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Upper Canada College NOTABLE ALUMNI

Many private schools in Canada have numerous graduates who have gone on to great things. Learn about a school’s most influential, important, successful, and famous alumni.

List of Alumni

Alumnus Grad Year Accomplishment
Robertson Davies 1932 One of Canada's most internationally celebrated novelist, playwright, journalist, and essayists
David Gilmour 1968 Journalist and Governor General's Award for English language fiction winning novelist
Stephen Leacock 1882 Celebrated writer, humourist and economist. The most widely read English-speaking author in the world between 1910 and 1925.
Peter C. Newman 1947 Peabody award-winning journalist and former editor of Macleans and the Toronto Star. Noted chronicler of the "Canadian Establishment"
Foster Hewitt 1921 Legendary broadcaster and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
Galt MacDermot 1942 Grammy Award winning musician and co-author of the Broadway musical Hair
Geraint Wyn Davies 1975 Stage, film and television actor (Forever Knight)
Leonard Dick 1982 Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award winning producer and writer of Lost, House, The Good Wife and many other sitcoms
Michael Snow 1948 Internationally recognized modern artist, with public works featured prominently throughout Toronto. Exhibited around the world, including at MoMa.
Timothy Eaton 1852 Founder of the now-defunct Eaton's department store
William George Gooderham 1867 Owner of Gooderham Worts Distilleries and president of the Bank of Toronto
Tom Szaky 2001 Co-founder of TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company
Vivek Rao 1986 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.
Michael Ignatieff 1965 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.
Harold Ballard 1921 Owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Maple Leaf Gardens. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee.
Colin Greening 2005 Current NHL hockey player for the Ottawa Senators
Conn Smythe 1909 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
Stuart Lang 1970 Member of the Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos and winner of four Grey Cups
Stephen Clarkson 1954 Leading Canadian political scientist and Member of the Order of Canada.
George Grant 1936 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.
Ted Rogers 1951 Visionary entrepreneur and Canada's ninth wealthiest man. Founder and Chairman of Rogers Communications.
Galen Weston 1958 Chairman of George Weston Limited and Canada's second wealthiest man. Grandson of George Weston and father of Galen Weston Jr., also UCC graduates
David Thomson 1975 Chairman of Thomson Reuters. Canada's wealthiest man, and sixth wealthiest in the world. Son of Kenneth Thomson, also a UCC graduate
Peter Dalglish 1976 Founder of Street Kids International and recipient of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World award
Harry Crerar 1904 Military General, and Canada's leading field commander during World War II
Michael Wilson 1955 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.
John Godfrey 1961 Federal Minister of State for infrastructure and communities. Editor of the Financial Post. Oxford graduate
Bill Graham 1957 Leader of the Opposition and Interim Liberal Party of Canada Leader. Foreign Affairs Minister, National Defense Minister
John Black Aird 1941 Founder of Aird & Berlis LLP and 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Robert Prichard 1967 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.
George Connell 1947 President of the University of Toronto, President of the University of Western Ontario. Officer of the Order of Canada.
Charles Watchter 1993 Emmy Award winning executive producer of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution"
Michael MacMillan 1974 Founder and executive chairman of Alliance Atlantis Communications. Academy Award winner. Member of the Order of Canada.
Jim Cuddy 1974 Juno award–winning musician Jim Cuddy is one of Canada’s best-loved singer/songwriters and a founding member of Blue Rodeo
Doug Bassett 1958 Founder of CFTO-TV. President of the CTV Television Network. Member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Patrick Graham 1984 Journalist for Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and television correspondent for CBC
John Stackhouse 1981 Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail
Brian Stewart 1958 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.
James Greig Arthur 1962 World's leading mathematician in representation theory and creator of the General Trace Formula
Timothy Endicott 1979 Dean of Law at Oxford University. Legal scholar and philosopher.
Mark Cohon 1985 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.
Barney Williams 1996 Silver medal winning Olympic rower (Athens 2004) and Oxford University graduate
Michael Evans 1984 Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia. Gold medal-winning Olympic rower (Los Angeles 1984).
Tom Wright 1971 Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL). President of Adidas Canada. Director of Operations for UFC Canada
Sir Henry Pellat 1876 Financier, Major General, and builder of Toronto's Casa Loma
Hal Jackman 1950 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.
Gordon Cheesbrough 1971 Prominent Canadian investment banker. Chairman and CEO of Scotia Capital Markets. Co-founder of Blair Franklin Capital Partners
Ernest McCulloch 1943 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
