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Old Boys return to talk about careers in new speaker series

A new element has been added to the career studies course for Grade 9 students at Upper Canada College that allows them to hear stories and learn lessons from Old Boys.

Michael Carmichael

Michael Carmichael

A speaker series that will continue through the fall and winter was launched on Oct. 7 with Michael Carmichael ’97 addressing the boys in Laidlaw Hall about the wisdom he’s gained since leaving school. Carmichael, the father of Grade 3 student John Carmichael and owner and president of Toronto’s City Chevrolet Buick Cadillac GMC, turned his passion for cars into a career as he worked in almost every facet of the dealership started by his grandfather Jack Carmichael and continued on by his father John Carmichael ’71 before he bought out his dad in 2009.

Carmichael spoke to the students about how he changed his business and relationships with his employees by throwing away his BlackBerry and unplugging from the texting world. He found he was more focused and deliberate in his interactions with others and felt more clearheaded, which improved employee morale as well as his relationships with his family and friends.

The next speaker in the series will be Gord Cheesbrough ’01, the son of former UCC board chair Gordon Cheesbrough ’71 and brother of UCC development coordinator and campaign assistant Sarah Cheesbrough. His 20-minute talk will revolve around how he started working in advertising before deciding to switch things up and follow in his father’s footsteps in the world of finance. He’ll concentrate on the life lesson of it being okay to make a change for your happiness, even if it means adding extra years to attain your career success.

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