P ’84

Richard Farr

Ian A. Shaw ’59

John Porter

Peter J. George, C.M.

John A. Sloane ’59, P ’86

1962 Total: $26,637 Gordon R. Elliot David & Judy Galloway Donald A. Laing Peter W. C. Markle Mark B. May Donald A. McMaster David S. Milne Gordon A. Park Michael A. Peterman Andras Z. Szandtner Bryce R. Taylor Wayne D. Thornbrough Allan G. Toguri

Jon R. Johnson

Robert S. Weiss Anonymous

1963 Total: $10,120 W. Paul Bates Peter Currer

The 1910 Club Our thanks to the members of the UTS community who contributed $1,910 or more. This new recognition level celebrates both the year the school was founded and these generous donors. Steve O’Neil & Colette Leger P ’15, ’18

George H. Stowe ’48

Mark Opashinov ’88 Microsoft Corporation

Sheldon Szeto & Flora Chen P ’21

Kenneth Kirsh ’78

Stephen A. Otto ’57

TELUS Communications Co.

Carrie Ku (Fung) ’85

Newton Foundation

Wayne D. Thornbrough ’62

Fergus Kyle ’48

Government of Ontario

The Estate of Sylvia Hamilton

Christopher Li & Melissa Tai P ’16, ’19

J. Robert Pampe ’63

Tanya Lee & John Torrey P ’17

Mark & Peri Peters P ’16, ’19

David Torrey

Keith Harradence & Susan Ormiston P ’15

Mark Livschitz ’08

Paul & Janet Raboud P ’11

Gregory G. Turnbull ’73

The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation

Robert E. Lord ’58 W. Bruce MacLean

Stephen Raymond & Natasha UTS Alumni Association UTS Parents’ Association Vandenhoven P ’16, ’19

James C. McCartney ’56, P ’84

The Late Cedric E. Ritchie, O.C. & Barbara Ritchie P ’80

Robert S. Weiss ’62

Michael J. McCartney ’84 & Melissa Chamberlain

Ronald Royer William J. Saunderson ’52

Michael Wu & Annie Huang P ’16

Sandy McIntyre ’71

Scripps Network Interactive

Bing Bing Yin P ’16

Maxwell C. Norman ’13 & Zoe A. Norman ’13

William W. Stinson ’51

Anonymous (13)

Neil & Natasha Glossop P ’18

The Jha Family

Paul L. Barnicke ’71

Christopher & Claire Govan P ’18

Raymond Kan & Shuo-An Lee P ’11, ’12

Jagmohan & Varinder Bhathal P ’19

David ’45 & Marty Graham P ’73, ’76, ’78

John R.V. Kelk ’63

Monica Biringer, ’78

Vanessa Grant ’80

Richard J. G. Boxer ’67

B & B Hamilton Fund at Toronto Foundation

Steven ’77 & Gita Alizadeh P ’15, ’17, ’20, ’22

Christopher Burton ’90 Fan Chu & Jennifer Duan P ’17 William J. Corcoran ’51 Martha Drake Rosemary Evans Peter A. Ewens ’79 George A. Fierheller, C.M., ’51 James C.C. ’49 & Margaret Fleck P ’72 Kevin Fong & Annie Li David ’62 & Judy Galloway

Andre Hidi ’77 Susan Weedon & James Hinds Richard S. Ingram ’61 The Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman, O.C., ’50 Scott & Amy Jackson P ’20

Andras Z. Szandtner ’62

John Wilkinson ’78

David G. Stinson ’71




Principal’s Circle Our thanks to the members of the UTS community who contributed between $1,000 and $1,909.

Thomas E. Armstrong ’50

Myran Faust & Julianna Ahn P ’18, ’21

Marianne Anderson & Andrew Clarke P ‘17

Marshall Fei & Amber Xu P ’16

Graham & Carolyn Badun P ’19

Anne Fleming ’85 & Michael Piaskoski P ’17

C. Derek S. Bate ’44, P ’71, ’73, ’75

Forests Ontario

David C. Allan ’78

William R. C. Blundell, O.C. ’45

Timothy Sellers ’78 Bryce R. Taylor ’62

C. Stuart Kent ’79

Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

David Kilburn P ’16 & ’18

David H. Morgan ’63

Stanley & Marcy Tepner P ’17

Susan Kitchell P ’01

N. Andrew Munn ’80

John W. Thomson ’48

Ron Lalonde & Jane Humphreys P ’06

Katherine A. Hammond ’87 & Richard Nathanson ’87, P ’20

Timothy Turnbull ’74

Wen Tang Pan & Jenny Gao P ’19

Michael Volpatti & Hana Zalzal P ’16 David Wang ’04

Nasir Jetha & Samira Gillani P ’18

Susan French, O.C.

