Networking event helps alumni “connect the dots”

Trinity College School’s first Alumni Networking Night saw more than 80 Old Boys and Old Girls, from the class of 2015 back to the class of 1958, convene at the Duke of York in Toronto to connect with fellow graduates across a range of professions.

The evening began with an introduction from Julia (Bakker) Osmar ’06 who, as president of the TCS Alumni Association, spearheaded this event along with the alumni association executive committee. Headmaster Stuart Grainger then spoke about “making dots,” a metaphor for the connections and networks that we build with people throughout our lives. He encouraged those in attendance to create as many “dots” as possible in order to shape a meaningful career path. Finally, Ted Boyd ’82, CEO of Rubric Inc. and a member of the TCS Board of Governors, spoke about the importance of asking for help and finding mentors that can help our younger alumni in their careers.

Those in attendance then split into two breakout sessions where they were placed into a group of four or five alumni and given a chance to network in an informal, relaxed setting – the goal was for everyone to come away with eight to 10 new connections by the end of the evening.

The success of the event was due to a great turnout, lots of energy amongst the participants and the wide range of “generations” that took part. There was a common sentiment that the alumni association should make this an annual event.