UTS offers scholarships and prizes for academic achievements and awards for excellence in many aspects of school life. The number and variety of these awards cover all grade levels and stimulate pride in outstanding achievement.
These awards are given annually thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents, students and friends of the school.
The H. J. Crawford Award was created to commemorate UTS' Centennial Celebrations. H. J. 'Bull' Crawford was the first Headmaster of UTS from 1910 -1923. Crawford truly set the tone for UTS with his powerful personality, fine academic background and high ideals. Crawford believed that UTS should be foremost in scholarship and athletics, but above all, in making good citizens.
The H. J. Crawford Award is given in recognition of significant contributions to the advancement of UTS by an individual or group through commitment, dedication and volunteerism, and a lifetime of significant achievements in contributing to the greater society.
To nominate an individual or group for this prestigious award, please click here.
Nominations will stay active for 5 years; nominees can then be renominated if they have not been chosen during that time.
2018 Monica Biringer '78 and Susan Opler '79 P '14
A former president of UTSAA, a founding director of the UTS Foundation Board and a co-chair of the Building the Future campaign, Monica Biringer is one of Canada’s pre-eminent tax lawyers.
Susan Opler, an award-winning lawyer who is currently Ombudsman for the City of Toronto, has served on both the UTS and UTSAA Boards, and led the efforts to commemorate the 25th anniversary of co-education at UTS.
2017 Bruce "Nails" MacLean and Jim Fleck C.C. '49 P '72
Bruce “Nails” MacLean has been an institution at UTS for decades, as a teacher, coach, and UTS Supporter and Founder. Bruce is being recognized for proactively thinking about UTS and how to forge its future. Upon retiring from UTS, Bruce maintained his interest in the school, including being a significant donor and attending annual alumni events.
Jim Fleck is being recognized for being an indefatigable and influential supporter of the school and its place as Ontario’s model for excellence in all facets of high school education. As one of the engineers of the Affiliation Agreement between UTS and the university and with his commitment to the school as a Founder, Jim is ensuring the future of UTS. In the wider world, Jim’s accomplishments are too numerous to fully encapsulate.
2016 Al Fleming '54
Al Fleming has been a stalwart supporter of UTS for more than five decades as alumnus, teacher, principal, and volunteer. He is recognized for his inspiring teaching; his firm and steady hand at the helm as principal; and for being a well-rounded, beloved role model for all who have known him.
2015 William (Bill) Bill Saunderson '52
Bill Saunderson was instrumental in shaping the UTS Foundation, serving as its inaugural board chair from 2006 to the present. His efforts have both ensured accessibility to a UTS education for bursary students and helped preserve the school’s merit-based admission.
2014 Michael Spence '62
Michael Spence received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001. A renowned academic, he is a professor at the New York University Stern School of Business, and has served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, and Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He receives the Crawford Award in recognition of contributions to our greater society as well as his support of the advancement of UTS.
2013 C. Derek S. Bate '44
Over the course of 70 years, Derek Bate has served UTS through his contributions and dedication as an alumnus, teacher, administrator and volunteer.
2012 H. Donald Gutteridge
Joining UTS as a teacher in 1961, Don Gutteridge served as principal from 1972 to 1983. His profound dedication to educational ideals and forward-thinking vision were transformative. Don has been a stalwart supporter of UTS for 50 years and his commitment to the school has been unwavering.
2011 J.A. “Jack” Rhind ’38
A prominent Canadian business leader, John ‘Jack’ Rhind, has demonstrated a commitment to UTS through his leadership of the successful 1980 inaugural student bursary program and a standard of excellence in the field of business philanthropy over many years.
2011 John “Butch” Bowden ’48
A successful businessman, John Bowden, has demonstrated a commitment to UTS through his leadership of the 1994 Preserving the Opportunity bursary campaign and his continuous and unstinting performance as a Class Representative throughout his alumni years.
2011 The late John Macaulay ’45
A successful businessman, John Macaulay, demonstrated a commitment to UTS through his leadership in the various student bursary campaigns over the past 25 years and his continuous and varied philanthropic volunteer efforts to society at large.
2010 Bob Lord '58
While Chair of the UTS Board, Bob Lord's commitment, dedication and leadership was been unsurpassed, guiding UTS through its independence from the University of Toronto. He has also been extensively involved in the volunteer and not-for-profit sectors beyond UTS and has had a successful and distinguished business career.
2009 The Late Dr. John Evans '46
A prominent citizen of Canada and the world, John Evans continually demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to UTS and its community. Over the years, John was a model of leadership and achieved a high standard of excellence in the worlds of academia, business and philanthropy.
