Honours & Awards


Who gets a UCC Fellowship?

The UCC Fellowship is the College's highest distinction for non-student members of its community. The fellowship was introduced in 2003 and honours men and women who've distinguished themselves through extraordinary achievements and service to Canada.

Edward S. (Ted) Rogers '51 (1933-2008)

UCC Fellowship recipient - 2003
As president and chief executive officer of Rogers Communications Inc., Ted Rogers was a pioneer in telecommunications and media and made considerable contributions to the Canadian wireless communications industry. 

Rogers graduated from UCC in 1951 and later earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto. He was awarded an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar of Ontario. In addition to his formal education, Rogers was awarded numerous honorary degrees. 

Rogers was well known as one of Canada’s most generous philanthropists. He acted as a director of several organizations and served on the board of governors of various foundations and councils. 

Rogers was made an officer of The Order of Canada in 1990 and was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in recognition of his long career in broadcast communications. He was also inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and was the first Canadian to be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in Denver.

Rogers was the first recipient of a UCC Fellowship. He was honoured on May 24, 2003 during the Upper School leaving ceremony.


Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander (1922-2012)

UCC Fellowship recipient - 2003
The Honourable Lincoln Alexander dedicated his life to public service, starting with his tour of duty in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War from 1942 to 1945. The graduate of McMaster University and Osgoode Law School was elected to the House of Commons as a member of parliament for Hamilton West in 1968. He was named federal Minister of Labour in 1979. 

Alexander served as lieutenant-governor for the Province of Ontario from 1985 to 1991 and as chairman of Ontario’s Workers’ Compensation Board from 1980 to 1985. He was appointed a companion of the Order of Canada and awarded the Order of Ontario in 1992.

Among numerous appointments, Alexander served five terms as chancellor of the University of Guelph, was a council member of the Ontario Press Council from 1996 to 2003, and was a member of UCC’s board of governors from 1992 to 1997. 

Alexander's memoir, Go to School, You’re a Little Black Boy, was published by Dundurn Press in 2006.

Alexander was honoured with a UCC Fellowship on June 13, 2003 during the Preparatory School graduation ceremony.

Hon. Henry N.R. (Hal) Jackman
UCC Fellowship recipient - 2004
One of Canada’s leading philanthropists, The Honourable Henry N.R. (Hal) Jackman has supported his advocacy for the arts and social issues with generous volunteering and patronage. He assured a lasting legacy of encouragement for artistic excellence when he established the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for the Arts in 1995. 

Jackman was appointed a member of the Order of Ontario in 1998 and a member of the Order of Canada in 1991. He was promoted to officer of the Order of Canada in 2000. He's been an inspirational volunteer with such organizations as the Canadian Opera Company, the Atlantic Council of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross Pension Fund, Regent Park Community Health Centre, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Toronto Western Hospital, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario Heritage Foundation.

Jackman was president of the Empire Club of Canada (1971–1972) and honorary chief of the Metropolitan Toronto Police (1992). He received the Human Relations Award from the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (2000) and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame (2002).

Jackman was honoured with a UCC Fellowship on May 28, 2004 during the Upper School leaving ceremony.

Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain
UCC Fellowship recipient - 2005
The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain has received the Order of Canada and remains one of Canada’s top philanthropists. She was named a YMCA “Woman of Distinction” for her work with organizations including Beatrice House, a child development centre for vulnerable, single mothers in Toronto. She also co-authored the influential Ontario Early Years Study (1999) that was commissioned by the provincial government. The report urges communities and families to invest in the critical early years of children’s education and well-being. 

McCain holds several honorary degrees and has served on boards for a diverse range of non-profit organizations, including the National Ballet School, the Canadian Policy Research Network and the TVO Foundation.

McCain was the first female lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick (1994 to 1997) and the first woman to receive a fellowship from Upper Canada College. 

McCain was honoured with a UCC Fellowship on June 17, 2005 during the Preparatory School graduation ceremony.

Jim Cuddy '74
UCC Fellowship recipient - 2006
Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Jim Cuddy is perhaps best known as one of the front men for the popular band Blue Rodeo. Since forming Blue Rodeo in 1984 with songwriting partner Greg Keelor, they've become regarded as one of Canada’s best songwriting teams. Since Blue Rodeo's Outskirts debut album was released in 1987, it has sold more than three million records and won 11 of the 30 Juno Awards that it has been nominated for.

Cuddy also performs as a solo artist and has released three albums.The Light That Guides You Home won the 2007 Juno for best adult alternative album.

Cuddy is an acknowledged activist who lends his name in support of social justice, humanitarian and environmental causes, especially those close to home.

Cuddy was honoured with a UCC Fellowship on Feb. 1, 2006 during Founder’s Dinner.