Paul Lam & Verna Ng P ’14, ’18

Dory S. Boyer ’91

Thomas A. Friedland ’81

K. C. Laird Laundy ’79

Daniel & Irina Brinza P ’18

Jeffrey Gans ’91

Anthony M. Lee ’86

Michael Broadhurst ’88 & Victoria Shen ’93

Peter C. Godsoe, O.C., ’56

Rick & Sarah Parsons P ’16, ’19

Robert & Patricia Levy P ’10, ’13, ’15

William R. Redrupp ’54

Peter L. Buzzi ’77

David S. Grant ’72

John Catto ’51, P ’82

James H. Grout ’74

James & Margo Longwell P ’15

Felicia Y. Chiu ’96

Tong Hahn & D Smith P ’16

James R. Lowden ’54

Peter & Susan Christoffersen P ’17

Edward Ho & Jane Woo P ’16

Peter MacEwen ’65

James S. Coatsworth ’69

Eugene H. Ho ’88

William I. M. Copeland ’47

Michol Hoffman ’88

Makeda Daley

Margaret S. Graham ’89

John N. Shaw ’50

Robert J. Tweedy ’60

Jun Hao Wang & Xiao Xing Zheng P ’15, ’20

David Reese & Amanda Cook-Reese P ’19

Olaf Weckesser ’88

Ian Richmond & Danielle LiChong P ’16, ’18, ’20

Leon C. Wong ’89

Tom MacMillan ’67

William ’77 & Helen Robson P ’06, ’08, ’09

Chiu & Elaine Yip P ’18

Thomas Magyarody & Christa Jeney P ’04, ’06

Donald Rooke & Barbara Boake P ’18

Graham J. Yost ’76

Mark B. May ’62

Richard ’47 & Joan Sadleir

Robert G. Darling ’56

Peter C.C. & Frances Hogg P ’88

Dena McCallum ’82

Arthur R. Scace C.M., ’56

Gregory P. Deacon ’74

David J. Holdsworth ’61

David R. McCarthy Jr. ’77

Timothy Dorfman

Liang Hong ’02

Bernard McGarva ’72, P ’03

Robert C. Dowsett ’46

John & Michelle Hull P ’16

Donald McMaster ’62

Howard Schneider & Aliye Keskin-Schneider P ’09, ’13

John Engelen & Helen Cordeiro P ’18

Richard Isaac ’63

Constantine (Kosta) Michalopoulos ’84

James E. G. Fowell Peter H. Frost Frank E. Hall Richard Isaac John R. Kelk Robert D. Lightbody Gregor I. McGregor David H. Morgan William N. F. Ortved J. Robert Pampe Michael M. Parmenter Lane K. Prentice Nicholas Smith J. Fraser Wilson Anonymous ♥


Robert Francis & Ming Wu P ’15, ’22

Laura Money ’81 & Marcus Macrae P ’22

Alvin C. Iu ’73

THE ROOT • Fall 2016

David H. Wishart ’46 Pamela Wong ’98 Vanessa R. Yolles ’88 Roger Zheng & Sharon Xu P ’17 Anonymous (9)

Alice Sears P ’72 Christopher Sears ’72



David Rounthwaite P ’01

Stephen H. Kauffman

Total: $1,621

Total: $11,285

Tom MacMillan

J. David Beattie P ’00, ’02

Derek & Margaret Allen

Paul Silverthorne & Sheila Forbes

James Cornell

Richard Coles

Gabriel Somjen

W. Scott Morgan

Paul T. Fisher

Robert A. Cumming

Jeffrey R. Stutz

Michael J. Penman

William R. Jones

George Fallis

David Tong

Hugh W. Teasdale

Michael F. Kimber

James K. A. Hayes

Timothy J. Richardson

Robert W. Hustwitt

Jeffrey R. Rose P ’03

Peter G. Kelk

Peter W. Y. Snell ♥

William N. Lennard

George E. Swift

Karl E. Lyon

J. Joseph Vaughan

Peter MacEwen Roger Mullin Brooke E. Pearson Anthony J. Reid

John M. McCulloch

Peter H. Wilkie

1967 Total: $14,200

1966, 1968–1969 Total: $3,165 William A. MacKay ’66

George B. Boddington

John S. Rogers ’66

Richard J. G. Boxer

David R. Sanderson ’66

Michael R. Curtis

John R. Collins ’68

Richard N. Donaldson

John B. Lanaway ’68

Joseph Fodor

James C. Welch ’68

John J. L. Hunter

John Bohnen ’69

ANNUAL DONOR REPORT William J. Bowden ’69 James S. Coatsworth ’69 Stephen C. Farris ’69 Frederick R. E. Heath ’69 Robert J. Herman ’69 Anonymous ’69 ♥

1970 Total: $9,746 R. Ian Casson David A. Decker Douglas N. Donald Brian D. Koffman J. David Lang ’70, P ’99 Peter E. Martin Douglas E. McIntyre Peter H. Norman D. Kenneth Roberts P ’00, ’04 David G. Stinson Paul Wright Anonymous

1971 Total: $130,792 Paul L. Barnicke Derek A. Bate P ’16 Paul Brace P ’12 Alan S. Fisher John S. Floras Richard C. Hill ♥ Thomas M. Hurka J. Peter Jarrett Sandy McIntyre William O. Menzel J. G. Morris

Graduating Class Bursary Project Since 2007, parents of graduating students have celebrated their children’s graduation from UTS by making a gift to the Grad Class Bursary Fund in honour of their children. Today, the Grad Class Bursary is endowed with nearly $185,000 which provides approximately $7,000 annually in financial aid to current UTS students. We thank our families for giving the gift of a UTS education! Class of 2013 Mark Yarranton & Patricia Foran P ’13 in honour of Byrnne Yarranton ’13

