Veritas North -- 20 November, 2015

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Harvard Club of Toronto 

Veritas North Alumni Newsletter -- Nov 20, 2015 

Dear [first_name],

As the 132nd Harvard-Yale game approaches this Saturday (a reminder that we are gathering with members of the Yale Club of Ontario to watch at Real Sports at 2:30 pm; see here for details), we hope you are looking forward to another season of exciting Club events. As always, look out for monthly updates from the Club outlining the events and initiatives in store for each month.

This past year the Club sponsored a particularly strong lineup of events that enlightened our membership and brought the Toronto Harvard community (and beyond) closer together. From an all-Ivy League pub night, to a private TIFF reception, to a fireside chat with one of Canada’s foremost China experts—all of these events were made possible thanks to the active engagement and support of the Club’s members.

We invite you to renew your Club membership for the 2016 calendar year. If you renew now, your membership will continue through the end of 2016. Each year, membership in the Club offers access to a number of exclusive events and initiatives. Below are some highlights from the Club’s past year of programming.

Warm regards,


Jordan Dupuis  Winston Gee 
Harvard Club of Toronto 
Membership Chair,
Harvard Club of Toronto 

Networking with Toronto’s Harvard Community 

The Club hosts Global Networking Nights in June and January each year. The event is consistently well-attended by both alumni and new admits and proves to be an excellent way to keep connected to each other and to Harvard.

Welcome to Your City is a new October tradition that serves as an informal occasion for recent College graduates to get to know each other over drinks. Pub nights were held both this year and last at Beer Bistro and the Duke of York, welcoming alumni to Toronto from all over the world.

The Club’s annual Holiday Party in early December is a highlight of our winter calendar, bringing together members and their guests to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Details of this year’s party will be coming soon.


Networking with Toronto’s Ivy League Community 

In February, the Club welcomed 70 Ivy League alumni to its inaugural All-Ivy Pub Night, held at King West fixture Brasaii. The event featured strong representation from all invited clubs including the Yale Club of Ontario, the Oxford Cambridge Club of Toronto, the Penn/Wharton Club of Toronto, the Princeton Club of Toronto, and the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto.

The inaugural event was such a success that the All-Ivy Pub Night has become a quarterly affair, with the second held this past October at the Elephant & Castle downtown during a Blue Jays game.


Exclusive cultural and speaker events 

The Club recently concluded a special Guided Tour of the Aga Khan Museum. His Highness the Aga Khan is a Harvard graduate, as is one of the museum’s architects, Fumihiko Maki. The 10,000 square-foot museum, which opened in September 2014, showcases some of the most precious artistic, intellectual, and scientific works of Muslim civilizations across the centuries.

Club members have also enjoyed dozens of other cultural and speaker events as of late, including a Fireside Chat on Chinawith the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, an All-Ivy Contemporary Art Guided Tour and Reception at the Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, and selected film screenings and premieres with a special Harvard connection, such as a TIFF Premiere Reception with the one of the screenwriters of Hector and the Search for Happiness.


Supporting the next generation of Harvard alumni 

Each fall and winter, close to 200 alumni work with the Schools Committee of the Harvard Club of Toronto to interview about 300 high school students seeking admission to the Harvard College Class of 2019. As the face of Harvard in Toronto, Club members have an important role to play in determining the character and quality of the interview process. Last admissions season, the Club experimented with a pooled interview process that allowed interviewers to see several applicants in a short time and to meet other interviewers. Many of the participating interviews found that this format improved their evaluation process significantly.



This newsletter was compiled with love by Jordan Dupuis, Winston Gee, Wendy Terry, Samuel Singer, and many other contributors in the Harvard Club of Toronto. Thank you for reading!