Upper Canada College’s Model United Nations Club defended its best large delegation title at McGill University’s Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) on the weekend.
Many members of last year’s UCC team graduated and, with other veterans unable to attend, the club was forced to take nine novices along with 11 returning delegates. But the boys’ perseverance and positive attitudes — combined with dedicated and passionate leadership from faculty adviser Matt Griem — had everyone prepared and eager to learn and compete over the long weekend.
The students, Griem and teacher/club adviser Dave Borden arrived in Montreal by train on Nov. 6 and were greeted by the largest-ever SSUNS contingent, totalling 1,400 students from more than 40 schools from Canada, the United States, Europe and Africa. An interesting opening ceremony concluded with the formal banging of the gavel and then the conference was officially underway.
The UCC boys debated and negotiated tirelessly for eight to 10 hours each day, working with other students to solve global issues ranging from the Ukrainian war crisis to the status of women. Their diplomatic finesse and advocacy skills were enough to not only win a second straight best large delegation award, but also set a new SSUNS record for average points per delegate.
Veterans David Chiodo, Amir Fawzy, Michael Pusic, Elliott Birman, James Coady, Nikhil Kassum and Theo Iordache as well as newcomers Imran Jessa and Ronan Murphy won first place in their respective committees. First-timers James Lutz and Matthew Wang placed second in theirs.
“These students did a tremendous job and I am very proud of them,” says Griem.