Alexander Roberts Dunn 1844 First Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross, the highest honour recognizing gallantry in the face of the enemy awarded in the British Commonwealth
John Robert Cartwright 1912 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Andrew Heintzman 1986 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.
David R. Beatty 1961 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
Brendan Fraser 1987 Hollywood actor
Nicholas Campbell 1970 Canadian film and television star. Two-time Gemini winner
John Fraser 1963 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.
Jeffrey Kofman 1978 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
John William Bosley 1964 Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
Conrad Black 1959 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).
Greg P. Meredith 1976 Chairman and CEO of HSBC Bank USA. Professional NHL hockey player (Calgary Flames)
Andy Chisholm 1977 Chief Strategy Officer for Goldman Sachs (Global)
Blake Hutcheson 1980 Canadian real estate icon: has been called the Warren Buffet of Canadian real estate. President and CEO of Oxford Properties Group.
James Cockburn 1833 Father of Confederation and first Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
Alan Macnaughton 1921 Speaker the Canadian House of Commons. Canadian Senator
Michael Cassidy 1954 Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Federal Member of Parliament
Matthew Cartwright 1979 Current US Democratic Congressman. Assigned to Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Norm Kelly 1959 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
Andrew Hutchison 1956 Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (Archbishop)
Rocco Rossi 1981 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
James George 1936 Ambassador and environmental activist. Rhodes Scholar. Served as Canada's ambassador to Iran and the Gulf States
Jameel Jaffer 1990 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.
John Graham 1952 CIA spy on Cuba after the missile-crisis. Canadian ambassador and diplomat
Daniel Lang 1938 Canadian Liberal Senator
Modris Eksteins 1961 Renowned and award-winning historian of Germany. Rhodes Scholar.
Terry Grier 1954 President of Ryerson University. Transformed Ryerson from a college to a university. NDP Member of Parliament
Allan Lamport 1923 Mayor of Toronto, member of the Order of Canada
Alan Tonks 1959 Mayor of Toronto and Liberal MP
John Thomson 1961 Chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank Financial Corporation. Vice Chairman of IBM. 20th Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario.
Galen Weston, Jr. 1992 Executive Chairman and President of Loblaws Companies Limited
Shafiq Qaadri 1983 Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Etobicoke North. Medical doctor and popular writer on Andropause.
Avi Lewis 1986 Award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. Host of CBC's "On the Map" and Al Jazeera's "Fault Lines".
Ben Dunkelman 1931 Israeli war hero and commander of the 7th Brigade, one of Israel's most celebrated armored brigades. Also known as Benjamin Ben-David.
Brian Conacher 1959 All-Star NHL hockey player. Was on the 1967 Stanley Cup winning Leafs team. Olympian.
John Ridpath 1955 Award-winning professor, historian, and philosopher. Was a noted proponent of Objectivism, serving on the board of directors of the Ayn Rand Institute.
John Julius Cooper 1947 British historian, travel writer and television personality. Member of the British House of Lords.
Edward Blake 1851 2nd Premier of Ontario. Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Founder of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (law firm).
Tom Clark 1971 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.
Oliver Aiken Howland 1865 31st Mayor of Toronto. Member of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
George Stewart Henry 1889 10th Premier of Ontario
Sir Arthur Edward Grasett 1906 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.
Thomas Symons 1947 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
John Strathearn Hendrie 1875 11th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Andrew Saxton 1982 Conservative Member of the Canadian Parliament for North Vancouver
Walter L. Gordon 1924 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.
Bruce Matthews 1927 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.
Alexander Gordon McKay 1942 Award-winning Canadian academic and scholar of Virgil. Officer of the Order of Canada. President of the Royal Society of Canada.
Arnold Cantwell Smith 1933 Canadian diplomat and the first Commonwealth Secretary-General. Rhodes Scholar. Officer of the Order of Canada.
Joseph Tyrrell 1876 Discoverer of dinosaur bones in Alberta. Canadian geologist, cartographer, and mining consultant.
William Johnston Tupper 1880 12th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
William Morley Kilbourn 1944 Author, historian, and noted chronicler of Toronto. City councillor. Harvard Professor. Member of the Order of Canada. Founder of many philanthropic organizations and boards.
Jeff Dennis 1976 Noted serial entrepreneur, best-selling author ("Lessons from the Edge"), public speaker, and public company director.
Sir Charles Kingsmill 1873 Admiral. Considered the father of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Humphrey Hume Wrong 1912 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.
Lewis Wallbridge 1834 Chief Justice of Manitoba.
Eugène-Étienne Taché 1854 Noted architect and engineer. Designer of the Quebec Parliament Building. Designed Quebec's coat of arms and motto, "Je me souviens".

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