Edward Ho & Jane Woo P ’16 in honour of Andrea Ho ’16 John & Michelle Hull P ’16 in honour of Peter Hull ’16 Philip & Janet Hume P ’16 in honour of Ian Hume ’16 The Jha Family in honour of Shreya Jha ’16 Class of 2015 Victor Lee & Janet Lam P ’16 in honour of Jeffrey Lee ’16 Hai Chai & Juanjuan Li P ’15 in honour of Charlie L. Chai ’15 Christopher Li & Melissa Tai P ’16, ’19 in honour of Rebecca Li ’16 William A. Fallis ’72 & Johann Cooper P ’15 in honour of Jane Cooper ’15 Yong Lu & Rongyan Sun P ’16 in honour of James Lu ’16 Robert Francis & Ming Wu P ’15, ’22 in honour of David Alec and Lorrie Morley P ’16 in honour of Will Morley ’16 Francis ’15 Cao-Minh & Hanh Nguyen P ’16 in honour of Sittampalam Jeyapragasan P ’15 in honour of Kuhan Minh-Tam Nguyen ’16 Jeyapragasan ’15 Shaunlin Nie & Wei Gu P ’16 in honour of Annie Nie ’16 Kwonsik Kim & Hyesun Sohn P ’15, ’17 in honour of Bonita & Christopher Parshuram in honour of Andrew Jinwook Kim ’15 Zoe Parshuram ’16 Xiang Liu & Fang Liu P ’15 in honour of Zhenglin Liu ’15 Rick & Sarah Parsons P ’16, ’19 in honour of Yee Ung & Maria Chung P ’15, ’17 in honour of Zach Parsons ’16 Trevor Ung ’15 Mark & Peri Peters P ’16, ’19 in honour of Anonymous Parent Support in honour of the Class of 2015 Clodagh Peters ’16 Farhad Pirouzmand & Marjan Jariani P ’16 in honour of Neda Pirouzmand ’16 Class of 2016 Stephen Raymond & Natasha Vandenhoven P ’16, ’19 Derek A. Bate ’71 & Elizabeth Beeler P ’16 in honour in honour of Clarke Vandenhoven ’16 of Ashley Bate ’16 Ian Richmond & Danielle LiChong P ’16, ’18, ’20 in honour Michael & Sandra Bernick P ’16 in honour of Jonathan of Natasha Richmond ’16 Bernick ’16 Leon & Corina Stef P ’16 in honour of Nicole Stef ’16 Edward Brown ’77 & Enid Susan Markson in honour of Jacob Brown ’16 Tony Tong & Jenny Zheng P ’16 in honour of Daniel Tong ’16 Randy Colbert & Sheila Brazel P ’16 in honour of Kyra Michael Volpatti & Hana Zalzal P ’16 in honour of Luke Colbert ’16 Volpatti ’16 August & Lisa Cruikshanks P ’16 in honour of Miles Gang Wu & Annie Wang P ’16 in honour of Laura Wu ’16 Cruikshanks ’16 Decheng Yao & Heng Yang P ’16 in honour of Peter Yao ’16 Xiaowen Duan & Yue Dai P ’16 in honour of Aurora Duan ’16 Bing Bing Yin P ’16 in honour of Amira Song ’16 Marshall Fei & Amber Xu P ’16 in honour of Margaret Fei ’16 Jim Zhao & Weijing Yuan P ’16, ’19 in honour of Spencer Zhao ’16 Bill Gore & Alison David P ’16 in honour of Hannah Gore ’16 Lei Zhou & Li Li P ’16 in honour of Jeff Zhou ’16 Chi-Yip Ho & Mei Zhen P ’16 in honour of Jade Ho ’16

Peter G. Neilson ♥ Timothy Owen


Warren G. Ralph

Robert L. Fowler

Adrian Shubert ♥

David S. Grant

Total: $6,336

R. D. Roy Stewart

Richard Kennedy

J. Christopher Boland

Anthony Storey ♥

Bernard McGarva P ’03

Geoffrey Clayton

Howard J. Scrimgeour

David Dick


Christopher Sears

David R. Dodds

Total: $4,685

John H. Tory

David W. Fallis P ’02

George V. Crawford P ’04, ’07

Christopher D. Woodbury

Alvin C. Iu ♥

Robert Wright

John G. Kivlichan

William A. Fallis P ’15

William A. McIntyre

Edward S. Sennett

Andrey V. Cybulsky

Jeffrey D. Sherman

Terence R. Davison

Gregory Turnbull

Gregory P. Deacon ♥

Walter L. Vogl

James H. Grou

William W. Wilkins ♥

Gregory H. Knittl


Robert B. M. Martin Timothy Turnbull



Total: $5,050 Peter W. Bell




1975 Total: $2,670

Tribute Gifts

Paul M. Anglin

Thank you to everyone who gave in honour or in memory of dear friends and family.

