March 2016

Upcoming Events

First-ever Old Boy Summit on Oct. 22


We want to hear your voice as we enter an exciting new era in UCC’s history.

Join us at our first-ever Old Boy Summit on Saturday, Oct. 22, where you can provide valuable input into the future of the College as discussions around the next strategic planning process begin.

The summit is an on-campus event hosted by the Association Council and its advisory committee chair, Matt Flynn ’96. It will feature keynote presentations and breakout sessions where you’ll have the chance to express your thoughts and hopes about where we’re heading, and vote on substantive recommendations to the board of governors as it embarks on formulating the College’s next five-year plan. It also may be your first opportunity to meet and hear from our new principal, Sam McKinney.

Help make Oct. 22 a day for insight and inspiration. For more information about the Old Boy Summit, and ways you can contribute if you’re unable to attend, contact Jody Jacobson at 416-488-1125, ext. 2235 or, or email


Branch Events


April 14           Vancouver branch reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Terminal City Club

April 15           San Francisco branch reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Michael and Hazel Kawaja

April 17           Los Angeles branch reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at Jonathan Beach Club

April 21           New York branch reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at New York Athletic Club

Spring reunion dinner


The College’s annual spring reunion dinner honouring the leaving classes up to and including 1965 will take place on Wednesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. in the Upper School.

The reception will be held in the Bernick Family Foyer and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall.

College tours are available from 5:30 to 6 p.m. For those interested in attending, RSVP by calling the Association office at 1-800-822-5361 or register online at by Sunday, May 1.

"Maple Madness" open house at Norval on March 28


As days grow warm and sunny and winter gives way to spring, it's a sure bet that maple syrup season is right around the corner.

Find out more about how sap is transformed into maple syrup at an open house on Monday, March 28 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Norval Outdoor School. Visitors will have the chance to tour the sugar bush and learn how trees are tapped to collect sap using buckets and tubes. They'll also be able to see an evaporator demonstration and learn how sap is boiled into syrup. We'll be offering taste tests of sap and syrup as well as maple fudge.

Back at Stephen House, we'll have pancakes and sausages with real Norval maple syrup plus an assortment of other goodies. Admission is free and all members of the UCC community are welcome along with dogs on leashes. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear for walking outdoors.

Please click here or call the Association office at 416-484-8629 for more information or to register.

Please join Brett Twaits ’00 and Matt Irwin ’00, co-chairs of the 82nd Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament for a day of friendship and good times on June 1, 2016


Joe Cressy


Click here to register.

Past Events


Successful Founder's Dinner highlights value of debate


Founder’s Dinner dished up a fantastic night of great conversation, food and lively debate as almost 500 Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of the College enjoyed an evening of friendship and great food catered by Oliver & Bonacini on Feb. 10.

This year’s event welcomed political heavy-hitters on both sides of a controversial debate regarding the primacy of individual privacy or the government’s right to conduct surveillance in the name of national security.

“[A citizen] doesn’t need to have done anything wrong to be made vulnerable,” said Jameel Jaffer ’90, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and director of the ACLU’s Centre for Democracy in New York. He praised U.S. whistleblower Edward for a “courageous stance that sparked an overdue debate.”

In contrast, Michael W. Duffy, Senior General Counsel for the Canadian Department of Justice argued that “an individual is not judge and jury,” stressing instead the need to “focus on a mechanism within the system to voice concern, rather than going public.” On this front, he stressed that the United States has more of a whistle-blowing culture, whereas the “Canadian system is not built on trust; it’s built on laws and their legitimacy [in the public eye].”

The debate was expertly moderated by Michelle Shephard, an investigative reporter for the Toronto Star.     

Another evening highlight was Piera Morra’s thoughtful and heart-felt speech as she accepted the John D. Stevenson Award for volunteer service. “I started volunteering when my son suggested I could keep a closer eye on him,” she said. Ultimately, through two decades of service, the mother of Marco ’08, Alexander ’11 and Nicholas ’13 eventually “set an example for my sons about the value of giving back.”  

Thanks go out to evening co-chairs David Morgenstern ’90, John MacKay ’90 and Maurice Siu ’91 who were co-masters of ceremonies for the evening and also raised funds to offset its cost. 

For a livestream video of the debate, please click here


2016 Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament


UCC's Young Old Boys hockey team played in the 2016 Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament on Feb. 13 and 14 in New York City. Under record-breaking freezing temps, the guys lost their first two games but came back in their third, winning 7-0. To round out the weekend, UCC hosted an Old Boys Winter Social at Cafe El Presidente, owned by Dario Wolos '96.

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