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Famous alumni from Canada's top private schools

Why a group of private schools mint so many of Canada's cultural, political, and economic leaders

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There are over 15,500 elementary and secondary schools in Canada. Yet a small handful of them churn out a startling number of Canada’s cultural, political, and economic leaders.

We'll put this phenomenon in context, and list the most influential people who came of age at Canadian private schools.

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The connection between power and independent education was identified as far back as 1965 when John Porter wrote The Vertical Mosaic, a landmark treatise on the sociology of class in Canada. While only 6 per cent of students attended private schools, he pointed out, 34 per cent of the country's economic elite came up through the private system.

Fifty years later, it seems not much has changed. National enrollment has held steady around 6 per cent. And while private schools are a great deal more accessible now to students of varying economic backgrounds, they still appear to produce a disproportionate number of Canada's leaders and difference-makers.

Reading through the alumni list below is like reading a Canadian 'Who's Who'

Indeed, reading through the list of alumni below is like reading a Canadian "Who's Who". Ministers and Viceroys, Rhodes Scholars, Olympians and sports stars, Members of the Order of Canada, Nobel Prize winners, inventors, entrepreneurs, Fortune 50 CEOs, Oscar winners, military generals, humanitarians there is no peak left unclaimed.

But what explains this?

It's possible private schools merely correlate with the success of their alumni, and don't cause it. Private school students might succeed no matter the school they attend, and benefit instead from the educated and financially secure families they have tended (historically) to come from.

But it's difficult to dismiss schools' role out of hand: if the home environment is so influential in a child's development whether through attitudes and values passed down from parents, physical resources, or social connections  then surely the school environment and community plays a role too. It's hard to accept that socialization ceases to count when children step onto a school's grounds.

Porter thought private schools gave students both the values and connections for assuming leadership positions later in life.

Porter delved particularly into the role of values and beliefs they "are as important as technical competence" in predicting future socio-economic status, he argued and thought private schools gave students both the values and connections for assuming leadership positions later in life. 

Private schools allowed students to form friendships with future difference-makers – to be surrounded by other ambitious, upwardly-mobile students. All the while whether they knew it or not students received an education in how leaders think and act. In this manner, Porter argued, private school students became members of a certain "class". They identified with one another sharing fundamental beliefs and tended to become leaders, together, in Canadian society. 

Private schools thus became hothouses, of sorts, for ambition and excellence. And alumni had an easier time succeeding because they had an immediate rapport with those already in power.

Porter's thinking dovetails nicely into modern research on the relationship between academic self-concept and academic outcomes. There is evidence students' self-concept meaning their beliefs around both their role in society and their abilities as learners plays a significant part in actually determining their ability and motivation to learn.

Could being in Porter's "private school class" or just being in a supportive environment that truly values excellence and achievement expand one's self-concept? And, if so, could this expanded self-concept lead to greater achievement down the road?

We carried with us a set of expectations ... Our instruction was to rise as high as we could: Robertson Davies

Daniela Duriavig, who has a daughter at University of Toronto Schools, certainly thinks so. She says the most pronounced and unexpected effect of the school has been on her daughter's expanding notion of what’s possible. Since transferring to the school, her daughter raised her expectations: motivated by the sight of clear, concrete paths to doing, literally, anything she wants.

Being surrounded by quality peers in a community that values excellence, and with countless successful alumni in a variety of fields to model oneself after can have that effect. In fact, Duriavig’s story is pretty typical. We hear stories like it all the time.

A number of us here at Our Kids are fans of Paul Graham's essay, "Cities and Ambition". Graham talks about how great cities send subtle messages about what you should do better. Different cities send different messages, however. To accomplish something great, he argues, you need to place yourself somewhere that reinforces the messages you want reinforced. It's a great analogy for what often happens when kids switch schools, and suddenly find themselves in an environment that supports their personality and drives.

In the same way cities send subtle messages about "measuring up", so too do many private schools. Robertson Davies, one of Canada's most celebrated authors and a graduate of Upper Canada College, spoke of the mindset instilled in students by the school:

"At least once a week, Dr. Grant [the headmaster at the time] used to lecture us at prayers in the morning. His words were, 'Much has been given to you and much will be expected from you.' He rubbed it in and he made it stick. It was true. We were told flatly that we were a privileged group and that we would be expected to measure up … we carried with us a set of expectations, which I think is a good way to educate people … Our instruction was to rise as high as we could." 

Old Boys: The Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College, (James Fitzgerald).

Successful school alumni don’t just provide students and younger alumni inspiration and an expanded self-concept: they also provide direct contacts, mentorship, and support. This support often carries through a graduate’s career.

The 'pay it back' mindset is strong amongst school alumni. It’s a big part of private school culture.

The "pay it back" mindset is strong amongst school alumni: it is a big part of private school culture. The desire to help one's fellow alumni runs deep, and the networks at many Canadian private schools are notoriously tight. Young alumni often have friends in high places willing to open doors for them when needed.

Sometimes the school takes an active role in facilitating this networking. Looking to get a hold in Silicon Valley? Not a problem: the school will put you in touch with a venture capitalist from the area who is looking to mentor someone. Want to get into banking? The school will help you meet the bank president. Looking to join a humanitarian mission? How about a meeting with the president of a leading charity overseas?

Will this track record of private school grads continue? If academic performance is any indicator, there seems reason to think it will.

A 2014 study by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) showed students from CAIS schools are averaging 83.2% in first-year university an "A" average. That's actually remarkable: first-year university is notorious for its grade drop, and the drop is particularly steep at the top universities CAIS students attend (67% is a typical first-year average at many undergraduate programs).

Canadian private school grads are also gaining admissions at an impressive rate to some of the top international schools, like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Oxford.

Private schools appear to be preparing their students well for further studies, then. How this translates into actual contributions to society whether in science, business, the arts, politics, etc remains to be seen.

But these students have more than simply a strong academic foundation: they were also socialized into a group of ambitious peers inculcated with time-tested values and hooked into strong networks. Graduates will capitalize on these assets over time, and the cycle will probably continue.

List of alumni by field

The following are the most noteworthy graduates from the top private schools in Canada we cover on our website, from coast to coast.

For a narrower, more localized view, see our alumni page for Ontario, British Columbia and Western Canada, or Quebec and the Maritimes.

You can use the tables below to sort alumni by the school they attended. This list includes graduates of both day and boarding schools, including Montessori, language-immersion, Christian, gifted, AP, and IB schools.


Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
Joseph
Tyrrell
Upper Canada College
Discoverer of dinosaur bones in Alberta. Canadian geologist, cartographer, and mining consultant.
1876
Reginald
Fessenden
Bishop's College School
Pioneering inventor in radio. Conducted possibly the first radio transmission of voice and music.
1884
Gilbert de Beauregard
Robinson
St. Andrew's College
A Canadian mathematician most famous for the Robinson-Schensted algorithm.
1924
Jim
Chamberlin
University of Toronto Schools
Aerodynamicist and key player in the design of the Avro Arrow
1933
Roger
Stanier
Shawnigan Lake School
Influential in the development of modern microbiology. Made key contributions to the taxonomy of bacteria.
1934
George
Grant
Upper Canada College
Internationally renowned Canadian philosopher and theorist. Had a major influence on subsequent Canadian scholars and political culture. Considered one of Canada's most original thinkers.
1936
Douglass
North
Ashbury College
Nobel Prize winner for Economics
1938
Beatrice Helen
Worsley
The Bishop Strachan School
First female computer scientist in Canada. MIT and Cambridge grad.
1939
Alexander Gordon
McKay
Upper Canada College
Award-winning Canadian academic and scholar of Virgil. Officer of the Order of Canada. President of the Royal Society of Canada.
1942
Ernest
McCulloch
Upper Canada College
Pioneering biologist and the co-discoverer of the existence of stem cells. Lasker award winner, member of the Orders of Canada and Ontario, and Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductee
1943
William Morley
Kilbourn
Upper Canada College
Author, historian, and noted chronicler of Toronto. City councillor. Harvard Professor. Member of the Order of Canada. Founder of many philanthropic organizations and boards.
1944
John
Polanyi
University of Toronto Schools
Won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research in chemical kinetics
1947
Charles
Taylor
Trinity College School
Award-winning and internationally-studied analytic philosopher. Domestically, Taylor was influential in debates around Quebec nationalism.
1949
Stephen
Clarkson
Upper Canada College
Leading Canadian political scientist and Member of the Order of Canada.
1954
John
Ridpath
Upper Canada College
Award-winning professor, historian, and philosopher. Was a noted proponent of Objectivism, serving on the board of directors of the Ayn Rand Institute.
1955
Modris
Eksteins
Upper Canada College
Renowned and award-winning historian of Germany. Rhodes Scholar.
1961
Barry F.
Cooper
Shawnigan Lake School
Political Scientist and influential member of the "Calgary School" of political thought. Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies.
1961
Michael
Spence
University of Toronto Schools
Won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on information flows and market development
1961
Margaret
MacMillan
St. Clement's School
Historian, academic, and author
1961
James Greig
Arthur
Upper Canada College
World's leading mathematician in representation theory and creator of the General Trace Formula
1962
David
Staines
St. Michael's College School
Award-winning literary critic, writer, and professor. Member of the Order of Canada. Awarded the Order of Ontario.
1964
Steve
Deering
Shawnigan Lake School
Declared 1994 "Geek of the Year" by Internet Talk Radio. Fellow at Cisco Systems. Worked at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre.
1969
Wade
Davis
Brentwood College School
Award-winning anthropologist and ethnobotanist, particularly famous for his best-selling book, "The Serpent and the Rainbow." Named to list of "Explorers of the Millennium" by the National Geographic Society.
1971
Peter
Behrens
Lower Canada College
Peter Behrens,a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. has his third novel CARRY ME published in Spring 2016. www.peterbehrens.org
1971
Campbell
Harvey
Royal St. George's College
Economist
1977
Timothy
Endicott
Upper Canada College
Dean of Law at Oxford University. Legal scholar and philosopher.
1979
Yuen Pau
Woo
UWC Canada
Yuen Pao Woo served as the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He was named to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
1981
Julie
Payette
UWC Canada
Julie Payette has completed two spaceflights and served as Chief Astronaut for the Canada Space Agency. She is Canada's Governor General.
1982
Molly
Shoichet
TFS - Canada's International School
Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research, Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Recipient of the Order of Ontario (2011).
1983
Molly
Shoichet
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)
Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research, Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Recipient of the Order of Ontario (2011).
1983
Sujit
Choudhry
University of Toronto Schools
Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. Rhodes Scholar.
1988
Delaney
Boyd
Banbury Crossroads School
Delaney Boyd has just graduated with a Ph.D. One site is http://wikipedia.org/wiki/plains_bison, where her thesis is referenced.
2016

Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
Eugène-Étienne
Taché
Upper Canada College
Noted architect and engineer. Designer of the Quebec Parliament Building. Designed Quebec's coat of arms and motto, "Je me souviens".
1854
Archibald
Lampman
Trinity College School
The Canadian Encyclopedia says he is "generally considered the finest of Canada's late 19th-century poets in English."
1879
Stephen
Leacock
Upper Canada College
Celebrated writer, humourist and economist. The most widely read English-speaking author in the world between 1910 and 1925.
1882
Dora
Mavor Moore
Havergal College
Canadian actor, teacher and director and the pioneer of Canadian theatre. She was honoured with the Order of Canada in 1970 for her contributions to theatre in Canada.
1899
Marjorie
Pickthall
The Bishop Strachan School
Celebrated Canadian writer and poet
1901
Lawren
Harris
St. Andrew's College
Pioneering Canadian artist and Group of Seven painter. Companion of the Order of Canada.
1903
Raymond
Massey
Appleby College
Actor with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1914
Foster
Hewitt
Upper Canada College
Legendary broadcaster and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
1921
Robertson
Davies
Upper Canada College
One of Canada's most internationally celebrated novelist, playwright, journalist, and essayists
1932
Robert Stewart
Hyndman
Shawnigan Lake School
Distinguished Canadian landscape and portrait artist. Created the portrait for Sir Wilfred Laurier on the 100th anniversary of his election, (2001).
1933
Elizabeth
Smart
Elmwood School
Author of 'By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept'
1933
Rona Jean
Murray
Queen Margaret's School
A Canadian poet.
1941
Galt
MacDermot
Upper Canada College
Grammy Award winning musician and co-author of the Broadway musical Hair
1942
George
Hurst
Bishop's College School
Celebrated conductor. Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London
1944
Budge
Wilson
Branksome Hall
Award-winning Canadian author. Member of the Order of Canada. Received the Order of Nova Scotia.
1945
Peter C.
Newman
Upper Canada College
Peabody award-winning journalist and former editor of Macleans and the Toronto Star. Noted chronicler of the "Canadian Establishment"
1947
John Julius
Cooper
Upper Canada College
British historian, travel writer and television personality. Member of the British House of Lords.
1947
Michael
Snow
Upper Canada College
Internationally recognized modern artist, with public works featured prominently throughout Toronto. Exhibited around the world, including at MoMa.
1948
Joan
Ivory
The Study
Esteemed member of the Order of Canada and tireless volunteer most notably with the MUHC and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
1951
Ann
Southam
The Bishop Strachan School
Canadian composer and philanthropist. Member of the Order of Canada.
1955
Peter
Jennings
Trinity College School
Journalist and news anchor, dominating American evening news through ABC's "World News Tonight"
1956
Jackie
Burroughs
Branksome Hall
Gemini-winning actress. Received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
1957
Brian
Stewart
Upper Canada College
Award winning Senior Correspondent for the CBC's "The National" . Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at UofT. Member of the Order of Ontario.
1958
Susanna
Blunt
Queen Margaret's School
A Canadian portrait artist who designed the most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the current Canadian coinage, which began in 2003.
1958
Jake
Eberts
Bishop's College School
Award-winning film producer, with such notable films as: Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Dances with Wolves, and Chicken Run.
1959
Michael
Ondaatje
Bishop's College School
Canadian author and poet. Winner of the Booker Prize for "The English Patient". Also won the Governor General's Award.
1961
John
Fraser
Upper Canada College
Editor of Saturday Night Magazine and master of Massey College. Member of the Order of Canada. Chaired the Canadian Journalism Foundation until 2008. Multiple award winner for journalism. Published worldwide.
1963
Stuart
McLean
Lower Canada College
Vinyl Cafe
1965
Jeffrey
Simpson
University of Toronto Schools
Governor General's Award-winning journalist, commentator, and author. National affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail.
1967
Janina
Fialkowska
The Study
Named a 2012 Governor General Performing Arts award winner. She received a 2012 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Classical Music) in 2012.
1967
David
Gilmour
Upper Canada College
Journalist and Governor General's Award for English language fiction winning novelist
1968
Margaret
Wente
The Bishop Strachan School
Popular columnist for The Globe and Mail. National Newspaper Award winner for column-writing.
1968
Peter
Raymont
Trinity College School
Award-winning Canadian filmmaker and producer. His documentary, "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire," won multiple awards, including a 2007 Emmy.
1968
Elizabeth
Swados
Buffalo Seminary
Writer, composer, musician, theater director.
1968
Linda
McQuaig
Branksome Hall
Noted social critic, author (The Wealthy Banker's Wife), and journalist. The National Post described her as "Canada's Michael Moore".
1969
Nicholas
Campbell
Upper Canada College
Canadian film and television star. Two-time Gemini winner
1970
Valerie
Pringle
The Bishop Strachan School
Canadian television host and journalist
1971
Tom
Clark
Upper Canada College
Host of CTV's "Power Play". Chief political correspondent for Global News. Host of Global's "The West Block". Substitute anchor for CTV's National News.
1971
Lauren
Belfer
Buffalo Seminary
Author of NYT bestseller "City of Light," fiction based in Buffalo Seminary's history.
1971
Ian
Brown
Trinity College School
Award-winning Canadian journalist and author.
1972
Amy
Holden Jones
Buffalo Seminary
Screenwriter, director
1972
Jim
Cuddy
Upper Canada College
Juno award–winning musician Jim Cuddy is one of Canada’s best-loved singer/songwriters and a founding member of Blue Rodeo
1974
Marjorie
Gross
Branksome Hall
Television writer and producer. Wrote for numerous shows including Seinfeld.
1974
Geraint Wyn
Davies
Upper Canada College
Stage, film and television actor (Forever Knight)
1975
Lawrence
Hill
University of Toronto Schools
Award-winning novelist and writer of "The Book of Negroes"
1975
Michel-Marc
Bouchard
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
Award winning playright
1975
Ann
Rohmer
Branksome Hall
Lead TV anchor of CP24, Toronto
1976
Marina
Endicott
The Bishop Strachan School
Award winning novelist and short story writer. Won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award.
1976
Matt
Frewer
Lakefield College School
Stand-up comedian, actor, singer, and voice artist. Best known for his roles in "Watchman" and "Orphan Black".
1976
Jon Kimura
Parker
Shawnigan Lake School
Canadian concert pianist and Officer of the Order of Canada. Winner of multiple international awards and competitions.
1977
Mark
McKinney
Trinity College School
Comedian and actor, best known for "The Kids in the Hall". Starred in Saturday Night Live.
1977
Martha
Baillie
TFS - Canada's International School
Bestselling author and Giller Prize nominee (2009), University of Edinburgh, l’Université Paris-Sorbonne and University of Toronto.
1977
Martha
Baillie
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)
Bestselling author and Giller Prize nominee (2009), University of Edinburgh, l’Université Paris-Sorbonne and University of Toronto.
1977
Colm
Feore
Ridley College
Feore honed his skills as a member of the Stratford Festival of Canada, has had notable roles on series, such as House of Cards, and has on performed on Broadway.
1977
Jeffrey
Kofman
Upper Canada College
Peabody Award winning ABC news correspondent, reporting for World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, and Good Morning America. Toured Iraq and Afghanistan as an embedded reporter. Two-time Emmy winner
1978
Atom
Egoyan
Glenlyon Norfolk School
Atom Egoyan is one of the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers on the international scene. His body of work includes theatre, music, and art installations.
1978
Carol
Welsman
Havergal College
An internationally acclaimed jazz singer and pianist and six-time Juno Award nominee (winning Best Female Vocalist at the 1996 National Jazz Awards).
1978
David
Frum
University of Toronto Schools
Journalist, political commentator, and speechwriter for George W. Bush.
1978
Isabella
Bannerman
Buffalo Seminary
Award winning, syndicated cartoonist.
1978
Marie
Saint-Pierre
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
Marie Saint-Pierre est une designer québécoise. Elle a reçu de nombreux prix pour son implication sociale et son esprit entrepreneurial.
1978
Gwen
Yates Whittle
Buffalo Seminary
Two-time Academy Award nominated sound editor.
1979
John
Stackhouse
Upper Canada College
Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail
1981
Yann
Martel
Trinity College School
Man Booker Prize-winning author. Best known for "The Life of Pi", the #1 international bestseller made into a Hollywood movie.
1981
Caroline
Rhea
The Study
Canadian stand-up comedian and actress, known for replacing Rosie O'Donnell as the hostess of her syndicated talk show, renamed The Caroline Rhea Show.
1981
Leslie
Hope
St. Michaels University School
Actress - famously playing Teri Bauer in the Fox TV show 24.
1982
Leonard
Dick
Upper Canada College
Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award winning producer and writer of Lost, House, The Good Wife and many other sitcoms
1982
Timothy
Williams
Glenlyon Norfolk School
Timothy Williams is a multi award-winning composer and orchestrator of film, TV, video games and theatre, with over 63 feature film credits.
1983
David
Straiton
Rosseau Lake College
Freelance film director and producer, currently living in Beverly Hills. His productions include episodes of popular shows on American television, such as House, Hemlock Grove, and Star Trek: Enterprise.
1983
Gillian
Deacon
Havergal College
Bestselling author and an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. She is also the host of Here and Now on CBC Radio ONE.
1984
Kiefer
Sutherland
St. Andrew's College
Emmy award and Golden Globe award winning actor, best know for his role as Jack Bauer on the hit show "24".
1984
Kenneth
Oppel
St. Michaels University School
Young adult and children's author - famous for the Silverwing series. Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award in 2007.
1985
Andrew
Heintzman
Upper Canada College
Noted author and venture capitalist. President of Investico Capital, an environmental investment company. Co-founder of Shift magazine and editorial board member for The Walrus.
1986
Tim
Footman
Appleby College
Author and journalist. Editor of the Guinness Book of World Records.
1986
Jonathan
Kay
Selwyn House School
Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus. Regular columnist for The National Post.
1986
Avi
Lewis
Upper Canada College
Award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. Host of CBC's "On the Map" and Al Jazeera's "Fault Lines".
1986
Adrienne
Arsenault
St. Clement's School
Foreign correspondent for CBC
1986
Eli
Langer
Royal St. George's College
Artist
1986
Brendan
Fraser
Upper Canada College
Hollywood actor
1987
Laurie
Holden
The Bishop Strachan School
Actress, producer, and human rights activist. Best known for her roles in "The X-Files", "Silent Hill", and "The Walking Dead", amongst others.
1987
Matthew
Perry
Ashbury College
Actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the popular NBC sitcom "Friends"
1987
David
Hewlett
Royal St. George's College
Actor
1987
Vincenzo
Natali
Royal St. George's College
Director
1987
Christophe
Beck
Crescent School
Emmy Award-winning composer for film and television
1987
Mani
Haghighi
Appleby College
Iranian film director.
1988
Duncan
Coutts
Ridley College
He joined the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace. Our Lady Peace has won four Juno Awards and ten MuchMusic Video Awards.
1988
Sarah
Richardson
Havergal College
Designer and Media Personality
1989
Jason
Beck
Crescent School
Grammy-nominated pianist, producer and songwriter who performs as Chilly Gonzales
1989
Colin
Ferguson
Appleby College
Actor (The Vampire Diaries), director, and producer.
1990
Sasha
Roiz
West Island College (Montreal)
Sasha is a Hollywood actor, best known for his portrayal of Captain Sean Renard in the American dark fantasy television series Grimm.
1990
Jeff
Roop
West Island College (Montreal)
Hollywood actor
1990
Thea
Andrews
The Bishop Strachan School
Journalist and TV personality. Has been correspondent and host for ESPN, TSN, Entertainment Tonight, and other programs.
1991
Claudia
Dey
St. Clement's School
Novelist and playwright
1991
Bryan
Baeumler
Appleby College
Gemini award winning television host to HGTV/HGTV Canada shows such as "Disaster DIY", "Disaster DIY: Cottage Edition", "Leave it to Bryan", and "House of Bryan".
1992
Lin
Chi-ling
The Bishop Strachan School
Taiwanese model and actress. Official spokesperson for China Airlines and Longines.
1992
Tiga
Sontag
Selwyn House School
Juno-winning electronic dance music DJ
1992
Kristen
Booth
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate
Professional Actress
1993
Jonathan
Estabrooks
OMS Montessori
Jonathan is a successful opera singer. He has performed for Presidents and Prime Ministers and has worked with great conductors such as Steven Reineke and Pinchas Zuckerman.
1995
Larysa
Kondraki
The Bishop Strachan School
Film Director and Sportswritier
1995
Jennifer
Finnigan
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her role as Bridget Forrester in the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
1996
Tara
Spencer-Nairn
Shawnigan Lake School
Canadian actress. Best known for her role in the TV series, "Corner Gas".
1996
Martina
Sorbara
Toronto Waldorf School
Martina is a singer-songwriter and lead singer of the band Dragonette. The band won the Canadian Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year in 2012.
1997
Evanka
Osmak
Appleby College
Sports anchor for Rogers Sportsnet.
1998
Clifton
Murray
Brentwood College School
The Tenors are a vocal quartet perform operatic pop music that is a mixture of classical and pop.
1998
James
Gilbert
King's-Edgehill School
Accomplished and award winning Canadian actor.
2000
Stephen
Amell
St. Andrew's College
Actor
2000
Ben
Barry
Ashbury College
Founder and CEO of the Ben Barry Agency, a modelling agency known for its use of diverse models. High profile author and women's health advocate.
2001
Brad
Smith
St. Andrew's College
Actor, reality TV star, Show Host, entertainment reporter
2002
Lara
Baldesarra
Appleby College
TSN and CNN sports anchor.
2003
Jonnie
Penn
Glenlyon Norfolk School
Jonnie Penn is the creator, executive producer and cast member of MTV series The Buried Life and co-author of the book “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?”.
2004
Jon
Bryant
Briercrest Christian Academy
Canadian singer-songwriter. Jon Bryant has performed solo and with Juno-winners Tim Neufeld & The Glory Boys.
2004
Stacey
Farber
Branksome Hall
Actress best known for her role as "Eleanor" on the TV show, "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
2005
Kai
(Alessia De Gasperis Brigante)
The Bishop Strachan School
Singer and songwriter signed to Warner Music Canada, with her first EP expected to be released in 2015.
2008
Ariana
Grande
North Broward Preparatory School
American Pop Star, Singer, Songwriter, Broadway Actress
2008
François
Lachance
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
François Lachance is a singer-songwriter who participated in Star Académie. He became known as one of the first artists to take advantage of the YouTube showcase to make himself known.
2008
Lauren
Margison
The Linden School
Accomplished singer and song-writer Lauren Margison has shared the stage with Gordon Lightfoot, Rufus Wainwright, Louise Pitre, Sheila McCarthy, the Canadian Tenors and Richard Margison, her world-famous father. More... http://www.timescolonist.com/singing-is-the-margison-family-business-1.1394832
2010
Amer
Dhaliwal
Tall Pines School
Finalist in the 2012 Canadian reality television show The Next Star for singers under age 15. Member of the band Rebel Coast.
2011

Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
Timothy
Eaton
Upper Canada College
Founder of the now-defunct Eaton's department store
1852
Sir Henry
Pellat
Upper Canada College
Financier, Major General, and builder of Toronto's Casa Loma
1876
Sir H. Montagu
Allan
Bishop's College School
Banker, Lieutenant-Colonel, and Deputy Chairman of the Allen Shipping Line. Donated the Allen Cup (hockey).
1878
Hartland
MacDougall
Bishop's College School
Ran MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier, a prominent Montreal investment firm. Hockey player inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame. Helped create the Montreal Forum.
1894
Conn
Smythe
Upper Canada College
Owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, founder of Maple Leaf Gardens, and coach of the 1928 Winter Olympics gold medal winning team. Namesake to the NHL's Conn Smythe Trophy
1909
Graham
Towers
St. Andrew's College
First Governor of the Bank of Canada. Governor for Canada at the IMF. Chairman of the National War Finance Committee. Order of Canada.
1915
E.P.
Taylor
Ashbury College
Business tycoon and breeder of thoroughbred race horses.
1919
Harold
Ballard
Upper Canada College
Owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Maple Leaf Gardens. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee.
1921
Hartland
Molson
Bishop's College School
Canadian Senator, noted philanthropist and member of the Molson family, and owner of the Montreal Canadians
1925
David
Culver
Selwyn House School
Chairman and CEO of Alcan Aluminum Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada. Officer of the Order of Quebec.
1942
Phyllis
Lambert Bronfman
The Study
Founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Member of the Order of Canada, Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
1944
Henry (Hal)
Jackman
Pickering College
His Honour Henry Jackman is a well-known figure in Canadian business and entrepreneurial circles. Additionally, "Hal" Jackman, as he is more widely known, was the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
1945
Gerald
Maier
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Chairman, President and CEO of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. Officer of the Order of Canada.
1946
Edgar
Bronfman, Sr.
Trinity College School
Businessman and noted philanthropist. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Bill Clinton, and the Legion of Honour from the Government of France.
1947
James
Fleck
University of Toronto Schools
Chairman and CEO of Fleck Manufacturing Inc. Chairman of ATI Technologies Inc. Harvard Business School professor. Noted philanthropist and activist. Officer of the Order of Canada.
1949
Hal
Jackman
Upper Canada College
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, philanthropist, and financier. Chancellor of the University of Toronto, chairman of National Trust Company and The Empire Life Insurance Company. Member of the Order of Canada.
1950
Ted
Rogers
Upper Canada College
Visionary entrepreneur and Canada's ninth wealthiest man. Founder and Chairman of Rogers Communications.
1951
Eric
Molson
Bishop's College School
Chairman of Molson Coors and Chancellor of Concordia University. Honorary director of the Bank of Montreal. Member of the Order of Canada.
1955
Peter
Godsoe
University of Toronto Schools
President, Chairman and CEO of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario.
1956
Alexander Charles
Baillie
University of Toronto Schools
CEO of TD Bank Financial Group. 12th Chancellor of Queen's University.
1957
Galen
Weston
Upper Canada College
Chairman of George Weston Limited and Canada's second wealthiest man. Grandson of George Weston and father of Galen Weston Jr., also UCC graduates
1958
Doug
Bassett
Upper Canada College
Founder of CFTO-TV. President of the CTV Television Network. Member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
1958
Anthony S.
Fell
St. Andrew's College
Chairman of RBC Capital Markets. CEO of RBC Dominion Securities Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada
1958
Conrad
Black
Upper Canada College
Notorious newspaper magnate and accomplished historian. At one point controlled the third-largest media empire in the word as Chairman and controlling shareholder of Hollinger International. (Did not graduate).
1959
David R.
Beatty
Upper Canada College
Noted international businessman and diplomat with extensive board experience, serving on 29 boards (and Chairing 5). Honorary Consul General for Papua New Guinea. University of Toronto professor
1961
John
Thomson
Upper Canada College
Chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank Financial Corporation. Vice Chairman of IBM. 20th Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario.
1961
William
App, Jr.
St. Stanislaus College Prep
President & CEO of J.W. Allen & Co. A member of the Board and Executive Committee of the World Trade Center.
1961
Harlan
Crow
Randolph-Macon Academy
Harlan Crow is a successful real estate developer in the Dallas, Texas area.
1968
Robert
Deluce
St. Michael's College School
President and CEO of Porter Airlines
1968
Rob
McEwen
St. Andrew's College
Chairman and CEO of McEwen Mining Inc. Chairman of Lexam VG Gold Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc.
1968
Marianne
McKenna
The Study
Founding partner of KPMB Architects. She is an invested Officer of The Order of Canada "for her contributions as an architect, designing structures that enrich the public realm”.
1968
Sergio
Marchionne
St. Michael's College School
Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC. Corporate turnaround artist. Credited with saving Fiat (automotive group).
1970
Tom
Wright
Upper Canada College
Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL). President of Adidas Canada. Director of Operations for UFC Canada
1971
Gordon
Cheesbrough
Upper Canada College
Prominent Canadian investment banker. Chairman and CEO of Scotia Capital Markets. Co-founder of Blair Franklin Capital Partners
1971
Harry
Stinson
University of Toronto Schools
Prominent real estate developer and president of Stinson Properties Inc. Has been called Toronto's "condo king".
1971
Paul
Desmarais, Jr.
Lakefield College School
Chairman and co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada. Officer of the Order of Canada. Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
1972
Robert
Young
Hillfield Strathallan College
Robert "Bob" Young is the founder of open source software company, Red Hat Inc., and the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
1972
Michael
MacMillan
Upper Canada College
Founder and executive chairman of Alliance Atlantis Communications. Academy Award winner. Member of the Order of Canada.
1974
David
Thomson
Upper Canada College
Chairman of Thomson Reuters. Canada's wealthiest man, and sixth wealthiest in the world. Son of Kenneth Thomson, also a UCC graduate
1975
Greg P.
Meredith
Upper Canada College
Chairman and CEO of HSBC Bank USA. Professional NHL hockey player (Calgary Flames)
1976
Jeff
Dennis
Upper Canada College
Noted serial entrepreneur, best-selling author ("Lessons from the Edge"), public speaker, and public company director.
1976
Eugene
Melnyk
St. Michael's College School
Founder, chairman, and CEO of Biovail Corporation. Sole-owner and chairman of the Ottawa Senators hockey team.
1977
Steven
Paikin
Hillfield Strathallan College
Mr. Paikin is a Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer and current host of TVO's "The Agenda with Steve Paikin".
1978
Blake
Hutcheson
Upper Canada College
Canadian real estate icon: has been called the Warren Buffet of Canadian real estate. President and CEO of Oxford Properties Group.
1980
Andrew
Kam
King's-Edgehill School
CEO of Hong Kong Disney
1980
Joey
Saputo
West Island College (Montreal)
Joey Saputo is the President of the Montreal Impact and Stade Saputo.
1981
Michael
Evans
Upper Canada College
Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia. Gold medal-winning Olympic rower (Los Angeles 1984).
1984
Mark
Cohon
Upper Canada College
Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Director of corporate and game development for MLB. VP of business development for the NBA. Chair of the Ontario Science Centre.
1985
Emilio
Azcárraga Jean
Lakefield College School
Chairman and CEO of Televisa, the largest Latin-American media company in the world.
1986
Brad
Schlegel
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate
Professional Hockey Player and Business Leader
1986
John
Besh
St. Stanislaus College Prep
American chef, TV personality, philanthropist, restaurateur and author
1986
Lew
Cirne
Trinity College School
Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and tech pioneer. Founder and CEO of Wily Technology and, later, New Relic. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Finalist (California).
1988
Stewart
Butterfield
St. Michaels University School
Founder of Flickr, entrepreneur and businessman.
1991
Theo
Caldwell
Upper Canada College
President of Caldwell Asset Management. TV and radio commentator and host. Author, journalist.
1991
Galen
Weston, Jr.
Upper Canada College
Executive Chairman and President of Loblaws Companies Limited
1992
Manjit
Minhas
West Island College
Owner of Minhas Craft Brewery. And Current Dragon on CBC's Dragon Den
1998
Moez
Kassam
Bayview Glen
With over a decade of experience as a successful entrepreneur, fund manager, philanthropist and board member, Moez brings a wealth of experience and creative energy to all that he does.
1999
Tom
Szaky
Upper Canada College
Co-founder of TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company
2001
Ben
Gulak
Fern Hill School - Oakville
Inventor of the Uno motorized unicycle 2006 Inventor of DTV Shredder portable all-terrain vehicle 2010 Founder and Chairman of BPG Motors 2008-present
2003
Caroline
Cameron
The Bishop Strachan School
Television Sportscaster for Sportsnet
2008
Evan
Attard
Glenn Arbour Academy
Evan has moved onto post secondary studies in business.
2011
Vitalik
Buterin
The Abelard School
Vitalik Buterin is a programmer, writer, founder of Ethereum and co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine. In 2014, he won the World Technology Award for the co-creation and invention of Ethereum.
2013

Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
James
Carter, SJ
St. Stanislaus College Prep
President of Loyola University New Orleans for 21 years.
1944
George
Connell
Upper Canada College
President of the University of Toronto, President of the University of Western Ontario. Officer of the Order of Canada.
1947
John Robert
Evans
University of Toronto Schools
9th President of the University of Toronto. Helped create the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Member of the Order of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.
1947
Thomas
Symons
Upper Canada College
Founding president and chancellor of Trent University. Chairman of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Companion of the Order of Canada. Order of Ontario. Governor General's Award for Canadian Studies
1947
Patricia
Claxton
The Study
Award-winning Canadian translator, primarily of Quebec literature.
1947
Dr. Ronald
Sider
Niagara Christian Collegiate
Dr. Sider is the Distinguished Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. A theologian, social activist, and founder of Evangelicals for Social Action.
1953
Terry
Grier
Upper Canada College
President of Ryerson University. Transformed Ryerson from a college to a university. NDP Member of Parliament
1954
Peter
George
University of Toronto Schools
6th President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University. Member of the Order of Canada. Order of Ontario.
1959
Robert Joseph
Birgeneau
St. Michael's College School
Ninth Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Fourteenth President of the University of Toronto.
1960
Robert
Prichard
Upper Canada College
President of the University of Toronto, President and CEO of Torstar, Chairman of Bank of Montreal. Officer of the Order of Canada and Member of the Order of Ontario.
1967
Virginia
Horvath
Buffalo Seminary
Virginia Horvath, president, State University of New York at Fredonia – Appointed president of Fredonia in 2012.
1975

Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
Shelby
Tucker
St. Stanislaus College Prep
World traveler, lawyer and published author of bestselling books on Asia and Africa.
1953
Andrew
Hutchison
Upper Canada College
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (Archbishop)
1956
Fred
Fountain
King's-Edgehill School
The Chancellor of Dalhousie Univerity, Fred Fountain is one of the leading philanthropist's in Canada.
1966
Brian Rude
Rude
LCBI High School
Brian Rude was commissioned as a missionary of the ELCIC on October 9, 1988, to serve the Fe y Esperanza orphanage of the Lutheran Church in El Salvador.
1974
Peter
Dalglish
Upper Canada College
Founder of Street Kids International and recipient of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World award
1976
Rocco
Rossi
Upper Canada College
President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada. CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada. Princeton graduate
1981
Dr. Jean
Chamberlain-Froese
Peoples Christian Academy (PCA)
Founding director of Save the Mothers and founder and director of McMaster University’s International Women’s Health Program. Member of the Order of Canada.
1984
Samantha
Nutt
TFS - Canada's International School
Founder & Executive Director of War Child Canada and bestselling author. Recipient of the Order of Ontario (2010) and Order of Canada (2011). M.D., McMaster University.
1987
Samantha
Nutt
TFS - Canada's International School (West Campus)
Founder & Executive Director of War Child Canada and bestselling author. Recipient of the Order of Ontario (2010) and Order of Canada (2011). M.D., McMaster University.
1987
Rachel
Parent
Aurora Preparatory Academy
Rachel is an activist who has become the face for the GMO labelling debate in Canada.
2013
Every
Graduate
Summit West Independent School
Each one of our graduates is a noteworthy alumni and our ability to keep in touch,return to share are of what this program teaches beyond the academics.
2016

Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
Lewis
Wallbridge
Upper Canada College
Chief Justice of Manitoba.
1834
John Robert
Cartwright
Upper Canada College
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
1912
John Marshall
Harlan II
Appleby College
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
1916
John Josiah
Robinette
University of Toronto Schools
Considering one of Canada's very best litigators. Companion of the Order of Canada. Chancellor of Trent University.
1924
John Black
Aird
Upper Canada College
Founder of Aird & Berlis LLP and 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
1941
Roy
McMurtry
St. Andrew's College
Judge
1950
Ian
Binnie
Trinity College School
Puisne Justice (Associate Justice) of the Supreme Court of Canada
1957
Jameel
Jaffer
Upper Canada College
Deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Litigated Freedom of Information Act request on U.S. torture of prisoners. Served as law clerk to the Supreme Court of Canada.
1990
Nicole
Lee
Buffalo Seminary
Human rights lawyer. First female president of TransAfrica. Liason to Nelson Mandela's family.
1994

Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
William
Osler
Trinity College School
Physician and one of four founding professors of John Hopkins Hospital, (John Hopkins University School of Medicine).
1867
Dr. Frances
Oldham Kelsey
St. Margaret's School
On July 1, 2015, Dr. Kelsey was named to the Order of Canada for her role in preventing the drug thalidomide from entering the United States in the 1960s.
1931
James Fraser
Mustard
University of Toronto Schools
Medical pioneer. Founder of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Companion of the Order of Canada. Order of Ontario. Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
1945
Lucille
Teasdale
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie
Lucille Teasdale est une médecin et chirurgienne québécoise qui a consacré sa vie aux malades de l'Ouganda.
1945
Chris
Giannou
University of Toronto Schools
War surgeon: Chief Surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Member of the Order of Canada.
1967
Irving
Bell
Ridley College
Founder of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics[10]
1971
Evan
Adams
UWC Canada
Evan Adams is a Canadian actor, playwright and medical doctor. He is the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia.
1984
Vivek
Rao
Upper Canada College
Youngest faculty member ever to join UofT's cardiac surgery division. Second youngest Chair of cardiac surgery ever in Toronto's University Health Network. Made Canada's Top 40 under 40.
1986

Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
Alexander Roberts
Dunn
Upper Canada College
First Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross, the highest honour recognizing gallantry in the face of the enemy awarded in the British Commonwealth
1844
Sir Charles
Kingsmill
Upper Canada College
Admiral. Considered the father of the Royal Canadian Navy.
1873
William
Bridges
Trinity College School
Major General for the Australian Army. Key to the establishment of Austrailia's Royal Military College. Served as Chief of General Staff. Killed in action in WWI.
1879
Sir William
Heneker
Bishop's College School
A Canadian born General of the British Army, (one of only a few to reach this rank). A respected military strategist and thinker.
1885
Charles S.L.
Hertzberg
St. Andrew's College
Major General, Chief Engineer of the First Canadian Army, and commander of the Canadian Engineering Corps during the Second World War. Prominent structural engineer with many works
1901
Harry
Crerar
Upper Canada College
Military General, and Canada's leading field commander during World War II
1904
H.F.H.
Hertzberg
St. Andrew's College
Major General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC) during the Second World War. Quartermaster General and Adjutant General. Companion of the Order of Bath.
1904
Andrew
McNaughton
Bishop's College School
Canada's leading General during the first phase of World War II. Also served as Chief of the General Staff, a diplomat, and politician.
1905
Sir Arthur Edward
Grasett
Upper Canada College
Canadian born Lieutenant-General in the British Army. Field Commander during WWII. Military Cross; Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Companion of the Order of the Bath.
1906
Donald
Agnew
University of Toronto Schools
Brigadier-General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC)
1915
Harry Wickwire
Foster
Bishop's College School
Major General who commanded two Canadian divisions in the Second World War.
1920
Guy
Simonds
Ashbury College
Lieutenant General. Commanded the II Canadian Corps during World War II. Appointed Chief of the General Staff.
1921
Charles
Hoey
Queen Margaret's School
A Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
1925
Bruce
Matthews
Upper Canada College
Commander of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division during the Second World War. Major General. President of Argus Corporation. President of the LIberal Party of Canada.
1927
Ben
Dunkelman
Upper Canada College
Israeli war hero and commander of the 7th Brigade, one of Israel's most celebrated armored brigades. Also known as Benjamin Ben-David.
1931
Charles
Duke
Admiral Farragut Academy
Brigadier General Charles Duke, USAF- one of two Farragut graduates to have walked on the moon.
1953
Walter
Boomer
Randolph-Macon Academy
Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Led the Marines in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Gulf War. Former Chairman and CEO of Rogers Corporation.
1956
Mark H.
Buzby
Admiral Farragut Academy
President nominated Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration. He was confirmed to the position on August 3, 2017.
1975

Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
Sir Robert
Barry Dickey
King's-Edgehill School
Father of Confederation
1829
Sir John
Hamilton Gray
King's-Edgehill School
Prince Edward Island Premier and Father of Confederation
1829
James
Cockburn
Upper Canada College
Father of Confederation and first Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
1833
Edward
Blake
Upper Canada College
2nd Premier of Ontario. Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Founder of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (law firm).
1851
Oliver Aiken
Howland
Upper Canada College
31st Mayor of Toronto. Member of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
1865
John Strathearn
Hendrie
Upper Canada College
11th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
1875
William Johnston
Tupper
Upper Canada College
12th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
1880
Emily
Murphy
The Bishop Strachan School
Famous Canadian women's rights activist: member of "The Famous Five". The first female judge in the British Empire.
1886
George Stewart
Henry
Upper Canada College
10th Premier of Ontario
1889
Andrew Hamilton
Gault
Bishop's College School
UK Member of Parliament and Brigadier General. Privately raised the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry for the First World War.
1900
John Alexander Douglas
McCurdy
St. Andrew's College
20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Canadian aviation pioneer.
1904
Vincent
Massey
St. Andrew's College
18th Governor General of Canada
1905
Humphrey Hume
Wrong
Upper Canada College
Canadian ambassador to the United States. Key architect of the North Atlantic Treaty, (later giving rise to NATO). Professor of history at University of Toronto.
1912
Therese
Forget Casgrain
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Suffragist; Senator; first female political party leader in Canada; Officer of the Order of Canada; commemorated with a Canada Post stamp in 1985 and on the $50 bill in 2004.
1914
Alan
Macnaughton
Upper Canada College
Speaker the Canadian House of Commons. Canadian Senator
1921
Allan
Lamport
Upper Canada College
Mayor of Toronto, member of the Order of Canada
1923
Walter L.
Gordon
Upper Canada College
Canada's Minister of Finance. President of the Privy Council. Chancellor of York University. Companion of the Order of Canada. Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
1924
Margaret
Campbell
The Bishop Strachan School
Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (Ontario) for the St. George riding, (Toronto).
1930
Henry Pybus
Bell-Irving
Shawnigan Lake School
23rd Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
1931
Arnold Cantwell
Smith
Upper Canada College
Canadian diplomat and the first Commonwealth Secretary-General. Rhodes Scholar. Officer of the Order of Canada.
1933
Robert Gordon
Rogers
University of Toronto Schools
24th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
1937
Daniel
Lang
Upper Canada College
Canadian Liberal Senator
1938
Alastair
Gillespie
Brentwood College School
Federal MP with cabinet positions in: Industry, Trade and Commerce; Energy, Mines and Resources; State for Science and Technology. Officer of the Order of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.
1940
John
Turner
Ashbury College
Prime Minister of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.
1946
John
Crosbie
St. Andrew's College
12th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal Minister of: Fisheries and Oceans, International Trade, Transport, Justice, and Finance.
1949
Frank
Moores
St. Andrew's College
The second Premier of Newfoundland
1951
Darcy
McKeough
Ridley College
Darcy is the former CEO of Union Gas and former Treasurer of the Province of Ontario. He has also been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
1951
Norman
Atkins
Appleby College
Canadian Senator.
1953
Michael
Cassidy
Upper Canada College
Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Federal Member of Parliament
1954
Michael
Wilson
Upper Canada College
Federal Minister of Finance and Canadian Ambassador to the US. Co-architect of NAFTA. Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada. Order of Canada recipient. Chancellor of UofT.
1955
Bill
Graham
Upper Canada College
Leader of the Opposition and Interim Liberal Party of Canada Leader. Foreign Affairs Minister, National Defense Minister
1957
Michael
Meighen
Selwyn House School
Canadian Senator
1957
Daniel
Hays
Appleby College
Canadian Senator. Speaker of the Canadian Senate. Liberal Leader in the Senate. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
1958
Edward
Roberts
St. Andrew's College
11th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
1958
Norm
Kelly
Upper Canada College
Federal Member of Parliament and Toronto's Deputy Mayor (and unofficial acting mayor). Governor General's Award winner for historical writing. Also taught history at Upper Canada College
1959
Alan
Tonks
Upper Canada College
Mayor of Toronto and Liberal MP
1959
Nancy
Ruth
Branksome Hall
Canadian Senator
1960
John
Godfrey
Upper Canada College
Federal Minister of State for infrastructure and communities. Editor of the Financial Post. Oxford graduate
1961
John William
Bosley
Upper Canada College
Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
1964
Gord
Hunter
Lakefield College School
Ottawa City councillor representing Knoxdale-Merivale Ward
1964
Carl
Zehr
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate
Former Mayor of City of Kitchener
1964
Michael
Ignatieff
Upper Canada College
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. Noted Harvard historian and journalist. Gemini Award winner. Lionel Gelber Prize winner. Shortlisted for Booker Prize.
1965
Stephen
Owen
Shawnigan Lake School
Federal Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State for Sport. Federal Liberal Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra.
1966
Peter
Ladner
Shawnigan Lake School
Vancouver city counsellor. Journalist.
1967
John
McCallum
Selwyn House School
Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
1967
Stockwell
Day
Ashbury College
Leader of the Canadian Alliance Party. Federal Minster for: Public Safety; International Trade. President of the Treasury Board
1968
John
Tory
University of Toronto Schools
Mayor of Toronto. Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Radio talkshow host on CFRB. President and CEO of Rogers Media.
1972
Suzanne
Anton
Queen Margaret's School
Suzanne Anton, Q.C. (born 1952 or 1953) is a Canadian politician and the current Minister of Justice and Attorney General of British Columbia.
1974
Paula
Cox
Havergal College
Premier of Bermuda from 2010 to 2012.
1976
David
Miller
Lakefield College School
Mayor of Toronto
1976
Matthew
Cartwright
Upper Canada College
Current US Democratic Congressman. Assigned to Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
1979
Jim
Harris
Lakefield College School
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
1979
Linda
Frum
Havergal College
The Honourable Linda Frum is the first Havergal graduate to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. She is also a distinguished Canadian journalist, author and philanthropist.
1981
Andrew
Saxton
Upper Canada College
Conservative Member of the Canadian Parliament for North Vancouver
1982
Shafiq
Qaadri
Upper Canada College
Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Etobicoke North. Medical doctor and popular writer on Andropause.
1983
Ian
Brodie
University of Toronto Schools
Chief of Staff in Stephen Harper's Prime Minister's Office
1985
Karl
Blackburn
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
A Quebec politician, he was the Liberal MP for Roberval from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, he became the chief organizer and then in 2009 the Liberal Party's General Manager.
1985
Felipe
VI
Lakefield College School
The King of Spain. Succeeded to the throne on 19 June 2014.
1986
Jason
Kenney
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development. Minister for Multiculturalism. Federal Member of Parliament representing Calgary Southeast.
1986
Chris
Alexander
University of Toronto Schools
Ambassador to Afghanistan. Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Officer of the Order of Canada.
1986
Chrystia
Freeland
UWC Canada
Chrystia is currently the Minister of International Trade in the Canadian parliament.
1986
Andrew
Bennett
Royal St. George's College
Ambassador for Religious Freedom
1991
Stéphan
Tremblay
Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé
Stéphan Tremblay is a Quebec politician. He was a federal MP from 1996 to 2002 and a member of the National Assembly from 2002 to 2006.
1991
Catherine
Clark
Elmwood School
Host of CPAC's Sunday Sound Off and Beyond Politics
1995
Niki
Ashton
UWC Canada
Niki Ashton is the New Democratic Member of Parliament for the federal electoral district of Churchill—Keewatinook Aski in Manitoba.
2001
Nmesoma
Umenwofor-Nnweze
UWC Canada
Nmesoma Umenwofor-Nnweze was one of 15 young leaders named to the Prime Minister's Youth Council in 2016.
2017