I. Ross Bartlett ♥

In Honour of:

Jim Gracie P ’09, ’12, ’15

UTS Teachers & Staff

Irving R Frost ’23

D. John Bergsagel

Steven ’77 & Gita Alizadeh P ’15, ’17, ’20, ’22

Dr. Suzanne E. Hidi P ’77

Julia ’08 and Katherine ’14 Zisser

Martin Gammack ’53

Martin A. Chepesiuk P ’10

Harun Aricibasi ’20

Jonathan F. Lapp

Judy Kay

Carole Bernicchia-Freeman

Kenneth J. McBey

Adam Brown

Steve Moate

Phillip Christoffersen ’17

David H. Schimmelpenninck van der Oye ♥

Class of 1978

Graeme C. Bate

Emma Howard ’15

Ralph Hennessy ’36 Thomas Clark Kinnear ’28

Diana Levy ’08

In Memory of:

Terry Leighton ’86

Bruce MacLean

Ron Bertram ’54

Andy Lockhart

Truc Nguyen ’01

Gary Canlett ’54

Sam Roweis ’90 Mark Seltzer ’74

Bill Corcoran ’51

Nasir Noormohamed P ’09, ’10, ’14

Maureen Cassidy Rosemary Cheng

Dr. Horst Vogl

Debating Team

Susan Opler ’79, P ’14

Ed Collins

James Webster ’60

Jessica Dorrance ’04

Stan Pearl

R. G. Dale ’39

Rosemary Evans

Arthur Scace, C.M., ’56

Friedrich Dantzer

Total: $3,358

Jim Fleck, C.C. ’49 and Margaret Fleck P ’72

Patrick Scace

Margot Ernst

Alistair K. Clute

Kieran Sharma ’14

John Evans ’46

Al Fleming ’54

Fraser Simpson

Everett Fleming P ’85

David M. Sherman Bernard Thompson


Myron I. Cybulsky Donald Gordon ♥ Vincent J. Santamaura

Donald Redelmeier P ’12, ’15

Christine E. Dowson

Timothy Sellers

David C. Evans

Ann Louise M. Vehovec

Dana Z. Gladstone


John B. A. Wilkinson

Vanessa Grant

Total: $13,928


Steven Alizadeh P ’15, ’17, ’20, ’22

Total: $9,244

Gary S. A. Solway Daniel P. Wright Graham J. Yost

Carolyn B. Ellis

1982–1983 Total: $3,575 Paul ’82 & Patricia ’82 Bartha

Constantine (Kosta) Michalopoulo

Benjamin T. B. Chan ’82 ♥

Chandragupta Sooran

Peter K. Czegledy ’82

David J. Walker

Bernard E. Gropper

Robert Dmytryshyn ’82, P ’15 ’18

Eric Kert


Lisa C. Jeffrey ’82 ♥

Sheldon I. Green

Edward Brown ’77 & Enid Susan Markson P ’16

J. Nicholas Boland

Abba Lustgarten

John Burns

Jon ’82 & Robin ’82 Martin

Rick Marin

Peter L. Buzzi

Brian Eden ♥

Dena McCallum ’82

Nomi Morris

Andre L. Hidi

Peter A. Ewens

Lisa N. Naftolin ’82

N. Andrew Munn

Stephen O. Marshall

Lisa Gordon ♥

John A. Hass ’83


David R. McCarthy Jr.

Anthony Hollenberg

Karen M. Mandel ’83

William & Helen Robson

Jean C. Iu ♥



C. Stuart Kent

Total: $3,630

K.C. Laird Laundy


John Chew


James MacFarlane

John R. Duffy

Total: $14,770

Susan E. Opler P ’14 ♥

Total: $6,560

Edward E. Etchells P ’12

David C. Allan ♥

Joshua S. Phillips

Donald C. Ainslie ♥

Christopher J. Francis

Marion W. Dove

Thomas A. Friedland

Nicholas G. Evans

Bruce M. Grant ♥

Edward A. Griffith ♥

Thomas Hicks

David Kreindler

Monica E. Biringer

Earl Stuart ’83 Elizabeth Turner ’83

Irene J. Cybulsky


Sherry A. Glied

Total: $7,345

Daniel Gordon

Andrew P. Alberti

Laura A. Money

Penelope A. Harbin

Peter S. Bowen

Jeffrey J. Nankivell

Michael & Suzanne Martin P ’11, ’15

Kenneth Kirsh

Sarah C. Bradshaw

Sudhashree Rajagopal

Cameron A. Matthe

Susan L. Lawson

Kevin G. Crowston


THE ROOT • Fall 2016

Michael J. McCartney & Melissa Chamberlain

Total: $13,820 Ian R. Brodie Isi E. H. Caulder ♥ Jill Copeland P ’20 ’22 Anne Fleming P’17 Carrie Ku Kerstin Lack Grant Lum Carson T. Schutze Adrian M. Yip Anonymous (2)

1986–1987 Total: $5,353 Eleanor K. Latta ’86 Anthony M. Lee ’86 Pericles S. Lewis ’86 Lesia S. Waschuk ’86 Julie Williams ’86

ANNUAL DONOR REPORT Ian Worland ’86 John R. Caldwell ’87 Julia Cochrane ’87 ♥ Katherine Hammond ’87, P ’20

The UTS Arbor Society for Planned Giving UTS would like to thank the following individuals who have declared their intention to include UTS in their charitable giving plans. We also thank all those who wish to remain anonymous.