Raymond Moriyama
UCC Fellowship recipient - 2007
One of Canada’s most respected architects, Raymond Moriyama was born in Vancouver and educated in Vancouver, Tokyo, Slocan Valley, B.C. and at Westdale Collegiate in Hamilton, Ont. He received his bachelor of architecture from the University of Toronto in 1954 and his master of architecture in urban design from McGill University in 1957. 

Among Moriyama’s many award-winning projects are: the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto Reference Library, the Scarborough Civic Centre, the Bata Shoe Museum and the Bank of Montreal Institute for Learning, all in Toronto; Science North in Sudbury, Ont.; the Canadian embassy in Tokyo; and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. He's also the visionary behind the long-range plans to revitalize Niagara Falls, Ont.

Since founding his own firm, Moriyama & Teshima Architects, in 1958, he has received many honours, including: the RAIC Gold Medal, presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, which is the highest national honour bestowed upon an individual architect; an honorary fellowship of the American Institute of Architects; the Confederation of Canada Medal; the Golden Jubilee Medal; and a lifetime achievement award from the Arts Foundation of Greater Toronto. He's an officer of the Order of Canada and has received the Order of Ontario and the Order of Rising Sun Gold Rays with Rosette, Japan. 

Moriyama was honoured with a UCC Fellowship on May 25, 2007 during the Upper School leaving ceremony.

Hon. Michael Wilson '55
UCC Fellowship recipient - 2007
The Honourable Michael Wilson was first elected to the House of Commons in 1979. He served as minister of finance from 1984 to 1991 and then became minister of industry, science and technology, and minister for international trade. During his tenure as a cabinet member, he represented Canada at the International Monetary Fund, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the G7 ministers’ meetings. 

Prior to serving as Canada’s 22nd ambassador to the United States from 2006 to 2009, Wilson was chairman of UBS Canada. Before joining UBS in 2001, he was responsible for RBC Financial Group’s institutional asset management business, and he served as a vice-chairman of RBC Dominion Securities.

Wilson is active in a number of professional and community organizations, including: NeuroScience Canada Partnership, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. He's an officer of the Order of Canada and has honorary degrees from the University of Toronto and York University. He graduated from Upper Canada College in 1955, and his two sons attended UCC in the 1980s.

Wilson was honoured with a UCC Fellowship on June 15, 2007 during the Preparatory School graduation ceremony.



Dr. John R. Evans
UCC Fellowship recipient - 2010

Dr. John R. Evans received his undergraduate medical training at the University of Toronto (M.D. 1952) and engaged in specialty training in internal medicine and cardiology in London, England, Boston and Toronto. Following five years as a member of the department of medicine at U of T and consulting physician at the Toronto General Hospital, he was appointed as the founding dean of the McMaster University Faculty of Medicine in Hamilton, Ont. He served as president of the University of Toronto from 1972 to 1978. He undertook a study of education for public health and population-based medicine supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to U of T in 1979. Evans served as director of the population, health and nutrition department of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. from 1979 to 1983. He returned to Toronto in 1983 as chairman and chief executive officer of Allelix Inc., a biotechnical research company.

Evans is past chairman of these organizations: MaRS Discovery District, Toronto; Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto; Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ottawa; Torstar Corporation, Toronto; Alcan Inc., Montreal; and Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation. He also served on the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation, Global Stewardship Initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Evans is a companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the Business Hall of Fame. He was awarded the 2002 F.N.G. Starr Award, the highest honour of the Canadian Medical Association, and the 2007 Henry G. Freisen International Prize in Health Research for his longstanding contributions to medical sciences.


Johan Olav KossJohann Olav Koss

UCC Fellowship recipient - 2010

Johann Olav Koss was born in Drammen, Norway and is considered by many to be the best speed skater of all time. He won a gold and a silver medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and three gold medals in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Koss had 23 World Cup wins and captured four overall World Cup titles. He was named Sports Illustrated magazine's sportsman of the year in 1994.

After his speed skating career, Koss trained as a physician at the University of Queensland in Australia. He became a UNICEF ambassador and was a member of the International Olympic Committee until 2002. He's now based in Toronto and is CEO of the Canadian-based international humanitarian organization, Right To Play. Koss completed his rxecutive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management in the University of Toronto and has honorary doctor of laws degrees from Brock University and University of Calgary.

Koss started coaching the Norwegian speed skating team in 2009.



Ted Turner Ted Turner

UCC Fellowship recipient - 2011

Ted Turner has been making an impact internationally since forming a media empire more than 30 years ago that included CNN, WTBS, MGM/UA Entertainment, TNT and Cartoon Network, as well as operating professional sports and entertainment franchises, launching a growing restaurant chain and owning more land in the United States than any other person except one. He was the first media figure to be named Time magazine’s man of the year in 1991.

Turner is just as well known for his philanthropy, which includes donating $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation, founding the Goodwill Games to promote peace through sports, launching the Turner Endangered Species Fund and the Turner Foundation to protect and restore the environment, as well as becoming a major supporter of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Captain Planet Foundation.


Clock Tower building at sunset


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