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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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  • Matthew Flynn ’96

    President
    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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  • J.P. Mackay ’02

    Vice-President, Old Boys; Chair, Governance Committee
  • 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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  • David Morgenstern ’90

    Chair, Events Committee
  • Zachary Schwartz ’05

    Chair, Wellbeing Committee
    Zach is serving his second term on the Association Council and chairs the Wellbeing Committee. He previously sat on the council in an ex-officio capacity, as Chair of the Young Alumni Network.

    Zach is President of ZSC Inc., advising Canadian families on life insurance structures and alternative investment opportunities. Zach was previously at a multi-family office and part of the founding team at a New York-based fintech start-up. He Co-Chairs the Weizmann League and is a member of the CAMH Engage Steering Committee.
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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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  • Amy Cheung

    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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  • Sara Cohen-Gelfand

  • Azam Dawood '89

  • 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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  • 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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  • Ben Kizemchuk ’01

    Ben is a Portfolio Manager at Wellington-Altus Private Wealth. His career in financial services focuses on serving domestic and international private clients and institutions. He graduated from University of Toronto with majors in Anthropology and English. Ben is a Warden at Christ Church Deer Park, and supports causes related to the arts and education.

    Ben and his wife Lauren have one son, Charlie.
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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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  • Alexander Singh ’97

    Alex is a senior investment professional with a multi-faceted legal background. He founded Acasta Enterprises Inc. and was previously a partner, Managing Director and General Counsel at Acasta Capital Inc., a boutique merchant bank and advisory firm. Alex was formerly General Counsel and Secretary at West Face Capital, one of Canada’s most prominent alternative asset managers and practised corporate and securities law at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

    Alex is on the Board of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and a member of the Global Experts Panel at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management.

    Alex lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.
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  • Olga Tchetvertnykh

    Director, Association Council Communications
    Olga has been an active member of the UCC community since 2006 with roles including President of the Prep Parents’ Organization.

    Olga’s career in media and marketing includes owning a media consulting agency. She’s currently Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at BRC Capital Partners where she provides marketing strategies and strategic direction for the investees’ companies. Born in Ukraine, Olga graduated from Taras Shevchenko University with a BA of Law and received her EMBA from the Ivey Business School.

    Olga and her husband Sergei have three sons, Anton ’19, Maxim ’24 and Andrei ’27.
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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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Ex-Officio

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  • Russell Higgins ’81

    Chair, Board of Governors
    Russell has served on the Board since 2010 and was appointed Chair in January 2016. He has served as Chair of both the Norval Long-Range Planning Committee and the Property Committee. He chaired the Principal Search Committee which selected Sam McKinney as the College’s 19th Principal. Prior to his appointment as Chair of the Board, he was a member of UCC's Association Council and was Chair of the Council of 1829.

    Russell is a Principal of MacPherson Builders Limited, a builder of low- and mid-rise subdivisions throughout southern Ontario. He is a graduate of Princeton University. Russell and his wife June have a son, Simon ’16.
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  • Matthew Johnson ’95

    Association Council Past-President
    Matt is a Vice President at Colliers International, a leading full service commercial real estate firm, and co-chair of Colliers Not for Profit Advisory Group.  In addition to his work with for profit entities, Matt’s team advises many prominent nonprofit and charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Plan Canada, Canadian Payroll Association, and various school boards and religious organizations.  Matt is a frequent speaker at industry events and is a faculty member within Colliers’ training program, Colliers University.

    Matt is currently the president of the Association Council at UCC and has served as a member since 2010.  He was also a founder of the Young Alumni Network and served as its chair from 2007-2009.
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  • 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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  • Jane Kilburn-Boyle

    Parent's Organization (PO) President
    Jane Kilburn Boyle is the founder and Principal of Kilburn Communications. Established in 2007, Kilburn Communications is a full-service boutique communications and project management firm assisting both public and private sector clients in achieving their communications and project management goals.  Through Kilburn Communications Jane holds the position as Managing Director of TD Scholarships for Community Leadership, where she oversees the direction and operation of one of Canada’s most prestigious undergraduate Scholarship Award Programs. Prior to launching Kilburn Communications, Jane worked at TD Bank Group for 15 years, most recently as the National Community Relations Manager overseeing corporate donations and sponsorships, and as the Chief Diversity Officer at TD Waterhouse, where she focused on finding employment opportunities for underrepresented groups and fostering leadership opportunities for women within the bank.   Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, a Master of Arts from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. She currently serves as President of Upper Canada College’s Parents’ Association and has been an active UCC Parent volunteer for over a decade. She is also an avid supporter of early childhood literacy, serving a second term on the Board of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Jane, lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons, Wilson an old boy (2019) who is studying at Western University and Lachlan, (2023), both in Mowbray’s House.
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  • Mary-Lea Ruscetta

    Prep Parents' Organization (PPO) President
    Mary-Lea joined the Association Council in 2018 as an ex-officio member as Chair of the Parent Annual Giving Committee and continues as an ex-officio member in her current role as president of the Prep Parent's Organization (PPO). Her past role was the Chair of the UCC Fund. She worked in the financial services industry for 16 years and is now an active volunteer at the Prep. She graduated from Queen’s University in 1988.

    Mary-Lea and her husband Michael have a son Michael ’28.
     
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  • John Carrique

    Chair, Parent Annual Giving Committee
  • 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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  • Ryan Klein '08

    Chair, Young Alumni Network
  • Kristina Schreiber

    Executive Director, Community Relations
  • Brendan Dellandrea '01

    Principal's Delegate; VP of Advancement
  • Sam McKinney

    Principal

Association Appointed Board of Governors

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  • Stephen Coxford

    Steve has been President of Gresham & St. Andrew Inc., a family office, since 1995. He was formerly Managing Director of Classic Communications Ltd., a cable communications company, and a partner in Smith Lyons, a law firm, where he specialized in corporate and securities law.

    Steve has been Vice-Chair of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority and was a member of the Board of Governors of Western University for eight years, serving as Vice-Chair and Chair.

    Steve and his wife Kathy have three sons, Peter ’15, Andy ’17 and Tom ’23.
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    Charlie Sims ’80

    Charlie was appointed to the Board by the Association Council in 2015 and chairs the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee. He was a member of the Advancement Committee, Trustee on the UCC Foundation Board from 2005-2014 and a member of UCC’s Foundation’s Audit and Finance Committee from 2006-2014, serving as Chair from 2010-2014.

    Charlie is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumberland Partners Limited and Cumberland Private Wealth Management Inc. Prior to this, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Mackenzie Financial Corporation and Co-President and CEO of IGM Financial, Inc.

    He has been a director of various private companies since 1992 and served on the Board of IGM Financial, Inc. from 2005-2013. In 2009, Charlie joined the Board of Directors of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, where he is currently Chair of their investment Committee. He is also Chairman of the V-42 Foundation.
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    Blake Hutcheson ’80

    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 is the Chair of the Advancement Committee. 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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