Jill Presser ’87, P ’17, ’21 Stephen Raymond & Natasha Vandenhoven P ’16, ’19

Cari M. Whyne ’87

Donald K. Avery ’49

Gillian (Davidson) Davies ’87

Robert W. Hoke ’66

Richard Nathanson ’87, P ’20

Scott Baker, Former Teacher

Matthew Dryer ’68

David J. Holdsworth ’61

Christopher (Bill) Ballyn ’51

Robert E. Lord ’58 James I. MacDougall ’54

D. Kenneth Roberts ’70 P ’00, ’04


Gordon M. Barratt ’49

Lynda Duckworth, Former Teacher

Total: $15,651

C. Derek Bate ’44, P ’71, ’73, ’75, Former Teacher

James C.C. ’49 & Margaret Fleck, P ’72

W. Bruce MacLean, Former Teacher

Lois and John Bowden ’48

G. Alan Fleming ’54, Former Principal

Michaele M. Robertson, Former Principal

Joseph B. McArthur ’46

John N. Shaw ’50

David Morgan ’63

David Sherman ’75

J. Timothy Morgan ’87 John D. Murray ’54

Thomas H. B. Symons, C.C. ’47

Mark Opashinov ’88

Murray E. Treloar ’68

Stephen A. Otto ’57

Gregory G. Turnbull ’73

Stan Pearl, Former Principal

Walter Vogl ’73

Jennifer Andersen Koppe ’88 ♥ Kristina H. Bates ’88, P ’22

Paul Brace ’71, P ’12

Michael Broadhurst ’88

Benjamin T. B. Chan ’82

Anthony M. Foss ’88

Class Member ’84

Eugene H. Ho ’88

James S. Coatsworth ’69

H. Donald Gutteridge, Former Principal, & M. Anne Millar

Michol Hoffman ’88

H. Stewart Dand ’43

Arthur C. Hewitt ’49

Stephen Gauer ’70

Harold H. La ’88 Mark Opashinov ’88 Olaf J. Weckesser ’88 Vanessa R. Yolles ’88 ♥

If you have made provision for UTS in your will, or would like to receive information on planned giving, please contact Martha Drake, Executive Director, Advancement at 416-946-0097 or mdrake

Margaret S. Graham ’89 Kenneth L. Handelman ’89

Karen B. Chan ’91

Rapido Trains Inc. ♥

Sanjeev Luthra

Clarence Cheng ’98

Molly E. McCarron ’89

Sandra Chong ’91 ♥

Ian F. Richler

Robin Rix

Judy S. Kwok ’98

Angela S. Punnett ’89

Aaron M. Dantowitz ’91

Samuel Robinson

Ilya Shapiro

Monica Lavers ’98

Leon C. Wong ’89

Audrey M. Fried ’91, P ’19, ’22

Victoria Shen

Karyn Sullivan

Iris Leung ’98

Jason E. Shron ♥

Jeremy Weinrib

Nicole Pivnick ’98

Jeffrey Gans ’91

Justin Tan

Anonymous (2)

