April 2013

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Sanjay Zimmerman ’11 explores entrepreneurship

Sanjay Zimmerman ’11 inherited an entrepreneurial streak from his Indian father and used it as inspiration to film a documentary on entrepreneurs in his dad’s homeland with his prestigious Weissman Scholar funding from Babson College. 

“There are all these entrepreneurs in India, and all these new businesses coming up, so it would be really interesting to go and meet entrepreneurs, talk to them, and get their definitions of entrepreneurship,” Zimmerman said of the basis for his first trip to India in Babson Magazine.

Zimmerman developed an appreciation for film while at Upper Canada College, and he visited 11 Indian cities over eight weeks last summer as he travelled more than 5,400 kilometres around the country interviewing approximately 50 entrepreneurs. They represented an array of sectors — including information technology, health care, entertainment and manufacturing — and most of them were graduates of Babson, a
small, private business college near Boston, Mass.

“I learned a lot about entrepreneurship, about the broader implications it has, not just for one person but the big social change and value you can add to society by being an entrepreneur,” Zimmerman told the magazine. “It’s motivated me to think about starting a business some day.”

Zimmerman would like to shoot a similar documentary in another country, most likely Brazil, this summer. In the meantime, he’s keeping busy with a number of other school-related projects aside from his classes.

Zimmerman is the founder and president of the Babson Apprentice Fund, which was created in September in an effort to provide valuable experience and practice for students interested in finance and investing. He’s the president of Babson Media + Design Studio, where students can rent cameras and computers and receive help with scriptwriting, web development and more. Zimmerman is also treasurer of the Babson Investment Banking Association, which aims to enhance the college’s position as a top business school for investment banking by increasing the interest of students in this field, supporting them in their preparation for the recruiting process and improving relations with firms through the Babson Alumni Network.

Dr. Shafiq Qaadri emphasizes the value of a UCC education

Dr. Shafiq QaadriDr. Shafiq Qaadri ’82 has given a lot of himself over the years as a family physician, politician, writer, media commentator and public speaker, but he told boys at a Prep assembly in Weston Hall on Feb. 12 that the best gift their parents can give them is an Upper Canada College education.

Qaadri, whose son Muhammad is in Form 6 at UCC, provided a self-introduction, observations about life and advice to the students before taking questions during his 30-minute presentation. He was a very engaging speaker who used slides to augment his points about taking full advantage of the privileges of attending the College.

Qaadri said UCC’s influence stays with you through life, and he illustrated that by providing some of the defining moments from his time at the school. He entered in Grade 9 with the goal of becoming a doctor and, despite his interest in science, he won an English prize, the Oxford University Essay Contest and became literary editor of College Times. Those experiences laid the groundwork for him becoming the author of 700 articles, a 2006 book titled The Testosterone Factor: A Practical Guide to Improving Vitality and Virility, Naturally, and a new novel.

Qaadri was president of UCC’s debating society and won the Canadian National Debating Championship. That background helped him when he entered politics, and he’s served as the member of provincial parliament for Etobicoke North since 2003. Ontario’s first MPP of Pakistani origin serves as the parliamentary assistant to the minister of government services.

Qaadri encouraged the boys to let their teachers influence him, and cited the impact that former UCC Latin teacher Terence Bredin had on him. He left the students with a quote from one of the most famous teachers of all time, Aristotle, who said: “Be what you wish to seem.”

Tom Szaky '01 says: "Redesign is the fourth 'R' of the future when it comes to eliminating waste." Read more at http://bit.ly/YYSiTH.

Former Canadian foreign minister Bill Graham '57 and his Iraq-based freelance journalist son Patrick Graham '84 discuss the onset of the 2003 Iraq War at http://bit.ly/10j5EeI.

Congratulations to Mitch Bederman '02, who won the best music editing prize at the Golden Reel Awards in Los Angeles for his work on Life of Pi.

Congratulations to Dylan Randle '11 for receiving the Edward Frank Kraft Award for Freshmen for 2012-13 from University of California Berkeley. It's one of the school's most prestigious academic awards.

Read John Barber's Globe and Mail tribute to late jazz musician Del Dako '72 at http://bit.ly/W5QiNO.

Loudon Owen '76 and Sanzhar Sultanov '07 have launched a production company called Know Rules Media. Read more at http://bit.ly/YbcHp4.

Congratulations to Adam Bekhor '91, who was named one of Shalom Life's "Top 20 Under 40." Read more at http://bit.ly/WTNbFf.

Modris Eksteins '61 won the $40,000 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for his book, Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age. Read more at http://bit.ly/VGBdC6.

Congratulations to former CBC reporter and foreign correspondent Brian Stewart '60 and CFL commissioner Mark Cohon '85, who both received the Order of Ontario on Feb. 6 at Queen's Park.