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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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  • 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 Thompson ’88

    Vice-President
    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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  • Joannah Lawson

    Vice-President
    Joannah is a nutrition consultant who focuses on chronic disease prevention through nutritional change at organization and community levels. She previously had a successful career in organizational change in the telecommunications industry.

    In partnership with husband Brian, she established a foundation to promote physical and mental health through an environmentally sustainable food system. A key recipient of their philanthropic focus is the Joannah and Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. They are also lead supporters of the “Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition,” Community Food Centres Canada and Clearwater Farms.

    Joannah and Brian have three children, Tristan ’17, Alexander ’19 and Gillian.
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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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  • 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.

    She lives in Toronto with husband Kevin and son Hudson ’26.
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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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  • Ben Gilbank ’04

    Ben is the Director, Development at QuadReal Property Group, with interests in finance, design, and city building

    Ben was fortunate to have experienced UCC’s boarding program, having lived in Seaton’s House. He attended the University of Toronto, earning a double major in Economics and English in 2009.

    Ben lives in Toronto with his wife McKenna.
     
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  • J.P. Mackay ’02

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    Jared Walker ’05

    Jared is an organizer, activist, writer and communications professional, currently working as Principal Speechwriter and Media Relations Coordinator for the caucus of Ontario's New Democratic Party (NDP). He was formerly Speechwriter to the Leader, Parliamentary Leader and caucus of Canada's NDP. He also served as Communications Director on Jagmeet Singh's leadership campaign and was the New York State Coordinator of Students for Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election. He has worked in communications, fundraising, and community development at non-profits and charities in Toronto and New York.

    As a speaker, Jared has engaged audiences around the world on a range of issues including youth mobilization, community building, racial justice and engaging men to end violence against women.
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    Jeffrey Brown ’96

    Jeffrey is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at Porter Airlines. He was formerly a Principal at EdgeStone Capital Partners. In 2006 Jeffrey joined Porter Airlines on a secondment from EdgeStone to work with the company’s CEO to successfully launch the airline within one year of funding. He has also worked at Lehman Brothers Inc.'s New York and Toronto offices, focusing on the energy, technology and communications, and media sectors.

    Jeffrey holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School and graduated from the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors.
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  • David Morgenstern ’90

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    Lisa Orr

    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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  • Lucas Atkins ’98

    Lucas is the Head of Real Estate Investment Banking and a Managing Director at Raymond James. He has over 18 years of experience in real estate including investment banking, business development, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt origination.

    He holds an HBA from the Ivey Business School and studied history Huron University College at Western University.

    Lucas and his wife Hayley have three children, Chase, Harper and Jax.
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    Neil Seeman ’88

    Neil is founder and Chief Executive Officer of RIWI Corp, a global predictive analytics firm. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto, an Internet researcher and lawyer. He is the co-author of several books about mental health and holds degrees from Queen’s University, the University of Toronto Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Neil has served on the Association Council’s Awards Committee and its Advisory Committee for the UCC Principal Search, and was founder of the UCC Merit Project.

    Neil is married to Sarit Seeman and is the father of David ’23.
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    Olga Tchetvertnykh

    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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    Richard Elder ’78

    Rich was appointed to the UCC Association Council in 2018. He currently runs Private Capital Investors, a family holding company. He worked at RBC Dominion Securities and later TD Securities as an Investment Adviser and Vice-President. Rich holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

    Rich and his wife Lori have three children, Ryan, Alana and Logan ‘23.
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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 now merged into Gowling WLG, 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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  • Zachary Schwartz ’05

    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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Ex-Officio

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  • Mary-Lea Ruscetta

    Mary-Lea joined the Association Council in 2018 as an ex-officio member. She is the Chair of the UCC Fund, an annual appeal to  help support the College's most pressing needs and promising opportunities. 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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    Russell Higgins ’81

    Ex-Officio Member
    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

    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

    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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  • Jill Adolphe

    Jill is a dedicated UCC volunteer and served on the Association Council from 2012-2017, and re-joined in 2018, as co-president of the Parents’ Organization. She is a member of the Council’s Wellbeing Committee. Jill received the Harold A.D. Roberts Circle Award in 2015 and the John D. Stevenson Award in 2018.
     
    Jill is co-founder of Care 2 Collaborate. She is a patient and caregiver engagement specialist, with expertise in patient and family-centred care. She advises healthcare policy-makers, organizations, academic institutions, providers, patients and families.
     
    Jill holds an HBA in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Graduate Diploma in Business from the London School of Economics.
     
    Jill and her husband Kevin have a daughter, Lauren, and three sons,
    Nicholas ’17, Alexander ’17 and Christopher ’20.
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  • Carita Sheehy

    Carita is a dedicated UCC volunteer and has served as the Prep Parents’ Organization, o-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.

    Carita lives in Toronto with her husband Neil and their three sons, Ryan ’15, Cameron ’17 and Matthew ’20.
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  • Connie Carmichael

    Connie is the President of the Prep Parents’ Organization and has served as a Year Rep, Association Day committee member and new parent coordinator. She worked in financial services and retail software, and with her family’s automotive dealer group.

    Connie is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business and holds a degree in political science from Huron University College at Western University.

    Connie lives in Toronto with her husband Michael ’97 and two children John ’24 and Mackenzie.
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  • Justin Wasser ’07

  • Martha Simmons

    Dr. Martha Simmons is the Academic Director of the Winkler Institute and serves as the Winkler Professor in Dispute Resolution. She has JD, LLM and PhD degrees from Osgoode Hall and teaches in its JD and Graduate Programs. Her primary areas of research and teaching are dispute resolution, legal education, innovation and access to justice.
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  • Michael Carmichael ’97

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    Sam McKinney

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    Jim Garner ’77

Association Appointed Board of Governors

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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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    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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  • Todd Hargarten

    Todd was appointed to the Board by the Association Council in 2014 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. He has also served as Chair of the HR Committee. Prior to his Board appointment, he served as Chair of the Parents Annual Giving Committee for the UCC Fund and as a member of the Advancement Committee.

    Todd is the Executive Managing Director and Head of the Securities Finance and Funding group at Toronto Dominion Securities. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
     
    Todd and his wife Sarah have a son, Adam ’20, and two daughters, Tess and Laine.
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