Pamela Y. W. Wong ’98 ♥

Anand Ghanekar ’91

Cindy W. Wan ♥

Jason D. Jones ’91

David Wolf


Helen H. Lee ’91

Pauline Wong

Total: $6,154

Daron Earthy ’99

Roland Lee ’91

Veronica C. Yeung

James A. Browne ’96

Meira Louis ’99 ♥

Anonymous ’89 Anonymous ’89

1990 Total: $6,074 Asheesh Advani & Helen Rosenfeld

Elizabeth F. Wilson ’91

Anonymous ’98 Jonathan Bitidis ’99

Felicia Y. Chiu ’96

Albert K. Tang ’99

Tanya Y. Bartucz

Sayeed Karim Abdulla ’92


Jo Mason ’96

Mark Varma ’99

Winsome S. Brown

Lia Copeland ’92

Total: $2,272

Emily Rix ’96

Christopher Burton

Oliver M. Jerschow ’92

Aaron L. Chan

Amanda Ross-White ’96 ♥


Matthew G. Campbell

Camille Li ’92

Adam Chapnick

Warren Shih ’96 ♥

Total: $4,088

Hilary C. Davidson

Graham L. Mayeda ’92 ♥

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel

Tariq Fancy ’97

Jennifer Morawetz ’00 ♥

Alison Falby

Stephen F. Reed ’92

Raymond C. Fung

Jeffrey Hall-Martin ’97

Justin S. Han ’00

Andrea C. Iaboni ♥

Michael D. Morgan ’97 ♥

Adrienne Liang ’00

Jessica R. Goldberg Sara Gray


Michael S. Jaskolka

Veena Mosur ’97

Ian K. Bradley ’01

Lennox Huang

Total: $4,474

Harrison F. Keenan

Linda Oh ’97

Eric Liberda & Truc Nguyen ’01

Heather Kirkby

Kai Ming Adam Chan ♥

Rachel Spitzer

Michael Shenkman ’97

Vivek Sekhar ’01

Dera J. Nevin

Geoffrey R. Hung ♥

Jennifer Stulberg ’97

Philip P. Weiner ’01

Alexander B. Hutchinson


Jeffrey Jaskolka

Total: $6,061

Jocelyn Kinnear

Dory S. Boyer ’91

T. Justin Lou


Liang Hong ’02 ♥

Total: $2,325


Christopher Kim ’02

Rashaad Bhyat

Total: $5,610

Luke Stark ’02 ♥

Nicole Konzelmann

Rebekah Balagtas ’98



ANNUAL DONOR REPORT Anthony Brown & Catherine Sim P ’18

Kwonsik Kim & Hyesun Sohn P ’15, ’17

Donald Rooke & Barbara Boake P ’18

Shunli Zhang & Libo Wang P ’21

Brendan B. Brady ’03

Wang Dong & Xuan Chen P ’12, ’21

The Koziskie family

Graham Sanders & Chia Chia Sun P ’16, ’19

Xiuguo Zhang & Zhou Ming Lum P ’16, ’17

Allison Chow ’03 ♥

Jian Han & Frank Cheng P ’19

Emma S. Jenkin ’03

Scott Cheng & Fiona Cai P ’21 Sam & Wendy Lau P ’20

Reza Satchu & Marion Annau P ’21

Jim Zhao & Weijing Yuan P ’16, ’19

Kevin Keystone ’03 ♥

Stephen Cheng & Anne Cheng P ’17

Jinwoo Lee & Yeongsook Kim P ’19

Peter & Jackie Shaw P ’17, ’19

Liang Zhao & Melinda Lee P ’21

Peter & Susan Christoffersen P ’17

Christopher Li & Melissa Tai P ’16, ’19

2003–2005 Total: $1,880

Jeong-Bum Lee ’03 Jeremy Opolsky ’03 ♥ Jonathan C. G. Bright ’04 Nina Coutinho ’04 ♥ Hayley A. Silberg ’04 Sebastian T. C. Tong ’04 Anonymous ’04 ♥ Zahra Jaffer ’05 Stephanie J. Siu ’05

2006–2013 Total: $5,682 Patrick Kaifosh ’06 ♥ Ricky Kuperman ’07 Sharon Au ’08 Daniel Lam ’08 Mark Livschitz ’08 Ana Komparic ’09 Lisa Hui ’10 Anonymous ’10 Richard A. Martin ’11 ♥ Alexander Fung ’12 Isabella Chiu ’13 Maxwell C. Norman ’13

Todd & Jennifer Davidson P ’17 Lei Li & Minglei He P ’21

Cyrus Sundar Singh & Vanessa Laufer P ’19

Wendy Deng P ’21

Zaiyi Liao & Jiemin Liu P ’21

Robert Dmytryshyn ’82 & Natalie Lehkyj P ’15 ’18

Jun Liu & Jing Wang P ’19

The Duffy Family

Yi Li Long & Linda Chen P ’21

John Engelen & Helen Cordeiro P ’18

Rob McGregor & Helen Cheng P ’18 ♥

Myran Faust & Julianna Ahn P ’18, ’21

James McKellar & Clelia Iori P ’21 Constantin & Maria Melnik P ’17

Fiala Family Kevin Fong & Annie Li P ’17

Katherine Hammond ’87 & Richard Nathanson ’87, P ’20

Robert Francis & Ming Wu P ’15, ’22

Michael O’Brien & Jennifer O’Brien P ’19

Alana Freedman P ’18

Steve O’Neil & Colette Leger P ’15, ’18

Neil & Natasha Glossop P ’18 Bryan Gransden P ’19 Simon Grocott & Ariana Bradford P ’17, ’19, ’22 Karim Hirji & Riyana BabulHirji P ’18

Current Parents

Graham & Carolyn Badun P ’19

Zhiqiang Hu & Bin Liu P ’20 Xiaohan Huang & Ling Wang P ’19 Julian Ivanov & Michaela Tudor P ’17 Scott & Amy Jackson P ’20

Nasir Jetha & Samira Gillani Ronald & Rebecca Beiner P ’19 P ’18 Mark Bernardi & Mary Frazer The Jha Family P ’18 Dylan Jones & Madeleine Jagmohan & Varinder Bhathal Rothberg P ’18 P ’19 Paul Jones & Patricia Stowe Bholanath & Rumki P ’18 Bhattacharya P ’18 David Kilburn P ’16, ’18 Daniel & Irina Brinza P ’18


THE ROOT • Fall 2016

Xiaojun Liu & Min Jiang P ’21

Sid Feldman & Karen Weyman P ’13, ’17

Lianne Tile & Andrew Howard P ’15, ’17

Marianne Anderson & Andrew Clarke P ’17

Jimmy & Vivian Situ P ’20 Nancy Steinhauer P ’21

Zulfikar Hirji & Ruba Kana’an P ’20 ♥

Steven ’77 & Gita Alizadeh P ’15, ’17, ’20, ’22

David Sheen & Amy Seung P ’18

Fan Chu & Jennifer Duan P ’17 Huibing Li & Jing Yan P ’20

Zoe A. Norman ’13

Riichiro Akazaki & Amanda Kreidie-Akazaki P ’17, ’20

Paul Lam & Verna Ng P ’14, ’18

Roger Zheng & Sharon Xu P ’17 Kevin Zhou & Maggie Peng P ’20 John & Ping Zhu P ’21

Sheldon Szeto & Flora Chen P ’21 ♥

Anonymous (10)

Stanley & Marcy Tepner P ’17

Friends of UTS

Kenneth & Patti Thorlakson P ’18

1804876 Ontario Limited (Spirit of Math)

George Ting & Judy Hum P ’16, ’18

Harun Nida Aricibasi

David Torrey

Disney Voluntears Ears to You

John Torrey & Tanya Lee P ’17

Timothy Dorfman

Jibanjit & Sasmita Tripathy P ’19

Susan French, O.C.

