Association Council

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What’s the Association Council?

The UCC Association represents the interests of Old Boys, parents, members of the Board of Governors and the UCC Foundation, faculty and staff, and other community members with demonstrated interest in the College.
The UCC Association Council is its own governing body, with 21 elected council members and eight ex-officio council members. Officers include the President, Vice-President(s), Secretary, Executive Director and Managing Director. The Council meets three times per year in addition to its annual general meeting, held in October.

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  • Our Role

    • Governance-level recommendations to the College on significant priorities and policies regarding external relations, including friendraising, fundraising and communications
    • Advise the Office of Advancement on strategies and priorities, and review annual objectives and reports
    • Represent the views of its members on broader governance issues and serve as the conduit for advocating these positions, on behalf of its membership, to the Board of Governors and Principal
    • Situation-specific advice and assistance in the implementation of friendraising, fundraising and communications programs
    • Fulfils its constitutional responsibilities and appoint three governors of the College (the Association President serves as a Governor)
    • Select the annual recipient of the John D. Stevenson Award for outstanding volunteer service to the College and the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Awards for volunteerism
    • Identify and cultivate potential volunteers, donors and advocates (may include nominating additional individuals for the Board of Governors, Foundation Board or other groups)

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  • Our Purpose

    • Serve as a link between UCC and its members
    • Provide programs and services for its members
    • Engage its members in the service of UCC

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  • Our Members

    • Old Boys
    • Parents
    • Members of the Board of Governors 
    • Members of the Board of Directors of UCC's Foundation 
    • Members of Board of Trustees of the UCC Educational Foundation and UCC Foundation U.K. 
    • UCC's Principal, faculty and staff
    • Others with demonstrated interest in the College's welfare

Meet the Association Council

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  • J.P. Mackay ’02

    J.P. was elected to Association Council in 2016 and appointed President in 2021. He is past Chair of the Awards Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee. J.P. also serves as Chair of the Barbara A. Barrow Scholarship Foundation and is a member of the Lang Scholar Program Advisory Board.

    Professionally, J.P. is Senior Vice President, National Operations at Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust.

    J.P. holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Ivey Business School.
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  • Carita Sheehy

    Vice-President, Parents
    Carita is a dedicated UCC volunteer and has served as the Prep Parents’ Organization, co-president of the Parents’ Organization, and Co-Chair, of UCC’s Blues Booster Club since its inception in 2009. She earned the Harold A. D. Roberts Award for volunteer service in 2018.

    Carita has been a team manager for all three of her boys’ GTHL Hockey and North Toronto Soccer teams for the past 10 years, has sat on the Board of Directors for the North Toronto Soccer Club and is a founding Board member of the North Toronto Sports Foundation. Carita’s professional background is in business management, most recently as Senior Manager, Sales and Business Development with National Bank of Canada.
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  • Lisa Orr

    Chair, Awards Committee
    Lisa is the Chief Consultant and Founder of Orr Etiquette, a boutique etiquette and protocol consultancy in Toronto. Lisa also teaches marketing at McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education and runs a small accessories business. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Social Impact at Queen’s University.

    Lisa holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

    Lisa and her husband John have a daughter, Jane, and two sons, Jack '23 and Blake '26.
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  • Amy Cheung

    Chair, Wellbeing Committee 
    Dr. Amy Cheung is an Associate Scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She works clinically as a psychiatrist with young people with mood and anxiety disorders, and their families. Dr. Cheung's research focus includes adolescent depression and community-based service delivery models for youth with mental illness.

    Dr. Cheung completed her education and training at the University of Toronto, McMaster University and Columbia University. She has served on the boards of different NGOs serving children in Canada and internationally.

    She lives in Toronto with her husband Kevin and their three children, Caroline, Hudson ‘26 and Josh ‘29.
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  • Sunir Chandaria ’98

    Sunir Chandaria serves as President of Chandaria Family Holdings, Inc., the Family Office of his branch of the Chandaria Family.  He has been charged with managing a portfolio of public and private investments, including early capital behind Mill Street Brewery, Element Financial, and ROAR Organic.  Sunir retains oversight of the family’s direct interests in technology, agriculture, medical supplies, mining, and real estate, as well as investments in venture, growth, and hedge funds with diverse expertise.  Prior to his role in the Family Office, Sunir served as President of LePage’s, a family portfolio company that is a leader in office supplies distribution to major retailers in North America and around the globe.
    Sunir graduated with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Management from Oxford University, where he subsequently sat on and concluded his term on the inaugural Foundation Board of St Peter’s College and has served as Chair of the East African Advisory Council of the Rhodes Trust.  He is a Member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) where he served for two years as Chair of YPO, Canada and was the Founding Chair of the Young Fellowship of the Duke Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People.  Sunir is a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and has enjoyed experience on the Boards of private and public sector organizations, including the Ontario Lottery & Gaming (OLG) Corporation.  He additionally enjoys the privilege of serving as the Hon. Consul of Kenya in Toronto, Canada.
    As a proud member of McHugh’s House, Sunir graduated from UCC in the Class of 1998, the first year to complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma at UCC.  He lives in Toronto with his wife, Charissa, and their three young children.
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  • Chris Cruz ’02

