Community Awards

Old Boys of Distinction Awards

Old Boy of Distinction

Established in 2017, the Old Boy of Distinction Award is among UCC’s highest honours. Presented annually by the UCC Association Council on behalf of the College’s close to 10,000 alumni, the recipient has demonstrated a lifetime of significant achievement in his field(s) of endeavour; and has made a positive impact on the local, national or global community while upholding the principles and values of the College.

Young Old Boy of Distinction

The Young Old Boy of Distinction Award is presented annually by the UCC Association Council on behalf of alumni for whom it has been less than 15 years since their graduation from the College.

The recipient must have demonstrated a significant contribution in his field of endeavour and made a noteworthy contribution to community service while upholding the principles and values of the College.

How to Nominate an Old Boy

Any member of the UCC community may nominate someone for an Old Boy of Distinction or Young Old Boy of Distinction Award. All nominations are treated as confidential by UCC.

To make a nomination, please submit the following:
  • Nominee details including name, year of graduation, contact information and resume
  • Description of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions in their field(s) of endeavour and community
  • Three letters of support from fellow members of the UCC community

Stay tuned for 2019-20 nomination deadline.

For further information, please contact:
Kathryn Champion
Director, Constituency Relations
416-488-1125 ext. 2202

Old Boys of Distinction Award Winners 2017-18:

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  • The Honourable Michael Wilson ’55

    Old Boy of Distinction (2018)
    “Michael H. Wilson is a distinguished Old Boy who has contributed greatly to his school, community and country,” says Ed Bracht ’55, UCC class president and head of the peer group that nominated Wilson.

    “Michael certainly has exemplified the principles and values of the College throughout his life. His father, Harry Wilson ’22, former Chair of the UCC Board of Governors from 1962 to 1967, would have been very proud of him.”

    Wilson is chairman of Barclays Capital Canada, a former chairman of UBS Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada. In the political realm he was, most recently, Canadian ambassador to the United States. He was minister for international trade, minister of industry, science and technology, and minister of finance before that.

    After retiring from Washington, he became chancellor at Trinity College and then the University of Toronto. Among many volunteer activities, he’s most closely associated with his outstanding work on the issue of mental illness, with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as vice-chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and as chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

    Wilson has honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, York University, Trinity College at the University of Toronto and an honorary doctorate from the Royal Military College of Canada.
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  • Max Bruce ’05

    Young Old Boy of Distinction (2018)
    Max Bruce is an explosives technician with York Regional Police. After joining the force in 2010 as a frontline uniform officer, he worked his way up to the emergency response unit, where he’s responsible for high-risk search warrants, weapons calls, hostage rescue and terrorism response.

    Bruce was designated one of nine members of the explosives disposal unit last year and received the Lightning Bolt Award for saving a man’s life while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

    “What has impressed me about Max since his time at UCC is his willingness to follow his own path,” says university counselling director Katherine Ridout in her nomination.

    Bruce combines his career with service work with Ontario Special Olympians and the Southlake Regional Hospital in Newmarket, Ont. He frequently mentors young people who are interested in a police career and coaches football in and outside of the UCC community.

    “His gentleness and caring personality is equalled, if not surpassed, by his strengths — his physical strength, but more importantly his strength of character,” says Bruce’s godfather, Vahan Kololian ’73.
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