CTI International Limited

Forests Ontario

Robert Tsuyuki & SeungHeui Song P ’19

General Electric Canada Inc.

Jack Tu & Feng Qiu P ’21

Meltem Golgeci

Wen Tang Pan & Jenny Gao P ’19

Mark van Zanden & Rachel Talbot P ’21

Elena Gourlay

Jill Copeland ’85 & Bill Parish, P ’20, ’22

Wing Lok Wan & Winnie Chu P ’21

Antonio Grande

Rick & Sarah Parsons P ’16, ’19

Bo Wang & Jin Liu P ’21

B & B Hamilton Fund at Toronto Foundation

Gang Wang & Sherrill Shen P ’20

The Estate of Sylvia Hamilton

Henry Peng & Xuekun Xing P ’16, ’18 Mark & Peri Peters P ’16, ’19 Anne Fleming ’85 & Michael Piaskoski P ’17 Christopher Pitts & Patricia Tavares P ’18 Alan Polak & Sheri Belanger P ’15, ’17 Stephen Raymond & Natasha Vandenhoven P ’16, ’19 Donald Redelmeier ’78 & Miriam Shuchman P ’12, ’15 David Reese & Amanda CookReese P ’19 ♥ Ian Richmond & Danielle LiChong P ’16, ’18, ’20

Jun Hao Wang & Xiao Xing Zheng P ’15, ’20 Qin Wang & Ruilei Chen P ’21 Wai Ming & Yuk Wong P ’12, ’18 William Xu & Anne (Jing) Du P ’18 Steven Xue & Jennifer Deng P ’18 Takahiro & Tomoko Yamanaka P ’18

Goldman Sachs

Government of Ontario

The William & Nona Heaslip Foundation Diana Hennessy James Hinds & Susan Weedon IBM Canada Limited Manulife Financial Microsoft Corporation Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Steve & Barbara Newman

Jianrui Ye & Jie Tang P ’17

Newton Foundation

Henry Yeung & Angela Leung P ’18

Ontario Power Generation

Chiu & Elaine Yip P ’18

Lois Randle

Tao Yuan & Chun Liu P ’21

Rapido Trains Inc.

Michael Zhang & Maggie Deng P ’21

H. Graham Rawlinson

Cynthia Quigley

ANNUAL DONOR REPORT Rotman School of Management

Gail Drummond & Robert Dorrance P ’04

Susan Kitchell P ’01

Bruce Rowat P ’89, ’95

Garth Chalmers ♥

Baird & Maria Knechtel P ’99

Royal Bank Financial Group Foundation

Ellen Drevnig P ’07

Simon Cheng & Jennifer Morawetz ’00 ♥

Xiaowen Duan & Yue Dai P ’16

Tibor Kokai & Maria Kokai Czapar P ’02

Howard Schneider & Aliye Keskin-Schneider P ’09, ’13 Alice Sears P ’72

Susie Choi ♥

Haydar Secer

Mark & Patricia Elendt, P ’14, ’16

Nestor & Catharine Kostyniuk P ’02

Philip Sohm & Janet Stanton P ’02

Makeda Daley ♥

Amin Ladak & Alida GoolamLadak P ’16 ♥

Guido Stahl & Kaia Stahl P ’13, ’16

Rose Dotten ♥

Sun Life Financial

Robert & Betty Farquharson, P ’10

Synopsys Corporate Headquarters

David Farrant & Liliane Diaz P ’14

Ron Lalonde & Jane Humphreys P ’06

Leon & Corina Stef P ’16

TD Bank Financial Group

Marshall Fei & Amber Xu P ’16

Alan & Marti Latta P ’86

Katharine & The Late Kenneth Thompson P ‘75

Victor Lee & Janet Lam P ’16

Toan To P ’13, ’20

Kris Ewing ♥

Eric Friedman & Dina Krawitz P ’07, ’09

Filip Levkovic & Marina Gracic -Levkovic P ’04

Tony Tong & Jenny Zheng P ’16

Carrie Flood ♥

Martin Geffen & Cathy Mallove, P ’10

Robert & Patricia Levy, P ’10, ’13, ’15

Steven & Xiao Ping Tso P ’94

Stephen & Anne Georgas P ’03, ’06

Sakir Secer Scripps Network Interactive

TELUS Community Affairs Toronto Area Custom Ford Dealers Inc. Unilever Canada UTS Alumni Association UTS Parents’ Association Peernut Visetsuth Anonymous (3) Anonymous (3) United Way Toronto & York Region - Anonymous (32) United Way Ottawa Anonymous (2)

Parents of Alumni Peter & Elizabeth Alberti P ’80, ’82, ’86 Mostafa Atri & Carole Leduc P ’08, ’16 Kailash & Maria Bahadur P ’02 John Bai & Jennie Yi P ’16 Michael & Sandra Bernick P ’16 Nicholas Bugiel & Kathy Edgar P ’13