Alumnus School & Accomplishment Year
Alexandrine
Gibb
Havergal College
Professional female basketball player, manager of the Canadian Women’s Olympic team in 1928, sports reporter and assistant sports editor for the Toronto Daily Star.
1908
Marchmont
Schwartz
St. Stanislaus College Prep
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974; starting running back at University of Notre Dame from 1929 to 1930.
1927
Felix "Doc"
Blanchard
St. Stanislaus College Prep
1945 Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and James E. Sullivan Award winner
1939
Red
Kelly
St. Michael's College School
Winner of eight Stanley Cups (NHL hockey). Federal Liberal Member of Parliament.
1945
Frank
Mahovlich
St. Michael's College School
Winner of six Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. Liberal Senator in the Canadian Senate.
1956
John
Lecky
Shawnigan Lake School
Silver medal-winning Canadian Olympic rower.
1958
Brian
Conacher
Upper Canada College
All-Star NHL hockey player. Was on the 1967 Stanley Cup winning Leafs team. Olympian.
1959
George
Hungerford
Shawnigan Lake School
Gold medal-winning Canadian Olympic rower. Winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy (Canada's top athlete). Officer of the Order of Canada.
1962
David
Andrews
King's-Edgehill School
President and C.E.O. of the American Hockey League. Annually named one of the most powerful people in hockey by The Hockey News.
1966
Stuart
Lang
Upper Canada College
Member of the Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos and winner of four Grey Cups
1970
Tara
VanDerveer
Buffalo Seminary
Stanford University Head Women's basketball coach, recipient of the "Legends of Coaching" award and coached the US women to a gold medal in 1996 Olympics.
1971
Neil
Lumsden
Crescent School
Professional football player in the Canadian Football League
1971
Laurie
Graham
University of Toronto Schools
World Champion downhill skier and Member of the Order of Canada. Inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
1978
Jim
Veltman
John Knox Christian School - Brampton
James "Scoop" Veltman, a former lacrosse player who played for the Toronto Rock (captain for 10 seasons). Veltman won three championships with the Bandits and five more with the Rock.
1980
Wendel
Clark
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
NHL hockey player and Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs
1984
Rod
Brind'Amour
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Stanley Cup winning NHL player and captain, now coaching in the NHL.
1988
Elvis
Stojko
The Country Day School
Elvis Stojko is a three-time World champion (1994, 1995, 1997), two-time Olympic silver medalist (1994, 1998), and seven-time Canadian champion (1994, 1996–2000, and 2002).
1991
Steve
Nash
St. Michaels University School
Professional basketball player (two-time NBA MVP) and philanthropist.
1992
Craig
Hutchison
West Island College (Montreal)
Olympic swimmer - freestyle. Competed in Sydney in 2000.
1992
Barney
Williams
Upper Canada College
Silver medal winning Olympic rower (Athens 2004) and Oxford University graduate
1996
Carmen
Douma
Woodland Christian High School
Carmen Douma-Hussar (born March 12, 1977) is a Canadian middle-distance runner. 2004 Olympics Games.
1996
Vincent
Lecavalier
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
NHL hockey star. Stanley Cup winner, Conn Smythe Trophy winner (MVP of playoffs), Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner (NHL's top goal scorer).
1997
Toni
Soderholm
Trinity College School
Long time European professional hockey player from Helsinki, Finland. Won a silver medal with the Finnish national team at the 2007 IIHF world championships in Moscow.
1997
Josh
Jackson
Shawnigan Lake School
Canadian rugby union player, and member of the national rugby team
1998
Dominic
Moore
St. Michael's College School
NHL hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers
1998
Brad
Richards
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Stanley Cup winning NHL hockey player. Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy (league's most valuable player in the playoffs).
1998
Andréanne
Morin
The Study
Founding member of The Study’s Sports Hall of Fame. Andréanne is a 3-time Olympian and 8-time National Team athlete.
1998
Rene
Bourque
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
NHL hockey player.
1999
Mike
Cammalleri
The Country Day School
Mike Cammalleri is a professional ice hockey player currently playing in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils.
1999
Kristopher
McDaniel
Shawnigan Lake School
Bronze-medal winning Canadian national rower. Two-time national champion at Harvard.
2000
Jason
Spezza
St. Michael's College School
NHL hockey player for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
2000
Joel
Anthony
Selwyn House School
NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Detroit Pistons. Member of the Canadian basketball team.
2000
Gillian
Apps
Havergal College
Olympic Winter Games gold medal winner in 2006, 2010 and 2014 on the Canadian Women's Hockey Team.
2001
Joel
Reinders
John Knox Christian School - Oakville
Football player. Played for the Toronto Argonaunts when they won the Grey Cup in 2012
2001
Katie
Tsuyuki
Rosseau Lake College
Athlete, consultant, and motivational speaker. Named to Canadian Olympic Snowboard Team in Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018.
2001
Mark
Wilkins
Royal St. George's College
Race car driver
2002
Braydon
Coburn
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
NHL hockey player.
2003
Michael
Lambert
Royal St. George's College
Olympic snowboarder
2004
Colin
Greening
Upper Canada College
Current NHL hockey player for the Ottawa Senators
2005
Alexandra
Orlando
Havergal College
Member of the 2008 Canadian Women's Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team
2005
Phil
Mackenzie
Appleby College
Canadian rugby union player, and member of the national rugby team.
2005
Luke
Gazdic
St. Michael's College School
NHL hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers.
2005
Andrew
Cogliano
St. Michael's College School
NHL hockey player.
2005
Ryan
Ellis
Tall Pines School
Ryan Ellis is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.
2005
Luc
Mbah a Moute
Montverde Academy
Cameroonian professional basketball player who has played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association
2005
Timothy
Maypray
Randolph-Macon Academy
Tim Maypray played in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes and the Ottawa Redblacks. He is now a running back coach with Virginia Military Institute.
2006
Jeff
Batchelor
Appleby College
Canadian professional snowboarder and Olympian.
2006
Matt
Evans
Shawnigan Lake School
Canadian rugby union player. Member of Canada's national rugby team.
2006
Eva
Shockey
Brentwood College School
First woman in 30 years to make the front cover of Field & Stream magazine and co-host for her father Jim Shockey's television shows on Outdoor Channel.
2006
Zach
Hyman
Robbins Hebrew Academy
Zach Hyman was called to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 29, 2016.
2006
Keith
Aulie
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
NHL hockey player. Played in the 2009 World Junior Championships.
2007
Michael
Del Zotto
St. Andrew's College
NHL hockey player
2007
Gillian
Carleton
St. Margaret's School
Canadian road and track cyclist. Carleton won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the women's team pursuit.
2007
Tera
VanBeilen
John Knox Christian School - Oakville
Olympic swimmer
2007
Marie-Philip
Poulin
Kuper Academy
Canadian ice hockey forward, Les Canadiennes. Star of Canada women's national ice hockey teams winning gold at 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and 2014 Sochi. B.A. Boston University, Psychology.
2007
Louis
Leblanc
Kuper Academy
Selected 1st overall by the Montreal Canadiens. He then enrolled at Harvard University. Currently plays in the KHL.
2007
Solomon
Alabi
Montverde Academy
Nigerian professional basketball player for Fukushima Firebonds of the B.League. Played for Florida State University - helped them to third-place in the ACC standings and to the NCAA Tournament.
2007
Tyler
Seguin
St. Michael's College School
NHL hockey star currently playing for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
2008
Jordan
Eberle
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
NHL hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers. Named the best Canadian World Junior Player ever by TSN.
2008
Tyler
Myers
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
NHL hockey player and winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie.
2008
Alex
Pietrangelo
Villanova College
Alex Pietrangelo (VC'08) is an NHL hockey player and olympian winning a gold medal with the Canadian men's hockey team in Sochi in 2014.
2008
Brianne
Jenner
Appleby College
A member of Canada's national women's hockey team, an Olympic gold medalist, and a member of Cornell's Big Red women's ice hockey program.
2009
Noel
Cuevas
Montverde Academy
Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder for the Colorado Rockies of MLB
2009
Cody
Ceci
Lakefield College School
NHL hockey player for the Ottawa Senators
2010
Jaden
Schwartz
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
NHL hockey player, currently with the St. Louis Blues. Selected 14th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
2010
Adriana
Leon
The Country Day School
Adriana Leon is a Canadian professional soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League and member of the Canada women's national soccer team.
2010
Eugenie
Bouchard
The Study
Professional Tennis Player.
2011
Brandon
Daughtry
North Broward Preparatory School
Miami Dolphins Quaterback
2011
Jacob
Lindgren
St. Stanislaus College Prep
Was a 2nd round pick out of Mississippi State University and current pitcher for the New York Yankees.
2011
Francisco
Lindor
Montverde Academy
Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop for the Cleveland Indians in the MLB who is an All-Star, Gold Glove and Platinum Glove Award winner.
2011
Mark
Jankowski
Stanstead College
Was drafted by Calgary Flames in the first round in 2012. At Providence, he helped the Friars win the NCAA D1 championship.
2012
Oumar
Diakhite
Montverde Academy
Senegalese footballer who currently plays as a defender for Kazma on loan from Estoril.
2012
Michael
Frazier II
Montverde Academy
American professional basketball player who played for Scaligera Basket Verona of the Italian Serie A2 Basket. He played for the University of Florida and was top player in the SEC.
2012
Landry
Nnoko
Montverde Academy
Cameroonian basketball player for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League.
2012
Morgan
Rielly
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Morgan Rielly is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for and an alternate captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).
2012
Dakari
Johnson
Montverde Academy
American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association
2013
Joel
Embiid
Montverde Academy
Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association
2013
Luka
Vujanovic
Montverde Academy
A Montenegrin football midfielder playing for Vojvodina.
2013
Kasey
Hill
Montverde Academy
American basketball player for Alba Fehérvár in Hungary. He played college basketball for the Florida Gators.
2013
Mitch
Marner
Blyth Academy London
Mitch Marner is a Canadian ice hockey player. He is the co-captain of the London Knights and was picked 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL draft
2014
D'Angelo
Russell
Montverde Academy
American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association
2014
Diego
Campos
Montverde Academy
Costa Rican footballer who plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.
2014
Ben
Simmons
Montverde Academy
Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association
2015
Pape
Gassama
Montverde Academy
Senegalese footballer who plays for US Créteil.
2015
Hassan
Ndam
Montverde Academy
Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for New York Red Bulls.
2016
Thomas Oliver
Amang
Montverde Academy
Cameroonian footballer who plays as a striker for Norwegian club Molde.
2016
Moussa
Sane
Montverde Academy
Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a forward on Orlando City SC.
2016
Albert
Dikwa
Montverde Academy
Cameroonian footballer who currently plays for Saint Louis FC in the United Soccer League.
2016
Travis
Konecny
Blyth Academy Ottawa
NHL Hockey Player— Philadelphia Flyers
2016
Gabrielle
Daleman
Pickering College
Gabrielle "Gabby" Daleman, a Canadian figure skater, was the 2017 World bronze medalist and represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
2016
Kota
Sakurai
Fieldstone School
Kota was the first ever Japanese soccer player to join Toronto FC II. During his time at Fieldstone, he was a dedicated athlete, scholar, and student leader.
2017
Monday
Etim
Montverde Academy
Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Rio Grande Valley FC Toros in the USL.
2017
Jules
Youmeni
Montverde Academy
Cameroonian footballer who currently plays for Orlando City B in the United Soccer League.
2017
Owen
Tippett
Blyth Academy Downsview Park
Drafted 10th Overall to NHL. Plays for the Florida Panthers.
2017
Julian
Dunn
Blyth Academy Downsview Park
MLS soccer player. Signed with Toronto FC's First Team.
2018
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