April 2015

What's News?

Search begins for new board chair Man Smiling

A committee of Old Boys, parents and senior volunteers has been struck to find and nominate the next chair of the Upper Canada College board of governors to succeed Old Boy and parent Andy Burgess ’83, who concludes his term in January 2016.  

The committee will meet with key stakeholders and past and current governors in its search for a new chair over the next several months. The committee includes: Michael MacMillan ’74 (board chair from 2004 to 2009 and former Foundation trustee); Roly Browning Watt ’62 (Foundation chair from 2001 to 2008); Richard Phillips ’85 (Foundation chair from 2009 to 2014); Jill Denham (governor and current parent); David MacDougall ’81 (former governor and Foundation trustee, and current parent); Sue Guichon (governor and past parent); and Burgess. 

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UCC Military History Immersion Program 

Upper Canada College announced the creation of a new Military History Immersion Program at a student assembly on March 30.

The program is the direct result of a generous leadership gift to UCC’s $100-million Think Ahead Campaign from John and Pattie Cleghorn (grandparents of Grade 8 student Jamie Cleghorn) and their family.

The program will immerse student participants in the First and Second World War experiences of Canadian soldiers, with a special focus on the more than 400 UCC Old Boys who gave their lives in the conflicts. Its centrepiece will be an eight-day tour of European battlefields, including Ypres, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe and Juno Beach. There will also be a significant research component to the program that takes advantage of UCC’s many archival resources relating to the First and Second World Wars and the conflicts’ impact on the College community.


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Association Day & Reunion 2015

This year's Association Day will be on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Click here for further details about Association Day and other alumni events. 

Attention classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010: this is your reunion year. Your reunion committees are hard at work planning an amazing weekend. More information and details will come. Please email the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca if you have any questions.

Volunteers in the spotlight

Founder’s Dinner was a huge success.

More than 450 Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of the College enjoyed a wonderful dinner catered by O&B and a captivating keynote address by current parent Reza Satchu, the co-founder of The Next 36.

Founder’s Dinner isn't a fundraising event, but we count on sponsorship for our community to help offset the cost of the dinner. This years’ dinner chairmen, Charles Field-Marsham ’87 and current parent John Francis, did an outstanding job in obtaining sponsorship for this event. Thank you for ensuring that Founder’s Dinner was a success.

Charles Field-Marsham ’87, Reza Satchu and John Francis at Founder's Dinner.

Old Boy open sports schedule


Basketball in Hewitt Athletic Centre, 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all year)


Soccer on oval (in the bubble during the winter), 6:30 to 9 p.m. (all year)


Winter shinny hockey in arena, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., until June 10 (returns Sept. 2)

Summer shinny hockey in arena, 6 to 7 p.m., from June 17 to Aug. 26

Lacrosse on New Field, 6:30 to 9 p.m., from July 8 to Aug. 27


Ball hockey on sports court, 12 to 5 p.m., from April to October

Tennis on outdoor courts only, 12 to 5 p.m., from late June to August


Family pleasure skating in arena, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., from September to April. The last skate is on Sunday, April 19. Check the next edition of Old Ties for the 2015-16 dates. 

Please contact Association coordinator Courtney McNeillie at cmcneillie@ucc.on.ca for more information.

Association staff update

Please join us in welcoming Courtney McNeillie as the acting Association Coordinator in the advancement office. Courtney is Samantha Kerbel's maternity leave replacement until May 2016. 

We are thrilled to welcome Courtney to the UCC community. She can be reached at cmcneillie@ucc.on.ca or at 416-488-1125 ext. 2239.

The UCC Association