The UTS Heartwood Award for Volunteer Service was created by University of Toronto Schools in 2016 to recognize and celebrate the exceptional volunteer service of members of the UTS community who have contributed to the betterment of the school through their outstanding volunteer actions. Just as the heartwood, the central core of a tree, provides strength to the tree, so, too, do these volunteers provide strength to UTS.
Rob Dowsett ’46
Rob was selected as a recipient of the Heartwood Award a day prior to the School learning of his death. Rob loved UTS, as evidenced by his attendance at many school events, and was always happy to give of his time. Rob served many years as a founding member of the UTS Advancement Committee, providing sound advice and strategy for fundraising, recognition and stewardship. Rob worked tirelessly at engaging others to give back to the school through his efforts as a Building the Future Campaign Cabinet member and as a Preserving the Opportunity Campaign canvasser. He was an extraordinary volunteer, and our sense of loss at his death is tempered by our gratitude for his passionate work for UTS.
Jake Fowell ’63
Jake’s devotion to and promotion of the arts within the UTS community is truly outstanding. An alumnus of the Class of 1963, Jake was a dedicated member of the Centennial Arts committee. His service did not stop there. Each year, Jake provides historic posters for our Remembrance Day service. In 2007, he founded the Jake Fowell Art Prize, which is awarded to a student in F2 Visual Arts who demonstrates initiative and dedication to learning and improving drawing skills. Jake has worked passionately to help UTS build the future and record its history, contributing to the cultural life the school.
For over three years, Professor Clare Kosnick of OISE has devoted countless hours of her time to facilitate the Eureka! Fellowship Program. This significant undertaking has supported UTS teachers in conducting evidence-based research supporting the development of teaching, learning and assessment practices, assisting interdisciplinary inquiry and co-designed research, and developing school-university partnerships and collaborative knowledge networks. Clare’s ongoing support of this program positions UTS as a leader in research, collaboration and creative knowledge-building.
Lunar New Year Volunteers
The exceptional work of the 2017 Lunar New Year volunteers galvanized the UTS community in an unprecedented way. Amanda Kreidié-Akazaki, Qing Li, Danielle Li Chong, Marcy Tepner and Sulia Vohra organized and executed an inclusive Lunar New Year celebration which brought together extended UTS families, alumni and staff in celebration of the UTS community. This landmark event made a positive impact on the school community at a festive, fun evening leaving us all wanting more!
Elisha Muskat ’01
Elisha Muskat has volunteered as an entrance examiner and has donated her time to be a panelist for our Career Day. She has twice been a mentor to students and this year, she was the keynote speaker at SOMA. Elisha has spearheaded the Class of 2001 group giving initiative to support the Building the Future campaign in honour and memory of three deceased classmates, which is helping to preserve the legacy of UTS for generations to come. As Executive Director of Peacebuilders, Elisha devotes her professional life to helping youth realize their full potential through safe and peaceful communities and we are grateful to the devotion that Eisha has shown to her alma mater.
Bill Redrupp ’54
Bill Redrupp has actively volunteered for UTS for over 20 years. In the 1990s, he served as the president of the UTS Alumni Association Board of Directors. Bill has worked tirelessly to engage others to give back to the school. He volunteers as a Building the Future Campaign Cabinet member and previously, as a Preserving the Opportunity Campaign canvasser. Bill spearheaded the Bruce MacLean Founder Initiative, encouraging alumni to donate in honour former teacher and hockey coach, Bruce MacLean. This initiative ensured that Bruce, who passed away this year at the age of 106, was honoured in perpetuity as a Founder.
Bernie McGarva ’72, P ’03
Bernie has a dual connection to UTS, as an alumnus of 1972 and as the father of Jim McGarva from the Class of 2003. Bernie began his volunteer service at UTS more than 40 years ago as a director of the UTS Alumni Association Board, while still a university student. His UTSAA service included leading the association as president. Bernie also served on the UTS Board of Directors where he held a variety of roles on many committees. He was the chair of the Alumni Liaison Committee, served on the Affiliation Committee and currently serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee. Bernie is a constant supporter of UTS, attending many of the activities and events spearheaded by the school and by the alumni association.
Don McMaster ’62
Don has actively volunteered for UTS over the past five years. In honour of the Class of 1962’s 50th anniversary of graduation, Don and several of his classmates established the Class of 1962 Bursary. Don solicited all of his classmates, and together they raised in excess of $315,000 to provide financial assistance to UTS students today and in the future. More than $20,000 from this endowed fund has already supported three students. In addition, Don worked with the school in 2015 to revise the terms of the Don Fawcett Award to benefit more students. Don serves the UTSAA as the Year Rep for the Class of 1962, working to engage his classmates socially and to connect them with UTS for the advancement of the school. We were pleased to present Don with his Heartwood Award last week in Ottawa.