Michael Didier ♥ Martha Drake ♥ Lynda Duckworth Rosemary Evans ♥

H. Donald Gutteridge & M. Anne Millar Sean Hayto ♥

John Li & Tiffany Lu P ’16

Michael Volpatti & Hana Zalzal P ’16

Xiang Liu & Fang Liu P ’15

Jason Wei & Bing Li P ’15

Judith Kay ♥

James & Margo Longwell P ’15

Alexandru & Michaela Weiner P ’01

Robert Kennedy ♥

Yong Lu & Rongyan Sun P ’16

Ann C. Wilton P ’01, ’04

Ping Kong Lai

Binh & Fung Ly P ’95, ’03

Michael & Muriel Wissell P ’14

Diane Lang

Richard Wong & Fei-Fei Liu P ’07

Raymond Lee ♥

Bill Gore & Alison David P ’16

Thomas Magyarody & Christa Jeney P ’04, ’06 ♥

Christopher & Claire Govan P ’18

Eckhard Mankowski & Lisa Titian P ’16

S.K. & P.N. Wong P ’06

David ’45 & Marty Graham, P ’73, ’76, ’78

Alex & Anka Meadu P ’01

Gang Wu & Annie Wang P ’16

Alec & Lorrie Morley P ’16

Tong Hahn & D. Smith P ’16

Cao-Minh & Hanh Nguyen P ’16

Michael Wu & Annie Huang P ’16

Murray Gold & Helen Kersley, P ’14 David Goldbloom O.C. & Nancy Epstein P ’05 Sydney Goldwater & Beverley Conner P ’12

James Hamilton & Dale Gray P ’04 Keith Harradence & Susan Ormiston P ’15 Judith Hashmall P ’92 Frank He & Helen You P ’15 Chi-Yip Ho & Mei Zhen P ’16

Heather Henricks ♥

Janine Kuzma

Rebecca Levere ♥ W. Bruce MacLean

Victor & Helen Wong P ’05

Anand Mahadevan ♥ Lily McGregor ♥ Amy Paradine ♥

Shuwen Xiao & Hefen Gan P ’16

Stan Pearl

Decheng Yao & Heng Yang P ’16

Marie-Claire Recurt

Shaunlin Nie & Wei Gu P ’16 Susan E. Opler ’79 & Paul F. Monahan, P ’14 ♥

Mark Yarranton & Patricia Foran P ’13

Jane Rimmer ♥

Farhad Pirouzmand & Marjan Jariani P ’16

Bing Bing Yin P ’16

Viet & Phuong-Thu Nguyen P ’13, ’16

Jennifer Pitt-Lainsbury ♥ Libby Reeves ♥ Ronald Royer Amy Schindler

Greg & Kirsten Posehn P ’16

Joseph Yu & Gloria Chung-Yu P ’07

Julie Prentice P ’16

Lei Zhou & Li Li P ’16

Dave & Christine So ♥

Helmut Zisser & Luba Zisser P ’08, ’14

May Subbarayaprabu ♥

John & Michelle Hull P ’16

Tomas & Alicia Quejada P ’02

Jing Chen & Jane Liu P ’14

Philip & Janet Hume P ’16

Paul & Janet Raboud P ’11

Anonymous (12)

Ann Unger

Alan & Jocelyn Chun P ’08

Brian Hwang & Janie Shin, P ’14

Dejan & Djurdjica Ratkov P ’16 Anonymous (2)

Marisca Vanderkamp ♥

Donald & Nita Reed P ’92

Angela Vavitsas

Sittampalam Jeyapragasan P ’15 ♥

The Late Cedric E. Ritchie, O.C. & Barbara Ritchie P ’80

Ian Carlin P ’14

Edward Ho & Jane Woo P ’16 

Hai Chai & Juanjuan Li P ’15 ♥

Peter C.C. & Frances Hogg P ’88

Paul & Loretta Chan P ’98

Randy Colbert & Sheila Brazel P ’16 Thane & Sylvia Crossley, P ’10 August & Lisa Cruikshanks P ’16

Fred & Wendy Kaifosh P ’06 Raymond Kan & Shuo-An Lee, P ’11, ’12

Current & Former Staff

Gillian Bartlett Richard & Jane Roberts P ’99, Jeff Bernstein ♥ ’02, ’05 ♥ Chris Carswell ♥

Elizabeth Smyth

Laura Sun ♥

Carole (Geddes) Zamroutian ♥ Anonymous (4) Anonymous (3) ♥ Anonymous ♥

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LOOKING BACK A HARD PILL TO SWALLOW Recently uncovered backstage at UTS was this diminutive bottle that once contained Santonin and Calomel Tablet Triturates (pills), a potent combination that killed and expelled parasitic worms from the body. According to an article in a US Department of Agriculture Farmers’ Bulletin, circa 1800, the treatment was used in animal husbandry, too. This dangerous formulation could cause serious side effects and was later replaced by safer medications for man and beast. Still, to each era its health risks and discoveries: by 1931, the Twig apparently saw no reason not to run an ad from the Dispensing Chemist across the street from the school that alerted readers to the availability of cigarettes!

The Root - Fall 2016  
The Root - Fall 2016