Wed. Feb. 12 – Founder’s Dinner 2020
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James Arthur ’62: Old Boy of Distinction Award
Considered one of the top mathematicians in Canada and the only Canadian to serve as head of the American Mathematical Society, James is the Ted Mossman Chair in Mathematics at the University of Toronto, and has been a professor at U of T since 1978.
As one of the world’s leading academics in the field of mathematics, James is a highly sought-after lecturer internationally. His work is centred on the trace formula, and he has made fundamental contributions to the theory of automorphic forms.
James has demonstrated a lifetime of significant achievement and leadership in his field. A dedicated mentor to young faculty and graduate students, he has brought Canada to greater prominence on the world mathematical stage. His commitment to learning and excellence inspires future generations of academics working in the field of mathematics.
In 2015, James was awarded the Wolf Prize in Mathematics from the Wolf Foundation. This prize is considered by many to be the precursor to the Nobel Prize, and marks only the second time it has been won by a Canadian.
James was Head Boy at the College in 1962, and went on to study at the University of Toronto and Yale University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1981, a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1992, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. In 2012, he became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. James was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada in 2018, and elected a Fellow of the Canadian Mathematical Society in 2019.
Allen Champagne ’11: Young Old Boy of Distinction Award
This year’s recipient of the Young Old Boy of Distinction award is making a remarkable impact on reducing the effects of concussion in athletes participating in contact sports, as well as upholding the principles and values of the College in his dedication to community service and mentorship.
During his time at UCC, Allen was the recipient of many scholarships and awards for his achievements and excellent performance in academics and athletics, including the Lorne McKenzie Medal and the General Proficiency Award. He played varsity football and rugby, and was head of Seaton’s House in 2011.
After completing his undergraduate degree as a double major in biology and sport science at the University of North Carolina as a prestigious Morehead-Cain scholar, Allen enrolled at Queen’s University in the MSc. program and continued his football career with the Gaels. Following injuries that re-routed his path away from the Canadian Football League, Allen refocused his efforts towards entering the joint MD/PhD program so that he could leverage his football expertise in order to study the effects of sport-related head impacts on the brain, as well as concussions.
Allen has recently completed his PhD in neuroscience at Queen’s and is working on his medical degree. He is the lead developer of the NeuroProtection Project, an Ontario and Québec-based initiative which aims to make contact sports safer. Beyond his research and academics, Allen is active at UCC as a Lang Scholar mentor, a defensive-line assistant coach for the Queen’s University football team, and co-founder of the Concussion Education, Safety and Awareness Program (CESAP), a student-led volunteer program raising awareness about sport-related head injuries throughout the country.
Chris Cottier ’70: John D. Stevenson Award
The John D. Stevenson Award is the Association Council’s most prestigious distinction for exceptional volunteer service to Upper Canada College. This year’s recipient is Chris Cottier ’70, who for nearly 40 years has been UCC’s Vancouver branch president, a leader and trusted mentor in the College community, and a global ambassador for the school.
Chris has been an exceptional relationship builder, going out of his way to get to know alumni living in or passing through Vancouver, and helping to connect graduates to the school and one another. In addition to hosting events, Chris is known to individually welcome new graduates to the region, and to take an interest in their personal and professional successes over the long term.
Chris has mentored numerous alumni through the Common Ties Alumni Network. Through his own initiative, he has been an important contributor to the UCC Association’s engagement mandate. Chris’ legacy of volunteering extends to the broader community, and dates back to his time as a student at UCC, when in his final year he was the organizer behind a Rotary-sponsored service club called “Interact,” a precursor to the College’s current community service program.
His commitment to serving others is demonstrated in many areas of his life. Chris has volunteered at various international sports events, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics, the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, IIHF Junior World Championships, as well as the FIFA Men’s U-20 and Women’s U-19 World Cups. Chris’ service to the community has consistently exemplified the College’s values, and his leadership has become the de facto gold standard of branch volunteer leadership at UCC.