    Chris was elected to Association Council in 2021. Chris is a member of the Leaving Class of 2002 where he served on the Board of Stewards representing Wedd's House as Head of House. During his time at the College Chris was an active member of Little Theater, co-founded the Improvisational Theater Club, and was a counsellor at multiple UCC Summer Camps. 
    Chris is an investment professional at Searchlight Capital Partners where he seeks to partner with entrepreneurs and management teams in transformational change phases of the company lifecycle with a focus on the Financial Technology industry.
    Chris graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is actively involved with Junior Achievement (an organization focused on youth financial literacy and career readiness education) and diversity focused organizations such as INROADS, Girls Who Invest, and HimForHer.
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  • Sevion DaCosta ’17

    Sevion DaCosta was elected to the Association Council in 2021 and has sat on the Events and Engagement committee since 2020. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE), with a Legal Studies Sequence, and was Robert Day Scholar during his time there. 
    At UCC, Sevion was a member of Jackson's house, Head Steward, Lang Scholar, and co-founded the Mock Trial club. 
    Sevion currently works at BlackRock as an iShares Business Strategist.
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  • Azam Dawood ’89

    Azam Dawood '89 is a UCC parent, UCC coach (Varsity Tennis) and a recipient of the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award for his long-term contributions to the College.     

    Azam is the Head of Sourcing for BMO Financial Group, responsible for the Bank’s purchasing activity globally.  He is a graduate of McGill University and the Warwick Business School.

    In addition to his service at UCC, Azam currently sits on the boards of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council and the Nanny Angel Network, a charity providing specialized child care for mothers with cancer.

    Azam and his wife Yasmin are parents of Zachary (class of 2019) and Ethan (class of 2022).
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  • Rob Elder ’82

    Rob is a graduate and past parent of UCC. He has participated in Common Ties and is a past Chair of Founder’s Dinner. He is CEO of Ontor Limited, a 70-year-old national industrial distribution firm and a multiple past-winner of “Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.” He has been an active member of many boards including the Young Presidents Organization and the University Student Council at the University of Western Ontario.

    Rob and his wife Tracy are parents of Nicholas ’15 and Miranda.
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  • Ellen Fang

    Ellen Fang is a General Partner at Archangel Network of Funds, an angel stage investment fund focusing on investing in innovations and disruptive technologies developed in Canada. Prior to this, Ellen worked at L.E.K. Consulting and Deloitte, helping corporate and private equity clients develop strategies and evaluating deals.
    Ellen is a dedicated UCC volunteer and had served both upper and prep school libraries, TUBS, and as a House Rep at upper school. She had also been fully involved in facilitating communications between the school and Chinese families, helping them integrate into the community and become more engaged in campus life.
    Ellen holds a bachelor's degree in Material Sciences and an MBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) with an exchange program at London Business School. She and her husband Frank have two sons, Simon ’19 and Ziming ’30.
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  • Jan Harkness

    Jan is a dedicated UCC volunteer who has been a member of the PO executive and Festive organizing teams, coordinated book and bake sales, worked in the library, and served as PPO art liaison and year rep. Over the years, she has seen the incredible education and amazing journeys her sons (Julian ’18 and Cameron ’25) have enjoyed at UCC. Jan has a background in editing, working on dictionaries, standardized tests, Shakespearean titles and other school books, some of which she has spotted inside UCC classrooms. She has a Master of Communication Studies from the University of Calgary.
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  • John Hockin ’89

    John is a member of Leaving Class of 1989. During his time at the College, John won the Lieutenant Governor Medal in 1987 and 1988 for his accomplishments. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Arjay Miller Scholar). While at Yale, John successfully launched and sold a baseball hat company called J&J Lids.

    John joined KKR in 2015 and leads the firm's public equity investment efforts. Previously, he was co-head of public equities at Golden Gate Capital from 2010-2015. Prior to Golden Gate, he spent fifteen years at J.H. Whitney & Co. where he devoted the first ten years to the private equity side of the business and the last five years to managing the Whitney Green River hedge fund. He started his career in the investment banking group at Morgan Stanley in New York.