Nasir Noormohamed P ’09, ’10, ’14
As a father of three UTS alumni – Rahim ’09, Ali ’10 and Karim ’14, Nasir’s active involvement as a UTS parent has spanned a decade, and it continues as a parent of alumni. As Chair of UTSPA, as a UTS Board Director, and as the inaugural Chair of the Advancement Committee, Nasir’s outstanding volunteer actions changed the culture of philanthropy at UTS by challenging UTS constituents to financially support the school. His work in creating and stewarding fundraising policies and programs for the school has proven invaluable. His contribution as a volunteer on the Building the Future campaign will help ensure a solid future for UTS in a state-of-the-art facility that matches the academic strength and reputation of its students.
Susan Opler ’79, P ’14
Susy was among the first class of girls to be admitted to UTS. As an alumna of 1979, and as a mother to Will Monahan from the Class of 2014, Susy’s commitment to UTS has spanned decades. Susy’s leadership for the 25th anniversary of co-education at UTS included the establishment of a bursary in celebration of co-education. This personal legacy will support students in perpetuity. Susy served on the UTSAA Board in the early 2000s and on the UTS Board from 2009 to 2014. This included chairing the Employee Liaison Committee and sitting on the Affiliation, Communication and Governance and Nominating committees. Her tireless dedication to UTS as an alumna and parent have made a positive impact on the school and on its future. We look forward to presenting Susy with her award in the coming weeks.
Aija Zommers is UTS Speech and Debate Head Coach extraordinaire. With more than 40 years of experience in the world of speech and debate, Aija provides deep knowledge of the field coupled with insightful coaching. These efforts propel students to excel in public speaking and debate. She challenges our student debaters to be better thinkers and more articulate and effective speakers. Aija dedicates hours of time, frequently 30 or more hours a week, to working closely with student debaters to ensure that they are prepared for competitions locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Under her guidance, our Debate Society has flourished. Today UTS is recognized in the very top ranks of Speech and Debate within Canada and globally.
Marko Duic ’76
Marko joined the Branching Out mentorship program in 2012 and has been an active mentor ever since, going above and beyond the scope of the program. With Marko’s guidance, his assigned and “adopted” student mentees have interned at Southlake and St. Joseph’s Hospitals, leading to summer jobs for many of them. Some have become involved in his Investment Club or attended concerts hosted by Marko . Well after each year’s mentorship program concludes, Marko continues to stay in touch with students, supporting them as they progress through University and beyond.
Upon her retirement, after 15 years of contributing to UTS as an art teacher, and having served as the school’s first Vice-Principal, Ann’s parting gift to the school was the creation of The Keys Gallery. Since 1999, The Keys Gallery has promoted art-making and art-related discussions among the UTS community through yearly exhibits of works by alumni, parents, or teaching staff. Ann is being recognized today for the creation and continued stewardship of the Keys Gallery. It is a jewel in our crown! Any members of the UTS community should consider exhibiting at the Keys Gallery.
Anthony Lee ‘86
In 2008 , Anthony introduced Taiko drumming to UTS. Since then, he’s spent countless hours teaching and rehearsing with students, culminating with a Platinum award-winning achievement at the Kiwanis Music Festival in 2014 and 2015. This past March, alumni and parents were given the opportunity to try out Taiko drumming as Anthony led a workshop open to the UTS community. Beyond teaching, Anthony has spearheaded fundraising initiatives amongst his class. As a member of the UTSAA Events Committee, Anthony has organized events at the ROM, the AGO, and the Textile Museum of Canada. In addition to these roles, Anthony has also participated as a mentor in the Branching Out mentorship program since 2010.
Suzanne Martin ’84
Suzanne has a dual connection to UTS, as an alumna of 1984 and as parent to two alumni, Adam ’11 and Cameron ’15. Suzanne has worked tirelessly for the UTS Parents Association, and created and developed their whole operations system. The current UTSPA Co-Presidents note that they are thankful for this at every event! Suzanne has also been active in engaging her class of 1984 with the school, and attending UTSAA events. She is currently working with her classmates to raise funds for our future building.
