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Garden of Secrets, an exhibition of art by Diana Bennett (BA 1965 UC) showed at the Walnut Contemporary Gallery in Toronto in June. The mature and substantial body of work evolved from a variety of experimental works which the artist has been exploring for the last period of her life.


Former TD Bank Group President Ed Clark (BA 1969 UC) was honoured by Canada’s Public Policy Forum for his outstanding contributions to good governance.


Classicist Mark Golden (BA 1971 UC) has been named Professor Emeritus by the University of Winnipeg. An expert in the social history of ancient Greece, he has been described by The Globe and Mail as “Canada’s foremost Classics scholar.”


Chartered financial analyst Cynthia Law (BSc 1986 UC) has been appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of Vanke Property (Overseas) Limited.


Arielle Lewis (BA 2012 UC) was awarded the Dean’s Gold Key Award from Osgoode Hall Law School. The award recognizes graduating Juris Doctor students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment.


The Hon. Justice Sidney Linden (BA 1961 UC) was appointed to the Order to Ontario. The former Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, he was Ontario's first Information and Privacy Commissioner, served as Chair of Legal Aid Ontario, and as Commissioner for the Ipperwash Public Inquiry.


Renowned museum planner Gail Dexter Lord (BA 1968 UC), with Ngaire Blankenberg, has co-written Cities, Museums and Soft Power (American Alliance of Museums Press, 2015).


Dr. Saul Marks (BSc 1986 UC) was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in diving.


Lawyer David McFadden (BA 1967 UC) was appointed Chair of Fengate Capital Management – Canadian and International Infrastructure Advisory Boards.


This spring, University College held its first-ever alumni event in Vancouver, British Columbia, featuring a lecture on cyber security by alumnus Paul Meyer (BA 1974 UC), a Fellow in International Security at Simon Fraser University.


Celebrated novelist Anne Michaels (BA 1980 UC) was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.


Dr. Charles Pachter (BA 1964 UC) was appointed to the Order of Ontario. A renowned contemporary artist, his images have become icons of Canadian art and have been exhibited globally and at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the McMichael Gallery.


Gilbert Palter (BSc 1988 UC) was appointed to the board of directors of Altantic Power Corporation.


The Honourable Bob Rae (BA 1969 UC) is the recipient of the 2015 Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy Award. Rae is a senior partner at Olthusis Kleer Townshen LLP, was Ontario's twenty-first premier, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.


Colin Ripsman (BA 1987 UC) was appointed Vice President – Institutional Client Services at investment firm Foyston, Gordon & Payne, Inc.


Writer Dan Rubinstein (BA 1994 UC) published Born To Walk (ECW Press, 2015). The book explores how walking is not only a form of transportation and recreation, but also a path to a better world.


Mary Aird (Baillie) Rutherford (BA 1959 UC) published Engagement Calendar (Inanna Publications & Education, 2013), a book of poems.


More than 200 alumni of all ages attended University College Spring Reunion festivities in May. The weekend kicked off with a barbeque in the UC Quadrangle, followed by a 50th anniversary screening of the groundbreaking, gay-themed film Winter Kept Us Warm, directed by David Secter (BA 1965 UC) and shot on location at UC. Alumni were also treated to a tour of University College led by Principal Donald Ainslie, and a lecture on Canada after WWI by historian Alan Bowker (BA 1965 UC). Residents of Wallace House from the early 1980s, led by Jim Coccimiglio (BA 1985 UC), also organized a mini-reunion and tour of their former stomping grounds, followed by a pub night. If you would like assistance organizing your own mini-reunion at any time of the year, please contact


Peter Slan (BA 1992 UC) was named Managing Director, Global Private Banking Relationship Management at Scotiabank.


Raymond (2004 UC) and Amy Shyr (BA 2004 UC) welcomed their third child, Zachary, born on December 1, 2014.


On May 29, 2015 at UC Spring Reunion, Dr. Paul (BSc 1965 UC) and Mary (BA 1965 UC) (Jacobson) Spring celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation from UC, as well as their 49th wedding anniversary, making it a true “Spring” reunion.


William Thomas (BCom 1975 UC) was appointed a Director and Chief Financial Officer of Network Oncology Inc.


Manfred von Nostitz (BA 1963 UC) has been appointed President, CEO, and Director of Network Oncology Inc.


Lorie Waisberg (BA 1963 UC) was named Chair of the Board of Directors of Arcan Resources Ltd.


Jim Williamson (BA 1982 UC), Executive Producer of CBC’s the fifth estate, received an International Emmy award in the current affairs category for the documentary Made In Bangladesh. The film investigates the deadly collapse of a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 23, 2014, which killed more than 1100 people. Clothing manufactured at the facility had been sold at Walmart and Canadian retailer Joe Fresh.    


Susan Wollburgh Jenah (BA 1978 UC) has been appointed Senior Advisor, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets at Aird & Berlis LLP.