    John and his wife Lisa have four daughters – Haley Emily, Annie and Sophie.
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  • Ali Merali ’02

    Ali was elected to Council in 2021. He played an active role in organizing Old Boys in support of maintaining and strengthening UCC’s Boarding Program when it was under strategic review. Ali serves as the Chief of Staff and Head of Special Projects for COVID-19 Response Efforts at UofT’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and supports Ontario’s Science Advisory Table. Prior to working on pandemic response efforts in Ontario, Ali served in various strategy and operational leadership roles at Via Transportation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and on President Obama’s Campaigns and in the Obama Administrations. Ali holds a BSc from Cornell University and an MPP from Harvard University.
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    Astrid Player

    Astrid has 10 years of experience in marketing and change management at telecommunications firms in North America, Europe and Australia.

    She is excited about UCC’s strategic plan, particularly its commitment to wellbeing and pluralism. She is the Prep Parents’ Organization’s arts liaison and, through the Syrian Refugee Sponsorship team, she has worked to foster pluralism by helping boys interact with the family in meaningful ways.

    Astrid has an MBA from the Ivey Business School and a BA from the University of Ottawa. She has three sons, Orion ’21, Aidan ’24 and Xavier ’24.
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  • Max Rosenfeld ’99

    Max entered the prep school in grade 7 and graduated from McHugh's in 1999, succeeding his father (1953) and grandfather (1921). Max went on to earn a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary. After his undergrad he started his professional career working in successive roles for a global provider of business intelligence. His interest in real estate led him to a private real estate firm where he was responsible for asset management of a 1.2 million square foot portfolio. In 2012, Max returned to school to earn a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School, Western University. After graduating in 2013 Max joined Crestpoint, a private equity real estate investment and asset management firm where he is currently the Vice President of Acquisitions & Asset Management. Since joining Crestpoint, Max has been integral to the growth of the firm which has grown its assets under management to $5 billion from $250 million and is consistently one of Canada's top performing real estate investment firms.
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  • Chanakya Sethi ’03

    Chanakya Sethi is partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, where his practice focuses on high-stakes litigation matters. He is serving his second term on the Association Council. A proud member of Bremner's House, Chan graduated from UCC in 2003 with the J. Herbert Mason Medal. While a student, he was involved with Convergence, the World Affairs Conference, Ontario Model Parliament, and student government. Chan is a graduate of Princeton, Osgoode Hall, and Yale Law School. He lives in Toronto with his husband, Kevin.
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  • John Thompson ’88

    John is Executive IT Director at Kitchen Stuff Plus and holds a BSCh from Queen's University in Cognitive Science. He was elected to the Association Council in 2015 and is active within the UCC community as an alumni, Class President and parent. .

    John and his wife Tara have two sons, Jack '23 and Brodie '26.
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  • Róisín Tiwari

    With a background in art history Róisín initially worked in the art world before her focus shifted to fine wine. Continuing her education with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust she went on to run the largest commercial wine auction in Canada as the Head of the Fine Wine Department at Ritchies Auction House. She currently works as a freelance wine consultant: providing insight on building private collections, advising on the sourcing and the provenance of wine, organizing tastings and wine dinners, and has worked with numerous charities, including The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company and The Fisher Fund for Neotropical Conservation.

    Róisín holds an Honours BA in Art History from the University of Toronto, with a minor in Italian.  She and her husband, Atul, have two sons, Éamon '32 and Niall. 
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  • John Yip ’91

    John Yip is President and CEO of Kensington Health, a not-for-profit, community-based residential and ambulatory health services provider. John’s role is to ensure the best-quality patient, resident and community care, while providing overall strategic direction. John has over 20 years of healthcare industry, leading system and organizational strategy and change. Prior to joining Kensington Health, John was the Vice-President of Corporate Services at Health Quality Ontario and a management consultant with the national health care practices at CGI, KPMG and PwC before founding his own boutique healthcare consulting firm.

    John holds an MBA in Health Services Management from McMaster University, and a B.Sc. and B.A. from Dalhousie University. John sits on the Centre for Effective Practice Board of Directors and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. John is a member of Leaving Class 1991, and is parent to current student Jackson ’26.
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  • Blake Hutcheson ’80

    Chair, Board of Governors
    Blake is the President and Chief Pension Officer at the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. His mandate includes leading OMERS pension business, strategy, communications and public affairs, legal affairs, technology and operations, in addition to asset liability management. Prior to that he was President and CEO of Oxford Properties Group, responsible for overseeing the global business, consisting of approximately $60 billion of assets.