Known as Dr. Moore to his many students, Paul taught Latin and Classics at UTS for 13 years. Paul’s retirement in 2000 by no means signaled the end of his involvement with UTS. Over the last 9 years, Paul has extensively researched the alumni veterans and has traveled the world, both physically and vicariously through others, searching out the final resting place of each of the ‘Old Boys’ who were killed in action in WWI. His research is the backbone of the World War I Commemorative Project, an online resource that provides biographical information on every single alumnus or faculty member killed in WWI. With the completion of this project, Paul has shifted his focus to the fallen alumni of WWII. We look forward to sharing this work with the community.
Mark Shuper ‘88
Through his initiative in establishing a class bursary, Mark has changed the face of philanthropy at UTS. In honour of their 25th anniversary, Mark set a fundraising goal of $250,000 to establish the Class of ’88 Bursary, inspiring other classes to follow his lead. As an example, in the creation of their class bursary, the Class of 1962 had set an initial goal of $50,000. Upon learning of the incredible efforts of their younger counterparts, the class of ’62 were inspired, or challenged, to meet or exceed the goal set by a class 25 years their junior. To date, the Class of 1988 Bursary is very close to reaching the goal they set only 3 years ago.
Induction into the UTS Hall of Fame honours an outstanding achievement made by an individual alumnus/alumna, or group of alumni, while attending UTS as part of the student or teaching body. Alumni who have realized outstanding achievements in their profession, or passionate pursuit as a result of the learning fostered as a student at UTS, will also be deemed eligible for the UTS Hall of Fame.
The UTS Hall of Fame was introduced in October 2009.
Dr. Norah Maier
The students and coaches who earned UTS our four Reach for the Top national championship (2001-02, 2002-03, 2011-12, 2012-13)
John McKay '02
Bronwen Masemann '02
Rosemary Masemann '02
Evan Roberts '02
Luke Stark '02
Julian Tam '02
Jean Wan '02
Laura Davis '03
Bikram Sidhu '03
Jacob Baskin '03
Graham Beattie '04
Evan Dorey '04
Jordan Katz '04
Filip Geaman '12
Jenny Mao '12
Rein Otsason '12
Daniel Redelmeier '12
Thomas Broadley '13
Leslie Ying '13
Cole Jackes '14
Daniel Lovsted '14
Bill Jia '15
Coaches: Larry Rice (2001-02); Fraser Simpson (2002-03, 2011-12, 2012-13).
Recipients of the Ontario Students Classics Conference's John Bell Memorial Award that is awarded to students who have won five or more academic first prizes at the conference:
Sujit Roy ’99 (1999)
David Lizoain ’00 (1998)
Carl Shulman ’01 (2000, 2001)
Leon Grek ’04 (2001)
Mackenzie Tan ’05 (2005)
Rafael Krichevsky ’08 (2007, 2008)
Jeremy Zung ’08 (2007)
Jenny Gu ’09 (2005, 2006, 2009)
Jessica Zung ’12 (2009, 2011, 2012)
Joshua Zung ’14 (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Zhenglin Liu ’15 (2011, 2014)
Spencer Zhao ’16 (2003)
And for his leadership in the attainment of 19 consecutive Classics conference victories, former teacher:
First-place finishers at International Career Development Conference competition (DECA's international competition):
Isabella Chiu ’13 (2012)
Stephanie Dong ’15 (2014)
Kristen Gracie ’15 (2014)
Angela He ’15 (2014)
Sarah Liu ’13 (2011, 2012, 2013)
Heather Tang ’15 (2015)
Gloria Wu ’15 (2014)
The Senior Hockey Teams of 1953 and 1954, who were Senior Hockey Champions in the Toronto District Interscholastic Athletic Association (TDIAA)
Gold Medal Winners - Math and Sciences Olympiads:
Colin Plumb ’86 (Chemistry)
Ian Goldberg ’91 (Mathematics)
Edward Leung ’94 (Mathematics)
Jacob Tsimerman ’06 (Mathematics)
Peter Lu ’07 (Chemistry)
Gordon Bae ’08 (Chemistry)
Melody Guan ’12 (Biology)
Retired UTS Health and Physical Education teacher
Retired UTS Health and Physical Education teacher
Girls Field Hockey Teams
1991–92 and 1992–93
Kim Lee Kho '81
Award-winning visual artist and art instructor
Jamie Sommerville '80
Recording artist, principal horn for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, musical director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
retired UTS art teacher
Retired UTS music teacher
Retired UTS music teacher
Retired UTS art teacher
Retired UTS teacher
1919 Memorial Cup Hockey Champions
1961 TDIAA Football Champions
1973 TDIAA Swim team Champions
Don Fawcett ’51, Football, Basketball and Hockey Coach