Some 250 students from 20 Greater Toronto Area schools descended on Upper Canada College on April 16 and 17 for the Ontario Model United Nations conference.
Ontario Model UN is a simulation of the United Nations. It combines several existing UN bodies with other unique committees engaged in intense debate on a wide range of international issues to stimulate delegates’ diplomatic faculties.
This year’s event merged Ontario Model Parliament with Ontario Model UN since they were a good fit, and approximately 30 UCC students were involved in its organization. The Secretary Generals were James Coady and Joe Noss, while Nikhil Kassum, Imran Jessa, Ronan Murphy, Matthew Jagdeo, Miles Hoaken, David Niddam-Dent, Adam Rothman and Matt Wang also had key leadership positions
“This was a major event that required hundreds of hours of organization,” says Matt Griem, UCC’s economics department head and Model UN adviser. “The boys did an excellent job.”
UCC student Alexander Quinn was named “Best Delegate” in his federal-provincial simulation by representing former Ontario premier Mike Harris in a historical recreation of a meeting between the federal and provincial cabinets in 1997.
The event concluded another successful year for UCC’s Model UN contingent, and several core members will be graduating this spring. These include club co-presidents Elliott Birman and Kassum as well as Coady, Noss, Jessa, Murphy, Ernest Leung and Rory Kimel.
While their loss will hurt, Griem is confident that the College’s Model UN representatives will continue to be among the best in North America.
“We have some excellent IB1s and FYs who are ready to take over next year,” he says.