    Blake was appointed to the Board by the Association Council in 2016 and was appointed as Chair in January 2021. He has had many senior volunteer roles at UCC including Trustee on the Foundation Board and Co-Chair of the Think Ahead Boarding Cabinet. He also served on the Think Ahead Campaign Cabinet.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western University, a Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and a Master’s in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

    Blake and his wife Susan have two children, Trevor ’17 and Camille.
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  • Ryan Adams ’05

    Chair, Common Ties
    Ryan ‘05 serves as the Director of Corporate Citizenship at RBC. Ryan helps bring RBC’s Purpose of “helping clients thrive and communities prosper” to life by providing strategic oversight for the design and execution of best-in-class community programs that engage RBC employees and retirees globally, add value to our communities, and help position RBC as an employer of choice. Ryan also leads RBC’s approach to the national Employee Giving Campaign. Previously, Ryan spent two years at RBC Ventures at the Director of Strategic Partnerships.
    Before joining RBC, Ryan has spent time at McKinsey &Company, WE (Free The Children), Qwalify (startup founded by UCC Old Boy), and the Clinton Foundation. Ryan completed his Master’s degree at University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and received a BAH from Queen’s University.
    Ryan cares deeply about his community, country, and planet, and in addition to serving as the Chair of Common Ties and as the Class President for the Class of 2005, he sits on the Canadian Board of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. He lives in Toronto with his wife Michelle, daughter Makena, and dog Tyson; loves sports, long runs, and animals, and is one of those unapologetically passionate vegans.

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  • John Carrique

    Chair, Parent Annual Giving Committee
  • Natalie Davidson

    President, Parents' Organization 
  • Brendan Dellandrea ’01

    Principal's Delegate; VP of Advancement
  • Mark Ferley ’96

    Faculty Rep
    Mark is a UCC faculty member and is a Primary Form Adviser for Year 3 at the Prep. He was the faculty representative on the College’s HR committee and served on the Principal’s Innovation Committee and the Information Technology Advisory Group.

    Mark is passionate about UCC, understands the effects of changing learning environments on students and has always been leaning into the future of education by collaboratively creating dynamic learning environments at the Prep.

    Mark is married to Katie MacKenzie-Ferley and has two boys, Tatum ’29 and Tristan, who serve as the primary motivator for continually improving the College and his practice.
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  • Matthew Flynn ’96

    Matt was appointed President of UCC’s Association Council in 2018. He works in the financial services industry in Toronto. He graduated from Osgoode School of Law and the Schulich School of Business in 2005. Prior to that he completed a BA in history from Cornell University. Matt is active in the community, serving on the Board of LOFT Community Services and Opera on the Avalon among others. He is married to Raili and they have three young children, Elizabeth, Michael and Billy.
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  • Leanne Gardner

    Association Council Secretary
  • Ryan Klein ’08

    Chair, Young Alumni Network
  • Sam McKinney

  • Maggie Mok

    President, Prep Parents' Organization
  • Kristina Schreiber

    Executive Director, Community Relations

Association Appointed Board of Governors

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  • Stephen Coxford

    Steve has been President of Gresham & St. Andrew Inc., an investment company, since 1995. He was formerly Managing Director of Classic Communications Ltd., a cable communications company serving the communities in southern York Region.  Steve was also a partner in Smith Lyons, a law firm now merged into Gowling WLG, where he specialized in corporate and securities law.

    Steve has served on the board of directors of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority (TV Ontario, an Ontario Crown corporation) and was a member of the board of governors of Western University, serving as both Vice Chair and Chair.  

    Steve is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the law school at Western and the University of Cambridge.  

    Steve and his wife Kathy have three sons, Peter ’15, Andy ’17 and Tom ’23.
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  • David Morgenstern ’90

    Chair, Events and Engagement Committee
    David was appointed to the Board by the Association Council in 2021.
    David is an active UCC parent and community member and currently serves on the Association Council as Chair, Events and Engagement Committee. His involvement with the College includes the Think Ahead Campaign (Boarding Cabinet), the Principal Search Committee, Founders Dinner co-chair and Annual Fund representative.
    Professionally, David is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture leading Accenture Canada’s Consumer and Industrial sectors. He is a member of Accenture’s Global Leadership Council, Accenture Canada’s Executive Committee and Inclusion and Diversity Council. He also serves on the INSEAD NAA Board of Directors.
    David received his BA from McGill University and his MBA from INSEAD. He has been based in Toronto since 2004 after a decade working abroad in Asia and Europe.
    David and his wife Caroline have two sons William ’23 and Matthew ’26.
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  • Dr. Ifedayo Kuye ’05

    Dr. Kuye is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is also the Associate Medical Director of Value Based Care in the Johns Hopkins Office of Population Health, where he leads initiatives to improve the health care system’s population health and value-based care strategy.

    Ifedayo received his undergraduate degree in Economics at Harvard College. He also received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School and an MBA from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).

    He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he served as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School.
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